Saphir Bock | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

Saphir BockSaphir Bock
BA SCORE
3.97/5
72 Ratings
Saphir BockSaphir Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
Austria
hofstetten.at

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 01-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
72
pDev:
9.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Photo of safaricook
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this beer is neither retired nor brewed just once. It is brewed every year for release before Christmas as it is the tradition for Bockbier in Austria. Last edition seen and tasted, was made in 2015 The beer is brewed with Magnum, Aurora and Select hops and furthermore lagered and dry hopped for 2 months. It is an unfiltered heller Bock.
In my opinion this is a really remarkable beer and I will not dissect, because I just do not dare to destroy its magic for me. Also I fail every time when I want to pin down its aroma to a certain fruit, it is heaven to me. Saphir Bock is one of the few beers that makes me longing for it, when I do not have it around. It is unique and the only lager that I hold in such high regards. It is the perfect combination of modern hops and traditional long term lagering. It combines the full chewy mouthfeel of a Kellerbier and the fruity juicy flavors of a fresh IPA, but as in any other heller Bock it is the sweetness of the malts that carry is it. Everything in this beer comes together perfectly while still being modest and unpretentious. Aside from its frothy white head, I do not know how it looks like because I always need to drink it in a traditional stein. It must shine as bright as the star of Bethlehem.

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Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a half liter stein a hazed honey color with a thinner white head atop,I like a little more of a head for the style.Wow the herbal leafy hops really jump out at ya in the the,nice and fresh,some toasted grain and an iron note compliments the hops well.Dryish upfront on the palate with mild toasted grain a bit of honey-like sweetness and drunken fuit comes into play with a nice lingering herbal hoppy finish.This is a nice version of a helles bock,the hops are big and fresh tasting,well done.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big lemon, orange, apple, pear, pepper, floral, grass, bread, cracker, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, pepper, floral, grass, bread, cracker, honey, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, grass, pepper, bread, light honey, and floral/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very wel lhidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice hoppy Helles bock style. All around good balance and robustness of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and some apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy soapy white head that reduces to a couple of medium thick patches of larger bubbles with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with some lighter amounts of spicy and grassy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready malts that is the strongest flavor in the beer. The hops are mostly spicy in the taste and light to moderate in intensity with the faintest of grassy hints. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderately dry with some hints of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I enjoyed the intensity of the spicy aspects of the Saphir hops in this brew and found it a little more interesting than the average Maibock / Helles Bock. I would definitely consider picking this one up again.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of FrankK
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tumbler.
No visible date.

A- Hazy yellow pour, with a two finger snow white head. Lacing is sticky and soapy.

S- Lemons, pears, grass, oranges, pilsner malts and a bit of cereal.

T- Lemons, pears, mandarin oranges, grass and some cereal grains.

M- Light to medium body, slightly chewy.

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Photo of corby112
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Earthy hop aroma with a floral, grassy character that's countered by musty funk, pale malt and light fruit. Hints of grass and pineapple followed by grass, straw, bread, biscuit and light fruit notes. The spicy, earthy hops really shine in the nose.

Chewy full body that's much heavier than I expected with a nice balance of earthy hops, bready yeast, pale malt and light fruit. There's a prominent spicy, grassy hop flavor up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finished. Nice amount of dry bitterness that refrains from becoming one dimensional. Well balanced by bready yeast as well as hints of grass, straw, biscuit, apple and pear. The relatively high ABV is nicely masked making this complex beer pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of locckdown
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish golden orange with fizzy one-finger head on top of a grassy, hoppy aroma with some citric and a sweet undercurrent from the pils malt (and touch of caramel - I swear). Great balance, light body and easy to drink, as the dry, citric hops mix well and balance with with sweet malts for a sweeter than usual maibock (that little dry twinge I usually get on the end of a beer of this style is less pronounce/muted by sweetness). It might not please some fans of this style, but I enjoyed the sweetness and breadiness from this beer that made it less dry than usual.

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Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

It pours a slightly hazed gold with a thick, frothy white head that recedes to some nice lacing.

The smell is pleasant. It is very much hinged on a honey meadlike scent that melts with some caramally malt. Te hops lend a big orangey citrus scent. This beer isn't optimally fresh but still smells pleasant. Like an orange blossom honey cake.

The flavor is really nice. Not like most heller bocks. This one isn't as sweet and the flavor and body both feel lighter and crisper than the typical helles bock. It has a nice honeylike flavor with a big malty punch, but the hops are still noticeable with some grassy bite, a mild bitterness, and some orange.

Overall not a bad one, it probably would be fantastic fresh.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Zraly
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, cloudy gold with a healthy, rocky head. Nice whiff of citrus and bread upfront. Lacing is good.

Hops are assertive upfront and supported by a doughy malt backbone. Hops snap with citrus. Medium-bodied and smooth, clean mouthfeel. A smattering of grain husk touches the palate in the finish, which dries down nicely. Well-balanced German lager.

A really nice European lager. I've only tried a few in this style (i.e., maibock) but so far, I'd have to say this is my favorite. The Saphir hops, with their crisp citrus presence, really shine with the malt bill. I could really go for a weisswurst right now!

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Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- There is a lot more malt in the nose than expected. The grassy hops are prevalent as well. Smells great!

T-The taste like the aroma starts out with some grainy malt with the hops coming in quickly and lingering well into the finish. The saphir hops are not overly bitter, but they do have a deliciously unique flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is a really nicely hopped German lager that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had been wanting to try this after seeing it in Minneapolis in the spring, so I broke down and had a few bottles shipped from Ultimate Wine Shop in NJ.

Poured from the bottle into a standard US pint glass.

A heavy pour creates a generous 2+cm head of very light tan, small-ish bubbles. This fades in a minute or two to a thin ring around the glass; leaves a bit of lacing, too. Body is a rich, deep, semi-hazy gold color, but plenty of active carbonation is visible.

Aroma is very clean, with slight mineral content, grain, flowery hops, light sweet fruit, and even a slight sourness. Could be a bit more pronounced?

Taste opens with malty and caramel sweetness closely tied to some spicy herbal/floral hop components that strike up as soon as the beer hits the middle of the tongue. Mid-taste is of gentle, faint, bland, subtle orange mixed with more noticeable black pepper. Very nice bitterness that arises in the mid-taste and lasts throughout (and dominates) the close. Aftertaste of agreeable malt sweetness, even yielding a bit of coconut in the back of the mouth. This is really tasty, especially as it warms.

Fairly medium to medium-heavy-bodied, somewhat chewy, but carbonation is generous enough to blend well with this. This could be a little too heavy and sticky sweet in the mouthfeel if it weren't for the dry hopping, which creates a generally dry mouthfeel. Finish is, expectedly, quite dry. Excellent.

Overall: wow. This was a pleasure to drink and think about while doing so. An exceptional helles, with a nearly perfect Continental hop and malt balance. Would definitely grab a bunch more if seen.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

350ml bottle - $4.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, golden-toned body with nearly a finger of white foam.

Smell: A yeast scent overtop notes of bready barley, thinned out honey, earthy spices, and dried flower petals kept in a child's diary.

Taste: Lightly bready, doughy maltiness and a moderate amount of apparent sweetness with a slight honey quality to it. Scant fruitiness. Hops are spicy, earthy, and provide a nice lil' herbal kick. Moderate bitterness. The herbaceousness amplifies as you near the dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A tasty little bock.

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Saphir Bock from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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