Granitbock Ice | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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Granitbock IceGranitbock Ice

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Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 52
Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a bottle brewed in 2013 that seems to have been properly handled. Aroma was dark malts, roast, toffee, bit of licorice. Flavor’s similar to nose, not too sweet, but does have a bit of medicine in the finish.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very dark brown, murky brown, with an inch of tannish foam. Superb lacing.

Lots of brown sugar, caramel malt, and some grain in the nose. Oh, I do believe that I am sensing some Port like aromas. Hell, yes I do.

Yikes, the taste almost reaches the heights of the super good and style specific smells.

Caramel malt and brown sugar sweet notes dominate but fall far below the "this is too sweet" category. There are definitely some chocolate, perhaps of the semi sweet kind going on that add just a touch of bitterness. The Port I mentioned in the smell is there but a bit muted.

Close to full bodied without being cloying.

It might just be me but I find this Eisbock a rare and wonderful treat. Try it if you see it. PROST!

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Photo of bwood06
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very dark and some red with a small but creamy khaki head. 4.5/5

S - Dark stone fruit. Grapes. Sweet dark dessert wine. 4/5

T - Dates, plums, molasses, roasted malt, earthy hops. A bit of tobacco. Soy is very prevalent and seems to dominate flavor profile. 4/5

M - Heavy body with very little carbonation. 3.75/5

O - Nice complex beer. Not boozy at all for the abv. Too dominated by a soy umami for me to rate this beer higher. Very good though. 4/5

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a murky, cloudy medium-dark brown, almost like hot 65%-75% chocolate that has been partially frozen so that it's still mostly liquid, but slushy. Forms little to no head, and leaves no lacing on the glass at all. A very mud-puddle sort of aesthetic.

Smell: Sweetness leaps out of the glass, gloves on, mouthguard in, ready to open with a faked leg sweep into a haymaker. Dark stone fruit notes hang in the malty haze like ripe plums suspended in a fruitcake.

Taste: Woo! When served cold, this is like sipping on pure malt syrup, all sweetness, toffee, and a bit of booze! As it warms up, more flavors emerge, revealing notes of cooked raisin, black currant, baked ginger - this beer becomes a liquid fruitcake, soaked in rum. The finish leaves a lingering tone of toffee and an almost rum-based liquor.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, this beer sticks to every mouth surface and does not give way easily.

Overall: Not my favorite eisbock, as the Aventinus eisbock is a tough act to follow. However, it is pretty darned tasty, loaded with a depth that cool temperatures can mask. I'd repeat this beer, were I to stumble upon it on tap anywhere, or find it on a shelf in a place where the Aventinus were not available.

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Photo of pat61
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofstetten Granitbock Ice pours clean, brilliant chestnut with a thin film for a head that dissipates to nothing. Raisins, alcohol and rich sweet malts dominate the nose. It has rich dark bread malt flavors and traces of fruit but it tastes a little metallic – like when you are doing carpentry and are holding nails in your mouth, there is a dash of salt in the finish and the alcohol is a touch too hot. It has a full body and the carbonation is below average.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance: dark brown with a slightly murky appearance. Head poured a finger of dense tan foam. It's kind of intimidating.

Smell: richly malty with a lot of sweetness and dark fruit aromas. There's tobacco, raisin, date and cherry in here. Eisbocks and kvasses have very common themes in their aromas, despite the fact that this beer has ten times the alcohol of a kvass. It's quite good.

Taste: sweet and strong, with lots of bready maltiness. The alcohol is also quite strong toward the end. The rich fruity element from the aroma is much more subdued in the flavor, however; I would like to have tasted more of it.

Mouthfeel: tons of body with a relatively low carbonation, this is still a very smooth and velvety beer. Great.

Overall: aroma is great but I wish the flavor tracked more with the smell. Not quaffable in any conventional sense but a soothing sipper, good on a cold November night.

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Photo of DIM
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark, murky brown with lots of floating chunks; short lived medium sized head.

s: Nice nose. Sweet, ripe stewed figs and raisins with some molasses. Faint booze as well

t: More booze than in the nose, perfumed and sharp. The fruit comes across as less sweet and rich and more overripe and kind of vegetal.

m: Big and chewy, short lived carbonation.

o: I wish it tasted as good as it smells.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date: 5/1/14
Location: Half Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Pours an opaque brown. Lucid at the edge. Good cascading as you drink the beer.
Aroma: Prunes and figs are the fruit here. Slight bananas. Nice malts.
Taste: Nicely sweetened, the fruits really come through. Grape comes through in the taste and I didn't get a sense of it in the smell. Some caramel breaks through the fruit. The alcohol is present and it tastes a little hot going down my throat.
Mouthfeel: Sweetened and smooth borders on a halls medicine or a liquid candied.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: Vintage 2011
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

A malt-lover's dream, Hofstetten's eisbock manages to concentrate many of the flavors found in a darkly sweet and slightly cocoa-influenced bock, resulting in an easily drinkable, though definitely only-for-sipping over the course of an evening, heavy bock beer. Though the price is a bit high at $7 for 11.2oz, this could (and maybe should) be considered an entire evening's worth of drinking, thus resulting in a fairly fair price overall. A great evening and nightcap that I would return to again.

Pours a thin film of burnt tan-colored foam that quickly fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is minimal, just a few dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out little change except for slight dark brown hues around the edges of the main body. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma of heavy caramel-like sweetness, dried dates and brown figs, raisins and prunes in a heavy sugar syrup, slight toasted nut and toasted hearty bread. There's no ethanol here, though with potentially three years of age, that aspect should have mellowed considerably by now.

Overall flavors of heavy caramel-like sweetness, toasted brown bread, dried dates, figs, and grapes, and toasted nuts. Front of palate tastes heavy caramel-like sweetness, toasted hearty bread, dried dates and figs, slight toasted almonds. Mid-palate of heavy caramel-like sweetness, dried dates, figs and raisins in heavy syrup, hints of toasted almonds and hazelnuts, slight prune, a bit of cocoa, and of course ethanol (though mild). Back of palate experiences continued dark caramel sweetness from Maillard-reactions, with a bit more noticeable ethanol, then continued dry dates and figs with a bit of cocoa. Aftertaste is of dark caramel sweetness, toasted brown bread, dried dates and brown figs, raisins and prunes in heavy brown sugar syrup, and light lingering ethanol.

Beer is heavy-bodied, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a smooth (9/10) and just slightly foamy (1/10) mouthfeel that's perfect for a heavy, high-ethanol beer of such intense sweetness. Ethanol felt lightly as warmth in the nostrils and a light burn on the throat and tongue: ethanol generally well-hidden. Good for the style Closes dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in 2011 so a little age to this.Poured into a snifter a deep walnut brown no head to speak of.Aromas of roasted nuts,caramel, and a sour frutiness,almost like a fruitcake with a light sourness added.Flavors are nutty and cake-like with a tinge of rum,again a lingering light sourness is there.Mellow in the mouth...almost to mellow but it's a nice sipping nightcap.

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Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes, drank at Biergasthaus Schiffner, no individual scoring

L very dark brown

A sour and fruity

T follows nose, little malt

F medium heavy

O not your typical Eisbock, rather little malt sweetness and instead sourness, very well hidden alcohol for 11,5%

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Photo of alex_hart
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Dark, muddy brown with no head upon a relatively timid pour. No lacing.

Smell: Not a fan of the way this one smells at all. Just straight up molasses with bourbon on top.

Taste: much better than the nose but still follows the same idea. Molasses with bourbon and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Goes perfectly with the style. Heavy bodied with a pleasant alcohol twinge on the back of the tongue. A bit syrupy.

Overall: I have a few differnt eisbocks I have been waiting to try ever since I had the Aventinus Eisbock which is absolutely world class and one of my favorite beers ever. This didnt quite live up to that high bar, but it is still a good brew that is worth trying inside the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straight up pour gives a one finger light brown head that vanishes instantly, leaving no lace. Murky brown color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose, flavor is alcohol flavored molasses, some dark fruit with a dry finish. $8.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy dark brownish red in color and has a light amount of carbonation visible near the sides of the glass (it's too hazy to see through). It poured with just some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of dark fruits—plums, prunes and raisins stand out in particular—are present in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has added notes of caramel malts and brown sugar.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some warming from the alcohol. It's neither sticky nor syrupy.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink compared to other beers in the style because the alcohol is very well hidden from the taste and it's not very malty or full-bodied in nature.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish body with one finger offwhite head and some lace on top of an aroma that was strong, almost like a sticky sweet smell if that makes sense, barley malt aplenty, yeast pokes out and some dark/sweet fruit. The brew is creamy, smooth, the yeast makes it fluffy on the tongue and easy to pass, with a balance of caramel and toffee sweetness and good malts that border on roasted and some fruit flavors that border sweet fruit and dark fruit but I can't really pinpoint them. There are not really any citric type fruits like orange that sometimes poke out with a good amount of yeast in a beer, but the finish is a little crisp and these bitter citric hops poke out on the finish, overpowering the sweet malts and dryer malts. A very good beer that has a great balance of hearty maltiness and sweetness.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Birch.

A - Dark garnet color, pretty but not much head.

S - Some sour smells.

T - Very tart, cidery, warms you fast , very unique for an ice bock, but nice. Goes great with cheese.

M - Mouth is full, lots going on there.

O - This is a very different kind of eisbock, with the sour tastes, kind of interesting. It really grows on you as ypou drink it, so give it a chance.

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Photo of nickfl
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of light tan foam on top of a very dark brown body. The head fades quickly and leaves only traces of lace on the glass.

S - Lots of boozy sugar with notes of plum, raisins, toffee, molasses, and caramel.

T - Dark, tart fruit up front with plum, sour cherries, and raisins. Some dark sugar in the middle, caramel, and toffee that becomes more roasty in the finish with dark cherry, molasses, and a bit of licorice.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Well, it smells amazing, but the flavor is not at all what I expected. The tartness isn't unpleasant, but it is odd and I'm not sure if it was intentional or not. Overall, it is a good brew, but a more traditional version with more sweetness in the finish would have been better.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeah baby... on tap at Max's during their German beer fest.

The beer pours a fairly dark hazy brown color with light red highlights. Head retention is pretty good, though the lacing is light. The beer has something of a viscuous look to it, which I guess is no surprise. The nose is incredibly complex in this fine beer, as I pick up dark fruits, dry sherry, brown sugar, and even a hint of sour. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the light sour completely drying out the modest sweetness in this beer. The sherry, vanilla and a hint of nuttiness seem prominent in this well made, complex beer. Interestingly, while there's some sour in the finish, at the very end I get some sweetness as well. So much going on in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and while it's apparent the abv. is up there, there's no sense of heat in the finish, though the beer wears on you after a bit. It's just so rich and viscuous...

An amazing beer, and one that makes me understand why a brewery would make an eisbock. The concentration of flavor in this beer is flat out amazing.

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Photo of horshack7
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: With a head about an inch in height but thins out quick. Underneath is a dark mahogany with amber hues.

Aroma: Huge amounts of bready malts in the nose. Molasses, dark fruits, plantains, dark roasted hops with a twinge of char.

Taste: Very smooth mouthfeel. At the start it's a tidal wave of sweetness huge malt backbone to this beast. Dark fruits, hops are roasted so very well. Solid notes of figs, alcohol, lots of molasses wow is this sweet.

Notes: Dam this snarling beast has big sharp pointy teeth with a sinister malt backbone. Did I mention this beer is incredibly sweet. Cheers.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Murky pea soup. No head at all. Swamp water. Scary stuff lol. Amber hue.

S: Malty. Rye. Light Caramel. Buttered bread. Raisens. Anise. Musty, leathery. And again raisens.

T: Caramel. Molassesy. Toffee. Skor bar. Sugary sweet. Malty. Banana bread.

M: Alcoholy. Thick and chewy for sure.

O: Not a bad brew at all. Glad I tried it.

Thanks PapaStrudel and redliner8!!!

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice syrupy malty flow with an accessible hefty sense.

Presentation: 33 cl brown screw cap bottle. Front label offers a barely legible image of two people picking at ice… with an icebreaker in the distance? Dark blue and grey granite background. Legibility and typography and horrible, barely legible. Notes main ingredients and offers a small line about the brewing on antique granite vessels? Shows brewing year (2011 07), and 11.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Deep amber brown pour with a minimal initial head, gone in a blink, leaving no trace surface memory or lacing…

S - Dark fruit, prunes, figs, hinting at a sweet malty booze.

T - Long sweet flow, plenty of rummy caramel, touches of dark fruits… figs, prunes, syrupy but not cloying or as cloying as one might fear it would be. Slight herbal bitter hint in the finish under the syrupy malty flow.

M - Medium-full body highlighted by the syrupy feels as it flows. Small carbonation with a nice tiny tingle on the tongue, and a pleasing lingering memory.

O - A bit too compact in the flavor profile but with a very nice and slick flow.

Notes: Nice offering, does not make it to the notch of the very few eisbocks I´ve tried but it is pretty good. Repeating this rarity is unlikely given the price tag, which might be its biggest flaw.

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Granitbock Ice from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
3.95 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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