Hofftettner Granitbock review…

Posted: April 13, 2011 in Beer, Craft Beer

I happened upon this beer at a local beer tasting I attend each week. I was intrigued by the process used for this particular beer. At the brewery they heat granite stones until they are white hot, then drop them into the wort. This caramelizes the sugars in the wort giving a stronger, sweeter caramel and toffee flavor than standard brewing methods would supply.

Aroma: Very strong malt nose. Caramel, toffee and biscuit all prevalent. Little to no hop aroma.

Appearance: Ruby red with an off white small head that disappears quickly with minimal lacing.

Flavor: Sweet malts and tart fruits up front followed by rich and malty middle that has an almost buttery popcorn flavor. Very light hops ensure sweetness follows all the way through to the end.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel and a sweet finish.

Overall Impression: I liked the idea of the wort caramelization so I certainly dodn’t regret picking this up. I did however find it to be a fairly run of the mill bock. Certainly enjoyable, if unspectacular

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