Hofbräu Winter Spezial is a German Doppelbock brewed by Hofbräu München, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a mug from a bottle.
The lager pours a dark brown with a thick cream-colored head that withdraws slowly and leaves behind a smattering of lace.
The aroma is slight but offers a scent of dark fruits and roasted malt.
Sweet flavors of dark fruits and vanilla transition to balancing bite of herbal hops. A base of roast malt ties the palate together.
The mouthfeel has a smooth body that isn’t quite full with low carbonation.
The Hofbräu Winter Spezial has a sweetness that nearly becomes cloying but there’s enough bite to make this bock an easy drinker. Hofbräu München has crafted a welcome brew for those chilly winter nights.