Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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4.75/5 rDev +32.3%
Pours honey golden with thin white head. Nose is beautiful & delicate with honey, maybe honeydew, and faint malt. A leap of malt comes forward on the palate, with honey, and a luxurious malt component. Viscous body is amazing, and the beer has a hard to describe "hearty" character that is so lovable in bocks.
Fine example, though I think it is more of a Helles bock than a traditional doppel.
04-17-2009 23:40:11 | More by yemenmocha
4.65/5 rDev +29.5%
Poured in a goblet glass. I didn't have any head to speak of and the color is
a dark yellowish, and there are white fragments floating inside. I'm not good at describing a certain ingredient when I smell but I can tell you that it smells comparable to a belgian tripel style beer. I can smell the alcohol in this beer and the taste of it as well. It has a very nice taste though. It will be too strong for those you like a lighter beer.
11-14-2006 04:10:37 | More by basscram
4.63/5 rDev +29%
This beer poured a clear golden amber with a thick off white head that was sustained by a flood of bubbles from the bottom of my glass. The head was so well sustained, it stayed around until the end leaving behind dense clumps of lace.
Smelled fantastic with green grapes, marshmallow and dark caramel with a pervasive sour undertone.
Tasted of cool green grapes and peaches with a slightly smoky molasses malt that lasted surprisingly long, but then collapsed into a dirty dry juniper finish. Very impressive delayed dynamics.
The mouth feel was smooth, thick and creamy with a medium to thick body and a light playful carbonation.
01-09-2006 17:48:03 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.6/5 rDev +28.1%
Disappointed when I opened this brew. No "Pssssht", and there was only about 1/2" of head space. When I poured it, I was able to summon a small wisp of white foam and about 5 bubbles. The head that did form had good retention and obviously no lacing. Despite this, the aroma was pleasing, with a very firm maltiness, dates, golden raisins, vanilla, pleasant alcohol, and a very mild, yet cool sour grassiness. Aroma immediately tells you that this is a strong brew to be reckoned with. The mouthfeel is very slick and pleasantly syrupy with a medium body. Taste is also very nice despite being nearly flat...there is just enough carbonation to add some balancing acidity to the sticky, heavy malts. Taste starts floral and spicy with cloves, then vanilla, a ton of malt, and honey. The middle is very sweet with golden raisins and vinous grapes with a mild Noble hop bitterness. Slight hop flourish in the otherwise spicy, sweet, semi-dry finish. The alcohol, while barely evident in taste, is going straight to my head and gives me a warm tummy. Ahhh, this is nice. No perceptible off-flavors. The alcohol, while abundant, is a completely pleasant experience...The elements fall into perfect synchrony...symbiosis defined. As it warms, it stays constant, rich, and gratifying, conjuring pleasant memories of my stay in Austria.
After cracking open this baby, I thought it would be a stinker. Even with this faulted semi-flat bottle, I was floored and would easily buy it again. A very unique brew, and something that should be experienced! Thank you Eggenberg for this heavenly brew.
I will try to re-rate this with a better bottle in the future.
04-21-2004 23:46:57 | More by Mitchster
4.58/5 rDev +27.6%
Clear gold hue, oodles of animation endless streams of bubbles race towards the white head. Absolutely gorgeous! The head collapsed at a modest pace, the tight cap held well. No lace. The nose is tartly sweet, but a harder sniff draws out clean, hearty maltiness, a note of alcohol too. While it is not all that potent it is inviting. Warming spicy alcohol caramel-apples, distant maltiness... pepper... sharp fruitiness... all construct the marvelous palate; sweet at times, more peppery at others, borderline cloying but the hot alcohol cuts off that notion quickly. Wow, this is not a typical dopplebock by any stretch of the imagination. It is like a Belgium-influenced dopplebock. Weird? Yes but very tasty, complex and intriguing. Light in body, not thin however. The carbonation is little. This is a wonderful sipping beer. Savor this one! Seek it out, highly recommended.
10-30-2003 02:56:52 | More by bditty187
4.58/5 rDev +27.6%
11.2 oz paper necked bottle.
It pours a nice deep orangeish gold, not unlike an oktoberfest. The head is big soapy and white and recedes to some spots of lacing.
The smell is intoxicating. Initially it is fruity and alcoholic, then it seems to mellow into a malty meadlike bakery scent with a nice bit of caramel sweetness. It smells like sticking your head in a mash tun and almost meady cognac alcoholic scents.
The taste is initially dominated by alcohol and some bitterness. It begins to smooth out and the flavors start to pop, it is a sipper. It still retains some noble hops, but the focus is the malt. It has a huge honey presence, and a soother alcoholic taste than I am used to in these alcoholic high plato beers. It has alot of nutty honey flavor. There is a bright floral note that holds in the aftertaste. The alcohol combined with these flavors definitely reminds one of a cognac.
It is a great beer from an outstanding brewery.
12-29-2010 06:44:33 | More by crossovert
4.55/5 rDev +26.7%
Poured to a golden color with hints of orange, nice thick whitish head thaat reduced to good lacing. Aroma was a mix of malty sweetness and hoppy fruits. Taste was an extension of this mix, and at mid-glass, the alcohol become just noticeable enough in both the aroma and taste to fit in perfectly. A long, smooth, tasty finish topped the whole thing off. This was really a good beer, and I will no doubt have more Urbock 23.
09-29-2006 02:54:54 | More by kimcgolf
4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
Wow.. this is the trippiest beer I have ever had. A through-the-looking-glass, alternate dimension doppelbock.
Golden, pilsener-like body. Decent bubbly white head.
Somewhat (noble?) hoppy nose, with evident maltiness and some alcohol.
Storms into the mouth with carmel apple maltiness. Switches to solely apple, then to grape. Hops enter at this point to dry out the juiciness. Alcohol is next, which ads some pepper and fire. Finishes wine-like with lingering honey.
Very tasty, very complex and very unique.
Syrup-like in the mouth, but not oppressively heavy. Actually, pretty solid.
Quite a treat.
I am surprised this has been hosed by many other reviews. It has me grinning like Cheshire Cat.
06-10-2002 21:36:35 | More by cokes
4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
11.2 oz. bottle, I'm delighted to try one of the original "extreme" beers,
A: Pours orange to medium amber with a mild head, no lace. At the high alcohol level I understand. Nice colour.
S: Hedonistic nose of Grand Marnier, brandy, calvados, malt and liquor. Glorious.
T: Has a lot of orange liqueur as I got with the nose. Malt heavy, some caramel, stone fruit/peaches, lots of residual sugar but never goes over the top. Tasty.
M: Elegant mouthfeel, the beer is simply not cloying which I was astounded with. Elegant, liqueur like on the finish. The EtOH is present, but blended perfectly.
D: A fantastic strong lager beer. Samichlaus light perhaps, but it has the flavour profile and intensity to hang with that beer. A nightcap beer for sure, a must try.
08-12-2010 03:14:13 | More by Halcyondays
4.47/5 rDev +24.5%
Poured from a bottle to a tall steamed glass. the liquid is a pure clear golden amber, light carbonation. The head is mostly white small bubble foamy, almost 2 finger that fades fast, not much lace. Kind of wine like.
The smell is sweet malt washed in alcohol.
The taste is very smooth light malty with lots of alcohol. If you are looking for a traditional Doppelbock this is not for you. I find this beer quite different. Gone are the standers coffee, chocolate and fruit. This beer is much more elegant. Infact quite stuning in some wine like qualities, But malty and a beer. More like a Carmel mai bock. I am digg'in it big time
Mouthfeel is also quite good, carbonation is nice, Body is light, but with a big 9+ ABV it is a remarkable brew. Have this one out fine dinning or to impress.
Drinkability is high as is the ABV. Prosit Und Zum Wohl! MK
08-09-2006 02:00:40 | More by MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5 rDev +24.5%
A - A beautiful amber, decent head but nothing spectacular
S - Fruit, citrus aromas, some alcohol (remember its 9%+) and malt and hops
T - tastes the way it smells very nice and complex beer
M - Medium carbonation, medium try on the tongue and quite creamy and smooth for the style
D - Could be very high but you feel and taste the alcohol after a while also it s a bit acidic after a while in other words could be a 5 but is more like a 4 - goes down well
07-11-2009 15:55:00 | More by DerBayer
4.45/5 rDev +24%
Here in SC we are only just beginning to get the great beers. I have taken advantage of this opportunity to try some great Doppelbocks...Celebrator, Optimator, Korbinian, etc. Yet this one never really was called to my attention. It was a diamond in the rough.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A. Beautiful amber color with a head that just dissappeared without a trace.
S. Caramel, green apple with a wonderful alcohol fullness.
T. Starts out with a warm alcohol taste, but the overall taste is a beautiful malty goodness. This brew is dominated by a sweet toffee like maltiness.
M. Wonderful. The alcohol is well hidden.
D. I have often heard and said that the alcohol is well hidden and could sneak up on you. This brew is the epitome of this statement. It would be easy on a cold fall evening to imbibe in way too many of these.
If you like Doppelbocks, this is a must!! A great brew.
07-26-2007 01:12:05 | More by MarkSCCOT
4.45/5 rDev +24%
Purchased from Natalie's Liquor Warehouse as a four-pack of 330mL bottles. Poured into a large glass stein.
A: Clear bronze-orange body with a thin white head that rapidly vanishes (Eggenberg beers don't seem to have much head retention).
S: Medium-strong malty aroma with hints of alcohol and honey.
T: Pow! An deluge of malts overloads the palate with flavors of bread, caramel, honey, spices, and a hint of alcohol. Only a small amount of hops, but no more are needed. The flavor is really powerful and complex, and dwarfs many other doppelbocks like Salvator and Optimator. Sweet but not excessively so. It's sort of resembles its absurdly strong stablemate Samichlaus, but not quite as powerful; a King Kong to Samichlaus' Godzilla.
M: Thick, creamy, considerable carbonation. Has a feeling of substance to it that I like in a doppelbock.
D: A potent, formidable beer. It has an alcoholic warming to the finish and the taste clings to your tongue. 9.6% ABV plus the thick mouthfeel make this a beer to be consumed slowly. One is plenty; two will probably take you to another planet.
In a way Urbock 23 is sort of like a lighter, cheaper (but by no means cheap) Samichlaus. It doesn't have the same over-the-top intensity of Samichlaus, but it hits like a train both in its flavor and its alcohol content nonetheless. An excellent beer, but at $17 for four it's seriously expensive. Highly recommended.
03-20-2011 18:17:34 | More by Sorvahr
4.45/5 rDev +24%
This is an excellent, well-rounded, characterful doppelbock.
Deep gold, it has a medium off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and some nice lace.
Aroma is strong, syrupy raisin, toasty bread, hints of meat and herb.
Taste is lots of fruit, raisiny bread crust, lemony herbal bitterness, hints of spice. It's creamy but lively, not too oily or thick. It is sweet but not too sweet with nice, engaging zesty bitternes to round it out.
11-10-2012 20:48:08 | More by Offa
Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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