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Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 18.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-05-2001)
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Photo of david131


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy golden beer with a few floaters. The head is small and diminishes to a small white ring in no time.

S- Some apple juice, bubble gum, alcohol and a slight amount of spiciness.

T- Same as the aroma. The alcohol is apparent and slightly harsh on the tail end. Slightly sweet. Quite a bit of apple and bubble gum though.

M- The carbonation level is spot on and for as apparent as the alcohol is at the tail end, this beer is not harsh at all.

D- With the booze as noticeable as it is, this is not the most drinkable beer. But, this seems to be a tendency for some beers in this style. Given that, I found this to be an enjoyable doppelbock, but I don't see myself getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 02:14:37 | More by david131
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale double bock...okay...really not what you'd expect from a dopplebock, or even a bock. Golden colour, almost like a lager or a pale Euro ale...light white head.

Light malty scent, light spice. Smells like a Euro ale to be honest. Taste is much richer - brown sugar, spice, citrusy hops. A bit bitter and processed, but not nearly as bad as the scent lets on. Good dose of alcohol in there.

Light body, but surprisingly thick for the appearance. Not a horrible beer, but it seems like a weird high-powered mix of a bock and pale Euro lager. Euro malt liquor, maybe?

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 06:01:45 | More by BDTyre
Photo of ADZA


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well on this bottle they call this the cognac of beers i think ill be the judge of that,it pours a see thru pale amber colour with little carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing head with no lacing just a little ring around the edge,it has a funky apple malty smell to it not too sure what to make of that aroma,it has a thin mouthfeel and tastes kinda like sweet apples infused with alcohol but not a dominant alcohol taste just enough to give you that little bit of warmth that a white port does at the finish so i can maybe see where they are trying to get as saying its the cognac of beers but it still just doesnt get me that excited really,because of the sweetness of this beer drinkability for me isnt the highest but i could see myself drinking this beer as an after desert beer but thats it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 06:59:46 | More by ADZA
Photo of Ochsenblut


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Transparent tarnished gold body with a pure white one finger head that fades to a 1mm lasting ring.

S- Honey suckle, vanilla bean and grassy hops.

T- The alcohol is forthcoming, spicy and warms the back of the throat as massive amounts of raw honey and vanilla come through. It leaves an oily feeling on the tongue and a lasting grassy hops aftertaste. As the beer warms, the beer intensifies to almost cloying.

M- Appropriate carbonation lends itself to a medium mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about.

D- This is another beer for a nose stopping cold. It's intense, highly alcoholic and upfront. This is NOT a session beer, and is more like a digestive or maybe belongs in the horn of a viking. In that case, it's a viking session beer.

In fact, it reminds me of mead!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 22:25:05 | More by Ochsenblut
Photo of joedon


3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle has been in my beer cellar for some time; at least a year. No bottling date on the label that I could find.

Pretty bright gold color with fluffy white head. Aroma mostly of alcohol and malt.

Taste was kind of harsh. I expected a bit of alcohol bite but this was way to sharp plus had a bitter hop edge that was not to style. I'm thinking this beer was stale but not really skunky.

Good body as it should be for a big beer. Not very drinkable considering the defects in the taste.

I prefer big beers but this one was flawed. However, I may try another bottle in hopes of finding something fresher.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 12:53:48 | More by joedon
Photo of elmocoso


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice deep gold with a two finger head that quickly falls, leaving a lacy surface foam. Falls from the high alcohol, i presume. Malty sweet in the nose. High alcohol - like a barley whine w/o hops. Taste is very sweet. It is strong but lacks the balance of bitterness. cloying at times. Seems smooth and might be a good after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 06:18:21 | More by elmocoso
Photo of brdc


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle.
It pours a golden brew, slightly darker than an average pilsner, with a small, quickly fading head.
Aroma, like the taste is heavily dominated by an excessive, at times overpowering alcohol presence. Little malts here and there, but the alcohol essentially dominates and obscures everything else.
I did not finish mine, just too much alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 02:53:03 | More by brdc
Photo of TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange / gold in color, clear to maybe slightly hazy. Continuous and effervescent carbonation props up a long lasting, thick film of head in the middle, with a decent ring and good lacing.

A sweet malt nose. Apples and light fruits, crystallized sugar, and some caramel to boot. Maybe some breadiness and very slight alcohol warming. Just... really sweet.

Pear and apple to the taste, which is again sweet. Every note is caramelized. There is some alcohol spice, but not much in the way of warming, probably because it is basically chilled syrup.

Tasty if sipped very slowly, the sweetness can get cloying fast. Not drinkable.

EDIT: Fixed a typo.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2008 04:27:23 | More by TheMistler
Photo of clvand0


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber color with almost no head and little lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly fruit and alcohol - mostly alcohol. The flavor reminds me of a wine with an oak character. Very thick. Sweet maltiness and alcohol are the first things noticed in the flavor. Drinkability suffers from the alcohol. Not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 13:43:27 | More by clvand0
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - a clear golden which is surprising, short head dissipated to a thin covering with some lacing
S - notes of bready malt, licorice root, mild fruit, and some alcohol
T - bready and biscuity with some metallic hop flavour, black licorice, but the alcohol builds and eventually dominates
M - bready but relatively light with medium carbonation and an alcohol burn at the back of the throat
O - a decent enough beer but the flavours are a little strange and really don't work as a doppelbock, and the alcohol stands out a little too much

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 06:18:50 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First of all, this cannot be a doppelbock. From the appearance to the smell to the taste, it screams only Eisbock. While not a good example of either, it is certainly far more eisbock than doppel.

A- Crystal clear light gold with a tight white head that dissipates to a ring in seconds.

S- Sweet malt, caramel, a slight nutty character, alcohol, cane sugar, no hops at all.

T- Malty front with a yeasty, bready center, and an almost fruity finish. Sweet and honey-like, fills your mind with dripping corn syrup and honeycomb. The finish is not overpowering, though... the beer gets lighter as it goes down.

M- Slightly thin for an eisbock(once again, nowhere near a doppel), But with some buttery smooth tinges, and low carbonation.

D- Not as bad as the eku 28... still, I'd like to see you sit down and chug a couple without throwing up from sheer exhaustion.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 01:56:08 | More by khiasmus
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml (?) bottle. no date found. poured into tulip.

clear straw color with amber tones. moderate head soon fades to just wisps and a foamy ring. lacing doesn't stick. eventually, the whole thing has no head at all. nothing.

smells like brandy or cognac, with fruity tones. caramel maltiness and very faint grassy hop, going into a slightly alcoholic and phenolic end.

tastes starts with sweet maltiness and caramel, with more fruity cognac, but also with the same boozy quality of a cheap distilled spirit. faint hops and bitterness only slightly offset all the booze, phenols and fusels.

mouthfeel manages to stay smoother and even lightly syrupy. gentle to moderate carbonation livens things up slightly.

still not a fan though.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 09:22:36 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Very light lustrous golden body with a foamy white head that kicked up a bit of lace, but soon settled to an attractive spotty film. It reminded me a lot of a barleywine, and the high ABV seems more in line with that. It looks good, but it certainly doesn't look how it should for a doppelbock. The aroma is sweet and grainy, with a slight spiciness and noticeable alcohol.

Initial taste is quite sweet, and the alcohol is apparent, although it serves to dry the sweetness out a little and provide some more balance. There's also a bit of grain mixed in with the sweetness. There's not much to it at all, but for cheap beer who's complaining? Very syrupy, almost oily mouthfeel. Its really more of a sipper due to the heaviness of the alcohol, mouthfeel and sugar, but its a solid enough. The combined sweetness and high alcohol make this an almost certain headache inducer for me.

Eggenberg's take on the doppelbock style isn't particularly to my liking - they come in as far too sweet, and not nearly bready enough. This is probably my final attempt at a beer from these guys.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 13:13:46 | More by bobsy
Photo of vishneda


3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sweet beer that is also malty, Urbock 23 is dark golden color coming out of the bottle. Continental malt dominated the aroma of the beer with maybe a hint of hops in the background. I sipped the beer and it went from cool to warm during the time I drank it. The flavors during the transition ranged from near-cloying sweetness at its coldest to sweet and spicy when it warmed. The alcohol was pretty noticeable when the beer got warm, but I thought it sort of added to the flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel was middle of the road for dopplebocks, and it was a definite sipper (though I expect this at this level).

Overall an uncomplicated and average beer that's a bit more of a golden or maibock. If you love dopplebocks its worth having at least once. I can see why some people are put off by it, though, especially if you are into complex Belgian beers. Nothing really blew me away. I wouldn't pay the cost again for this beer given the high price it has in the USA.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 12:31:00 | More by vishneda
Photo of geexploitation


3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very clear and light for a doppelbock -- it's really more pilsner colored. No head to speak of, though that's no surprise given the ABV. Aromas are quite sweet, with a honeyish character in the background and candied stone fruits up front. There's a hint of drying spice underneath everything, and a slight hop presence that comes out only at higher temperatures. On the palate, things start out with a touch of overdone sweetness, then hop bitterness and then an astringent spiciness that leaves a bitter aftertaste at the finish. Mouthfeel is zippy and light. Overall, I'll say about this exactly what I say about Samichlaus: it ain't a doppelbock, first of all. However, whereas Samichlaus, especially with some age, shows some softness and depth of flavor in the fruit column, this beer has none of that. Maybe it will come with time, but for now this is only middling.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 04:28:12 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Onceeven

New York

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured somewhat vigorously into my favorite tulip glass, and was treated to white finger thick head that quickly vanished to a thin film. Clear glowing golden hue, a much lighter in color that I had expected given that all the other dopplebock's I've had were a deep mahogany.
The smells of alcohol and an underlying caramel sweetness.
The alcohol fumes almost seem to be thicker that the brew itself. When you take a sip, the vapors rush to the roof of your mouth with an interesting sensation of its own.
Alcohol dominates the palate, but smooths out revealing the caramel flavor that the scent only hinted at. The flavor lingers for a good ten to fifteen seconds as your whole body is warmed!

I'm glad I tried it, but it wont fit into the regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 02:58:44 | More by Onceeven
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear gold with loose white head. Bodes poorly perhaps.

S - Aroma is quite boozy, with floral hints, malty sweetness and a musty touch.

T - Very sweet, very boozy, and lots of grainy malt. Enough hops for balance, but definitely overwhelmed by the sweet malt.

M - Slick and syrupy. Maybe a touch too much fizz.

D - Not bad. There is some measure of balance in this, to counter the huge alcohol. Tastes like a very sweet maibock.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 05:39:41 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of libertygrails


3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light straw. Very minimal carbonation. Even with an aggresive pour i bet there'd be no head retention here.

Smell: Fresh cut apple, malts, slight phenol.

Taste: This is a "pale doppelbock"!? Taste more like a light-weight barleywine to me...but what do i know? Not very impressive.

Mouthfeel: Light-weight again.

Drinkability: Hides the printed 9.6% ABV very well. Lil dubious about that number to be honest. If you like this, you could put quite a few away quickly. This beers only real saving grace is it's "drinkability" and/or as a "food pairing" type beer, sadly. A one-timer for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 04:47:05 | More by libertygrails
Photo of mpyle


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprisingly pale golden color for a doppelbock. Small whitish head that did not linger.

Aromas were minimal, particularly in comparison to the typical doppelbock. A hint of apple schnaps (an appley/alcohol smell), but highly subdued.

Clean malty sweetness up front, but balanced by a distinct hop bitterness. Maybe some diacetyl. A balanced beer, but lacking the complex malt flavors associated with the style (at least by me).

Medium body and surprisingly tangy carbonation given the wimpy head. Creamy and smooth midmouth, but then transitioning to a gentle alcohol warming followed some slickness and tingling late.

Overall a clean lager, but not very exciting beyond the shocking ABV for such a pale, relatively subdued beer. Fairly drinkable, but not a session beer for me due to the ABV, high cost, and lack of complex flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 02:51:09 | More by mpyle
Photo of BeerSox


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Hazy golden, which is a surprise for me. That's very light for a doppelbock. A thin off white head slowly settles to a thick rim.

The smell is more typical of a doppelbock - thick and sugary with loads of caramel and not much hop aroma.

This is a very sharp tasting beer, with the alcohol doing a lot of the talking. The flavor is overwall somewhat sweet, with the caramel showing up in the middle. A bit of hops bitterness shows up in the finish, but that's about it. Most of the focus is on the strong alcohol. Full bodied.

The feel of this one is just too harsh, especially for the style. I can only take a sip each time, almost like a strong Barleywine or an over-the-top Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 21:51:22 | More by BeerSox
Photo of RWACKO

New York

3/5  rDev -16.4%

11-21-2011 00:22:54 | More by RWACKO
Photo of TR0219


3/5  rDev -16.4%

10-13-2013 18:57:48 | More by TR0219
Photo of akttr


3/5  rDev -16.4%

06-13-2012 03:36:51 | More by akttr
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into tulip 6/6/11

A clear golden liquid with a fair bit of carbonation but not much in the way of head or lace

S some purple candy, honey, a little booze and some candied corn maybe

T caramel and biscuit to go along with what I smell and the booze is even a little stronger in the mouth

M well carbonated and thicker then the color would leave you to believe but the booze burn takes away from it

O nothing stands out and nothing other then the booze takes away from the beer being enjoyable, pretty average

Not the best offering from this brewer(mind you I've only tried Samiclaus) but at 3 bucks a bottle I had little to lose

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:16:12 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Exeter

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.4%

09-24-2013 00:44:50 | More by Exeter
Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
81 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.