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Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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405 Ratings
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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-05-2001

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad at all, but a rather unexciting beer.

Appearance is very clear and a bit lighter than expected. Carbonation is almost nil. Aroma is very boozy, flavor is the same and very sweet. Dried cherries? Dried Pear? Sweet aftertaste. Taste of alcohol is substantial. Drinks almost like a cognac.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Fairly standard yellow beer color, albeit a bit hazy. Has kind of a skunky nose at first, not heavy, but I am kind of sensitive to the smell. It subsided after a minute, however, along with the short-lived half-inch head that started out so white and bubbly. There is also a slight sweet smell which does not give away the secret of how the beer will taste.

I know this is high alcohol, but geez, that first sip is a blast! Heavy and sweet, very prominent in your face alcohol flavor, mixing with sweet maltiness. Some nuttiness residual comes through as the alcohol and sugar burn clear out a bit, and baby it do burn some.

Fruity alcoholic aftertaste, like a medium-bodied semisweet wine. The low drinkability lowers what would be a reasonably good beverage. If I didn't know better, I'd think I was drinking malt liquor. Potent stuff campers.

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a clear amber/copper color. The aroma is sweet and alcoholic almost like a fine wine. The mouthfeel is a little dry, but I tend to like beers like that. There is a sweet flavor with bits of caramel and the alcohol is a bit overwhelming to the other flavors. There is also an oak undertone possibly from the barrels.

Photo of kkipple
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Urbock 23 is a very transparent light orange-gold, crowned with the faintest hint of white foam that hugs the rim and center of my goblet. Some bubbles cling to the side of the glass. Agitating it produces some short-lived foam, but it dissipates quickly.

I don’t get much in the nose, caramel, sweet malts, raisins, and some higher alcohols are present. Not very complex, at least, not yet...

A few sips and I’m thinking this is the baby brother to the massive Samichlaus, also made by Schloss Eggenberg. It’s got sufficient malt and alcohol, but lacks the syrupy sweetness and insane alcohol notes that Samichlaus is so well known for. Urbock is slightly watery, and has a pronounced medicinal alcohol finish. Some grain notes come through and the finish is dry and slightly metallic. Not a whole heck of a lot here, really…

Mouthfeel is finely carbonated and slightly slick. For some reason I get the impression that there is a lot of sugar still lurking in this beer, even though it’s not super-sweet like it’s older, badder brother Sami.

Finally, if this is a dopplebock, I don’t know what one is. The color is far too light, and the flavor lacks any hint of roasted grains… if I had to guess I’d say this was an eisbock or a weird alcoholic German lager… but not a dopplebock. I'm not sorry I tried it, but this isn't something I'm crazy for.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a short whiskey glass. A pretty stunning gold, but no head or lace to speak of... just looks like apple juice. Nice colour anyways.

A boozy, grainy aroma. Obvious apple, almost leaning too much to the sweet side, an inch from being sickly.

Not as complex as you would hope for this strength. Like the aroma, alot of grain, slightly damp, and almost too sweet apples. I just don't feel like there's much here. It's a rather flavourless lager kicked up a notch in strength. No nice floral hops. Malt doesn't have near enough character.

Light carbonation, smooth drinking, good for the style.

It's not bad, but I just couldn't bring myself to finish the whole bottle. One snifter was enough.

Photo of avisong
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of LJWalker
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of draftpunk
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden; effervescent; small head

Aroma: Malty; syrupy; touch of citrus

Taste: Malty; sweet; syrupy; almost chewy; not complex, just thick and strong; ok, but not that impressive

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of Shatter
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Kmat10
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of t8dd
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of bzach
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of szmnnl99
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of david131
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Ochsenblut
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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!

Photo of joedon
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of ohmybock
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color with no head. Doesn't look too special. Aroma is OK, has that "European" smell. Light carbonation. Upon tasting you realize that this is not your typical European lager. Starts somewhat sweet, then some heat from the alcohol kicks in. From there, I get a long lasting flavor that eventually fades to a moderate bitterness on the back of my tongue. Very smooth. Yum! Well done stong pale doppelbock. I usually prefer dunkel bocks, but this beer is quite good.

Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
81 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.