Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 292
Hads: 412
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-05-2001

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Photo of Beertracker
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schloss Eggenberg Urbock 23° pours up compact with a small, short lived whitish head that rings the slightly hazy, deep sunglow body. The sweetish aroma has a wonderful breadiness to it with some toasted (Melba toast, saltine cracker) maltiness and fruity (clementines, orange marmalade) qualities. There's just a hint of floral spiciness from the Noble finishing hops that's underlying the maltiness along with some notable alcohol. Otherwise clean, low fruitiness, no diacetyl or DMS. The flavor is dominated by a rich toasted, sweet melanoidin maltiness that's remarkably well balanced by a pleasant spicy hop bitterness. This medium-full bodied lager finishes remarkably smooth with some alcoholic warmth & complexity. This is a finely crafted pale doppelbock from one of the world's great lager breweries. Enjoy this one paired with some traditional Knabber Nossis (dried sausage) and buttery Grinzing cheese accompanied by freshly baked European sweetbread.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale amber / light gold. Sparkling, with something of a champagne quality, little head.

S: Candied dark fruits, with an additional, almost pear-like aroma. Some herbal hops coming through.

T: An excellent sweet malt / hops balance. A little plum tasting, with that bit of pear sneaking through again... kind of interesting on that point. While retaining the sweet flavours, bitter hops come out more through the body, with an alcohol finish.

M + D: Semi-heavy mouthfeel, but not too thick. Carbonation settles over the tongue. I would gladly have a couple or more of these, but I'm sure the alcohol would catch me off guard, so it's one to excercise some restraint with. If that can be done, it's a good call. (722 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear pale copper with a small head.

S: Metallic. Can't smell much else but I am outdoors.

T: Syrup and rumness. It's sweet and tastes much like an English barley wine with a slightly lagery grain flavour. It's nice and sticky. The sweetness is perfect. Lots of that alcoholic lacquer flavour. Almost no fruit character.

O: Not overly complex but still delicious and I can't believe all the low ratings. (411 characters)

Photo of PartyBear
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber and clear. Pours with a small head that is all but gone within a minute. Medium level of carbonation.

S - Very malty, with a strong smell of alcohol. Also, has a mild scent of apples.

T - Sweet malts, almost like shortbread. Clear taste of alcohol, with a subtle underlying fruitiness.

M - Warming and creamy but still manages to maintain a light body. Very alcoholic feel on the tongue, to the point of being numbing.

D - Although the alcohol is very upfront in this beer, it remains drinkable. The flavours are quite complex, and there may have been flavours that I didn't manage to decipher this time round. Will definitely seek this out again. (665 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant gold with a thin white film for a head.
S: Wine and bread aromas
T: Big malt and alcohol flavors, light brown sugar, light caramel, a light hop accent on the finish.
F: Creamy, full bodied, medium carbonation, very warming.
O: An iconic big light colored beer. A touch hot but still very nice. (310 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow color and formed a small bubby white head that left little lace as it quickly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, pine and alcohol. The flavor was of malt, a touch of hops, and a heavy hint of alcohol. The finish was medium light, yet creamy. It was a touch astrigent with the alcohol coming across on the palate. A good beer, but hard for me to think of as a dopplebock like Celebrator. (453 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was golden, with good head. The smell was a very cereal/dry malt smell. The taste was remarkbly sweet, even for a dopplebock...a more malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability was fairly good.

Another good beer from Eggenberg. I'm looking forward to the Samichlaus again this winter, but for now this has to be my favorite. I'd definitely have another one of these. (423 characters)

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a light thin head, which doesn't appear to look like a typical dopplebock. The aromas are of strong alcohol, but not unappealing, and honey, almost mead-like. The taste is great, traces of honey as well as oak, and a strong alcohol taste, which isn't surprising coming from Brewery Castle Eggenberg, the maker of Samichlaus. This beer is very good, but it is definately not a session beer by any means. This beer needs to be savored, and let it warm up a little bit. (493 characters)

Photo of vtfan77
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold with only the slightest semblance of a head; it's really more of a perpetual ring of lace than a head. Beautiful color, though.

S- Smells... well, like a strong doppelbock. Lots of bready malt and even a few fruity notes, but lacking the esters of a barleywine (as would be expected). Alcohol is quite prominent as well.

T- Quite sweet to the taste. The malts take on more of a honey character than the bready aroma would suggest. The alcohol and hops combine to give the beer a nice spicy finish, along with a slight bitterness. Delicious!

M- Not a whole lot of carbonation and a little thinner than I was expecting. It's nice and smooth, though, and even a little creamy.

D- Obviously a sipping beer, but definitely drinkable for one with an ABV of nearly 10%.

Very nice beer here! It's certainly not your traditional doppelbock; it's more like a combination of a bock and a barleywine. It's very good, though. Recommended. (953 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a softly bronzed orange color, with a small foam head that sat pretty well, leaving behind some tendrils of stain. Smell was round and subtle, with orange notes that open to the most true scent of citrus rinds I’ve seen in a lager. Malt body, though, with alcohol scents of a small and acceptable size and quality. Taste was lightly creamy, with notes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit - like a fruit cocktail of these. They merge/create (?) a very moderate and calm bitterness, balancing with the very fine malt in the background, a malt that was not great or characterful but there. Finish was moderate, tasting like a mish-mashed blend of the palette, while it does becomes grassy and a bit oily. Had some whiskey malt notes that only come out toward the end of the finish. Smooth, full, and silent mouthfeel, so good you don’t notice because it fits the overall character of the beer perfectly. Intensely drinkable, goes down so easy. If this was cheap and more available there would be trouble. This beer wowed some friends who aren't big into beer. (1,062 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid gold with a low-decent off-white head and constant low-moderate carbonation with slow bubbles; light in color for the style. Strong all malt aroma and flavor with moderate sweetness, some spiciness, and light alcohol notes. Full bodied with a rich robust mouthfeel and flavor.

Per label: "1681" & "Originalabfullung Schloss Eggenberg" & "Das Bier Zum Salzkammergut Ale"

(11.2 oz. / .33L yellowish-brown bottle embossed with "Schloss Eggenberg" twice around the neck. (478 characters)

Photo of NightINgale
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle that has been ageing since 2009...

A - Pretty nice copper-coloured body. I've heard the beer is pretty pale when fresh, though. Clear. Very little head and no lacing.

S - The smell is full of caramel and apples (with a distinct cider-like quality to it). Hints of alcohol and yeast.

T - It does taste like a doppelbock, with its nice roasted malt flavours and hints of caramel and apple. However the ageing and the ABV have given the beer some qualities of cognac or calvados (or even rum), adding some grape and wood notes and a bit of cinnamon-like spiciness to the flavour profile. Quite sweet and not very bitter, with just a little bit of hop flavour remaining.

M - The body is surprisingly smooth for such a strong beer. Creamy, relatively flat and not boozy. Medium-bodied.

O - Overall, this turned out to be very impressive, more so than their Samichlaus. The 3 years of ageing (neglecting the expiry date) have really added a nice touch to the beer and transformed the mouthfeel. (1,007 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, clean, dark gold with little head...sweet malt/vanilla tones on the nose...9% alcohol? You'd never guess it...sweet and slick with little hopping...a bit sweet for some but a good blond doppel in my book..a nice flowery hop profile would do wonders for this beer..could use some additional hopping but still very good as is.. (333 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a thin white head that slowly dissipates leaving a partial trail down the side of the glass and a wispy lace.

S: Sweet and slightly fruity aroma with a caramel background. Interesting complex aroma.

T: Smooth orange and fruity flavor with a caramel background. Finishes smooth and slightly dry.

M: Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: This beer has a ton of complex flavor and aroma and enough alcohol to make it interesting. (514 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very strange, surprising, and…um…dangerous beer. Tapped at Wonder’s Pub in Madison, WI last week and listed as “Ur Bock Belgian Ale.” I wasn’t sure what to think of it.

Ur Bock 23 pours a bright gold with a thick but short lived white froth. Certainly looks like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Strong and sweet fruity aromas dominate but I can’t tell if they come from alcohol or just a rather interesting yeast. Bread and biscuits follow.

The flavor is huge and boozey but not as boozey a 9.6% would indicate. Barley sugars, sweet fruity alcohol, orange scones drizzled in honey, and just a touch of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel reminds me of Kasteel Bruine primarily because this beer captures the extreme level of sweetness I recently tasted in the Kasteel. Ur Bock on the otherhand is noticeable larger, though not a large in terms of body or booze feel/taste as one would expect from a 9.6% beer. Ur Bock is both huge and subdued and deceiving at the same time.

Drinkability… Well I had my first glass with a burger and left not knowing quite what beer I had consumed. I returned during a beer club meeting and confirmed that this was a beer from Eggenberg and not a Belgian as I had been lead to believe earlier. I should have know that any beer from Eggenberg would pack a major punch but I ignored this and went ahead drinking 4 chalices with ease. I really enjoyed this beer that seems to me to be yeast and alcohol focused in almost its entirety and would drink it again…although…the headache that arrived a few hours after drinking four wasn’t fun…

Stylistically, I just don’t see anything Doppelbockish about this but perhaps that is what makes it so unique. (1,683 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured hardly any head. Had the most uncommon I have seen for a dopplebock yet. A more amber like blush wine color with a little straw gold in the mix.

Smell- Very complex with a very sugary smell, hardly any hops r malt noted. A noticeable hint of alcohol as well.

Taste- Delightful brew mixing lots of candi sugars, strawberries, rose petals, very sweet malts. (382 characters)

Photo of ToadManA1A37651
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoying this in a san miguel snifter with etching on bottom. leaving nice popping alcoholy feeling in the back of my throat makes the fine golden nectar go down easy. no bitterness, but malty goodness. there is no fruit that i can detect maybe a prune or two, but barely. (272 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sound gold tone with a nice sized creamy white head very solid looking brew, but I was anticipating a ruby tint to it for some reason. Trickles of small spots of scattered lacing not bad decent overall, but this golden appearance is just a front. For this beer packs quite a punch in the aroma and flavor, for starters deep syrupy sweet tones surround the nose with jet streams of alcohol wavering in the air. Definite fruit soaked in alcohol slightly caramelized reminds me of some moonshine I once tried from Kentucky in the aroma with a splash of honey to it, this one's complex and appetising. Start with small sips this one needs some adjusting to just like toeing your way into a cold pool, but once you just dive in it's all worth it. Flavor consists of one malty backbone with pan seared over ripened fruits drizzled in honey and a touch of banana flavored rum sprinkled to kick it up a notch wow this is great as alcohol sears the back of the throat doesn't scorch enough to cause discomfort just let's you know the alcohols in there. Some beers the taste of alcohol being apparent detracts from teh overall taste in this particular brew it only enhances the experience. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a sticky chewy texture very nice. The final chapter in this beer as far as drinkability goes is wield the power wisely becareful with this one at 9.6 it warms you up don't make it a challenge to indulge but enjoy this one. A quite enjoyable slow sipper that qualifies on my list of winter warmers to keep in mind this winter. (1,543 characters)

Photo of UncleFlip
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one hit my nostrils first with a pungent aroma of alcohol and citrus..

The flavour carried nicely out from it- tangy and sweet with a little citrus and spice.

A little thick, with tight carbonation up front.

THis one tends to draw you in a bit...sort of like a 'comfort beer'... (292 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a clear, medium gold that has an ivory head of big bubbles on an aggressive pour. Doesn't look like any doppelbock I've seen before. Aroma is interesting, and deserves high marks. Sweet toffee and caramel quickly transition into molasses, with fruit esters similar to fried apples. Mouthfeel has minimal carbonation, and some hop and alcohol bite. Taste begins with some bready yeastiness, but is soon dominated by a malty, molasses backbone. Several dark fruity flavors linger in the background, but don't fully emerge as they should. Some hoppy bitterness is always around to keep things interesting. Finishes with a caramel aftertaste that is immediately followed by a biiter, herbal hoppiness. This is a very tasty and complex brew, that is a departure from Bavarian doppelbocks due to a unique hops presence. Very enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable. (875 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far the most disproportionate rating I've done. Simply put, I thought this beer was the shiznits. Incredibly warming, luscious, smooth, vanilla and cinnamon characteristics. Super alcoholic kick on the nose. Not a very "heavy" beer for being a bock, but pretty chewy all together.

Maybe this was a golden unicorn batch from Eggenber, but my goodness was it good. I only wish I had one more. (404 characters)

Photo of Atlas1
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a champagne-peach color. Bright and bubbly. Very little head which thins out rather fast. Even in dim light, this beer really shines. I've gotten so used to dopplebocks appearing darker in color, this is a real treat. Nice malty aroma, with notes of clove, banana, and pear. I get a faint leathery scent here too. A very rich but smooth bouquet all around. The taste is also rich and smooth. There is some muted apple and pear flavor up front with a wood-flavored maltiness in the middle. Finishes almost with hopped-up licorice flavor. What a beer! Mouthfeel is silky smooth and fantastic. Were it not for the fact that this badboy really packs a punch, I could easily drain 3 or 4 of these in a sitting. Maybe more. The high alcohol is well-masked by the complex malts and spices herein. A treat for any fan of the dopplebock. (834 characters)

Photo of albern
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Legends in New Suffolk. What an exceptional bock beer. It poured a clear, amber color with a smallish off white, foamy head, no lacing or much retention. The nose on the beer was good, complex, lots of caramelized malts, spices.

As is the case with most bocks, this was not very carbonated, had a syrupy consistency, was very sweet, had loads of caramelized malts, licorice flavors, some spiciness in the finish, and very nice, warming ABV that was not strong nor throaty. The beer was liqueur like in its character, with some anise and licorice flavors. This was an exceptional sipping beer, that although strong, was well masked in alcohol content. What a great find. L'Chaim. (693 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Aroma: alcoholic! but balanced nicely with light spicy-ness and maltiness.
Apearance: clearer than most dopplebocks. Nicely carbonated. Deep golden with a fair head retention.
Taste: Full bodied, rich and sweet. low or no hop flavor or bittering. Sweetness in nicely cut through by the alcohol and carbonation. Lot of light fruitiness and spiciness, perhaps of tangerines or coriander.
Aftertaste: long, sweet and drying, because of the alcohol.
Impression: deceivingly alcoholic. Nice balance of sweet and alcohol. Clean flavor. Pleasant and complex, Well aged. Impressively mild. Good beer, but not what I expected from a dopplebock. (639 characters)

Photo of heinekenike
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in Klagenfurt in August 04 but not drunk until this review.
Not much of a head to speak of. 1/8" yellowy white head quickly disappeared.

Color golden, much like any pilsner.

Smell was strong but very tasty for a high content beer, syrupy and almost sweet. No hard kick which surprised me. A surprisingly smooth beer. (330 characters)

Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
81 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.