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Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 416
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 17.88%
Wants: 11
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 HappyHourHero
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small white head faded quickly. Clear, golden straw colored beer. Doughy, malty, and resinous pine flavors. Thick, chewy aroma of candied raisins and alcoholic hoppiness. Pretty thin bodied beer with a slight alcohol kick in the finish. Alcohol is a on the strong side, but otherwise a nice beer.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with a white head that fizzles into a thin collar. Steady single-stream of carbonation directly in the center of the snifter. Grainy, malty notes with a hint of appley fruitiness and a touch of yeast and hop tones. Alcohol is noticable in the nose and imparts a dry finish to the beer. Mostly candily, malty sweet with some vinous, slightly vegetal characteristics. Pretty good, with the understanding that it is a slow-sipper due to the noticable presence of warming alcohol. Nice on a cool evening as a digestif.

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Photo of soper2000
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one thing I love about being back in the US is the massive variety of beer that is available to us. Sometimes I think that we forget about that. I picked up this nice looking bottle about 2 miles away from my apartment. I've never had anything from Castle Eggenberg before, but something was telling me to grab this instead of the Samilchlaus sitting right alongside of it. It pours a nice golden color with a head that sticks around for about 10 seconds before retreating to the walls of the glass. Not too impressive. Smell consists of very sweet malts and faint faint notes of alcohol. Taste is a malt lovers paradise. Very sweet toffee-ish malts lead into traces of alcohol on the tongue. It definately warms as it is going down. A dry alcohol taste remains on the tongue for several minutes after swallowing. This would be a perfect beer for crisp October nights and I think I will be saving my next bottle for exactly one of those evenings.

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Photo of euskera
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an orangey yellow into my glass. No head at all. Smell is malty sweet, caramel overtones and candy sugar. Plenty of alcohol presence in there as well. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Quite pleasant for a malt head like me. Not as sweet as the more potent Samichlaus. A tasty treat that I wish I had bought more of

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
1.9/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I think that the style is wrong for this beer. Urbock is very different from every doppelbock I have ever had. Clear orange gold color with a frothy head that subsided quickly atop a beer with very little carbonation. The flavors of this beer were primarily in the domain of hops and not malt as the flavor began with a sharp German hop bitterness followed by a sweet light malt and high alcohol followed by a lingering hop bitterness. I do not believe Munich malt came anywhere near this doppelbock as the malt flavors are smooth and the color is so light . A pretty good beer with no faults but it is a very poor example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of tjd25
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Almost no head on a transparent orange yellow color body. The beer looks dead. The smell doesn't show much, a bit disappoiting. The taste is fruity but the alcohol flavor invades the whole palate and gives a real kick in the mouth. Very liquorish, as if this beer was made just to show alcohol. The mouthfeel is ok, quite warming in the throat. There are some stronger beers that are really much more refined than that.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh yeh! This is one of those beers that makes you wish you had bought more than one of them when you were at the store. Recommended to me from a friend of a friend (thanks Aaron) and he was very right about this beer's quality.

It pours a golden/whiskey color...very clear. There is almost no sign of head or carbonation.

The smell has notes of apple, whiskey, and barley. It is a very clean smell and doesn't stick in the nose.

The flavor is very full - wonderful! It has mostly the taste of a fine alcohol. All the while I was sipping at it, I felt like I was drinking a fine, aged alcohol. There is still a sweet element in the taste that I couldn't identify, but was particularly noticable in the opening of the taste and after the "global warming" of the alcohol in the aftertaste.

The body is perfect. Its smooth and buttery. It really fills up the tongue. It goes down very easy.

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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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of pbrian
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with a rather light, quickly fading head. Sweet, honey-ish malty aroma, with a mild kick of alcohol. lavor starts out with sweet, biscuity malts. A nice balancing of hops becomes present. Finishs a little sherry-like, with a nice warming sensation. Body was, as expected for its heft, rich. I enjoyed this beer for being sweet without being cloying, which is what I was (wrongly) expecting. Nice beer.

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Photo of 57andcounting
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer shows it heavy alcohol in all factors. It pours nicely with a firm, but not deep head that sticks around as a ring. The beer has a golden honey color that looks a bit like amber. You can smell malt and alcohol. It is a nice mix.

Taste, wow, I though I was sipping a martini. A firm, malt flavor and then the bite and burn of alcohol going down. You don't need to look on the bottle to tell this is a high kick brew. The taste after you get past the alcohol has some fruits and hops, somewhat complex. You want to drink this slowly anyway so the flavors will develop.

The mouth feel is thick, almost like the honey color it is. It lets a clean feel as the alcohol kicks in.

This is an experience beer. Good from time to time. It is quite enjoyable. Drink this on a day when you are only going to have one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A rather fancy looking 11,2 fl.oz. bottle. Tall brown glass bottle with the words ‘Schloß Eggenberg’. A regal looking black and gold stretched oval label has the date 1681 and the words ‘Scloss Eggenberg Urbock 23’ on it. Listed at 9,6% Alc.Vol. A thick paper collar terminates flush with the top of the black and gold crown cap.

Appearance: Perfectly lucid glowing gold body. White head that settles to a halo collar with a broken surface. Lively conditioning, such that a swirl will help replace a fading head whilst emitting a rather loud audible fizz whilst doing so.

Nose: Very strong sweet alcoholic aromas, sweet malts and a rather pungent deadly kick that politely reminds you that this one will not go down without a fight.

Taste: More sweet Malts in the beginning, some barley-sugar tastes in the middle with yet more malts returning in the latter third, whilst the finish develops a hop bitter twist to balance those sweet malts. The sweetness is syrupy smooth, almost honey like as the beer finishes; this can tend to give a sticky feel after the beer has been consumed. I noticed that beer tends to ‘build-up’ as you drink it; it is as though it develops a complexity as imbibed.

Mouthfeel: Ever so slightly sticky feel in the mouth after the swallow, whilst in the mouth its feels lighter than you expect for the strength.

Drinkability: Just the one bottle is fine, and more than enough, definitely a night cap brew. Zzzz.

Overall: Enjoyable, I like a big-ass beer once in a while. A really good every “now and again” beer.

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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.

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Photo of oelergud
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear light golden body, lots of carbonation and a good white head.
Smells very sweet and fruity, alcohol scents very evident as well. The taste is very much like the smell, sweet and alcoholic, mix of plumes and cherries soaked in alcohol. A good deal of spice in the taste as well.
Medium body with a fresh and crisp mouthfeel, some tingling in the mouth, no idea what thats about. Good warming feel it to.
Drinkability... even for a doublebock I think this is a tad too sweet but not overly so, still a pleasure to drink especially on a cold day as today.


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Photo of hyuga
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a white head that's gone before you know it. Sharp, spicy yeast nose with hoppiness and a bit of vinous character noticeable. On the palate, it's grapefruit and rind with lots of hopping; spicy, earthy, and bitter. Yeasty and spicy like a belgian tripel. In fact, aside from the big caramel backbone, this beer could easily be taken for a tripel. Spicy alcohol warms. Smooth and slightly carbonated mouthfeel, very tingly from the spiciness and alcohol. Leafy character in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer, a very interesting surprise from Austria.

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Photo of daledeee
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This sounds like it should taste like a German beer. Not that many Austrian beers available. This does not taste like a bock. This is more strong pale ale or tripel.

Pours clear with a little head that goes away and leaves no lace. Fruity malty and bready smelling. Taste is also fruity and very alchoholic. The mouth feel is nice and slick.

This is not near as good as the Samichlaus, but passable.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body was a very thin and clear orange but the head was gorgeous, heaving and pitting.

Smell – There is a really big heavy duty Abbey Tripel-type of aroma to this bier. It is filled with orange and tangerine juice, along with non-toasted malt, some biscuit, and a serious does of alcohol.

Taste – The circus has come to town. It looks like a cheap pale ale and smells like a novelty beer, but the taste is monstrous. There’s a hint of bock to this one, but mostly it is big orange biscuit flavor. I don’t understand the classification to this style.

Mouthfeel – Very light carbonation and medium in the body, this heavy hitter means business. There is a sharp alcohol sting at the mouth yet this bier is refreshingly smooth.

Drinkability – This went down like Courtney Love at a rock concert. I can’t say that it even remotely resembled the Doppelbock style, but it was awesome nevertheless. I will rate it on its merits.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, burnished golden color with a frothy and slightly yellowed head (like old paper). Head dissipates to a layer of bubbles and then finally to a ring. Leaves lacing that would make a Belgian jealous.

Smell: Rich, malty smells, largely caramel. Slightly yeasty with overtones of honey and fruits (peaches, in particular).

Taste: I'm reminded of a boozy tripel. Peppery, fiery alcohol with a prominent caramel malt sweetness. I also caught some fruity esters on the finish, largely banana and some peachlike tastes. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice slow alcholic burn. Very pleasant.

Drinkable: Much too drinkable. You'd not have to twist my arm much to try this again.

Other: I'm really changing my mind about lagers. When all you've really been exposed to is the pale lager variety, can you blame me?

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Photo of Suds
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light amber colored beer (it actually looks something like a piece of clear amber jewelry). Intense carbonation, but a relatively thin, large-bubbled head. An almost monstrous alcohol aroma pushes other smells aside. Malty, with a very mild hopiness. Peppery, spicy smell and taste. The beer is intensely sweet, and has a harsh alcohol finish. Full bodied, sometimes creamy mouthfeel. The more that I drank of this beer, the more it became one-dimensional....sticky sweetness and intense alcohol. Not particularly drinkable.

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Photo of bditty187
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of maxpower
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep clear golden yellow color, has a decent head that doesn't last. Sweet malty, toffee candy like aroma. Sweet burnt caramel sugar flavors, full body and a thick and syrupy mouthfeel, alcohol comes out in the finish with a sticky sweetness, not at all what I expected.

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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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moscow has a chain of Turkish-owned grocery stores called Ramstore. One of the chain's distinguishing features is an excellent selection of beer, including this one. The small (33cl) dark brown bottle with the black and gold label jumps out at you screaming "pick me! pick me!). I finally did. The Russian label slapped on the back spends a lot of time explaining the difference between this and Samichlaus. Also calls this the "cognac of beers" and urges Russian drinkers to enjoy this one slowly. Good advice. Ingredients match the purity law. Expiration date was July 2003, but I opened it on 9/7/03. No problem.

Pours clear and just a fraction darker than pure gold. The head was thin, fizzy and very short-lived. The aroma is marvelous - candied fruits, malt, and yes, cognac. The mouth is prickly, but also heavy with sweet and alcohol. The taste is sweet and fruity, yet the alcohol makes its presence known. The hops lurk in the background at first, then come out as the sweetness fades and the alcohol attempts to take over. The battle is finally won by the warm, soothing, sweet alcohol with the raisin and apple tones. Definitely a winter warmer, this goes down well in Moscow in early September. I'm enjoying this, but like it's adopted brother Samichlaus, this is not the beer to have when you are having more than one!

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
81 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.