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Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | 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 ShrLSU
2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Basically a clear gold with no head. Not exactly what you'd think of with a dopplebock.

Smell - Semi sweet and earthy tones.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Sweet malt and earthy hop taste mixed with a slight alcohol burn. I don't know...it's a strange blend.

Drinkability - This wasn't very good. It's an odd style and an even more odd taste. This certainly isn't a dopplebock. Best way to drink this beer is by pouring it out.!

Photo of ryrust5301
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Nothing to impressive about this one. Pours a see through gold color with a small half inch white bubbly head. Looks kinda like a pils. Not a good first impression.

Smell - Honey malt with an earthy hop to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Fat sweet malt combined with an earthy hop. Very pronounced spicy alcohol which leaves a dry tartness in the aftertaste. Light bodied and crisp and a little strange for the style.

Drinkability - Boo this beer. This is not a doppelbock! Maybe they put a label on the wrong beer, maybe they haven't heard of a doppelbock. They just decided to brew one and call it a doppelbock. Yeah, i'm not buying that either. Destroy all remaining stores of this beer!

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 EPICAC
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle at Radegast in NYC.

Pours a hazed, golden copper. Topped by a thin white head that fades to a wispy film. The aroma is sharp, but light. There almost seems to be a medicinal undercurrent.

Very malt forward, lots of sweet caramel. Hints of citrus. Moves into a heavy, alcoholic spice that interacts with a pronounced dry finish. Medium-bodied with moderately high carbonation.

Spicy, strong and a little sweet, but overall decent.

Photo of wjimson
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured gently into a beer mug. A nice bronze colour shown through the clear glass, but there was very little head. The smell brings promise of alcohol and honey malt sweetness. The taste is a caramel and honey like character, with plenty of sweetness to back up the alcohol feel. No noticeable hop bitterness. The beer has body, but it still remains light.

The beer "goes down smoothly" I suppose. Its drinkable, but someone with some experience with beer knows a beer at 9.2% often make things happen almost 2 times as fast as a 5% beer. I suspect candy sugar was used as part of this beers ingrediants.

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 cyrenaica
2.24/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle
9.60% ABV

I tried this beer on March 12, 2008 after purchasing it from my one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured an orangy-gold colour into the glass with a 1/2 inch white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was sweet malt, some caramel, and some grass. The mouthfeel was thin-bodied and medium carbonated. The flavour was sweet malt, with some milky hints. Not all that enjoyable a dopplebock.

Photo of maestrotmbg
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out of the bottle with a reasonable amount of light lacy head that dissipates rather quickly. The color is a bit more honey than a pilsner or a light lager like Stella. The taste is not as sweet as I was expecting after reading the other reviews here, although that is present. At first taste it is very full bodied and has much more flavor than you expect from such a light colored beer. But very soon that dissolves to quite a light mouthfeel and a flavor dominated by the alcohol and an aftertaste that reminds me subtly of mead.

Photo of sstackho
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a poor fizzy pale gold. Little head and no lacing. Decent malty aroma. First taste is sweet. Very sweet. The taste remains syrupy throughout. The malts don't balance out the sweetness and the hops are not noticeable. Not an enjoyable beer.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small white head, very little lacing and retention. Has a clear golden color.

The smell is sweet, fruity and alcoholic.

I found the taste a little unbalanced. Sweetness and alcohol are the most evident but the mild fruitiness is nice. I had higher expectations for this one, don't know why but I did.

Photo of soupyman10
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weird looking; definitely didn't realize this one was a doppelbock. Pours like a krystalweizen, crystal clear with visible bubbles and a weak head. Light copper color. I am confused. Nose is very tasty: lots of sweet malt, spiciness, alcohol. Taste is likewise: crazy sweet, which I actually like, but tons of spice and alcohol in there as well. Not a doppelbock flavor, to be honest, but not bad. Body's a little thin, carbonation's a little high. Well I'll be honest, I had this one rated a lot higher when I didn't realize its supposed style. Not bad, but doesn't fit with the style in the least. Seems more like an ale, actually.

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

A - Nice dark copper coloring, very minimal head and small amount of lacing as I drink.

S - Nice malty smell with a little bit of spicy breadiness in the nose.

T - Sweetness and alcoholic character is in the front of this beer. Not as flavorful as other samples of this style, but still an enjoyable beer.

M - Low level of carbonation, and a slightly better than average mouthfeel.

D - At 9.6%, this is a fairly stiff drinker, and the alcohol content is fairly upfront.

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale amber color with a foamy/bubbly, white, two-finger head. it left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled sweet and fruity (raisins). It also had a spicy aroma.

T - It tasted sweet and malty. It had a fruity quality. It almost tasted like an English Barleywine.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is an interesting beer. It didn't look like most dopplebocks or taste like one. But it was good.

Photo of soulgrowl
2.01/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Oktoberfest-lookin' bright sunflower golden yellow; puffy white head with fair retention despite big bubbles and audibly active carbonation.

Smell: The similarities to Oktoberfest aren't only skin-deep, apparently. Corny caramel malts with a hint of dry-roasted peanuts. Weak, grassy hops and a pinch of nondescript, spicy alcohol do little to counter the dead weight of the malts.

Taste: Brashly alcoholic with almost no body or character to counter it; less a Doppelbock than just a strong pale lager. Extremely vapid malts offer a slight corny/grainy flavor and a candy sweetness, but none of the depth or heft necessary in a beer of this strength. Hops are actually fairly strong, but their citric/leafy flavor is decimated by the alcohol and carbonation. What a mess.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy yet thick.

Drinkability: This is an exceptionally unpleasant Doppelbock. Avoid.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Antilochus
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another Doppelbock in the 2008 LCBO Spring Release! Back to back with the WKAB. 9.60% abv, 330mL bottle. Best before 06/2009. Cellar temp. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Compared to the WKAB this is extremely light. Deep golden transparent yellow, just a hint of a white collar and some small bubbles on top. Looks like a maibock. Repoured and got a bit more of a head out of it.

Nose is a little closed. Boozy and sweet. Has a lot more lager characteristic - this is my third doppelbock ever and it is very different than all the others. Marshmallow, if that makes sense - probably more just refined sugar.

Palate is honeyed, herbal, bitter. A bit buttery. Highly alcoholic, but it works. A touch of citrus, which is nice. Thankfully the finish is nicely bitter and noble hop spicy, which keeps it from being cloying and near-undrinkable at such high abv.

Extreme beer, Euro style.

Photo of grub
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, best before 06 2009. sampled march 23/08.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small fine white head. the head drops very fast and leaves only a few scant spots of lace.

aroma is ok. definite lager/bock character in there. some dms too. bit of corn. actually smells more like a macro lager than any doppel i've had. bit of grain and cracker malt. light alcohol.

taste is nice. low bitterness level. bit of alcohol. pleasant honey and caramel sweetness. bit of toffee. light bread and cracker malts. touch of grain. there's also a toasty, almost burnt, character hiding in the background that is out of place and i'm not really enjoying. now that i've noticed it i feel like it's all i can taste. the longer it sits the more the DMS+corn start to come out too, really taking away from this one.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is ok. the alcohol stays hidden fairly well, only showing itself as a gentle spreading warmth by about half way through the bottle. it also got worse as it warmed, and i ended up dumping about half of it. overall i wasn't impressed with this one. there are plenty of better doppelbocks out there.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz. olive bottle that lacks a freshness date. The beer pours a crystal-clear, yellow-tinged orange with low carbonation. It's capped with a finger of off-white head that reduces to a collar and doesn't really lace the glass. The aroma is very enticing and chock full of fruits: apples, white grapes, apricots, peaches, dried banana, and hints of candy corn. Pretty similar on the palate, with the addition of oranges, melon?, late green/grassy hops, and a light dosing of alcohol. Not as sweet as I would have thought based on the bouquet (but this is a good thing), and the fairly smooth, tingly and dry, medium body supplies a nice base. I don't think I've ever tried a helles dopplebock, but this brew is interesting and tasty - definitely worth a try.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold color, bordering on amber. The wispy white head immediately recedes to a small ring leaving only a patch or two of lace behind. Aromas of raisin cake and dark rum fill the vicinity of the glass. Alcohol spicyness is all over the place. It takes the lead in the taste too with a fusel, almost rubbing alcohol feel. Midsip some chewy malt flavors emerge reminding me that this isnt just some cheap malt liquor. Banana and ripe cherries mingle with pixie sticks sweetness and a limpid, leafy hop presence. The mouthfeel is thick, bordering on syrupy but not quite. Carbonation is very minimal. The finish is sweet and somewhat boozey, hop bitterness very low.

An OK strong lager, probably on the light end of the scale for a Doppelbock in color and maltiness. Worth a try for sure, but not as good as Samichlaus.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours on the very light side of a doppelbock, a crystal clear golden yellow color. Not much of a head is formed, about an eighth of an inch with okay tracing. The aroma is really intriguing, lots of caramel coated fruit. Very little to no roastiness, just a light toasted wheat note. Overall, the aroma seems just too fruity for the style, but again, this is on the lighter color and perhaps it's more appropriate. On the palate it is incredibly rich and sweet. It reminds me more of Samiclaus than any other doppelbock. There is a little toasted flavor, but it just isn't like any other doppel. Carbonation is very low providing a very thick, viscous mouthfeel. This beer is what I would call close to a white port, though I haven't drank one. Alcohol is quite apparent but not overbearing. Overall, I enjoy this beer and see how it's flavors mirror a lot from experimental brewers like Sam Calagione and the folks at Avery.

Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a flute glass. Had a surprisingly thin texture, with a dark, yellowish color. Miniscule head and very little lacing.

There was a sweetness, along with some malt in the smell.

The taste was interesting. It had the aforementioned malt, but also a tinge of apples. It was odd. Not bad, somewhat sweet, though.

The mouthfeel was okay. It had an above average amount of carbonation, but did possess a good, smooth finish.

This is a decently drinkable beer. Not exactly what I was expecting, but good nonetheless. Fairly complex, but not as much as other beers.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I see "Bock" or Doppelbock" on the label I immediately have certain expectations. This Eggenberg didn't quite fill those expectations.

It poured with a color somewhat lighter than I expected it would-- looked more like an ale--a clear amber color.

As I began to pour, my hopes were piqued as the nose wafted with a sudden almost floral bouquet and then suddenly as I hoped for more.. nothing. Swirling cajoling, prodding the libation in my glass, begging pleading... produced nothing more. A deep inhale... I think there was some hints of alcohol and malt. I think.

Flavor-- many of the things that make a dopplebock a dopple bock were present--. malty but not cloying, the hops balanced the malt, and the malt has the upper hand in the flavor balance. The beer isn't really sweet nor did it trigger the thoughts of syrup in my beer tasting mind, but there is unmistakable presence of alcohol, hops and malt. I think I can taste caramel in there as well. But overall this beer seems like it's a rather one-dimensional flavor dominated by the malt signature and then the alcohol all teetering on the fulcrum of hops bitterness.

Nevertheless, the mouthfeel was cordial and quite satisfying brew.

Drinkability- sure enough I sucked the last little droplet out of my glass and then nursed the bottle for the vapors... so I could quaff a few bottles of this in a sitting. But the 9.6% ABV made itself known. Still, when I consider the whole A-S-T-M-D scenario, there are other bock biers that produce a greater satisfaction in my beer-lover tummy---

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.

PROST! Beertracker

Photo of beergeekjoey
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly dirty gold, very light haze. Pours with low, crisp, white head which rapidly subsides to a narrow collar.

S: Initially, a sharp metallic oxidation aroma dominates. Having had this beer before and not having experienced it makes it likely that this beer was mishandled -- perhaps heated. Once that initial rush fades, golden raisins, malt sweetness, alcohol fruit/vinous aromas, and some light spicy/fruity (Saaz??) hop aromas take over. Nice complexity and balance. As it warms further, apricot note comes out.

T: Metallic (a mouthful of tin can shavings) sharpness dominates. Same comment as smell - this is unusual. Malt sweetness up front -- might be cloying except for the strong alcohol bite. Balance is excellent, but leans toward the bitter/sharp (more alcohol sharp than hop bitter, but both apparent). Strong tingle on the tongue in the finish from alcohol.

M/D: Full body, but seems very drinkable for all that. Very smooth with a great deal of alcohol warming and slight burning sensation.

Overall: The oxidation is disappointing, but the underlying beer is still excellent. Complex and smooth -- an excellent golden doppelbock.

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.

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