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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 Chelsea1905


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking. Golden light amber with yellow hued edges. The head was nice and light, but died away quickly and left no lacing. But the colour made up for it, and I wasn't expecting too much lacing from a bock anyway.

Nice light malty, but complex, backbone. There smells as if there is a bouquet of flowers in there, but all of them are dark flowers...if that makes sense. Not too much European hops, but the sweetness of the malt is really pleasing.

Quite alcoholic in it's taste when you breathe in over the top of it on your palate. But then the sweet malt takes over and leavs a nice full lagery taste on the tongue.

This is a really nicely balanced beer, and it gets 4's across the board from me. The mouthfeel isn't quite an Ale, but isn't a lager either. Very nice.

At almost 10% I doubt too many of these would be had, but I drank this smooth beauty quite quickly


Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 03:39:56 | More by Chelsea1905
Photo of Px2GrafX


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear, golden, slightly red-orange in a bowl chalice with only a small capper of off-white head. retention and lacing is minimal. almost no bubbles rising through the liquid. aroma is surprisingly belgian-like, but only somewhat. sweet, lightly spicy and vinous with a strong vinous aroma. first drink is sweet with strong alcohol and a yeasty light bitterness at the back of the sip. there's a peppery spicyness that lingers from the middle of the sip through the aftertaste. finish is quite dry. alcohol dominates. mouthfeel is a medium body with a light carbonation that combines with a significant alcohol burn. this is definitely a sipper. nice alcohol warming. overall, i must say i'm a little disappointed. i was expecting a little more. a decent slow sipper, but a little too simplistic and for some reason, it reminds me of just an average belgian strong pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 04:23:45 | More by Px2GrafX
Photo of ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer...even more towards the end as the alcohol kicked in to gear and my taste buds adjusted - it's relatively drinkable given the abv. I'd recommend it as a desert beer after a good meal. Later I read on the label that they described it as the "Cognac of beer" - probably a good analogy.

Appearance - Dark clear golden amber. Nice head to start which recedes completely to leave little lacing.

Smell - Mild malts and bread. The high abv is not overpowering and there are some light fresh alpine herbs in the background.

Taste - A bit boozy to start with sweet dark fruits and a slight metallic taste in the first several sips. The finish has medium bitterness with a lingering apricot and citrus (grapefruit and lemon peel). the citrus is a little more than I would like in a high abv beer.

Mouthfeel - The alcohol hits slightly course to start and then transitions to a creamy texture before a slightly dry finish. The carbonation is medium-low which suits the beer well.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:47:36 | More by ecoastman
Photo of wschmit


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a perfect pint.

A: As per the bottle, it is indeed pale for a doppelbock, but charming in its bronze, clear color and its pale white head that settles quickly into a nice collar. A bit of slow carbonation up through the body.

S: A touch of cider and sweetness come through, but this has more aromatic hops than usual--pretty nice. Simple and straightforward.

T: Malt and apple more forward on the tongue than the nose, and lingering sweetness abounds. Not much bittering, sadly. A bit cloying, and not as clean as I'd. Underwhelmed.

M: Somewhat syrupy and thick, rather than the port-like character I admire in Korbinian, say. The alcohol is well-hidden, only barely warming my throat.

O: Just so-so, sadly. There are better, cheaper doppelbocks around, though this is certainly not bad, especially if you want something boozy.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 03:58:22 | More by wschmit
Photo of carlosega


4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

05-31-2013 19:00:29 | More by carlosega
Photo of dcs1548

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

02-06-2012 00:56:27 | More by dcs1548
Photo of evilkalla


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Orange-yellow with a hint of a head on top. Fairly mild level of carbonation.

S: This one has a a strong, sweet malt smell to it. Makes my mouth water a little bit.

T: Tastes like a doppelbock on steroids. High maltiness up front with a significant alcohol taste to it. A little hop bitterness thrown in. High on the booze flavor though. Not really my favorite.

M: A little on the thicker side but ok feel in the mouth. Decent level of carbonation.

D: The booziness to this one really hurts the drinkability. Almost makes me think I'm chugging a mixed drink. Not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:44:47 | More by evilkalla
Photo of bunbury


4/5  rDev +11.4%

05-10-2013 14:57:08 | More by bunbury
Photo of Bstrickler


4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

05-13-2014 03:49:30 | More by Bstrickler
Photo of PlaywrightSam

New York

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip glass. A: Golden/yellow, very white puffy head that retains moderately well. Minimal lacing. Surprisingly light for an urbock. S: Lighter malts, alcohol present, some fruit, very faint hops. T: Sweet up front, honey, grains, citrus and floral notes, a pretty clean taste. I can taste the alcohol, but it's nothing overwhelming. M: Very smooth, chewy. D: The only other beer I've had from Eggenberg is the famed Samichlaus, and it's actually got a similar feel. I'm wondering if it has to do with the yeast strain. In any case, it's very enjoyable, and very drinkable for such a high abv.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 02:05:10 | More by PlaywrightSam
Photo of wchesak

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip

A- golden straw color with a minimal head that leaves quickly and leaves hardly any lacing, by halfway through there is no evidence of lacing

S- smells more like liquor than beer, with very sweet notes like a brandy, slight hop background, definitely can pick up the alcohol

T- do not see this as a doppelbock, the alcohol is present throughout, finally giving way to malt towards the end

M- light to medium body with enough carbonation

D- with the ABV, not a lot, and still can not get past its supposed style

eggenberg has better offerings, like Samichlaus, which has a higher alcohol percent but so much more beer like

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 22:49:51 | More by wchesak
Photo of xymyl


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper/gold color with a fast retreating white head.

Aroma had a general highland single malt Scotch quality to it, some caramel, some peppery, spicy, and fruity notes.

Dominating the flavor profile is the somewhat unnatural (but not bad) caramel that seemed to come from too long or too hot of a boil, the alcohol is at first overpowered by the malt, but then it warms up at the finish, there is a honey/straw quality and some real fruitiness, orange zest and baked apples or something along those lines buried beneath the sweetness.

Overall: A medium bodied beer, on the verge of cloying but not quite, rather enjoyable, but there are better things cheaper out there. I generally prefer a darker Doppelbock. Not very complex, but not totally one dimensional. The sweetness is hidng a couple good flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 21:40:16 | More by xymyl
Photo of PacNWDad


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

02-13-2012 07:16:46 | More by PacNWDad
Photo of templar316


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cisp golden amber, the off-white head falling back quickly. Wow, I can't believe how light it is for a dopplebock, maybe mai-bock. The nose is understated sour apples and alcohol. The flavor explodes with apple tartness, noble hop bitterness and honey sweetness. The head has been working throughout with great laceing on the sip, enticing you to another. The alcohol nose slowing you down. Nice crisp efferviscence ealy as it crosses the toungue, and a malty blanke late. It certainly earns the title "cognac of beers" I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 04:31:04 | More by templar316
Photo of Synapstic


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

07-13-2014 17:50:19 | More by Synapstic
Photo of MDM


4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-21-2013 20:59:47 | More by MDM
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 22:13:44 | More by euskera
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 Rickstar


4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

07-21-2012 02:30:28 | More by Rickstar
Photo of Chemister

Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +11.4%

02-09-2014 19:04:16 | More by Chemister
Photo of StrangeBrewer76


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold pour with little light head thinning out relatively quickly in my glass.

I smell apple skins and cider. No malt, no hops. I'm skeptical.

Tastes of disappointment and pears. Caramelized pear in the body portion that is ushered in and out on fizzy dollies leaving unfermented sugar stains on the carpet of your tongue. I could see this as a weak Belgian triple but a doppelbock this is not.

In all fairness I am relatively new to the world of beer tasting so I could be way off on this but I know there are others in my general experience bracket who will benefit from my experience. I hope to revisit this one when I have more under my belt.

Mouthfeel is generally good but I'm getting a lot of soft carbonation with just a little wash of a medium body in the middle third of the sip.

Drinkability, under controlled circumstances is pretty good. I might have a few of these but with the ABV and relative body in the mouth, three would be plenty.

I'm guessing this was one of the best beers in the world in 1700 but since then only the hype has grown in quality.

I'll try this again at some point in the future in case my tastes evolve but currently, I'm not looking forward to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 23:07:35 | More by StrangeBrewer76
Photo of whtguitarguy


3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 17:07:09 | More by whtguitarguy
Photo of kingjames1

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a honey-gold, with a white fluffy head, quickly dissipating (all too quick - but to be expected at this abv level). Smells of sweet malts, a sugary, caramel, notes of brandy. Surprisingly thin thouht, certainly sweet malts, crisp finish, light hops - again somewhat watery for this high-priced brew. Excellent mouthfeel. Drinkable, but the abv prevents me from trying another tonight.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 02:44:43 | More by kingjames1
Photo of ohmybock


3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 23:16:18 | More by ohmybock
Photo of BravoTwo


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 11:53:19 | More by BravoTwo
Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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