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Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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 horndecker
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

look: It's bright and clear, golden to coppery orange, with a fine white head that flashes, then scatters. Leaves some suds and lace and a few little islands. Plenty of carbonation is still present when you give it a swirl.

nose: Whifs of alcohol, oranges, sweet malt and turkish taffy, earthy yeast, and a hint of piney hop aroma as well. The smells aren't subtle, but very assertive, though they do complement each other.

taste: Big wash of sweet malt at the beginning. Profouind herbal hop bitterness follows along but it ends in a tie. Oddly, the bitter and the sweet remain seperate and distinct, unlike some bittersweet chocolatey brews. They fight it out suspended in a mouthfilling active carbonation. An alcohol burn hits the back of your throat. The malt eventually wins.

It's full bodied and syrupy. And though it weighs in at 9.6% alcohol, it actually seems stronger. Nightcap material, and nice, but a bit scattered.

Photo of jaycar06
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of ByTor2112
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I work for an Austrian Company and got my Urbocks shipped direct from the mother country. Pours with a good golden color. Alcohol nose was strong. Very thin head that dissipated through the drinking of it. A few citrus notes with a very strong mouthfeel. I enjoy a good alcohol presence and this beer did not disappoint. A classic!

Photo of MDM
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of irishking1977
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite an unusual doppelbock that is dark gold with a big white head. Lots of lacing as well.

S: Whoa. The initial reaction was some weird medicinal scent, followed by massive amounts of malt and sugar.

T: Lots o' malt and an insane amount of sweetness. Almost like they poured pure sugar into the wort, or some kind of sweet, syrupy concoction. The good news is that for such as strong beer, the alcohol is quite well hidden.

M: Kind of syrupy and oily. It could be a bit more carbonated.

D: With such a high ABV, more than one of these can spell trouble. Even so, the ABV is hidden so well, it could definitely be sneaky. Otherwise, it's a nice alternative to a traditional doppelbock for those who like that style and want to try something a bit different.

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

12oz paper wrapped neck, old style bottle into a pint glass after one helluva day.

A - Crystal clear golden body showcases the lively carbonation jumping up from the bottom feeding the small white lingering head.

S - Sweet malty caramel and light toffee blended with faint floral hop notes. Muted hop character.

T - Some sweet apple and fruit esters with light caramel. Alcohol warmth in the back. Not as malty as other DB's I've had. More fruity and an almost Belgian ester taste.

M - Highly carbed and crisp. Finishes clean and warm.

D - Moderate to low. High ABV and cognac taste will keep me to the 1...

Photo of PacNWDad
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of cproioi
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: An almost apple juice color with a head that disapprears quickly. Constent carbonation present in the body.

S: Smelt very sweet to me and fuity. In side the smell it had a big warming alcohol aroma. Trailing faintly was an aroma of hops.

T: Very malty like the smell it also had a big alcohol taste too it. It wasn't really an impressive taste. It was a dopplebock but it had nothing the distinguish itself for another one.

M: Medium to thick body. It also had a large alcohol warming feeling to it.

D: It was nice to try this beer and I would discourage anyone from it. Gor me it was nothing special.

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 ryrust5301
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
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 Vsarmatov
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Here in SC we are only just beginning to get the great beers. I have taken advantage of this opportunity to try some great Doppelbocks...Celebrator, Optimator, Korbinian, etc. Yet this one never really was called to my attention. It was a diamond in the rough.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Beautiful amber color with a head that just dissappeared without a trace.

S. Caramel, green apple with a wonderful alcohol fullness.

T. Starts out with a warm alcohol taste, but the overall taste is a beautiful malty goodness. This brew is dominated by a sweet toffee like maltiness.

M. Wonderful. The alcohol is well hidden.

D. I have often heard and said that the alcohol is well hidden and could sneak up on you. This brew is the epitome of this statement. It would be easy on a cold fall evening to imbibe in way too many of these.

If you like Doppelbocks, this is a must!! A great brew.

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

Poured bronze/dark gold colour, was a lively head to start, but then quickly dissipated.

Aroma of rich sweet malts - honey and lightly spiced, reminded me of some of the Belgium strong pale beers.

A rich sweet full flavour, more of lightly roasted malts and hint of spices, dried fruits and honey. A medium full body, matching the sweetness - I thought a good balance between the richness and alcohol.

I enjoyed this, but as others have said, its a beer for sipping slowly (and rightly so at 9.6%!) for relaxing and savouring. Not a session beer, and neither is it intended as such!

Would certainly buy and enjoy this again.

B'ham UK March 2011

Photo of Synapstic
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of joedon
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
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 tmzl
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours with average fizzy foam, fast retention, tiny bubbles. Clear, golden with a bit of amber hue. Fair amount of lacing and light carbonation. Good looking lager.

Smell: Honey, propolis, sugar cane, burned sugar. Some spice and wood. Very light fruity aroma for yeast. Alcohol well hidden. Smells like a huge sugar bomb.

Taste: And it is. Honey, medium/heavy sugar cane, burned sugar middle. The taste is all malt. Small spike of bitter and alcohol towards the end. Light bitterness stays with you for a while. Bitterness is mostly from sugar, wood, like chestnut honey enhanced with alcohol. Also slightly metallic on some sips.

Mouthfeel: Fat medium, smooth. Low carbonation and some alcohol warming. Not an easy drink, would be hard to drink more than one.

Overall: Solid sugar bomb, but not my cup of tea. I didn't find this type of sugar particularly tasteful. But definitely worth a try.

Photo of Dougology
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Like the Sammichlaus Classic, too sweet. Purchased in Villach at a Eurospar.

Photo of Gottesverachter
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of ShrLSU
2.23/5  rDev -37.7%
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 Chelsea1905
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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


Photo of Px2GrafX
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of ecoastman
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of wschmit
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of carlosega
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of dcs1548
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
82 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.