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Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-05-2001)
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Photo of joshwlt
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is certainly an interesting and unique beer. I had this beer a week ago so this is a very limited review, however, I remember it being very vinious, lots of fusel alcohol in the smell and taste, wine-like, and especially mead-like... Sweet honey, apple, maybe some balancing spices, a moderately slick mouthfeel, very boozy, and some spices that actually if i remember correclty reminded me of Samichlaus (some sprucey and fig notes)... Not up my alley, something I would like to present to my dad however, who loves meade and avoids beer. The eggenberg doppelbock dunkel was amazing though.

joshwlt, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of stulowitz
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a clean pilsner glass. No head retention whatsoever! Estery and yeasty aroma, caramel as well. Taste is intense, sort of stingy. It is sweet, very sweet, but thats how it's supposed to be. Too syrupy for my taste. Warm and enjoyable on the way down.

Mouthfeel, like the taste is a bit syrupy. This is a fun sipping beer, although one has to be in a special mood. I can see this pairing well with a desert, like fresh peaches or some other fresh fruit. It is so sweet it is hard to finish one bottle!

This beer, for me, fun as it may be, is not as fulfilling as a trappist tripel og a nice DIPA.

stulowitz, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of atis
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Colour is approximately golden yellow, almost no head and limited lacing. Lots of small carbonation bubbles visible.

Smell is sweet malty, fermented apple juice and some hops. Taste is interesting with strong presence of alcohol, some tangy yeast, hints of nuts. Moves to spicy bittery towards the finish with warming aftertaste. It is smooth, medium mouthfeel and quite high carbonation.

Interesting beer, but I am not sure I would like to drink this one too often.

atis, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of CHADMC3
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange to golden yellow with a well carbonated, fluffy, white head subsiding to a faint but noticeable lacing.

Abundant honey and alcohol aroma with hints of citrus and just a touch of spice. I sense some years in here as well.

Very sweet fruit, honey, and citrus to follow. The honey presence almost reminds me of a mead, pair it with the slight spiciness and abundant alcohol, and we're getting close.

Sweetness and alcohol presence are the highlights of this beer on the palate, it is very smooth, but with a slight burn.

Looks sure can be deceiving. Eggenberg sure enjoys their high ABV beers. Contrary to other reviews, I thought this was a decent beer, but far from your average doppelbock. A sampling of this one once in a while will do it for me.

CHADMC3, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a wide straight glass, around 45-50F.

Pours a medium dark yellow, not quite amber. Nice head of foam, and stuck around, beautifull lacing.

Aroma of german malts and a hint of continental hops and alcohol. Flavor of a clean fermented strong ale. Lots of malt, bread and alcohol in the taste.

Quite a dlicious lager, but seems more like a maibock than a dobblebock.

bloberglawp, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pokal Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Golden amber honey color. 2 finger head which fades quickly to a thin layer of foam. Nice retention. Minimal lacing.

(Overripe) apples, pears and peaches. Sweet honeyed biscuits. Light maltiness.

Honey and overripe (white-meat) fruits. Sweet malts. Very slight spicey bite. Slight taste of alcohol, though not as much as expected.

Feels nice, but thin. Too watery. Needs more body. Possibly a bit more carbonation would help also.

Very sweet and somewhat thin, combined with 9.6% ABV, make this one for certain occasions only.

coldmeat23, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours Golden Amber with tiny head and almost no lace.
The aroma is of apples and malts.
The taste is sweet, malts,apples,honey and spicy alcohol hints.
The feel is light for the style,but medium overall. Some oily feel. The alcohol was appearing towards the finish and while the carbonation was low the burn was not.

Notes: The alcohol burn is not the problem here. The lack of carbonation and head is also not the problem. The only thing I guess is off is the taste based on style. That is major.
To me it just did not feel like a Dopplebock,having said that I still made the best of it and enjoyed the fact that it really did not feel like the 9.6 ABV stated on bottle.
Not a bad beer,just off on style.

Lexluthor33, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of ShrLSU
2.23/5  rDev -37.9%
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.!

ShrLSU, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
2.73/5  rDev -24%
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!

ryrust5301, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of david131
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

david131, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of EPICAC
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

EPICAC, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of wjimson
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

wjimson, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

CanuckRover, May 24, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
Photo of maestrotmbg
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

maestrotmbg, May 08, 2008
Photo of sstackho
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

sstackho, May 03, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

irishkyle21, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

soupyman10, Apr 19, 2008
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.

BravoTwo, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

zeff80, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
2/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

soulgrowl, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

allergictomacros, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Antilochus, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of grub
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

grub, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of mmmbeer
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

mmmbeer, Mar 19, 2008
Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
81 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.