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Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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81
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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
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

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 Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 23 pours a golden color, quite light for a "doppelbock". More akin to a Maibock, imho. Head was not overly thick, less than 1/2" to start, and recedes to a light ring around the glass, with minimal lacing. Aroma seemed to highlight the alcohol. Reminded me somewhat of the kick you pick up from Belzebuth. There's some maltiness there, and spiciness too, but they struggle to reach your nostrils. Bodywise, it tended towards a medium feel, and it was relatively smooth save for a short patch of prickliness on the tongue at the outset. Malty flavors are present, yet the alcohol and the warmth it brings overshadow it. Some aspects of the 23 also remind me of a strong, Belgian pale, with a peppery-like quality to it, yet more like Belzebuth again. The taste lingers a bit on the tongue and down the throat. Part of me wants to like this more than I probably should! I don't know; it's a different beast. Go figure! Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Bierman9, Feb 04, 2003
Photo of yen157
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Any head this beer had went away very soon after I finished pouring. The liquid itself was beautiful. It was a perfect golden color with not a bit of haze or anything to make it look less than regal. Malty bock aroma but with a good sized dose of spicy hops which were quite a surprise. Caramel and malt flavors were tasted without surprise, and the beer was very warming on the way down. The only thing I didn’t like was a very short-lived fusel alcohol taste after each sip. It was quite a distraction. It was kind of medicinal and very unpleasant. I’ll have to try this beer again to make sure I didn’t get a bad one.

yen157, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and golden in color, with very little carbonation and no head at all. The aroma is sugary sweet, with a bit of raisiny fruitiness. The flavor too, starts off quite sugary -- almost granular. Big malt body with more fruit notes and noticeable alcohol warming. Hops are purely supportive but contribute to a dryish finish. Medium-bodied,creamy and somewhat coating, but not excessively so. Decent beer, but a bit one-dimensional in terms of flavor.

mzwolinski, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy cinnamon orange/brown, lighter than I expected. Small head that doesn't last more than 30 seconds. Very simple lacing on the glass. Deep buttery toffee flavors, similar to "Cracker Jacks" caramel. Medium bodied, a little sense of coating but not like a Samichlaus. Slight sense of peach and a prickly bit of noticeable hops. Alcohol acts as a counterbalance to the sweetness, comes on mid-mouth and in the aftertaste. Interesting, starts subtle and sweet and gains body toward the end. A few bottles are left at the liquor store and they're coming home with me for those special, friggin' freezing Minnesota evenings.

ADR, Nov 20, 2002
Photo of marc77
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden in hue, topped by head that readily dissipates into a glass coating ring. Most closely resembles a hellebock in appearance. The aroma is a combination of nutty, toasty Munich malt and buttery toffee, w/ a hint of a floral Mittelfruh hop nose. Oddly, as the brew warms and breathes, there is no change in the aroma at all. Completely static aromawise. Sugary sweetness hits the palate initially, then yields to a malt profile comprised of honey drenched toasty grain. An unexpected snap of moderate hop bitterness emerges mid palate, immediately offsetting and almost sharply contrasting the previously sweet malt profile. Deceivingly light in body, w/ an agreeable and slightly slick mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a resurgence of sweetness lingering, lending an overall sweet impression to this brew. Alcohol warmth creeps in slowly and coats the throat after a long deliberation. Urbock 23 is truly a unique and enjoyable beer... A doppelhellesbock?

marc77, Aug 28, 2002
Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong slightly floral and slightly sweet aroma, kind of sticky sweet start, which quickly fades to a dryish bitter finish, very warming brew, also a bit of a whiskeyish character, lots of body and flavour, i liked this stuff.

rastaman, Aug 03, 2002
Photo of aracauna
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First thing I picked up on the nose is lemons. A little spicy yeast and a sweet smell. The color is clear but lackluster, it seemed dull. Not a lot of head and and very little retention. Flavor mildly malty, the tiniest bit of hop bitterness and a good dose of alcohol. Seemed a little thin.

aracauna, Jul 15, 2002
Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow.. this is the trippiest beer I have ever had. A through-the-looking-glass, alternate dimension doppelbock.

Golden, pilsener-like body. Decent bubbly white head.
Somewhat (noble?) hoppy nose, with evident maltiness and some alcohol.

Storms into the mouth with carmel apple maltiness. Switches to solely apple, then to grape. Hops enter at this point to dry out the juiciness. Alcohol is next, which ads some pepper and fire. Finishes wine-like with lingering honey.

Very tasty, very complex and very unique.
Syrup-like in the mouth, but not oppressively heavy. Actually, pretty solid.
Quite a treat.
I am surprised this has been hosed by many other reviews. It has me grinning like Cheshire Cat.

cokes, Jun 10, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting is right…Pours a crystal clear, shiny gold color, I could smell the alcohol aroma a bit, as well as malts. On the palate, there is tiny alcohol bite, but really comes of spicy or peppery, but this brew sure does give a warming sensation all the way through…Quite interesting for a DB…In the finish (Venom nailed it) tastes like whisky a bit…Overall very interesting DB…the extreme warming in the pit of the stomach is awesome...

WilliamPhilaPa, May 22, 2002
Photo of Viking
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I learned something new again. I've never experienced a golden doppel before, and didn't know they existed. I thought all doppels were dark and coppery. Well, imagine my surprise when I first poured this beer!

Anyhoo, Urbock 23° has the basic aroma and flavor of a doppel. It has a nice sweet and malty nose, with a bit of spice (I saw vanilla listed on another review, but I'm not sure that's what I picked up) to it. The flavor is rich with molasses-like flavors and a bit of balancing hops. This is one of those brews that had an obvious alcohol presence in it's warmth in the mouthfeel and continues to warm as I drank. However, I didn't notice any alcohol in the aroma or taste. I thought that was a bit odd, but certainly not unpleasant.

Viking, Apr 16, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden color. A bit of skunk on the nose. A bit of an off flavor. Slightly skunky. Tastes a bit like many European beers that I've had in bottles. Has that "European" skunk to me. Not very good. I'm surprised a bit because I really enjoyed their samichlaus bier.

Bighuge, Mar 19, 2002
Photo of ZAP
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, clean, dark gold with little head...sweet malt/vanilla tones on the nose...9% alcohol? You'd never guess it...sweet and slick with little hopping...a bit sweet for some but a good blond doppel in my book..a nice flowery hop profile would do wonders for this beer..could use some additional hopping but still very good as is..

ZAP, Mar 18, 2002
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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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