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Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 18.21%

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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website

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 crossovert


4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz paper necked bottle.

It pours a nice deep orangeish gold, not unlike an oktoberfest. The head is big soapy and white and recedes to some spots of lacing.

The smell is intoxicating. Initially it is fruity and alcoholic, then it seems to mellow into a malty meadlike bakery scent with a nice bit of caramel sweetness. It smells like sticking your head in a mash tun and almost meady cognac alcoholic scents.

The taste is initially dominated by alcohol and some bitterness. It begins to smooth out and the flavors start to pop, it is a sipper. It still retains some noble hops, but the focus is the malt. It has a huge honey presence, and a soother alcoholic taste than I am used to in these alcoholic high plato beers. It has alot of nutty honey flavor. There is a bright floral note that holds in the aftertaste. The alcohol combined with these flavors definitely reminds one of a cognac.

It is a great beer from an outstanding brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 06:44:33 | More by crossovert
Photo of benyerd


2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(A)- Light honey color, with low at best head retention. Mild carbonation that has some bubbles floating in the brew. No lacing left on the glass.

(S)- A light malty aroma hits the nose first. High semi sweet (Belgian) aroma finishes off this beer.

(T) One word, LACKING. Mild belgain flavor that has an almost sour finish. High ABV settles in quick with this one.

(M)- Light with a mild carbonation that leaves you wanting something more from this beer.

(D) High ABV and lacking flavor makes this one a tough one to drink. For the label calling it the "Congac of Beers"... Not Impressed.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 19:24:46 | More by benyerd
Photo of clayrock81


3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden body with good head and a strong aroma that has some booziness to it, as well as dark fruits(?) and some sweetness. For a dopplebock it doesn't seem as heavy or boozy as others (which is both good and bad). The lighter body is crisp with some hoppiness and a slight sticky sweetness. Can't pinpoint sweetness, but it's something like caramel and for some reason I pick something like raisins or figs. Finishes slightly dry w/ the alcohol finally making itself known. A quality sipper, won't be confused w/ the more maltier dopplebocks when it comes to a heavy malt presence but still a good tasting brew worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 12:06:09 | More by clayrock81
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear and very light amber in color. It poured with just a few bubbles floating on the surface; a slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweet malts and fruits in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is rather malty and sweet with notes of fruits and hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol is perceptible in the finish.
D: The alcohol is masked to some degree so it doesn't quite taste like 9.6% and isn't as difficult to drink as one would expect.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 04:31:58 | More by metter98
Photo of bark


3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow, the liquid clear. The very small head is white.

The sweet smell is dominated by almonds and modelling clay. It is warming and quite elegant, I think.

The taste is a bit sweet and clean. Some sweet almonds. Mellow notes of wheat flour and cookies. There are some notes of caramel in the aftertaste as well as a mild sweetness and a clean mild bitterness.

The carbonation is strong, the bubbles large. The liquid is smooth.

An elegant, clean and well crafted doppelbock. Perhaps a bit too clean?

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 08:06:07 | More by bark
Photo of glid02


3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light and fairly sweet caramel malts with hints of vinous fruits and moderate amounts of alcohol. As it warms the alcohol influence increases a bit.

Tastes similar to how It smells. Light caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of breadiness. The flavors turn more toward alcohol midway through the end of the sip with indistinct fruit flavors. The fruit flavors fade quickly allowing the malt and alcohol flavors to carry through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I agree with others in that this isn't all that close to a doppelbock. It's more of a maibock but the ABV is too high to support that kind of flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 01:14:30 | More by glid02
Photo of AdamBear


2.35/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I decided to try this after the bartender told me that it was his favorite beer. I will never ask his advice again...

A-honey colored, no head, fairly boring, looks more like a glass of scotch rather than beer

S-very sweet smelling but the alcohol was more noticeable in the smell than I would expect from even a 9,6% ABV beer.

T-the taste matches the smell, its very sweet and the high ABV is very evident, quite disappointing, i found nothing to enjoy in the taste

M-slight carbonation, but more syrupy

D-the taste stays but it becomes more and more undesirable as you drink it, you could drink this beer and then five different beers after it but you will never get the taste of this out of your mouth. ABV hits quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 17:29:56 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Swill5786


3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold tending toward light brown; Clear with small amount of sediment floating within. Aggressive pour garnered a one-finger head which faded quickly.

S - Charactetistic doppelbock dark-fruitiness. Alcohol intensity intentionally pushed in the brewing process - rather powerful for the style.
Sweet, malty presence.

T - Sweet malt, hint of smokiness, citrus sour and alcohol bite on the edges - akin to a good whisky. Warming.

M - Medium-heavy body, smooth finish. Light carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable due to the smooth nature of this brew. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 00:22:55 | More by Swill5786
Photo of Halcyondays


4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, I'm delighted to try one of the original "extreme" beers,

A: Pours orange to medium amber with a mild head, no lace. At the high alcohol level I understand. Nice colour.

S: Hedonistic nose of Grand Marnier, brandy, calvados, malt and liquor. Glorious.

T: Has a lot of orange liqueur as I got with the nose. Malt heavy, some caramel, stone fruit/peaches, lots of residual sugar but never goes over the top. Tasty.

M: Elegant mouthfeel, the beer is simply not cloying which I was astounded with. Elegant, liqueur like on the finish. The EtOH is present, but blended perfectly.

D: A fantastic strong lager beer. Samichlaus light perhaps, but it has the flavour profile and intensity to hang with that beer. A nightcap beer for sure, a must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:14:13 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of evilkalla


3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 (or earlier) vintage shared with drabmuh at my house recently. Review from notes.

This beer appears a clear, light yellow color, with very little head and no lace. Is this what a doppelbock is supposed to look like? The lack of head and lacing can be attributed to the vintage, but the color seems quite light.

Aromas consist of alcohol and sweet malt.

This brew tastes fairly decent, though there is still too much of an alcohol presence. The beer is surprisingly thin, with some mild heat in the finish. Urbock 23° has a slightly odd or off kilter flavor. Overall, it's pretty drinkable, but also a tad unusual. I found this to be a pretty mediocre beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 04:04:59 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of vishneda


3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
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 drabmuh


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Matt. 2006 or 2007 I believe. Thanks Matt. I've been curious about this beer for a while. I've had it on a couple of different occasions with mixed results. This is a "popular" doppelbock and helps me move along in my study of the style. Thanks again Matt.

Beer is yellow to amber and clear. No real head, no lacing, carbonation low.

Pretty sweet in the nose. Malt character, mild alcohol but its not overpowering or boozy. The aroma seems mellow and balanced. So far so good but at this point I'm expecting a pretty sweet beer.

Its sweet but oddly thin. Its very very thin. Mild ethanol on the front palate and lots of sweetness in the mid to forward palate. The beer finishes oddly bitter. Its smooth and drinkable but its not my favorite doppelbock, not by a long shot. Its a good beer and I would recommend it because of the brewery alone. I would drink it again but if I had a choice between this and another doppelbock I would likely try the other.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 03:51:03 | More by drabmuh
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 6/4/10 notes. Had on tap at the Saloon in DC.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of white head with great retention.

s - Smells of citrus fruits, spice, and sweet fruity malts.

t - Tastes of smooth bready malts, caramel malts,and a hint of fruit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent dopplebock. Some nice smooth malts and a little bit of fruit. Would try again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2010 23:27:20 | More by mdfb79
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dont know why it took me so long to review this one, Ive been picking away at a case of it I cellared some time ago and it gets better with a year or so of age on it.

Pours a luxurious dark honey gold with a massive sticky white frothy cap.

Aroma is sweet honey some wood and licorice fusel tone almost like a sweet brandy.

Rich thick body produces a massive chew on toffee malts in the front, some smoky oak, apple. Then it seems to thin a bit as the finish reveals the alcohol in a licorice tang.

Slightly complex, big full bodied , long-lagered beer that any beer drinker has to appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 18:08:23 | More by pootz
Photo of Japerrault


3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear deep amber. White thick head.

S: Caramel and toasted malts.

T: Very sweet caramel malts. Some toasted grain showing through. No hops percieved.

M: Fairly dense body. Light carbonation.

D: Sweetness and heavier body makes this more of a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 02:51:10 | More by Japerrault
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Best before end Feb 2008

A- Deep copper colour with good clarity, aggressive pour producing a 2 finger head reducing to 1/2 finger but this retains as a crown. Minimal lacing

S- Strong syrupy, sugary toffee malts, no hop aroma. A hint of prune/raisin fruit. Touch of diacetyl butterscotch.

T- Taste mirors the aroma, lots of toffee malt lightly toasted, no hop note at all. Alcohol lingers subtley in the background finish but is warming.

M- Low carbonation, creamy, very smooth but a touch slick as if due to diacetyl.

D- A rich warm bock that hides its alchohol well with lots of rich malt quality. A touch slick on the mouthfeel lets if down, not as clean as it should be, but certainly very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 21:36:29 | More by seanyfo
Photo of laituegonflable


2.08/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a brandy orange-red colour, quite syrupy-looking in the glass. Head needed to be encouraged, and sinks quickly, just a ring around the top. Lacing is pretty decent and sticky. I'm always a bit forgiving of bock-styles for lack of head, is otherwise alright.

Nose is very strong and pongy, with a huge amount of malt, slightly smokey with a strong brandy sourness and a fair whiff of brass. Distinct alcohol, fruit and brown sugar on there. Interesting sweet/sour aroma, can't say I'm a huge fan, but it's unique.

Taste is more of the same at first. Large sweetness on the front with burnt toffee, brown sugar, brandy, some woody notes and hint of marzipan coming through on the mid, then a really strong phenolic solvent character on the finish, with distinct alcohol warmth, nothing overly hot but no real flavour there to hide the booze. A very dour bitterness comprises the finish, really just tastes more like methyl alcohol than anything else. Not unlike cough medicine.

Feel is very syrupy and flat - the resemblance to cough medicine goes beyond the taste. Dreadful, really.

It's amusing that this calls itself the cognac of beers, when it doesn't have nearly the power, complexity or pleasant flavour of a good brandy. All it has is a distinct alcohol finish. Not a pleasant drop, I really have very, very little respect for the Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, they are all talk and no substance. This is an insult to other doppelbocks.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 01:32:52 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of lacqueredmouse


1.27/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear deep golden colour, with a filmy head of white foam. Very filmy in the head, and no retention. Big bubbled carbonation around the edges. The lack of head is disappointing, and I can't say I'm overly enamoured overall.

Very sweet nose, slightly sickly grain character, with a slight hint of booziness. Quite solvent-like and really intense. Very unpleasant. I'm not a fan at all.

Oh god, if anything, it's worse on the palate. Hugely phenolic solvent-like booze on the back, tingling and not quite clearing away the sickly sweet front palate. It's hot, and thick, and boozy without complexity or nuance. It reminds me of cheap Egyptian malt-liquor. Really, really abysmal. I don't want to drink it.

Undrinkable. This smacks of brewing apathy, and comes across as cheap hot piss to get you wasted quickly. The similarities between it and, say, Jordanian 10% rocket fuel are striking. Please let me not finish it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 22:10:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of whtguitarguy


3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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 jmdrpi


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

A- clear pale copper color, almost no head even with an aggressive pour

S - sweet malt, orange rind, a little spice

T - sugary sweet start, tart middle, alcohol finish

M - medium body, little carbonation

D - although the higher abv is detectable, it is still fairly easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 04:53:11 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of jzeilinger


3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color, slight amount of carbonation, no head/lacing.

Smell is underwhelming. Has the aroma of small traces of toffee, sweet caramel malt, and is slightly spicy zest in character and biscuity malt.

Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. Has mildl toffee but dominating amounts of caramel, sweet malt, mild spiciness, and finishes with a very nice hop bitterness, without it, this beer would be far too sweet with this kind of malt bill. The bittersweet finish lingers for a few minutes and there's warming in the throat from the alcohol. This can best be described as a slightly lighter version of Samichlaus. The is a moderately strong fusal alcohol presence and noticeable warming on the way down the hatch. There is a small amount of oakines in the flavor.

Has a medium body, finishes clean, not syrupy, and very smooth and somewhat creamy..

Drinkability runs high, I could enjoy two or three of these!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 05:42:11 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in my traditional chalice.

First Austrian beer I'm reviewing.

A: Nice bottle. Golden crystal color. Not dark-amber like the other bocks or double bocks I've had. Fluffy white head. Good retention. Some lacings

S: Sweet. Strong malts. Yeasts. Bit fruity too. Alcohol is evident

T: Good taste. Very sweet and malty upfront. Metallic end. You can feel the alcohol but it's kind well "hidden" (it does not actually taste like a 9.6% ABV). Balanced sweet-bitterness

M: Full and bit molasses body. Medium carbonation. Well balanced bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability despite the high ABV. I was expecting much less from this beer. Quite a good surprise. Very strong malt taste and quite good bouquet.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 23:32:49 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of DoppleJock


4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into an Ayinger Celebrator dopplebock glass.

A: As the label suggests, the beer pours a lot lighter than most doppelbocks. Amber in color with a slow-forming head. Some lacing.

S: Definitely get a good whiff of the alcohol in the beer. Semi-sweet malty scent with some raisins, figs, and other fruits.

T: Tastes like it smells, with a full-bodied malt taste. More flavors with a few more sips, although I can't classify everything this first round of tasting. Fairly complex for a "helles" doppelbock.

M: Very smooth. After a few sips a warming sensation kicks in from the alcohol.

D: Enough complexity to try this one again. Pretty smooth for a 9.60% ABV, so a few of these and you'd be on the floor if you're not careful.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 02:47:00 | More by DoppleJock
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 00:41:34 | More by irishking1977
Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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