Urbock 23° - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

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 charlesw
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pale golden amber with a low head of moderate density. Gone before you let your breath out. Smells... Deeply rich and malty. Throw in some freshly mown grass and orange peel and you've got it down. Tastes... Hugely overpowering something... Raisiny alcohol and sweet malts - maybe a touch of lighter caramel in that. Coupled with the very thick mouth, this is so thick in your mouth in sweetness and malts that I just can't finish my glass. It's like a beer that you'd serve with dessert - and each guest would get a 2 oz glass of it. It's that strong in flavor! I don't know that it's really a bad beer, but it's sure hard to drink more than 2 oz!

Photo of mpyle
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprisingly pale golden color for a doppelbock. Small whitish head that did not linger.

Aromas were minimal, particularly in comparison to the typical doppelbock. A hint of apple schnaps (an appley/alcohol smell), but highly subdued.

Clean malty sweetness up front, but balanced by a distinct hop bitterness. Maybe some diacetyl. A balanced beer, but lacking the complex malt flavors associated with the style (at least by me).

Medium body and surprisingly tangy carbonation given the wimpy head. Creamy and smooth midmouth, but then transitioning to a gentle alcohol warming followed some slickness and tingling late.

Overall a clean lager, but not very exciting beyond the shocking ABV for such a pale, relatively subdued beer. Fairly drinkable, but not a session beer for me due to the ABV, high cost, and lack of complex flavors.

Photo of RWACKO
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far the most disproportionate rating I've done. Simply put, I thought this beer was the shiznits. Incredibly warming, luscious, smooth, vanilla and cinnamon characteristics. Super alcoholic kick on the nose. Not a very "heavy" beer for being a bock, but pretty chewy all together.

Maybe this was a golden unicorn batch from Eggenber, but my goodness was it good. I only wish I had one more.

Photo of BILF
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of hyuga
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with a white head that's gone before you know it. Sharp, spicy yeast nose with hoppiness and a bit of vinous character noticeable. On the palate, it's grapefruit and rind with lots of hopping; spicy, earthy, and bitter. Yeasty and spicy like a belgian tripel. In fact, aside from the big caramel backbone, this beer could easily be taken for a tripel. Spicy alcohol warms. Smooth and slightly carbonated mouthfeel, very tingly from the spiciness and alcohol. Leafy character in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer, a very interesting surprise from Austria.

Photo of markaberrant
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - golden, brilliant clairty, low white head, dancing carbonation bubbles to start, no lacing

S - sweet (but crisp) pils malt. mild grassiness, herbal, very clean

T - very clean, smooth pils malt, good bit of sweetness, but not cloying, herbal hops flavour very nice, aftertaste is mostly malt, with more herbal

M - low carbonation, med high body, full feeling, still manages to finish quite dry, alcohol helps with this, warming

D - beautifully crafted, but how much of this can you really drink?

This is a really nice pale doppelbock, the dry finish really helps this out from being a syrupy mess. However, there just aint a whole lot going on here; very low hopping and pils malt. This combo works great in a low gravity helles for sessioning, but when you are approaching 10% abv, I'm looking for something a little more dynamic.

Warning: this beer can be a little hot when young, but some aging will do wonders. This review was done in Jun 09, which matches the best before date on the bottle.

Photo of Johnct
1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

Photo of ralree
1.7/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Honey-colored and pretty clear. NO HEAD! Bah!

S: Kinda skunky, really alcoholic, and cheap. Unpleasant, really.

T: First thing that hits is bitter and alcoholic tastes. Reminds me of cheap vodka. Has some hints of malt and hops, but not enough to really describe. Completely overpowering alcohol taste.

M: Pretty thick feel - coats the mouth like vodka does. A bit astringent as well.

D: I don't think I can even finish this bottle. This is getting poured down the drain.

Photo of parintele
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Martyrob
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GinsuDave
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PartyBear
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber and clear. Pours with a small head that is all but gone within a minute. Medium level of carbonation.

S - Very malty, with a strong smell of alcohol. Also, has a mild scent of apples.

T - Sweet malts, almost like shortbread. Clear taste of alcohol, with a subtle underlying fruitiness.

M - Warming and creamy but still manages to maintain a light body. Very alcoholic feel on the tongue, to the point of being numbing.

D - Although the alcohol is very upfront in this beer, it remains drinkable. The flavours are quite complex, and there may have been flavours that I didn't manage to decipher this time round. Will definitely seek this out again.

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I see "Bock" or Doppelbock" on the label I immediately have certain expectations. This Eggenberg didn't quite fill those expectations.

It poured with a color somewhat lighter than I expected it would-- looked more like an ale--a clear amber color.

As I began to pour, my hopes were piqued as the nose wafted with a sudden almost floral bouquet and then suddenly as I hoped for more.. nothing. Swirling cajoling, prodding the libation in my glass, begging pleading... produced nothing more. A deep inhale... I think there was some hints of alcohol and malt. I think.

Flavor-- many of the things that make a dopplebock a dopple bock were present--. malty but not cloying, the hops balanced the malt, and the malt has the upper hand in the flavor balance. The beer isn't really sweet nor did it trigger the thoughts of syrup in my beer tasting mind, but there is unmistakable presence of alcohol, hops and malt. I think I can taste caramel in there as well. But overall this beer seems like it's a rather one-dimensional flavor dominated by the malt signature and then the alcohol all teetering on the fulcrum of hops bitterness.

Nevertheless, the mouthfeel was cordial and quite satisfying brew.

Drinkability- sure enough I sucked the last little droplet out of my glass and then nursed the bottle for the vapors... so I could quaff a few bottles of this in a sitting. But the 9.6% ABV made itself known. Still, when I consider the whole A-S-T-M-D scenario, there are other bock biers that produce a greater satisfaction in my beer-lover tummy---

Photo of Beerman1977
1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a dark golden color with rather little head.

Smell is mostly an alcohol aroma with a bit of bready, malt sweetness.

Taste is nice with sweetness upfront, a bit of alcohol warming and an almost roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Drinkability suffers a bit due to the high ABV and the fact that it is pretty noticeable. A strong beer with not much aroma or beauty but a nice, well-blended taste.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours on the very light side of a doppelbock, a crystal clear golden yellow color. Not much of a head is formed, about an eighth of an inch with okay tracing. The aroma is really intriguing, lots of caramel coated fruit. Very little to no roastiness, just a light toasted wheat note. Overall, the aroma seems just too fruity for the style, but again, this is on the lighter color and perhaps it's more appropriate. On the palate it is incredibly rich and sweet. It reminds me more of Samiclaus than any other doppelbock. There is a little toasted flavor, but it just isn't like any other doppel. Carbonation is very low providing a very thick, viscous mouthfeel. This beer is what I would call close to a white port, though I haven't drank one. Alcohol is quite apparent but not overbearing. Overall, I enjoy this beer and see how it's flavors mirror a lot from experimental brewers like Sam Calagione and the folks at Avery.

Photo of pbrian
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with a rather light, quickly fading head. Sweet, honey-ish malty aroma, with a mild kick of alcohol. lavor starts out with sweet, biscuity malts. A nice balancing of hops becomes present. Finishs a little sherry-like, with a nice warming sensation. Body was, as expected for its heft, rich. I enjoyed this beer for being sweet without being cloying, which is what I was (wrongly) expecting. Nice beer.

Photo of SuperSpy
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a pure white head that died immediately.

Some alcohol and light fruits in the aroma.

The taste is just pure alcohol and sugar. I honestly can't find anything special about the flavor. Hopefully it's just this bottle and the next will be better.

Unless the second bottle is better I won't be buying this beer again.

Photo of DerBayer
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful amber, decent head but nothing spectacular

S - Fruit, citrus aromas, some alcohol (remember its 9%+) and malt and hops

T - tastes the way it smells very nice and complex beer

M - Medium carbonation, medium try on the tongue and quite creamy and smooth for the style

D - Could be very high but you feel and taste the alcohol after a while also it s a bit acidic after a while in other words could be a 5 but is more like a 4 - goes down well

Photo of Shatter
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear pale copper with a small head.

S: Metallic. Can't smell much else but I am outdoors.

T: Syrup and rumness. It's sweet and tastes much like an English barley wine with a slightly lagery grain flavour. It's nice and sticky. The sweetness is perfect. Lots of that alcoholic lacquer flavour. Almost no fruit character.

O: Not overly complex but still delicious and I can't believe all the low ratings.

Photo of Darkale
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wonderful sweet malty aroma. Compact, glossy white head. Clear dark gold body. Smells of raisins and plums, with a hint of spice and a hint of wood.

Chewy, just slightly medicinal, very slick and creamy. At the end, some dry, raspy sourness.

A delightfully creamy and sweet beer. Reminds me of a Sauternes wine, or perhaps a Tokay. Marvelous.

Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
81 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.