Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by Osiris9588:
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. A nice fluffy, off-white cap of foam formed, displaying tremendous retention, leaving significant lacing. The rusty body of the beer appeared somewhat hazy, tiny bubble lallygagging about.
The aroma is piny and fruity with slight spice undertones, a solid precursor to the flavor which has some cherry maltiness and spicy woodsyness. It begins somewhat sweet on the tongue, then dries out before that smack of sticky phenols on the finish. Not really what you'd expect from a Helles, but seems to make more sense as a fall or winter brew.
It is not overwhelming in any one respect, but see it as slightly too syrupy to be exceptionally drinkable. It's not a beer I would go out of my way to seek out, but wouldn't mind receiving as a gift.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2010 23:10:21 | More by Osiris9588
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3.56/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer pours a nice amber, practically orange, beautifully rich color with a head that is thick and settles slowly. The head is just a tiny bit off white in color hinting that the amber is transferred to the foam. The head settles extremely slowly and leaves a nice lacing down the glass.
The nose is dominated by the hops with a floral undertone. Nice but not great. Adequate at best.
The taste matches the description and name sake for this beer, Krampus. He very much sounds like a bitter character and this is a very bitter beer. I would say it more reminds me of an ESB on steroids.The hopping subdues the lagering making this more of a hop heads dream come true.
I think this beer would make an excellent lager if they backed the hops off about 15%. As for an Imperial it is quite good.
The moutfeel is just right for this style, if it were thinker the hops would most likely have an unpleasant finish, this instance of extreme hopping finishes surprisingly clean.
Overall I like this but it isn't my favorite. I can see myself drinking this again, however, I see my self changing the direction my hand goes if I were to reach for as there are others that are much better for the same price.
I recommend trying it as this is a great IPA/Lager. Just not my favorite.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 22:19:55 | More by AtrumAnimus
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.