Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 924 | Reviews: 405 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by bort11:
3.68/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
22 oz bottle poured into a pokel glass. Huge chunks of sticky head stands over two inches. Great retention leaves cotton balls of lace on the glass. Body color is a coppery amber. Great clarity here.
This is a lager for hop-heads. The smell is a smack of leafy hops. A blend of citrusy grapefruit comes in around the edges. There is a hint of bready malt sweetness that is overpowered by the hops. The taste of the first sip is an assault of hops. Incredible noble hops bitterness. I still get a green leafiness more than a standard hops pine needle flavor. As my mouth adjusts, more citrus flavors come into play. Mostly grapefruit, with a hint of spearmint. All though the hops a bold malt backbone keeps things together. It has a dry breadiness quality, the sweet keeps the hops in check.
Mouthfeel is a lot heavier than most lagers. The heavy malt bill creates a chewy quality. The 9% ABV does not even play a factor when put up against the massive hops flavor. An absolute slow sipper. Unless you were naughty, which in that case be prepared for a Krampus Holiday beating.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2010 12:31:59 | More by bort11
More User Reviews:
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.