Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.88/5 rDev +25.1%
Had this one on tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse.
Pours a clear amber/cooper body with no head present.
The smell is full of hop aromas. A big evergreen presence from the hops; almost smells like throwing a bunch of pine needles on a fire. The grains have add a good toasted smell, but are hardly noticeable with the big hop flavor.
Taste is just what you would expect from the smell. Hops have a very clean, bright, and fresh taste to them. The malts comes in a the end of the to give it a little bit of sweetness and add that roasted flavor. Only complaint: Carbonation was a little light for my taste.
This is a great one from one of my favorite NY breweries.
12-25-2008 02:28:45 | More by Tbn2
4.86/5 rDev +24.6%
This is the real deal . after one taste you will wish it is year round but then again. its nice to have something at that special time of the year to look forwatd too.
A. cannot look any better a perfect clear color with nice bubbles and perfect head
S. like Christmas smells like a pine tree dipped in uberness. nothing but east coast hops for the win.
T. perfect just perfect... taste like a Christmas tree with some malts and great aftertaste. again this is my all time new favorite beer for Christmas. it is that good!!!
M. very thick nice syrup , full body taste , perfect for tis the season.
O. this is it. ,,, IF YOU ARE NOT A VERY SPICY VERY FRUITY VERY OCTOBERFEST ON STARROIDS TYPE OF xmaS BEER . THIS IS IT A HOP HEADS PREFECT XMAS GIFT.
12-21-2013 03:46:15 | More by buzzedup
4.75/5 rDev +21.8%
Krampus: so good it's scary (so good I'll write something ridiculous to get the point across).
Looks: deep caramel color with a slightly off white poofy head that stuck around. Awesome.
Smells floral, hoppy, not harsh. Not a "citrus/pine" hop scent, but more like roses and flowers.
Taste: holy bajeez, sweet, sticky, and resinous. Hops are present but do not kill your tongue with bitterness. This beer has the perfect amount of hop character, I loved it. Pineapple, mild bitterness, roses, the characteristic "caramel" flavor of a good lager, and sugar. You taste everything you smell.
Mouth: Medium to heavy body, which works quite well for this beer.
Drink: No, you can't throw throw back like 4 of them, but I can't with any 9% beer. That's just me...
NOTES: It's like Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA and Boston Lager had a brilliant and beautiful child. I AM A BEER SNOB!
I split the bottle with my uncle over some pasta with mozzarella, garlic, olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, broccoli and chicken sausage. I think that this is the best hoppy beer I've ever had, I'm surprised it's not rated higher.
01-15-2011 07:33:24 | More by joshk
4.75/5 rDev +21.8%
Poured from a bottle into a imperial glass.
Nice dark brown color, with a white head. Aroma was hoppy, not sure if it was really a piney or citrus smell, just a nice clean hop smell.
First drink was pure bliss, has a taste of a smooth barley wine with a perfect mix of both hops and malt back. Very drinkable for a 8% beer.
I will drink this one again next Christmas season!!!!
01-27-2010 00:15:59 | More by madtappers
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.