Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +15.4%
Pours a nice copper color with yellow highlights around the edges, a huge, pillowy off-white head that left some very nice lacing down the pilsner glass. A thick cap sticks around throughout. This is one of the best smelling lagers I've come across - Enormous amounts of hops, plenty of pine, light citrus, sweet, and lightly floral. I'm so glad they used American hops rather than the Nobles, which would have been the norm for this style. This is much better. Taste is bitter up front, plenty of oily hop resins, backed up by some toasty malt, sweet honey, and hints of smokiness in there somewhere. Very tasty! Creamy mouthfeel, smooth and crisp. Definitely some lager characteristics here, but this tastes like an DIPA. Maybe we should call this an Imperial India Pale Lager?
Oh so good. I didn't know a Helles lager could be this dark, but I'll bite. After all, this is ST. They do things differently, and I'm glad they do. Forget Santa Claus, this Krampus guy brings the real gifts! Excellent.
11-30-2008 04:32:49 | More by KeefD
4.5/5 rDev +15.4%
Poured a bomber into a tulip glass. A beautiful copper colored beer that has an equally beautiful thick tan head. Head goes rocky as it fades and gooey lacing is left behind in abundant quantities.
Big spicy hops in the nose, piney and bitter. Some roasty malt in the background. Tastes of pine, spice, and alcohol, entwined around a sweet caramel maltiness. Big bitter finish, with a hop bite and alcohol warmth that linger pleasantly. Is there a clean lager finish behind that? Maybe...but I might be imagining it because if you told me this was an American Strong Ale I would believe you.
Big bodied, noticably viscous, but oh so drinkable. Style aside, this is a tasty beer.
04-18-2010 17:04:31 | More by ZimZamZoom
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.