Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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2.28/5 rDev -41.5%
Being only 1 hour to the source we consider ourselves very lucky. We bought 2 fresh bottles.
The beer looks quite nice bright & deep golden.
Smells of yummy hops get the taste buds anticipating.
Taste is really a bummer. Munich helles lager? No it isn't. Nor is it delicious or even desirable. Bitter not as in nice but as in nasty.
Mouthfeel & drinkability are overshadowed by dissapointment.
We truly enjoy Hoppe & Oat & Unearthly & Java.
This was not even close to fun. We couldn't wait to get home to try it. That was 2 weeks ago. What are we going to do with the other bottle?
Hey if you want to trade...have at it.
12-11-2008 02:55:55 | More by padan7
2.4/5 rDev -38.5%
A= pours a golden amber color with a thin half finger head that has some pretty decent retention and some great lacing for how thin the head is. Really sticky on my glass.
S= Almost overly sweet. Good hop character to it. Nice pine and citrus smells come from it but then there is a cloyingly sweetness to it that I smell. Syrupy in the smell if that even makes sense.
T= Much much better than the smell. Good hop character in it. Hops up front and in the middle of the pallet. The sweetness that I smelled is gone and instead is more of a metallic or glass sort of flavor... Really interesting. Not a huge fan of this metal or old glass that I taste. The bottle I got was fresh from the box at the store so I know it isn't old. This really really tastes like glass. I love the hops at the front but this taste is off.
M= thick and syrupy. Overly sticky on my lips. Heavy and I really really hate the metal/ glass aftertaste that lingers in my mouth.
D= This beer I will for sure not buy again. Really a disappointment. I expect more from ST.
12-08-2009 05:16:22 | More by jjanega08
2.48/5 rDev -36.4%
A hazy orange body, topped by a slab atleast four fingers thick of off-white micro-bubbles. Very good lacing.
A quick burst of pine aroma when the bottle first opens, disappears oddly quick, and leaves a perfume note that while not repulsive is not especially inviting or enticing.
Taste begins with a quick sweet note down the middle of the tongue before bitter and flowery hops overrun everything. The odd perfume/floral aroma trait shows up in the finish and refuses to go away quietly. Its almost orangy citrus but takes a bad wrong turn.
Nice full mouthfeel. Off putting finsih kills drinkability.
I first thought an imperial helles would be bock-like, but this is nowhere near there. This is an imperial pilsner trying to be softer, but the hops just didn't cooperate. Love Southern Tier, but this will be a pass if re-released in the future.
05-30-2009 03:18:07 | More by RonfromJersey
2.78/5 rDev -28.7%
Um….well this is odd. Taplist lists this as an imperial pilsner, however ST says this is a Helles. Poured a shimmering deep amber color, Krampus smells of toffee, some wheat bread malts, and a touch of hops. Flavor is off. Mouthfeel is waters. Not sure what to think, But I can’t finish this. It reminds be of a watered down lager with some added sweetness. Southern Tier misses on this one.
12-12-2013 19:35:06 | More by taylor714914
2.78/5 rDev -28.7%
from notes. poured into flute.
Pours a golden straw body with a tiny head that quickly disappeared. Good retention, however.
I don't know what they were going for with this, but it's not pleasant. Smells of pine - like straight up pine needles from a tree - and an odd, musk-like smell. Not much else here, and it's bad.
Taste is nothing like the smell, but it's not much better. The pine is translated into grapefruit, with that musky taste as well, with a little bit of caramel malts. It's bitter, yes. But hoppy? I don't know. It's very weird.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty crisp in the mouth. Dry finish. I'm glad we split a bottle of this, because there's no chance I would drink a bomber to myself. Between the pine tree smell and the "offness" of the taste... I just didn't enjoy it.
01-15-2009 15:22:56 | More by TMB0424
2.8/5 rDev -28.2%
Clear amber. Off white head. The citrus and piney hop smells are attractive. There is something else there...Mint? Grassy? Spices?
The taste is...not good. I described the taste as sort of skunked. I was assured that was on purpose. Okay...ick. Not my favorite style. Mouthfeel was rather nice. Not to much dancing on the tongue.
12-01-2008 17:51:10 | More by LittleBreeze
2.8/5 rDev -28.2%
A - amber in color nice head that left thin wisps of lacing
S - first a bit of hops followed by malt. had to really search for the aroma
T - hint of hop at first but mostly malt. sweet finish
M - slightly thick with almost no carbonation
D - just ok, wouldn't try it again
Overall a little disappointing and now the least favorite of my southern tier brews
12-02-2009 03:08:22 | More by ScarletLady
2.9/5 rDev -25.6%
a: This was a bright, clear copper color. It pours with a big, craggy white head that leaves lots of lace in it's wake.
s: I got a strange combination of fresh, piny hops and sugary cherries.
t: There is a clash of flavors here that doesn't work for me. Up front I got dry, tart, and flowery cherries that had an artificial quality. The finish adds a resiny, piny hop to the mix. Not horrible, just a juxtaposition of flavors that comes up short.
m: Good body and carbonation, but the lingering, slightly solventy, mix of cherry and pine are a distraction.
d: After the novelty wore off, this became difficult to finish.
01-05-2009 11:34:57 | More by DIM
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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