Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,074 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 81
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-15-2008)
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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, enjoyed with family the day after Christmas

Photo of mcloud2
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RobTheKnob
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mconner666
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sdiamond808
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of somalley26
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of abrodsky
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a pilsner glass to a light bronze with a two finger dense off white head that retains well and leaves good lacing
S: smells of citrusy and spicy hops with some light caramel sweetness
T: taste is somewhat piney and resinous hops, citrus, spicy hops, with some caramel sweetness that struggles to balance out all the hops. swallow is spicy hops with more citrus and some tropical fruit with a little more caramel sweetness
M: medium in the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a resinous and oily hop finish
O: This is a great beer with plenty of delicious hop flavors and a decent malt backbone. Grab this and enjoy if hoppy beers are your thing

Photo of sirhc3034
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Footballtennishockeygolf
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattboyer182
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JJStorm
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardyA
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp, earthy, and floral balanced aroma of bitter hops and sweet malt. Upfront presence of floral and earthy hops with good hints of pine resin and grass. Also some citrus hints of orange and lemon zest. Big malt presence with hints of grains, straw, cracker, and lager yeast. Some apple like hints as well. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy, floral, and spicy hoppy taste with a good sweet malt balance. Big presence of earthy and floral hops with some upfront notes of pine resin, grass, and spice. Citrus hop notes of orange peel and lemon zest. Also some apple notes. Big pale malt presence with notes of straw, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. A really solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and fairly oily with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A very good hopped up spin on an Imperial Helles Lager. Starts very hop forward but the lager element isn’t lost.

Photo of are_doubleyou
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a rich orange that looks golden in light and ruby in shadows with a nice thick white head that dissipates into a thin lace. The beer is very clear with moderate carbonation bubbles. Overall very nice, but a little dark for a Helles Lager.

S: Strong noble hop notes jump out. Very spicy, floral, earthy and piney. There is a strong malt backbone behind it with good bread notes and hint of caramel sweetness. A decently balanced aroma and very inviting.

T: Floral and spicy hops hit the palate immediately. Very good and make it clear that this is an imperial Helles Lager. The body is very spicy and earthy with a pine resin kick and solid backbone of bready malts. The finish is very strong pine resin that lingers on the palate. The hops overpower the malt a bit too much and the pine resin aftertaste is a bit more like an IPA than a lager. Very tasty, but a bit of a style deviation here in my opinion.

F: Rather thick and chewy. Here is where we really get the malt presence of the beer. Very clean and dry too. Very well characteristic of a lager and very pleasant on the tongue.

O: I enjoy this beer a great deal. It lives up to its namesake and punishes the tongue a bit with a heaping of hop flavor. I honestly think the biggest problem is marketing it as an "Imperial Helles Lager" when it is close to what I would consider an ideal "India Pale Lager" for its very strong hop presence. It's a bit unbalanced, but I imagine Krampus is as well. I'll look for it in future holiday seasons and if you are an fan of the hop flavors that I mentioned, I highly recommend it to drink as you warn the little ones in your family about Santa's helper who punishes the naughty.

This beer was poured from a 22oz bottle into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at apx 55F.

Photo of NappyB
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodlavers
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of therubicon
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Too hoppy and piney for my taste

Photo of SFC21
3.9/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Burkbom23
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.