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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,007
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 82
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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 RoamingGnome
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Krampus Imperial Helles Lager

From tasting notes... Enjoyed on tap at Benno's Christmas Party. This was a 10 oz tapper.

A) Golden amber with a festive shimmer to it. Not much head, just a little collar. No lacing noted.

S) Decent balance with the aroma. Started with some malty sweetness. Light caramel, a little yellow cake. The hops is a hint of citrus, but more earthy and floral.

T) Lightly roasted malt and plenty of hops. A little lemon zest, grapefruit, pine and grass. Good balance, but a little more hop forward from a flavor standpoint. I can't believe this is 9% ABV here... Very well hidden...

M) This was a full bodied brew. The carbonation is pretty soft. It's fairly smooth, and a bit sticky. It was my second beer of the evening, and it went down with ease.

O) Never had an Imperial Helles before, but I really enjoyed this. Excellent drinkability in my opinion. Maybe Krampus can pay my kids a little visit, and tell them to knock off the bullshit when dad's trying to watch football.

RoamingGnome, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My taste buds get their feelings hurt when I read the terms "imperial" and "helles" in the same title. It's not clever, it's the flavor equivlent of using double negatives in fine literary works.

Krampus has a darker-than-expected golden color with mild haze. A froathy white head caps the beer and allows spotty lace with good retention.

Jumping out immediately is the high hopping rates that provide a sharply citric and spicy earth aroma, taste, and bitterness. Supportive malts seem deeply caramelized and give nearly as much Pale Ale character as that of Pilsner. Bread crust and light yeasty taste provide slight apple-like esters and sulfur character that adds a bit of zest to usher in a semi-dry malt finish with 9% warmth and a minty-cool taste and texture.

Where Imperialized Pilsners usually don't settle particularly well with me, the added caramel and bread crust flavor supports the assertive hop additions very well, allowing me to read the flavor and balance of IPAs moreso than a big Pilsner. Just don't make me read the self-promoted label again.

BEERchitect, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.72/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of FLima
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy light brown color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma with predominant sweet notes of caramel malt.
Malty flavor with notes of caramel, good spices, toasted malts, grass, lemon drops, some oxidation and booze, lager yeast, flowers, husk and pine. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 9% is part of the taste but it does feel lower.
It seems a bit like a Doppelbock. Though this might not be fresh, hard to tell once this was bought in the US.

FLima, Thursday at 01:35 AM
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3.52/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from an ice cold bottle into a custom Mad Elf goblet, jealous much.

It has a ruby color with noticeable carbonation, with and aggressive pour it produced a 1/2 inch head.

I smell the floral notes but no getting the pine, it smells fresh and inviting.

The mouth feel is thick and has strong bitter notes hitting the tongue.

Again i'm getting to much bitterness for my taste but it is fresh and crisp. Its a good beer not just what I would go to on a daily basis, but its seasonal so don't forget to ask Santa.

bleedsblu, Tuesday at 09:15 PM
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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,007 ratings.