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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

1,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,105
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 81
Gots: 135 | 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:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-15-2008

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extremely clear deep orange pour with about half inch of head that remained throughout the whole glass. smells of rich grains, yeast, bready. tastes bitter up front with a sweet backbone of caramel/brown sugar, tastes of pilsner and wheat malts. refreshing, crisp, medium bodied but has the refreshing sensation of a light bodied beer. this is perfect for the style of beer that it is. i generally don't like lagers/pilsners, but this one changes the game.. give it a shot!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper color with a thin off-white head that laces the glass.

S: Toasted malt and a crisp, grassy hop aroma.

T: More of the same from the aroma. Starts with a good toasted malt base and then the hops kick in. There are also some fruity esters that show up maybe peach and citrus. The grassy hop flavor is good and I was hoping it would finish clean, but it finished a little bitter and with a bit of alcohol flavor and burn.

M: Medium body with good carbonation and a bitter burn in the finish.

O: Pretty good. Not something I would go seek out, but for an imperial pilsner it is good.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber into tulip. DOB 12/05/11.

A: clear. bright orange. off-white head is very frothy and has good retention and lacing. lacing is very sticky. a bit dark, but this is an Imp. version so slightly expected.

S: boatloads of smooth malt sweetness. caramel. a very dense bready-ness. reminds me of banana bread without the banana aroma.

T: an underlying bitterness remains throughout a sweet, tangy malty body. a little bit of alcohol, but just the smallest touch. drinks clean with a dry finish.

M: moderate amount of carbonation on a very full body.

D: this is a big lager. i would actually recommend splitting this bottle between friends. overall i would say this drinks closer to an american strong (minus an intense hop character), than an imperial helles, but i still respect the effort.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber.

pours out a clear perfect bronze colour with a light tan head leaving some chunky lace. first thing to assault the nose is some aggressive floral and spicy hopping. mostly of the noble variety if i'm accurate. a bit of candy like dark maltiness struggles to keep up with the hop nose...smells nice for a big lager such as this. the huge malt profile regains the upper hand in the taste profile, it's huge and sturdy showing off a blend of pale and dark malts with an underlying boozy kick. hop profile is all aggressive spice, providing a dazzling array of bitterness that lingers long in the finish. big, bold and brash best describes both the body and mouthfeel on this one. i wouldn't describe this as overly drinkable...nothing i want to chug too fast. double and imperial pils and the offspring they produce are still something i'm getting used to.

overall this is a pretty decent offering considering the difficulty in producing beers of this nature and making them approachable. on the other hand, it makes for a treat during bock season, which this brew so closely resembles. recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden with a reasonable layer of head that dissipated quickly. The nose is of hops and apples (oddly enough). There is a mild malt flavor that is a bit thin. The hop finish was pretty strong for a helles.

I'd say - it's overwhelmingly ok.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 3 finger frothy head with nice lacing on a clear 50/50 amber and golden body.

S: very malty and aromatous. Subtle sweet corn and earthy notes.

T: flavor is pretty boozy and sour. Malt and sweet corn in the background.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: The aroma is excellent. The boozy flavor is a little much but it mellows out as you drink it.

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.