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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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very good

1,056 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 81
Gots: 102 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of jskennedy
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours clear orange with a little quarter finger head, dissapates rather quickly as you would probably expect.
S- A really nice smelling beer. I get a nice hop aroma up front, seems very fresh. The hops smells are very itrusy in this one so grapefruit and some other dark fruits. A hint of brown sugar.
T- A truly unique tasting beer. This is somewhere inbetween an IPA and an Imperial Pislner. A good citrusy hop flavor and some dark fruit as well. The hop bitterness seems to overpower the feel of malts but there are malts back there. The malts are somewhat butter biscuit esque.
M- This is one bitter and dry pislner. It has the bitterness of an IPA and the dry feel of a pilsner which makes for a truly unique feel.
O- This is a pretty good beer and certainly a unique one but not one I will likely buy again... Well I may wait til next years release.

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

Krampus opens with a yeasty, hoppy, bready nose, each of these existing in good balance with each other. The hops bring a bright citrus aroma, full of lemon, pink grapefruit, and eucalyptus, while the malts add yeasty, floury rising wheat bread dough, French baguettes, and touches of brown sugar and caramel. The aromas are potent when the bottle opens, but do fade as the beer is left out, and after only a minute or two have lost much of their potency. Still, the aromas are tempting, if light.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a hoppy shock that would not go amiss in an Imperial IPA. Huge citrusy lemon, grapefruit rind, pine, and eucalyptus notes are present here, as well as a touch of dandelion stem and mint. The beer is also white pepper spicy. Malts are somewhat difficult to locate against the hop slam, but there are good toast crust and biscuit notes, as well as floury French baguette crusts. Some brown sugars help temper the brew. The aftertaste is mainly hops, with lingering floury breads. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, while I liked the hop flavors in here, I thought they overpowered the brew, making the malts difficult to locate. The beer as a whole feels unbalanced because of this, and the lemony hops combine with the floury baguette flavors to give the beer a lemon-lime soda undertone that seemed strange. The brew isn't bad, of course, and hopheads will find it lovely, but I thought a few more sugars and a better caramel-vanilla base would have helped.

Photo of match1112
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: nice clear dark copper body with two fingers of thick creamy white head. excellent retention and lacing.

s: very malty with caramel standing out the most. piney hops.

t: sweet and malty with a strong pine hop presence.

m: thick and oily. good carbonation, a resiney taste is left on the tongue. a long dry bitter finish.

o: meh, dont hate it, but wont buy it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of jsprain1
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale orange with a firm one finger very light tan head holds strong with a fair bit of lacing.
S- Aroma is fairly like a lightly hopped IPA. There is a pretty firm pale malt sweet, almost sugar cookie aroma with a citrus hop balance.
T- Bready, lightly sweet all the way through with a fair amount of malty sweetness. It is clear they used a fair amount of hops as the citrus nature of the hops comes through pretty well. A bit of pine resin.
M- Quite full bodied with a bit of sugaryness sticking to the tongue. Could use a bit more carbonation. The alcohol has a noticable presence.
O- It's an all around good beer but I don't know if it is so good as to merit it's price tag.

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2/5  rDev -48.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of k7sw
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pilsener glass.
Pour dark clear amber with thick tall head and a layer of bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass.
Smells sweet.
There's a hint of a floral taste which quickly gives way to the malty backbone. Afterwards a bitter taste sticks around leaving me wanting more.

Photo of Yvaithe
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

A - Pours clear copper with three fingers of thick head with good retention.

S - More hops than I was expecting, mostly citrus, with quite a bit of caramel malt as well.

T - Again, a surprising amount of citrus hops, but definitely a pleasant surprise. Caramel malt comes in midway and lastes trough the finish.

M - Medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Leaves a nice lingering bitterness.

O - Good beer. Not really to style, but enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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

This beer pours a relatively clear rich amber color with a large two inch off white head. Head retention is excellent, and it subsides leaving some lacing behind.

The aroma is nice. It's a very rich scent with some faded hop quality and a big malt bill. The grain comes off as sweet with a big dose of caramel and cereal grain.

The taste is pretty good. It's much more mild mannered than I would have assumed. There is the faded presence of hops up front that turns into a light bitterness on the finish. The grain is a bit more subdued than I had hoped and I'm not getting most of the qualities I smelled. Nevertheless a slightly sweet grain is available. I'm a little wanting in this department.

The mouthfeel is decent. It's full bodied, thick, and oily. I really enjoy the substance that can be found in a mouthfeel like this.

Overall it's a solid beer. Very fun story to be paired with a Frankenstein style. It has some really great qualities I was just left wanting it to be a little bit more than it is. I'm wondering if I had picked up this bottle at the beginning of the holiday season as opposed to the end if it would have had those qualities I'm looking for? I think I'll grab one next year as soon as possible and see what I think then.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of smakawhat
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip snifter glass. Bottle date of December 5th 2011.

An off white quite thick and large head. Foamy in character, lots of retention. Body is a nice crystal clear brandishing ruby orange, with red hints and rising carbonation.

Nose is light malts, and faint hint of thick sweetness. Kind of closed as well. Nice bouquet but not much to really say here.

Taste seems to be interesting. More like a strong ale in character with a thick malt presence. Palate brings some nice hop body with a lingering bitterness and sense of subdued grapefruit, and a spicy finish.

Overall interesting beer, but nothing that makes me desire or want to have this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.