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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,079 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 81
Gots: 111 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Poured from 22oz bomber- no date. Poured into standard pint.

A- A brilliant copper color, this is a very nice looking beer. Incredibl head that won't go away... sits like a pancake on top of the beer. Settles 15 mins later into a half inch foam cake. Great lacing.

S- Hops are pretty pungent, with a mild bready malt backbone. Very impressive considering this one's close to a year old.

T- Wow. Most German brews are wheat-centric, this one has plenty of hops to balance the beer out. Sweet, crisp, moderately heavy, a bit peppery. Very nice. Hop head? You'll like this.

M- Impressive. Heavy, but good carbonation helps balance it out. Many things working well together in this beer.

D- Moderate. A heavy hitter, and this beer doesn't hide it. Still enjoyable and very tasty. Would buy again. In fact, I did... picked up a case of this stuff. Cheers!

Photo of jmz62565
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks very nice !!! Pours a clear copper/orange color with a gigantic white foamy head. The smell is very strong with citrus hops.The taste is is crisp with citrus hops and then a blast of bitterness.Bitter hops,alcohol,cirtus flavors,grapefruit,and bread yeast make this a very tasty brew.The m/f is light for a high octane beer,but the flavors work well together. All in all,this a very good beer from one of the East coasts better breweries.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of meatyard
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour shows a crystal clear, amber color with streams of carbonation. The fluffy, off-white head has good retention and leaves pretty good lacing. This is a great looking beer
The smell is light citrus hops and a strong malt aroma.
The taste is mild hops followed by a very dry bitterness and then rounds out with some lightly sweet malt and a spicy finish that continues on in the aftertaste. There is a hint of the alcohol as well.
Mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation, pretty smooth & a little dry.
Drinkability: This is not like other, tamer lagers but is interesting. I like the SA Hallertau more in this style which I'd like to try more of the better ones. Worth your effort here though.

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

A: clear, deep amber ale with a few fingers of ivory foam in a pilsener glass; laces adorn the inner glass

S: deep rustic malt aromas and herbal and earthy hops; suggestions of dry grain and wet pine

T: earthy and husky in both malts and hops, but lightened with a smooth toastiness, and a dank bitterness. Comes off just a bit too sweet and wet to be called crisp, has a honeyed sweetness as the malt warms underneath some chewy pine resin hops.

M: smooth and bittering, slightly coating, medium body with moderate sensation of carbonation

O: somewhere between a pilsener and an IPA, Imperial strength. Quite a nice drink - very enjoyable, and as other reviewers have noted, the high abv is well-hidden.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Lemke10
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This pours a hazy, dark amber color with an average, beige head. The aroma is a mixture of sweet malts, hops, and some citrus. The taste is sweet, slightly fruity, and pleasant. There is a slight bitter finish. I agree with the people that say this is more of a Pale Ale/IPA than a Pilsner. Certainly unique, can’t say I’ve had anything quite like it.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,079 ratings.