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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)

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very good

1,112 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,112
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 81
Gots: 139 | 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

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-15-2008

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Ratings: 1,112 | Reviews: 430
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. no date found.

for goodness' sake, this need to be reclassified as an "imperial pilsner". yes, they call it an "imperial helles", but to classify this as a "helles" here on BA is an affront to the standard bearers of the style, just as the so-called "imperial pilsners" would be insulting to the classic pilsners if listed as such. i'm reviewing this as if it were listed under "american double/imperial pilsner".

golden, clear amber. lots of rocky, off-white head, slowly fades to puffy, constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: strong hops, but with citrus and pine notes too, melding into a rich caramel, plus more fruity apple and citrus.

taste: strong caramelized malts and apple fruitiness are quickly met by bold hopping, plus some citrus and pine, probably from american varieties. quite a burst of flavors!

lightly syrupy and smooth throughout. moderate carbonation gives nice lift.

an intriguingly wonderful choice for a holiday brew.

again, this needs to be compared with the so-called "double/imperial pilsners". otherwise it's totally off-kilter as a traditional "helles".

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice rich copper clear brew. Frothy and fluffy head settles to a slew of velvety bubbles and lace all about the glass. Certainly pretty.

Smell: (4.5)
- This brew has some dank hops. Lots of pungent earthy and resinous hops. Light citrus hiding in there as well, but more a sappy pine and skunky hop goodness. I must like it so much because it is dry-hopped with Willamette hops. Love 'em. Subtle sweet bready malts certainly seem to be there.

Taste: (4.0)
- This is one crispy and bitter brew with a killer sweet caramel malt to balance. Zesty pine and grassy hops hit sharp up front, and then finishes out with a lot of flavors. Bready malt flavors, pine resin, and grass. All melded very well. Certainly a beer to try.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This is a full bodied creamy brew with a slight stickiness to it. The mad bitterness leaves the palate dry and thirsting for more. Bit chewy, and cloying. Overall a solid meal in a bottle.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a fantastic beer, and one of the better ones I have had from Southern Tier. It seems as though it is very well balanced, but yet is still super bitter and hop forward. I don't mind that at all. I also like that it isn't some spiced up charred coffee table in a bottle. Kudos. Though I wouldn't mind if this beer was not an imperial.. I think it would be really killer being brought down to its standard self.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bruachan
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

brilliant copper with a phenomenal head (hmmm...will this be hoppier than one would expect?): creamy and sudsy at the same time. lacing is promising from the get-go

aromas are very strong: hops are woody, spicy, citrussy, strong. the whole thing is quite fruity...was this really lagered?

veeerry hoppy flavors and strong bitterness (kind surprisingly). thoroughly pacific northwest hop flavors. doesn't really have the smoothness i expect in a lager (not to mention some milder hops). "imperial" does not mean "take a style, add tons of shit and make beer unrecognizable as the original style"

now, not all good beers are to style. i would never claim that. this brew, however, is way too rough and way to influenced by the west coast hop scene to even resemble a helles or pilsner. that's not to say that i don't like it--i do--this is just more of an American Strong than any type of european lager. sweet caramel

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of JVan
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Zetcha7x
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gehrig
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with a heart batch of venison chili and crab legs, Krampus represents a distinctly boozy offering from Southern Tier, easily one of my top ten breweries. I'm not sure their "imperializing" a Helles Lager has as much success as with others, but this is good stuff nonetheless.

In color and aromas rather reminiscent of a DIPA, Krampus has a nice rich copper color and heavily hopped aroma. The color and lush white foamy head, with excellent retention, exhibit a wonderful presentation. Hops run the show with Krampus, with moderate biscuity malt the primary malt accompaniment. I wouldn't mind it so much, except it becomes readily evident that the malt component lacks complexity. Hop flavor does much to atone in the taste, but the boozy aspect of Krampus cuts down on its drinkability somewhat.

It's hard to complain about Krampus, especially after reading the entertaining blurb on the side of the bottle--humorous stuff. It's pretty good beer, and I admit that I'm accustomed to being spoiled by ST offerings. This is a good notch and a half below stellar wares such as Gemini, Unearthly, and Mokah, but good nonetheless.

Photo of Seanibus
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very strong and malty and sweet. Not very lagery either - I would almost peg this for a smooth Double IPA of some sort, or even a gentle Barleywine.

Pours a deep hazy amber with a big fluffy head and sticky lacing. The aroma is the only clearly lagerish part of this beer, with a muted brown sugar aroma that would probably be sharper in an ale. The flavor is very malty and sugary, with toffee and caramel in abundance, a surprising hop bite, and a lingering hop bitterness in the background the mouthfeel is very thick and gooey with a little sting of alcohol on the finish that betrays the heavy duty ABV.

Photo of larryi86
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter

A- A nice hazy amber with a tint of orange and a two finger head.

S- Sweet malt with hints of oranges, caramel, and hops.

T- Caramel malt hits right away with hints of citrus that finishes smoothly with a hoppy bitter bit. The downfall of the taste is the 9% ABV is not hidden, but not overwhelming.

M- Smooth, a little on the trick side and a little sticky.

D- This is good and easy to drink. It is worth picking up a bottle and giving it a try, definitely if you enjoy Barelywines.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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