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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,112 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
Photo of NYR_Rob
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bamadog
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/15/2010 at the brew pub and from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty perfect coppery color and starts with a 1/2 finger head that fades to a thin and uneven skim with a thick and foamy ring around the surface; body is pretty clear and shows moderate carbonation; nice washes of delicate lacing hold to the sides of the glass and remain while I nurse this one down.

Smell: Pretty weak and hard to pull much out at all -- I'm a little disappointed in this notion as I typically find beers on-tap to be a little more potent in the nose. Overall, there's a light but pleasant maltiness that comes out and it just smells sweet and good.

Taste: Very nice! There are some great bitter citric hops right up front and they're balanced out quite well by a fairly complex malty backing ! I did not expect this level of hoppiness in this beer based upon the weak smell! The malts are super strong and toasty and biscuity as well and seem to be the dominant flavor, but still allows the bitterness and citric flavors of the hops to shine through; just a bit of an alcoholic vapor in the flavor at the far end -- but not too bad for something that's 9%.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully thick and creamy -- carbonation is just about perfect and keeps the body lively; tons of stickiness is left all over the mouth and holds the multitude of flavors amazing well.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure, but amazing flavors and a near perfect mouthfeel make up for the higher ABV and would definitely keep me coming back for more. Great for anytime of year, but I could definitely see me enjoying this one in the early spring and fall.

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jjayjaye
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear bright tangerine color with a full finger light earthy foam collar that has nice retention and sheets of Belgian lacing. The smell is timid, but altogehter bright and earthy with a sweet sticky citrus fruitiness. Full bodied and adequately carbonated the mouth feel is tangy and slightly bitter with a crisp almost dry finish. Hats off once again to the ST Family! A little late for this holiday, i can see this becoming a local seasonal favorite. The balanced piny hop resin and tangerine flavors mixed with the sweet malty goodness rocks! Highly recommended...Happy Holidays!

Photo of RichH55
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Jason1337
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of utopiajane
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours with brilliant clarity and s small stream of bubbles rising up to meet a thick head of off white foam from a vigorous pour that fell slow enough and left reasonable lace. Nose is at first bright with citrus peel and caramel malt. Then as it warms a mineral or metallic smell starts to evolve and a yeasty twang like in a traditional lager. The hops are floral and the malt is caramel instead of bread and I find that it smells a lot like a DIPA one minute and then a little bit like a lager the next. Orange peel. The taste is somewhat flat and muddled. I would even call it stagnant mid palate. The beer has a tremendous citrus but it isn't crisp it's just tart. The yeast trying to be a lager yeast adds a bit of sour twang and the metallic taste doesn't go well with that. The malt is sweet and caramel but bread would be enough. There's a bit of spice and a bit of alcohol on the palate.

This finishes with not only a hop bitter but a metallic aftertaste and a sour off flavor. It also finishes slick and with some hop oil. As this drinks it becomes more pleasant. Lemon takes over in the finish.

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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 BrownAleMale
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a Kasteel chalice glass.

Appearance- An orangish color with a quarter inch of whispy white head that dissipates into a light layer on the surface. Some very very slight lacing.

Smell- At first a piney hops then a srtong bready malt aroma.

Taste- Wowza, what a malt bomb. Bread malts, biscuits,grains, and corn with a slight piney hop finish. Also, a slight roasy quality on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick mouthfeel. Almost like eating fresh bread. A meal in a bottle for sure. This is like doppelbock style.

Overall- Great beer that would be nice on a cold night with a slice of warm buttery bread. This sets the standard for lagers.

Photo of Lemke10
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
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
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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 abcdefghijkyle
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

An exceptionally clear lightly red copper brew. It produces a two finger head of light tan frothy foam. Good retention and good lacing. A good covering on top of the brew. No carbonation evident.

Smell is piney with sweet caramel and malt.

Taste is a like very clean IPA. Hops hit first and with force, mostly pine. Sizable malt backbone swings the balance back toward Helles lager. Spicy notes of cinnamon and grapefruit in the middle. Finish is sharp and dry with a powdery hoppiness coating my mouth. Hops hide a faint fusel alcohol component. Malty scones linger with the hops.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium thick in weight. Carbonation is quite active lending to the quenching nature of the drinking experience. Silky as you swallow.

Drinkability is pretty good. Easy to kill a bomber but the abv will give you pause.

More like a "German DIPA" than a Imperial Helles to me but a nice beer nonetheless

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meatyard
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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 doughanson78
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. First Helles Lager.

A: A medium dark orange/copper. Super clear. One finger bright white head with amazing retention and sticky lacing.

S: Not a huge aroma. Piney and earthy hops. Grains, breads and grassy notes. Slight spice notes.

T: Slight caramel along with grains and bread. Pine and floral hops along with a biscuity malt flavor. Finishes very earthy and grassy with a grapefruit bitterness. Weird hop profile and the off putting grapefruit in the end just messes this taste up.

M: Medium light body. Higher carbonation. Slight creaminess. Pretty dry finish.

O: Kind of like a very hoppy lager. Don't know if it's the hop profile of this beer or if it just doesn't go with lagers, but this one isn't for me. Not totally bad.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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