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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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940 Ratings

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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 75
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

bnes09, Apr 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

wonothesane42, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/23/13.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a slightly yellowed head on top. Just a bit of visible carbonation in the body. Nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Pretty nice hop aroma coming across on this one. Fruity aspect adds a raisin or grape like quality. Can sniff out a touch of the booze in this imperial pilsner.

T: Interesting blend here, remains malt forward with a toasty lagery malt. Ample fruit backing and a big hop bitterness kicks in at the end. Some spiciness to it that rounds out the flavor. More hop bitterness than I remember.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation. Touch of stickiness but besides that a crisp finish. Booze isnt too hot with a bit of a warming feel.

Overall this is a hoppy beer when fresh that mellows out nicely. A real nice example of a properly done imperial lager. Hops add some great bitterness despite this remaining a malt forward beer.

CloudStrife, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of JackieTH
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%

Thanks Rob for the Christmas present. Pour is deep gold with a finger of tight foam that recedes slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Striking appearance with definite bonus points for the bottle label and story about "Krampus", Santa's evil side kick. Smell is thoroughly malty with hints of dry tea leaves, earth, and citric hop. Big malt on first sip although some crispness shows through. On further swallows the big caramelly malt flavor remains prominent but more noticeable is an orange-citric element, slightly astringent bitterness, and mellow yeast. Not noticed is the 9.0% ABV...at the moment. The body is medium and well crafted. Overall, this is a pretty darn good double pilsner-style beer.

JackieTH, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +2.6%

JamesStreet, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +2.6%

megamass, Mar 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of williamherbert
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%

The appearance is hazy burnt orange with some clarity. Massive snow-white head. Still waters, sticky lace.

The initial smell is a blast of flowery hops. Shades of a spicy, pilsnery hop too. Pale malts. Citrus and pine. Hops evolve. Citrusy and incredible.

The taste is first a load of citrusy hops, with a base of pale malts and also some sweetly dark caramel. Really sticks on the palate: starts citrusy, spicy and hoppy; ends roasted and smooth. Ages a bit sour.

A little bite to go with a crisp, fizzy feel. Somewhat creamy. Great for style. I really like this beer. The hops are complex and great. The malts put out the fizzy fire.

williamherbert, Apr 11, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

sparx1100, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: Not gold like most lagers, brownish gold with an off-white head and pretty damn thick coming off almost a full inch off the body.

Smell: Light hops, little more potent than your regular lager but nothing impressing.

Taste: Lightly bitter, roasted hops are pretty evident. The strength of hops and a lighter malt feel are way what is this brew boasts of.

Mouth: A crisp toasted bread feel that comes off dry but effectively compliments the after-taste. Smooth with medium carbonation that feels heavy at first gulp.

Overall: This in the end is a Vienna lager on roids, hearty and ridiculously full of flavor. It's not one of those complex brews because it comes at you straight forward. It is what is is really good beer. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%

Imperial Helles, isn't that an oxymoron? In any case, Krampus appears a dark amber color with a nice cap of foam which clings to glass as the liquid interface falls. The aroma is a nice balance of caramel and lemony hops. The alcohol opens the senses. Surprisingly carbonated, almost prickly, on the palate. The malt notes (bread, biscuit, and dark fruit) are briskly swept away as the hops takes over. Resinous pine, grapefruit, old fashion bitterness and a wave of booze finish this off in a big dollop of hops. A nice brew that invites the drinker to have more. I don't know if I would call this a Helles, but it is good.

BeardedBoffin, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +28.2%

patm1986, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BrownAleMale
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

BrownAleMale, Dec 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

BKBassist, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%

Pours a beautiful, clear amber color in my glass. I don't hesitate to say this is the best part of the beer.

Has a pretty clean, grassy hop aroma to it. There are some bready grains there as well but it isn't a powerful smelling one.

The taste begins out with a malted grain, bready note that one would expect from a European style lager. After that though, there is quite the astringent, grassy hop, aspirin-like bitterness that ends the beer on a puckering note and lingers a fair while into the aftertaste. Wow, didn't see that coming!!

In the end, it's pretty average to me. Honestly, the bitterness ruled the day a bit much here and was sometimes too astringent for me.

NODAK, Dec 31, 2011
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3.26/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

utopiajane, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Knoxrb12, Mar 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Lanstrum, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

ramrod666, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

abcdefghijkyle, Nov 06, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a clear coppery amber with tall frothy off-white head. Good retention and nice clinging lacing. Smells of spicy hops, dry grass, pine, mint, citrus, grapes, caramel, and bread. Tastes big of spicy hops right off the bat, which sticks throughout. Pine resin, mint, and light citrus notes come through up front along with some grapes and maybe some apple. Backbone consists of candy, caramel, and some bread crust with a finish of more hop bitterness combined with some alcohol. Medium full in body with moderate carbonation. Bittering with some sweetness, smooth and crisp but also chewy. Not quite sure what to make of this, the hophead in me loves it, but for the style it hits far from the mark.

HopDerek, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured a 2" head which took a long time dropping to 1/8". Yellowish amber color. Very hoppy smell and taste. Rich and fruity.

Let's be honest, this is hoppy like an upper end IPA, which is certainly good and high quality, but we really buy it for the fun bottle and the story of the Krampus whacking the bad kids while Santa Claus is out rewarding the good. A fun beer, but genius marketing.

MoreThanWine, Dec 23, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev -9%

I bought Southern Tier Krampus has a translucent, deep orange colour and a decent head that dies away to good lacing within about a minute. This beer smells yeasty and a little boring like most lagers. This beer has the crisp and slightly bitter flavour you expect from a lager. I let the beer wash around in my mouth and the hops really came out. Delicious. This beer has a decent, slightly foamy feeling in my mouth. Overall, this is a very nice lager but the bitterness does build as you drink it.

vandemonian, Dec 25, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass bottled on September 19, 2012. Pours a cloudy orange with a sticky two inch off white head, that clings to the glass. Smell is grapefruit, hard candy, tangerine, and plum. Taste is very similar to the noise lots grapefruit and hard candy, not complaining. Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and very drinkable. Wasn't sure what to expect from this because of the style. I liked it a lot, different frommost beers this time of year.

SawDog505, Jan 06, 2013
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.