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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

927 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 927
Reviews: 405
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 71
Gots: 52 | 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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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-15-2012 05:12:11 | More by danthehopslamman
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 01:04:10 | More by HopDerek
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-10-2013 15:02:36 | More by NYR_Rob
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: pours golden amber, thin surface head, decent lacing
S: initially it smelled like a mildly spiced lager, maybe clove, then I got some light tobacco notes. I have no confidence I'd smell the same on my next tasting, they were so faint.
T: crisp front that is quickly backed by a hops bite. The beginning has maybe a note of caramel, cinnamon bread, cola, but the earthy hops turns the taste into an earthy almost ale taste, with some winter came spice notes (nutmeg, clove).
M: the dry bite of the hops lingers, combining with some lingering carbonation to produce in interesting sensation
O: I had this last year in bottle and really enjoyed it that I looked forward to it this year. I had actually forgotten it was a lager. I had a little trouble placing some flavors as it seemed to change slightly with each taste. I will look forward to this each year as a slight alternative to the winter ales, a lager with a little bite.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 23:04:09 | More by cjgiant
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 09:46:22 | More by MoreThanWine
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

02-12-2013 03:52:44 | More by sparx1100
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

01-15-2014 03:26:58 | More by wonothesane42
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

07-06-2014 14:18:33 | More by JMS1512
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 22:53:07 | More by vandemonian
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +2.6%

02-14-2014 00:24:41 | More by JamesStreet
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber with no freshness dating that pours a light amber colored body that is mostly clear. Two-finger off-white head that has good retention and good lacing.

The aroma is very IPA-like with a citrusy orange note coming out of the gate first. A little bready and sweet malt in the background but not much else.

Well, the flavor is not what I expected from the aroma. The hops are still dominant but lean more toward a pine and grassy flavor than the citrus that I picked up in the aroma. There is clearly still some citrus to be had, but it comes in secondary. The other flavors that I expected to get from a helles lager are much more muted.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel and just an interesting combination of ingredients overall that I like fairly well. If you like something a little different, give it I try.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:05:28 | More by FanofHefe
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-18-2012 14:31:21 | More by DSlim71
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tastymug

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

01-14-2013 00:27:01 | More by tastymug
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees the beer was a amber color that had a big caramel smell. The beer was a little bitter but really what stood out was the hot alcohol after burn. It just blew any taste away. The beer had decent lacing but whoop di doo. I will not buy again. Cool label.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 18:52:14 | More by Minkybut
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

12-10-2013 02:29:56 | More by csmartin6
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closisinthehouse

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-16-2012 14:51:06 | More by closisinthehouse
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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

10-18-2012 04:19:58 | More by mkennedy119
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jarrgal

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

06-10-2013 02:26:47 | More by jarrgal
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 20:06:48 | More by jondeelee
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vcoggins

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

12-22-2013 00:35:19 | More by vcoggins
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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

05-30-2012 11:57:14 | More by gpblackgt
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JRed

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, orange with a red tint topped by a light, white bubbles that do a speedy disappearing act. Light honey, corn, floral, rubber, and some grass in the nose. Corn, plastic, rubber, bitterness, dry metallic notes occupy the taste along with some booze. High carbonation and a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 00:48:12 | More by JRed
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videofrog

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-04-2014 04:37:08 | More by videofrog
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BKotch

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-24-2013 09:13:57 | More by BKotch
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.1%

11-25-2013 00:49:31 | More by Lanstrum
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.