Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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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!
12-03-2012 06:55:56 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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.
03-24-2013 01:09:59 | More by BeardedBoffin
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.
12-31-2011 01:17:30 | More by NODAK
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.
12-04-2012 03:40:29 | More by BrownAleMale
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.
12-23-2008 01:04:10 | More by HopDerek
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.
12-23-2010 09:46:22 | More by MoreThanWine
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.
12-25-2010 22:53:07 | More by vandemonian
3.85/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
02-22-2012 00:05:28 | More by FanofHefe
3.1/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
01-23-2010 18:52:14 | More by Minkybut
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.