Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
Karbach Brewing Co.

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Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #107
Ranked #22,644
3.76 | pDev: 13.03%
Nov 19, 2022
Nov 21, 2011
Very Good
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Reviewed by DrukenFish

4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Nice beer.....daily drinker. Interesting can is what drove me to buy this gear. Always a fan of a "Christmas Story"....greatest Christmas movie ever....Anyway, beer gives you a nostalgic feel. Good beer...low ABV relative to others. Nice color. Talked to owner....nice smooth drinking beer....give it a try.
Nov 19, 2022
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Reviewed by PhillyTex24

5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Delicious red ale with a kick! I look forward to this holiday release of this Christmas beer! Has a nice little bite to it! Perfectly paired with cheese or salty nuts while cuddling around a fireplace!
Nov 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Best by 012723 Pours a redddish color with a big head. Aroma is light but sweet smelling. Taste is light but smooth. Low carbonation but almost root beer like. It's a nice seasonal from Karbach.
Nov 16, 2022
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Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Crystal clear copper, big-ass khaki head, great retention, thick rings of lace
Toasty, caramelly malt, slight orange aroma
Tastes like it smells.
Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated
A definite throw-back. I really like it
Oct 17, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Dec 21, 2021
Rated: 3.77 by animal69 from Louisiana

Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 3.67 by Tiernan from Texas

Nov 30, 2021
Rated: 3.65 by mamaraza from Texas

Oct 19, 2021
Rated: 3.64 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Mar 10, 2021
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Hmm, I guess I'll add my review to the main listing, seriously figure out what this beer should be (that goes for both Beer Advocate and Karbach)

Clear dark red color, bubbly head forms and vanishes to nothing. No lace. Kind of grainy, sweet, with lots of cereal. Not much hop character, except a light earthiness. Of coarse the spices and body are gone but there supposedly orange peal in this though I can't tell. Just a limp, bland red ale that has no real character. This is a huge disappointment, and a pale imitation of what it once was pre AB-InBev. Thats not me just complaining, it went from an 8% ABV Winter Warmer that was really good in its own right, and that could also be used as a base for some barrel aged beers. To a medium strength "red" ale. Saying that, it is a really bland red ale to boot. Ralph (Karbach) shot his eye out indeed.
Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
LOOK: Pours amber with red hues and a foamy tan head that recedes to a thin skin while a ring of side glass lace remains around the glass.
AROMA: Bread malts with a caramel scent are most noticed.
TASTE: Pretty much the same, sweet but not overly so on the palate.
FEEL: Creamy and smooth with a light body.
Dec 09, 2020
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Reviewed by imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This brew looks better than it smells, and smells better than it tastes.

pretty hoppy for a red, which was a nice touch. if not for those hop notes, it would be straight sweet and thin/watery body to deal with, neither which made for my favorite experience. I enjoyed the flavor overall, but the feel was too watery for my liking and combined with the shade of sweetness, left an impression that wasn't great for me.

it wasn't horrible, but I'm glad it was a single.
Nov 30, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by thegreatnicoli from Texas

Nov 22, 2020
Rated: 3.66 by raust from Texas

Nov 09, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by -Andrew- from Michigan

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12oz can poured into 14oz teku. best Enjoyed By date: 030619-A2-13:30. Poured a dark red color (with a few floaties) that had 3/4 inch of tan head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

Strong malty-sweet scent, with some floral hops in the background.

Very similar on the tongue; malty, kinda sweet, and light hopping.

The body was medium, as anticipated, smooth, and had a sweet finish.

Drinkability was good, no problems.

Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew.
Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 3.74 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Feb 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: The dark amber body is crowned by a fairly robust, dense, cream-colored head. Thick, fine-beaded, and nearly unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls. The head retention is quite good.

Aroma: Pine hops vie with notes of brown sugar and spices, among these cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. There is a strong backdrop of caramel malt, as well as generous notes of dark fruits. There seems to be a hint of alcohol, despite the relatively low ABV. There is more than a hint of gingerbread cookies.

Taste: Opens with a flourish of Christmas spices, most notably ginger, though there are cloves, cinnamon, and allspice, seemingly as well. Supporting the spice is a strong dark caramel malt presence, as if drizzled on homemade dark bread. Then there are abundant dark fruits, and a little bitter cocoa. A slight bitterness rises very gradually, from the beginning of the taste, serving to offset the massive spices, and caramel. The spices, particularly ginger and dark caramel present strongly at the close, with a slight hint of herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and rich, full, and very pleasant, with a slight hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A Christmas ale that manages to be strikingly different from the other examples that I have tried, and all the while, quite good. More than worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, poured to a New Belgium balloon glass.
Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by sumnerw from Texas

Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 3.78 by rsuarez1982 from Texas

Dec 02, 2019
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance - The brew is served a dark brick red-mahogany color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades rather fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The smell begins with a nice roasted malt flavor with some nice flavors of spice of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Along with these aromas comes some lighter dark fruit smells of plum and fig as well as a rather decent showing of a molasses and bready smell.
Taste - The taste begins with a sweeter dark fruit flavor of plum, cherry, and raisin that has a decent showing of a roasted malt flavor and a bit of toast. Along with these flavors comes some rather nice spice flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove that were detected in the nose. The spice is moderate overall and remains so throughout the taste. toward the end the sweetness gets slightly stronger overall and leave one with a nice toasty and spiced holiday flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the spice and sweeter tastes the feel is nice and makes for an easy sipper.
Overall - A rather tasty and easy drinking lightly, but flavorful spiced brew, that will put you in a nice holiday mood! Cheers!
Nov 22, 2019
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Reviewed by JacobusFavier23 from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
First Christmas beer of the season!

L-Pours a very nice, looking beer. Mahogany in color with a one and a half fingered rocky head which quickly dissipates to nothing but a nice bubbly lace.
S-Sweet grassy wheat aroma, with some slight spices and a caramel undertone. Not bad on the aroma, but not very prominent or outstanding in any way.
T- Altogether very nice flavor. Grassy and sweet wheat is there followed by a nice caramel touch. It's well spiced with some ginger and cinnamon with possibly some orange peel. In some ways, I almost get some maple flavor?
F- Light bodied for a heavier looking and tasting beer. Pretty refreshing.
O- This beer is 8% while thinking it was on the lower end of four. All I can say is I respect the brewmaster there for hiding such a potent ale. It has a very balanced flavoring with a crisp finish. Isn't more than it needs to be. And was crafted in a very good manor. Gets me in the mood for Christmas.
Nov 21, 2019
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Reviewed by gvickery from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look: Mahogany, reddish brown, clear, with a mostly white head.
Smell: I didn’t smell anything, my wife said it smelled a little like honey.
Taste: Light caramel, semisweet, toasted bread, very light toffee, a medium degree of bitterness without any hop notes.
Overall, it’s very drinkable and not overly sweet like some brews in this category, its also lower in abv. The mouthfeel is medium and the finish is medium dry.

I’m raising my rating of the smell to 4, I was stopped up when I reviewed it last. I also noticed in the description that it’s abv is 8%, this must be from a previous season because my cans say 5.6%. This makes it a lighter version of a winter warmer. Very enjoyable, my favorite Christmas beer.
Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Oct 20, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by Chipz023 from Texas

May 23, 2019
Rated: 3.54 by Jodio from Texas

May 23, 2019
Rated: 3.54 by Mtn from Texas

Jan 31, 2019
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Reviewed by Javelin185 from Alabama

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
This is a tasty beer. Karbach calls it a Red but I feel it’s more in line with an ESB. I’m not going to dissect it but just know if you like ESB’s you’re bound to like this
Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. Best Enjoyed By 030619 printed on bottom of can. So this should have another 2 months of freshness in it. Got it from the grocery store as part of a $10 sixer mixer.

Appearance - Absolutely massive tan pancake batte rhead with good retention and little to no lacing. Mostly clear, maybe very slightly hazy deep amber/light-brown body. Mohogany maybe. 4

Smell - Musky corn. Dry cardboard. 2.5

Taste - Tons of complexity. Chocolate, coffee. Bitter but not overbearing. Alcohol but not overbearing. Tons of flavor but nothing is offputting. 4.5

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Has some brightness and astringency. Doesn't linger unnecessarily. 4.5

Overall - Usually when I encounter beers with characteristics like this, they end up being off or poorly balanced or unpalatable otherwise. But this one is done right. Weird, but no off characters. 4.5
Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by dtevans5 from Tennessee

Dec 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Trarmer007 from Mississippi

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A - low to moderate malt and low spice
A - brown to deep brown clear some tan head dissipated quickly
F - moderate malt with caramel brown flavor mild hop bitterness and low hop flavor
MF - low to moderate body maybe too thin. Some malty smoothness touch of creamy
OI - not a big winter beer in mouth feel, alcohol warming or holiday spice notes. But pleasant. More like a toe in the water Christmas ale. Might would buy again
Dec 22, 2018
Rated: 3.11 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Dec 20, 2018
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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

2.2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1
Foamy, lumpy head that falls to sudsy layer that eventually dies off completely, to the point someone asked what wine I was drinking. Clear dark copper red.

Sweet, slightly toasty/caramel and pale malts, some orange peel, low floral, earthy hop.

Clean, mostly dry pale and crystal malts, abrupt finish with low hop bitterness and a definite charge of orange flavor.

Thin and weak. No astringency or roughness. Moderate CO2. Felt a lot like soda pop.

Come on, Karbach. Yule shoot your future profits out with thin, limp, manufactured garbage like this. Sure it is drinkable, but it lacks anything anybody looks for in a Christmas beer except the fruit flavoring. No alcohol warmth, no spices, no malt complexity... I feel robbed. Not worth buying. It's not even a good year-round beer either. It feels cheap, tastes boring and looks like a failure. you took the label for what was formerly a 8% spiced winter warmer and slapped it on a damn-near alcopop. SHAME!!! PASS!!!
Dec 17, 2018
Rated: 3.31 by SicemWT from Texas

Dec 07, 2018
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Reviewed by H-TownMcBuck from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice deep brown with slight hue of amber. Minimal head and lacing dissipates quickly. Light biscuit smell, not much in the way of aroma. I tasted maltiness and orange bitters. Decent flavor and beer for the holidays.
Nov 22, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by Popadeaux from Oklahoma

Nov 19, 2018
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Rated by Ashman79 from Texas

4.84/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Great drinking beer. Pairs well with tamales strangely enough.
Nov 18, 2018
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Rated by OBO1978 from Texas

1/5  rDev -73.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Complete changed the recipe without even a hint to the consumer.
Nov 15, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
Yule Shoot Your Eye Out from Karbach Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 257 ratings