Urbock 23° | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 12-05-2001

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Reviews by wchesak:
Photo of wchesak
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Fin du Monde tulip

A- golden straw color with a minimal head that leaves quickly and leaves hardly any lacing, by halfway through there is no evidence of lacing

S- smells more like liquor than beer, with very sweet notes like a brandy, slight hop background, definitely can pick up the alcohol

T- do not see this as a doppelbock, the alcohol is present throughout, finally giving way to malt towards the end

M- light to medium body with enough carbonation

D- with the ABV, not a lot, and still can not get past its supposed style

eggenberg has better offerings, like Samichlaus, which has a higher alcohol percent but so much more beer like

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear golden color with not much head to speak of seems to be fairly highly carbonated for such a high gravity beer. Big juicy fruity aroma very effervescent alot of apple and apricot aromas going on the alcohol comes out as well.Taste is quite sweet and alcoholic of burned fruit and caramel.I notice a hop presence as I drink more mainly in the finish.a nice nightcap to a busy Xmas day, will help put me to sleep.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body was a very thin and clear orange but the head was gorgeous, heaving and pitting.

Smell – There is a really big heavy duty Abbey Tripel-type of aroma to this bier. It is filled with orange and tangerine juice, along with non-toasted malt, some biscuit, and a serious does of alcohol.

Taste – The circus has come to town. It looks like a cheap pale ale and smells like a novelty beer, but the taste is monstrous. There’s a hint of bock to this one, but mostly it is big orange biscuit flavor. I don’t understand the classification to this style.

Mouthfeel – Very light carbonation and medium in the body, this heavy hitter means business. There is a sharp alcohol sting at the mouth yet this bier is refreshingly smooth.

Drinkability – This went down like Courtney Love at a rock concert. I can’t say that it even remotely resembled the Doppelbock style, but it was awesome nevertheless. I will rate it on its merits.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very strange, surprising, and…um…dangerous beer. Tapped at Wonder’s Pub in Madison, WI last week and listed as “Ur Bock Belgian Ale.” I wasn’t sure what to think of it.

Ur Bock 23 pours a bright gold with a thick but short lived white froth. Certainly looks like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Strong and sweet fruity aromas dominate but I can’t tell if they come from alcohol or just a rather interesting yeast. Bread and biscuits follow.

The flavor is huge and boozey but not as boozey a 9.6% would indicate. Barley sugars, sweet fruity alcohol, orange scones drizzled in honey, and just a touch of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel reminds me of Kasteel Bruine primarily because this beer captures the extreme level of sweetness I recently tasted in the Kasteel. Ur Bock on the otherhand is noticeable larger, though not a large in terms of body or booze feel/taste as one would expect from a 9.6% beer. Ur Bock is both huge and subdued and deceiving at the same time.

Drinkability… Well I had my first glass with a burger and left not knowing quite what beer I had consumed. I returned during a beer club meeting and confirmed that this was a beer from Eggenberg and not a Belgian as I had been lead to believe earlier. I should have know that any beer from Eggenberg would pack a major punch but I ignored this and went ahead drinking 4 chalices with ease. I really enjoyed this beer that seems to me to be yeast and alcohol focused in almost its entirety and would drink it again…although…the headache that arrived a few hours after drinking four wasn’t fun…

Stylistically, I just don’t see anything Doppelbockish about this but perhaps that is what makes it so unique.

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Photo of -DF-
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 9.6%.

Appearance: It has a deep amber color with a slight haze and some big bits of sediment floating around inside. From the pour I got very thin and very quick fading head. This leaves the beer completely uncovered and there is absolutely no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is big, full and sweet. There are loads of sweet candy like notes of apples, pears, figs and plums inside of a fruitcake like maltiness.

Taste / Palate: All the sweet notes from the aroma come though in the flavor plus a note of cherry almond ring coffee cake and the mellow glow of a warming 9.6% abv. The feel is slick and smooth as there is very little carbonation. It’s like drinking liquid candy.

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Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a clear, medium gold that has an ivory head of big bubbles on an aggressive pour. Doesn't look like any doppelbock I've seen before. Aroma is interesting, and deserves high marks. Sweet toffee and caramel quickly transition into molasses, with fruit esters similar to fried apples. Mouthfeel has minimal carbonation, and some hop and alcohol bite. Taste begins with some bready yeastiness, but is soon dominated by a malty, molasses backbone. Several dark fruity flavors linger in the background, but don't fully emerge as they should. Some hoppy bitterness is always around to keep things interesting. Finishes with a caramel aftertaste that is immediately followed by a biiter, herbal hoppiness. This is a very tasty and complex brew, that is a departure from Bavarian doppelbocks due to a unique hops presence. Very enjoyable and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, without freshness dating. Pours pretty light amber, with light shimering orangy golden highlights, clear. Minor and quickly departing white head, no lacing. Strong nose of malt. Obviously strong and malty brew, moderate sweetness. Peppery, with notes of anise and gin. Bright and flavorful brew, worth a try if you like the style. Don't think I'd find this a pleasant sessioner, but as a late night sipper...quite enjoyable

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of innominat
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant gold with a thin white film for a head.
S: Wine and bread aromas
T: Big malt and alcohol flavors, light brown sugar, light caramel, a light hop accent on the finish.
F: Creamy, full bodied, medium carbonation, very warming.
O: An iconic big light colored beer. A touch hot but still very nice.

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Photo of wjimson
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured gently into a beer mug. A nice bronze colour shown through the clear glass, but there was very little head. The smell brings promise of alcohol and honey malt sweetness. The taste is a caramel and honey like character, with plenty of sweetness to back up the alcohol feel. No noticeable hop bitterness. The beer has body, but it still remains light.

The beer "goes down smoothly" I suppose. Its drinkable, but someone with some experience with beer knows a beer at 9.2% often make things happen almost 2 times as fast as a 5% beer. I suspect candy sugar was used as part of this beers ingrediants.

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Photo of ohmybock
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color with no head. Doesn't look too special. Aroma is OK, has that "European" smell. Light carbonation. Upon tasting you realize that this is not your typical European lager. Starts somewhat sweet, then some heat from the alcohol kicks in. From there, I get a long lasting flavor that eventually fades to a moderate bitterness on the back of my tongue. Very smooth. Yum! Well done stong pale doppelbock. I usually prefer dunkel bocks, but this beer is quite good.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a honey-gold, with a white fluffy head, quickly dissipating (all too quick - but to be expected at this abv level). Smells of sweet malts, a sugary, caramel, notes of brandy. Surprisingly thin thouht, certainly sweet malts, crisp finish, light hops - again somewhat watery for this high-priced brew. Excellent mouthfeel. Drinkable, but the abv prevents me from trying another tonight.

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Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy cinnamon orange/brown, lighter than I expected. Small head that doesn't last more than 30 seconds. Very simple lacing on the glass. Deep buttery toffee flavors, similar to "Cracker Jacks" caramel. Medium bodied, a little sense of coating but not like a Samichlaus. Slight sense of peach and a prickly bit of noticeable hops. Alcohol acts as a counterbalance to the sweetness, comes on mid-mouth and in the aftertaste. Interesting, starts subtle and sweet and gains body toward the end. A few bottles are left at the liquor store and they're coming home with me for those special, friggin' freezing Minnesota evenings.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sound gold tone with a nice sized creamy white head very solid looking brew, but I was anticipating a ruby tint to it for some reason. Trickles of small spots of scattered lacing not bad decent overall, but this golden appearance is just a front. For this beer packs quite a punch in the aroma and flavor, for starters deep syrupy sweet tones surround the nose with jet streams of alcohol wavering in the air. Definite fruit soaked in alcohol slightly caramelized reminds me of some moonshine I once tried from Kentucky in the aroma with a splash of honey to it, this one's complex and appetising. Start with small sips this one needs some adjusting to just like toeing your way into a cold pool, but once you just dive in it's all worth it. Flavor consists of one malty backbone with pan seared over ripened fruits drizzled in honey and a touch of banana flavored rum sprinkled to kick it up a notch wow this is great as alcohol sears the back of the throat doesn't scorch enough to cause discomfort just let's you know the alcohols in there. Some beers the taste of alcohol being apparent detracts from teh overall taste in this particular brew it only enhances the experience. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a sticky chewy texture very nice. The final chapter in this beer as far as drinkability goes is wield the power wisely becareful with this one at 9.6 it warms you up don't make it a challenge to indulge but enjoy this one. A quite enjoyable slow sipper that qualifies on my list of winter warmers to keep in mind this winter.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I work for an Austrian Company and got my Urbocks shipped direct from the mother country. Pours with a good golden color. Alcohol nose was strong. Very thin head that dissipated through the drinking of it. A few citrus notes with a very strong mouthfeel. I enjoy a good alcohol presence and this beer did not disappoint. A classic!

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light and fairly sweet caramel malts with hints of vinous fruits and moderate amounts of alcohol. As it warms the alcohol influence increases a bit.

Tastes similar to how It smells. Light caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of breadiness. The flavors turn more toward alcohol midway through the end of the sip with indistinct fruit flavors. The fruit flavors fade quickly allowing the malt and alcohol flavors to carry through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I agree with others in that this isn't all that close to a doppelbock. It's more of a maibock but the ABV is too high to support that kind of flavor profile.

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Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong slightly floral and slightly sweet aroma, kind of sticky sweet start, which quickly fades to a dryish bitter finish, very warming brew, also a bit of a whiskeyish character, lots of body and flavour, i liked this stuff.

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Photo of JohnW
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bronze/dark gold colour, was a lively head to start, but then quickly dissipated.

Aroma of rich sweet malts - honey and lightly spiced, reminded me of some of the Belgium strong pale beers.

A rich sweet full flavour, more of lightly roasted malts and hint of spices, dried fruits and honey. A medium full body, matching the sweetness - I thought a good balance between the richness and alcohol.

I enjoyed this, but as others have said, its a beer for sipping slowly (and rightly so at 9.6%!) for relaxing and savouring. Not a session beer, and neither is it intended as such!

Would certainly buy and enjoy this again.

B'ham UK March 2011

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Photo of jonmikel
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, another nicely papered cap, and a "Pale Double Bock", according to the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow hue, with one fat finger of thinly foamy eggshell white head, which bleeds away at a somewhat lazy pace, leaving a low sudsy ring of lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet pale bready malt, edgy floral hops, and a softly prickly booziness that increasingly reminds me of nail polish, as I continue to sniff away. The taste is more sweet pale malt, with caramel and biscuit tendencies, which are a tad hard to discern over the astringent sweet honeyed alcohol edge that now seems to have pervaded from the get-go.

The carbonation is present, but on the low, generally innocuous side, the body a sturdy medium weight, but mostly from a cloying boozy sugar character, which is tellingly hard on the overall smoothness. It finishes sweet, the grain and booze pushing this dangerously close to classy malt liquor territory.

Yikes. Castles and counts, blah, blah blah. The big ABV is just barely integrated, and we're thus given a bit of breathing room beyond the sweet grainy malt. That said, the near 10 full points of booze are somehow easy to sup away at, once you become acclimatized. Worth it, if your goal is getting all warm and toasty, without actually gagging on the low rent brewer having cut too many a corner.

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Photo of soper2000
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one thing I love about being back in the US is the massive variety of beer that is available to us. Sometimes I think that we forget about that. I picked up this nice looking bottle about 2 miles away from my apartment. I've never had anything from Castle Eggenberg before, but something was telling me to grab this instead of the Samilchlaus sitting right alongside of it. It pours a nice golden color with a head that sticks around for about 10 seconds before retreating to the walls of the glass. Not too impressive. Smell consists of very sweet malts and faint faint notes of alcohol. Taste is a malt lovers paradise. Very sweet toffee-ish malts lead into traces of alcohol on the tongue. It definately warms as it is going down. A dry alcohol taste remains on the tongue for several minutes after swallowing. This would be a perfect beer for crisp October nights and I think I will be saving my next bottle for exactly one of those evenings.

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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