Urbock 23° | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.7/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours honey golden with thin white head. Nose is beautiful & delicate with honey, maybe honeydew, and faint malt. A leap of malt comes forward on the palate, with honey, and a luxurious malt component. Viscous body is amazing, and the beer has a hard to describe "hearty" character that is so lovable in bocks.

Fine example, though I think it is more of a Helles bock than a traditional doppel.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear golden amber with a thick off white head that was sustained by a flood of bubbles from the bottom of my glass. The head was so well sustained, it stayed around until the end leaving behind dense clumps of lace.

Smelled fantastic with green grapes, marshmallow and dark caramel with a pervasive sour undertone.

Tasted of cool green grapes and peaches with a slightly smoky molasses malt that lasted surprisingly long, but then collapsed into a dirty dry juniper finish. Very impressive delayed dynamics.

The mouth feel was smooth, thick and creamy with a medium to thick body and a light playful carbonation.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of basscram
4.64/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a goblet glass. I didn't have any head to speak of and the color is
a dark yellowish, and there are white fragments floating inside. I'm not good at describing a certain ingredient when I smell but I can tell you that it smells comparable to a belgian tripel style beer. I can smell the alcohol in this beer and the taste of it as well. It has a very nice taste though. It will be too strong for those you like a lighter beer.

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Photo of crossovert
4.59/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz paper necked bottle.

It pours a nice deep orangeish gold, not unlike an oktoberfest. The head is big soapy and white and recedes to some spots of lacing.

The smell is intoxicating. Initially it is fruity and alcoholic, then it seems to mellow into a malty meadlike bakery scent with a nice bit of caramel sweetness. It smells like sticking your head in a mash tun and almost meady cognac alcoholic scents.

The taste is initially dominated by alcohol and some bitterness. It begins to smooth out and the flavors start to pop, it is a sipper. It still retains some noble hops, but the focus is the malt. It has a huge honey presence, and a soother alcoholic taste than I am used to in these alcoholic high plato beers. It has alot of nutty honey flavor. There is a bright floral note that holds in the aftertaste. The alcohol combined with these flavors definitely reminds one of a cognac.

It is a great beer from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured to a golden color with hints of orange, nice thick whitish head thaat reduced to good lacing. Aroma was a mix of malty sweetness and hoppy fruits. Taste was an extension of this mix, and at mid-glass, the alcohol become just noticeable enough in both the aroma and taste to fit in perfectly. A long, smooth, tasty finish topped the whole thing off. This was really a good beer, and I will no doubt have more Urbock 23.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Disappointed when I opened this brew. No "Pssssht", and there was only about 1/2" of head space. When I poured it, I was able to summon a small wisp of white foam and about 5 bubbles. The head that did form had good retention and obviously no lacing. Despite this, the aroma was pleasing, with a very firm maltiness, dates, golden raisins, vanilla, pleasant alcohol, and a very mild, yet cool sour grassiness. Aroma immediately tells you that this is a strong brew to be reckoned with. The mouthfeel is very slick and pleasantly syrupy with a medium body. Taste is also very nice despite being nearly flat...there is just enough carbonation to add some balancing acidity to the sticky, heavy malts. Taste starts floral and spicy with cloves, then vanilla, a ton of malt, and honey. The middle is very sweet with golden raisins and vinous grapes with a mild Noble hop bitterness. Slight hop flourish in the otherwise spicy, sweet, semi-dry finish. The alcohol, while barely evident in taste, is going straight to my head and gives me a warm tummy. Ahhh, this is nice. No perceptible off-flavors. The alcohol, while abundant, is a completely pleasant experience...The elements fall into perfect synchrony...symbiosis defined. As it warms, it stays constant, rich, and gratifying, conjuring pleasant memories of my stay in Austria.

After cracking open this baby, I thought it would be a stinker. Even with this faulted semi-flat bottle, I was floored and would easily buy it again. A very unique brew, and something that should be experienced! Thank you Eggenberg for this heavenly brew.

I will try to re-rate this with a better bottle in the future.

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Photo of bditty187
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold hue, oodles of animation… endless streams of bubbles race towards the white head. Absolutely gorgeous! The head collapsed at a modest pace, the tight cap held well. No lace. The nose is tartly sweet, but a harder sniff draws out clean, hearty maltiness, a note of alcohol too. While it is not all that potent it is inviting. Warming spicy alcohol… caramel-apples, distant maltiness... pepper... sharp fruitiness... all construct the marvelous palate; sweet at times, more peppery at others, borderline cloying but the hot alcohol cuts off that notion quickly. Wow, this is not a typical dopplebock by any stretch of the imagination. It is like a Belgium-influenced dopplebock. Weird? Yes… but very tasty, complex and intriguing. Light in body, not thin however. The carbonation is little. This is a wonderful sipping beer. Savor this one! Seek it out, highly recommended.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.51/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, I'm delighted to try one of the original "extreme" beers,

A: Pours orange to medium amber with a mild head, no lace. At the high alcohol level I understand. Nice colour.

S: Hedonistic nose of Grand Marnier, brandy, calvados, malt and liquor. Glorious.

T: Has a lot of orange liqueur as I got with the nose. Malt heavy, some caramel, stone fruit/peaches, lots of residual sugar but never goes over the top. Tasty.

M: Elegant mouthfeel, the beer is simply not cloying which I was astounded with. Elegant, liqueur like on the finish. The EtOH is present, but blended perfectly.

D: A fantastic strong lager beer. Samichlaus light perhaps, but it has the flavour profile and intensity to hang with that beer. A nightcap beer for sure, a must try.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a tall steamed glass. the liquid is a pure clear golden amber, light carbonation. The head is mostly white small bubble foamy, almost 2 finger that fades fast, not much lace. Kind of wine like.

The smell is sweet malt washed in alcohol.

The taste is very smooth light malty with lots of alcohol. If you are looking for a traditional Doppelbock this is not for you. I find this beer quite different. Gone are the standers coffee, chocolate and fruit. This beer is much more elegant. Infact quite stuning in some wine like qualities, But malty and a beer. More like a Carmel mai bock. I am digg'in it big time

Mouthfeel is also quite good, carbonation is nice, Body is light, but with a big 9+ ABV it is a remarkable brew. Have this one out fine dinning or to impress.

Drinkability is high as is the ABV. Prosit Und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of DerBayer
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful amber, decent head but nothing spectacular

S - Fruit, citrus aromas, some alcohol (remember its 9%+) and malt and hops

T - tastes the way it smells very nice and complex beer

M - Medium carbonation, medium try on the tongue and quite creamy and smooth for the style

D - Could be very high but you feel and taste the alcohol after a while also it s a bit acidic after a while in other words could be a 5 but is more like a 4 - goes down well

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Photo of cokes
4.46/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow.. this is the trippiest beer I have ever had. A through-the-looking-glass, alternate dimension doppelbock.

Golden, pilsener-like body. Decent bubbly white head.
Somewhat (noble?) hoppy nose, with evident maltiness and some alcohol.

Storms into the mouth with carmel apple maltiness. Switches to solely apple, then to grape. Hops enter at this point to dry out the juiciness. Alcohol is next, which ads some pepper and fire. Finishes wine-like with lingering honey.

Very tasty, very complex and very unique.
Syrup-like in the mouth, but not oppressively heavy. Actually, pretty solid.
Quite a treat.
I am surprised this has been hosed by many other reviews. It has me grinning like Cheshire Cat.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Here in SC we are only just beginning to get the great beers. I have taken advantage of this opportunity to try some great Doppelbocks...Celebrator, Optimator, Korbinian, etc. Yet this one never really was called to my attention. It was a diamond in the rough.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Beautiful amber color with a head that just dissappeared without a trace.

S. Caramel, green apple with a wonderful alcohol fullness.

T. Starts out with a warm alcohol taste, but the overall taste is a beautiful malty goodness. This brew is dominated by a sweet toffee like maltiness.

M. Wonderful. The alcohol is well hidden.

D. I have often heard and said that the alcohol is well hidden and could sneak up on you. This brew is the epitome of this statement. It would be easy on a cold fall evening to imbibe in way too many of these.

If you like Doppelbocks, this is a must!! A great brew.

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Photo of Offa
4.43/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, well-rounded, characterful doppelbock.

Deep gold, it has a medium off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and some nice lace.

Aroma is strong, syrupy raisin, toasty bread, hints of meat and herb.

Taste is lots of fruit, raisiny bread crust, lemony herbal bitterness, hints of spice. It's creamy but lively, not too oily or thick. It is sweet but not too sweet with nice, engaging zesty bitternes to round it out.

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Photo of Sorvahr
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Natalie's Liquor Warehouse as a four-pack of 330mL bottles. Poured into a large glass stein.

A: Clear bronze-orange body with a thin white head that rapidly vanishes (Eggenberg beers don't seem to have much head retention).

S: Medium-strong malty aroma with hints of alcohol and honey.

T: Pow! An deluge of malts overloads the palate with flavors of bread, caramel, honey, spices, and a hint of alcohol. Only a small amount of hops, but no more are needed. The flavor is really powerful and complex, and dwarfs many other doppelbocks like Salvator and Optimator. Sweet but not excessively so. It's sort of resembles its absurdly strong stablemate Samichlaus, but not quite as powerful; a King Kong to Samichlaus' Godzilla.

M: Thick, creamy, considerable carbonation. Has a feeling of substance to it that I like in a doppelbock.

D: A potent, formidable beer. It has an alcoholic warming to the finish and the taste clings to your tongue. 9.6% ABV plus the thick mouthfeel make this a beer to be consumed slowly. One is plenty; two will probably take you to another planet.

In a way Urbock 23 is sort of like a lighter, cheaper (but by no means cheap) Samichlaus. It doesn't have the same over-the-top intensity of Samichlaus, but it hits like a train both in its flavor and its alcohol content nonetheless. An excellent beer, but at $17 for four it's seriously expensive. Highly recommended.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite the dark black label, the Eggenberg Urbock 23 pours a surprisingly golden body with a bit of an orange cast beneath a short head of white foam. The head holds well at first, but can't seem to manage against it's 9.6% abv, and drops to an almost collar-less flat surface. It's clear, however, and very fine bubbles can be seen rising from the center of the glass.

The nose is honeyish and just a touch bready, with a strong whiff of alcohol as well.

In the mouth it's tingly and smooth with a dextrinous, medium body.

The flavor is fairly straight-forward malt and alchol. It's somewhat bready and honeyish, with a touch of herbal/floral hops underneath. The bitterness is solid, and it's pretty thoroughly attenuated. The alcohol is clear, and actually seems to be a vital component to this beer. It helps to dry its malty sweetness a little bit, but I think more importantly it lends a spicy brashness that awakens an otherwise dull, golden, extra strong doppelbock.

It's interesting, but not really complex. And the alcohol tends to hinder its drinkability quite a bit. It's nice, but there are more flavorful and balanced helles doppelbocks available.

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Photo of beergeekjoey
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly dirty gold, very light haze. Pours with low, crisp, white head which rapidly subsides to a narrow collar.

S: Initially, a sharp metallic oxidation aroma dominates. Having had this beer before and not having experienced it makes it likely that this beer was mishandled -- perhaps heated. Once that initial rush fades, golden raisins, malt sweetness, alcohol fruit/vinous aromas, and some light spicy/fruity (Saaz??) hop aromas take over. Nice complexity and balance. As it warms further, apricot note comes out.

T: Metallic (a mouthful of tin can shavings) sharpness dominates. Same comment as smell - this is unusual. Malt sweetness up front -- might be cloying except for the strong alcohol bite. Balance is excellent, but leans toward the bitter/sharp (more alcohol sharp than hop bitter, but both apparent). Strong tingle on the tongue in the finish from alcohol.

M/D: Full body, but seems very drinkable for all that. Very smooth with a great deal of alcohol warming and slight burning sensation.

Overall: The oxidation is disappointing, but the underlying beer is still excellent. Complex and smooth -- an excellent golden doppelbock.

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Photo of Nesued
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear crisp golden color. Not much of a head to speak of, but then again I'm used to that with Eggenberg products. Very fine carbonation feeds a thin head.

Smell - Malty aroma with a slight sweet presence. Very mild with a "lager-type" aroma after I few more wisps catch my nose. I do sense the "heritage" of this beer (i.e. I can't help but think of the Sami when I poured this). The sweetness did come back towards the end.

Taste - Sweet but not an over the top sweetness. Malty body with little to no hop presence. This is gonna catch up on me I can feel it.

Mouthfeel - Rolling it around does produce a bit more of a carbonation presence, however it does not take much away from the overall "goodness". There is a sweetness that (I'm hoping) will age well. I'll need to sample more doppels to compare, but this isn't the same presence that I recall from a celebrator, or even a Paulaner Salvator.

Drinkability - I really enjoyed this "little brother" of a Sami. This is well worth keeping a few in the closet to see how this one will age. I'm sure it will be great in a year or two.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Aroma: alcoholic! but balanced nicely with light spicy-ness and maltiness.
Apearance: clearer than most dopplebocks. Nicely carbonated. Deep golden with a fair head retention.
Taste: Full bodied, rich and sweet. low or no hop flavor or bittering. Sweetness in nicely cut through by the alcohol and carbonation. Lot of light fruitiness and spiciness, perhaps of tangerines or coriander.
Aftertaste: long, sweet and drying, because of the alcohol.
Impression: deceivingly alcoholic. Nice balance of sweet and alcohol. Clean flavor. Pleasant and complex, Well aged. Impressively mild. Good beer, but not what I expected from a dopplebock.

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Photo of heinekenike
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in Klagenfurt in August 04 but not drunk until this review.
Not much of a head to speak of. 1/8" yellowy white head quickly disappeared.

Color golden, much like any pilsner.

Smell was strong but very tasty for a high content beer, syrupy and almost sweet. No hard kick which surprised me. A surprisingly smooth beer.

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Photo of merlin48
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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 FLAbeergutinMASS
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by far the most disproportionate rating I've done. Simply put, I thought this beer was the shiznits. Incredibly warming, luscious, smooth, vanilla and cinnamon characteristics. Super alcoholic kick on the nose. Not a very "heavy" beer for being a bock, but pretty chewy all together.

Maybe this was a golden unicorn batch from Eggenber, but my goodness was it good. I only wish I had one more.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a champagne-peach color. Bright and bubbly. Very little head which thins out rather fast. Even in dim light, this beer really shines. I've gotten so used to dopplebocks appearing darker in color, this is a real treat. Nice malty aroma, with notes of clove, banana, and pear. I get a faint leathery scent here too. A very rich but smooth bouquet all around. The taste is also rich and smooth. There is some muted apple and pear flavor up front with a wood-flavored maltiness in the middle. Finishes almost with hopped-up licorice flavor. What a beer! Mouthfeel is silky smooth and fantastic. Were it not for the fact that this badboy really packs a punch, I could easily drain 3 or 4 of these in a sitting. Maybe more. The high alcohol is well-masked by the complex malts and spices herein. A treat for any fan of the dopplebock.

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Photo of albern
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Legends in New Suffolk. What an exceptional bock beer. It poured a clear, amber color with a smallish off white, foamy head, no lacing or much retention. The nose on the beer was good, complex, lots of caramelized malts, spices.

As is the case with most bocks, this was not very carbonated, had a syrupy consistency, was very sweet, had loads of caramelized malts, licorice flavors, some spiciness in the finish, and very nice, warming ABV that was not strong nor throaty. The beer was liqueur like in its character, with some anise and licorice flavors. This was an exceptional sipping beer, that although strong, was well masked in alcohol content. What a great find. L'Chaim.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
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 UncleFlip
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one hit my nostrils first with a pungent aroma of alcohol and citrus..

The flavour carried nicely out from it- tangy and sweet with a little citrus and spice.

A little thick, with tight carbonation up front.

THis one tends to draw you in a bit...sort of like a 'comfort beer'...

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.58 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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