Urbock 23° | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Onceeven
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured somewhat vigorously into my favorite tulip glass, and was treated to white finger thick head that quickly vanished to a thin film. Clear glowing golden hue, a much lighter in color that I had expected given that all the other dopplebock's I've had were a deep mahogany.
The smells of alcohol and an underlying caramel sweetness.
The alcohol fumes almost seem to be thicker that the brew itself. When you take a sip, the vapors rush to the roof of your mouth with an interesting sensation of its own.
Alcohol dominates the palate, but smooths out revealing the caramel flavor that the scent only hinted at. The flavor lingers for a good ten to fifteen seconds as your whole body is warmed!

I'm glad I tried it, but it wont fit into the regular rotation.

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Photo of mpyle
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprisingly pale golden color for a doppelbock. Small whitish head that did not linger.

Aromas were minimal, particularly in comparison to the typical doppelbock. A hint of apple schnaps (an appley/alcohol smell), but highly subdued.

Clean malty sweetness up front, but balanced by a distinct hop bitterness. Maybe some diacetyl. A balanced beer, but lacking the complex malt flavors associated with the style (at least by me).

Medium body and surprisingly tangy carbonation given the wimpy head. Creamy and smooth midmouth, but then transitioning to a gentle alcohol warming followed some slickness and tingling late.

Overall a clean lager, but not very exciting beyond the shocking ABV for such a pale, relatively subdued beer. Fairly drinkable, but not a session beer for me due to the ABV, high cost, and lack of complex flavors.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Hazy golden, which is a surprise for me. That's very light for a doppelbock. A thin off white head slowly settles to a thick rim.

The smell is more typical of a doppelbock - thick and sugary with loads of caramel and not much hop aroma.

This is a very sharp tasting beer, with the alcohol doing a lot of the talking. The flavor is overwall somewhat sweet, with the caramel showing up in the middle. A bit of hops bitterness shows up in the finish, but that's about it. Most of the focus is on the strong alcohol. Full bodied.

The feel of this one is just too harsh, especially for the style. I can only take a sip each time, almost like a strong Barleywine or an over-the-top Strong Ale.

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Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into tulip 6/6/11

A clear golden liquid with a fair bit of carbonation but not much in the way of head or lace

S some purple candy, honey, a little booze and some candied corn maybe

T caramel and biscuit to go along with what I smell and the booze is even a little stronger in the mouth

M well carbonated and thicker then the color would leave you to believe but the booze burn takes away from it

O nothing stands out and nothing other then the booze takes away from the beer being enjoyable, pretty average

Not the best offering from this brewer(mind you I've only tried Samiclaus) but at 3 bucks a bottle I had little to lose

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Photo of EatsTacos
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with basically no head at all. Looks like watery apple juice

Aroma: A little sour and fruity; apples, pears, alcohol isn't hidden

Taste: Begins with a mix of sweet and sour fruit flavours. Apple skins, sugary pears come to mind. Finishes sour with a lingering bitterness. Not overly dry and doesn't make any atempt to hide the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with an extremely low carbonation.

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Photo of TerryW
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with lots of carbonation. Good-sized head on pouring that quickly disappears becoming just a ring. No lace.

Aroma is immediately noticeable on cracking the bottle and reminds me of a cider. Fruity and boozy.

This carries through to the flavour of the beer. A little too sweet up front, but then fruit and alcohol. Heavy mouth feel. The whole thing is along the lines of a barley wine.

Built for sippin' not for quaffing. Best suited as a slow after dinner beer and consumed as a one off. Passable, but not to my taste.

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Photo of tjd25
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Almost no head on a transparent orange yellow color body. The beer looks dead. The smell doesn't show much, a bit disappoiting. The taste is fruity but the alcohol flavor invades the whole palate and gives a real kick in the mouth. Very liquorish, as if this beer was made just to show alcohol. The mouthfeel is ok, quite warming in the throat. There are some stronger beers that are really much more refined than that.

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Photo of Suds
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light amber colored beer (it actually looks something like a piece of clear amber jewelry). Intense carbonation, but a relatively thin, large-bubbled head. An almost monstrous alcohol aroma pushes other smells aside. Malty, with a very mild hopiness. Peppery, spicy smell and taste. The beer is intensely sweet, and has a harsh alcohol finish. Full bodied, sometimes creamy mouthfeel. The more that I drank of this beer, the more it became one-dimensional....sticky sweetness and intense alcohol. Not particularly drinkable.

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Photo of spiveym
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A very strong alcohol smell and taste. Overpowered the other flavors and made this rather un-enjoyable. The appearance was beautiful with a rich golden color and steady stream of carbonation. I am pleased about the “SchloEggenberg” lettering on the bottle. I will have to revisit this beer, but right now I just don’t appreciate it.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean golden yellow beer. Has a large bubbly white head. A distinct sweet corn aroma rises from the glass with an equally distinct alcohol character in the background. Hints of malty cereal grain in the taste are overpowered the the strong alcohol presence. Just a light hint of bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of grub
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle, best before 06 2009. sampled march 23/08.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small fine white head. the head drops very fast and leaves only a few scant spots of lace.

aroma is ok. definite lager/bock character in there. some dms too. bit of corn. actually smells more like a macro lager than any doppel i've had. bit of grain and cracker malt. light alcohol.

taste is nice. low bitterness level. bit of alcohol. pleasant honey and caramel sweetness. bit of toffee. light bread and cracker malts. touch of grain. there's also a toasty, almost burnt, character hiding in the background that is out of place and i'm not really enjoying. now that i've noticed it i feel like it's all i can taste. the longer it sits the more the DMS+corn start to come out too, really taking away from this one.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is ok. the alcohol stays hidden fairly well, only showing itself as a gentle spreading warmth by about half way through the bottle. it also got worse as it warmed, and i ended up dumping about half of it. overall i wasn't impressed with this one. there are plenty of better doppelbocks out there.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very light appearance for a dopplebock... Medium golden with a non existent head... Quite clear as well..

Huge boozy aromas coming off of this... Man... This is smelling hot... Very sweet toffee malts and booze all the way...

More booze in the taste here... Syrupy sweet boozy concoction that is rough going down...

Not a fan of this one... I love the style but I find with doppelbocks, you have the elites and everything else doesn't measure up and this one falls in the 2nd category...

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Photo of AltBock
2.84/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. bottle with just a simple black with gold letters and gold trim oval label. The label is filled with the name of the brewery, the Castle Eggenberg crest, how long they've been around (1681), name of the beer in big letters, contents, ABV %, and a few German words along the inside edge. It has a back label that is also black with gold lettering. That label has the address of the brewery, who imports the beer, refund prices, and the US Government warning. Above these gold letters is a black and white portrait of the brewery at Castle Eggenberg back in the day. The black neck label with the name of the beer in gold letters goes all the way up to the cap and covers it up a bit. No date anywhere on the bottle or label. It's just a plain and simple classy label. No thrills needed. Served in a plain and simple Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Do you know what a Doppelbock looks like? Good, Urbock 23°looks nothing like the other Doppelbocks out there. Instead of pouring a dark brown almost black color, it actually poured a pale gold yellow color. You have to see the head of foam on this one. It easily had a 2 to 2 and a half inch head of white pillowy foam that made me stop pouring the beer because if I hadn't, it would have overflowed the glass. It had excellent retention that left behind a 1 finger head of foam, white rings along the edge of the beer, and plenty of white sticky lace in its tracks. All of this will appear in your glass if the head of foam actually recedes.

Smell: When I was first starting to pop the cap off, a slight aroma of skunk emerged from the bottle. I didn't care for that and I don't know why it was even there because the beer is in a brown bottle. I would check the date, but there isn't one. I'm glad the skunky aroma didn't bother to stick around, but after it drifted away, it then turned into a mild fruity aroma with a hint of toasted malt, and some floral and peppery hops in the background. I wish I could put a finger on the different kinds of fruits that were in this, but the aroma was too light to pick them out. Even without the skunk aroma, it still wasn't that good.

Taste: At least I couldn't taste any skunk in this part of the beer. That would have been a disaster I actually tasted that crap. Urbock 23° taste started off with pepper, a small drop of sweet honey, a few toasted malts, a slice of a juicy fruit (too little to tell what kind of fruit), peppery hops, and floral hops. After those flavors have passed, out comes a voluminous taste of alcohol. This alcohol taste went straight up to my nostrils where I could it feel it burning my nose. The alcohol later calmed down a bit, but still that initial hit of alcohol was too much. I also think that it relied too much on the alcohol to compensate with what little flavors it had.

Mouthfeel: It was strongly full bodied with nothing but an alcohol aftertaste at first, but it later calmed down to be medium bodied with a slight short lived aftertaste of sweet honey and alcohol soaked juicy fruits. I could feel the alcohol go to work on me, but after it mellowed down a bit, I could barely feel it.

Drinkability: Eggenberg quoted on saying that "on occasion this beer has been called the 'Cognac of beers'." Is it that good? I don't think so. It had the taste of alcohol that a Cognac might have, but not the flavor density that a good Cognac might have. For the price of $3 for a 11.2 oz. bottle, one is more than enough for me. If you like your Doppelbocks to be heavy in alcohol flavor and not much of anything else, then pick this one up. You might enjoy more than I did.

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Photo of shivtim
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Classy looking bottle. Once poured, looks like clear honey-orange with lots of little bubbles. Small thick white head. Nose is fruity alcohol, with slight grass and must. Taste is syrupy ethanol, with an odd spiciness and some unbalanced hops. Mouthfeel is average, drinkability is hurt by the taste. Doesn't seem to fit the style.

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Photo of cproioi
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: An almost apple juice color with a head that disapprears quickly. Constent carbonation present in the body.

S: Smelt very sweet to me and fuity. In side the smell it had a big warming alcohol aroma. Trailing faintly was an aroma of hops.

T: Very malty like the smell it also had a big alcohol taste too it. It wasn't really an impressive taste. It was a dopplebock but it had nothing the distinguish itself for another one.

M: Medium to thick body. It also had a large alcohol warming feeling to it.

D: It was nice to try this beer and I would discourage anyone from it. Gor me it was nothing special.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

330ml Bottle: BBD 05/2014. Poured into a Westmalle chalice at home on 14th Jan 2014.

Looks a typical lager/pilsner with a deep orange hue to it's golden body, the wispy white head departed before it arrived, which always annoys me greatly: so not a good start. I don't think I've ever had a light coloured Doppelbock before so I can't really compare it to anything else.

Struggled at first to find any aromas: semi-sweet arrived though with honey hints to the fore as well a candy floss.

The taste was also sweet and again candy floss and honey came to mind. It was difficult to really like to be honest: too strong in alcohol for it's own good and it doesn't try to hide it very well.

A strange one to call: nothing bad at all, but I'll never have another one.

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Photo of steelcutoats
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Urbock 23

I bought this sweet baby down at The Headkeeper in Greensburg. I saw that it was brewed by the same people that brought me my wonderful Samichlaus so I figured I'd give it a try. I poured an 11.2 oz. bottle into my tasting snifter at just below 40 or so degrees. There was a small white head that disappeared as soon as the bottle was completely emptied. The beer was crystal clear, no sediment in the glass and a ruby-orange color. The aroma was a bit musky, with a fair bit of hops and malt in the background. The taste was pleasant, a bit bitter and very little carbonation. With an alcohol content of 9.6% you can hardly taste the alcohol in it. A good beer overall, will probably recommend it to fellow drinkers in the future.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - 3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a rather clear, orangey-golden body with a smallish, whitish head. Not exactly what I was expecting, I must say.

Smell: Sweet-smelling golden raisin puree dosed with a few shots of grain alcohol and tempered with touches of grain and clover honey.

Taste: Dusky, sweet graininess yields to a tart taste of raisin liqueur with sharp alcoholic hotness. Tastes of honey interject. Then, it's hot again. Tastes of steeped grain try to rebound. Then, it's hot again. Fleeting touch of floral hops and bitterness. Then it's back to the sweetness (flirting with cloying) and alcoholic heat (toying with unpleasant) all through the end and finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Alcohol heat all the while.

Drinkability: A real disappointment. Goes back and forth between being sickly sweet at times and unpleasantly hot. Regrettably, it's like the malt liquor of dopplebocks.

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Photo of benyerd
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(A)- Light honey color, with low at best head retention. Mild carbonation that has some bubbles floating in the brew. No lacing left on the glass.

(S)- A light malty aroma hits the nose first. High semi sweet (Belgian) aroma finishes off this beer.

(T) One word, LACKING. Mild belgain flavor that has an almost sour finish. High ABV settles in quick with this one.

(M)- Light with a mild carbonation that leaves you wanting something more from this beer.

(D) High ABV and lacking flavor makes this one a tough one to drink. For the label calling it the "Congac of Beers"... Not Impressed.

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Photo of ryrust5301
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Nothing to impressive about this one. Pours a see through gold color with a small half inch white bubbly head. Looks kinda like a pils. Not a good first impression.

Smell - Honey malt with an earthy hop to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Fat sweet malt combined with an earthy hop. Very pronounced spicy alcohol which leaves a dry tartness in the aftertaste. Light bodied and crisp and a little strange for the style.

Drinkability - Boo this beer. This is not a doppelbock! Maybe they put a label on the wrong beer, maybe they haven't heard of a doppelbock. They just decided to brew one and call it a doppelbock. Yeah, i'm not buying that either. Destroy all remaining stores of this beer!

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Photo of paco1029384756
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, golden orange color with a small fizzy white head.

Scent of apples, sugars, bready malts, and some alcohol. Too sweet, but not an unpleasant amount of sweetness.

Taste of bready malts, grain, sugars, copper, and alcohol. The alcohol isn't too strong, but with the strong sweetness it doesn't help things.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, but flat and somewhat syrupy.

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Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden colour. Airline fuel aroma that nearly burns the nose. High alcohol in taste, with a good beer sharing the mouth, but also eggshells in aroma and in taste. Substantial malt makes it drinkable, but comparable to my having vodka with my beer. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of froghop
2.67/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear dark yellow with a thin white head that goes away quickly, and no lacing.

smell is of grapes, fruit, some floral, alcohol, and citrus in the back.

taste is flat, sweet fruit, and malt, ends slightly bitter and warming.

overall i would not classify this as a doppelbock more of a belgium ale.

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Photo of sstackho
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a poor fizzy pale gold. Little head and no lacing. Decent malty aroma. First taste is sweet. Very sweet. The taste remains syrupy throughout. The malts don't balance out the sweetness and the hops are not noticeable. Not an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of charlesw
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pale golden amber with a low head of moderate density. Gone before you let your breath out. Smells... Deeply rich and malty. Throw in some freshly mown grass and orange peel and you've got it down. Tastes... Hugely overpowering something... Raisiny alcohol and sweet malts - maybe a touch of lighter caramel in that. Coupled with the very thick mouth, this is so thick in your mouth in sweetness and malts that I just can't finish my glass. It's like a beer that you'd serve with dessert - and each guest would get a 2 oz glass of it. It's that strong in flavor! I don't know that it's really a bad beer, but it's sure hard to drink more than 2 oz!

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