Urbock 23° | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Urbock 23°Urbock 23°

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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: 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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Photo of gillagorilla
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Dirty blonde hay/straw color, with no lacing or collar, but a tiny bit of head on the pour.
S: Deliciously fruity esters with a tinge of alcohol in there. Seems a bit Belgian in its smell.
T: Definitely a pale doppelbock. Alcohol is definitely utilized as a flavor here. Pretty straight forward in the bock section though.
M: Nice bit of carbonation to it, but a bit slick overall like a spirit.
O: I haven't had Samichlaus from them, but this is a decent start, which it probably was from them.

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Photo of wjimson
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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 glid02
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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 UGADawgGuy
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I need some more education regarding the difference between a bock and a doppelbock...

Appearance: This pours and looks like an English barleywine, as far as I'm concerned. A vigorous pour yields a very short-lived half-finger head, atop a nice-looking dark golden body. This beer is translucent, but a little on the viscous side. Lacing is non-existent.

Smell: Fermented honey. Frankly, that's all I detect.

Taste: Like a suped-up mead, with hints of toasted malt and sorghum. Pretty simple and straightforward, albeit strong.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer shines. It's thick, heavy, and only mildly carbonated, again reminiscent of a barleywine. My only complaint is a strange absence of tongue/throat coating. I'd kind of like some of that with this beer.

Drinkability: Well, this is a fairly strong brew, so I don't think I could handle more than MAYBE two in a sitting. It's warming and thick enough to discourage a long drinking session. All in all, this urbock is a nice cold-weather beer, but you probably won't want to drink more than one at a time.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden with a low white head that was quite persistent and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong fruits, golden raisins some plums and occasional wafts of alcohol. The aroma contained a strong sweetness of malt and no appreciable hop aromas.

The flavor was slightly vinous and highly fruity. The flavor contained raisins and plums with some malty sweetness balanced with a nice hop bittering, but alcohol then showed it's ugly head and got in the way.

The finish was not quite dry with residual malty sweetness and strong residual fruit flavors and with alcohol and a slight hop bittering. The body was medium full and the carbonation was low. The alcohol was overshadowing most of the flavor and aroma in this beer. One was enough and the warming after consumption was strong.

11.2 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Lightest dopplebock I have ever encountered. More the color of a spring bock, but definitely packs a powerful punch.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very clear, brilliant golden color with a very active bubble and no head. The nose is super strong. Big dark fruits and a blast of alcohol kick me in the face. The flavor is very full sweetness, with an almost oakey/woody character. The feel is thick and rather syrupy, but with a huge drying effect on the middle sides of my tongue, feeling almost like something is pinching in there. Overall, I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Its not bad, but surely not at all what I really like.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent amber-orange with a modest number of fine particulates. This is a doppelbock? The head is orange-tinted cream in color and is exceptionally firm. I expected a little lace, but it isn't to be (perhaps due to the almost double digit ABV). Urbock 23 most resembles a pale ale. A doppelbock wouldn't be among my first five guesses.

The nose is strangely underpowered and, again, bears almost no resemblance to the stated style. It smells more like a blonde bock or a maibock than a doppelbock. Nothing anywhere near dark malt reaches my nose. There's no chocolate, no brown sugar, no nuttiness... nada. I can appreciate earthy hops and well-buried ethanol though. This is definitely an odd one so far.

After several ounces, I'm still not impressed. I greatly prefer doppelbocks to blonde/maibocks, which is probably why I'm not thrilled with this one. It's hugely malt-dominant with almost no hop presence. I'm also reminded of bourbon due to the sweetness, the oaky notes and the prominent alcohol. Even though the beer is what I would call boozy, I don't mind all that much.

The flavor profile is shallow with very few principal flavors: sweet pale malt, indeterminate spices, metal (unfortunately) and ethanol comprise the total. That description makes it sound worse than it is. The mouthfeel is a few notches larger than medium and is firm and smooth. Subtle carbonation is just what the doctor ordered.

Urbock 23 is the most undoppelbock-like doppelbock that I've ever had. It lacks the best characteristics of the style, or at least the ones I like the most, and puts nothing of value in their place. If you're an aficionado of high-ABV maibocks and have been looking for a year round version, saddle up and ride. As for me, this is my first and last bottle.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hy-vee in West Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Eggenberg's Urbock 23 is, true to name, a doppelbock that avoids most of the heavy, densely bread-meets-thick-caramel flavors traditional doppelbocks may employ and instead focuses on rich, but light-tasting sweetness akin to dried light fruits and butterscotch. While not super complex, and the ethanol content is a bit of a deterrent, I generally enjoyed this beer. If I had someone to split a bottle of this with in the winter months of each year, having one of these a month might be an enjoyable tradition to uphold.

Pours a 1cm, off-white head that collapses, quickly, to a thin ring around the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden-orange color away from light, pale orange when held to my lamp. Some sluggish carbonation is visible in the transparent body.

Aroma is of malt sweetness, a bit of butterscotch, honey, and modest ethanol.

Taste opens with strong, rich, sweet caramel malt flavor. Continued caramel flavor into the mid-palate, with butterscotch arriving, as do dried fruit esters, perhaps dried and sweetened guava and papaya. Closes out with a flash of ethanol, which gradually lessens to a strong presence. This lingers to the finish, where it is joined by some subtle sweetness and dried fruit esters.

Body is medium-heavy to heavy with a modest carbonation that makes sipping this big beer appropriate and easy to do - there's no rush to gulp. The dry finish furthers this, each sip proves satisfying and cleanly dry on the palate.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maestrotmbg
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out of the bottle with a reasonable amount of light lacy head that dissipates rather quickly. The color is a bit more honey than a pilsner or a light lager like Stella. The taste is not as sweet as I was expecting after reading the other reviews here, although that is present. At first taste it is very full bodied and has much more flavor than you expect from such a light colored beer. But very soon that dissolves to quite a light mouthfeel and a flavor dominated by the alcohol and an aftertaste that reminds me subtly of mead.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pokal Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Golden amber honey color. 2 finger head which fades quickly to a thin layer of foam. Nice retention. Minimal lacing.

(Overripe) apples, pears and peaches. Sweet honeyed biscuits. Light maltiness.

Honey and overripe (white-meat) fruits. Sweet malts. Very slight spicey bite. Slight taste of alcohol, though not as much as expected.

Feels nice, but thin. Too watery. Needs more body. Possibly a bit more carbonation would help also.

Very sweet and somewhat thin, combined with 9.6% ABV, make this one for certain occasions only.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of unclekeith
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a a bright clear gold with minimal head/lacing - bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass
S: Caramel, booze, bready
T: Malty and sweet
M: Slick and boozy with minimal carb
O: Its a sipper in spite of its appearance

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Photo of stcules
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper-old gold. Clean, with a bit of foam.
Malty smell, alcoholic notes, fruit in acohol. Maybe some hazelnut.
Again boozy in the mouth, along with light notes of almond and walnut.
Full bodied and important beer.
Again walnut and almod in the aftertaste, with warming alcohol.
Beer to sip.

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Photo of -DF-
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small white head, very little lacing and retention. Has a clear golden color.

The smell is sweet, fruity and alcoholic.

I found the taste a little unbalanced. Sweetness and alcohol are the most evident but the mild fruitiness is nice. I had higher expectations for this one, don't know why but I did.

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Photo of parintele
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SadMachine
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.58 out of 5 based on 444 ratings.
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