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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Added by Bierman9 on 12-05-2001

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Photo of Docrock
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light copper color, almost no head whatsoever.

S - malt aroma almost overpowering, caramel, and just a hint of yeast. The alcohol is clearly evident.

T - doesnt taste like most Doppels I've had. lots of maltiness, maybe a touch of rum like flavor, but it doesnt taste balanced to me. it is sweet with minimal hop character.

M - it is smooth and mouth warming, but with no carbonation to speak of.

O - picked this up since I am a big Samichlaus fan, but this one left me wanting. a unique beer, but not sure if it fits the style so rated a bit lower due to that.

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Photo of stulowitz
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a clean pilsner glass. No head retention whatsoever! Estery and yeasty aroma, caramel as well. Taste is intense, sort of stingy. It is sweet, very sweet, but thats how it's supposed to be. Too syrupy for my taste. Warm and enjoyable on the way down.

Mouthfeel, like the taste is a bit syrupy. This is a fun sipping beer, although one has to be in a special mood. I can see this pairing well with a desert, like fresh peaches or some other fresh fruit. It is so sweet it is hard to finish one bottle!

This beer, for me, fun as it may be, is not as fulfilling as a trappist tripel og a nice DIPA.

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Photo of Antilochus
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yet another Doppelbock in the 2008 LCBO Spring Release! Back to back with the WKAB. 9.60% abv, 330mL bottle. Best before 06/2009. Cellar temp. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Compared to the WKAB this is extremely light. Deep golden transparent yellow, just a hint of a white collar and some small bubbles on top. Looks like a maibock. Repoured and got a bit more of a head out of it.

Nose is a little closed. Boozy and sweet. Has a lot more lager characteristic - this is my third doppelbock ever and it is very different than all the others. Marshmallow, if that makes sense - probably more just refined sugar.

Palate is honeyed, herbal, bitter. A bit buttery. Highly alcoholic, but it works. A touch of citrus, which is nice. Thankfully the finish is nicely bitter and noble hop spicy, which keeps it from being cloying and near-undrinkable at such high abv.

Extreme beer, Euro style.

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Photo of JohnTurano
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHADMC3
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange to golden yellow with a well carbonated, fluffy, white head subsiding to a faint but noticeable lacing.

Abundant honey and alcohol aroma with hints of citrus and just a touch of spice. I sense some years in here as well.

Very sweet fruit, honey, and citrus to follow. The honey presence almost reminds me of a mead, pair it with the slight spiciness and abundant alcohol, and we're getting close.

Sweetness and alcohol presence are the highlights of this beer on the palate, it is very smooth, but with a slight burn.

Looks sure can be deceiving. Eggenberg sure enjoys their high ABV beers. Contrary to other reviews, I thought this was a decent beer, but far from your average doppelbock. A sampling of this one once in a while will do it for me.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this beer up in Nashville. Poured into my Einbecker Ur-Bock glass.

It pours a light gold, semi-transparent with no head; just a few bubbles going up the side of the glass.

Intense dark fruits in the aroma (wow I wasnt expecting that), with a nice malt presence as well.

Same as before with the dark fruit, which is truly unexpected for a fairly light colored beer. A very strong alcohol taste is fairly dominant in this beer. It had a nice aroma, but a muddled, boozy taste that didnt improve with warmth.

Creamy, syrupy, medium bodied with very little carbonation. A bit to syrupy to be pleasant.

Hard to put down with the alcohol presence and lack of carbonation.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz paper wrapped neck, old style bottle into a pint glass after one helluva day.

A - Crystal clear golden body showcases the lively carbonation jumping up from the bottom feeding the small white lingering head.

S - Sweet malty caramel and light toffee blended with faint floral hop notes. Muted hop character.

T - Some sweet apple and fruit esters with light caramel. Alcohol warmth in the back. Not as malty as other DB's I've had. More fruity and an almost Belgian ester taste.

M - Highly carbed and crisp. Finishes clean and warm.

D - Moderate to low. High ABV and cognac taste will keep me to the 1...

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Photo of EPICAC
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle at Radegast in NYC.

Pours a hazed, golden copper. Topped by a thin white head that fades to a wispy film. The aroma is sharp, but light. There almost seems to be a medicinal undercurrent.

Very malt forward, lots of sweet caramel. Hints of citrus. Moves into a heavy, alcoholic spice that interacts with a pronounced dry finish. Medium-bodied with moderately high carbonation.

Spicy, strong and a little sweet, but overall decent.

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Photo of droomyster
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow that borders on orange, with very little in the way of head thanks. This beer bleeds alcohol fumes so much that it almost burns the eyes and nose; seriously, the overwhelming alcoholic action detracts from what might otherwise be an excellent beer. It has fruity, sweet aromas; its interesting that and earthy, herbaceous hops are detectable on the nose but not so much on the palate. Tastes of a carmelly, syrupy sweetness with too much alcohol. Its smooth full body is its best characteristic. An interesting beer with some jagged edges; worth trying.

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Photo of mwckiltedsavage
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maxpower
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep clear golden yellow color, has a decent head that doesn't last. Sweet malty, toffee candy like aroma. Sweet burnt caramel sugar flavors, full body and a thick and syrupy mouthfeel, alcohol comes out in the finish with a sticky sweetness, not at all what I expected.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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 irishking1977
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite an unusual doppelbock that is dark gold with a big white head. Lots of lacing as well.

S: Whoa. The initial reaction was some weird medicinal scent, followed by massive amounts of malt and sugar.

T: Lots o' malt and an insane amount of sweetness. Almost like they poured pure sugar into the wort, or some kind of sweet, syrupy concoction. The good news is that for such as strong beer, the alcohol is quite well hidden.

M: Kind of syrupy and oily. It could be a bit more carbonated.

D: With such a high ABV, more than one of these can spell trouble. Even so, the ABV is hidden so well, it could definitely be sneaky. Otherwise, it's a nice alternative to a traditional doppelbock for those who like that style and want to try something a bit different.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a brown, 330 ml bottle, with attractive gold on black labeling, I was expecting a beer looking like an “original bock”. Instead the beer poured out pale golden and clear, like a modern lager. The head was rather small in size, as can be expected at this strength. The beer exhibited a grainy and floral bouquet, which was a little too clean. The alcohol was also evident in the nose, but not overwhelmingly so. The taste was not very bock like, but closer to a light bodied sweet lager with spices like pepper and vanilla, resembling quite a lot of strong pale ales from Belgian abbeys. The warmth of the alcohol was present as a potent reminder of the careful sipping this beer demanded. The yeast imparted a dusty dryness and an earthy bitterness, both of which are rather uncommon is a German style lager. As I got deeper into the glass, the beer seemed to become sweeter, and perfumey. The beer was not too thick on the palette, but had enough malt body to keep it from being too adjuncty. Not too traditional, but enjoyable enough to try if you haven’t.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into my Alpine mug this thing goes...

Pours like...well...apple juice. Head is limited to a few little thin wisps. There's at least some carbonation...it's thin but it's moving quickly.

Sweetness is quite pleasant and well-integrated with the stewy Germanic malt...not so much Pilsener as Marzen-esque. Silage from Saaz hops makes an appearance, as does a slight presence of alcohol underneath the viscous sweetness.

Woof...there's a fairly metallic tinge up top...then the alcoholic sweetness meshes in lightly with the Saaz hop silage and clammy, stewy malt. A little warmth cleans it up a bit but there's a sort of wet dog quotient to it. Huh.

It's warming on the palate, which is good. There's a dry alcoholic burn...with that metallic deal...and on the finish yet another blast o' burn sends you on your way.

This one is, needless to say, a bit disappointing. It may be a little old but it didn't do a lot or me and the elements were scattered. Next.

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Photo of der_meister
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aracauna
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First thing I picked up on the nose is lemons. A little spicy yeast and a sweet smell. The color is clear but lackluster, it seemed dull. Not a lot of head and and very little retention. Flavor mildly malty, the tiniest bit of hop bitterness and a good dose of alcohol. Seemed a little thin.

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Photo of samEBC
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayQue
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not what I was expecting. Tasted more like an apple or pear liquour than a dopplebock. Poured a clear light amber/burnished gold with almost no head. The head was a white film on the top ofthe liquid that quickly faded to a ring. No lacing. Aroma was mild fruit (apples/pears - slightly sweet). Evidence of the alcohol in both the smell and the taste.

The taste seemed more like a liquour than a dopplebock. There is none of the rich breadiness that you would expect. This is actually a fairly thin, somewhat sweet tasting drink that shows some of its alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is thin, no carbonation and some alcohol presence. Drinkability is not that good. I would take on if offered as a nightcap or winter evening libation, but there are much better options if I was seeking one out.

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Photo of RobH
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

I very much agree with other posters that this beer all in all fails to live up to prior expectations.

A: Thinking it's a Doppelbock, what you actually get when you pour it is a light colored beer with little head that dissipates quickly to nothing.

S & T: You get a very strong alcohol smell (and not much else) that carries over to dominate the taste profile.

M: The mouth feel is OK in that it's not a watery consistency at all.

Drinkability: I'm neither rushing out to get another one, nor will I be quick to recommend this one. I agree it seems to be incorrectly classified on this an other websites as a Doppelbock, and if anything it should be considered a Helles Bock, or maybe a Euro Strong Lager given the high ABV.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 (or earlier) vintage shared with drabmuh at my house recently. Review from notes.

This beer appears a clear, light yellow color, with very little head and no lace. Is this what a doppelbock is supposed to look like? The lack of head and lacing can be attributed to the vintage, but the color seems quite light.

Aromas consist of alcohol and sweet malt.

This brew tastes fairly decent, though there is still too much of an alcohol presence. The beer is surprisingly thin, with some mild heat in the finish. Urbock 23° has a slightly odd or off kilter flavor. Overall, it's pretty drinkable, but also a tad unusual. I found this to be a pretty mediocre beer.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Indeed, it is pale for double bock. I wasn't really put off by this. But what was off-putting was the too-sweet finish. It starts with good malt, but it is simply too sweet. Probably unfair that I had this after trying the Celebrator for the first time. Even so, I couldn't even finish it.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours Golden Amber with tiny head and almost no lace.
The aroma is of apples and malts.
The taste is sweet, malts,apples,honey and spicy alcohol hints.
The feel is light for the style,but medium overall. Some oily feel. The alcohol was appearing towards the finish and while the carbonation was low the burn was not.

Notes: The alcohol burn is not the problem here. The lack of carbonation and head is also not the problem. The only thing I guess is off is the taste based on style. That is major.
To me it just did not feel like a Dopplebock,having said that I still made the best of it and enjoyed the fact that it really did not feel like the 9.6 ABV stated on bottle.
Not a bad beer,just off on style.

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Photo of reh3
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There wasn’t much to the beer in terms of aroma. There were hints of fruit and mild spice. The alcohol was also present, but not enough to be concerned over. I remember thinking that it smelled like an average pilsner.

Despite the black label and dark nature of the bottle’s design, the beer poured a clear, golden amber. The head was a full quarter inch and cream in color. The fullness didn’t last long as it faded to a thin film.

The first swallow was decidedly hot. I was taken aback a little bit at the fullness of the alcohol on my palette. I have had stronger beers that didn’t taste quite this strong before. It could be due to the sweetness of the beer. The honey flavor was a bit of a surprise as well and gives the beer a bit of an oily or syrupy feel in the mouth. It’s not thick by any means, though.

The Urbock 23° is a tasty brew and its low carbonation level gives it a smooth texture as it warms. I can say that the alcohol crept up on me rather quickly. I was not expecting it to hit quite as hard as it did.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Urbock 23

Appearance: A stunning clear gold with a solid inch of bubbly foam. Carbonation bubbles rise slowly and seemingly drunkenly to the surface.

Smell: Bready, malty, alcoholic, faint smokey aroma

Taste: Smooth and even. A malt sweetness pulls through. Very mild noble hopping and a small hit of alcohol at the end. Using pale malts in vast quantities, and a potent lager yeast strain, this pale double bock fits the bill quite nicely. As it warms, the alcohol comes out a bit more and the sweetness sits there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lighter feel, finishes sweet

Overall: A big beer, with mild flavors but the force is strong with this one. Alcohol reigns supreme. Consider my night, capped.

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.58 out of 5 based on 443 ratings.
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