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 lacqueredmouse
1.33/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear deep golden colour, with a filmy head of white foam. Very filmy in the head, and no retention. Big bubbled carbonation around the edges. The lack of head is disappointing, and I can't say I'm overly enamoured overall.

Very sweet nose, slightly sickly grain character, with a slight hint of booziness. Quite solvent-like and really intense. Very unpleasant. I'm not a fan at all.

Oh god, if anything, it's worse on the palate. Hugely phenolic solvent-like booze on the back, tingling and not quite clearing away the sickly sweet front palate. It's hot, and thick, and boozy without complexity or nuance. It reminds me of cheap Egyptian malt-liquor. Really, really abysmal. I don't want to drink it.

Undrinkable. This smacks of brewing apathy, and comes across as cheap hot piss to get you wasted quickly. The similarities between it and, say, Jordanian 10% rocket fuel are striking. Please let me not finish it.

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Photo of sleazo
1.66/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A-Pours a slightly dark golden with virtually zero head and obviously no lace. Very unimpressive.

S-Honey, alcohol and grassy hops in that order.

T-Sticky sweet with somewhat of a grassy aftertaste. The followthrough is alcohol vapour(is there corn in here?). I would say this tastes like a malt liquor more than any bock I have had. There is something of a generic spice here but I really am just looking for something nice to say. The one thing I can say is cloying and nasty.

M-syrupy with minimal carbonation.

T-This is worse than my first batch of home brew. Basically i would put this on par with a Olde English or Crazy horse. All I am getting here is alcohol. blech stay away.

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Photo of ralree
1.73/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Honey-colored and pretty clear. NO HEAD! Bah!

S: Kinda skunky, really alcoholic, and cheap. Unpleasant, really.

T: First thing that hits is bitter and alcoholic tastes. Reminds me of cheap vodka. Has some hints of malt and hops, but not enough to really describe. Completely overpowering alcohol taste.

M: Pretty thick feel - coats the mouth like vodka does. A bit astringent as well.

D: I don't think I can even finish this bottle. This is getting poured down the drain.

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Photo of dragonWhale
1.77/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

So, I have been daring myself to try this for sometime and finally got up the grapes to make it happen.
Looks like cream soda in my pint glass, bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass, small head that dissipates into bubbles rising from the bottom. Clear, upsetting.
Smells sickly malty. I know it's a doppelbock, but this is like a cotton candy smell almost. A little bit of oxidation. Some alcohol.
Tastes way too sweet, cloying, a little old. A little alcohol behind the overwhelmingly distracting sweetness.
I'm not sure who to blame here, the brewer for making this or the distributor for their awesome unrefrigerated warehouse. I'm just going to go with both and never have this abomination again.
Sadly, was forced to pour the last 4 oz or so out and immediately open and crush a can of Avery IPA. It took over half of the can to get the cloying sweetness out of my mouth. Ack.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
1.9/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I think that the style is wrong for this beer. Urbock is very different from every doppelbock I have ever had. Clear orange gold color with a frothy head that subsided quickly atop a beer with very little carbonation. The flavors of this beer were primarily in the domain of hops and not malt as the flavor began with a sharp German hop bitterness followed by a sweet light malt and high alcohol followed by a lingering hop bitterness. I do not believe Munich malt came anywhere near this doppelbock as the malt flavors are smooth and the color is so light . A pretty good beer with no faults but it is a very poor example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of soulgrowl
2.01/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Oktoberfest-lookin' bright sunflower golden yellow; puffy white head with fair retention despite big bubbles and audibly active carbonation.

Smell: The similarities to Oktoberfest aren't only skin-deep, apparently. Corny caramel malts with a hint of dry-roasted peanuts. Weak, grassy hops and a pinch of nondescript, spicy alcohol do little to counter the dead weight of the malts.

Taste: Brashly alcoholic with almost no body or character to counter it; less a Doppelbock than just a strong pale lager. Extremely vapid malts offer a slight corny/grainy flavor and a candy sweetness, but none of the depth or heft necessary in a beer of this strength. Hops are actually fairly strong, but their citric/leafy flavor is decimated by the alcohol and carbonation. What a mess.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy yet thick.

Drinkability: This is an exceptionally unpleasant Doppelbock. Avoid.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.03/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear orange-gold with a fizzy white head that drops quickly. Smells completely of pears, apples, sugar, and alcohol. Just over-the-top sweet. Tastes like a shot or two of everclear mixed with apple juice, though there's some breadiness. Sticky, syrupy body. Down the drain it goes...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.08/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (Courtesy of Hogtownharry): Poured a clear golden color beer with small bubbly head that disappeared quite quickly. Aroma is extremely sweet with some weird grainy aroma. Taste is just incredibly sweet with a warming touch of alcohol. I couldn’t honestly pick-up much more then sweetness in this and therefore I probably won’t be revisiting this one-dimensional beer anytime soon.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.12/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - There is only the slightest haze in this rich deep golden brew. A small half finger head that dissipates to nothingness in minutes. No lacing and lots of visible carbonation.

S - Smells like a concentrated pilsner malt with a slightly stronger clean yeast and grassy aroma. A very faint caramel as well.

T - A light bodied maltiness that extremely potent and sweet. There is a bit of a grassy hops typical of a pilsner. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. Cloying and leaves something desired.

M - Harsh from carbonation, thin, yet coats the mouth a bit. There is a bit of refreshment about it, but it is too sweet for any real accomplishment there.

D - Not awful. The flavor is a bit too sweet to be drinkable, but the potent hops help to subside that problem. Would go well with foods. I don't know about the classifcation of this brew as a doppelbock. Seems more like a Maibock to me.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.13/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a brandy orange-red colour, quite syrupy-looking in the glass. Head needed to be encouraged, and sinks quickly, just a ring around the top. Lacing is pretty decent and sticky. I'm always a bit forgiving of bock-styles for lack of head, is otherwise alright.

Nose is very strong and pongy, with a huge amount of malt, slightly smokey with a strong brandy sourness and a fair whiff of brass. Distinct alcohol, fruit and brown sugar on there. Interesting sweet/sour aroma, can't say I'm a huge fan, but it's unique.

Taste is more of the same at first. Large sweetness on the front with burnt toffee, brown sugar, brandy, some woody notes and hint of marzipan coming through on the mid, then a really strong phenolic solvent character on the finish, with distinct alcohol warmth, nothing overly hot but no real flavour there to hide the booze. A very dour bitterness comprises the finish, really just tastes more like methyl alcohol than anything else. Not unlike cough medicine.

Feel is very syrupy and flat - the resemblance to cough medicine goes beyond the taste. Dreadful, really.

It's amusing that this calls itself the cognac of beers, when it doesn't have nearly the power, complexity or pleasant flavour of a good brandy. All it has is a distinct alcohol finish. Not a pleasant drop, I really have very, very little respect for the Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, they are all talk and no substance. This is an insult to other doppelbocks.

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Photo of ShrLSU
2.2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Basically a clear gold with no head. Not exactly what you'd think of with a dopplebock.

Smell - Semi sweet and earthy tones.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Sweet malt and earthy hop taste mixed with a slight alcohol burn. I don't know...it's a strange blend.

Drinkability - This wasn't very good. It's an odd style and an even more odd taste. This certainly isn't a dopplebock. Best way to drink this beer is by pouring it out.!

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.24/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle
9.60% ABV

I tried this beer on March 12, 2008 after purchasing it from my one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured an orangy-gold colour into the glass with a 1/2 inch white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was sweet malt, some caramel, and some grass. The mouthfeel was thin-bodied and medium carbonated. The flavour was sweet malt, with some milky hints. Not all that enjoyable a dopplebock.

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Photo of Rocko
2.28/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear golden color, not much of a head. Sweet smell of fruit, cloying and not fresh imho... Yucky taste, too much barley sweetish taste, but I'm not a fan of barley on the other hand. Very warming in the tummy, the 9.6 ABV makes sure of that. 8)

Not a good beer in my opinion, the barley taste is just too much for me.. :(

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Photo of gezondheid
2.29/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

'Aged' bottle from TND's basement sale.

A - orange soda/cream soda shade. lots of carbonation rising through the glass.

S - malty, syrupy, rumy, some bitter aromas but not specifically hoppy. complexity in the nose belies what is to follow.

T - alcohol is evident right up front, then a thick honey syrup. smooth toward the finish then a lingering astringency.

M - I do like this aspect the fuller body of the beer is nice the carbonation releases flavor and aroma which, unfortunately, are the downfall of this beer.

O - disappointing. I made some really good finds in that bar basement sell-off this was not one of them.

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Photo of Ralphus
2.32/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Any time the label on a beer reads "..this beer is known as the Congac of beers" or "Champagne" or any other drink that's NOT beer - you know you're going to get something fairly poor. And surprise surprise..

Urbock 23 pours a little bit like fizzy pee. There's no head, lacing or any other staying of carbonation at the top of the beer, coupled with the colour of apple juice makes it receive a poor grade. Anyone giving it a good rating is probably drunk.

In the smell we have some white wine. That's about it.

The taste is big sweetness and malt up front which then transitions to a long drawn out finish comprised of alcohol. There's nothing interesting here at all. No balance and certainly not any complexity.

It's not often I consider a drain pour but this one qualifies.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.36/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a pure white head that died immediately.

Some alcohol and light fruits in the aroma.

The taste is just pure alcohol and sugar. I honestly can't find anything special about the flavor. Hopefully it's just this bottle and the next will be better.

Unless the second bottle is better I won't be buying this beer again.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.37/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I decided to try this after the bartender told me that it was his favorite beer. I will never ask his advice again...

A-honey colored, no head, fairly boring, looks more like a glass of scotch rather than beer

S-very sweet smelling but the alcohol was more noticeable in the smell than I would expect from even a 9,6% ABV beer.

T-the taste matches the smell, its very sweet and the high ABV is very evident, quite disappointing, i found nothing to enjoy in the taste

M-slight carbonation, but more syrupy

D-the taste stays but it becomes more and more undesirable as you drink it, you could drink this beer and then five different beers after it but you will never get the taste of this out of your mouth. ABV hits quickly.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden yellow with orangish hues and a thin fizzy white head.

S- The aroma is very sweet and metallic with a lot of honey and very boozy as well.

T- The taste like the aroma is too sweet for my palate with a lot of sweet honey and not nearly enough bittering hops to balance out the sweetness at all.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is not a horrible brew, but at the same time it is way to sweet for me to enjoy.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into chalice at 50 degrees. beer was a strange yellow brown with yeast I guess floating around. Beer was strong tasting of fruit like a wine and strong alc. taste. good head at first. I would inagine if you liked Abbey type ales tremendously you would like this, and I like some Abbey's but this beer will not be purchased by me again and it went down the drain.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.42/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden color. A bit of skunk on the nose. A bit of an off flavor. Slightly skunky. Tastes a bit like many European beers that I've had in bottles. Has that "European" skunk to me. Not very good. I'm surprised a bit because I really enjoyed their samichlaus bier.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Never had an UrBock before, and if this is typical of the style I won't have many more.

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thin head that quickly dissipates.

The smell is...well let's just say I got too close and now I won't have to trim my nose hairs for my trip to Germany.

The taste is dominated by alcohol and really interfers with any malt flavor that might be standing at the back of the line.

Did I hate it? No, but I will be in Bamberg next week just in time for one of the breweries there to tap their famous Urbock. Check for that review to ascertain if this style is worth a try or not.

Prost!....Just about 24 hours or so until TTU94 causes another international incident.

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Photo of cabsandking
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden color with a slim fizzy white head that dissipates almost as soon as it was formed. Sweet white grape juice, apple juice, and slightly grainy nose. Hot alcohol is not hiding here and lends to a hard metallic flavor. Dry grains, peppery spice, and a slight mint character seems out place for a Doppel. Medicinal to vinous at times. The mouthfeel is fair, a good fullness and a nice carbonation. Kind of confused with this one?

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Photo of Brent
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a amber/bronze, much lighter in color than I expected for a doppelbock. Flavor is dominated by a bittersweet, syrupy malt that coats the tongue. Alcohol is quite evident in the flavor profile, adding a pepper that tries to cut through the blanket of sweetness, but fails to make a substantial dent. Heavy and unwieldy.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crisp, clear, and golden with a very small amount of lacing. It has a very nice lacing as well. The smell is light and more of a straight lager smell than a doppelbock. Tastes like a regular lager too, but with a big kick of alcohol. It feels pretty bad on the palate. I don't think I would ever have this beer again, mostly because it didn't taste like a doppelbock and it was high in alcohol enough to damage the taste.

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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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