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 HotterThanHell
2.43/5  rDev -32.3%
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 -31.8%
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 tedho21
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Cyhops
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Johnct
2.6/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Brent
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
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 -26.7%
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 -26.2%
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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Photo of sstackho
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
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 froghop
2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
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 Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
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 benyerd
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
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 -24.8%
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 -24.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -24%
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 steelcutoats
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
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 ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of dalepryor
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Gregwa
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
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 shivtim
2.8/5  rDev -22%
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 -22%
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 AltBock
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
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 Tilley4
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
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 grub
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
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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