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 SkeeterHawk
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very clear thick looking orange golden color with a short lived head of whitish foam. The head was gone within no time and ended up as a small ring around the top of the beer where it meets the glass.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty fruity with apricots and peaches in particular. I also get a white grape influence that gives it a bit of a winey edge. There is noticeable alcohol in the nose adding a peppery note. As I swirl the beer in the glass, the alcohol becomes even more noticeable, but at the same time I get a dry edge like it may be from oxidation. There really isn't any hops noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is really malt driven and gives you a sweet impression right away. There is a syrupiness to this beer that is somewhat disguised by the alcohol's spicy presence. I think that the spice in this beer is from the alcohol more than the hops. There is a honey-like impression that makes this beer come across the palate as being pretty darn heavy. The alcohol is a big player in this beer, and leads the profile of the finish along with the residual sweetness. The malt and hop and alcohol give a bit more of an orange or tangerine impression as the beer warms a bit. The finish is sweet with plenty of malt to linger for quite some time and does a fair job of masking the inevitable alcoholic burn.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer, but oh man it is huge for the style. There is something about a Lager that is this big that makes it so much more intimidating than an equal strength Ale. You can really taste the alcohol in this one. I wouldn't recommend this beer be your first impression of a DoppelBock, but I would recommend that you try it once you think you know what a DoppelBock is. This is no Salvator by any means. I would highly recommend this beer. It is an adventure for the palate.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A pure, clear honey body with a thin white head atop.

S - Sweet honey and syrupy malt sugars wafting around. Warm, sweet alcohol and caramelized sugars in the nose.

T - Burnt toffee and caramel up front. A big batch of sweet malt and faintly bitter alcohol. Warming and sweet through the whole sip with a butterscotch sauce left to mind in the finish.

M - Pretty smooth with the viscosity of the malt syrup dominating here. Warming alcohol and a semi dry finish.

O - A great choice for a snifter worthy warmer.

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Photo of Darkale
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wonderful sweet malty aroma. Compact, glossy white head. Clear dark gold body. Smells of raisins and plums, with a hint of spice and a hint of wood.

Chewy, just slightly medicinal, very slick and creamy. At the end, some dry, raspy sourness.

A delightfully creamy and sweet beer. Reminds me of a Sauternes wine, or perhaps a Tokay. Marvelous.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep golden with a thin white head that becomes a receding patch.

The smell is of a melon-like fruitiness with caramel and a touch of lemon peel.

The taste is of candy caramel, mint and a melon-like fruitiness. Very malty with a noticeable peppery alcohol presence. Just a nod of earthy hops. Finishes warm and sweet.

Syrupy and full bodied with a surprising light/creamy feel considering the syrupy texture and booziness.

The alcohol does let itself known loud and clear giving it a boozy character. It is unique - fits into the style in a broad sense. A wonderful sipping dessert brew.

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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a bright, clear gold with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like honey wheat, molasses, and sour apple, with a bit of wild yeast and lemon grass. It tasted like honey wheat and rich barley, with a bit of lemon hops and yeast. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this initially seemed very similar to the Eggengerg Dunkel, but the more I deconstructed it, the more differences I found. This was much lighter, especially for a doppelbock. But it was still quite tasty, very clean, and super easy to drink. It had decent body, and hid the alcohol very well. I probably prefer the darkness and complexity of the Dunkel, but this was still a great beer.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh yeh! This is one of those beers that makes you wish you had bought more than one of them when you were at the store. Recommended to me from a friend of a friend (thanks Aaron) and he was very right about this beer's quality.

It pours a golden/whiskey color...very clear. There is almost no sign of head or carbonation.

The smell has notes of apple, whiskey, and barley. It is a very clean smell and doesn't stick in the nose.

The flavor is very full - wonderful! It has mostly the taste of a fine alcohol. All the while I was sipping at it, I felt like I was drinking a fine, aged alcohol. There is still a sweet element in the taste that I couldn't identify, but was particularly noticable in the opening of the taste and after the "global warming" of the alcohol in the aftertaste.

The body is perfect. Its smooth and buttery. It really fills up the tongue. It goes down very easy.

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Photo of marc77
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden in hue, topped by head that readily dissipates into a glass coating ring. Most closely resembles a hellebock in appearance. The aroma is a combination of nutty, toasty Munich malt and buttery toffee, w/ a hint of a floral Mittelfruh hop nose. Oddly, as the brew warms and breathes, there is no change in the aroma at all. Completely static aromawise. Sugary sweetness hits the palate initially, then yields to a malt profile comprised of honey drenched toasty grain. An unexpected snap of moderate hop bitterness emerges mid palate, immediately offsetting and almost sharply contrasting the previously sweet malt profile. Deceivingly light in body, w/ an agreeable and slightly slick mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a resurgence of sweetness lingering, lending an overall sweet impression to this brew. Alcohol warmth creeps in slowly and coats the throat after a long deliberation. Urbock 23 is truly a unique and enjoyable beer... A doppelhellesbock?

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Photo of Beertracker
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schloss Eggenberg Urbock 23° pours up compact with a small, short lived whitish head that rings the slightly hazy, deep sunglow body. The sweetish aroma has a wonderful breadiness to it with some toasted (Melba toast, saltine cracker) maltiness and fruity (clementines, orange marmalade) qualities. There's just a hint of floral spiciness from the Noble finishing hops that's underlying the maltiness along with some notable alcohol. Otherwise clean, low fruitiness, no diacetyl or DMS. The flavor is dominated by a rich toasted, sweet melanoidin maltiness that's remarkably well balanced by a pleasant spicy hop bitterness. This medium-full bodied lager finishes remarkably smooth with some alcoholic warmth & complexity. This is a finely crafted pale doppelbock from one of the world's great lager breweries. Enjoy this one paired with some traditional Knabber Nossis (dried sausage) and buttery Grinzing cheese accompanied by freshly baked European sweetbread.

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very pale amber / light gold. Sparkling, with something of a champagne quality, little head.

S: Candied dark fruits, with an additional, almost pear-like aroma. Some herbal hops coming through.

T: An excellent sweet malt / hops balance. A little plum tasting, with that bit of pear sneaking through again... kind of interesting on that point. While retaining the sweet flavours, bitter hops come out more through the body, with an alcohol finish.

M + D: Semi-heavy mouthfeel, but not too thick. Carbonation settles over the tongue. I would gladly have a couple or more of these, but I'm sure the alcohol would catch me off guard, so it's one to excercise some restraint with. If that can be done, it's a good call.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear pale copper with a small head.

S: Metallic. Can't smell much else but I am outdoors.

T: Syrup and rumness. It's sweet and tastes much like an English barley wine with a slightly lagery grain flavour. It's nice and sticky. The sweetness is perfect. Lots of that alcoholic lacquer flavour. Almost no fruit character.

O: Not overly complex but still delicious and I can't believe all the low ratings.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber and clear. Pours with a small head that is all but gone within a minute. Medium level of carbonation.

S - Very malty, with a strong smell of alcohol. Also, has a mild scent of apples.

T - Sweet malts, almost like shortbread. Clear taste of alcohol, with a subtle underlying fruitiness.

M - Warming and creamy but still manages to maintain a light body. Very alcoholic feel on the tongue, to the point of being numbing.

D - Although the alcohol is very upfront in this beer, it remains drinkable. The flavours are quite complex, and there may have been flavours that I didn't manage to decipher this time round. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant gold with a thin white film for a head.
S: Wine and bread aromas
T: Big malt and alcohol flavors, light brown sugar, light caramel, a light hop accent on the finish.
F: Creamy, full bodied, medium carbonation, very warming.
O: An iconic big light colored beer. A touch hot but still very nice.

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Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow color and formed a small bubby white head that left little lace as it quickly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, pine and alcohol. The flavor was of malt, a touch of hops, and a heavy hint of alcohol. The finish was medium light, yet creamy. It was a touch astrigent with the alcohol coming across on the palate. A good beer, but hard for me to think of as a dopplebock like Celebrator.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was golden, with good head. The smell was a very cereal/dry malt smell. The taste was remarkbly sweet, even for a dopplebock...a more malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability was fairly good.

Another good beer from Eggenberg. I'm looking forward to the Samichlaus again this winter, but for now this has to be my favorite. I'd definitely have another one of these.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a light thin head, which doesn't appear to look like a typical dopplebock. The aromas are of strong alcohol, but not unappealing, and honey, almost mead-like. The taste is great, traces of honey as well as oak, and a strong alcohol taste, which isn't surprising coming from Brewery Castle Eggenberg, the maker of Samichlaus. This beer is very good, but it is definately not a session beer by any means. This beer needs to be savored, and let it warm up a little bit.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep gold with only the slightest semblance of a head; it's really more of a perpetual ring of lace than a head. Beautiful color, though.

S- Smells... well, like a strong doppelbock. Lots of bready malt and even a few fruity notes, but lacking the esters of a barleywine (as would be expected). Alcohol is quite prominent as well.

T- Quite sweet to the taste. The malts take on more of a honey character than the bready aroma would suggest. The alcohol and hops combine to give the beer a nice spicy finish, along with a slight bitterness. Delicious!

M- Not a whole lot of carbonation and a little thinner than I was expecting. It's nice and smooth, though, and even a little creamy.

D- Obviously a sipping beer, but definitely drinkable for one with an ABV of nearly 10%.

Very nice beer here! It's certainly not your traditional doppelbock; it's more like a combination of a bock and a barleywine. It's very good, though. Recommended.

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Photo of nomad
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a softly bronzed orange color, with a small foam head that sat pretty well, leaving behind some tendrils of stain. Smell was round and subtle, with orange notes that open to the most true scent of citrus rinds I’ve seen in a lager. Malt body, though, with alcohol scents of a small and acceptable size and quality. Taste was lightly creamy, with notes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit - like a fruit cocktail of these. They merge/create (?) a very moderate and calm bitterness, balancing with the very fine malt in the background, a malt that was not great or characterful but there. Finish was moderate, tasting like a mish-mashed blend of the palette, while it does becomes grassy and a bit oily. Had some whiskey malt notes that only come out toward the end of the finish. Smooth, full, and silent mouthfeel, so good you don’t notice because it fits the overall character of the beer perfectly. Intensely drinkable, goes down so easy. If this was cheap and more available there would be trouble. This beer wowed some friends who aren't big into beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid gold with a low-decent off-white head and constant low-moderate carbonation with slow bubbles; light in color for the style. Strong all malt aroma and flavor with moderate sweetness, some spiciness, and light alcohol notes. Full bodied with a rich robust mouthfeel and flavor.

Per label: "1681" & "Originalabfullung Schloss Eggenberg" & "Das Bier Zum Salzkammergut Ale"

(11.2 oz. / .33L yellowish-brown bottle embossed with "Schloss Eggenberg" twice around the neck.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle that has been ageing since 2009...

A - Pretty nice copper-coloured body. I've heard the beer is pretty pale when fresh, though. Clear. Very little head and no lacing.

S - The smell is full of caramel and apples (with a distinct cider-like quality to it). Hints of alcohol and yeast.

T - It does taste like a doppelbock, with its nice roasted malt flavours and hints of caramel and apple. However the ageing and the ABV have given the beer some qualities of cognac or calvados (or even rum), adding some grape and wood notes and a bit of cinnamon-like spiciness to the flavour profile. Quite sweet and not very bitter, with just a little bit of hop flavour remaining.

M - The body is surprisingly smooth for such a strong beer. Creamy, relatively flat and not boozy. Medium-bodied.

O - Overall, this turned out to be very impressive, more so than their Samichlaus. The 3 years of ageing (neglecting the expiry date) have really added a nice touch to the beer and transformed the mouthfeel.

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Photo of ZAP
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, clean, dark gold with little head...sweet malt/vanilla tones on the nose...9% alcohol? You'd never guess it...sweet and slick with little hopping...a bit sweet for some but a good blond doppel in my book..a nice flowery hop profile would do wonders for this beer..could use some additional hopping but still very good as is..

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Photo of ckollias
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a thin white head that slowly dissipates leaving a partial trail down the side of the glass and a wispy lace.

S: Sweet and slightly fruity aroma with a caramel background. Interesting complex aroma.

T: Smooth orange and fruity flavor with a caramel background. Finishes smooth and slightly dry.

M: Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: This beer has a ton of complex flavor and aroma and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very strange, surprising, and…um…dangerous beer. Tapped at Wonder’s Pub in Madison, WI last week and listed as “Ur Bock Belgian Ale.” I wasn’t sure what to think of it.

Ur Bock 23 pours a bright gold with a thick but short lived white froth. Certainly looks like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Strong and sweet fruity aromas dominate but I can’t tell if they come from alcohol or just a rather interesting yeast. Bread and biscuits follow.

The flavor is huge and boozey but not as boozey a 9.6% would indicate. Barley sugars, sweet fruity alcohol, orange scones drizzled in honey, and just a touch of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel reminds me of Kasteel Bruine primarily because this beer captures the extreme level of sweetness I recently tasted in the Kasteel. Ur Bock on the otherhand is noticeable larger, though not a large in terms of body or booze feel/taste as one would expect from a 9.6% beer. Ur Bock is both huge and subdued and deceiving at the same time.

Drinkability… Well I had my first glass with a burger and left not knowing quite what beer I had consumed. I returned during a beer club meeting and confirmed that this was a beer from Eggenberg and not a Belgian as I had been lead to believe earlier. I should have know that any beer from Eggenberg would pack a major punch but I ignored this and went ahead drinking 4 chalices with ease. I really enjoyed this beer that seems to me to be yeast and alcohol focused in almost its entirety and would drink it again…although…the headache that arrived a few hours after drinking four wasn’t fun…

Stylistically, I just don’t see anything Doppelbockish about this but perhaps that is what makes it so unique.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured hardly any head. Had the most uncommon I have seen for a dopplebock yet. A more amber like blush wine color with a little straw gold in the mix.

Smell- Very complex with a very sugary smell, hardly any hops r malt noted. A noticeable hint of alcohol as well.

Taste- Delightful brew mixing lots of candi sugars, strawberries, rose petals, very sweet malts.

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Photo of ToadManA1A37651
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoying this in a san miguel snifter with etching on bottom. leaving nice popping alcoholy feeling in the back of my throat makes the fine golden nectar go down easy. no bitterness, but malty goodness. there is no fruit that i can detect maybe a prune or two, but barely.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sound gold tone with a nice sized creamy white head very solid looking brew, but I was anticipating a ruby tint to it for some reason. Trickles of small spots of scattered lacing not bad decent overall, but this golden appearance is just a front. For this beer packs quite a punch in the aroma and flavor, for starters deep syrupy sweet tones surround the nose with jet streams of alcohol wavering in the air. Definite fruit soaked in alcohol slightly caramelized reminds me of some moonshine I once tried from Kentucky in the aroma with a splash of honey to it, this one's complex and appetising. Start with small sips this one needs some adjusting to just like toeing your way into a cold pool, but once you just dive in it's all worth it. Flavor consists of one malty backbone with pan seared over ripened fruits drizzled in honey and a touch of banana flavored rum sprinkled to kick it up a notch wow this is great as alcohol sears the back of the throat doesn't scorch enough to cause discomfort just let's you know the alcohols in there. Some beers the taste of alcohol being apparent detracts from teh overall taste in this particular brew it only enhances the experience. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a sticky chewy texture very nice. The final chapter in this beer as far as drinkability goes is wield the power wisely becareful with this one at 9.6 it warms you up don't make it a challenge to indulge but enjoy this one. A quite enjoyable slow sipper that qualifies on my list of winter warmers to keep in mind this winter.

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