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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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Added by Bierman9 on 12-05-2001

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Photo of Viking
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I learned something new again. I've never experienced a golden doppel before, and didn't know they existed. I thought all doppels were dark and coppery. Well, imagine my surprise when I first poured this beer!

Anyhoo, Urbock 23° has the basic aroma and flavor of a doppel. It has a nice sweet and malty nose, with a bit of spice (I saw vanilla listed on another review, but I'm not sure that's what I picked up) to it. The flavor is rich with molasses-like flavors and a bit of balancing hops. This is one of those brews that had an obvious alcohol presence in it's warmth in the mouthfeel and continues to warm as I drank. However, I didn't notice any alcohol in the aroma or taste. I thought that was a bit odd, but certainly not unpleasant.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Urbock's color is golden brown with a small, creamy head. Carbonation is pretty good. The aroma has a dark fruity malt smell, more like an eisbock than the dopples I've had. The taste continues with a dark fruit flavor, almost plum-like, with a little alcohol bite. The alcoholic taste is most notable in the finish. This seems more like a slightly weak eisbock than your average dopplebock. The taste is very good, but still doesn't seem as full-flavored as it could be. There are better dopples and eisbocks, and this beer just sits on the line between the two styles.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a wide straight glass, around 45-50F.

Pours a medium dark yellow, not quite amber. Nice head of foam, and stuck around, beautifull lacing.

Aroma of german malts and a hint of continental hops and alcohol. Flavor of a clean fermented strong ale. Lots of malt, bread and alcohol in the taste.

Quite a dlicious lager, but seems more like a maibock than a dobblebock.

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Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant reddish gold “aged amber” color with very few bubbles. One-finger head of small white bubbles fades quickly to a thin sheet and no lacing. Nose of mild, sweet malt, and a banana yeast scent. Nose is fairly subtle and simple. Taste is initially sweetish malt but well balanced to yield a mellow flavor; nice warm alcohol burn toward the middle, and a mildly nutty, softly bitter finish. Mouth is moderately viscous on the thin side of syrupy. Very smooth, almost silky mouth. Drinkability is very good, but watch the high ABV.

Overall: An excellent dopplebock. I can’t help but compare this to Samiclaus, and I feel that Samiclaus is a better tasting and more complex, yet quite similar brew. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of oelergud
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear light golden body, lots of carbonation and a good white head.
Smells very sweet and fruity, alcohol scents very evident as well. The taste is very much like the smell, sweet and alcoholic, mix of plumes and cherries soaked in alcohol. A good deal of spice in the taste as well.
Medium body with a fresh and crisp mouthfeel, some tingling in the mouth, no idea what thats about. Good warming feel it to.
Drinkability... even for a doublebock I think this is a tad too sweet but not overly so, still a pleasure to drink especially on a cold day as today.


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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours on the very light side of a doppelbock, a crystal clear golden yellow color. Not much of a head is formed, about an eighth of an inch with okay tracing. The aroma is really intriguing, lots of caramel coated fruit. Very little to no roastiness, just a light toasted wheat note. Overall, the aroma seems just too fruity for the style, but again, this is on the lighter color and perhaps it's more appropriate. On the palate it is incredibly rich and sweet. It reminds me more of Samiclaus than any other doppelbock. There is a little toasted flavor, but it just isn't like any other doppel. Carbonation is very low providing a very thick, viscous mouthfeel. This beer is what I would call close to a white port, though I haven't drank one. Alcohol is quite apparent but not overbearing. Overall, I enjoy this beer and see how it's flavors mirror a lot from experimental brewers like Sam Calagione and the folks at Avery.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The body was a very thin and clear orange but the head was gorgeous, heaving and pitting.

Smell – There is a really big heavy duty Abbey Tripel-type of aroma to this bier. It is filled with orange and tangerine juice, along with non-toasted malt, some biscuit, and a serious does of alcohol.

Taste – The circus has come to town. It looks like a cheap pale ale and smells like a novelty beer, but the taste is monstrous. There’s a hint of bock to this one, but mostly it is big orange biscuit flavor. I don’t understand the classification to this style.

Mouthfeel – Very light carbonation and medium in the body, this heavy hitter means business. There is a sharp alcohol sting at the mouth yet this bier is refreshingly smooth.

Drinkability – This went down like Courtney Love at a rock concert. I can’t say that it even remotely resembled the Doppelbock style, but it was awesome nevertheless. I will rate it on its merits.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a clear copper colour with a tight white haed that reduces to a film after a couple of minutes.

S - Sweety malty biscuit aromas.

T - Plenty of malts type flavours of caramel, honey and a little peppery. A littel dry on the finish. All the flavours here are robust.

M - Medium body and full carbonation

O - Nice powefull beer that is a littel boozy but does not detract from its powerfull flavours.

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Photo of nflmvp
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Samichlaus dialed back. Ok, so it's not supposed to be but that's the impression I get from first opening the bottle, to the pour, to the smell and finally to the taste.

This poured a light golden amber with a short dense head that faded to a ring. The overall appearance is that of a watered down whiskey. The smell is sweet and a malty. Taste is similar. This one was very drinkable to me. Again, a dialed back version of Samichlaus but there's nothing missing here. This one is stands on it's own.

I look forward to the next opportunity to try this again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

06/23/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, no freshness dating listed. Have had in cellar for a good 6 months. Poured into my Maudite tulip.

Appearance- Was looking for dark and I got light? A peach colored doppel? Smaller 1/4 inch or less creamy white head and light patchy lace.

Smell- Light tropical fruit musk with candy sugar sweet malt and a heavy dose of alkehaul.

Taste- Hmmm, usually I don't care for brews with a heavy alcohol flavor. This is one of the exceptions. The alcohol is strong and knwon in it's presence, but it blends nicely with the very sweet caramel malt flavor. Good amount of hopocity in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Damn, this sh*t is creamy! Smooth, medium carbonation, but goes down super smooth. Nice light bitterness in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- I hesitated when pulling this brew out during a 90 degree plus day....do I really want a thick and dark doppelbock? Well, turns out it was light colored and pretty refreshing. The price was a bit steep, but would have again if found.

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Photo of Saviour
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a skim head that surprisingly stays in some form.

Aromas of sweet malt, vanilla, wood, sugared cherry, honey.

Rich malt and vanilla wood. Fruit, booze, which dissipates to mild bitterness intermingled with the sweetness of the malt. Some honey at the back end, with a little alcohol burn.

A little lighter in body than expected. Medium to medium full.

Very good. Drinkable, not a kick in the teeth in any area. I like the balance in this one.

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Photo of soper2000
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The one thing I love about being back in the US is the massive variety of beer that is available to us. Sometimes I think that we forget about that. I picked up this nice looking bottle about 2 miles away from my apartment. I've never had anything from Castle Eggenberg before, but something was telling me to grab this instead of the Samilchlaus sitting right alongside of it. It pours a nice golden color with a head that sticks around for about 10 seconds before retreating to the walls of the glass. Not too impressive. Smell consists of very sweet malts and faint faint notes of alcohol. Taste is a malt lovers paradise. Very sweet toffee-ish malts lead into traces of alcohol on the tongue. It definately warms as it is going down. A dry alcohol taste remains on the tongue for several minutes after swallowing. This would be a perfect beer for crisp October nights and I think I will be saving my next bottle for exactly one of those evenings.

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Photo of pbrian
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden body with a rather light, quickly fading head. Sweet, honey-ish malty aroma, with a mild kick of alcohol. lavor starts out with sweet, biscuity malts. A nice balancing of hops becomes present. Finishs a little sherry-like, with a nice warming sensation. Body was, as expected for its heft, rich. I enjoyed this beer for being sweet without being cloying, which is what I was (wrongly) expecting. Nice beer.

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Photo of SayBoom
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of danfue
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review round here.
I'm just having this one in a wide and bulky wine glass.
The bottle is beautiful, with the label on the neck actually above the cap. So you can either just destroy the label with the opener or cut it off as you would do with a bottle of wine or liquor.

Urbock 23° has a nice color, deeply golden, almost orange, reminds me of a rosé-wine. The smell is intense and brings plums and fermented fruits to mind. Sticking the nose into the glass also brings about a first impression of the ABV. There's almost no foam, the one that developed after pouring was gone within seconds.

Its taste again resembles fruits, especially plums. There's a strong sweetish, alcoholic aspect and a roasted taste. The taste lasts for long after on tongue and palate.

Overall, not a classic Doppelbock of German/Austrian descent. Having a look at the website, especially the strong beer variants, including this one, seem to be designed for exporting. It's a beer for a cold evening, to be savored in small sips.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A rather fancy looking 11,2 fl.oz. bottle. Tall brown glass bottle with the words ‘Schloß Eggenberg’. A regal looking black and gold stretched oval label has the date 1681 and the words ‘Scloss Eggenberg Urbock 23’ on it. Listed at 9,6% Alc.Vol. A thick paper collar terminates flush with the top of the black and gold crown cap.

Appearance: Perfectly lucid glowing gold body. White head that settles to a halo collar with a broken surface. Lively conditioning, such that a swirl will help replace a fading head whilst emitting a rather loud audible fizz whilst doing so.

Nose: Very strong sweet alcoholic aromas, sweet malts and a rather pungent deadly kick that politely reminds you that this one will not go down without a fight.

Taste: More sweet Malts in the beginning, some barley-sugar tastes in the middle with yet more malts returning in the latter third, whilst the finish develops a hop bitter twist to balance those sweet malts. The sweetness is syrupy smooth, almost honey like as the beer finishes; this can tend to give a sticky feel after the beer has been consumed. I noticed that beer tends to ‘build-up’ as you drink it; it is as though it develops a complexity as imbibed.

Mouthfeel: Ever so slightly sticky feel in the mouth after the swallow, whilst in the mouth its feels lighter than you expect for the strength.

Drinkability: Just the one bottle is fine, and more than enough, definitely a night cap brew. Zzzz.

Overall: Enjoyable, I like a big-ass beer once in a while. A really good every “now and again” beer.

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Photo of Brabander
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, this is one good Austrian beer! I am not sure why they call this a double bock because it looks more like a pale lagerbeer. Poured in a drinking glass this beer looks very nice, a decent white head which disappears very slowly and a nice honey yellow fluid. There is also a bit of honey sweetnes in this beer, not too much, just enough to give this a beer a special taste. Smell is OK, nothing specific.

The alcohol is reasonable hidden. I am taking a few home!

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Photo of xymyl
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper/gold color with a fast retreating white head.

Aroma had a general highland single malt Scotch quality to it, some caramel, some peppery, spicy, and fruity notes.

Dominating the flavor profile is the somewhat unnatural (but not bad) caramel that seemed to come from too long or too hot of a boil, the alcohol is at first overpowered by the malt, but then it warms up at the finish, there is a honey/straw quality and some real fruitiness, orange zest and baked apples or something along those lines buried beneath the sweetness.

Overall: A medium bodied beer, on the verge of cloying but not quite, rather enjoyable, but there are better things cheaper out there. I generally prefer a darker Doppelbock. Not very complex, but not totally one dimensional. The sweetness is hidng a couple good flavors.

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Photo of templar316
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cisp golden amber, the off-white head falling back quickly. Wow, I can't believe how light it is for a dopplebock, maybe mai-bock. The nose is understated sour apples and alcohol. The flavor explodes with apple tartness, noble hop bitterness and honey sweetness. The head has been working throughout with great laceing on the sip, enticing you to another. The alcohol nose slowing you down. Nice crisp efferviscence ealy as it crosses the toungue, and a malty blanke late. It certainly earns the title "cognac of beers" I would have another.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, without freshness dating. Pours pretty light amber, with light shimering orangy golden highlights, clear. Minor and quickly departing white head, no lacing. Strong nose of malt. Obviously strong and malty brew, moderate sweetness. Peppery, with notes of anise and gin. Bright and flavorful brew, worth a try if you like the style. Don't think I'd find this a pleasant sessioner, but as a late night sipper...quite enjoyable

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Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber and filtered. Lots of champagne like carbonation and no head.

Light syrupy quality, egg yolk, caramel, nutmeg.

Lightly sweet, a hint of egg wash, nutmeg, creme brulee, and a metallic note near the end. Very little bitterness or presence of hops.

Medium lightly syrupy body, lots of almost powdery carbonation.

Got in Chiang Mai, drank here April 3rd, 2016. Really smooth and hides the alcohol well. Light and pleasant feel.

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Photo of Derek
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden-yellow, white head, very little retention or lace.

S: It's like candy: bubble gum, cotton candy, light caramel & toffee.

T: Tastes like candy too: light caramel, cotton candy fruity esters, toffee, modest bitterness, warming alcohol. The fruity-sweet flavours are a little surprising in a lager.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated for its strength, slightly creamy, dry finish, light-to-moderate carbonation.

D: Dangerous for its strength.

Thanks Doug!

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden color with a white head that fizzles into a thin collar. Steady single-stream of carbonation directly in the center of the snifter. Grainy, malty notes with a hint of appley fruitiness and a touch of yeast and hop tones. Alcohol is noticable in the nose and imparts a dry finish to the beer. Mostly candily, malty sweet with some vinous, slightly vegetal characteristics. Pretty good, with the understanding that it is a slow-sipper due to the noticable presence of warming alcohol. Nice on a cool evening as a digestif.

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Photo of pkalix
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pale for sure!!!! poured a . . . . just PALE color . . . . . no topping.
sweet, toasty, malt-y and yummy smell. can this be the same company who does SAMICHLAUS??? I love double bocks...
okay, TOO sweet. kind of nasty. wait. let my taste buds adjust after that triple/IPA 12% I just had. still smells yummy. but the taste is . . . . getting better... I can do this; it's just a shifting of gears from what I just finished. 9.6%, okay . . . . I do love the dopplebocks; they are my favorite. but then hefe used to be my favorite and now i'm just plain tired of the richness. but then (again) I used to like Asian chicks tooo . . . . and . . . . oh well.
okay! palate cleansed with the double bock. still a great smell similar to the other dopples I love, but still a funky, sweet taste that is a little over-powering...
so, in summary, bland, regular appearance. AWESOME smell. AWESOME smell. (again). taste is just... meh.... I can tolerate it for a one time thing-y, ya know. but kind of sweet.
overall, eh... nice abv. i'm buzzed after this and the 12% bomber.... taste is just okay; overall is just okay. note (again) the high marks for SMELL . . . . but this is not what I consider in the same class as a spaten optimator or celebrator or most of the other doppels...

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 446 ratings
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