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 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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki bone colored that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but fairly strong.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this in November of 2007. I believe this was one of the first Doppelbocks I ever had. With that being said I was totally unprepaired for the impact this beer would have on my tastebuds. This beer smelled very sweet, infact I was really happy about that. The color was like burnt caremel with some yellow around the sides. For me the flavors in this beer were really strong at the time that I had it. I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to finish. I sucked it up and did, but had mixed emotions about his beer. I haven't had it since and really should revisit this brew again. It's worth trying again.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very light amber in color. It poured with just a few bubbles floating on the surface; a slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweet malts and fruits in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is rather malty and sweet with notes of fruits and hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol is perceptible in the finish.
D: The alcohol is masked to some degree so it doesn't quite taste like 9.6% and isn't as difficult to drink as one would expect.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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 BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Aroma: alcoholic! but balanced nicely with light spicy-ness and maltiness.
Apearance: clearer than most dopplebocks. Nicely carbonated. Deep golden with a fair head retention.
Taste: Full bodied, rich and sweet. low or no hop flavor or bittering. Sweetness in nicely cut through by the alcohol and carbonation. Lot of light fruitiness and spiciness, perhaps of tangerines or coriander.
Aftertaste: long, sweet and drying, because of the alcohol.
Impression: deceivingly alcoholic. Nice balance of sweet and alcohol. Clean flavor. Pleasant and complex, Well aged. Impressively mild. Good beer, but not what I expected from a dopplebock.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a good 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some small bits of spotty lacing cling to the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, apple, raisin, grape, nuttiness, honey, toffee, herbal, and earth. Pleasant and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, apple, honey, bready grain, nuttiness, herbal spiciness, earth, and light phenolic flavors. Lingering notes of light fruits, toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, earth, herbal, and phenolic fruitiness. Some good balance of flavors but the phenolic character throws it off a bit; definitely smoother tasting with tiny sips. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good pale doppelbock. It has good complexity and flavor balance, despite the estery qualities that were present. An enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale amber color with a foamy/bubbly, white, two-finger head. it left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled sweet and fruity (raisins). It also had a spicy aroma.

T - It tasted sweet and malty. It had a fruity quality. It almost tasted like an English Barleywine.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is an interesting beer. It didn't look like most dopplebocks or taste like one. But it was good.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear medium golden with a quickly dissipating head and no lacing. Much lighter in color than other doppelbocks.

Smell: Has a decent doppelbock aroma of caramel malt, dried fruit and alcoholic warmth.

Taste: Cotton candy and caramel offset by a bit of bitterness and some alcoholic warmth. The sweetness lingers for some time after the other flavors fade.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A wonderful nightcap sipping beer. From an early disorienting start due to the color and the limited nose, this beer recovers nicely. Perhaps it is more indicative of an Austrian doppelbock style, but I am unfamiliar with the variation.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite the dark black label, the Eggenberg Urbock 23 pours a surprisingly golden body with a bit of an orange cast beneath a short head of white foam. The head holds well at first, but can't seem to manage against it's 9.6% abv, and drops to an almost collar-less flat surface. It's clear, however, and very fine bubbles can be seen rising from the center of the glass.

The nose is honeyish and just a touch bready, with a strong whiff of alcohol as well.

In the mouth it's tingly and smooth with a dextrinous, medium body.

The flavor is fairly straight-forward malt and alchol. It's somewhat bready and honeyish, with a touch of herbal/floral hops underneath. The bitterness is solid, and it's pretty thoroughly attenuated. The alcohol is clear, and actually seems to be a vital component to this beer. It helps to dry its malty sweetness a little bit, but I think more importantly it lends a spicy brashness that awakens an otherwise dull, golden, extra strong doppelbock.

It's interesting, but not really complex. And the alcohol tends to hinder its drinkability quite a bit. It's nice, but there are more flavorful and balanced helles doppelbocks available.

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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly over crystal clear honey orange colored beer.

Nose brings plenty of wheats, some malts with that, a bit of a metallic aroma, light sweet syrups, bit of booze, hints of banana and fruits.

Taste starts with a sweet malty taste, lots of wheats almost wheat wine tasting, sweet syrups with a bit of a light molasses, fairly sweet with some light boozy tastes, a bit of an earthy bitterness too, quite a bit of banana and some fruits, a touch of a spicy taste, hint of metallic taste too. FInish brings a lot more spicy and little earthy hops for quite a bit of a bitter taste, which seems to contrast the rest of the beer, the two sharp flavors don't play well in this one.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied with decent carbonation and some warming and tingly booze.

Drink is meh, pretty heavy drinking, big body, some warming and tingly booze, and the sharp contrast in flavors from sweet syrupy wheat wine to bitter spicy pale hop flavors seems to play not so well.

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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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear golden color with not much head to speak of seems to be fairly highly carbonated for such a high gravity beer. Big juicy fruity aroma very effervescent alot of apple and apricot aromas going on the alcohol comes out as well.Taste is quite sweet and alcoholic of burned fruit and caramel.I notice a hop presence as I drink more mainly in the finish.a nice nightcap to a busy Xmas day, will help put me to sleep.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, neutral gold color. Modest head that dies quickly to a single layer of bubbles.

Slightly skunky in the nose. More malt, as expected, than hop. A touch caramel and bit of earthiness to the smell.

Strong alcohol bite to the swallow. More hop bitterness than most doppelbocks, but still retains its malty character. Thick body with a low level of carbonation. Short lived aftertaste--dominated by the alcoholic warmth.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 6/4/10 notes. Had on tap at the Saloon in DC.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of white head with great retention.

s - Smells of citrus fruits, spice, and sweet fruity malts.

t - Tastes of smooth bready malts, caramel malts,and a hint of fruit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent dopplebock. Some nice smooth malts and a little bit of fruit. Would try again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Transparent amber-orange with a modest number of fine particulates. This is a doppelbock? The head is orange-tinted cream in color and is exceptionally firm. I expected a little lace, but it isn't to be (perhaps due to the almost double digit ABV). Urbock 23 most resembles a pale ale. A doppelbock wouldn't be among my first five guesses.

The nose is strangely underpowered and, again, bears almost no resemblance to the stated style. It smells more like a blonde bock or a maibock than a doppelbock. Nothing anywhere near dark malt reaches my nose. There's no chocolate, no brown sugar, no nuttiness... nada. I can appreciate earthy hops and well-buried ethanol though. This is definitely an odd one so far.

After several ounces, I'm still not impressed. I greatly prefer doppelbocks to blonde/maibocks, which is probably why I'm not thrilled with this one. It's hugely malt-dominant with almost no hop presence. I'm also reminded of bourbon due to the sweetness, the oaky notes and the prominent alcohol. Even though the beer is what I would call boozy, I don't mind all that much.

The flavor profile is shallow with very few principal flavors: sweet pale malt, indeterminate spices, metal (unfortunately) and ethanol comprise the total. That description makes it sound worse than it is. The mouthfeel is a few notches larger than medium and is firm and smooth. Subtle carbonation is just what the doctor ordered.

Urbock 23 is the most undoppelbock-like doppelbock that I've ever had. It lacks the best characteristics of the style, or at least the ones I like the most, and puts nothing of value in their place. If you're an aficionado of high-ABV maibocks and have been looking for a year round version, saddle up and ride. As for me, this is my first and last bottle.

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 451 ratings