Urbock 23°
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #218
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,247
Avg:
3.65 | pDev: 16.99%
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
456
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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
 
Austria
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Year-round
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Photo of josanguapo
4.94/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

En copa Teku. Jugando a Shantae's Half Genie Hero. Riquisimas notas acarameladas que invitan a seguir bebeiendola a pesar de su elevado abv y se te hace hasta corta. 6 meses pasada de fecha

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

its interesting that the label says this is one of the strongest beers in the world at less than 10% abv, maybe that was true whenever it was first made, but it certainly isnt true anymore, although the original gravity may still rank way up there, and there is plenty of residual sugar remaining in this one that hasnt been converted to alcohol. the beer looks awesome, sexy packaging makes it appear fancy, and the viscous but clear golden and white crowned brew is just as attractive in the glass, its obviously big, but its also super pale, you dont see that too often. the nose is warming alcohol, sweet grain, floral honey, and a lager yeast trying its best. there is a distinct honey flavor to the malt here, with things like elderflower and white tea in there with it, the yeast is old worldy, bready, and obviously a lager type which is cool in something strong and sweet like this. the alcohol is an enhancement rather than a distraction, something american brewers should take note of here, it almost makes the beer elegant even though its also enormous. the carbonation really helps keep it drinkable, but i like it best after its warmed up a little. tastes a touch dusty to me, these things tend to not fly off shelves here in the states, but time hasnt hurt it much. even though its sweet, it still is earthy too, with minerals and deep organic richness to the malt. overall a fun one to share, and a nice cap to a fine traditional austrian meal. i think this is more nuanced than the samichlaus beers i have had from these guys, and really one of a kind. better than its ratings for sure!

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Photo of agreenman19
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - pours a dark amber honey. Mostly clear. Minimal head. Looks boozey!

S - caramel and sweet honey. A bit cloying. Apricoty.

T - little bit of stainless steel up front that blossoms into sweet caramel and medium-dark fruits. Plums, dates, and definitely some booze.

F - not exactly viscous, but def slick. Strong is a good descriptor. A bit too much carb for its body though.

O - yeah, not a dopplebock and not as strong and "mythical" as advertised, but that appears to be Schloss Eggenberg's style. I do enjoy the mythos though.

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Photo of bmaslakov
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours dark amber with a thick head, no lacing. A lot of alcohol and sugar to begin with, then I was able to distinct oaken flavor and hints of grapefruit. Mouthfeel is rather oily and reminiscent of grandpa's hooch. I could not recommend this one and I can't imagine returning to it.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

Pale chestnut amber brown, dark brass and flirts with copper red for the body color with a bit of a neat shine to it. Fine and small amounts of linear carbonation, but not much head creation. A solid one finger creamy off white head settles quickly to a creamy collar.

Light hits of toasty malts, with a faint touch of hazelnut and creamy quality on the nose. There's some crispy toffee but with a very subtle aroma character to it. Sweetness is at a little minimum which is nice too. Comes across pretty light more bock than doppel at such a high abv so far.

Palate is quite a surprise. Very sweet, but tolerable, probably more so since the nose doesn't seem to hint it's going in this direction. Lots of caramel richness and almost taffy like sweetness of toffee. A real umami thick richness, there's a description that has really hit on this beer nicely, big and almost fatty tasting. Aftertaste goes with a nice grass and soft herbal quality of hop which lingers with some clove and phenolic mixing in, almost like a breath of fresh air.

Very neat bock, some boozy qualities, but a solid tasty brew.

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer poured a hazy, pale copper color with an extremely thin white head.

The aroma is sweet with a relatively strong alcohol smell and a hint of honey.

The initial taste is extremely sweet. In the middle, the taste of noble hops is present. At the end the beer is quite sugary with a hint of honey.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin, but the alcohol does warm on the tongue.

Overall, this beer is as strong as advertised. It has almost no resemblence to a Dopple Bock, but then again if you are buying a beer called a "Pale Double Bock" you probably aren't judging it against regular Dopple Bocks.

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Photo of darktronica
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had in a snifter, on cask at The Saloon in Washington, DC. A really nice dessert beer, with gentle flavors of meringue, caramel, and light malts. Light carbonation but a really lovely, silky-smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of mncoinman
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Initial smell has a mild munich malt mellowed out by a little bit of hops....somewhat different than a classic doppelbock. Pours a golden orange color (its a pale doppelbock). Small foam head that quickly dissipates Very rich tasting feel along with some definite sweetness. Smooth with very low carbonation. Even though a high alcohol beer (9.6%), no strong alcohol taste during or as an aftertaste. Not as much Munich maltiness that I adore in good doppelbocks, but an interesting beer with a rich, sweet taste that will certainly please fans of that style.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Dentist666
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into lager glass.
Pours clear copper/golden beer with 1-finger ring of white froth, quick dissipation to nothing.
Smell - malty, boozy.
Taste - sweet malty, caramel, upfront alcohol.
Full syrupy body, soft carbonation.
Too sweet and lacking of appearance.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a a bright clear gold with minimal head/lacing - bubbles clinging to the inside of the glass
S: Caramel, booze, bready
T: Malty and sweet
M: Slick and boozy with minimal carb
O: Its a sipper in spite of its appearance

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a thin white head and no lace. Copper gold. Aroma has a slight chemical twang of paint. Taste is good. On the sweet side for style and satisfying. Mouthfeel is standard. Overall. OK.

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Indeed, it is pale for double bock. I wasn't really put off by this. But what was off-putting was the too-sweet finish. It starts with good malt, but it is simply too sweet. Probably unfair that I had this after trying the Celebrator for the first time. Even so, I couldn't even finish it.

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Photo of Marraybay
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a memorable pour. Reminiscent of Eggenberg Samichlaus given its taste and fruitiness, but not quite as dark or syrupy. Urbock 23 also has more carbonation, head and surprisingly, the alcohol seems more forward. This does drink a bit "more like a beer" IMHO--as compared to the port-like Samichlaus--although like its sibling, it packs a pretty good wallop given the 9.6 ABV. This actually seemed to hit me harder than some +10 ABV imperials I've had and at least as hard as its big bro St. Nick.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
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 stcules
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper-old gold. Clean, with a bit of foam.
Malty smell, alcoholic notes, fruit in acohol. Maybe some hazelnut.
Again boozy in the mouth, along with light notes of almond and walnut.
Full bodied and important beer.
Again walnut and almod in the aftertaste, with warming alcohol.
Beer to sip.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter

A: Dirty blonde hay/straw color, with no lacing or collar, but a tiny bit of head on the pour.
S: Deliciously fruity esters with a tinge of alcohol in there. Seems a bit Belgian in its smell.
T: Definitely a pale doppelbock. Alcohol is definitely utilized as a flavor here. Pretty straight forward in the bock section though.
M: Nice bit of carbonation to it, but a bit slick overall like a spirit.
O: I haven't had Samichlaus from them, but this is a decent start, which it probably was from them.

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Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 9.6%.

Appearance: It has a deep amber color with a slight haze and some big bits of sediment floating around inside. From the pour I got very thin and very quick fading head. This leaves the beer completely uncovered and there is absolutely no lacing.

Smell: The aroma is big, full and sweet. There are loads of sweet candy like notes of apples, pears, figs and plums inside of a fruitcake like maltiness.

Taste / Palate: All the sweet notes from the aroma come though in the flavor plus a note of cherry almond ring coffee cake and the mellow glow of a warming 9.6% abv. The feel is slick and smooth as there is very little carbonation. It’s like drinking liquid candy.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

This Austrian Doppelbock pours a clear, antique, gold with a tall white head that quickly vanishes leaving some moderate lacing on the glass. The smell is vaguely sherry like with little in the way of complexity. The same goes for the flavor, which, while pleasant enough, has no character from either the hops or malt. It's a sweet, very strong beer, no more or less. Medium body, sticky.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze and a strong effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy white foam but didn't stick around particularly long.

Smell: rich malt with rather a bit of sweetness and a little bit of fruity, boozy character. I like it.

Taste: rich malt with plenty of sweetness, although it's not cloyingly sweet which can happen. There's a hint of dankness and a little bitterness toward the end. Not a bad doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a good enough carbonation to yield a satisfying mouthfeel. I like it quite a bit.

Overall: tasty, and drinkable enough for its strength. It doesn't have enough interesting character to be truly outstanding, but it's a well-enough wrought beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

RB

Buckeyeboy brought this back from Austria... I am sure I have had it before, but am surprised to see no rating.... soooo, here it is.

Pours a clear orange... no real lacing... nose is fruity malt extract, not nearly as clean as most doppelbocks.. sweet and very boozy.

Flavor mirrors the aroma... sweet with something that reminds me of apricot.. cloying malt with no balance at all... one dimensional and not even remotely to my doppelbock liking anymore.

Body is surprisingly not that thick, but the carbonation is lighter than it should be leading to a sorta clinging mouthfeel.

Thanks Jeremy, but I remember this one being better.

3.5/3.25/3.25/3.5/3.25

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Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper color with a practically no head.
Nice malty aroma with notes of dark fruits, caramels and a bit of wood.
Sweet slightly toasted malt flavor with notes of caramel, nuts, a bit of cognac, apple puree, light herbal, red wine, chocolate and plums. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Light closer to medium body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 9.6% abv is superbly well hidden, impressive.
I usually don’t like very sweet malty beers, but this is actually a pleasant sipper. Last time I had it was almost 2 years ago, this was felt much better, and probably was not the beer that changed...

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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 utopiajane
3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep golden color with good clarity and fat creamy off white head that stays and stays. Nose is strong with malt richness and depth. Like ribbons of scent from malt but nothing burnt or roasted. Just sweet. No hops on the nose but a nice light fruitiness. Sheeting lace that slides back into the ring and alcohol legs. Some grape like sweetness. A bit of sweet chocolate comes forward shyly as it warms. The fruit on the nose is a mere grapey sweetness. Light and bright. Taste is heavenly delight. Rich sweet malt unfolds on the palate. Light chocolate, clean tastes and a grape like sweetness that includes a bit of sweet raisin type depth. Toasty but nothing burnt. No hop flavor until the very end where it finishes with a timid bitter and a little more of that chocolate to linger in the aftertaste. Medium full body, smooth and wonderful.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
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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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 456 ratings