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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Photo of Sorvahr
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Natalie's Liquor Warehouse as a four-pack of 330mL bottles. Poured into a large glass stein.

A: Clear bronze-orange body with a thin white head that rapidly vanishes (Eggenberg beers don't seem to have much head retention).

S: Medium-strong malty aroma with hints of alcohol and honey.

T: Pow! An deluge of malts overloads the palate with flavors of bread, caramel, honey, spices, and a hint of alcohol. Only a small amount of hops, but no more are needed. The flavor is really powerful and complex, and dwarfs many other doppelbocks like Salvator and Optimator. Sweet but not excessively so. It's sort of resembles its absurdly strong stablemate Samichlaus, but not quite as powerful; a King Kong to Samichlaus' Godzilla.

M: Thick, creamy, considerable carbonation. Has a feeling of substance to it that I like in a doppelbock.

D: A potent, formidable beer. It has an alcoholic warming to the finish and the taste clings to your tongue. 9.6% ABV plus the thick mouthfeel make this a beer to be consumed slowly. One is plenty; two will probably take you to another planet.

In a way Urbock 23 is sort of like a lighter, cheaper (but by no means cheap) Samichlaus. It doesn't have the same over-the-top intensity of Samichlaus, but it hits like a train both in its flavor and its alcohol content nonetheless. An excellent beer, but at $17 for four it's seriously expensive. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Brabander
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
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 JohnW
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bronze/dark gold colour, was a lively head to start, but then quickly dissipated.

Aroma of rich sweet malts - honey and lightly spiced, reminded me of some of the Belgium strong pale beers.

A rich sweet full flavour, more of lightly roasted malts and hint of spices, dried fruits and honey. A medium full body, matching the sweetness - I thought a good balance between the richness and alcohol.

I enjoyed this, but as others have said, its a beer for sipping slowly (and rightly so at 9.6%!) for relaxing and savouring. Not a session beer, and neither is it intended as such!

Would certainly buy and enjoy this again.

B'ham UK March 2011

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Photo of JayS2629
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love bocks and couldn't pass this up after the beer store guy said it was the same brewery as one of my favorites Samichlaus. Probably set my expectations too high.

A- Clear honey tone with creamy head, nice retention and nice lacing.

S- Sweet malts, honey, caramels, grapes, cherries, and strong spices like cinnamon and clove. Slight banana notes and some booze.

T- Booze burn is a bit much. Alcohol is high and not well hidden. Complex flavors under the fire like spice, honey and caramel. Fruity mix of cherries, grapes, wine and bananas. Delicious but boozy. Oaky smoke notes.

M- Medium bodied with slight creamy feel, booze a bit much.

D- Complex flavors, but a sipper. Oak and booze too much. Definite sipper.

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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Ochsenblut
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Transparent tarnished gold body with a pure white one finger head that fades to a 1mm lasting ring.

S- Honey suckle, vanilla bean and grassy hops.

T- The alcohol is forthcoming, spicy and warms the back of the throat as massive amounts of raw honey and vanilla come through. It leaves an oily feeling on the tongue and a lasting grassy hops aftertaste. As the beer warms, the beer intensifies to almost cloying.

M- Appropriate carbonation lends itself to a medium mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about.

D- This is another beer for a nose stopping cold. It's intense, highly alcoholic and upfront. This is NOT a session beer, and is more like a digestive or maybe belongs in the horn of a viking. In that case, it's a viking session beer.

In fact, it reminds me of mead!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review # 1349 \m/

Last time I had this beer I HATED it. But for 75cents in a discount bin, I couldn't pass on it.

Clear orange with a thin, off-white head with rather poor retention, there's plenty of carbonation present, making this look like a cider in some ways. That this beer is fresh is given away by the nose. Noticeably hoppy with plenty of noble hop aroma, grassy, mildly lemony and a little grassy. The sweetness is hidden behind the hop character, there's honey, sugar and some cotton candy.

The palate opens with a blend of hops and alcohol. Floral honey, cotton candy, light lemon and earthiness are all present. Staggeringly drier than I remember it being, the sweetness actually isn't all that high! The combination of hops and alcohol is unique, and the malt character is moderate, and in its simplicity, like a drier maibock. The yeast isn't particularly expressive, I don't get much yeast flavor here. Despite the relatively high FG (1.020), this is still fairly dry. Moderately brash, this still works. Medium in body with carbonation that's a little higher than it needs to be, this beer is dry and hoppy on the finish with some cotton candy. A failure as a doppelbock, this is still quite an excellent beverage.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured really nice pale orange with a fastly disappearing head that settles to a clumpy level film of head. 

Smells like malt, and alot of malt. Sweet with some boozy notes. 

Tastes like sweet bread and Caramel. Really clean taste that's crisp and clean. Not that complex, but a good taste. I am not sure how old this bottle is, because I can't taste the booze at all. It might be aged and mellowed. Enjoyable beer for somebody who normally doesn't drink lagers. 

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Photo of crossovert
4.59/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz paper necked bottle.

It pours a nice deep orangeish gold, not unlike an oktoberfest. The head is big soapy and white and recedes to some spots of lacing.

The smell is intoxicating. Initially it is fruity and alcoholic, then it seems to mellow into a malty meadlike bakery scent with a nice bit of caramel sweetness. It smells like sticking your head in a mash tun and almost meady cognac alcoholic scents.

The taste is initially dominated by alcohol and some bitterness. It begins to smooth out and the flavors start to pop, it is a sipper. It still retains some noble hops, but the focus is the malt. It has a huge honey presence, and a soother alcoholic taste than I am used to in these alcoholic high plato beers. It has alot of nutty honey flavor. There is a bright floral note that holds in the aftertaste. The alcohol combined with these flavors definitely reminds one of a cognac.

It is a great beer from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of benyerd
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
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 clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden body with good head and a strong aroma that has some booziness to it, as well as dark fruits(?) and some sweetness. For a dopplebock it doesn't seem as heavy or boozy as others (which is both good and bad). The lighter body is crisp with some hoppiness and a slight sticky sweetness. Can't pinpoint sweetness, but it's something like caramel and for some reason I pick something like raisins or figs. Finishes slightly dry w/ the alcohol finally making itself known. A quality sipper, won't be confused w/ the more maltier dopplebocks when it comes to a heavy malt presence but still a good tasting brew worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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 bark
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow, the liquid clear. The very small head is white.

The sweet smell is dominated by almonds and modelling clay. It is warming and quite elegant, I think.

The taste is a bit sweet and clean. Some sweet almonds. Mellow notes of wheat flour and cookies. There are some notes of caramel in the aftertaste as well as a mild sweetness and a clean mild bitterness.

The carbonation is strong, the bubbles large. The liquid is smooth.

An elegant, clean and well crafted doppelbock. Perhaps a bit too clean?

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light and fairly sweet caramel malts with hints of vinous fruits and moderate amounts of alcohol. As it warms the alcohol influence increases a bit.

Tastes similar to how It smells. Light caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of breadiness. The flavors turn more toward alcohol midway through the end of the sip with indistinct fruit flavors. The fruit flavors fade quickly allowing the malt and alcohol flavors to carry through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I agree with others in that this isn't all that close to a doppelbock. It's more of a maibock but the ABV is too high to support that kind of flavor profile.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.37/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I decided to try this after the bartender told me that it was his favorite beer. I will never ask his advice again...

A-honey colored, no head, fairly boring, looks more like a glass of scotch rather than beer

S-very sweet smelling but the alcohol was more noticeable in the smell than I would expect from even a 9,6% ABV beer.

T-the taste matches the smell, its very sweet and the high ABV is very evident, quite disappointing, i found nothing to enjoy in the taste

M-slight carbonation, but more syrupy

D-the taste stays but it becomes more and more undesirable as you drink it, you could drink this beer and then five different beers after it but you will never get the taste of this out of your mouth. ABV hits quickly.

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Photo of Swill5786
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold tending toward light brown; Clear with small amount of sediment floating within. Aggressive pour garnered a one-finger head which faded quickly.

S - Charactetistic doppelbock dark-fruitiness. Alcohol intensity intentionally pushed in the brewing process - rather powerful for the style.
Sweet, malty presence.

T - Sweet malt, hint of smokiness, citrus sour and alcohol bite on the edges - akin to a good whisky. Warming.

M - Medium-heavy body, smooth finish. Light carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable due to the smooth nature of this brew. Prost!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.51/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, I'm delighted to try one of the original "extreme" beers,

A: Pours orange to medium amber with a mild head, no lace. At the high alcohol level I understand. Nice colour.

S: Hedonistic nose of Grand Marnier, brandy, calvados, malt and liquor. Glorious.

T: Has a lot of orange liqueur as I got with the nose. Malt heavy, some caramel, stone fruit/peaches, lots of residual sugar but never goes over the top. Tasty.

M: Elegant mouthfeel, the beer is simply not cloying which I was astounded with. Elegant, liqueur like on the finish. The EtOH is present, but blended perfectly.

D: A fantastic strong lager beer. Samichlaus light perhaps, but it has the flavour profile and intensity to hang with that beer. A nightcap beer for sure, a must try.

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Photo of evilkalla
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Orange-yellow with a hint of a head on top. Fairly mild level of carbonation.

S: This one has a a strong, sweet malt smell to it. Makes my mouth water a little bit.

T: Tastes like a doppelbock on steroids. High maltiness up front with a significant alcohol taste to it. A little hop bitterness thrown in. High on the booze flavor though. Not really my favorite.

M: A little on the thicker side but ok feel in the mouth. Decent level of carbonation.

D: The booziness to this one really hurts the drinkability. Almost makes me think I'm chugging a mixed drink. Not my favorite.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 (or earlier) vintage shared with drabmuh at my house recently. Review from notes.

This beer appears a clear, light yellow color, with very little head and no lace. Is this what a doppelbock is supposed to look like? The lack of head and lacing can be attributed to the vintage, but the color seems quite light.

Aromas consist of alcohol and sweet malt.

This brew tastes fairly decent, though there is still too much of an alcohol presence. The beer is surprisingly thin, with some mild heat in the finish. Urbock 23° has a slightly odd or off kilter flavor. Overall, it's pretty drinkable, but also a tad unusual. I found this to be a pretty mediocre beer.

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Photo of vishneda
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sweet beer that is also malty, Urbock 23 is dark golden color coming out of the bottle. Continental malt dominated the aroma of the beer with maybe a hint of hops in the background. I sipped the beer and it went from cool to warm during the time I drank it. The flavors during the transition ranged from near-cloying sweetness at its coldest to sweet and spicy when it warmed. The alcohol was pretty noticeable when the beer got warm, but I thought it sort of added to the flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel was middle of the road for dopplebocks, and it was a definite sipper (though I expect this at this level).

Overall an uncomplicated and average beer that's a bit more of a golden or maibock. If you love dopplebocks its worth having at least once. I can see why some people are put off by it, though, especially if you are into complex Belgian beers. Nothing really blew me away. I wouldn't pay the cost again for this beer given the high price it has in the USA.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Matt. 2006 or 2007 I believe. Thanks Matt. I've been curious about this beer for a while. I've had it on a couple of different occasions with mixed results. This is a "popular" doppelbock and helps me move along in my study of the style. Thanks again Matt.

Beer is yellow to amber and clear. No real head, no lacing, carbonation low.

Pretty sweet in the nose. Malt character, mild alcohol but its not overpowering or boozy. The aroma seems mellow and balanced. So far so good but at this point I'm expecting a pretty sweet beer.

Its sweet but oddly thin. Its very very thin. Mild ethanol on the front palate and lots of sweetness in the mid to forward palate. The beer finishes oddly bitter. Its smooth and drinkable but its not my favorite doppelbock, not by a long shot. Its a good beer and I would recommend it because of the brewery alone. I would drink it again but if I had a choice between this and another doppelbock I would likely try the other.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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 pootz
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dont know why it took me so long to review this one, Ive been picking away at a case of it I cellared some time ago and it gets better with a year or so of age on it.

Pours a luxurious dark honey gold with a massive sticky white frothy cap.

Aroma is sweet honey some wood and licorice fusel tone almost like a sweet brandy.

Rich thick body produces a massive chew on toffee malts in the front, some smoky oak, apple. Then it seems to thin a bit as the finish reveals the alcohol in a licorice tang.

Slightly complex, big full bodied , long-lagered beer that any beer drinker has to appreciate.

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Photo of Japerrault
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear deep amber. White thick head.

S: Caramel and toasted malts.

T: Very sweet caramel malts. Some toasted grain showing through. No hops percieved.

M: Fairly dense body. Light carbonation.

D: Sweetness and heavier body makes this more of a sipper.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Best before end Feb 2008

A- Deep copper colour with good clarity, aggressive pour producing a 2 finger head reducing to 1/2 finger but this retains as a crown. Minimal lacing

S- Strong syrupy, sugary toffee malts, no hop aroma. A hint of prune/raisin fruit. Touch of diacetyl butterscotch.

T- Taste mirors the aroma, lots of toffee malt lightly toasted, no hop note at all. Alcohol lingers subtley in the background finish but is warming.

M- Low carbonation, creamy, very smooth but a touch slick as if due to diacetyl.

D- A rich warm bock that hides its alchohol well with lots of rich malt quality. A touch slick on the mouthfeel lets if down, not as clean as it should be, but certainly very enjoyable.

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.58 out of 5 based on 443 ratings.
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