Urbock 23° | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Urbock 23°Urbock 23°

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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 joedon
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle has been in my beer cellar for some time; at least a year. No bottling date on the label that I could find.

Pretty bright gold color with fluffy white head. Aroma mostly of alcohol and malt.

Taste was kind of harsh. I expected a bit of alcohol bite but this was way to sharp plus had a bitter hop edge that was not to style. I'm thinking this beer was stale but not really skunky.

Good body as it should be for a big beer. Not very drinkable considering the defects in the taste.

I prefer big beers but this one was flawed. However, I may try another bottle in hopes of finding something fresher.

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Photo of macster
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-copper color; much paler than expected for a dopplebock. Produces a paper-thin off white head which fades immediately to just a few small smears of foam. Aroma is dominated here a bit too strongly by the alcohol with fainter notes of ripe pear, apple, apricot, banana, spice and light malts struggling to make their presence known. Overall the aroma is clean and sweet. Mouthfeel reveals a smooth, slightly oily and sticky texture with a pleasant,fine carbonation. Flavor profile starts out quite sweet and fruity with notes of honey, pear, green apple, caramel candy and a Grape-Nut cereal maltiness. This initial sweetness is quickly interupted by a moderately hot alcohol blast followed immediately by a somewhat surprising hefty hop bitterness. Would have preferred a slightly sweeter finish on this one. The hoppy bitter finish seemed a bit harsh and heavy-handed; kind of unusual for the style. In summary a decent Dopplebock, but not very interesting or complex. Wouldn’t go out of my way for another one.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.12/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - There is only the slightest haze in this rich deep golden brew. A small half finger head that dissipates to nothingness in minutes. No lacing and lots of visible carbonation.

S - Smells like a concentrated pilsner malt with a slightly stronger clean yeast and grassy aroma. A very faint caramel as well.

T - A light bodied maltiness that extremely potent and sweet. There is a bit of a grassy hops typical of a pilsner. The aftertaste is slightly bitter. Cloying and leaves something desired.

M - Harsh from carbonation, thin, yet coats the mouth a bit. There is a bit of refreshment about it, but it is too sweet for any real accomplishment there.

D - Not awful. The flavor is a bit too sweet to be drinkable, but the potent hops help to subside that problem. Would go well with foods. I don't know about the classifcation of this brew as a doppelbock. Seems more like a Maibock to me.

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Photo of mpyle
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A surprisingly pale golden color for a doppelbock. Small whitish head that did not linger.

Aromas were minimal, particularly in comparison to the typical doppelbock. A hint of apple schnaps (an appley/alcohol smell), but highly subdued.

Clean malty sweetness up front, but balanced by a distinct hop bitterness. Maybe some diacetyl. A balanced beer, but lacking the complex malt flavors associated with the style (at least by me).

Medium body and surprisingly tangy carbonation given the wimpy head. Creamy and smooth midmouth, but then transitioning to a gentle alcohol warming followed some slickness and tingling late.

Overall a clean lager, but not very exciting beyond the shocking ABV for such a pale, relatively subdued beer. Fairly drinkable, but not a session beer for me due to the ABV, high cost, and lack of complex flavors.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crisp, clear, and golden with a very small amount of lacing. It has a very nice lacing as well. The smell is light and more of a straight lager smell than a doppelbock. Tastes like a regular lager too, but with a big kick of alcohol. It feels pretty bad on the palate. I don't think I would ever have this beer again, mostly because it didn't taste like a doppelbock and it was high in alcohol enough to damage the taste.

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Photo of reh3
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There wasn’t much to the beer in terms of aroma. There were hints of fruit and mild spice. The alcohol was also present, but not enough to be concerned over. I remember thinking that it smelled like an average pilsner.

Despite the black label and dark nature of the bottle’s design, the beer poured a clear, golden amber. The head was a full quarter inch and cream in color. The fullness didn’t last long as it faded to a thin film.

The first swallow was decidedly hot. I was taken aback a little bit at the fullness of the alcohol on my palette. I have had stronger beers that didn’t taste quite this strong before. It could be due to the sweetness of the beer. The honey flavor was a bit of a surprise as well and gives the beer a bit of an oily or syrupy feel in the mouth. It’s not thick by any means, though.

The Urbock 23° is a tasty brew and its low carbonation level gives it a smooth texture as it warms. I can say that the alcohol crept up on me rather quickly. I was not expecting it to hit quite as hard as it did.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clean golden yellow beer. Has a large bubbly white head. A distinct sweet corn aroma rises from the glass with an equally distinct alcohol character in the background. Hints of malty cereal grain in the taste are overpowered the the strong alcohol presence. Just a light hint of bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into chalice at 50 degrees. beer was a strange yellow brown with yeast I guess floating around. Beer was strong tasting of fruit like a wine and strong alc. taste. good head at first. I would inagine if you liked Abbey type ales tremendously you would like this, and I like some Abbey's but this beer will not be purchased by me again and it went down the drain.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely poured to a crisp golden amber, little to no head, most likely do to the alcohol.

Aroma of caramel, green apple tinge, with a malt sweetness

Flavor rolls up with smooth malt sweetness, caramel, peppery aftertone, and spicy. With a green apple, apparent as warming.

Mouth feel is low carbonation, smooth, crisp, moderate body.

Overall a nice delicious, flavorful brew.

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Photo of basscram
4.64/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a goblet glass. I didn't have any head to speak of and the color is
a dark yellowish, and there are white fragments floating inside. I'm not good at describing a certain ingredient when I smell but I can tell you that it smells comparable to a belgian tripel style beer. I can smell the alcohol in this beer and the taste of it as well. It has a very nice taste though. It will be too strong for those you like a lighter beer.

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Photo of jettjon
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that fades. Speckled lacing on the glass. An odd color for a dopplebock.

Smells sweet and caramel malty with a rather pronounced booziness to it.

Tastes sweet and caramel malty upfront leading into just the faintest hint of hops before finishing with more malty sweetness and a warming booziness at the very end.

Big body, light carbonation.

It tastes much more like a dopplebock than it looks, although it's a bit more of a brute than othes of this style. Even so, it's still quite drinkable although the ABV is a bit prohibitive.

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Photo of SuperSpy
2.36/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a pure white head that died immediately.

Some alcohol and light fruits in the aroma.

The taste is just pure alcohol and sugar. I honestly can't find anything special about the flavor. Hopefully it's just this bottle and the next will be better.

Unless the second bottle is better I won't be buying this beer again.

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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 kimcgolf
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured to a golden color with hints of orange, nice thick whitish head thaat reduced to good lacing. Aroma was a mix of malty sweetness and hoppy fruits. Taste was an extension of this mix, and at mid-glass, the alcohol become just noticeable enough in both the aroma and taste to fit in perfectly. A long, smooth, tasty finish topped the whole thing off. This was really a good beer, and I will no doubt have more Urbock 23.

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Photo of charlesw
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pale golden amber with a low head of moderate density. Gone before you let your breath out. Smells... Deeply rich and malty. Throw in some freshly mown grass and orange peel and you've got it down. Tastes... Hugely overpowering something... Raisiny alcohol and sweet malts - maybe a touch of lighter caramel in that. Coupled with the very thick mouth, this is so thick in your mouth in sweetness and malts that I just can't finish my glass. It's like a beer that you'd serve with dessert - and each guest would get a 2 oz glass of it. It's that strong in flavor! I don't know that it's really a bad beer, but it's sure hard to drink more than 2 oz!

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Photo of spiveym
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A very strong alcohol smell and taste. Overpowered the other flavors and made this rather un-enjoyable. The appearance was beautiful with a rich golden color and steady stream of carbonation. I am pleased about the “SchloEggenberg” lettering on the bottle. I will have to revisit this beer, but right now I just don’t appreciate it.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a tall steamed glass. the liquid is a pure clear golden amber, light carbonation. The head is mostly white small bubble foamy, almost 2 finger that fades fast, not much lace. Kind of wine like.

The smell is sweet malt washed in alcohol.

The taste is very smooth light malty with lots of alcohol. If you are looking for a traditional Doppelbock this is not for you. I find this beer quite different. Gone are the standers coffee, chocolate and fruit. This beer is much more elegant. Infact quite stuning in some wine like qualities, But malty and a beer. More like a Carmel mai bock. I am digg'in it big time

Mouthfeel is also quite good, carbonation is nice, Body is light, but with a big 9+ ABV it is a remarkable brew. Have this one out fine dinning or to impress.

Drinkability is high as is the ABV. Prosit Und Zum Wohl! MK

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Photo of cproioi
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: An almost apple juice color with a head that disapprears quickly. Constent carbonation present in the body.

S: Smelt very sweet to me and fuity. In side the smell it had a big warming alcohol aroma. Trailing faintly was an aroma of hops.

T: Very malty like the smell it also had a big alcohol taste too it. It wasn't really an impressive taste. It was a dopplebock but it had nothing the distinguish itself for another one.

M: Medium to thick body. It also had a large alcohol warming feeling to it.

D: It was nice to try this beer and I would discourage anyone from it. Gor me it was nothing special.

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Photo of phishgator
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter w/ little to no head. It looks like a high gravity beer as it leaves an alcohol trail around the glass as it is swirled. The aroma is hot w/ alcohol fumes, there is whiff of figs and leather. The taste is HOT alcohol that warms as it goes down. The sweet malt is the showcase, very full bodied. The heat and the sweet coating of sugars are a little much. This is a brew to be enjoyed once in a while, but not everyday.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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 AaronHomoya
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Pours a dark golden color with rather little head.

Smell is mostly an alcohol aroma with a bit of bready, malt sweetness.

Taste is nice with sweetness upfront, a bit of alcohol warming and an almost roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Drinkability suffers a bit due to the high ABV and the fact that it is pretty noticeable. A strong beer with not much aroma or beauty but a nice, well-blended taste.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.08/5  rDev -41.9%
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 kingjames1
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a honey-gold, with a white fluffy head, quickly dissipating (all too quick - but to be expected at this abv level). Smells of sweet malts, a sugary, caramel, notes of brandy. Surprisingly thin thouht, certainly sweet malts, crisp finish, light hops - again somewhat watery for this high-priced brew. Excellent mouthfeel. Drinkable, but the abv prevents me from trying another tonight.

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Photo of nflmvp
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.58 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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