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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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Reviews: 299 | Ratings: 438
Photo of shertzogovina
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. slim brown bottle that had a nice black label whuch did not reveal too much info about the beer. getting a nice white head in my snifter required an effort - and it didnt stay for long.
The beer has a clear copper/apple juice color with a few tiny bubbles.

Even during the pour I was already able to smell this beer's desert-wine-like aroma which quickly filled my nose with the scent of fresh green apples. Honey is also present on the nose together with sweet malt and alcohol fumes.

Taste continues the apple theme with a strudle sweetness, with the addition ofgrapes and plums. A very warming alcohol sensation remind you that this is an almost 10% brew. Very sweet - bitterness comes mostly from the alcohol.

With all that sweetness this beer is not too cloying. sublte carbonation and rich body helps with the mouthfeel and drinkability.

Overall an interesting beer - close to an icebock.

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Photo of carln26
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The style says dopplebock, but the color looks more like a fine Maibock. Gold and very clear topped by a thin white head. The aroma has a nice dopple character. Rich and malty with layers of caramel, roast caramel, a bright finish from hops. The taste is dead center between. Very thick and rich caramel flavor. Even some chocolate character. Very sweet with a finish of orange citrus. Maybe a little medicinal on my 2nd drink. Too bad. A bit of alcohol flavor, although no real heat. Thick and smooth mouth feel. Decent drinkability. Not the same beer it’s big brother is (Samiclaus), but then, it’s nut supposed to be.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear, golden, slightly red-orange in a bowl chalice with only a small capper of off-white head. retention and lacing is minimal. almost no bubbles rising through the liquid. aroma is surprisingly belgian-like, but only somewhat. sweet, lightly spicy and vinous with a strong vinous aroma. first drink is sweet with strong alcohol and a yeasty light bitterness at the back of the sip. there's a peppery spicyness that lingers from the middle of the sip through the aftertaste. finish is quite dry. alcohol dominates. mouthfeel is a medium body with a light carbonation that combines with a significant alcohol burn. this is definitely a sipper. nice alcohol warming. overall, i must say i'm a little disappointed. i was expecting a little more. a decent slow sipper, but a little too simplistic and for some reason, it reminds me of just an average belgian strong pale ale.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours much lighter than what I was expecting. It's a clear, golden blonde color with a very thin white head that recedes to a ring. Carbonation is decent, lacing is not.

The smell is decent. Has a lot of those intense eisbock ester smells. Very fruity and sweet. The taste is similar. A little drier than I thought it would be based on the smell. Nice malt flavor along with some good, mild esters. A mild ethanol flavor. Even a little bit of hops in the finish, though not a defining taste by any means.

The body is actually quite light for such a high ABV, syrupy sweet beer. Also fairly drinkable for that matter. Probably not something I will purchase again, however. More like an eisbock than a doppel for sure.

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Photo of Sammy
2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
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 Jredner
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grainy, malty, earthy, hay-like aroma. Golden amber in color. The head is a quickly fading wispy white affair. Honey laden with bready malts. Mouthfeel is syrupy and sticky, but the overall feel is a fortifying honey sweet malt bomb that gets you warm and happy feeling.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one hit my nostrils first with a pungent aroma of alcohol and citrus..

The flavour carried nicely out from it- tangy and sweet with a little citrus and spice.

A little thick, with tight carbonation up front.

THis one tends to draw you in a bit...sort of like a 'comfort beer'...

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Photo of klewis
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light golden color with a brief, but intense rush of carbonation. A small head subsides to nothing in a matter of seconds.

S: Aromas of cider and sweet malt with a slight alcohol presence.

T: Smooth malty taste with both fruity and spicy flavors. Plenty of alcohol in the finish.

M: Full-bodied with an oily texture.

D: I'm not a huge fan of doppelbocks, but I found this to be a nice break to my usual routine of hop-laced stouts and IPA's. Recommended.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured hardly any head. Had the most uncommon I have seen for a dopplebock yet. A more amber like blush wine color with a little straw gold in the mix.

Smell- Very complex with a very sugary smell, hardly any hops r malt noted. A noticeable hint of alcohol as well.

Taste- Delightful brew mixing lots of candi sugars, strawberries, rose petals, very sweet malts.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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 DarkerTheBetter
4.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear golden amber with a thick off white head that was sustained by a flood of bubbles from the bottom of my glass. The head was so well sustained, it stayed around until the end leaving behind dense clumps of lace.

Smelled fantastic with green grapes, marshmallow and dark caramel with a pervasive sour undertone.

Tasted of cool green grapes and peaches with a slightly smoky molasses malt that lasted surprisingly long, but then collapsed into a dirty dry juniper finish. Very impressive delayed dynamics.

The mouth feel was smooth, thick and creamy with a medium to thick body and a light playful carbonation.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid gold with a low-decent off-white head and constant low-moderate carbonation with slow bubbles; light in color for the style. Strong all malt aroma and flavor with moderate sweetness, some spiciness, and light alcohol notes. Full bodied with a rich robust mouthfeel and flavor.

Per label: "1681" & "Originalabfullung Schloss Eggenberg" & "Das Bier Zum Salzkammergut Ale"

(11.2 oz. / .33L yellowish-brown bottle embossed with "Schloss Eggenberg" twice around the neck.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of rajendra82
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a brown, 330 ml bottle, with attractive gold on black labeling, I was expecting a beer looking like an “original bock”. Instead the beer poured out pale golden and clear, like a modern lager. The head was rather small in size, as can be expected at this strength. The beer exhibited a grainy and floral bouquet, which was a little too clean. The alcohol was also evident in the nose, but not overwhelmingly so. The taste was not very bock like, but closer to a light bodied sweet lager with spices like pepper and vanilla, resembling quite a lot of strong pale ales from Belgian abbeys. The warmth of the alcohol was present as a potent reminder of the careful sipping this beer demanded. The yeast imparted a dusty dryness and an earthy bitterness, both of which are rather uncommon is a German style lager. As I got deeper into the glass, the beer seemed to become sweeter, and perfumey. The beer was not too thick on the palette, but had enough malt body to keep it from being too adjuncty. Not too traditional, but enjoyable enough to try if you haven’t.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I work for an Austrian Company and got my Urbocks shipped direct from the mother country. Pours with a good golden color. Alcohol nose was strong. Very thin head that dissipated through the drinking of it. A few citrus notes with a very strong mouthfeel. I enjoy a good alcohol presence and this beer did not disappoint. A classic!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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 PorterLambic
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden-orange with no head. Not what I was expecting from a dopplebock. Looked like a tripel instead.
Smell is so amazing it almost overwhelmed my nose. Notes of honey, apricot, tangerine, malt and green grapes.
Taste is of honey, malt, apricot, alcohol and grape with a hint of oakiness.
Mouthfeel is smooth and warming with a medium body.
Drinkability: good. The complexity in both smell and taste is good and for the most part, so is the balance. The alcohol is a little overpowering in the taste, however. The only reason I didn't rate this beer higher is because, while I truly enjoy it, it doesn't seem to follow the style. As I said, this looks and tastes like a Belgian tripel, not an Austrian doppelbock.

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear golden with a low white head that was quite persistent and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong fruits, golden raisins some plums and occasional wafts of alcohol. The aroma contained a strong sweetness of malt and no appreciable hop aromas.

The flavor was slightly vinous and highly fruity. The flavor contained raisins and plums with some malty sweetness balanced with a nice hop bittering, but alcohol then showed it's ugly head and got in the way.

The finish was not quite dry with residual malty sweetness and strong residual fruit flavors and with alcohol and a slight hop bittering. The body was medium full and the carbonation was low. The alcohol was overshadowing most of the flavor and aroma in this beer. One was enough and the warming after consumption was strong.

11.2 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Lightest dopplebock I have ever encountered. More the color of a spring bock, but definitely packs a powerful punch.

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Photo of horndecker
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

look: It's bright and clear, golden to coppery orange, with a fine white head that flashes, then scatters. Leaves some suds and lace and a few little islands. Plenty of carbonation is still present when you give it a swirl.

nose: Whifs of alcohol, oranges, sweet malt and turkish taffy, earthy yeast, and a hint of piney hop aroma as well. The smells aren't subtle, but very assertive, though they do complement each other.

taste: Big wash of sweet malt at the beginning. Profouind herbal hop bitterness follows along but it ends in a tie. Oddly, the bitter and the sweet remain seperate and distinct, unlike some bittersweet chocolatey brews. They fight it out suspended in a mouthfilling active carbonation. An alcohol burn hits the back of your throat. The malt eventually wins.

It's full bodied and syrupy. And though it weighs in at 9.6% alcohol, it actually seems stronger. Nightcap material, and nice, but a bit scattered.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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 Gagnonsux
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber, very light for its strength. White head dissipates very quickly, with not much lacing so far. Smells like malt and alcohol, not very complex. Tastes like alcohol as well, sweet malt is present, its actually quite balanced for such a big beer, maybe so balanced there isn't a whole lot of flavour involved. Mouthfeel is pretty full, no doubt from all the malt, kind of nail polishy flavour as well. Pretty smooth though, I don't think I'd buy this again though. I recognize it was one of the strongest beers in the world back in the day, but nowadays it just doesn't live up.

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

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a strong pale malt scent that is warm and sweet. The taste is good. It has a thick and rich pale malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes sweet and warm. There doesn't seem to be any real complexity here, but the taste is good nonetheless. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent brew. It has good flavor and a decent aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For a dopplebock this stuff is very light, a clear medium gold color, with barely any head beyond a wis of bubbles. Alcohol is present in the nose, as well as raisin, and lots of malt. Taste is pretty good. Alcohol provides a nice backdrop for the inherent maltiness of this beer. Not overly sweet, with some grassiness to boot. Mouthfeel is carbonated well enough. THis is a pretty good beer, even though it's a weird looking dopplebock.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very clear, brilliant golden color with a very active bubble and no head. The nose is super strong. Big dark fruits and a blast of alcohol kick me in the face. The flavor is very full sweetness, with an almost oakey/woody character. The feel is thick and rather syrupy, but with a huge drying effect on the middle sides of my tongue, feeling almost like something is pinching in there. Overall, I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Its not bad, but surely not at all what I really like.

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.58 out of 5 based on 438 ratings.
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