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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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Photo of pootz
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +3.9%
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 +4.5%
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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Photo of laituegonflable
2.13/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a brandy orange-red colour, quite syrupy-looking in the glass. Head needed to be encouraged, and sinks quickly, just a ring around the top. Lacing is pretty decent and sticky. I'm always a bit forgiving of bock-styles for lack of head, is otherwise alright.

Nose is very strong and pongy, with a huge amount of malt, slightly smokey with a strong brandy sourness and a fair whiff of brass. Distinct alcohol, fruit and brown sugar on there. Interesting sweet/sour aroma, can't say I'm a huge fan, but it's unique.

Taste is more of the same at first. Large sweetness on the front with burnt toffee, brown sugar, brandy, some woody notes and hint of marzipan coming through on the mid, then a really strong phenolic solvent character on the finish, with distinct alcohol warmth, nothing overly hot but no real flavour there to hide the booze. A very dour bitterness comprises the finish, really just tastes more like methyl alcohol than anything else. Not unlike cough medicine.

Feel is very syrupy and flat - the resemblance to cough medicine goes beyond the taste. Dreadful, really.

It's amusing that this calls itself the cognac of beers, when it doesn't have nearly the power, complexity or pleasant flavour of a good brandy. All it has is a distinct alcohol finish. Not a pleasant drop, I really have very, very little respect for the Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg, they are all talk and no substance. This is an insult to other doppelbocks.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.33/5  rDev -63%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear deep golden colour, with a filmy head of white foam. Very filmy in the head, and no retention. Big bubbled carbonation around the edges. The lack of head is disappointing, and I can't say I'm overly enamoured overall.

Very sweet nose, slightly sickly grain character, with a slight hint of booziness. Quite solvent-like and really intense. Very unpleasant. I'm not a fan at all.

Oh god, if anything, it's worse on the palate. Hugely phenolic solvent-like booze on the back, tingling and not quite clearing away the sickly sweet front palate. It's hot, and thick, and boozy without complexity or nuance. It reminds me of cheap Egyptian malt-liquor. Really, really abysmal. I don't want to drink it.

Undrinkable. This smacks of brewing apathy, and comes across as cheap hot piss to get you wasted quickly. The similarities between it and, say, Jordanian 10% rocket fuel are striking. Please let me not finish it.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a clear amber/copper color. The aroma is sweet and alcoholic almost like a fine wine. The mouthfeel is a little dry, but I tend to like beers like that. There is a sweet flavor with bits of caramel and the alcohol is a bit overwhelming to the other flavors. There is also an oak undertone possibly from the barrels.

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

A- clear pale copper color, almost no head even with an aggressive pour

S - sweet malt, orange rind, a little spice

T - sugary sweet start, tart middle, alcohol finish

M - medium body, little carbonation

D - although the higher abv is detectable, it is still fairly easy to drink

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color, slight amount of carbonation, no head/lacing.

Smell is underwhelming. Has the aroma of small traces of toffee, sweet caramel malt, and is slightly spicy zest in character and biscuity malt.

Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. Has mildl toffee but dominating amounts of caramel, sweet malt, mild spiciness, and finishes with a very nice hop bitterness, without it, this beer would be far too sweet with this kind of malt bill. The bittersweet finish lingers for a few minutes and there's warming in the throat from the alcohol. This can best be described as a slightly lighter version of Samichlaus. The is a moderately strong fusal alcohol presence and noticeable warming on the way down the hatch. There is a small amount of oakines in the flavor.

Has a medium body, finishes clean, not syrupy, and very smooth and somewhat creamy..

Drinkability runs high, I could enjoy two or three of these!

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

My first Austrian beer review.

A: Nice bottle art. Pours a clear golden color forming a medium, bubbled and creamy white head. Good retention with some lingering lacings left

S: Sweet and malty in the nose. Strong notes of sweet grains. Dark fruits. Bready yeasts and flowery hops. A bit booze in the end

T: Quite sweet and malty upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts. Some notes of caramel and dark fruits. A bit metallic in the end. You can feel some alcohol nevertheless it's well hidden. In overall, a quite balanced bittersweet taste

M: Full and bit molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Malty bittersweetness in the aftertaste

O: Good drinkability despite the high ABV. I was expecting much less from this beer, good surprise

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into an Ayinger Celebrator dopplebock glass.

A: As the label suggests, the beer pours a lot lighter than most doppelbocks. Amber in color with a slow-forming head. Some lacing.

S: Definitely get a good whiff of the alcohol in the beer. Semi-sweet malty scent with some raisins, figs, and other fruits.

T: Tastes like it smells, with a full-bodied malt taste. More flavors with a few more sips, although I can't classify everything this first round of tasting. Fairly complex for a "helles" doppelbock.

M: Very smooth. After a few sips a warming sensation kicks in from the alcohol.

D: Enough complexity to try this one again. Pretty smooth for a 9.60% ABV, so a few of these and you'd be on the floor if you're not careful.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quite an unusual doppelbock that is dark gold with a big white head. Lots of lacing as well.

S: Whoa. The initial reaction was some weird medicinal scent, followed by massive amounts of malt and sugar.

T: Lots o' malt and an insane amount of sweetness. Almost like they poured pure sugar into the wort, or some kind of sweet, syrupy concoction. The good news is that for such as strong beer, the alcohol is quite well hidden.

M: Kind of syrupy and oily. It could be a bit more carbonated.

D: With such a high ABV, more than one of these can spell trouble. Even so, the ABV is hidden so well, it could definitely be sneaky. Otherwise, it's a nice alternative to a traditional doppelbock for those who like that style and want to try something a bit different.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A very light appearance for a dopplebock... Medium golden with a non existent head... Quite clear as well..

Huge boozy aromas coming off of this... Man... This is smelling hot... Very sweet toffee malts and booze all the way...

More booze in the taste here... Syrupy sweet boozy concoction that is rough going down...

Not a fan of this one... I love the style but I find with doppelbocks, you have the elites and everything else doesn't measure up and this one falls in the 2nd category...

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Photo of dstc
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep gold color with a average off white head. Head fell to nothing with absolutely no lace.

Nose is all malt. Rather sweet and pleasant smelling.

Very nice sweet malt taste. It becomes quite prominent and boozy as it warms. Quite nice.

Decent body an a slight alcohol bite.

Nice malty brew, enjoyed it.

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Photo of JayQue
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not what I was expecting. Tasted more like an apple or pear liquour than a dopplebock. Poured a clear light amber/burnished gold with almost no head. The head was a white film on the top ofthe liquid that quickly faded to a ring. No lacing. Aroma was mild fruit (apples/pears - slightly sweet). Evidence of the alcohol in both the smell and the taste.

The taste seemed more like a liquour than a dopplebock. There is none of the rich breadiness that you would expect. This is actually a fairly thin, somewhat sweet tasting drink that shows some of its alcohol content.

Mouthfeel is thin, no carbonation and some alcohol presence. Drinkability is not that good. I would take on if offered as a nightcap or winter evening libation, but there are much better options if I was seeking one out.

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Photo of hitokiri
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very light amber color, clear. Small half finger head at first, dies to a thin ring that stays till the end, but at 9.6% ABV, and a lager, I didn't expect much.

S- Smells like most German bocks: raisins, banana nut bread, and i also get the banana, nut, and bread smells separately if that makes any sense. There is some alcohol in the nose too, but not too much.

T- A lot like it smells, but the alcohol is more pronounced, maybe some faint chocolate.

M- A little slick, there is not too much carbonation, but I think the alcohol gives a little bite that is not overpowering and makes up for it.

D- I could drink this all day but that is just me.

I got this along with many other great beers for Christmas, I would have this beer any day.

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Photo of libertygrails
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light straw. Very minimal carbonation. Even with an aggresive pour i bet there'd be no head retention here.

Smell: Fresh cut apple, malts, slight phenol.

Taste: This is a "pale doppelbock"!? Taste more like a light-weight barleywine to me...but what do i know? Not very impressive.

Mouthfeel: Light-weight again.

Drinkability: Hides the printed 9.6% ABV very well. Lil dubious about that number to be honest. If you like this, you could put quite a few away quickly. This beers only real saving grace is it's "drinkability" and/or as a "food pairing" type beer, sadly. A one-timer for me.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear dark golden color with a half-inch white head that goes away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like caramel and bready malt, toffee, apples and honey. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, except that there is some booze noticable, and there's also a slight bitter herbal taste in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit sticky and creamy with moderate carbonation. The drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink. Overall I think this is a decent brew, but there are other dopplebocks I like more than this one. But it is worth a try.

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Photo of mgp80
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale amber, very little head, no lacing. Not a shock given its labelling as a "pale double bock".

Aroma: Noble hops, some of the sweet bready aroma that shows up in some pilsners. A little fruit (apple) and vanilla.

Taste: Whoa, this is sweet. Bread, apples, vanilla, very subtle hops, and a good helping of alcohol warmth. The alcohol really isn't harsh at all, and it's balanced by the insane sweetness. I really like how this combines with the noble hops in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: A little syrupy. Carbonation is a little lighter than average.

Drinkability: I can't see myself ever drinking more than one. Not that there isn't a time and a place for beers like that.

My first beer of the "helles doppelbock" style, and I really enjoy it. Perfect for relaxing on the deck on a cool fall afternoon.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz paper wrapped neck, old style bottle into a pint glass after one helluva day.

A - Crystal clear golden body showcases the lively carbonation jumping up from the bottom feeding the small white lingering head.

S - Sweet malty caramel and light toffee blended with faint floral hop notes. Muted hop character.

T - Some sweet apple and fruit esters with light caramel. Alcohol warmth in the back. Not as malty as other DB's I've had. More fruity and an almost Belgian ester taste.

M - Highly carbed and crisp. Finishes clean and warm.

D - Moderate to low. High ABV and cognac taste will keep me to the 1...

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this beer from a friend who brought it from Austria. The beer pours a clear, golden orange colour with almost no head. Lacing disappears completely while drinking.

Smell: Oak, grain, orange zest, sweet apple, honey and some vanilla. It reminds me a bit of some barley whines. Quite complex.

Taste: Sweet apple, honey, strong grain, plenty of oak in there, dark fruits and alcohol. The aftertaste is long, grainy,with stong alcohol, slightly bitter with some hints of oak

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation. Although the beer has a high ABV, the beer is easy to drink.

Overall: a beer with a unique taste. Overall maybe a bit too sweet for my pellet. Although the alcohol is relatively well hidden, after the beer warms up a bit, it becomes way too dominant. Conclusively, a couple of nips of this beer ok, but drinking a whole glass of this beer is a bit too much.

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Photo of ADZA
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well on this bottle they call this the cognac of beers i think ill be the judge of that,it pours a see thru pale amber colour with little carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing head with no lacing just a little ring around the edge,it has a funky apple malty smell to it not too sure what to make of that aroma,it has a thin mouthfeel and tastes kinda like sweet apples infused with alcohol but not a dominant alcohol taste just enough to give you that little bit of warmth that a white port does at the finish so i can maybe see where they are trying to get as saying its the cognac of beers but it still just doesnt get me that excited really,because of the sweetness of this beer drinkability for me isnt the highest but i could see myself drinking this beer as an after desert beer but thats it for me.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber and clear. Pours with a small head that is all but gone within a minute. Medium level of carbonation.

S - Very malty, with a strong smell of alcohol. Also, has a mild scent of apples.

T - Sweet malts, almost like shortbread. Clear taste of alcohol, with a subtle underlying fruitiness.

M - Warming and creamy but still manages to maintain a light body. Very alcoholic feel on the tongue, to the point of being numbing.

D - Although the alcohol is very upfront in this beer, it remains drinkable. The flavours are quite complex, and there may have been flavours that I didn't manage to decipher this time round. Will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear orange-gold with a fizzy white head that drops quickly. Smells completely of pears, apples, sugar, and alcohol. Just over-the-top sweet. Tastes like a shot or two of everclear mixed with apple juice, though there's some breadiness. Sticky, syrupy body. Down the drain it goes...

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Photo of ecoastman
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinkability - I enjoyed this beer...even more towards the end as the alcohol kicked in to gear and my taste buds adjusted - it's relatively drinkable given the abv. I'd recommend it as a desert beer after a good meal. Later I read on the label that they described it as the "Cognac of beer" - probably a good analogy.

Appearance - Dark clear golden amber. Nice head to start which recedes completely to leave little lacing.

Smell - Mild malts and bread. The high abv is not overpowering and there are some light fresh alpine herbs in the background.

Taste - A bit boozy to start with sweet dark fruits and a slight metallic taste in the first several sips. The finish has medium bitterness with a lingering apricot and citrus (grapefruit and lemon peel). the citrus is a little more than I would like in a high abv beer.

Mouthfeel - The alcohol hits slightly course to start and then transitions to a creamy texture before a slightly dry finish. The carbonation is medium-low which suits the beer well.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden-orange color. The head has an orange tint, but retention is wilting, with sporadic lacing, no doubt due to the considerable alcohol. An interesting hue for a doppelbock.

S: Primarily honeylike and boozy. Some interesting fruity notes, especially of pear along with some apple peel. A touch peppery.

T: A significant honey and slight brown sugar sweetness. Alcohol is spicy, peppery, and highly noticeable. Again, fruity notes of pears and apple peel are evident.

M: Rather full-bodied and somewhat syrupy thanks to fairly light carbonation. As expected, a dry, alcoholic finish.

D: An interesting, unique beer for sure. I enjoyed it as a change of pace, but I hesitate to say that it's particularly outstanding. Worth a try, at any rate.

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 446 ratings
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