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 rickyleepotts
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is our last beer from the Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg. Or Castle Brewing Eggenberg. Either way, this is our last beer from them. I was looking at pictures from the brewery, and this place looks awesome. I have never been to Austria. Guess I need to plan a trip!

I like reading words like, "syrupy" and, "sweet". I also like where the number 23 comes from. The more sugar the better. I am curious if the ABV is hidden. Never had this; stoked. Cheers!

In the Glass: This isn't as dark as I expected it to be. I assume most doppelbocks to be dark. The most recent doppelbock I tried was from Alaskan Brewing Company. That was a sweet malt bomb that I tried both on tap and in the bottle. Actually shared two pints of it with Chuck Noll at Whole Foods here in Scottsdale. Anyway, this is not as dark as I wanted it to be. Not much head, but what head is there is white. No lace, either. I hope this smells awesome.

Nose: Not much aroma here… but what I am smelling is sweet. Basically sugar water. I will say I just drank a double IPA from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, so my palate is a bit off right now. But the hops were subtle and somewhat fruity. I smelled again, and just getting a boatload of sweet sugary goodness. I hope this tastes as good as it smells. Well… better.

Flavor: Oh. My. God. That is AMAZING!!! The mouthfeel is amazing, but we will get to that. The flavor is incredible, complex, and well… sweet. The finish sucks, but the there is a lot of sugary sweetness on the palate. My entire palate is just covered in sweetness. The burp is even sweet. (Does it gross you out when I talk about my burps?)

On my second sip, I swished it around in my mouth a little. There isn't a ton of carbonation at first, but when you move it around, the bubbles explode across your tongue. Doing that, however, it really opens up and almost has a brown sugar flavor to it. I bet this will heat up nice.

Mouthfeel: It starts out thin, but then, as it gets to the back of my palate and the sugary sweetness begins to open up, the beer starts to carbonate as you swallow. The finish, like I said, sucks… but the sweetness overrides that. It has a weird metallic finish that lingers as I swallow.

Aftertaste: I guess the lingering finish is more a part of the aftertaste than the mouthfeel. After a few sips, the metallic flavor goes away, but it still has a weird flavor when I swallow. I guess that's OK until my last drink. I will just keep chugging this until it's gone.

I REALLY like Samichlaus, their Christmas beer. Of course, it is always available at our local Total Wine & More. I'm sad this brewery is done. I bet they make a few more huh ABV beers that are just loaded with sweetness. This bottle is well done. If you like beer that are sweet and hide the booze, grab a bottle. Not sure it's worth $5.99… but man, this is tasty. Cheers!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours a very light golden straw color. Very clear surprisingly. A half finger of a white head with little retention.

S- Wheat, dark fruit. A bit of hay and onion. And a clean, sweet maltiness.

T- A slight dark fruit at first. There is a bit of plum and fig to be had. An oily hop presence, a greasy feel and an oniony, herbal flavor. A touch of wheat in this beer and a hint of lemongrass as well. A sweeter beer and the sugary malt extenuates the overly ripened dark fruit and oily hop.

M- A ton of feel to this beer and a smooth experience. Low carbonation in this beer. An oily hop aftertaste and feel. A sweet beer and may be cloying to some.

O- Pretty good stuff, an interesting take on Doppelbocks.

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Photo of pkalix
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pale for sure!!!! poured a . . . . just PALE color . . . . . no topping.
sweet, toasty, malt-y and yummy smell. can this be the same company who does SAMICHLAUS??? I love double bocks...
okay, TOO sweet. kind of nasty. wait. let my taste buds adjust after that triple/IPA 12% I just had. still smells yummy. but the taste is . . . . getting better... I can do this; it's just a shifting of gears from what I just finished. 9.6%, okay . . . . I do love the dopplebocks; they are my favorite. but then hefe used to be my favorite and now i'm just plain tired of the richness. but then (again) I used to like Asian chicks tooo . . . . and . . . . oh well.
okay! palate cleansed with the double bock. still a great smell similar to the other dopples I love, but still a funky, sweet taste that is a little over-powering...
so, in summary, bland, regular appearance. AWESOME smell. AWESOME smell. (again). taste is just... meh.... I can tolerate it for a one time thing-y, ya know. but kind of sweet.
overall, eh... nice abv. i'm buzzed after this and the 12% bomber.... taste is just okay; overall is just okay. note (again) the high marks for SMELL . . . . but this is not what I consider in the same class as a spaten optimator or celebrator or most of the other doppels...

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden; effervescent; small head

Aroma: Malty; syrupy; touch of citrus

Taste: Malty; sweet; syrupy; almost chewy; not complex, just thick and strong; ok, but not that impressive

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of ckollias
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a thin white head that slowly dissipates leaving a partial trail down the side of the glass and a wispy lace.

S: Sweet and slightly fruity aroma with a caramel background. Interesting complex aroma.

T: Smooth orange and fruity flavor with a caramel background. Finishes smooth and slightly dry.

M: Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: This beer has a ton of complex flavor and aroma and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fills an antique pilsner glass clear burnished gold with red highlights and a slight, rocky white head. Lots of carbonation cling to the glass while some rises from within.

The aroma is reminiscent of Riesling White Wine, while plums are accompanied with slight honey and lavender notes.

The flavor is mildly acidic, but sweet on entry right through a lingering, dry finish. There is a slight bitterness and an odd, fruity flavor as well.

The alcohol is warming in this full bodied beer with soft, prickly carbonation. It is ultimately very dry with a soft, smooth texture.

Easy drinking as an aperitif after four years in the cellar. While not quite to style, this one is very enjoyable and more similar to a tripple.

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

A - light copper color, almost no head whatsoever.

S - malt aroma almost overpowering, caramel, and just a hint of yeast. The alcohol is clearly evident.

T - doesnt taste like most Doppels I've had. lots of maltiness, maybe a touch of rum like flavor, but it doesnt taste balanced to me. it is sweet with minimal hop character.

M - it is smooth and mouth warming, but with no carbonation to speak of.

O - picked this up since I am a big Samichlaus fan, but this one left me wanting. a unique beer, but not sure if it fits the style so rated a bit lower due to that.

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Photo of Offa
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent, well-rounded, characterful doppelbock.

Deep gold, it has a medium off-white head slowly shrinking to foamy ring and some nice lace.

Aroma is strong, syrupy raisin, toasty bread, hints of meat and herb.

Taste is lots of fruit, raisiny bread crust, lemony herbal bitterness, hints of spice. It's creamy but lively, not too oily or thick. It is sweet but not too sweet with nice, engaging zesty bitternes to round it out.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki bone colored that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but fairly strong.

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Photo of danfue
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review round here.
I'm just having this one in a wide and bulky wine glass.
The bottle is beautiful, with the label on the neck actually above the cap. So you can either just destroy the label with the opener or cut it off as you would do with a bottle of wine or liquor.

Urbock 23° has a nice color, deeply golden, almost orange, reminds me of a rosé-wine. The smell is intense and brings plums and fermented fruits to mind. Sticking the nose into the glass also brings about a first impression of the ABV. There's almost no foam, the one that developed after pouring was gone within seconds.

Its taste again resembles fruits, especially plums. There's a strong sweetish, alcoholic aspect and a roasted taste. The taste lasts for long after on tongue and palate.

Overall, not a classic Doppelbock of German/Austrian descent. Having a look at the website, especially the strong beer variants, including this one, seem to be designed for exporting. It's a beer for a cold evening, to be savored in small sips.

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a good 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some small bits of spotty lacing cling to the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, apple, raisin, grape, nuttiness, honey, toffee, herbal, and earth. Pleasant and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, raisin, apple, honey, bready grain, nuttiness, herbal spiciness, earth, and light phenolic flavors. Lingering notes of light fruits, toast, biscuit, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, earth, herbal, and phenolic fruitiness. Some good balance of flavors but the phenolic character throws it off a bit; definitely smoother tasting with tiny sips. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good pale doppelbock. It has good complexity and flavor balance, despite the estery qualities that were present. An enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer would be better classified as an old ale, barleywine, or possibly some kind of strong ale category, it really doesn't remind me of the dark bread deep flavors of a doppelbock and instead is kind of sweet and Caramelly with some dried fruit.

The beer is strangely a blond color as opposed to the normal dark robust color of doppelbocks. No head, very little lacing, looks like a spirit in someways as the label suggests.

The smell is sweet, touched with some booze (not hot though), cellar must, Tons of caramel, and some dried fruits, it's very nice.. The taste is the same stuff but with some added yeast and barley malt into it too, very tasty and reminds me of some English barley wines and English old ales, like Fullers. Pretty sweet though and a little boozy which is distracting.

The feel is smooth without a ton of carbonation, not hot. Medium body.

Overall, again, the beer is not a doppelbock to me. If it were in a different category, it would be so much better rated on this site.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Hy-vee in West Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

Eggenberg's Urbock 23 is, true to name, a doppelbock that avoids most of the heavy, densely bread-meets-thick-caramel flavors traditional doppelbocks may employ and instead focuses on rich, but light-tasting sweetness akin to dried light fruits and butterscotch. While not super complex, and the ethanol content is a bit of a deterrent, I generally enjoyed this beer. If I had someone to split a bottle of this with in the winter months of each year, having one of these a month might be an enjoyable tradition to uphold.

Pours a 1cm, off-white head that collapses, quickly, to a thin ring around the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden-orange color away from light, pale orange when held to my lamp. Some sluggish carbonation is visible in the transparent body.

Aroma is of malt sweetness, a bit of butterscotch, honey, and modest ethanol.

Taste opens with strong, rich, sweet caramel malt flavor. Continued caramel flavor into the mid-palate, with butterscotch arriving, as do dried fruit esters, perhaps dried and sweetened guava and papaya. Closes out with a flash of ethanol, which gradually lessens to a strong presence. This lingers to the finish, where it is joined by some subtle sweetness and dried fruit esters.

Body is medium-heavy to heavy with a modest carbonation that makes sipping this big beer appropriate and easy to do - there's no rush to gulp. The dry finish furthers this, each sip proves satisfying and cleanly dry on the palate.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light to medium orange amber. Slight head and no lacing. Sweet malt and fruit aroma. Honey sweetness, malt and light hops. Sweet malt and light floral and light hop finish. A bit too sweet and not all that well integrated, but still a pleasant bock.

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Photo of ToadManA1A37651
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoying this in a san miguel snifter with etching on bottom. leaving nice popping alcoholy feeling in the back of my throat makes the fine golden nectar go down easy. no bitterness, but malty goodness. there is no fruit that i can detect maybe a prune or two, but barely.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin white head, body slightly redder than apple juice. Some fine lace.

Nose is light fruit, a trace of apple but mostly dry pear, which is kind of a pleasant surprise.

There's a bit of a tang of leafy hops (which I don't actually think works that well) at the front of the taste, then the pear and fruit. Finish is pretty dry, almost pilsnery.

Mouthfeel is relatively smooth textured, clean finishing.

Quite a pleasant doppelbock, different than others I've tried.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle that has been ageing since 2009...

A - Pretty nice copper-coloured body. I've heard the beer is pretty pale when fresh, though. Clear. Very little head and no lacing.

S - The smell is full of caramel and apples (with a distinct cider-like quality to it). Hints of alcohol and yeast.

T - It does taste like a doppelbock, with its nice roasted malt flavours and hints of caramel and apple. However the ageing and the ABV have given the beer some qualities of cognac or calvados (or even rum), adding some grape and wood notes and a bit of cinnamon-like spiciness to the flavour profile. Quite sweet and not very bitter, with just a little bit of hop flavour remaining.

M - The body is surprisingly smooth for such a strong beer. Creamy, relatively flat and not boozy. Medium-bodied.

O - Overall, this turned out to be very impressive, more so than their Samichlaus. The 3 years of ageing (neglecting the expiry date) have really added a nice touch to the beer and transformed the mouthfeel.

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Photo of gezondheid
2.29/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

'Aged' bottle from TND's basement sale.

A - orange soda/cream soda shade. lots of carbonation rising through the glass.

S - malty, syrupy, rumy, some bitter aromas but not specifically hoppy. complexity in the nose belies what is to follow.

T - alcohol is evident right up front, then a thick honey syrup. smooth toward the finish then a lingering astringency.

M - I do like this aspect the fuller body of the beer is nice the carbonation releases flavor and aroma which, unfortunately, are the downfall of this beer.

O - disappointing. I made some really good finds in that bar basement sell-off this was not one of them.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours just like I thought it would when I read "Pale Doppelbock". Nice golden color with a solid 2 finger, white head.

Nose; candy sugar and bready, some booze too.

Taste; pretty simple and straight forward; sweet and a bit syrupy, bready, a mild bitterness throughout, finishing with a lingering honey note.

Overall; Austria's Duvel if you will...it's bright in color, fairly strong carbonation, decent balance, abv is well hidden, and itdefinitely gets the job done!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - a clear golden which is surprising, short head dissipated to a thin covering with some lacing
S - notes of bready malt, licorice root, mild fruit, and some alcohol
T - bready and biscuity with some metallic hop flavour, black licorice, but the alcohol builds and eventually dominates
M - bready but relatively light with medium carbonation and an alcohol burn at the back of the throat
O - a decent enough beer but the flavours are a little strange and really don't work as a doppelbock, and the alcohol stands out a little too much

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Look much different than I expected, like a golden ale or something. Head is set at 1/4 of an inch with some pretty stellar lacing and tons of bubbles rising. Still can't get over how clear this Doppelbock is.

S - Smell is very sweet and has almost a kind of white grape tint to it. Also smells very sweet with quite of bit of caramel and sugar goodness.

T - Sweet malts play pretty well with the alchohol that almost taste of cotton candy. I am surprised that there is no alchohol taste (maybe a bit in the finish) or burn. Almost like sugar coated grape candies if that makes sense.

M - A touch heavy and it does warm the belly.

Overall a very strange take on the style with an excess of sweetness that I enjoy but not very much of a rum raisin bread that I would expect. Still it wasn't bad.

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Photo of dragonWhale
1.77/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

So, I have been daring myself to try this for sometime and finally got up the grapes to make it happen.
Looks like cream soda in my pint glass, bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass, small head that dissipates into bubbles rising from the bottom. Clear, upsetting.
Smells sickly malty. I know it's a doppelbock, but this is like a cotton candy smell almost. A little bit of oxidation. Some alcohol.
Tastes way too sweet, cloying, a little old. A little alcohol behind the overwhelmingly distracting sweetness.
I'm not sure who to blame here, the brewer for making this or the distributor for their awesome unrefrigerated warehouse. I'm just going to go with both and never have this abomination again.
Sadly, was forced to pour the last 4 oz or so out and immediately open and crush a can of Avery IPA. It took over half of the can to get the cloying sweetness out of my mouth. Ack.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" white head that dissipated quickly over copper coloured liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Malt, citrus, yeast, and alcohol.

T: Grapefruit followed by sweet malt and a bit of a dry finish from the high ABV.

M: Medium to low viscosity with a medium to low level of fine carbonation. It suits the beer.

O: This is the first "pale double bock" that I have ever tried, and I liked it. Very different and interesting. Despite how smooth the beer is, the sweetness and alcohol finish of this beer may turn off some people.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Urbock 23

Appearance: A stunning clear gold with a solid inch of bubbly foam. Carbonation bubbles rise slowly and seemingly drunkenly to the surface.

Smell: Bready, malty, alcoholic, faint smokey aroma

Taste: Smooth and even. A malt sweetness pulls through. Very mild noble hopping and a small hit of alcohol at the end. Using pale malts in vast quantities, and a potent lager yeast strain, this pale double bock fits the bill quite nicely. As it warms, the alcohol comes out a bit more and the sweetness sits there as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, lighter feel, finishes sweet

Overall: A big beer, with mild flavors but the force is strong with this one. Alcohol reigns supreme. Consider my night, capped.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A pure, clear honey body with a thin white head atop.

S - Sweet honey and syrupy malt sugars wafting around. Warm, sweet alcohol and caramelized sugars in the nose.

T - Burnt toffee and caramel up front. A big batch of sweet malt and faintly bitter alcohol. Warming and sweet through the whole sip with a butterscotch sauce left to mind in the finish.

M - Pretty smooth with the viscosity of the malt syrup dominating here. Warming alcohol and a semi dry finish.

O - A great choice for a snifter worthy warmer.

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.59 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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