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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Added by Bierman9 on 12-05-2001

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Ratings: 445 |  Reviews: 301
Photo of albern
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Legends in New Suffolk. What an exceptional bock beer. It poured a clear, amber color with a smallish off white, foamy head, no lacing or much retention. The nose on the beer was good, complex, lots of caramelized malts, spices.

As is the case with most bocks, this was not very carbonated, had a syrupy consistency, was very sweet, had loads of caramelized malts, licorice flavors, some spiciness in the finish, and very nice, warming ABV that was not strong nor throaty. The beer was liqueur like in its character, with some anise and licorice flavors. This was an exceptional sipping beer, that although strong, was well masked in alcohol content. What a great find. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Pencible
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a bright, clear gold with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like honey wheat, molasses, and sour apple, with a bit of wild yeast and lemon grass. It tasted like honey wheat and rich barley, with a bit of lemon hops and yeast. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this initially seemed very similar to the Eggengerg Dunkel, but the more I deconstructed it, the more differences I found. This was much lighter, especially for a doppelbock. But it was still quite tasty, very clean, and super easy to drink. It had decent body, and hid the alcohol very well. I probably prefer the darkness and complexity of the Dunkel, but this was still a great beer.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange / gold in color, clear to maybe slightly hazy. Continuous and effervescent carbonation props up a long lasting, thick film of head in the middle, with a decent ring and good lacing.

A sweet malt nose. Apples and light fruits, crystallized sugar, and some caramel to boot. Maybe some breadiness and very slight alcohol warming. Just... really sweet.

Pear and apple to the taste, which is again sweet. Every note is caramelized. There is some alcohol spice, but not much in the way of warming, probably because it is basically chilled syrup.

Tasty if sipped very slowly, the sweetness can get cloying fast. Not drinkable.

EDIT: Fixed a typo.

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Photo of TerryW
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear gold with lots of carbonation. Good-sized head on pouring that quickly disappears becoming just a ring. No lace.

Aroma is immediately noticeable on cracking the bottle and reminds me of a cider. Fruity and boozy.

This carries through to the flavour of the beer. A little too sweet up front, but then fruit and alcohol. Heavy mouth feel. The whole thing is along the lines of a barley wine.

Built for sippin' not for quaffing. Best suited as a slow after dinner beer and consumed as a one off. Passable, but not to my taste.

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Photo of steelcutoats
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Urbock 23

I bought this sweet baby down at The Headkeeper in Greensburg. I saw that it was brewed by the same people that brought me my wonderful Samichlaus so I figured I'd give it a try. I poured an 11.2 oz. bottle into my tasting snifter at just below 40 or so degrees. There was a small white head that disappeared as soon as the bottle was completely emptied. The beer was crystal clear, no sediment in the glass and a ruby-orange color. The aroma was a bit musky, with a fair bit of hops and malt in the background. The taste was pleasant, a bit bitter and very little carbonation. With an alcohol content of 9.6% you can hardly taste the alcohol in it. A good beer overall, will probably recommend it to fellow drinkers in the future.

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

11.2oz bottle

I very much agree with other posters that this beer all in all fails to live up to prior expectations.

A: Thinking it's a Doppelbock, what you actually get when you pour it is a light colored beer with little head that dissipates quickly to nothing.

S & T: You get a very strong alcohol smell (and not much else) that carries over to dominate the taste profile.

M: The mouth feel is OK in that it's not a watery consistency at all.

Drinkability: I'm neither rushing out to get another one, nor will I be quick to recommend this one. I agree it seems to be incorrectly classified on this an other websites as a Doppelbock, and if anything it should be considered a Helles Bock, or maybe a Euro Strong Lager given the high ABV.

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

Maybe I need some more education regarding the difference between a bock and a doppelbock...

Appearance: This pours and looks like an English barleywine, as far as I'm concerned. A vigorous pour yields a very short-lived half-finger head, atop a nice-looking dark golden body. This beer is translucent, but a little on the viscous side. Lacing is non-existent.

Smell: Fermented honey. Frankly, that's all I detect.

Taste: Like a suped-up mead, with hints of toasted malt and sorghum. Pretty simple and straightforward, albeit strong.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer shines. It's thick, heavy, and only mildly carbonated, again reminiscent of a barleywine. My only complaint is a strange absence of tongue/throat coating. I'd kind of like some of that with this beer.

Drinkability: Well, this is a fairly strong brew, so I don't think I could handle more than MAYBE two in a sitting. It's warming and thick enough to discourage a long drinking session. All in all, this urbock is a nice cold-weather beer, but you probably won't want to drink more than one at a time.

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

a: served in what is basically a miniature wine glass, the beer is a light honey-golden in color with a big white head, light retention after the recession

s: sweet pale malt sugars dominate and carry an aroma of baked green apple with a heavy honey sauce, instantly reminiscent of a mead in its honeyed booziness, hops pulpy and herbal/grassy with just a touch of dried lemon peel

m: not quite syrupy, but close, carbonation around medium in level

t: similar in makeup to the aroma, big on the sweet pale grain and honeyed apple flavors, white figs, hops papery and impart a moderate bitterness with some light citrus, appropriately boozy, certainly not to style but I really enjoyed the flavor

d: limited, but a nice sipper

overall: fuck the style constraints, this is much better than a "B" beer in my book, need to pick up a bottle, very nice and quite unique

glass at The Saloon in DC

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Photo of joshwlt
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is certainly an interesting and unique beer. I had this beer a week ago so this is a very limited review, however, I remember it being very vinious, lots of fusel alcohol in the smell and taste, wine-like, and especially mead-like... Sweet honey, apple, maybe some balancing spices, a moderately slick mouthfeel, very boozy, and some spices that actually if i remember correclty reminded me of Samichlaus (some sprucey and fig notes)... Not up my alley, something I would like to present to my dad however, who loves meade and avoids beer. The eggenberg doppelbock dunkel was amazing though.

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Photo of stulowitz
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a clean pilsner glass. No head retention whatsoever! Estery and yeasty aroma, caramel as well. Taste is intense, sort of stingy. It is sweet, very sweet, but thats how it's supposed to be. Too syrupy for my taste. Warm and enjoyable on the way down.

Mouthfeel, like the taste is a bit syrupy. This is a fun sipping beer, although one has to be in a special mood. I can see this pairing well with a desert, like fresh peaches or some other fresh fruit. It is so sweet it is hard to finish one bottle!

This beer, for me, fun as it may be, is not as fulfilling as a trappist tripel og a nice DIPA.

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

Colour is approximately golden yellow, almost no head and limited lacing. Lots of small carbonation bubbles visible.

Smell is sweet malty, fermented apple juice and some hops. Taste is interesting with strong presence of alcohol, some tangy yeast, hints of nuts. Moves to spicy bittery towards the finish with warming aftertaste. It is smooth, medium mouthfeel and quite high carbonation.

Interesting beer, but I am not sure I would like to drink this one too often.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange to golden yellow with a well carbonated, fluffy, white head subsiding to a faint but noticeable lacing.

Abundant honey and alcohol aroma with hints of citrus and just a touch of spice. I sense some years in here as well.

Very sweet fruit, honey, and citrus to follow. The honey presence almost reminds me of a mead, pair it with the slight spiciness and abundant alcohol, and we're getting close.

Sweetness and alcohol presence are the highlights of this beer on the palate, it is very smooth, but with a slight burn.

Looks sure can be deceiving. Eggenberg sure enjoys their high ABV beers. Contrary to other reviews, I thought this was a decent beer, but far from your average doppelbock. A sampling of this one once in a while will do it for me.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a wide straight glass, around 45-50F.

Pours a medium dark yellow, not quite amber. Nice head of foam, and stuck around, beautifull lacing.

Aroma of german malts and a hint of continental hops and alcohol. Flavor of a clean fermented strong ale. Lots of malt, bread and alcohol in the taste.

Quite a dlicious lager, but seems more like a maibock than a dobblebock.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pokal Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Golden amber honey color. 2 finger head which fades quickly to a thin layer of foam. Nice retention. Minimal lacing.

(Overripe) apples, pears and peaches. Sweet honeyed biscuits. Light maltiness.

Honey and overripe (white-meat) fruits. Sweet malts. Very slight spicey bite. Slight taste of alcohol, though not as much as expected.

Feels nice, but thin. Too watery. Needs more body. Possibly a bit more carbonation would help also.

Very sweet and somewhat thin, combined with 9.6% ABV, make this one for certain occasions only.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours Golden Amber with tiny head and almost no lace.
The aroma is of apples and malts.
The taste is sweet, malts,apples,honey and spicy alcohol hints.
The feel is light for the style,but medium overall. Some oily feel. The alcohol was appearing towards the finish and while the carbonation was low the burn was not.

Notes: The alcohol burn is not the problem here. The lack of carbonation and head is also not the problem. The only thing I guess is off is the taste based on style. That is major.
To me it just did not feel like a Dopplebock,having said that I still made the best of it and enjoyed the fact that it really did not feel like the 9.6 ABV stated on bottle.
Not a bad beer,just off on style.

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Photo of ShrLSU
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Basically a clear gold with no head. Not exactly what you'd think of with a dopplebock.

Smell - Semi sweet and earthy tones.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Sweet malt and earthy hop taste mixed with a slight alcohol burn. I don't know...it's a strange blend.

Drinkability - This wasn't very good. It's an odd style and an even more odd taste. This certainly isn't a dopplebock. Best way to drink this beer is by pouring it out.!

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Photo of ryrust5301
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Nothing to impressive about this one. Pours a see through gold color with a small half inch white bubbly head. Looks kinda like a pils. Not a good first impression.

Smell - Honey malt with an earthy hop to it.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Fat sweet malt combined with an earthy hop. Very pronounced spicy alcohol which leaves a dry tartness in the aftertaste. Light bodied and crisp and a little strange for the style.

Drinkability - Boo this beer. This is not a doppelbock! Maybe they put a label on the wrong beer, maybe they haven't heard of a doppelbock. They just decided to brew one and call it a doppelbock. Yeah, i'm not buying that either. Destroy all remaining stores of this beer!

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Photo of gordavidson
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy golden beer with a few floaters. The head is small and diminishes to a small white ring in no time.

S- Some apple juice, bubble gum, alcohol and a slight amount of spiciness.

T- Same as the aroma. The alcohol is apparent and slightly harsh on the tail end. Slightly sweet. Quite a bit of apple and bubble gum though.

M- The carbonation level is spot on and for as apparent as the alcohol is at the tail end, this beer is not harsh at all.

D- With the booze as noticeable as it is, this is not the most drinkable beer. But, this seems to be a tendency for some beers in this style. Given that, I found this to be an enjoyable doppelbock, but I don't see myself getting this again.

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

I had a bottle at Radegast in NYC.

Pours a hazed, golden copper. Topped by a thin white head that fades to a wispy film. The aroma is sharp, but light. There almost seems to be a medicinal undercurrent.

Very malt forward, lots of sweet caramel. Hints of citrus. Moves into a heavy, alcoholic spice that interacts with a pronounced dry finish. Medium-bodied with moderately high carbonation.

Spicy, strong and a little sweet, but overall decent.

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

This beer was poured gently into a beer mug. A nice bronze colour shown through the clear glass, but there was very little head. The smell brings promise of alcohol and honey malt sweetness. The taste is a caramel and honey like character, with plenty of sweetness to back up the alcohol feel. No noticeable hop bitterness. The beer has body, but it still remains light.

The beer "goes down smoothly" I suppose. Its drinkable, but someone with some experience with beer knows a beer at 9.2% often make things happen almost 2 times as fast as a 5% beer. I suspect candy sugar was used as part of this beers ingrediants.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a short whiskey glass. A pretty stunning gold, but no head or lace to speak of... just looks like apple juice. Nice colour anyways.

A boozy, grainy aroma. Obvious apple, almost leaning too much to the sweet side, an inch from being sickly.

Not as complex as you would hope for this strength. Like the aroma, alot of grain, slightly damp, and almost too sweet apples. I just don't feel like there's much here. It's a rather flavourless lager kicked up a notch in strength. No nice floral hops. Malt doesn't have near enough character.

Light carbonation, smooth drinking, good for the style.

It's not bad, but I just couldn't bring myself to finish the whole bottle. One snifter was enough.

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Photo of cyrenaica
2.24/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle
9.60% ABV

I tried this beer on March 12, 2008 after purchasing it from my one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured an orangy-gold colour into the glass with a 1/2 inch white head that quickly disappeared. The aroma was sweet malt, some caramel, and some grass. The mouthfeel was thin-bodied and medium carbonated. The flavour was sweet malt, with some milky hints. Not all that enjoyable a dopplebock.

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Photo of maestrotmbg
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out of the bottle with a reasonable amount of light lacy head that dissipates rather quickly. The color is a bit more honey than a pilsner or a light lager like Stella. The taste is not as sweet as I was expecting after reading the other reviews here, although that is present. At first taste it is very full bodied and has much more flavor than you expect from such a light colored beer. But very soon that dissolves to quite a light mouthfeel and a flavor dominated by the alcohol and an aftertaste that reminds me subtly of mead.

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Photo of sstackho
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a poor fizzy pale gold. Little head and no lacing. Decent malty aroma. First taste is sweet. Very sweet. The taste remains syrupy throughout. The malts don't balance out the sweetness and the hops are not noticeable. Not an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small white head, very little lacing and retention. Has a clear golden color.

The smell is sweet, fruity and alcoholic.

I found the taste a little unbalanced. Sweetness and alcohol are the most evident but the mild fruitiness is nice. I had higher expectations for this one, don't know why but I did.

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 47.6% out of 100 with 445 ratings
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