Urbock 23°
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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German Doppelbock
Ranked #218
Ranked #39,186
3.65 | pDev: 16.99%
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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Reviews: 306 | Ratings: 456
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
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 +5.5%
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 -51.5%
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 +9.6%
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 -8.8%
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 +12.3%
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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Photo of BDTyre
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale double bock...okay...really not what you'd expect from a dopplebock, or even a bock. Golden colour, almost like a lager or a pale Euro ale...light white head.

Light malty scent, light spice. Smells like a Euro ale to be honest. Taste is much richer - brown sugar, spice, citrusy hops. A bit bitter and processed, but not nearly as bad as the scent lets on. Good dose of alcohol in there.

Light body, but surprisingly thick for the appearance. Not a horrible beer, but it seems like a weird high-powered mix of a bock and pale Euro lager. Euro malt liquor, maybe?

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, another nicely papered cap, and a "Pale Double Bock", according to the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow hue, with one fat finger of thinly foamy eggshell white head, which bleeds away at a somewhat lazy pace, leaving a low sudsy ring of lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet pale bready malt, edgy floral hops, and a softly prickly booziness that increasingly reminds me of nail polish, as I continue to sniff away. The taste is more sweet pale malt, with caramel and biscuit tendencies, which are a tad hard to discern over the astringent sweet honeyed alcohol edge that now seems to have pervaded from the get-go.

The carbonation is present, but on the low, generally innocuous side, the body a sturdy medium weight, but mostly from a cloying boozy sugar character, which is tellingly hard on the overall smoothness. It finishes sweet, the grain and booze pushing this dangerously close to classy malt liquor territory.

Yikes. Castles and counts, blah, blah blah. The big ABV is just barely integrated, and we're thus given a bit of breathing room beyond the sweet grainy malt. That said, the near 10 full points of booze are somehow easy to sup away at, once you become acclimatized. Worth it, if your goal is getting all warm and toasty, without actually gagging on the low rent brewer having cut too many a corner.

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Photo of wordemupg
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into tulip 6/6/11

A clear golden liquid with a fair bit of carbonation but not much in the way of head or lace

S some purple candy, honey, a little booze and some candied corn maybe

T caramel and biscuit to go along with what I smell and the booze is even a little stronger in the mouth

M well carbonated and thicker then the color would leave you to believe but the booze burn takes away from it

O nothing stands out and nothing other then the booze takes away from the beer being enjoyable, pretty average

Not the best offering from this brewer(mind you I've only tried Samiclaus) but at 3 bucks a bottle I had little to lose

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 330 ml brown bottle, black paper around the neck up to the cap. Pours out an impressively clear straw hue for a doppelbock, I have a feeling this is going to be a sexed up Maibock. Tight creamy white cap that retains to a short white cap.

Sharp alcohol and clean rounded grains on the nose, some spicy and grassy hops in the background. Bready, biscuity malt reveals itself in time as well.

Sweet warming alcohol up front in the flavour, soft rounded bready malt follows, while finishing with an intense sharp alcohol kick and some intense spicy hops that linger on into the finish. Reminds me more of a quality high-test beer than anything.... Gets cloying after a while.

Medium-full mouthfeel, smooth yet slick texture, carbonation and alcohol add some bite to it.

Somewhat palatable in small doses, this walks that fine line between crafted beer and malt liquor. It strikes me as a Bock that would be very well balanced at a lower abv%, while the alcohol seems to dominate and throw things off as it is now. I change my assessment of this being a sexed up Maibock, it's more of a rocket-fueled Maibock.

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Photo of wschmit
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a perfect pint.

A: As per the bottle, it is indeed pale for a doppelbock, but charming in its bronze, clear color and its pale white head that settles quickly into a nice collar. A bit of slow carbonation up through the body.

S: A touch of cider and sweetness come through, but this has more aromatic hops than usual--pretty nice. Simple and straightforward.

T: Malt and apple more forward on the tongue than the nose, and lingering sweetness abounds. Not much bittering, sadly. A bit cloying, and not as clean as I'd. Underwhelmed.

M: Somewhat syrupy and thick, rather than the port-like character I admire in Korbinian, say. The alcohol is well-hidden, only barely warming my throat.

O: Just so-so, sadly. There are better, cheaper doppelbocks around, though this is certainly not bad, especially if you want something boozy.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a clear copper colour with a tight white haed that reduces to a film after a couple of minutes.

S - Sweety malty biscuit aromas.

T - Plenty of malts type flavours of caramel, honey and a little peppery. A littel dry on the finish. All the flavours here are robust.

M - Medium body and full carbonation

O - Nice powefull beer that is a littel boozy but does not detract from its powerfull flavours.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this in November of 2007. I believe this was one of the first Doppelbocks I ever had. With that being said I was totally unprepaired for the impact this beer would have on my tastebuds. This beer smelled very sweet, infact I was really happy about that. The color was like burnt caremel with some yellow around the sides. For me the flavors in this beer were really strong at the time that I had it. I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to finish. I sucked it up and did, but had mixed emotions about his beer. I haven't had it since and really should revisit this brew again. It's worth trying again.

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Photo of Sorvahr
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Natalie's Liquor Warehouse as a four-pack of 330mL bottles. Poured into a large glass stein.

A: Clear bronze-orange body with a thin white head that rapidly vanishes (Eggenberg beers don't seem to have much head retention).

S: Medium-strong malty aroma with hints of alcohol and honey.

T: Pow! An deluge of malts overloads the palate with flavors of bread, caramel, honey, spices, and a hint of alcohol. Only a small amount of hops, but no more are needed. The flavor is really powerful and complex, and dwarfs many other doppelbocks like Salvator and Optimator. Sweet but not excessively so. It's sort of resembles its absurdly strong stablemate Samichlaus, but not quite as powerful; a King Kong to Samichlaus' Godzilla.

M: Thick, creamy, considerable carbonation. Has a feeling of substance to it that I like in a doppelbock.

D: A potent, formidable beer. It has an alcoholic warming to the finish and the taste clings to your tongue. 9.6% ABV plus the thick mouthfeel make this a beer to be consumed slowly. One is plenty; two will probably take you to another planet.

In a way Urbock 23 is sort of like a lighter, cheaper (but by no means cheap) Samichlaus. It doesn't have the same over-the-top intensity of Samichlaus, but it hits like a train both in its flavor and its alcohol content nonetheless. An excellent beer, but at $17 for four it's seriously expensive. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Brabander
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, this is one good Austrian beer! I am not sure why they call this a double bock because it looks more like a pale lagerbeer. Poured in a drinking glass this beer looks very nice, a decent white head which disappears very slowly and a nice honey yellow fluid. There is also a bit of honey sweetnes in this beer, not too much, just enough to give this a beer a special taste. Smell is OK, nothing specific.

The alcohol is reasonable hidden. I am taking a few home!

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Photo of JohnW
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bronze/dark gold colour, was a lively head to start, but then quickly dissipated.

Aroma of rich sweet malts - honey and lightly spiced, reminded me of some of the Belgium strong pale beers.

A rich sweet full flavour, more of lightly roasted malts and hint of spices, dried fruits and honey. A medium full body, matching the sweetness - I thought a good balance between the richness and alcohol.

I enjoyed this, but as others have said, its a beer for sipping slowly (and rightly so at 9.6%!) for relaxing and savouring. Not a session beer, and neither is it intended as such!

Would certainly buy and enjoy this again.

B'ham UK March 2011

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Photo of JayS2629
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love bocks and couldn't pass this up after the beer store guy said it was the same brewery as one of my favorites Samichlaus. Probably set my expectations too high.

A- Clear honey tone with creamy head, nice retention and nice lacing.

S- Sweet malts, honey, caramels, grapes, cherries, and strong spices like cinnamon and clove. Slight banana notes and some booze.

T- Booze burn is a bit much. Alcohol is high and not well hidden. Complex flavors under the fire like spice, honey and caramel. Fruity mix of cherries, grapes, wine and bananas. Delicious but boozy. Oaky smoke notes.

M- Medium bodied with slight creamy feel, booze a bit much.

D- Complex flavors, but a sipper. Oak and booze too much. Definite sipper.

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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly over crystal clear honey orange colored beer.

Nose brings plenty of wheats, some malts with that, a bit of a metallic aroma, light sweet syrups, bit of booze, hints of banana and fruits.

Taste starts with a sweet malty taste, lots of wheats almost wheat wine tasting, sweet syrups with a bit of a light molasses, fairly sweet with some light boozy tastes, a bit of an earthy bitterness too, quite a bit of banana and some fruits, a touch of a spicy taste, hint of metallic taste too. FInish brings a lot more spicy and little earthy hops for quite a bit of a bitter taste, which seems to contrast the rest of the beer, the two sharp flavors don't play well in this one.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied with decent carbonation and some warming and tingly booze.

Drink is meh, pretty heavy drinking, big body, some warming and tingly booze, and the sharp contrast in flavors from sweet syrupy wheat wine to bitter spicy pale hop flavors seems to play not so well.

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Photo of Ochsenblut
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Transparent tarnished gold body with a pure white one finger head that fades to a 1mm lasting ring.

S- Honey suckle, vanilla bean and grassy hops.

T- The alcohol is forthcoming, spicy and warms the back of the throat as massive amounts of raw honey and vanilla come through. It leaves an oily feeling on the tongue and a lasting grassy hops aftertaste. As the beer warms, the beer intensifies to almost cloying.

M- Appropriate carbonation lends itself to a medium mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about.

D- This is another beer for a nose stopping cold. It's intense, highly alcoholic and upfront. This is NOT a session beer, and is more like a digestive or maybe belongs in the horn of a viking. In that case, it's a viking session beer.

In fact, it reminds me of mead!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review # 1349 \m/

Last time I had this beer I HATED it. But for 75cents in a discount bin, I couldn't pass on it.

Clear orange with a thin, off-white head with rather poor retention, there's plenty of carbonation present, making this look like a cider in some ways. That this beer is fresh is given away by the nose. Noticeably hoppy with plenty of noble hop aroma, grassy, mildly lemony and a little grassy. The sweetness is hidden behind the hop character, there's honey, sugar and some cotton candy.

The palate opens with a blend of hops and alcohol. Floral honey, cotton candy, light lemon and earthiness are all present. Staggeringly drier than I remember it being, the sweetness actually isn't all that high! The combination of hops and alcohol is unique, and the malt character is moderate, and in its simplicity, like a drier maibock. The yeast isn't particularly expressive, I don't get much yeast flavor here. Despite the relatively high FG (1.020), this is still fairly dry. Moderately brash, this still works. Medium in body with carbonation that's a little higher than it needs to be, this beer is dry and hoppy on the finish with some cotton candy. A failure as a doppelbock, this is still quite an excellent beverage.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured really nice pale orange with a fastly disappearing head that settles to a clumpy level film of head. 

Smells like malt, and alot of malt. Sweet with some boozy notes. 

Tastes like sweet bread and Caramel. Really clean taste that's crisp and clean. Not that complex, but a good taste. I am not sure how old this bottle is, because I can't taste the booze at all. It might be aged and mellowed. Enjoyable beer for somebody who normally doesn't drink lagers. 

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Photo of crossovert
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz paper necked bottle.

It pours a nice deep orangeish gold, not unlike an oktoberfest. The head is big soapy and white and recedes to some spots of lacing.

The smell is intoxicating. Initially it is fruity and alcoholic, then it seems to mellow into a malty meadlike bakery scent with a nice bit of caramel sweetness. It smells like sticking your head in a mash tun and almost meady cognac alcoholic scents.

The taste is initially dominated by alcohol and some bitterness. It begins to smooth out and the flavors start to pop, it is a sipper. It still retains some noble hops, but the focus is the malt. It has a huge honey presence, and a soother alcoholic taste than I am used to in these alcoholic high plato beers. It has alot of nutty honey flavor. There is a bright floral note that holds in the aftertaste. The alcohol combined with these flavors definitely reminds one of a cognac.

It is a great beer from an outstanding brewery.

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Photo of benyerd
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(A)- Light honey color, with low at best head retention. Mild carbonation that has some bubbles floating in the brew. No lacing left on the glass.

(S)- A light malty aroma hits the nose first. High semi sweet (Belgian) aroma finishes off this beer.

(T) One word, LACKING. Mild belgain flavor that has an almost sour finish. High ABV settles in quick with this one.

(M)- Light with a mild carbonation that leaves you wanting something more from this beer.

(D) High ABV and lacking flavor makes this one a tough one to drink. For the label calling it the "Congac of Beers"... Not Impressed.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden body with good head and a strong aroma that has some booziness to it, as well as dark fruits(?) and some sweetness. For a dopplebock it doesn't seem as heavy or boozy as others (which is both good and bad). The lighter body is crisp with some hoppiness and a slight sticky sweetness. Can't pinpoint sweetness, but it's something like caramel and for some reason I pick something like raisins or figs. Finishes slightly dry w/ the alcohol finally making itself known. A quality sipper, won't be confused w/ the more maltier dopplebocks when it comes to a heavy malt presence but still a good tasting brew worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and very light amber in color. It poured with just a few bubbles floating on the surface; a slight amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweet malts and fruits in the nose along with some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is rather malty and sweet with notes of fruits and hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol is perceptible in the finish.
D: The alcohol is masked to some degree so it doesn't quite taste like 9.6% and isn't as difficult to drink as one would expect.

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 456 ratings