Urbock 23°
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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German Doppelbock
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3.65 | pDev: 16.99%
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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Photo of bark
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow, the liquid clear. The very small head is white.

The sweet smell is dominated by almonds and modelling clay. It is warming and quite elegant, I think.

The taste is a bit sweet and clean. Some sweet almonds. Mellow notes of wheat flour and cookies. There are some notes of caramel in the aftertaste as well as a mild sweetness and a clean mild bitterness.

The carbonation is strong, the bubbles large. The liquid is smooth.

An elegant, clean and well crafted doppelbock. Perhaps a bit too clean?

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Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a half-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light and fairly sweet caramel malts with hints of vinous fruits and moderate amounts of alcohol. As it warms the alcohol influence increases a bit.

Tastes similar to how It smells. Light caramel malt flavors kick things off with hints of breadiness. The flavors turn more toward alcohol midway through the end of the sip with indistinct fruit flavors. The fruit flavors fade quickly allowing the malt and alcohol flavors to carry through to a sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I agree with others in that this isn't all that close to a doppelbock. It's more of a maibock but the ABV is too high to support that kind of flavor profile.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.37/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I decided to try this after the bartender told me that it was his favorite beer. I will never ask his advice again...

A-honey colored, no head, fairly boring, looks more like a glass of scotch rather than beer

S-very sweet smelling but the alcohol was more noticeable in the smell than I would expect from even a 9,6% ABV beer.

T-the taste matches the smell, its very sweet and the high ABV is very evident, quite disappointing, i found nothing to enjoy in the taste

M-slight carbonation, but more syrupy

D-the taste stays but it becomes more and more undesirable as you drink it, you could drink this beer and then five different beers after it but you will never get the taste of this out of your mouth. ABV hits quickly.

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Photo of Swill5786
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep gold tending toward light brown; Clear with small amount of sediment floating within. Aggressive pour garnered a one-finger head which faded quickly.

S - Charactetistic doppelbock dark-fruitiness. Alcohol intensity intentionally pushed in the brewing process - rather powerful for the style.
Sweet, malty presence.

T - Sweet malt, hint of smokiness, citrus sour and alcohol bite on the edges - akin to a good whisky. Warming.

M - Medium-heavy body, smooth finish. Light carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable due to the smooth nature of this brew. Prost!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, I'm delighted to try one of the original "extreme" beers,

A: Pours orange to medium amber with a mild head, no lace. At the high alcohol level I understand. Nice colour.

S: Hedonistic nose of Grand Marnier, brandy, calvados, malt and liquor. Glorious.

T: Has a lot of orange liqueur as I got with the nose. Malt heavy, some caramel, stone fruit/peaches, lots of residual sugar but never goes over the top. Tasty.

M: Elegant mouthfeel, the beer is simply not cloying which I was astounded with. Elegant, liqueur like on the finish. The EtOH is present, but blended perfectly.

D: A fantastic strong lager beer. Samichlaus light perhaps, but it has the flavour profile and intensity to hang with that beer. A nightcap beer for sure, a must try.

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Photo of evilkalla
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Orange-yellow with a hint of a head on top. Fairly mild level of carbonation.

S: This one has a a strong, sweet malt smell to it. Makes my mouth water a little bit.

T: Tastes like a doppelbock on steroids. High maltiness up front with a significant alcohol taste to it. A little hop bitterness thrown in. High on the booze flavor though. Not really my favorite.

M: A little on the thicker side but ok feel in the mouth. Decent level of carbonation.

D: The booziness to this one really hurts the drinkability. Almost makes me think I'm chugging a mixed drink. Not my favorite.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2006 (or earlier) vintage shared with drabmuh at my house recently. Review from notes.

This beer appears a clear, light yellow color, with very little head and no lace. Is this what a doppelbock is supposed to look like? The lack of head and lacing can be attributed to the vintage, but the color seems quite light.

Aromas consist of alcohol and sweet malt.

This brew tastes fairly decent, though there is still too much of an alcohol presence. The beer is surprisingly thin, with some mild heat in the finish. Urbock 23° has a slightly odd or off kilter flavor. Overall, it's pretty drinkable, but also a tad unusual. I found this to be a pretty mediocre beer.

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Photo of vishneda
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sweet beer that is also malty, Urbock 23 is dark golden color coming out of the bottle. Continental malt dominated the aroma of the beer with maybe a hint of hops in the background. I sipped the beer and it went from cool to warm during the time I drank it. The flavors during the transition ranged from near-cloying sweetness at its coldest to sweet and spicy when it warmed. The alcohol was pretty noticeable when the beer got warm, but I thought it sort of added to the flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel was middle of the road for dopplebocks, and it was a definite sipper (though I expect this at this level).

Overall an uncomplicated and average beer that's a bit more of a golden or maibock. If you love dopplebocks its worth having at least once. I can see why some people are put off by it, though, especially if you are into complex Belgian beers. Nothing really blew me away. I wouldn't pay the cost again for this beer given the high price it has in the USA.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Matt. 2006 or 2007 I believe. Thanks Matt. I've been curious about this beer for a while. I've had it on a couple of different occasions with mixed results. This is a "popular" doppelbock and helps me move along in my study of the style. Thanks again Matt.

Beer is yellow to amber and clear. No real head, no lacing, carbonation low.

Pretty sweet in the nose. Malt character, mild alcohol but its not overpowering or boozy. The aroma seems mellow and balanced. So far so good but at this point I'm expecting a pretty sweet beer.

Its sweet but oddly thin. Its very very thin. Mild ethanol on the front palate and lots of sweetness in the mid to forward palate. The beer finishes oddly bitter. Its smooth and drinkable but its not my favorite doppelbock, not by a long shot. Its a good beer and I would recommend it because of the brewery alone. I would drink it again but if I had a choice between this and another doppelbock I would likely try the other.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 6/4/10 notes. Had on tap at the Saloon in DC.

a - Pours an amber color with 2 inches of white head with great retention.

s - Smells of citrus fruits, spice, and sweet fruity malts.

t - Tastes of smooth bready malts, caramel malts,and a hint of fruit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent dopplebock. Some nice smooth malts and a little bit of fruit. Would try again.

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Photo of pootz
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.7%
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 -41.6%
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 -63.6%
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 -10.4%
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 +2.5%
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 +3%
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 +11.5%
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 +10.1%
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 -7.4%
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 -21.9%
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 +9.9%
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 -8.2%
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 +10.7%
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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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 456 ratings