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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Added by Bierman9 on 12-05-2001

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear, burnished golden color with a frothy and slightly yellowed head (like old paper). Head dissipates to a layer of bubbles and then finally to a ring. Leaves lacing that would make a Belgian jealous.

Smell: Rich, malty smells, largely caramel. Slightly yeasty with overtones of honey and fruits (peaches, in particular).

Taste: I'm reminded of a boozy tripel. Peppery, fiery alcohol with a prominent caramel malt sweetness. I also caught some fruity esters on the finish, largely banana and some peachlike tastes. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice slow alcholic burn. Very pleasant.

Drinkable: Much too drinkable. You'd not have to twist my arm much to try this again.

Other: I'm really changing my mind about lagers. When all you've really been exposed to is the pale lager variety, can you blame me?

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Photo of Suds
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light amber colored beer (it actually looks something like a piece of clear amber jewelry). Intense carbonation, but a relatively thin, large-bubbled head. An almost monstrous alcohol aroma pushes other smells aside. Malty, with a very mild hopiness. Peppery, spicy smell and taste. The beer is intensely sweet, and has a harsh alcohol finish. Full bodied, sometimes creamy mouthfeel. The more that I drank of this beer, the more it became one-dimensional....sticky sweetness and intense alcohol. Not particularly drinkable.

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Photo of bditty187
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold hue, oodles of animation… endless streams of bubbles race towards the white head. Absolutely gorgeous! The head collapsed at a modest pace, the tight cap held well. No lace. The nose is tartly sweet, but a harder sniff draws out clean, hearty maltiness, a note of alcohol too. While it is not all that potent it is inviting. Warming spicy alcohol… caramel-apples, distant maltiness... pepper... sharp fruitiness... all construct the marvelous palate; sweet at times, more peppery at others, borderline cloying but the hot alcohol cuts off that notion quickly. Wow, this is not a typical dopplebock by any stretch of the imagination. It is like a Belgium-influenced dopplebock. Weird? Yes… but very tasty, complex and intriguing. Light in body, not thin however. The carbonation is little. This is a wonderful sipping beer. Savor this one! Seek it out, highly recommended.

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Photo of maxpower
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep clear golden yellow color, has a decent head that doesn't last. Sweet malty, toffee candy like aroma. Sweet burnt caramel sugar flavors, full body and a thick and syrupy mouthfeel, alcohol comes out in the finish with a sticky sweetness, not at all what I expected.

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Photo of nomad
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a softly bronzed orange color, with a small foam head that sat pretty well, leaving behind some tendrils of stain. Smell was round and subtle, with orange notes that open to the most true scent of citrus rinds I’ve seen in a lager. Malt body, though, with alcohol scents of a small and acceptable size and quality. Taste was lightly creamy, with notes of lemon, orange, and grapefruit - like a fruit cocktail of these. They merge/create (?) a very moderate and calm bitterness, balancing with the very fine malt in the background, a malt that was not great or characterful but there. Finish was moderate, tasting like a mish-mashed blend of the palette, while it does becomes grassy and a bit oily. Had some whiskey malt notes that only come out toward the end of the finish. Smooth, full, and silent mouthfeel, so good you don’t notice because it fits the overall character of the beer perfectly. Intensely drinkable, goes down so easy. If this was cheap and more available there would be trouble. This beer wowed some friends who aren't big into beer.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moscow has a chain of Turkish-owned grocery stores called Ramstore. One of the chain's distinguishing features is an excellent selection of beer, including this one. The small (33cl) dark brown bottle with the black and gold label jumps out at you screaming "pick me! pick me!). I finally did. The Russian label slapped on the back spends a lot of time explaining the difference between this and Samichlaus. Also calls this the "cognac of beers" and urges Russian drinkers to enjoy this one slowly. Good advice. Ingredients match the purity law. Expiration date was July 2003, but I opened it on 9/7/03. No problem.

Pours clear and just a fraction darker than pure gold. The head was thin, fizzy and very short-lived. The aroma is marvelous - candied fruits, malt, and yes, cognac. The mouth is prickly, but also heavy with sweet and alcohol. The taste is sweet and fruity, yet the alcohol makes its presence known. The hops lurk in the background at first, then come out as the sweetness fades and the alcohol attempts to take over. The battle is finally won by the warm, soothing, sweet alcohol with the raisin and apple tones. Definitely a winter warmer, this goes down well in Moscow in early September. I'm enjoying this, but like it's adopted brother Samichlaus, this is not the beer to have when you are having more than one!

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Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was golden, with good head. The smell was a very cereal/dry malt smell. The taste was remarkbly sweet, even for a dopplebock...a more malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability was fairly good.

Another good beer from Eggenberg. I'm looking forward to the Samichlaus again this winter, but for now this has to be my favorite. I'd definitely have another one of these.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sound gold tone with a nice sized creamy white head very solid looking brew, but I was anticipating a ruby tint to it for some reason. Trickles of small spots of scattered lacing not bad decent overall, but this golden appearance is just a front. For this beer packs quite a punch in the aroma and flavor, for starters deep syrupy sweet tones surround the nose with jet streams of alcohol wavering in the air. Definite fruit soaked in alcohol slightly caramelized reminds me of some moonshine I once tried from Kentucky in the aroma with a splash of honey to it, this one's complex and appetising. Start with small sips this one needs some adjusting to just like toeing your way into a cold pool, but once you just dive in it's all worth it. Flavor consists of one malty backbone with pan seared over ripened fruits drizzled in honey and a touch of banana flavored rum sprinkled to kick it up a notch wow this is great as alcohol sears the back of the throat doesn't scorch enough to cause discomfort just let's you know the alcohols in there. Some beers the taste of alcohol being apparent detracts from teh overall taste in this particular brew it only enhances the experience. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a sticky chewy texture very nice. The final chapter in this beer as far as drinkability goes is wield the power wisely becareful with this one at 9.6 it warms you up don't make it a challenge to indulge but enjoy this one. A quite enjoyable slow sipper that qualifies on my list of winter warmers to keep in mind this winter.

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Photo of clvand0
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber color with almost no head and little lacing on the glass. The aroma is mostly fruit and alcohol - mostly alcohol. The flavor reminds me of a wine with an oak character. Very thick. Sweet maltiness and alcohol are the first things noticed in the flavor. Drinkability suffers from the alcohol. Not one of my favorites.

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Photo of Brent
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a amber/bronze, much lighter in color than I expected for a doppelbock. Flavor is dominated by a bittersweet, syrupy malt that coats the tongue. Alcohol is quite evident in the flavor profile, adding a pepper that tries to cut through the blanket of sweetness, but fails to make a substantial dent. Heavy and unwieldy.

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Photo of Darkale
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wonderful sweet malty aroma. Compact, glossy white head. Clear dark gold body. Smells of raisins and plums, with a hint of spice and a hint of wood.

Chewy, just slightly medicinal, very slick and creamy. At the end, some dry, raspy sourness.

A delightfully creamy and sweet beer. Reminds me of a Sauternes wine, or perhaps a Tokay. Marvelous.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Fairly standard yellow beer color, albeit a bit hazy. Has kind of a skunky nose at first, not heavy, but I am kind of sensitive to the smell. It subsided after a minute, however, along with the short-lived half-inch head that started out so white and bubbly. There is also a slight sweet smell which does not give away the secret of how the beer will taste.

I know this is high alcohol, but geez, that first sip is a blast! Heavy and sweet, very prominent in your face alcohol flavor, mixing with sweet maltiness. Some nuttiness residual comes through as the alcohol and sugar burn clear out a bit, and baby it do burn some.

Fruity alcoholic aftertaste, like a medium-bodied semisweet wine. The low drinkability lowers what would be a reasonably good beverage. If I didn't know better, I'd think I was drinking malt liquor. Potent stuff campers.

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Photo of Rocko
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear golden color, not much of a head. Sweet smell of fruit, cloying and not fresh imho... Yucky taste, too much barley sweetish taste, but I'm not a fan of barley on the other hand. Very warming in the tummy, the 9.6 ABV makes sure of that. 8)

Not a good beer in my opinion, the barley taste is just too much for me.. :(

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Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow; the head modest in size, frothy in texture, off white in color and it dissipates quickly leaving a silky sheet of lace to caress the glass. A touch of yeast lots of malt, fresh and clean is the nose. Big malt start that is also sweet, the top middling in its feel to the palate, finish is delectable in the hop arena, the carbonation purposeful, the aftertaste droughty, and a fine beer to be sure and well worth a sample.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 23 pours a golden color, quite light for a "doppelbock". More akin to a Maibock, imho. Head was not overly thick, less than 1/2" to start, and recedes to a light ring around the glass, with minimal lacing. Aroma seemed to highlight the alcohol. Reminded me somewhat of the kick you pick up from Belzebuth. There's some maltiness there, and spiciness too, but they struggle to reach your nostrils. Bodywise, it tended towards a medium feel, and it was relatively smooth save for a short patch of prickliness on the tongue at the outset. Malty flavors are present, yet the alcohol and the warmth it brings overshadow it. Some aspects of the 23 also remind me of a strong, Belgian pale, with a peppery-like quality to it, yet more like Belzebuth again. The taste lingers a bit on the tongue and down the throat. Part of me wants to like this more than I probably should! I don't know; it's a different beast. Go figure! Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of yen157
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Any head this beer had went away very soon after I finished pouring. The liquid itself was beautiful. It was a perfect golden color with not a bit of haze or anything to make it look less than regal. Malty bock aroma but with a good sized dose of spicy hops which were quite a surprise. Caramel and malt flavors were tasted without surprise, and the beer was very warming on the way down. The only thing I didn’t like was a very short-lived fusel alcohol taste after each sip. It was quite a distraction. It was kind of medicinal and very unpleasant. I’ll have to try this beer again to make sure I didn’t get a bad one.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and golden in color, with very little carbonation and no head at all. The aroma is sugary sweet, with a bit of raisiny fruitiness. The flavor too, starts off quite sugary -- almost granular. Big malt body with more fruit notes and noticeable alcohol warming. Hops are purely supportive but contribute to a dryish finish. Medium-bodied,creamy and somewhat coating, but not excessively so. Decent beer, but a bit one-dimensional in terms of flavor.

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Photo of ADR
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy cinnamon orange/brown, lighter than I expected. Small head that doesn't last more than 30 seconds. Very simple lacing on the glass. Deep buttery toffee flavors, similar to "Cracker Jacks" caramel. Medium bodied, a little sense of coating but not like a Samichlaus. Slight sense of peach and a prickly bit of noticeable hops. Alcohol acts as a counterbalance to the sweetness, comes on mid-mouth and in the aftertaste. Interesting, starts subtle and sweet and gains body toward the end. A few bottles are left at the liquor store and they're coming home with me for those special, friggin' freezing Minnesota evenings.

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Photo of marc77
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden in hue, topped by head that readily dissipates into a glass coating ring. Most closely resembles a hellebock in appearance. The aroma is a combination of nutty, toasty Munich malt and buttery toffee, w/ a hint of a floral Mittelfruh hop nose. Oddly, as the brew warms and breathes, there is no change in the aroma at all. Completely static aromawise. Sugary sweetness hits the palate initially, then yields to a malt profile comprised of honey drenched toasty grain. An unexpected snap of moderate hop bitterness emerges mid palate, immediately offsetting and almost sharply contrasting the previously sweet malt profile. Deceivingly light in body, w/ an agreeable and slightly slick mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a resurgence of sweetness lingering, lending an overall sweet impression to this brew. Alcohol warmth creeps in slowly and coats the throat after a long deliberation. Urbock 23 is truly a unique and enjoyable beer... A doppelhellesbock?

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

Strong slightly floral and slightly sweet aroma, kind of sticky sweet start, which quickly fades to a dryish bitter finish, very warming brew, also a bit of a whiskeyish character, lots of body and flavour, i liked this stuff.

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Photo of aracauna
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First thing I picked up on the nose is lemons. A little spicy yeast and a sweet smell. The color is clear but lackluster, it seemed dull. Not a lot of head and and very little retention. Flavor mildly malty, the tiniest bit of hop bitterness and a good dose of alcohol. Seemed a little thin.

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Photo of cokes
4.46/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow.. this is the trippiest beer I have ever had. A through-the-looking-glass, alternate dimension doppelbock.

Golden, pilsener-like body. Decent bubbly white head.
Somewhat (noble?) hoppy nose, with evident maltiness and some alcohol.

Storms into the mouth with carmel apple maltiness. Switches to solely apple, then to grape. Hops enter at this point to dry out the juiciness. Alcohol is next, which ads some pepper and fire. Finishes wine-like with lingering honey.

Very tasty, very complex and very unique.
Syrup-like in the mouth, but not oppressively heavy. Actually, pretty solid.
Quite a treat.
I am surprised this has been hosed by many other reviews. It has me grinning like Cheshire Cat.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting is right…Pours a crystal clear, shiny gold color, I could smell the alcohol aroma a bit, as well as malts. On the palate, there is tiny alcohol bite, but really comes of spicy or peppery, but this brew sure does give a warming sensation all the way through…Quite interesting for a DB…In the finish (Venom nailed it) tastes like whisky a bit…Overall very interesting DB…the extreme warming in the pit of the stomach is awesome...

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Photo of Viking
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I learned something new again. I've never experienced a golden doppel before, and didn't know they existed. I thought all doppels were dark and coppery. Well, imagine my surprise when I first poured this beer!

Anyhoo, Urbock 23° has the basic aroma and flavor of a doppel. It has a nice sweet and malty nose, with a bit of spice (I saw vanilla listed on another review, but I'm not sure that's what I picked up) to it. The flavor is rich with molasses-like flavors and a bit of balancing hops. This is one of those brews that had an obvious alcohol presence in it's warmth in the mouthfeel and continues to warm as I drank. However, I didn't notice any alcohol in the aroma or taste. I thought that was a bit odd, but certainly not unpleasant.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden color. A bit of skunk on the nose. A bit of an off flavor. Slightly skunky. Tastes a bit like many European beers that I've had in bottles. Has that "European" skunk to me. Not very good. I'm surprised a bit because I really enjoyed their samichlaus bier.

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Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 451 ratings