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 rvdoorn
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this beer from a friend who brought it from Austria. The beer pours a clear, golden orange colour with almost no head. Lacing disappears completely while drinking.

Smell: Oak, grain, orange zest, sweet apple, honey and some vanilla. It reminds me a bit of some barley whines. Quite complex.

Taste: Sweet apple, honey, strong grain, plenty of oak in there, dark fruits and alcohol. The aftertaste is long, grainy,with stong alcohol, slightly bitter with some hints of oak

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation. Although the beer has a high ABV, the beer is easy to drink.

Overall: a beer with a unique taste. Overall maybe a bit too sweet for my pellet. Although the alcohol is relatively well hidden, after the beer warms up a bit, it becomes way too dominant. Conclusively, a couple of nips of this beer ok, but drinking a whole glass of this beer is a bit too much.

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

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 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 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 Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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 philipquarles
2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear orange-gold with a fizzy white head that drops quickly. Smells completely of pears, apples, sugar, and alcohol. Just over-the-top sweet. Tastes like a shot or two of everclear mixed with apple juice, though there's some breadiness. Sticky, syrupy body. Down the drain it goes...

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Photo of fisherbray
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Atlas1
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a champagne-peach color. Bright and bubbly. Very little head which thins out rather fast. Even in dim light, this beer really shines. I've gotten so used to dopplebocks appearing darker in color, this is a real treat. Nice malty aroma, with notes of clove, banana, and pear. I get a faint leathery scent here too. A very rich but smooth bouquet all around. The taste is also rich and smooth. There is some muted apple and pear flavor up front with a wood-flavored maltiness in the middle. Finishes almost with hopped-up licorice flavor. What a beer! Mouthfeel is silky smooth and fantastic. Were it not for the fact that this badboy really packs a punch, I could easily drain 3 or 4 of these in a sitting. Maybe more. The high alcohol is well-masked by the complex malts and spices herein. A treat for any fan of the dopplebock.

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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 khiasmus
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First of all, this cannot be a doppelbock. From the appearance to the smell to the taste, it screams only Eisbock. While not a good example of either, it is certainly far more eisbock than doppel.

A- Crystal clear light gold with a tight white head that dissipates to a ring in seconds.

S- Sweet malt, caramel, a slight nutty character, alcohol, cane sugar, no hops at all.

T- Malty front with a yeasty, bready center, and an almost fruity finish. Sweet and honey-like, fills your mind with dripping corn syrup and honeycomb. The finish is not overpowering, though... the beer gets lighter as it goes down.

M- Slightly thin for an eisbock(once again, nowhere near a doppel), But with some buttery smooth tinges, and low carbonation.

D- Not as bad as the eku 28... still, I'd like to see you sit down and chug a couple without throwing up from sheer exhaustion.

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

Pours a golden yellow with a light thin head, which doesn't appear to look like a typical dopplebock. The aromas are of strong alcohol, but not unappealing, and honey, almost mead-like. The taste is great, traces of honey as well as oak, and a strong alcohol taste, which isn't surprising coming from Brewery Castle Eggenberg, the maker of Samichlaus. This beer is very good, but it is definately not a session beer by any means. This beer needs to be savored, and let it warm up a little bit.

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Photo of der_meister
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tjd25
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Almost no head on a transparent orange yellow color body. The beer looks dead. The smell doesn't show much, a bit disappoiting. The taste is fruity but the alcohol flavor invades the whole palate and gives a real kick in the mouth. Very liquorish, as if this beer was made just to show alcohol. The mouthfeel is ok, quite warming in the throat. There are some stronger beers that are really much more refined than that.

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Photo of igl
4.84/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 Hopdaemon39
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Macca
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a copper colour. A centimetre or two of head drops away to a light covering. Clear.

A sweet aroma. Alcohol is very evident.

A nice whack of alcoholic warmth on the palate. Some nice sweet fruits as well. They have found a pretty good balance here with the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is almost syrupy. It has great length.

It is certainly not a session beer, and they are kidding themselves with the "one of the strongest beers in the world" line especially when they make a 14% monster themselves but it is a good sipper. A nicely balanced end of the night brew.

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Photo of thekanna
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had this at The Saloon on U St., Washington, D.C.

Appearance: Coppery, clear color with no head (or head that dissipated quickly).

Smell: Faint yeasts and cloves. Overall honey sweetness.

Taste: Honey is the most apparent taste; somewhat reminiscent of Barbar. Overtones of almost honey-sweetened black tea, with slight nuttiness. There seems to be an icy, refreshing complexion to the beer that makes it colder in your mouth than the temperature at which the beer was served.

Overall: A nice sipping beer; good for sampling, but too basic to justify the price for a small glass.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear gold, it looks more like a lite lager than a doppelbock. Little head to speak of except at the pour. Aroma is pears, caramel and caramelized malts, very sweet smelling, reminds me a little of whiskey. Taste is smooth, with a little sharpness at the end. Doesn't quite have the bite of its big brother Samichlaus. Very syrupy with honey and raisin like taste, but there's not much else there. A warming alcohol feeling at the back end as well, but not too strong. Not a bad beer per say, but not too complex either. Certainly doesn't fit the definition of doppelbock for me. A decent drink, but I'll stick with its darker and more filling cousins.

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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 Hoppsbabo
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A clear pale copper with a small head.

S: Metallic. Can't smell much else but I am outdoors.

T: Syrup and rumness. It's sweet and tastes much like an English barley wine with a slightly lagery grain flavour. It's nice and sticky. The sweetness is perfect. Lots of that alcoholic lacquer flavour. Almost no fruit character.

O: Not overly complex but still delicious and I can't believe all the low ratings.

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Photo of ronin926
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Urbock 23° from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 448 ratings
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