Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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German Eisbock
4.13 | pDev: 8.72%
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 106
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cellared bottle, 2-3 years old. Poured into Duvel tulip at cellar temperature. Solid finger of creamy foam, dark brown body, ruby tinge when backlit. Spotty lace and a broken skim after a few minutes, with a solid ring of foam on the periphery. Sweet, vegetal aroma. Odd at first, but it makes sense in the context of an aged Eisbock. Some dried fig and brown sugar.

Very malty taste, oxidized with grape and sherry notes. Sweet fruit, a hint of candle wax. Thick, vinous feel with a ton of rich caramel. One and done, I wouldn't recommend this for cellaring long-term.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

real nice translucent mahogany in color

very sweet smelling, a bit of toffee, lots of caramel

more caramel flavor with just a hint of something that tastes like sweet oranges, rolls into a warm peppery alcohol theres not much to it but it's quite pleasant

light carbonation and very FULL body, lots of alcohol warmth to it. Actually a bit of tannins on the finish

rather drinkable very smooth you don't really have to think about it.

It's weird it's complex, it's big and it doesn't require thought. Good beer.

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Photo of jordoo
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass. (next time I'll use a snifter for this style)

Brown with amber outlines and small frothy quickly disappearing head. Did have some paches left on the top, but the carbination was low and struggled to sneak through this obviously full bodied offering. The nose is strong with a warm alcohol sent to go with a dark candied fruit sent, pears and plumbs mainly. Huge malt sent but not toasted or carmelly much more like a fig or root smell. Taste is a pretty much what the nose advertised but with that wonderful earthy malt flavor taking the lead and even a hair of noble hop if your patient. Over all very syrupy brew but still very drinkable as a sipper.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Most likely a 2006 bottle, properly cellared (purchased as a cellared bottle, no date). Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark, somewhat cloudy red brown amber. Minimal head, no lacing. Dark fruit and sweet malt aroma. Sweet malts, caramel and dark fruit. This has mellowed well and has an understated semi-sweet malt finish. Interesting.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of frank4sail
3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweet, strong ABV nose with hints of blue berries and fruit. Scarlet color with a white head. Big strong, sweet, metalic taste. The tin can taste just really turned me off of this brew. Smooth mouth and a good look, but too much metal in there for me. Maybe just a bad sample?

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a one-finger head that fades to a ring leaving almost nothing. Deep, clear amber color. Low carbonation. Nose is malty. Medium bodied. Starts sweet like plums and raisins, finishes mellow this is NOT a session beer - the high ABV is not noticable. $3.19 for a 330ml bottle from Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep garnet. Clear. Thin beige head. Bubbly collar. Lacing adequate. A rich, bready, yeasty and malty aroma blesses my nose. The flavor screams alcohol, dark fruits, liquid bread, yeast, chewy malt and molasses. Lovely taste. Mouthfeel is just a tad syrupy. Not too bad though. Lightly carbonated. Full body. This is a tasty beverage. I'm really starting to get into these Eisbocks (at least the few that are available within a 500 mile radius).

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Photo of ADR
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep copper red color with handsome light transmission. Head is mainly a skim of pale brown umber. Laces in incomplete but lasting sticky rings. Malty smells, some butterscotch diacetyl and a roasty bread and grain impression. Nice flavor, yeasty-chewy pizza dough with rum-soaked raisins and plums -- and a nice hot spicy cardammon snap at the finish. Luxurious mouthfeel and low carbonation, almost as velvety as a Capital Autumnal Fire. Perhaps a touch cloying, but there ARE occasions for this Eisbock, to be sure.

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Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep cherry-wood with a momentary visit of a sandy beige crown.
Nostril-flaring aromatics of black cherries, cognac, prunes, raisins and tobacco.

Turn on the malt hose, and stand back.
Tortential blasts of raisin, figs and prunes spurt forth. Cedar trees are blasted with a chocolate spray. Rivers of black cherries and pears flood the street. White caps of liquorice and butterscotch. Cinnamon stands atop a hill to avoid the rushing waters, but is quickly drowned in the brandy alcoholic surge. The alcoholic deluge is not so much overwhelming in its force as in its width: A warming liquid envelopment of the body.

Glassy smooth and calm. The outward appearance of this beer masks the torrent within. Deviously inviting.

Grab me some Water-Wings, because, damn, I love eisbocks.

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Photo of aracauna
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a low carbonation beer. The head is weak and shortlived, but the dark mahogany body has a nice glow when it catches the light. Brown sugar and prunes make up the bulk of the aroma with some dates and nutmeg backing that up. The flavor is pretty sweet. Something like a gingersnap cookie even down to the little sugar granules on top. This was actually a little better than I was expecting.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had about 10" of snow here in the last 12 hours. I deserve this. Nice dark mahogany colred beer that opurs with a small head that immediately fizzles to nithingness. I can smell the vivid and powerful aroma of this beer from about a foot away. Vinous raisins, alcohol, slight woodiness. Taste is sweet and rich, slightly woody and smokey. Alcohol is present, but very well positioned behind the other flavors. I like this beer, it is the perfect day to be sitting inside, looking outside at the blowing snow, and enjoying a big beer like this.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color with no head, and the only traces of carbonation are faint bubbles cascading to the top. Sweet, fruity malt aroma. Like the nose, the flavors start off sweet and malty initially. Chocolate covered cherries and raisins linger on the tongue with a bit of leafy hops, though all the while the sweet malt makes its presence known. Warming alcohol presence, but well hidden in the flavor, though not in the warmth. Slick in the mouth with a mild carbonation twang. I'm a big fan of the style, and while this isn't nearly the best I've sampled, it's still a good effort.

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Photo of Suds
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours as a dark, reddish-brown liquid and is capped with a thin, but attractively creamy off-white head. The aroma is satisfying in itself…strong malt, bread, sweet dough, caramel, honey, and (of course) alcohol. The alcohol is neatly folded into the other smells, and nicely completes the package. The taste is malty and warming. It’s not at all harsh, and has a toasted, slightly roasty undertone. Low bitterness, just enough to keep it from being sticky. The brew is full, a little slick, and very satisfying. I wish I had another.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps not too surprisingly, Eggenberg's Dunkel Eisbock is not much different than the Urbock 23º with the exception of its much darker color.

It pours a clear mahogany body beneath an average-sized head of creamy ivory foam that holds well at first, but can't seem to manage against it's 9.8% abv.

The nose is bready and caramelish with an undisguised whiff of alcohol in there as well.

In the mouth it's tingly and smooth with a dextrinous, medium body that becomes a bit creamy as it warms.

The flavor is fairly straight-forward malt and alchol. It's bready, carmelish, a bit honeyish, and somewhat raisin-like with a delicate touch of herbal/floral hops underneath. The bitterness is solid, and it's thoroughly attenuated so there's not the push and pull between bitter and sweet that sometimes occurs. The alcohol is clear, but unlike the enhancement that it lends to the Urbock 23º, it's a bit obtrusive here.

It's interesting, but not really complex, and the alcohol tends to hinder its drinkability quite a bit. Unless you seek the 'pepper' and burn of the alcohol, I think it'd be safe to say that the Urbock 23º or a doppelbock might be a better choice.

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Photo of Jon
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby-brown color with a fizzy, quickly thinning head.

Vastly complex and inviting aroma exudes notes of raisins, figs, additional ripe fruit, sugary sweet malt and a trace of alcohol. Very nice.

Essentially, this eisbock features nicely integrated notes of alcohol and sweet, fruity malt. Further notes of caramel, raisins, anise, overripe fruit and hints of cream sherry.

Solid mouthfeel that turns a bit thin around the mid-palate, but nicely carbonated and smooth.

Warming due to its alcohol content, this is a nice sipper. If only the aroma matched the taste, this would be an even better brew.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't find a description of this beer on the company's website. I hadn't seen it before but picked up a bottle at Papago's just for the hell of it. It's cap says "Urbock 23" on it but the label proclaims it a "Dunkel," and it is indeed a much darker bock. Dark brown in color with almost no head at all -- just a few bubbles rising to the suface. Aroma is malty with noticeable fruit -- raisin, currant. Alcohol begins to show itself as the beer warms. The flavor is surprisingly smooth, with similar malt and fruit notes. Very creamy, with a mild alcohol warming. I felt the alcohol much more than I tasted it. Finish is only slightly dry, with just enough hops to balance. The aftertaste is probably the best part of this beer -- spicy and just a little fruity. A very nice beer, which matures quite nicely in the glass. The flavors develop enough to keep the beer interesting as your palate becomes accustomed to it.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: The usual standard 11.2 fluid ounce Eggenberg bottle with the embossed logo on the shoulder of the bottle. Gold and black label which looks cool. Listed as 9.8% alc/vol. and labeled as ‘Urbock Dunkel Eisbock’.

Appearance: On the table it has a dark brown horse chestnut body, but as soon as it is held to the light it has a red hue that sparkles. A light tan quickly forms and vaporizes amidst a Soda like fizz when poured.

Nose: Sweet aromas, warming on the nostrils like freshly baked cinnamon bread, it entices. Lovely yeasts, malts, molasses, and more sweet baked wholemeal breads mixed with a light fig odor and a young brash Brandy liquor. Smells very nice.

Taste: A real mix of Yeasty Cinnamon, Caramel, Bonfire Toffee, Rum & Raisins, Molasses and Malts. Chewy at times, rather sweet at others. Finishes with a warming glow in the back end. Solid performer.

Mouthfeel: Oooh yes, this is most certainly a full-bodied beer, the Pavarotti of the Eisbock world. Wholesome.

Drinkability: Clicks in at nearly 10%, but that does not detract from the fact that this is a well balanced Eisbock that drinks well.

Overall: After the earlier extremely disappointing Eggenberg Mac Queen’s Nessie Original Red Ale, this has totally redeemed Eggenberg back to where they belong. The Urbock Dunkel Eisbock is quite the drink, and well worth the above average price tag, because this is most certainly an above average beer!

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Photo of stirgy
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, now. I must say that this sample has been stored in the back of the fridge for maybe 3 years now. I didn't know what to expect.

Poured a DEEP ruby red. Very dark. Had a small ringy head, well - not really much of a head at all. Deep Nutty guteral aroma that is buried well. Also - some fruitiness and dark breadiness.

The taste is absolutely extremely smooth and silky, with very some slight tinits of medicinal properties.

Overall, this seems to be a well though out, quality beer. It does not disapoint my palette. In fact I could drink this all day long,

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Photo of putnam
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The color of brown pop - like rootbe3r. No glory on top. Straight to business.
Aromas of rained-on paving stones. Also: stampeded rosy ripe rye grains, wet alcohol, cherry and rose water. All on the nose.
On the palate it is Malaga crossed with macerated black cherries. Collars of robust, authoritative alcohol prove unapologetic. You could drink brandy - either grape or apple - or you could drink this heady, brain-steeping liqueur. The flavors can be described as implying apples - both ripe and cured - as well as apple budlets in the spring, raw cinnamon, pecan pith, vanilla, solera sugars and lime leaf.
It is a very strong brown beer. It is racy in texture and very alcoholic. A chore to drink. Consume with a bowl of toasted almonds and brined, minute seafoods.

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Photo of yen157
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful, deep brownish red. Quick froth turned into a creamy ring around the glass. Toasty smelling with a surprising touch of hops. That same hop surprise was found again in the flavor. This was by far the hoppiest of the Eggenberg beers (fine, I’ve only had this, Samichlaus, and their Urbock dopplebock!). Without a doubt most will consider this beer rich and sweet, for it is, but not like Samichlaus. Instead, the sweetness reminded me of that of warm cream or powdered milk. I didn't care for the carbonation, too prickley IMHO. Of coarse there was the expected caramel and alcohol, but something still left me thinking powdered milk! In any case, this was a delicious winter sipping brew if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Gusler
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s been a mere 490 days since I last sampled one of these beauties, and I must say it’s to long, “Just so many great beers, so little time”!

The beer pours an unclouded deep mahogany color after with drawing from its glass container; the head is modest in stature, the texture creamy and the color a winsome light tan with the lace forming a nice sheet upon the glass. The nose is molasses like, sweet and pleasing to the senses, a tad earthy, nice sweet malt start, the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish has a rascally acidity, the hops praiseworthy in their spicy presence, aftertaste desert dry and long lasting, also a nice tummy warming feel from the 9.8 percent ABV, delightful and a great way to start my day off from the “Toil and Trouble” of the work a-day world.

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Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 106 ratings