Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel EisbockCastle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: German Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 98 | Ratings: 106
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany, hazy body with garnet highlights into a tulip glass; a petite head forms but dissipates to a ringlet rather quickly; virtually no lacing

Smell: Rum-raisin caramel malt; a touch biscuity with some chocolate, too; the alcohol is clearly present

Taste: Slowly rolls over the tongue, hitting all the taste buds; starts out in the front, with the sweet dark fruit flavors and then, after the swallow, flips over and starts to show its bitter side; rather astringent finish, with a lot of tobacco tones

Mouthfeel: Thick and oily; very little carbonation and significant warming after the swallow

Drinkability: This is a great after dinner sipper; you wouldn't want more than one nor would you want one every day; it's a special treat

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Photo of Wonka
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11,2 FL. OZ
alc. 9,8 % vol.
Imported by Wetten Importers Inc., Lorton, VA

Appearance – mahogany body; finger-thick, off-white microbubble head; lace doesn't hang on

Smell – prune, plum and molasses run at the nose with ferocity; strong and big like a Mayweather Jr. jab

Taste – the nose meets the tongue with a bigger malt presence and a roasty tinge; enjoyable hoppy close with a bit of lingering alcohol and molasses; a bit more of a hop balance would have been desired but the taste was very enjoyable nonetheless

Mouthfeel – modest syrup enters immediately and coats the front of the tongue; bitterness enters over and cuts through some of the oil coat; the close is a bit flatter than I’d prefer but overall the moderate body is interesting to say the least

Drinkability – the mouthfeel adventure adds to the drinkability simply because it’s a true adventure

Give me another Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock!

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

The beer pours a dark ruby red color with a thin offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that is slightly warm and toastey. It boasts of crystal and roasted malts. The taste is good. It has warm and rich malty flavor that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It goes down slow and sweet with a warm finish. This is a tastey brew, but it's a slow drinker. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a slow, but good drinker. It has excellent flavor and aroma.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool embossed bottle.

Golden straw hues with sporadic bubbles and a scant quickly settling frothy eggshell head.

Light scents of candied fruit. Some delicate cherry and grainy notes. As warmed white grape meade wine is detectable.

First swigs: Belly warming uber-lager. Sweet awl-kee-hawl. and some sherry like notes. Short aftertaste with an almost whiskey twinge. Almond extract. Almost like a barrel aged beer. Some Listerine.

Feels slick and buttery. Hot burner. Barely detectable carbonation.

Last swigs: Hmm...Imperial Bock? Whiskey rye beer. This could be mixed with orange juice to make an Ur-Driver.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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 allengarvin
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, clear and very dark brown, with a slight white head capping the top.

Aroma of well-toasted dark wheat bread.

Highly sweet munich-malt character, rich flavors of caramel, brown sugar, molasses. Hops are nowhere to be found. Also, the fruitiest bock beer I've ever had (is this really a lager?), with lots of plum and raisin character. Quite warming, with a pepper taste of alcohol. Finishes long and sweet.

Full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Now this is a big beer, very tasty (though almost cloying after a while). A wonderful late-night treat in the winter.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Now THIS, is a great brew. The appearance is very nice. Very clean looking. Crystal clear and very reddish brown, almost like tea, but clearer. Again, very clean looking with nothing floating in it and almost no bubbles rising to the surface. It has almost zero head with only a ring of white around the edges. Nice lacing as the glass is tipped. The smell is just delicious. Sweet smelling with a lot of prunes, some banana, maybe a little spice, and certainly alcohol, although it isn't overpowering, there's definitely no question as to its strength. You can tell this is going to be quite heavy and powerful just from the smell. I'm intrigued. The taste has all the notes present in the smell. Candied fruit, some spice, and again, the alcohol, although it's not too powerful. The mouthfeel is just how I like my beer. Thick. Heavy. "Chewy". You can almost imagine this stuff leaving a viscous coating in your mouth. Very bold and heavy indeed. I love it. There is also not alot of carbonation present in this one, either, so it goes down nicely. The only reason I gave drinkability a 4.0 is because of how heavy it is. I love them like this, but in a sitting, 3 perhaps 4 is plenty, at least for the next few hours.
If you like big, heavy, damn near gelatinous brews, give this a go. Fantastic!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is a clear but very dark brown in color with a modest head that left a ring on top of the liquid.

Smell – This beer just reeks of prunes. There are some plum notes and good tobacco along with sharp alcohol. The malts are heavily-toasted.

Taste – The malts come up a bit more at the taste, but this is basically alcohol-soaked prune beer. On a smaller scale I can pick up some light maple and maybe some green grapes. There’s a bit of concentrated raisin to this one as well.

Mouthfeel – This Eisbock is full-bodied and very chewy with a sharp but not hot alcohol sensation on the cheeks.

Drinkability – The Doppelbock flavors come out nicely here. This is definitely an easy-drinking “big beer”. The finish is very long, which is nice. This absolutely has to be the last beer of the night.

Comments – No one does big “Ice Beer” like the Germans, or in this case like the Austrians. I really enjoyed their Samichlaus so knew that this was going to be a good one to drink for my 1,200th review.

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Photo of clvand0
3.06/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a red/brown color with a very small head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is of raisins and alcohol. Not great on the aroma. The flavor is sweet, but is covered by the alcohol and the dark fruit presence. Not to my liking at all. Reminds me a bit of raisins and rum. I'll not have this one again.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep, deep red color with a head just sitting atop the beer. The nose is interesting. I think it smells like rum raisin with a grainey underbelly. Not so sure about this. The flavor is pretty much right on the nose. Grains soaked in rum, topped with raisins. There is a lot of sweetness that sticks around in the aftertate. The feel is a bit syrupy, leaving a nice coating on my tongue after swallowing it. Drinkability is not as good as other beers. The flavors are just so pronounced and big and sweet that I can't do much more than sip at it.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an obsidian brown with amber highlights when held to the light. There is a nice tan head that sparsely populates the surface of this gorgeous brew. Bright colorful bubbles congregate on the edge of the glass as I finish each sip.

There is a toffee quality in the aroma that has elements of fruit, chocolate and caramel. A light alcohol presence finishes the scent as I inhale the last delicious whif.

This is a deliciously sweet beer that is very complex: this is like a liquid candy apple that has been soaked in a fine brandy. The fruity taste is joined by slightly caramel character and is embellished by a subtle alcoholic note. This is a smooth and mellow beer. Fantastic.

This beer is an absolute mouthful--it is chewy and substantial and extremely sweet. Like a fine apertif, this beer could complement the best chocolate and dessert offered at any five star restaraunt. I could see myself taking alternative bites of my final course and sipping on this splendid elixir.

This is not an everyday beer but is one that is worth re-visiting like a fond memory. I am so taken by how smooth and easy this beer is to drink. I can see this beer being a reward for some exceptional challenge or task I have accomplished. What a tribute to the potential of our beloved spirit. Thank you Eggenberg.

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Photo of horndecker
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps you'd call it tobacco colored, pours to a smallish head which dissipates rather quickly, leaving an oily skim of globby bubbles. It's not too pretty but once the head fades you're left with a slick flat glycerine surface to a perfectly translucent plum colored brew. Almost looks like a big cabernet. But give the goblet a twirl and the carbonation comes dancing back. Nice.
The nose is very intense; candied yams, coffee, estery malt and a little soyish thing but not in a bad way. The taste is big malt, stewed prunes, lots of raisin, but not too sweet. A mildly bitter, dusty finish is dry on the tongue, yet sweetly liquery at the back of the throat. A very interesting phenomenon. The high alcohol imparts a slightly herbal/medicinal aftertaste which I enjoy.
It's fairly fizzy in your mouth, with stealth carbonation - a sudden creamy, latte froth with each sip.
Very drinkable, winelike, at times reminiscent of a coffee liqueur. Quite a delicious beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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 oxmasterscream
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass, it appeared a very clear but dark mahogany with ruby highlights and just a ring of head. Beautiful in color.

Smell: Massively fruity. Aromas were mainly of dark fruits, mainly grape juice, black cherries, raspberries, strawberries, with a hint of raisins and chocolate. Phenols were definitely noticeable and damn near burned my nostrils. Combine the fruit with the phenols and you have something that's very reminiscent of brandy. The bouquet was very complex and sometimes puzzling. I almost thought I shouldn't be smelling some of the fruits I was picking up on. I probably didn't do this wicked bouquet justice with my description but hey, I tried.

Taste: Yow. This is good, sweet stuff just begging to be drunk for dessert. It starts off big and spicy with dark fruits, as in the bouquet, overtaking the taste... big flavors of black cherries, black raspberries, ripe strawberries – all up front. Very brandy-like. Then some mild chocolate and a severe tongue lashing by the alcohol. Finish was comfortably bitter with only hints of coffee... Noble hops representing I'm sure. Like the aroma, extremely complex and sometimes hard to describe. There's a lot going on here.

Mouth: Full and syrupy with tight carbonation. The high ABV makes it feel like an electric blanket for the tongue. Nice.

Drinkability: Amazing stuff. Definitely reminds me that I should include more Eisbocks in my repertoire. I don't think you can have more than one of these without losing sight of just how amazing this beer is.

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Photo of aracauna
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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 putnam
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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 BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a brownish-bronze color with a white head. The aroma is malty, beady, a bit toasty. I get a bit of chocolate and a bit of dark fruitiness. The flavor is malty and alcoholic with a slight chocolate breadiness and a bit of sweet fruitiness. It finishes sweet and alcoholic. A tasty complex, full-bodied beer. Very warming.

Sampled 4/11/04

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Photo of tavernjef
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully dark crimson, glossy black vinyl/album/record hue in most light; medium beige head that sits with a creamy puff, settles slowly to keep a slim collar and whispy skimming. Minimal spotty lacing sticks.

Aroma is gentle and fair of fruity dark stuff with prune, raisin, dates, and plum, with a bit of an overlay of red licorice and butterscotch.

Flavors are extremely well-rounded, not a single exposed fruit makes itself known, everything melds together to make one nicely mild dark fruit salad. Tenuous candy aspects. Basically all malts with a subued tang to its character; slight cocoa, light mixture of alcoholic heat, cherry pits, raisin, and wood dry off with a tenderness to the palate. Some residual burn keeps along the back of the palate for a good while after.

Feel is soft and lush with a close to full body, very low/light carbonation, well-rounded and fluffy texture. Smooth and delicately creamy with a slight dry finish and a slender warmth of alcohol to keep it on edge. Everything about its character screams drink me, enjoy me; and you will have no problem with that.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lot to offer to for repeat tastings. It pours a nice brown/copper color with almost no head. A little swishing reveales really sticky lacing.

There are many smells in the nose. At first I was hit by the sweet plums but then as it warmed I could smell more of a salty, buttery smell with toffee and alcohol notes as well.

The taste actually has weight - serious weight on the tongue. There is a sugary malty sweetness that is complimented well with a full alcohol flavor that reminded me of bourbon. The taste is very long - an aftertaste that keeps going. About halfway through the this extended taste the alcohol kicks in and warms your entire mouth.

The body is slick and thick, showing no signs of carbonation. This beer is a slow drinker and perfect for social settings where you want a drink in your hand but don't want to continually replace that drink.

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Photo of Skidz
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out golden brown and sits mahogony in the glass with a nice fluffy off-white head the fades off to the sides.

Dark fruity esters dominate the nose along with diacetyl and the expected alcohol. A harmonious blend of rich aromas.

Figs, raisins along with alcohol primarily make up the flavor. Diacetyl and sweet malts mix along inside. Finish is mildly bitter and more fruity sugars emerge and you are left with a mild sourness at the end.

Smooth, creamy and rich in the mouth. Carbonation is the key here, it's just perfect. Very flavorful. Definately worthwhile.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notably minimal carbonation that yields a reluctant head. Deep amber / cola color. Rich nose with a fat malt profile and hints of molasses. This brew quickly loses 100% of its carbonation and doesn’t even think of leaving lace on the glass. Still, the mouthfeel is glossy and appealing.

This eisbock drinks like a port wine with plenty of sweetness, spice, and a warm alcoholic glow. Nice late-night heavy brew. Nearly medicinal in its properties.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ruby hints on a clear dark chestnut brown body. The head is thin, off-white, fully diminishing. The nose reveals at first obvious alcohol, hot brown sugar, plums and lots of heat. There’s no doubt we’re dealing with samichlaus’ brewer, although their eisbok appears more balanced. Vinous taste with plenty of heating alcohol if that’s your thing. Overwhelming to me and I feel it’s hiding good things. Trying harder, I notice dark fruits and a big bready profile as well as cloves, but I just don’t enjoy the way its melted, although a few years could definitely help it a lot and make it more friendly. The mouthfeel is nice though, rather creamy and somewhat thick. I’m just not a fan of such an alcoholic example when kulmbacher can do so much more with a 1% deficit. Cheers Sham

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark crimson hue, with a nice, 1/4" head of beigey foam.
Aroma, fruity at first, even starkly so, raisins, dates, plums, dark cherries, and berries, with a touch of spices...powerful stuff, yeasty, bready, a rich mix of flavors, like a cinnamon/ginger cookie, with booze added!
Taste: full-bodied, and thick with malt, rich flavor returns with every sip, dark, and ominous, a massive amount of flavor, even dangerous...not sure if I've ever had a dunkel eisbock before, but this is a damned good example. Has a solidly alcoholic feel, though still tingly and tasty...a good perk-you-up in dire times!

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out to a brilliantly clear deep-ruby with sparkling dark-orange accents, forming a small light-biege head with average retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild, barely able to rustle up a head. Aroma is enticing with a potent aroma of old brown bananas, raisins, prunes, vanilla, sugar-cookies, and a hint of chocolate....very nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, a tad syrupy with a wet finish and dense body. The taste is echo of the aroma with a firm, sticky amber malt background, molasses, a suggestion of metal towards the finish, a very mild hop bitterness, and a phenolic, spicy semi-dry toasty finish with a bit of belly-warming alcohol. The malts are punch-drunk out of control and drench you in yummy stickiness. Pleasantly buzzed on an empty stomach.

One of the best Eisbocks there is, this is a classic. Worth seeking out. Easily drinkable despite the strength, this one is meant to be savored. Wonderful stuff!

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Photo of Foxman
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pors a deep coppery amber, clear and lively. Two fingers of bubbly off-white head settles soon to patchy froth. Cascades of pretty lacing slide down the glass.

The aroma brings a current of sweet caramel malt as well as a rounded cherry note. An additional rock-candy sweetness is intertwined with a very credible alcohol presence. There's a very gentle tang of yeast at the close.

The flavor delivers an assertive malt and cherry sweetness which is quickly dialed back to a mild fruit tartness nestled in a mellow warm bath of alcohol. The sugary elements promptly dry out to a duller, flat yeasty sourness that roosts at the back of the mouth and carries the standard to the finish.

Medium bodied, it clings to the palate with a measure of commitment, then slips away, leaving an understated bitter sensation to linger softly.

The initial taste impressions would lead one to believe that the sweet fruity character will reign, but an abrupt 180 pulls the flavor back to a muted and dryer nature. It's an interesting and rapid turn of events. Yet what follows is not quite as full or assertive as the initial thrust, resulting in what might be a very mild disappointment. The hefty ABV serves enough notice to be a tad daunting, and the alcohol combined with the slight lack of follow-through makes more than one, or at best two, not very likely. Certainly worth trying, but it does have its limits.

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Castle Eggenberg Urbock Dunkel Eisbock from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 106 ratings