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

Wow, this is my first Austrian beer... and not my last. It was a very nice shade of dark amber with a creamy head that lasted the whole beer. The smell was similar to most belgians, but wasn't as strong. Same thing goes for the taste. There was another difference, along with the pugencey of the taste and smell, was that there was a hint of smokiness to it. I think this made it stand out from other beers that are, for the most part, similar. Even though there was a rather high alcohol content, it's was pretty well masked. I would love to thank my woman for hookin' me up with this one. Now, I will start my journey through Austria's other beers. Ich ben ien Kolsch.

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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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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 merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby tinted mahogany color in the glass after an easy pour. Color is radiant when held to the light. Ecru head fades in seconds into a long lasting collar of lace that goes the distance. Some sheets of lace are present early on. Aroma, like the taste, is of a fine Bavarian doppelbock. Heavy molasses, coriander, rum-soaked plums, raisins, and figs.
Taste is enormous and complex. Imagine drinking a puree of tart Bing cherries smothered in spiced rum, with a cup of melted dark fudge mixed throughout. There is a soothing alcohol warmth stirred into this mixture that makes it a perfect nightcap, or an exotic session ale if you're stranded in a remote mountain cabin with a case of this Austrian nectar. I would bring a case of this Eisbock to a secluded villa If I were trying to impress Nicole Kidman on a date. Since that's never going to happen, I'm just going to mark in my journal that this is an exceptional ale that deserves a permanent place in my cellar. Tastes very much like a Celebrator, but is stronger, and, perhaps, more complex. World Class!

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Photo of erica
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I quite liked Urbock. It was very dark brown, but not blackish. Little bit of a tan head. It smelled very sweet and fruity, pretty good, I thought. It tasted similar to the aroma, sweet and brown sugary, malty, not much hop taste, tasted a bit alcoholic with a hint of berries or cherries perhaps... The mouthfeel left a bit to be desired actually. It was good but a bit on the thick side, though it was nice and smooth and soft. Drinkability suffers because of the sweetness and thickness, and because I fell asleep holding the glass with a sip left in still. Oops. I might try it again, but I won't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, murky, reddish/brown copper coloured brew with a small, quickly fading head, of tan foam. The aromas are intense and luxurious. Deeply roasted malts, caramel, sugar, candy, alcohol, berries, and more. The taste is quite malty, berry-like, sweet, and lovely. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and suprisingly enough...not cloying. The drinkability is also great! Awesome stuf!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I pour this chilled beverage into my snifter and get a frothy beige head to foam up about 1 cm. The head fades to a thin layer kind of quickly. The color of the brew is a clear amber color with some ruby tints mixed in.
The aroma is rich and complex, some ripe fruit, some caramel, and definite alcohol traces. This could be a strong one!
First sip reveals strong plum and raisin flavors up front with a fairly empty middle, and a sweet vinous finish. The finish also carries the raisiny flavors from the front. Where do they go in the middle?
There is also some alcohol warmth at the end.
The body is rather thick with some syrupy characteristics. Definitely coating on my teeth. Average carbonation that is slightly tingly on my tongue.
The beer is drinkable even with the hint of warming that occurs on its way to my belly. Probably not as drinkable on a hot summer day but is very nice on a cold February evening!

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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 lackenhauser
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark ruby brown color with almost no head.Wonderful aroma-buttery,caramel,toffee.Great malt flavor dominates-butterscotch like.Caramel flavors.Big "chewy" mouthfeel.Very slight alcohol warming.A very big,nice beer indeed.Far more drinkable then EKU 28 which may be a lot of peoples first try at an eisbock.If there were more commercial varities of eisbock around it could become my favorite style.Give it a try.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent ambery copper color with a greyish beige head. Smells rich and malty, oaky like Samichlaus, dark fruit notes (berry, raisin, currant) in there as well. Alcohol is noticable in the aroma. Smooth and sugary roasted malt richness that seems to moderately mask the ABV. Estery and complex, finishing sweet and a touch dry (I'd stored this bottle for a while). Mouthfeel is silky and slick, yet maintaining a solid effervescence. Can't say I could drink many of these back-to-back, but who'd want to ruin such a treat?

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a crystal clear deep amber brown with a thin head which persisted around the edges. The aromas are complex malt, caramel, raisins and dark fruit. The flavor is caramel and raising and sweet malt. The sweetness is balanced by decent bittering and the finish dries out over time from sweet to dry bitter and alcohol. The body is slick and medium full.

I absolutely love the aroma of this beer, and with more restrained alcohol its drinkability would improve.

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Photo of Darkale
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Brown clear body with a touch of red. Spare head dies quickly. Aroma is -- wow! -- super sweet. Deeply sweet malt, touch of hops, thick and candy like. Rich and thick in the mouth. Creamy; it coats the tongue and teeth. Burn of alcohol. The sensation of the beer lingers in your mouth after you swallow. Mellow and liquor-like. Perhaps a bit too much alcohol for some. A pleasant fireside beer. Don't have too many, though, or you won't remember to keep the fire going! A couple of these and you won't NEED a fire...

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Photo of byrd
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice one finger head develops from a rather aggressive pour, then dissipates slowly to a good sized foamy lace. The color is a clear dark brown with a garnet hue. Great aroma of sweet malts, dark fruits, and rum raisins. Palate is similar to the aroma with lots of dark fruits - plums, raisins, dates - and rum notes. The finish is warming with a slight hop bitterness and a subtle roastiness. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. The rum notes linger in the aftertaste reminding you that this is a belly warmer.

EKU 28 is the only other Eisbock that I’ve sampled to date, and this, by far, is the superior brew. This is definitely a sipping beer, but it wants to be something more. The flavors all meld so well and it’s such a smooth brew that it almost goes down too easily for its strength.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle served slightly chilled and then allowed to warm in a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance: Dark brown with a reddish cast to it. Short-lived off-white head that recedes to a faint ring. No real lacing to speak of.

Smell: Prominent prune smells with some mild herbal hops in the background. I do believe I'm smelling some booze as well.

Taste: Malty and pruny sweet. Light herbal and medicinal flavors with a slight booze taste.

Mouthfeel: Hooyah! Just mildly boozy. Alcohol is decently masked, but you can definitely sense it. Hearty, warming, and smooth.

Drinkability: Let this sucker warm up a bit. The flavors meld much better, particularly the booze ones. A nice night cap or dessert beer. I'd fear the person that calls this a session beer.

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Photo of TheDM
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Upon pouring the glass I immediately notice a difference in my expectations. This brew was not as dark as I had anticipated. It was instead, a yellow orange color. When poured, there was no head to speak of. Its lacing stuck very well to the side of the glass. It had a smell of apples and not much else came to mind. The taste test was equally confounding. I was expecting something stronger, but instead got a much more mild response from my taste buds. I could drink a few of these, but still not a brew of choice. After finishing 1/2 a bottle I already felt the alcohol in the brew. I don't usually notice it this fast unless it is strong. Not what I would expect from a 9.6% ABV brew.

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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 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 hotstuff
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very small head that dissolved rather quickly. The lacing was sparse with this brew. It has a coffee aroma. An aftertaste was noticed with this brew. Definitely not a brew to be guzzled down. This brew is one to be sipped and enjoyed. I hope I have the opportunity to drink this one again!

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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 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 Reidrover
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in 11.2 oz brown bottle with gold label and gold paper round the neck;
Pours a deep red , ruby colour with a off white head which quickly dissapears leaving a ring of lace around the glass.
Oh wow what a fantastic aroma this beer gives off..very malty chewy, chocolatey, prunes ..some black cherry great
Taste ? all of the above plus a nice warming jolt of alcohol..very little bitterness..the prune taste stays a while good.
Very very smooth for such a strong beer..nice feel on the tongue good amount of carbonation ( little).
Very very drinkable for one so darn strong..have to be very careful with this.
My first taste of this type of beer and I am very impressed..cheers!!

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