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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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447 Reviews
Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-15-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
447
Ratings:
1,228
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.64%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
192
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 447 | Ratings: 1,228
Photo of dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE: December 2, 2016... OCCASION: having returned from Lenape Valley's title game (loss), time for a consolation glass... GLASSWARE: Schneider's Edel-Weise pokal... pours a transparent golden amber body that releases reasonable bubbles into a clumping, thick, sudsy white head... the two hops work overtime with a tail-whipping strength of resin and citrus... slight caramel embeds in the bread malts... again, those hops! a clean ping resonates with the helles profile... a dry chardonnay body blends with a cider-like sweetness to leave a draw that belies its potency... toasted malts mix with fruity dryness--apple, lemon, fig, and astringent alcohol (slightly reminiscent of cheaper vodka?)... this is powerful--one bottle is enough to both entice another and evoke the buzz of something with proof on its bottle... some heat is produced, and that is a good thing--the imperial nature of the beer demands the drinker asks forgiveness for his year of sinfulness and enjoy the punishment... sweet honey, brisk malts and fruitiness make for a fearful, rewarding experience... Southern Tier, thank you for a lager that celebrates the winter season with its power and glory....

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Photo of BB1313
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/11/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity; fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice hop presence. Mild hints of garlic and onion. Some subtle tropical notes with some rubber in the mix. Bready malts are there. I know it almost sounds like I'm describing an IPA, but it's definitely a lager. The flavors are very bold and bitter. It's slightly syrupy, but it ultimately remains clean. It's pretty earthy as well. Hints of pine. More bread with some hints of caramel. It finishes slightly warm and spicy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and smooth. It's pretty easy to drink, but makes for a nice sipper.

This is a very nice brew. It might be a little rough around the edges, but everything really comes together. The craftsmanship is impressive and it's fun to drink. Southern Tier is known for some bold imperial beers, and this one is no exception. This one is fitting for this time of year. Well done.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best of this style (that I’ve tried ...Note: at that time). Dark golden body with adequate but thin head. Wonderful malty aroma, and robust taste. perfect all around.

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Photo of BigGold
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber, stamped "DOB 10/26/15," into nonic pint. Doesn't completely reflect the style, but does a good job of hiding the high ABV.

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Photo of EMV
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours an amber/orange color... 2 fingers of off-white head. Generous lacing.. great legs... definitely a sexy sassy beer.

S: Biscuits and malts... noble hops, slightly floral.

T/F: Fresh baked biscuits, bready malts, with a nice soft hop pinch at the finish. Great carbonation, well hidden ABV but warming. It makes my tongue tingle a bit.

O: An Imperial lager... not bad at all, although nothing really close to a lager. An overall well rounded and presented brew.. more of an Imperial Amber to my taste. Call it what you will... it's an easier drinker than it should be, and a fine offering from Southern Tier.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Lovely reddish-copper color with a moderate head.
S: Excellent aroma, with plenty of malt, and some nice floral hops.
T: Highly bitter, certainly more bitter than any Helles I've ever had, with a dry grassy, floral hop flavor, that almost overwhelms the malt. There's a little sticky sweetness at the finish, but it doesn't feel like a Helles in any way to me.
M: Big bodied, as expected by the strength.
O: Eh, drinkable enough, if you don't care that you're not getting a Helles in any way.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a pretty copper color with a two-finger, milk-white head and extensive lacing. It smells of floral malt with a faint whiff of caramel. The taste opens with sweet citrus and bready malt and finishes with sharp pine. It's a terrific blend of sweet malt and bitter hops. This lager is medium bodied and pleasantly carbonated. It's easy to drink in spite of its 9% ABV. Overall, it is very good. It is very flavorful and it packs a punch. It would stand up well with a hearty meal or on its own. Southern Tier is a quality brewer with great offerings

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Photo of Tilly
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep caramel, soft dark fruit, hoppy, full body, nice balance. Mildly bitter. Interesting mouth feel, tangy. I'm not lager fan but this could change my mind!

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Photo of Vierenner
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quality beer from a quality brewery! I've had this several times before but never submitted a review. Pours a nice, clear, copper color with a decent foam head which recedes to a persistent layer of thin foam. Smell is mildly aromatic. Taste is quite satisfying, although more hoppy than one might expect from a lager. Overall a very delicious beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer! Smooth pour of golden orange with a nice thick creamy head and great lacing. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is rich and flavorful with fruit and pine flavors. I will buy some more to drink after the Christmas season.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A nice clear, dark gold. The egg shell white head leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells pretty sweet. Light bready malts. Decent amount of floral.

It tastes like club crackers and sweet doughy bread and some citrus followed by biting pine and floral hops.

It feels a little to full and syrupy.

Overall, this is a very good beer. A bit boozy, and overly hoppy for the style, but the base beer is to point. Not crisp enough to be a pilsner like the listing, but it is billed as a Helles, so I am scoring more along those lines.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not what I expected for the style, but after I adjusted to the hops, this is pretty tasty. Pours copper with thin, clingy white skim. Aroma is all citrus and pine despite my attempts to sniff some malt. Flavor is similar - hoppy with the slightest sweet in the hoppy aftertaste. This is okay, but one-time.

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Photo of bluehende
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this at a tasting from tap. Somewhat sweet, but expected. Very nice mouthfeel for a lager and would do well on a cold night when a stout is not wanted.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a surprise....I was thinking helles lager....not pseudo ipa. This beer poured a nice copper with thin white head that did not lace. The scent was pine and citrus. The taste was a crisp hoppy goodness. Pine and citrus definitely present and came off the pallet clean. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was a good beer.

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Photo of IronLover
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bright copper orange in color with a light, viscous haze. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a soapy cap with medium retention. Medium pilsner malt aroma. Medium light herbal hop aroma followed by sweet bready and boozy notes. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel and medium light carbonation. Medium malty flavor up front followed by light herbal hops and medium light hop bitterness. Definitive booziness from the middle to the end. Finished cleanly with a light bitterness and booziness. Certainly a boozy pilsner. The alcohol is smooth and warming, although a bit dominant.

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Photo of EMH73
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First sip and I am overwhelmed by citrusy hops, predominately grapefruit, followed by an unpleasant bitterness. There is also a grassy, piney quality that I did not enjoy. First Southern Tier that I did not enjoy.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle dated 10/25/15. Sampled on November 20, 2015 so less than one month.

Heady, amber-orange pour. Moderate clarity. The head fades some.

Interesting pine and sort of tropical fruit or floral aroma with those roasted malts.

Medium,, smooth body. Good texture.

The taste has a vibrant sweet, cooked malt character with a clean, crisp bitterness pouring in from behind.

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Photo of Ri0
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22 oz. bottle into snifter. Dark amber with a 2 finger white head. Great retention and loads of lacing line the glass.

Sweet malts,some caramel and bread. Plenty of piney, green hop scents that are floral and earthy. Maybe a few hints of citrus. Starts off with sweet malts with a caramel flavor along with a breadiness to it. Transforms into a big hoppy finish. A bitterness comes in with earthy and piney notes, even a bit of citrus. This has a nice flavor and excellent balance. Light to medium-bodied, smooth and nice carbonation, some lingering bitterness.

I can see why some dislike it, but it is a big malty lager that has loads of hops. If you like IIPA's, give it a try.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clear copper to amber topped with a 1” foam collar that dissipates quickly leaving good lacing with very strong hop aromas. Aggressively hopped but has good clean malt as well to back up the hops – the hops are where the action is and it is almost like a tonic.

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Photo of barczar
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is obviously from last year.

Aroma is floral, with a significant amount of caramel malt and that classic lager yeast character. There's a touch of specialty malt fruitiness.

Flavor reveals a more dominant fruitiness, likely attributable to specialty malt and citrusy hop character, with a crisp lager finish and fairly high bitterness. The toasted malt character is tea-like, and a boot overly done.

I'm not a huge bitter fan, so this is not to my liking. The citrus hop character is the only redeeming quality.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter from the bottle. This nice little Belgian pours a lightly hazy amber on the verge of orange with a beautiful head of off white foam that dissipates to ta thin layer, nice ring, and excellent lacing. Nose of grapefruit, citrus and piney hops, rich caramel, and some grainy alcohol. Flavors exceed the nose with caramel notes to the fore, then a fade into hops that is citrus forward and then piney on the back followed by a light honey aftertaste. Excellent for the style. Not being a hop head, this one dances with enough malt that I am not beaten over the head with the flavor profile. Alcohol burn comes through on the back and is smoothed out by a nice lightly creamy and sweet aftertaste and moderate carbonation. Exceptional.

Christmas in July

Cheers.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, pint glass.
Clean clear golden color. 1F white head, heavy fat lacing.
Mild spice hop and malt aromas, some caramel.
Caramel malt, grassy, some hops.
Lots of bite, medium body.
Nice take, tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served from tap in a snifter at Beelow's.

About to return to the theatre, I decided to revisit the Krampus, see how it comes across these days. It pours a clear sunset amber-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises melon, apricot, caramel, light sweet cereal grains, and a twinge of booze for good measure. The taste holds notes of boozy grass, sweet cereal, light vinyl, and mild corn syrup. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, not terrible, but the booziness and slightly-fruity sweetness clash and create something akin to higher-end malt liquors. Still not my cup o' tea, really.

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Photo of hophugger
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep golden color, clear, with average to slightly less average head and commendable lacing all around. Aroma is both hoppy and malty. First taste is very bitter hops and then a little sweetness. This beer may be out of date, as the flavors are weak and somewhat watered down. The bitterness is not that pleasant and lingers and lingers.......and lingers........Overall, the flavors are there, but they won't go together, kind of like oil and vinegar. Will; have to check date and if it is an old bottle, will revisit in the future...

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Photo of DrMullet
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome label with a killer depiction of Krampus. Pours an amber color. Spicy/citrus flavor. Has a fair hint of malt with caramel/bread crust tones. Hoppy but not too much. I like it.

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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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