Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,255 Ratings
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
Ratings:
1,255
Reviews:
454
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.99%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
205
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,255 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of corey0212
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear coppery/amber color, decent sized tan head fades slowly, and leaves rings of lacing on the way down. Tons and tons and tons of piney aromas, some candy-sweet malt lingers in the background, but this is one piney smelling brew! Taste definitely delivers on the pine promise, but the malty flavors are actually pretty rich, some nice caramel flavors, and a faint alcohol hotness. Really clean mouthfeel, lots of lingering spice/hops...yeah, Southern Tier does it again. Love this.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KeefD
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with yellow highlights around the edges, a huge, pillowy off-white head that left some very nice lacing down the pilsner glass. A thick cap sticks around throughout. This is one of the best smelling lagers I've come across - Enormous amounts of hops, plenty of pine, light citrus, sweet, and lightly floral. I'm so glad they used American hops rather than the Nobles, which would have been the norm for this style. This is much better. Taste is bitter up front, plenty of oily hop resins, backed up by some toasty malt, sweet honey, and hints of smokiness in there somewhere. Very tasty! Creamy mouthfeel, smooth and crisp. Definitely some lager characteristics here, but this tastes like an DIPA. Maybe we should call this an Imperial India Pale Lager?

Oh so good. I didn't know a Helles lager could be this dark, but I'll bite. After all, this is ST. They do things differently, and I'm glad they do. Forget Santa Claus, this Krampus guy brings the real gifts! Excellent.

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Photo of dick783
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a copper color with a fine white head.

S - Smells of sweet toasted malt with some grassy hop notes come through. Has a great aroma with nothing overpowering the nose.

T - Fantastic. The flavors almost work their way down the tongue, starting sweet at the front and finishing with a light bitterness from the hops at the back. Clean taste, its almost like an ESB but with a cleaner finish.

M - Its got body, but its a body with a clean crisp edge. Good carbonation that cleans the pallet well after each sip.

D - Fantastic drinkability. You could tell me this was a 4% session beer and I'd believe it. And with the crip clean finish it doesn't grow old, you could drink these as long as you can see straight and never get tired of it. An excellent winter beer, Ill be having more for sure.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Helles, isn't that an oxymoron? In any case, Krampus appears a dark amber color with a nice cap of foam which clings to glass as the liquid interface falls. The aroma is a nice balance of caramel and lemony hops. The alcohol opens the senses. Surprisingly carbonated, almost prickly, on the palate. The malt notes (bread, biscuit, and dark fruit) are briskly swept away as the hops takes over. Resinous pine, grapefruit, old fashion bitterness and a wave of booze finish this off in a big dollop of hops. A nice brew that invites the drinker to have more. I don't know if I would call this a Helles, but it is good.

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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 Thunderchief
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Hobbit
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of CAD22
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of hannaho
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Drew88
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of beoirific
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mannyman3000
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of FriedSlug
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of LarryMyers
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Yvaithe
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of ChurchofPayton
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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

Poured a bomber into a tulip glass. A beautiful copper colored beer that has an equally beautiful thick tan head. Head goes rocky as it fades and gooey lacing is left behind in abundant quantities.

Big spicy hops in the nose, piney and bitter. Some roasty malt in the background. Tastes of pine, spice, and alcohol, entwined around a sweet caramel maltiness. Big bitter finish, with a hop bite and alcohol warmth that linger pleasantly. Is there a clean lager finish behind that? Maybe...but I might be imagining it because if you told me this was an American Strong Ale I would believe you.

Big bodied, noticably viscous, but oh so drinkable. Style aside, this is a tasty beer.

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Photo of rbmjr1
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of jt0818
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,255 ratings.
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