Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,257 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:
1,257
Reviews:
455
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.99%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
204
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,257 |  Reviews: 455
Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rpbisaillon
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crewfan1952
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraigMack61
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 wattersmike90
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jws7968
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beerboy21
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hipHOPSanonymous
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kelseyr713
2.26/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Poloplaya
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robebo44
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Wizzle32
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Nunya
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingPurple
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,257 ratings.
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