Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)
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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-15-2008

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Ratings: 1,259 |  Reviews: 456
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of q33jeff
2.3/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2


Bottle to glass. Pale yellow orange, medium head. Pine aroma, some barley and hops. A bit . Taste is not great. Just a raw strong, in your face beer.

Nothing special. Certainly not a holiday beer.


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Photo of budgood1
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber.

pours out a clear perfect bronze colour with a light tan head leaving some chunky lace. first thing to assault the nose is some aggressive floral and spicy hopping. mostly of the noble variety if i'm accurate. a bit of candy like dark maltiness struggles to keep up with the hop nose...smells nice for a big lager such as this. the huge malt profile regains the upper hand in the taste profile, it's huge and sturdy showing off a blend of pale and dark malts with an underlying boozy kick. hop profile is all aggressive spice, providing a dazzling array of bitterness that lingers long in the finish. big, bold and brash best describes both the body and mouthfeel on this one. i wouldn't describe this as overly drinkable...nothing i want to chug too fast. double and imperial pils and the offspring they produce are still something i'm getting used to.

overall this is a pretty decent offering considering the difficulty in producing beers of this nature and making them approachable. on the other hand, it makes for a treat during bock season, which this brew so closely resembles. recommended.

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Photo of bmwats
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a a 650 ml bottle into a pilsner.

A: Amber hue. Continually rising effervescence. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly, and not completely leaving some dry residue behind as it does. Thick, persistent, beer ring lacing.

S: Roasted malt, pecan, and licorice.

T: Pungent rye. Bitter pecan shell. Almost a citrusy bittersweetness... maybe triple sec.

M: Thick and syrupy feel. Kind of boozy. Pungent, lasting finish. High alcohol is apparent.

D: Sip and enjoy. The character will dictate it.

Atmosphere is really nice. Solid lasting head, continual effervescence, and thick persistent lacing. Roasty with nut and bitter components. Pungent and bitter flavor components, but the high alcohol characteristic seems to offer up a slightly sweet component for balance. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of Wayne17
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Wizzle32
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of FBarber
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a completely clear burnt golden color. Thick white head dissipates leaving sticky white lacing but no head. Smell is tons of hops - touch of citrus, pine, cracker malts. Taste follows the nose with those flavors - citrus, pine, cracker malts, finishing with some sweet grassy bitterness. Feel is crisp, heavy from the sweetness, yet drinkable. Overall an interesting beer - its well done - but skews very hoppy.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good beer. No holiday spices - Pours an amber color with a one finger head when poured into a red cup (classy). Smell of malt on the nose. Nice flavor. Will revisit this beer.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of NEhophead
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, light tea in color beneath a frothy, off-white foam with stable retention. Delicately webbed lacing that makes for nice eye candy.

Bright, pungent hop oils: fresh, young pine, lemon, grapefruit. Touches of semi-sweet toasted wheat with just a faint hint of diacetyl. Rum-like, slightly astringent and noticeable alcohol presence. Not quite the aromas that I was expecting from a beefed-up Helles.

Rugged pine and spruce flavors up front that assault the tastebuds. Beneath this layer of sharp, young hops is a weaker, slightly metallic, tea-infused malted wheat base. Notes of coconut and candied sugar; like that of a Belgian Tripel, creep in at mid-sip. Smooth, yet hefty, but somewhat rounded deep alcohol flavor leads to a slightly dry finish.

Full bodied; a complex range of textures that come to the front at different times throughout the sip: initially rough, almost smooth prior to mid-sip, and ultimately dry in the finish. Unique, but the textures never seem to come together.

The style would have definitely fooled me. The flavors resemble more of a Double IPA or an Imperial Pilsener, than of a Helles. Big, pleasant flavors, far from being smooth or balanced. A nice experiment, but one that lacks cohesion, drinkability, and maturity.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the devilish yet festive looking bottle a deep orange/bronze with a brooding storm of carbonation bubbles in the glass. The dense head lasts forever, its not very big but it never disappears and it drapes the glass in foam. Bready, sweet malts, herbal, spicey hops and fruity, bubblegum notes make up the aroma. The taste shows much more hops and bitterness then the nose let on. Scads of floral hoppiness, a bit of sourness and some warming alcohol also show. Malt is biscuity and prominent enough to provide some semblance of balance. The mouthfeel is quite full and creamy. The finish is earthy and as bitter and long lasting as any respectable IPA or Imperial Pilsner.

This is an interesting and delicious beer. Doesnt have any Helles qualities except maybe the clean malt profile, but its a joy to drink anyways.

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Photo of ajzy
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChrisMon02
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of adamette
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the bomber that I bought at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $7.99 the other day into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date but the very "fresh" appearing label as well as the 10 or 12 it was stocked next to in the cooler at the store lead me to believe that it is this year's vintage.

A Fluffy very light brown head over a translucent honey colored body. Head leaves good lacing on the glass. 4.0

S I am loving the Chinook wet hop and Wilamette dry hops in the smell of this beer! They are very floral and aromatic but not overpowering. Really, I returned to sniff several times, enjoying how it smells. There is also some grainy malt sweetness in there after repeated smells but it is those hops that will please you first. 5.0

T/M Great, great balance of the aforementioned hops and malt with a nice light syrupy feel, not unlike a full nectar which coats the inside of my mouth and allows for a great, long aftertaste. There certainly is a bite to the tastes but they are all nicely balanced and I would say moderate in intensity. This might be my new favorite lager! I am very impressed. I think that you will be too. 4.5

D This is one of the easiest drinking 9% ABV beers that I have had and, for the style, I am very impressed. The bomber, however, will be enough for me this evening! 4.0

Notes: Another really good beer from Southern Tier which expands my appreciation of them.

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Photo of Rick778
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JVan
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74.3% out of 100 with 1,259 ratings
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