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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-15-2008

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Ratings: 1,259 |  Reviews: 456
Photo of kingjohnh
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ckeegan04
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear orangish-brown color. Big, creamy light tan head with very good retention. Leave sonly moderate lacing though.

S - Big aroma of piney hops and a hint of mint. A light sweetness underneath, but big pine forest is the dominant aroma.

T - Light, honey sweetness initially. Then the big, sappy pine taste comes in. Excellent bitterness along with it. Ther sopmewhat perfumy, mint/spice taste lingers underneath but the big pine hops are the star. Light, toasted breainess underneath. Excelent all around taste profile.

M/D - Medium bodied and very sticky. The hops resins just coat the mouth. Alcohol is well masked as well but still provides a nice warmth.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass.

Appearance: Not gold like most lagers, brownish gold with an off-white head and pretty damn thick coming off almost a full inch off the body.

Smell: Light hops, little more potent than your regular lager but nothing impressing.

Taste: Lightly bitter, roasted hops are pretty evident. The strength of hops and a lighter malt feel are way what is this brew boasts of.

Mouth: A crisp toasted bread feel that comes off dry but effectively compliments the after-taste. Smooth with medium carbonation that feels heavy at first gulp.

Overall: This in the end is a Vienna lager on roids, hearty and ridiculously full of flavor. It's not one of those complex brews because it comes at you straight forward. It is what is is really good beer. Salud!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, honey colored ruby with a white head and soapy lacing sticking everywhere.

S - Floral and grapefruit hops, herbal spiciness and sweet caramel.

T - Citrus and grapefruit hops, herbal, rye like spiciness, slight sweet caramel and toasty bready malt.

M - Medium bodied, slightly slick with low carbonation.

D - On the hoppy side but fairly smooth for 9%.

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Photo of Philcassella
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of KJ2013
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teromous
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It's a dark amber or bronze color that is brilliantly clear. The head is a foamy eggshell white that stands about a finger and a half. Lots of carbonation is visible, refracting sunburst hues of yellow and orange (I know that's worded pretty funny but that's what came to mind when I looked at it). A whole lot of lacing!

S: I get a large hop nose, giving off evergreen scents of pine, spruce, and juniper.

T: The hop flavor is toned down a lot. There's very little bitterness. It has more of a malty flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is just below what I'd consider medium mouthfeel. It has a lot of carbonation. It doesn't quite meld well, but it's definitely above average.

O: Overall it's a pretty good beer. I wasn't completely sold on the flavor so I probably won't buy it again. This is a pretty strange beer because it tastes more like an IPA style than a lager pils.

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Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Imperial pilsner, I'm sure the Czechs never envisioned a 9% ABV brew. It is a strong, but very good beer. It looks quite good with a nice creamy white head that retains well and laces. The beer has a nice amber color from dark malts. The beer is quite thick but has that lagery feel to it, although it is easy to mistake this for an ale. The nose is grapefruity acerbic hop, maybe a touch of minty hop as well. There is a little bit of ABV coming through the nose on top of some bready aromas.

The taste is quite pungent. The consistency is quite medium bodied, a tad syrupy. The beer is loaded with leafy hops and plenty of minty hops as well. The beer has been dry hopped and has the aroma and the overall hop presence that is quite capacious in character. The bready caramel flavors underneath balance well. The beer has some warming alcohol notes that play off nicely with the leafy bitterness, and the minty hop aromas. There is a definite sweetness to the beer from the caramels, and this is well balanced against the prodigious bittering hop flavors. The aftertaste does not have any throatiness, despite the high ABV. This is a nice beer well worth seeking out. It has a full palate of flavors, lots of bittering hops, lots of malty character, and plenty of warming ABV. L'Chaim.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Yancey82
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,259 ratings
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