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: 1,263 |  Reviews: 456
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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.76/5  rDev -3.3%

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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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

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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4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,263 ratings