Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

very good
1,256 Ratings
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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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ckeegan04
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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 albern
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Photo of csfcmitchell
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Gww1864
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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 sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Auror
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bigpoppa67
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of captainbearcat
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of amalburg
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Brams17
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of allergictomacros
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear amber/red with a dense head of foam.

S - Nose is hoppy, fruity and boozy. Citrus, pine, apple, and mango.

T - Sweet and intensely hoppy. There's a bare hint of caramel, but is quickly overwhelmed by a resinous pine hop. Sweet fruitiness and apple comes through as well. Finish is a moderately bitter and very clean and smooth.

M - Moderate body and carbonation. Again, smooth but not oily or heavy in any way.

D - Very drinkable. Tasty, and a bit different from a DIPA.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

extremely clear deep orange pour with about half inch of head that remained throughout the whole glass. smells of rich grains, yeast, bready. tastes bitter up front with a sweet backbone of caramel/brown sugar, tastes of pilsner and wheat malts. refreshing, crisp, medium bodied but has the refreshing sensation of a light bodied beer. this is perfect for the style of beer that it is. i generally don't like lagers/pilsners, but this one changes the game.. give it a shot!

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Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Clear golden with a white one finger head that glided away to a light feathering. Foamy lacing.

S: Mainly bready malts. Some grainy sensations, too.

T: Tangy, malty, citrusy. Honey, grainy. A slight hop bitterness, but nicely balanced with the malts. A good kick at the end. Never noticed the 9% until it was too late. Well hidden.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: really enjoyed this festive helles lager. Smooth, sweet, slightly robust. Would drink again. Great label art.

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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 vkv822
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into

Pours a clear golden orange with active rising carbonation and a thick foamy off-white head.

The aroma is of quite piney and spicy hop notes. Quite a bit more hops than I was expecting, but very pleasant. Some sweet malt backing.

The taste is of citric and piney hops upfront, much like an IPA, though as the flavors progress it blends into a floral spicy finish. There is a nice malty caramel backbone throughout that keeps this balanced. Really not much booziness from the high ABV.

Nice medium body with active carbonation that keeps it from being too heavy.

This is a very well done and easy drinking Imperial Pilsner especially when considering the high ABV.

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Photo of kingjohnh
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,256 ratings.
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