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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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3.89/5
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1,261 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
Ranking:
#7,634
Reviews:
456
Ratings:
1,261
pDev:
12.08%
Bros Score:
4.05
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
204
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,261 |  Reviews: 456
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer, w/o freshness/vintage/bottling info. Pours clear, very clear, cap of eggshell, frothy foam, dissolving to a collar and leaving fine, plentiful and scattered lace. Fresh minty nose, also hints of alcohol, perfume and more cool mint. Thick, thick stuff, with a nice velvety mouth feel. Flavors here are all over the place mint, perfume, alcohol, piney hops in full force and biting, I even get some mild hot sauce notes. I like just about every SN offering, and appreciate their adventurous attitude, but I doubt I would go for this one again real soon...

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Photo of imbibehour
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip snifter glass. Bottle date of December 5th 2011.

An off white quite thick and large head. Foamy in character, lots of retention. Body is a nice crystal clear brandishing ruby orange, with red hints and rising carbonation.

Nose is light malts, and faint hint of thick sweetness. Kind of closed as well. Nice bouquet but not much to really say here.

Taste seems to be interesting. More like a strong ale in character with a thick malt presence. Palate brings some nice hop body with a lingering bitterness and sense of subdued grapefruit, and a spicy finish.

Overall interesting beer, but nothing that makes me desire or want to have this again.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a thin creme head. Nose is an unusual mix of floral and piney hops. Nice perfume tones. The flavor on this is so dry that I feel like I should have a glass of water after taking a sip. Hoppy tones do reside, yes. Very sharp tones of citrus mixed with floral tones strike at the nose. It's distinct, and odd. Feel is sticky and slick on liquid with a low and biting carbonation. An interesting and good beer. An Imperial Helles? Sure. Okay.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, slight hop, yeast, slight wheat, and slight dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, slight dark citrus, hint of hop, and slight earthy malt. Overall, a good body, blend, and aroma.

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Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a wisp rather than a head, though the wisp endurance a good part of the way.

The smell is of pine - like a Christmas tree - with perfume.

The taste is perfumy, and more grapefruity than piney, and sweetness. Hoppy, but in an "odd" way. I like "hoppy" and can appreciate "odd", but there is a perfumy quality to the pine (and some resin) that makes it more of an "artificial" pine than a "hoppy" one.

It's sticky - like pine sap - with abv showing. A very odd beer. I can see the Christmas connection, but too sweet, despite the hop-like pine-ness and perfumy for me to really enjoy much. Also, I don't understand the connection with Imperial Helles Lager here.

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Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear copper with a one inch white head. Great lacing and decent head retention. Looks great.

S- Sweet, bready.

T- Delicious. Some citurs, danky(!) pungent hops.

M - Mouthfeel is medium for a lager.

D/O- GD, this is a great easy, yet imperial, drinker. Might be my favorite ST release thus far. After the first sips I didn't know what I had got myself into, but by the end it was my favorite new beer of the day.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Krampus Imperial helles lager.

Npt a bad brew for Christmas Eve. Beware the switcher of bad children. I'd love to quote the label, but it is soooo long. In brief, it'll warm coldest hearts...Christmas Devil, sticks and chains....fanged, goat-horned bully...naughty or nice?....replace the cookies, lager yeast, aged cold, Merry Kramp-mas to all, and to all a good pint!
So there you have it!

9% above, 2-row pale malt, munich, caramel malt, chinook & willamette hops, cool place, snifter, best at 48, blahbetty blah...

Let's drink it, look at it, smell it, you know...

Clear, pale reddish hue, eh, more like amber, slim head, lace leaving, ...looking pretty nice. ( On further pours, it's bigger, taller, prouder.)

Aroma: malty, sharp, smooth, mild hops, somewhat sweet, ...but a little shy, not giving much else up.

Taste: grainy, malty, fierce, and hot. And yet smooth-...ish, despite the high alcohol.
Clean, and smooth, and pretty tasty. Sweet malt, delicious booze. Yum, me like.
I'm still not crazy about imperial lagers, still like ales better, when they're bigger. Just not enough flavor coming through...mmm, imperial lager, wait, what's happening to me?

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3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

09/07/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Dark yellow colored appearance. Nice full one inch plus head. Some chunks and leftover lacing. Quality looking.

Smell- Lots of hops and lots of super bready malt. Over the top on both aspects.

Taste- Super hopped and super bready, just as the nose would detect. Way too much for me in both aspects. Really harsh and quite intense.

Mouthfeel- Mid to heavier carbonation level..super bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Might be someones cup of tea, but not mine. Don't think it was spoiled, just didn't care for it. And I usually like Double Pils. My first disappointment from Southern Tier.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber. One finger head and nice lacing. An attractive pour. Aroma of strong hops and citrus. Nice rich malts and hops combination, citrus and pine. Start and middle are phenomenal, but somewhat dry and astringent in the hop finish. Points off for the astringency. This a refrigerated one year old bottle, but still tastes good. Will update after drinking a fresher one.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden orange color, very nice carbonation, very nice one-finger thick creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, citrus, and some pines. The taste is very nice, malty, slight hops, very nice chewy, citrus/pine notes. Medium body, slight bitter finish. Very drinkable, this is one tasty brew, I like, and highly recommended it. Thanks Joe.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jw347 for this extra. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Pours with about two fingers of off-white foam that dissipates to a thin cap. Excellent lacing that coats the sides of the glass. Transparent golden orange color with the occasional slow moving bubble. A very handsome brew.

S - Very hoppy, although you can tell it has faded a bit since it was fresh. That said, the hops are very spicy and floral, with notes of citrus zest as well. Bready caramel malt backbone. Maybe a touch of estery alcohol in there as well. Not what I was expecting, but quite nice.

T - Taste is not as nice - very bitter, with spicy hops, and light fusel alcohol. The malt backbone is very bready. Could use a little more sweetness to balance things out. Nice, but a little dull and boozy.

M - Very stick and resinous, active but soft carbonation, medium body, with some mild alcohol heat to it. Quite pleasant - one of the best features of this brew.

D - I don't think I could drink 22oz of this myself, but it's certainly quite nice for 8oz or so. An above-average texture makes it very easy to sip but the alcohol get to me after a while.

If hoppy imperial pilseners are your thing then this is worth trying. I'd rather have a glass of Humulus Lager.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brilliant orange color with a 1/2" head with some large bubbles. Some bit of lace develop.

Smell: malt sweetness, grass, and some floral hops are easily detectable.

Taste: nice malt profile with some green grapes, large amount of grassiness, and loads of bitterness. Alcohol provides some warming and is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp to start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Medium bodied. Surprisingly short aftertaste despite the big flavors.

Drinkability: a slow sipping beer, but I found myself wanting to open up a second bottle after this emptied. Interesting beer that goes well in front of a fire on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First off, the label of this beer is insane. Seriously insane. There is no born on date but it is recommended that I serve this beer at 48 degrees Fahrenheit, I'm pretty close to that. Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is clear and reddish / brown, light in color. No head and therefore no lacing. Carbonation mild to moderate.

Lagerish in aroma, some sweetness, no bready or bitter notes, no yeast character at all, smooth and mild.

Medium bodied, interesting flavor. Overall good, decent. Some aftertaste, no bitterness really, some sweetness up front, an odd brew for sure. Second taste, I'm a little slow, this is my last beer for the night, some nutty character to it, and I can taste the alcohol, unfortunate. Drinkability moderate, mouthfeel is fine.

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best of this style (that I’ve tried ...Note: at that time). Dark golden body with adequate but thin head. Wonderful malty aroma, and robust taste. perfect all around.

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Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at the Cellars in Woodbury for about $7. Poured a hazy yellow with a very short head. I'm really not sure this beer fits into any style. While it is light in color and presumably a lager, it bears little resemblance to a Munich helles lager. I'm not complaining, this is a big, and relatively drinkable hop-bomb. The Willamette dry hops give a light and juicy citrus start that rolls into woodsy herbs. Worth a try and tasty.

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Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 1,261 ratings
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