Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Beer Review - Southern Tier Krampus.

Been far too long since I posted a beer review. I am actually on a bit of a beer drinking hiatus at the moment (drying out some), but perhaps it is time for a little Krampmus in July?

Southern Tier Brewing Company - Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)

Beer Type: American Double/Imperial Pilsner
Appearance: 22 oz. brown bottle with a cartoon Krampus "goatman" brandishing chains and birch branch. Nice! Beer poured a nice copper/amber color with a thin off-white head.
Smell: Plenty of hops in the nose, plus a bit of earthy bread.. does that make sense?!
First Drink: Sweet malt at first followed quickly by a citrus/bitter hops. Simple, direct, and to the point.
Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, not too strong but not too weak. An overall medium body.
Last Drink: More citrus and bread flavors coming through as the beer warms up.
Drinkability: First beer I have had from this brewery, but damn if this isn't a fine lager! A lot of flavor going on here.
Notes: While there is nothing outwardly "holiday" about this brew it does carry a bit of holiday cheer.. or perhaps that is the 9% ABV talking?
Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. This beer does Krampus proud.

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