Southern Tier Krampus (Imperial Helles Lager)

Well, the weekend is finally winding down. I had a work party this weekend, which was absolute insanity. I felt bad because this was the first time that my girlfriend had to meet all of my friends and let’s just say…there was a lot of Cafe Patron flowing (not past my lips though, I find the stuff pretty nasty). Yesterday, I met up with some of my cousins that I hadn’t seen in awhile and then went to a bar in Red Bank. Today was filled with taking down Christmas decorations, football and now beer…

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to, “Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner. In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern Bavaria, South Tyrol, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration.”

Random: I cannot believe the Giants won. Wow…poor Aaron Rodgers.

I poured this one into my Duvel glass. I’m not all that familiar with this style, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect. It poured with a one finger white head that dissipated slowly, but left a little bit on top of the body. There was also no lacing left on the glass. The body was a clear copper color with very little carbonation. The nose had some hops to it, followed by bread, caramel malt and a hint of spice. Despite the 9% ABV, there was not a lot of booze on the nose. This one starts with caramel and bread, then goes into grapefruit and hops with a bit of grass. Not really what I was expecting. On the second sip, I also got some subtle nuttiness to it. The body was medium and a bit of the creamy side. The finish lingered forever with some hops. If you didn’t tell me what style this beer was, I definitely wouldn’t have guessed it was a lager. The hoppiness really made me think of an IPA. Also of note is that the booze is pretty well hidden, making this a dangerous sipper. Pretty good. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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