Krampus by Southern Tier Brewing is a 9%ABV Imperial Helles Lager. BeerAdv describes as an imperial pilsner. I know it is not Christmas yet but it is close to the end of the year we have just approached the last quarter and I figured I talk about this beer as it may fall in a Halloween sense yet this is more for a Christmas time. So for the many that don’t know about Austrian Chrism
More info on Krampus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus
ARE YOU NAUGHTY OR NICE?
St. Nicholas, aka Santa Claus, is a magical figure, the bringer of gifts and an icon of holiday spirit. Forgotten by most is his evil side kick and enforcer of ‘the list’. European tradition says while St. Nick is busy delivering presents to good little boys and girls, Krampus hands out punishments to the bad. A fanged, goat-horned bully, the Christmas Devil uses sticks and chains to beat the naughty children. Dark malts and aromatic hops create the diabolical spirit of this brew. It is finished with lager yeast and aged cold for no less than 30 days. This Imperial Helles Lager will warm even the darkest hearts. This season, replace the cookies with a bottle of Krampus. If he happens to pay a visit, toast to him with this devilish brew. Merry Kramp-mas to all, and to all a good pint!
Alcohol 9.0% by Vol.
2-row pale, debittered black malt, munich malt, and caramel malt.
Kettle hops: Chinook dry hops, and Willamette
So who would of thought of a German Helles be spicy and malty like a Christmas beer yet light bodied and hide the alcohol. Flavors of strong toffee, caramel, earthy hop grass, minor citrus and wheat, not really sensing pilsner but that may just be covered up too. There is some cinnamon, nutmeg, buttered up biscuit, oranges and minor grapefruit. This beer is decent and reminds me of the Samichlaus Helles. It is hard to explain this beer as it is a different style. Seems so similar to a German Bock with extra hops. Maybe a German style amber… not sure. Regardless it is still a good sweet Christmasy beer and should be tried atleast once or twice 🙂