Southern Tier Krampus

Tasting: December 5, 2012
Style: Helles Lager

Southern Tier Krampus (c)2012 popsonhops

Krampus is a mythical goat-horned devilish creature of Germanic origin. According to legend, Krampus would accompany Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season. While Saint Nicholas would reward the good children with gifts, Krampus would stuff the bad children into a bag; carry them back to its lair and eat them on Christmas day. Wow — forget elf on the shelf. In modern “festivities” in Europe, people dress as Krampus rattling rusty chains and clanging bells to frighten children into compliance. The culmination is Krampusnacht which falls on December 5th (tonight) which is the eve of the Feast of Saint Nicholas. So, Happy Krampusnacht everyone! I think.

By the name, this one is appropriately called a helles lager. But helles doesn’t mean devilish, rather it means “lighter” in German. It’s a maltier offering with additional hops. Appearance is a rich orange. Very solid malt base with bread-like grains, subtly sweet and surprisingly hoppy and very bitter on the finish. This is a a hefty 9% ABV and has the matching full body mouthfeel. Some boozy burn – but it doesn’t intrude too much. If you like bitter – you’ll like this one. I’d like some more sweetness – but it’s a solid 87.

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