Who or what is Krampus? I like to think of myself as an educated and cultured man, but I had never heard of Krampus until I picked up a bottle of this beer. It turns out that Krampus is the doppelganger (please imagine the umlaut is in there) of St. Nicholas. While St. Nicholas is handing out gifts to the good boys and girls, Krampus is handing out beatings to the naughty. That is my kind of guy! Not only is drinking beer fun, it is educational too!
This is the second Southern Tier beer I have reviewed, and there is a reason for that. These guys are good, and their beers are usually top notch. Even when they miss, and some of their beers are not all that great, they miss because they are swinging for the fences. Who dares, Wins. That is true of the SAS, and it is true of brewers as well.
The Krampus Imperial Helles Lager is a winner. It is Southern Tier’s Christmas Beer, so there may be a few bottles lingering on the shelves of your local beer emporium. If you see it, grab it, because you will enjoy it. The beer pours a crystal clear amber color, with a nice head, which leaves belgian lace to the bottom of the glass. It has a nice hoppy aroma, which carries over to the taste, balanced by a sweet and spicy malt flavor. 9% ABV. Good stuff. 7.5/10.