Samichlaus Bier Helles - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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5/5 rDev +33.7%
One of my favorite beers. The foam was a light wheat/white which dissapated very quickly witha small ring afterwards. The color was nice golden honey with hints of red and orange in the light. Taste was exceptional - it was darker and heavier than percieved by color. It also had berry undertones. Smell - crisp, clean and a variety of exotic complex fruity hints. Mouthfeel was deep. Drinkibility - smooth and rich a nice aquired taste.
04-14-2009 00:11:41 | More by Monsteruss
4.9/5 rDev +31%
I didin't know about this one until I saw a bottle in De Bierkoning in a trip to Amsterdam last year. Wish I had bought more bottles. Served in my rare Samichlaus glass, it pours some more head than its sister and lasts a bit more, but you can say it doesn't last. Very nice maber-orange colour, and absolutely beatiful when you hold it to the light.
Smells of honey, tropical fruits, dried fruits, and even almonds or hazelnuts or similar. Licorice, caramel. Silky sweet, maybe too sweet, flavor. Palate is similar, orange, honey, hazelnuts... only add a touch of oak. The finish is more like an orange liquor than a brandy, a difference to the Samichlaus we all know. The only "bad" thing that I could find is that I would have like it a little less sweetness, but when you have a beer like this, who cares?
05-19-2009 21:31:36 | More by janubio
4.88/5 rDev +30.5%
Served in a chalis from a 12 oz bottle.
A: nice golden yellow to orange color, thin white head, tiny bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.
S: smell is malty, sweet deliciousness.
T: Out-of-this-World delicious !!! You have got to try this beer, malty mouthfeel, sweet, just downright damn good !
M: just like above, malty, smooth, sup this and just keep it in your mouth to "feel" the liquid, and "chew" it down your throat, then do it again, it is so delicious...
O: I cannot give it anything but the highest accolades, read the description on the back of the bottle, and you will agree, " one of the rarest specialities in the world ".
06-02-2012 23:44:32 | More by stouts4me
4.88/5 rDev +30.5%
An immediate fluffy, creamy tan head, that quicly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing, a placid-looking beer, with a wonderful clear amber colour. Foams up a bit after a swirl, but the head disappears fast. The absence of head-retention makes it feel a bit inscrutable!
Whoa. The smell is phenomenal. Huuuuge malty sweetness, with some dried fruits in the back, a slight hint of grass is detectable also, along with a fudge-like sensatio. But this is a really awesomely complex malt-onslaught, beautifu.
Wow. Not nearly as prominent alcohol taste as I had anticipated, the viscosity isnt as thick as I was expecting either, but it sure is sweet. This is a really magnificient bouquet of tastes. The initial sweetness is the first thing that strikes you, but it is backed up by a slightly tart fruitness, some dried red berries, almost a bit of blueberry, some oaky tastes come through as well, with a hint of the usual suspect vanilla... all the while having a syrupy slightly clingy sweetness reminiscent of caramellized brown sugar. There isn't much else to this beer apart from the huge maltiness, but damn, this is SOME complex and interesting maltiness. The complexness here is very much of the same kind I might find in a glass of cognac, or even a non-smokey whiskey.
I'm really, really amazed that the alcohol is not more prominent in the taste here, but the body is so full, so bursting of sweetness and awesome flavours that the alcohol only lingers in the background all the while, contributing with a cozy warmth that complements the sweetness of the brew throughout, amazing.
Really syrupy thick, viscous mouthfeel, the carbonation is a little bit weak though, but that's pretty much expected from a beer like this.
I'm really eager to try the Samichlaus classic I have in the cellar, but damn, if that is only half as good as this, it will still be the second best doppelbock I've had.
12-23-2009 21:51:30 | More by dqrull
4.85/5 rDev +29.7%
Poured this one out into a snifter from an 11.2 oz bottle.
A - Very little head, which quickly vanished entirely. Golden and clear.
S - Strong alcohol smell, some fruitiness and caramel...very malty.
T - Caramel sweet and alcohol... very intense, reminds me of bourbon whiskey.
M - Very smooth creamy taste, with a bite in the back of the throat
D - For the high alcohol content, this was a smooth drink...but dangerous.
01-02-2008 02:58:41 | More by ntillemans
4.68/5 rDev +25.1%
Just came in stock.
Pours a golden straw color, still decent carbination for a 14%er.
Poured into a Cantillon glass for the nose. A noticable chocolate and blueberry came up, plus the candy sugar.
The first taste was of upfront candy sugar and slight hints of tangerine. This beer is big. Contained large mouth feel, not a big aftertaste. Light hop bitterness as the beer warmed, hints of champagne throughout.
The easiest way to describe this beer is as "extremely enjoyable."
Last brewed in 1986, I hope they keep release this beer yearly from now on.
11-26-2007 06:27:11 | More by FirkinDave
4.68/5 rDev +25.1%
A: A small head, light and airy. The color of the beer is deep golden.
S: Out of this world; the sweet dark dried fruits reign supreme. The smell could as easily been from a Port. The well-balanced malt and the high ABV make the a very complex beer.
T: Very nice; a thick syrupy sweetness from a very powerful maltyness. Lots of dark dried fruits; apricots, raisins and figs. Also a fresh fruitness in the back. Very complex.
M: A short sweet aftertaste, not that surprising though, considering the ABV and style. The body is so thick and the carbonation is almost non-excisting.
O: I've had lots of dark Samichlaus - this is my first pale one. The only thing that could improve this beer is a couple of years cellaring - but my character is too weak...
05-10-2013 16:18:38 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.65/5 rDev +24.3%
A - Brilliantly clear, with a long lasting white head. (light yellow color)
S - Strong alcohol aroma, accompanied with some great pilsner malt like aromas.
T - Malty but well attenuated sweetness, with a good backing of hop bitterness. Alcohol notes that are very well balanced and pleasing.
M - Full body, with an intense warmth from the alcohol. No astringency, very smooth.
This is a wonderful beer, I think a bit of age on the bottle would help remove some of the harsh alcohol aromas from the nose, but the flavor was wonderful...
07-25-2008 20:14:43 | More by donaldchapman
4.63/5 rDev +23.8%
This is very similar to the original samichlaus but sweeter and lighter.
A- Red amber with little head.
S- Brown sugar with notes of cherry and cinamon. Hints of vanilla.
T- Caramel and toffee with hints of vanilla and cherry. Some cinamon. Raw sugar.
M- Sticky and creamy. Almost cloying.
D- Strong but alcohol well hidden. Definitely a sipping beer. Slightly easier to drink that the original. Lighter and alcohol masked better. Sweeter.
11-10-2010 17:53:44 | More by JayS2629
4.63/5 rDev +23.8%
Had this on tap today at Three Floyds into a Samichlaus tulip glass.
Appearance was a bright and clear golden-orange with a one inch off-white head. It retained pretty well and left some decent lacing on the glass.
The aroma was pretty similar to the other one, without the "darker" notes. There's tons of sweet caramel and toffee notes, a big raisiny backbone, and a lovely brown sugarish sweetness. Alcohol is obviously apparent at 14% ABV, but doesn't distract.
The taste is just as good. Lots of sweetness throughout, with a lot of caramel sweetness and brown sugar in the beginning. Fruitiness is just as big, mostly of raisins, which enters right at the start of the swallow. The finish was a lingering of both the fruitiness and malt character. No hops to speak of son, this is malt country.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied, very smooth drinking with a slight crispness. Alcohol factor is slightly deterrent to drinkability.
I just don't understand how both Samichlaus are rated with a measly B+! These are world class beers in my opinion, easily the two best Doppelbocks ever, and I've had quite a few. I can sum this beer up in a few word: I need more.
01-13-2009 21:33:33 | More by roadhouse
4.53/5 rDev +21.1%
appearance: Similar to the 08' Samichlaus. Light copper with a very slight head. Decent lacing though.
smell: Yum. More butter and spicy goodness.
taste: Not quite up to the bottle of 08' I had a few weeks back but quite de-lish make no mistake. Toffee and light spice.
drinkability: Amazed at how smooth this monster is.
01-15-2011 01:14:40 | More by cindyjeffsmith
4.53/5 rDev +21.1%
Pours medium gold, very clear, and with a medium but quickly fading head. Aroma is almost pure malt, very little hops, but some. Alcohol does come through, although very cleanly, in the aroma. Palate is full, and appropriate. Flavor is a wonderful malty, alcoholic and very clean beer. Uber-maibock anyone?
12-08-2007 03:24:53 | More by beerking1
4.5/5 rDev +20.3%
Appearance - This is a brilliantly clear slightly darkened orange in color with no head whatsoever due to the massive alcohol content. Sweet.
Smell - The first sense I get is of quality triple sec with a surprising absence of booze. I also am finding a rich but broken down malt base and some sound wood notes without that annoying vanilla fragrance. Nice again.
Taste - The booze comes through a little bit more at the taste as does the orange. The malt from the nose actually steps back a bit making this a big fruity booze-fest. The wood again is quite prominent and dominant.
Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with no alcohol sting whatsoever, which is absolutely amazing. There is a fascinating malty bitterness at the very back of the tongue and of course no carbonation at all.
Drinkability - I enjoy the high-octane stuff as anyone who knows me can attest. This is probably the highest quality booze bier that I've ever had. It is incredibly smooth with no sense of alcohol. You wouldn't even know of its high ABV except halfway through the glass you start falling down a lot. Extremely well done - a class act for sure.
Update - I had a chance to review this again in 2010. This is really an incredible beer and worth of the highest regards. It is a masterful effort and incorporates well the record-setting high ABV in a tasty, flavorful beverage.
The flavor is doppelbockesque with a thick, rich, malt base that has a high-octane orange charge in it. What the brewer has mastered though is the blending of the big alcohol and the sweetish malts. It's like a liquid malt love of some kind. Either way it is an amazing production and as a helles DB in a class all by its lonesome self. This is actually one of my favorite beers of all time.
11-20-2008 03:40:42 | More by RoyalT
Samichlaus Bier Helles from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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