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Samichlaus Bier Helles - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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85
very good

320 Ratings
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 11-25-2007)
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sevopie

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Reddish-golden color with a quickly dissipating white head.

Smell - This smells heavily of bitter maltiness, like a pilsner. Has a hint of sweet/spice note on it.

Taste - Tastes like a watered down version of the regular Samichlaus with the bitter slightly more prevalent. Heavy on the alcohol tone with a sugary sweet maltiness and a heavy bitter with a slight spice tone.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light with a lot of carbonation, unfortunately the carbonation enhances the alcohol tone.

Drinkability - I am wondering how easily I am going to finish this one. Not nearly as easy to drink as the regular Samichlaus, and the bitterness doesn't really sit very well. I'm glad I found it to try it, but I will stick to the regular one.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 03:48:38 | More by sevopie
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roblowther

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Helles or doppelbock? I'm confused but I'm ok with that. Pours golden amber, clear and bubbly, with a head that quickly settles into a thin off-white covering. Smells like candied oranges, caramel, and a slight nuttiness. It smells good but like it may be too sweet. Let's find out. WOW! That is sweet. This could probably give diabetics a contact high. There is a woodiness, and then sweet. A hint of pepper, then just sugar syrup. Mouthfeel is syrupy with nice carbonation. Drinkability is just going to depend on you. Do you like your pancakes to be nothing but large sediment in a vat of light corn syrup? Then you're good. For me, not so much. It's like Jane Austen's "Persuasion". You want to experience all the legend has to offer, and now you have so you don't have to drink, er read, it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 21:14:24 | More by roblowther
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cjgator3

Florida

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a golden orange color with a very thin white head that quickly disappears. The aroma features some malt, a touch of caramel and a good whiff of alcohol. The taste to no surprise starts out smooth and malty and finishes with a warming alcohol punch. I am not a huge fan of this offering, it is just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 04:16:49 | More by cjgator3
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zeff80

Missouri

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with little to no head. No lacing either.

S - It smelled of sweet honey, caramel and sugar with a boozy nose, too.

T - Very, very sweet. Over the top sweet with boozy taste.

M - One of the better qualities of this brew. It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - To me this beer is just over done. Too much alcohol, too much sweetness without any hop character.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 15:35:56 | More by zeff80
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 2007

Looks a clear gold, without much head retention. The aroma is of white grape and sweet, bready malt. The flavor and mouthfeel is rough to say the least. There's a strong, dry alcohol flavor, in line with watered-down vodka. The malt just comes off like a very concentrated light lager with caramel malt ad a touch of grassy hops. It's not all-out offensive, but I won't be finishing this one. I'll return to this one after I let a bottle mellow for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 03:04:05 | More by tempest
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Jmamay22

New York

2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2007 vintage.

This big lager pours a clear orange tinted blonde with little head and only an egg shell colored collar. Smells of apple, raisin, and spiced alcohol. Enjoyable, yet simple scent.

Tastes sweet, fruity and shows less of its alcohol than anticipated. A little too sickly sweet for my tastes. Syrupy mouthfeel. A very slow sipper. The alcohol isn't as difficult as the sweetness and really holds back the drinkability of this beer. Exciting concept that fails with me in practice

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 01:44:44 | More by Jmamay22
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coalcracker

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Bottled in 2007. Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with carbonation quickly settling down.
Smell: Aroma is sweet with notes of dark fruits (eg raisin, currant, a little black licorice).
Taste: Very sweet at the onset with those dark fruits building mid-taste. Very sweet indeed, almost cloying. A mild alcohol warmth presents at the end, but overall is fairly well-hidden despite a 14% abv.
Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and chewy mouthfeel- as a doppelbock should be.
Drinkability: A sipper at 14%. Between this and its sweetness, a fast consumption would be foolhardy.

Overall: A bit too sweet for me. OK brew. Able to finish the bottle, but will not be thirsting for another anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 00:01:20 | More by coalcracker
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avisong

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20%

09-04-2013 02:18:20 | More by avisong
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cornucopia

Puerto Rico

3/5  rDev -20%

04-15-2012 03:05:36 | More by cornucopia
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josemm1790

Dominican Republic

3/5  rDev -20%

08-13-2013 03:14:55 | More by josemm1790
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20%

01-29-2012 02:39:56 | More by ygtbsm94
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RoyFokker

California

3/5  rDev -20%

06-22-2014 04:36:51 | More by RoyFokker
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20%

05-28-2013 01:54:38 | More by tobelerone
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tatoodkelt

Maryland

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 2/15/2010- from notes.

11.2oz brown bottle as pictured poured into a shaker glass. 2007 vintage.

I would not have known this was a doppelbock til I looked here.

A- Very vibrant, clear copper topped off with a one finger, tight bubbled, white head that faded pretty quick to a patchy skim. Random carbination bubbles make there way up very slowly.

S- Some maltiness but mostly candy sweet.

T- Big malt flavor up front, very much like a scotch ale at first with a little earthy smokiness. As the malt fades its replaced by a sweet boozy flavor that dominates the flavor. Also seems to pick up a little almost metallic taste.

M- Medium bodied, a little sticky and very mild carbination.

D- I loved the initial malt flavor but couldnt take what it changed into. Definitely wouldnt have more than one in a sitting, I barely made it through this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 15:13:24 | More by tatoodkelt
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Raziel313

California

3/5  rDev -20%

02-17-2014 08:12:07 | More by Raziel313
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Codytucker13

New York

3/5  rDev -20%

01-06-2012 03:26:12 | More by Codytucker13
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jmathis

Florida

3/5  rDev -20%

12-27-2012 21:09:08 | More by jmathis
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Lynn

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20%

12-17-2012 23:20:06 | More by Lynn
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ajfrantz

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20%

12-20-2011 02:22:02 | More by ajfrantz
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sneezye

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -20%

12-06-2013 04:57:22 | More by sneezye
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Gravelost


3/5  rDev -20%

01-02-2013 03:54:13 | More by Gravelost
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Clear straw hue with a thin white head that slowly settles to a rim along the glass.

Grainy aroma with a good amount of alcohol in there.

Grainy flavors with a slight candy like flavor, similar to an Eisbock. Mild hop flavor. The alcohol is perceived well. Full bodied with medium carbonation. The sweet grains linger in the flavor.

The drinkability of this beer is pretty low. All alcohol and no flavor. I can detect the "Munich Helles" behind it, but it's not as subtle as I would like.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 03:03:14 | More by BeerSox
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has a pretty surprising color for a Doppelbock, This beer has a very nice honey golden color with a head that fades rather quickley. The 14% abv is hardly hidden in my opinion. It's a strong tasting beer, as it should be I just don't know how much I enjoy the flavors the Helles gives off. The mouthfeel of this is on the thicker side. Nothing too heavy but not watery either. Personally i like the darker version much better but thats in the eye of the beholder.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 22:51:06 | More by Knapp85
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mdfb79

New York

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in 2007.

a - Pours a murky orangish/amber color with low carbonation and about a half inch of white head that quickly leaves.

s - Smells of sweet, dark fruits including plums, raisins, and maybe cherries. Also some oak, malts, and booze, although not as much as I was expecting considering it is 14% ABV.

t - Dark fruits, booze, malts, some spices, and maybe a tiny bit of chocolate even. The alcohol was a lot more prominent in the taste than it was in the nose.

m - Medium body with low carbonation. Some alcohol warmth, but not as much as you'd think considering it's 14% ABV.

d - Middle of the road for me. I enojoyed the smell more than the taste, as the alcohol came out a little too much in the taste and feel to me. I have one bottle left that is in my cellar that I plan on holding onto for a few years to see what happens, but right now I wouldn't look to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 23:59:37 | More by mdfb79
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Floydster

California

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Stuffed Sandwich for around seven dollars, 2008 vintage, split with my dad last night, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Golden orangish amber color with some golden yellow highlights, one inch foamy white head, decent retention, some lacing
S-Alcohol, honey, sweetness, lots of citrus, caramel, good amount of malt, toasted bread
T-Starts off hot with a lot of booze, sweet malts and other fruit in the middle, slightly toasted in the finish but still a big boozy flavor, this becomes so damn sweet that I can barely get it down towards the end, honey comes out later and adds to the sweetness and booze
M-Hot, sweet, and slightly toasted mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, carbonation is on the softer side which surprised me after seeing the head, taste lingers too long
D-Should have shared this with one or two more people, alcohol is not hidden at all and really affects its drinkability, overly sweet all the way through, very filling and reminds me a little of cough syrup at various times

Not my favorite dopplebock and quite light in color for the style, originally thought this was a hopped up version of a Helles Lager and I seemed to be wrong after the very first sip I took, not in a hurry to drink this again, a little too strong in my opinion, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 16:26:58 | More by Floydster
Samichlaus Bier Helles from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
85 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.