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Samichlaus Bier Helles - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
85
very good

320 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 320
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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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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roadhouse

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2009 21:33:33 | More by roadhouse
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BWH3

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich copper with just of white head. Head last an average length of time. Above average carbonation without being gassy or fizzy.

S: A sweet, spicy and alcoholic scent. Toasted grains are clearly present.

T: Similar big rich sweet malt flavor with lots of toasted notes. The alcohol is not as noticeable as in the scent but the palate is thick and has a bit of spice.

M: Thick, average head retention. Creamy and viscous beverage.

D: A warm winter lager that lights you up like a Christmas tree. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 23:03:11 | More by BWH3
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JamesS

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color with a ton of initial head, although it goes away quickly; no lacing, but a lot of lasting carbonation. Very deep scent, extremely malty with some caramal undertones and a hint of cinnamon; a very strong hint of alcohol. Deep taste, slight fruity esters to go with the deep malt and caramal notes, although the alcohol sticks out enough to take away from some of the flavor. Fairly rough due to its high ABV, although not as rough as it could be. A nice helles/dopplebock merger. The history of the beer is great, although the cost is pretty prohibitive (luckily this was a gift from a friend).

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 05:37:10 | More by JamesS
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz capped bottle poured at 55 degrees into Duvel glass.

Surprisingly clear, and orange in color, with a low head and plenty of bubbles rising.

The smell was pretty tame - I picked up sweet pear and alcohol, with a touch of orange peel.

Sweet fruits and dark bread (s'up, fruitcake!) with what I'll describe as "pleasant" alcohol in the flavor. Some honey sweetness in the finish.

The mouthfeel was rich, and plays on the tongue for a while, but not as cloying as many other styles which have only 9-11% ABV. I give them credit for pulling this off at 14%.

I really enjoyed this one, and wouldn't hesitate to drop some coin on some of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 03:01:23 | More by BeerImmediately
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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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scottoale

California

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, 330ml. brown bottle. Poured into a Chimay chalice a bright orange-gold with a thin 1/4" off-white head that disappears before your eyes.

It smells of sweet toasty malt, over ripened fruit and boat load of alcohol, as it should at 14% ABV.

The taste is ever so sweet of grainy malt, floral fruitiness and a big punch of alcohol that hides not. This stuff tastes strong and is strong. Good and strong.

A medium syrupy body that fluffs a bit in the mouth, tingles a bit on the tongue, then goes down with a pleasant warming sensation...good stuff!

Very sweet, very drinkable for it's potency and a kick-ass brew to boot...worth the experience for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 22:21:08 | More by scottoale
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froghop

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper-orange with a small white head that goes away quickly, leaving some lacing.

smell is fruity, malt, alcohol, and few hops.

taste is thick, sweat fruit, caramel, malt, and warming.

very nice brew, more of something to sip and not gulp. very warm on the way down.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 03:52:27 | More by froghop
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charlzm

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/19/08 at Verdugo, Los Angeles, CA.

Clear, dark honey colored beer with little carbonation or head.

Aroma is very sweet and boozy with a bit of a spice character, almost like tree sap.

Flavor has strong note of vanilla with that tree sap character form the aroma as well. Sweet with alcohol heat. Woody (oak?) Almost a champagne character as well. Flavor lingers on the palate well after the beer has passed through.

Slight astringency on finish. Thick.

Huge beer, requires patience and determination to finish. Worth it, though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 02:05:44 | More by charlzm
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usmittymc

Mississippi

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep orange liquid with a very thin white head that reduces to a ring.

S: Dark fruit, alcohol, sweet malt

T: The fruity flavors are contrasted quickly by some spicy licorice flavors which is in turn smacked in the face by hot, hot alcohol. The alcohol dominates the palate, but doesn't take away from this beer. It is subtly complemented by the other flavors, but I wouldn't go as far to say that it is balanced.

M: Smooth on the draw, but the alcohol quickly takes over and makes this beer hot, hot, hot.

D: This is definitely a beer to be appreciated very slowly and infrequently. I didn't quite know what to expect from this one, and I have to say that I was surprised. I have another 11.2 oz bottle of this that I will probably let age for a couple more years. I cellared this one for about 11 months.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 02:25:58 | More by usmittymc
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL painted brown glass swingtop. "Bottled in 2007." This is one of 12 bottles that came into the state of Vermont recently.

Appearance: Almost no carbonation. A clear, orange/gold hue that gets thin and watery at the rim, going more burnt yellow towards the edges.

Nose: Sweet Jesus! Candy malt, light caramel, yellow plantains, a quick zip of licorice, candied orange peel, and some prickly alcohol.

Palate: Medium bodied, almost no carbonation, and a little hot and sweet up front. As the sugar-shock fades, toasty malt notes come out. A little creme brulée, Marcona almonds, a faint whisper of citrus, a touch of ripe banana, and sweet buttered oak. A warming finish of alcohol carries the flavors on for minutes after the sip.

Notes: At 14% ABV, this beer is surprisingly balanced. It's hot, and a little prickly, but it doesn't feel like 14. 10 maybe. The finish is incredibly long, and the ageability of this beer is out of this world. I might have to buy some for my children...maybe it will be mature by then!

Oh man. The finish is amazing. The banana/plantain thing comes in and out of focus for minutes after the sip. I'm going to go make some seared dry-rubbed Pollack and some red beans and rice to have with this!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 00:01:21 | More by SFLpunk
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UGADawgGuy

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've enjoyed several regular Samichlaus over the last few months, and when I saw the helles on the shelf, I just had to try it. I must warn you prior to my review that I think this beer should, as a rule, be cellared for a while...I'll review it again in a year or two (or three), and my impression of it will probably improve dramatically.

Appearance: Poured into a 19-ounce dimpled glass mug (the one from the Savvy Six-Pack sold on this site), this beer is sparkling clear, with a color about halfway between "pale ale" and "amber lager." An average pour yields a one-finger head that dwindles to a faint cap fairly quickly. Minimal lacing is observed during drinking.

Smell: Smells like a beefed-up German Oktoberfestbier to me. The alcohol is perceptible in the nose, which is (in my experience) a rare thing for a beer this sweet. I pick up aromas of honey, flowers, and LOTS of malt.

Taste: Essentially follows the nose, in that the two most prominent flavors are honey and astringent alcohol (but not in that order). The malt is certainly there, but DAMN -- the alcohol just about overpowers everything else about this beer. Again, I suspect it would vastly improve with age. I plan to test that theory over the next few years.

Mouthfeel: Noticeablly thinner and less full than standard Samichlaus. Feels kind of like a festbier. By that, I mean it seems SLIGHTLY heavier than your average European lager, but nowhere close to...say, an English barleywine.

Drinkability -- If it weren't for the obvious -- and detrimental -- alcohol heat and astringency that overwhelms the rest of the drinking experience, maybe it'd be more drinkable. As it is, this stuff is very difficult to finish, even when sipped slowly. Certainly not a drain pour-type of beer, but probably just a beer that's not "ready" yet. Let these babies sit in your cellar (or on the retailer's shelves) for a year or two before popping one open.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 05:48:07 | More by UGADawgGuy
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 batch, brewed on December 6, 2007, of course. Sadly, the enjoyment of this one was six days past its one-year vintage -- it would have been much more exciting to have enjoyed it on 6. Dezember 2008. The excitement was still present, nevertheless.

Pours a clear, deep golden hue with just a tinge of amber. A slight head of creamy white foam rises slowly and falls quickly, all but disappearing and dropping no trace of itself on the walls of the tulip glass.

Smells big, rich and malty, with a powerfully sweet malt aroma mixed with a bit of boozy alcohol.

Extremely full-bodied, thick and viscous in mouthfeel. A huge malt bomb on the palate. Mega malt sweetness melds with a warming alcohol presence and a bit of fruitiness, going down with a pleasant warm feeling and a lingering sweetness that is, at the same time, dry, and calls for yet another swallow.

Deceptively drinkable is an understatement. Despite the maltiness, which is often borderline cloying, and the heavy alcohol presence, this brew just keeps screaming for another sip, and by the end of the glass the 14% ABV has been forgotten, though it quickly emerges in the lightheaded feeling the beer imparts.

Deliciously delicate and hard-hitting. A must-have for any fan of big, malty brews, and for fans of Doppel- and Eisbocks alike. Doppelbock is really a misnomer, as the Triple Bock designation given in Don Russell's book "Christmas Beer" is much more appropriate for a Bockbier this huge.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 04:49:55 | More by superdedooperboy
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Pop-top 1pt 9.4oz bottle. I recived this as a birthday present earlier this month,as the brewing date corresponds with my birthday.
Pours out a cherry-brown tone,leaving little to no head.
Aromas are cherry cordial sweetness,congac-bite,a rich vanilla custard sweetness.Think Arm cheesecake. Malty earthy tones make up the crust of this delicious treat.
Taste is rendolent of the aroma. Spicy,sweet, cherrys up front,finishes with a cherry malt bite. German Gluhwein is immediatley called to mind, spicy and biting.The fullness of the creaminess of the taste is silky as eggnog, this really hits all points of a holiday drink.Long and lingering,this would be perfect sitting next to the tree at Chrismastime.
The mouthfeel is very full, the bite of the gingery spiciness combined with the sweet fullness of the creamy cherry-spice flavor make this a fantastic holiday treat. I hope to enjoy each year. Cheers St. Nick!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 01:59:53 | More by czfreeman
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John_M

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a bright gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on tbe nose either, though there is a hint of sweet malt and spice. On the palate this beer is VERY sweet, but with some interesting cherry, honey and vanilla. Coupled with the high alcohol, the sweetness makes this beer a bit cloying and heavy. Drinkability is where this beer really suffers, though I was able to finish the glass given enough time.

An interesting beer, though I'm not sure I'd want to order it again. The combination of sweetness and high alcohol is just too much, and make this a difficult beer to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 19:13:32 | More by John_M
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage, bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 12 oz. brandy snifter on the 1st anniversary of its brewing (December 6th, 2008).

Appearance: Pours a bright orange amber with thousands of time, fine, slow-moving bubbles that creep upwards towards a fast-fading one-finger head, the result of a fairly aggressive pour. It does, as I mentioned, fade fairly fast, which is likely forgivable, given the alcohol level. It leaves a thin ring of bubbly white lacing, sustained likely not even due to the surface tension that normally keeps part of the head sticking around, but instead due to the plethora of bubbles. Doesn't look much like a doppelbock, but I'm going to go fast and loose as far as rating this one to style goes ...

Aroma: Not too terribly much goin' on here - agitation reveals a lot of lighter fruity esters, most of which meld to evoke a very "apple juice"-y aroma. The alcohol is surprisingly imperceptible in the nose, at least for a while, but - looking back in retrospect after taking a sip or two - I wish you could detect a lot of good fruity notes that you get in the mouth, but it's fairly one-dimensional, if pleasant.

Taste: Hot damn. 1 part tropical fruit cocktail, 2 parts light rum, mix well, serve chilled. Lots of apples (not tart, sweet), buttery pears, pineapple, peaches, and tons of pale, honey sweetness. The alcohol is indeed warming and spicy, but it's at no point disagreeable - the overwhelming sweetness of this one does an admirable job of countering it, making it an enjoyable if intense experience.

Mouthfeel: It's incredibly thick, but the aforementioned carbonation goes a long way towards lightening things up a little. Still, it's fairly syrupy, and with plenty of prickly alcohol head (surprise!), but not as bad as it likely could or should be.

Drinkability: Well, what do you expect with a 14.0% abv beer? I enjoyed this one very slowly, perhaps over an hour and a half, so I don't feel too terribly buzzed, but you really gotta be careful with this one - I can't classify a beer I had to take an hour and a half to savor as "drinkable." Nonetheless, it's a fairly tasty and definitely interesting concoction, and though it's not something I'm gonna buy a four-pack of so I can whip one out after mowing the lawn, it's still something you should try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 05:04:04 | More by CrellMoset
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden, minimal head, some lacing.

Smells of malt, oak, booze, and fruits - apples?

Very fruity in the taste, apple, pineapple, peach, that turns to oak, also a spicy finish in there. Big dose of malt in there, also very sweet - tastes a bit like pure sugar cubes. Alcohol is in there, but certainly well hidden considering. A very interesting sipper.

Mouthfeel slick.

Definitely worth a try here. Reminds me a bit of an Old Ale and other high abv styles, which I haven't been a big fan of, yet this is certainly well crafted and impressed me. Really nice if you're in the mood for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 00:17:54 | More by Strix
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a pinkish blush color with miniscule white head that dissapears very quickly. Sweet aroma of alcohol, cherry and candi sugar. Very sweet tasting with cherry, grape, sugar cane notes and a very strong alcohol presence. This beer is not very flavorful and the strong alochol warmth makes it not very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 07:14:43 | More by corby112
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml swing top bottle.

Pours a clear caramel with no head or bubbling Makes me think cognac, not a dopplebock. Very cool looking. Caramel drizzled strawberries, pears, and peaches with a spanking of alcohol that makes presence known, but is well intergrated. Carameled and sugared peaches starts the flavor off right. Lots of other soft yet sugary sweet fruits dance around the palate with a turbocharge of alcohol. Lots of sweetness with this palate, very syrupy.The alcohol helps cu the iscociy a little. Any bitterness you notice is not from hops, but the 14% abv. Great sipping beer. One of the best sipping lagers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 03:43:53 | More by scruffwhor
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Pencible

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear light copper with a bit of white head. It smelled like an old ale, with heavy honey wheat and and molasses and alcohol, with some apricot hops. It tasted much bigger than the Dunkel or Urbock, like very sweet honey and caramel and cane sugar, with a bit of barley, pineapple, new oak and alcohol. It was slightly thick with no carbonation, and had a sweet aftertaste with a bit of alcohol warming. Overall this was borderline too sweet but was otherwise very tasty. It was clean and had a nice body. The big flavor and noticeable alcohol makes this a definite sipping beer. This was very much like an old ale, which is one of my favorite styles. But I wonder if age would make this one too sweet?

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 17:48:06 | More by Pencible
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 03:40:42 | More by RoyalT
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klewis

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light golden with a small, bubbly head. Little sustain or lacing.

S: Caramel and soft tropical fruit aromas with a strong fusel smell.

T: Pineapple with a toffee-like backbone. The flavors are nicely balanced, but the alcohol in this one is overwhelming.

M: Full-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Dry.

D: I generally prefer that the beers that I drink do not burn my sinuses. With that being said I'll pass on this next time, or at cellar for many years before attempting to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 01:05:13 | More by klewis
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BarryNL

Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2007 bottling of this very interesting lager. Apparently this is a lighter (by colour and maybe flavour rather than strength) version of the original Samichlaus. I haven't been able to find too much information about this beer, but I'm assuming it's brewed from 100% malt rather than using sugar.

A: Despite being a Helles this is a fairly deep amber colour - again, supporting the idea that it's an all grain, no sugar beer. There is little in the way of a head and it is clearly filtered. This is a little surprising as the label suggests ageing the beer but I'm not sure it will age particularly well once filtered.

S: Big malt and alcohol - no surprises there - fortunately, the alcohol doesn't dominate too strongly and there are hints of dried fruits and tar.

T: Again, big malt and strong alcohol. The alcohol does not dominate, although it's a close run thing. It almost reminds me of an aged tawny port. In fact, this is so strong that it's almost closer to a dessert or fortified wine than a lager. There is, however, a slightly strange, harsh tang which is a little off-putting.

M: Again, if you treat this as a lager it might be considered cloying - it you think of it as a dessert wine it kind of works. Carbonation is lowish but sufficient.

D: Too strong to really drink a lot of. I've still scored it highly because I don't feel a lager of this strength needs to be drinkable by the pint. If sipped as an after dinner drink, which is perhaps its best niche, it is perfectly drinkable.

Apparently, this is a lighter version of this beer for the American market - time will tell if this works, though I can't imagine that anyone but beer enthusiasts buys this lager and they are not going to be put off by a heavier beer. Personally, I don't think this matches the original beer and I think I'll stick to that but I'm interested to see how their experiment works out.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 21:27:40 | More by BarryNL
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GClarkage

California

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10/23/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, bottled in 2007. Poured into my Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance- Lighter copper in color. Pours with a 3/4 inch light foamy head on a hard pour, which soon fades to a very slight rim. Leaves light spotty lace.

Smell- Kinda has a good smell and an odd smell at the same time. Not really outgoing with sugary caramel notes and a wet dog fur nose.

Taste- Very rich and caramely. No real hops involved, but lots and lots of smooth roasted caramel malts. Maybe a slash of orange liquor like flavor as well. Drambuie?

Mouthfeel- Very smooth with a medium to slight lower carbonation level. Warming with a full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Alcohol is nicely hidden in this one. Really hard to keep from chugging this rather than sipping. Super easy to drink. Will have again in the future. $4.99 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 16:32:47 | More by GClarkage
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, good nightcap!

Pours a clear amber/golden, decently sized white head for the ABV forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, no lacing, some legs on the glass, looks nice. Smell is very sweet and boozy, candi sugar, corny syrup, caramel, alcohol, lots of sweet tropical fruits, a bit buttery, bready, but very sweet, melons, not too bad. Taste is similar, very sweet, sugary, candy, melons, tropical mango and grilled pineapple, alcohol is actually pretty well restrained, bit of malt comes through in the middle, some butterscotch, bit of bready, spicy alcohol finish, lots of fruit. Mouthfeel is thick, very full bodied, almost syrupy, low carbonation, big alcohol heat but not as bad as I would have thought, in line with the regular Samichlaus which amazed me too with how easy it is to drink. The helles is a bit hotter like malt liquor, kind of tastes like a more refined version of Max Ice, but isn't too bad for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 03:42:08 | More by Viggo
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leif86

California

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, orange colored brew with a thin off-white head that gives way to lacing.

S: I got a strong sweet fruit, mostly grape-like, aroma from this beer. No estery aroma that I could pick up on, though I expected one.

T: No alcohol found here either. Though sweet and fruity like the aroma I tasted more apple like character than grape here.

M: Very smooth, much like juice. Not much carbonation found here.

D: This is 14%? Man, perfect for dessert. Forget port, pick some of this up instead. Again, this is 14%? I knew it going in and I know it now, but geez, it doesn't taste like it.

Serving type: on-tap

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