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Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition)Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 18.97%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerSox on 02-06-2010)
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
2009 vintage
Poured into a Unibroue flute

Schloss Eggenberg's aged helles doppelbock is a classic of the style that recalls the darker, well-balanced doppelbocks several German breweries put out. Emphasis not only on sweetness, but on dried fruit, caramel, and rich bread qualities make this much less than a one-dimensional offering. I just wish they would package this in smaller bottles, so that I could enjoy it with less preparation / trying to find a drinking partner who is free.

Pours a 1cm head of small bubbles, off-white in color, that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving only a bit of spotty lacing and a very fine ring around the glass. Body is light brown, transparent, with active carbonation readily visible.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, raisins and dried brown figs, a bit of ethanol hanging delicately in the background.

Taste is of well-aged caramel malt sweetness, very refined. Also noticeable are dried figs, raisins, toasted bread. Ethanol is detectable at the back of the palate, but not in any overwhelming sense, which is quite impressive.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with moderate carbonation that foams this up only slightly on the palate. Result is a smooth-flowing, fairly liquid beer. Ethanol can be felt slightly in the throat and nostrils, but not at any disagreeable level.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 00:55:07 | More by falloutsnow
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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass, 2011 limited edition. This pours a nice brown red color with a mid sized but very short lived off white color. The smell is very sweet, lots of fruit, dates, raisins, malty sugar. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is different a little over the top, loads of sugar, sweet fruit, some noticeable alcohol, absolutely no hop bite to counter act.

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A - Golden ruby color with a thin white head that disappears quickly into tiny swirls of bubbles.

S - Very sweet smell, slight alcohol fumes that actually add to the character of the smell. Dark fruits and... a very faint Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean hint? No hop smells coming from this, all malt backbone it seems.

T - Sweet taste, really enjoying the after taste but I can pinpoint what it is. Dark fruits throughout it all, no citrus whatsoever. Lots of depth and layered sweetness. The closest thing I can describe the taste to would be J.W Lees Harvest Ale but more balanced.

M - Very rich and smooth, slightly creamy.

O - This is not tasting like a doppelbock... the bottle says it's a lager. It tastes more like an english barelywine (w/o hops) or a grand crue. I recommend splitting the bottle, this will knock you on your ass. You don't taste the 14% abv at all. Glad my buddy pointed this out, I would of never tried it. Is it worth seeking out, ehh... but if it is available and you have a buddy to split one with I recommend it. A great beer to drink on a cool night

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Pours a hazy orange colour with no head retention. Smells like straight up apple juice. Very sweet and very fruity.
Taste is sweet, sugary booze with some aged whiskey flavours. Lots actually. Other than that, sugary and fruity all the way. It's delicious, but hard to describe. It's really not that complex. Just whiskey-sugar-fruit-booze. Damn good. You have to try it to see what it's like. It's really not something akin to any other beer I've had.

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Naugros

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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the 2009 version of this poured into a stemmed snifter. Drank over three days, with a stopper in the bottle while in the fridge.

Disappointed in the head, but not uncommon in high ABV beers. The beer is coppery brown with quite a bit of cloudiness...again, common in these kinds of beers, but this one was a bit murkier than most. The aroma gives hints of what's to come...dried fruits and booze blend nicely with tobacco and vanilla.

Your first sip will deliver an alcohol burn that takes you a bit by surprise despite knowing that this one's 14%. I'm used to brewers masking the alcohol. Here, they seem to want to highlight it and that works for me in this one. Very much like a cognac, the beer opens up as it warms and even became more complex each consecutive day. After you get past the booze, the flavors come through. Candy sugar and prunes decry a load of sweetness. Cocoa and vanilla enter into the mix after a while, replacing the tobacco. It finally finishes off with the alcohol reasserting dominance and smoothing out the whole experience.

The fact that most of the flavors present themselves in the middle makes you want to keep drinking this and that will put a hurting on you. You KNOW it's 14% and it feels like it could be more, but you keep going.

Samichlaus was the first BIG beer and they're upholding their reputation for doing it with quality rather than just amping up the booze. The best analogy is what hot sauce companies have done with raising the Scovilles to massive levels without imparting any flavor. Give me heat AND flavor in my beer and my hot sauces and I'm a happy Samurai.

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I believed in Samichlaus with a nonic pint.

Appearance- The body is a copper-gold with two-fingers of fizzy and white head. Once it dies down, there is barely enough to cover the cap completely.

Smell- There is the distinct rum raisin scent of the Samichlaus doppelbocks. There is also an interesting sweet fruit scent, like mango. The high alcohol content is certainly present and adds to the spiciness of the nose.

Taste- The front of the drink is very sweet, honey and raisins. The mid-drink really starts to bring on the alcohol burn of some cognac. The finish continues to bring the burn and takes its time. The raisin is really strong here as well. Not bad!

Mouth feel- The body is a big medium and very creamy. It works really well with this beer.

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01-08-2012 15:58:52 | More by Pintofbrown
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Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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