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Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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1.25/5  rDev -67.9%

09-02-2012 00:24:43 | More by Lantern
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

2/5  rDev -48.6%

08-29-2012 22:28:23 | More by Axnjxn
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Tackle42

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

12-27-2011 17:25:39 | More by Tackle42
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

12-22-2013 22:04:53 | More by mmulebarn
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carlitos92

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.9%

12-16-2012 14:36:59 | More by carlitos92
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SouthernBeerGuy

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Grabbed a bottle from Brawley's - 15.99 but worth the adventure.

Poured into a Sam Oktoberfest Mug.

A: Dark Gold with a nice two fingers of thick white foam on top.

S: Sweet floral notes and whiskey hits the nose

T: Almost a beer liquer its so sweet and rich with almost a scotch/bourbon falvor rolling down the throat.

M: Light and easy - too easy.

D: Sip this one. The 14% is no joke.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 02:21:26 | More by SouthernBeerGuy
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largadeer

California

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

750ml bottle, allegedly lagered for 18 months before bottling. No sign of a bottling date.

The body is brilliantly clear, golden-copper in color. I'm hard-pressed to think of a more beautiful beer; the color is truly outstanding. The head is fleeting, however, leaving behind no lacing.

This smells very, very malty, though fairly mellow; there's prominent fruitiness reminiscent of peaches/nectarines and golden raisins, caramelized malt, lager yeast - not much to it overall, it's essentially a malt showcase. Very clean.

Incredibly sweet on the palate, and in a fairly one-dimensional way. Honey-like, lightly caramelized malts are dominant, and there isn't much more to it beyond a touch of sulfurous lager yeast. The body is syrupy, and there simply isn't enough flavor to justify the high ABV. With age and oxidation this may become more complex, but right now it's too simple and sweet to be particularly impressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 09:05:05 | More by largadeer
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Amirabutwo

Hong Kong

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

05-12-2014 05:29:32 | More by Amirabutwo
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DavidST

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 04:48:26 | More by DavidST
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djre4orm

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-13-2013 17:53:33 | More by djre4orm
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

10-13-2012 23:12:10 | More by BigTrubble
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pirmannt1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

02-22-2012 06:10:41 | More by pirmannt1
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route66pubs

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very mild, light, clear amber color. Little to no head at all after being poured into an Ommegang glass.

Beautiful banana bread, malty aroma. Amazingly sweet, yeasty deliciousness just begging to hit your mouth. PLEASE DRINK ME!

Holy crap that is a LOT of sweet malty breadiness! It's almost too sweet, if that is possible, but it is absolutely incredibly enjoyable! Caramel happiness follows and stays with you very well along with the breadiness.

Very smooth, easy, creamy drinking in the mouth. Very pleasurable to sip on.

And sip is all that you can do. At 14% this thing is not something you can enjoy quickly. It must be zipped at best. Oh my this could last all night. And I would be more than happy to let it!

(after 1/2 glass, I WANT to bring the taste up a notch, from 4.0, but won't. and I wonder about bringing the appearance up just for the overall score's benefit, but it's so mellow and clear, I think it SHOULD be darker, and won't. this easily could have moved up several notches on the score)

** Purchased at 55 Degrees wine shop in Atwater Village, Los Angeles. **

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 05:58:19 | More by route66pubs
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very clear copper color into my snifter with about a finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

S - Malts are most prominent, caramel sweetness, white grape and peach fruitiness, anise and vanilla, and some booze.

T - Super sweet, caramel malts, vanilla, white grapes and peaches, mild pepper notes and a slight boozy burn.

M - Feels excessively thick for the style to me. Liquor-like and syrupy.

O - Good Helles, yes. Worth the price, not too sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 21:29:23 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's (2009 Vintage). Shared with bpk59 at his house. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a clear hazelnut with a thin, fizzy offwhite halo that faded super quickly to leave nothing behind.

S - Dark fruits, sweet malts, and some light booze. Oddly enough though, there is an aroma of well, animal cages (hamper/gerbil/gineau pig).

T - Slight sweet malts and carmels, dark earthy fruits, raisins, old hops, molasses, and burnt sugar.

M - Light carbonation, not too boozy, much lighter on the tongue than expected.

O - Overall, this was a very tasty beer. If not for that rather odd smell on the back end, this would have been a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 22:48:19 | More by rudzud
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BeerSox

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml crown capped bottle (looks like a 22oz bomber) into Scandinavian Mug.

It's the Mid-Atlantic 2010 blizzard outside and this seems like the perfect choice to compliment it. After spending $1800 on car repair then getting snowed in, there's no better way to end the day than a 14%ABV Bock from Austria. It's starting to look like a blizzard out there, and I'm glad I'm inside.

The beer is a clear honey-amber hue with a one finger eggshell foam head. Slowly it settles to a rim along the glass, and leaves behind spots and strings of lace.

The aroma is a rather thick mix of raisin and hard-candy sugar, along with a generous amount of spicy alcohol. The hops add the slightest touch of an herbal aroma, but this beer is pretty malt-forward.

The feel of this beer is rather chewy, even with a slightly fizzy amount of carbonation and a rather strong alcohol bite. Overall, it's quite warming. More raisin and brown sugar meet a little bit of burnt caramel. The light alcohol burn almost makes the beer taste sweeter overall. The finish is almost like maple syrup - sweet and thick. Full bodied.

Considering its strength, it's rather drinkable. The bottle states this one can be aged for a while, and I can tell that is very possible. It's a great beer to end the day on, and reflect on what should be done the next day, such as walking around in 20 inches of snow.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 04:11:27 | More by BeerSox
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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SadMachine

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-10-2012 18:31:41 | More by SadMachine
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APreacher

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-01-2013 19:39:27 | More by APreacher
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-12-2011 18:49:30 | More by kjkinsey
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-29-2012 04:47:40 | More by Hopstout
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geraldholt


4/5  rDev +2.8%

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pgaveau

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-17-2011 14:53:47 | More by pgaveau
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Overall- The flavors of this beer are great, but the alcohol is a little too overpowering. The original Sami focuses on a slightly sweeter palate, while this version has more of a bite. Either way, this is still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 15:58:52 | More by Pintofbrown
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Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.