Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
Bomber size Samichlaus Helles!
Pours a dark clear gold with a 1 inch foamy light brown head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of rich malt, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is of rich malt, bread, caramel, dark fruits, and an earthy herbal hop finish. There is a definite alcohol warmth that burns the throat after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation level that has small bubbles but a thick and heavier mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but strong beer with a very nice set of smells and flavors.
09-30-2011 17:08:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.65/5 rDev +19.8%
Been wanting to get my hands on this for a while now. Finally grabbed a few bottles at my local shop and gave one a try. This brew poured out as a really nice looking reddish orange color with some shades of brown in there too. The head was fizzy and white but held a decent retention which was impressive. The smell of the beer was sweet, a little boozy as well, it had some really nice barrel aromas of wood with some caramel in there too. The taste was excellent in my opinion. I found this to be even better than the regular version which I really enjoy also. The flavors of sweet dark fruits along with some nice heavy malts give this beer a strong base to stand on. The flavors are warming without the use of using spices to give off that effect. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a dry feeling in the back end. Overall I found this beer to be one of my new favorites. It's one of those beers that impresses me with every sip I took. Very glad that I have another bottle to enjoy next year.
12-22-2011 19:58:01 | More by Knapp85
3.23/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
12-04-2010 09:05:05 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
positively onw of the most interesting beers ive ever tasted, and the friends i shared it with agree. it pours a really thick cloudy honey color, more red than gold, with a prominent two inch white head with solid retention. the nose is crazy, tons of residual sugar, spicy yeast, clove, and anise seed. the flavor is a little less on the spice, and a little more on the sugars. molasses, vanilla sugar, and even confectionary sugar. this beer is really sweet, but the interesting thing is that it doesnt last and rot the teeth. it has a surprisingly quick finish for how big it is. also surprising, is that the alcohol is hardly present until it gets up to about room temperature. must be all that lagering the keeps it mellow. tons of body, tons of strength. i can see this being a perfect post-church christmas eve beer amongst loved ones. in any other context, its almost too much. buy this if you see it though, nothing else like it.
10-14-2012 01:01:13 | More by StonedTrippin
4.5/5 rDev +16%
Appearance - This looks nothing like the original. It is a deep, shiny, bronzish brown with orangish-brown highlights and again little head.
Smell - This is a rich, intense, woody nose with a bit of scotch. Much to the brewer's credit the DB aroma is actually here and very much on-style except of course it is multiplied by 1,000. There's also a light medicine cabinet with the aura of a finely-aged triple sec.
Taste - This is like a mild liqueur. It is very sweet, the sugars are like those you find in an aged liqueur, but there's a nice whisky flavor to this as well. On top of all that though there is a very meaty middle here that says, "Hey, I'm a malty Doppelbock." The DB flavor in this case is surprisingly and inexplicitly right on for the style. It's that one-dimensional molasses-based bockish flavor that is just one component of this beer but really stands out.
Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with no sense of alcohol (hahaha) and a liqueur-like finish that is long as it is intense.
Drinkability - This is not a chugger but by the same token gives off little sense of its true (alcoholic) power. Think of this as sipping a fine, barrel-aged liqueur and you will appreciate. It is just true enough though to the style that by the time you finish you will feel like you drank a fine Doppelbock, which you did.
12-12-2010 02:20:30 | More by RoyalT
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-16-2011 22:48:19 | More by rudzud
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
02-06-2010 04:11:27 | More by BeerSox
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
Found one bottle of this randomly on a road trip in January 2013, been aging since then.
A - a clear cedar red-brown, head fizzled almost immediately but to be expected given the ABV (and possibly the age), but a steady stream of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass
S - plumb and raisin, toffee and general candy sweet aroma, slightly musty
T - sticky sweet flavours of candied plumbs, mild apricot, caramel malt, mild woody flavour, and a generally sweet finish
M - sticky sweet throughout, just a little flat but nothing serious, sticky mouth coating finish, no real trace of 14% ABV until waaay late when your insides feel warm and fuzzy
O - ridiculously drinkable for its heft, the sweetness is big but creates a nice stance against the alcohol, not sure if the extra aging made any difference since I only found the one bottle, but a quality brew either way
04-22-2014 03:14:18 | More by joemcgrath27
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
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.
04-24-2012 00:55:07 | More by falloutsnow
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured a 1/2" off-white head. Clear light amber color. Smell is very malty with dried fruit, caramel, and a whiff of vinegar. Taste is a delightful deep rich malt and caramel with a long tangy aftertaste. Body is remarkably light for such a concentrated beer. The 14% alcohol sneaks up on you, the taste isn't boozy at all.
11-04-2011 00:33:05 | More by MoreThanWine
4.47/5 rDev +15.2%
Very pleasant surprise of a Christmas present from the wife who conspired with Chris from Boo's. Knowing how much I love Samichlaus, she picked up a few bottles and Chris gave. Heart breaking story bout all bottles being broken en route. Now I get a Christmas eve surprise.
Appearance: honey colored with a wispy head (as expected with a 14%'er.
Smell: Oaky, caramel, buttery goodness. Rich is an understatement.
Taste: more of the same. Oh my, plus honey nougat.
Overall: decadent goodness.
12-24-2011 22:11:13 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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