Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
01-16-2012 18:58:18 | More by Naugros
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
01-08-2012 15:58:52 | More by Pintofbrown
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
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
3.85/5 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
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-15-2011 21:29:23 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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
4.18/5 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
3.13/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
02-09-2011 02:21:26 | More by SouthernBeerGuy
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
3.23/5 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
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
A - Deep, strong golden color body. Mild clarity. Medium, white head that slowly dissipates.
S - Strong malt aroma, very low toasted malt and melanoidins. No hop aroma. Lacks diacetyl, fruity esters.
T - Strong pilsen malt, super sweet in flavor profile. Low caramelization. Low peppery phenols, and low-moderate hop bitterness. Well attenuated, dry finished. Hop note is subdued.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. For 14% ABV, alcohol warming isn't paramount.
D - Very pale, strong, sweet helles lager. Hop character is present compared to other bocks.
Lager-ed 10 months prior to bottling, mine was bottled '07 (December 6th - as the date all Samichlaus Helles is) and consumed November '10. Brewed in the Eggendberg Castle, this is another fine example of the world's best Maibock/Helles Bock.
11-22-2010 01:10:46 | More by WoogityBoogity
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
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. **
09-04-2010 05:58:19 | More by route66pubs
5/5 rDev +28.9%
According to the label, this beer is in the Guinness book of world records for heaviest beer. Ive had heavier, but at 14% ABV, this is a SMOOTHE beer! This is easily one of the best beers I have ever drank. One 12 oz bottle will give you a bit of a buzz! This is an awesome beer. If you consider yourself a beer conossieur, you HAVE to try this, if you already havent!
07-17-2010 03:05:40 | More by ronniebruner
4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
OMG!!! What a surprise this lager was. I don't usually like lagers at all.
We poured this at 55F for our 2nd anniversary.
The appearance is a clear amber.
The smell to me was not that great. It smells like a lager.
The taste was so much fun! It tastes like candy. Very sweet. It tastes like caramel candy.
The mouth feel was good. Good tongue coat.
As far as drinkability, this is a high alcohol beer, but we managed to finish the bottle by going to our next door neighbors and sharing. All of neighbors loved it. My husband says he could drink this til he dies!
This beer is similar to Olde School, but actually better. I thought this beer was delicious.
05-24-2010 00:32:39 | More by guess98224
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
Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
87 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.