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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier

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1,466 Ratings

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Ratings: 1466
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 17.34%

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
The once strongest beer in the world is back! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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Photo of Zorro


5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2003 Vintage here.

Pours a clear flat dark gold or brown color.

Smells like Olives and a bit of malt. Sweet and fruity like the really good olive oil they have in Italy! The stuff we get in the USA isn't even close. Smells like heaven!

Sweet malty almost syrupy! This is PURE CONCENTRATED DOPPELBOCK! More flavors than I can name. Vanilla, fruit, caramel, dates, and even some hops! This is possibly the ultimate Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is super rich.

I could drink much more of this!

Only 5 X 5 beer I have ever tasted!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2004 00:08:33 | More by Zorro
Photo of karst


5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhh... Dopplebock!

Always born on St. Nicholas Day.

Exhaling sweet malt and rum soaked fruits from a 0.1 liter wine glass.

14% hiding in perfect flavors - Chocolate Whisky Caromel Toffe Honey Fruit

Its sweet aroma and alcohol fumes reach into my nose and water my eyes

Epitome of Mouth Feel I swallow this slick Samichlaus 2003 - Carpe Diem

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 14:07:39 | More by karst
Photo of janubio


5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How can one rate a beer when you find different things on it everytime you taste it, even in bottles of the same vintage? Samichlaus was absolutely amazing and wonderful back when it was bottled by Hürlimann and it's amazing and wonderful now. It was amazing when it came in 25 cl bottles and now in 33 cl. It's one of my two favorites beers.
Opaque red colour, very very nice when you see against the light. It pours an amazing almost not existing head, you blink and the head is not there anymore. From the very first moment you opne the bottle, a cascade of aromas come to your nose, and, as in the palate it developes and changes as the time passes and the temperature increases: brandy or generous sherry, port, cask aged wine, caramel, figs, dates, vanilla, chocolate, liquor, spices, berries... you name it. Very strong, in aroma and in flavours. Mouth of syrup, sweet, but strong, extraordinary complex, chocolate, brandy, spices... everything I noticed in the aroma is there too. And that final warmness when it gets down your throat...that post-taste that lingers like when you drink a good brandy... Well, I think I'm out of words, I don't know what can I say next week, when I rate Stille Nacht, my other favorite.
Just drink it slowly to appreciate all the subtles in it.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 22:53:02 | More by janubio
Photo of veruus


5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful brown amber color. If you're a bit rough with your pour you'll summon a bit of foam, otherwise it's kind of a dead fish - no head and no lacing. Alcohol kills bubbles. What were you expecting? Giving it a 5 because this is an amazing beer and its "appearance" shouldn't detract from its score.

It smells like alcohol, honey, flowers, vanilla, "spices". Meady. Crisp. I like it.

Honey, malt, hops (ever so light) alcohol (light burn), salty, extremely mild citrus notes (tangerine/clementine). It tastes absolutely delicious - like wine would if it were brewed from malt and hops. :) Mild aftertaste.

Just right for the kind of brew. Thick, lightly coating. Not quite as thick as a Belhaven Wee Heavy.

Well, how "drinkable" do you want a beer to be? You can drink the hell out of Bud Ice, after all. There's very little that keeps this beer from being and enjoyable drink. Its sweetness can be a bit cloying if it's your first beer of the night, but it's a sipping beer. You'll want to enjoy this over the course of an hour or so. It's savory and sweet. This would be great to pair with a very rich and hearty dinner and to finish up after the food is all gone.

I couldn't imagine giving less than a 5 in all categories. I'm very particular about my brews but I can't find fault with this one except that's it's particularly sweet. However, I'm a fan of sweet and malty brews so it doesn't bother me. It's just a notable feature.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 08:30:01 | More by veruus
Photo of Nibbley


5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh My God!
Where do I begin..
I have been truly blessed. This is absolutley the finest brew I have ever tasted. This is a 2007 vintage. Pours a wonderful dark caramel color with an off white head that doesnt linger long.
The aroma that I got was honey and lavender with a touch of cotton candy, very sweet.
The mouthfeel is indescribable, big malty chewy goodness.I found this one at Summits Tavern in Snellville,Ga. Scores a perfect 5x5!!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 22:41:43 | More by Nibbley
Photo of RedBeerchetta


5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Armsby Abbey this Christmastime 2010. Just ~90 minutes before Phish takes the stage for their holiday, pre-MSG New Years show.

Poured jnto its own brande glass, nice thick head that lasts a while and dissipates, after which you'd think it to be a cognac; shimmering copper color, entirely translucent, viscosity clinging it to the glass.

Nose alone is worth the price. Warm alcohol, caramel, pear, holiday spice.

First taste impression on the tongue is "sweet". Not "sweet!", but "sugary". But immediately afterward the complexities arrive. So many it's hard to know where to begin. So hard that I won't, and I'll simply say that this beer is top 10 in the world. Give yourself a Christmas present and try it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 23:27:47 | More by RedBeerchetta
Photo of acevenom


5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled in 2010.

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear caramel brown with no head and plenty of rising tiny bubbles. The beer smells very sweet almost like honey. Like the Samichlaus Helles, it almost reminds me of the scent of mead. I pick up the chocolate notes that I would expect from a darker doppelbock. The alcohol is also detectable in the nose. The taste is very sweet, almost like a sweet mead. The slight chocolate notes from the malt I detected in the nose are also there. The alcohol heat is much better concealed than in was in the Samichlaus Helles. The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The finish is very smooth. For a sipper, this is very easy to sip. This is a most excellent beer. It's a world class doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:19:00 | More by acevenom
Photo of hdofu


4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage
The appearance is the weakest aspect of this beer. While pleasant in color, it has very little head. The smell is remarkably mild. The taste is sweet like that of molasses with a kick of alcohol comparable to that of a liqueur. The beer is very full bodied and has enough of a kick to induce mild intoxication if the bottle is ingested too quickly. This is without a doubt intended as a desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 01:26:28 | More by hdofu
Photo of greatfookin


4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured a rich mahogany brown in a Duvel glass, tan head of 1/2 in. faded till gone.

S- Aroma of malts, fruits, and a nice alcohol nose.

T- Oh, the malty, fruit, and alcohol nose are dead on for the phenomenal rush of complexity over the taste buds.

M- Thick, smooth, and warming...MMM!

D- I will be hard pressed to ever walk past this one, even in the heat of Summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 23:40:07 | More by greatfookin
Photo of rodneyfaile

South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful smell and taste. Very sweet. Pleasant mouthfeel. High alcohol content leaves a warming finish. Should be enjoyed in a snifter. The story of brewing this beer and its rarity also add to the experience. One of my favorite beers. A nice treat for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 01:28:30 | More by rodneyfaile
Photo of drabmuh


4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was privileged enough to have a NINE year old Sammichlaus with a fellow beer snob last night at our favorite watering hole. He has been aging several cases of beer in his beer cellar for years and wanted to share after a discussion we had where I described a time, years ago, when I had Sammi on draught. He had to share after that.

Beer was like syrup, poured into the glass, dark dark dark, thick, almost no carbonation, so no head at all. Smell knocks you over, raisins, sweetness, malt malt malt...This is definetly a beer that i can just keep smelling for several minutes, completely content without taking a sip. Eventually I did take a sip and all the wonderfulness exploded in my mouth. This beer was smooth and warming (probably the 14% alcohol). The sweetness was not overwhelming and it went down smooth. Feeling no pain after that. The beer was served in a 0.2 L Sammichlaus glass. How awesome is that?

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 17:25:47 | More by drabmuh
Photo of SamN


4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2007 12 oz'er from Wilbur's. Poured into a wide mouth glass on a ridiculously blustery September afternoon.

Pours a deep mahogany red with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly into just a thin film of white over the beer. Visible carbonation, deep deep color, near perfection.

Smells of apples and pears, alcohol, perfume, sweet fruits, light malt background, syrup, thick intoxicating scent. Amazing smell, it makes my mouth water.

The first sip is like an ocean, roaring and broiling mass of flavors and texture. This tastes like it looks; like sipping a bottomless pit. Nutty sweetness, butter and caramel, thick alcohol burn, but balanced by the maltyness. A range of flavors from fruits and sugars to oak, brandy, smoke and that classic doppelbock malt. This is a fantastic example of how beer can be startlingly complex, yet subtle and soothing. Perfect taste.

Feel is like flossing with liquid silk, simply flows over your tongue and down your throat like drawn butter.

Brewed at Christmas and for good reason; this is a contemplative sipper that deserves time to warm up and express it's full flavors. I wish I had a endless glass of this stuff, I could sip it by a fire all day and night. This beer makes me happy to be alive.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 19:59:26 | More by SamN
Photo of Rmason104


4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clear brown.
The nose is sweet & syrupy.
Mouthfeel is smooth.
Very sweet, very tasty. The alcohol is almost undetectable, especially for the ABV.
Definitely now one of my faves in the category. I'll be coming back to this. Love the taste. Only thing preventing more than one is the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 04:42:02 | More by Rmason104
Photo of Hachiman


4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this in Tokyo about a month after its Dec. 2011 release. Served in a flaring tulip glass, it was dark amber in color with a bit of carbonation around the edge of the glass. No lacing, but the bit of foam persisted for the 20 minutes it took to drink it.

The smell is very sweet, phenolic and dried-fruity, raisins or prunes. Lets you know this is not your ordinary lager.

The taste is very sweet, like raisin bread. It reminded me of a 9-year old J.W. Lee Harvest ale I had last year, even though it had only been aged 10 months.

However, the mouthfeel is quite different from an aged barley wine. The body is medium in weight rather than heavy, and the greater alcohol percentage fogs the upper mouth and sinuses. That same alcohol warms the finish, and there's also a bit of hot pepper spiciness. Also, it was not the least sticky on the lips.

I was happy to be able to try this unique lager. I drank it with pizza, and it complemented that pie like a fine triple. If I see it again, I'll know what to do with it!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 08:53:34 | More by Hachiman
Photo of Docrock


4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: On-Tap poured in to Samichlaus Tulip. Medium dark color with a slight off white head that dissapates quickly which was not a surprise considering Alcohol Content.

S: Aroma was wonderful, Serious Malt and definite alcohol. minimal Hop aroma

T: Very Smooth, not quite what I expected from a beer, in a class by itself.

M: Very full body, lightly carbonated. Feels very smooth, almost scotch like.

O: This is a hell of a beer. May be categorized as a Doppelbock but it is so much more. May not suit everyone's taste but I will be buying as much of this as I can to see how it grows with age

6 oz serving, at 42F, enjoyed so much had to try it twice..

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2012 04:27:52 | More by Docrock
Photo of PdxBeerNut


4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage

A) copper red hints of plum. Poured with little head but nice lacing.

S) predominately smells like raisins.
T) if madeira were a beer, this would be it. Very sweet and warming (due to the high alcohol content, 14%)

M) slightly sticky, this is a big beer.

D) @ 14% this is not a sessionable beer. Take it easy. It does however go down very easily.

Easily one of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 07:28:16 | More by PdxBeerNut
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4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a 1996 vintage bottle, from the old brewery. Poured in a Beer Hunter snifter.

Appearance - pours with no head to speak of, just a whisper on the top of the beer. Very dark ruby. Very little light gets through.

Aroma - Dark fruits, plums/prunes, alcohol, licorice, fine old sherry.

Taste - first taste - sweet malt, dark fruits, sherry, licorice. Oxidized, but nice. Alcohol not that hot, but present. Chocolate comes out later, lingering flavor of dark chocolate (chocolate covered cherries?).

Mouthfeel - no carbonation to speak of, full, slick, mouth-coating.

Drinkability - this is great late night beer. It has aged very well. Wonderful beer.

I have one left. I think I'll hold on to if for a few more years and try it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 03:09:26 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of mwcullnane


4.93/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 on tap at Trion Tavern New Haven, IN

10 oz poured into a tulip glass

I've had this before at the Trion during the winter of 2008. I don't remember what vintage that barrel was but it wasn't nearly as awesome as this...

color of port with hint more mahogany. low carbonation and thin rocky head that disappeared at some point.

reviewing this from memory so... i believe it smelled like figs and toffee, but whatever it was exactly it was spectacular

taste of figs, port, caramel, no alcohol, absolutely delicious

mouthfeel nice and clean like a doppelbock should. resembled water goin down

eminently drinkable, but being 14% i only had one


Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2010 15:37:25 | More by mwcullnane
Photo of putnam


4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Going from an almost clear yellow at the rim to a deep, nearly opaque brown in the middle, there is almost no gas here. Served at room temperature.
Ungodly aromas of maple smoke, Christmas ham, honey, cedar...

Flavors are big, broad and sweetly suggestive of XO Cognac, brown butter, vanilla, red currants, black pepper...

The finish is bright and clear, like the liquid, and reminds me of a goose that we roasted once in a clay mold on a Weber grill. Maybe it was the sage, because that herb is running around in this castle of flavor somewhere...But there is a trace of the moist, hot clay as well.

I downscored the drinkability because I think it will be more drinkable in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 13:40:52 | More by putnam
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4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Samichlaus is an Emporer amoung beers. Rare and hard to come by, it is important to pick some up if you see it. As the self proclaimed "Rarest beer in the world", one expects an expert presentation and it does not dissapoint. The color is rich and smell is exceptional. The taste is likewise impressive being an interesting blend of malt, sweetness, creamy full bodied goodness, and a hard kick from the high alcoholic content which brings it all into line. It is a real pleasure to drink, well worth the wait, effort, and money that goes into purchasing it. Above all, this beer begs to be shared. The experience of sharing a few bottles of such a rare and wonderful beer is half the pleasure of drinking it. Enjoy and make the most of it, treasure every sip and memorize every flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 08:36:19 | More by Illini5596
Photo of jimbomill

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is cartoonishly good.
An opaque bronze pour preceded one of the smoothest first sips in the recorded history of man … at least this man. There's a rich honey-like taste but without the sugary-ness; this is simply majestic. Did I mention how smooth this 14% ABV trojan-horse of a knockout drink is?

It is considered a Malt Liquor, I consider it my choice to be with me while marooned on a island.
December 2007 Update:
Here is additional info from a sampling of '06, '05, '04, '03. '01 and year bottled 2000 vintages:
The 2006 was excellent. We started with it, and had poured the 2005 and 2004 to compare. As the most recent year's glass would empty, it would be replaced with the next oldest year until we got to 2000. Not having the 2002 edition is a whole I lament.

The pour of the 2006 was a rich, deep reddish copper that allowed the backlighting to shine through. Taste was malty and near sweet. It was all good. However like the youngest in a full-house, some things get better with age.

The '05 was richer and seemed to have a tad more depth to it. If anything, the flavor profile was even better than the '06.
The '04 did not have the sweetness of the '05, but had a cleaner finish. This one seemed to have a broader flavor profile, indicating that 3 years from the date of bottling may be near optimum!

The '03, which we liked the best last year when we did this style of tasting, seemed no better than the '04, perhaps this bottle lost something. The pour was definitely darker.
The '01 was similar to the '03. No light could be seen through the muddy-red beverage. The taste was again, a 'tweener compared to its other samichlaus siblings.
The 2000 all of a sudden brought back a sweetness, a murky muddy color it too had, like the 2001. This 2000 became my favorite.
The '04, at 3 years old now, seems to be excellent and some may like it better as it had a cleaner color to it.
There was plenty of malty goodness in each year. Aging it at least a year does improve it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 21:44:43 | More by jimbomill
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4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle, bottled in 2007. so it was brewed in december 2006, 4 years ago. poured into goblet

a rusty orange-brown color with red highlights. very little head, disapates into just a tiny ring of bubbles around the edge. but they do stick to the sides of the glass and slowly slide down.

aroma is very pleasant mix of sweetness and herbal spice. maybe similar to spiced rum. taste is complex - caramel, vanilla, cherry, oak flavors all in there.

typical of a doppelbock, low carbonation. not as syrupy as expected, so more of a clean mouthfeel. very easy to drink.

the aging has done this wonders. absolutely no trace of the huge 14% abv, and the flavors are meddled nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:40:35 | More by jmdrpi
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4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got the Large Bottle! 3 Liters of Samichlaus! $80 well spent! It was great!! The bottle is 2007 brew, better than the 2010 versions. it was the full dark version, not the red-label. If you can find it...I suggest the large bottle of Samichlaus for hours for fun!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 05:02:48 | More by rygar8dung
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4.9/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured a deep ruby with a cream colored head that disappears to a whisper quickly, but left lots of lacing. Looks like a wine or a brandy, and is a beautiful color.

S - Huge showing from dark fruit. The smell is nearly like a wine, and I can literally smell the alcohol. Figs, grapes, plum and hints of dark chocolate and prune.

T - Intense flavor, huge deep dark malt hit, massive showing of dark fruit and some dark chocolate, and another huge wallop from the high ABV, which makes itself known, but not obnoxiously. My bottle had been aging for a few months, and I'd imagine the flavor was more intense initially, whereas now it has matured and brought out some beautiful spicy sweet tones. Delicious.

M - Extremely sticky, almost has a cough syrup texture to it, very thick. Heavy.

O - An expertly crafted dopplebock, and one I'd love to try fresh to compare the flavors to the aged bottle I had. Absolutely delightful!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 22:32:27 | More by undeadozzy
Photo of mzwolinski


4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2000 vintage. Ruby in color with no head. Quite viscous and leaves good fingers on the glass when swirled. Aroma is figgy with lots of dark fruit scents, and a bit of roasty maltiness. Flavor is big on malt, with a somewhat granular sugar characteristic which I find to be typical of Eggenberg's beers. Caramel malts big up front with mild fruit notes coming out mid-palate, and a crisp, toffee-like finish. Signficant and pleasant alcohol warming and a good hop bitterness which asserts itself as the beer warms. Full-bodied with a dry-finish -- a beer for sipping and respecting! Great winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 08:48:57 | More by mzwolinski
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