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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,582 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,582
Reviews: 994
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 119
Gots: 203 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg visit their website
Austria

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.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001)
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4%

The first time I had this beer I was just starting to dabble in strong beers. At the time this power house was the strongest I had ever tried. This beer poured out as a deep copper color brownish red. The head was non existent. The carbonation was good though. The smell was sweet and boozie, the taste was also semi sweet and rather bitey. Lots of dark berries and malt creating a very complex brew. Overall this beer is pretty damn tasty and rather good for the winter season.

04-04-2011 23:13:50 | More by Knapp85
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4%

I remember being told about this beer about 20 years ago and being told it was the strongest beer in the world. Well at 14% it's no where close anymore but it still has enough umph to make you stand up and notice. Glad I finally got around to giving this one a try.

Bottled in 2008

Cascade of carb bubbles with a hard pour but no head or lace to speak of. Kind of expected with the high ABV. Nice clear bronze color.

Smell of alcohol dominates. Nice whisky burn to it. Candied sugar comes through in the taste once you get past the burn. Finishes sugary sweet and somehow smooth after the upfront burn. I'm going to savor this one as it warms. The taste become fuller, with some tobacco notes coming out.

Somehow managaes to be a little thin in the body. Overall an above average beer that I'm glad I tried.

04-14-2010 00:00:07 | More by beermanbrian
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -4%

11.2 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A gentle pour produces a half inch of custard head that quickly efferveces to a thin patch of micro-bubbles, fueled by a billowing carbonation level. For a 14% ABV, this beer is exceptionally well-carbonated. The body's hue is a copper shade of gold, with a fantastic clarity and brightness to its color. The aroma seems to transcend the Dopplebock style with a delightful boozy elixier: notes of dark rum, brandy, sherry and the like. Currants, produce, fresh grass, and a slight hint of citrusy hops provide a great balance to the smell.

This is not a beer for the faint of palate. Gooey, viscous alcohol notes slosh across the tongue and leave in their wake a syrupy-sweet, honey malt profile. This beer is almost too sweet, but balances the sugars ever so slightly with a kick of hops and booze. The mouthfeel is uber-thick, chewy, and warming; aftertaste is sweet and boozy. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about Samichlaus...one one hand, it's an exceptionally complex, well-crafted beer that probably deserves its own style. On the other hand, it's a mess of sugary-sweet booze and nearly undrinkable thickness. Although it's not a beer I'll ever forget having tasted, it's not a beer I'll be rushing out to buy again, either.

03-18-2008 00:44:33 | More by wagenvolks
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4%

Split a bottle of Samichlaus with some friends this past Saturday night at Deep Ellum. Poured it into a Belgian style goblet, and the first thing one notices is the lack of head or carbonation. The color was an intense copper. This doppelbock looks more like brandy than beer. The smell was overpowering of pure alcohol fumes. But the taste was not as harsh as I expected. It was smooth enough to enjoy if you like beers with gusto, but this one is definitely a sipper. This would be a fine after dinner drink anytime. A good beer to share too, as a whole bottle may be a bit much for some.

11-20-2007 00:04:03 | More by morebeergood
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srroos

California

3.83/5  rDev -4%

Pours maple syrup brown and clear with little head. Smells very, very sweet. Tastes super sweet as well, with a little bitterness to the finish. Medium bodied and well carbonated, but syrupy. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV. I like this one, but I guess I've got a sweet tooth!

01-22-2009 08:33:46 | More by srroos
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Zach136

Georgia

3.81/5  rDev -4.5%

A - Crystal clear, deep ruby body. Absolutely zero head retention which is fair enough for a 14% beer.

S - Deep pit fruit and maltiness. Nice caramel notes as well. Little to no chocolate and zero hops.

T - Extremely rich. Like drinking melted dark fruit cotton candy. Cloyingly sweet, but still a crisp flavor. Warming booze character. Borders on medicinal unfortunately.

M - Sticky, not as crisp enough for a dopplebock IMO.

O - Interesting beer, extremely flavorful. Not a text book example of a doppelbock, but fun to try. Much too sweet for my tastes.

07-17-2014 01:51:23 | More by Zach136
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far333

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

2006 vintage on tap at Eli Cannon's, Middletown, CT. Served one year to the day after having been brewed.

Dark copper colored with orange highlights, glistening in the low light, low carbonation.

Low aroma of sweet ripe fruits and brown sugar.

Flavor is initially sweet, nearly cloying, mostly reminiscent of honey, fruity, hints of caramel and butterscotch and marshmallow. This does not feel or taste like 14% ABV...scary. Very rich flavor, it has substance to it.

Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation, a bit slick and syrupy. Slightly above average drinkability, but this is a sipper no doubt, due to the heavy flavors, sweetness and strength.

12-08-2007 02:20:13 | More by far333
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottled in 2001. This brew poured a small head that quickly dissolved. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. I could see the carbonation rising to the top. It had a malty aroma. It had a sweet flavor to it. I definitely could taste the alcohol in this brew. It had a syrupy and chewy taste to it in my opinion. It had a burning sensation as it went down. This is definitely a sipping beer due to the alcohol content.

05-11-2003 15:50:27 | More by hotstuff
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

2002 vintage - bottle: Poured a clear light brown colored beer with a medium head with almost no retention. Aroma is reminiscent of plums with a touch of alcohol. Taste is quite sweet with again the plum taste being quite evident. Alcohol is quite subtle but still noticeable, which is quite good for a 14% beer. Overall, this is very enjoyable and can see some similarities with a good barley wine.

08-09-2004 14:21:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

***2008 vintage***

I've had this a few times in the past but it makes a while since my last one. My wife got the ball rolling on this one actually as it's one of her favorites and she brought 4 to her parents when we went for supper there last night so that's where i had it.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle.

Appearance: A semi-clear amber body with 1-2 finger head.

Smell: Sweet smelling with some dark fruit. Not as strong of an aroma as i would have expected.

Taste: The intense sweetness is what hits you first. Also some hints of figs and dried plums. Tastes a little like liquid candy.

Mouthfeel: I'm not sure why but it doesn't really feel full-bodied. All boozy upfront and ends rather abruptly. No fullness to speak of really. It is quite smooth regardless and the carbonation is very low as it should be.

Drinkability: Taking the ABV into consideration, i found it drinks rather well. A sipper for sure but it didn't feel like a chore.

Overall: I like it but not as much as i used to. Still, it's a good beer and i'll still try it from time to time.

01-25-2010 13:28:32 | More by papat444
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jcalabre

California

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Vintage 2000:
Originally sampled on 16 September 2002:
Samichlaus poured a beautiful ruby red, yet had no head. It had nice malty/honey/syruppy-like taste. The flavors are very enjoyable. The carbonation is quite minimal. There's lots of complexity in this beer and w/ a 14% ABV, take your time enjoying it. ;-)

05-30-2003 09:53:36 | More by jcalabre
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DWA

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle. Head came and went quickly. I tasted sweet malt, molasses, tobacco, raisins, caramel...the alcohol was evident at the front, but smacked me in the back. I let it warm and the alcohol became more evident as the flavors became pronounced. A good combination me thinks.
This is a beer that I had to come around to; but, I am sold on it and will purchase whenever I see it (living in MS I don't see it that often) and the wallet will allow.

09-10-2008 04:36:55 | More by DWA
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Bottle pour for the 4th Annual LA Beer Week Beer Festival at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and lots of sweet caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild spice-like bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but quite strong.

10-03-2012 04:19:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a clear, dark orange color with minimal head and good lacing.

Scent of sweet malts, dark fruits, bubble gum, and alcohol. The scent is quite strong, and very sweet, but not overly sweet.

Taste of sweet malts, grain, and alcohol. Finishes with grain, a hint of ash, and more alcohol. A little too sweet, could be balanced a little better.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy.

2006 bottle sampled, it seems to have held up pretty well; this beer is worth a try.

12-09-2008 02:35:50 | More by paco1029384756
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redteg02

New York

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance: a medium brown with red tints. poured with very little head but then a small ring formed from the constant flow of carbonation to the top

Smell: you can smell the alcohol in this one. also has a very sweet smell to it

Taste: Now that is a strong beer. alcohol with some fruity sweetness to it. definitely a sipping beer.

over all i would say it was nice to try but i will not be getting another one of these in the future.

12-10-2005 07:56:21 | More by redteg02
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle labelled as 2005 edition. The beer was dark burnt copper color with almost no head. The aroma was stong and hinted at an ass-kicking from alcohol. The taste confirmed it, this beer tore my head off and crapped down my throat. It was way strong with alcohol, but extremely sweet at the same time. The mixture of sweet and burn made me pucker with each sip. A very strange and interesting dopplebock, but not easy-drinking enough to recommend.

01-28-2007 03:23:49 | More by TurdFurgison
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance: medium carbonation with no head..a clear dark caramel color.

Smell: Alcohol, whiskey, some earth, some dried fruit

Taste: sweet then bitter..taste of dried fruit then alcohol.

Mouthfeel: sweet, but I can feel the burn of the alcohol going down

Drinkability: I can taste the alcohol and could not have more than one at a time due to the abv...This is a good dopplebock, but not my favorite in the style

01-09-2009 05:38:26 | More by tigg924
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

Review #300. I figured I'd make it a good one!

"Bottled in 2006” At 14% this should be interesting. Huge malt presence right off the bat, aided by a very active head, which settled quickly and evenly. Sweet berries and banana. Taste lends itself to a strong malt backbone, with syrupy finish. The ABV doesn't hurt its drinkabilty as much as this though. This is defiantly a "sipper" not a bad choice for the evening’s beverage.

Defiantly worth a try.

04-03-2007 01:55:33 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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biggred1

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

2009 Vintage.

Clear dark ruby with a slight creamy skim of cream colored foam. The nose is big and alcoholic with buttered rum, dark fruit and oaky vanilla bean. The flavor is very rich and vinuous tasting with notes of spiced rum and prune juice that grow more complex as it warms up a bit. Thick and syrupy bodied with subtle carbonation that adds to the drinkability. I'd bet a year or so in the cellar would do this beer some good.

01-13-2010 03:06:05 | More by biggred1
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zeff80

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

Sampled an '04 next to an '06.

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a small, thin, short-lived head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled boozy, very boozy! The 2006 version was a little more calm. There were tons of caramel malt aromas.

T - Wow, this had some powerful alcohol heat. Tons of sweet caramel taste with hints of raisin. The 2006 version was far smoother and more balanced than the 2004 edition.

M - A soft, smooth beer with a very warm alcohol heat. It was medium-bodied.

D - The '06 brew is much better tasting and much easier to drink. The older version was too over the top, but '06 was a great, smooth, powerful beer.

10-07-2009 02:41:17 | More by zeff80
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toothharp

California

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

I like this beer. I bought it at Lone Hill Liquor and poured into a tulip glass. The appearance is clear and copper.The head immediately dissipates into nothing but trails of bubbles flow throughout. The aroma is alcoholey and sweet. I think I get some raisin, brandy, spice. It's like a December beer should be, though it's May for me. Anyway, the taste is sweet and you get some alcohol. Not a lot of bitterness at all even in the finish. Light on the tongue. You get a boozeyness in the taste like a scotch or some kind of whiskey. I'd say what stands out most is a fruitiness like raisin, fig, maybe some pair. Anyway, need to stop typing. The 14% ABV will cause me to start rambling...

ooh, PS. there may be a slight woody finish. Like on the breath a little.

05-09-2007 00:22:44 | More by toothharp
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

2008 bottle.
Ideally I would put some age on this before consuming, but seeing as I will be traveling back to the states within the next month, now will have to do....

Pours a chestnut colour, with some red highlights.
A good 2" of foam resulted from the initial pour, which has since receded to a mere 1/2" of slightly tinted yellow head.

Smell is of some darker fruits, a bit of alcohol...smells kind are reminiscent of some wee heavies I've had...

Taste is....wow, it is really intense up front....Incredible sweetness, which follows with some sweet malts. Some cidery notes in the background as it warms.

The mouthfeel is syrupy (much thicker than anticipated) and sticks to your tongue after swallowed...

Alcohol warming in the finish is VERY evident...This could definitely use some aging...

The flavour intensity and alcohol content of this brew limit the drinkability.

11-28-2008 20:16:24 | More by darklordlager
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Distinct beer, I would say. Perhaps too sweet to my taste. Good quality anyway.

A: Pours a clear amber to brown (caramel) color with a small beige head which dissipates quickly leaving few lacings
S: Perfume of nuts and fruits (cherries, plums and raisins) spreads around when it's poured. Caramel malts and oak. Alcohol is quite relevant
T: Taste follows the nose. Caramel malts, nuts and dark fruits are really relevant (mainly cherries, plums and raisins). Very sweet and toffee upfront (negative point). Wood. Stingy bitterness in the end
M: Heavy, creamy and molasses. Low carbonation. Liquor sensation
D: Medium. Quite sweet and strong beer. To be appreciated with moderation

11-07-2010 18:02:22 | More by eduardolinhalis
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jnn4v

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Medium amber / honey color. Not very brown and not dark at all for a doppelbock.

S: Started with a pungent old lager yeast (almost worried that it was skunked) scent. However, after having some time to breathe, it cleared out room to smell toasted malts, lager yeast, a hint of copper. Raisin, honey, wheat (now I want a bagel or some cinnamon raisin bread)

T: Alcohol! Wow. Warming burn. I guess there's no hiding the 14% ABV. However, as it warms, the raisin, honey and malt really rise up in this beer. There are some hop and yeast flavors back there somewhere, but alcohol and sweetness dominate this beer.

M: Unbelievably "normal" for its ABV and sweetness. I was expecting a very thick, syrupy beer, and this wasn't it at all. I'm not sure that's a pro or con, so I'll give it a neutral.

D: Moderate drinkability. It's so tasty that I really wanted to say a higher rating, but the 14% ABV is prohibitive.

03-05-2009 02:16:18 | More by jnn4v
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MSchae1017

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

A - clear golden amber with very little off white head (as expected from the ABV)

S - sweet and acohol phenols

T - honey like sweetness. Alcohol presence. Nice maltiness

M - Full bodied. Slick and a bit cloying

D - packs a punch with the 14%. But actually drinkable

05-01-2008 01:43:06 | More by MSchae1017
Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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