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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:
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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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Photo of bishopdc0


3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Novare as part of my Uprising.

The beer is served in a an Allagash tulip. The beer is a deep amber with a tan head that resides to the edge of the glass.

The nose is all malt, caremel, toasted and hints of fig fruitiness.

The taste is big and bold, malty and the classic german dopple bock, almost cola flavor. The alcohol is quite noticible.

Overall a good beer, definitly not for everyday.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 01:29:39 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of Phelps


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap (whaaaa?!) at Papago’s Brewing Up Hope beer festival, inside a pilsner-style tasting glass. This here has to be an expensive keg.

The color of a penny, perfectly clear, with no head to speak of. Must be an older keg, too.

Yep. A deep, sweet aroma marked with the deep, malty honey note that comes with age. Caramel, a little orange, a tiny hint of biscuits and maybe apricot are also noticeable.

In the flavor, a lots of alcohol blends with sugars. Burnt sugar, orange peel, lightly toasted biscuits, caramel, honey and a tiny bit of grassy bitterness.

The body is thick with sugars. Medium and creamy, with very light, almost-not-there tingly carbonation. There’s a little heat on the tongue, but I'd never guess this is fourteen percent ABV.

Tasty stuff. I’m impressed Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg can do this much within the lager style, but then again, they’ve been at this for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2012 23:03:16 | More by Phelps
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head on a amber with golden hues clear body. No real lacing. Very spivey with nutmeg and gingerbread notes. Flavor is very sweet and syrupy with a cherry and strawberry note. Medium body and light carbonation. The reviews for this one are off the charts but for me it was too thick and syrupy and sweet. I appreciate the bock contents though.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 14:24:50 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of 57md


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark copper with a finger of head that dissipated quickly and left only some fizziness behind. The nose is distinctly of the candied fruits of the Christmas season. Sweet malt dominates and the sweetness grows as one goes along. There is a slight alcohol burn in the finish that is not unpleasant. The entire offering is certainly interesting, but not terribly well balanced either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 06:25:05 | More by 57md
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 BrownNut


2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I like doppelbocks. I like Celebrator and Maximator a lot. Sam Adams is pretty good. I like Korbinian well enough. Spaten, one or two others. The style seems like a nice one. But this one tasted like balsamic vinegar mixed with something sweet. So did the Ettaler Curator doppelbock I tried after that to a somewhat lesser extent. Both were sour and vinegary. Do not like. Couldn't get through a 4 oz taster. I wonder what makes these two come out like this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2012 04:00:04 | More by BrownNut
Photo of Doppelbockulus


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a gem, 2010 vintage served on draft.

Clear dark brown with a touch of red, it looks great.

Smells like a sweet brown bread with dark fruit preserves.

Tastes like a loaf of honey oat bread with dried fruits, like dates. Reminiscent of a several year old J.W. Lees Harvest. There is a bit of alcohol, but nothing too strong. The grain really comes through in the after taste.

Feels like an aged beer. Light carbonation, not quite syrupy, creamy froth when swished.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2012 05:27:42 | More by Doppelbockulus
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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a clear reddish amber with a decidedly ruby tone and a fine-bubbled pale tan head. Rich, spicy, malty aroma has tones of cloves, cinnamon and apple. Strong, mouth-filling flavor has malty, peppermint, apple and cloves notes plus hints of caramel and horehound, and is rather sweet but not cloying. Syrupy texture is quite fizzy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 19:56:58 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy, dark honey color with good carbonation with a nice tan cap

S: Sweet brown sugar, dark fruits, booze

T: Immediate sugar blast and booze. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, candy and faded dark fruits, hint at wheat and overly ripened bananas

M: Medium to big body with nice carbonation.

O: Very drinkable for a 14% ABV beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 04:46:52 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rare 2006 keg tapping, tasted in October 2011.

One finger white head, orange-ruby body. No retention.

Powerful, sweet nose of prune, booze, and cherry.

Super rich taste-- port dominates. Plum, caramel, wheat and yeast character. Possible trace of pineapple ester, but hard to say.

Carbonation is sparse but bright. Due to being on draft?

Outstanding strong sipper for warming up by the fireside.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 01:36:02 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of ThaCreep


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

However, deep copper color with golden highlights. No foam. Malt aroma, ripening brown and alcohol, but are not ubiquitous. It feels as melted caramel and strawberries that come in addition, enhance the fruity beer which released already flavors of plums and dried figs.

The entry on the palate is much easier than you might imagine for a beer of this ABV - alcohol, although this remains firmly under control and there is no intrusive, unlike Bush Amber beer such as Dubuisson - but the aftertaste leaves the brew express its power and warms the palate, leaving the flavor of good old Scotch whiskey.

Beer remarkable for its ABV surprisingly digestible and tastes amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 21:06:08 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of MONKandTUCK


1.88/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

First of all, I'm glad for the opportunity to have tried this beer and for places like Smokin' Joe's on Pittsburgh's Southside which features great craft beers, especially trying to obtain rarities like this.

A- poured into snifter. It was dark, but it appeared to have an auburn color.

A- Fusel. Some anise. Some brandy. Not beer.

T- Syrup meets White Lightening. This stuff reminds me of the B-Movie Horror, the Blob. It wrought a path of destruction even though it moved slower than sin. Somehow, this stuff makes it from the glass, over my palate into my gut. Very warming. Lots of malty syrup.

M- Like 3 beers packed into one.

O- Not sure if this is exceptional brewing craftsmanship or a science experiment. The heat is over-bearing and there's no discernible flavor except some off-qualities.

Sooo many beers have been brewed with pains to showcase particular features, or master balance, or blend subtleties. Then this one comes along, strong as jet fuel and sells just because it was once the world's strongest beer and is released once a year. Not impressed. Try harder to make a good beer, and worry less about wagging your junk around.

Legend goes, when St. Nicholas decked Arius, he was drunk on this stuff. Thereafter, this stuff was given to the bad girls and boys before the discovery of coal.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 04:16:49 | More by MONKandTUCK
Photo of Viciousknishs


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep coppery amber. A finger of off white/tannish head quickly recedes into a thin ring of tight bubbles. This brew produces some beautiful lacing and has legs like a fine wine. Gorgeous!

S- This is a scent of a woman that I don't want to meet. Begins with thick bready malt infused with brown sugar and raisins (so much raisin it's like diving into a ball pit full of them). The sweet inviting beginning is soon demolished with huge stinging fusel alcohol. The finish is rich tilled topsoil with mineral characteristics. Remnants of the booze linger as well.

T- Flavor is like a woman that I DO want to meet. Drink this and you instantly become irresistible to the opposite sex. Starts with huge sticky sweet burnt caramel, brown sugar and blackstrap molasses. Booze soaked raisin and doughy malts coalesce with the sugary sweetness like an alcoholic strudel. Liquor like alcohol warmth permeates the senses. A clean mineral finish with a hint of astringency gets the palate ready for the next seductive sip.

MF- Slick liquor like mouthfeel. Low almost unnoticeable carbonation. However Samichlaus would be undrinkable without it. Medium body with Port/liquor qualities.

D- This is a slow drinking contemplative beer. The drinkability is medium as to be expected of a beer of this strength. Saint Nick skip my place every year but a snifter of Samichlaus more than makes up for it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 02:37:45 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of mavbrew


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains, NY. Excellent place to go if you're ever in the area. Bartender indicated that it was a vintage 2008.

A: Poured into a tulip. Color is an amber/dark honey with a massive tan head that slowly dissipates.

S: The smell is very sweet, but a resemblance to soy sauce was definitely apparent. Hints of brown sugar and honey.

T: The taste is much like the smell, minus the soy sauce. It is very sweet, but not too sweet. There is a honey flavor with some caramel malts and brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Very crisp and sweet feel throughout.

D: For being 14% ABV, there is hardly any trace of alcohol. This beer is smooth and sweet and delicious. Ages well and I will be in search for a bottle for myself.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 22:31:29 | More by mavbrew
Photo of rudzud


3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken at the Armsby Abbey's yearly Belgian Christmas on 12/15.

*2008 Vintage*

A - Nice light mahogany pour with a one finger head that left thick lacing along the sides of the glass.

S - Some nice light chocolate and light funk mix nicely together. The 14% is not too strong on the nose.

T - Too sweet, far too sweet. The sweet malts overpower the typical dopplebock notes for me leaving something very sticky along the tongue.

M - Medium carbonation. Not heavy at all with a very light syrupy feel.

D - ABV aside, this is a very drinkable but heavy beer. The sticky sweet flavour really ruins it for me though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2011 21:11:55 | More by rudzud
Photo of donkeyrunner


4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Aged since '08. Tawny amber to cherry wood brown in color with a thin white head. Foam dies quickly after 14% and 2 years.

Smells like Pizza Hut in Weymouth MA and cherry wood varnish. I don't know why it smells like Pizza Hut in Weymouth, or what would bring back that childhood memory but there it is.

Taste is dark, succulent caramel, raisins, figs, MacIntosh apple and cherry cough medicine. Mouthfeel is so close to syrupy but stays plush and voluptuous.

My doppelbock bar has just been raised.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 00:45:17 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Burp Castle in New York City. This was banned in Ontario because the picture looks too like much Santa Claus, so we wouldn't want kids to want to buy this expensive beer, even they aren't allowed in the government liquor store in the first place. Ridiculous! Anyway, so the government made me want to try this. Pours a dark copper-brown colour with thin white head. Even though the head is thin, head remained for the whole time, leaving traces of lacing on the glass. It smells pretty much like a spicy barleywine, winter spices with a big caramel malt. Flavour is quite strong on alcohol, though the caramel sweetness is left as an aftertaste. Fairly big carbonation. I didn't realize this was 14% abv when I wrote the review in my phone, but it makes sense given how boozy it was.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 01:32:09 | More by kwjd
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 boisehack


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This exceptional brew was served to me in an 8oz goblet at the Front Door in Boise, Idaho, and was touted as the world's strongest lager by the server. Vintage 2008 (2 years old).

The lighting in a taphouse usually precludes an accurate description of color, but my impression was of a crystal clear reddish-brown.

The head consisted of a thin layer of very fine bubbles that quickly retreated to the miniscus, leaving a few small atoills floating in the middle, all of this slowly dissipating as the tasting progressed, leaving a very scanty lacing, if you could use the word in this case.

The smell reminded me of cherry and cigar, and a sweetness, made very penetrating by the alcohol vapor of this high octane offering.

Banana, spice, toffee sweetness and vanilla are what came to mind as I slowly sipped this delightful dopplebock, and any malt taste was seemingly overpowered to the point that I felt like I was drinking a brandy instead of a beer.

This beer produced a bit of sharpness in the mouth, not unpleasant, and had a palpable body to it, but I needed to take small sips, and I savored each one gratefully.

It was evident as the tasting went slowly on that I was drinking something very special. The flavors and aroma were intensified by the high alcohol content. This libation was not brewed to slake one's thirst on a hot summer day or wash down a spicy meal, but is a worthy showcase for the art of a brewery that has been around for over 400 years. At 1 U.S. Dollar an ounce I did not at all mind taking my time with this unique creation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 02:45:18 | More by boisehack
Photo of Rifugium


3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Belgian Cafe, Philly, PA

A: Dark brown / mahogany with reddish highlights.

S: Light and sugary sweet.

T: Fruitcake sweetness, with a bit of spice.

M: Medium body, a tad syrupy, but still clean enough. A little tartness and alcohol bite.

D: Moderately drinkable. Very tasty, but not worthy of an entire drinking session.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2010 16:56:32 | More by Rifugium
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 david18

New York

2.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure what the big deal is with this beer. Like i said in my review of this beer in a bottle, this is too strong and too sweet for my taste.

The bar I had it at, Spuyten Duyvil, was so head over heals about this beer, everyone talking about it (it just came on draft), people making special trips in, etc.

Anyway, it's a very dark beer with a strong dark fruit malt flavor but still not strong enough to balance the alcohol or the sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 23:25:59 | More by david18
Photo of iNHaze


4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's In Baltimore. Was served in a wine glass.

Poured a dark copper with ruby highlights and a medium head, which dissolved slowly to about 1/8" which remained constant. Nice lacing.

Smells very much like a barleywine, probably partially to do with the high ABV, but there are also definite notes of cinnamon and honey.

Came across very slightly hoppy/citrusy with a full, sweet malty body with notes of cinnamon and spices and a hint of chocolate, with a sweet, honey aftertaste. Can't taste the alcohol but can certainly feel it.

Mouthfeel was fizzy but not sharp, and on the lighter side

This beer is absolutely wonderful. Drinkability gets a little bit knocked off due to the high ABV, but, of course, this is a beer meant to be enjoyed during the holidays. And when better than to let loose and celebrate a bit with a 14%? Haha. If you get the chance, I say don't let this one pass you by.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2009 02:18:36 | More by iNHaze
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3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Poured into a snifter. Deep amber with a fluffy and sticky beige head. Aromas of caramel, eggnog, raisins, other dried fruits, and alcohol. The taste is very sweet and borders on cloying unless you really take your time. Big honey and raisin notes with a very syrupy texture. Alcohol is obviously present but not distractingly harsh. Too thick and sweet for me.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2009 21:04:22 | More by illidurit
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/27/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, caramelized malts, some spice, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet, with flavors of dark fruit and caramel. There's a mild but complementary hops presence and very little trace of the 14.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this beer is flavorful and as drinkable as any beer you'll find with an ABV this high. It's a very good beer to drink for as long as you can handle the strength.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2009 21:32:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,466 ratings.