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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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90
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1,708 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,708
Reviews: 1,011
rAvg: 4
pDev: 17%
Wants: 129
Gots: 241 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Way high alcohol and it smelled it. 2003 edition and in an ideal world it would have waited closer to its 2008 expiry date. Like a 100 proof. This is the Austria brewed under license and no longer the original and not all that complex. Orange-amber-yellow appearance with some lace. Some syrupy fruit mid-sip.

Photo of t0rin0
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Not sure how to feel about this beer. I've had it 3 times now and each time it was a totally different experience. Once it was awsome (directly from the distributor at a beer tasting), once it was pretty good (from the stuffed sandwich), and once it was completely disgusting (from bevmo).

The beer pours a dark red color that looks more black when not in the light. There isn't much head but the little that does show up is fairly white in color. It dissipates quickly. The beer is fairly flat.

The smell that comes out of solution is either young and possibly light struck or it is aged and sweet. When its had time to age properly it smells very rich and sweet. Partly like a doppelbock and partly like a red ale.

The taste when aged is intensely sweet, more than an english barleywine. You really have to enjoy the sugary goodness of tons of malt and alcohol. No hops to be found anywhere in this beer. There is some alcohol in the aftertaste.

Pretty light body and even though it might taste good you won't be able to drink much at a time. Wether its the sweetness or the kick, it'll get to you.

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage thanks to bmanning. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a faint caramel color with a few bubbles here and there, but not too much of anything going on. Pretty color, though, I suppose. A few legs on one side of the glass. The nose is pretty strong with a really nice amount of super-sweet malt, caramel, and dark fruits. The taste is more toward the sweet end of the spectrum and adds in a bit of light alcohol, though not too much. Feel is nice with the sweetness and alcohol combining well. Not cloying. Really tasty and a nice sipper. Glad my first taste of this brew was a vintage version and not something fresh, which I've heard can be quite hot.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is dark amber in color and has just a few bubbles floating on the surface. Only a low amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There's a strong aroma of boozy malts in the nose along with some notes of dark fruits.
T: There is a moderate amount of sweetness in the taste, which shares a lot of similarities with the smell. The taste is somewhat complex, and has some notes of caramel, dark fruits and toffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied, smooth, and somewhat syrupy on the palate, along with some warmth from the alcohol.
D: This is a beer that definitely needs to be sipped, but it's perfect for keeping warm on a winter evening and goes down rather easily.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 bottling sampled in December 2006

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a bubbly head that fails to retain (as one would expect from 14% abv); after the head disappears, it looks like cognac

Smell: Nostril opening aroma of fusel alcohol laced with honey, rum-soaked raisins, orange pith and chocolate covered cherries

Taste: Swirling in the mouth, the honey, chocolate cherry and rum raisin flavors come to the fore; after the swallow, the alcohol blends in with the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Sticky and smooth; the thick body trickles down the gullet with a burst of warmth

Drinkability: I never tasted the original so I cannot compare but this elixir is mighty impressive; kind of a dopplebock cum barleywine, it is well worth seeking out but you have to know what you are getting into - if you don't like after dinner liqueur such as Cointreau or Drambuie, you are not going to like this

Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A must try on tap, but a must-not drive home afterwards. Served in a brandy sniffer at my local pizza pub. The beer came out with a mild, fine carbonation and a light trace of foam atop. A very pale golden / copper color and crystal clear. The viscocity evident with a magnifying effect through the glass and shows heavy legging. Aromas of heavy, syrupy malts, ripe fruits (figs, dates, and pears) with a light nuttiness and strong maple syrup. Lightly buttery, oily and very sweet. The feel is very warm, nearly hot alcohols and a light tingle to the whole mouth. Numbing upon impact. Good beer, and a nice variety from the bottle.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2007. Dark ferric oxide orange with the slimmest of beige colored crowns after an increasingly high-altitude pour. With negligible hop esters and such a high ABV, a large lid and loads of sticky lace were never in the cards.

The nose is medium-dark malty and has its alcohol hidden... acceptably well. Trouble is, there isn't much power and there's even less personality. Warming helps, but we're still looking at merely average for a doppelbock.

Samichlaus Bier is so unique that it's almost its own style. This BSE beast tastes more like cloyingly sweet date-and-fig liqueur than it does beer. Can't see the monks downing too many of these bad boys during their fasts. Not unless they wanted to be constantly smashed and at risk of developing diabetes.

Although warming improves flavor intensity to some extent, there isn't much depth or complexity. Specifics include figs and dates in sugar syrup, steely caramel, leather and a few shots of Absolut. There's plenty of warmth, but no real heat this long after bottling.

The body/mouthfeel is lightly syrupy-sticky. Unfortunately, the beer doesn't expand in the mouth, but rather slides across the tongue and deflates soon thereafter. Sparkly bubbles add even more sensory dissonance. It's all rather odd.

For whatever reason, beer from this venerable Austrian brewery has never really floated my boat. Samichlaus Bier is supposed to be their flagship offering, but it too sinks under the weight of too much residual sugar and too much alcohol. A curiosity maybe, but light years away from being great beer.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 1996 (!?!) sent my way by Derek. Thank you for your never ending generosity.

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown color with some serious opaqueness and almost no head.

S: Smells quite sweet and fruity, especially of plums, prunes, and raisins. There is a lot of chocolate going on here as well as caramel and perhaps even some maple syrup.

T: A similar level of sweetness on the palate, but nowhere near as overwhelming as I would have expected. Some nice dark fruits, milk chocolate, caramel, maple syrup, and toffee all combine to make a pretty nice flavor profile.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this. I am not a very big Samichlaus fan when it's fresh, but it appears aging the beer about 15 years is a good idea...

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brilliant deep copper with a thin head that is gone quite quickly this badboy seems to be more carbonated than expected,whoo the alcohol is very prevelant in the aroma almost whisky-ish along with some raisin and dried fruit.With this being a 2003 bottle this needed more time to mellow I think before opening,big and chewey with huge alcohol tones.Pretty darn sweet but it doesnt coat the mouth,has a nice mouthfeel not to thick but it may be hard just to finish this one I have.Like I said this beer could stand to age another year but no doubt this is a badass mofo beer, will get again and hold for awhile.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 2007, uh, 'vintage'? The label design - silver and sepia tones - looks quite cold and, well, Teutonic, and the proclamation of "The Strongest Lager Beer in the World", front and center, seems a bit overwrought and unnecessary, if you are able to just read the rest of the text right in front of you.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium orange brick amber colour, with a thin cap of bubbly beige head, which strangely takes a while to disappear, leaving no lacing whatsoever.

It smells of rather sweet fruity malt - raisins and prunes, mostly - warm toffee, mild earthy, leafy hops, and a subdued, but bristling alcohol heat. The taste is big and warm, the caramel/toffee sweetness meshing well enough with the phenolic palate hostage-taker that such a big ABV can be, with an aged dark fruity, earthy, woody maple sap, and resinous character pushing through the mire, providing barleywine/red vinous parallels in spades.

The carbonation is quite subtle, and hardly noticeable at times, the body a big and beefy, stick to your ribs kind of medium-full weight, with a smoothness that is actually patently remarkable - there is no obvious alcohol edge. Hellyeah. It finishes warm and sweet, the malt and black fruitiness lingering all the way down the rabbit hole.

A lovely sipper, methinks it would soar with a nice cigar. As for the Santa Claus theme, as well-structured and tasty a strong beer this is, I don't know that ol' Saint Nick would do well to have one of these with the requisite cookies (leaving the milk for the kiddees in the morning), and not be cited for an SUI (Sleighing Under the Influence) - ideally save it for the easy chair and roaring fire - I don't know what my problem is here, it being mid-summer and whatnot.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eggshell foam builds up and crackles audibly, lasts for a second, then dissipates to a thin ring. The body is very high clarity, and shines a bright orange-red.

Sweet apple in the aroma with brandy vapors coming off of it. A touch of fruit cocktail behind that, leading into apple liqueur flavors. The alcohol is strong in the flavor, and warms like whiskey after the swallow. Sweet is the key word, some light caramel and apple notes, smothered under the warming alcoholic blanket. This would definitely cellar well, and would be recommended for a year or more.

It paired well with pecan pie, and i'm sure any sweet dessert would offset the alcohol a bit, making it more palatable.

2007 vintage, $6 from Vrai Amour wine shop in Chicago.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a clear bright amber-brown with very little foamy head. There is a moderate amount of sudsy, transitory lacing. The nose is unsurprisingly heavy on the dark malts, with bits of figs, brown sugar, molasses, and plums. A slight hint of booziness is also present. The taste emphasizes the brown sugar and molasses, with the figs and malts pushed back a bit, and toffee and maple syrup beginning to come through. Again, a hint of alcoholic burn is present, but not as powerful as one would expect from such a high ABV. The body is pretty hefty, with light carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Still, though, it covers the tongue very thickly, but not obtrusively, leaving a very satisfied drinker behind. Despite the ABV, this brew's drinkability stands very high, albeit more appropriate for sipping than everyday drinking.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
90 out of 100 based on 1,708 ratings.