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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 1,783
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rAvg: 4
pDev: 16.75%
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001

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 cnally
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

just picked this up randomly and was pleased to see its story. this vintage is from 2004.

pours a finger-and-a-half head, off white in color that has trouble sticking to the glass. reddish brown tint and see-through.

toasted malt, caramel scents, very sweet smelling. alcohol very prevelent in there as well. slightly fruity like a brandy.

ho man. the caramel is massive up there. that is the first flavor, but not to be undone by the slightly spicy oaky flavor...there is an aspect that has a bourbon flavor, like it is barrel aged and firey.

burns your lips with the alcohol content. I love it. it is crisp, clean and direct, slightly dry and really has some carbonation impact.

I think this is fantastic and dangerous. tasty, high alcohol, this is a sipper if I have ever had one. very well done. the aging must have mellowed the feel and flavor, but in a tasteful way.

Photo of fingerlaker
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2007 bottling. Experienced in April 2009.

So intense. So interesting. So expensive!

Opening it up I'm hit with a smell of wine that has gone sour. Disconserting but not enough to totally put me off.

These smells magnified when I poured it into a large cognac snifter. That sour wine smell was the most powerful note in the mix, followed by the fusel alcohol and a bit of cinnimon with a wee touch of... mango(?) in the back. There was no head whatsoever, something to be expected.

The taste was extraordinary for this, "The World's most extraordinary beer." A very sweet but not cloying malt in the front gave way to a very vinelike wine character in the back. Bitterness was minimal, but perfect for this brew. Something my friend Tyson and I sipped rather slowly in our snifters.

At $22 a four pack(!) it's something I won't have anytime soon again, but golly, it was interesting. Tyson liked it so much he gave me the money to buy another just for him!

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in 2007

P: This burgundy-tinted copper colored beer has no head whatsoever, even with a vigorous pour. It looks quite syrupy and left no lacing behind.

A: Spicy alcohol, dark fruits like raisins and plums, lots of sweet maltiness, and some candied sugar.

T: It tastes very sweet from the bready malts and dark fruits that consist of rum-soaked raisins and plums, all swimming around in a huge pool of spicy, solventy alcohol. Loads of caramel and some faint brown sugar add to the already sweet profile.

M: Full-bodied with a thick and chewy feel and very little in the way of carbonation.

Notes: Wow! This is one big beer. Very alcoholic with a nice dark fruit profile that tastes way too sweet for me, though. I can't help but think that this would be the perfect candidate for cellaring. As it is, it's interesting but too boozy sweet.

Photo of CHickman
4.51/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this Samichlaus Bier 2007, as the last time I had one was in either 1995 or 1996 before beer diaries like this started.

Poured a brown color with very little to no head, but the smell was nice since it was spicy and malty. Very little carbonation with a very sweet molasses or caramel or syrup (or all) taste mixed with a hint of fruit. There is a lot of flavor in this beer, a very sweet malty flavor, and it was smooth. You can feel the punch of alcohol from the first sip. It went down like a cognac or brandy and was quite enjoyable. It was quite good and I will seek it out and hopefully enjoy it again.

Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this at the Wine Shop in Steele Creek area of Charlotte for $5.95 a bottle. Poured in a tulip glass. Very fresh, only a few months old. Reminds me a lot of the 120 Minute . . . wow, really packs a punch. Alcohol not settled yet.

Nice copper color, little carbonation. Raisins, bready caramel goodness. Worth storing for a while.

Photo of NightINgale
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber / copper coloured body with some white head. The carbonation is medium, with some visible bubbles.

S - An enticing sweet malty scent! Very syrupy and somewhat grainy too. The high alcohol content can also be anticipated.

T - Extremely malty and sweet, then going into a very sweet and strong alcoholic finish. Some feint fruitiness along the way, too. This beer has a very unique flavour to it, really.

M - Despite the high ABV, the mouthfeel is not bad. The high maltiness is definitely appealing, making it somewhat smooth.

D - This is a beer to be savoured. Perfect for winter nights, either with chocolate or desserts, or by itself in small, moderate quantities. It is unique enough to be considered outstanding.

Photo of KeefD
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2007 bottle. Pours nice amber brown color, cyrstal clear, small head is gone in a few seconds, no lacing, carbonation bubbles look minimal. Nice bready, caramel aroma, with a hint of dark fruit. Taste is very sweet, loads of caramel and burnt sugar, sugarcoated dark bread, a little bit of smokiness and bacon, hints of baked brown sugar apples in the background, plus a noticeable alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, very little carbonation. Alcohol can be felt going all the way down. This is a very big, badass brew. I can see one bottle being enough for me as it's very hard to get past the alcohol and the sweetness is cloying at times. Pretty good and interesting dopple though.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008, 12oz bottle made its way here from Bobsy, still enjoying all those delicious beers from him! Cheers.

Pours an auburn, slightly orange-tinged brandy color with hardly any head. No lacing.

Smell is biscuits, licorice, loads of malts, caramel, hints of spiciness, plums, raisins, and some alcohol in the back. Whoah.

This is one big brew. Some yeasty, warm bread notes, caramel malts, licorice, raisin bread, rum, on the sweet side, warming alcohol - this is seriously a meal in a glass. Really full flavor.

Drinkability suffers a little due to its massive 14% but this is a tasty, complex brew. I would definitely seek this one, especially in the winter (while waiting for Santa?) or even to age. Delicious.

Photo of beertunes
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008, poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a pale mahogany color with had a small white head that quickly dissipated, leaving a slight amount of lacing. A sweet initial aroma with a noticeable alcohol scent and a vague hint of spicieness. The first flavor is a honeyish sweetness that quickly gives way to an alcohol taste. After that quick burn a lovely earthy malt flavor lingers on the tongue for a few moments. Nice solid body that is neither sticky nor thin. Very drinkable from the flavor and body aspects, care is warranted from the alcohol aspect. A wonderfully lovely beer, truly a world classic.

Photo of goblet
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured this one out into my goblet .a 330 ml that was bottled in 2007 ,with a date of 12.2012 .

A it`s very dark for a lager ,russet on the reddish brown side i got some big bubble froth after the pour although it quickly vanished.

S,the smell of this beer is great! light fruit and berry, deep malt,the hops don`t stand out i already get some alcohol scent .

T,this has depth the malt sweetness and alcohol flavor dominant the palate ,the alcohol is not as masked as i thought ,some fruit esters creep up also.

M, the alcohol is evident but not unpleasant .my guess is the strong malt flavor covers it just enough, it leaves a sugary dry after taste .

D this is an amazing lager very drinkable in small quantities , the worlds strongest lager just maybe also the best lager ,savor it and enjoy..

Photo of benjathelion
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Brisk pour produces very little head which fades to nothing almost instantly. Almost no lacing whatsoever. Colour is pale mahogany, much like cognac.

S: Sweet, warming alcohol reveals a surprising and delightful layered floral fragrance. Notes of violets, lily, and lilac. Hints of sherry and brandy. Lush and romantic. I couldn't stop sniffing this one.

T: Sweet and heady, corresponds to smell- fresh flowers, sherry with faint nuttiness, sweet warm alcohol. Strong fruit/berry notes.

M: Very little carbonation makes the mouthfeel flat, syrupy, and cloying, especially when considered in combination with the high sweetness of this lager.

D: Lush, heady, and strong, this is not a beer for pounding. A little bit goes a long way, plus you'll want to savor it. Best in easy doses.

Photo of grayburn
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a copper color into the glass, with a decent head for all the alcohol, and some good lacing around the glass.
The smell is of sweet malt, some bread, almost a cognac or brandy like alcohol smell. Very candied sweetness.
The taste is very sweet, little hops to balance the sweetened wave. Very smooth on the tongue, the mouthfeel and the taste are very intertwined in this beer, the cloying sweetness relies on some carbonation to be perfectly balanced.
It is easy to sip your way through one of these, a very unique offering that feels like a treat.

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

A great nightcap or winter slow sipper. Pours a totally clear amber/brown color with a small white head that fades to a ring around the glass. Smell of sugar, dark fruit and alcohol.

Tastes great. Sweet, dark fruit and a little alcohol burn. The alcohol is mellow enough to enhance the flavor rather than be off-putting. There is some bready malt to soften the whole effect. There is a cognac like quality to the overall experience.

Mouthfeel is rich with some alcohol presence. Drinkability is good given that you know from the start this is a one-and-out beer. An enjoyable slow drinking treat for a winter evening.

Photo of jnn4v
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ajs4bd
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 2-18-09 in a snifter.

A - Poured a clear, light orange color, definitely different than most doppels.

S - Overall aroma was very sweet and fruity. Smells of light molasses, oranges, raisins. The alcohol really jumps out at you as well. With the combination of alcohol and orange aroma, I was quickly reminded of Grand Marnier.

T - This definitely tasted like a carbonated glass of Grand Marnier, too! The hops are completely shut out in relation to the sweet malts. The alcohol also really came through.

M - Good carbonation provided a soft and creamy mouthfeel.

D - An excellent beer, but almost a replacement for a cordial. This is too flavorful and high in alcohol to have more than one, but is an excellent nightcap.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a quickly dissipating head.
Alcohol is very prominent in this beer, with a strong malt presence as well.Maybe some whisky in the mix?
Alcohol is once again present, as to be expected with a 14% lager. Very bready flavor, im sure their is an obscene amount of barley required to brew this beer. Hops are not detectable.
Very nice mouthfeel, very rich and thick.
This is a beer to be enjoyed on special occasions throughout the evening on a cold winter night.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2007, BB 02/2013, served chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: the colour borders mahogany and moderately infused black tea, a force-pour only results in a thin layer of creamy beige froth that settles to a rim, while the carbonation remains restrained. Looking unusual for a lager - very elegant~~
S: a super deep and dense prune-ish malty aroma dominates the nose, decorated by juicy dried berries, vinegary sour cherries and strawberries reminiscent of a Belgian red ale, with very mild caramely+herbal maltiness staying underneath. A beautiful balance b/w the sticky sweet malts and lively sour prunes+cherries is the key here, taking out the alc. edge of this 14%abv. strong lager.
T: a quiet swallow of liquidy barley syrup with a mixed taste of sweet prunes, strawberries, caramelised dried red dates and fresh sugar-cane gradually gives way to a superbly lingering dry-ish sweet, herbal+woody aftertaste that almost rings a bell of Malmsey Madeira mixed with Oloroso Sherry... The hop bitterness goes deep and renders an intensifyingly chewy, spicy-bitter, dry yet surprisingly clean palate, with just a wee bit of alc. felt deep down the throat - remarkable indeed for such a potent beer.
M&D: very smooth, almost static, on the carbonation, plus a lubricating but never cloying or sticky mouthfeel, this high-octave lager drinks more like a fruit brandy without the sharp alc. edge. Compared with my last encounter, this one is more enjoyable maybe due to the cooler serving temperature. The hidden depth is such that I haven't felt any effect until 10 minutes into sipping... A true night cap this is.

* Tasting Date: 06/09/06
Bottled in 2005, BB 07/2010. Served lightly-chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.
3.5 A: medium-infused black-teaish colour, coming with a fast disappearing foam, settling in no time to no head at all; surprisingly low in carbonation, almost no visible fizziness in the glass.
4 S: smells rather like an English barley wine~~ dense but not OTT aroma of malt candy, palm sugar, sugar-cane juice, cherry, rum-soaked raisins, a semi-sharp edge of caramel... overall very one-dimensional but quite pleasant and much lighter than the alc. suggests.
4 T: warming alcohol and syrupy maltiness caress the tongue and throat in one single wave... plenty of sweet cherry jam, raisins, and hints of dried dates to follow, plus a very soothing, bitter-sweet caramely malty and (supposedly) hop depth plus a slightly spicy/herbal tinge developing into a dryish-sweet, dried stone-fruity finish. Very interesting flavour, and very mellow for 14%abv. indeed.
4.5 M&4 D: the ever-so-fine fizziness makes a mellow mouthfeel due to long lagering as well as some maturation in the bottle, full-bodied yet tasting absolutely soothing; a reasonable amount of alc. lingers, and warming in the finish, like a shot of good quality cherry+plum liquor. In a sense it reminds me of several English barley wine I've tasted, and from that perspective this beer is unlike any other Doppelbock I've tried or am able to imagine.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 2/17/2009 (bottled in 2007):

Pours a pretty clear, dark amber brown colored body, with an okay-sized head, creamy but quickly diminishing. Strong dark fruit aroma, dark grape, plum, fig. Not a very strong aroma, pretty weak. Sickly sweet, syrupy dark fruit taste. A little hot, with dark grape and fig tastes. Lightly carbonated. Very much a sipping beer. Very strong. Much aging will do this one better, very raw tasting. Much better as it warms up, mellows out more, less alcohol.

Photo of Atricapilla
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter. Has little carbonation and a small whitish head that dissipates into a milk mustache... A beautiful auburn color that diffracts the light.

Aroma: Very malty, sugary, with a little vanilla and oak.

Taste: Very warming and smooth. Ethanolic , malty, sweet, hints of vanilla and butterscotch.

Photo of Amalak
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. It has a crystal clear, yet dark, red-brown color, with a very limited foamy off-white head and no lacing. Some bubbles in streams up the side.

S.Very robust caramel and grape wine scent.

T/M. It is thick and smooth, full bodied. High in alcohol. There is a nutty taste, and a grape fruitiness. It is heavy with malts.

O. This is the perfect beer for aging. I had the 2011 version and it was aged one year. It will knock you on your ass, but it is an extremely complex and delightful beer.

Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a 19-ounce dimpled glass mug (the one from the Savvy Six-Pack sold on this site), this beer is a deep, honey-ish amber. An average pour yields a one-finger head that dwindles to a faint cap fairly quickly. Minimal lacing is observed during drinking.

Smell: Like a beefed-up German Oktoberfestbier, but with dominant notes of honey and clover. The alcohol is barely perceptible in the nose, which is (in my experience) a rare thing for a beer this strong. Oh, yeah, there's also LOTS of malt in the nose.

Taste: Essentially follows the nose, in that the two most prominent flavors are honey and malt. Unlike its helles brother, this beer doesn't punch you in the head with alcohol. The alcohol is perceptible, but it's not front-and-center. Still, I think this beer could use some aging.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy, and mead-like. Or English barleywine-like. Carbonation is moderate to minimal with a fresh bottle, and I suspect that it would dissipate entirely with extended cellaring. Basically, this is a German barleywine, at least in terms of mouthfeel.

Drinkability -- This is a very strong beer. Even if there wasn't a ton of alcohol in it, it's heavy, thick, and sweet. These factors all limit drinkability considerably. A 12-ounce bottle of this stuff would be enough for all but the most seasoned drinkers; two bottles would result in bad decisions. I wonder, though, if the drinkability would improve with age, at least in terms of the weight and thickness of this brew. I think I'll cellar a few of these and find out.

Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong malt, earthy malts, slight fruit aroma, and some yeast cleanliness. At this point if fits the Doppelbock style, quite nicely. Very bitter, and high alcohol is noticeable in the mouth feel. Smooth and crisp along with a slightly high carbonation level. Tastes of strong malt upfront with a general sweetness closely following. A slight hop flavor is present in the aftertaste along with a little fruitiness. The alcohol packs quite a punch, but the overall flavor is amazing. The sweetness, maltiness, and slight fruitiness is absolutely amazing! This beer is definitely worth a try.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer 7/7 at a recent beer tasting and a great way to finish it out. I was excited to see this one on the list, I've read about it but never seen this one.

Porued a reddish brown color with a strong head and good carbonation. Definite smell of raisins on the aroma, plenty of malt, all pretty well balanced.

I'm amazed at how well the 14% abv is hidden... this ranks as the strongest beer I can remember trying, edging out a few 13% brews.

Fantastic beer, great end to an evening, and I'm told it's even better after cellaring a few years.

Fortunately, they gave me an extra bottle to take home and find out. :-)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml "bottled in 2007". poured into tulip.

clear gemstone appearance, amber brown in color. decent head on vigorous pour, but fades to just wisps and thin ring. no lace retention.

aroma of raisins and dates, going into fortified wine or brandy territory. hint of grassy hop.

flavor is quite sweet. again, a vinous port quality along with the caramel. gentle hop bitterness. fruit has white raisins and hint of dates or dark raisins, plus perhaps dried cherries.

feel is smooth, almost like a thin syrup. gentle to moderate carbonation.

great nightcap beer. in the future i will try to cellar a bottle or two and see what develops.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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