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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,707 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,707
Reviews: 1,010
rAvg: 4
pDev: 17%
Wants: 129
Gots: 240 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of morebeergood
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bouteille brune de 330ml. embouteillé en 2006
couleur cognac, ambré foncé sans mousse ou presque, odeur de malt, de caramel et de sucre brun, goût brulant pour la langue, caramel, sucré à souhait, très longue en bouche. elle est chaude et réconfortante, une vrai bière pour les hiver quebecois. un peu moins sucré serait l'idéal.

Photo of Floydster
2.8/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottled purchased from Beverage Warehouse for five dollars, split with two different friends last night and only had about four ounces

Poured into my small Ballast Point glass with an pinkish amber color with barely any head, this left no lacing at all

Smell was boozy, brandy, cognac, and bourbon we are all in there along with tons of malt and sugar

Taste was too much, so sweet with no real hops, tasted more like syrup and hard alcohol than beer, this needs a lot more age in the cellar, does not taste like a dopplebock to me, almost an extremely fresh barleywine, needs some bitterness which means it needs more hops, honestly a struggle to get this one down it was so strong, this was a pretty disappointing bottle of beer

Barely any carbonation, thick almost like molasses, sweet and aggressive mouthfeel

At fourteen percent, it is already hard enough to drink, but add the strong taste and it makes it even worse, heavy stuff that could only have a few sips of when it is fresh

I do not agree that this is the finest beer in the world like it says on the back of the bottle, but I will see how it evolves in a few years and maybe add another review then

Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Virtually no head, certainly no lasting lace. The color is a slightly dark amber and clear.

Appealing molasses aroma predominates. Some alcohol warmth, too.

The flavor is extremely sweet with almost a cidery flavor and texture. Strong brandy-like alcohol warmth in the swallow with a lingering peppery mouthfeel on the tongue. Very full bodied with full carbonation.

This is an interesting double bock. More potent and fascinating than other DB's I've had. Still, I could not drink more than one of these in a single night. Perhaps, it's too much of a good thing.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 11.2 oz bottle into my Ommegang goblet.

A: Reddish amber

S:Yeast malt brandy cognac fruit sweetness.

T: Very malty up front

M: Little syrupy almost like medicine.The body is light on this one considering the style.

D: For what was for a while the world's strongest beer this was fairly drinkable. Probably took me an hour and a half to drink the bottle but in no way was it a chore.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is only brewed once a year in Austria. Then it's aged for 10 months before bottling. My sample was bottled in 2006, so it's a pretty "fresh" sample. I shall see how this brew works for me. On to the beer:

The beer holds a ruby brown color with a mix of orange in my flute. A two-finger sized head is formed in my flute, but then fades away, not much of a surprise with the amount of alcohol in this. The smell of raisins, sweet dough, and fructose tease my nose. Man, this is getting me excited...
Head for the hills! This is one explosive beer. Full bodied, chewy, and a very syrupy texture. A touch of vanilla here, chocolate raisins there, and alcohol everywhere, brining with it fruity esters. The strong maltiness in the beer is felt strongest just before it goes down your throat, which preludes a warming feel to that area.

Notes: With 14% ABV (twice the amount of most dopplebocks) and a great taste, this beer deserves a category of its own (a quadrabock?). If you're into dopplebocks, eisbocks, or extreme beer, this is one to seek out. Bow down to the brewers of Eggenberg, Austria.

Got another bottle for me? Bring it on. : )

Photo of DIM
2.78/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottled in 2005

a: Light ruby color, clear, no haze whatsoever. Minimal head and champagne like bubbles floating to the top.

s: Over-ripe fruit with some brandy notes. Very boozy. Malts smelled a bit like an English barleywine.

t: Well balanced earthy sweet malt up front blanketed by a nice alcoholic warmth. The finish, however, has a medicinal note that is unpleasant. Reminds me a bit of cough medicine.

m: Syrupy and sticky, not bad.

d: This one was a chore to get through. Once and done for me with this one.

Photo of thebarracuda
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a viscious copper/reddish-brown with no head and tiny bubbles Its even got great legs!. the flavor. the aroma is really earthy, the flavor is sweet and rasin like. very complex and deep with a sweet aftertaste that never sours. I can barely taste the alcohol, but its noticeable only when you breathe in. certainly a sipping beer, and one should set you up nicely.

Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a tawny brown with a light red hue, very little if any foam, although thin film did develop

S-malty and sweetness provide all of the smell

T- dark fruits present a good flavor, a smooth maltiness. a slight alcohol burn at the end.

M- A light body for a 14 % alcohol beer, very fine bubbles,

D- a solid ale, although more of a strong dark ale in my mind than a dopplebock

Photo of thierrynantes
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), first tasted in 2003 and vintage 2006 tasted in 2012.

Appearance : dark copper color, with no head (due to ABV ?)
Smell : vinous fruit aromas and spicy hops, chocolate, hazelnut, malts.
Taste and mouthfeel : cognac notes, with warming finish.
Drinkability : a very nice beer in the style doppelbock. I's high rate of alcohol will give it a deep color and it will improve with time (keep in the cellar), great as a digestive to drink slowly with a dessert (very good with chocolates).

Photo of Mryup
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: A deep copper with reddish/orange highlights. The head is virtually non-existent and has no retention.

S: Alcohol with lots of fruit...raisins...figs...maybe something else. Very nice.

T: Warming fruitiness with hints of nut in the background (I know that doesn't sound right but it is what it is). Very sweet. Surprisingly, I don't taste the alcohol as much as I thought I would as it is melded in very well. It seems to be lacking balance, perhaps intentionally, with the fruit, particularly raisins, dominating the palate. I would have liked the nutty characteristics to show their face a little more.

M: Heavy and smooth...a dangerous combination. The carbonation seems perfect and it not heavy at all as it was aforementioned in other reviews. Aging difference maybe?

D: This beer is like cheesecake. One piece is enough and satisfying.

Overall not my thing but I can understand why it is well liked. A very unusual lager.

Photo of lifeboyq
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip. Vigorous pour for a minimal head with little retention. Color is a deep gold/copper/orange. Hmm, the strongest lager in the world. Isnt that an oxymoron of sorts? Lager inhibits complexity from cold fermentation temperatures. I expect a very one dimensional beer. Nose is very sweet, maybe a caramel sugar, nutmeg or something with maybe some citrus. Its one dimensional but hard to put an exact finger on just what it smells exactly like. Mouthfeel is very silky smooth. Wow, the flavor is nutty and finishes sugary sweet. Interesting. I'm not sure that it lives up to the most extraordinary beverage in the world such as the label says but the alcohol is insanely well masked for 14%. Its slightly too sweet and syrupy for high drinkabilty (not to mention the abv). Fun stuff though and worth revisiting.

Photo of srandycarter
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage from local TJ. Into the tulip it goes.

A - Pretty deep golden brown - like a rich cider. Virtually no head. Some lacing.

S - Booze. Dark fruit, earthy and leather tones underneath. A slight antiseptic feel.

T - WOOOH. Big stuff. Heavily carbonated, overwhelming fruit and alcohol.

M - As said very carbed... a thick heavy beer. Fruits and booze reduce greatly at end but linger on subdued. A little too sweet to end for me.

D - C'mon, it's fun. It's pretty good. It's not something to drink all night. Glad I tried it. Will have another when the mood strikes.

Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one came in a huge trade from by boy Sudsdog. I was happy to receive it and ever happier to see the vintage... 2003 wow!

A: Pours a nice nutty brown color with a medium head. The head totally disappears leaving behind a few small lily pads and no lacing.

S: Pure sweetness in a bottle. You could pass is off as some of the best maple syrup straight from Vermont.

T: Wow this is a big boy. Tons of nice sweet malty flavors. Raisins and figs stand out. The booze also makes its appearance in a big way. It's sharp on the tongue to balance out the sweetness and it slowly burns its way down your throat.

M: Big bold, and thick. There is a sting from the ABV.

D: This is a sipping beer. It is a big beer that you would not want to pound.

Overall: This was a very nice sweet treat. Tons of flavors that are to be savored no doubt. It is a very big beer that I was honored to try.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very tasty Austrian treat.

Pours an amber color with no head or lacing.

Smell is sweet - most likely the alcohol.

Taste is even more of the sweet alcoholic taste. Burns just a little bit going down. Taste is slightly fruity - cherries maybe.

A relatively creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability might be lacking due to the high ABV.

Overall, this is a tasty, warming beer. I might have to pick up another one of these if I can find it.

Edit: I haven't finished this yet and I am fairly tipsy. The ABV is ridiculous.

Photo of snpub540
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2006 Vintage. Poured a copper amber color. It was crystal clear, with absolutely no haze. No head whatsoever.

Smell had ripe cherries and plums. Couldn't detect any hops in there. Also a huge amount of alcohol, smelled a little bit like rubbing alcohol but not as powerful.

Tasted very much like wine. Plums, brown sugar, and a little bit of woodiness. Alcohol is very present and it dances on the tongue. Kind of like drinking a port.

Mouthfeel was smooth and the carbonation was perfect. Drinkability is not so great because the alcohol comes out and almost stings. An intersting beer that I think can age very well. I'll have to pick up another one and set it down.

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

Bottled in 2006. The self proclaimed "World's Most Extraordinary Beverage" was poured into me De Garre snifter for this BA review.

The body of this beer has a great ruby hue; fairly clear with only the slightest haze. A really heavy pour only released a very slight head with no lacing. But the color of this beer was excellent.

A strong syrupy taste is evident at first, But this beer does have hints of burnt coffee and toffee ... interesting. But really this beer is all about the caramel, syrupy, maltiness. Huge malty flavor. The alcohol show its head a touch, but at 14% I expected it to be harsher.

A very clean of aroma, of vodka soaked figs or prunes. The alcohol is present but not overpowering. Very much a doppelbock in smell; no fruit aromas or hop bitterness to speak of. Clean but vibrant.

After having th Urbock 23 from the same brewery I wasnt expecting anything extraordinary from Samichlaus. However, this was truly an interesting and enjoyable beer. Not the worlds most extraordinary beverage, but a fine beer indeed.

Photo of kingjames1
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

wow...this beyotch was bottled in 2004, but still puts off serious heat. Pours a beautiful, amber - rich and inviting. NO real head, but consistent carbonation. Smells familiar - brandy liquor, with dark cherrie and vanilla. Upon first taste - whoa! Pure rubbing alcohol. Nice brandy-ish beginning, but still leaves that unpleasant, nake alcohol aftertaste. As it warms, it improves (or maybe my tastebuds are deadening). Less offensive. Yet, the brandy and vanilla quality keep it coming back to the lips for yet another taste. Not bad. Very interesting. This one, even with 3-4 years on it, is still too hot for normal consumption, imo. The 14% is a wallop. Slow sipper if ever I had one.

Photo of redneckchugger
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a faux pint glass at my local beer bar/poolhall. dark brown, small head, but more that i expected for a 14% abv.
smells of sugar, vanilla and alcohol. lots of alcohol.
tastes of, vanilla, rum, brown sugar, dark cherry flavor there somewhere, bread, yeast.
motuhfeel is a bit creamy, very boozy, strong alcohol burn.
a great beer, but one or two will do it.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.73/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle

14% ABV

I tried this beer on September 25, 2007 at 'Smokeless Joe's' in Toronto. The beer poured a reddish copper colour with a thin white head. The aroma was very sugary, almost maple. The mouthfeel was thick, creamy, and very little hint of carbonation. The taste was very sweet, almost cognacy, with a hint of bitterness.

Photo of Lothore
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours copper with quite a bit of visible carbonation. Head is large and fizzy to begin with but dies down shortly thereafter.

S- Smells sweet, dark fruits with a stinging alcohol that hits the nose.

T- Tastes fruity and sweet. Berries and apricot hit the palate along with hints of alcohol that are masked fairly well for 14 percent.

M- Mouthfeel is thick and carbonated.

D- This is definitely one to sip on. Alcohol is very apparent, but for 14 percent, it isn't bad...quite the opposite. I enjoyed having it but more than one at a sitting would be too much.

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber in color, with a 1/4-inch head that flattens and disappears quickly.

S: Sugar and alcohol up front. Smells almost spiritish. Green grapes and roses unfold as the liquid comes to room temperature.

T: Deep, heavy malts enveloped in creamy caramel and dark fruits. Woody backdrop comes around with some time, followed by a vanilla sweetness. I'm assuming since it is labelled a "Malt Liquor", there are no hops. Instead, the sweetness is balanced out by the pervasive alcohol, which is makes itself known in the form of a spiced heat, much like a warm glass of brandy. This is a classy beer.

M: Full bodied and sticky with medium carbonation. The heat cuts into the mouthfeel more than you would expect from any other Dopple, which are usually fairly blunt.

D: Warming. Like a glass of fine plumb brandy, this would make a perfect fireside beer on a cold night. I would go higher on the drinkability scale if it didn't put me on my ass so quickly.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2005.

Surprisingly light and thin in color. It pours a bourbon-colored clear with mild carbonation rising to the top. There is almost no head from the pour. The smell is wonderful though. Huge malty nose with sugar, brandy, toasted marshmallows, vanilla beans, and a touch of alcohol. The taste is also awesome. I should have saved this for a cold winter night. Incredibly warming, but not harsh. Rich, full flavor that starts out with a sticky, strong vanilla presence, then moves to a mellow single-malt feel. Slight bite at the end, especially as it warms to room temp. A little bit of grassy flavor left after the alcohol at the end. You can tell it is aged, (maybe in oak?) because of the smoothness and complexity of the beer. I would take this to sip over whiskey almost any day.

Note: Although it is a different type of beer than Avery's "The Beast - Grand Cru", I feel it is similar. Similar in character, sweetness, and overall mouthfeel. I feel that this beer has done a much better job at covering up the alcohol flavor and making it much more enjoyable for the entire length of the session.

I will go back to the beer store and pick up a few bottles for sharing with my closest friends at christmas time.

Photo of meatyard
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 Edition

The appearance is a clear, reddish amber with a short head that falls to zilch quite quickly, no lacing.
The smell is a fruity and maltty alcohol aroma.
The taste is sweet, some malt, a bit of cough syrup and strong on the alcohol at the end.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick.
Besides being high in alcohol, it's not a beer of which I would like to drink two in a row.

It's an interesting beer, unique in it's own way. I would like to try one every once in a while.

Photo of BucBasil
3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: This is a clear reddish beer poured into a pint glass from a bottle labeled "The world's most fantastic beer" with "Malt Liquor" slapped under it for legal reasons. This is the 2006 vintage. The head is off white, built to one and a half fingers but dissipated in about 30 seconds. The visquous liquid seems to stick to the sides of the glass when swirled.

Smell: When swirled reveals a deep, sweet maple syrup smell that dies down to show off a powerful malt smell leading into one of the most alcoholic smells I've sensed outside of liquor. Ridiculous, but surprisingly not really a bad thing.

Taste: Super sweet, sticky, and syrupy on the tongue at first glance that gets sweeter as it goes down, leaving a somewhat burning sensation in the mouth... kind of like the feeling you get when you just spit out mouthwash. Aftertaste is highly alcholic and scotchy. In fact, this has the same aftertaste as a mid-grade scotch.

Drinkability: Let's be real here, people. This bad boy is 14%. The taste is reaaaally alcoholic. I bought a 4-pack of this not knowing what to expect. I can only drink one of these every few days, and I'm pretty much done for the night after one of these. This is a novelty type thing that I could see drinking once a year in the winter... which is exactly what it's brewed for.

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
90 out of 100 based on 1,707 ratings.