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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 1,772
Reviews: 1,034
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 Andbrew
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't particularly care much for lagers but as far as a doublebock goes this one is out of the park.

Similar to all high ABV beers this one pours with almost zero head and coats the glass like a wine. Pours a rich clear mahogany color and smells of roasted nuts and caramel.

It seems like when you get to a certain level of Alcohol many of the beers taste the same. I find this beer and the XXX warlock (18ABV) from Bristol very similar.

Strong alcohol presence with even stronger spice and malt flavors with caramel and brandy undertones.

Overall this is a great beer for sitting by a fire in your reading lounge or otherwise before bed. It doesn't quite hit you like some other high ABV beers which makes this one a bit more drinkable than others; regardless, unless you have a palate for overwhelming alcohol I would say one is enough.

I can imagine this being one of the better drinks in the world if aged properly and for a long enough time.

Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is hardly like drinking a beer. The carbonation is low the alcohol is high. It is sweet and more like a gentle Brandy or Cognac than anything the average American would associate with beer. Drinking this beer just makes me want to crack out a cigar. mmm m mm m mm.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous bronze brown color with exceptional clarity (it even looks like whiskey after the fizzy ivory head settles).

Smell: Cheery vanilla oak barrel and bourbon load the nose with a hot alcoholic clean manner.

Taste: Warm sweet smooth alcoholic sugars, oak, vanilla plums, raisins and some dark berry washed over by bourbon. Yowee Zowweee! That is damn tasty. Boy, the alcoholic aftertaste sticks with you just like in my favorite bourns. This is perfect for a liquor fan but if you don't appreciate the hot feel, then make sure your bottle is at least 10 years old cuz this is some potent stuff.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely coating. It leaves you mouth knowing that it was there as if it sticks to your cheeks long after you manage to swallow. It is thick chewy and syrupy through the mouth.

Drinkability: Well, this is no doubt a sipping beer. It is about as drinkable as a Cognac with my cigar. I am going to keep sipping at it all evening but I'm definitely not pounding them back.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Flying Pig...
Appears a dark brown with mahogany and red hues when held to the light. A small, light tan head of foam dies out into a mild cap and collar.
Smell is extremely malty with rich molasses, cherries, cocoa, cream, toffee, caramel, and tobacco.
Taste is a smooth but warming version of the mentioned aromas. I used to really love this beer aged in the bottle. I'm unsure of the vintage date on the keg but I'm assuming it's fairly new.
Mouthfeel is smooth, warming, sitcky sweet of syrup, along with over ripe fruit and cocoa infused caramel bouncing along the palate with a gentle alcahol burn.

Photo of clickpush
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 bottling.

Pour: 33cl bottle to wide mouth wine glass. Vibrant orange/red body capped by half finger of white head that depletes almost instantly to a halo and just a smattering of lace, as if it was a race from the center of the glass to the wall. Lots of bubbles coming up throughout the beer.

Nose: Instant lemons and honey as soon as bottle is decapped. Maple syrup and something sour, like old socks. Tons of fruit, apples and dried apricots, sour cherries and grapes. All malt, basically, and some gentle prodding alcohol. Some horse blanket notes. It's as if the more I sniff, the deeper the array of characters for me to choose from... while at the same time the aroma is actually quite faint. Mouth watering nonetheless.

Mouth: Extremely sweet, caramel and maple syrup. Tingly mouthfeel all the way through, even tickling the back of my throat. Sweet but not cloying, warming but not an alcoholic mess. The after taste is more a feeling than a flavor, like putting tiger balm on my tongue, extremely unique and appealing. Fruit notes are rampant, with none of the tart characters of the aroma. Also quite chocolaty, more caramel, and alcohol comes out a bit. Drinkability is as good as could be expected for a young 14% beer.

Great beer, will be getting several to stow away. Interesting because I drank two extremely different dopple bocks earlier in the day...

Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004, small bottle. Poured into a snifter.

This very oily, syrupy beer has a nice-looking dark amber color, but little to no head as expected. It is so oily, however, that it coats the side of the glass.
Smell is highly alcoholic, whisky-like, with additional heavy notes of sugar, malts and some fruits, although mild.
The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect, oily, full, syrupy, creamy, fulfilling with even a single sip...
Carbonation is close to nill, but the intense flavor, warmingly alcoholic, with hints of fruits and sweets, but mostly rum-like, finishing to a whisky-like bitterness.
This is a very impressive beer, perhaps not exactly ready to drink yet (I will age the rest of the case at least 3 more years), and certainly not your daily brew, but nonetheless a very well crafted beer that will likely age gracefuly.

Addendum 2010.

The flavor keeps improving over time, and both the smell and taste of alcohol has mellowed down quite nicely. It is a great aging beer, and it seems that around 6 years this is at its peak.

Photo of BassBone
3.41/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottling. Brand new. Wish there had been some more left to try aging.

Poured a nice dark amber with good clarity. Little head retention or lace.

Smells sweet like maple syrup and maybe a little raisin. Lots of alcohol.

The taste is also sweet, but well balanced against the alcohol. There are raisins and other fruits. The alcohol definitely makes its presence known and you know you're drinking a 14% beer.

It has a light carbonation on the tongue that seems out of place and it goes down leaving a somewhat funky finish.

All in all it's a pretty good beer. A bit overrated in my opinion, but nonetheless quite drinkable. I'd be interested to see how it mellows over a few years.

Photo of WetCoaster
2.89/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

*2005 edition

One of those beer store aisle scans, where the bottle you've looked past 100 times suddenly catches your eye. Huh. Eh, why not?

So here at last, my shot at the infamous Santy Claus.

Appearance: Hmmm. Well, I expected this to look -- and pour -- like maple syrup. In fact, it looks like a standard American amber ale; a bell-clear golden-tinged amber. The off-white head comes... and goes. Very poor retention.

Smell: Ah, now we're getting somewhere. Super saturated bock aroma, fusels, brown sugar, surprisingly sharp citrus notes. As it opens up, cherry and vanilla become more assertive.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Whoa. Sugary. Fusels out the wazoo. Burnt caramel. It's an OK d-bock, but the mouthfeel tilts the scale into negativeland. The mouthfeel is, in a word, awful. Flabby, sticky and damn near dead flat. Yuk.

Drinkability: Not for me. I appreciate the fact that the good brewers found a way to coax this brew to 14 percent, but I found it to be a sugary, sticky, lifeless bore, and the monster alcohol makes it a rough go. One and done.

Photo of Jermbrew
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"Bottled in 2004" Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an oversized snifter. Not much of a head, a ring of bubbles lines the inside of the glass. Deep orange/amber in color, and a very clear liquid.

A sweet melon aroma upon first wiff. Smells of maple-like candy linger. I enjoy the perfumey smell quite a bit.

Tastes like a sweet cherry liquor. A little bready...like a fruit cake soaked in cognac. Maltiness blends nicely with flowery taste. Finnishes on the warm side but not overly so for a 14% abv.

Samichlause is a syrupy elixir that is smooth and easy on the toungue. High in alcohol, but surprisingly drinkable compared to other somewhat similar styles.

Photo of khiasmus
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, light amber with only a wisp of beige head.

S- Smells like a mead, or a fruity eisbock. Tons of alcohol in the nose, with a sweet, syrupy character. Molasses, pepper, spice, fruit, honey, and almost a metallic character.

T- Delicious. sweet honey flavor that belies itself as a doppelbock... I would swear it's an eisbock. Strong peppery acohol balances the sweetness. No hop character.

M- Silky smooth and velvety. Goes down smooth and warm.

D- As with all very strong beers... it's wonderful, but not a session beer.

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

2004 vintage 11.2 Oz bottle served into an official Samichlaus tulip style glass at the Moan and Dove in Amherst, MA on 3/4/07

This is the oldest beer I've had the pleasure to review.

AP: Totally clear with large bubbles streaming up slowly to create a 1/8" thin, white head that dissipated very quickly to an almost non-existing thin covering. Underneath the thin vale of foam is a brilliant, deep, dark amber color.

Smell: Wow, ultra sweet, I was'nt expecting such a huge malty-sweet dominated scent. It's sweet but it's complex with aroma's ranging from scotch-whiskey,caramalized malt, overlly ripe dark fruits, maple syrup with an underlying spicey hop effect and a bunch of heat that tickles the nose.

Flavor: The taste is much like what you would expect after sniffing this brew, Maple-syrup sweet malt dominanace with a scotch whiskey-like heat with it's big alcohol presence. Subtle flavors include, overlly ripe dark fruits such as black berries and grapes. Now, it's really not easy to detect a hop profile here, it's very subtle indeed, but there is a spicey and herbal hop effect in the aftertaste.

Feel: When you look at this brew, it doesn't look very heavy with it's brilliant color and thin white head, but the feel fits for the massively sweet flavor it produces, it's a thick and syruppy feel, certainly full body feel with a light bodied look.... Very decieving.

DA: At 14% you can really feel an 11.2 oz bottle, the heat is rather high, even compared to the 21% DFH 120 IPA. It's flavors are extreme and it takes an extreme palate to really enjoy this beer.

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

2005 Vintage

Pours a bright clear copper color with a decent head.

Aromas are potent. I mostly smell booze and sweet baked raisins.

First taste is quite sweet and candied. Beer is crisp and creamy. There is a tart fruity quality on the finish. It also ends with a dry feeling, and a bit of a kick from the high octane alcohol level.

Mouthfeel is thick and well rounded.

This beer is surprisingly drinkable. I am very surprised that this is so drinkable for a beer that tips the scales at 14% ABV. This manages to hide the alcohol pretty well. I think I'll wait a year or so before drinking another one of these just to see what some age does to this.

Photo of beertastegood
3.22/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 2005.

Pours a very clear, deep orange color with almost no head to speak of. Aromas of solvent-like alcohol, raisin, plum, and brown sugar. If it weren't for the alcohol vapor rising off this beer, it would get a perfect score for aroma.

Taste: Very sweet, with massive spicy alcoholic notes. Some caramel in there. Warming all the way down my throat. The ethanol kind of covers up the bulk of the other flavors, but it is still a very intense flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy - low-medium carbonation. Very slick on the tongue.

Drinkability: Not much. For 14% it is not bad at all, but who am I kidding?

Overall: A very different and very intense strong ale. If I am going to drink something like this, I prefer Avery's Samael's Ale with its wonderful oakiness. This is like Samael without the oak-aged flavor. Not bad at all, but not necessarily worth it (and literally impossible to find in my area).

Photo of Lupe
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2000 Bottling

Deep clear copper color with copper/orange hues shining through. The little bit of carbonation slowly drifts to the top and briefly gathers to form a thin sheet atop the beer before quickly dissipating.

Sweet, malty aroma with dark fruit everywhere, brown sugar, and dark bread. Some alcohol coming through and a touch of floral hops.

Super smooth, thick, full-bodied, and creamy - no perceivable carbonation in the mouth.

Instantly warms you as the first sip goes down.

Dark fruits, fig and raisin, toffee and carmel flavors up front. Biscuit and dark bread come next along with notes of rum and sherry. Finishes with an alcohol bite, clean and slightly dry, but the mouth waters for more. Very malty and fruity but kept in check by the alcohol.

Fairly drinkable for something at 14%, but definitely something to sip, savor and enjoy.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: c. 2006 Samichlaus in a fluted pilsner

Saw this sitting all by its lonesome at a local store. Given that its the 3rd week of February I was astonished, to put it mildly. So it will become my "Fat Tuesday" treat this year.

Strong malts and fruit tones on the nose, I'm detecting all kinds of fruit - pear, sour cherry, golden rasins, a syrupy sweetness...clover honey? As it warms the nose gets drier, crackers are apparent, Xmas fruitcake even.

The body is a beautiful, warm, amber hue, qualities of a older scotch or bourbon, clear with a nice, slow, cascade of bubbles rising through it. The head was a lively, crisp, snapping finger's worth of loose latte foam that sang & danced and was overall very appealing during its short lived presence, leaving not even a film as it faded away with no lacing at all.

Its thick, sweet, syrupy on the tongue, rich with caramelized malt sugars, a lite spiciness peeks through..a whisper of things to come. The carbonation aids in lightening this thickness. As it warms the bitterness rises over the now more breadlike malts, it evens like a calm before the...storm. The most intense rush of alcohol...whoa! My mouth is alive, sparkling with warmth, no, wait, a cold fire if you will! Wow, what a rush. The sharpness of the high ABV slays the mellow, sweet thickness with ease. My teeth tingle, my nose burns a little, You could call this Jezebel if you wanted.

Its sharp and almost peppery as you finish. I guess this could be a "naughty or nice" aspect given the name & bottling time. Definitely a cold weather brew. The aftertaste is very pleasing, coating the mouth in malted sweetness as a echo back to what it was initially, yet my teeth vibrate as a reminder of what it became.

This is an very interesting beer. I would compare the experience to the first time I had an Aventinus in its unique qualities. Quite a ride. I'm still sipping.

Well, this will definitely become part of my cold weather beer adventures. I've read it cellars very well, which I will have to try. Definitely seek this one out and give it a shot.

Photo of cypressbob
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 bottled - Poured into a small Cantillon tall snifter

Served at room temperature

330ml bottle, brown with a shiney silvery neck label on it, the main label states the name, facts and figures and the bottling date which in this case is 2005. 14% abv

Pours with a small off white almost yellowy head which soon disappears. Rich coppery body with little ruby and maroon hints floating around the edges, no head once its settled down except for a tiny patch about half a centimetre sitting in the middle of the glass. Thick syrupy body just clings to the side of the glass as you swirl it.

Smell, rich dry spicy malt (very similar in character to alot of lagers), slight hint of corn and a tiny bit of dms. Smooth alcoholic toffee and caramel, along with a little bit of sweet dried fruits like sultanas and raisins. Spicy and aggressive estery alcoholic vapours, a strong enough whiff makes you feel slightly light headed with its potency. Some slight butteriness coming through near the end, syrupy clovey warmth too

Taste, slight carbonation initally on the palette followed by a tonnes of very sweet sticky syrupy, alcoholic, caramelly malt, burnt sugars, raisins, figs, fresh plums. Thick and fairly syrupy body, touch of maderia and a helping of nutty marzipan. Some slight buttery character once again, along with a high degree of sugariness on the finish. Lasting strong alcoholic warmth, warming vinous like quality, some slight bitterness on the finish, whether its some hop character of a huge whack of alcoholic maltiness burning the taste buds. Some slight vanilla pod and light milk chocolate character in the main body of this beer, sits and moulds itself around the rest of the strong alcohol fruits and sweet caramel.

The second time I've sampled this beer, originally it was a 2003 and I wasn't all that impressed. The beer seemed to be too sweet, too one dimensional in terms of flavour, and a little overwhelming as far as the alcohol character is concerned. It might be my palette developing or the year itself but I have come round to this beer. I still think that the sweetness is a little bit excessive and it could have perhaps benefited from some form of balancing but I suppose at the end of the day this is a malt monster, and a malty beer, especially a lager, brewed to 14% is going to be pretty heavy on the sweetness. I definatly enjoyed this beer alot more this time, serving it at room temperature seems to bring out alot more depth in the flavour but it does push the alcohol to the forefront to some degree. Anyways, one of those beers everyone should try at least once, I have a 2005 cellaring at the minute and hope that maybe over time it will improve and develop further.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
1.83/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

On tap at Maduro, $3 for a nearly full Bell's Tullip. Pretty nasty stuff on tap.

Smells like sugar, booze, cheries, licorice, cat piss, and toffee. Tastes a bit like a strong mead loaded with candy sugar. Syrupy body, very sweet, seriously, disgustingly sweet. The ABV may be partially covered but the sugar sure as hell isn’t. Lots of cherry taste but most other flavors are hard to distinguish because my tongue is burning from the sweetness. It makes me sick to my stomach and hurts my throat. My body rejects this as foul. I take no pleasure in this mess, although it has a really, really pretty chestnut body with reddish hues though no head what-so-ever. I think this might be a lot better after a decade in a cellar.

Photo of dedrinker
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chewy toffee and port notes in the flavor (I aged mine for five years), creamy body with a mild sherry-like finish. The aroma was a musty and faint duplicate of the flavor and finish. This is a very fine after dinner beer/ cigar/ pipe/ by the fire. I had mine after dinner by the fire with some creme brulee. Wonderful.

Photo of ericj551
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2005 Samichlaus pours a clear amber, with no head, just a delicate white lacing around the top. Smell is sweet malt, with rich and fruity raisin and toffee aroma. Taste is a huge malty sweetness with incredible complexity. Much more RIch and syrupy, without being overly thick. Alcohol is apparent, definitely a burn towards the end, but at 14% I would say well hidden. Hops are hiding as well, as expected. Carbonation is slightly more than I expected after the lack of head in the pour, just enough I think. I wish I had the cash to drink this one more often

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2005. Pours a clear, deep copper color with not much of a head at all and virtually no retention.

Aroma is of alcohol, brown sugar, rum, raisins, and some nutmeg.

Taste is pretty complex. There is definitely a noticeable alcohol presence from the beginning. Taste is of sweet malt, toffee, caramel, raisins, sherry, and spice.

Mouthfeel is smooth, syrupy, and creamy. Pretty nice mouthfeel.

Alll of the alcohol and sweetness really bring down the drinkablility. Overall its a decent Doppelbock.

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

This lager is one of a specialty for those that don’t know. Those folks that do know this beer can appreciate every excellent review that this lager earns. I’ve had this served from the bottle and from tap. I will say that when I saw the waitress bring this to my table after an excellent dinner, it was the perfect dessert. I’ve shared one prior with friends at the local BOP and reveled in its flavor. So when I saw this large wine goblet filled to the rim practically, my eyes almost fell on the table, because I already knew the treat I was getting.
A: The bottle alone is great to have. I have one displayed on our baker’s rack in the kitchen to show folks what some beers are capable of. I had this served in a large red wine style (Bordeaux) glass. Deep red in color with ¼ inch foam that dissipates over the minute, just look at the glass, it has legs.

S: The nose hints a mild toffee that is rich. Sweet malts roll in the aroma with the surge of ETOH bursting once in a while. Later as I’m drinking half glass, I inhale as well to take in the notes of ETOH and caramel that melds with the fizz to my palate.

T: At first sip the ETOH comes is what comes to the throat just after the ever-inviting black licorice. This becomes a constant treat at every sip. I take a “swig” to get a different volume and more flavors to bombard my palate and WOW, I get the stronger more intense licorice and ETOH flavors. This is where I taste the caramel and fizz mix to a wonderful combination.

M: This is a medium to heavy bodied lager that demands sipping and a slow appreciation for, the alcohol will smite you if you don’t.

D: This is highly drinkable for folks that like something a bit different and extra special. A strong powerful brew that will have you talking about it whenever you hear the name. This is one of my favorites and its great to share with family and friends at the table for more intimate times.

Elbows Up,

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a clear copper color without much head to speak of. The smell is malty and sweet….also a bit fruity and spicy….quite noticeable. The taste is malty and spicy and the alcohol is pronounced. The flavors are strong and not unpleasant, but perhaps a little overbearing. The mouthfeel is very full and just shy of chewy. The alcohol also is noticeable in the mouthfeel, leaving it a bit dry. Because of the strong flavors and alcohol content, this beer isn’t as drinkable as I would prefer.

On a side note, this is an interesting beer which I would suggest at least giving a try sometime – if only for curiosity’s sake.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very fortunate to have this beer on tap at Summits in Sandy Springs before it closed. This is a monster of a double bock at 14 % ABV. I drank this from a small "sampler" style glass. The color is a deep ruby-red / brown with virtually no head. However, there was a small bit of lacing. The aroma is deep and malty and you can smell the ephemeral alcohol quality to this beer. The mouthfeel is medium heavy, flat (low carbonation), and a bit slick. It has a good taste malty and sweet, maybe a bit of raisin and chocolate. However it is a bit too sweet. Strange at 14 % you would expect most of the sugar to be gone, that is unless it's non-fermentable. I like it but I don't think I could go beyond more that one in a sitting.

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

This is the 2005 edition.

It pours a deep copper color with a quickly dissapearing head and zero lace. The aroma is very malty and boozey, with strong fig and stewed fruit elements. The taste is more balanced with less booze flavor. The malt profile is immense and complex. I taste shortbread soaked in rum, raisins, figs, vanilla and sherbert. Hops are herbal and very light. The finish is slightly vinous and soothing with alcohol. the mouthfeel is syrupy and lightly carbonated.

This is a decent doppelbock. Very rich, sweet and intense. It tastes less boozey than malt liquors half its gravity.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2004. Served in a pilsner glass, the Samichlaus pours a clear amber/copper color with a small white head. It smells sweet, like caramel malt, some dark fruit and alcohol. It tastes like raisins, figs, toffee, caramel, and you can taste the alcohol in the beer, but it's not overwhelming. This is a very malty beer, I can't taste any hops at all. Mouthfeel is medium, and it's smooth and a bit oily. Drinkability is good, but it doesn't take too long for the alcohol to catch up to you with this beer. I wouldn't drink anymore than one of these a night, but I would definitely buy the beer again.

Photo of cbl2
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2/3/2007 $17.99 4 pack 14.00% Brewed 12/6/05, bottled 2006.


Pours a crystal clear amber with a faint fizzy head. Pretty, but not outstanding.


Maple syrup, overripe grapes and a touch of sherry vie for dominance here alongside a healthy dose of alcohol.


Syrupy sweet, my tongue is enveloped in a viscous blanket of carmelized sugar. A faint nuttiness is apparent upon aerating, as is a hot burn from the 14% ABV. This is a one trick pony right now, and too hot with alcohol to boot. I'm going to let this one settle for a while, and revisit later, hopefully with a more favorable review.

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
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