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Samichlaus Classic Bier - Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Ratings: 1,724
Reviews: 1,017
rAvg: 4
pDev: 17%
Wants: 130
Gots: 245 | FT: 12
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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.

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Photo of joecast
3/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

bottled in 2004 edition. bought in the US which would explain the "malt liqupr" on the front label. also the words "the worlds most extraordinary beer"
wish i had another bottle to hang on to for a few more years. oh well, beer is for drinkin' and thats just what i'll do...

pours light amber, with hint of red/orange. very little head. in fact only a few colonies of bubbles, but they last as does a light collar around the edge of the glass. starts with a surprising amount of carbonation which settles considerably as the brew warms.

by smell alone, i wouldnt guess this was a beer. really sharp, almost medicinal, alcohol. this combines nicely with a concentrated fruit aroma. hard to pick them as its so strong, but probably cherries and prunes. hard to describe as its not like any beer i have tried.

well, tastes kind of like a concentrated syrup. has contrasting good and bad qualities, hence the 3. very complex and interesting, but the just-short-of-harsh alcohol prenence makes it tough to take. lots of sweet fruitiness, but its so strong that its really hard to enjoy.

extraordinary? cant argue with that. this has been really tough to drink. the only way i could see finishing a bottle of this is over about three to four hours, a sip at a time. unfortunately i dont have that kind of time tonight, and keeping this at a drinkable temp (about cellar or just a bit below for me) is not achievable.
i would love to see this come in those little airline alcohol bottles. what are they one or two fl. ounce? yeah, i would dig that.

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

Highs: Flavor, well-integrated alcohol
Lows: None

From a vintage 2004 12 oz bottle it goes into the Cervoise goblet an attractive ruby-cranberry clear color with plenty of small bubbles; quite an attractive pour. Head is one finger that fades quickly to a sheet, retracting to a ring, and mild lacing. Dark fruit clearly evident on the nose, along with alcohol, yeast, and sweet malt. Dark fruit straight up front on the palate, followed up by yeast and again sweet malt. On first tasting, the 14% ABV asserts itself, but it’s not an assault, just a nudge which quickly fades to a warm glow. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness and more warm alcohol glow. Mouth is good, slightly syrupy, nice and slick. Drinkability is likewise good: it’s easy to drink the concoction, but be forewarned: the 14% ABV will kick you in the ass. It snuck up on me both times I tried it.

Overall: I guess this is the beer that finally made me stop making comments like “good within style” or “atypical of style.” Samichlaus is supposed to be a dopplebock, but to me it’s much more similar to a Strong Dark or a Quadrupel. Who cares? It’s a great beer. Highly recommended.

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

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan ($4.99 for 12 oz)
pours a burnt siena with barley any head.
the aroma is rich, malty, candy sugar, alcohol.
the flavor is very rich, malty, noble hops, carmelized malt, cotton candy
this beer is thick, but on a cold night it will do you right.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Any beverage that claims to be "The World's Most Extraordinary Beer" desereves much closer scrutiny than most. Although, the picture of the brewery that BA has seems to be reason enough to earn its name. This beer pours a dark amber color, and smells like malt with a hint of alcohol. Taste is interesting, very heavy on the alcohol (not surprising with 14%). There is a syrupy consistancy as it goes down, and it coats the inside of your mouth for a while. I dont much like it, as the alcohol is very apparent in this, but then again it's not my fav kind of beer. For those who love BIG BEERS that you can only have one at a time, this is for you.

Photo of expatsteve
3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Copper orance, with low/medium viscosity. Medium clarity, with nice honey hues. No head or lacings.

Aroma: Raisins, apple skins and malts. Some toffees, and strong booziness.

Taste: Booze upfront and in the aftertaste. Caramels, raisins, dried plums. Other than the booze, not particularly bitter - lighter lager finish. The alcohol warms the whole way down, but sits a little uneasy in the stomach. Nice back palate raisins and little cinnamon. As it warms, develops some final yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low carbonation. Alcohol detracts a little from the finish.

Drinkability: The flavor is pretty good, but really unbalanced for a bock beer. The alcohol flattens malt development and characteristic sweetness. A real winter warmer if that's your thing, but one was enough for me. The overemphasis on the alcohol probably means I won't be buying this again any time soom.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison. How could I pass up the self-proclaimed "World's Most Extraordinary Beer"? This was bottled in 2004.

Pours an attractive enough fiery amber with nary a head - not surprising at 14%. Nose is slightly metallic upfront, with notes of apple skins/cider, caramel and a whole lot of booze. Taste is intensely potent on the forepalate - supersweet, vinous, and caramel malt finishing with nothing but hangover-worthy booze. Mouthfeel is thick, rich and slick with medium carbonation. So thick that the flavor lingers in your mouth indefinitely. This is an intense beer, but it lacks any semblance of subltety or balance, even as it warms - just a sugar/booze bomb. Glad I tried it, but I don't see myself seeking it out again.

Photo of mynie
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa.

Pours dark cherrywood red, like well polished furniture. There's a surprising head, to start, but it fades away quickly.

Smells wonderfully complex. Imitation vanilla extract mixed with bock malt, milk chocolate, alcohol, and black licorice.

Doesn't taste as complex, as its strength works somewhat to its detriment. It tastes like fiery chocolate and smooth bock caramel. Very sweet. No real stages, not much complexity. There's an unpleasant kick of sour alcohol near the back, too.

The body is incredibly smooth, which helps make the sweetness tolerable. Makes you think you're having some kind of fancy ice cream.

Doesn't drink too easy, but not particularly difficult. The bartender lady made me try a sample before she poured a full glass, to make sure I didn't send it back. Must not be too popular. Well, I finished it, mofo! Woot woot! Oh, hold up where am I? Dude, where--where am I?

Photo of edchicma
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dirty Truth. A rich cherry pour with very little head. Smell is great! It's a combination of cherries, molasses and brandy! Taste follows suit....cherries, molasses, with a great slightly dry hop finish. Extremely smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is high but not overly pronounced. A great, well-crafted brew!

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It didn't pour much head and it disapears quickly along with the lacing. The color is like a dark brown gold...something like a dark A and W cream soda.

Smell is sweet peppermint with a heavy dar fruit such as plum and a slight fig. Slightly hopped, it gives off the fruit flavors.

It has a rich taste of sweet burnt sugar and peppermint that melt in your mouth leaving a wonderful taste behind that's comforting. It even contrastes well with the chips and salsa I had it is that sweet, it actually spiced up the beer in a good way.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and a little syrupy. Very nice on the palate, slightly refreshing and still leaves something behind to enjoy.

This beer is extremely drinkable in all weather in my opinion, but most people think it must be a Christmas seasonal. It would be good for a Christmas warmer, but I still like it all times of the year.

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

The label says it's only bottled on 6 December. I had one from the 2004 batch, and this one from 2005. Advertises as "the strongest lager beer in the world", and at 14% ABV, it could very well be.
Short and to the point:
A: Rich copper colour. No head
S: Big on the smell. It hits you as soon as it touches the glass. Strong sweet fruit flavours, cane sugar, candy, hops, alcohol.
T: Extremely malty sweet. Complex flavours come through as the beer warms in the glass.
M: Syrupy, low carbonation. A little too thick for a lager.
D: No. This is not a beer for casually chugging, or as a session beer. Use it as a dessert beer or with hardy robust dishes, or as a digestif. This was an interesting beer experience, but now I can say been there, done that, and won't do it again

Photo of hero27
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Lava Lounge in Waterloo, Iowa.. another unique beer to have on draft in the area.

14% abv

Dark brown color.. very little head on this one. The malt sweetness is easily the most distinct flavor here. There are some dark fruit flavors that add to the complexity, but it's all about the sugary sweetness...add in the ridiculous amount of alcohol, and this is one truly potent beer. Too sweet for my particular tastes, but if you appreciate malt-bombs like this, you're sure to enjoy this one.

Photo of jwc215
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 Vintage - bought at Oak Tree Discount in S. Plainfield - the last of it - sorry...

Heaven in a bottle. After the first few sips, I grabbed some chocolate that a friend brought back from Sweden. Wow.

Poured a very dark amber with a white head that rapidly disappeared (probably due to its high abv - still a beautiful color).
The smell was very powerful - sweet and complex, it had aromas of chocolate, toffee, and a fruity mix, with a noticeable touch of alcohol.
It tasted just as wonderful as it smelled. The chocolate, toffee, and fruitiness were wonderfully blended. It was very complex and delicious. With each sip, the complexities and characters became more pronounced. If I could give the taste higher than a five, I would!
It is certainly a sipping beer more than a session brew. It had the texture of a fine cognac. I have a 2005 vintage stored away - wonder how long I can hold off...

Photo of scottoale
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml. brown bottle that was bottled in 2004. It pours a red-coppery brown with no head or lacing. Just a few streamers of carbonation rising from the bottom.

Sweet dark fruity nose, filled with alcohol vapors. Definitely a super sweet, malty brew, with a truckload of alcohol no doubt. Kind of a brandy or cogniac essence to it...and strong.

Malt sweet malt, oh my! Almost syrup, candy sugar, sweet malt and nothing but...is this stuff hard liquor or beer?!? As it warms, it becomes even more intensly alcoholic...whew.

Sweet, strong, yet tasty, the body is rather heavy with a smooth and warming mouthfeel that's easily consumed. Sip on this one, it's a heavyweight that demands respect...whew!

Photo of davidchollar
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled in 2004. this is one surprisingly pretty-looking beer. glowing, dark amber. modest, but persistant, off-white head. thousands of tiny bubbles moving slowly up.

it has that whopper smell i get from these malt bombs. smell is strong and appetizing, but not entirely unique or memorable. some roasty malt, maybe a little licorice. this tastes, and feels like a cross between ayinger celebrator doppelbock and la trappe quadrupel. thick and sweet like an all-syrup squishee. malty and strong. not much to speak of in the bitter hop department, but i think that's ok for this style. there is a lot going on here. although after some thought weighing all the factors, along with the aftertaste, and considering the style, i can't give this much more than a 4. i'll take any other doppelbock that i've tried over this, use this as a novelty to show friends a high abv.

14%? the strongest beer i've ever tried? i honestly can't tell much of a difference between this and several that i've had that have been of a lesser abv. yes it's high octane but i could easily drink one or two, any time. the next step for me - what's available to order in japan - samuel adams triple bock.

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

Bottled in 2004.

Poured out a deep bronze with a quickly receding and fizzing head. Smells like the typical doppelbock, rich and malty, but with a huge alcohol vapor. Alcohol is too strong in the flavor. Having said that, it does add a bit of bitterness, warmth, and spiciness to the overall doppelbock experience. Very long malty aftertaste is pleasant. Mouthfeel has a good, sturdy body and is smooth. Alcohol hinders the drinkability.

This is pretty rough around the edges, but, beneath all the alcohol, it seems like this would shape up quite nicely, with a few more years of age.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2oz bottle(room temp, 2004 vintage) an amber gold with a small head of foam that dissipated quickly leaving just a very fine ring around the glass and a small layer on top of the beer.

The smell is *very* sweet. I note big time molasses!

The taste is as sweet if not sweeter than the nose. Huge molasses flavour with a definite warming from the 14%abv and it so syrupy... this one is to be sipped and sipped....slowly! Oh my.

Bottom line: This is a great brew to "nurse" in the cold winter months. So why am I reviewing it in May? Because I didn't review it the other times I had it. ;^)

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

From a stash of 2002 bottlings from Oaktree Buyrite in South Plainfield, NJ. (aka Beer Heaven, USA).

Served at cellar temperature in a doppelbock glass, like the traditional Celebrator kind.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear deep auburn reddish amber, with an active inch-thick head that collapses into a thin rim. Slightly darker than your average doppelbock, it's a pretty color if nothing else. Microscopic bubbles launch from the bottom of my glass, in a calculated formation.

Smell- Notes of old leather and dark fruit soaked in rum, this aroma leads on that there are big flavors coming. A rich, deep malt backbone reinforces the nose and remarkably plays down the tremendous ABV. Interestingly, on the final pour (which I gave a good, generously rough edge), definite notes of passion fruit came forth.

Taste- Whoa... really, wow... the flavors here are bombastic, and damn strong. A prickly alcohol sensation greets the tongue's tip immediately, like baby piranhas, leading right into an aggressive display of vanilla and booze. The malts firmly anchor the beer's spicy character, and it finishes for days. A snifter would have probably been a better choice for glassware. This is enormous.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- This is an enigma in the mouthfeel department... first, it's wildly aggressive and searing in the mouth, then moments later it caresses and showcases the incredibly amped-up malts and uber spices. It's a rough-and-tumble event without a doubt, and my belly is fighting to withstand the punches this one delivers.

I would suggest this beer to be enjoyed with a cigar, for the flavors it would impart to the tobacco would be heavenly. Savor it, and share it with someone who values complexity and depth in a good drink.

Photo of Poppypitbull
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very surprised when I opened this to see that it wasn't as dark as I anticipated it to be. The story of my 10 year chase for this beer is one of legends that I won't bother retyping here but the summary is simple: Since 1995 I've been looking for this beer and I was graced with a bottle of it on 3/24/06(I've since gotten a 4-pack that is in my fridge for a special celebration).
I opened it and loved the smell. Before I began drinking it I lusted on the scent of it for a bit. My first sip I was stunned that it wasn't as strong going down as I was warned (of course this changes upon completion of the whole bottle). A little bit of an aftertaste that hung around in my mouth for a bit. Multiple sips later and the legend of 14% begins to take it's toll. By the time I completed the bottle I felt like I downed 4 or 5 beers in a row without stopping and I took 45 minutes to finish this bottle.
Do what you have to do to find this and try it on your own. Explanations from me or anyone else are simply pointless. Get it, sit down, put on your favorite tunes and enjoy!!

Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased an 11.2oz bottle from Big C's Liquor store for $4.19. What caught my eye is the proclaimed "World's most extraordinary beer" on the front of the bottle. Pours a clear copper color with not much carbonation or head. Smell is sweet fruit and alcohol. Taste is very sweet and fruity and a bit syrupy. Overall, this is a wonderful brew. This beer dangerously hides the 14% alcohol that is present.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a beer store whiile on a trip to NJ. This bottle was bottled on December 6, 2005. I'm drinking it in the hotel room, so all I have available is a lowball hotel room glass.

Pours a medium gold-amber with a half inch head that quickly dissipated, leaving a ring of foam around the edges of the glass.

As soon as I popped the top I smelled a sweet maltiness coming from the bottle. As I poured it in the glass, the sweet, syrupy aroma became stronger and wafted in the air towards me.

This has a strong, alcoholicy, syrupy taste. It is incredibly malty and sweet. The high ABV is readily apparent in the way that it warms the mouth. Just one or two swallows and my mouth is hot from the alcohol. It has a good doppelbock taste, but man is this ever strong!!

My mouth is very warm from this beer. It is syrupy and very sweet. Only a mild carbonation and just a slight tingle. It is very creamy.

Overall, I like this beer. I wish I had someone to share the bottle with, though, because it will be difficult to finish it all by myself due to the high ABV. Definitely a sipping beer. Worth trying and recommended.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2004

A - Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin off white head that disappears immediately. Looks just like a lighter whiskey/bourbon in the glass even with some legs that cling to the glass.

S - Sweet, dark fruits, candy sugar, figs, complex.

T - Intense sweetness, dark fruit and brown sugar, caramel, alcohol is clearly present. This one has a little bite.

M - Thick and syrupy. Coats and sticks to the mouth. Very little carbonation.

D - This beer is the closest thing I have experienced to sipping bourbon with a splash of water. It has the same consistency with a slight alcohol bite. A nice beer but at 14% it is definitely a sipper.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear, light caramel color with thin dissapating head. Gorgeous. Aromas are very sherry like, lots of alcohol, caramel maltiness, dried fruits, a little smoky. This brew goes down incredibly sweet, starting out with the heavy alcoholic dose, syrupy, medium carbonation, raisiny almost toostie roll chocolate? My half bottle will be enjoyed, but is plenty! Bottled in 2004, perhaps too new?

Photo of mentor
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Big Ten Liquor Mart In Ann Arbor a couple years back and aged in my cellar since that time. Pours a soda pop one-finger head that is gone in moments. Crystal clear dark copper liquid. Smelled very fruity estery during the pour. To the nose it smells likely sherry. Cherry, alcohol, soured fruity esters (mostly raisin, but some tamarind), and way beneath, a hint of german malts. Tastes brandy, cherry sour, clean alcohol sting leading to an aftertaste that's caramel, wet & sweet & rich malt with a warming alcohol. Whoa, I would never have anticipated the delicious aftertaste after the (rather unpleasant) first impression. Yeah, definitely some german bock character, but it comes across as soured because of the potency of the alcohol. Thick body that passes over the tongue. Essentially no carbonation (but a nice alcohol sting hangs around when I would normally expect tiny carb bubbles to form on my tongue in the aftertaste).

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

This is the Dark Lager, bottled in 2002.

This has to be one of my favorite all time beers. Hard to come by, at least here in Oklahoma.

The color and clarity of this unique brew is pretty much flawless, in my humble opinion. A deep dark garnet color. Not much carbonation with this one.

The aroma has a hint of alchol and malty sweet barley. Any hop aroma is pretty much muted by the malt.

Wow! The taste.. Malt... beloved Malt...reminds me a little bit of the old "SlowPoke" candy bars. Very malty sweet, but with ample supply of alchol and bitterness to properly balance this beer.

If any weaknesses are present, the mouthfeel may be a little thin. I don't really mind it.

I find this one a very drinkable beer.... maybe a little too drinkable, considering the high alcohol content.

Photo of Litterbean
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear tan color, with minimal head.

Smells very sweet, with a bold maltiness that's the most striking characteristic.

Taste is SUPER sweet, almost like a port wine or a Harvey's Bristol Cream, only more "beerish." Definite bock qualities, i.e. toasted bread, and a crapload of sugar.

Not bad, certainly a beer to sip on a special occasion. Drinkability is decent, I feel, considering one and you're done, but overall a very unique beer, and not too bad either.

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
90 out of 100 based on 1,724 ratings.