Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Austria | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

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.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001

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Photo of stortore
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an amber color, clear, with no head and no lacing. Smells wonderful. Malt, wine, plums, oak, raisins, figs, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar. The taste mostly follows the nose. Malt forward, raisins, figs, dates, caramel, brown sugar, some wine. A little alcohol comes through. It's pretty sweet, although not cloyingly so. Smooth, great body, taste lingers on the tongue.

Really enjoyed this one, the flavors burst vividly, as does the aroma. First bottle of a four pack I've had for about a year, and look forward to see how it ages over the next year or so. If you like big, malty beers, go get this one. You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of dcotom
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2013. Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle into Seidel glass. Caramel color, no head, no carbonation to speak of. Looks like bourbon in the glass. Aroma has notes of dark-fruit jam, dark bread, malts, and alcohol. Very sweet on the palate, no bitterness at all. Again, bread, dark fruit, prunes, alcohol warmth although not boozy at all. Lingering sweet syrupy finish. This seems to become more and more complex with each sip. If a doppelbock is, as they say, a "meal in a glass," this is apéritif, entrée, and dessert in a glass.

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Photo of drmeto
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear copper-ruby with a small,quickly dissipating,foamy,beige head
-low carbonation visible
-Follows the nose with a toasty finish
-very sweet
-medeium carbonation
-medium to full body
Mouthfeel is a little too light,otherwise its a great sipper.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I rate all 5s. I tried a 2010 version (5 years cellared) it was awesome. Poured deep brown with red highlights, hazy. Smell is complex, rich, malty, great. Taste is complex but mellow, very well balanced. Body is very creamy, low carbonation. One of the best beers I´ve had.

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Photo of Chessmaster
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'd heard a lot about this from various blogs and wanted to try it.

Poured from bottle into a Gulden Draak glass/goblet.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown, very clear, with a wisp of foam that quickly dissipates to nothing. That's to be expected with 14% ABV. The color is attractive, the beer is clear, and some occasional bubbles can be seen streaming up from the bottom.

S: The smell is primarily sweet, cocoa maybe with some hints of dark fruit like raisins. The booze is apparent in the smell. Overall pleasant but not amazing. No hops apparent.

T: The initial flavor is warming, sweet malt -- chocolate, raisins, maybe plums -pleasant. The aftertaste has a kick of alcohol warmth and unpleasant bite. No hops apparent.

M: The mouthful is thick and full-bodied. A sipper for sure.

O: Overall, I was underwhelmed by this, but I can tell it is a good beer for the style (a strong, boozy, sipper). It wouldn't be a go-to beer for me but I can appreciate it.

I plan to save the other 3 bottles in the 4 pack. 2 for sharing at Christmas and 1 to age. I've heard this can be aged to great effect.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a small beige head that leaves no lacing. Not a ton of bubbles in the glass. Smell and taste are of complex malts: caramel, fruits, dried dark fruits, raisins, prunes, and dark bread. It tastes like 12 things at once. Mouthfeel is sticky and sweet. A treat to have once or twice a year.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a darker red not amber but red. Thin white head. Smells of fruits some chocolate and maybe some kind of coffee. This one is a creeper so taking it slow is a must. With that being said this beer is a once or twice a yqear thing. One of the best. Beers i ever tried.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2014. Poured into a snifter glass.

Stunning, ruby red color with great clarity. A thin white head initially that fizzles out into a thin ring around the edge of the beer. Sweet, malty aroma of dark fruits and toffee. The flavor brings out a huge port wine quality. Very sweet, but never to the point of being cloying. Almost no hops to speak of, this is all about the malt. The alcohol is well hidden, yet you know just by the reading the ABV off the bottle that this is one to be sipped. Really enjoyable brew here and makes an excellent digestif or dessert beer.

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Photo of Eziel
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle. Poured a nice deep brown with very little carbonation. After the first couple sips, the beer warmed up into a very nice pitted fruit/malt bomb. I couldn't taste much of the 14% which was a good thing. Overall, an interesting beer that I'd drink again.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

330 ml in a snifter a 2014 bottle so for this beer relatively fresh

A: like a barley wine but lighter, little to no head, reddish vermilion hue, truly a unique and beautiful color

S: kind of faint, but also pretty much smells like a standard dopplebock, not overly fragrant, somewhat autumnal and warm but all aromas are faint, subtly dry and biscuit like--more so as the beer mellows, a tad of alcohol at the back of the nose and some astringency joining it, w/a bit of tartness every now and again, honestly the alcohol in this given the other flavors and the sweetness makes it a savory sipper for sure

T: like a mildly less hoppy barleywine, both sweet and bitter, rich and somewhat juicy like a berry of some sort, a tinge of cinnamon

M: thick but not quite syrup, but close

O: you will feel this beer but not taste it, this beer is thoroughly enjoyable and complex but not immediately so, it's not exactly welcoming you in to ponder it's complexities, it is very full but not overly boozy, not sure that a fresh bottle is worthy of the slogan " the worlds most extraordinary beverage" but it is good and also having not aged it i cannot comment on what the beer will do given time. This fresher bottle tasted like a less bitter barleywine almost to the letter. Truly does border on a liquor like burn. It is certainly worth a try if you can find it, but if you are looking to drink it right away I would say don't work too hard trying to locate this beer, once again i cannot comment on what aging does to this beer (though I've heard great things) but for me a fresh bottle is nothing necessarily to write home about. I would say if you are looking for something representational of a great doppelbock in the truest sense (this really doesn't taste like a dopplebock to me) try ayinger celebrator instead.Definitely interesting and definitely good though. Will age some and see how it develops with time

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. Reddish amber color with very thin white head. Big and boozy toffee-caramel malt aroma with cherry, plum and Christmas spices. All carry over to the taste. Sweet, syrupy and slightly hot. Not sure why I popped this in July, but can see how it would hit the spot on a cold winter night.

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Photo of generallee
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 14% abv. Appearance: This one has a deep mahogany color with a light haze and a little yeast sediment. It raises a small quick fading fading light tan head. At 14% I don’t expect it to have much head or lacing. Smell: It has a full nose of sweet candy like fruity notes. Apples, plums, figs and red pears covered in sugar and soaked in spiced rum jump out at me. Taste / Palate: This one leads with big sweet maltiness packed with notes of candied fruit and boozy cake. The finish is warm and boozy in a good way. Hops are set way off in the background but still add a little spice to the overall character. The palate feels big full and a little syrup like with light carbonation.

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Photo of LaneMeyer
1.85/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I had this a long time ago. I probably need to revisit this one as it has so much praise around here. But ya, I couldn't finish the bottle. Tasted like liquid smoke to me at the time.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet, surprisingly juicy, viscous and thick, but not at all chewy or dense. Syrupy, describes it well. Profile almost like plum wine or plum brandy, a little boozy, but not overpowering in the front or the middle. Lots of fruitiness and low carbonation could trick you at times to imagining your sipping a spirit or a cocktail perhaps. Brandy, brandywine, and rum come to mind for me.

Warming, complex, and a long finish where the alcohol flavor can start to build, depending on the state of your pallate at the time, especially as it warms. That's something I personally find undesirable, as my tolerance for alcoholic flavors is low and I dislike spirits and liquors for that reason.

Not my kind of thing, but I can certainly appreciate why it's so highly lauded.

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Photo of HankBuddy
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my all time, absolute favorite beer. Thank God the state liquor store has it each year, and thank God the Mormons don't drink. One of the positives (little known) about life in Utah!

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Photo of stevoj
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Worth the wait and deserving of the hype. A nice warming sipper with obvious alcohol warmth. The color of a nice Scotch wth almost no head. Drinking this out of season, but still wonderful....

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Photo of jera1350
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very rich and sweet, like a port wine. Wine grapes, sweet liqueur, warm alcohol finish with dark dried fruit. Full body and slick feel with a clean and tannic finish. Smell is of wine grapes and dark fruit again. Very interesting beer. Highly enjoyable and would be a fantastic aperitif or dessert drink.

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Photo of DeaconsBrew
3.14/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First, I admit this is not a type of beer I would normally appreciate. However, I found it weirdly intriguing. Far too sweet for my palate and the alcohol was very persistent. Almost anesthetic as it lingers in your mouth. Very low carbonation, almost flat. Burnt sugar, citrus rind, and prunes were prominent. Sufficient complexity to keep you thinking however a harsh lingering finish soon distracts you from those thoughts.

I would probably not visit this again, but I am glad to have been there once.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a recent quest / "todo" list item, so most pleased to have found and tasted, particularly in May of the year. The world's most extraordinary beer as claimed by Eggenberg??? Perhaps, but would qualify "extra ordinary" as meaning unlike anything you've likely ever tasted that's classified as beer.

The preliminaries:

-Look: Somewhere between an amber and mahogany color; fairly clear, with some bubbles visible. No head or lacing.
-Smell: Sweet Dried fruits; (figs, prunes, raisins, cherries), alcohol
-Feel:: Syrup, warmth, some light carbonation, smooth, thick
-Taste: Wine! As in porto; Intense dark/dried fruity sweetness. Hides the 14% ABV well.

Was really shocked by this one; Doppelbock?? By definition and chemistry perhaps, but in terms of taste?? Absolutely port wine for me! (Beyond S-W-E-E-T!)

Would I go here again? Yes, but will probably relegate to its intended time of year-- Christmas--and will treat / pair as wine or the like, but not doppelbock.

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Photo of Foyle
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells delicious, tastes delicious, one of the best beer I have ever had. Sweet/malt aroma. Flavor is malt dominate with fruit and sweet barley some earthy hops in the background. 14% abv is not apparent at all.

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Photo of 303beer
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out red. Not much head to it. Wow it has a sweet taste. Very slick kind of texture on the tounge. This is different. Is good. Think I could only drink one bottle.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very clear mahogany body with a cream-hued head. It smells like a freshly opened bag of bread with a good dose of raisin and a twang of spice. There is surprisingly little alcohol detectable in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by intensely sweet and flavorful malt, like a mouthful of liquid brown sugar and toffee. Rye bread also comes to mind. There is a little prune-like fruitiness along with a touch of fennel seed-like spiciness. The alcohol is rather strong; it becomes vaporous and fills the mouth upon swallowing and quickly fades. The body is on the full side, and there is only a little carbonation. Very smooth, like thin syrup, and almost sickly sweet.

Overall lovely in color and astoundingly sweet and rich in flavor. On a personal note, I don’t normally care for high alcohol content in beer, but the alcohol doesn’t linger and interfere with the other aspects. And with such intense flavors and high alcohol content, it’s great for sipping at a leisurely pace.

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Photo of mikemands
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark copper color, pours with very little head, just a fizz that fizzes out with little carbonation
s- raisin and alcohol
t- cherry brandy, dark malts, caramel
f-warm, sweet and coats like a liqueur

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Photo of Samuel906
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a bizarre beer. At first, I thought I was going to hate it but now, I'm not really sure what to think. Pours a tantilizing deep reddish brown, very transparent, little to no head and only minimal effervescing. Smell is mostly dark fruit, apple, raisin, plum, merlot. Taste is very heavy rasin, caramel, merichino cherries, fig, molasses. Very, very sweet. Feel is syrupy, heavy with zero carbonation. Coats every part of your insides. Little bit of a boozey burn going down feels nice.

Well, overall for me, I am glad I tried this. It is a unique experience, but the ridiculous sweetness will probably keep me from coming back frequently. Certainly something I want to explore again!

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Photo of glass_house
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a footed tulip

I've been wanting to try this one for quite a while, but always balked at the $25 price tag on the 4-pack. So you can imagine my delight when there were a couple singles in the $12.99 mixed-sixer section.

Looks unlike any beer I've ever had. Pours a glowing blend of mahogany and garnet with 1 finger of fizzy head that quickly disappears. Murky, but not quite opaque when held to the light. Looks viscous and oily in my glass. Aroma is a robust blend of dark fruits with banana peel and sweet alcohol.

Taste is equally robust. It's a smorgasbord of fruit--fig, raisin, dark plums, red grapes, banana, and black cherry are most prevalent. A touch of bready caramel malt comes through as well. Virtually no hop character except for some earthy undertones in the clean, dry finish. Body is heavy but smooth, and coats the palate well. There's clearly some alcohol heat, but I suppose it's relatively smooth for 14%. There is also a slightly syrupy, cough medicine-like, cherry sweetness coming through as it warms. I don't find it to be overpowering at all, and I actually kind of like it.

Overall, I would definitely drink this again. It's a real nice strong sipper with some table wine and brandy-like qualities. Not so sure about the doppelbock classification, but frankly I don't care what it's called. It's good. For what it's worth, it paired surprisingly well with a bacon and red onion pizza. I don't think I'd ever pony up for it at full price, but I will keep an eye out for reasonable deals on this one.

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
89 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.