Samichlaus Helles
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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From:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
 
Austria
Style:
Doppelbock
Ranked #102
ABV:
14%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,614
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 15.49%
Reviews:
262
Ratings:
202
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 27, 2022
Added:
Nov 25, 2007
Wants:
  33
Gots:
  67
SCORE
86
Very Good
Samichlaus HellesSamichlaus Helles
Notes: Brewed only once a year on December 6th, Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, in particular with chocolate, or as an after drink by itself. Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, hops extract.
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2019 vintage, so looking at four years old. Bronze, opaque, minimal carb. Malty, syrupy and sweet, definitely boozy, but a bit thin for the style. Not as good as its bigger brother.
Nov 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.13 by Shiredave from New York

Sep 09, 2022
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 330ml bottle into my BeerAdvocate teku.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a light-to-moderate haze and a thin cap of ivory foam. Not much in the way of head, but the color is excellent.

Smell: sweet for sure, but it's also got that slightly oxidized raspberry-cherry-tobacco-date aroma that I love in a strong malty beer. Do I also get ... a hint of soy sauce? Perhaps that takes it down a notch, but still an enticing treat.

Taste: that's a strong boi! Again, sweet, but there's enough heavy malt and booziness going on here to sort of balance that out. Hoo boy, this reminds me of a heavy duty scotch ale. The boozy burn substitutes for bitterness here, leading to a finish that's as balanced as it is dangerous. There's some nuance to the flavor, but man. What a wallop.

Mouthfeel: massive body with a light carbonation yielding a texture that, while perhaps not creamy, as such, is quite smooth indeed.

Overall: this beer is good enough that if I survive this one, I may seek it out again. But survival is not guaranteed.
Aug 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by DarrellK from Florida

Jul 01, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2015 vintage bottle in 2022. I thought I had reviewed this previously but I guess not?

Pours a clear dark copper in color (although I left behind the dregs in the bottle to drink separately). Just a few bubbles, not really any head. Aroma is sweet grainy malt, a little burnt sugar, a touch of sweet corn and stone fruit. For anyone that's been to Chile, it's a bit reminiscent of Mote con huesillo. Taste is similar, fairly sweet. Feel is sticky, fairly low carbonation. Age as mellowed any booziness, doesn't drink like 14% abv. Overall a nice sipper to finish of a Saturday night with.
Feb 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by MNJR from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Honey colored, thick, occasional big bubbles of carbonation. Alcohol "fingers" in the glass. Smells clean and zesty, with notable alcohol vapors. Flavors are big and bold: orange zest, licorice, rock candy, herbal, mineral, slightly stringent. Sweet and spicy, with an interesting earthy, dry aftertaste with alcohol tingling in a big way. Very enjoyable in a "special treat" kind of way. Definitely pushes the beer limits of ABV and flavor. Something to have for sure if you can get it, a worthy experience if maybe a bit too strong for a beer, which I suppose is the idea.
Feb 19, 2022
 
Rated: 3.57 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2019 vintage, best by 10-2024, 11.2 oz/330ml bottle
Bought a 4 pack, The first bottle was off. This review is from the second bottle.
Body is semi transparent gold with a orange or amber tint. Not much of a head that disappears quickly leaving no lacing (normal head action for beers in this class).
Taste is white/golden raisin, pear, a little toffee, booze. Maybe a hint of cherry (or vanilla) on the finish or in the after taste. sweet malt. It's plenty sweet.
feel: you can taste and feel the alcohol but it never seem to burn or over power the flavors. Syrupy.

It's ok. maybe it needs to age some more?
If you like this beer try: Donator Heller Doppelbock from Brauerei Zoller-Hof
Nov 02, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle into a goblet. 2015 vintage.

Very interesting look to this one. Starts out a glassy ice tea amber color, but as it warms, it's transformed to a clear reddish amber. No head or lacing due to abv.

On opening the bottle, there was a clear fresh bread aroma. This didnt last into the goblet, and we have a sweet, boozy, dried dark fruit smell.

On tasting, exactly as the nose suggests. Sweetness isn't cloying, booze doesn't rip your throat out, and the raisin cherry notes are pleasing.

Mouth above medium, finish sweet and boozy.

Overall, guess 6 years in the bottle have mellowed out this one nicely. Slow sipper, but really smooth and goes down easy. Happy to have another 3 in reserve.
Aug 24, 2021
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle. Best by date on label is 10:2024 (covered by importer label).
Mostly clear, deep gold colored body. Never a big head, but offers an active surface show from rising bubbles. No lacing.
Aroma is boozy, with raisin, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste is sweet and boozy. Raisin, pear, caramel, and vanilla. Lots of malt sweetness.
Medium mouth feel, with a little syrup. Carbonation is not very involved but adequate.
High test bock to be sure, but no burn. Knowing the high ABV%, really smooth and sweet. Sip slow and enjoy. This is a unique liquid beverage.
Jul 14, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2019 vintage; drank 7/8/21 @ the Yarchives.

See through orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy off-white head which quickly dissipated; no lace.

Strawberry, caramel & booze heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Strawberry & caramel flavors up front; refined booze heat notes on the finish.

Unlike any lager I've ever had; this was fruity and full of heft. I'd love to find an older vintage...
Jul 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.4 by rab53 from Washington

Mar 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Qwiktruk from Iowa

5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
In my opinion, this is the best beer in the world. It has exclusivity, being brewed only one day a year; and it has the taste of a fine authentic German/Austrian beer. I only have it on special occasions (when I can find it).
Mar 23, 2021
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Reviewed by lmaduells from Spain

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Unbalanced mass in alcohol. It's a beer too special, but with too much graduation. It must be taken into account. A beer out of qualifiers that does not support labels. A beer to drink in traditional times, to taste it in Christmas moments
Jan 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.98 by LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2020
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.86/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Amazing complex beer.
Dangerous drinkability.
If I could afford it I would have some in the fridge at all times.
Nov 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.53 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Jun 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Jun 13, 2020
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Reviewed by BKotch from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle. I'm not sure of the vintage but I suspect it's a 2009 or thereabout. I have two Classic Samichlaus bottles from the same period that say 2009. Anyway, well-preserved. A beige head that quickly recedes. Aroma mainly boozy but some raisin sweetness. Same with flavor but more of it. Mouthfeel decent, but really good for a 10.5 year-old beer. Overall, I'm enjoying this. Bring on the Classics!
Jun 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

May 26, 2020
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Rated by Jem1121 from Illinois

1.3/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Horrible.
Feb 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
(330 ml bottle, 2015 vintage; purchased single off shelf... poured into a teku, somewhat similar to the glass suggested on their website)

L: crystal-clear, orange-amber liquid; active, loose-spongy foam on the pour, rapidly collapsing into a thin, spitty collar; clumped sediment left behind in the decant; no lace

S: unsurprisingly, bock-load of caramel dominant on the nose, maybe hints of vanilla and/or marzipan; mild cookie-like toasted grain edge; very little apparent booze

T: caramel, golden raisin, peach cobbler(?); very mild spice in the aftertaste, but toasty caramel not so mild, but not overly saccharine... malt at its most delectable plumpness, but altogether rather simplistic; little depth, little aromatic nuance

F: for a 4-5 year-old, 14% doppelbock, this couldn't be more smooth - viscosity and trailing warmth, both butter

O: direct flavors, sumptuous intensity, but really just tastes like a past-prime, extra-strength maibock... missing is some of the bite and strident booze from a recent Sami bottling (also, a snifter has been my fav glass with these)... this is currently 'not available', but now I'm rather curious to grab a recent classic Sami to confirm my boozy recollections, as well as a fresh 'un of this gold spin... maybe worth getting at the $5.89 price tag, but be prepared to maybe experiment with it, test some blends with other (hopefully) equally potent brews - any of FW's BA line might be an interesting co-mingler (1641)
Jan 16, 2020
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Served on bottle at the Beer Nouveau brewery tap at their Octoberfaust Alternative German Beer festival abd cellared since 2001
Poured a dark beer, possibly slight oxidation but that aging intensified raisin like flavours and sweetness
Oct 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.95 by Noelito76 from New York

Oct 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Aug 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Mar 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.81 by thefrog114 from Florida

Mar 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Oct 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.91 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Jul 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jun 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by heysuz from Indiana

Jun 25, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jun 23, 2018
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz bottle poured into a large snifter. No date, but this bottle has been cellared for at least 2.5 years.

A: Deep amber hue with a very mild haze. White head settles out after a minute of two. Little in the way of lacing.

S: Sweet bread dough. Raw honey. Mild toast. Traces of hay and earth. Walnut. Treacle. Golden raisin and bruised pear, also coming from the malt. Whiff of alcohol lets you know this is a big one.

T: Follows the nose to a T. Sweet the whole way through. Alcohol is actually very well hidden, though a soothing warmth does build.

M: Big body. Viscous and chewy, mildly coating. Fine carbonation has some soft scrubbing action. Big, soothing warmth.

O: Without a doubt the most gargantuan bock I've ever encountered. Think blonde barleywine, but in lager form. Clean and focused. Drinks like a cordial. Perfect dead of winter beer. It'll turn your cheeks red and warm you from the inside out.
Jun 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.56 by Bitburger from Vermont

May 25, 2018
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Reviewed by devilmakesthree from Oregon

1.86/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
Deep Amber color, no head, smells of alcohol and molasses. All around, this beer was borderline undrinkable. It was cloyingly sweet and syrupy, which I personally find off-putting. A friend I was sharing it with came up with the idea to turn it into ice cream sauce, which to me seemed a better use for it than imbibing.
May 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Mar 25, 2018
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Rated by unclekeith from Alaska

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2007
Feb 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

Feb 04, 2018
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a golden brown, no head, champagne carbonation. Aroma was lots of sweet malt & nut, with some traces of raw alchohol that detract from the rest of the bouquet. Quasi malt liquor. Taste is sticky sweet - some toffee, caramel syrup, malt (that carries a cardboad / stale vibe) & nut - it oddly reminds me of an amaretto. Not a high-end one, because there is that lingering booziness / rough heat, but definite liqueur vibe from this beer. But you usually don't drink a full glass of liqueur, and this beer is treacly and cloyingly sweet to a fault.
Feb 02, 2018
Samichlaus Helles from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 464 ratings