Samichlaus Bier Helles | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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419 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Austria
schloss-eggenberg.at

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mikesgroove on 11-25-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
419
Reviews:
242
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
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29
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64
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Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%

Brief write-up. This was a pretty significant step down next to the "original" Samichlaus for one simple reason: it's WAY TOO SWEET. Whereas Samichlaus manages to balance the sweet, dry, and alcohol qualities (albeit barely), this is just a sugary punch in the face. In a way, drinking this is like drinking a glass of pure buckwheat honey. On the plus side, the booze was concealed nicely - er, no, I should say it was completely suffocated by the cloying nature of this. This one needs about 5 years in the cellar...

2.8/5: Wilford Brimley, eat your heart out

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Photo of jayfarley3
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle states it was bottled in 2007 and states it as "The World's most Extraordinary Beer" so I had to buy it! Pours a real dark brown amber color with a small tan head. Smells very sweet and strongly of alcohol but I guess that should be expected with a 14% abv. Taste is very very sweet almost syrup like with a touch of roasted malts in there. Maybe if it was aged a few years longer it would be better but I think I'll pass on this in the future.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a golden orange color with a very thin white head that quickly disappears. The aroma features some malt, a touch of caramel and a good whiff of alcohol. The taste to no surprise starts out smooth and malty and finishes with a warming alcohol punch. I am not a huge fan of this offering, it is just not my thing.

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Photo of roblowther
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Helles or doppelbock? I'm confused but I'm ok with that. Pours golden amber, clear and bubbly, with a head that quickly settles into a thin off-white covering. Smells like candied oranges, caramel, and a slight nuttiness. It smells good but like it may be too sweet. Let's find out. WOW! That is sweet. This could probably give diabetics a contact high. There is a woodiness, and then sweet. A hint of pepper, then just sugar syrup. Mouthfeel is syrupy with nice carbonation. Drinkability is just going to depend on you. Do you like your pancakes to be nothing but large sediment in a vat of light corn syrup? Then you're good. For me, not so much. It's like Jane Austen's "Persuasion". You want to experience all the legend has to offer, and now you have so you don't have to drink, er read, it again.

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Photo of zeff80
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with little to no head. No lacing either.

S - It smelled of sweet honey, caramel and sugar with a boozy nose, too.

T - Very, very sweet. Over the top sweet with boozy taste.

M - One of the better qualities of this brew. It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - To me this beer is just over done. Too much alcohol, too much sweetness without any hop character.

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Photo of tempest
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled 2007

Looks a clear gold, without much head retention. The aroma is of white grape and sweet, bready malt. The flavor and mouthfeel is rough to say the least. There's a strong, dry alcohol flavor, in line with watered-down vodka. The malt just comes off like a very concentrated light lager with caramel malt ad a touch of grassy hops. It's not all-out offensive, but I won't be finishing this one. I'll return to this one after I let a bottle mellow for a year or two.

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Photo of KonigObHops
2.96/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a light copper color with an extremely thin white head.

The aroma was very sweet, sugary with a lot of alcohol, and maybe some pear... appropriate since the beer looks like juice.

The initial taste is very sweet and light, but the middle comes through quickly, and it is all alcohol. It finishes with a slight touch of pear.

The mouthfeel was crisp.

Honestly, other than a difference in mouthfeel and the fact that it is a bit lighter, I couldn't notice much difference between this and their Schwartzbier variety. The next time I buy one of these, I am going to let it age for about a year before drinking to see if the flavors can poke out from behind all that alcohol.

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Photo of FZR23
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of cornucopia
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of josemm1790
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of RoyFokker
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of tobelerone
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Raziel313
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Codytucker13
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Jmamay22
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2007 vintage.

This big lager pours a clear orange tinted blonde with little head and only an egg shell colored collar. Smells of apple, raisin, and spiced alcohol. Enjoyable, yet simple scent.

Tastes sweet, fruity and shows less of its alcohol than anticipated. A little too sickly sweet for my tastes. Syrupy mouthfeel. A very slow sipper. The alcohol isn't as difficult as the sweetness and really holds back the drinkability of this beer. Exciting concept that fails with me in practice

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Photo of Lynn
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Gravelost
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed 2/15/2010- from notes.

11.2oz brown bottle as pictured poured into a shaker glass. 2007 vintage.

I would not have known this was a doppelbock til I looked here.

A- Very vibrant, clear copper topped off with a one finger, tight bubbled, white head that faded pretty quick to a patchy skim. Random carbination bubbles make there way up very slowly.

S- Some maltiness but mostly candy sweet.

T- Big malt flavor up front, very much like a scotch ale at first with a little earthy smokiness. As the malt fades its replaced by a sweet boozy flavor that dominates the flavor. Also seems to pick up a little almost metallic taste.

M- Medium bodied, a little sticky and very mild carbination.

D- I loved the initial malt flavor but couldnt take what it changed into. Definitely wouldnt have more than one in a sitting, I barely made it through this one.

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Samichlaus Bier Helles from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.77 out of 5 based on 419 ratings.
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