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Samichlaus Bier Helles | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Samichlaus Bier HellesSamichlaus Bier Helles

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Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mikesgroove on 11-25-2007

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a Samichlaus aficionado, I was extremely curious to try this one.
Light orange gold pour with a small white head. Beautiful clarity to the brew.
Bit of sweet malt in the aroma along with some alcohol.
Lots of sweet malt mixed with alcohol in the flavor. A bit of candied fruit with a small amount of hop bitterness in the finish.
A little bit syrupy in the mouthfeel. Alcohol warms all the way down the throat. One usually thinks of a helles as something to drink in the summer, but this is a fine winter beer.
I couldn't drink more than two of these in an evening, but for its strength it's an easy beer to drink. Urbock 23 on steroids. I hope that Eggenberg keeps making this one.

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Photo of beerking1
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours medium gold, very clear, and with a medium but quickly fading head. Aroma is almost pure malt, very little hops, but some. Alcohol does come through, although very cleanly, in the aroma. Palate is full, and appropriate. Flavor is a wonderful malty, alcoholic and very clean beer. Uber-maibock anyone?

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Photo of CWiggins
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The events as they unfolded:
1. Read about Samichlaus beer in BeerAdvocate.
2. Saw it in North Carolina less than two weeks later, first at Brawley's (Charlotte) and then Sam's Quik Stop (Durham). Picked up a four pack immediately! (I still have one bottle of that pack.)
3. Walked into Sam's just two evenings ago and encountered two--not just one, but two--different case stacks of Samichlaus beer, one of a new variety. Both species retail at $16.99 a four-pack, and I couldn't resist picking up a single bottle of the Helles Lager to try. There's not too much of a hurry to pick up the Doppelbock; Sam's still has some left over from last season!

I agree with the previous reviewer that perhaps this is the wrong style category for this beer. Almost none of the traditional Doppelbock characteristics are present here, with the sole exception of ABV strength. Helles Bock may be a better choice, but Samichlaus Helles Lager certainly reminds me of the many Imperial Pilseners I've enjoyed recently. Hmmm.

It pours a dark yellow into my pint glass; the near-white head is not substantial and isn't sustained for very long. The liquid is nearly transparent, and bubbles continue to rise from the depths of the glass to the surface. It's quite a beauty to hold up to the light and watch for a bit.

There's so much going on in the smell: there are elements of heavy yeasts and malts combined with floral esters, all backed up with the scent of warm alcohol. One barely needs to proceed further.

The body is nearly chewy, and the feel of alcohol on the tongue is noticably strong. Lighter flavors of grain and hops are married to the heavier floral and sweet flavors. It's refreshing, and yet, as the same time, a serious undertaking. I wanted to guzzle it like some thirst-quenching soda or fruit-flavored water, but the heaviness keeps it more at bay. One is all I can handle!

Quite an interesting brew, and one I'll certain to keep around for winter and spring.

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Photo of bradleyseven
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will preface this by saying that i dont believe that "doppelbock" is the appropriate style for this beer to be lumped into...yeah though it is a very (very, very, very) high-alcohol lager, and is produced under the Mark that is notorious for a particular high-alcohol doppelbock, i tend to think that the simple fact that they put the word "helles" in the name of the beer dictates that the beer be concidered an Helles lager; I have therefore reviewed this beer with my understanding of "helles" in mind...

from a forum post that i made before this beer had been added to the dbase:
"we just got this into the bar (2 cases), and I have just cracked one open to sit down and write a review, and alas there is no listing for it in the dbase (and i have not been diligent enough in my reviewing to have the ability to add it)...so i will just go ahead and write a review here:

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with red and silver label, stating the standard for samichlaus: brewed on the 6th of December, aged for 10 months, with the addendum that the 2007 bottling of the Helles was the first since 1986. Poured (in a 14oz englished pilsner glass) a crystal-clear dark-straw / light-amber color; with very minimal head and less lacing than a Coca-Cola.
Smell is of day-bread: slightly yeasty, slightly sweet, slightly wheaty, slightly malty; all very evenly balanced.
Taste leans towards sweet, but maintains much of the bright, easy-going-helles-lager flavours of raw grain and crispness from the carbonation as well as the drying hops;
On the other hand, the mouthfeel betrays these tastes with significant linger on the tongue, as well as a heaviness/thickness that tends to be way too much on the tongue for what i expect a "helles" to posess. There is quite a bit of stick-to-your-tongue action here, and not as much bubble on the tongue as I would have wanted, and (go figure) the 14% ABV is blatantly obvious on the back of the throat.
Drinkability: well, i would be hard pressed to drink more than three of these...if only for the fact that walking would be slightly difficult afterwords...I am currently half-way through one and the feeling in my throat is starting to remind of the days when i drank scotch on a regular basis. I will say that this is a prime example of a Helles on steroids, it is much boozier, and certainly a bit sweeter than i would expect of an Helles, but other than that it does remain true-to-form (so well as I know the style) and if half of one didn't make me as tipsy as this one has, i would really be in the mindset of drinking a few of these...."

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Photo of FirkinDave
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just came in stock.

Pours a golden straw color, still decent carbination for a 14%er.

Poured into a Cantillon glass for the nose. A noticable chocolate and blueberry came up, plus the candy sugar.

The first taste was of upfront candy sugar and slight hints of tangerine. This beer is big. Contained large mouth feel, not a big aftertaste. Light hop bitterness as the beer warmed, hints of champagne throughout.

The easiest way to describe this beer is as "extremely enjoyable."
Last brewed in 1986, I hope they keep release this beer yearly from now on.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter

Ok so I saw this one on the shelf and was a little curious. At first I by passed it as it looked the same as a regular but then noticed it was a special edition so I had to pick one up. It poured a nice pale golden yellow with a smallish head that faded quickly. The aroma was full of malt and grass like smells with a touch of alcohol, but that is to be expected. The flavor was much sweeter then I thought it would be with a nice rounded caramel tone a good amount of brandy like alcohol thrown in. Some bready and cereal like malt base making up the rest with a sweet sugary finish that was sprikled with a touch of floralness. Overall this was a good bit different then the normal, seemed to be a bit sweeter, defintly lighter looking and a touch hotter with the alcohol. Very intresting find and will have to go back to the store and grab a couple more.

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