Samichlaus Bier Helles | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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417 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:
417
Reviews:
241
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
15.38%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
64
For Trade:
1
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Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've never expected a Samichlaus anything to have a wicked terrific head, but I did enjoy the color on this one at least. Smell and taste went hadn in hand with massive nougat sweetness, finished off by a bit of berry. A little more thin than I expected, but not as hot as I thought it would be either.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pingchoi
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BALBryce
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of JSigsbach
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2014. Experienced Dec 2015. Direct pour into Belgian chalice. Really nice holiday offering.Highly drinkable but as a slow savor, not sipping, but definitely not "guzzling."
Appearance: Light caramel, rosy notes
Aroma: Boozy sweetishness, pleasant, inviting
Mouthfeel: Light but sturdy with body, hot, fizzy
Aftertaste: cherry, brandy, peppery on retro olfaction
Overall: Superb strong Helles (co labeled "Malt Liquor"); Brandy-like in overall experience; to me, best enjoyed by itself by the fire, but savored, and not too cold

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevoj
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter (?) version of their classic,with an amber body but all the kick of the sweet malt. ABV not really noticeable. Creamy head, nice lacing. Sweet malt aroma and taste., also on the finish. Alcohol sneaks up on you at the end.

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Photo of KimenTshom
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Briken
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Choatjor
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stcules
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2008.
Beautiful, clean, amber appearance. Just a trace of foam, but it is 14ABV, so.
In the smell the alcohol is present, yes, with a lot of maltiness. Hazelnut and vanilla.
Full, malty taste, almost liquorous. Sweet, but not too much.
Dry fruit. Veru clean taste.
Full body.
Hazelnut in the aftertaste.
A beer to sip slowly.

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Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells of dried apricot, also some alcohol obviously, a little grainy
Also apricot in the taste, sweetness from all this alcohol is as expected, continental spicy hops deliver a nice bitterness to avoid building sweetness.
This is really well done. It remains very drinkable in spite of the high alcohol and the exclusive use of pilsener malt. Still, I am not a big fan of the style.

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Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pt. 9 fl oz. bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Vintage 2012 marked on the bottle.

Light bodied amber, hints of copper and orange with a bit of chestnut brown, quite light in appearance than most doppels. Great and nice even streams of carbonation rising in the middle and on the edges. Head is very fleeting, tan in color, but with hardly and retention. Dissolves normally but leaves a finer lighter and whiter colored collar while sitting.

Real exquisite nose. Was concerned about heat and booze but it's anything but. Large toffee and gooey caramel thickness aromas, spicy clove and nutmeg with hints of light butterscotch to go with it. Smells like a sundae real inviting, and just a bit warm but not overly so.

Palate is really not what I expected. Huge amounts of sweetness, I am talking very sweet but at least tolerable. Fruity action of plum, raisin, even some cherry mixing with light toffee. Surprisingly not thick in the palate or syrupy as the nose might want to indicate. Finishes incredibly clean and soft malt caramel, almost like a nice glaze. So well hidden abv and not the slightest bit boozy.

This is a surprisingly well created brew that is just so well in control and complex. Not everyones cup a tea but this is extremely impressive beer.

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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 vrbulldog22
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 2Bstout
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007 drank on 4/2/2015 at a bottle share

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Photo of Bierleichen
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sporklift87
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pat61
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From taste notes. Appearance: Pours brilliant garnet, almost looks like a mix of a chardonnay and a red. Has legs. Smell: Smells more like a wine with perfumy notes than a beer. Taste: A touch of fruit in the taste suggesting cherry, a little sweet but a deft hop touch on the end provides balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel: Full body, very low carbonation, a little hot. Overall: Sweet and hot. Something you would reach for instead of a mixed drink or a port.

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Photo of odinswarhorse
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Catalin90
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Samichlaus Bier Helles from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.77 out of 5 based on 417 ratings.
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