Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition)
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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From:
Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
 
Austria
Style:
Doppelbock
ABV:
14%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 18.3%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
33
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 19, 2021
Added:
Feb 06, 2010
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  31
SCORE
87
Very Good
Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition)Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition)
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Rated: 3.66 by DOCRW from Washington

Oct 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Dec 24, 2018
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Reviewed by gopens44 from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
2012 vintage. Coppery red and crystal clear, this one jumps right into the nose with currant, caramel, clove and a little banana. Taste goes a slightly different direction, as there is an immediate sweet cherry that morphs into a barley fueled biscuity yeast bubble gum banana finish. Body is light to medium with a quickly fading finish that leaves a sacharin sweet feeling on the tongue.
Apr 08, 2017
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Reviewed by youradhere from Washington

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
waxed bottle from purchase

Pours effervescent bright copper with no head/lacing, but ample carbonation roiling the thick surface. Smells of molasses heavily, noticeable honey notes, with a toffee fruitiness to finish. Taste is extremely balanced and smooth for 14%- molases with hints of bitter chocolate, honey, with some sweet sugarcane picked up on the sides of the tongue. Mouthfeel is thick, smooth, very well balanced, carbonation is present and carries the sweetness well. This is a rare beer in that all of the flavors play beautifully and overall this beer is well balanced and very complex.

I wish I had more bottles of this, but alas it was a one-off brewing. I must admit, I was concerned about the "malt liquor" title on BA, and remember fresh it was not very bueno, but this ~8 year old 14% bruiser has mellowed out beautifully by now.
Feb 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.89 by Watersox from North Carolina

Feb 13, 2016
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Rated by rctracker from Texas

2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Extreme sugar flavor, slow drink
Mar 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by MSandahl23 from Indiana

Feb 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by redleg411 from Wisconsin

Feb 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.47 by Jtrigonis from California

Dec 31, 2014
 
Rated: 4.2 by Braz from Washington

Nov 27, 2014
 
Rated: 3 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 21, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Aug 09, 2014
 
Rated: 3.25 by Amirabutwo from Hong Kong

May 12, 2014
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Reviewed by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Found one bottle of this randomly on a road trip in January 2013, been aging since then.
A - a clear cedar red-brown, head fizzled almost immediately but to be expected given the ABV (and possibly the age), but a steady stream of carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass
S - plumb and raisin, toffee and general candy sweet aroma, slightly musty
T - sticky sweet flavours of candied plumbs, mild apricot, caramel malt, mild woody flavour, and a generally sweet finish
M - sticky sweet throughout, just a little flat but nothing serious, sticky mouth coating finish, no real trace of 14% ABV until waaay late when your insides feel warm and fuzzy
O - ridiculously drinkable for its heft, the sweetness is big but creates a nice stance against the alcohol, not sure if the extra aging made any difference since I only found the one bottle, but a quality brew either way
Apr 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by mychalg9 from Illinois

Mar 03, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 05, 2014
 
Rated: 2.75 by mmulebarn from Minnesota

Dec 22, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by djre4orm from Virginia

Jun 13, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by APreacher from California

Jan 01, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by valkyre65 from Texas

Jan 01, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by Danobold from Texas

Dec 16, 2012
 
Rated: 3 by carlitos92 from Texas

Dec 16, 2012
 
Rated: 4.75 by RoryOMoore from New Jersey

Dec 14, 2012
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Reviewed by DavidST from Texas

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass, 2011 limited edition. This pours a nice brown red color with a mid sized but very short lived off white color. The smell is very sweet, lots of fruit, dates, raisins, malty sugar. The feel is medium to thick. The taste is different a little over the top, loads of sugar, sweet fruit, some noticeable alcohol, absolutely no hop bite to counter act.
Nov 15, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Nov 10, 2012
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
positively onw of the most interesting beers ive ever tasted, and the friends i shared it with agree. it pours a really thick cloudy honey color, more red than gold, with a prominent two inch white head with solid retention. the nose is crazy, tons of residual sugar, spicy yeast, clove, and anise seed. the flavor is a little less on the spice, and a little more on the sugars. molasses, vanilla sugar, and even confectionary sugar. this beer is really sweet, but the interesting thing is that it doesnt last and rot the teeth. it has a surprisingly quick finish for how big it is. also surprising, is that the alcohol is hardly present until it gets up to about room temperature. must be all that lagering the keeps it mellow. tons of body, tons of strength. i can see this being a perfect post-church christmas eve beer amongst loved ones. in any other context, its almost too much. buy this if you see it though, nothing else like it.
Oct 14, 2012
 
Rated: 3.5 by BigTrubble from North Carolina

Oct 14, 2012
 
Rated: 4 by Hopstout from Minnesota

Sep 29, 2012
 
Rated: 1.25 by Lantern

Sep 02, 2012
 
Rated: 2 by Axnjxn from North Carolina

Aug 29, 2012
 
Rated: 4.25 by elec from Minnesota

May 29, 2012
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Reviewed by falloutsnow from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA
2009 vintage
Poured into a Unibroue flute

Schloss Eggenberg's aged helles doppelbock is a classic of the style that recalls the darker, well-balanced doppelbocks several German breweries put out. Emphasis not only on sweetness, but on dried fruit, caramel, and rich bread qualities make this much less than a one-dimensional offering. I just wish they would package this in smaller bottles, so that I could enjoy it with less preparation / trying to find a drinking partner who is free.

Pours a 1cm head of small bubbles, off-white in color, that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving only a bit of spotty lacing and a very fine ring around the glass. Body is light brown, transparent, with active carbonation readily visible.

Aroma is of sweet caramel malts, raisins and dried brown figs, a bit of ethanol hanging delicately in the background.

Taste is of well-aged caramel malt sweetness, very refined. Also noticeable are dried figs, raisins, toasted bread. Ethanol is detectable at the back of the palate, but not in any overwhelming sense, which is quite impressive.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with moderate carbonation that foams this up only slightly on the palate. Result is a smooth-flowing, fairly liquid beer. Ethanol can be felt slightly in the throat and nostrils, but not at any disagreeable level.
Apr 24, 2012
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Reviewed by jdprmd from Missouri

4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Golden ruby color with a thin white head that disappears quickly into tiny swirls of bubbles.

S - Very sweet smell, slight alcohol fumes that actually add to the character of the smell. Dark fruits and... a very faint Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean hint? No hop smells coming from this, all malt backbone it seems.

T - Sweet taste, really enjoying the after taste but I can pinpoint what it is. Dark fruits throughout it all, no citrus whatsoever. Lots of depth and layered sweetness. The closest thing I can describe the taste to would be J.W Lees Harvest Ale but more balanced.

M - Very rich and smooth, slightly creamy.

O - This is not tasting like a doppelbock... the bottle says it's a lager. It tastes more like an english barelywine (w/o hops) or a grand crue. I recommend splitting the bottle, this will knock you on your ass. You don't taste the 14% abv at all. Glad my buddy pointed this out, I would of never tried it. Is it worth seeking out, ehh... but if it is available and you have a buddy to split one with I recommend it. A great beer to drink on a cool night
Apr 02, 2012
 
Rated: 4.75 by DaveC93036 from California

Mar 15, 2012
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Reviewed by ElCommodoro from Texas

4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Pours a hazy orange colour with no head retention. Smells like straight up apple juice. Very sweet and very fruity.
Taste is sweet, sugary booze with some aged whiskey flavours. Lots actually. Other than that, sugary and fruity all the way. It's delicious, but hard to describe. It's really not that complex. Just whiskey-sugar-fruit-booze. Damn good. You have to try it to see what it's like. It's really not something akin to any other beer I've had.
Mar 10, 2012
 
Rated: 3.75 by pirmannt1 from Illinois

Feb 22, 2012
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Reviewed by Naugros from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reviewing the 2009 version of this poured into a stemmed snifter. Drank over three days, with a stopper in the bottle while in the fridge.

Disappointed in the head, but not uncommon in high ABV beers. The beer is coppery brown with quite a bit of cloudiness...again, common in these kinds of beers, but this one was a bit murkier than most. The aroma gives hints of what's to come...dried fruits and booze blend nicely with tobacco and vanilla.

Your first sip will deliver an alcohol burn that takes you a bit by surprise despite knowing that this one's 14%. I'm used to brewers masking the alcohol. Here, they seem to want to highlight it and that works for me in this one. Very much like a cognac, the beer opens up as it warms and even became more complex each consecutive day. After you get past the booze, the flavors come through. Candy sugar and prunes decry a load of sweetness. Cocoa and vanilla enter into the mix after a while, replacing the tobacco. It finally finishes off with the alcohol reasserting dominance and smoothing out the whole experience.

The fact that most of the flavors present themselves in the middle makes you want to keep drinking this and that will put a hurting on you. You KNOW it's 14% and it feels like it could be more, but you keep going.

Samichlaus was the first BIG beer and they're upholding their reputation for doing it with quality rather than just amping up the booze. The best analogy is what hot sauce companies have done with raising the Scovilles to massive levels without imparting any flavor. Give me heat AND flavor in my beer and my hot sauces and I'm a happy Samurai.
Jan 16, 2012
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Reviewed by Pintofbrown from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I believed in Samichlaus with a nonic pint.

Appearance- The body is a copper-gold with two-fingers of fizzy and white head. Once it dies down, there is barely enough to cover the cap completely.

Smell- There is the distinct rum raisin scent of the Samichlaus doppelbocks. There is also an interesting sweet fruit scent, like mango. The high alcohol content is certainly present and adds to the spiciness of the nose.

Taste- The front of the drink is very sweet, honey and raisins. The mid-drink really starts to bring on the alcohol burn of some cognac. The finish continues to bring the burn and takes its time. The raisin is really strong here as well. Not bad!

Mouth feel- The body is a big medium and very creamy. It works really well with this beer.

Overall- The flavors of this beer are great, but the alcohol is a little too overpowering. The original Sami focuses on a slightly sweeter palate, while this version has more of a bite. Either way, this is still a solid beer.
Jan 08, 2012
 
Rated: 2.5 by Tackle42 from North Carolina

Dec 27, 2011
Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 57 ratings