Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition)Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerSox on 02-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
55
Reviews:
24
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
18.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of ronniebruner
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

According to the label, this beer is in the Guinness book of world records for heaviest beer. Ive had heavier, but at 14% ABV, this is a SMOOTHE beer! This is easily one of the best beers I have ever drank. One 12 oz bottle will give you a bit of a buzz! This is an awesome beer. If you consider yourself a beer conossieur, you HAVE to try this, if you already havent!

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Photo of Watersox
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of DaveC93036
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to get my hands on this for a while now. Finally grabbed a few bottles at my local shop and gave one a try. This brew poured out as a really nice looking reddish orange color with some shades of brown in there too. The head was fizzy and white but held a decent retention which was impressive. The smell of the beer was sweet, a little boozy as well, it had some really nice barrel aromas of wood with some caramel in there too. The taste was excellent in my opinion. I found this to be even better than the regular version which I really enjoy also. The flavors of sweet dark fruits along with some nice heavy malts give this beer a strong base to stand on. The flavors are warming without the use of using spices to give off that effect. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a dry feeling in the back end. Overall I found this beer to be one of my new favorites. It's one of those beers that impresses me with every sip I took. Very glad that I have another bottle to enjoy next year.

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Photo of youradhere
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This looks nothing like the original. It is a deep, shiny, bronzish brown with orangish-brown highlights and again little head.

Smell - This is a rich, intense, woody nose with a bit of scotch. Much to the brewer's credit the DB aroma is actually here and very much on-style except of course it is multiplied by 1,000. There's also a light medicine cabinet with the aura of a finely-aged triple sec.

Taste - This is like a mild liqueur. It is very sweet, the sugars are like those you find in an aged liqueur, but there's a nice whisky flavor to this as well. On top of all that though there is a very meaty middle here that says, "Hey, I'm a malty Doppelbock." The DB flavor in this case is surprisingly and inexplicitly right on for the style. It's that one-dimensional molasses-based bockish flavor that is just one component of this beer but really stands out.

Mouthfeel - This is medium-bodied with no sense of alcohol (hahaha) and a liqueur-like finish that is long as it is intense.

Drinkability - This is not a chugger but by the same token gives off little sense of its true (alcoholic) power. Think of this as sipping a fine, barrel-aged liqueur and you will appreciate. It is just true enough though to the style that by the time you finish you will feel like you drank a fine Doppelbock, which you did.

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Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasant surprise of a Christmas present from the wife who conspired with Chris from Boo's. Knowing how much I love Samichlaus, she picked up a few bottles and Chris gave. Heart breaking story bout all bottles being broken en route. Now I get a Christmas eve surprise.
Appearance: honey colored with a wispy head (as expected with a 14%'er.
Smell: Oaky, caramel, buttery goodness. Rich is an understatement.
Taste: more of the same. Oh my, plus honey nougat.
Overall: decadent goodness.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Deep, strong golden color body. Mild clarity. Medium, white head that slowly dissipates.
S - Strong malt aroma, very low toasted malt and melanoidins. No hop aroma. Lacks diacetyl, fruity esters.
T - Strong pilsen malt, super sweet in flavor profile. Low caramelization. Low peppery phenols, and low-moderate hop bitterness. Well attenuated, dry finished. Hop note is subdued.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. For 14% ABV, alcohol warming isn't paramount.
D - Very pale, strong, sweet helles lager. Hop character is present compared to other bocks.

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Lager-ed 10 months prior to bottling, mine was bottled '07 (December 6th - as the date all Samichlaus Helles is) and consumed November '10. Brewed in the Eggendberg Castle, this is another fine example of the world's best Maibock/Helles Bock.

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Photo of Naugros
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of elec
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Danobold
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of guess98224
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OMG!!! What a surprise this lager was. I don't usually like lagers at all.
We poured this at 55F for our 2nd anniversary.
The appearance is a clear amber.
The smell to me was not that great. It smells like a lager.
The taste was so much fun! It tastes like candy. Very sweet. It tastes like caramel candy.
The mouth feel was good. Good tongue coat.
As far as drinkability, this is a high alcohol beer, but we managed to finish the bottle by going to our next door neighbors and sharing. All of neighbors loved it. My husband says he could drink this til he dies!
This beer is similar to Olde School, but actually better. I thought this beer was delicious.

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Photo of Braz
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1/2" off-white head. Clear light amber color. Smell is very malty with dried fruit, caramel, and a whiff of vinegar. Taste is a delightful deep rich malt and caramel with a long tangy aftertaste. Body is remarkably light for such a concentrated beer. The 14% alcohol sneaks up on you, the taste isn't boozy at all.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber size Samichlaus Helles!

Pours a dark clear gold with a 1 inch foamy light brown head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of rich malt, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Taste is of rich malt, bread, caramel, dark fruits, and an earthy herbal hop finish. There is a definite alcohol warmth that burns the throat after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation level that has small bubbles but a thick and heavier mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but strong beer with a very nice set of smells and flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of jdprmd
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of gopens44
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Samichlaus Bier Helles (Limited Edition) from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
4.03 out of 5 based on 55 ratings.
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