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:
No notes at this time.

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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16
Gots:
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 24
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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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 Watersox
4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of rctracker
2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Extreme sugar flavor, slow drink

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Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Braz
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Zekenyce
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Amirabutwo
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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 mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mmulebarn
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of djre4orm
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of geraldholt
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of APreacher
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Danobold
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of carlitos92
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of DavidST
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of SadMachine
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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