Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The once strongest beer in the world is back! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

Added by UncleJimbo on 02-25-2001

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Photo of GingerFinn
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisMon02
2.1/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle aged for 2 years prior to drinking.

Brown/Amber color with no head as expected.

Oh no, smells of rich, sweet, brown sugar.

Wow-by far the sweetest beer I have ever had. Straight up sugar overload with a thick, cloying mouthfeel. I just couldn't power through more than half of the bottle.

Not my thing. Pass.

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Photo of lastmango
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a clear ruby amber brown with a one finger white head that dissipated immediately to nothing. Beautiful color. Nose was weak sweet malt. Taste is a malt bomb with maple and caramel. The sweetest beer that I have had. At 14% abv, the booze could not be hidden. Moderate heavy body and light carbonation. This beer is more of a dessert beer. It pairs very well with German chocolate.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The scant head disappeared almost immediately. This beer has a gorgeous deep, deep amber color with a ruby tinge. The taste is almost overwhelming in its sweetness -- not bad or a turn-off, though. It pairs well with rich foods; I had it with chocolate.

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Photo of JB4Beer
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gemini6
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vinicole
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle. Clear chestnut. No head.
Rich aroma of dry and autumn fruits. Barley sugar.
Tastes as it smells. Very sweet and somewhat boozy.
Full in body. Viscous in the extreme. Cloying.
OTT and something much appreciated on Christmas Day.

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Photo of heymikew
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LarryV
1.3/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I couldn't drink this beer, cloyingly sweet, brown sugar way too pronounced. Really just a major malt bomb, I couldn't find anything that would have made me want to drink more of this. I made it about half way through the bottle and that was it.

If you like the style I'm sure it's a fine beer, just not my thing.

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Photo of Le0Pont
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Grackos
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 drank at the end of 2018. Solid, very malty and smooth.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beautifully unique beer here, really one of a kind stuff to be honest, ages amazingly well, i had a 2010 vintage to start a christmas beer share last night, nearly eight years old, and its drinking insane right now, nowhere near the end of its useful life, i wish i had more this old to keep sitting on! one of the older beers i have had in awhile really. near still from the bottle, crystal clear, thick and slick looking, brassy bronze colored. smells incredible, like a cognac or something, the age is evident in slight oxidation and maturity, i smell some old lager yeast i think, the booze obviously, and some really interesting malt depth driven by a rich toffee and mineral character. infinitely complex as i drink it, copper and metal in a good way, soil and earth, nuts and seeds and bread, warming and a little fusel, but not over the top, brown sugar and maple but honestly not as sweet as i thought it would be, complex enough to be weirdly quaffable, it doesnt drink nearly as strong as it actually is, but this started the slippery slope of getting very drunk on holiday beers. i feel like this was meant for this moment, christmas season kickoff, dusty bottle, an unassuming standout from a killer session. figs and toffee notes, brandy and brown butter even, really decadent and special. i wont soon forget this one, and i will have my eyes open for more of it, especially the older vintages! really exquisite beer! happy holidays!

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Photo of Poproc
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer has an awesome color. The head is small but very flavorful. At 14 Percent, it is awesome.

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Photo of Avitra
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Way too sweet

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samichlaus Classic is stunningly beautiful. The colors of autumn blend seemlessly in the glass with picture perfect clarity. Garnet, auburn, and light brown highlights shimmer without competition for attention as the lightly tanned bubby foam above flees entirely from the scene.

Golden and red raisins jump from the glass. Plum and cranberry juices along with light caramel promise for a potentially sweet experience. Lying deep below, a simple and pleasant white bread adds comfort.

The flavor couldn't mirror the aroma any more perfectly. Cranberry juice without the tartness takes front and center before allowing the raisin blend to shine. Black mission fig and burnt sugar on white bread linger on and on before a mild pepper spice finished it all off.

Dense, syrupy, and oily, this beer is no joke. The almost lack of carbonation makes this so incredibly rich, but still manages to be smooth. Sweetness is showcased here, bitterness be damned. The warmth of alcohol creeps in with a burn throughout the chest.

This is a delectable beer, demanding to be sipped and savored. A doppelbock on steroids without the rage. The sophistication of a debittered barleywine, if there were such a thing. Not an everyday beer that's for sure, but it's delicious, no question there.

Prost!

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Photo of AGoodStout
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wavyhill
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Devonking
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Robanonymous
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Nickydell
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TeddyBundy
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2014

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown topped by a finger of dense light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of brown sugar and a little banana with some dark fruits, toffee, and caramel.
T: Taste is a little dark fruits, brown sugar, plums, toasted bread, caramel and toffee. Swallow is a little banana, dark fruits, toffee, and more brown sugars with some lingering toasted malt.
M: The mouthfeel on this beer is fairly thick and slightly silky. Carbonation is low but adequate given the ABV while the beer has a drying finish which is quite nice.
O: Overall this beer is intense but still somewhat approachable. Flavors are bold but balanced. Time has done this one well. It has some great complexity and really nice flavors. Definitely one to try if you like this style of beer and it seems to keep getting better with age.

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3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurtsdcc
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I remember reading a book about world beers around 1976 that called this the strongest beer in the world, in German. Something similar to das stärkste Bier der Welt, which I just stole from Google translate. Bought a couple of these from a liquor store in Wash, DC in 1976 and found them delightful. Also remember EKU 28 from the same store about the same time. Both were very unique in those days. Craft beer way before today’s generation of great American craft beers. Between the two, I think I might have liked EKU 28 better, but that might be because I had it on tap in Munich in the 1980s. Last week I bought one of each from Holiday Liquors in North San Diego County (incredible selection there), a mile or two from Stone World HQ and very near 140-some local great craft breweries, probably the best in the world (be sure to visit us if you dig craft beer). Our standards here are VERY high because we have the best. Having said that, Samichlaus and EKU 28 hold up very well to our best. Worth a try if you have never had them. To imagine what Samichlaus tastes like, add 5 tablespoons of brown sugar to a glass of Stone Old Guardian or similar Barleywine. Add more Sugar and maybe a little cream soda. Also a shot of dark rum or something similar. Be prepared for perhaps the sweetest bier you have ever tasted. If you don’t like sweet, brace yourself. Yeah, it is strong, but I have had local craft beers in San Diego that have a harder hit. This is candy beer, plain and simple. Be sure to sample a bottle at least once. If they have it on tap somewhere, I would love to try that. Eku 28 was better on tap than in the bottle. Both E28 and Samich are loads of fun. Every beer lover should try them both. Looks clear, like red ale. Taste is not very complex. Had an old world Madeira wine recently, and it reminds me of that. Not sure how well it traveled from Europe to California. Might be better if you got one in Europe. Nose / smell is not very strong. I had the 2016 bottling recently and the 1974 or 1975 botting years ago. Feel? Not sure what to say? Not heavily carbonated, more smooth like cream soda, or a sweet dessert wine. Did I hit all the required points? Try one!

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Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 2,139 ratings