Samichlaus Classic Bier | Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg

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89
very good
2,053 Ratings
Samichlaus Classic BierSamichlaus Classic Bier
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,053
Reviews:
1,101
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
16.54%
 
 
Wants:
186
Gots:
403
For Trade:
19
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage on tap at HAF. Consumed while palate was still fresh.

A: Practically transparent ruby-copper color. Very thin head. Not the prettiest thing in the world, but it’ll do.

N: Very thick brandy, malt , and cherry. Rich caramel and toffee with some brown sugar laced through.

T: Brown sugar, brandy, and molasses. Raisins and prunes, licorice and a slight dark cherry twinge. This is definitely oxidizing though

M: Very heavy with a very noticeable alcohol punch, as expected for a 14% beer.

O: At the tipping point of the aging process, if not already over the peak. (This, after all 8 years old, as it should have been brewed in 2004.) I much prefer a vintage about 2 years old.

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Photo of Jackle22
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JRdaSconnie
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of gtermi
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of teromous
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle says Samichlaus Classic Malt Liquor, but it appears that this is the same and that there are different bottles...I could be wrong. The bottle says aged 10 months before bottling, and it was bottled in 2010.

A: Brilliant tints of dark mahogany with various ambers and reds peeking through. The head is white and stands up fairly long, fading down to a thin cap. Pretty light carbonation showing inside the beer.

S: Lots of malt character comes through. Lots of dark fruit scents...dates, some prune scent coming through. Light alcohol scent. I actually had a slightly yeasty smell as soon as the bottle was opened as well.

T: Very big on malt. It has a strong caramel sweetness to it, with a slight bread taste to it...like a light bread that you can only taste without anything on it. I'm guessing it's light oxidation but I don't drink too many beers with this much age on them. I'm getting some esters from it too, like a light banana flavor. The alcohol flavor still comes through.

M: The mouthfeel is very full and a bit syrupy. It kind of has the effect of drinking Robitussin. Carbination goes away very quickly in the beer, and it makes it even harder to drink. It's not an easy drinker.

O: Overall I'd say I'm about 50-50 on this beer. Part of me likes it for the depth and complexity of what the malt is presenting, the other part of me does not appreciate how difficult it is to drink. I would recommend it if you're climbing Mt. Everest, and you have run out of your hard alcohol.

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Photo of nico_freespirit
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of TheRealBigC
2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was looking forward to this one. I bought it about 6 months ago and I've been waiting for the right time to crack it open. I can only say I'm awfull disappointed. It is ridiculously sweet and the flavors are an array of things I don't like. Rum & raisin notes abound and something feels totally unbalanced about it. It was just too much, too sweet. Maybe it was a bad vintage?

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Photo of B33R501
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2010 brewed December 6 2009. Absolutely one of the best beers I've had, one of the best in the world. The beer I discovered Christmas season 2009 when an old Yuengling lager drinker googled strongest lager in the world.

Beautiful clear amber, head disappears immediately making this sherry like. Big malt bomb classic dopplebock aromas, 1/2 thru the bottle even some mint. Wow. Tastes like fruits dipped in alcohol, apple, cherry, pears, other assorted berries and fresh ripe melon. But no alcohol is present at all. Amazing. Even a little nutty with some hops come thru for balance. So damn complex. Mouthfeel is superb. Alot less sweet than I remember, just so damn good. 3 years old but tastes like it was brewed yesterday. So fresh, I'm sure this would last another 10 years.

This beer is simply amazing.

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Photo of sneaks2210
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of resistdefy
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Vonstein15
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Auztan
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of benbjb
1/5  rDev -74.9%

Photo of Florya
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of nicsman
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008
A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. The head is almost non-existant with just a slight ring of tiny bubbles around the edge. There is enough alcohol to form leg on the side of the glass.

S: This has a rich malty aroma with smells of raisins and a dark crusty bread. There isn't any hops aroma and a clean lager fermentation with no esters. There is a good amount of smooth alcohol in the nose but it isn't hot or solventy.

T: Rich malt character with a moderately-high malt sweetness. The malt has moderate flavors of melanoidin and caramel with a hint of chocolate. There is no hop flavor and only a moderately-low hop bitterness; the malt sweetness is being balance by the alcohol as much as by the hop bitterness. The balance is moderately sweet with a sweet finish and an aftertaste of malt sweetness and alcohol.

M: A full bodied beer with moderately-low carbonation and a substantial alcohol warmth.

O: A smooth potent beer sure to take the chill out of a cold winters night. Another beer that would be a fine after dinner cordial but given the level of sweetness this is more for the port drinker that the scotch drinker.

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Photo of lb2gfs
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a creamy mouthful of a wonderful Dobblebock. This beer (bier) was like drinking a sherry/ bourbon like with out any bit. The malt was well balanced with light hop finish. Great complexity. I need to get some more before its gone. I had the 2011 bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of ChanChan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Jman_01
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of funkypriest
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Samichlaus Classic Bier from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
3.99 out of 5 based on 2,053 ratings.
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