Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria


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RATINGS: 467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
Samichlaus is brewed once a year on December 6, and is aged for 10 months before bottling. It is one of the rarest specialties in the world. Samichlaus may be aged in the bottle for many years to come, as older vintages become more complex. Brilliant deep amber, complex dry toasted malt nose and huge intensely sweet palate. The 2007 bottling is the first bottling since 1987. 32į

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, honey-colored body with a tiny white head. Smell: Sweetish, candylike aroma with notes of peach schnapps, sugar-coated matls, and booze. Taste: Sugary sweet malts with a taste of dark fruits soaked in alcohol. The beer gives you a sly wink then pours some grain alcohol down your gullet. Slight peppery hint. Sweetness of the finish doesnít disguise its harshness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness. Drinkability: Many of these high ABV beers are a joy to drink and deftly hide their alchol amidst a truly succulent taste. The Samichlaus Helles is neither of those! As with its darker brother, hopefully some time locked away will bring some sense to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2008
2007: Pour is clear golden with an almost non-existent white head...smell is lightly toasty and sweet with some grass and strong alcoholic notes...taste is sweet and alcoholic...lightly malty, but somehow not as alcoholic as regular Samichlaus...sticky sweet alcoholic finish...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pours a deep viscous golden with a spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly-sweet grainy German pilsner malt with a touch of alcohol and a hint of light fruity complexity. Body starts rich and sweet with a touch of caramel and Vienna malts toward toward a very warming finish. Doesnít quite have the complexity of the darker version and will certainly need some time to mellow.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
daddyslick (36) - Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2008
On one hand, Iím impressed with how clear the beer is, how much care the brewers need to go through to create this, and how well the beer hides itís 14% alcohol. on the other hand, sadly the beer is novelty at best. Although it does finish with a sweet taste in your mouth, it was full bodied to the point where it requires sipping. Iím not sad that I tried it, but my first will be my last.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours clear copper color with no head. Aroma is malty, sugary, fruity, and alcohol. Flavor is sugary, figs, alcohol, and a bitter spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Clear golden body with a small white lacing. Sweet fruity sugary aroma. Very sweet fruity flavor. Medium full body with medium carbonation. Sweeter than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2008
pours clear and dark golden with a small head. aroma is of bread and fruit yeast with a bit of sweetness. mouthful is zesty with some fruit that comes through briefly only to be clobbered by the big alcohol bite. yummy but hot...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2716) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
Pours a pink/ blush color with white head. Sweet aroma of alcohol, cherry and sugar. Very sweet tastin with cherry, grape, sugar cane and very strong alcohol presence.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Ouch!!! This one isnít much more than alcohol-infused white grape juice. Sugary sweet at every level. Golden maple syrup hits the glass but doesnít conjure up even the most faint appearance of a head. Grape juice followed by an alcohol bomb hits the palate and is breathed out through the nose. Completely one-dimensional. If you are looking solely to get smashed and can choke this down, go for it!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2008
11.2oz bottle. Pours clear golden orangish with thin white head, which does not last long. Aroma sweet fruity, alcohol and malt. Taste of sweet honey and alcohol bite with dry finish.

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