ABeerVixen (17) - - MAY 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 5/18/13. Amber color, thin head, small carbonation, sweet alcoholic nose with honey and clover notes. Alcoholic warmth runs through to your chest, viscous mouthfeel and very honey/floral taste--almost like a meade. Interesting for about 4 sips, but I couldn’t finish my pour due to the intense sweetness (and drinking it in warmer weather was also a detriment).
Holmen1 (2302) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noen ganger smiler livet til deg, som da jeg fant denne juvelen i kjøleskapet hos Gml. Strand øllager, på hytta juli-14: farge som den fineste whisky, kortvarig skum og en herlig intens aroma med maltsødme, rosiner, marsipan, honning, plommer og blomster. Alt dette også i smaken, som er elegant humlebalansert. Nektar for kropp og sjel. Og alt dette for sølle 38 kroner.
GoufCustom (763) - HONG KONG - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle bought at Fürstenberg in Tsuen Wan.
Looks: Clear amber honeycolour; Razor-thin head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Minimal sticky lacing and notable slight carbonation.
Aroma: Very strong sweet malt, with strong brandy, strong plum, butterscotch, sugar syrup, raisins and floral nectar.
Taste: Very strong sweet malt, with strong caramel, toffee, brandy, strong apricot, nice sugar syrup, warm alcohol, faint lemon, very light bitter hops and very light grass.
Body: Mid to full body. Oily palate.
Mouth Feel: Nice sugar bomb! Full maltyness but not that rich, strong but not too intense Brandy followed by apricots, strong caramel and toffee. Sugar syrup is not too thick sweetness in a nice, dark fruity way. Yeah!
Alcohol: Instant warm booze, never screaming and can’t be felt throughout. This 14% abv is well presented, but should be appreciated with care!
Hoppiness: Faint grass nose, very light lemon and thin grass in taste. Bittterness is very light but notable, just enough to complement the syrup sweetness for a strong sweet- low bitter semi finish.
After Taste: Slightly dry. Warm and liquor-like to mouth.
Comments: The “Samichlaus” is altogether a different level of strong beer - very good sweet liquor aroma woth nice floral and dark fruits, very nice syrups with apricots and brandy, 14% booze is comfy and superbly-managed, plus neat light hoppiness to top it off. After having so many watery and average beers from this brewery, the Samichlaus really means business, and this Helles serves as an excellent introduction to its brand of sweet-booze madness, control-freak style. Highly recommended!
stevoj (2008) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A lighter (?) version of their classic,with an amber body but all the kick of the sweet malt. ABV not really noticeable. Creamy head, nice lacing. Sweet malt aroma and taste., also on the finish. Alcohol sneaks up on you at the end.
liquidbread86 (36) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very bright amber color with almost no head. Aroma hints at flavor. Very sweet and smooth. Even my wife said "Wow!"
Allegue04 (15) - Gijon, SPAIN - JUN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cerveza fuerte en sabor y porcentaje de alcohol. Tiene regustos dulces que recuerdan a miel. Recomendable para tomarla tranquilamente
jimhilt (2390) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thin layer, white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is sugar and hints of alcohol, flavor is smooth and sweet, dark fruit, almost cloying. Similar to their classic. NOT a session beer - the 14% ABV is noticeable . . . savor this beer. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle, from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, MA. Bottled in 2012.
dnicolaescu (704) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Look: clear amber, small white head with poor retention.
Aroma: some malt, but mostly sugary sweetness.
Taste: Extremely sweet, but somewhat simplistic, thick body.
Unlike the regular Samichlaus, the Helles is more like strong euro-lager.
Lore (994) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark golden colour, practically no head; aroma of raisin, maybe some apple, spicy alcoholic notes and honey; taste is fully dominated by malty sweetness with fruity notes, honey and spicy alcoholic aftertaste
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 12-29-2011 (Bottled in 2007 and flip top bottle) This beer pours a small head, cloudy orange body, very little carbonation, a lot of floaties, and no lacing. The aroma is toasted malt, sweet, fruity, and alcohol. The flavor is extremely sweet, fruity, toasted malt, syrupy, and boozy. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. This is a sipping beer and has a light warming sensation.
9er (74) - Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells yeasty in the beginning. Pours perfecly clear golden and orange. Tastes of sweet cherries, vanilla and bubblegum. The alcohol is mature and thereis pleasant carbonation. Pairs well with seasoned meat. The molasses and malty brew is high on sugar, but not overly sweet. If you like sweet rum this is quite similar.