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Beer – #414 – Schloss Eggenberg – Samichlaus Classic

A special beer of sorts this one – Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus Classic

Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg in the style that we know as: Doppelbock and they are in Vorchdorf, Austria

A well presented 330ml bottle of beer that is a massive 14% ABV,  making it 420 calories in the bottle, and the bottle contains 3.65 standard drink units.




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.

So rare,  low hops, low aroma and a bus load of silly, climb in I say..

Thats a really rich aroma, deep like chocolate, it’s rather nice.

Samichlaus Classic 1Pour is a lovely dark rich chestnut, and whilst it does not appear over carbonated I can see bubbles dancing in this. No head though.

Then the taste which is very sweet and also you immediately get a sense of the alcohol in this.

Super fruity and a lot of other sweet hints going on in this.  Much more like a barley wine than what it says on the label. I’m sure they’re good with their brewing and what I have is what it is supposed to be.

I can see why people rave about it. it is after all a thing of beauty and refinement.

But it also has a few things that make it hard work. I’d like slightly more carbonation and bubbles, my preference. Perhaps that’s the only thing wrong with it.

This is deadly easy drinking, even if it is in smaller sips than quaffing beer, there actually isn’t much giveaway that this is a beer that’ll make you fall down in a thrice.

Lovely fruit notes carry and they’re all mellow and in tune with each other, indeed a clever beer well done.

An after dinner beer if ever there was one, and nice it is too. It’s a long drink not something thou can knock back despite it’s engaging qualities, there is a lot to ruminate over with this.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 a of its things from the thing. I’m not going to move my own goalposts to make this a great or unforgettable beer (have two you’ll forget a lot of things). It’s nice, very nice, but it isn’t engaging and interactive.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? More yes than No
  2. Would I have another? I daern’t, it would end badly
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I think that given something to eat this against that you’d drink it without a blink, but it’d be the end of an evening thing, like a dessert beer.

After the ShoeGaze music I turned, as you do, to the Cure, and the LP Seventeen Seconds,  the second studio album by English alternative rock band.I remember buying this with money on Vinyl. I still have it in the garage.

Seemed a dreamy way to lurch into the Sunday evening.


Doppel means double and while these are stronger brews than the traditional German bocks, they are typically not twice the strength. Color is light amber to dark brown. Very full body with a high alcoholic flavor. Low hop flavor and aroma.


5 comments on “Beer – #414 – Schloss Eggenberg – Samichlaus Classic

  1. otheus
    September 25, 2017

    How did you arrive at the 400+ calories or whatever? If you take into account the alcohol only, 14.6% alcohol x 330ml x 5.55 kCal/ml is 270. Do you know something we dont?


    • Philip Walter
      September 25, 2017

      Probably not. I use and have always used http://www.beeroftomorrow.com/calories-in-craft-beer/ as a starting guide.


      • otheus
        September 27, 2017

        LOL Thanks! It’s great you can remember the source. But I’m laughing at how he lists fancy formulae he doesn’t quite understand and then pulls this out of his ass: “I’ve taken to further simplifying my estimate of calories/ounce by simply multiplying the ABV of the beer by 2.5.” To get the Samichlaus value, which comes in a 330ml bottle, we have to multiply his 420 number by 0.93 to get 390.

        But where does he get “2.5”? It seems to come from a rounding of his claim that “The residual sugars in a beer can provide up to about 1/3 of the calories in a beer”. If we do the math and use 6.1 C per *ml* of alcohol, the “precise” ratio is close to 2.4. But I use a lower value of C per ml of alcohol, so I get something closer to 2.35. Anyway, I get 370 for the Samichlaus based on the dubious assumption of “1/3rd calories come from carbs”.

        As for ratebeer.com, that figure is too exact to be anything else than drawing from the same source.



      • Philip Walter
        September 27, 2017

        I’ve used it for a long time. Probably ideal that’s it is over rather than under since I set my ‘the amount I have to exercise by to use x calories to have a beer by’ by it.


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