The Samichlaus Christmas beer was first brewed in 1979 for sale in 1980. Production continued annually until 1997, when the brewery closed. In 2000, it returned, this time produced by Schloss Eggenberg in collaboration with the original Hürlimann brewers, using the original Hürlimann Samichlaus recipe. The beer is only brewed once a year, on December 6 (which is the day of Saint Nicholas), which makes it a relatively rare brew. It is in the style of a Bavarian Doppelbock, and undergoes unusually long fermentation by traditional cold lagering over a ten-month period, leaving very little residual sugar in the final beer.

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14%  Doppel Bock

The once strongest beer in the world is back! Brewed only once a year in December 6, Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish.


14% Doppel Bock

A pale amber color, a toasty malt aroma and an exquisitely concentrated, liquer-like sweetness. A beer this big is an ideal candidate for cellaring; further aging may dry it out and reveal some of the vanilla and spice notes lurking beneath the sweet flavors up front. A very fine sipping drink.