It's arguably the most famous holiday beer in the world - Samichlaus. Learn from homebrewers who have made it how to clone this Christmas classic.
For a long time, Samiclaus held the title as strongest beer in the world. Samichlaus is a doppelbock that continues to develop the longer it is aged.
“This beer is more along the style of a sweet stout. There's no milk sugar, but we use one pound of fresh raspberries per gallon!” — Magic Hat head brewer Matt Cohen (now owner of Fiddlehead Brewing Co. in Shelburne, Vermont)
Available October through November, Old Jubilation is a winter strong ale that features a hint of hazelnuts, mocha, toffee, and spice.
This is a clone of one of the Winterhook Dark Ale batches, but according to their website Winterhook is "Crafted with an evolving mix of malts and hops, each yearly edition of Winterhook is one-of-a-kind." Check out Redhook's website for the latest rendition of this beer!
First brewed in 1987, this winter warmer exhibits bready, toasted malt flavors with hints of coffee, caramel, black cherry, cocoa, and a dash of hop spice.
This full-bodied winter warmer is brewed in the spirit of British winter ales. Crafted with a flurry of roasted chocolate and caramel malts, and generously hopped, it delivers a smooth finish that makes this beer the perfect cold weather companion. This clone recipe first ran in the July 1998 issue and has been tweaked several times through the years.
This recipe has been officially retired from Widmer Brother's seasonal rotation, but they will bring it back from time to time. You can brew this sweet stout year round though, thanks to Widmer Brothers for sharing the recipe.
This deep mahogany winter warmer is a 13-time gold medal winner. It is available from October through December each year.
Breckenridge Brewery describes this winter warmer as a beer with extra flavor and strength, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate.
“There are no spices in (the Christmas Ale) at all, but I would have sworn there was before I started working here.” — Saint Arnold Brewing brewmaster, Dave Fougeron