Frogichlaus 2018 Swiss Style Holiday Lager

Review Date 12/31/2019 By John Staradumsky

Oh, you, better watch out! You better not cry! You better not pout, I’m telling you why! Frogichlaus is coming, to town! At least, Frogichlaus came to town last year here in Georgia. I’m talking about Frogichlaus Swiss-Style Holiday Lager 2018 from Ohio’s Hoppin’ Frog brewery, a beer modeled after the legendary Samichlaus. Samichlaus is a legendary swiss strong lager, though it’s now brewed in Austria at Schloss Eggenberg.

Anyway, I was at Sherlock’s in Kennesaw looking over the beer selection when I spied a bottle of 2018 Frogichlaus, and snapped one right up. Later, a little research on the Hoppin’ Frog website told me this:

Creamy Swiss-style holiday lager with a malty taste and aroma, low bitterness, and a reddish-brown color. Frogichlaus is mellow and soothing, the perfect beer to settle down for a cold winter's nap. Inspired by a man so lively and quick, we knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick!

Georgia is indeed listed as one of the states where this was distributed. Samichlaus is brewed every year on December 6th and then aged for 10 months before being bottled and sold. If Hoppin’ Frog does not follow this pattern, it looks like Sherlocks’ aged it for me. Alas, in 2019 there is no Frogichlaus in Georgia. Hoppin’ Frog released a barrel aged version instead, and it is not sold in Georgia.

Frogichlaus Swiss-Style Holiday Lager 2018 has an alcohol content of 12.4% by volume and I paid $8.99 for a 12-ounce bottle. This is a little bit under the 14% ABV of Samichlaus.                                         

Frogichlaus Swiss-Style Holiday Lager 2018 pours to a deep mahogany color with a minimal head and a nose full with darky fruit plum and rich malt. Taking a sip, the beer is full and rich in body with notes of dark fruity raisin and sugar plums, toasted nuts, and chocolate. It finishes with a boozy warming alcohol finish as one might expect.

Just a wonderful holiday treat and I truly wish I could get the barrel-aged version out this year. If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then Samichlaus, consider yourself flattered.

And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.

*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned