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Redhook Eisbock 28 - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Eisbock 28 is an ice processed winter warmer. This rich lager is aged for months at temperatures well below freezing and is a deep gold color and has a smooth and malty flavor with bittersweet complexities. This highly unique beer is unlike any other and to our knowledge Redhook is the only American Brewer currently brewing it. This traditional winter beer is very drinkable, even with its high alcohol content and is perfect before or after dinner.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: drabmuh on 10-01-2010)
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Photo of ChillMike
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

A:Bright orangish red in color with a nice finger height tan head almost looks like a barley wine plus a head.

S:Nice doughy malts some nice sweet spices, cloves a bit, not really a whole lot going on here.

T: Sort of tastes like it smells, overpresent malts, with a different dryish hop type of finish

MF: A little bit different than I was expecting, Light body and it starts off sort of oily but it ends up with a very dry feeling on the tongue and not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: Being that it's cold here in Iowa and it's a nice winter warmer it's fairly drinkable. Not bad in any one category but doesn't really stand out to me either.

ChillMike, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of PBoegel
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%

Tasted on January 28th, 2011. Poured into a Dogfish Head over sized snifter.

Beer is a brilliant clear amber with an ember like glow to it. Barely and head after the pour the touch off white head breaks easily and as expected.

Aroma is very doughy, melanoidins, cracked munich malt, brown sugar and heavy caramel tones. A flowery alcohol no hops. Nothing off character, hot or estery, this comes off as a very well made lager.

The taste is rich and explosive. Fresh caramel, cookie dough, brown sugar, touch of maple and slight vanilla character. Lots of rich fresh baked bread even hints of rye bread as each sip comes along. Big warming alcohol in the finish and coating the tongue lifts the light to moderate bitterness to be perceived a bit higher helping with some balance.

Very big heavy mouthfeel, almost too much but it becomes balanced by the big alcohol presence. Moderate carbonation, a sweet but fleeting sweetness in the finish. Very creamy and rich upfront and up through the finish.

For the heft this beer is extremely drinkable and a worthy sipper.

PBoegel, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%

Appearance: Pours an invitingly clear reddish orange color with a small cap of off white foam that faded back into the beer within 30 seconds or so. There are some bubbles rising slowly through the obviously viscous liquid, but they don't stick once they make their way to the top. Swirling and drinking doesn't leave any lace.

Aroma: The beer is really cold right now, but even still I believe that the aroma is quite reserved for what I expected on this beer. There is a little bit of alcoholic prickling on the nose along with plenty of malt on the light caramel side of things. As the beer warms up, the alcohol is becoming more noticeable.

Taste: The beer tastes about like I expected it to from the aroma. Pretty hot from the alcohol with the balance obviously toward the malt and sweet. In the beginning of the sip, there is a bit of dryness that may be carbonation getting mixed up with the light body that you get from an alcoholic beer. The syrupy sweetness and alcoholic warming is what you are left with on the palate after the sip to linger for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium with the carbonation actually being a bit high for the style so it is a little unusual in that even though there is some serious syrupy sweetness, the beer doesn't seem chewy.

Opinion: Maybe I am just being a little too critical, but this beer really wasn't my "cup of tea". I really, really, REALLY, like the Eisbock style, and this beer doesn't suck, but it really falls short of what I would expect for this type of beer. In my mind, I am putting it up against Kulmbacher, so it isn't holding up well at all. That said, I plan on finishing the bottle. It isn't flawed or anything, but just lacks the definition that I believe makes an Eisbock.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of youradhere
1.3/5  rDev -64.9%

Poured from a 22 on xmas, this looked promising. Poured bright maroon with off white head. That is the end of the appeal right there. Smelled like candy in a gross way, Smarties (and I like those which is why I gave a 2), corn syrup, fruity pebbles, it was seriously overwhelming as there was nothing beer like in this nose. Taste: Sugary hot, like cherry cough syrup, booze vomit and PBR, this beer gave me a headache and made me nauseous after 15 minutes of trying to finish the 3 ounces of my 22 ounce glass. I wanted this to get better, but it only got worse in flavor as time progressed. The mouthfeel was both slippery and thin at the same time, this in conjunction with the flavors was most unappealing. A medicinal bitterness mixed with artificial sweetner clung to my palate and coated my tongue. I ended up dumping the rest down the drain as it was just not happening, maybe there was something in the beer that gave me an adverse reaction. I don't know what was wrong with this beer but I doubt I'll be back to re-review it, it was truly unpleasant.

youradhere, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a heavy-hung head. This liquid moves like it's still frozen; slow and laboriously. The nose summons tropical fruits and something not yet ripened from my summer garden. The taste clues me in on that unripe fruit; still-green cherry tomatoes. I also get a touch of Bananas Foster tagging along with the sweetness. An expressive bitterness rides a wave of gushing carbonation and I find this the most appealing aspect of the entire drinking experience.

burnheartsMKE, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Apparently, despite the multiple other examples I've sampled, this is my first eisbock review. I don't know what to say. It pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises hot cinnamon, buttery biscuits, caramel, and a heaping helping of wheat. The taste holds notes of caramel, toffee, buttery biscuits, a hint of plum, and some sort of fake fruit flavor (like a fake cherry or strawberry, the kind you'd find in separate sticks of Fruit Stripe gum). The body is a light-ish medium with a light moderate carbonation. Overall, a decently solid eisbock, but I don't feel like I'd ever really wanna have it again. Kinda odd in that way, but I'm not gonna try too hard to figure it out any further.

TMoney2591, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Served in a pilsner glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing my second eisbock experience.

This beer pours a red color, usually I use that to describe some auburn or deep orange or mahogany color, but this shit is red. There isn't much head to it at all though it is looking of a rather nice consistency. The smell is mainly of sweet malts, there is a bit of a fume to the aroma as well. This beer tastes like a malt bomb. What I mean by that is that there is intense rich malt tones and strong fruity flavors from the yeast, but there is really little to no complexity to this flavor that is just sugary black cherry syrup. The artificial taste has a slight bitterness to it that is mildly off putting. It's much more drinkable as it warms up, but overall it's not the best of it's style by a longshot.

Vdubb86, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

pours out a burnt amber colour with a thin fizzy head supported by some light carbonation. little to sparse lace. coffee cake aroma...a lot of cherry and raspberry coated chocolate candies mixed in with other assorted valentines day boxed chocolates...yeast, nougat and coconut mixed with rum and brandy come to mind. the taste is a warm boozy smoothie of figs and nuts and caramel and nougat. quite the stiff drink. i sense some hints of fruitcake and cocoa along with banana bread and coffee. strong, stiff and sturdy body with an exceptionally smooth and silky mouthfeel. drinkability is quite good considering the the high ABV never stings.

quite the treat. now this is a winter warmer. no messing around. and tasty, too!

budgood1, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

On-tap at Flying Saucer Charlotte served in a tulip glass a crisp bubbly copper with a thin khaki head. Aroma is slight burnt caramel, and not much else. The taste is dried fruits in front of sweet caramel and mild molasses. The beer is certainly a bit heavy, but is a relatively easy sipper. This is certainly a beer worth trying, one I may have again if the mood hits me.

atsprings, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of sraimondi
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%

Picked this one up at the brewery where I judged a beer competition back in October. I know, tough duty, but someone has to do it....

A--A really pretty copper-orange color. A small beige head quickly disappears. Very minor lacing, which is the norm for a high ABV brew. Some haze as well, which is acceptable for this rare style.

S--Malt sweetness with alcohol notes. Some plum notes as well, although the alcohol dominates. Not quite exactly on style, but still good.

T--Alcohol definitely there, but not harsh; a good thing given the 11% ABV. Some complexities come through the alcohol, dark fruit, plum and some biscuit. Very nice.

M--Medium to medium-full mouthfeel, quite nice. Could have been a bit fuller re: the style, IMHO.

D--The ABV is very well-masked. While it is definitely present, it is not harsh. I would have thought the ABV was much lower than 11%. Nice job.

An extremely good effort by the folks in NH. This style is very difficult to produce and almost non-existent outside of Germany. While the seminal Kulmbacher Reichelbrau version is superior, this beer is a treat. I should have bought a case, as I think this may be a one time production for Redhook.


sraimondi, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Suds
4.18/5  rDev +13%

Big beer! This one is a clear, deep copper color. The head is notable small, and quickly disappears altogether. Malt and booze dominate the smell....It's not a subtle smell, but is a rough-edged, seriously alcohol-laden hyper-bock aroma. The taste, despite the serious warming, has a little more complexity. There are some decent caramel and toffee notes, Maillard reaction toastyness, and a healthy sweetness. Ice beer! More bitterness than necessary in the finish. Lingering sweetness. This is a sipping beer. Better with ever sip.

Suds, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of stonermouse
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a very nice amber color, with a discernable orange hue. Even with a quickly-fading head, it's a really nice and clean looking brew.

The aroma is lager-like, with a slight, unexpected tinge of woodiness. Pleasant.

The flavor is really interesting. It's a lager at it's core, and as such, the flavors are super-crisp. But there's a lot more going on. The malt has a rye bite to it, and there's a very slight hint of fruitiness, perhaps cherry. It's fairly dry on the back end, surprisingly, but finishes clean. The booze is well-hidden for 11%.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean, with a little stickiness at the end. Good overall.

I'd come back to this again once and a while. It's a good, warming winter brew. The flavors are overall clean and pleasant, with some interesting complexity. Nice effort here.

stonermouse, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

22oz bottle purchased at the brewery in Portsmouth.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" golden tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head fades gradually, quite leggy, with sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity with an alcohol tinge.

Taste is sweet to start, quickly overcome by by a bitter fruitiness, which fades into a hoppy and boozy close. Lots of numbness after the swallow. Mouthfeel is rough and tough, and drinkability is okay. Needs some time to meld together and smooth out better.

ppoitras, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance is a deep amber red with a nice head that eventually fades to nill with no lace. Smell of pears and lighter on the darker fruits, spice, rich malts and light alchohol considering. Taste has a big fruity maltiness with a nice round of hops with very low alchohol on the buds. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium with good carbonation. A healthy winter warmer that I appreciate this time of year.

Bookseeb, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

A - Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Amber and transparent. Lots of bubbles and a short quarter inch head.

S - Apples, pears and a rich malty smell.

T - Sweet malt! Well, not the sweetest I have had but there is no mistaking it. It covers the "Bock" flavor well. It may be a little less sweet than other Bocks I have enjoyed, which I like about the Eisbock. It ends with an alcohol taste, which warms me up nicely.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Very smooth.

D - A great sipping beer for a cold day.

Fatehunter, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

117th review on BA
Bottle to Pint

App- A very orangy amber with soft yellow highlights.

Smell- All I got was spice and malt.

Drink- A spicy, malty warmer. Has a unique almost caramel-butterscotch taste to it.

Mouth- Pretty much medium bodied with a low carbonation point. It's a pretty lush 11% and drinks a pretty smooth kind of way

Drink- Not to bad. Kind of an unassuming 11% drinker. Leaves some things on the table and I think the flavor profile could be kicked a bit while bringing it down to a 8-9%

FosterJM, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

A: This poured a nearly clear dark copper with some tan head.
S: It smelled like raspberry and caramel and roasted barley, with copper hops and nutmeg and pumpernickel and a bit of vanilla.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and tart berries, with roasted barley and copper hops and a bit of bready yeast and alcohol. It had a somewhat messy aftertaste, with bitterness and some sweetness and alcohol.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation. Moderate.
D: This gave me the sense of a good bock that has been iced for more power. Scent and taste were enjoyable but not great. The body was ok, but the alcohol was strong, so it wasn't very easy to drink. Age may help improve, but this will probably never rival the top eisbocks like Aventinus.

Pencible, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the caramel and toffee, along with a lot of brown sugar and some earthy hops. The flavor is heavy on the brown sugar and molasses, along with toffee and caramel. I also get some cherries and a little bit of chocolate. The alcohol is definitely present. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very good.

Mora2000, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%

Scarlet red body. Slightly hazed. Thin cap of dense off white froth. Lacing is quite full. Rich malty sweet aroma with a little hint of booze on the sniffer. Rich malt flavors as well. Rich texture. Vanilla and a little rum. Caramel and nouget. Smooth and near full body. Alcohol is really held in check nicely. Very drinkable and quite flavorful. I'm impressed.

Bighuge, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of NStLincoln
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours an orange brown with a slight tan head.

A slight hint of citrus that's overpowered by malt and caramel. A bit of heat from the 11% alcohol, too.

Lots of toffee and caramel that and loads of malt balance pretty well with all the alcohol. Not all that complex though, ends slightly hot.

A pretty mild drink for 11%. Malty and smooth.

NStLincoln, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

I poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. The pour is deep amber with a sticky 2 inch white head. Lots of sweet malt and a hint of alcohol on the nose. The beer has lots of caramel and alcohol, and it finishes with some lingering heat. The beer is medium in body and kind of a sticky feel to it. To me more of an english barley wine, decent beer.

bonkers, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of beertunes
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%

Served in a straight tulip glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish mahogany, with about 3/4 inch of light tan head that had very good retention and good lacing.

The aroma was a little sweet, some spicy yeast, but mostly a benign scent. The flavor was also sweet, with some alcohol, but otherwise not much was noticeable.

The body was OK, a bit thin and a little sticky. Drinkability was OK, but nothing special. Worth a shot if you see it, but not worth seeking out.

beertunes, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of BDJake
3.7/5  rDev 0%

Pours a nice clear copper-brown with a finger of beige head that faded slowly and laced well. Somewhat grassy notes and subtle malt sweetness. Malty caramel notes are magnified by the booze, and it's got a bit of earthiness and light hops adding to it's bittersweet flavor. Thick, chewy body, with light carbonation and a naturally boozy finish. A single bomber is enough for one sitting, enjoyable but too much and too rich to consume all the time. Still, a solid offering from a brewery often criticized for boring everyday beers, but has found a niche in it's Reserve series.

BDJake, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of vince4953529
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

I suggest to have this at near-room temperature. I had it a bit cold at the beginning and couldn't discern any taste except the booziness. As it warmed up around 55-60 degrees F I can taste the subtle hop and grass among the big malty taste.

A good sipper for the autumnal weather, but remember to serve it warm.

vince4953529, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Buckmaister
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%

served in a mug between 45-50 degrees, date on bottle: Aug. 30, 2010

a beautiful medium dark amber color with some very small carbonation bubbles seen rising to the surface. An inch and a half head which quickly dissipates to about a quarter inch...little lacing left over.

This brew smells smooth! There is definitely a malt presence there with the faintest hint of bitterness.

Very smooth. You can taste the bitterness of the malt right away, but it does not offend. Just enough to tease the taste-buds and make you want another swig.
If this were water it would be Fuji. It is exceptionally gentle on your tongue. It almost takes an extra effort to swallow a mouthful just because your tongue doesn't want the flavor to leave!

Drinkability is outstanding! Do be cautious with how much you drink though since this beer is 11% alcohol.

This is just a fine beer all around. There is nothing I really dislike about it all...and the bottle is kinda cool too!

Buckmaister, Nov 25, 2010
Redhook Eisbock 28 from Redhook Ale Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.