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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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873 Ratings
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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 69
Gots: 40 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TXHops on 04-03-2003

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Ratings: 873 | Reviews: 571
Photo of MikalMick
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Premo88
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into flute

L: clear dark purple/amber ... deepest, darkest amber up to light, looks brown with no light; clarity is fantastic; thick head of tan foam about an inch tall, maybe more, that almost looks like ice cream it's so thick, does not dissipate quickly yet doesn't stick; minimal lacing; keeps a decent tan collar

S: dusty dried dark fruits, figs, grapes ... lots of grape/wine ... the dustiness reminds me of a Belgian quad (Westvleteren 12 especially); raisin bread ... there's a ton of bread malt in there I think, but it's hard to pull up out of all the fruitiness; as it warms gets sweeter and fruitier and loses the dusty quality

T: almost salty in it's lack of up front sweetness, yet it quickly dives into the dark fruit flavors and grapes ... very quadrupel-like with raisins, dates; occasionally has a twinge of a wheat banana note, but it's only there for a second then gone; the "salty" quality over time seems to be earthy hops (?) or something else that offers a slight bitterness ... it's almost like a fruit peel or cucumber skin -- whatever it is, it's distinctly not sweet

F: full but still lager light ... good carbonation

O: a fun quaff for sure and possibly enough different from other eisbocks that it is worth seeking out (and would make for a good addition to a tasting event); the 9.2% ABV is 100% hidden ... pound-for-pound, it's the biggest, most well-hidden alcohol in any beer I've tried ... amazing.

Photo of JAspenle
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Braz
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a strong overtone of caramel, rather sweet. Pours a barely translucent chestnut with a fairly thick tan head. Mouth-filling flavor has a malty core with notes of caramel and cloves, a hint of fruit, a fairly strong alcohol bite, rather sweet. Somewhat syrupy texture has a fair amount of fizz and leaves a sweet, edgy, malty finish. Prosit!

Photo of Clint_Yoho
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz goblet at Friscos

A: Dark brown with about half finger of head that dissipated quickly.

S: Malt and sweet fruity aroma

T: Fruity and boozy

F: Medium body with an alcohol burn

Photo of JohnBender
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jared_Alexander
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.59/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very malt, not my bag

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SierraFlight
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks ROBD for giving me a bottle of this. It's been way too long since I've reviewed German beer and even longer for this classic style. Jump right into this beast.

A- Poured from the slender 11.2oz bottle into a snifter with a deep brown body where red hues escape at the edges. A tall, thick and frothy head builds up and displays good retention. Lacing is a bit rare considering the cap but several webs and sheets are left.

S- Them dark fruits and lots of 'em. Intense layers of plum, raisin, fig and red grape come off the top only leaving room for hints of dark crystallized sugars, apple, rum and clean alcohol.

T- Once again the ringmaster is the fruit esters. Prune, plum, figs, raisins and grapes all come to mind with apples secondary to the darker things. Complimenting that is a sweetness derived from deeply caramelized malts. Avoids being overly sweet.

MF- Robust and thick bodied overall with a decadent and chewy creaminess; it really feels like a cushion on the palate. High end carbonation leads this texture on and it finishes with an appropriate medium warmth.

A beast and true to the style. Perhaps a bit more malt flavor would be nice as the fruits are dominant but would I purchase this in the future? Surely.

Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of utopiajane
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivyman
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arherring
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hallertau
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoljaBoy52
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DOCRW
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat of an infamous beer in my mind. Kind of the lower-octane runner-up to Aventinus for German eisbocks.

A - Deep brownish-red color with a nice clarity when held to the light. A tan head of a couple fingers forms, eventually falling to a mostly-full cap.

S - Big German maltiness in the form of molasses, bread, raisin, grains, slight earthy tones, general bockness. Unfortunately pretty faint.

T - Dark fruit and molasses dominate the most with roast and some light smokiness balancing out the sweetness nicely. Brown sugar, some herbal hops. Reminiscent of a doppelbock.

M - Very smooth and rich feel, lots of big chewy malt, surprisingly high and pleasant carbonation, some alcohol warmth.

O - In some ways I prefer this to Aventinus Eisbock just because it's so smooth and easy-going, but in comparison this lacks in the flavor department. Good flavors and balance going on but just feels kinda muted/plain.

Photo of epyon396
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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