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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

812 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 65
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 07-23-2003)
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Reviews by jasonjlewis:
Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a initial .75 finger head with decent retention and a deep brown color.

Smell is of sweet caramel maltiness with a hint of alcohol. A bit of dark fruit lies underneath.

Taste is of sweet caramel malts (from sweet base malts, not crystal malts). Very slight hint of roast is in the background. Alchol is in the background and prevalent, but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied.

This is a solid offering. With 9.2% alcohol it's low abv for the style, but tasty nevertheless.

jasonjlewis, Mar 07, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%

Poures a deep rich tawny brown a larger than expected light brown head,aromas of orange dipped in chocolate stick out most with an underlying woodiness,the alcohol is light but noticable.A very smooth mouthfeel to this beer ist slides down very easy,hard to believe this is 9.2% as easy as it goes down for me.Flavors really come out more as it warms the raisin aspects really show more along with sweet caramel with almost a lactic type flavor in the finish.Very complex but like I said easy going down for such a big beer,really enjoyed this one.

oberon, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of Popsinc
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

A very dark brown pour that produces an active and frothy tan head. Heads fades quickly however leaving a settled, calm brew. The nose is large on plums for the most part with rasiny notes and a sweet zip of molasses. Wow, this is a BIG beer....The taste offers up some great complexity...semi-sweet plums off the top, again surrounded by dark molasses....some nice spice in the middle followed up by a sweet, candly-like finish with a warming alcohol trace. The initial plum notes linger nicely. Mouthfeel was somewhat creamy but headed toward a dry, slightly chalky finish. Fine drinkability, although I probably wouldn't have more than one in a sitting. It makes for a nice sipper on a cold winters night like tonight

Popsinc, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance – This poured a deep, almost black sort of purple with a small head which was probably due to the high ABV.

Smell – This one has about a zillion characteristics in the nose, so I’ll just list them as I can and in no certain order: malt base, light chocolate, some wood, yeast, big plums and raisins, a bit of fig, and a whole lot of alcohol.

Taste – See above and double the alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Well-blended and balanced. This is actually about medium in the body and not full by any stretch.

Drinkability – Gulp, gulp, gulp.

Comments – Ah, the Eisbock. The original “iced” beer (no, it’s not the original orge beer from Eisengard). You really love it or really, really hate it. This and the EKU 28 are the only two examples of the style that I see on a regular basis here in the US. I personally enjoyed this one very much (although I’m only a quarter done with it at this point). It’s kind of like a fine port and does especially well as an after-dinner dessert (skip the tiramisu and pass the eis).

RoyalT, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of brownbeer
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

Looks like a dark soda once poured.

Gives of toffee, cola, prune, and a hint of alcohol on the nose.

Caramelized sugars, raisin, and toffee dance around sweetly on the tongue with a slightly syrupy body and an alcohol kick later on.

Very tasty, but too sweet to drink much of... like even a bottle.

brownbeer, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

This is cola clored with a thin, quickly vanishing, tan head. The head vanishes without a trace. There isn't even one bubble.

The nose is suprising and delightful. It smells like grapes. Actually, it smells kinda like white wine, and deepens to slightly darker fruit aromas.

The flavor is roated coffee with deep chocolate and plum tones. This gradually brightens into dark rum flavors with a splash of prune and I swear lime in an oddly drying finish. Mouthfeel is thick and fuzzy.

For such a rich and high alcohol beer, it goes down pretty easy. Even though I have no problem easily downing the pint, something tells me not that I don't want more, but that I don't need more. Its that nice fufilled "one is enough" feeling.

JudgeRoughneck, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

tbryan5, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Dark, nearly black pour with a nice two finger off white head. Dark red hints appear as the light passes through my glass. A bit of nice lacing as well. Rich chocolate/caramel nose with hints of raisins, molasses, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. A bit understated overall, but I like it all the same.

Rich, smooth sweet maltiness with a heavy caramel/cocoa presence. Dark fruit, raisins, molasses and burnt bread all intertwine as the brew goes down. A hint of herbal, spicy hoppiness rolls down the back of the palate along with a warming alcohol. Tasty stuff.

Smooth, full mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Quite easy to drink. A few of these would be nice on a cold night. I'll be seeking this one out again sometime!

orbitalr0x, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of blitz134
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Much darker than expected. Nearly opaque, but pure mahogany light shows through. Smallish head on the pour, reduced to thin layer. Appears lightly carbonated.

Malts dominate with a hefty load of sweet bread and biscuit. Some sweet brown sugar comes through. Brandy like alcohol. Taste is solid malts again, similar to the smell. Some dark fruitiness follows. Maple syrup finish. Similar to a typical barleywine in flavor profile to me. Alcohol wasn’t as dominate as I expected, but comes though. A little ‘flat’ and ‘well blended”.

Mouthfeel is medium. Coats the mouth well and hangs around for a while. Drinkability is okay. A unique flavor and noticeable alcohol make this a sipper. It’s definitely noticeable on my stomach. This one might have suffered a bit in the voyage over, making it a bit muted. I’ll stick with my Aventinus.

blitz134, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -3.1%

sabitu, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

RoninBirdman, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +9%

A - Pours a clear deep mahogany with more than two fingers of tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves some nice lacing. This even sounded good coming out of the bottle.

S - Rich sweet malt with aromas of bread, fig and a bit of raisin and brown sugar. Faint alcohol aroma. Very good. Has some elements of a quad.

T - Just like the smell, but magnified. Nice big dark fruit presence with caramel and bread malts. Slightly burnt brown sugar. A faint bitterness near the end, but still a slightly sweet finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is slightly viscous.

O - I really enjoyed this. Great flavors and a nice mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable.

warnerry, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet candy-like caramel malts, chocolate, dark fruits and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts, dark fruits, and some smoke, with some alcohol warming. A bit of a bitter finish comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, it tastes like an extra-sweet doppelbock. It is very well done and tasty.

Beaver13, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a large snifter.

Appearance: In the glass it looks dark brown with reddish highlights. It is topped by a small tan head that quickly fades to a light ring of foam. Lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: The aroma is the star of the show and offers deep inviting layers of malty goodness. I get lots of sweet roasted malt, caramel and dark fruits like plum, figs and raisin with drop of molasses and rum like alcohol.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor matches the aroma to a tee but comes off a little lighter than I had expected yet still full bodied. It brings all the wonderful layers of maltiness with a mellow warming abv. It finishes sweet but not in a heavy or cloying way and the palate is smooth and full yet still very drinkable for such a big beer.

Notes: This is a very enjoyable beer with nice complexity and excellent drinkability.

generallee, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

$1.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/user_reviews/1008/

Presentation: 11.2 brown bottle with a sliver foiled top and freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Dark and alluring with a swirl of lace on top.

Smell: Burnt malt and sweet figs, a bit of coffee as well in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a thick body, very malty with an abundance of dark fruitiness. The slowly warming alcohol gain ground with each sip, very complex. Nice sweet bready finish.

Drinkability & Notes: A prime example for the style and quite balanced too boot.

Jason, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of warriorsoul
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Big thanks to fitzIPAtrick and growler for this one...label looks a bit different, but I'm sure it is the same brew.
Pours an almost black with mahogony highlights passing through with the assistance of artificial light. Produces a 1/2 finger of light tan head after an agressive pour...some attractive lace forms as the offering disappears.
Aroma is quite inviting...a ton of maltiness with raisins, grapes, and no hint of alcohol at this point.
The taste is real nice...the grapes give it a real vineous character without the cloying quality which is fantastic. Just a touch bitter, but the malt takes up the front seat and the back seat...leaving just enough room in the trunk for some hops. If not for the carbonation, the sweetness would be too much for me, but the somewhat thin mouthfeel and effervescence make it quite drinkable.
Again, the alcohol is masked very well for the abv and just a subtle smoked flavor peeks through as it warms...finishes quite dry.
I will really enjoy this one and am quite curious to know how this style ages...this is my first Eisbock, but I imagine this one would cellar quite well.

warriorsoul, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of henryclay_
4.75/5  rDev +15%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

This is my first ever eisbock so I am not sure how this compares to the style standard, but it tasted good to me.

Pours dark brownish/red with red highlights. Not much of a head. The aroma is a mix of alcohol and caramel malt with a lot of malty sweetness. The predominant flavor is nuttyness as well as alcohol, dark fruit and malt. Not too much hop flavor. Tastes about like a concentrated bock, which judging from the way it is made, is probably what the brewers were going for. Medium mouthfeel and definitely a sipper.

Mora2000, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

Recently spotted this at OUAV and decided to give it a shot.

Color is dark. Almost black, with hints of ruby at the edges. Poured into my snifter, there's a hefty dose of brown head that dies quickly, yet offers moderate rings of lace on the glass. Aromas are chock full of malt sweetness. Caramel. Dark fruit notes (plums? raisins?). Same for the flavor, with an infusion of alcohol kick as well. Sugary finish with belly-warming ABV. Exception to this lovely beer was the much thinner than expected mouthfeel. Just left me wanting more OOMPH! Very drinkable.

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

This was a gift from a friend. I drank it in a pilsner glass. A date stamped on the label says 22.10.04. This would be a good one to put down for a while, I believe.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a tan colored head which quickly falls to a ring around the glass. Carbonation appears slow.

Aroma is strong rum soaked raisins, molasses, dark caramel malts, and some alcohol. Smells like an eisbock, strong and sweet.

Flavor is smooth dark malts, molasses, dark rum, with some alcohol heat at the end. This beer is really yummy. Sweetness is high, and hop presence is very low. Aftertaste is dark rum and sweet.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and slightly oily slick on my tongue. Carbonation is low. The sensation of slickness lasts for a long time, but isn't bad in any way. It's kind of nice.

This beer is very delish; a great example of the style. It's so smooth, it just pours down my throat. Alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink this all day! (Or not!).

jakester, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of rob133
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

rob133, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of wgkealey
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%

Had this on Tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia 1/31/11.

This beer pours a dark smooth brown, almost black with a healthy head. The smell isn't strong, but pleasant. The taste and the mouth feel are where this beer shines. It's pretty malty, but the flavors are also pretty full and disguise the 9.2 ABV quite well. This is an excellent winter beer, very drinkable, and a nice introduction to ice bocks.

wgkealey, Feb 01, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Janeinma, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Mantooth, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

elBecko, Feb 27, 2012
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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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