Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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5/5 rDev +21.4%
I am a beer expert. That being said, this is the beer I judge all beers against because it is simply the best beer I have ever had.
I had it on tap in 2006 during the world cup in Sachenhausen Frankfurt at a pub that only served this beer. The tap sign had an snowman on it labeled 24%, which is the starting Plato.
Appearance in a half liter mug, tan head, really a thick lather that didn't dissipate. The color was a little darker than cola. Sticky lace.
The smell and taste of this beer can't be separated. Molasses, chocolate, booze, burnt dark fruits/burnt marshmallow, licorice, and an insane hammer of Munich malt maltiness. The heat is nice and not overpowering. Smooth and truly remarkable especially since this beer is only made with malt.
Mouthfeel, Sticky like a big porter, but not as thick as a barleywine. The malty sugar actually makes your lips sticky.
Germany has been going through a beer de-evolution, however not in this case. The Kulmbach brewers hit this ball out of the atmosphere in every way. This beer was the best thing I have ever drank and edged out a Robert Mondavi Cab worth over $300, and 30 year old Highland Park which are my second and third respectively. I often fantasize about taking a trip to Germany just for this beverage because for my taste buds this beer was rapturous and cathartic.
07-14-2012 01:46:18 | More by scar
4.98/5 rDev +20.9%
This beer was freaking amazing. Smell was old, malty, woody, smoky malt. Taste was unexpectedly dry. Very little sweetness for such a strong, dark beer. Woody, smoky flavour was still there. Just the right amount of bitterness was present, seemingly all from roasted malt. I didn't taste any hop flavour (thank god). Very thin and refreshing, yet the alcohol was still very well disguised. Not sure how with such moderate bitterness and low sweetness. This is simply an amazing beer. The only eisbock I've ever had, so not sure how it compares to others, but I am thoroughly impressed.
06-19-2012 06:29:18 | More by ElCommodoro
4.97/5 rDev +20.6%
Wow! this is an awesome brew.
Pours a deep chocolate brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a short-lived, two finger, tan head that left sparse lacing and faded to a thin collar. the only minus in my opinion is this lack of a head of any real dimenson.
Aroma is complex and rich. Bready, doughy, biscuity malts , sweet carmel,ripe figs and dates.
Taste is sweet malts, figs, plums, toffee, some alcohol and then dry hoppiness for a short-lived finish. Complexity grows as does the richness as this brew warms.
mouthfeel is slick coating the tongue and palate with a molasses like layer of sweetness that quickly dries out.
Very drinkable as a night-cap or a dessert.
09-22-2005 02:26:54 | More by Citadel82
4.9/5 rDev +18.9%
11.2oz bottle, another one of those "I don't know where it came from" wonders that I am known for. If it was from someone, anyone, thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3/4" light brown head over the beautiful clear dark burgundy brew. Dense head lasts very nicely, with slow fading lacing with lots of foamy bits. Aroma is dark malt sweetness, dark fruits, and easily apparent alcohol, all melded together into a creamy scent. Taste is smooth dark grains upfront, in the middle, and at the close, with a touch of alcohol warming all the way down. Mouthfeel and drinkability were incredible for a brew of this abv. Scary drinkable, will have to pick this up again.
02-26-2006 02:49:53 | More by ppoitras
4.9/5 rDev +18.9%
Color is a solid shiny tary black, a medium tannish head appears from a vigorous pour only to dissolve quickly away to a thin collar, globby lace in blotches that don't last. Hell...O... there, wow, what a smell! Yummy, thick, rich, lush dark fruit heaven of a nose! Load of malty sweetness, nice dark caramel and toffee with all sorts of little dark fruitened things in there with prune and dates mostly with some fig and raisin hints. Smokey molasses and banana too. What a fantastic nose!! Yum, yum, yum! Oh and the taste is good too, blah, blah , blah, I need some more...
Just kidding...This stuff rocks!! It takes over where the smell leaves off with the wanting of more! Huge amounts of malty richness, thick and chewy, not overbearingly so, but plentiful in its presense with great dark caramel mixing with toffee. The dark fruits are unimaginably yummy! Plum, prune, fig, and raisin, touches of banana tangyness; then there's some molasses spicyness with some nice little tid bits of smokened earth, brown sugar, chocolate, and black cherry. The sweetness is so rich and deeply dark its wonderful! The feel has one tiny flaw, I so wanted to give this the full 5 in mouthfeel but it has a thinnish start and a bit in the finish and is over a little to quick, but overall this sucker is full and thick with a incredibly creamyness and nice chewyness, some stickyness with great lingering malty chewy sweetness leaving notes of dark toffee and tangy dark fruits on the palate. Just a nudge of alcoholic warmth but barely noticeable. One awesome brew thats super yummy, creamy smooth and full of flavor! Strongly Recommended.
12-21-2003 01:49:28 | More by tavernjef
4.88/5 rDev +18.4%
My sample was the Kulmbacher Eisbock version, same ABV 9.2% so I assume this is a legitimate version of the Reichelbrau. My experience with eisbock must be in relation to doublebock since that is what I know. This beer is excellent, clean taste and really a bud tickler, not too much of anything (like carbonation, molasses flavor or hidden spice) and all within the beer itself, no overwhelming factors. That is such a tricky thing to pull off, so many of us are ready to pounce on "boring" but believe me, this beer is not boring, and well worth a good try, if of course you are favoribly disposed to doublebocks. They are definitively German after all, so not for the less than bold taste buds, but if you like a nice crisp bock, on the higher alcohol level, this is a solid yes recommendation, this beer is unique and delicious.
10-31-2012 20:34:18 | More by JimTeal
4.85/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 4 fingers of tan/caramel colored head.
S: Nice big breadyness, nice cinnamon, & brown sugar. Good head retention & lacing
T: Brown bread & pumpernickel, brown sugar & dryness up front, plus just a kiss of bubblegum (interesting!). Brown bread, leafy hops & a whisper of smokey booze as this warms. Finishes bready with a touch of rye
MF: Chewy with a touch of booze & perfect carbonation
Too drinkable for the style, beware!! One of the best eisbocks I've had!!!
10-02-2008 04:19:31 | More by russpowell
4.85/5 rDev +17.7%
I tried this Eisbock during a visit to Brauhaus with Paul and his father who was also very into
beers. I decided to try this after seeing all the acclamations for it on BA and HELL was it one
great beer I had! The beer pours out dark brown, almost black with a mild head and mild head
retention. It emmits a very strong and pronounced malty smell with significant fruity notes;
totally tempting me to taste it right away. I read that one of the processes in brewing Eisbocks
is the freezing of a portion of water and removing it. This is clearly illustrated by the rich,
strong and concentrated taste and thickness of the alcohol body. The taste sees a greater
pronunciation of the maltiness and dark fruitiness. Also present was a less pronounced breaded
taste. If I have to compare it to the Doppelbocks I would say this one is nothing short of a
super-charged Doppelbock! Every goodness in the Andechser Doppelbock is further exemplified into
a masterpiece of bock beers. The mouthfeel is yet another side of heaven; so full bodied and rich
slightly creamy and so very smooth. I don't think there was carbonation but that was not
important at all for this beer. The 9.2 ABV did not even feel like some alcoholic dose; it was
smooth and masked the alcholism within a highly drinkable goodness. The after taste is another
savouring pleasure that was focussed on malts and dark fruitiness. A wonderful German masterpiece
which really surprised me. This is probably the first German beer that would enter my top 10 beer
list, for now. The final catch is; this beer is past freshness date; I do not know what that
date is as the staff at Brauhaus has torn it off. But I believe that for complex tasting beers
like this one; time is crucial; the longer you leave it, the better it becomes!
07-03-2007 16:18:01 | More by basica
4.85/5 rDev +17.7%
Pours out a ruby-tinged leathery brown with some slow-moving, lazy bubbles making their way to the half-finger head. Surprisingly the head holds up extremely well. Leaves some isolated blotches of lace. Smell is intense with caramel maltiness but never goes so far as to smell worty, which I find a good number of extremely malty beers to suffer from. I also get lots of raisins, almonds, pistachios, honey, and rustic bread. Flavor profile is totally chewy with malt, caramel, nuts, bread, dried fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very sweet but doesn't really ever get cloying. Ends on a rather bright and slightly acidic note. Some roastiness and mild bitterness help to dry things up in the finish. Minimal alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is just a bit sticky and is rather light in body when considering the flavor profile and level of alcohol. Lively carbonation also helps to lighten this up. So delicious and drinkable. This one has a lot of finesse.
04-02-2008 04:57:52 | More by goochpunch
4.85/5 rDev +17.7%
picked it up at fingerlakes beverage center in Ithaca NY which was delivired to the distributor by mistake...a very very good mistake.
poured with an off-white head with a deep dark garnet color.
sweet sugary malty aroma with good wiff's of alcohol.
smooth syrupy thick taste that is nicely balanced.
sweet almost syrupy aftertaste with with a spicy alcohol finish.
couldn't detedt any noticable traces of hops ro any off-flavors.
this is very drinkable and much more relaxed and restrained than eku 28.
04-14-2004 15:46:49 | More by shippos
4.85/5 rDev +17.7%
Interesting to me that this is the original eisbock and yet it only has an 89. Theoretically it should have a 100, since it defined the style, right? But then, I'm not giving it a perfect score either....
A-Dark amber with slight lace that dissipates immediately. Perfectly clear.
S-Complex with sweet honey and hints of dried fruit. No hop aroma, but you can smell the alcohol.
T-Very sweet, complimented by faint hops. Notes of plum, raisin, and toasted almond.
M-Highly carbonated with very slight astringency, but predominantly slick and oily.
D-Quite pleasant. A very relaxing and warming eisbock.
02-23-2007 03:14:27 | More by khiasmus
4.84/5 rDev +17.5%
11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter
A - Piercing ruby highlights shine through the deep mahogany beer underneath the glacier of steady ivory foam. Dots of lace leave their mark on the glass as legs of alcohol cascade around them.
S - As classic as can be, Kulmbacher's Eisbock has the quintessential aroma of a well-lagered, malty German brew. It's infectious deep maltiness penetrates the soft, warming ethanol aroma to reveal an abundance of sticky raisin clumps and date with smooth caramel finishing out.
T - Velvety smooth maltiness washes over the tongue with sublime simplicity leaving morsels of underlying dark fruit and caramel sweetness complexity to ponder.
M - The beer's intense maltiness lends itself well to being full bodied but, soft and warming alcohol also adds a little dryness while thinning the balanced profile out for a fantastic finish. Lagered to perfection, this Eisbock is totally clean with just a trail of sweetness on the back end.
O - The originators of certain styles always seem to maintain their beer's status through the ages, especially when it comes to German breweries and Kulmbacher Eisbock, the original Eisbock, is no exception. This heavily malty beer pulls off a "big" beer with little awareness that it's a big beer. The alcohol level just over 9% slips by almost unnoticed as does the fullness of the beer, due to it's complex but relaxed profile of dark fruit, caramel sweetness, and bready malt. Kulmbacher is a beer that effortlessly warms the bones on a cold winter day.
01-05-2014 14:48:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.83/5 rDev +17.2%
The first beer of a number of beers I had on Christmas evening.
A very nice looking bottle, shiny label in a slim bottle. Much Deutsch written on the label. No freshness label but this is one baby that can age quite well... Here goes...
A - poured a dark garnet, very clear with a short lived fizzy head that left no lace in a chalice. Not to worry, this is expected of a high alcohol beer.
S - for such a brew the aroma was surprisingly light. Caramel malts, ripe fruit (raisins, prunes), and faintly port-like. Delightful!
T - Currants, candi sugar, and toffee all mixed together in the front. The sweetness lingers into molasses and caramel malts with a slight alcoholic spiciness. Finishes long and dry with a port-like aftertaste.
M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Very smooth and slightly chewy.
D - for such a big beer with prominent alcohol tones, it is surprisingly drinkable, hence why I gave it a 5.
Overall - This is a very sweet tasting eisbock with a huge alcoholic kick to it. Excellently portlike with rich flavors, this is a great after dinner digestif or a conversational drink with a cigar. A must try for everyone. I definitely recommend it. Looking forward to picking up a 6 pack to age.
12-26-2008 22:07:44 | More by DmanGTR
4.8/5 rDev +16.5%
Well, I absolutely loved this beer. I first tried it in a bottle shop, then got a case. Great move.
The bottle lable is unique and have to see it in person. Same with Inserts.
Tatse is great when chilld for several days. I didn't have when warn. I little bite at first taste, but goes down smooth with the rest of mouthfull. After several more, still goes down smooth.
Smells great. Coloring good.
Price was a litle higher but well work it. Even made their factory a fanpage on my Facebook and a definate stop if ever going to Germany.
10-19-2009 04:41:38 | More by docfmf
4.8/5 rDev +16.5%
Poured out of 12 oz bottle with freshness date. Poured out deep brown with a brownish head that goes to s wisp. Carbonation is minimal and appropriate.
Smells of alcoho, coffee, roasted malts, and winey esters very nice bouquet.
Tastes of red wine, barrel aging, coffee, grapes, and booze. So complex so beautiful truly superb.
Mouthfeel is cloying moderate in body and more drying like a fine wine. I can drink this all day long slowly.
All I have to say is wow. This is awesome all hail this beer!
12-04-2010 19:34:16 | More by bigrzman
Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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