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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

792 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 65
Gots: 27 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer kind of misfired for me. It was freshly delivered from Boston, thank you Clarkvv. A nice brown colour, but kind of sourish, some malts and toffee and stuff to sweeten some toastedness, lacking complexity to go with dinner. The Niagara Eisbock versions are sure a whole lot better.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2005 03:35:45 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

11-19-2012 16:47:26 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruits, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is also of dark malt and dark fruits with some nice toasty/roasty flavors on the finish. There is a definite alcohol kick in the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good eisbock that is tasty and dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 05:26:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

06-07-2014 11:27:07 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up in Chicago when we were back for Christmas. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a moderate amber-copper color with a pretty good off-white head. A bit of spotty lacing on the way down and a nice, thin collar around the edges of the beer. The nose is pretty sweet with some dark fruits and a touch of oxidation. Not all that much alcohol. The taste is a bit of caramelized malt with some fruit and quite a bit of sweetness. Not much booze comes through in the feel, though that might be because it's quite sweet, bordering on cloying. Not a bad beer but half of this bottle was more than enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 22:56:41 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has an off white head.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose along with some hints of raisins.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and like the nose has notes of raisins in the flavors.
M: It feels full-bodied and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth.
D: Although the beer definitely tastes strong, the alcohol is well masked.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2011 01:52:19 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a modest ecru head; a few shards of lace are left behind

Smell: Roasted malts, dark fruits and rum-like alcohol on the nose

Taste: Malts dominate with a burnt caramel sweetness, lots of dried fruit and an alcoholic warmth that hits you right away; chocolate and licorice, too. in the middle and a bit of earthy hops on the finish to add nice balance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Be careful, because of the alcohol, but a very sippable Eisbock; great example of the style.

Special thanks to brewandbbq for sending along bottle #21472 (brewed on July 11, 1996) as an extra to a trade in 2010; a 14 year old beer that still drinks beautifully - a bit lighter in color than the one I reviewed but still with plenty of carbonation (in fact it looks better than the one I reviewed); the fusel alcohol has faded and the beer has taken on a lovely nutty flavor

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2004 21:41:37 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

11-18-2011 01:15:08 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a nice brown color beer with a medium foamy head with above average retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet cookie dough with dry figs and raisins. Taste is quite sweet without being disgustingly sweet with some dry gigs, cookie dough and plums. Body is about average and alcohol is well hidden. Very good beer and I’m sure it would be interesting to cellar a few of those.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 17:43:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer to accidentally stumble upon. Since I had no prior expectations of the beer, I asked the bartender to serve it up. Pleasantly surprised with the full, rich, caramelly, nutty aroma. After tasting, I would have easily mistaken it for a dopplebock. Heavy, ruby color projects a haze and expected head retention. Thick and nearly chewey, the texture blends well into the heavy malts, dates, figs flavors. The sugars and density hides the high alcohols very well. A great winter time beer, even if sampled in the spring.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 16:40:22 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark brown color and a bit of a yeasty haziness and a tan head.

S: A really great sweet, milk chocolate note to start this one off. I get some mild roast, lots of dark fruits such as plums, raisins, and dates, as well as a caramel and vanilla sweetness.

T: Starts off with sweet dark fruits, especially raisins and plums. The chocolate is once again potent, creamy, and sweet. A nice toffee and caramel flavor along with a bit of sweet vanilla. The roasted malt is there but not overwhelming at all.

M: The body is medium with a low to medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D: Probably a little better than the Aventinus Eisbock, and certainly less boozy and harsh. Dangerously easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 09:18:22 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.4%

12-02-2011 15:38:37 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown-dark red color marked by a ring of very fine, off-white froth.

Smell: Oh, yes! A splendid, sweet aroma of plums, caramel, port wine, and molasses.

Taste: Astoundingly sweet! Such sweetness. I just felt a reflexive shot of adrenaline shoot through my beer-infested veins.

Be right back.

Alright. Whew. A great, seemingly endless depth of rich maltiness with intense flavors of caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, and dark fruits. There's a slight nuttiness present, as is an ever so faint hop bitterness. The finish is a bit of a contradiction, as the acute flavors stay on the tongue for several minutes at a time.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. A touch of soda-like carbonation keeps this beer from being too syrupy. Still... it's quite silky. Almost sensual.

Any thicker, and this beer would go great on a batch of pancakes!

Drinkability: Just the one, thank you. Whew.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 02:47:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -15%

02-04-2013 01:45:32 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-16-2013 03:05:27 | More by jaydoc
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-14-2013 02:10:05 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2005 00:24:30 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -2.9%

04-13-2013 17:48:48 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Eisbock is very good, the color is a really nice deep reddish brown. The beer has a really nice aroma too, it's sweet and malty. The flavor is of dark fruits and malt, sweetness of brown sugar in the mix as well. The head lasted from start to finish, the beer is good at a chilled temp or at a warmer one too. Worth a try for sure

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 23:13:46 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost 3 years later, time for a new review. Oval label with an icy CGI glacier image.

Attractive amber auburn color, some foam at first that fades away. Sweet bready nose, trace alcohol. Big and rich, very fruity with golden raisin, molasses, and date flavors. Impression of cotton candy and cookies. Flavor is rich but the body is relatively light by comparison. Ultra malty, almost too much for me at this point. A nice sipper, the 6 pack won't last long on this snowy holiday vacation.

01-03-2007
A- / 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

Different label than photo, must be the export label.

Pours with a dense, cascading head of foam into a narrow flute-like mug. Foam disappears after awhile.

Strong smell of overripe bananas and baked bread. Not bad...

Tastes rich and malty, on par with Celebrator, imho. Slight chocolate note in the aftertaste, and the suggestion of bitter coffee. Occasional metallic note that offsets it's potential for perfection. I've had an older sample before too, and wouldn't recommend cellaring past 3 years.

Soft, toasty mouthfeel, but with an ABV that doesn't mess around. Easy to drink, but it's definitely a beer that demands your respect. Otherwise you might find yourself waking up on the floor at 3am.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 01:12:51 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-29-2011 03:45:10 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with no discernible freshness date. The beer is nearly black in the glass, perhaps more of a dark chestnut brown. Clarity is excellent, and the body is topped by an off-white head that retains well for such a big beer.

The smell of dates and molasses hit the senses first; this is very reminiscent of dried fruit with its concentrated sweetness and earthy notes.

It's viscous and rich on the palate, though not overly syrupy, with flavors of dates, molasses, figs and earth. There's a bit of anise-like spiciness mid-palate, and a moderately toasty and bitter malt character that keeps the sweetness in check. Alcohol is surprisingly hidden, though the viscosity alludes to the beer's potency. Very smooth and inviting on the whole, I'd happily drink this again. Eisbock isn't a style I have much experience with, but this is better than most I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 02:38:18 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kulmbacher's stunning Eisbock greets you with rich, caramel-drenched maltiness at every step of the way. It's aroma is bright and alluring; almost like fresh, sweet wort in the brew kettle, and in fact, the aroma can be enjoyed in and of itself, with inotes of deeply baked oatmeal cookies, caramel, raisins, prunes, subtle chocolate, and waft of alcohol. The bold malt flavor conquors the palate with an onslaught of almost-burnt brown sugar that mellows across the palate to reveal deep caramel, toasty grains, splashes of raisin, a light slap of alcohol, a swirl of floral/herbal hops, prunes, and then lingering bitterness, black licorice candy, and a hint of coffee-like roastiness. Wow! For lovers of big, rich beers, this is a cannot-miss. A classic of the style!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 22:19:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Small, off white head that dissipates quickly. Dark brown body with ruby highlights.

S - Malty, raisiny aroma with notes of bittersweet chocolate and a slight nutty, almond aroma.

T - Significant malt flavor with a very strong almond note. Lots of caramel and a bit of chocolate in the middle. The finish is full of nutty chocolate and a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a slight alcohol warmth. Relatively dry finish for such a strong beer.

D - Very full flavored beer with quite a bit of complexity. The malt and caramel characteristics are particularly intense and the almond flavor is quite unusual. Easily drinkable for such a strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 07:08:00 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/27/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, brown sugar, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild, but there’s a good balance considering the heavy sweetness. There’s also no trace of the high ABV unlike most Eisbocks. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice strong beer to drink for a while if you like the heavy sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2011 21:40:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
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