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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my New Belgium Globe chalice. 2351202 indicated on the back label. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, half inch, off-white head that dissipates towards the shoulders leaving a soapy slick in the center. Nose is quite rich - vinous notes and cocoa. Taste follows nose; however, it comes off a bit duller. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and a light acidity. Not sure that I've ever had an eisbock at this point; however, I found this beer decent but a bit lackluster.

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Photo of DocCajun
4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Not overly complex flavor but sometimes, that's a good thing. But the flavor is sharp and just REALLY good. Thanks to the Germans for this happy mistake of a beer

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Photo of Spikester
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a huge long lasting tan head. Good amount of lace on the sides. Aroma is dark malt toasted brown bread some herbal hops. Taste starts off sweet with the mocha maybe some brown sugar or molasses. There is a fair hop bitterness that helps reduce the sweetness on the back of the tongue. The flavors expand as the liquid warms bringing out the fruitier aspects like a bit of plums. Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation.
The finish is semi dry and s the sweetness fades there is a light bitterness that lasts for a few minutes. Overall a tasty and satisfying beer that will surely leave a lasting impression. I would have rated this higher but I suspect I bought a fairly old example that was warm on the shelf and exposed to in store lighting. No bad flavors to report just slightly subdued flavor from what I was expecting. There is possibly a bottled on date but it was just numerical and not readily decoded.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kulmbacher Eisbock has a very thick, beige head, thick lacing rings, and a clear, dark, ruby-brown appearance, with lots of rapid bubble streams. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted barley malt, chocolate powder, cream, and a faint odor of coffee grounds. Taste is of very rich, sweet chocolate, chocolate powder, dark-roasted malt, dark fruit, brown bread crust, and there is a slight hop bitterness. The alcohol really shows itself here, especially as it warms down the throat. Mouthfeel is mostly medium and smooth, and Kulmbacher Eisbock finishes dry, sweet, and boozy. Overall, this is just fantastic, and I rate it world class! RJT

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Photo of seedyone
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

06/19/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC, from bottle. Very syrupy. On the malty side. Nice balance of sweet & bitter. seems to have a long aftertaste of strong coffee, Viennese style, strong, bitter, refined. Definitely a cold weather brew but since I've never come across it, now was the time. Grab one when you can. Superior drink but not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to nearly nothing after a few minutes

S: A bit of syrupy sweetness along with dark fruits and a deep maltiness. Some caramel, toffee, and molasses all provide the base for the deep malty/syrupy notes. Alcohol nowhere to be found

T: Starts off with a deep complexity. Notes of molasses, caramel, dark fruits (including, but not limited to, cherries, figs, and raisins) come through with a wave of mellow sweetness. A nice woody note breaks up the sweetness. Finishes with a range of fruitiness and very light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not as syrupy as expected, which is a plus

O: Very nice and complex with plenty of different notes. Everything seems a little intensified because of the freezing process, which of course makes sense. Definitely gets me interested in other beers in the style (even if some people consider it a pseudo style because of the freeze distillation and thus not even a true beer)

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/23/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, brown bread, cherry, raisin, prune, fig, light chocolate, and toast/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, light chocolate, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, light chocolate, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent eisbock style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a super deep mahogany color that is bordering on black. Upon pouring there is a small tan colored head that fades over about a two minute time frame to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and some foam islands on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma is huge of a dark fruit smell with tons of dark cherry, plum, fig, and grape. Along with these dark fruit and sweet smells are some of sweet smells of molasses. A good showing of roasted malt and toasted grain as well as a very strong booziness being there as well producing a quite dark and robust aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a thick and sweet dark fruit flavor of cherry, plum, and prune. The sweeter fruit, which create a heavy base flavor for the brew, are also joined by some tastes of caramel and molasses. There is a good showing of a roasted malt flavor upfront which ends up getting slightly stronger as the taste moves to the end. As the taste moves beyond the middle of the profile, a little bit of an herbal and earthy flavor joins the tongue, but these remain relatively light throughout. Some toasted grainy flavors come more toward the end of the taste and are joined by some flavors of cocoa and even more molasses. With a light rummy boozed flavor coming to the tongue at the very end, one is left with a super dark and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very thick and chewy with a very light level of carbonation. For the style and the big sweet and dark flavors of the brew the feel is spot on, making for one enjoyable slow sipper.

Overall – This is a very nice Eisbock with tons of sweetness and a good roastedness. A rather tasty and big sweet brew.

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Photo of titvs
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Review according to BJCP 2008 guidelines (style 5D). AROMA: strong malt aroma with some notes of dried plum and alcohol. APPEARANCE: dark brown with average retention due to high alcohol content. ivory colored head. TASTE: very rich sweet malt flavour with notes of dried grapes. smooth alcohol presence with a finish of malt and alcohol. PALATE: full smooth body with a bit of alcohol warmth. medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a very strong, full and enjoyable Eisbock. Recommended.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pours the color of molasses with a thin head that quickly settles
S: Wow. Raisin, cherry, bourbon, molasses; aromatic and complex
T: Raisin, molasses, cherry, brown sugar
M: Full-bodied, a bit viscous
O: This is one to sit and sip slowly. Nice complexities and very flavorful; recommended

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Photo of barczar
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant deep brown with garnet highlights and a frothy cream head that dissipates to minimal foam.

Molasses, treacle, dates, raisins, figs, and prunes form the aroma.

Flavor follows suit, with dark fruit balancing against toasted malt and a lightly bitter, tar finish. The balance is definitely sweet, but that dry finish prevents it from being cloying.

Body is full, with minimal carbonation. Alcohol warmth is surprisingly moderate.

The melanoidin character and deep esters really stand out and balance each other well.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 5/13/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: Brown in color and tan in carbonation this beer pours with a thumb width head that quickly (And I do mean quickly) evaporates. We are left with a light carbonation ring that slightly hides the browning edges of the beer.
Aroma: A dark cherry syrup fruit flavor kicks us off and fruity scents of plums and even raspberries can be found in the background. An alcohol nose follows that resembles light rum. Malts are prominent in the aroma as well.
Flavor: The fruit flavors move from a syrupy aroma to a licorice flavor as the cherry is still at the front. The malt is toasted and gives the beer a nice body. The beer finishes with a light alcohol flavor that is deceptive considering the 9.2% ABV.
Mouthfeel: I find the beer to be less syrupy then other eisbocks that I have tried. But it clearly follows the style. Medium in body light in carbonation.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbery pilsner style glass.

Classic doppelbock color, if perhaps a little less red and intense. Deep mahogany brown, capped with a nice thick creamy and fluffy tan head. Minimal retention as it does subside, but it does rise quite nicely off the pour.

Great aroma. Spiced dark burnt clove a bit and milk chocolate. Large herbality on this almost a sense of fresh sage and brandy dipped cherry fruit aromas as well. Just really nice, more emphasis on hot aromatics than thick malt backbone of a typical doppelbock.

The palate is wonderfuly light cream flavored and slightly thick, but not boozy or syrupy. A big rush of milk chocolate hits, followed by a nice mix of creamy textures that hint and bring out a good mix of vanilla flavor. Ice cream sundae rich. There's just a touch of playful carbonation in the front of the tongue, but nothing that takes away from the experience. Very subtle warmth, hits the stomach with some good sensing schapps character but nowhere near a boozy rush.

Has a moderate malt richness, but makes up for it in creamy flavors of vanilla and chocolate that make it a trip for a hot sundae. Surprisingly also not much banana which would be right sometimes to style as with some doppels I've had but this one eschews that ester which makes it more enjoyable for me. Drinks so easily, wonderful beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle marked 2249362 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (4 cm), light brown, creamy with some rocks, rapidly diminishing to a 2 mm ring and 1 mm layer.
Virtually no lacing
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor predominantly malt, very sweet, with some hints of date (?) or fig (?). NO hops noted and the alcohol is well hidden until the stomach afterburn. No diacetyl.
Palate is medium to full, creamy, with soft carbonation.

Overall, a good example of the eisbock style, very easy to drink. Thank you Shelton Brothers for importing yet another excellent beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, slight caramel malt, hint of syrup, hint of hop, and. Fits the style of a Eisbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, alcohol, yeast, slight caramel malt, slight hop, and hint of pale malt. Overall, malt-centric, balanced, the alcohol warms to a pleasing degree, and another good brew from Kulmbacher.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is Korbinian with a slightly better mouthfeel. I just can't get into the dark fruit doppelbocks anymore, and this one is par for the course, ho-hum doppelbock. Taste isn't very exciting, nothing different vs. Korbinian or Celebrator, and this is an Eisbock with a relatively low ABV.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

A - Beautiful brown, foamy head. Rich black color.

S - Dark fruits, syrup.

T - A tad sweeter than Aventinus, but many of the same dark fruit and malty tastes. Slight sugary taste, maybe more to brown sugar.

M - A tad thin, but nothing too off-putting.

O - This is a solid and tasty eisbock. Not as good as Aventinus but who cares? It's still enjoyable and worth seeking out if you're in the mood for this style.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a “Beer of the Month” gift from my children. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

I really like this beer. Lagers can be complex and as satisfying as a big ale. A beer I will keep in my cellar. 4.5

A – Pours a cola colored/reddish brown, clear (but opaque in the glass), with a half-finger light brown head that quickly dissipates.4.75

S – Malty, some sweetness, bread crusts, prunes, molasses, some vinous grape-like qualities. 4.75

T – Malty with a good bit of sweetness balanced by the alcohol, some slight spiciness and roastiness, low bitterness, a bit of alcohol breaks through. 4.5

MF – Medium-bodied, a bite of alcohol, with a sweetness in the finish. 4

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Photo of BradC
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown to ruby red with no head.

Smells of plum, raisin and dried fruits.

Lots of malt, Tastes of dried fruits, dried plum, raisins sweetness masks any alcohol. No hops here.

Heavy, full bodied mouthful, light carbonation and almost oily on the tongue.

Overall, great Eisbock, this may be my very first one but not my last.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brownish red with no head at all.

The smell is dark fruits and sweet malts. Extremely pungent.

The taste is very sweet, big malt flavors and dark fruits with a little alcohol.

The mouthfeel is actually pretty light with medium carbonation.

Overall a superb eisbock, very rich and flavorful. Could only really drink one in a sitting though.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter
9.2% ABV

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.

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Photo of BVukelich
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, end of the SRM scale. Not much of a head. Aroma is definitely malty-sweetness, caramel. On initial taste, very cold temp attributed to med-high spikey carbonation feel in the mouth. As I let it warm to room temp, the carb dropped and viscosity became thicker. Left very little lace. Hops are absent on aroma and taste. High alcohol in taste and afterwards, left a very warming effect. I don't drink a lot of Eisbocks but this one will be worth another purchase in the future. One in a session is good enough based on the high ABV.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, clear dark brown, with about a one inch head, and a little bit of lace down the glass.

Smells like toasted malt, dark fruits, and some booze.

The tastes is similar. Eisbocks are essentially super dopplebocks, so the typical toasted malt flavors, dark fruit, and caramel flavors are, turned up to 11. The alcohol is present, and noticeable, but not necessarily negative. A bit sugary sweet, I sipped it more slowly to keep it from being cloying.

Full bodied, creamy but sticky mouthfeel, slow sipper due to the alcohol. Almost no carbonation.

This one was tried without any feeling or prior knowledge about the beer, and I was glad I ordered it.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.