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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

580 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 580
Hads: 921
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TXHops on 04-03-2003

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Must of built it up in my head. Was expecting more from this. When it comes down to it, though, this is a fantastic (doppel)bock. Reminds me of Samichlaus or EKU 28.

(poured into a snifter)

A: huge, tan head rises on the pour, little retention, some spitty lace...deep, dark burgundy in color - appears opaque, at first

S: Concord grape, hops(?!), chocolate drops...really just a melanoidin-rich, dark-baked bread aroma with some notes of herbal alcohol (similar to an amaro)

T: oh, that's a bock alright! - just with a juicier malt/alcohol richness, flavor that fans out and expands over the palate....Port-ish aftertaste....caramel, a touch of anise, herbal cough drop OR root beer / cola....perhaps just a bit too restrained for what I had anticipated....just a lovely rich bock flavor

M: pleasant smooth malt roll, however, a few notches more dry in the finish than desirable - ends up being much more drinkable for it, though....mild+ bitterness seems to distract from silky bliss....more body (at least) would be nice (1,028 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a globed glass

A- Poured a very dark brown with lots of red hues shining throuh. Latte colored head with big bubbles dissipated quickly but left a ring of lace at the top for a while

S- Prominent sweet fruit juice notes like cranberry, black cherry, and concord grape. Some caramel and toffee notes in the background. Quite fruity and toasty aroma.

T- Pretty big caramel, toffee, and toasted bread notes up front. Nice concord grape and cranberry juice flavors in the middle of the tongue. Some light roastiness and raisin notes.

M- Fuller bodied, very smooth, almost creamy surprisingly dry, no trace of alcohol, not really any stickiness. This has a really substantial mouthfeel without any alcohol burn or stickiness. I am very impressed.

O- Having never had an eisbock before I went in expecting this to be very sweet, boozy, and sticky. I really enjoyed this beer, very nice balance of sweetness and toastiness. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV as well. (992 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown to black with two fingers of head. Head lingers well and provides some lacing on the glass. Dark, chocolate malts dominate the aroma with some sweetness present. Taste has a bitter pop up front but followed with a maple syrup and slightly present chocolate through the middle to back - the sweetness enhances towards the back and becomes richer. Nice brew. (375 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first Eisbock?

A-Pours dark brown. When held up to a light source, I can see its clarity. Head is a set of bubbly clusters attached to a thin foamy seam. Light lacing.

S-My first thought was dog food. There actually is a light waft of floral hops and grass. Also there is a very concentrated amount of caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Dried figs and raisins.

T-More of the same. Soda syrup, brown sugar, loads of molasses and soggy pumpernickel bread. I enjoy how its not as sweet as I was expecting.

M-Booze hidden pretty well. A bit syrupy. More drinkable than it should be. Tongue dries out a bit and it tends to warm the cheeks.

O/D-At $2.25 for a 12-13oz. bottle, this is well worth it. A $2.50 buzz. Struggling to find critical words for this beer. Cheap, surprisingly agreeable and fun. (804 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shot glass.

A: Light, off-white head. Deep ruby amber is darkly transparent.

S: Rich and malty. Sugary-sweet, oppressively so.

T: Mm, this is tasty. Rich, complex sugars. Lightly nutty malts. Hint of roast. Still, a touch dull. Unengaging.

M: Thick and pleasant.

O: Goodish beer, mediocre eisbock. I would not have again and would recommend the Aventinus Eisbock in its stead. (414 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m going back to how I normally review for this one; sorry Mitch Steele, but this way seems to work better for me.

A: Dark crimson color with a smooth, bubbly beige head about a finger high. Soft, thin retention and spindly lacing scattered around.

S: Strong malt aromas waft up in waves of thick molasses, raisin, rich buttered bread, and tangy cranberry. Has a definite caramel and dark fruit overtone that’s all bock, but with ever-present chocolate and smoky oak notes reminiscent of an old ale. Savory, satisfying.

T: This palate is an expression of pure malt enjoyment, with big tastes of chewy fig and date drenched in caramel. Warm sugar, light vanilla, bubblegum, earthy walnut, and sweet dark fruits just like the nose, but with more semisweet chocolate and woody booze. Finishes with a hint of dry smoke and a dense sweetness that rolls off the tongue without a ton of lingering residual sugars.

M: Drinks incredibly easy, typical for bock – though not for one with this much alcohol. It’s rich with the first caramel tastes, but lightens up for the smokier, more bitter aftertaste.

O: I’m not sure I could handle a six-pack of these. A flavorful, alcoholic bock that goes down like water? I’d be ruined in a half-hour. Hell, I couldn’t even keep this one in my glass for more than 10 minutes, and I was consciously trying to sip it – the sign of great beer. (1,391 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz into chalice. not sure what this bottle code means on the label.

A: rich chestnut hued body. i think its a pretty clear looking brew. off-white head is very frothy. great retention and good lacing.

S: a slight coffee smell. the malt has such a deep richness it reminds me of dark sweet fruit. a little bit of tobacco.

T: sweet. pancake batter. rich nut flavor. chestnuts and walnuts. grapes and plums take over the body towards the middle. grape jelly in the finish.

M: carb is modest and very velvet-like. full bodied.

D: some tasty lager from germany. im sort of a sucker for Eisbock's cause of all the flavor. so many directions, definitely an enjoyable brew. (682 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty much what I expected but without any of the negatives. It's dark but not opaque with just a bit of head. The aroma is like the taste - sweet and malty. The taste adds a significant boozy taste, but it's tolerable.

The aftertaste keeps the sweet malty thing going with a little bit of rauch (roasty smoke). I like it and would like to drink it again. Actually, I intend to try others of this style - this is easier drinking than most double bocks and such. (471 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear dark brown body topped by two fingers of fine tan froth. Good retention, spotty lace. Quite nice for the style. Quite nice indeed.

S: Really nice, rich mixture of toffee and dark fruits. Honey-coated bread, raisins, and candied dates. Very pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, with sweet maltiness up front giving way to rich dark fruits midway through. Significant alcohol heat on the finish is a bit of a bummer, but not too excessive for something over 9%. Quite tasty.

M: Thick, viscous, and only lightly carbonated. Nice heft, but not enough life.

O: Great beer. At $3.50, a particularly good value for a high-ABV import.

Cheers! (683 characters)

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

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. (832 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Magnums on the 4th of July 2010 for $3.59. Bottle number 1748298.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head.

Nose is molasses and dark fruits.

Taste is very good, dark fruits dominate with a touch of burnt molasses. Alcohol warming on the first sip.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth.

Overall this brew was worth the wait. It has aged quite well and possesses some wine like qualities. I have only had a couple samples of this style and so far i am totally impressed! (503 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz brown bottle vintage 1996, the same as the one pictured here on the listing. "Number 25452" with an small block indicator of what I assume relates to this be being batch #1 on the bottom right of the front label. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears mahogany to cocoa in color with a finger of tan to khaki head that quickly recedes down to a ring around the perimeter of the glass. When held to the light, the brew shows a brilliant deep ruby clarity.

The smell of this brew is malty with hints of molasses and raisin-like alcohol esters. There is a bit of faint yeasty quality and some caramelized sugars present. There is a very faint cocoa aspect mixed with mild oxidative quality that overall brings this into the realm of being like sherry. It is surprising how overall the aromatics of this are mild yet display no off characteristics for being 16 years old. As it warms up, it picks up a mild mineral inclusion as well as a hint of something almost along the lines of herbal tea.

The taste is all about the malt. Molasses, raisins, toffee, burnt sugar, dates, prunes with a hint of chocolate. There is a sherry-like alcohol note that brings forth some more dark fruity sweetness coupled with alcohol. I know this brew is 16 years old and I know that there should be no lingering character of hops. However, I cant help but think there is some minor hop influence here with a fruity hint that accents the fruity esters of the alcohol. A very trace character of oxidation is present towards the backend mixed with a hint of mineral quality. The aftertaste is alcohol mixed with some herbal element and it also displays a mild tea element just like the nose included as it warmed up.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For being 16 years old, this brew is seemingly timeless. I have picked up on more signs of oxidation and age in beers that are only 1/4 as old as this one. This is a fantastic display of a beer that can last the test of time if cellared properly. Fantastic stuff. Now to get a brand spanking new bottle to have as comparison. (2,101 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Dark amber with a frothy one finger head that takes its time, then leaves big bubbles . Decent lacing.

S: Caramel, malts, cherries,oak.

T: A wave of dark malty goodness comes flowing in with a molasses backbeat. A tingly, bourbon-like finish. Sweet, robust. Rich.

M: Medium to heavy. Thick, chewy.

O: Outstanding. Wish I'd gotten the sixer instead of just one. (395 characters)

Photo of thepeter
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a off tan small head. Aroma dark caramel and roasted malt, as well as in the taste. Some nice dark fruits, plum, dates, figs as well rounding out the taste. Smooth going down and great carbination. The Alcohol is really well hidden a really great beer (282 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Labeled the original German eisbock. They have an odd dating code on the back of the bottle (2160242).

Poured into a brandy snifter. Pours dark caramel brown with a light tan head and plenty of tiny bubbles in the glass. The head dissipates moderately quickly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There are aromas of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma very well. There are dark roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, and the alcohol comes through in the flavor as well. It has a nice sweet flavor along with some back end bitterness. The body is light medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean and smooth. The beer is a sipper with good alcohol warmness, but it is very easy to gulp this flavorful beer. This is an excellent beer that I recommend trying. I agree with a previous reviewer that this beer has the complexity of a solid Belgian quad with the qualities of a solid lager. (973 characters)

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

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. (1,334 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Probably shouldnt have ordered a liter stein, but whatever.

Pour is pitch black with a full inch head. Huge for the ABV, but given the volume, its understandable.

The smell is laden with a sweet candied dark fruit booze. Its sweet and boozy.

The taste started all boozy at first, but as it warmed, the vanilla came out. I really liked how warm it tasted almost Barrel-Aged. Very malty, but still had some punch of non-sweet flavors.

Overall, still boozy and rough, but in the most glorious way possible. (508 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a one finger tan head.

S: Raisins, prune, a bit of brown sugar and a lot of sweet malt. Very dopplebock-y.

T: Raisin, dark malt, rye, dark chocolate and a touch of peat on the finish. Alcohol is a bit evident but the mouthfeel makes this super drinkable. (293 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (585 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date

A: Very dark red with a fizzy head.

S: Dried fruit, cola, some spice.

T: Dried fruit, but not too sweet, almost like unsulphured apricots. A hint of cough syrup from the alcohol, but not bad. Some herbal, almost medicinal hops on the finish. Surprisingly dry on the finish too.

M: Lighter and more carbonated than I expected. Not at all syrupy.

O: Solid, a nice change of pace. (394 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanx to bth86 (you kick butt for this one):

In a pint glass:

A: extremely dark body with a white foamy head that died within a minute, no carbonation to be seen rising. The lacing was lightly speckled, but intricately stayed together for a good two minutes before it spider-webbed, very impressive. The lacing eventually died, but it took a good five minutes before it all died. No rings were left.

S: mainly raisins, plums and cherries - mainly balanced between the three. Some sweet malts enter in at the end.

T: extremely rich and sweet with some molasses and the raisins, plums and cherries come back but just enough to remind you they exist in this beer, yet well balanced.

M: medium with a good fullness to it. It could be the ABV, not sure?

O: wow, I've never had an eisbock, but this is spectacular at least by the smell and taste. I liked the appearance as well, slightly unique to me with the lacing doing what it did. Of course, I would have this again and am really intrigued by eisbocks. (1,008 characters)

Photo of jonvan04
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with a thick, creamy tan head. The aroma was of toffee and molasses with some raisin. The taste was a mix of fruity flavors, some raisin, fig flavors. It had the complexity of some Belgian quads with the drink-ability of a good lager. This was my first of this style, and I would definitely buy this one again. (330 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear, deep brown with dark ruby tones under the light. There's no head or lace. It's aroma is of dark cherries with a hint of dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet malt with cherry cough syrup, dates, and a vinous backbone. The mouthfeel is warm and syrup like with a full body. Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock is a very good beer, recommended! (360 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  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. (536 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle to pint glass. Code #2057352. $3.75 for the single. Sampled 11/20/11.

A: Above average head of 2 fingers, creamy and light brown in color. Retention is decent. The body is dark brown - if not black - with traces of ruby tint.

S: Dark fruit aromas of prune, plum and cherry, with a smack of unsweetened red grape.

T: Very rich and robust flavor. Steely caramel. Hints of molasses and licorice. Very mellow and long, rounded out flavor. Moderately sweet. Surprisingly, the ABV is almost undetectable.

M: The body is medium full with a slick texture. A long lasting fizzy effervescence keeps the tongue relatively clean.

O: While Kulmbacher's Eisbock may be "the original German Eisbock," I didn't find it to be exorbitantly interesting - nor was there the hidden layer of complexity that I was looking for. (823 characters)

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.