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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 579
Hads: 920
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 74
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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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 Gagnonsux
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first eisbock, and from the limited worldwide selection it is probably one of the few different ones I'll ever try. Unless more brewers give it a shot. Kulmbacher Eisbock is dark brown in color with a short and tan head. Aroma is of really dark and rich malts, this presents a figgy smell. Taste is very full of malts, almost syrupy, with dark fruit flavors. Distinct alcohol taste is also fairly strong. I like the overall taste of this beer, but the alcohol taste and high ABV combined hamper the drinkability for me. (522 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra dark-brown, possibly black. Light lace covers the top.

Aroma of malt, sweetness, caramel, dark fruits and a bit of coffee.

Full bodied, very smooth. Tons of flavors-dark fruits, caramel, light alcohol, black licorice and a bit of roastedness. A bit of a bread flavor comes through towards does the end as the warming feeling creeps in.

My first eisbock. I enjoyed it but I struggled to describe it well. (428 characters)

Photo of silenius
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has an espresso crema streaked light tan head and a dark brown body that allows light to pass through it. It has rootbeer characteristics in the nose and a roasty sweet espresso and cream taste. Light bubblegum notes in the taste as well. It has a nicely balanced sweet and hoppy aftertaste. (301 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the trade. This beer is dark brown/copper with a thin light tan head. Very little lacing. The aroma is very sweet with caramel, raisins and malt. Medium-bodied and chewy with a flavor that is very unique. It has some aspects of a Barley Wine, a Scotch Ale, and a Bock. Syrupy sweet with malt, molasses, raisins and brown sugar. There is a faint woody character at times too. The finish continues the sweetness but there is a bit of hops bitterness there. I am really unfamiliar with this style but I like it. (533 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: In the glass is hauntingly beautiful. Very very deep mohogany when held in the right light, and leaves some crazy lacing on the liquid while being poured.

Smell: Smells like caramel, and extremely nutty as well. The alcohol presence is a bit unbridled and needs to be more balanced. The yeast is easily detectable as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is beer taste nothing like it smells. The balance is unbelivable. Very malt focused without being overpowering. The sweet caramel notes really give this beer some monster character. The alcohol is held under control and warms you up the whole way down. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and still very smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: This beer was a complete and absolute joy to drink. Everything was just about right. I had Kulmbacher's EKU 28 last night, and this Eisbock is 1000 times better. A powerful sipping beer that will keep you interested for many hours to come. I love this beer, and can't wait to get more. (988 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) and consumed in January 2005. Hard pour necessary to get a one-finger tan head over a black liquid. To the light, it's a deep brown mohogeny color and is crystal clear. Smells of caramel chocolatey/coffee and alcohol. Oh, tastes divine! Alcohol persists gently throughout, but the malt sweet jumps in several times in several different incarnations. First caramel then subsiding, then chocolatey then subsiding, then toffee-ish. Any hopping is low. Fine carbonation rises off the flat of my tongue and forms a mild acid that cooperates with the alcohol burn. The ending is alcohol and leaves a dry malty aftertaste. Medium thick body. This beer does not sit on my tongue like syrup, which is good, because the sweet would probably be too much. Boy, the toffee & bock mix very well over the alcohol base in a way I've never had before. Also, acid from carbonation can be hell with some beer characteristics (such as sour or alcohol), but this one turns the potential downfall into an asset. This truly is a work of art...get it if you can find it. (1,100 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A very dark coppery brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is rich with prunes and chocolate (combined with the malt, it’s almost like a liquid prune brownie.) The flavor is sweet and rich with caramel added to that prune brownie. The body is thick and the brew is warming as it goes down. It’s odd how this beer’s 9.2% ABV warms on the way down while some beer’s 12% ABV are hardly noticed. (394 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Rich-O's Public House. Pours a brown color with a small head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma smelled just like hot wort. Sweet and sticky with some dark fruit. The flavor didn't match what I'm used to with an Eisbock. Very smooth and enjoyable, even slightly mild. Nice flavors of dark fruits with a bready feel. Finishes smooth with a slight bitter bite. Body is just right on this one and the drinkability is very good for having 9.2% abv. (476 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a chalice. It pours a ruby/brown color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell has some dark fruit and a weird fresh wort smell, fairly grainy. The taste is malty and sweet, with some grapes and a hint of alcohol. More of that new wort grain flavor. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and the drinkability is great for 9.2% abv. Different, but good. (410 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled off tap at Rich-O's Saturnalia festival. 10oz, served in an Aventinus Eisbock glass. The beer poured a rubied brown color wtih one finger of head that sticks heavy atop the beer. The nose was rum-raisin, bready, almost wort-like. Very full aromas, and very good. The flavor was mellow, but full, with raisins and figs blending into a nice bit of bready tones. The beer was thickand easy drinking and all around good. Compared to the other eisbock beers I've had recently,this one stands very tall. Such a nice beer. It renewed my faith in the style. (557 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally got to try this brew at a meeting last night, what a treat! It pours dark brown with moderate creamy head that leaves heavy lace. Aromas of sweet caramel malts, dates, molasses, and alcohol-laden fruitcake. Huge flavors of creamy caramel, dried fruits, sherry, sweet-rolls, with a nice touch of spicy hops rounding out the finish. Creamy, velvety mouthfeel that is tongue-coating and thick. Heavy bodied with soft carbonation. I felt like I was drinking a creme brule', in a good way. A thouroughly enjoyable beer! (524 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick purple/brown color, with only a small amount of foam on top that is quickly beheaded. Smell is very alcoholic, lots of raisin and sweet maltiness. Taste is sweet and full, with alcohol playing a large part of the experience. Mouthfeel is fairly slick and full, but it is somewhat offset by the adequate carbonation. (329 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't lie, the main reason I got this beer was the kick ass label. How could you pass up a label that has sparklies and shimmers all over it? I know it doesn't sound too manly, but hey, it's a cool logo. At any rate, it was an equally good beer. Very deep in color with a nice fluffy head to it. the head lasted a while, then went out to a laceing. The smell was good as well, with smells of "heavy" malts, dark fruits, and a small hint of alcohol. The taste was similar, but a lot smoother than I pictured it would be. I thought it would be a little harder to swallow, due to the high alcohol content, but that prooved to be the contrary. Very drinkable, for the simple reason that it had high alocohol in it and it was smooth. That alone is good enough reason to knock a few back! Very good brew to keep you warm during the cold winter nights. (847 characters)

Photo of HogHill
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fellow BA gave this Klumbacher Eisbock to me, thanks for the introduction to this style Chris.

11.2 fl oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass. Looks very similar to a cola. Thin head that laces to the side of the glass.

Interesting molasses like aroma, with a bit of prunes or similar dark fruit. Very nice.

The taste is true to it's nose, a nice malt flavor complemented by the molasses, raisin, prunes, and a bit of caramel. Finish lingers, leaves the palate with a coat of said flavors.

This is a fantastic beer for a cold winter afternoon, and though it is 9.2 % ABV one of these, defintitely two, will warm you up. (632 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Duvel glass. It came with a big fluffy off white head on top. The color was an opaque dark brown with no light coming through.

Smell: The nose mostly reminded me of herbs with a strong black olive scent to it. There was also some sweetness in the nose. Very appealing.

Taste: The flavor is very big on this beer. Complex balance of sour and tangy grape flavors, clove, peach, apple, raisin and a spiciness that I can't really identify. The maltiness is clean with a bit of roastiness hiding in there. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: This beer feels smooth on the palate but leaves a bit too heavy of a film in my mouth.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer a lot and I think I will be making a trip back to LB's to try it again before the keg is gone. (799 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rust colored and slightly hazy pour had low carbonation and miniscule head. The aroma was wine like – sweet, raisiny, and with no indication of hops. The taste was vinous, dry, and sweet, with notes of grapes, brown sugar, and molasses, and just a hint of smoke. The alcohol content was very well hidden with no burn whatsoever, and the mouthfeel was satiny soft. Very drinkable for such a bold brew concentrated by freezing. (426 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with the appearance of Coca-Cola, only thicker. This actually describes the body, head, and carbonation quite well - just like a Coke. Very complex nose, with notes of toffee, prunes, molasses, and raisins. Palate is equally complex. Almost a pure molasses taste up front, deepening to dried fruit and a malty sweetness. Finish is relatively dry, with an almost briny character. Thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. And man, does this pack a whallop. I've had about two ounces and am already starting to feel a bit drunk. That of course cuts down on the drinkability - at 9.2% it's difficult to drink an entire bottle on your own, and it's smaller than 12oz. Regardless, this is a very nice beer. (699 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a substantial, full-flavored brew. It pours almost balck, but with very little head. Smell is rich nand malty with essence of plums/raisins. Taste doe not disappoint. Rich malty falvor throughout to a semi-dry finish. Fruity essence with a detectable alcohol taste, but hardly overpowering for the abv. Mouthfeel is rich and full, close to syrupy. Very easy to drink for the high abv. This is my second brew from this brewery and both have been very good (EKU 28 was the other) This would defintely be a winter warmer in January. Highly recommended. (557 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a black colored body with brown trim when held to the light. Nice cascading effect with the head, its a bubbly tan head. The scent is a heavy chocolate malt smell, similar to a barleywine. The taste is a big bang of malts, chocolate and sweet, hint of alcohol but well masked. Hops just barely audible. Smooth creamy feel to the beer. This is a big bold beer, with a nice malty taste. (398 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +9%
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 (930 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Brown.

Interesting, somewhat subdued aroma of madiera, rubber, ports, deep rich malts and figs.

Malt accented flavor profile that I really enjoyed. Stunning notes of caramel overtake the palate while other notes of brown sugar, dark ripe fruits, figs and prunes. Full-bodied.

I've had some better eisbocks but this one is very nice. (347 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle. Best before 22.10.04 (Will go well beyond)
It pours a very dark and deep brown with a fast fading beige head.
Burnt caramel and rum aromas dominate. A smell of brown bread and molasses enters and stays around.
A strong taste of crème brulee and brandy soaked bread dough, along with a nice buttery caramel flavor sort of mask the tasty lemon citrusy hop taste.
Candy sugar and a hint of mint give off a light taste of crème de menthe. Prune juice comes to mind.
This brew could be labeled the little brother of EKU 28. (546 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
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! (770 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear deep garnet hue. Head recedes into a lean, frothy layer. Rough, sparse lace remains. Suggestions of fresh, moist pipe tobacco, candied plums, and rum soaked raisinbread caress the nose. Swirling and time release gentle wafts of dark chocolate and a kiss of herbal hops. Absolutely seductive aromawise. In flavor, upfront is a toothsome mélange of unrefined brown sugar, dried dates and concentrated caramel. Sweetness is lightly offset by an undertone of deeply toasted malt, with trace roasty hints, but this brew is nearly bereft of hop bitterness. Hop flavor integrates agreeably, in its mildly floral, and slightly herbal tones. Black licorice and peppery ethanol arise mid palate to provide contrast to the pervasive sweetness. Surprisingly lightly bodied. A notch more viscosity would have bolstered the hefty malt backbone aptly. Turns lightly nutty late, with hints of carmelized almond leading into the sweet, yet thin and immaculately clean finish. A true dessert beer that envelops, but weighs heavily on the palate. Superbly crafted and really a quintessential eisbock. I'd love to taste the doppelbock from which this is derived, before it was "eised." Will the alcohol in this brew negate the impending sugar rush? I could run a marathon right now... (1,283 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:


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. (618 characters)

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.