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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

836 Ratings
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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 70
Gots: 35 | 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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Photo of July2Nov
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown...almost a black. Thin head that soon disappears as soon as it was poured.

S: Sweet and a bit syrupy, with hints of a buttery biscuit and slight malts.

T & M: Light tasting for a 9.2% abv. Starts off a bit sweet with that buttery biscuit flavor and ends with a slight chalk-like nutty flavor. Heats up at the end...certainly warms up the stomach.

D: Like I said, it certainly will fool you for being a 9.2 abv. Overall I liked this brew. It's a honest beer and one that you should try if you come in contact with it. I would probably just drink one of these at any one time.

Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark clear red when held up to light with a fizzy cream head that quickly fades.

S - Lightly sweet with rasin, date, and fig notes. Reminds me of a fig newton. Very light pleasamt aroma.

T/M - Rich and smooth, if heavy. Again, very rich dark fruits, rasin date and fig. Resiny and thick, but not sticky or filmy. Quite tasty, and not cloying over overly sweet.

D - This is a very heavy, but pleasant to drink beer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is a huge amount of bready malts, dark fruit (raisins and plums), caramel and some alcohol.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of sweet malt and dark fruits with some alcohol in the finish. The taste is also a bit metallic.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The high ABV definitely makes this one a sipper. Overall, this is a solid brew that is definitely worth picking up.

Photo of TheSarge
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lots of head, for just a 33cl bottle (four fingers thick, when I poured this into a tulip glass).
Color wise the body is jet black w/ reddish hues on the edge of the glass. Great sticky lacing.

Aroma is vanilla upfront, with slight metallic hops quality.

Taste wise, it's very immediately vanilla, w/ chocolate and cherry the rest of the way--Altogether a very rich tasting beer.

MF is great w/ good amount of CO2 to keep this brew bubbly. Not syrupy at all, and hardly an alcohol presence is detectable.

This brew kicks other's asses at the ABV level. It's a desert in a glass and not obtrusive like other beers at the alcohol level.

Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"The Original German Eisbock"

Comes in a brown bottle with a flashy "Ice" label. Pours a nice tan 1 inch head that appears very bublly and thick, you cannot see thorugh the dense, dark color of this beer.

The smell is overwhelmingly of chocolate, with a juicy(yes) smelling toffee malt to finish. The smell is pretty scrumptious.

Taste is a lot more bitter than expected, and its gooood. Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee like bitterness, and a very faint bit of molasses/chocolate sweetness in the middle. This is a nice robust brew with only little traces of its 9.2% of alcohol which isn't overpowering, but its there and increases as it warms. Its got a really nice and thick mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. It leaves a good amount of stickiness in your mouth and on you lips though you cant taste the sugars as prevalent as you can smell and feel them although it does get slightly sweeter as it warms with the alcohol.

Overall this is a highly worthy brew and would fit well in a dessert setting.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a smoky black dense body with gentle strands of tiny bubbles gliding up to a pancake batter head.

S- The dry almost woody aroma of brown malt has a rich dark dry toffee aroma to the finish.

T- the smooth dark brown malt flavor is dry with a caramel note and a fresh mineral water note to it. The finish is a dark roasted malt that is still smooth and lagered.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat until it warms a bit.

D- This beer has a good malt flavor but still has the smoothness of a lager and is very drinkable. Especially at the 9.2%ABV.

Photo of TLove
3.03/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(From Notes)

Bottle from Cleveland Park Liquors, D.C.

Pours a brownish "black pils" color with a little bit of head. The smell is primarily sweet, which flows well through the tastes. Toffee-ish and plum, cherry and beet aromas, but a bit unsettling to the stomach because of the intense sourness of the fruit character in this beer.

Alcohol well-disguised, but the finish is kind of tart and unrefreshing. Similar to the Sam Adams Imperial Stout in the intenseness of the sour fruits used and similarly undrinkable.

Photo of sevopie
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, but clear, brown color. Brown head that dissipates quickly.

Raisins, chocolate, and rum/alcohol.

More chocolate and toffee, with a good kick of prunes/raisins. A dash of alcohol that starts to show more as it warms.

Slightly oily with a lot of carbonation.

Goes down fairly smooth for 9%, but the alcohol starts to spring forth the warmer it gets. Good for an after dinner treat.

Photo of jdg204
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2nd offering of my Porters Pub night (and my buddies 2nd to last brew to complete this list). These dark german beers are a new area for me, so I was pretty excited to try one so highly touted.

A: Looks like a cup of french roast coffee. A little tan head at first, but that quickly disappeared.

S: Roasted malts, dark fruits and rum-like alcohol.

T: Malts dominate with a burnt caramel sweetness, licorice, and lots of dried fruit. Little heavy on the licorice for my tastes.

M: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation

D: High quality brew here, another one that lives up to it's reputation. I'll probably try one of the other big Eisbock's in the future to see how it measures up. Not a beer I'd drink everyday, but one that delivers when the mood strikes. Give this one a try if you're looking for something unique and German.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby/dark brown color that is rich and smooth. Minimal head and carbonation.
Sweet dark fruit aroma with a touch of baked caramel.
Prune and fig taste, caramel and hints of toffee in the back. The alcohol is well hidden until the end as it warmed beyond room temp.
This is a good beer. I'm not usually a German beer fan, but this was nice.

Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 330ml brown bottle into the curvy sam adams glass. It looks just like coka-cola with similar dark redish brown , good clarity, and course white head that diminishes quickly.

Aroma is sweet like brown sugar and definately malty. Similar in many ways to a doppelbock.

The similarities continue to the flavor with lots of carmel and toffee sweetness, brown sugar, and some bitterness from the roasted malt.
Balance leans towards sweet most of the time.

The mouthfeel is definately full bodied with more carbonation than I would prefer but it's not bad. The alcohol is present but well-hidden for something this strength.

Overall it's good but I would prefer a doppelbock which usually don't seem as sweet and are a bit more drinkable.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large creamy head with a dark brown color,but head fizzles fast.

The aroma of raisins,malts,dark fruits and a hint of vanilla.

The taste of raisins,malts,fruits,dates and nutty notes. Some additional smoky hints were observed.

The feel was like a bock of course. Full body and smooth carbonation and just overall creamy.

Notes: Not bad,not bad at all. Creamy and filling. A good beer.

Photo of MisterClean
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark Di who shared a bottle.

A - Poured mahogany with a 1 fingered mocha head that dissipated immedately and left no lacing.

S - Toffee and caramel.

T - Toffee and caramel with light to moderate alcohol.

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced, which finishes dry. Alcohol is noticeable as well.

D - Good overall. Still thought it had a bit much alcohol flavor though.

Photo of roadhouse
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into a Samichlaus tulip

Pours a deep brown that looks black at first until some light is shone on it and its deep mahogany body shows. A half inch off-white head forms on top but falls to a skim quickly. Doesn't leave much in the way of lace.

Aroma is exploding with caramel malt and delicious dark fruit character of raisins, plums, and figs. A bit of a brown sugary scent in there as well with some hot alcohols.

Taste is much like the nose, lots of caramel sweetness up front with heavy dark fruits emerging in the middle. Again it reminds me of raisins and figs with a bit of plum. A bit of an herbal/medicinal edge in the back with some more sweetness to finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy and smooth with a nice carbonation level.

I'd never even heard of this beer before but randomly picked it up in Wisconsin since I never see any Eisbocks around. Glad I did as this is fantastic.

Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kulbacher Eisbock is a clear copper beer with a leathery beige film of a head. It has a sweet, tart aroma. It is medium-full bodied and syrupy. It's very sweet, tast and malty. The flavor is very clean and strong. This is nice. I've never had an eisbock. It's kind of like a barleywine.

Photo of puboflyons
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 1757315. Sampled on April 25, 2009.

A - Very dark brown with hints of ruby red when held to the light. A token beige head with almost no lacing. But the head sticks around for a period of time.

S - The chief aroma is of sweet or chcolate malts but there is most definitely a note of alcohol on the nose.

T/M - Medium mouthfeel that sits well on the tongue. The taste is also of pungent malts and higher alcohol but the overall impression is that it is very smooth and comfortable in the mouth. There is a slightly hoppy aftertaste. Powerful brew.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 0z. bottle > dimpled mug

This is a very dark brown and amber color, hold it to direct light and there is some nice red hues in the middle. The head is a full two-finger's deep at first, dissipates pretty fast, plenty of lace, left-over.

The aroma is very complex, huge malty edge, mixed-nuts, sweet molasses and very dank, black fruits and a zesty caramel and a slightly tangy aroma I contribute to the yeast. The heat is obvious but not up-front. A very inviting aroma overall.

The flavor is also very complex, much like an Old Ale it has a HUGE malty flavor with a mix of herbal molasses, mixed nuts and grains right from the farm. A nice balance of zesty herbs and sour yeast tames the malt, which is a medium to full feel, not thick and very active despite it's huge flavor. A subtle woody heat rides in just in time to make things evenmore interesting. A slight medicinal, herbal taste is in the finish but it's otherwise very clean.

My first "Ice bock" and it's really very inspirational, a wonderful sipper!!

Photo of BeerSox
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz (330ml) bottle into 8oz snifter.

Very dark mahogany hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thin bubbly rim along the glass.

Very heavy aroma, with a bit of sweet candy aromas, slightly spicy, and a touch of alcohol.

Definitely a robust flavor. A bit of smokiness is in there, a little spice like in the aroma, and a good amount of dark fruit, like plum. Overall a sweet flavor. A creaminess comes in at the middle. The alcohol is slightly perceived, but nothing too strong. Full bodied and thick.

For an Eisbock, very drinkable. The style can sometimes be somewhat boozy, but this one didn't seem that way. Almost had some creamy flavors to it. Recommended, especially as an intro to the style.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark opaque brown with a big fluffy tan head. The smell is some lightly roasted malt with a dark fruit undertone, very appealing. The taste starts off with some sweet malt with some caramel character that goes into some fruity and breadiness before it's smashed by some very aggressive alcohol. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and creamy with some understated carbonation and some warming from the alcohol. A surprisingly drinkable beer for having such a high ABV, my first introduction to the style but it's something I've always been on the lookout for. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flute.

4.0 A: Clear dark brown, nearly black. Frothy head with decent retention for the ABV. Some lacing.

5.0 S: Caramel, raisins, prunes. Really really wonderful. There's a big sweetness to it to balance out the detectable alcohol.

4.5 T: This is just downright tasty. Lots of plum/prune flavor. Then some raisin and caramel. Complex set of dark malts. Delicious.

4.5 M: Medium heavy body. Chewy and creamy and oh so smooth for a 9.2% beer. Nearly perfect warming on finish.

5.0 D: Damn fine beer. Very drinkable. This could be a staple of anyone's beer diet.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

BATCH #1852291 Fresh Bottle
(First bottle I've had since the label change. No more shiny label. :(

Pours a dark brown, with a slight hint of ruby. Slightly murky. One-finger head of light brown foam. Fades rather quickly to a thin film. Lacing is somewhat spotty and rather slick.

Big nose of sweet maltiness. Caramel, raisins, and Medjool dates. Nice brown sugar presence.

Malt profile is much more 'level' than expected. I thought it would be more to the sweet side, from the nose. Actually, the whole flavor profile is more subdued than expected. It follows the nose, but all of the flavors are very mild.

Fairly full body, though not quite as full as I would like it to be. Smooth, but not quite creamy.

Very smooth and tasty. Some would find the (overly) mellow balance easy to drink. This would be a good session-able Eisbock.
I prefer my Eisbocks, and beer in general, to be a tad bit more bold and hearty.

BATCH #1757315 (14 - 18 months aged, I believe)

Pours an opaque, dark brown. Two-finger head of medium brown foam. Retention is good. Lacing is spotty, but pretty sticky.
A=4

Big sweet malts are still prominent, but they smell more robust than sweet, now. Dates are prominent among the dark fruit scents. Strong brown sugar notes. Notes of figs and plums. Very slight hint of bananas. All of this is covered by a wonderful butteriness.
S=4.5

The taste has opened up slightly. It still seems very tightly-packed, at this point. Dark, yet slightly sweet, malts. Figs and plums with light touches of caramel. A slight hint of brown sugar.
T=4

Body has slightly smoothed-out, though it is still full. Creaminess is a slight bit better. Almost velvet tones, but not quite.
M=3.5

As this has become slightly more rich, it is also slightly less drinkable, as it pertains to large amounts. As for just it's taste alone, it is still quite enjoyable to drink.
D=3.5

Overall #2 = 4.0

It should be obvious that I think this one is better with some age on it. Fresh is not nearly as good, or special.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with batch number of 1757315. poured into tulip

very dark reddish brown, almost opaque. dark ruby color under the light. lots of beige head, gradually recedes to wisps and consistent ring. interesting thin, sine-wave patterned, first ring of lace. afterwards, nice semi-curtains remain to stick to the glass.

fruity aroma of raisins and dates, dark caramel and brown sugar. whiff of grassy noble hop. whiff of alcohol.

similar flavors, and even more raisin. definitely lots of brown sugar. brief note of port wine. hops give gentle to moderate bitterness, into a slightly alcoholic finish, with a moment of moderate phenols.

smooth, not too thin, almost syrupy. carbonation is moderate and can even be fluffy.

sweetness, alcohol and phenols cut down drinkability slightly.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice. Dark purplish brown with fair amount of tan fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smell is of sweet grapes, cherries, berries, and raisins... maybe some strange spiciness in there as well. Sweet fruitiness and raisin flavor in the taste, finishing with a moderate alcohol burn.

There's a fairly strong alcoholic presence at the back end of this one which stops it from being too drinkable. It is an interesting slow sipper but I don't think the flavor is as exciting as the smell.

Photo of Rayek
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with excellent clarity and very active carbonation. Small and fizzy cream head retreats quickly to a thin film across the top of the beer. Leaves no lace.

S: Heavy on the dark fruits, with plums, raisins and grapes. A light whiff of alcohol reinforces the vinous qualities of the beer. There's a hint of smoke in the background.

T: Powerful, but not over the top. The dark fruits from the nose transition perfectly into the flavor. Bitterness in the form of pepper provides balance with the assistance of an alcoholic bite. Overall, this beer is on the sweet side. Finishes with an alcohol warmth going down that supports the beer's strength of character.

M: Medium-heavy body is syrupy and has a nice level of carbonation.

D: A very nice beer to me. Sweet and strong, this beer is rather wine like in presentation. I like it a lot. This is the perfect beer to ring in the start of Spring.

Photo of ironarrow42
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a deep, clear garnet-auburn hue. Thick pale beige head drops to a collar. 

Aroma: Massive Munich malt aroma, with that distinctive rich, dark caramelly malt. Notes of fig, prune, dates.

Texture: Full bodied with a very fine carbonation tingle. Somewhat viscous texture. Substantial.  

Flavor: Rich, dark malt with a note of molasses and hints of baked prune, figs, & dates and a light roasty edge. Complex, expansive flavours. Balancing bitterness is seamlessly and smoothly integrated. The finish is lengthy and evolving, drying gradually with a faint hint of licorice in the background. 

Overall Impression: A German malt bomb! Wonderful!

Food Pairing Recommendations: Smoked cheese and sausage, Bavarian pretzels, maybe even beer-battered onioin rings.

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.