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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

803 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 65
Gots: 29 | 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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kinger

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a deep dark ruby color with little head and no lacing. Interesting sweet aroma that touches on a fruity overtone. Thick full mouthfeel very nice. The flavor is what really pulls this ice bock together. The malts are extremely sweet almost too sweet but then there are flavors of figs and raisins with some caramel and even a touch of chocolate. Very complex indeed. The finish is smooth and of course sweet. Enjoyable but definitely on a limited basis.

08-01-2008 12:49:47 | More by kinger
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rye726

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Deep brown color with a tan head. Poor retention. The nose is quite smokey and has a good amount of dried fruit, candy and roasted malts. More of the same in the flavor department. A delicious brew. Full body goes down well. Could drink this all night.

07-30-2008 05:45:55 | More by rye726
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Donnie2112

Alaska

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

brown and translucent, lazy lingering film of head just little bits of lace as well

aromas of bananas and gorgeous caramel smells

brown sugar, caramel, certainly some peppery alcohol combined with some banana like yeastiness

full bodied and smooth medium-light carbonation, the alcohol also makes it rather dry

drinks like a nice big beer, smooth, sweet and a nice alcoholic snap. Another good Eisbock

07-29-2008 03:06:24 | More by Donnie2112
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PLANETBUSTERRAVE

New York

3.43/5  rDev -16.7%

This was my first Eisbock so I didn't know what to expect. It pours a dark carmel with lots of carbonation that rushes to make a thick tan head. The head dissipated slowly to nothing, once all of the carbo cleared you could see that it was clean. There was a small sweet roasted hop scent with a little malt and some spices thrown in. Lots of alcohol and a little bitter hint of hop is all that I could taste, and a hint of malt. It was thick and creamy with a bitter alcohol aftertaste. I'm not to sure about this one, the high alcohol taste was nice but a little too much, there wasn't a lot of flavor but it did have a nice kick. This one seems like it would be better with age.

07-22-2008 12:54:37 | More by PLANETBUSTERRAVE
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

I am drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is one year from store purchase. The beer pours a very dark mahogany color and fizzy tan head of 1 cm foams up and fades very quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is heavy with dark fruit and chocolate, dark chocolate covered rum cherries, or raisins. Some molasses scents too.
Definitely hints at a larger beer.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body and sticky textured brew with minimal yet tingly carbonation. Flavor is all malt and fairly sweet. Lots of dark fruit and dark high cacao chocolate notes. Raisins and red grape mixing in too. No real alcohol burn or bite until just a little warmth on the very end of the swallow. I cant believe this is 9.2%!!!
I think I found a new beer to buy every time I see it, this is a good one to have on hand, especially for the winter! I likey very much.

07-17-2008 01:00:54 | More by sulldaddy
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Onslow

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

had fresh and a 2/12 year aged... wow, what a beer, fresh: it hides the alcohol wonderfully, aged: like a fine sherry ... a very drinkable beer that glides down the throat ... lots of plum, belgian berry, some alcohol spice, berries, the aged has the same with some oak ... an absolute wonderful brew... got from LS and the aged from biggreen at the july08 Htown tasting...

07-15-2008 01:46:09 | More by Onslow
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Riverwarrior

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

S = Rich malt, caramel, and fig.

T = Malty sweetness upfront, caramel and fig flavors in the middle, and a fair amount of bittering hops rounds out the flavor. The finish was surprisingly bitter. The alcohol warmth showed up pretty quick.

MF = Thick bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth going down.

Overall, this is a complex brew that's made for sippin'.

07-06-2008 01:45:39 | More by Riverwarrior
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gonzo46and2

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -21.6%

Pours a bit viscous thick black beer with a dark tan head. Low lacing and very low hops.

Aroma is pretty one-dimensional. Sugary and syrupy.

Taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Licorice and sugar-candy.

Mouthfeel is too thick not very impressive.

Drinkability is tolerable but I couldn't drink more than a couple in one sitting.

First eisbock ever. Please take into consideratoin.

07-05-2008 03:30:58 | More by gonzo46and2
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PBBC

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Beer Pours deep brown/red/mahogany... not much head.

Aroma is rich... spicy oak and strong black cherries. Slight raisin tones.

Flavor... sweet cherry... burnt caramel on the sides of the tongue, nutty, roasted pear notes. warm from the alcohol content... Finishes surprising clean/smooth for such a rich beer. Well balanced.

06-29-2008 19:58:52 | More by PBBC
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Thiestru

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a bottle into my pint-sized pub glass.

Apperance: Very dark reddish-brown. Early on, this had a two-finger tan head; this later diminished into a lacey covering that coated the glass nicely.

Smell: Very rich, with elements of molasses, fruitiness, and dare I say vegetable-iness. It smells 'dark'; the alcohol is very forward as well.

Taste: There's a bit of a licorice haunting the palate, with dark malts abounding. As I drink this, I'm still thinking of molasses. The sense of vegetable-iness that was implied in the nose is apparent in the taste, giving this a very interesting flavor. There's a bold warming alcohol character in this one. A bittersweetness lingers like an afterglow for some time, reminding me to take another sip.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick, but not too much.

Drinkability: As far as taste goes, I rate its drinkability 'high'. But it is 9.2% alcohol, so one bottle of this goes a long way.

06-06-2008 06:52:28 | More by Thiestru
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours deep brown, allowing some light to go through. It's certainly black when viewed in lower light.

Contrasting head doesn't retain after several minutes. Gone completely.

Nose has cookie dough, caramel, and maduro cigars in a humidor aromas.

On the palate the alcohol is apparent with a lot of unsweetened chocolate, roastiness, and caramel.

Finish has some bitterness and alcoholic warmth. Not ideal for summer consumption but this one hit the spot just fine anyway.

05-31-2008 06:00:20 | More by yemenmocha
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RomanW70

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours dark caramel with a thin white head. Aroma of toffee and molasses. Taste similarly sweet and rich. Tastes like a meal, with a thick mouthfeel. Finish has somelingering bitterness and licorice-like alcohol. I will definitely have this again. Although this beer is very heavy, it is a very nice beer.

05-31-2008 02:18:56 | More by RomanW70
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A: A deep, blood red pour into a snifter... pale tan head

S: Sweeter smelling dark fruits... over ripe dark fruits, even... fig, plum, date. Nuttiness, some softer caramel scents, maltiness, and a touch of alcohol spiciness.

T / M / D: Sweet, almost like cashews nuttiness. Some dark fruit essence in there, toasted malts, and notes of caramel and raisin. A very nicely balanced flavour and mouthfeel, which is rich but not quite thick. A very smooth drinker, and a very easy drinker considering the ABV... almost too easy, as I find myself drinking it rather quickly.

05-26-2008 02:25:44 | More by Proteus93
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

The sweet, smooth malty palate offers plenty of roast and chocolate. A firm nuttiness blends nicely with a dominant dark fruit character (raisins, currents, etc.) that is rich, but not cloying. Caramel and a more pronounced burnt bitterness.

Rich with well-balanced flavors and very satisfying. One of the best Eisbocks I've had in a while.

Highly recommended...

05-19-2008 21:39:58 | More by arguemaniac
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%

A: This beer had a dark color and a fairly thick consistency. There was a thin amount of head and nice lacing.

S: A typically German understated smell. Some malt, fruit and sweets, none of which dominated.

T: This is a pretty sweet beer, though not overwhelmingly so. There were dark fruits, caramel, yeast and malt. It's a sharp taste, but never really bitter.

M: This had an OK amount of carbonation (could've used just a little more in my opinion). Had a smooth finish. Not a full-bodied beer, but not a medium-bodied beer either.

D: This is a drinkable beer, especially if you like eisbocks. It's a pretty well-balanced brew all around.

05-14-2008 13:04:55 | More by avalon07
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joe1510

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%

330ml Bottle

Vintage 7/11/96
#16979

Received as an extra in a past trade with brewandbbq, thanks Jeff! Reichelbrau Eisbock pours the darkest of reds unless backlit when mahogany highlights glow without a problem. The head rose to a fingers worth of creaminess and faded down to a skimming with a solid ring. That little ring leaves nice thin drink lines after each drink.

Whew, this bad boy has some sweetness to it. Huge amounts of caramel. This beer is all at once hugely bready, toasty, and sweet. Enough of an alcohol presence to feel the fumes in your eyes but surprisingly it's not over the top. There's a yeastiness in there that reminds me of rehydrating yeast. There's also a good amount of dark fruits. Bing Cherries come to mind, faintly, along with figs and raisins. This is a deep rich smelling brew.

While the sweetness is here in the flavor it never becomes overbearing in the least. Big caramel maltiness dominates throughout. Fig, prune, and raisin all come through over the top of the caramel to create extra layers of flavor. Rum cake comes through mid-palate through the swallow. The alcohol comes through to add spiciness as opposed to heat.

The mouthfeel reminds me of Belgian style beer. Big abv and flavor packed into a much lighter then expected body with an airy carbonation. The mouthfeel fits things very well.

While this is a sipper it's a pleasure to drink. The flavor is big but easy going down. It will warm you up without a doubt.

When I first cracked this beer open I was almost sure I wouldn't like it. I was hit with a huge sweetness as soon as the cap popped. It ended up being a really nice surprise. An eisbock that held up this well for almost 12 years is a treat to drink. Thanks Jeff!

05-09-2008 22:57:56 | More by joe1510
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Poured a dark, ruby red with a thin, fizzy khaki head which quickly lapsed to a sparse micro-bubbly layering.

S: dark sweet caramel, raisins, with a touch of alcohol. Overall the aroma was very light.

T: The initial flavor provided a moderate sweet dark caramel with rum raisin and dark sweet molasses. There was a spicy, dry cola nuttiness and alcohol presence as well. A nice dark caramel and ripe fruitiness of raisins and dates rounds out this beer while finishing with spicy alcohol (cinnamon) notes.

M: light, oily with a spicy alcohol finish. Carbonation was light-medium.

D: Really enjoyed this one. Very nice drinkability with a noticeable alcohol spiciness in the finish/fade providing a good warming.

04-25-2008 01:35:30 | More by beerthulhu
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Dark clear mahogany look, bit of a head, very nice.

Smell is malt, deep malt, no hops.

Taste, yeah great sweet caramel malt, lots of it, just like it should be. Sweetish, but not too much, great flavor. A bit oily, some alchohol, but not much.

Light carbonation, just right, full feel. Very nice drinkable, could have several, but for the 9+%, keep this around for after dinner. Yes!

04-25-2008 00:02:59 | More by robbyc1
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Slynger

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Kulmacher's Eisbock pours the deepest shade of amber fading into red in the bottom of my glass. A creamy, light tan lid slips quickly to leave rings of lace.

The nose is rich and malty with deep caramel and light chocolate sweetness. Dark and fruity prunes and plums mix with the maltiness as light roasted grains show in the background.

Full and soft mouthfeel, with a modest but creamy carbonation, and it slides down super smoothly. The flavor is really outstanding. It's excellently balanced in the same mold as the nose. Heavily malty, sweet, and fruity, with a light roasted bitterness in the finish.

I'm not usually a huge bock guy, but this one really impressed me. So smooth and rich, with good balance and complexity.

04-24-2008 03:33:04 | More by Slynger
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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Very deep and dark amber with a large tan head that settles quickly leaving OK lace.

S: Brown sugar and molasses dominate with some caramel and toffee hints. Has strong malty sweet nose.

T: Some alcohol up front and then boat loads of malts. There are all of the flavors that are in the nose and the add spiciness from the alcohol. The alcohol and sweet dark malt flavors balance very well.

M: Full bodied with a creamy carbination and very dry alcoholic finish.

D: This is a great nightcap as a sit and watch some playoff hockey. Not too sweet and you are not killed with the alcohol. Well done beer.

04-23-2008 01:00:27 | More by Biscuit033
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a very dark brown color, clear with ruby tones coming through. Initially a nice foamy tan head is formed, but it quickly dissipates to a slim covering. Aromas are incredibly malt rich, plums, a little chocolate, toffee, leather and a pretty high alcohol presence. On the palate, the malt richness continues, and the alcohol is noticeable, but this is one of the smoothest 9% beers I've ever had. It has an initial candy like sweetness, but it is balanced by the alcohol, hops provide just a shimmer of bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy provided by the low carbonation and borderline syrupyness. Overall, a really nice brew, a style I would love to make someday.

04-18-2008 13:21:47 | More by dreadnatty08
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JDV

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -32%

Bottle shared by JohnathanL at tasting. Thanks!
Pours dark brown to black and looks like coca-cola in the glass with little head. Smell and flavor are both of strong dark malty caramel and alcohol. Notes weren't particularly long on this beer, but the strong toffee like caramelly sweetness was what mostly stood out. The alcohol wasn't overpowering in the flavor though. Decent beer, but didn't wow me.

04-06-2008 17:59:59 | More by JDV
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

This beer pours a very dark almost black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of toffee, caramel, plums, and dates. The taste is like the aroma, but with a hot alcoholic finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a cream, velvety texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a nice eisbock. It is fully malty, has depth, and is not overly sticky. I will certainly drink this again.

04-04-2008 00:05:34 | More by KarlHungus
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goochpunch

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +17.7%

Pours out a ruby-tinged leathery brown with some slow-moving, lazy bubbles making their way to the half-finger head. Surprisingly the head holds up extremely well. Leaves some isolated blotches of lace. Smell is intense with caramel maltiness but never goes so far as to smell worty, which I find a good number of extremely malty beers to suffer from. I also get lots of raisins, almonds, pistachios, honey, and rustic bread. Flavor profile is totally chewy with malt, caramel, nuts, bread, dried fruit, chocolate, and roasted malt. Very sweet but doesn't really ever get cloying. Ends on a rather bright and slightly acidic note. Some roastiness and mild bitterness help to dry things up in the finish. Minimal alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is just a bit sticky and is rather light in body when considering the flavor profile and level of alcohol. Lively carbonation also helps to lighten this up. So delicious and drinkable. This one has a lot of finesse.

04-02-2008 04:57:52 | More by goochpunch
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