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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

792 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 65
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 07-23-2003)
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RomanW70

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this at a bowling party I was at yesterday. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. This beer is a dark brown color with a big tan head. Head has great retention. The huge head settles to a nice 1/2 inch after about 5 minutes or so. Good lacing. Sweet, roasted aromas of caramel, dark chocolate, and a bit of dark fruit are present. The taste consists of sweet, roasted malt with flavors of chocolate, caramel, coffee, followed by a slight bit of hops. Great flavor here! Has a full bodied crisp, yet smooth and creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink the way good craft beer ought to be!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 04:43:11 | More by neenerzig
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Pencible

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first ice bock I've ever had, this poured a very dark, translucent reddish-brown with only a little thin tan head. It smelled like prunes and oak with some hops. I tasted similar to its scent, although it was a bit sweeter than expected. It was like prunes and molasses mixed with hops bitterness, and slight alcohol warming in the aftertaste. The texture was thick and oily like an imperial stout, but it was still fairly drinkable. Overall it was very different than I expected, but it was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 22:43:19 | More by Pencible
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby, nice 1 finger head, decent lacing. raisin color.

S- Fresh flour, sweet maltiness, dark chocolate, lactose, belgian candy, hint of light pineapple.

T- Thick rich sweet malt, loads of caramel, a bit of prune.

M- Very thick and syrupy, lower carbonation.

D- For me, it was very, almost cloyingly sweet so I was glad I was splitting a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 02:56:21 | More by Greggy
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mimicic

New York

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark // coffee/coke colorr. Forms a thin layer of small bubbles.

S - Sweet, soy sauce with sugar smell.

T - Sweet yet bitter.

M - syrupy with little carbonation

D - Thick, sweet, and strong in alcohol content. Probably possible to drink one bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 05:32:12 | More by mimicic
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 33cl bottle poured into warsteiner tulip. Dark mahogany with 3 finger tan head with good retention for the abv and also good lacing.

S- Raisins, prunes, sweet sugary caramels, toffees, bready malts.

T- Some nice prune and caramel sweet notes, finish is slighltly alcholic but this is well masked with a bready malt quality.

M- Sticky, syrupy.

D- Very tasty brew with a smoothness for the abv, wouldnt want more than 1, but nonetheless, with this style, you arent looking for a session.

Note* beer paired with a coconut tart, coconut sweetness went well with the higer abv

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 22:54:15 | More by seanyfo
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Lothar666

Rhode Island

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The body was a deep, midnight brown mahogany color, while the head was off white, creamy and left traces of muddy lacing.

S- Cloves, spices, some cinnamon and dark fruits. Not at all what I was expecting. Very Nice.

T- More cloves, dark fruits and delicious spices backed with a sugary licorice flavor that makes me crave another sip. This sweet and spicy flavor is well balanced by hops in the finish. Phenomenal.

M- Very light body but not so thin as to be unpleasant and there is a pleasant tingle from the spices, hops and alcohol. This brew is a bit sticky but not chewy, which makes for a very interesting mouth texture.

D- This one goes dow incredibly easy and hides its high ABV very well. A tribute to classic German brewing traditions.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 21:35:00 | More by Lothar666
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biggmike

Mississippi

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber/ brown color with a nice off-white head that stayed a while. Aroma is of roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is made up of caramel, chocolate, toffee and some dark fruit. Alcohol is hidden well. Mouthfeel is pleasant and this is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 10:29:06 | More by biggmike
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a snifter-like tulip glass from the bottle.

A - deep dark, nearly opaque, amber color with a thick foamy head that is well retained, surprising considering the ABV on this one

S - faint noble hop aroma and interestingly complex malt character, remarkably clean as well

T - rich complex malt flavor (primarily caramel and munich malts noticed) with a slight hop finish

M - medium body with moderate carbonation

D - I'm not as familiar with the Eisbock style as I'd like to be after imbibing this beer. It's smooth and very enjoyable. It reminds me of a really smooth doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 04:13:25 | More by scoobybrew
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a bubble glass.

A: Pours a pretty dark brownish black when light passes through there is a deep dark ruby or finished wood color to it, there is a nice tightly packed and creamy sand colored head with some initially sticky looking lace. After a bit the head disappears into a ring and after a swirl of two of the glass the initial lace goes away, but considering the alcohol content on this beer the fact that some lacing sticks around is impressive.

S: There is an intense scent of apples in this guy, but like an apple crumble a nice caramel and brown sugar mixture that really defines the sweetness in the malt of the beer.

T/MF: The mouthfeel is smooth with touches of light carbonation and hop bitterness, the malt bitterness is minimal but it is there, this finish is not too protracted but a slick syrupy sweetness lies on the tongue for a bit after the swallow. The smell reflects the taste but the strong apple aroma in the nose has subsided a bit and taken over by a dustier yeasty profile tied with sweet candi sugar highlights all balanced by a deeply sweet and mellow toasted maltiness.

D: A pretty nicely balanced as well as rich and drinkable eisbock, not too heavy not too light. Though I prefer the aventius simply for the alcohol heat the accompanies the aftertaste, but this is still a very solid offering to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 03:19:16 | More by bluemoonswoon
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All hail the Shelton Brothers!

A: poured into a snifter. rich mahogany in color with a nice tan head. light lacing.

S: smells beautiful. great bouquet, warm apples with tons of spices. slight aroma of cloves.

T: rich malts with a hint of apples and bananas. the high alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

M: warms the mouth and makes the palate tingle with its complex flavors.

D: i may have found my Aventinus substitute. two of these and I am ready to party. Pick this up and you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 19:56:56 | More by paulthebeerguru
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klewis

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish mahogany with a moderate foamy head that settles to a frothy ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S: Dark fruits and a strong grape juice aroma. Slight bubblegum smell.

T: Big fruity taste with a candy-like sweetness. Slightly spicy with a very minimal alcohol presence.

M: Full-bodied, thick, and creamy with light carbonation. Surprisingly, the big flavor is quick to fade.

D: This is a fine beer, but I'm not quite blown away. Still, a good example of the style and one that I would considering picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 01:04:07 | More by klewis
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