Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 70
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Todd on 07-23-2003)
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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle for $2.39 at Bella Vino, AA

Poured into a Lion tulip. Opaque with nice head. Smells of molasses, malt, raisins, and a touch of soy. Rich and thick, with a syrupy sweetness. A little tingle of carbonation when it first hits the tongue, but none other than that. Lingering finish. Just a touch of heat in the throat from the 9.2%, but I would have never guessed it was that high.

This was the first eisbock that I've rated. Very similar to a good German doppelbock, like Celebrator. Sipped on this for well over an hour on a cold night. Too sweet for more than one at a time most likely.

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

I grabbed this one just by visually shopping at my new favorite store here in Albuquerque. When the "beer guy" at the shop told me it was a lot like Celebrator and that I could even do a side by side tasting, my immediate thought was something along the lines of: "Brother. You are really putting your reputation on the line here." It was my first suggestion from him and anyone in the store for that matter. I took his advice though and took a bottle of Celebrator to do a side by side tasting. The two are virtually twins I feel, with minimal characteristic differences. The Celebrator has a more roasted quality and the Kulmbacher has a sweeter edge...and also 2.5% more on the ABV. Overall I appreciated this one quite a bit and was surprised how similar it was to Celebrator.

Photo of hwwty4
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark brown, almost mahogany, with a large 2 inch head that dissipated quickly. Nose is of raisins, dark fruit, and syrupy malts. Taste is raisins right off the bat, with a syrupy maltiness in the middle finishing with a lingering alcohol kick. Mouthfeel is full. Definitely not a session beer (unless you want to hit the floor) but on a chilly winter night, 1 hits the spot.

Photo of Backer2004
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to Mike from Carolina Brewmasters for bringing this treat to the Christmas party. I do love Eisbocks, although I've tried very few. Nice malty syrupy sweetness, a smell of plums and raisins to die for. Great all around, would love to get my hands on many more of these.

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

Appearance: poured a dark mahogany from a 11.2 oz into a snifter. Two finger head that rapidly receded, with a minimal amount of lacing.

Smell: sweet, with hints of dark malt and fruitiness. This is the first of the style I have had. Reminds me of some of the Dopplebocks I have had.

Taste: Dark malts, nice fruity sweetness with a nice alcoholic sting in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A little too sweet to drink more than 1 or 2, but one of these on a cold winter night would really hit the spot.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, smallish head, retreats very quickly, virtually no retention, leaves some slight clear, alcoholic ethanol lacing.

S: Robust dark malts, with raisin, prune, brandywine, port, and lots of spicy ethanol. Smells a lot like Sam Adams Triple Bock without the maple syrup added.

T: Similar to the smell, very dark flavours abound, raisins, plum, prune, brandy, dark sugar and some molasses and band-aid phenol type characters. Heavy on the malt flavours, finding a hop is difficult, but that's okay, this is a style of beer where the flavour of the malt and alcohol is exalted.

M: Very smooth, silky smooth, with some medicinal qualities from the alcohol. A full-bodied beer, one to be sipped.

D: One of the rarer styles to find, but certainly a style I could get into. Kulmbacher makes a very good strong lager at a good price, less than $3 for the 11.2 oz. bottle. The alcohol is there, it is noticable, but this does not really take away from the drinkability of the beer like it can in some other styles of beer when the alcohol content is not to style. Definitely worth a try for strong beer fans.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kulmbacher Eisbock pours a mahogany brown that shows red highlights when held up to the light with a light brown head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is strong and malty with a bit of fruitiness. The taste is pretty much the same, very malty with some fruit. The alcohol is fairly well hidden in the flavor, but it does rear it's head a bit. This is a very good beer, but I couldn't have another.

Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet candy-like caramel malts, chocolate, dark fruits and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts, dark fruits, and some smoke, with some alcohol warming. A bit of a bitter finish comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, it tastes like an extra-sweet doppelbock. It is very well done and tasty.

Photo of becktone
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eye: Nearly black in color this beer looks fairly good as it sits in my goblet. The color is a very dark brown, or nearly black, with dark ruby highlights. The head is tea-stained tan in color and looks creamy. It is pretty thin in appearance, with decent lacing, though I think that this is more attributed to the glass than the beer itself. Just seems like this type of glass is designed to create a thin yet stable head.

Nose: Big malt nose, no hops are able to be detected. Dark fruits in the aroma, some chocolate, and some spicy notes are there. Alcohol is detectable, but in somewhat small amounts, hidden pretty well, I should say. Can't tell you what else I smell exactly, kinda complex. Not as potent as I would've liked, just a little bit too much work to get the nose from this brew.

Tongue: One of the first things I noticed about this beer when It hit my mouth was an immediate roasted grain bitterness. After that its sweet all the way down, alcohol is noticeable at the end. Bit of chocolate, and obviously roasted/toasted flavors in there. Really big malt flavor with some spiciness which is going to be coming from the alcohol (don't think that there would be too much hop spiciness in a beer like this, at least not this noticeable, plus the taste of the two is a completely different spiciness). Overall great taste, but I think that there could be more here, not sure what, but there could be more of it-what ever "it" is.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Body is heavy with just enough carbonation to remind you that this is in fact a beer and not some kind of crazy liquor. Slightly warming as it goes down due to alcohol. Velvety on the palate. This is a beer I'd not be opposed to buying again, though I think that I prefer Aventinus Weizen Eisbock over this one, it was just so much more exciting in my experience, much more profound. However, I've no qualms about finishing this sixer I've of this stuff.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured a dark, ruby color with a hugh off white head which took a while to disappear,

Smell- Roasted malts and fruits

Taste- Similar to the smell. Malts and fruits

Mouthfeel- Heavy and low carbonation.

Drinkability- This beer was okay. Something nice to drink in the winter.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11oz bottle (production code of 1558384) in an oversized crystal snifter

Poured thick and strong with a soft sizzle. Huge sweet, malted nose full of raisins, prunes, brown sugar, dark caramel, faint dark cherry and chocolate. With some bloom comes a soft nutty quality and cold, oily black, end of the pot office coffee the next morning. The soft burn of alcohol hangs over all of this like a morning fog.

A faint, lively pencil's worth of loose, toffee hued foam quickly faded into practically nothing, an excuse of a oily sheen resting on the surface with a delicate edge ring, exposing a cherry amber stained mahogany hue, almost port like in color.

Mmm...thick, rich, syrupy, but not overpowering. There is a subtle delicate nature to it which caught me off guard. Don't get me wrong...its a big beer, but the initial taste & mouthfeel are almost fragile in construction. Sweet with fruits like raisin & cherry, the malts coat the tongue with a velvet glove of malted porn. Its soft & smooth, no hard edges only round corners....very Feng Shui with the lack of poisoned arrows!!

As a result of this smoothness, its alarmingly easy to drink, which could be potentially dangerous given the over 9% ABV lurking in the background (more about that later). Need to slow this down!

Burnt coffee & chocolate are barely present in the malts (damn, this is easy to drink) as well as some burnt caramel. It just rolls like a damp morning fog over my mouth, gradually intensifying in feel, growing slightly bittersweet & finally combusting with that aforementioned, yet well hidden thus far, alcohol igniting with a cool fire in & on my teeth, finishing so smooth, clean, with not so much a chewy feeling but rather a sensation that a really good chocolate leaves where your mouth is coated in lushness & it naturally wants more.

A damn nice beer, and oh so smooth! A real malt lover's treat. This was lush, soft, welcoming, a ride over slowly cresting hills. This was one of the smoothest beers I can remember, which is a testament to Kulmbacher for creating such a easy flowing, high octane (you were warned) beer. This screams for some fully bloomed Bleu cheese, all creamy & smooth, to echo the mouthfeel, or some dry aged cheddar to completely contrast it. A great sipper and cold weather brew. Definitely recommended!

Photo of kmo1030
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark ruby brown with a thick tan head that lasts for a bit.
caramelly chocolate malts with a fair amount of toffee in the nose. you find booze soaked dark fruits, mostly raisins, figs, with something of a dry grainy quality that's pretty appealing. nutty and toasty.
the taste leans a little more on the fruitier end of the spectrum than the aroma does, but it stays firmly entrenched on the sweet malty molasses side of things with more of the same from the aroma. the alcohol is not noticable to the taste, but you can feel it in the mouth.
full body with soft carbonation. very coating.
great drinkability, for the nature fo the beer. remarkably easy drinking, all things considering. a pretty damn good beer, a bit desert-y, but obviously well crafted.

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

08/13/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a code printed on the bottom right side of the label. Poured into my Aventinus Eisbock glass.

Appearance- Deep and somewhat murky brown in color. About a 1/2 inch off white head which leaves behind spotty lacing.

Smell- Dark fruit and more dark fruit. Alcohol soaked raisins, plums, prunes and dates...plus the addition of a sweet and darker roasted caramel base.

Taste- Exactly copies the scent. Very large caramel candied flavor. Even more intense as it warms to room temp. Prunes, raisins, dates and figs splash in the alcohol. At first a very light metallic note slips it's way in, but after a sip or two, it vanishes.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, syrupy and sweet mouthcoating.

Drinkability- One of the few of the style I have had. Good stuff, but meant for winter of fall rather than summer. Thick and strong tasty beer.

Photo of DreifachS
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hand washed, rinsed, and dried pint glass.

Head developed rapidly, but quickly disappeared leaving very little lacing with few bubbles rising to the surface minutes after the pour.

Smell is of medium crystal malts- toffee, and dates very inviting
Taste is similar to smell only with more reliance on heavier crystal malts tasting of raisins and dates with slight toffee undertones. Slight alcohol warmth way less than what I expected from a 9.2% beer.
Mouth feel was thick and viscous.
Lack of head or significant lacing impacts the appearance of this beer. However, the brewing process, namely the freezing of the beer significantly impairs the ability of this beer to retain head. Therefore it is within style, and must be expected that head retention will be minimal.
The brute heavyness of the beer also impacts drinkability, as it might be difficult to drink more than one or two in a setting. Though, at 9% I'm not sure you'd need to have more than one or two. All in all, a great desert beer, or nightcap.
Those who like Celebrator Dopplebock (as I do) will likely find Kulmbacher Eisbock a rewarding experience, I know I'll be keeping a six pack in the fridge.

Photo of mdagnew
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from beersofeurope.com...

Poured a quite dark mahogany red / brown colour... Tan / mocha head with some coppery tinges poured small and thick then faded quickly to light wispy covering with thick ring around the edge..lots of carbonation rushes to the surface... no real lacing..

Aroma - Very strong treacle sweetness, toasted toffee /caramel maltiness, rich dark fruits (raisins, prunes, figs, some oranges), strong alcohol cuts through the sweetness, some cough mixture notes, malt loaf, toasted bread, some traces of rum, toasted nuttiness, spicy / peppery hops, grassy..

Taste – Strong sweet caramel / treacle toasted maltiness, lots of nuttiness - some almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios... some light chocolate notes, alcohol is just noticeable, quite bready - toasted malt loaf, some ginger spiciness, peppery / grassy hops, loads of rich dark fruits (raisins, currents, dates etc), some woody notes, cola, some light smokiness...

Feel - Rich and creamy with a little sharpness underneath... full bodied.. considering it is 9.2% this is pretty damn drinkable although it's probably wiser to sip this one !!

Overall - An amazing brew - this blew me away... it's so rich and complex and amazingly well balanced... Highly recommended..

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

Thanks to Alkey for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, a nice fizzy tannish head which does not last long, basically not sticky lacing at all. The nose is sweet, malty, I'm getting some cherries, figs, raisins, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of dark fruits, and caramel. There is a slight spiceness near the end. Medium body, well rounded brew. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, recommended.

Photo of Atlas1
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've only had a handful of eisbocks before, but I've enjoyed the style. Big, malty, German brews. The Kulmbacher label on my bottle, which doesn't match the one in the BA photo by the way, is a crazy patchwork of shiny snowflakes. The neck label says "The Original German Ice Bock" on it.

Poured into a belgian beer snifter the Eisbock is a deep rich brown color with an off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves relatively no lace. But when held up to natural light, the beer gives off some very impressive cranberry/mahogany hues. A very pretty color for sure. The nose is big and malty. Scents of banana, clove, prune, and date waft up out of the glass. I also get a molasses smell here too. The taste is sweet and rich, with a noticeable spicy kick at the end. Fruity sweetness (the aforementioned fruits, and some cherries as well), but also a slightly hoppy bitterness. The high alcohol is present in the taste, but does not detract too much. Strong, smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with a pleasant lingering bitterness in the finish. I'd give this beer higher marks in drinkability if it weren't so sweet up front. But it's still a fine beer, and another solid eisbock to add to the list. Worth seeking out.

Photo of Viggo
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Goodbar in Buffalo. They have an insane draft selection!

Pours a clear tawny brown/red, very rich looking, small off white head, some lace spots, leaves a solid ring. Smell is malty as hell, dark fruits, alcohol, dates/figs, light roast, very nice and complex. Taste is very malty too, toffee and dates, raisins, fruity finish, light roasted malt and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, warms on the way done but very smooth. Very nice, drinkable eisbock that tastes great and hits hard, definate winter sipper.

Photo of basica
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this Eisbock during a visit to Brauhaus with Paul and his father who was also very into
beers. I decided to try this after seeing all the acclamations for it on BA and HELL was it one
great beer I had! The beer pours out dark brown, almost black with a mild head and mild head
retention. It emmits a very strong and pronounced malty smell with significant fruity notes;
totally tempting me to taste it right away. I read that one of the processes in brewing Eisbocks
is the freezing of a portion of water and removing it. This is clearly illustrated by the rich,
strong and concentrated taste and thickness of the alcohol body. The taste sees a greater
pronunciation of the maltiness and dark fruitiness. Also present was a less pronounced breaded
taste. If I have to compare it to the Doppelbocks I would say this one is nothing short of a
super-charged Doppelbock! Every goodness in the Andechser Doppelbock is further exemplified into
a masterpiece of bock beers. The mouthfeel is yet another side of heaven; so full bodied and rich
slightly creamy and so very smooth. I don't think there was carbonation but that was not
important at all for this beer. The 9.2 ABV did not even feel like some alcoholic dose; it was
smooth and masked the alcholism within a highly drinkable goodness. The after taste is another
savouring pleasure that was focussed on malts and dark fruitiness. A wonderful German masterpiece
which really surprised me. This is probably the first German beer that would enter my top 10 beer
list, for now. The final catch is; this beer is past freshness date; I do not know what that
date is as the staff at Brauhaus has torn it off. But I believe that for complex tasting beers
like this one; time is crucial; the longer you leave it, the better it becomes!

Photo of sterstar1
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite beers. The nose is very fruity and speaks of a little maple as well. The mouthfeel is excellent. The taste is just wonderful. It comes in a six pack which is another reason I like this beer so much. - You don't have to down a whole bomber or 750 in one sitting. Great beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a deep brown color with an amber hue. The head is tan, thick and rocky. The smell is sweet and very malty. The taste is quite malty as well….there is perhaps a little spiciness as well. The mouthfeel is full and a bit syrup like. The alcohol has a warming effect as it is swallowed. Overall, I’d consider this an interesting big beer that I’d recommend picking up if you ever get the opportunity.

Photo of woemad
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Daanan's Delicatessen in Hayden, Idaho for $2.95. The shiny label bears little resemblance to the one featured on BA and the word "Reichelbrau" is not on the label. Best by date of "1558384"? WTF?

This poured out in a dark, cola-ish color with about 2" of tan foam that dropped after about 3-4 minutes. Spotty lace left on the sides of my glass.

The nose was sweet and earthy and had elements of mollasses and dark fruit to it.

The taste started out sweet and earthy, then a warming alcohol flavor kicked in, along with a fig-like dark fruit flavor. Fairly tasty!

The mouthfeel was thick and oily, doing a good job at coating all surfaces within my mouth that it could get to.

This would probably make an excellent dessert beer. Used insuch a way, it's drinkability is high. Definitely not a session beer with it's high abv, not to mention it would probably be rather filling. While I don't rank this quite as high as the Aventinus Eisbock, I'd still happily drink this again.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first eisbock, should be interesting. Pours a dark as night black, with a suitable head that becomes a nice lace around the glass. A little swirl and the full white-lace head returns. Aroma is complex, some figs mixed with vanilla and a sort of cream soda aroma. A very unique smell I've never enjoyed in a beer. Taste is dark and fruity, sort of a mixture of a dark Belgian and a dopplebock. Relaxing coffee aftertaste mixed with a slight hint of bitter chocolate belies the alcohol strength of this beer.

Hope to have this beer quite a few more times, and try this style out many more. This is a great and unique brew.

Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a dark cola brown color, with a hint of orange. The beer has very nice head retentention and very good lacing. The nose really comes across with cola and rootbeer, with a hint of vanilla. Not the least bit overdone and quite impressive. On the palate the beer is very rich and sweet, with lots of chocolate, vanilla and cola. The combination works very well, as the beer is just delicious. The beer has a fluffy smoothness, with a plush mouthfeel. I've had this beer on a number occasions, but today's version is just excellent. The abv. is well disguised, and hence the beer seems very, very drinkable. I was tempted to order another, but one more of these and it would time to park the car and call a cab. Excellent beer. What a treat.

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

A snifter glass served at Capone's.

A: The eisbock is a dark brown/black murky beer, impossible to see through with the color and the sediment. Head is neglibile at best.

S: The nose is yeasty, thick with dark alefruits and an intense alcohol presence. Syrupy sweetness and molasses bitterness round out the nose.

T: The first sip reveals both strong alcohol and dark fruit sweetness. Raisins and figs dominate the body, providing a dark sweetness that coats the entire mouth. Some ester and yeast flavors round out the mouth, providing a strong finish to the beer. The mouth, while bretraying a big alcohol body, is not dominated by it.

M: A surprisingly easy drink for a beer of this strength. The dark fruit flavors are pleasing.

D: At 9.2%, this is a sippin' beer. Any more and you are courting trouble. Enjoy those sips though, they are good.

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.