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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: 28 | 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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xymyl

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Deep reddish brown with little carbonation, head is totally gone in less than a minute after pouring. Tiny trails of bubbles make a minor disturbance on the surface of the beer.

Nose is malt malt malt, from light to dark with caramel and toasted malts coming furthest forward, after it warms up a bit bourbon starts to show up.

Bourbon like notes come across strong on the first sip, there are some date and rasin notes, the few tiny bubbles pound the alcohol into your taste buds leaving a tiny stinging sensation behind, the overall effect is still soft and it all ends with syrupy sweet note. Ends dryer as it warms.

Full bodied, very sweet, very rich, a sipping beer, a real winter warmer.

Note: It shows better as it warms up. I haven't had this in a very long time. It is a great way to wash away the memories of all the recent almost non-alcoholic Utah beer I've been trying.

03-13-2007 23:49:55 | More by xymyl
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IntriqKen

California

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%

The label reads, "The Original German Ice Bock"
Pours a very very dark amber...almost black tea colored with a small white head that melts very quickly as to be expected from this high of an ABV.

Aroma is slightly sweet and very strong alcohol.

Flavor is definitely hot....sweet dark malt with a slight bit of dark fruitiness to them, Swallow and it's all hot alcohol.

Aftertaste is sweet dark fruits...just a little sticky on the tongue.

Alcohol kicks butt in this one. Watch it.

03-11-2007 21:38:11 | More by IntriqKen
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

A very dark brown pour that produces an active and frothy tan head. Heads fades quickly however leaving a settled, calm brew. The nose is large on plums for the most part with rasiny notes and a sweet zip of molasses. Wow, this is a BIG beer....The taste offers up some great complexity...semi-sweet plums off the top, again surrounded by dark molasses....some nice spice in the middle followed up by a sweet, candly-like finish with a warming alcohol trace. The initial plum notes linger nicely. Mouthfeel was somewhat creamy but headed toward a dry, slightly chalky finish. Fine drinkability, although I probably wouldn't have more than one in a sitting. It makes for a nice sipper on a cold winters night like tonight

03-06-2007 01:32:49 | More by Popsinc
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macster

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Exits the bottle with a moderately thick pour showing off a dark brown color with burgundy highlights. Creates a 1/2" thick, dense tan colored head which slowly diminishes to a spotty film. Nose shows off aromas of brandy-soaked dark fruit cake, chocolate covered malt balls, caramel, molasses and dark brown sugar along with a hefty blast of alcohol. Palate is quite thick, sticky and oily with a moderate level of carbonation present to tame the candy-like sweet aromas. Taste is rich,sweet and very malty. Lots of raisin, fig, brandy, molasses, smoked maple syrup, and burnt dark caramel notes dance lively on the tongue. Again the 9.2% alcohol comes through to warm it all up and cut down any overwhelming sweetness. Finishes with nice noticeable semi-dry roasted malt aftertaste. Also love the prism design label. Good stuff here!!

02-26-2007 03:36:30 | More by macster
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

12oz. bottle poured a clear see through reddish/brown color with a small tan head that leaves almost no lace. Smells a bit sweet with lots of toasty malts. Taste is very malty also with some toasted and caramel flavors. It has a light feel to it and a little dryness from the alcohol which seems pretty well concealed due to the big malt flavors. This is a very easy to drink brew but the high alcohol content keeps it from being one that I would have too many of.

02-24-2007 02:40:42 | More by Alkey
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +17.7%

Interesting to me that this is the original eisbock and yet it only has an 89. Theoretically it should have a 100, since it defined the style, right? But then, I'm not giving it a perfect score either....

A-Dark amber with slight lace that dissipates immediately. Perfectly clear.

S-Complex with sweet honey and hints of dried fruit. No hop aroma, but you can smell the alcohol.

T-Very sweet, complimented by faint hops. Notes of plum, raisin, and toasted almond.

M-Highly carbonated with very slight astringency, but predominantly slick and oily.

D-Quite pleasant. A very relaxing and warming eisbock.

02-23-2007 03:14:27 | More by khiasmus
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lpayette

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

A very flashy 12oz. bottle

Appearance- Poured into a flute. Pours the color of darkly stained cherry wood with a good amount of head. Very nice.

Smell- First thing that hits me is a surprisingly strong wave of grape coming from the alcohol. Next comes a sweet chocolately malt that suggests further fermentation might be possible with a stronger yeast (maybe?).

Taste- Alcohol hits first, but it's completely negotiable. Again, the grapes come through. Suggestions of blackberries. Plenty of malt. Some roastiness going on... perhaps a tad too much right at the end. Marshmallow in the middle. Moderately bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel- I can't see the mouthfeel getting much better. Although the aftertaste could be a bit less astringent.

Drinkability- Quite drinkable for an eisbock. I still think it could use more alcohol and bit more complexity however.

02-11-2007 23:54:30 | More by lpayette
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Clear and dark brown with a purplish, ruby hue and a fluffy tan head. Some chunky lacing. The foam quickly settled to a ring with some fine bubbles capping the beer. The aroma was malty and fruity, with notes of raisins, plums, cocoa, and alcohol. Slight roast. There was also a bit of soy sauce when the bottle was first opened, but this quickly faded and wasn't detectable after a couple of minutes. Very sweet, a bit sugary and boozy towards the finish. Dried fruits, raisins, figs filled out the middle with soft, dark malts and a bit of licorice in the background. A light bitterness appeared near the end. Significant alcohol warmth. Lowish carbonation resulted in a fairly creamy texture. Not bad, but a little too sweet for me. Not one of my favourite eisbocks, but worth a try.

02-07-2007 23:51:48 | More by DrJay
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -13.8%

Deep, chestnut brown color. No head to speak of. Aroma of syrupy sweetness. Somewhat sherry like. Raisens, burnt currants come to mind. Sweet malty flavor. Solvent taste-more so chemical then alcohol flavor. Very metallic like-almost like sucking on a piece of steel. Good, full mouthfeel to it. Not overly syrupy. An ok eisbock. The "different" flavors to it knock it down a peg or two.

01-06-2007 03:26:43 | More by lackenhauser
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umustdrink

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Black color with but looks like blood when held to a light.

S - Rich dark caramel with bitter chocolate, burgundy wine. Alcohol almost burns my nose.

T - Big caramel bock flavor. Rich malts, prevalent raisin flavor. I imagine this is what a fruitcake might taste like (?).

M - Slightly syrupy.

D - A very tasty beer, very filling, 9.2% abv....my kind of beer.

01-02-2007 07:06:27 | More by umustdrink
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a deep brown with a light tan head, slow but active bubbles trailing from bottom to top. Looks good, but the head doesn't retain all that well, minimizing to a thin ring around the glass in under a minute.

Aroma is majestic: big raisins, big concord grapes, big plums, molasses, vanilla, and a good bit of alcohol nipping at the nose. Reminds of a big bad barleywine minus the mad hops.

Flavor is fantastic, recalling the succulence of grape juice, dates, plums, and all kinds of other dark fruits, with a little vanilla and plenty of dark corn syrup coming into play. 9.2% alcohol is present, warming even, but not cloying. Somewhat of a port thing going on here too. A fireside sipper.

Mouthfeel is buttery smooth while also having plenty of carbonation.

Malty and rich, this is a sweet beer, and that might put some off, but others who love sweeter beers will find a well-balanced sipper here.

12-31-2006 19:56:06 | More by Metalmonk
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance - brownish color, not dark.

Smell - very intersting, almost liek a wine/beer smell.

Taste - Agin very intersting. I though someone spiked my drink, seemed like some hard liquor was in it. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Kind of heavy, and again, seemed like I was drinking a mix drink.

Drinkability - I don't think I could drink 3 of these in a row. The taste migh not agree with me, but that is just me. It is almost like somekind of beer/wine/mixed drink. I will buy it again though.

12-25-2006 23:07:45 | More by auxiliary
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haz77

Australia

4/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Pours a deep, clear brown with some reddish hints, with a fizzy light tan head, which quickly recedes to a thin island and ring. Low carbonation.

S - Molasses, cherry, bread, earthy woodiness, slight sourness, dark fruits.

T - Initial mouthful of sweet bread, with the dark fruits bleeding in from the back, before taking over. The molasses come through along with caramel towards the end, making the finish and aftertaste sweet. Other than a pleasant, warm feeling at the back of the throat, the alcohol is completely masked.

M - Medium body and soft carbonation. Syrupy quality to the body.

D - Very impressive drinkability, due in part to the well hidden alcohol. Recommended.

12-10-2006 16:11:24 | More by haz77
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Zraly

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -1%

Pours a dark brown with a caramel colored head. The head leaves a short time after the initial pour.

Wonderful scents of fruits and breads, mingled with alcohol.

A warming, bittersweet flavor of dark chocolate and fruits. A heavy malt lover's dream. Creamy, but with a dry finish. Smooth, wintery drinking.

Makes for the perfect nightcap on a cold, windy eve.

12-08-2006 02:20:52 | More by Zraly
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -1%

Pours light cola brown and clear with a small creamy, cream colored head that recedes quickly. Aroma is large sweet maltiness, some ripe fruitiness and light pruney aroma. Also some buttery toffee sweetness and breadiness in the aroma. Taste is a big sweet malt bomb with some white grape and cola flavor. There is a light amount of alcohol in the taste that is well balanced and nicely warming. Light to medium body with a little tingle from the warming alcohol, no discernible hops here. Sweet and delicious a nice night cap today.

12-06-2006 02:48:00 | More by hoppymeal
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured an extremely dark brown, virtually black color with tannish head.
Smell is magnificient, with strong notes of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruits (plums, raisins) to be found.
Taste is big-time malty with an outstanding presence of sweet malt, molasses, and caramel present.
Taste is full and creamy in the mouth.
An outstanding beer that hides its alcohol content very well.

11-25-2006 19:29:23 | More by tgbljb
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jubnat

Louisiana

1.73/5  rDev -58%

Dark ruby color. Sweet fruity aroma. At first, all I taste is the fruity sweetness and alcohol. But after a few sips the flavor starts to bring itself out more.
This is a strange beer. I haven't had anything quite like it yet. Very sweet, with various fruit flavors emerging as I drink. It almost smells like fruitjuice. I'm not enjoying this too much. Just too sweet for me. This is my first experience with an Eisbock, and it's not looking too good. I may try another if one is recommended, but this one is not for me.

11-23-2006 05:24:25 | More by jubnat
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +8%

First I want to say the the label on the beer I have in my hand does not resemble the one here. But the the style and the abv match so here goes...
A clean dark brown beer with deep mahogony hightlights. Has a small creamy beige head. There is a strong chocolate character to the aroma with hints of coffee and vanilla lingering in the background. It pours like silk into your mouth. The cascade of flavors over your tongue include sweet nutmeats, chocolate, caramel and coffee. A sensory dizzying experiance. A bittersweet chocolate and coffee note finish things off. And then there's the alcohol warm tummy. Yumm yumm in the tumm tumm.

11-22-2006 00:44:03 | More by ybnorml
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Rudgers73

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a fluted glass. The bottle is cool with sparkled looking label and snowflakes.

A- Very dark brown, a little bit of head, very calm.

S- Sticky sweet. Nice nutty and caramel. Alcohol not very apparent.

T- Sweet, roasted caramel, nuts. Very smooth and well balanced.

M- Warming but not burning. Very well done IMO.

D- I'd sip it all night.

11-13-2006 00:52:47 | More by Rudgers73
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz brown bottle

Kulmbacher Eisbock was a dark red brown color with a tan head. The head was average in size but soon dissipated to a thin spotty layer. The aroma was fruity, malty, alcoholic and very interesting. The taste was sweet, malty and fruity upront and finished dry with warming alcohol. The body was full and lighly carbonated. Drinkability was good, but it is definately a sipper. Overall this is an excellent beer. Recommended.

10-28-2006 19:25:44 | More by afinepilsner
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nouseforotacon

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Silver, sparkling/glittery looking bottle, very bling. First time trying an eisbock, received this one through a beer of the month deal.

Pours a deep, cola brown bottom with some wonderful hints of gleaming, ruby red when held up to the light. Loud pour, fizzy sounding carbonation, but head disappears as soon as its formed.

Sweet, fig aroma. Plums and dates. Malty and bready. Warm and inviting, smell reminds me of Christmas time. Very rich aroma, fruit cake and some port-like notes. Wonderful smell.

Initial taste reminds my tastebuds of two things: sweet, sticky maple syrup, paired with a sherry-like taste that lingers and abruptly cuts off all other flavors before it. Some dark chocolate and fig notes dance around on my tongue. Rich and bready. Sticky, peppery finish that lingers on my taste buds. Numbs my throat. Alcohol warms as it goes down and hits my belly. Wonderful Christmas time brew, indeed.

Really, quite an enjoyable brew and an interesting style. I have a few bottles of this, definitely going to try aging one and seeing if it can develop a little more. Recommended for something refreshingly different.

10-26-2006 04:02:12 | More by nouseforotacon
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

11.2oz bottle

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a small tan head that recedes to the side of the glass. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Sweet malty aroma with a light nuttiness and a very distinct banana fruity aroma.

Sweet and caramel malty upfront with a light toasted nuttiness.The banana is present in the taste, but much less subdued than in the aroma. Finishes like it started, malty and sweet. The alcohol has a warming sensation as it flows into my belly.

Full body, mild carbonation. Very rich texture.

A very nice Eisbock and a treat to drink. Very enjoyable on a cool fall evening.

10-25-2006 01:23:19 | More by MaltyGoodness
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

The bottle doesn't say Reichelbrau, but it is 9.2% and certainly isn't the EKU 28.

I was in Kulmbach in the spring & hoped to find this on tap... but I couldn't even find a bottle! (I picked this up at Bello Vino in Michigan).

A: Dark, redish-brown; light tan head; only a little retention, but it leaves some leg/lace.

S: Alcohol (sherry/wine), dark fruit (raisins), brown sugar.

T: Alcohol is up front, but it's not overly assertive. Modest bitterness, some spicy/peppery hops (spalt and or tettnanger, along with some Perl... it's definitely got that hint of mint). Some underlying maltyness, but certainly not as much as a doppelbock. Mostly brown sugar, dark raisins and hints of dark (Christmas?) bread & caramel. Very nice. WAY better than their EKU 28.

M: Modest carbonation. Moderate body is really well-attenuated; it's not syrupy-sweet at all. A really well-done Eisbock.

D: Quite good considering the strength!

10-23-2006 23:19:17 | More by Derek
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Pours a very clear deep dark brown chestnut color with a small 1/4" head of off white bubbles at first pour. The head sticks around for only about 30-45 seconds and then fades to a small ring around the top of the glass. The beer is so dark that I can't tell if any bubbles are rising.

Aroma: My first and second impression was that of dark caramel that is both from malts as well as being from a long boil. There are plenty of meanoidin deep within this beer. There are really no hops apparent as the malt rules the show. There is a fruitiness that is evident from the dark malts and the boil. There is also a subtle spiciness that is alcohol derived, but the beer doesn't come across as alcoholic.

Taste: The flavor is really full and malty. There is some serious dark caramel in this one along with a truly defined fruitiness from the malts. The mouthfeel is pretty heavy and the beer comes across as being a bit syrupy. The alcohol is not really apparent in the flavor except as a subtle peppery spice, but it is definitely evident in the warming on the back of the throat. The malt is in charge the whole time, and I really don't get any hops to speak of. The finish is malty sweet with lots of caramel to linger along with an alcoholic warming that sets in and camps for a while.

Opinion: This is a good beer. The malts come across as a tad heavy, but that is not a flaw since they concentrated this beer. A beer like this is hard to make. There is very little (if any) support from the hops, so the finish is a tad cloying...but the alcohol quickly takes care of that. I am really enjoying this beer, but I surely couldn't drink too many as you can tell that it is strong (Starkbier!). I would drink this one again...later.

10-09-2006 00:55:40 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +8%

Drank from a bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a deep, ruby-black with a small, light tan, bubbly head that quickly faded to swirls of froth.

Smell was sweet and intense. Caramel malts, molasses, burnt sugar, a touch of vanilla and a resonating oakiness come through strong.

Taste was creamy and incredibly sweet. Huge caramel malts, spices, raisins, dried fruits and vanilla were noticeable initially with a woody, smoky, bourbon-like melding of flavors apparent later. At 9.2% ABV, the alcohol taste was hardly detectable (yet it did become slightly more noticeable as the drink progressed). Sweet, creamy, caramel aftertaste.

Rich, smooth, syrupy and somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Once the beer settled on the palate, it seemed to turn to a creamy froth.

Incredibly drinkable overall, except for the fact that the sweetness may have been a bit overwhelming initially.

Makes for an outstanding dessert beer.

09-15-2006 05:10:22 | More by Damian
Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.