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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 65
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of TheBungyo


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

Super dark body with the faintest traces of reddish edges, almost cola look. Head is just over an inch thick. Nose is sweet booze followed by dark cherries, buttery caramel, and brown sugar. I can taste black cherries, rum and caramel closed out by light sugar. This really is a pleasure to sip on. It tantalizes the tongue. The alcohol isn't completely hidden but it seems to add to the flavor in a pleasurable way. A nice eisbock for a very cheap price.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 07:31:31 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of scruffwhor


4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a brown plum skin with dark garnet highlights.

Smell- Lots of dark fruit liek malts with a hint of smoke.

Taste- Starts out with a brown nsugar swet malt character. Then turns into a better defined plum, lightly glazed apricot, prune, and ice wine palate.

Mouthfeel- Pretty sweet with a long, warm finish. A great nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 04:53:17 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cola colored. Clean with burgundy highlights. Poor carbonation, very fizzy (like cola) with a rapidly depleting head.

S: Blackstrap molasses, leather, honey and teriyaki.

T: Lots of syrupy dark grains and molasses up the ying yang. Some oaky flavors, raisin and dried plum with some licorice mixed in at the finish. Almost salty

M: Very thick and chewy, almost sticky. Could use some more carbonation.

D: Extremely thick and sweet, but cloying and overbearing. Very good bock style beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 04:00:18 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a smallish 11.2 bottle to a solid glass mug. Ooh yeah, this beer looks great. The liquid is a real nice dark dark brown with some red hues. Big bubble carbonation pushes up a big 2 inch mocha head that fades to almost nothing.

The smell is of chocolate and alcohol with lots of caramel.

The taste is of chocolate, caramelized malt and a real nice smooth alcohol that blends perfectly with the sweet malt and just right medium bitter hop finish. Complex flavors also include notes of raisins, dates, prunes and figs as it warms.

The mouthfeel is some what plain and the carbonation seems a little flat, expected from an ice beer, no points lost.

Drinkability is a solid, BAM! Give me another! If I can find a way to deal with the 9.2% ABV, Zowee! This is some impressive brew. Zum Wohl! Und Prosit. MK

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 03:53:45 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear reddish brown in color with a thick fluffy 2" head with som elarge bubbles. Head lasts quite a while. Light lacing develops.

Smell: the nose enjoyed the big maltiness and the alcohol was easily detectable.

Taste: big malt backbone here, as caramel, hints of chocolate, prunes, and a nice bitterness is coated in a noticeable wrap of alcohol. Warming as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: smooth and syrupy from the start to finish. Malty goodness and alcohol linger long into the aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: this is a dangerous brew. Easy to drink and enjoyable, but the alcohol is up front enough to warn you about having too many in a session.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 12:17:11 | More by Gavage
Photo of bennetj17


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

Deep brown/coffee like color with slight ruby hues. Strong tangy dark malt sensations hit the nose with hints of nutty raisin. Alcohol is not too strong luckily. The flavor is more brown sugary malt with a slight hint of chocolate. Very sweet and lightly tangy. Mouthfeel is nice, medium thickness, decent carbonation. The drinkablity rates well as surprisingly this beer is not that alcoholic, nor is it too rich for the palate. Nice flavor and a fine Eisbock...

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 00:10:58 | More by bennetj17
Photo of mntlover


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

Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that leaves behind some lace.

Aroma is big malt lots of darker fruits and sugars mingle with spice and hints of alcohol.

Taste is strong on maltsome free sugars in the flavor light dark fruit hints and alcohol mix nicely. Nice lingering spice and mild hop presence round it out. A big enjoyable brew, nice flavors.

Mouthfeel is approaching full, nice smooth mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is good, the alcohol noticed seems to belong and aides the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 18:28:29 | More by mntlover
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North Carolina

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

Vinous bloody purple colored body with a slightly purple tan head about two fingers high. Great barely transparent, clear, dark color but the head doesn't hold or leave any lace. Nose is full of dark juicy fruits, soft intoxication, breadiness, mollases, a bit burnt with a hint of tobacco, and a definite oak aged aroma. Excellent mix of scents create a prefect blend which is only enhanced by the alcohol. Not only does it smell tantalizingly deliciously awesome but its wreaking havok on my nose. Not to mention taste is very worth the sip. And a sipper it is. Taste includes all of the aroma but it doesn't come together quite the same, close though. There's a nice bitter dry that balances the slick, syrupy, berry juiciness. Very soft carbonation gives way to all the tastes and medium thick, but full feeling body. Drinkability would be huge if for every sniff I took a big gulp. but that aside it is quite drinkable for the high ABV.

Very very worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 05:18:15 | More by tastybeer
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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with ruby tints. Head was non-existent despite a strong pour. The aroma was raisins with a slight whiff of alcohol. Taste was similar, with some toast and pepper at the end. Very smooth mouthfeel, with the carbonation making it almost creamy. A very good brew, would probably enjoy more in the winter, and would probably not want to drink too many.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 13:42:06 | More by
Photo of shirfan

New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark but clear brown with ruby highlights, and a tan, quickly vanishing layer of foam.

Big aroma of rich roasty malts, plum, oatmeal.

Taste is sweet and rich, yet it finishes refreshing and crisp with only the slightest warming aftertaste to rumor that this is indeed a big beer. Dark, very bockish malts mingle with some plum and pear flavor. Faint maple syrup notes.

Mouthfeel has a fine, small-bubbled carbonation that adds to the drink-me quality this carries throughout.

Extremely high drinkability for the ABV, proceed with caution.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 18:47:08 | More by shirfan
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro as a single (last one on the shelf).

The 11.2 oz bottle pours a bright dark toffee color with hints of ruby into a pilsener glass. A good three quarter inch head drops quickly to a light persistent ring. Beautiful color very similar to Ayinger Celebrator, the aroma as well is reminiscent of Ayinger's Dopplebock. Malty sweet with a distict caramel tone. The Eisbocks taste is a perfect match for the smell, malty sweet caramel malts with definite toffee tones and a hint of chocolate. A good bitterness rounds things out. The alcohol is noticable, though not prominent, this beer would be great on a cold rainy day. A nice medium mouthfeel, slighty cloying, but not overly so. I would definitely have more than one right now, given the option. This is a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 02:27:23 | More by BrandtStarck
Photo of mynie


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

"My first Eisbock" by mynie

11.2 oz bottle. Holographic like the first issue of a big budget, winter-oriented comic book. SnowMan, or something like that. Something more clever. "Mindestens haltbar bis: 1522892" Okay. Babblefish says "At least durable to 1522892," and I assume 1522892 is the number of minutes the bottle will last after leaving Germany before it explodes. Gotta drink this fucker quick.

Very dark red. Big brown head fades away, leaving traces of brown and white along the rim of the top of the beer with little clouds on the inside. Good lacing.

Smells quite Belgiany, actually, like a Belgian dark pale ale. I was thinking it would be more like alcohol and bock malt, for some reason. Anyways, you got big, very ripe fruit, exceptionally sweet plums and soft peaches, backed up with a nice alcohol twang.

Ahh, the bock malt is much more present in the flavor. Big fruit upfront--this has aged a bit but is not stale--plums, cherries, raisins, moving into a sweet, chocolately bock malt, and ending on more, very sweet fruit. A hint of alcohol lingers behind.

Quite drinkable, in spite of its complexity and pop. I have no idea how old it is, thanks to my total idiocy, but I'm willing to bet that age has treated this well. The fruit complexities are great, and the alcohol is not at all overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 07:42:40 | More by mynie
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown-dark red color marked by a ring of very fine, off-white froth.

Smell: Oh, yes! A splendid, sweet aroma of plums, caramel, port wine, and molasses.

Taste: Astoundingly sweet! Such sweetness. I just felt a reflexive shot of adrenaline shoot through my beer-infested veins.

Be right back.

Alright. Whew. A great, seemingly endless depth of rich maltiness with intense flavors of caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, and dark fruits. There's a slight nuttiness present, as is an ever so faint hop bitterness. The finish is a bit of a contradiction, as the acute flavors stay on the tongue for several minutes at a time.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. A touch of soda-like carbonation keeps this beer from being too syrupy. Still... it's quite silky. Almost sensual.

Any thicker, and this beer would go great on a batch of pancakes!

Drinkability: Just the one, thank you. Whew.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2006 02:47:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New York

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

Had this one at Hofbrauhaus...

Was expecting qualities of ice wine, was pleasantly surprised.

Pours deep mahogany with a thick head, very carbonated. Was rather pungent in the nose, moderately heavy sweet caramels and fruits (bananas and other pseudo syrupy smells). Taste was also sweet, as expected, but was not syrupy like an ice wine. So, yes sweet and rather heavy but I was expecting more (which would have been overwhelming). Very impressed, although you probably don't want to choose this as a session beer by any means, something very unique and enjoyable to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 02:58:56 | More by aquatonex
Photo of granger10


4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The original Eisbock pours a really dark and thick ruby black color with a nice initial tan head that soon settles to a skim layer. Nice amount of yeast comes in. Good lacing. Great appearance!

Aroma is quite sweet and thick which seems to be the theme of this offering. Lots of caramel and figs with traces of alcohol and wood underneath. As it warms a bittersweet cocoa note and a slight roasted espresso note come out.

Taste once again is sweet and thick. The malts are dominate and then some. Brown sugar and toffee control. Lots of raisins and chocolates show themselves in the middle. A slight yeasty spicyness is apparant. There's an alcohol edge that comes out big toward the finish. It's unnoticeable up until then, but wham, it hits you. Finish is sweet with a residual sugary taste and some lighter fruits.

Mouthfeel is sweet and thick. Almost too sweet but the alcohol cuts it and the fruity sweetness offers a nice contrast to the malty sweetness. This beer definitely has an edge to it flavorwise, its smooth but the flavors are pronounced.

Drinkability is good but could easily get overbearing. I really like this beer but I'm definitely feeling it after doing a side by side comparison with the New Glarus Eisbock.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 23:47:44 | More by granger10
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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer to accidentally stumble upon. Since I had no prior expectations of the beer, I asked the bartender to serve it up. Pleasantly surprised with the full, rich, caramelly, nutty aroma. After tasting, I would have easily mistaken it for a dopplebock. Heavy, ruby color projects a haze and expected head retention. Thick and nearly chewey, the texture blends well into the heavy malts, dates, figs flavors. The sugars and density hides the high alcohols very well. A great winter time beer, even if sampled in the spring.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 16:40:22 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of libertygrails


3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Silver foil bottle is an eye-catcher. The Lager pours amber/brown in color with no head to speak of.

smell: Brown sugar, molasses, dried fig, raisin, and Cola.

taste: Sharp, sweet malty molasses with some dried plum and raisin. A sinfully sweet malty dessert. And for 9.2%, the warming is not esp. noticeable.

mouthfeel: Thankfully not as syrupy as i'd feared as this looks alot like flat Coca-Cola after pouring. Thinest mouth from an Eisenbock yet.

drinkability: I could actually drink 2 or 3 of these in a sitting, if i had them on hand. But these are more of a lazy Sunday evening treat really.

Overall, not bad. Variety is the spice of life!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 03:08:56 | More by libertygrails
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3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cola brown with a loose, light head of large bubbles (also much like cola). Head retention is nil. Looking at the glass, just a couple of minutes after the pour, there are no signs of ANY head.

Smell is very sweet and malty with light fruitiness. Taste is also very sweet and malty with just the right amount of alcohol in the finish...about right for the style. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick but light. Just enough bite to remind me, once again, of cola. Of course it's not due to the carbonation or taste....just the little bit of bite and sweetness.

Drinkability is rather good, though the sweetness make keep me from wanting more than a couple of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 01:57:47 | More by nflmvp
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sparkled label with some dating that is illegible in an 11.2 oz bottle stating malt liquor.

Pours with a spongey two fingers high craggy tan cap over an eggplant dark yet filtered cola hue allowing a few scant bubbles rising up.

THick aggressive scents of some liquorice, root beer and pumpernickel bread.

First swigs: Some overripe banana starts the flavors. A bread dough and assertive malt bomb. Chewy and intense. A hint of Dr. Pepper and dark fruits such as fig, raisin and even a hint of red cherry.

Feel hides the 9.2% ABV completely. Crisp carbonation and a tongue lashing of an eisbock. Thick sugary residual sugars coat the tongue. Refined and enjoyable.

Last swigs: A refined focused eisbock that is more about the malt characteristics that the fruity aspect. Less depth and less brisk than Aventinus. Seekable and reccomended. Delicious.

Beer is good. Happy eis-beering.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 04:42:48 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

An 11.2oz bottle with neat shiny tin foil like label, looks like ice. Dated on the bottom right as '1522892', whatever that means.Labelled as malt liquer and boasting as 'the original German ice bock.'

Pours a deep ruby red with an impressive tannish head, foamy and long lasting, shrinking to a thin foam, lacing bubbles and lines down the glass. Strong malts in aroma, more than roasted, like burned malts. Figs and raisins and molasses, sweet, and a pretty evident alcohol presence.

Very complex on the palate, heavy on the roasted malts and dark fruits, the raisin and molasses, and is beautifully matched with a heartwarming alcohol slide and creamy smooth mouth. A slightly strong finish with the alcohol at its warmest, bready and sweet, and lasts. It just makes you smile. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 01:55:56 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of jakester


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

This was a gift from a friend. I drank it in a pilsner glass. A date stamped on the label says 22.10.04. This would be a good one to put down for a while, I believe.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with a tan colored head which quickly falls to a ring around the glass. Carbonation appears slow.

Aroma is strong rum soaked raisins, molasses, dark caramel malts, and some alcohol. Smells like an eisbock, strong and sweet.

Flavor is smooth dark malts, molasses, dark rum, with some alcohol heat at the end. This beer is really yummy. Sweetness is high, and hop presence is very low. Aftertaste is dark rum and sweet.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and slightly oily slick on my tongue. Carbonation is low. The sensation of slickness lasts for a long time, but isn't bad in any way. It's kind of nice.

This beer is very delish; a great example of the style. It's so smooth, it just pours down my throat. Alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink this all day! (Or not!).

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 00:18:26 | More by jakester
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West Virginia

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

Kulmbacher Eisbock poured a deep brown hue with a light caramel colored head which dissapated quickly. No remaining head except for a slight ring around the edge of the glass.

Strong smell of raisins and other similar fruits, can't put my finger on exactly what. Also a hint of caramel. Can I get this in an air freshener for my car?

Taste-wise, a flavor of roasted malts and caramel, with that raisiny fruit flavor joining in as well. Alcohol flavor becomes more noticeable as it warms, but is never strong.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium bodied. Even after swallowing, a hint of the taste lingers. Leaves an oily feeling after it goes down.

Very drinkable for a beer of this caliber, and most definitely a sipping beer. I could drink several of these in a row, but why bother? This eisbock is one to be savored and enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 21:49:19 | More by xtacyturbo
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that has some ruby highlights around the edges, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly to a thin spotty cap, and leaves only a small amount of lace.

Smell; lots of molasses caramel malts, with raisins, figs and other dark fruits. The smell has a strong vinous quality to it.

Taste; toasted caramel malts with some sweet molasses, and very rich. The vinous quality comes through in the flavor as well, with some grapes, and other dark fruits. There's also a bit of a nutty taste in the finish to go along with a slight alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and very creamy. This goes down pretty easy, though it's definiely one to sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 01:33:50 | More by RedHaze
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4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is cola clored with a thin, quickly vanishing, tan head. The head vanishes without a trace. There isn't even one bubble.

The nose is suprising and delightful. It smells like grapes. Actually, it smells kinda like white wine, and deepens to slightly darker fruit aromas.

The flavor is roated coffee with deep chocolate and plum tones. This gradually brightens into dark rum flavors with a splash of prune and I swear lime in an oddly drying finish. Mouthfeel is thick and fuzzy.

For such a rich and high alcohol beer, it goes down pretty easy. Even though I have no problem easily downing the pint, something tells me not that I don't want more, but that I don't need more. Its that nice fufilled "one is enough" feeling.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 06:38:25 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This rich brown/garnet beauty poured a small tan head that did not last long. The initial aroma was of fruit and was sweet; reminded me of grape juice. As the beer warmed the caramel malt and fusel alcohol characteristics came out in the aroma. The mouthfeel is full, smooth with a good alcohol bite. The flavor is full, molasses-y but balanced by the alcohol warmth. The finish is my favorite part of this beer. It has reserved phenolics that blend well with the dark caramel flavors that last forever but without being overbearing. Get it, drink it, experience the Eisbock!!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 08:11:20 | More by beersabound
Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.