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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 65
Gots: 29 | 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 jubnat
1.73/5  rDev -58.1%

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.

jubnat, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

ybnorml, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Rudgers73, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

afinepilsner, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

nouseforotacon, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

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!

Derek, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

SkeeterHawk, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Damian, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%

Sampled at Stubbie in Gainesville, my first eisbock.

Appearance: Very dark in the glass, with some purple highlights. Moderate head without much retention or lacing.

Smell: Alcohol and malt, obviously, but there's something else there that's a bit weird. A friend described it as "fishy," but "oily" might be a better descriptor. Dark fruit and caramel in the background.

Taste: No attempt to conceal alcohol, although I suppose that should be expected in this style. Malty, caramel, but also with lots more dark fruit than I would expect coming from lager yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, and a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It took me a while to put this one down, I don't know if it's the style or this one in particular, but I wasn't a big fan.

hunteraw, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a nice brown color beer with a medium foamy head with above average retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet cookie dough with dry figs and raisins. Taste is quite sweet without being disgustingly sweet with some dry gigs, cookie dough and plums. Body is about average and alcohol is well hidden. Very good beer and I’m sure it would be interesting to cellar a few of those.

Phyl21ca, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of aaronh
3.43/5  rDev -16.9%

Dark brown beer pours with a half-inch head that quickly fades to a tiny edging of bubbles around the glass. Aroma has nice dark malt, fruit, tobacco, and almost a bourbon note from the alcohol esters. Flavor is pretty complex. Starts of a bit sweet and fruity, like chocolate covered plums, then moves to a little more roasted flavors, quickly to alcohol sweetness, and then a nice bit of bittering. Alcohol flavor also lingers as it warms the esophagus. There's a good bit of just plain old malty goodness up in the front of the flavor as well. Takes a few sips to really pull it out for me. After a few sips, there seems to be a lingering sweetness, almost saccharin-like in taste. Mouthfeel is solid, carbonation a bit brisk. Drinkability is ok, but the sweetness gets a little tiring after a while. A bit more bitterness would go a long way in balancing this one out, but it's a good sipper for a cold winter evening. But for similar malt flavors, more complexity, and better balance, I'll dake a dark blegian ale over this any day.

aaronh, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of spiveym
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%

Poured into a mug. Very very dark color. Wow this was strong stuff. Very strong alcohol scent. Good robust, rich roasted caramel taste that helps dwarf the alcohol. Smooth swallow up until the end when a bite of I presume alcohol gets you. I couldn't imagine drinking more than one of these, and at 9% abv you don't really need to.

P.S. That bottle is my photo!

spiveym, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

To start off with, I do like the cool silver label on the bottle. But on to the beer...

Poured very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. The tan head soon disappeared.

The smell was of sweet dark fruitiness with bready notes.

The taste was malty, rich, sweet and somewhat syrupy - as expected for the style. It reminded me of chocolate covered fruit (strawberries?) with hints of caramel. A slight touch of breadiness was mixed in. All of the flavors were wrapped around a sweet alcohol flavor. At times, if not sipped very slowly, the alcohol slighlty masked some of the flavors, but they soon re-emerged.

The alcohol was certainly assertive in the feel, and the sweetness lingered.

Overall, smooth with a sharp alcoholic bite. Rich and complex, a good choice for an occasional "sipping" dessert drink.

jwc215, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Mdog
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%

Appearance: Dark brownish-red, larger head than I expected.

Smell: Rich fruits, alcohol, spicy apple cake!

Taste: Raisins, caramel, very sweet. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: For a big malty beer the mouthfeel seems a little thin.

Drinkability: Strong and sweet, drinkable but be careful.

I used to like the malty beers more than I do now. This one is quite sweet but not overbearing. It just seems like an eisbock would be a little more coating and heavy than this. I'll have to get some Aventinus Eisbock and compare!

Mdog, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of 1fastz28
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

pours with only about an inch of head, after that it goes away just as fast as it bubbled up. no much carbonation at all as expected. Tastes wonderful goes down easy even at its high 9.2 abv, the alcohol doesn't bite at all. reall an exceptional Bock, and not that expensive

1fastz28, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%

Love the fiery looks that eisbocks seem to possess. Dark scarlet red, pours with some tannish off white head that doesn't feel like hanging around. No lacing however a nice ring is left around the glass.

Smells of burnt raspberries, rich caramel malt, sweet toffee, and other fruity esters.

This beer is good. Not as good as some other eisbocks however but for the price well worth it. Thick caramel malt, burnt earthy flavors, sweet fig, with other fruit profiles, and rich syrupy toffee.

Very thick mouthfeel but yet a thin finish. Easily drinkable as the alcohol is well hidden.

mcallister, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours out a dark brown, just a little light getting through. Good tan head.

Smell. A sharp and rich bock aroma… smells of alcohol-drenched fruits, some plum and raisons. It is an interesting aroma of fruits that gives it some sweetness that is good. I also get small smells of chocolate.

Taste. I would like to like this, but I think the flavor is a little harsh. I usually like the more mellow bocks (so an eisbock I guess I am not a fan of). But it is growing on me. Alcohol is quite present, and seems to accent the fruity flavors. As the beer warms more, a nice roasted maltiness comes out that I think also is a little nutty, which goes well with the fruit. Aftertaste is a little sweet of molasses.

Mouthfeel is good. Body is full, alcohol is present. The balance is good, low on ibu’s, of course (at least that’s what I get). Nice carbonation.

Overall an interesting beer. I am intrigued by the flavor, but I think overall I don’t like the flavor more than I do like. However, it is a nice beer to sit and sip on, but I’d prefer others to sip.

acrawf6, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -3.1%

A - Pours a dark brown/ruby with mahogany highlights and a very thin tan head.

S - Sweet maltiness, dark fruits, caramel, raisins.

T - Caramel, big maltiness, raisins, prunes, hint of alcohol.

M - Slightly syrupy, alcohol is somewhat hidden in taste but coats the mouth like an oil slick. Slight warming on the way down.

D - Very solid Eisbock. As with most eisbocks the alcohol will quickly sneak up on you. I definitely would seek this one out again.

brewcrew76, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of mattpetti
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a dark brown with red tint when held to the light. It has almost no head which disapears quickly to a very tiny film around the glass. Smells of overripe apples, raisins, something plumlike, with a tiny bit of citrus at the end. The taste is of dark fruits (plum,grape, mainly raisin), caramel, and a slight hint of lemon zest, Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with excellent coating. The aftertaste is lingering and only then is the alcohol really noticed. Very warming, so you cannot have many of them, but still fairly easy to drink at 9.2 percent. This is my first eisbock and i think i will return to the style after this. Especially in the winter months.

mattpetti, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a dark brown with mahogany ho\ighlights. Thin but creamy tan head. Smells of rich dark malt. Muted sweet raisin and vanilla. Sweetish.

Tastes of caramel and toffee. Raisins abd plum. Lightly sour. All flavors a bit muted so not very overpowering. Big in the mouth though. Sticky but again muted enough so as not to be cloying. Sneaky smooth for 9.2 ABV. Pretty tasty stuff.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of rousee
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%

Dark brown color wirh some hints of ruby at the bottom part of the glass. It leaves almost no head but a wisp of foam stays on the top. Smell is of caramel and nuts--hazelnut, pistachios. Taste is much the same with a cherry or fruity essence on the finish. There is also a slight metallic quality noticed.Pretty sticky mouthfeel but that is somewhat expected for this style. A good beer but it is not really the ideal style during the middle of July.

rousee, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%

Really an enjoyable brew. Visually looks not unlike a cup of Dr. Pepper, with a foam that dissapates quickly. Smell is sweet and heavy on the malt, with the alcohol showing itself a little.

Taste is heavy on the prune flavors, with some grape, raisin and currant elements to boot. The only real complaint is the heafty alcohol isn't completely hidden, and shows itself in the mouthfeel more than I'd like. Still, quite a good beer, and one I'll look for again.

SetarconeX, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

TheBungyo, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

scruffwhor, Jul 13, 2006
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