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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 852
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 68
Gots: 37 | 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 DreifachS
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
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
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
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
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.84/5  rDev +17.2%
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
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of session1979
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark reddish brown in color with a thick fluffy 2 finger head and moderate carbonation. Nice swirl which left syrupy legs on the glass. Almost a port like texture.

Smell: The nose was big and sweet, malty with hints of molasses and chewy dark fruit. A slight hint of oatmeal cookies.

Taste: Big tasty malt, lots of dark fruit, cherries and prunes. A slight bitterness develops and is quite nice. There is some alcohol noted here on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Oh so nice, smooth and creamy, a bit chewy. The body is full and adds to the enjoyment of this pour.

Drinkability: Fantastically drinkable. The alcohol is noticeable but wouldn't deter you from having a second.

Thoughts: This is my first Eisbock and it will NOT be my last. It was a nice change of pace from the Belgians and American pales I have found myself into lately. Thanks to Mike @ Davidson's Liquors here in Denver for recommending this one. He never steers me wrong!

Photo of mmmbeer
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle with some code on the front label. It pours deep blood red with light carbonation and is topped with a half-inch, light tan head that leaves moderate lacing. The bouquet is quite nice, with notes of rich, syrupy dark fruits (cherries, raspberries, grapes/raisins), molasses, chocolate?, vinous malts, port wine, and maybe a dash of hops. It tastes thick and malty, with notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruits, cherries, chocolate, and a mild bitterness, but is, alas, a bit too cloying, hence the lower score. The body is thick and sugary, with low carbonation and a drying, medium to long finish. Overall a bit too cloying for my palate, but I guess thats an inherent risk when a hophead like myself samples ultra-malty beers such as eisbocks.

Photo of rallison
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temp (which is a must with a beer like this!). Poured into an EKU 28 snifter - a fitting glass.

A: Pours black with some hints of red and a very fizzy brown head that recedes to nothingness in 10 seconds flat.

S: Smells fruity. Dark fruity that is. Some licorice and sherry notes. Smells pretty good. Wonder what I am in for...

T: Tasty little thing we've got here. Tons and tons of malt (the level of residual sugars would make you think this is above 10%). Very sherry-like. Lots of fruits in here - prunes, dates, along with a touch of black licorice. Alcohol nicely pushes forward, but tempers itself before becoming overwhelming. And sweetness - lots of sweetness here (although not Samichlaus sweetness levels, which I'm glad for).

M: Rich, thick and chewy. That is one malty beer. Low carbonation level. But, it all goes down quite smoothly, making for a pretty drinkable eisbock.

D: As above, quite a drinkable eisbock. While being sweet, it reins itself in just before becoming cloying.

Overall, I can definitely recommend this one. Relatively complex, pretty well balanced and nicely drinkable. Halfway through the glass, I've decided I like this better than EKU 28, another eisbock from this brewery.

Photo of Slatetank
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.5 - A
4 - S
4.5 -T
4 - M
4 -O
A - Deep Mahogany with medium tan head. Thick with quickly dissappearing lace. A deep garnet with shades that appear practically burgundy in the right light.

S - Smell of stone fruit, currants and subtle woody noble hop scents mix with sweet malty fig like odors.

M - Warming alcohol with thin body and energetic effervescence.

T - Nutty amaretto flavored sweetness and fig like juiciness combine with woody spice and earthy hop tastes. A generous amount of malt sugar glazes the taste buds with a subtle taste of molasses.

D - Vibrant warming blends with smooth toffe like caramel and subtle spice. The alcoholic warmth is apparent and the strength makes for a potent slow drinking lager. I would recommend enjoying in moderation.

The color is garnet with a head of beige more than 3 fingers with a tight bead. The smell has a stone fruit-like dark cherry and light toasted odor with some light caramel and mild woody ester. The feel is smooth as silk with a light creamy texture and slight sweet malt body with moderate carbonation and hint of bitterness with a mild alcohol element in the finish.

The taste has a nutty and fruity flavor with mild vinous dark berry aspect which is similar to cherry with dark plum and mild toasted grain in the finish with some light spice which blends with the yeast flavor. I am very pleased to have the chance to enjoy this eisbock again, it is fresh and so drinkable, very quaffable lager worth having multiple times!

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

Pours a dark brown color with a decent head that eventually fades.

Aromas are malty, sweet, nutty and spicy.

Taste is nice. Mouthfeel really starts off well on the first sip. Carbonation is spot on, and the rest of the beer really coats your entire mouth. Flavors are crisp and dry up front, then the beer settles into a slightly dark fruit taste, some nuttiness, and a nice sharp bite on the finish from the alcohol. It all balances together nicely.

Drinkability is good. This beer hides it's high ABV rather well. But is does let you know it's there. But it's still a rather tasty and enjoyable beer. Well worth a try.

Thanks for sending this my way Alkey!

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

Presentation: Tall 12oz bottle with silver flecked label

Appearance: Deep brown with reddish overtones, very little head.

Smell: Rich malty scent. No noticeable hop aroma.

Taste: A medium malty flavor that holds up through the entire drink. The malt provides an excellent cover for the alcohol making it unnoticable. The drink finishes with a light, yet refreshing mild hop flavor. There is no aftertaste. This beer loses points for being too ordinary, but it is certainly a tasty treat.

Overall: A solid beer. The alcohol, although high, is hidden very well. The medium malt and low hop characteristics make this one drinkable 9.2% beer. I picked this up for a couple bucks at the local takeout bar, definately a great value. If you see one and like bachs then you won't be disappointed with this offering.

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

Poured deep brown color with a brown head. some lacing but not too much. aromas of sweet malt, fruit. The taste of this beer is exceptional, smoothly malty with some coffee and chocolate accents. perhaps the faintest hop presence if any. One of the best tasting beers out there. My favorite beer in this style, by far. The mouthfeel is fine but I have trouble noticing it because of the delightful flavors of the beer. At 9.2%abv the alcohol is amazingly unobtrusive, no burn at all. This is the most drinkable high alcohol beer I've ever had.

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

I didn't even know it until I opened it, but this is Germany's original Ice Bock, as stated on the label. A bock with a kick? I'm in the mood for a kick tonight, so let's get on the beer:

The color is a deep ruby red, and looks similar to a dopplebock. Flavors of dough, oatmeal, raisins, and toffee rise from the beer. The taste is very smooth and well balanced. Very matly taste, and more sweet dough notes with a hint of baked cookies, mixed nicely with it's 9.2% ABV, finishing with some cappuchino flavors.

Notes; Delicious! What a yummy, heart-warming treat! I thought the alcohol would be more dominant, but it's the right amount IMO to balance the malty flavors. Drinks very well, and one I'll definately revisit.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby notes, darker body color, close to black. Very little head, almost no lacing. The aroma is sugary, very sweet malt, essence of fermentation.

More sweetness in the taste, all malt. No hop presence, maybe a little spicy character. Overloaded sugar character. It's certainly an eisbock, the viscous mouthfeel is perfect. Characteristic German yeast flavor and heavy on the malt. If you're into high abv bockbiers, hit this one up.

Impression: solid beer. I've had eisbocks I like more, thinking of Schneider's Aventinus. The high abv does not define or dominate the flavor, to me an unspectacular German lager with a lot of fermented malt character (and concomitant high abv). Wonderful nightcap year-round, adjust serving temperature for outdoor climate.

Photo of Celt44
3.41/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark chocolate brown - thick head, little lacing.

Aroma - deep and fruity - plums come to mind first. Hints of malt

Taste - Plums. Chocolate/Coffee show up also. Alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is medium - rather smooth for such a high abv.

Overall not a bad beer. Although smooth, this one needs to be taken slow. First time trying this style - not my first choice when going dark.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a cola brown with a tan head. Adequate head but nothing spectacular.

Smell - Dark fruits and alcohol dominate the nose. Some chocolate as well.

Taste - Roasted malts with quite a biting alcohol flavor. The dark fruits provide some sweetness but not ebough to overcome the alcohol. There are also some nut flavors.

Mouthfeel - Full body and active carbonation. Alcohol is a bit biting.

Drinkability. It's a sipper for sure, but this isn't really my thing. Ill have to try more.

Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this at City Wide in South Bend. has the date 22.10.04 stamped on it, which im going to assume is the "made on" date, otherwise this is a spectacularly old bottle (bottle design IS different from the picture here). Pours very dark, almost black but not opaque. big foamy head disapates to just a healthy ring. Odor is of currants and booze and some chocolateness. Flavor is quite good, especially as im not usually a fan of eisbocks (mainly because so many brewers screw up the style). Tastes of fruits, including some plums and blackcurrants, as well as soft alcohol and malt flavors. Very tasty indeed. Not overly assertive but you know you're drinking a prize of a beer with this one.

Photo of xymyl
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.