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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 67
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 hunteraw
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aaronh
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of spiveym
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mdog
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of 1fastz28
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mcallister
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of acrawf6
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of rousee
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheBungyo
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of bennetj17
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

Photo of mntlover
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of shirfan
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of BrandtStarck
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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