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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

819 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 66
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of warriorsoul
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to fitzIPAtrick and growler for this one...label looks a bit different, but I'm sure it is the same brew.
Pours an almost black with mahogony highlights passing through with the assistance of artificial light. Produces a 1/2 finger of light tan head after an agressive pour...some attractive lace forms as the offering disappears.
Aroma is quite inviting...a ton of maltiness with raisins, grapes, and no hint of alcohol at this point.
The taste is real nice...the grapes give it a real vineous character without the cloying quality which is fantastic. Just a touch bitter, but the malt takes up the front seat and the back seat...leaving just enough room in the trunk for some hops. If not for the carbonation, the sweetness would be too much for me, but the somewhat thin mouthfeel and effervescence make it quite drinkable.
Again, the alcohol is masked very well for the abv and just a subtle smoked flavor peeks through as it warms...finishes quite dry.
I will really enjoy this one and am quite curious to know how this style ages...this is my first Eisbock, but I imagine this one would cellar quite well.

warriorsoul, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A bit darker than blood red, the head who was quite full at first but died off into a solid ring of lace was a very neutral grey, the kind they use for cubicles. It made a weird contrast but one that I liked.

Smell: Rich with plenty of alcohol vapors, prune juice, raisins, plums and dark chocolate, it was like a nice porto.

Taste: Low carbonation, it comes down silky smooth down your gullet, but the alcohol seems to just pop about half-way through your oesophagus and gives you a nice, warm feeling. Flavors of figs dipped in blackstrap molasses, I was able to detect a slight hoppy aftertaste, but the dark fruits and neutral hard liquor were predominant in the final. A great sipping Beer, perfect for winter!
Only a 3.5 for drinkability though, as I wouldn't exactly crave this stuff in a July heatwave.

Goldorak, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served with my dinner at Redbones on November 10.

Poured a dark brown with some ruby tints poking through the edges. Slight filmy head. Bits of stringy lace around the glass.

Nose was dark and sweet with hints of earthy malts and sugars.

Flavor was very interesting. Syrupy toffee tones with some earthy hazelnut flavors. Behind it all was a sugary sweetness. Raisins and dark grapes. Picked out some malasses too. Kind of reminds me of a fruity red wine. Alcohol was a bit noticeable and rather warming.

Mouthfeel is heavy, thick and syrupy. Very full bodied and while not cloying it was kind of clingy. Great beer for a chilly night.

MuddyFeet, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Lnedrive14
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter:

Appearance: Be-a-u-tious. Looks pristine as the head fills the glass to the very top. Dark brown, even black. Nice lacing.

Smell: If I had a good sense of smell, this would be overwhelming. Even so, it is highly complex with roasted malts, raisins, and bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Raisins, figs, toffee, and caramel. Lots of flavors going on here. Quite an interesting taste - it's my first Eisbock and it is definitely a unique style. It is definitely a sweet beer, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy, but much lighter than it looks. Barely feel the alcohol presence. Carbonation is slight.

Drinkability: A fantastic beer, but slightly too sweet to have more than one of. I feel like I had my dessert already, and I haven't even had dinner! A great after-dinner beer or nightcap, but don't plan on making a session out of it.

Lnedrive14, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark red with some black outlines and brown hues. Almost like a stout at first, but in the right light it has some nice color.

Smell: Completely vinous at first, with some malt sweetness also in the nose. Some dark fruit, possibly candied fruit or tropical fruit. Also some raisins and fig-like aromas. As it warms I'm also getting the aroma of a Flemish Red, maybe? Very nice and even more complex as it warms.

Taste: Raisin-like sweetness seems to come through at first, then the vinous and red wine characteristics, some figs and brown sugar at the end (with touches of vanilla and maple), and malt sweetness over everything. However, it's pretty balanced, and not as sweet as it may at first seem.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, light carbonation, slightly syrupy but not cloying or effusive.

Drinkability: Very much like a dessert in itself, even more so than some Imperial or American Double Stouts. I only say 3.5 because it's so rich that I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting. However, I'm surely enjoying myself as I finish the bottle on the other side of the coin. Surely more than worth a try, and I can't wait to try some other Eisbocks (as I'm pretty new to the style).

asabreed, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was reviewed from notes.

This was a deep red-brown brew, with a huge head. About 3 fingers.

The aroma was slightly musty, full of rich caramel and Vienna malts. Wonderful.

Taste was of rich medium-dark malts with a musty undertone. Some alcohol was evident. No bitterness was apparent... this one was all about the malt.

Mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Drinkability was quite good. I wish this one was still available.

connecticutpoet, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Cool holographic label in a jaggedly fragmented, "icy" pattern. The pour into the snifter creates a short lived layer of large bubbles. The beer is the color of ebony wood, with some strong red tinges seen. The batch number printed on the label is illegible.

smell: Smells of dark fruit from the malt, with some noticeable ethanol. There are some hints of blackstrap molasses and raisins. I can detect some hops, but the malt and alcohol pretty effectively overpower them.

mouthfeel: Carbonation seems slight at first, but soon after sipping a considerable amount of carbonation bursts forth. The body is on the heavier side of medium.

taste: Tastes heavily of dark German malts. Hints of very dark fruits, like overripe plums and dates are found. A considerable hop bitterness comes out after the swallow. The hops and alcohol combine to create a considerable astringency that persists well after the swallow. The alcohol is pretty well hidden on the tongue.

drinkability: Not very drinkable, but considering the alcohol content, that is most likely a good thing. I can feel the warming in my stomach and the loosening effects of the alcohol after finishing half the bottle.

blackie, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz with a trippy holographic label poured into a snifter.

Dark, almost black with a small light tan head that falls quickly into a foamy ring.

Dark, sweet fruits soaked in rum make up the nose.

Plums, molasses, moderatly roasted malts and alcohol. The alcohol doesn't burn or even upset the other flavors, rather it is integrated nicely with the other flavors. Slightly vinous. It has some aspects that, to me, taste like a strong Old Ale. That's a good thing.

Smooth mouth that doesn't stick or burn. One of the more drinkable versions of this style.

ypsifly, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brownish black with a small off white head that fizzles out into a tiny collar. Not a whole lot of lacing going on.
Smell is bready, roasted nuts, raisins, figs, molasses, brown sugar, and black grapes.
Taste is of the same sweet like aromas but it's not cloying and the abv of 9.2% isn't that noticable.
Mouthfeel has a mild alcohol presence with a brown sugar like gummy sweetness with black grapes running along the palate leaving a nice finish.
Drinkability is superb for an eisbock. One of the better ones of the style that I've had.

weeare138, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of Luigi
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a ruby glow around the edges. The head starts off big and creamy but for some reason dissapears. The smell is sweet with alcohol and roasted malts. A full body with a syrupy texture. Sweet alcohol hits the tongue at first and rounds off with roasted malts. Has a minimal sweetness and a sweet finish. Big and malty. Kind of a switch up for a hop head like me.

Luigi, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Eisbock. Poured out to a murky brown red color with a nice 1 inch head that held up well throughout the beer. No lacing was noted. Medium carbonation level. Aromas of dark fruits, spice and malt are well balanced. Taste is along the same lines at the smell; flavors of dark plumbs and grapes dominate, with a slightly spicy touch that renders the 9.2% ABV very well concealed. Finish is a bit malty and tart, with a hint of sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich. This brew is best as a sipper, but could also be consumed similar to a dark lager. I wouldn't have more than one of these at a time, but it would make for a great after-dinner treat from time to time. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.97/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! this is an awesome brew.

Pours a deep chocolate brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a short-lived, two finger, tan head that left sparse lacing and faded to a thin collar. the only minus in my opinion is this lack of a head of any real dimenson.

Aroma is complex and rich. Bready, doughy, biscuity malts , sweet carmel,ripe figs and dates.

Taste is sweet malts, figs, plums, toffee, some alcohol and then dry hoppiness for a short-lived finish. Complexity grows as does the richness as this brew warms.

mouthfeel is slick coating the tongue and palate with a molasses like layer of sweetness that quickly dries out.

Very drinkable as a night-cap or a dessert.

Citadel82, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of macpapi
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Despite its uniquely designed, silver-white, snoflake-motif bottle, I had never thought about purchasing this beer before. But as the summer air begins to turn a bit chillier, I finally decided to try my first eisbock. Not at all disappointed.

Kulmbacher pours a dark brown--almost black--color. It has a very minimal and quickly dissipating tannish head. There is little visibility through the dark hued brew. Mysterious in a way.

It smells of roasted malt, with strong notes of chocolate and caramel. Very sweet and pleasent aroma. Full and bold.

The taste is also full and bold. Much like the smell. Chocolate, caramel and malt are most noticeable. Almost like a deep roasted candied coffee type drink. The nine percent abv is somewhat noted, adding bite, but still a very smooth quaff.

This beer is nice and sharp on the back of the tongue. Low carbonation and full flavor make it very substantial and allow for it to linger for quite a time.

Overall, this is a fine drink. My first Eisbock and I am very impressed by this one. Flavorful and smooth, while still bold and heavy. High abv is not unpleasant in anyway. But still this is a sipper, best enjoyed on a cool night.

macpapi, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a snifter a very deep brown (almost black) with a nice tan head that doesnt stick around. Aroma is very malty and sweet, with hints of caramel and molasses, toasted bread, rum soaked raisins and plums and of course alcohol. Flavor is again very malty with strong alcohol notes; big molasses flavor along with dark fruit notes (plum, raisin and fig), toasted bread, hay and a slight floral and grassy hops background with strong alcohol overtones. Mouthfeel is crisp with a big body and moderate carbonation, the finish is sweet and phenolic with a strong alcohol bite. Interesting beer for sure, but the alcohol is almost overwhelming, i could see 6 months or a year mellowing this beer out alot and increasing the drinkability and complexity.

silver0rlead, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of xgrigorix
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 33 cl bottle, no dates.

Very dark brown in colour, almost black. Dark tan head collapses quickly into nothingness.

Notes of alcohol shine right thru in the notes. Backed up by subtle hints of prunes.

Sweet & incredibly malty. Caramel, some light touches of dark fruit. Dries up just enough to keep it from becoming cloying. The strong alcohol that was hinted at is very nicely meshed into the flavour. Full bodied, smooth & rich. Easy carbonation. A nice & hearty nightcap.

xgrigorix, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of sraimondi
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Updated review, 07/07/08

Ah, Kulmbacher Eisbock. This one has been in the beer fridge for about 18 months.

Poured into a fluted pint glass. Decent head with very good and lasting sheet lacing relative to the style and elevated ABV. Beautiful deep tawny/ruby coloring.

Smell is very complex with lotsa fruit (fig and plum mostly) and massive bread malt. Wow!

The taste is truly exceptional. I am a malt guy, so I'm obviously in heaven. Malt, malt, everywhere. The fig and plum aroma continue with the taste, but malt sweetness overtakes things in the finish which is surprisingly drying to me.

Mouthfeel is one of the fullest I have ever had; nicely syrupy.

While the higher ABV doesn't make multiple bottles a wise option, this is a damn fine beer, where the alcohol is not over the top like many dopples and eisbocks. In fact, I think this one has more of a dopplebock character. Anyway, I think this one is fantastic. I will be getting some more tomorrow. If you like malt, get some too.

Steve

Bottled version: Bottled on 10/24/2004. Used to have a German friend of mine "smuggle" this out of Germany in the 90s, before it was "legally" available in the USA. This is everything that I look for in a beer. Very deep brown, almost black color. Aroma is a mix of complex smells; dark fruit, malt/bread and yeasty. Taste is even more complex, with a proniunced malt character throughout. Hard to capture in words; suffice it to say that this would be my last beer on my way to see my Maker. Although very high in ABV, very drinkable. Definitely don't drive after a session with this one. Beer nirvana fer sure!

sraimondi, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of nickss
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark amber brown with about 1/2" head that slowly subsides.

Smells of figs and toffee... wish the aroma was a bit stronger in the nose, but from what I can pick up it smells delicious.

Extremely complex. Nuts and caramel on the front. The caramel continues through the back end, and is accompanied by a light, yeasty breadiness.

Mouthfeel is thick and tongue coating, as is expected by this style of brew. Chewy and rich.... excellent. Could go with a bit less of the carbonation, but such is life.

Very very drinkable... I could definitely get myself in some trouble with this beer. The high alcohol is hardly traceable in the taste, but you can certainly feel it. Immensely enjoyable beer.

nickss, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently spotted this at OUAV and decided to give it a shot.

Color is dark. Almost black, with hints of ruby at the edges. Poured into my snifter, there's a hefty dose of brown head that dies quickly, yet offers moderate rings of lace on the glass. Aromas are chock full of malt sweetness. Caramel. Dark fruit notes (plums? raisins?). Same for the flavor, with an infusion of alcohol kick as well. Sugary finish with belly-warming ABV. Exception to this lovely beer was the much thinner than expected mouthfeel. Just left me wanting more OOMPH! Very drinkable.

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body is a dark brownish red hue. Smallish tan head that left some webbings of lace. Sweet and malty aroma with notes of dark fruits. Some caramel and light roasted malt are there as well. Sweet fruit and caramel malt up front on the flavor. Lighter notes of chocolate and molasses are in the mix. It’s sweet but not to sweet and the alcohol is kept in check for the most part. Pretty good thickness to it and it’s a bit sticky from the sweetness. Still goes down smooth and drinks well for the strength.

meathookjones, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet sweet malty scent that boasts of crystal, roasted, and pale malts. It has a warm feel as well as a dry fruity lager yeast aroma. The taste is great. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and warm. It has an elevated abv., but it still goes down easy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's full of malty flavor and a smooth, easy drinkabilty.

WesWes, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of AltBock
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
Appearance: At first it looks almost jet black, but when you hold it up to the light it is actually a dark ruby color. It had a small head of foam on it that disappeared quickly.
Smell: I really couldn't smell much except for a sweet caramel chocolate malt smell. The smell was much like a Dopplebock.
Taste: The best way I can describe that taste, is a Dopplebock taken to the next level. It was more malty with no hop bitterness and with a slight alcohol taste.
Mouthfeel: It was full bodied with a sweet chocolate aftertaste. Much like a Dopplebock. You can really feel the presence of that 9.2% alcohol content.
Drinkability: Due to the high alcohol content, this beer is good once in a while but really not a session drink. A really nice beer that is affordable at under $2.00 a bottle.

AltBock, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely translucent black, head reached 1/4 inch then disappeared, leaving a few bubble islands. Smell is malty dough with suggestions of dark fruits. Oh, the taste...sweet, dark fruit, not a sign of bitterness, some caramellish dough, then a carbonic bite in the finish which drifts lazily along in a mellow combination of alcohol, citrus rind, and more dark fruits. Never cloying, the mouthfeel does suffer a little thinning toward the end...really the only significant flaw for me. So easy to consume, but the ABV prevents any serious session work here. Try it.

$2.49 for a 12 oz. bottle at Once Upon a Vine.

pentathlete, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I never got around to rating this. I'm suprised. These notes were taken at a recent tasting with a friend in Philly. Dark cola and rum coloured beverage, with a similar stature and fizzy little khaki hiead that dies from a quick booze binge death! Aromas are all candy sweet and alcoholic. Doughy malts hold it together but the hops are kinda missing and replaced with macerated and dried dark fruits, walnuts, and more. Taste is fiery but the booze is controlled by the sweet thick, syrupy, maple and fruit flavor of this one. Mouthfeel is thick and tingly, drinkability is good, but it *is* an eisbock, and therefore I couldn't do anymore than 12oz by myself and even that is pushing it!

francisweizen, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a deep rich tawny brown a larger than expected light brown head,aromas of orange dipped in chocolate stick out most with an underlying woodiness,the alcohol is light but noticable.A very smooth mouthfeel to this beer ist slides down very easy,hard to believe this is 9.2% as easy as it goes down for me.Flavors really come out more as it warms the raisin aspects really show more along with sweet caramel with almost a lactic type flavor in the finish.Very complex but like I said easy going down for such a big beer,really enjoyed this one.

oberon, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of BrewMan13
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For starters, I think the picture is of their Reichelbrau Eisbock 24, not this one.
Nothing like an Eisbock in July, eh? Well, it pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with some see-through highlights at the top and bottom. An approx 1 finger head forms, which stays around just long enough to be noticed, then fades away, leaving a ring around the edges.
They say you cant smell sweet, and so I dont get much aroma besides a hint of alcohol (of course, as I always say, I cant smell for shit anyway).
Taste is very nice. Has a pronounced smooth, malty sweetness. I s'pose if I really search, I can get a hint of alcohol, but nothing even remotley distracting. No real hop bitterness (as expected). Despite all that, I dont find it cloying, though I am a big fan of regular d-bocks (even so, I do think it possible to go overboard on the sweetness). This is much better (denser, fuller flavored) then their EKU 28 and my favorite eisbock so far...this review being of the last one from a 6 pack I bought after trying a single. I guess the only negative would be there's no hints of roastiness as in some of my fav d-bocks (celebrator, korbinian).
Goes down smooth. Maybe I'm getting used to bigger beers, but this at almost 10% abv didnt hit me as hard as I thought it would. Still nothing I'd ever session, though.
Final thoughts: excellent if you like dense, sweet beers.

BrewMan13, Jul 02, 2005
Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.