Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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838 Ratings
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Ratings: 838
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 70
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of karengarys
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours super dark brownish red. It leaves a fluffy ring around the glass which slightly laces.

smells sweet and alcoholey. Malts are present.

The taste is thick. Alcohol prevails. Malts next. Sweet is also up front, candy sugar?

the mouthfeel is dominant with the alcohol taste and feel overwhelming the tongue. Surrounding that is a creaminess which is pretty good.

The finish is, again, alcohol dominant on the back of the tongue. There is a sweetness that lingers away.

A bit too thick for my tastes. I guess I'm not comparing it properly against this unfamiliar style, but as a beer it is just too syrupey for me.

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

Thanks to CMaruschak for the sample.
Pours a deep brown with some black streaks with a rich and dense tan head which has some dark characteristics as well. Small, trace amounts of lace as the beer is consumed.
Aroma some chocolate, some burnt wood, some caramel and toffee, some grain tones, dark citrus notes and some estery alcohol.
Flavors of dark fruits with some semi-sweet chocolate seem to dominate a layer of bread and caramel tones. Just a hint of a smokiness in there as well. Very pleasant.
Mouthfeel has excellent transitions and just when you think it's getting a bit too sweet it shifts gears and balances out. Probably right smack in the middle of the road except for alcoholic kick.
Drinkability is very solid. Nicely crafted beer. Generally have to be in the mood for these types of beers but this one is balanced enough to provide solid experience at any time.

Photo of mattcrill
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to BA brother cmaruschak for attaining a bottle of this for me. This is my first adventure into eisbocks and it's much anticipated...

Appearance: Bottle explodes! Oops...quite the bummer but I recovered most of it. Pours a cola color with some garnet hues throughout the body. Big fluffy white head that quickly fades and collars the glass nicely.

Smell: All malt! Dark, dried fruits, maple syrup, candied walnuts, and a slightly musty sweet smell. Very intriguing.

Taste: Very malty...hints of rum soaked raisins, maple syrup, dried cherries, cinnamon, and a touch of cloves. Alcohol is present but is blended very nicely. Keeps the taste from being sweet and cloying. A nice balance but still very much in the malt department.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and on the dry end. Finish is long and coats the palate and throat all the way down.

Drinkability: A sipper to be sure. One to savor and enjoy. A nice style and would make for a great nightcap. Strongly recommended.

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

Kulmbacher Eisbock:

I can tell just by pouring it that I got ‘hold of a big, bad, bock right here…deep mahogany pour with a small head that recedes quickly. Vinous, dried fruit, rich malt…a lot of aromas going on here. The taste is all a big bock should be. Richly malty, never cloying, vinous, pruny, chocolaty, satisfying, and leaves the palate subtly smoky and woody…and not a hop in sight. I like this one…I’ve had a few Eisbocks, and this one seems like what Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock might taste like if it were “Eisbocked”. Next time you’re in the mood for a late night sipper, take a step sideways into this bock…you won’t be disappointed.

Cheers…

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

Molasses, bread, butter, pilsner beer and pork fat jump out of the glass containing this dark brown liquid. Moist, caky density delivers flavors of fig newtons, nutmeg and rum raisin ice cream -- yet it is dry. Zero acidity, lots of curdled cream flavor and no claim on core samples of earthy complexity make it a plausible substitute for cream sherry or tawny port. Drink this with a bag of pistachios or roasted walnuts and observe the resemblance of bitter husk flavor.

How can this beer be only $1.95 a bottle???

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: tangy sweetness, wet leaves, hay, and wilted, dead flowers of various species.

This is very dark brown with a moderate beige head. Not much light penetration into the near blackness. On top, after head dissipates, there is a sticky surface tension appearance.

As for flavor, this is kind of a turbid sea of flavors that come in and out somewhat randomly. Spicy pepper, charcoal grill, old dusty bottle of brandy, grape seeds, raisins and unsweet dried fruit galore, turkish apricots, rolling tobacco, a quick hit of alcohol, and finally down the hatch with a some hay and a grassy, mildly bittercrisp hop impression. Your seat cushion may be used as a floatation device.

It doesn't look it, but the mouthfeel is quite happening. Softening fizz washes some of it away, the rest sticks like a flavor saver.

This I like. Not a bad buy at $11 for six. The first of the sixer had an off-flavor of some polymer plastic resin sort. That was the only one with this, so we'll call that a fluke. The rest have been great. Will buy again. Foolishly drinkable for 9.2% ABV, I might add.

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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