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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

803 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 65
Gots: 29 | 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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aracauna

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%

A very dark coppery brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is rich with prunes and chocolate (combined with the malt, it’s almost like a liquid prune brownie.) The flavor is sweet and rich with caramel added to that prune brownie. The body is thick and the brew is warming as it goes down. It’s odd how this beer’s 9.2% ABV warms on the way down while some beer’s 12% ABV are hardly noticed.

01-19-2005 22:54:59 | More by aracauna
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Had this on tap at Rich-O's Public House. Pours a brown color with a small head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma smelled just like hot wort. Sweet and sticky with some dark fruit. The flavor didn't match what I'm used to with an Eisbock. Very smooth and enjoyable, even slightly mild. Nice flavors of dark fruits with a bready feel. Finishes smooth with a slight bitter bite. Body is just right on this one and the drinkability is very good for having 9.2% abv.

01-16-2005 23:23:32 | More by clvand0
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

On-tap poured into a chalice. It pours a ruby/brown color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell has some dark fruit and a weird fresh wort smell, fairly grainy. The taste is malty and sweet, with some grapes and a hint of alcohol. More of that new wort grain flavor. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and the drinkability is great for 9.2% abv. Different, but good.

01-11-2005 06:07:09 | More by SheepNutz
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +12.9%

Sampled off tap at Rich-O's Saturnalia festival. 10oz, served in an Aventinus Eisbock glass. The beer poured a rubied brown color wtih one finger of head that sticks heavy atop the beer. The nose was rum-raisin, bready, almost wort-like. Very full aromas, and very good. The flavor was mellow, but full, with raisins and figs blending into a nice bit of bready tones. The beer was thickand easy drinking and all around good. Compared to the other eisbock beers I've had recently,this one stands very tall. Such a nice beer. It renewed my faith in the style.

01-08-2005 16:36:37 | More by kmpitz2
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

I finally got to try this brew at a meeting last night, what a treat! It pours dark brown with moderate creamy head that leaves heavy lace. Aromas of sweet caramel malts, dates, molasses, and alcohol-laden fruitcake. Huge flavors of creamy caramel, dried fruits, sherry, sweet-rolls, with a nice touch of spicy hops rounding out the finish. Creamy, velvety mouthfeel that is tongue-coating and thick. Heavy bodied with soft carbonation. I felt like I was drinking a creme brule', in a good way. A thouroughly enjoyable beer!

01-06-2005 18:21:45 | More by AlexJ
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a thick purple/brown color, with only a small amount of foam on top that is quickly beheaded. Smell is very alcoholic, lots of raisin and sweet maltiness. Taste is sweet and full, with alcohol playing a large part of the experience. Mouthfeel is fairly slick and full, but it is somewhat offset by the adequate carbonation.

01-04-2005 01:12:58 | More by TastyTaste
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

I can't lie, the main reason I got this beer was the kick ass label. How could you pass up a label that has sparklies and shimmers all over it? I know it doesn't sound too manly, but hey, it's a cool logo. At any rate, it was an equally good beer. Very deep in color with a nice fluffy head to it. the head lasted a while, then went out to a laceing. The smell was good as well, with smells of "heavy" malts, dark fruits, and a small hint of alcohol. The taste was similar, but a lot smoother than I pictured it would be. I thought it would be a little harder to swallow, due to the high alcohol content, but that prooved to be the contrary. Very drinkable, for the simple reason that it had high alocohol in it and it was smooth. That alone is good enough reason to knock a few back! Very good brew to keep you warm during the cold winter nights.

12-24-2004 05:07:19 | More by JISurfer
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HogHill

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

A fellow BA gave this Klumbacher Eisbock to me, thanks for the introduction to this style Chris.

11.2 fl oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass. Looks very similar to a cola. Thin head that laces to the side of the glass.

Interesting molasses like aroma, with a bit of prunes or similar dark fruit. Very nice.

The taste is true to it's nose, a nice malt flavor complemented by the molasses, raisin, prunes, and a bit of caramel. Finish lingers, leaves the palate with a coat of said flavors.

This is a fantastic beer for a cold winter afternoon, and though it is 9.2 % ABV one of these, defintitely two, will warm you up.

12-18-2004 18:48:53 | More by HogHill
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BrewMaster

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: Served on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Duvel glass. It came with a big fluffy off white head on top. The color was an opaque dark brown with no light coming through.

Smell: The nose mostly reminded me of herbs with a strong black olive scent to it. There was also some sweetness in the nose. Very appealing.

Taste: The flavor is very big on this beer. Complex balance of sour and tangy grape flavors, clove, peach, apple, raisin and a spiciness that I can't really identify. The maltiness is clean with a bit of roastiness hiding in there. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: This beer feels smooth on the palate but leaves a bit too heavy of a film in my mouth.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer a lot and I think I will be making a trip back to LB's to try it again before the keg is gone.

12-03-2004 20:24:23 | More by BrewMaster
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Rust colored and slightly hazy pour had low carbonation and miniscule head. The aroma was wine like – sweet, raisiny, and with no indication of hops. The taste was vinous, dry, and sweet, with notes of grapes, brown sugar, and molasses, and just a hint of smoke. The alcohol content was very well hidden with no burn whatsoever, and the mouthfeel was satiny soft. Very drinkable for such a bold brew concentrated by freezing.

10-07-2004 03:55:04 | More by rajendra82
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ElGordo

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours with the appearance of Coca-Cola, only thicker. This actually describes the body, head, and carbonation quite well - just like a Coke. Very complex nose, with notes of toffee, prunes, molasses, and raisins. Palate is equally complex. Almost a pure molasses taste up front, deepening to dried fruit and a malty sweetness. Finish is relatively dry, with an almost briny character. Thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. And man, does this pack a whallop. I've had about two ounces and am already starting to feel a bit drunk. That of course cuts down on the drinkability - at 9.2% it's difficult to drink an entire bottle on your own, and it's smaller than 12oz. Regardless, this is a very nice beer.

09-20-2004 03:56:05 | More by ElGordo
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

This is a substantial, full-flavored brew. It pours almost balck, but with very little head. Smell is rich nand malty with essence of plums/raisins. Taste doe not disappoint. Rich malty falvor throughout to a semi-dry finish. Fruity essence with a detectable alcohol taste, but hardly overpowering for the abv. Mouthfeel is rich and full, close to syrupy. Very easy to drink for the high abv. This is my second brew from this brewery and both have been very good (EKU 28 was the other) This would defintely be a winter warmer in January. Highly recommended.

09-08-2004 23:28:39 | More by edchicma
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

This brew has a black colored body with brown trim when held to the light. Nice cascading effect with the head, its a bubbly tan head. The scent is a heavy chocolate malt smell, similar to a barleywine. The taste is a big bang of malts, chocolate and sweet, hint of alcohol but well masked. Hops just barely audible. Smooth creamy feel to the beer. This is a big bold beer, with a nice malty taste.

09-05-2004 17:55:45 | More by Tballz420
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a modest ecru head; a few shards of lace are left behind

Smell: Roasted malts, dark fruits and rum-like alcohol on the nose

Taste: Malts dominate with a burnt caramel sweetness, lots of dried fruit and an alcoholic warmth that hits you right away; chocolate and licorice, too. in the middle and a bit of earthy hops on the finish to add nice balance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Be careful, because of the alcohol, but a very sippable Eisbock; great example of the style.

Special thanks to brewandbbq for sending along bottle #21472 (brewed on July 11, 1996) as an extra to a trade in 2010; a 14 year old beer that still drinks beautifully - a bit lighter in color than the one I reviewed but still with plenty of carbonation (in fact it looks better than the one I reviewed); the fusel alcohol has faded and the beer has taken on a lovely nutty flavor

08-29-2004 21:41:37 | More by brentk56
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Crosling

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -8.3%

Dark Brown.

Interesting, somewhat subdued aroma of madiera, rubber, ports, deep rich malts and figs.

Malt accented flavor profile that I really enjoyed. Stunning notes of caramel overtake the palate while other notes of brown sugar, dark ripe fruits, figs and prunes. Full-bodied.

I've had some better eisbocks but this one is very nice.

08-18-2004 23:00:10 | More by Crosling
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

11.2oz brown bottle. Best before 22.10.04 (Will go well beyond)
It pours a very dark and deep brown with a fast fading beige head.
Burnt caramel and rum aromas dominate. A smell of brown bread and molasses enters and stays around.
A strong taste of crème brulee and brandy soaked bread dough, along with a nice buttery caramel flavor sort of mask the tasty lemon citrusy hop taste.
Candy sugar and a hint of mint give off a light taste of crème de menthe. Prune juice comes to mind.
This brew could be labeled the little brother of EKU 28.

08-16-2004 03:43:27 | More by BeerResearcher
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Kulmbacher's stunning Eisbock greets you with rich, caramel-drenched maltiness at every step of the way. It's aroma is bright and alluring; almost like fresh, sweet wort in the brew kettle, and in fact, the aroma can be enjoyed in and of itself, with inotes of deeply baked oatmeal cookies, caramel, raisins, prunes, subtle chocolate, and waft of alcohol. The bold malt flavor conquors the palate with an onslaught of almost-burnt brown sugar that mellows across the palate to reveal deep caramel, toasty grains, splashes of raisin, a light slap of alcohol, a swirl of floral/herbal hops, prunes, and then lingering bitterness, black licorice candy, and a hint of coffee-like roastiness. Wow! For lovers of big, rich beers, this is a cannot-miss. A classic of the style!

08-11-2004 22:19:24 | More by NeroFiddled
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marc77

California

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

Brilliantly clear deep garnet hue. Head recedes into a lean, frothy layer. Rough, sparse lace remains. Suggestions of fresh, moist pipe tobacco, candied plums, and rum soaked raisinbread caress the nose. Swirling and time release gentle wafts of dark chocolate and a kiss of herbal hops. Absolutely seductive aromawise. In flavor, upfront is a toothsome mélange of unrefined brown sugar, dried dates and concentrated caramel. Sweetness is lightly offset by an undertone of deeply toasted malt, with trace roasty hints, but this brew is nearly bereft of hop bitterness. Hop flavor integrates agreeably, in its mildly floral, and slightly herbal tones. Black licorice and peppery ethanol arise mid palate to provide contrast to the pervasive sweetness. Surprisingly lightly bodied. A notch more viscosity would have bolstered the hefty malt backbone aptly. Turns lightly nutty late, with hints of carmelized almond leading into the sweet, yet thin and immaculately clean finish. A true dessert beer that envelops, but weighs heavily on the palate. Superbly crafted and really a quintessential eisbock. I'd love to taste the doppelbock from which this is derived, before it was "eised." Will the alcohol in this brew negate the impending sugar rush? I could run a marathon right now...

08-11-2004 01:12:10 | More by marc77
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

$1.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/user_reviews/1008/

Presentation: 11.2 brown bottle with a sliver foiled top and freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Dark and alluring with a swirl of lace on top.

Smell: Burnt malt and sweet figs, a bit of coffee as well in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a thick body, very malty with an abundance of dark fruitiness. The slowly warming alcohol gain ground with each sip, very complex. Nice sweet bready finish.

Drinkability & Notes: A prime example for the style and quite balanced too boot.

06-17-2004 00:51:03 | More by Jason
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bigbeerdrinka

Germany

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby hints. A good inch of white fluffy head appears which recedes quite quickly. Virtually no lacing of the glass.

Smell: This beer has a strong aroma of raisins, plum, and other such fruits. Alcohol is quite apparent along with minor malt aromas. Certain tones of sweetness are quite apparant.

Taste: Immediately strong flavors of dark fruits such as raisins and plums, and a bit of grape make themselves quite present. THere is a molasses like sweetness in the middle of this brew along with some darker malt like flavors, but mainly the fruit tones of this brew shine throughout. Though this beer is relatively strong it is quite smooth with a slight alcoholic kick just in the end, and a slight tartness.

Mouthfeel: A nice full bodied beer makes this quite nice for the style. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The flavors of this beer just beg you to drink more, and putting it down is quite easy, though you wish the bottle was bigger..

Overall an exceptional eisbock. Also I believe I tried the new model of this beer because the bottle is different from the picture that is posted. A must try for eisbock fans. The fruity flavors warming alcohol mix perfect together

06-14-2004 17:16:53 | More by bigbeerdrinka
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

6 months bottle. Big props to TAR Finely laced thin off-white head over a dark molasses brown hue. Deeply rich aroma, sweet as expected, but bearing woody and lots of smoked undertones. The great chocolatey malt is intertwined with the candyish toffee. Subdued hop profile complements the malt fest with dignity. In one word, the aroma is effective. A first sip reveals its awe-inspiring complexity. This is rich and decadent, smoky with superb chocolate flavors. Understated fruitiness, maple and mildly bitter tobacco finish. Medium to full bodied with appropriate carbonation, rather restrained not to disturb and to let the malt expands as it deserves to. Wonderful and extremely contemplative lager, not unlike celebrator.

05-13-2004 05:36:24 | More by Rastacouere
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stewart124

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours black with brownish hues and a nice head that fades quickly leaving a fizzy tan ring. Carbonation is present and the smell is of dark roasted malts and bit of cherry. Very aromatic. The taste is crisp but the esters of this beer swirl around the tongue and leave a delicious aftertaste. Very fruity and suprisingly strong. There is a bit of alcohol that warms the stomach but this is a very nice brew. Sweet fruits of cherry and plum come to mind with bits of spices to make your tastebuds cry out for more. This is an overall pleasing beer that I wouldn't mind enjoying anyday of the week.

05-04-2004 03:13:51 | More by stewart124
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Generous head that fades to a ring and ruby-black color. The aroma is malty-sweet, alcoholic, cherry Twizzlers candy, and has some winey notes. Flavor is filled with alcohol warmth and sweetness mingled with sweet malts and brandy-like flavors. Finishes warm, sweet and alcoholic. A complex, strong and interesting beverage best suited for sipping after dinner.

04-26-2004 04:34:36 | More by EagleTalon
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours out an odd, off-brown color and sits a deep mahogony in the glass with bunches of red-tinted light shining through; a fluffy off-white head rests on top. Little to no lacings present.

Smells malty, with dates, figs, light cinnamon, and a hint of diacetyl. Nice sweet aroma to this; really makes me want to dive in.

Tastes of some superbs malts...ooh, lots of them. Dark fruits come out with the malts, piling up some deep sweetness that's really pleasant. Finishes off with a good dose of alcohol on the back of the tounge; good full finish.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Silky smooth, clean, and light carbonation. This is one of the best bodied beers I've ever let roam my mouth. Great taste, full of pleasing aromas, and a killer body. What more could you want?

04-21-2004 02:22:37 | More by Skidz
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shippos

New York

4.85/5  rDev +17.7%

picked it up at fingerlakes beverage center in Ithaca NY which was delivired to the distributor by mistake...a very very good mistake.

poured with an off-white head with a deep dark garnet color.
sweet sugary malty aroma with good wiff's of alcohol.
smooth syrupy thick taste that is nicely balanced.
sweet almost syrupy aftertaste with with a spicy alcohol finish.
couldn't detedt any noticable traces of hops ro any off-flavors.
this is very drinkable and much more relaxed and restrained than eku 28.

04-14-2004 15:46:49 | More by shippos
Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.