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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 568
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: TXHops on 04-03-2003

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Photo of beersabound
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This rich brown/garnet beauty poured a small tan head that did not last long. The initial aroma was of fruit and was sweet; reminded me of grape juice. As the beer warmed the caramel malt and fusel alcohol characteristics came out in the aroma. The mouthfeel is full, smooth with a good alcohol bite. The flavor is full, molasses-y but balanced by the alcohol warmth. The finish is my favorite part of this beer. It has reserved phenolics that blend well with the dark caramel flavors that last forever but without being overbearing. Get it, drink it, experience the Eisbock!!

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a chance to try this recently with some friends. misplaced my notes for a week but found them this weekend. yes this is a retired score and yes this beer tasting is of a 96 vintage. sometimes it's good to be at the right place at the right time.

a - reddish brown with minimal carbonation. almost seems syrupy as it swirls around the glass.

s - rich and malty with a definite edge of alchohol

t - very wonderful. this bottle has been stored with care! Thick rich malts, almost hard to describe. It's a combination of vinous wine characteristics with a molassas / honey taste. alcohol makes itself known in the warming effect as you drink it, not in a bad sense, rather a wonderful complimentary effect. WOW.

M- Smooth and chewy. Runs across the tongue with a lingering feel and a definite want more aftertase. Damn, I couldn't have a bottle all to myself!

D- A rare treat that opens the eyes to a beer / style you never knew existed and having shared a brew, wanting more!

Photo of blitz134
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much darker than expected. Nearly opaque, but pure mahogany light shows through. Smallish head on the pour, reduced to thin layer. Appears lightly carbonated.

Malts dominate with a hefty load of sweet bread and biscuit. Some sweet brown sugar comes through. Brandy like alcohol. Taste is solid malts again, similar to the smell. Some dark fruitiness follows. Maple syrup finish. Similar to a typical barleywine in flavor profile to me. Alcohol wasn’t as dominate as I expected, but comes though. A little ‘flat’ and ‘well blended”.

Mouthfeel is medium. Coats the mouth well and hangs around for a while. Drinkability is okay. A unique flavor and noticeable alcohol make this a sipper. It’s definitely noticeable on my stomach. This one might have suffered a bit in the voyage over, making it a bit muted. I’ll stick with my Aventinus.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap at Redbones.

This eisbock poured a clear, deep garnet color with creamy, light brown foam that persisted, clinged, coated, and left lace on the glass. The smell was malty with a hint of cocoa and a distinct Munich malt aroma. The taste was malty and lightly sweet, with some Munich malt fruitiness, moderate hoppiness, and a taste of alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel was very, very smooth with medium-full body and modest carbonation. This beer was warming, and had a light sweetness in the finish and aftertaste. This was an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Jredner
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet almost maple syrup smell mixed in with some strong malt aroma as well. Dark brown tinged with red. Wafer thin head. Big malt flavor with molassess and maple syrup in the finish. A very faint hint of spice and dark fruits in the very last part of the after taste.

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

Dark brown, but not opaque. Light khaki head that doesn’t last too long. Turns to a ring. Nose of whiskey malt, butter/marmite toast, alcohol. Weird but inviting. Sweet sugary malt with a vegetal edge. Whiskey alcohol with a soapy vanilla sweetness. Interesting. Like a toned-down Samichlaus. Full-bodied, silky/soapy, and syrupy in the finish.

Photo of kohoutek
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer did not resist as it enjoyed the confines of my Abbay de Rocs chalice. My thermometer says it's 48.1 degrees, a nice temp for this beer.

Pours a nice frothy tan head with plenty of cascading. The bubbles hold on thickly for about 2 minutes and then they settle into a thin but very present permafoam. The color is a wonderful dark garnet/chestnut. Obviously filtered.

The aroma is quite complex. Some good things as well as bad. I am picking up vanilla, bonito broth, a fresh tea of oak leaves, slight smoke, iron/herbal hops, newspapers, sherry and the classic lager smell of canned corn (DMS - dimethyl sulfide).

This beer tastes as complex as it smells. The oxidation (that usually accompanies imported dopplebocks) is present, but it is a mixed treat. Instead of the overwhelming common cardboard experience - this oxidation takes on the aromatic qualities of freshly printed newspapers, fine sherry and slightly moisened fall leaves. A pleasant suprise.
A wonderfully malty, clean, Graham crackery experience coupled with an appropriate amount of malt acidity. This beer is well balanced.

The mouthfeel is suprisingly clean and of medium thinness for the style. The presence of alcohol is pleasantly integrated. Very, very nice acid levels. A very drinkable eisbock!

**Barleywine brewers everywhere! Pay attention to acid. Learn from the winemakers. Most of your beers lack acid!**

My overall impression inspires me to make some statements/suggestions to the brewers/distributers that will surely NEVER be followed:

1. Stop overfiltering/pasteurizing your beer for export. It is being harmed by the oxidation that follows.

2. As you know, freezing a dopplebock to make an eisbock concentrates the beer, as well as the flaws. This would have been a far superior beer w/out the freezing!


Photo of slap
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

The beer pours very dark into the glass. When held up to light it presents itself as a dark cranberry/burgundy color. There is almost no head but a few carbonation bubbles. It look like a glass of cola but the smell lets you know this is a serious brew! The nose is very sweet, malt, caramel maybe some vanilla. The first taste is fantasic! Very thick and smooth. I was expecting the mouthfeel to more "syrup-like." When enjoyed cold there is no burn and the 9.2 ABV is well hidden. Upon warming up the alcohol began to be noticeable.

Overall very tasty and I will buy again the next time I see it.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

First ever Eisbock, and beer #17 in my attempt to review the top 25 from Germany.

330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Brewed on date of 22 October, 2004. This stuff should just get better with time.

Small light-tan head over a dark dark ruby body. Head fades to a ring, but leaves sticky lacing. Dark sweet malty aroma, somewhat like a milk stout on steroids. Really nice aroma. Taste is more of the same. Good. There's a bit of hops in the background, just where hops should be. The 9.2% is sneaky: it's not obvious for a couple of minutes, then it kicks hard.
Very tasty, but definitely a one-at-a-timer.

Photo of ppoitras
4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle, another one of those "I don't know where it came from" wonders that I am known for. If it was from someone, anyone, thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3/4" light brown head over the beautiful clear dark burgundy brew. Dense head lasts very nicely, with slow fading lacing with lots of foamy bits. Aroma is dark malt sweetness, dark fruits, and easily apparent alcohol, all melded together into a creamy scent. Taste is smooth dark grains upfront, in the middle, and at the close, with a touch of alcohol warming all the way down. Mouthfeel and drinkability were incredible for a brew of this abv. Scary drinkable, will have to pick this up again.

Photo of sabrills70
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a prisim like label - pretty cool. Pours a deep mahogony brown with a 1 finger dark tan head, OK longevity and OK lace. Smells of heavy caramel malt with dark fruit, hints of vanilla and coffee. This is an awesome beer. Rich caramel malt flavors mixed with dried dark fruit (fig, raisin etc.) Vanilla and coffee are pesent on a lesser note. Alcohol is present but for 9%, its not that noticeable Very creamy, thick and smooth. Clean and complex. A bit pricey for a sixer at $13, but a damn fine beer. A beautiful example of the style. I think I will keep my other 3 in the fridge until next winter.

Photo of HurricaneMo
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be an enjoyable beer.

This beer poured a deep brown with some red hues coming through. It had a quarter-inch head almost caramel in color and a decent amount of carbonation. Smelled very strongly of raisins with a slight bready smell and undertones of chocolate. Taste was rich with malts and fairly alcoholic through the middle. Very sweet. Mouthfeel was lighter than I expected but still syrupy, and seemed to go down smoothly. I tend to enjoy thick and creamy but this was pleasant change. I don't know if I would recommend several drinks in a sitting, but it says "enjoy me after dinner".

Photo of jamesclark
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This "original german ice bock" pours a dark dark brown, and has a moderate head with little retention.

There is a very rich malty smell - carrying the thick aroma of raisins it smells very good. There might be a little bit of hops to the smell.

It is at first very light and subtle (but that doesn't last long). The taste starts off mildly malty and very clean - not bitter and not sweet. Swiftly the flavor changes character and brings out a chewy dark malt and raisin flavor, sticky and sweet - a medium to long finish. The 9.2% abv isn't noticeable.

A friend of mine told me the story of the time he had the Kulmbacher Dopple Eisbock - which, he says, is around 25% alcohol, and available only in Kulmbach and the surrouding area. I can't find any evidence of such a beer, but he said it was amazing. When I found its 'half-brother' cheap at the local beer store I was shocked. The label is so.. reflective.. that I wasn't sure I read it right. FYI - the bottle I bought looks very different from the one pictured on the beeradvocate page - mine is white and silver with snowflakes and an ice motif - the bottle is not sloped as much (more square?).

This is a mighty tasty beer - drinkable, crisp, malty, flavorful, and with a kick.

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I have had a few Eisbocks over the past couple of years, I believe this is the first one I have reviewed. Per the Reinheitsgebot there appears to be much consistency within the parameters of the style. She pours a deep ruby red color with a tawny head that dissipates quickly. There is a surprising amount of carbonation, although hard to see, considering this is such a high gravity brew. The aroma is not necessarily complex; however, beyond the overwhelming presence of malt, there is a good representation of a fresh hoppy smells as well as some stewed fruits. The palate is defined by a somewhat syrupy start and the signature eisbock astringent finish. The flavor is sweet and intense (similar to some American barley wines) with a defined crisp, yet delayed, hop finish. A good, well balanced beer, but not one that bowled me over.

Photo of WTexas
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque brown into my goblet. Proffered a healthy ½ inch head which devolved into creamy lacing. Exquisite smell of spiced fruits. Tastes of toffee and a hint of butterscotch. In many ways it resembles a doppelbock, but with a much more serious character. Later had a taste of raisins. Had a creamlike mouthfeel with light carbonation. Left a palatable alcohol aftertaste. An admirable offering, but at $13.99/6-pk, reserved for special occasions.

Photo of Zorro
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones.

Pours a clear deep black beer to normal lighting. A strong back light shows that this is a clear and very deeply brown beer with red highlights. A slight head appears and then disappears per the high alcohol content.

Smell is very heavy malts with fruity scents of plums and figs. There is a solid scent of fresh bread underneath all the malts and fruits. Faint alcohol fumes carry scents of brown sugar and a little black pepper.

Taste is malty and rich on the first sip with a slight alcohol warmth with the tiniest sip. Sugars come out a bit stronger after the first sip and bring brown sugar and fruit juice sweetness to this beer. Flavors of prunes, figs and plums are present but do not takeover like some other eisbocks do. Pleasant nutty flavors are in here to, mostly almonds and pecans. Mild herbal hops in the after taste keep this very well balanced. Fruity after taste is long lasting; I can still taste plums 5 minutes after the last swallow.

Mouthfeel is good and full without being syrup like some eisbocks are.

This is about as drinkable as this beer style ever gets. All the major flavors are in here without letting anyone of them get out of control. Most eisbocks come in small bottles and that is really because of the over concentration of flavors gets tiring quickly this one does not.

I drank a lot of this during thanksgiving out of the 22 Oz sized bottle and it wasn't nearly as good. For the big bottle subtract a whole point from all these scores; it was good but not great.

Photo of paterlodie
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 10-02-06. Good beige and lasting head and dark brown almost black beer. Nose is strong and alcoholic, good roasty chocolate like maltyness and a porty note. Taste is heavy alcoholic with plumb and citrussyfruity touched maltbomb. Again very rich malty giving some roast, caramellic and darkmalted overall. Not too sweet and brew can handle it and overall very full and tasty. Well drinkable and recomendable if you like the style.

Photo of Quaffer
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a freaky, prismatic label very different from the one shown here. In case you were wondering, this beer is legendary (it says so right on the neck).

Appearance: This beer looked very dark in the glass. When held up to the light, to was a crystal clear, deep red-brown color. It had a coarse tan head that rose up to two fingers with some effort on my part. It remained rough and coarse, dissipating quickly. No evidence of its prior existence was left behind.

Smell: Right after the pour and directly from the bottle, the smell was dominated by strong raisins and dates. Very thick smelling. After a couple of minutes in the glass, these aromas subsided somewhat and were joined my cherries, molasses, and brown sugar. There were notes of spice and alcohol underneath that kept the smell from being too "heavy." Maybe it's just the holiday season, but it reminded me of fruit cake at times.

Mouthfeel: This barely made it into the medium-bodied range. Slightly coating and smooth in the front of the mouth. A light tickle of carbonation was present on the back of the tongue.

Taste: Flavors of dark cherries, raisins, and molasses mirrored the aroma. A light burnt flavor hovered underneath. Some spirit-like alcohol came through in the middle. The finish and aftertaste were where the sweetness really developed, along with some light spices, but it never became too strong.

Photo of ghurux86
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark ruby brown with a nice tan 2 finger head. head dissapates to a thin film of foam after a few minutes but lingers around thereafter. no lacing.

smell is good. smells to me like malt, chocolate, and raisins.

taste and mouthfeel are both outstanding. tastes like malty sweetness and some chocolately raisin flavor. some slight hop bitterness at the finish along with a hint of alcohol. The alcohol is masked exceptionaly well in this brew. mouthfeel seams rather thick but not too heavy. i'd call it medium-heavy leaning more toward the heavy side. carbonation is medium and fits the brew well.

overall drinkability for this one is pretty good but not great. with a high abv (which is good!) i would find it difficult to drink more than a few of these before switching to something lighter.

overall a great brew and definitely worth a try.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Steve's on University here in Madison.

Pours a dark, bloody garnet with a few mm's of whitish head. Nose is rich and malty, with some caramel sweetness to balance the grainy bitterness. Taste follows suit, this stuff truly is liquid bread with sweet and bitter malts and a considerable warming presence thanks to the 9.2%. Mouthfeel is super rich and chewy like sourdough bread. I could probably handle a couple of these but would be full and in need of a nap afterwards. A formidable eisbock here.

Photo of riversider76
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a slight redish hue. Head did'nt last long,and no lacing. Smell is sweet,with a hint of roasting.Mouthfeel is silky,with a bite. Taste is rich, and sweet. The alchol comes through big in the finish. I would recommend trying this beer soon!

Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.