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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 65
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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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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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1%

It pours a dark chocolate brown, yet it's crisp and clear. There's minimal light tan head, almost not worth mentioning except it was there for a second or two. Simply, it appears to be rich, lustrous, and deep.

It smells of dense, dark malty wort, bubbling away on the burner. It's sweet and concentrated. A toasted biscuit character swirls through. A distant note of plum blinks in, then out, as the sweetness reasserts itself at the close.

The flavors kicks off with homey, round malt sweetness, along with a lighter presence of berry fruits. The flavor is compact and dense, getting straight to the point and delivering a fresh malt wave. A touch of plum and berry glance in, as well as a strain of molasses, then eddy into a very mild biscuity grain essence toward the end. A more subdued toasted malt sweetness follows through at the finish.

Medium to heavy bodied, the dense malt sugars do their part to lend a genuine viscosity to the beer's consistency. The sweetness stays on the tongue to linger long.

Yes, I love hops, and crave them at times, but malt sure has its place too. The flavor is so clear and crisp that it presents itself distinctly and concisely. Put it in a milkshake and you'd have an old fashioned malted, I swear. It's condensed, and carries the high ABV, and that along with some substantial sugar contents sensibly limits the intake potential, but however much you see your way clear to drink, rest assured, you'll enjoy it. As long as you can remember it, that is.

03-07-2004 19:02:26 | More by Foxman
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West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance: Dark ruby chestnut almost black with a large bubbly tan head leaves uneven rings of lacing. Aroma: Deep plum notes and dark toasted grains a touch of alcohol but nothing overdone. Taste: Deep layers of plums and alcohol with a sweet grainy toasted sense to it this is an awesome brew, wasn't expecting anything spectacular I have been wowed. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied lager nice full robust tones. Drinkability: Very very drinkable not a cloying bone in it's structure, with awesome flavors you just want another bottle after it's done.

03-01-2004 18:19:20 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of RoyalT


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance – This poured a deep, almost black sort of purple with a small head which was probably due to the high ABV.

Smell – This one has about a zillion characteristics in the nose, so I’ll just list them as I can and in no certain order: malt base, light chocolate, some wood, yeast, big plums and raisins, a bit of fig, and a whole lot of alcohol.

Taste – See above and double the alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Well-blended and balanced. This is actually about medium in the body and not full by any stretch.

Drinkability – Gulp, gulp, gulp.

Comments – Ah, the Eisbock. The original “iced” beer (no, it’s not the original orge beer from Eisengard). You really love it or really, really hate it. This and the EKU 28 are the only two examples of the style that I see on a regular basis here in the US. I personally enjoyed this one very much (although I’m only a quarter done with it at this point). It’s kind of like a fine port and does especially well as an after-dinner dessert (skip the tiramisu and pass the eis).

02-28-2004 03:43:37 | More by RoyalT
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4.55/5  rDev +10.4%

This has a surprisingly cola-like appearance with the addition of ruby hints and a medium-sized light tan sticky head. The aroma is extremely malty with a massive chewy raisin character and a hint of roasted sharpness. The flavor starts with a big malt punch and noticeable alcohol, without feeling unbalanced or overly sweet. A surprising puckering jumps out in the middle, seemingly from a combination of the alcohol and the dryness of the dark malts. As it finishes, a there?s a nice subtle interplay of the alcohol, dry roasted flavors smacking somewhat of chocolate, and hints of hops whose flavor can?t quite poke its head above the crowd. As I continue to sip this, I swear I?m getting hints of rauch character in the aroma and throughout the flavor.

Is the smokiness really in this in the malt or emergent? Either way, that character along with the multitude of other complexly intertwined flavors give this beer nearly endless interest, though they also limit its drinkability somewhat, restricting it to mostly dessert and nightcap duties.

02-20-2004 06:44:35 | More by Stopper
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8%

The beer poured dark brown almost black with ruby highlights yet crystal clear. No sediment in the bottle. The head was tan and lasted forever to lace the glass.

The aroma was raisins and with a slight gingerbread. Very complex fragrant fruity aroma. Pineapple aromas as it warmed.

The flavor was smooth, incredibly so. With complex fruit flavors of pineapple and raisins.

The finish was fruity and dries out slowly and the aftertaste is nice with fruit and caramel. The body was medium to medium full.

No alcohol presence at all except in the slight warming after consumption. You could drink quite a bit of this beer.

11.2 ounce bottle. Best before date of 10/22/04. 9.2% ABV.

02-18-2004 00:39:01 | More by GCBrewingCo
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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Pours a dark dark red with a small tan head. Beautiful color to the body.
Very malty aroma, concentrated sweet note, and cherry.
Spicy and bready malt taste, quite sweet, dark fruit flavors (cherry raisin and plum).
A very warming beer ironically enough, Medium to full feel, smooth, but a little too sticky sweet. Somewhat flat after a bit of time in the glass. Barleywine like feel. A good beer to have but one that wouldn't work if you want to have a couple.

02-04-2004 20:40:16 | More by mschofield
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

The beer as it distances itself from the bottle pours a deep ruby color with a behemothic head, the texture creamy, the color a toothsome light tan as the head slowly fades away to nothingness, the lace forms a tight skirt to conceal the glass. Nose is a bit plum like, malt laden; sweet, crisp and refreshing, start is quite sweet, and lots of malt, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops are delectable in their spiciness, very dry and long lasting aftertaste, and quaffable tis true, a bit of a belly warmer to boot, well worth a try.

01-23-2004 00:45:09 | More by Gusler
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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Seemingly a very dark beer though it reveals brown when you drink it down. Nothing more than a very thin and very bubbly head. I kinda like it, matches the flavors and scents.

Smells of sweet roasted nuts and a sticky cherry sauce scent. Background has extremely dark and ominously musty scents, created by the grainy and tantalizing feel of the black and roasted malts body. A strong but calm fresh bread-loaf presence steps to the forefront with opening.

Tastes of dark roasted flavors with licks of chocolate and a complex earthiness covered in lager smoothness. The fruit fllavors are lightly wrapped in alcohol, while small hoppy nips toward the end can be described as nothing more than tasty. Finish has roasty flavors with endless texture dancing all over my tongue. Overall, strikingly similar in some parts to a Baltic Porter - me like this.

The moderate mouthfeel slides back a little too easy, and the warming ABV is a god-send on a bitter cold night. I was encourage to buy this beer after a recent sip of from a 7-year aged bottle that was sublime - can’t wait to see where my extra bottle goes with time.

01-10-2004 23:32:30 | More by nomad
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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

Deep and dark brown with reddish highlights. Seems crystal clear under a bright light. Good 1/4 inch head of medium bubbled foam. Simple but thickish lace. Nice aromas, raisin bread and fig, with a burnished wood quality that reminds you of old mahogany furniture with leather upholstery. Full-bodied with low carbonation. The flavor is jam-packed with malt complexity -- ruminess and candied fruit, chocolate cake and alcoholic cinnamon-like prickiness that stand in for the non-noticeable hops. Starts like a slug of liquid fruit cake and finishes with some real mince meat pie beefiness (maybe just a bit much). A little thick and sweet, but a perfect brew for the long nights of Winter.

01-04-2004 19:39:31 | More by ADR
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4.9/5  rDev +18.9%

Color is a solid shiny tary black, a medium tannish head appears from a vigorous pour only to dissolve quickly away to a thin collar, globby lace in blotches that don't last. Hell...O... there, wow, what a smell! Yummy, thick, rich, lush dark fruit heaven of a nose! Load of malty sweetness, nice dark caramel and toffee with all sorts of little dark fruitened things in there with prune and dates mostly with some fig and raisin hints. Smokey molasses and banana too. What a fantastic nose!! Yum, yum, yum! Oh and the taste is good too, blah, blah , blah, I need some more...

Just kidding...This stuff rocks!! It takes over where the smell leaves off with the wanting of more! Huge amounts of malty richness, thick and chewy, not overbearingly so, but plentiful in its presense with great dark caramel mixing with toffee. The dark fruits are unimaginably yummy! Plum, prune, fig, and raisin, touches of banana tangyness; then there's some molasses spicyness with some nice little tid bits of smokened earth, brown sugar, chocolate, and black cherry. The sweetness is so rich and deeply dark its wonderful! The feel has one tiny flaw, I so wanted to give this the full 5 in mouthfeel but it has a thinnish start and a bit in the finish and is over a little to quick, but overall this sucker is full and thick with a incredibly creamyness and nice chewyness, some stickyness with great lingering malty chewy sweetness leaving notes of dark toffee and tangy dark fruits on the palate. Just a nudge of alcoholic warmth but barely noticeable. One awesome brew thats super yummy, creamy smooth and full of flavor! Strongly Recommended.

12-21-2003 01:49:28 | More by tavernjef
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Thick dark brown pour topped in a pillow of off-white head that sat around longer than I had expected. The aroma is initially sweet and malty, but it has some nice fruit smells in there as well as subtle roasty notes.

This one is a big beer. It has a lot of flavor with some kicks of warming alcohol from time to time. There is a huge backbone of sweet malts accompanied by some fruit flavors. Spices are mild, but help to balance a bit. The overall flavor is a bit too sweet, but it only hurts it a little. The roastiness of the aftertaste really dragged me in. I made sure not to miss this one when I saw it again.

12-20-2003 16:02:03 | More by ElGuapo
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

This beer pours a very dark, nearly black, glass. Good head that ends up leaving lace. Smells very malty and maybe some caramel and coffee. Taste is roasted malt with a hint of coffee. Reminds me of a good Scottish ale. The alcohol is well blended for the strength.

12-01-2003 01:40:37 | More by daledeee
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3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

First of the style for me so a tough one to review. Deep cola like color with amber hues and a glow of orange. Not much in the way of head or lace. This is a big, lumbering brew that reminds me of a dobbelbock that had a shot of bourbon dropped into it. Malty and very alcoholic on the nose, and in the mouth. I picked up the same raisin, chocolate, and nuttiness that I get from the German D-bocks, yet this baby leans towards being a cross between a beer and a cognac, or other fine,smooth warming spirit. A nice drink to welcome an incoming blizzard. If you drink more than two, make sure the blizzard has canceled all the next days activities!

11-30-2003 02:38:58 | More by moulefrite
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3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

(330 ml bottle). ABV of my bottle was 9,2%, seems also to be brewed in a 7.5% version. Nearly black (= dark ruby when held to the light), good to moderate creamy tan head. Started drinking it too cold, surprisingly weak initial aroma, improves as the beer warms up - malty, but not very complex. Flavour is malty sweet with burnt notes - not nearly as cloying as EKU 28 (thank God!) but also less complex. Alcohol is well hidden. OKish mellow aftertaste. Good beer, but it doesn't exactly take my breath away.

11-23-2003 22:26:18 | More by Sigmund
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%

Totally, thoroughly, completely black in color, with a thick, creamy, cocoa-tan head, an utter delight for the eyes.
Aroma: bitter, yet soft, a bit wooden, with few associations I normally pair with beers, utterly unique...sweet, yet...damn, I give up, this is a toughie to pigeonhole! Big ups to anyone who can do it with confidence, unlike myself!
Taste: rich, sharp, full with flavor, toasty, chewy, boasting a magnificent mouthfeel, swimming happily amonst the senses, flooding, and utterly delighting the palate.
9.2% ABV, but it doesn't show it at first, ...wait..yeah, I spoke too soon, here it comes...warm and pungent, at the least...Excellent texture, full-bodied, a rich elixir, ever-so-tasty, dark, delicious, powerful...in a word? One word?
Hell of an eisbock!
Cheers aplenty to jeffboo for giving me this bottle he brought over from a European sojourn!

11-19-2003 08:19:12 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

Deep, deep garnet hue. Nice clarity. Good sized beige head recedes to a thin coating quickly. Frothy beige rimming laces bountifully. Big and thick aroma. Prunes and figs. Molasses and cherry. Alcohol and sweet maltiness. Great nose. Big and chewy mouthfeel. Body, full. Flavors do not compromise. Big on molasses, figs and dates. Alcohol is present, but not overbearing. Big dark fruit tones. Cherry and plum come to mind. Brown sugar mixes in with some deep maltiness. Pretty nice flavor. I like this eisbock. It is good.

11-09-2003 03:29:32 | More by Bighuge
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Deep tawny with a small head that fizzles out as the beer stands. No lacing is evident on the sides of the glass. Nose is an assortment of sweet malt and dark fruit. Notes of currant, molasses, sugary-sweet malt, toffee and phenolic qualities appear on the palate. While this eisbock is sweet, it's never cloying but rather complex. An herbal vinous note becomes evident on the finish, but it hardly dominates. Additional alcohol presence can be detected on the dry finish, as well. Mouthfeel is turbid, oily, smooth and overall fitting for the style. This beer possesses very little carbonation. Drinkability is strong for a brew with such strength and character. Well done.

11-06-2003 03:36:48 | More by Jon
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

I am really happy to see that this beer is being brewed and available again. This bottle was tasted last night at Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn. Appearence: Dark, purplish brown. Smell: Malty, sweet aroma. Taste: Malty, rich, plummy flavors..also figs, caramel. Mouthfeel: is rich, full, enveloping. Drinkability: It's a wonderful, fulfilling beer, but not one that anyone is likely to want to have more than one of in an evening.

10-19-2003 16:47:17 | More by saltydog
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3.38/5  rDev -18%

I normally don't drink this style, but like to grab beers off the shelf that I haven't tried. This poured a lovely dark maple sugar color, with a small head that has long since faded away...happens when you've been nursing the beer for over an hour. Aroma is strongly of alcohol, with an added earthy/dirt/wood sort of note. You do taste the alcohol, I also thought it was a bit sweet and syrupy at first, but it has mellowed a bit as it warms. I hesitate to call the mouthfeel heavy...let's just say it's decidedly more than medium. Actually this is not a bad sipping beer, but at that abv, I would recommend maybe only one at a sitting. Not a bad beer, but not one I need to have again anytime soon. pat

10-03-2003 00:10:20 | More by PatandDavid
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4.53/5  rDev +10%

Vintage unknown, but dated 31.12.03. This would appear to be a "best before" date. But this could easily go strong for years.

Deep and dark ruby-orange. This is what flourescent black looks like. Surprisingly healthy pale tan head.
The nose. Oh, the nose! Leather and shoe polish, and dried dates and figs, and toffee and raisins. Sweet bread, and toasted bread and doughy bread, and entire bakeries, including the asphalt on the parking lot. And the smashed brandy bottle therein.
Begins with a dusting of baker's chocolate, turning even more roasted and grainy for a moment before the vinous traits wash over the palate. Waves of toffeed green raisins, carameled prunes and bags of dried fruit. Molasses-drenched apple peels, dates and figs. Earthiness too. Tanned hide, and crusty boots. All awash in glorious pools of vanilla-tinged caramel nougat. Hay-like drying hops enter late, and provide some levity. Alcohol is not hidden, mind you. Forward in its strength, but smooth with sherry and cognac impressions. Cinnamon encrusted cedarwood on the inhale.
Not quite syrupy, but full. Not quite chewy, but rotund. Trickling carbonation keeps this from ungainly heft.
This is a beauty, indeed. A thinker rather than a drinker.

09-08-2003 22:47:55 | More by cokes
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

Yet another one I shared with friends. This beer was dated July 11, 1996. It has been in my fridge for years. As soon as I cracked open the cap I could smell the current fragrance with a hint of maybe dates or figs. It poured a nice almost deep ruby brown. As far as the head, there was none to be found. In this case, this did not seem to be a problem. This beer was a really nice surprise, as it has a hefty 9.6 ABV yet really smooth with no overpowering taste of alcohol to be found. It had a very nice full mouth feel with a sweetness like treacle (sort of molasses-like). Too bad I had only one. My friend commented that it reminded him of Traquair House, so we had to open on of those for comparison! Not too far off, so if you like that, you will no doubt appreciate this. This one is richer.

08-25-2003 02:34:38 | More by gueuzegeek
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3.23/5  rDev -21.6%

This came in a bottle with silver flake paper and a silver foil around the neck and cap.

It poured very nicely with a nice head that discipated into a tiny head. It has a very dark red color, almost blood color when held up to the light.

It has a sweet smell, almost fruity. It almost smells stale.

The taste is very malty. It has a sweet taste that is later overpowered by alcohol. The sweet malt taste is left in your mouth afterwards.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick, almost like a porter but with more carbonation. Very nice.

The drinkibility isn't very good mostly because of the alcohol content.

08-08-2003 01:30:28 | More by Ellbert
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4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

This beer came in an silver ice flake specked bottle. Little lettering refers to it being Original Bayrisch Gforns. Someone else can translate. It poured a very dark amber color that you can barely see through. It formed a light tan foamy head that left a solid wall of lace on the glass as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and for lack of a better word, dust. A heavy flavor of malt, caramel, toffee and others. A very meaty taste to it. A medium, viscous finish with sweet alcohol effect. Definately a sipping beer for cold nights. Probably why they put the snow flakes on it.

07-23-2003 01:01:32 | More by Wildman
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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%

A true sipping beer that is very thick and meant to be enjoyed as sherry or an apertif. Very malty and licorice as well as other dark fruits come out in this dark beer which is high in alcohol and very warming. It gets even more complex as it warms and it has an almost chocolate, roasty Barleywine character. As tried in Austria very fresh and very strong in a nice old bar/tavern in winter.

07-10-2003 09:58:01 | More by bierman2000
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

New bottle review on 13APR06....
Got another bottle of this, now showing 9.20% as opposed to the earler 9.60% abv. Label is great: mostly white adorned with snowflakes and with a patchwork, triangular pattern of diffraction gratings which produce a great rainbow effect. Has "mindesten haltbar bis" (best by date) listed as 1522892. What's that mean??
Anyhow, pours a clear but dense, dark mahogany color. Head is creamy a rich, beige colored, and stays fairly well at about 1/8". Lacing is decent as well. Unlike my earlier sample, there was no residue or chunkies in this bottle at all. Lovely aroma!! Verry malty, rich and sweet. No hops seem evident here, but it does emit an alcoholly character. Body was medium, and it was medium-plus as far as smoothness goes on the tongue.

Loads of malt here... toffee, caramel, brown sugar... a great sweetness reminiscent of a dessert. Lightly hopped here, with some floral notes. The malty sweetness lingers, yet is not cloying, and the 9.2%abv is nowhere to be found in the flavor. Luscious!!


overall: 4.35
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

*** ***

Original review of 22APR03....
Sampled from an 11oz bottle dated 28SEP96....hmmm...just yesterday... Starting at 24% Stammwuerze....that's a thick one! And regarding that date, 28SEP96 - I checked my travel journal for '96 and, of course, I was in Deutschland at that time. More strangely, though, was that my Family and I actually visited Kulmbach that day. How bizarre!! We had a nice time at the Plossenburg Castle, looking over their exquisite display of tin soldiers and other tin-related artifacts. Didn't have any local bier then, though.

Poured a deep, dark chestnut color, with very little light able to penetrate the liquid. Head was fine and tight, yet thin, with minimal lacing. I had noticed other reviews mentioned some "chunkies". Well, "Iceberg, dead ahead!" It did have its share of "particulate matter" hovering about, now didn't it?

The nose was a rich, strong, sweet, malty caramel concoction, with more than its share of alcohol aromas wafting about. In all honesty, I like it!

The body checked in at a medium, though I thought it could have been pumped-up a bit more. Perhaps a visit with Hans und Franz is in order? Nevertheless, it did pass smoothly across the tongue, just how I like it!

The 9.6%abv warms you from the get-go. Loads of syrupy-sweet malty flavors hit you, with caramel and toffee notes swirling around, dodging the alcohol.

A pleasant offering, to say the least. This one is for sipping, especially on a cold, raw day. Thanks are in order to my NY connection, Malto. This rare bird is much appreciated. Vielen Dank, und Prosit!! (3.5/4.5/4.0/4.0/4.0 - 4.00)


04-22-2003 14:15:35 | More by Bierman9
Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
92 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.