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Eisbock

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by HopsintheSack, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. Ok so I gotta know, is this Kuhnhenn's Eisbock really that crazy? Is it brewery hype or what?

    Ill be honest and say I am not even sure I've even had a Eisbock style beer. I don't even see whole ton of them listed and out of those only 5 or so with 100 or more reviews. Are there easily obtainable Eisbock beers just to try the style?
  2. Never heard any hype around this. I love this beer though and got a case near me for $45!! Usually $15 a 6 pack. Ain't bad for a solid eisbock. This is the original I think. Story on back of bottle.
  3. Sorry, I got the kulmbacher. Not that one. Kulmbacher is freakin delish though.
  4. It's a great beer without question, not sure about hype though. I prefer it over Aventinus Eisbock which is another strong bock at 12.0%.
  5. Guess ill need to search out a Eisbock available on the west coast to try. I just can't believe the things these Kuhnhenn's are pulling I guess.
  6. I'm sorry dude, I was thinking of Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock. I've never had Kuhnhenn's Eisbock. My apologies for not paying better attention.
  7. No it was really a two part question/rant. I was amazed at the Kuhnhenn's and what they are pulling. While also looking for standard eisbocks that I could actually get and try the style.

    Thanks
  8. Romulux

    Romulux Initiate (0) Michigan Jan 28, 2008

    The Raspberry spent many years in the BA top 100 (and not a whole lot of it has been released in the past few years) and the Blueberry is supposedly a one and done (low bottle count), so that one has become highly sought after, as well.
  9. I was fortunate to be at an event back in 2011 that poured one of the last kegs of the 2007 batch of the raspberry eisbock, and it was absolutely fantastic. If the blueberry is anywhere near as good (and I've heard more than a couple people say it's even better), given the low bottle count, one bottle limit, and supposed one-off status, I'm not surprised that it's pulling some pretty impressive beers in trades.
  10. The raspberry eisbocks that I had from 2007 were excellent. I'm not familiar with the details of the new release(bottle size, bottle count, allotment, etc.) but they are definitely worth seeking out. I would love to try the blueberry but I haven't traded in over a year and have no idea what I would have to give up for one.
  11. Also, I'm not sure what the situation is where you are but Kulmbacher and Schneider Aventinus Eisbock get pretty wide distribution.
  12. Michigan

    Michigan Initiate (0) Michigan Oct 24, 2012

    The Kuhnhenn Eisbocks really are that good. I wouldn't let mine go for anything less than Dave ;). It's really the best beer (or beverage of any sort) I have ever tasted. It's REALLY good and really rare (~200 bottles). For other Eisbocks though, Aventinus is a solid Eisbock and definitely a shining example of the style (it was the original!)
  13. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Savant (395) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2010

    The Aventinus beers do not get nearly the amount of love that they should on.
  14. when i first had kuhnhenn at EBF (2008 i believe), i was very impressed with all their beers, including raspberry eisbock. ever since trying to seek out bottles in trade however, each time has been quite disappointing, although some vintages/bottlings less so than others. one problem is the green glass. two of the bottles i've tried were skunked, one quite noticeable, the other just faintly. in any case, most of the vintages i tried were overly medicinal and unappealing. totally different from my experience on draft at the festival. i've basically given up trying with the bottles.
  15. for more accessible eisbock, go for the kulmbacher or the granitbock ice, both originally bottom-fermented lagers before freezing. and of course also aventinus for a top-fermented dark weizen version.
  16. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (510) Michigan May 28, 2007

    Is it the meads and eisbocks you've had? All of the bottles I have or had have been in brown bottles..Ive never had a beer in a green bottle (eisbock not included)
  17. only the eisbocks have been green glass, usually about 10 oz or 275ml bottles (or something similarly small). i also occasionally seek out 4D and BB4D, which have always been in standard 12oz brown glass.
  18. Aventinus Eisbock is pretty damn solid and a big 12% if I'm not mistaken.
  19. HighWine

    HighWine Savant (325) Illinois Dec 11, 2010

    Kulmbacher is a great example of the style and was available in CA when I lived there. BevMo or a place like that will have it.
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  20. The Eisbock that Redhook made a few years ago was awesome.
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  21. Benny3000

    Benny3000 Savant (375) Michigan Apr 4, 2012

    I was at the release for this last Saturday and was able to try both Eisbocks on tap in additional to getting a bottle of each. It was quite a scene there. The blueberry smelled like a plate of blueberry pancakes and the taste was quite remarkable. Kuhnhenn might very well be the best brewery in the US.
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  22. Thirstygoat

    Thirstygoat Savant (260) Illinois Nov 22, 2012

    Eisphyre from Capital is a nice eisbock. They only distribute in a few states around Wisconsin,but it has been produced fairly recently and should be much easier to land that the Kuhnhenn.
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  23. I think they'd need better QC to claim that title.
  24. Andygirl

    Andygirl Savant (280) Michigan Jan 3, 2013

    No quality issues with the eisbocks :D
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  25. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (510) Michigan May 28, 2007

    Or DRIPA, or BB4D
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  26. DrHopHead

    DrHopHead Aficionado (130) Michigan May 18, 2010

    I was there as well and was able to try both on draft ($15 for a 6oz pour).Both were fantastic, but I gave the edge to the Raspberry, while my friend gave the edge to the Blueberry. The Michigan Mud was also solid (1 bottle limit on that as well).
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  27. Benny3000

    Benny3000 Savant (375) Michigan Apr 4, 2012

    The Michigan Mud was unreal. It tasted like what I wanted the Frangelic Mountain Brown to taste like.
  28. ao125

    ao125 Savant (335) Virginia Dec 1, 2010

    I've been a fan of eisbocks for a while. Aventinus is like drinking alcoholic raisin bran. I'd love to get my hands on some Kuhnhen.
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  29. Looks like I have a new style to try. Thanks for the regulars to look for.
  30. sfsean28

    sfsean28 Savant (390) New Jersey Dec 17, 2008

    Redhook Eisbock 28 was a limited release and then I never saw again. It was very good. Vancouver Island Hermanator Ice Bock was a gift from a traveling relative. Best I can do is pick up a Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock. They are available everywhere.
  31. adamant1912

    adamant1912 Savant (395) Michigan Jan 10, 2010

    Both the raspberry and blueberry were delicious, and I would say worth the hype because they (especially the blueberry) are unlike anything i've ever had. More like a dessert beer if anything, though. I am curious as to whether there is something similar being produced/sold. If so, please let me know.
  32. tommyz

    tommyz Advocate (510) Michigan May 28, 2007

    Raspberry is still on draft..
  33. bulldogp04

    bulldogp04 Aficionado (125) Indiana May 25, 2008

    Both beers amazing on tap. I gave Blueberry the edge, although it's hard to choose one over the other. Tasted like a Blueberry Tootsie Pop in the best possible way.

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