Redhook Eisbock 28 | Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Eisbock 28Redhook Eisbock 28

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Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Eisbock 28 is an ice processed winter warmer. This rich lager is aged for months at temperatures well below freezing and is a deep gold color and has a smooth and malty flavor with bittersweet complexities. This highly unique beer is unlike any other and to our knowledge Redhook is the only American Brewer currently brewing it. This traditional winter beer is very drinkable, even with its high alcohol content and is perfect before or after dinner.

30 IBU

Added by drabmuh on 10-01-2010

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Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed or bottled Fall of 2010, Aug 30 at 11:37 Pacific time to ber more precise...

Pours a nive copper/caramel color with 2+ fingers of tan head, good looking beer! Above average head retention & lacing

S: Doughyness & figgy notes in spades, stong nose backs off as this warms

T: Breadyness, a bit of booze up front, some lemony & woody hop notes, dryness up front. A touch of oaky sourness, a touch of apricot & sourwood honey seetness/dryness as this warms. Finishes dry, fruitty, sweet & & chewy with slight woody bitterness& just a touch of yeasty/ phenolic notes at the very end

MF: Chewy as all get out, slightly grainy, fairly firm/crisp carbonation. Some creamyness is evident as this warms along with a nice warming sensation & syruppy notes

This is a nice take on the style, that may not drive straight down the style guidelines, but would buy again if the price point was a little better

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4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Scant head, minimum lace, and a somewhat amber color.

Smells of dried fruits, sourdough bread and unlit cigars.

Leathery sweetness becomes a metal tinged sweet bun, pocked by phantoms of clothesline laundry and braised beef. Heavy sourdough notions and a somewhat confectionary, touch cloying sweetness prevails throughout.

Mouthfeel is much more appropriate than what it appeared it might be. It's a savior, as I think heavy carbo might have served to accentuate weaknesses as opposed to strengths.

This is a better than average eisbock. There are preferred choices, but i'm not going to bitch about having this in my hand, mouth, stomach, bladder... Plenty solid, and better than what I expected.

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Photo of harrymel
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From notes verbatim on 10/12/10
Bottled: 8/30/10

A: Beautiful copper ale with continuous cylinder of bubbles from the bottom which dissipate at the surface. No lacing. No head.

S: Not impressive by any means. Sweet toffee, apricot. Very sweet.

T: Sweet, cucumber, toffee and grain. Still a bit hot.

M: Reminiscent of smooth liquor in warmth, not in genre lines. Numbs the tongue.

D: Okay, but not something I plan to revisit.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the brewers special bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brightish kind of red with very little foam. Malty caramel smell. Sweet. Astringent taste, lots of cough medicine taste. Some cherry. Solid hop bitter right throughout. String malt profile. Difficult finish.

Not an easy drinker - not for me.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the 650 ml. bottle stamped Aug-30-10-14:48-WA. Sampled on March 5, 2011. It pours into the dimped mug an attractive copper color with virtually no head. Ultra-sweet malts begin the aroma with an obvious alcohol background. There is also a hint of toffee on the nose. The body is medium. The taste was a pucker-up kind of sour bitterness but at the same time smooth and creamy. A dry hop ending finishes it. I was not a fan of the aftertaste though.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's cold outside and it seems like now is a good time to be drinking a beer that fits the weather. I picked up Redhook's Eisbock 28 awhile ago. It's actually past due on the date...!!!...but upon a quick tasting it doesn't taste bad. Hopefully I won't be feeling sick later. Anyway, it's about time I drank this beer. I put of drinking it for too long and I'm interesting in seeing if Redhook can deliver on a more special beer. I haven't had a flagship beer from Redhook in years but I remember they were decent. Now I'll see if they have stepped it up.

Because it's an eisbock I chose to chill the beer in my freezer for awhile. What would drinking an icebock be if the beer wasn't close to freezing itself? What I poured out was a bit hazy copper beer with an off-white fizzy-frothy head. It takes awhile for the head to develop so be careful when pouring or it will bubble over the top. The head fizzles out quickly but leaves a fine layer of bubbles on top.

The Eisbock 28 does not have a subtle smell. It kicks you in your pants with sweet malts, a lot of fruitiness of peaches and figs, some spice, alcohol, and some woodiness.

Taking a gulp of the eisbock is a kick in the rear too. Right away you get a lot of bitter-sour-sweet fruitiness along with spice that has a crisp mouthfeel to it. Sweet malts smooth out the middle and give a bigger mouthfeel. At the end the the alcohol hits hard to give the beer a sort of rum-like kick at the end from the 11% ABV. It definitely warms you up!

This beer has some good flavor although it's a bit too harsh for me. That should be expected with it's high ABV. However, if you're in extremely cold temperatures and you want something to warm you up and get you in a good, relaxed mood then this will be a good one.

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Photo of Asev714
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle down to the last sip this drink is filled with a simple but fantastic taste. Each experience is exception from the basic bottle design, to the wonderful color and distinct taste. Like many high alcohol content beers this one is meant for relaxed slow drinking. The twist of the brew comes from the sweetness mixed with the alcohol.

Shared a 22 with my father. Left feeling that my experience in beer has been expanded. A good beer for a good brewery. I hope on trying this again, although not in the near future. This beer is not meant for the casual beer enthusiast be ready for a hit to the pallet.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color, like light maple syrup, with yellow on the edges. Minimal head that leaves a bit of lacing around the rim of the glass.

S: Smell is mostly sweet caramel malts, with a bit of spice behind it. don't catch the alcohol in the nose at all.

T: Taste is dominated by caramel malts, and bitter hops that come on quickly and linger for a bit too long. Decent balance of malt and hops, though both are quite potent. But there's not a ton more to the flavor, and I get an unpleasant lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium-bodied, a little low in the carbonation. Nice warming alcohol in the finish.

D: This is a strong beer. Strong on the alcohol, strong on the malts, and strong on the hops. It'll knock you over. Split with two friends, one was almost enough.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured in to a redhook wine type glass,nice garnet copper hue with an off whitehead and minamal lace.
Malty goodness, with an alchol burn, very light hop.
Malty bready dark grain goodness with a hint of hoppiness. Floral grassy type hop.
Purt full figured gal here, this is a bit thick and chewy.
WOW the booze is well hiidden but packs a wallop!!!

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Photo of CourteManche
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

A -- Golden amber to copper in color. Cloudless and clear. Big bubbles. Looks to be well-carbonated. One-finger light beige head that doesn't retain well. Appears to be light-to-medium bodied.

S -- Malty with subdued caramel notes. Slight hops, pang of citrus, but very subtle. Spicy heat on the nose, especially as it warms up.

T -- Definitely reminiscent of other Bocks / Doppelbocks. Malty and sweet. Hint of caramel. Very sweet, malty finish that segues into a hot linger.

M -- Wow, big mouthfeel. Medium-to-full bodied. Carbonation is apparent in the mouthfeel; tingles in mouth and beer.

D -- Big beer, high ABV. Very sweet. One of the few Eisbock's readily available (despite being a limited release). Overall, a pleasant experience.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear copper/red color. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is light caramel, flavor is a malty caramel. The high ABV is hidden, but is warming. Nice industrial strength (11% ABV) Eisbock. Worth trying at $8.40 for a 22oz frosted brown bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of Eschulz91
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose is lacking, almost absent. My first sip was surprising by the complexity from a redhook beer. I was ipmressed. Poured slightly too cold, better as it warmed. Has a soft maltyness, reminiscent of honey without being overly sweet. Has characteristics of an aged armengac or rum. Wish I had another bottle right now.

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Photo of Kbogac
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this while browsing after a day of freezing my butt off. Figured a warmer would be good. Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Nice clear dark amber with a big think cream colored head. the smell is very fruity with a little sweet caramel. Also a light alcohol smell. Mouthfeel is heavy but not syrupy. Seems to fit well. The taste is fruit up front followed big malty sweet caramel. Maybe a little coffee too. Also a noticeable alcohol taste. This is my first Eisbock so I didn't know what to expect. It's good but probably just for a single. At 11% that's probably good. Definitely worth a try if you find it.

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Photo of ChillMike
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:Bright orangish red in color with a nice finger height tan head almost looks like a barley wine plus a head.

S:Nice doughy malts some nice sweet spices, cloves a bit, not really a whole lot going on here.

T: Sort of tastes like it smells, overpresent malts, with a different dryish hop type of finish

MF: A little bit different than I was expecting, Light body and it starts off sort of oily but it ends up with a very dry feeling on the tongue and not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: Being that it's cold here in Iowa and it's a nice winter warmer it's fairly drinkable. Not bad in any one category but doesn't really stand out to me either.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on January 28th, 2011. Poured into a Dogfish Head over sized snifter.

Beer is a brilliant clear amber with an ember like glow to it. Barely and head after the pour the touch off white head breaks easily and as expected.

Aroma is very doughy, melanoidins, cracked munich malt, brown sugar and heavy caramel tones. A flowery alcohol no hops. Nothing off character, hot or estery, this comes off as a very well made lager.

The taste is rich and explosive. Fresh caramel, cookie dough, brown sugar, touch of maple and slight vanilla character. Lots of rich fresh baked bread even hints of rye bread as each sip comes along. Big warming alcohol in the finish and coating the tongue lifts the light to moderate bitterness to be perceived a bit higher helping with some balance.

Very big heavy mouthfeel, almost too much but it becomes balanced by the big alcohol presence. Moderate carbonation, a sweet but fleeting sweetness in the finish. Very creamy and rich upfront and up through the finish.

For the heft this beer is extremely drinkable and a worthy sipper.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an invitingly clear reddish orange color with a small cap of off white foam that faded back into the beer within 30 seconds or so. There are some bubbles rising slowly through the obviously viscous liquid, but they don't stick once they make their way to the top. Swirling and drinking doesn't leave any lace.

Aroma: The beer is really cold right now, but even still I believe that the aroma is quite reserved for what I expected on this beer. There is a little bit of alcoholic prickling on the nose along with plenty of malt on the light caramel side of things. As the beer warms up, the alcohol is becoming more noticeable.

Taste: The beer tastes about like I expected it to from the aroma. Pretty hot from the alcohol with the balance obviously toward the malt and sweet. In the beginning of the sip, there is a bit of dryness that may be carbonation getting mixed up with the light body that you get from an alcoholic beer. The syrupy sweetness and alcoholic warming is what you are left with on the palate after the sip to linger for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium with the carbonation actually being a bit high for the style so it is a little unusual in that even though there is some serious syrupy sweetness, the beer doesn't seem chewy.

Opinion: Maybe I am just being a little too critical, but this beer really wasn't my "cup of tea". I really, really, REALLY, like the Eisbock style, and this beer doesn't suck, but it really falls short of what I would expect for this type of beer. In my mind, I am putting it up against Kulmbacher, so it isn't holding up well at all. That said, I plan on finishing the bottle. It isn't flawed or anything, but just lacks the definition that I believe makes an Eisbock.

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Photo of youradhere
1.36/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22 on xmas, this looked promising. Poured bright maroon with off white head. That is the end of the appeal right there. Smelled like candy in a gross way, Smarties (and I like those which is why I gave a 2), corn syrup, fruity pebbles, it was seriously overwhelming as there was nothing beer like in this nose. Taste: Sugary hot, like cherry cough syrup, booze vomit and PBR, this beer gave me a headache and made me nauseous after 15 minutes of trying to finish the 3 ounces of my 22 ounce glass. I wanted this to get better, but it only got worse in flavor as time progressed. The mouthfeel was both slippery and thin at the same time, this in conjunction with the flavors was most unappealing. A medicinal bitterness mixed with artificial sweetner clung to my palate and coated my tongue. I ended up dumping the rest down the drain as it was just not happening, maybe there was something in the beer that gave me an adverse reaction. I don't know what was wrong with this beer but I doubt I'll be back to re-review it, it was truly unpleasant.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a heavy-hung head. This liquid moves like it's still frozen; slow and laboriously. The nose summons tropical fruits and something not yet ripened from my summer garden. The taste clues me in on that unripe fruit; still-green cherry tomatoes. I also get a touch of Bananas Foster tagging along with the sweetness. An expressive bitterness rides a wave of gushing carbonation and I find this the most appealing aspect of the entire drinking experience.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.

Apparently, despite the multiple other examples I've sampled, this is my first eisbock review. I don't know what to say. It pours a clear garnet-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises hot cinnamon, buttery biscuits, caramel, and a heaping helping of wheat. The taste holds notes of caramel, toffee, buttery biscuits, a hint of plum, and some sort of fake fruit flavor (like a fake cherry or strawberry, the kind you'd find in separate sticks of Fruit Stripe gum). The body is a light-ish medium with a light moderate carbonation. Overall, a decently solid eisbock, but I don't feel like I'd ever really wanna have it again. Kinda odd in that way, but I'm not gonna try too hard to figure it out any further.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing my second eisbock experience.

This beer pours a red color, usually I use that to describe some auburn or deep orange or mahogany color, but this shit is red. There isn't much head to it at all though it is looking of a rather nice consistency. The smell is mainly of sweet malts, there is a bit of a fume to the aroma as well. This beer tastes like a malt bomb. What I mean by that is that there is intense rich malt tones and strong fruity flavors from the yeast, but there is really little to no complexity to this flavor that is just sugary black cherry syrup. The artificial taste has a slight bitterness to it that is mildly off putting. It's much more drinkable as it warms up, but overall it's not the best of it's style by a longshot.

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Photo of budgood1
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a burnt amber colour with a thin fizzy head supported by some light carbonation. little to sparse lace. coffee cake aroma...a lot of cherry and raspberry coated chocolate candies mixed in with other assorted valentines day boxed chocolates...yeast, nougat and coconut mixed with rum and brandy come to mind. the taste is a warm boozy smoothie of figs and nuts and caramel and nougat. quite the stiff drink. i sense some hints of fruitcake and cocoa along with banana bread and coffee. strong, stiff and sturdy body with an exceptionally smooth and silky mouthfeel. drinkability is quite good considering the the high ABV never stings.

quite the treat. now this is a winter warmer. no messing around. and tasty, too!

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Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer Charlotte served in a tulip glass a crisp bubbly copper with a thin khaki head. Aroma is slight burnt caramel, and not much else. The taste is dried fruits in front of sweet caramel and mild molasses. The beer is certainly a bit heavy, but is a relatively easy sipper. This is certainly a beer worth trying, one I may have again if the mood hits me.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at the brewery where I judged a beer competition back in October. I know, tough duty, but someone has to do it....

A--A really pretty copper-orange color. A small beige head quickly disappears. Very minor lacing, which is the norm for a high ABV brew. Some haze as well, which is acceptable for this rare style.

S--Malt sweetness with alcohol notes. Some plum notes as well, although the alcohol dominates. Not quite exactly on style, but still good.

T--Alcohol definitely there, but not harsh; a good thing given the 11% ABV. Some complexities come through the alcohol, dark fruit, plum and some biscuit. Very nice.

M--Medium to medium-full mouthfeel, quite nice. Could have been a bit fuller re: the style, IMHO.

D--The ABV is very well-masked. While it is definitely present, it is not harsh. I would have thought the ABV was much lower than 11%. Nice job.

An extremely good effort by the folks in NH. This style is very difficult to produce and almost non-existent outside of Germany. While the seminal Kulmbacher Reichelbrau version is superior, this beer is a treat. I should have bought a case, as I think this may be a one time production for Redhook.


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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big beer! This one is a clear, deep copper color. The head is notable small, and quickly disappears altogether. Malt and booze dominate the smell....It's not a subtle smell, but is a rough-edged, seriously alcohol-laden hyper-bock aroma. The taste, despite the serious warming, has a little more complexity. There are some decent caramel and toffee notes, Maillard reaction toastyness, and a healthy sweetness. Ice beer! More bitterness than necessary in the finish. Lingering sweetness. This is a sipping beer. Better with ever sip.

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Photo of stonermouse
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a very nice amber color, with a discernable orange hue. Even with a quickly-fading head, it's a really nice and clean looking brew.

The aroma is lager-like, with a slight, unexpected tinge of woodiness. Pleasant.

The flavor is really interesting. It's a lager at it's core, and as such, the flavors are super-crisp. But there's a lot more going on. The malt has a rye bite to it, and there's a very slight hint of fruitiness, perhaps cherry. It's fairly dry on the back end, surprisingly, but finishes clean. The booze is well-hidden for 11%.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean, with a little stickiness at the end. Good overall.

I'd come back to this again once and a while. It's a good, warming winter brew. The flavors are overall clean and pleasant, with some interesting complexity. Nice effort here.

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Redhook Eisbock 28 from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.66 out of 5 based on 146 ratings.
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