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Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by marburg on 07-27-2003

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a tulip glass. Really expected to dislike this as I hate most beers this style. That was not the case at all. This one poured a dark brown with a ruby shade to it from the raspberry. Very minimal head. Smelled of raspberry puree, like a dessert. Tasted exactly as the aroma...lots of sweet delicious raspberry. Like a raspberry jelly roll. Very delicious and cannot tell that this is 15.5%. Feel had good carbonation and good body. Overall, VERY impressed with this. Just all around fantastic. Fruit presence was there and balanced out with the malt almost perfectly.

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Photo of IckyT2012
2.57/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Rotten cough syrup. There must be something wrong with this bottle. Poured like muddy water. Smelled like old socks. Tasted like its been in the trunk of a car in the Florida heat since it was bottled. Everything else I've tasted from Kuhnhenn has been amazing and I was really looking forward to this bottle. Unfortunately whatever happened here will prevent me from ever trying it again. I have to believe this bottle spoiled and is not representative of what this beer is supposed to be.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely loved this one! Been wanting to get my hands on one for quite some time! Vintage 2012 split with a buddy.
Tons of berries on the note and the palate both. The alcohol was there but not near as hot as I would have thought.
The age has surely tamed it down. Super solid beer like nothing I've ever had before! Worth tracking down!

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4300th review! 375 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2014 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/brownish color with a small light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge tart/juicy raspberries, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, red wine, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of raspberries, dark/bready malt, and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tart/juicy raspberries, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, red wine, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light fruity/tannic tartness and woody/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, dark/bready malt, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/fruit/tartness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from acidic/tannic notes as well. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick/syrupy, fairly smooth, and lightly acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a pleasant warmth lingering after the finish; with zero booziness. Overall this is an insane fruited eisbock style! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, dark/bready malt, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the enormous ABV. A highly amazing offering all around.

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Photo of gcamparone
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle. Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Kuhnhenn Snifter Glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours an amber-ruby stream, with a hazy maroon body once in the glass with a tan-khaki colored head that reduces pretty quickly to leave a ring of retention and no lacing.

Aromas are heavy on the raspberry, lots of raspberry juice, caramel, light chocolate, a little musty, almost oxidized. Little alcohol on the aroma.

Heavy raspberry on the tongue, very heavy, like raspberry puree, thick and syrupy, burnt caramel on the follow through, big malty notes, the finish is lightly roasty, the raspberry lingers for a while. Medium thick mouthfeel, rich with little to no carbonation.

Hmm.. I don't think I could have drank more than the 12.7 oz of this, even that was tough. I do appreciate the aggressive raspberry flavor but I'm not sure if it meshes with the big malt backbone. Glad I got to try it though.

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Photo of wulfie85
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This reminded me of a full bodied New Glarus Raspberry Tart. Excellent berry flavor and a ton of mouthfeel. Did not seem like a 15% beer at all. Great beer

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Photo of gvhockey
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at my local beer store. The Owner had a bottle of 2014 that had on hand in his fridge behind the counter. The best Eisbock I have ever drank!

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock (2012)

For beer review 300, I pulled out a cellar treasure. Kuhnhenn’s Raspberry Eisbock is a lager beer brewed with red raspberry juice and then frozen to condense the flavors and alcohol before bottling. Poured into a tulip glass, the head here is minimal. A thin tan head of fat bubbles crackles away within a minute or two, leaving nothing behind but a deep crimson hued body that looks almost black when not back lit.

The aroma shows off a beautiful, sweet dessert of chocolate, baked bread, raspberry, cherry cordial. The cordial aroma gives a good indication that this is going to be a strong beer. The chocolate and raspberry work really well together, and seem well-balanced. Picture a brownie with red raspberries baked into the center of the brownie itself.

It begins with a lightly sweet raspberry flavor up front. The exhale shows off the strength of this beer, with highly alcoholic breath. It’s a full-bodied beer with very minimal carbonation, which shows off the smooth texture of this silky dessert beer. Mid-palate brings out the tangy raspberry notes, while the aftertaste has more of the earthy chocolate notes from the malt. The beer has a coating quality, leaving the mouth with pockets of rich raspberry liquid scattered throughout. There is a good amount of residual sweetness here, which contributes to this full body.

This is absolutely a beer to pair with dessert, or to serve as an after-dinner drink. The richness and intensity of the flavor would pair wonderfully with a flourless chocolate torte and some red raspberry jam. This would also go well with a toasted marshmallow. It is a strong, potent, and delicious beer. It holds true to the eisbock style, while bringing something different to the table with the underlying raspberry juice.

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Photo of mynie
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I first heard about KRE, what, a decade ago? Back when it came in what looked like a perfume bottle. This little fella used to always hover around the top 20 beers on this site, and for some reason it always seemed to me the most elusive even though I lived nearly all my life within a drive of the brewery.

The bottle is pretty. I opened the beer and then maybe 10 seconds later it started to foam up a bit, over the top. Yet the pour glugs out thick and still with not so much as a wisp of a head. It's a nice, very dark red color, though.

Smells like an incredibly dense and chocolately eisbock with some muted raspberries preventing the booze and malt from getting out of hand. Very old school, and done to a T. The effect is undeniably beery and bocky, similar in quality to the big boys like Schneider and Kulmbacher, only with juuuuust enough raspberry aroma to make it super interesting without upsetting purists.

Tastes like it smells. It starts sweet and alcoholic, with thick nodes of barley and chocolate. This gets sweeter still, only more organically so, with fruity raspberry taking center stage. Ends like a good eisbock, with pleasant nodes of burn and chocolate, only the zippy bock malt is enhanced incredibly with lingering traces of raspberry juice.

I--I can understand if newer beer people aren't too horribly impressed with this. Or even anybody whose pallet has been shaped by recent trends. If this were attempted now, well first of all it would never been been an eisbock, and secondly it would taste more directly like a rapsberry cordial candy. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, but we still need to respect that manner in which this beer was incredibly bold and innovative and yet still fit perfectly within the established bounds of its style.

Back in the day, this was how you had to make your beer, as you simply couldn't get away with the intense risks and wild innovations that are now so weirdly commonplace. All y'all who are fans of extreme styles need to bow before this one.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer pours a beautiful blood red color. A great color to watch with a George Romero film.

Smell - The nose is noted by raspberry, though slightly medicinal.

Taste - My first impression is the tart raspberrythat leans slightly artificial and medicinal. The richness brings to mind a raspberry jam. The chewy malts that accompany are delicious. The beer is slightly hot in the aftertaste with malts and raisins in the finish.

Mouthfeel - For the style, it was thinner than I expected and slightly warm.

Overall - This is an interesting twist on the style. I will seek it again.

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Photo of kyleryan
2.71/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Initial raspberry on the front but a heavy and lingering medicinal type taste on the back that I did not enjoy. The look of the beer was fantastic, the taste was just not for me.

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Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Raspberry delight! This beer was truly a treat, especially when paired with a chocolate brownie. Intense flavors and aromas and the booze let's you know it's there! Will be interested to see how this ages.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep maroon color, a half-finger of tan head on top, no real lacing to speak of. Looks excellent for the style, basically like a brandy or sherry. Nose is massive malty raspberries, a touch of spice. Dried fruit, maybe prunes. Fantastic aroma to it. Flavor is huge chocolate, a ton of raspberries. Warming alcohol presence, some spiciness. Body is medium, low carbonation, syrupy. Amazing beer - if it weren't for the price tag ($30? and ABV, I'd be grabbing this one all the time.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not being the biggest raspberry person, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. Very smooth for a beer that clocks in at over 15% abv, Kuhnhenn continues to wow me with their big time brews. Wish I still lived in Michigan...

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Photo of unclekeith
3.09/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Huge disappointment. Pours flat, suspicious nose, offensive taste - robotussin gone bad. Good mouthfeel if you can stand it lingering long enough to get an impression. Gave up too much to drain pour.

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Photo of justinp444
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look is raspberry red with a thin off white head. Smell of raspberries, thin malt, and sweet fruit. Taste of raspberries and sweet malt. 2014 vintage.

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Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle Cheers for one that I've wanted to try forever, Kalvarez! Pours a viscous (rooby) red with some amber-orange at the edges, thin beige head that fades fast.

Holy crap, just a huge nose of caramel and raspberry candy, some sweet malt and a little milk chocolate. Taste is surprisingly very much the same. Sweet candy-like flavours. Like a raspberry tootsie-roll.

Thick and syrupy feel, low carbonation. A REAL SIPPER (word to my slack homies).

Very interesting. Surprised this isn't a more polarizing brew. I happen to like interesting so looks like everything's coming up Milhouse.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very thick with an amber-red color with no head. Smells of intense raspberries & raspberry puree. Tastes like concentrated raspberry up front, then quickly turns into some medicinal notes that continues to the finish. Medium thick mouthfeel and smooth warming finish. A beer worth trying that is quite unique

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Photo of Ewlew
2.71/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Incredible appearance followed by an initial raspberry flavor which quickly morphed into a lingering medicinal type quality reminiscent of cough syrup. I either got a bad bottle or this one just wasn't for me.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to @czarcasm for this gem.
Pours a deep purple meets burgundy. Raspberry notes leap forth from the glass. Taste is raspberry tartness coupled with a slightly sweet alcohol heat. Then the sweetness grows a bit, but finishes more on the fruity tart side. Slickness to the finish brings an earthy note to the raspberry. Damn Good!

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Photo of JohnParadee
3.57/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sorry, kids, but I just didn't get this one. Hot, malty syrup...like a raspberry soda that had been left in the car with the windows rolled up on a hot summer day, for a week...virtually no carbonation either. Maybe I had a bad bottle?

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What an impressive raspberry flavor and beautiful deep pink color to this beer. It was like liquified Ludens. There's a hint of medicinal quality to the nose but the raspberry shines through. It's a tad cloying on the finish, but those are minor issues. Just a massive raspberry flavor that is a perfect dessert.

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Photo of adapt313
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful ruby color with no head or lacing to speak of. It just looks syrupy. The smell is concentrated raspberry puree with a hint of chocolate. Almost port like. The taste is pretty incredible for a 15.5% beer fresh. Just bursting with fresh raspberry flavor with a bit more chocolate on the finish. Not much alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is rather syrupy but to be expected. Overall this beer is a pretty amazing achievement. The bottle was split between four people and the 3-4 oz taster was all I needed as it was quite sweet and almost became slightly medicinal the more I sipped on it but it is some pretty incredible liquid and I am excited to see what a few years of age does to one of these.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally trying this monster thanks to mikeyson4. Thanks dude!

Pours a syrupy, thick gloopy clear amber brown, with no head, and no lacing, as expected.

Smells like raspberry puree, raspberry juice, port wine, and a bit of chocolate. Smells unbelievably concentrated.

This one tastes so good, and so unique. I've never tasted a beer like this before- it barely even tastes like beer. Up front, there's a really solid amount of sweet chocolate, and slightly burnt caramel, with a huge blast of sweet, juicy raspberry puree on the back end, along with a definite grape juice/port wine note at the very end, once the raspberry finishes berating you. The cool thing is, some sips the chocolate/caramel bit hits you first, and some sips the raspberry hits first. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never what you're gonna get!

Possibly the most astounding thing about this guy is how it's 15.5%, and you'd never know this. There is no "heat,"and no alcohol burn whatsoever. As I got near the 6 or so ounces I had of it, it started to feel a bit warm on the inside. That's honestly the only way you feel the booze. This has an intensely thick and syrupy mouthfeel, with a very low level of carbonation.

This is beer stretched out as far as you can go while still being beer. Really, really great.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Maroon wax hides the pry-off pressure cap. 12.7 fl oz.

Acquired: Via trade. Thanks to Soonerchamps for the bottle!

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX.

Vintage: 2012.
ABV: 15.5%.
Style: Fruited Eisbock.
Serving temp: Cold. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption.
Serving vessel: Goblet.
Expectations: Sky-high. This is currently #190 on the Top 250 beer list, and #31 on the Top 100 Great Lakes list. It's also the #1 Eisbock if you ignore beers with 4 or less ratings.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Even with an invigorated pour, no real head emerged - just a thin white floater cap that disappeared completely within 20 seconds, leaving no lacing.

BODY: Deep dark opaque amber/ruby. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

Appears undercarbonated. It's generally appealing for the style. At 15.5%, I can excuse the lack of head.

AROMA: Sweet yet tart raspberry lends the most appealing note to this aroma, with subtle chocolate notes and sweet dark malts filling it out nicely. It's appealing jammy and jelly-like, with a sort of pie filling note where the fruit comes in. Maybe I'm crazy, but I also pick up on dark cherry notes and tootsie roll. It's not real sour. The cleanliness of the aroma is odd, with no ale esters in there; lager yeast is indicated. Hints of dessert wine (port, mainly) and sweet dark fruit like figs, grapes, and dates emerge as it warms. Fruitcake does come to mind.

It's an arresting, unique aroma, and has my mouth watering. Shockingly, I don't detect any booze or alcohol.

Aromatic intensity: moderate. Not the strong booze bomb I was expecting, but it's absolutely on the sweeter side.

TASTE: Decadent rich black cherry duels with slightly tart raspberry for dominance, and the only victor is the drinker. These fruits are nicely accentuated by a rich dark chocolate character and some tootsie roll characteristics (including a distinct nuanced caramel unlike anything I've come across in a beer afore). Rich dessert wine (definitely port), hints of fruit liqueur, and faint fruitcake notes emerge more and more as it comes to temperature. Nicely jammy, evoking a breakfast pastry filling. Some might even find it redolent of pop tarts or raspberry truffle. Liqueur-filled chocolates also come to mind. Maybe brandy?

It's got a great amber malt backbone which feels more English in character than anything else. There's ample malty sweetness, and I quite like that aspect of the brew. I haven't smoked tobacco before, but I feel comfortable noting a tobacco note here - based on my experience with its aroma alone.

I'm not finding any oak or bourbon notes. It's certainly not yeasty either, and there's no off-character.

Depth of flavour: Nice.
Flavour duration: Above average.
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Good.

It's definitely balanced, and the alcohol warmth in the stomach is a nice feature rather than a burden. It's a well built eisbock, no doubt, and the fruit juice is incorporated very well. There's more complexity here than in most eisbocks or doppelbocks, but I can definitely envision an even more intricate example of the style. There's ample cohesion here, and it's almost gestalt. Absolutely a dessert brew but not cloyingly sweet; I'll finish this bottle alone.

The booze-soaked fruit and the liqueur notes are divine, and really stand out. The dark cherry actually eclipses the raspberry.

Constructively, the raspberry and cherry - great as they are - could be more expressive, with a higher depth of flavour. More tart and woody notes would be ideal.

TEXTURE: Plump, viscous, and sticky (like taffy), without ever coming off too syrupy or heavy on the palate - which is shocking at this high an ABV. Smooth and wet. How is it this mellow on the palate? There's no booze or alcohol heat. Definitely full-bodied and thick, but not overbearing. It's heavy and has plenty of heft (to style).

Not oily, gushed, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

There's great presence on the palate, the carbonation is near perfect (i.e. it's light, lending itself naturally to the liqueur like creaminess), and the sticky thick feel does accentuate the fruits...but I don't know that this elevates the beer per se.

OVERALL: Not the heavy syrupy boozy sipper I expected. It disguises its 15.5% ABV quite well. This is a solid dessert beer, and I'll enjoy finishing it. Would develop with age, definitely. Of the very few beers produced in this style worldwide, this definitely deserves to be in the conversation about the best one. Rminds me of Sam Adams Utopias in its liqueur-evocative luxurious taste. This only improves as it comes to temperature. The discerning drinker will love this beer.

This could easily be the best Eisbock in the world at present, but I can imagine it better. In any case, this is incredible stuff, and I see why it has its esteemed reputation. Worth trading for, by all means.

High B+ (3.95)

Serve w/ liqueur chocolates, plum, raisin, and fig.

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