Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
BA SCORE
93.4%
Liked This Beer
4.38 w/ 1,272 ratings
Kuhnhenn Raspberry EisbockKuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
kbrewery.com

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by marburg on 07-27-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#308
Reviews:
461
Ratings:
1,272
Liked:
1,188
Avg:
4.38/5
pDev:
10.96%
Alströms:
4.62
 
 
Wants:
1,307
Gots:
212
Trade:
37
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,272 |  Reviews: 461
Photo of Richter525
4.81/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of imyourhero21
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerOps
4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 JGlitz87
4.96/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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 TechBrew
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tafyob41
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of my_knew_craft
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yeaprolly
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mnbearsfan
4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SadMachine
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brians52
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Clarkson
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.4% out of 100 with 1,272 ratings
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