Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Bock - Eisbock
Ranked #4
Ranked #2,828
4.14 | pDev: 9.42%
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Notes: Formerly called Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock

Eisbock was inadvertently invented in Kulmbach one bitter winter day when an apprentice brewer accidentally left wooden barrels of bockbier in the brewery yard, causing them to burst. When the ice was chipped away, a richer, more concentrated dark lager remained inside the barrels.
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barneyrubble from Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip an opaque ebony brown beer forms a medium coffee brown 1F head that settles with some residual lace.

On the nose, I get brown sugar, sweet molasses and gingerbread cookie, brown licorice, dark chocolate, and light medicinal herbs.

Tasting reveals brown sugar, sweet molasses, and iced gingerbread cake like doughy malt. Medicinal herbs seem buried in the molasses. No hint of alcohol at all with a very little warming.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium with creamy and slick texture and some cloying feeling at the back of the throat. Slightly drying finish.

Overall a fun departure from coffee dominated stouts, with just enough sweetness and balance to make interesting. The medicinal herbs are restrained and keep things enjoyable.

Tuesday at 04:13 PM
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Steve555 from Wales

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown. Small one finger tan head. Smell of sherry, cough medicine, dark fruits. Taste is chocolate, raisins, a bit of alcohol, syryp and figs. Feel is a tingly carbonation leaving a bitter sweet warming dryness. Top beer. The best Eisbock IMO.

Nov 13, 2020
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brewerburgundy from California

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, tulip.

Cola colored pour with a generous rush of head in a light cafe mocha shade. The bubbles quickly fade leaving just a fingernail ring.

It exudes moist, fresh raisin and dark, sweet rum. It’s not too sweet and you can sense the alcohol just below the surface.

Now I’m quite a fan of prunes and before you laugh I’ll tell you why. They’re typically very gooey and plump and not too sweet, and I find them very satisfying. This tastes of rich prune and sophisticated rum. It isn’t boozy yet, but a few more minutes will tell. Nope, stays essentially booze-less, which is surprising and good. Prune, raisin, black walnut. It’s like a concentrated dark lager. Go figure.

It’s medium-thick bodies, definitely verging on syrupy, but it’s not. The tight, consistent bubbles see to that.

My first Eisbock does not disappoint.

Oct 18, 2020
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aBosslyElephant from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- Dark mahogany look with a chestnut head
S- Dark and rich, the best type of beer smell
T- Bitter sweetness in the front with a lingering wheat aftertaste
F- Smooth and linda light considering the color and ABV
O- Perfect! Great hearty beer and perfect to pair with a great hearty meal

Sep 22, 2020
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SpaceBurrr from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wasn’t sure what vibe we’d be getting but this is a rich concentrated bock. Full in flavor. Good notes. Small sips or big gulps the choice is yours. But I recommend to take it easy and just enjoy the journey of flavor in your mouth.

Sep 04, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle, it pours a nice dark brown color with a modest light brown head that soon dissipates to a ring. In the nose, it is dark fruit and roasted malt. In the mouth, the same: roasted and black malts, well balanced with a touch of dark fruit. Yum!
Note: not the best for a hot humid day, but inside the air conditioned space, it is all right!

Jun 19, 2020
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MattDecker from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: nice brown color with tab lasting head
Smell: dark bread, plum,
Taste: plum, wheat, barley bread, boozy
Feel: medium body
Overall: pretty good. I am a fan of eisbocks and this good. Not as pure tasting to me as the aventinus eisbock, that's my personal opinion

May 16, 2020
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle in a snifter. This true classic pours a rich
brownish black with a nice head of off white khaki foam that
settles to a thick ring, subtle swirling pool, and shows some
nice sudsy lacing. Nose of dark raisin bread and plums with
dark brown sugars and subtle astringent booze notes. Flavors
hit the note; dark raisin bread doused in plum brandy with
dark bread crust and sweet brown sugars all well represented
in a harmonious brew with surprising balance. Excellent
mouth feel; smooth as silk like a great black ale, lightly
creamy, rich, light carbonation, lightly coating, and
finishing subtly dry from the booze.

A true classic that has not lost any luster. Privileged to
have it once again. Awesome!


Apr 26, 2020
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ludachris from Canada (ON)

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Its chestnut brown body is so dark it borders on black. A light tan head reaches a surprising height considering its ABV, but falls just as quickly. A fine film of ethanol makes the sides of the glass too slick for lace to stick to.

There's a surprising brightness to the oodles of overly ripe dark fruit that oozes out of the glass. Almost like a gummy candy feel. Fleshy dates, dark raisins and plum cake. Toffee and caramel covered marshmallow. Cocoa, hazelnut and sarsaparilla. An ode to malted barley. And with all that being said, its far from being cloying, overly intense or a booze bomb.

Lots of fig, lots of raisin, and lots of tootsie roll to start. Squishy plums and dates are rolled into a delicate chocolatey center. Just as fast as it starts is nearly as fast as it ends, with dark, soft Christmas cake standing at the exit.

I was expecting a lot of stick and a lot of weight to the body, neither of which were true. It's so soft and understated and exceptionally clean. The soothing warmth in my chest is the only sign of its alcohol.

What an exceptional lager. The Bugatti of bocks. It's so smoothed out, sanded down and refined that its elegant. A real treat on Christmas day.

Dec 25, 2019
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weissbock from Alabama

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I admit this was consumed only a year after graduating into "better" beers... so at first everything about it sorta spooked me into thinking maybe i got a bad bottle. Please bear with me (sorry!) even though beer was chilled too cold, about 38 degrees, upon the pour the aroma was intense, unlike any beer i had smelled before... but not in a nice way. My friends still laugh but I've always described that first smell to be reminiscent of a stuckey's interstate restaurant's bathroom, odd! Let it sit open for 35 + - minutes before going in for first taste. by then it had warmed to about 50 degrees i guess.

Sorry I'll cut to the chase: That warming made it a new beer! Nowhere were the spoiled smelling aromas but magically replaced with combination of sweet freshly baked bread, biscuit, and rich malt!, nirvana! Sweet but hopped enough for great balance. Malty, nutty, very bread-like aroma and taste along with raisin? other dark fruits and slight chocolate. Not boozy at all for 11% abv imo. plenty of body. Took an hour to finish, but because i wanted to savor each sip having only purchased two, sadly! Last trip to greens beverages atlanta i grabbed all they had... only 14 bottles, sniff, not easy for me to find. Certainly in my top 5 after all these years, a simply fantastic beer! Prost! Also love the EKU28!

Dec 03, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; coded 28493721 (no idea, tastes great, but head less lively than some describe).
A: Pour a crystal clear, dark brown color with ruby red highlights, a slightly less than one finger, tan head, which dissipates to a rim, and mostly edge lacing.
S: Tangy and fruity with aromas of cherry, molasses, walnut, honey, licorice, and a touch of white pepper. Alcohol definitely appreciable without being overwhelming.
T: Sweet with flavors of cherry or cherrywood, orange, molasses, pumpernickel, dark roast coffee, licorice, and white pepper. Bitterness is rather solid, but very much in balance with the sweetness and flavor elements. Alcohol clearly present without rising to the level of booziness.
M: Medium to full bodied with nicely persistent lacing.
O: This is a gorgeous drinking experience. Really a brilliant combination of aroma, flavors, sweetness, and bitterness. This is could get used to (had not idea). Reminds me of a Belgian Dark Ale. Gorgeous.

Sep 25, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Pours dark brown with red highlights, with a fairly ample (especially for the ABV) tan head.

Aromas of caramel malt, dark fruit, dried fruit, and cashews.

The flavors follow the nose, but with even more complexity. Caramel malt, heavy and forward. The mid palate enjoys figs, raisins, tobacco, leather, cashew, and yeast. The finish is spicy and brings some booze, but not a burn.

The brew is full bodied, chewy, and yet remarkably drinkable for the ABV.

Overall, an outstanding representation of the style.

Aug 31, 2019
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: Dark Brown-a touch muddy, very small head. Flat look.
AROMA: malt, corn, brown sugar.
TASTE: very smooth lightly toasted malt with a caramel like sweetness. I get some raisin and extra breadyness, almost rye like character. Super tasty.
FEEL: pretty flat, but body is 3/4 of the way from medium to full body. Sturdy. Drinks smooth.

High Quality. Bottle complements of "thee" Bucky Buckman.


Mar 29, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A malt-head's delight.
While it doesn't Look like it will be a great beer, it certainly Smells like it; mostly malt of caramel variety and, then, nutty. Tastes echo this back, but the sweet thickness is like I bit into a fig. This seems very much like a doppelbock to me. In fact, I liked their doppel so much that I'd guess this is a similar recipe, just the eisbock process of reducing water.
In my mouth, rich, smooth and, somehow, not too sweet. Alcohol is well concealed.

This is my 6th from Kulmbacher, so I went on their website.... but not for much longer than to look at most the pictures as I could not find the English button, and German is too much work. However this Eisbock is the only dark in their advertised lineup (I couldn't find the doppel or the Monschof schwartzsbier.) Given how few eisbocks I can find, I'm glad I had this one and look forward to finding it again.

I also am curious why so few of these are made. This and two others have over 1,000 ratings, the next drops to 117 and the rest are under 100. I think it is a splendid way to forget about winter.

Mar 04, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - dark brown slight head
Smell - creamy caramel toasty toasty different scent
Taste - a lot like the scent. Kind like a jacked up marzen, sweeter porter.
Feel - medium full body with a light carb
Overall - incredible

Feb 15, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle coded 2747231 poured into a snifter at fridge temp 9.2% ABV. The beer pours dark brown with ruby highlights and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is strong malt, brown sugar, raisin and molasses. The taste is fairly sweet with a mild tart undertone. Flavors include cherry, raisin, plum, mild tobacco and molasses. The mouthfeel is full bodied with less than medium carbonation and an undry, but not unpleasant, finish. Overall, very good. I don't mind a sweet beer and this one has just enough bitterness and tart to keep the sweetness palatable. There is a little oxidation showing up at room temperature, but still no booze.

Feb 08, 2019
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mncoinman from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with a good foam head. Initial aroma indicates a malty/boozy smell that would be typical for this style. Taste goes down well...booze is balanced with a good bite and an obvious presence of malts with only a mild hop presence. Reasonable beer that could be enhanced with a stronger malt infusion more typical with good bock beers. Good balance however in not letting this eisbock get too boozy !

Nov 14, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with two fingers of pillowy khaki foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is roasty, toasty, caramel malts with a bitter malt bite. Flavor profile is caramel and toffee, with roasted, toasted, nutty, bitter malts behind. Mouth feel is a little stringy and grainy, with a medium-thick consistency. Overall, pretty darn good. Big malts without being a stout. Solid and strong without letting the alcohol poke through.

Draft. Reviewed on phone.

Nov 08, 2018
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rodndtube from Maryland

4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasty eisbock! Just one step behind the Aventinus Eisbock by Schneider-Weiss. Often the more affordable option and a little less potent. Never a bad choice.

Oct 17, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep amber-brown color, a little head and spotty lingering lacing that faded. Smells of sweet fruit, tastes of lots of dark fruit - cherries, plums, raisins, then a little malt, honey, caramel and vanilla. Some nice molasses flavor as well. Smooth mild mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation. A little lower rating than expected only because of the slightly over-sweet aftertaste but alcohol and high ABV is nicely hidden here.

Aug 08, 2018
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2018-07-04 in Columbia, PA from a 330ml bottle

A - Fairly-clear ruby-brown with a 1.75 finger off-white head that drops quickly leaving little lace.

S - Rich dried cherries, lightly toasted brown bread, mild molasses and caramel. Not real strong but inviting.

T - Medium-toasted brown bread, dried cherries, plums, toffee and caramel, herbal and earthy spice. Finishes with a light bitterness to balance the fruit/bread sweetness. Alcohol is well-disguised. Very tasty.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy before drying out nicely.

O - First time I've reviewed a beer of this style. In a blind taste test, I think I would have identified it as an English Barleywine; a style I very much enjoy. Color me impressed.

Jul 04, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown with amber tint when held up to the light. Decent tan head.

Smell: A strong yeasty bread smell, like dough at a bakery.

Taste: Following the nose, very bready. A touch of alcohol and a tiny amount of bitterness without hop flavor, but mostly dough.

Mouthfeel: Thick and average carbonation.

Overall: A bit unusual. Not bad, but tastes like drinking the mixing bowl at a bakery.

Jun 14, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It pours dark brown with reddish hues in it. Head retention is moderately good. The head is light brown.

Smell: There is a heavy malt aroma with dark cherries. There are some moderate plum notes as well.

Taste: There are various rich, malty elements lead by some molasses flavors and bread. There are flavors of dark cherries and plums. It is sweet to a point with some bitterness that provides a tilt towards the sweetness without overdoing it. The alcohol is very smooth.

Feel: It has a full body with moderate carbonation. It has a pleasant amount of alcohol warming.

Overall, this is a malt driven beer with plenty of dark fruits to enhance the taste and aroma.

Mar 10, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only the second time I try this - not really - widely available style of beer. This one is definitely less strong than Aventinus Eisbock. This is only 9.2% ABV and goes almost on doppelbock territory. It's a dark syrupy (and almost flat) nutty balanced beer. Quite enjoyable and not cloying.

Feb 19, 2018
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a minimal tan head.
Aroma is malt-driven. Brown bread, milk chocolate, a touch of plum.
It's a sweet beer but not over the top. Breast with a bit of molasses and a touch of berry. A bit boozy.
Mouthfeel is medium and sticky. Makes you thirsty for the next sip.

Jan 07, 2018
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