Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock

Added by TXHops on 04-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,172
Reviews:
623
Ratings:
1,066
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
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92
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Photo of beersampler6
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Duncian
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kewharton
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chitoryu12
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tstromer
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Brent_B
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of beeragent
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of captaincoffee
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark opaque umber brown with a small head that didn't leave as much lace as I expected. Nose is full of sweet brown bread, quad-like aromas, and cola. Taste is fairly sweet, but is not cloying. Malt, brown bread, cola, and earthy roasted barley. Actually better than I expected from this brewery. It isn't Schneider Aventinus, but is really quite enjoyable for what it is...a less complex but still flavorful eisbock.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: rich, roasted dark malt, semi sweet. Roasted barley malt and caramel with some hops to nose. Brown hue, semi clear, with large creamy head. Medium/full body. pair well with roasted food. I had this bock several years ago.

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Photo of tigg924
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut brown in color, clear with 1/4 inch head. Taste is bready malt and light chocolate. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, and sweet. Makes for a very clean German lager. I prefer other eisbocks, but this one is tasty. Would get this again.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HarveyCedar
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of g00ey
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prisdefer
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep brown with a slight reddish hue topped by a dense finger of light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of dark fruits and bready malt with a slight toasted note. Hints of spice and a little banana as well
T: Taste is bready malts with some dark fruits and spicy alcohol. Hints of banana too but mostly sweet bready malt with some caramel. Swallow is more bready toasted malts with a little more spice, light raisin and a little banana.
M: This beer is fairly full in body with soft carbonation that is just slightly prickly.
O: Overall this is a pretty tasty beer. It has a really nice body and some classic eisbock flavors. It isn't super strong but it definitely packs a bit of a punch. This one may be pedestrian for an Eisbock but I think it's a good place to start if you want to branch out.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured about an inch of white foamy head that died within a minute. The body was extremely dark which caused no carbonation to be seen rising. The lacing was lightly speckled, but intricately stayed together for a good two minutes before it spider-webbed, very impressive. The lacing eventually died, but it took a good five minutes before it all died. The smell had mainly raisins, plums and cherries - mainly balanced between the three. Some sweet malts enter in at the end. The taste was extremely rich with some molasses and the raisins, plums and cherries come back but just enough to remind you they exist in this beer. The flavor was extremely well balanced. The palate was about a medium with a good fullness to it. It could be the ABV felt a little boozy, but somehow that didn't bother me too much. Overall, this is a very nice eisbock that I would come back to.

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Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,066 ratings