Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: German Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock

Added by TXHops on 04-03-2003

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#3,624
Reviews:
624
Ratings:
1,068
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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Photo of rodndtube
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of desint
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,068 ratings