Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Ranked #5
Ranked #5,436
4.12 | pDev: 9.47%
May 06, 2023
Apr 03, 2003
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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Reviewed by Bitburger from Vermont

3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Got an old bottle at a gas station. Don´t think it was the brewers intention what i got. Pretty much average and a bit sticky. Didn´t find a best before on the bottle.
May 06, 2023
Rated: 4.3 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Feb 13, 2023
Rated: 4.22 by DarrellK from Florida

Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 5 by s4s from Puerto Rico

Jan 24, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
330ml bottle into a tulip. Coding no help in determining freshness.

Looks splendid in the glass. Black body, deep red when held up to the light. Small cream head persists throughout, impressive considering the abv. Even leaves scattered lacing.

Nice aroma. Lots of raisin, dried, and other dark skin fruit. Alcohol comes through, and a little sweetness.

The taste pretty much follows the nose. It's quite sweet, clean, warming. The dark fruit aspect is enjoyable.

Mouth between full and medium, finish a warming boozy fruity wash.

Overall, a beer to slowly muse over in the early evening. A roaring fire would be nice, but it's in the 50's in NE pa. Happy to have the rest of the six pack for colder nights.
Jan 02, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 15, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jul 08, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by Prospero from Colorado

Mar 23, 2021
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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.
Feb 23, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by cozmo from New York

Feb 07, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Jack65 from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Dec 11, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by arzt from Germany

Dec 09, 2020
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Great Eisbock!
It's a shame it is no longer available.
Nov 18, 2020
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Rated by eatsluggs from Florida

4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I wanted to drink it just to try this particular style. Gets you tipsy quick. But what and extraordinary palate, flavor, aromas. Worth every buck!
Nov 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Steve555 from Wales

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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
Rated: 4 by PvtSnowball from Florida

Oct 24, 2020
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Reviewed by brewerburgundy from West Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Reviewed by aBosslyElephant from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
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
Rated: 4.29 by Giggy from Michigan

Sep 08, 2020
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Reviewed by SpaceBurrr from Texas

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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
Rated: 4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Aug 13, 2020
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 3.84 by SayBoom from Ukraine

May 24, 2020
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Reviewed by MattDecker from Texas

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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
Rated: 4.26 by arini10 from Oregon

Apr 12, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Apr 05, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Mar 17, 2020
Rated: 4.11 by BubbleBobble from New York

Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by Traveler1 from Texas

Jan 31, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Jan 17, 2020
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Reviewed by ludachris from Canada (ON)

4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Reviewed by weissbock from Alabama

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
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
Rated: 3.86 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Sep 30, 2019
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Reviewed by Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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
Rated: 4 by brandoneast from Texas

Aug 05, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by firkingroovin from Illinois

Aug 04, 2019
Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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