Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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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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Reviews by Dster:
Photo of Dster
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours dark brown with thin tan lacing. Smells of sweet malt and alcohol.

It has a nice complex flavor. It tastes of carmel and raisins..maybe even fruit cake. It has an aftertaste of alcohol, but it is not unpleasant.

Very drinkable but not for sessioning. It makes me want to really explore this style.

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More User Reviews:
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 mothman
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The original ice bock

Plums, figs, dark fruits, molasses, dark red cherries, chocolate, and caramel. Almost a dessert beer. Very malty. Smooth. Full bodied.

Great bock. Very complex.

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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 oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poures a deep rich tawny brown a larger than expected light brown head,aromas of orange dipped in chocolate stick out most with an underlying woodiness,the alcohol is light but noticable.A very smooth mouthfeel to this beer ist slides down very easy,hard to believe this is 9.2% as easy as it goes down for me.Flavors really come out more as it warms the raisin aspects really show more along with sweet caramel with almost a lactic type flavor in the finish.Very complex but like I said easy going down for such a big beer,really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark brown pour that produces an active and frothy tan head. Heads fades quickly however leaving a settled, calm brew. The nose is large on plums for the most part with rasiny notes and a sweet zip of molasses. Wow, this is a BIG beer....The taste offers up some great complexity...semi-sweet plums off the top, again surrounded by dark molasses....some nice spice in the middle followed up by a sweet, candly-like finish with a warming alcohol trace. The initial plum notes linger nicely. Mouthfeel was somewhat creamy but headed toward a dry, slightly chalky finish. Fine drinkability, although I probably wouldn't have more than one in a sitting. It makes for a nice sipper on a cold winters night like tonight

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Photo of RoyalT
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a deep, almost black sort of purple with a small head which was probably due to the high ABV.

Smell – This one has about a zillion characteristics in the nose, so I’ll just list them as I can and in no certain order: malt base, light chocolate, some wood, yeast, big plums and raisins, a bit of fig, and a whole lot of alcohol.

Taste – See above and double the alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Well-blended and balanced. This is actually about medium in the body and not full by any stretch.

Drinkability – Gulp, gulp, gulp.

Comments – Ah, the Eisbock. The original “iced” beer (no, it’s not the original orge beer from Eisengard). You really love it or really, really hate it. This and the EKU 28 are the only two examples of the style that I see on a regular basis here in the US. I personally enjoyed this one very much (although I’m only a quarter done with it at this point). It’s kind of like a fine port and does especially well as an after-dinner dessert (skip the tiramisu and pass the eis).

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Photo of brownbeer
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks like a dark soda once poured.

Gives of toffee, cola, prune, and a hint of alcohol on the nose.

Caramelized sugars, raisin, and toffee dance around sweetly on the tongue with a slightly syrupy body and an alcohol kick later on.

Very tasty, but too sweet to drink much of... like even a bottle.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re -Reviewed in 2018
APP- Crystal clear mahogany beer with ruby highlights gives thick chestnut head that disappears in a few minutes leaving no lace. Noisy, soda-like fizzing. No legs.
Aroma -thick rich, dense, caramel malt aroma with fresh baked bread and raisin tones, light aromas of vanilla, marshmallow, nougat, anise, and rum. Notes of plum skin. Odd melon-rind aroma. Big acetlyaldehyde. Moderately low herbal/spicy hop. Little solventy alcohol, touch of cedar. no sulfur or D. ,Overall very powerful but pleasant aroma, despite the rougher points.

Flavor - Not much to it compared to the aroma. Rich but well-attenuated and mellow light molasses-like malt flavor with tones of dark bread crust, cashew note with vaugely cola-like roasted finish. very faint plum ester, not obviously oxidized, get some acetylaldyde again in finish. no discernable hop character or bitterness. Lovely, toasted mashmallow character comes out, unfortunately so does a quick hit of acetone.

MF - Full bodied, low carbonation, lightly tannic finish, not especially warming on palate, mouth-coating.

Overall- I remeber being more impressed by this beer back when I was first exploring beer styles. It is still unique and memorable, but not as intense as I recalled. Furthermore, I pick out some rough points on this tasting that I could do without. Still, a fun beer and one I will probably come back to again.

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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 tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, nearly black pour with a nice two finger off white head. Dark red hints appear as the light passes through my glass. A bit of nice lacing as well. Rich chocolate/caramel nose with hints of raisins, molasses, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. A bit understated overall, but I like it all the same.

Rich, smooth sweet maltiness with a heavy caramel/cocoa presence. Dark fruit, raisins, molasses and burnt bread all intertwine as the brew goes down. A hint of herbal, spicy hoppiness rolls down the back of the palate along with a warming alcohol. Tasty stuff.

Smooth, full mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Quite easy to drink. A few of these would be nice on a cold night. I'll be seeking this one out again sometime!

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Photo of blitz134
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Much darker than expected. Nearly opaque, but pure mahogany light shows through. Smallish head on the pour, reduced to thin layer. Appears lightly carbonated.

Malts dominate with a hefty load of sweet bread and biscuit. Some sweet brown sugar comes through. Brandy like alcohol. Taste is solid malts again, similar to the smell. Some dark fruitiness follows. Maple syrup finish. Similar to a typical barleywine in flavor profile to me. Alcohol wasn’t as dominate as I expected, but comes though. A little ‘flat’ and ‘well blended”.

Mouthfeel is medium. Coats the mouth well and hangs around for a while. Drinkability is okay. A unique flavor and noticeable alcohol make this a sipper. It’s definitely noticeable on my stomach. This one might have suffered a bit in the voyage over, making it a bit muted. I’ll stick with my Aventinus.

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Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of RoninBirdman
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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 warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear deep mahogany with more than two fingers of tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves some nice lacing. This even sounded good coming out of the bottle.

S - Rich sweet malt with aromas of bread, fig and a bit of raisin and brown sugar. Faint alcohol aroma. Very good. Has some elements of a quad.

T - Just like the smell, but magnified. Nice big dark fruit presence with caramel and bread malts. Slightly burnt brown sugar. A faint bitterness near the end, but still a slightly sweet finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is slightly viscous.

O - I really enjoyed this. Great flavors and a nice mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet candy-like caramel malts, chocolate, dark fruits and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts, dark fruits, and some smoke, with some alcohol warming. A bit of a bitter finish comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, it tastes like an extra-sweet doppelbock. It is very well done and tasty.

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Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a large snifter.

Appearance: In the glass it looks dark brown with reddish highlights. It is topped by a small tan head that quickly fades to a light ring of foam. Lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: The aroma is the star of the show and offers deep inviting layers of malty goodness. I get lots of sweet roasted malt, caramel and dark fruits like plum, figs and raisin with drop of molasses and rum like alcohol.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor matches the aroma to a tee but comes off a little lighter than I had expected yet still full bodied. It brings all the wonderful layers of maltiness with a mellow warming abv. It finishes sweet but not in a heavy or cloying way and the palate is smooth and full yet still very drinkable for such a big beer.

Notes: This is a very enjoyable beer with nice complexity and excellent drinkability.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/user_reviews/1008/

Presentation: 11.2 brown bottle with a sliver foiled top and freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Dark and alluring with a swirl of lace on top.

Smell: Burnt malt and sweet figs, a bit of coffee as well in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a thick body, very malty with an abundance of dark fruitiness. The slowly warming alcohol gain ground with each sip, very complex. Nice sweet bready finish.

Drinkability & Notes: A prime example for the style and quite balanced too boot.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to fitzIPAtrick and growler for this one...label looks a bit different, but I'm sure it is the same brew.
Pours an almost black with mahogony highlights passing through with the assistance of artificial light. Produces a 1/2 finger of light tan head after an agressive pour...some attractive lace forms as the offering disappears.
Aroma is quite inviting...a ton of maltiness with raisins, grapes, and no hint of alcohol at this point.
The taste is real nice...the grapes give it a real vineous character without the cloying quality which is fantastic. Just a touch bitter, but the malt takes up the front seat and the back seat...leaving just enough room in the trunk for some hops. If not for the carbonation, the sweetness would be too much for me, but the somewhat thin mouthfeel and effervescence make it quite drinkable.
Again, the alcohol is masked very well for the abv and just a subtle smoked flavor peeks through as it warms...finishes quite dry.
I will really enjoy this one and am quite curious to know how this style ages...this is my first Eisbock, but I imagine this one would cellar quite well.

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Photo of henryclay_
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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 Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first ever eisbock so I am not sure how this compares to the style standard, but it tasted good to me.

Pours dark brownish/red with red highlights. Not much of a head. The aroma is a mix of alcohol and caramel malt with a lot of malty sweetness. The predominant flavor is nuttyness as well as alcohol, dark fruit and malt. Not too much hop flavor. Tastes about like a concentrated bock, which judging from the way it is made, is probably what the brewers were going for. Medium mouthfeel and definitely a sipper.

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