Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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German Eisbock
Ranked #4
Ranked #2,507
4.14 | pDev: 9.66%
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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Reviews by weissbock:
Photo of weissbock
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!

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Bruno74200
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.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I never got around to rating this. I'm suprised. These notes were taken at a recent tasting with a friend in Philly. Dark cola and rum coloured beverage, with a similar stature and fizzy little khaki hiead that dies from a quick booze binge death! Aromas are all candy sweet and alcoholic. Doughy malts hold it together but the hops are kinda missing and replaced with macerated and dried dark fruits, walnuts, and more. Taste is fiery but the booze is controlled by the sweet thick, syrupy, maple and fruit flavor of this one. Mouthfeel is thick and tingly, drinkability is good, but it *is* an eisbock, and therefore I couldn't do anymore than 12oz by myself and even that is pushing it!

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Photo of session1979
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear dark reddish brown in color with a thick fluffy 2 finger head and moderate carbonation. Nice swirl which left syrupy legs on the glass. Almost a port like texture.

Smell: The nose was big and sweet, malty with hints of molasses and chewy dark fruit. A slight hint of oatmeal cookies.

Taste: Big tasty malt, lots of dark fruit, cherries and prunes. A slight bitterness develops and is quite nice. There is some alcohol noted here on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Oh so nice, smooth and creamy, a bit chewy. The body is full and adds to the enjoyment of this pour.

Drinkability: Fantastically drinkable. The alcohol is noticeable but wouldn't deter you from having a second.

Thoughts: This is my first Eisbock and it will NOT be my last. It was a nice change of pace from the Belgians and American pales I have found myself into lately. Thanks to Mike @ Davidson's Liquors here in Denver for recommending this one. He never steers me wrong!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Roasted malts on the nose with some fruit sweetness. Caramel maltiness in the taste mainly, with some sour fruit essence and a noticeable alcohol presence. Just enough hops to be noticed in the background. Medium-bodied and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of donzilake
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beerucee
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Super bowl 17! The Carmel was great

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

This beer pours a very dark, nearly black, glass. Good head that ends up leaving lace. Smells very malty and maybe some caramel and coffee. Taste is roasted malt with a hint of coffee. Reminds me of a good Scottish ale. The alcohol is well blended for the strength.

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first ice bock I've ever had, this poured a very dark, translucent reddish-brown with only a little thin tan head. It smelled like prunes and oak with some hops. I tasted similar to its scent, although it was a bit sweeter than expected. It was like prunes and molasses mixed with hops bitterness, and slight alcohol warming in the aftertaste. The texture was thick and oily like an imperial stout, but it was still fairly drinkable. Overall it was very different than I expected, but it was pretty good.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a snifter poured a dark deep brown/ruby, thin head quickly dissipated. No lacing left on glass. Smells real sweet, ripe fruit, raisins, molasses. Taste is very sweet, huge malt sweetness, sweet fruit. Pretty full bodied brew, sweet and syrupy. Drinkability was actually pretty damn good,the 9.2%ABV was hidden very well with the full flavor beer.

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Photo of Leschber
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JeffatRedlefsens
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Totally, thoroughly, completely black in color, with a thick, creamy, cocoa-tan head, an utter delight for the eyes.
Aroma: bitter, yet soft, a bit wooden, with few associations I normally pair with beers, utterly unique...sweet, yet...damn, I give up, this is a toughie to pigeonhole! Big ups to anyone who can do it with confidence, unlike myself!
Taste: rich, sharp, full with flavor, toasty, chewy, boasting a magnificent mouthfeel, swimming happily amonst the senses, flooding, and utterly delighting the palate.
9.2% ABV, but it doesn't show it at first, ...wait..yeah, I spoke too soon, here it comes...warm and pungent, at the least...Excellent texture, full-bodied, a rich elixir, ever-so-tasty, dark, delicious, powerful...in a word? One word?
Hell of an eisbock!
Cheers aplenty to jeffboo for giving me this bottle he brought over from a European sojourn!

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Photo of sterstar1
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my new favorite beers. The nose is very fruity and speaks of a little maple as well. The mouthfeel is excellent. The taste is just wonderful. It comes in a six pack which is another reason I like this beer so much. - You don't have to down a whole bomber or 750 in one sitting. Great beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of northaustin
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into a barrel mug. pours a clear brown coming out but is a solid black in the mug. a nice finger of slightly off white head that disappears quickly and leaves spotty stringy lacing.

smell is pretty subtle. but what is there is nice and roasty. no heat from the alchohol. some sweetness that reminds me of a caramel or a molasses.

im liking the taste more than the smell. not too sweet, but malty and roasty nonetheless. a tad bit of the alchohol comes through in the aftertaste but it doesnt overwhelm. fairly typical of the bock style.

mouthfeel: sticky. not as sticky as some doppelbocks but still just sticky.

affordable. with a well masked high abv. decent tasting. fits almost all requirements for one of those nights where you just wanna feel alchohol but not punish yourself with a bad beer.

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Photo of fdig23
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of maryannezang
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. Does not taste like it smells. Fizzes nicely. I did not find it too thick in body. A very nice taste for a bock. Hints of caramel with bold malt flavor. It does not have a strong taste of alcohol nor a bitter after taste. Very smooth.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a thin head that fades to a slight cap. Very sweet malt aromas with hints of soy and Karo syrup. Taste is somewhat similar, but slightly drier than the aromas. More Karo and sweet malt with a very slight bitterness on the finish. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel, but this is one sticky sweet monster. For dessert only.

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Photo of wgkealey
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on Tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia 1/31/11.

This beer pours a dark smooth brown, almost black with a healthy head. The smell isn't strong, but pleasant. The taste and the mouth feel are where this beer shines. It's pretty malty, but the flavors are also pretty full and disguise the 9.2 ABV quite well. This is an excellent winter beer, very drinkable, and a nice introduction to ice bocks.

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Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Tbulling
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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