Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau EisbockKulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TXHops on 04-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
998
Reviews:
597
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
67
For Trade:
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Ratings: 998 |  Reviews: 597
Photo of scar
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a beer expert. That being said, this is the beer I judge all beers against because it is simply the best beer I have ever had.

I had it on tap in 2006 during the world cup in Sachenhausen Frankfurt at a pub that only served this beer. The tap sign had an snowman on it labeled 24%, which is the starting Plato.

Appearance in a half liter mug, tan head, really a thick lather that didn't dissipate. The color was a little darker than cola. Sticky lace.

The smell and taste of this beer can't be separated. Molasses, chocolate, booze, burnt dark fruits/burnt marshmallow, licorice, and an insane hammer of Munich malt maltiness. The heat is nice and not overpowering. Smooth and truly remarkable especially since this beer is only made with malt.

Mouthfeel, Sticky like a big porter, but not as thick as a barleywine. The malty sugar actually makes your lips sticky.

Germany has been going through a beer de-evolution, however not in this case. The Kulmbach brewers hit this ball out of the atmosphere in every way. This beer was the best thing I have ever drank and edged out a Robert Mondavi Cab worth over $300, and 30 year old Highland Park which are my second and third respectively. I often fantasize about taking a trip to Germany just for this beverage because for my taste buds this beer was rapturous and cathartic.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kulmbacher Eisbock has a very thick, beige head, thick lacing rings, and a clear, dark, ruby-brown appearance, with lots of rapid bubble streams. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted barley malt, chocolate powder, cream, and a faint odor of coffee grounds. Taste is of very rich, sweet chocolate, chocolate powder, dark-roasted malt, dark fruit, brown bread crust, and there is a slight hop bitterness. The alcohol really shows itself here, especially as it warms down the throat. Mouthfeel is mostly medium and smooth, and Kulmbacher Eisbock finishes dry, sweet, and boozy. Overall, this is just fantastic, and I rate it world class! RJT

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Photo of JeffatRedlefsens
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Franck
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Sugar cane and dark berries with hints of alcohol. Small traces of coffee beans.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of americancontrarian
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ssjkyle
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of reizorc
4.99/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Maxican34
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer with an amazing taste!

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Photo of Citadel82
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! this is an awesome brew.

Pours a deep chocolate brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Has a short-lived, two finger, tan head that left sparse lacing and faded to a thin collar. the only minus in my opinion is this lack of a head of any real dimenson.

Aroma is complex and rich. Bready, doughy, biscuity malts , sweet carmel,ripe figs and dates.

Taste is sweet malts, figs, plums, toffee, some alcohol and then dry hoppiness for a short-lived finish. Complexity grows as does the richness as this brew warms.

mouthfeel is slick coating the tongue and palate with a molasses like layer of sweetness that quickly dries out.

Very drinkable as a night-cap or a dessert.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was freaking amazing. Smell was old, malty, woody, smoky malt. Taste was unexpectedly dry. Very little sweetness for such a strong, dark beer. Woody, smoky flavour was still there. Just the right amount of bitterness was present, seemingly all from roasted malt. I didn't taste any hop flavour (thank god). Very thin and refreshing, yet the alcohol was still very well disguised. Not sure how with such moderate bitterness and low sweetness. This is simply an amazing beer. The only eisbock I've ever had, so not sure how it compares to others, but I am thoroughly impressed.

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Photo of DocCajun
4.91/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer. Not overly complex flavor but sometimes, that's a good thing. But the flavor is sharp and just REALLY good. Thanks to the Germans for this happy mistake of a beer

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4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is a solid shiny tary black, a medium tannish head appears from a vigorous pour only to dissolve quickly away to a thin collar, globby lace in blotches that don't last. Hell...O... there, wow, what a smell! Yummy, thick, rich, lush dark fruit heaven of a nose! Load of malty sweetness, nice dark caramel and toffee with all sorts of little dark fruitened things in there with prune and dates mostly with some fig and raisin hints. Smokey molasses and banana too. What a fantastic nose!! Yum, yum, yum! Oh and the taste is good too, blah, blah , blah, I need some more...





Just kidding...This stuff rocks!! It takes over where the smell leaves off with the wanting of more! Huge amounts of malty richness, thick and chewy, not overbearingly so, but plentiful in its presense with great dark caramel mixing with toffee. The dark fruits are unimaginably yummy! Plum, prune, fig, and raisin, touches of banana tangyness; then there's some molasses spicyness with some nice little tid bits of smokened earth, brown sugar, chocolate, and black cherry. The sweetness is so rich and deeply dark its wonderful! The feel has one tiny flaw, I so wanted to give this the full 5 in mouthfeel but it has a thinnish start and a bit in the finish and is over a little to quick, but overall this sucker is full and thick with a incredibly creamyness and nice chewyness, some stickyness with great lingering malty chewy sweetness leaving notes of dark toffee and tangy dark fruits on the palate. Just a nudge of alcoholic warmth but barely noticeable. One awesome brew thats super yummy, creamy smooth and full of flavor! Strongly Recommended.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle, another one of those "I don't know where it came from" wonders that I am known for. If it was from someone, anyone, thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 3/4" light brown head over the beautiful clear dark burgundy brew. Dense head lasts very nicely, with slow fading lacing with lots of foamy bits. Aroma is dark malt sweetness, dark fruits, and easily apparent alcohol, all melded together into a creamy scent. Taste is smooth dark grains upfront, in the middle, and at the close, with a touch of alcohol warming all the way down. Mouthfeel and drinkability were incredible for a brew of this abv. Scary drinkable, will have to pick this up again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter
9.2% ABV

A - Piercing ruby highlights shine through the deep mahogany beer underneath the glacier of steady ivory foam. Dots of lace leave their mark on the glass as legs of alcohol cascade around them.

S - As classic as can be, Kulmbacher's Eisbock has the quintessential aroma of a well-lagered, malty German brew. It's infectious deep maltiness penetrates the soft, warming ethanol aroma to reveal an abundance of sticky raisin clumps and date with smooth caramel finishing out.

T - Velvety smooth maltiness washes over the tongue with sublime simplicity leaving morsels of underlying dark fruit and caramel sweetness complexity to ponder.

M - The beer's intense maltiness lends itself well to being full bodied but, soft and warming alcohol also adds a little dryness while thinning the balanced profile out for a fantastic finish. Lagered to perfection, this Eisbock is totally clean with just a trail of sweetness on the back end.

O - The originators of certain styles always seem to maintain their beer's status through the ages, especially when it comes to German breweries and Kulmbacher Eisbock, the original Eisbock, is no exception. This heavily malty beer pulls off a "big" beer with little awareness that it's a big beer. The alcohol level just over 9% slips by almost unnoticed as does the fullness of the beer, due to it's complex but relaxed profile of dark fruit, caramel sweetness, and bready malt. Kulmbacher is a beer that effortlessly warms the bones on a cold winter day.

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Photo of JimTeal
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My sample was the Kulmbacher Eisbock version, same ABV 9.2% so I assume this is a legitimate version of the Reichelbrau. My experience with eisbock must be in relation to doublebock since that is what I know. This beer is excellent, clean taste and really a bud tickler, not too much of anything (like carbonation, molasses flavor or hidden spice) and all within the beer itself, no overwhelming factors. That is such a tricky thing to pull off, so many of us are ready to pounce on "boring" but believe me, this beer is not boring, and well worth a good try, if of course you are favoribly disposed to doublebocks. They are definitively German after all, so not for the less than bold taste buds, but if you like a nice crisp bock, on the higher alcohol level, this is a solid yes recommendation, this beer is unique and delicious.

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Photo of shippos
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked it up at fingerlakes beverage center in Ithaca NY which was delivired to the distributor by mistake...a very very good mistake.

poured with an off-white head with a deep dark garnet color.
sweet sugary malty aroma with good wiff's of alcohol.
smooth syrupy thick taste that is nicely balanced.
sweet almost syrupy aftertaste with with a spicy alcohol finish.
couldn't detedt any noticable traces of hops ro any off-flavors.
this is very drinkable and much more relaxed and restrained than eku 28.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.11 out of 5 based on 998 ratings.
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