Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: 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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Photo of jubnat
1.85/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Dark ruby color. Sweet fruity aroma. At first, all I taste is the fruity sweetness and alcohol. But after a few sips the flavor starts to bring itself out more.
This is a strange beer. I haven't had anything quite like it yet. Very sweet, with various fruit flavors emerging as I drink. It almost smells like fruitjuice. I'm not enjoying this too much. Just too sweet for me. This is my first experience with an Eisbock, and it's not looking too good. I may try another if one is recommended, but this one is not for me.

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Photo of newbeeraday
2/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Abrandonship
2/5  rDev -51.5%

Photo of sedotakj
2.18/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Just ok. No real defects. Nothing stands out

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.24/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Cool bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of raisins and alcohol. Flavor pretty much dominated by raisins and sweetness. Heavy palate and rather undrinkable. Not a fan.
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 4/10
Palate: 2/7
Overall: 7/10

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Photo of Benvarine
2.25/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of ms11781
2.33/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with some reddish brown hues on the sides and bottom of the glass. A half finger off white head turns to a thin off white cap that stick around for the duration.

The aroma is strikingly sweet at first. Both dark malt and dark, ripe fruit come across almost immediately. The sweetness tends to outweigh the fruit when inhaled deeply. At times it smells almost sugary sweet. There is also some alcohol present but not a ton. Just enough to be noticed.

The taste starts off nearly identical to the nose. A huge malt sweetness with some dark fruit, plums, raisins and figs. There is a bready character that comes though in the middle along with some rich caramel sweetness. Some brown sugar and a lot of molasses are present as well. There is a ton of sweetness in this beer, perhaps too much.

The mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy. The body is viscous and there is very little carbonation. There is a sticky sweetness that coats the tongue and doesn't want to come off. The thicker mouthfeel might not be that bad if the beer itself wasn't so sweet.

The drinkability wasn't good for me on this one. The aroma and mouthfeel weren't bad at all, nothing outstanding but at least enjoyable. The sweetness was just overwhelming. There were some nice dark fruit flavors that made it through but there were quickly overshadowed. Not a drainpour by any means, but not as enjoyable as I would have liked.

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Photo of FernMaster
2.51/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

I wasn't going to review this beer because my internet is moving as slowly as a fat man down a water slide with a broken water pump. I was planning on sitting, relaxing and enjoying a beer; I'm not enjoying this beer.

The pour is great, it's what I want in a beer. There was two fingers worth of head in the pour and the colour is a nice amberish brown. If there was lacing on the glass I would give this look a five.

The smells not bad, but it's not good. It has this very dark fruit, yeasty smell, that kind of reminds me of hazelnut, yet there's this burning quality to it. Some kind of spice or something that is kind of disappointing, it doesn't really seem in place with the nose.

The taste is abrasive and offensive and had all the character of a Dane Cook routine. This beer is a combination of all sorts of things that, they're all competing together and not all of them can win, their battle only ends in failure. There's this earthy, dark fruit character along with abrasive burning sensation. It's abv is 9.2% maybe that is it? It may just be blended so poorly together that the alcohol stands above the rest of the flavors and proclaims the rest are its bitch. Kulmbacher Eisbock has the burning sensation of rubbing alcohol.

The mouthfeel isn't that bad. I don't know where to put the abrasive burning sensation though, drinkabilty I suspect. The mouthfeel is solid, not watery so that's good. I guess.

I wouldn't drink this again. I don't like it. Not one bit. Okay, a little bit. But a small bit. The price wasn't terrible, but if you pay for something you dislike it's too much. Overall, it's a terrible drink and the drain is looking thirsty.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
2.59/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very malt, not my bag

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Photo of JDV
2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by JohnathanL at tasting. Thanks!
Pours dark brown to black and looks like coca-cola in the glass with little head. Smell and flavor are both of strong dark malty caramel and alcohol. Notes weren't particularly long on this beer, but the strong toffee like caramelly sweetness was what mostly stood out. The alcohol wasn't overpowering in the flavor though. Decent beer, but didn't wow me.

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Photo of zachary80
2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

This was an interesting beer.

The head was fairly thin after the pour but stuck around at a little more than half a centimeter, capping the copper colored brew down the glass with average lacing.

The smell is very sweet, and seemingly uncomplicated; that follows through to the taste. However, the lingering metallic aftertaste is at best unpleasant.

The beer seemed to "fizz out" a little when I poured it, and as I drank it seemed thin and definitely lacking carbonation.

There were a couple strong points. The alcohol was extremely well hidden; I would not be surprised if this was a 4% brew. This did not change as it warmed up. I was also shocked at how quickly and easily I finished this beer, especially considering its overall unpleasant taste and high alcohol content. If this was a little more complex and didn't have such a bad aftertaste, I could see myself drinking this frequently.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
2.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This has a very closed almost metallic nose. It doesn't open up as quickly as you'd like and seems very hesitant. I pick up dark fruits that have come right out of the fridge. Think cold plums on a cold plant.

This tastes very complex. Lots of small slight flavors developing just out of reach on the tongue. At times light, at times dense. Not very open. Keep thinking I'm tasting something metallic. Not very pleasant after awhile.

This never really opens up on any level of warmth. Condensed flavors that never really blossom on the tongue. More of an intellectual experience to me.

This is a an import by Shelton Brothers, Belchertown, Ma. and doesn't appear to be the same beer pictured. This is a 9.2% bottling.

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Photo of RinZo
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of trebbates
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Fakexican
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of sneezye
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Chopman50
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of south33
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of TLove
3.01/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(From Notes)

Bottle from Cleveland Park Liquors, D.C.

Pours a brownish "black pils" color with a little bit of head. The smell is primarily sweet, which flows well through the tastes. Toffee-ish and plum, cherry and beet aromas, but a bit unsettling to the stomach because of the intense sourness of the fruit character in this beer.

Alcohol well-disguised, but the finish is kind of tart and unrefreshing. Similar to the Sam Adams Imperial Stout in the intenseness of the sour fruits used and similarly undrinkable.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.01/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from WF Bowery. Same Carlsberg pils glass. Too lazy at the moment to do anything but rinse & drink. :)

First pour was nearly all head. Took it's sweet time to settle too.
Cream-colored lace. Filtered, dark brown body, ruby hued. Even blood spatter.

Sharp sweetness on the nose. Banana candy & some rum raisin-ish notions. A sticky can of malt concentrate. Glue stick.

Raisins, black tea, Euro malt, oxidation. Metallic, straight bittering hops. Macerated imperial kvass breadiness. Licorice & toast finish.

Thick feel. Stiff alcohol. Lack of carbonation. A bit difficult, though expected.

I fully expect someone to tell me that I had an old bottle. Not great. :|

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.02/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Source/Serving: bottle.

Smell: Black grape, light coffee, melanoidiny sugars with deep toasting.

Taste: Fizzy up front, dry toasted caramel, and straightforward malts. Quite sweet in the middle with raisins, more toasted caramel and has almost a cola character to it. Finish is semidry and black cherry cola.

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Photo of Suds
3.09/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a slim, off-white head. The aroma is malty, with a bit of roastedness underneath and a big alcohol nose. The taste is a little hot, with some sugary and roasted flavors. I get a little plastic as well, and some background peppery spice. Full in body. All in all, it is strong, flavorful, but not well put-together.

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Photo of bluesyasian
3.1/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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