Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau EisbockKulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock

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Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer kind of misfired for me. It was freshly delivered from Boston, thank you Clarkvv. A nice brown colour, but kind of sourish, some malts and toffee and stuff to sweeten some toastedness, lacking complexity to go with dinner. The Niagara Eisbock versions are sure a whole lot better.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear super dark brown with a 1 inch foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruits, and some alcohol aromas. Taste is also of dark malt and dark fruits with some nice toasty/roasty flavors on the finish. There is a definite alcohol kick in the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good eisbock that is tasty and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Eisbock is very good, the color is a really nice deep reddish brown. The beer has a really nice aroma too, it's sweet and malty. The flavor is of dark fruits and malt, sweetness of brown sugar in the mix as well. The head lasted from start to finish, the beer is good at a chilled temp or at a warmer one too. Worth a try for sure

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has an off white head.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose along with some hints of raisins.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and like the nose has notes of raisins in the flavors.
M: It feels full-bodied and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth.
D: Although the beer definitely tastes strong, the alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer to accidentally stumble upon. Since I had no prior expectations of the beer, I asked the bartender to serve it up. Pleasantly surprised with the full, rich, caramelly, nutty aroma. After tasting, I would have easily mistaken it for a dopplebock. Heavy, ruby color projects a haze and expected head retention. Thick and nearly chewey, the texture blends well into the heavy malts, dates, figs flavors. The sugars and density hides the high alcohols very well. A great winter time beer, even if sampled in the spring.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a modest ecru head; a few shards of lace are left behind

Smell: Roasted malts, dark fruits and rum-like alcohol on the nose

Taste: Malts dominate with a burnt caramel sweetness, lots of dried fruit and an alcoholic warmth that hits you right away; chocolate and licorice, too. in the middle and a bit of earthy hops on the finish to add nice balance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Be careful, because of the alcohol, but a very sippable Eisbock; great example of the style.

Special thanks to brewandbbq for sending along bottle #21472 (brewed on July 11, 1996) as an extra to a trade in 2010; a 14 year old beer that still drinks beautifully - a bit lighter in color than the one I reviewed but still with plenty of carbonation (in fact it looks better than the one I reviewed); the fusel alcohol has faded and the beer has taken on a lovely nutty flavor

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Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired at beer specialty (laden) shop in Berlin, Germany. Poured into a stemware goblet in Berlin, at me friend's gaff. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger tan head of lovely cream, great thickness, and pretty impressive 1.5 minute retention considering the 9.20 % ABV and wide mouth goblet. Solid nontransparent black colour. Very appealing. Looking at it straight down, it appears to be a sort of ruby or amber colour on the inside but with a sort of black "shell" around it.

Sm: Cream, chocolate, caramel, alcohol, dark fruit, maybe some sweets. Difficult to isolate and detect specific notes with me broken nose.

T: Dark fruit mingling with caramel, nuts, and chocolate/toffee. Some dark esters linger on the fringes, bringing out the complexity in a subtle fashion. The fruits are what really sell the flavour, as they're layered until they dance in the climax. It's a different take on the dark fruit approach than Westvleteren's, but is just as nice. The alcohol couldn't be more hidden; there's a bit of warmth in the stomach after drinking it but it's pleasant. The malt is well handled and complementary, not obstructive and annoying like in Spanish lagers. Quite complex and nice. Balanced brilliantly.

Mf: Wet and smooth, with slight changes on the climax. Not delicate or soft. Too thick even for the 9.2% ABV. I'd like to see some fragility in the mouthfeel (though a different style, Westy 8 comes to mind) alongside the complexity of flavour. The mouthfeel complements the flavour of the body to an extent, but doesn't perfectly court it through.

Dr: It's an extremely drinkable beer for the ABV. A delightful example of an eisbock, albeit of a lower ABV than it could be. Many doppelbocks can easily hit this ABV, so why brew an eisbock this low? It's very affordable in Germany, even by German standards. You'd get floored if you tried to session this, but I doubt anyone would. It's not worth jumping through special hoops to acquire, unless you're an extreme eisbock fanatic and you don't mind the (style-relative!!) low ABV.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost 3 years later, time for a new review. Oval label with an icy CGI glacier image.

Attractive amber auburn color, some foam at first that fades away. Sweet bready nose, trace alcohol. Big and rich, very fruity with golden raisin, molasses, and date flavors. Impression of cotton candy and cookies. Flavor is rich but the body is relatively light by comparison. Ultra malty, almost too much for me at this point. A nice sipper, the 6 pack won't last long on this snowy holiday vacation.

A- / 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

Different label than photo, must be the export label.

Pours with a dense, cascading head of foam into a narrow flute-like mug. Foam disappears after awhile.

Strong smell of overripe bananas and baked bread. Not bad...

Tastes rich and malty, on par with Celebrator, imho. Slight chocolate note in the aftertaste, and the suggestion of bitter coffee. Occasional metallic note that offsets it's potential for perfection. I've had an older sample before too, and wouldn't recommend cellaring past 3 years.

Soft, toasty mouthfeel, but with an ABV that doesn't mess around. Easy to drink, but it's definitely a beer that demands your respect. Otherwise you might find yourself waking up on the floor at 3am.

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle with no discernible freshness date. The beer is nearly black in the glass, perhaps more of a dark chestnut brown. Clarity is excellent, and the body is topped by an off-white head that retains well for such a big beer.

The smell of dates and molasses hit the senses first; this is very reminiscent of dried fruit with its concentrated sweetness and earthy notes.

It's viscous and rich on the palate, though not overly syrupy, with flavors of dates, molasses, figs and earth. There's a bit of anise-like spiciness mid-palate, and a moderately toasty and bitter malt character that keeps the sweetness in check. Alcohol is surprisingly hidden, though the viscosity alludes to the beer's potency. Very smooth and inviting on the whole, I'd happily drink this again. Eisbock isn't a style I have much experience with, but this is better than most I've tried.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a nice brown color beer with a medium foamy head with above average retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet cookie dough with dry figs and raisins. Taste is quite sweet without being disgustingly sweet with some dry gigs, cookie dough and plums. Body is about average and alcohol is well hidden. Very good beer and I’m sure it would be interesting to cellar a few of those.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up in Chicago when we were back for Christmas. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a moderate amber-copper color with a pretty good off-white head. A bit of spotty lacing on the way down and a nice, thin collar around the edges of the beer. The nose is pretty sweet with some dark fruits and a touch of oxidation. Not all that much alcohol. The taste is a bit of caramelized malt with some fruit and quite a bit of sweetness. Not much booze comes through in the feel, though that might be because it's quite sweet, bordering on cloying. Not a bad beer but half of this bottle was more than enough for me.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/23/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, brown bread, cherry, raisin, prune, fig, light chocolate, and toast/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and dark fruit notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, light chocolate, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, light chocolate, and toast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent eisbock style. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Small, off white head that dissipates quickly. Dark brown body with ruby highlights.

S - Malty, raisiny aroma with notes of bittersweet chocolate and a slight nutty, almond aroma.

T - Significant malt flavor with a very strong almond note. Lots of caramel and a bit of chocolate in the middle. The finish is full of nutty chocolate and a bit of alcohol warmth.

M - Thick, chewy body with moderate carbonation and a slight alcohol warmth. Relatively dry finish for such a strong beer.

D - Very full flavored beer with quite a bit of complexity. The malt and caramel characteristics are particularly intense and the almond flavor is quite unusual. Easily drinkable for such a strong beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a 1 finger fizzy head that fades semi quickly over surprisingly clear but very dark molasses mahogany brown color.

Nose has lots of dark malts, a little roasty, some crystal, Munich, dark brown sugar, sweet with lots of dark wheats, a definite bock, hints of dark fruits, and creamy smoked porter.

Taste is thick and fairly sweet, a little syrupy, chewy malts, molasses, caramel, quite a bit of toffee, roasty, a hint of smoke, creamy, lots of dark wheats a definite bock, very slight warming booze but drinks less than 9.2%, a bit of bitterness and minerality. FInishes still alittle sweet, but not as syrupy and sticky as I expected, with a bit of lingering chocolate, roast, Munich malts, and creamy wheats.

Mouth is a little heavier bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkabilitiy is decent, drinks much smoother than 9.2%, a bit of bitterness and minerality but not much, some sweetness and a touch of dryness, and not much for stickiness like I expected. A nice warming winter beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kulmbacher's stunning Eisbock greets you with rich, caramel-drenched maltiness at every step of the way. It's aroma is bright and alluring; almost like fresh, sweet wort in the brew kettle, and in fact, the aroma can be enjoyed in and of itself, with inotes of deeply baked oatmeal cookies, caramel, raisins, prunes, subtle chocolate, and waft of alcohol. The bold malt flavor conquors the palate with an onslaught of almost-burnt brown sugar that mellows across the palate to reveal deep caramel, toasty grains, splashes of raisin, a light slap of alcohol, a swirl of floral/herbal hops, prunes, and then lingering bitterness, black licorice candy, and a hint of coffee-like roastiness. Wow! For lovers of big, rich beers, this is a cannot-miss. A classic of the style!

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

345 ml bottle served in a lager glass.
This is a good looking beer with a deep, dark, reddish brown body topped by a tan head than quickly reduces to a thin top coat and ring. Spotty lacing.
Sweet malts dominate the aroma. The flavor brings in some boozy elements, as expected, but no higher than usual for style or 9.2% ABV. Lots of toffee and some dark dried fruit notes. Light-moderate sweetness seems just right for style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/27/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, brown sugar, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and dark fruit. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild, but there’s a good balance considering the heavy sweetness. There’s also no trace of the high ABV unlike most Eisbocks. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice strong beer to drink for a while if you like the heavy sweetness.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogany brown with a off-white head that dissipates quickly. This beer leaves very little lacing.

S: Aromas of sweet malts with hints of figs/raisins.

T: Sweet malts with hints of dark fruit - figs, raisins, currants. Very little bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and average carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and matched nicely with dinner of sausages.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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 ChainGangGuy
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown-dark red color marked by a ring of very fine, off-white froth.

Smell: Oh, yes! A splendid, sweet aroma of plums, caramel, port wine, and molasses.

Taste: Astoundingly sweet! Such sweetness. I just felt a reflexive shot of adrenaline shoot through my beer-infested veins.

Be right back.

Alright. Whew. A great, seemingly endless depth of rich maltiness with intense flavors of caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, and dark fruits. There's a slight nuttiness present, as is an ever so faint hop bitterness. The finish is a bit of a contradiction, as the acute flavors stay on the tongue for several minutes at a time.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. A touch of soda-like carbonation keeps this beer from being too syrupy. Still... it's quite silky. Almost sensual.

Any thicker, and this beer would go great on a batch of pancakes!

Drinkability: Just the one, thank you. Whew.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown (darker than I expected, but had no idea since this is my first in the style). Very small head that dissipated quickly, no lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruits on the nose, raisins, plums, and figs. Some bready malt as well and a little bit of yeast.

T: Again, lots of dark fruit, mostly raisins and to a lesser extent figs. Very sweet. A little bready/doughy malt base. Slight alcohol taste. A little bit of brown sugar and molasses round out the flavor.

M: Fuller bodied with low carbonation, but rather easy drinking. Only a little bit of alcohol comes though, slightly dry on the finish.

O: A nice sipper to end the evening. Really liked the dark fruit flavors and was surprised at how drinkable it was.

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Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 4 fingers of tan/caramel colored head.

S: Nice big breadyness, nice cinnamon, & brown sugar. Good head retention & lacing

T: Brown bread & pumpernickel, brown sugar & dryness up front, plus just a kiss of bubblegum (interesting!). Brown bread, leafy hops & a whisper of smokey booze as this warms. Finishes bready with a touch of rye

MF: Chewy with a touch of booze & perfect carbonation

Too drinkable for the style, beware!! One of the best eisbocks I've had!!!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4.5 - A
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4 - M
4 -O
A - Deep Mahogany with medium tan head. Thick with quickly dissappearing lace. A deep garnet with shades that appear practically burgundy in the right light.

S - Smell of stone fruit, currants and subtle woody noble hop scents mix with sweet malty fig like odors.

M - Warming alcohol with thin body and energetic effervescence.

T - Nutty amaretto flavored sweetness and fig like juiciness combine with woody spice and earthy hop tastes. A generous amount of malt sugar glazes the taste buds with a subtle taste of molasses.

D - Vibrant warming blends with smooth toffe like caramel and subtle spice. The alcoholic warmth is apparent and the strength makes for a potent slow drinking lager. I would recommend enjoying in moderation.

The color is garnet with a head of beige more than 3 fingers with a tight bead. The smell has a stone fruit-like dark cherry and light toasted odor with some light caramel and mild woody ester. The feel is smooth as silk with a light creamy texture and slight sweet malt body with moderate carbonation and hint of bitterness with a mild alcohol element in the finish.

The taste has a nutty and fruity flavor with mild vinous dark berry aspect which is similar to cherry with dark plum and mild toasted grain in the finish with some light spice which blends with the yeast flavor. I am very pleased to have the chance to enjoy this eisbock again, it is fresh and so drinkable, very quaffable lager worth having multiple times!

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