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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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 djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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 +1.9%
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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3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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 zeff80
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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