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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau EisbockKulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Radome
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a globe glass.

L - Dark brown color; holding it up to light reveals it is actually a dark amber. Head is light tan and made up of thin sheets of tiny bubbles, accompanied by sticky lacing.

S - Beautiful aromas of rich, bready malt, light molasses, stone fruit. Alcohol aromas are evident but smooth and not overwhelming.

T - Intense molasses and bread flavors lead off, followed by moderate hops bitterness in mid-palate. Then intense fruit (apricot?) and alcohol before a sweet finish.

F - Medium body. Low carbonation becomes almost non-existent after a few minutes. Moderate burn from a combination of bitterness and alcohol.

O - Aromas and flavors like a super-intense doppelbock. Mostly flat carbonation and hot alcohol are the only detractors.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage bottle. Note sure what the date was.

The crown cap on this bottle seems to be damaged a bit and there is some leakage on the outside of the bottle; handling error I'm sure. I only wish I would have caught it when I purchased this bottle. Opened the bottle with no hiss of carbonation at all; confirms my theory about the damaged cap. Poured still and deep brown with a massive amount of viscosity. Smelled of dark malts, leather, tobacco, malty sweetness. The taste followed the nose but with more of the sherry and port notes. Leather, tobacco, vinous, just the right amount of oxidation. I did like this beer but I would have preferred it to be carbonated. I may seek out another bottle and make sure the cap is in tact. Overall, the beer inside was still pretty cohesive and not an over-oxidized mess like I thought it may be. It seems very similar to George Gale's Prize Old Ale if you can believe it. For me, the 2001 Prize Old Ale had way more oxidation on it but what can you expect from 14 years in the bottle.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my first ever Eisbock, bear with me, hopefully for the life of me, I get this right tonight.
I poured this into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to purple color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Lacing concaves nicely against the glass.
The smell starts off with thick sweet raisins, a big boozy caramel malty base and brown sugar.
The taste was mainly sweet with an added breadiness in the flavor scoring a semi-thick flavor in the aftertaste and on into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fairly good sipping quality to it. Carbonation, well, there's not much there, but honestly, if I remember correctly, I read that carbonation is supposed to sit pretty low for this style, so....
Overall, yeah, well, this was quite enjoyable. Really glad I tried it and definitely would have again. A definite slow sipper for those cold Winter nights. Snuggle up with me, you fine gem of an eisbock!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark cola-colored brown with a thin light khaki head that dissipates to patches, leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet, rich malt, dark dried fruit, hints of brown bread. Flavor follows aroma, with rich sweet malt, dark dried fruit, hints of molasses and brown bread. Classic bock flavors, but a little more intense. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I nice, classic eisbock, providing great bock flavors intensified by the ice process, well balanced between fruit and malt flavors. Alcohol is well covered and this can be a sneaky beer since is it slightly sweet and full of flavor, it is hard to sip slowly. Nicely done.

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

Deep brown to light black in color with little penetration to light. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. Aroma is of sweet fig, dates, and chocolate. I taste fig, leather, and alcohol. The mouth is chewy and sticky with alcohol.

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Photo of akolb
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Coffee colored with a minimal head. An aroma of caramel and raisinst, molasses and sweetness. Taste is rich and sweet, toffee, caramel malts and roasted grains, a subtle but warming alcoholic character. A bit of bitterness at the end balances the malt, but this is still a dessert-like beer. Mouthfeel is somewhat thinner than expected given the sweetness. A complex and lovely beer, showing that a lager can be just as, and more, flavorful than an ale.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Eisbock and I suppose as good as any to begin with.

Pours as black as coffee with a little bit of purplish light allowed through. Maintained a surprising amount of effervescence while drinking.

The nose is rich with molasses and a boozy burn.

Dark fruit and booziness dominate the flavor with caramel and a bit of toasted bread bringing up the rear. A slight hop crispness on the back end though the body does lean syrupy.

Not a go-to style all the time but happy I was able to find it in the states.

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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 sokol_1993
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330ml bottle, bought at Chevy Chase wine and spirit. No freshness date.

Look: dark brown, almost black. Little head, which dissipate quickly.

Smell: most of it is molasses. There is a faint smell of dark fruit

Taste: again, mostly molasses. Really dry at the end, and some dark fruit, cherry and plum. When it got warmer, the taste is stronger.

Feel: strangely, a medium body, not that viscous, when compare to Aventinus eisbock. Not really heavy fruity aftertaste like Aventinus. Extremely warming with all the alcohol, even though the alcoholic taste can not be discerned easily.

A good eisbock, but I would prefer the Aventinus more.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Great malty aroma of dark bread and dark fruit. Somewhat sweet smelling.

T- Initial flavor of booze turns toward a wet cardboard flavor that I think is more from the yeast rather than oxidation. Glassy, somewhat metallic. Meh. Gets better as it warms.

M- Creamy with a bit of a booze bite. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- It smells good and feels good, but the taste just isn't for me. I'd much sooner reach for Aventinus.

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Photo of Myotus
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pours with a half fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates to a quarters worth within 20 seconds. Black with a maroon tint (I very much like that). Bubbles are very minimal. Very strong aromas of dark fruit, strong aromas of caramelized malts, and mild aromas of alcohol. Intial taste is very strong with dark fruit flavors that beautifully combine with strong caramelized malt flavors. Strong alcohol flavors shortly enter the palate after the initial flavors along with a mild, sweet, syrupy goodness. I'm surprised that the seemingly overpowering fruit and malt flavors don't cancel out the perception of alcohol. Oh, well. Still tasty. Full-bodied and creamy with very little dryness.Yet another great Eisbock. This was actually in my wanted list and I'm excited to have finally obtained one.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bierstube. Jet black color with creamy tan head to the top of the tulip glass. Smell of raisins and dark fruit and a hearty malt roastedness. Medium to full body with light carbonation. This is a malt forward beer for sure but not syrupy sweet. It goes down quite nicely!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, into glass.

pours a very dark brown, not much head. nice rich malty aroma. taste is a little boozy. medium bodied. good example of the style.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a deep hickory brown, shaded vaguely with red tones, and forms a thick very pale off-white head with good retention. Lacing is decent.

Smell: Deliciously malty, dark yeasty bread and lightly roasted grains.

Taste: Thick, warm, yeasty dark bread of several different types - rye, pumpernickel, pretzel, pandoro - fills the mouth, suffused with swirls in the loaf of a mixture of caramel and toffee. Towards the finish, a syrupy sweetness comes through beneath the bread, as if there were a toffee tree that could give forth toffee syrup.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, though not quite as much as other eisbocks I have had.

Overall: As with most eisbocks I try, this is a joy to partake in. It has less dark fruit aspects than some of the others, but more bready malt aspects. I'm a fan.

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Photo of ksimons
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-very dark brown with three fingers worth of creamy light tan head

S-rich caramel malt and dark fruits

T-similar to the smell with lots of caramel malts, dark fruits and light chocolate, well hidden alcohol. Flavors develop more as the beer warms, very nice.

M-creamy and smooth, medium body, light carbonation

Overall highly drinkable, nice a creamy, good representation of the style

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Photo of DevAJ
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is by far the maltiest high alcohol beer I've had. Samichlaus is a bit too sweet and boozy to taste the malt and Gulden Draak is just a tad drier and boozy. Given some of the reviews I had seen and read I was expecting just a less boozy version of Samichlaus, but it's actually not nearly as sweet and a whole lot maltier.

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

Notes from 11/5/14

A - One finger of fluffy light brown head. Dissipates to about one cm of dense head and then to a nice cap and collar. Deep reddish-dark brown body that just barley lets the light through.

S - Intense molasses with underlying toffee notes. A touch of booze.

T - Follows the nose with some extra brown sugar sweetness. Dark fruit. Some burt grains in the finish

M - Medium-low carb. Surprisingly drainable, but still a touch sticky at the end.

O - Not a ton of depth, but intense flavor profile and the price is right.

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Photo of Premo88
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into flute

L: clear dark purple/amber ... deepest, darkest amber up to light, looks brown with no light; clarity is fantastic; thick head of tan foam about an inch tall, maybe more, that almost looks like ice cream it's so thick, does not dissipate quickly yet doesn't stick; minimal lacing; keeps a decent tan collar

S: dusty dried dark fruits, figs, grapes ... lots of grape/wine ... the dustiness reminds me of a Belgian quad (Westvleteren 12 especially); raisin bread ... there's a ton of bread malt in there I think, but it's hard to pull up out of all the fruitiness; as it warms gets sweeter and fruitier and loses the dusty quality

T: almost salty in it's lack of up front sweetness, yet it quickly dives into the dark fruit flavors and grapes ... very quadrupel-like with raisins, dates; occasionally has a twinge of a wheat banana note, but it's only there for a second then gone; the "salty" quality over time seems to be earthy hops (?) or something else that offers a slight bitterness ... it's almost like a fruit peel or cucumber skin -- whatever it is, it's distinctly not sweet

F: full but still lager light ... good carbonation

O: a fun quaff for sure and possibly enough different from other eisbocks that it is worth seeking out (and would make for a good addition to a tasting event); the 9.2% ABV is 100% hidden ... pound-for-pound, it's the biggest, most well-hidden alcohol in any beer I've tried ... amazing.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a strong overtone of caramel, rather sweet. Pours a barely translucent chestnut with a fairly thick tan head. Mouth-filling flavor has a malty core with notes of caramel and cloves, a hint of fruit, a fairly strong alcohol bite, rather sweet. Somewhat syrupy texture has a fair amount of fizz and leaves a sweet, edgy, malty finish. Prosit!

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Photo of Clint_Yoho
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz goblet at Friscos

A: Dark brown with about half finger of head that dissipated quickly.

S: Malt and sweet fruity aroma

T: Fruity and boozy

F: Medium body with an alcohol burn

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks ROBD for giving me a bottle of this. It's been way too long since I've reviewed German beer and even longer for this classic style. Jump right into this beast.

A- Poured from the slender 11.2oz bottle into a snifter with a deep brown body where red hues escape at the edges. A tall, thick and frothy head builds up and displays good retention. Lacing is a bit rare considering the cap but several webs and sheets are left.

S- Them dark fruits and lots of 'em. Intense layers of plum, raisin, fig and red grape come off the top only leaving room for hints of dark crystallized sugars, apple, rum and clean alcohol.

T- Once again the ringmaster is the fruit esters. Prune, plum, figs, raisins and grapes all come to mind with apples secondary to the darker things. Complimenting that is a sweetness derived from deeply caramelized malts. Avoids being overly sweet.

MF- Robust and thick bodied overall with a decadent and chewy creaminess; it really feels like a cushion on the palate. High end carbonation leads this texture on and it finishes with an appropriate medium warmth.

A beast and true to the style. Perhaps a bit more malt flavor would be nice as the fruits are dominant but would I purchase this in the future? Surely.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Somewhat of an infamous beer in my mind. Kind of the lower-octane runner-up to Aventinus for German eisbocks.

A - Deep brownish-red color with a nice clarity when held to the light. A tan head of a couple fingers forms, eventually falling to a mostly-full cap.

S - Big German maltiness in the form of molasses, bread, raisin, grains, slight earthy tones, general bockness. Unfortunately pretty faint.

T - Dark fruit and molasses dominate the most with roast and some light smokiness balancing out the sweetness nicely. Brown sugar, some herbal hops. Reminiscent of a doppelbock.

M - Very smooth and rich feel, lots of big chewy malt, surprisingly high and pleasant carbonation, some alcohol warmth.

O - In some ways I prefer this to Aventinus Eisbock just because it's so smooth and easy-going, but in comparison this lacks in the flavor department. Good flavors and balance going on but just feels kinda muted/plain.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my New Belgium Globe chalice. 2351202 indicated on the back label. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, half inch, off-white head that dissipates towards the shoulders leaving a soapy slick in the center. Nose is quite rich - vinous notes and cocoa. Taste follows nose; however, it comes off a bit duller. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and a light acidity. Not sure that I've ever had an eisbock at this point; however, I found this beer decent but a bit lackluster.

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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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Photo of Spikester
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a huge long lasting tan head. Good amount of lace on the sides. Aroma is dark malt toasted brown bread some herbal hops. Taste starts off sweet with the mocha maybe some brown sugar or molasses. There is a fair hop bitterness that helps reduce the sweetness on the back of the tongue. The flavors expand as the liquid warms bringing out the fruitier aspects like a bit of plums. Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation.
The finish is semi dry and s the sweetness fades there is a light bitterness that lasts for a few minutes. Overall a tasty and satisfying beer that will surely leave a lasting impression. I would have rated this higher but I suspect I bought a fairly old example that was warm on the shelf and exposed to in store lighting. No bad flavors to report just slightly subdued flavor from what I was expecting. There is possibly a bottled on date but it was just numerical and not readily decoded.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.11 out of 5 based on 983 ratings.
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