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 Sludgeman
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a “Beer of the Month” gift from my children. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

I really like this beer. Lagers can be complex and as satisfying as a big ale. A beer I will keep in my cellar. 4.5

A – Pours a cola colored/reddish brown, clear (but opaque in the glass), with a half-finger light brown head that quickly dissipates.4.75

S – Malty, some sweetness, bread crusts, prunes, molasses, some vinous grape-like qualities. 4.75

T – Malty with a good bit of sweetness balanced by the alcohol, some slight spiciness and roastiness, low bitterness, a bit of alcohol breaks through. 4.5

MF – Medium-bodied, a bite of alcohol, with a sweetness in the finish. 4

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Photo of BradC
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown to ruby red with no head.

Smells of plum, raisin and dried fruits.

Lots of malt, Tastes of dried fruits, dried plum, raisins sweetness masks any alcohol. No hops here.

Heavy, full bodied mouthful, light carbonation and almost oily on the tongue.

Overall, great Eisbock, this may be my very first one but not my last.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brownish red with no head at all.

The smell is dark fruits and sweet malts. Extremely pungent.

The taste is very sweet, big malt flavors and dark fruits with a little alcohol.

The mouthfeel is actually pretty light with medium carbonation.

Overall a superb eisbock, very rich and flavorful. Could only really drink one in a sitting though.

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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 BVukelich
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, end of the SRM scale. Not much of a head. Aroma is definitely malty-sweetness, caramel. On initial taste, very cold temp attributed to med-high spikey carbonation feel in the mouth. As I let it warm to room temp, the carb dropped and viscosity became thicker. Left very little lace. Hops are absent on aroma and taste. High alcohol in taste and afterwards, left a very warming effect. I don't drink a lot of Eisbocks but this one will be worth another purchase in the future. One in a session is good enough based on the high ABV.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased and drank at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, clear dark brown, with about a one inch head, and a little bit of lace down the glass.

Smells like toasted malt, dark fruits, and some booze.

The tastes is similar. Eisbocks are essentially super dopplebocks, so the typical toasted malt flavors, dark fruit, and caramel flavors are, turned up to 11. The alcohol is present, and noticeable, but not necessarily negative. A bit sugary sweet, I sipped it more slowly to keep it from being cloying.

Full bodied, creamy but sticky mouthfeel, slow sipper due to the alcohol. Almost no carbonation.

This one was tried without any feeling or prior knowledge about the beer, and I was glad I ordered it.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured looking nice -- but I downgrade for a fizzy short lived head.
In three different glasses I was left with a dead looking libation.

Blindfolded I'd have to be drunk not to declare this one a Bock.
Brown sugar malt- maybe even some honey dropped in. Alcohol to boot but I want that in a bock.

It's a breakfast beer-- and two bottles with some sandwich fixin's in between, this one could be a bread substitute.

Flavor has some "thinness" to it. I can't do a straight up head-to-head tasting with some of my other all time fave bocks, but that bread of life hearty flavor cross-section becomes transparent after a while .

Real nice brew-- six pack easily in one sitting.

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Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a big effervescent light brown head. Nice legs. Head fizzes out fairly quickly, leaving only small tufts of fluff behind. Decent retention.

S: Big brown sugar and caramel maltiness. Mild dark fruits. Sticky toffee. Sweet (duh). A touch of booziness.

T: Yup, more of the same. Rich caramel and burnt sugars, with a hint of cocoa? Toffee towards the middle. Brown sugar in the finish. Kinda grainy in the finish and aftertaste, almost astringent but not quite. Big sweet and malty and wonderful.

M: Medium-heavy and smooth.

O: Really nice eisbock. Big malty notes as you'd expect. Well balanced with no real alcohol in the flavor. Smooth and easy drinking despite the sweetness and strength. Honestly a delicious brew.

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

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark amber with a small tan head, which retains fairly well, slight broken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Roasted malts, dark fruit, bitter cocoa, and cold coffee dominate the aroma.

Taste: Opens with pronounced dark roasted malts, followed by a wave of bitter cocoa. Beneath this, there are dark fruit flavors as well, and some cold coffee. There is a vinous, warming alcohol note, which appears toward the end of the taste. The roasted malts carry throughout.and remain strong, even at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, velvety to the palate.

Drinkability/notes: Quite wonderful, particularly on a cool autumn evening, when the shadows grow long.

Presentation: Packaged in an 11.2 ounce brown glass long-neck style bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown color with tawny and orange hues. Has the look and consistency of 5-15w motor oil. Rich, firm tan head with medium+ retention. Sticky lacing that evenly drapes across the inside of the glass.

Deep and slightly subdued tones of nutmeg, molasses, brown sugar, rich malt, milk chocolate and caramel.

Very rich and heady on the palate: figgs, dates nutmeg, light roast coffee and mocha.

Rich full-bodied beer that has a slightly oily mouthfeel. Very dense across the palate.

Really intense and concentrated. A great experience, but to drink more than one without fatigue would be awfully tough.

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Photo of clevelandhops
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A dark, Bavarian brown that promises sweet complexity.

S: Most disappointing part of the brew. I couldn't make out much of a smell.

T: A well-aged sweetness of brown sugar, old shriveled fruit, and roastiness. Not as strong-bodied as most great doppelbocks, but close.

M: The alcohol is there, but isn't overwhelming. Also, I only sensed light carbonation. The beer sits on the tongue almost like a wine.

O: Wanted the Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock, but they didn't have it. I 'settled' for this, but ended up very pleasantly surprised by this complex brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$3.19 for this single, which is well worth it for the hype. Into my beer stein

A - Wow that's a deep shade of brown, almost porter in color with a 1/2 inch of deep mocha head that fizzes out rather quickly to just a lace ring. As expected for the high ABV.
S - Smells of mild alcohol, sweet caramel malts, bready goodness, grapes and figs, and a touch of dry yeasts.
T - Alcohol has a fusel taste even though its quite mild. Grape wine, roasty ash, and figs with raisins are what I mostly taste. Its pretty dry though never really getting too sweet or hoppy. Not bad.
M - Medium to heavy the ABV does catch up with you and the Alcohol taste is again not perfectly hidden which is expected for the style.

Overall its a pretty flavorful ice house kind of beer but not really something I would seek out again. Guess I am more of a fan of doppelbocks.

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Photo of deepseacatfish
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the more complex and interesting beers that I've had the pleasure of tasting. The Eisbock was dark and rich with the obvious presence of the 9.2% alcohol. Definitely a little sweetness, plenty of roasty flavor, caramel, and Germanic beer fruit notes. Wonderfully balanced and very drinkable in spite of the heavy nature of the beer.

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Photo of beergoot
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cola-brown body sitting beneath a rich, foamy head. Aroma exudes caramel and ripe, dark fruits with hints of roasted grains. The body comes across heavy and sweet. Caramel and nougat flavors abound with a rich sweetness taming a bold alcohol presence in the background.

I'm hard-pressed to notice a big difference between this eisbock and some of those big, bold doppelbocks I also love and crave. And this is a good thing! This eisbock is big and bold in flavor and character, and for a high ABV beer, does a supremely excellent job of balancing things out. Most definitely a good beer for a cold, late Spring winter storm while the hardwood fire burns in the fireplace...and I can easily think of other occasions where I would enjoy this powerhouse beer...!!!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last beer in a random tasting evening on 2 Apr 2013: 33cl bottle, best before 26 Aug 2013, poured into a Palm Special tulip at home. labelled as Kulmbacher 'Eisbock'.

I love dark, rich, sweet brews and this fits the bill nicely.

The smell is all malty molasses: with a dark alcohol laden fruit cake dropped into the brew. The taste is also sweet malty fruit cake: raisins and Victoria plums soaked in a bitter-sweet balsamic mix with some caramel and burnt butterscotch all add to make this beer more than just a uber strong Bock.

All in all, a very nice beer, strong but balanced, if a little malty and sweet.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap served into a snifter.

The beer comes to me with a small off white head and a dark body with amber highlights.

Smells like a malt bombbb. Dark fruits like crazy. Raisins.

More raisiny dark fruit malt character on the taste. The alcohol is there but fairly tame and warming.

This is smooth with a medium-full body. It has a subtle carbonation that massages your tongue.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Must of built it up in my head. Was expecting more from this. When it comes down to it, though, this is a fantastic (doppel)bock. Reminds me of Samichlaus or EKU 28.

(poured into a snifter)

A: huge, tan head rises on the pour, little retention, some spitty lace...deep, dark burgundy in color - appears opaque, at first

S: Concord grape, hops(?!), chocolate drops...really just a melanoidin-rich, dark-baked bread aroma with some notes of herbal alcohol (similar to an amaro)

T: oh, that's a bock alright! - just with a juicier malt/alcohol richness, flavor that fans out and expands over the palate....Port-ish aftertaste....caramel, a touch of anise, herbal cough drop OR root beer / cola....perhaps just a bit too restrained for what I had anticipated....just a lovely rich bock flavor

M: pleasant smooth malt roll, however, a few notches more dry in the finish than desirable - ends up being much more drinkable for it, though....mild+ bitterness seems to distract from silky bliss....more body (at least) would be nice

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

Served from the bottle into a globed glass

A- Poured a very dark brown with lots of red hues shining throuh. Latte colored head with big bubbles dissipated quickly but left a ring of lace at the top for a while

S- Prominent sweet fruit juice notes like cranberry, black cherry, and concord grape. Some caramel and toffee notes in the background. Quite fruity and toasty aroma.

T- Pretty big caramel, toffee, and toasted bread notes up front. Nice concord grape and cranberry juice flavors in the middle of the tongue. Some light roastiness and raisin notes.

M- Fuller bodied, very smooth, almost creamy surprisingly dry, no trace of alcohol, not really any stickiness. This has a really substantial mouthfeel without any alcohol burn or stickiness. I am very impressed.

O- Having never had an eisbock before I went in expecting this to be very sweet, boozy, and sticky. I really enjoyed this beer, very nice balance of sweetness and toastiness. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV as well.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown to black with two fingers of head. Head lingers well and provides some lacing on the glass. Dark, chocolate malts dominate the aroma with some sweetness present. Taste has a bitter pop up front but followed with a maple syrup and slightly present chocolate through the middle to back - the sweetness enhances towards the back and becomes richer. Nice brew.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first Eisbock?

A-Pours dark brown. When held up to a light source, I can see its clarity. Head is a set of bubbly clusters attached to a thin foamy seam. Light lacing.

S-My first thought was dog food. There actually is a light waft of floral hops and grass. Also there is a very concentrated amount of caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Dried figs and raisins.

T-More of the same. Soda syrup, brown sugar, loads of molasses and soggy pumpernickel bread. I enjoy how its not as sweet as I was expecting.

M-Booze hidden pretty well. A bit syrupy. More drinkable than it should be. Tongue dries out a bit and it tends to warm the cheeks.

O/D-At $2.25 for a 12-13oz. bottle, this is well worth it. A $2.50 buzz. Struggling to find critical words for this beer. Cheap, surprisingly agreeable and fun.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shot glass.

A: Light, off-white head. Deep ruby amber is darkly transparent.

S: Rich and malty. Sugary-sweet, oppressively so.

T: Mm, this is tasty. Rich, complex sugars. Lightly nutty malts. Hint of roast. Still, a touch dull. Unengaging.

M: Thick and pleasant.

O: Goodish beer, mediocre eisbock. I would not have again and would recommend the Aventinus Eisbock in its stead.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’m going back to how I normally review for this one; sorry Mitch Steele, but this way seems to work better for me.

A: Dark crimson color with a smooth, bubbly beige head about a finger high. Soft, thin retention and spindly lacing scattered around.

S: Strong malt aromas waft up in waves of thick molasses, raisin, rich buttered bread, and tangy cranberry. Has a definite caramel and dark fruit overtone that’s all bock, but with ever-present chocolate and smoky oak notes reminiscent of an old ale. Savory, satisfying.

T: This palate is an expression of pure malt enjoyment, with big tastes of chewy fig and date drenched in caramel. Warm sugar, light vanilla, bubblegum, earthy walnut, and sweet dark fruits just like the nose, but with more semisweet chocolate and woody booze. Finishes with a hint of dry smoke and a dense sweetness that rolls off the tongue without a ton of lingering residual sugars.

M: Drinks incredibly easy, typical for bock – though not for one with this much alcohol. It’s rich with the first caramel tastes, but lightens up for the smokier, more bitter aftertaste.

O: I’m not sure I could handle a six-pack of these. A flavorful, alcoholic bock that goes down like water? I’d be ruined in a half-hour. Hell, I couldn’t even keep this one in my glass for more than 10 minutes, and I was consciously trying to sip it – the sign of great beer.

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

11.2 fl oz into chalice. not sure what this bottle code means on the label.

A: rich chestnut hued body. i think its a pretty clear looking brew. off-white head is very frothy. great retention and good lacing.

S: a slight coffee smell. the malt has such a deep richness it reminds me of dark sweet fruit. a little bit of tobacco.

T: sweet. pancake batter. rich nut flavor. chestnuts and walnuts. grapes and plums take over the body towards the middle. grape jelly in the finish.

M: carb is modest and very velvet-like. full bodied.

D: some tasty lager from germany. im sort of a sucker for Eisbock's cause of all the flavor. so many directions, definitely an enjoyable brew.

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

This is pretty much what I expected but without any of the negatives. It's dark but not opaque with just a bit of head. The aroma is like the taste - sweet and malty. The taste adds a significant boozy taste, but it's tolerable.

The aftertaste keeps the sweet malty thing going with a little bit of rauch (roasty smoke). I like it and would like to drink it again. Actually, I intend to try others of this style - this is easier drinking than most double bocks and such.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear dark brown body topped by two fingers of fine tan froth. Good retention, spotty lace. Quite nice for the style. Quite nice indeed.

S: Really nice, rich mixture of toffee and dark fruits. Honey-coated bread, raisins, and candied dates. Very pleasant.

T: Follows the nose, with sweet maltiness up front giving way to rich dark fruits midway through. Significant alcohol heat on the finish is a bit of a bummer, but not too excessive for something over 9%. Quite tasty.

M: Thick, viscous, and only lightly carbonated. Nice heft, but not enough life.

O: Great beer. At $3.50, a particularly good value for a high-ABV import.


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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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