Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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4.12/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,070
Reviews:
620
Ratings:
1,059
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
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91
Gots:
83
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,059 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of NeverSettle
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. Exactly what you would expect to get when reading the style description, nothing more, nothing less- clearlt stronger and more concentrated due to the freezing. Highly drinkable, but at this ABV level, making it a session beer may not be a great idea.

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Photo of mig100
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thomasdidymus55
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look....pours like a cola minus the head..looks sticky...actually little lace also. doesn't look like much carbonation.
smell....I don't have the best whiffer but molasses is dominant..and the alcohol.
taste.....ahhh the best part of this beer. ..can taste the molasses..roasted malts..some sweetness...alot of alcohol
feel....feels like another one..but at $3.58 a bottle and 30 miles away, I better wait.
overall......a very good session beer with someone who likes this exceptionally good dark Eisbock.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: Dark brown/black almost cola like appearance. Very little head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light brown tan head.

S: Lots of dark stone fruit, notes of red grape, smells like grape juice, some darker malt and a little toffee, but the grape and stone fruit is a little overpowering.

T: Syrupy and sweet, very strong red grape, reminds me a lot of grape juice. There is some toffee and caramel, but the grape is very strong in this. It doesn't necessarily taste like beer.

F: Thick creamy carbonation and full body.

O: An interesting beer but the grape flavor is way overpowering on this one.

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Photo of TH28
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. No deciperable code date. Appearance: Deep dark brown, with dark ruby hints under light. Clear, with a moderate khaki colored head. Aroma: Very malty, with some caramel and dark fruit, mostly cherry. Taste: Rich, deep malt sweetness with a well balanced blend of caramel, toast, and bread crust. Lighter dark fruit character than in the aroma, that turns to a bit of spicy cherry from the alcohol. Bitterness just enough to prevent the malt sweetness from being cloying. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present, but not abrasive Finish: Toasted bread strong on the finish, with a touch of dark fruit. Overall: Extremely well balanced beer given it’s strength. Drinks like a strong Doppelbock, with strong bready, toasty, and dark fruit character, all while balance against the high ABV.

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Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LAp
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. The nose from the bottle is very distinct. Thick malt syrup with a toffee-caramel tinge alongside an almost red-grape-like profile (perhaps even grape juice). Pours a thin dark-brown, with a half finger off-white head. Nosed from the tulip, there are similar sugary apple juice and grape juice notes. Not particularly beer-like. The palate does not directly follow the nose per se, the fruit notes are deeper and darker than the nose would lead one to expect. The alcohol is masked thoroughly, but the underlying maltiness I'm looking for is masked by the sheer sweetness/richness of the palate. Mouthfeel too is thinner than I would expect from such a big malty beer. The beer thickens and acquires a little more boozy-warmth as it warms, and the fruit notes become darker still, yielding touches of dark cherry and thicker caramel.

Ultimately, this is a difficult beer for me to rate not having ventured into the style before. I will definitely keep an eye out for other beers within the style though to get a better bead on where this lies in the spectrum of Eisbocks. Leaving expectations aside, and rating purely on enjoyment alone, this is not a beer I'm particularly in love with. Too sweet and rich for me, without the depth of good barleywine or the nuance of an old ale. I think the style holds promise, but this initiating beer has not yet won me over.

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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

Photo of BB1313
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a bubbly khaki head that falls leaving great retention and okay lacing. The aromas are very malty. Lots of chocolate and toffee. Hints of caramel and subtle hints of vanilla. There's also hints of cherry. The flavors are very bold and rich. Hints of warm alcohol notes in the finish, but it works and isn't boozy or hot at all. More chocolate and toffee. Lots of raisins and dark fruits in the mix. More hints of cherry. Very strong malt backbone. It's sweet, but not cloying or anything over the top. This is ultimately a balanced brew. The mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Smooth and easy to drink. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a great brew. The craftsmanship is very impressive. It's fun to drink and is very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of carlborch
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It came in an 11.2 oz bottle marked as 2550401. The color is dense cola and it develops a creamy, tan head of 1.5 inches, which settles into a thin cream and then just a film. The carbonation is modest with tiny bubbles. The nose is of dark crusted bread, dark dry fruit, and a specter of sweet, dark malts. The body is silky and medium full. The ABV warms nicely. It lingers with flavors of smoke, roasted grains and malt, followed by dried figs and apricots with a semi-sweet-to-sweet finish. Very tasty !

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Photo of DavidST
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L:
-pours a dark ruby with a medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,offwhite head
-low carbonation visible
S:
-syrup,black bread,raisins,caramel,spicy,figs,dates,cinnamon,toffee,plum,fruitcake
T:
-Follows the nose plus banana,slight coffee
-finishes dry
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
O:
Fantastic, if you like em sweet & complex

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Photo of DrMindbender
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maryannezang
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown in color. Does not taste like it smells. Fizzes nicely. I did not find it too thick in body. A very nice taste for a bock. Hints of caramel with bold malt flavor. It does not have a strong taste of alcohol nor a bitter after taste. Very smooth.

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Photo of americancontrarian
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JeffatRedlefsens
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Two finger brown head, extremely dark brown body.

Smell: Dark fruits mainly, some caramel.

Taste: Dark fruits, caramel, and a note of chocolate.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, mild alcohol bit and warmth.

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Photo of gouettn
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FalconOne
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hop_God
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Phoodcritic
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 1,059 ratings