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

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet sweet malty scent that boasts of crystal, roasted, and pale malts. It has a warm feel as well as a dry fruity lager yeast aroma. The taste is great. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and warm. It has an elevated abv., but it still goes down easy. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. It's full of malty flavor and a smooth, easy drinkabilty.

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

11.2oz bottle
Appearance: At first it looks almost jet black, but when you hold it up to the light it is actually a dark ruby color. It had a small head of foam on it that disappeared quickly.
Smell: I really couldn't smell much except for a sweet caramel chocolate malt smell. The smell was much like a Dopplebock.
Taste: The best way I can describe that taste, is a Dopplebock taken to the next level. It was more malty with no hop bitterness and with a slight alcohol taste.
Mouthfeel: It was full bodied with a sweet chocolate aftertaste. Much like a Dopplebock. You can really feel the presence of that 9.2% alcohol content.
Drinkability: Due to the high alcohol content, this beer is good once in a while but really not a session drink. A really nice beer that is affordable at under $2.00 a bottle.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely translucent black, head reached 1/4 inch then disappeared, leaving a few bubble islands. Smell is malty dough with suggestions of dark fruits. Oh, the taste...sweet, dark fruit, not a sign of bitterness, some caramellish dough, then a carbonic bite in the finish which drifts lazily along in a mellow combination of alcohol, citrus rind, and more dark fruits. Never cloying, the mouthfeel does suffer a little thinning toward the end...really the only significant flaw for me. So easy to consume, but the ABV prevents any serious session work here. Try it.

$2.49 for a 12 oz. bottle at Once Upon a Vine.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I never got around to rating this. I'm suprised. These notes were taken at a recent tasting with a friend in Philly. Dark cola and rum coloured beverage, with a similar stature and fizzy little khaki hiead that dies from a quick booze binge death! Aromas are all candy sweet and alcoholic. Doughy malts hold it together but the hops are kinda missing and replaced with macerated and dried dark fruits, walnuts, and more. Taste is fiery but the booze is controlled by the sweet thick, syrupy, maple and fruit flavor of this one. Mouthfeel is thick and tingly, drinkability is good, but it *is* an eisbock, and therefore I couldn't do anymore than 12oz by myself and even that is pushing it!

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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 BrewMan13
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For starters, I think the picture is of their Reichelbrau Eisbock 24, not this one.
Nothing like an Eisbock in July, eh? Well, it pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with some see-through highlights at the top and bottom. An approx 1 finger head forms, which stays around just long enough to be noticed, then fades away, leaving a ring around the edges.
They say you cant smell sweet, and so I dont get much aroma besides a hint of alcohol (of course, as I always say, I cant smell for shit anyway).
Taste is very nice. Has a pronounced smooth, malty sweetness. I s'pose if I really search, I can get a hint of alcohol, but nothing even remotley distracting. No real hop bitterness (as expected). Despite all that, I dont find it cloying, though I am a big fan of regular d-bocks (even so, I do think it possible to go overboard on the sweetness). This is much better (denser, fuller flavored) then their EKU 28 and my favorite eisbock so far...this review being of the last one from a 6 pack I bought after trying a single. I guess the only negative would be there's no hints of roastiness as in some of my fav d-bocks (celebrator, korbinian).
Goes down smooth. Maybe I'm getting used to bigger beers, but this at almost 10% abv didnt hit me as hard as I thought it would. Still nothing I'd ever session, though.
Final thoughts: excellent if you like dense, sweet beers.

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

This pours super dark brownish red. It leaves a fluffy ring around the glass which slightly laces.

smells sweet and alcoholey. Malts are present.

The taste is thick. Alcohol prevails. Malts next. Sweet is also up front, candy sugar?

the mouthfeel is dominant with the alcohol taste and feel overwhelming the tongue. Surrounding that is a creaminess which is pretty good.

The finish is, again, alcohol dominant on the back of the tongue. There is a sweetness that lingers away.

A bit too thick for my tastes. I guess I'm not comparing it properly against this unfamiliar style, but as a beer it is just too syrupey for me.

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

Thanks to CMaruschak for the sample.
Pours a deep brown with some black streaks with a rich and dense tan head which has some dark characteristics as well. Small, trace amounts of lace as the beer is consumed.
Aroma some chocolate, some burnt wood, some caramel and toffee, some grain tones, dark citrus notes and some estery alcohol.
Flavors of dark fruits with some semi-sweet chocolate seem to dominate a layer of bread and caramel tones. Just a hint of a smokiness in there as well. Very pleasant.
Mouthfeel has excellent transitions and just when you think it's getting a bit too sweet it shifts gears and balances out. Probably right smack in the middle of the road except for alcoholic kick.
Drinkability is very solid. Nicely crafted beer. Generally have to be in the mood for these types of beers but this one is balanced enough to provide solid experience at any time.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to BA brother cmaruschak for attaining a bottle of this for me. This is my first adventure into eisbocks and it's much anticipated...

Appearance: Bottle explodes! Oops...quite the bummer but I recovered most of it. Pours a cola color with some garnet hues throughout the body. Big fluffy white head that quickly fades and collars the glass nicely.

Smell: All malt! Dark, dried fruits, maple syrup, candied walnuts, and a slightly musty sweet smell. Very intriguing.

Taste: Very malty...hints of rum soaked raisins, maple syrup, dried cherries, cinnamon, and a touch of cloves. Alcohol is present but is blended very nicely. Keeps the taste from being sweet and cloying. A nice balance but still very much in the malt department.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and on the dry end. Finish is long and coats the palate and throat all the way down.

Drinkability: A sipper to be sure. One to savor and enjoy. A nice style and would make for a great nightcap. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of markman
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kulmbacher Eisbock:

I can tell just by pouring it that I got ‘hold of a big, bad, bock right here…deep mahogany pour with a small head that recedes quickly. Vinous, dried fruit, rich malt…a lot of aromas going on here. The taste is all a big bock should be. Richly malty, never cloying, vinous, pruny, chocolaty, satisfying, and leaves the palate subtly smoky and woody…and not a hop in sight. I like this one…I’ve had a few Eisbocks, and this one seems like what Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock might taste like if it were “Eisbocked”. Next time you’re in the mood for a late night sipper, take a step sideways into this bock…you won’t be disappointed.


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Photo of putnam
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Molasses, bread, butter, pilsner beer and pork fat jump out of the glass containing this dark brown liquid. Moist, caky density delivers flavors of fig newtons, nutmeg and rum raisin ice cream -- yet it is dry. Zero acidity, lots of curdled cream flavor and no claim on core samples of earthy complexity make it a plausible substitute for cream sherry or tawny port. Drink this with a bag of pistachios or roasted walnuts and observe the resemblance of bitter husk flavor.

How can this beer be only $1.95 a bottle???

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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: tangy sweetness, wet leaves, hay, and wilted, dead flowers of various species.

This is very dark brown with a moderate beige head. Not much light penetration into the near blackness. On top, after head dissipates, there is a sticky surface tension appearance.

As for flavor, this is kind of a turbid sea of flavors that come in and out somewhat randomly. Spicy pepper, charcoal grill, old dusty bottle of brandy, grape seeds, raisins and unsweet dried fruit galore, turkish apricots, rolling tobacco, a quick hit of alcohol, and finally down the hatch with a some hay and a grassy, mildly bittercrisp hop impression. Your seat cushion may be used as a floatation device.

It doesn't look it, but the mouthfeel is quite happening. Softening fizz washes some of it away, the rest sticks like a flavor saver.

This I like. Not a bad buy at $11 for six. The first of the sixer had an off-flavor of some polymer plastic resin sort. That was the only one with this, so we'll call that a fluke. The rest have been great. Will buy again. Foolishly drinkable for 9.2% ABV, I might add.

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

Dark, burnt, copperish red in color. Pours with a medium-sized, fleeting head. Grainy odoriforous eminations* of boiling wort, wine barrels, dark fruit, licorice, and alcohol. Similar depth of flavor showcases more bitter, woody flavors that balance some chocolate and alcohol. Thick and yogurty. This is one smooth, creamy lager beer and a hell of an eisbock. And at $1.95/bottle, this is an all-time beer value.

* - Bonus points to anyone who remembered Hulk Hogan's awful TV appearances on behalf of Right Guard in which he used this phrase.

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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 orbitalr0x
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, nearly black pour with a nice two finger off white head. Dark red hints appear as the light passes through my glass. A bit of nice lacing as well. Rich chocolate/caramel nose with hints of raisins, molasses, dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. A bit understated overall, but I like it all the same.

Rich, smooth sweet maltiness with a heavy caramel/cocoa presence. Dark fruit, raisins, molasses and burnt bread all intertwine as the brew goes down. A hint of herbal, spicy hoppiness rolls down the back of the palate along with a warming alcohol. Tasty stuff.

Smooth, full mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Quite easy to drink. A few of these would be nice on a cold night. I'll be seeking this one out again sometime!

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Photo of sweethome
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, close to a porter. White head that provides a little lace. Sweet malty nose with a german hop backing. Aroma of dried fruits also there. Big mouthfeel, a bit too sweet for my liking. The flavor profile is marvelous. A lot here - raisin, spice, noble hops, and toasted almonds. The sweetness just overpowers a bit. It is Eisbock, so I deal with it. So much going on with that wonderful german charachter backing it up.

Provides a nice warming as I sip from a tulip glass. A very enjoyable late winter night's friend.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first eisbock, and from the limited worldwide selection it is probably one of the few different ones I'll ever try. Unless more brewers give it a shot. Kulmbacher Eisbock is dark brown in color with a short and tan head. Aroma is of really dark and rich malts, this presents a figgy smell. Taste is very full of malts, almost syrupy, with dark fruit flavors. Distinct alcohol taste is also fairly strong. I like the overall taste of this beer, but the alcohol taste and high ABV combined hamper the drinkability for me.

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

Pours an ultra dark-brown, possibly black. Light lace covers the top.

Aroma of malt, sweetness, caramel, dark fruits and a bit of coffee.

Full bodied, very smooth. Tons of flavors-dark fruits, caramel, light alcohol, black licorice and a bit of roastedness. A bit of a bread flavor comes through towards does the end as the warming feeling creeps in.

My first eisbock. I enjoyed it but I struggled to describe it well.

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

This beer has an espresso crema streaked light tan head and a dark brown body that allows light to pass through it. It has rootbeer characteristics in the nose and a roasty sweet espresso and cream taste. Light bubblegum notes in the taste as well. It has a nicely balanced sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the trade. This beer is dark brown/copper with a thin light tan head. Very little lacing. The aroma is very sweet with caramel, raisins and malt. Medium-bodied and chewy with a flavor that is very unique. It has some aspects of a Barley Wine, a Scotch Ale, and a Bock. Syrupy sweet with malt, molasses, raisins and brown sugar. There is a faint woody character at times too. The finish continues the sweetness but there is a bit of hops bitterness there. I am really unfamiliar with this style but I like it.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: In the glass is hauntingly beautiful. Very very deep mohogany when held in the right light, and leaves some crazy lacing on the liquid while being poured.

Smell: Smells like caramel, and extremely nutty as well. The alcohol presence is a bit unbridled and needs to be more balanced. The yeast is easily detectable as well.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This is beer taste nothing like it smells. The balance is unbelivable. Very malt focused without being overpowering. The sweet caramel notes really give this beer some monster character. The alcohol is held under control and warms you up the whole way down. The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and still very smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: This beer was a complete and absolute joy to drink. Everything was just about right. I had Kulmbacher's EKU 28 last night, and this Eisbock is 1000 times better. A powerful sipping beer that will keep you interested for many hours to come. I love this beer, and can't wait to get more.

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Photo of mentor
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) and consumed in January 2005. Hard pour necessary to get a one-finger tan head over a black liquid. To the light, it's a deep brown mohogeny color and is crystal clear. Smells of caramel chocolatey/coffee and alcohol. Oh, tastes divine! Alcohol persists gently throughout, but the malt sweet jumps in several times in several different incarnations. First caramel then subsiding, then chocolatey then subsiding, then toffee-ish. Any hopping is low. Fine carbonation rises off the flat of my tongue and forms a mild acid that cooperates with the alcohol burn. The ending is alcohol and leaves a dry malty aftertaste. Medium thick body. This beer does not sit on my tongue like syrup, which is good, because the sweet would probably be too much. Boy, the toffee & bock mix very well over the alcohol base in a way I've never had before. Also, acid from carbonation can be hell with some beer characteristics (such as sour or alcohol), but this one turns the potential downfall into an asset. This truly is a work of art...get it if you can find it.

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Photo of aracauna
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A very dark coppery brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is rich with prunes and chocolate (combined with the malt, it’s almost like a liquid prune brownie.) The flavor is sweet and rich with caramel added to that prune brownie. The body is thick and the brew is warming as it goes down. It’s odd how this beer’s 9.2% ABV warms on the way down while some beer’s 12% ABV are hardly noticed.

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Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Rich-O's Public House. Pours a brown color with a small head that leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma smelled just like hot wort. Sweet and sticky with some dark fruit. The flavor didn't match what I'm used to with an Eisbock. Very smooth and enjoyable, even slightly mild. Nice flavors of dark fruits with a bready feel. Finishes smooth with a slight bitter bite. Body is just right on this one and the drinkability is very good for having 9.2% abv.

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

On-tap poured into a chalice. It pours a ruby/brown color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell has some dark fruit and a weird fresh wort smell, fairly grainy. The taste is malty and sweet, with some grapes and a hint of alcohol. More of that new wort grain flavor. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and the drinkability is great for 9.2% abv. Different, but good.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.11 out of 5 based on 989 ratings.
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