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 HogHill
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fellow BA gave this Klumbacher Eisbock to me, thanks for the introduction to this style Chris.

11.2 fl oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass. Looks very similar to a cola. Thin head that laces to the side of the glass.

Interesting molasses like aroma, with a bit of prunes or similar dark fruit. Very nice.

The taste is true to it's nose, a nice malt flavor complemented by the molasses, raisin, prunes, and a bit of caramel. Finish lingers, leaves the palate with a coat of said flavors.

This is a fantastic beer for a cold winter afternoon, and though it is 9.2 % ABV one of these, defintitely two, will warm you up.

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

Appearance: Served on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Duvel glass. It came with a big fluffy off white head on top. The color was an opaque dark brown with no light coming through.

Smell: The nose mostly reminded me of herbs with a strong black olive scent to it. There was also some sweetness in the nose. Very appealing.

Taste: The flavor is very big on this beer. Complex balance of sour and tangy grape flavors, clove, peach, apple, raisin and a spiciness that I can't really identify. The maltiness is clean with a bit of roastiness hiding in there. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: This beer feels smooth on the palate but leaves a bit too heavy of a film in my mouth.

Drinkability: I enjoyed this beer a lot and I think I will be making a trip back to LB's to try it again before the keg is gone.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rust colored and slightly hazy pour had low carbonation and miniscule head. The aroma was wine like – sweet, raisiny, and with no indication of hops. The taste was vinous, dry, and sweet, with notes of grapes, brown sugar, and molasses, and just a hint of smoke. The alcohol content was very well hidden with no burn whatsoever, and the mouthfeel was satiny soft. Very drinkable for such a bold brew concentrated by freezing.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with the appearance of Coca-Cola, only thicker. This actually describes the body, head, and carbonation quite well - just like a Coke. Very complex nose, with notes of toffee, prunes, molasses, and raisins. Palate is equally complex. Almost a pure molasses taste up front, deepening to dried fruit and a malty sweetness. Finish is relatively dry, with an almost briny character. Thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. And man, does this pack a whallop. I've had about two ounces and am already starting to feel a bit drunk. That of course cuts down on the drinkability - at 9.2% it's difficult to drink an entire bottle on your own, and it's smaller than 12oz. Regardless, this is a very nice beer.

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Photo of edchicma
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a substantial, full-flavored brew. It pours almost balck, but with very little head. Smell is rich nand malty with essence of plums/raisins. Taste doe not disappoint. Rich malty falvor throughout to a semi-dry finish. Fruity essence with a detectable alcohol taste, but hardly overpowering for the abv. Mouthfeel is rich and full, close to syrupy. Very easy to drink for the high abv. This is my second brew from this brewery and both have been very good (EKU 28 was the other) This would defintely be a winter warmer in January. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a black colored body with brown trim when held to the light. Nice cascading effect with the head, its a bubbly tan head. The scent is a heavy chocolate malt smell, similar to a barleywine. The taste is a big bang of malts, chocolate and sweet, hint of alcohol but well masked. Hops just barely audible. Smooth creamy feel to the beer. This is a big bold beer, with a nice malty taste.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Crosling
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Brown.

Interesting, somewhat subdued aroma of madiera, rubber, ports, deep rich malts and figs.

Malt accented flavor profile that I really enjoyed. Stunning notes of caramel overtake the palate while other notes of brown sugar, dark ripe fruits, figs and prunes. Full-bodied.

I've had some better eisbocks but this one is very nice.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle. Best before 22.10.04 (Will go well beyond)
It pours a very dark and deep brown with a fast fading beige head.
Burnt caramel and rum aromas dominate. A smell of brown bread and molasses enters and stays around.
A strong taste of crème brulee and brandy soaked bread dough, along with a nice buttery caramel flavor sort of mask the tasty lemon citrusy hop taste.
Candy sugar and a hint of mint give off a light taste of crème de menthe. Prune juice comes to mind.
This brew could be labeled the little brother of EKU 28.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kulmbacher's stunning Eisbock greets you with rich, caramel-drenched maltiness at every step of the way. It's aroma is bright and alluring; almost like fresh, sweet wort in the brew kettle, and in fact, the aroma can be enjoyed in and of itself, with inotes of deeply baked oatmeal cookies, caramel, raisins, prunes, subtle chocolate, and waft of alcohol. The bold malt flavor conquors the palate with an onslaught of almost-burnt brown sugar that mellows across the palate to reveal deep caramel, toasty grains, splashes of raisin, a light slap of alcohol, a swirl of floral/herbal hops, prunes, and then lingering bitterness, black licorice candy, and a hint of coffee-like roastiness. Wow! For lovers of big, rich beers, this is a cannot-miss. A classic of the style!

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Photo of marc77
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear deep garnet hue. Head recedes into a lean, frothy layer. Rough, sparse lace remains. Suggestions of fresh, moist pipe tobacco, candied plums, and rum soaked raisinbread caress the nose. Swirling and time release gentle wafts of dark chocolate and a kiss of herbal hops. Absolutely seductive aromawise. In flavor, upfront is a toothsome mélange of unrefined brown sugar, dried dates and concentrated caramel. Sweetness is lightly offset by an undertone of deeply toasted malt, with trace roasty hints, but this brew is nearly bereft of hop bitterness. Hop flavor integrates agreeably, in its mildly floral, and slightly herbal tones. Black licorice and peppery ethanol arise mid palate to provide contrast to the pervasive sweetness. Surprisingly lightly bodied. A notch more viscosity would have bolstered the hefty malt backbone aptly. Turns lightly nutty late, with hints of carmelized almond leading into the sweet, yet thin and immaculately clean finish. A true dessert beer that envelops, but weighs heavily on the palate. Superbly crafted and really a quintessential eisbock. I'd love to taste the doppelbock from which this is derived, before it was "eised." Will the alcohol in this brew negate the impending sugar rush? I could run a marathon right now...

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Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:


Presentation: 11.2 brown bottle with a sliver foiled top and freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Dark and alluring with a swirl of lace on top.

Smell: Burnt malt and sweet figs, a bit of coffee as well in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a thick body, very malty with an abundance of dark fruitiness. The slowly warming alcohol gain ground with each sip, very complex. Nice sweet bready finish.

Drinkability & Notes: A prime example for the style and quite balanced too boot.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby hints. A good inch of white fluffy head appears which recedes quite quickly. Virtually no lacing of the glass.

Smell: This beer has a strong aroma of raisins, plum, and other such fruits. Alcohol is quite apparent along with minor malt aromas. Certain tones of sweetness are quite apparant.

Taste: Immediately strong flavors of dark fruits such as raisins and plums, and a bit of grape make themselves quite present. THere is a molasses like sweetness in the middle of this brew along with some darker malt like flavors, but mainly the fruit tones of this brew shine throughout. Though this beer is relatively strong it is quite smooth with a slight alcoholic kick just in the end, and a slight tartness.

Mouthfeel: A nice full bodied beer makes this quite nice for the style. Very smooth.

Drinkability: The flavors of this beer just beg you to drink more, and putting it down is quite easy, though you wish the bottle was bigger..

Overall an exceptional eisbock. Also I believe I tried the new model of this beer because the bottle is different from the picture that is posted. A must try for eisbock fans. The fruity flavors warming alcohol mix perfect together

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

6 months bottle. Big props to TAR Finely laced thin off-white head over a dark molasses brown hue. Deeply rich aroma, sweet as expected, but bearing woody and lots of smoked undertones. The great chocolatey malt is intertwined with the candyish toffee. Subdued hop profile complements the malt fest with dignity. In one word, the aroma is effective. A first sip reveals its awe-inspiring complexity. This is rich and decadent, smoky with superb chocolate flavors. Understated fruitiness, maple and mildly bitter tobacco finish. Medium to full bodied with appropriate carbonation, rather restrained not to disturb and to let the malt expands as it deserves to. Wonderful and extremely contemplative lager, not unlike celebrator.

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Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with brownish hues and a nice head that fades quickly leaving a fizzy tan ring. Carbonation is present and the smell is of dark roasted malts and bit of cherry. Very aromatic. The taste is crisp but the esters of this beer swirl around the tongue and leave a delicious aftertaste. Very fruity and suprisingly strong. There is a bit of alcohol that warms the stomach but this is a very nice brew. Sweet fruits of cherry and plum come to mind with bits of spices to make your tastebuds cry out for more. This is an overall pleasing beer that I wouldn't mind enjoying anyday of the week.

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

Generous head that fades to a ring and ruby-black color. The aroma is malty-sweet, alcoholic, cherry Twizzlers candy, and has some winey notes. Flavor is filled with alcohol warmth and sweetness mingled with sweet malts and brandy-like flavors. Finishes warm, sweet and alcoholic. A complex, strong and interesting beverage best suited for sipping after dinner.

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

Pours out an odd, off-brown color and sits a deep mahogony in the glass with bunches of red-tinted light shining through; a fluffy off-white head rests on top. Little to no lacings present.

Smells malty, with dates, figs, light cinnamon, and a hint of diacetyl. Nice sweet aroma to this; really makes me want to dive in.

Tastes of some superbs malts...ooh, lots of them. Dark fruits come out with the malts, piling up some deep sweetness that's really pleasant. Finishes off with a good dose of alcohol on the back of the tounge; good full finish.

Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Silky smooth, clean, and light carbonation. This is one of the best bodied beers I've ever let roam my mouth. Great taste, full of pleasing aromas, and a killer body. What more could you want?

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Photo of shippos
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked it up at fingerlakes beverage center in Ithaca NY which was delivired to the distributor by mistake...a very very good mistake.

poured with an off-white head with a deep dark garnet color.
sweet sugary malty aroma with good wiff's of alcohol.
smooth syrupy thick taste that is nicely balanced.
sweet almost syrupy aftertaste with with a spicy alcohol finish.
couldn't detedt any noticable traces of hops ro any off-flavors.
this is very drinkable and much more relaxed and restrained than eku 28.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date 22.10.04. Sampled March 2004
Pours a clear deep dark amber color that is topped by a light brown head. Intense aromas of malt waft from my glass; meaty, dark malts, and alcohol. The taste is smooth, thick, and creamy. Lightly sweet and very well integrated. The alcohol is well hidden as well. Damn this beer is a malty wonderland, only a hint of hop bitterness. The malt certainly plays center stage here, as it should in a bock. This is so smooth, no harsh notes to take away from the thick malt flavors, this beer is ripe with melanoids, and notes of raisins too. Just a great beer that demonstrates the characteristic bock flavors wonderfully.

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Photo of ark57
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark brown (almost black) with some ruby highlights and a tan head. The aroma is malty and grainy with some metallic and fruit notes. It is really complex with tastes of plums, dark fruit, and cherries that seem to linger in the aftertaste. It is almost syruppy and has a slight grainy feel to it and finishes with quite a punch of peppery alcohol. Very nice.

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Photo of Foxman
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark chocolate brown, yet it's crisp and clear. There's minimal light tan head, almost not worth mentioning except it was there for a second or two. Simply, it appears to be rich, lustrous, and deep.

It smells of dense, dark malty wort, bubbling away on the burner. It's sweet and concentrated. A toasted biscuit character swirls through. A distant note of plum blinks in, then out, as the sweetness reasserts itself at the close.

The flavors kicks off with homey, round malt sweetness, along with a lighter presence of berry fruits. The flavor is compact and dense, getting straight to the point and delivering a fresh malt wave. A touch of plum and berry glance in, as well as a strain of molasses, then eddy into a very mild biscuity grain essence toward the end. A more subdued toasted malt sweetness follows through at the finish.

Medium to heavy bodied, the dense malt sugars do their part to lend a genuine viscosity to the beer's consistency. The sweetness stays on the tongue to linger long.

Yes, I love hops, and crave them at times, but malt sure has its place too. The flavor is so clear and crisp that it presents itself distinctly and concisely. Put it in a milkshake and you'd have an old fashioned malted, I swear. It's condensed, and carries the high ABV, and that along with some substantial sugar contents sensibly limits the intake potential, but however much you see your way clear to drink, rest assured, you'll enjoy it. As long as you can remember it, that is.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby chestnut almost black with a large bubbly tan head leaves uneven rings of lacing. Aroma: Deep plum notes and dark toasted grains a touch of alcohol but nothing overdone. Taste: Deep layers of plums and alcohol with a sweet grainy toasted sense to it this is an awesome brew, wasn't expecting anything spectacular I have been wowed. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied lager nice full robust tones. Drinkability: Very very drinkable not a cloying bone in it's structure, with awesome flavors you just want another bottle after it's done.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a deep, almost black sort of purple with a small head which was probably due to the high ABV.

Smell – This one has about a zillion characteristics in the nose, so I’ll just list them as I can and in no certain order: malt base, light chocolate, some wood, yeast, big plums and raisins, a bit of fig, and a whole lot of alcohol.

Taste – See above and double the alcohol.

Mouthfeel – Well-blended and balanced. This is actually about medium in the body and not full by any stretch.

Drinkability – Gulp, gulp, gulp.

Comments – Ah, the Eisbock. The original “iced” beer (no, it’s not the original orge beer from Eisengard). You really love it or really, really hate it. This and the EKU 28 are the only two examples of the style that I see on a regular basis here in the US. I personally enjoyed this one very much (although I’m only a quarter done with it at this point). It’s kind of like a fine port and does especially well as an after-dinner dessert (skip the tiramisu and pass the eis).

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Photo of Stopper
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This has a surprisingly cola-like appearance with the addition of ruby hints and a medium-sized light tan sticky head. The aroma is extremely malty with a massive chewy raisin character and a hint of roasted sharpness. The flavor starts with a big malt punch and noticeable alcohol, without feeling unbalanced or overly sweet. A surprising puckering jumps out in the middle, seemingly from a combination of the alcohol and the dryness of the dark malts. As it finishes, a there?s a nice subtle interplay of the alcohol, dry roasted flavors smacking somewhat of chocolate, and hints of hops whose flavor can?t quite poke its head above the crowd. As I continue to sip this, I swear I?m getting hints of rauch character in the aroma and throughout the flavor.

Is the smokiness really in this in the malt or emergent? Either way, that character along with the multitude of other complexly intertwined flavors give this beer nearly endless interest, though they also limit its drinkability somewhat, restricting it to mostly dessert and nightcap duties.

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

The beer poured dark brown almost black with ruby highlights yet crystal clear. No sediment in the bottle. The head was tan and lasted forever to lace the glass.

The aroma was raisins and with a slight gingerbread. Very complex fragrant fruity aroma. Pineapple aromas as it warmed.

The flavor was smooth, incredibly so. With complex fruit flavors of pineapple and raisins.

The finish was fruity and dries out slowly and the aftertaste is nice with fruit and caramel. The body was medium to medium full.

No alcohol presence at all except in the slight warming after consumption. You could drink quite a bit of this beer.

11.2 ounce bottle. Best before date of 10/22/04. 9.2% ABV.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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