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 mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown (darker than I expected, but had no idea since this is my first in the style). Very small head that dissipated quickly, no lacing.

S: Tons of dark fruits on the nose, raisins, plums, and figs. Some bready malt as well and a little bit of yeast.

T: Again, lots of dark fruit, mostly raisins and to a lesser extent figs. Very sweet. A little bready/doughy malt base. Slight alcohol taste. A little bit of brown sugar and molasses round out the flavor.

M: Fuller bodied with low carbonation, but rather easy drinking. Only a little bit of alcohol comes though, slightly dry on the finish.

O: A nice sipper to end the evening. Really liked the dark fruit flavors and was surprised at how drinkable it was.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a large snifter.

Appearance: In the glass it looks dark brown with reddish highlights. It is topped by a small tan head that quickly fades to a light ring of foam. Lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: The aroma is the star of the show and offers deep inviting layers of malty goodness. I get lots of sweet roasted malt, caramel and dark fruits like plum, figs and raisin with drop of molasses and rum like alcohol.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor matches the aroma to a tee but comes off a little lighter than I had expected yet still full bodied. It brings all the wonderful layers of maltiness with a mellow warming abv. It finishes sweet but not in a heavy or cloying way and the palate is smooth and full yet still very drinkable for such a big beer.

Notes: This is a very enjoyable beer with nice complexity and excellent drinkability.

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

Served in a tall Stange glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark coffee color with reddish highlights and a 1 ½" light tan head that soon recedes to a ring, some small patches of foam, and some bits of lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is malty and is full of dark caramel and dark fruits (raisins, prunes, etc.) but also has detectable traces of breadiness, chocolate, molasses and alcohol.

Taste: The flavors include dark fruits (those raisins and prunes) and some dark brown sugar and chocolate from the malts. There are also traces of some floral and herbal hops with a dash of coffee thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full bodied with some light carbonation that persists. The finish has a nice lingering bitterness that leads one on to the next sip.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I thought this was a nicely drinkable beer but not quite up to the standards set by the Aventinus Eisbock which is my model example of this style. I don't regret having it but will wait for the Aventinus before having another Eisbock. My overall impression is of a well made beer worth trying that has much to offer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Eisbock is very good, the color is a really nice deep reddish brown. The beer has a really nice aroma too, it's sweet and malty. The flavor is of dark fruits and malt, sweetness of brown sugar in the mix as well. The head lasted from start to finish, the beer is good at a chilled temp or at a warmer one too. Worth a try for sure

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Photo of brewdenver
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cherry wood brown with minimal lacing and fingers. Poured a low head using a Beck's .4l Pilsner/lager glass. Didn't feel like getting the tulip out. Smell is sweet with a hint of molasses or a caramel munich malt smell. Hop aroma is mild and quite pleasant. Taste is sweet with a slight alcohol bite in the middle, nice smooth finish. You can't really notice the 9%. To me the defining characteristic is the finish. It leaves you wanting more every sip. Mouthfeel is nice with just a lil dancing of carbonation on the tongue. This is definitely a beer I want to keep around regularly. Unfortunately I have to drive pretty far to get it since my local haunt store does not carry.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.01/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from WF Bowery. Same Carlsberg pils glass. Too lazy at the moment to do anything but rinse & drink. :)

First pour was nearly all head. Took it's sweet time to settle too.
Cream-colored lace. Filtered, dark brown body, ruby hued. Even blood spatter.

Sharp sweetness on the nose. Banana candy & some rum raisin-ish notions. A sticky can of malt concentrate. Glue stick.

Raisins, black tea, Euro malt, oxidation. Metallic, straight bittering hops. Macerated imperial kvass breadiness. Licorice & toast finish.

Thick feel. Stiff alcohol. Lack of carbonation. A bit difficult, though expected.

I fully expect someone to tell me that I had an old bottle. Not great. :|

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

Poured into snifter

Appearance - Dark dark amber, ivory head

Smell - Heavily roasted coffee, molasses, alcohol

Taste - Rich, malty, sweet

Mouthfeel - Smooth, fairly low carbonation

Drinkability - High, although certainly not sessionable. Great beer for winter.

This is the first Eisbock I've tried and I'm definitely going to look for others to compare to. Enjoyed thoroughly.

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

A - Pours a dark ruby brown with an active 1.5 finger beige head that sinks quickly

S - Roasted sugary malt, prunes, raisins, molasses, peppery alcohol, toasted grain.

T - Intense malt infused with dried cherries, prunes, raisins, apples, berries, with layers of rich caramel and toffee and toasted brown bread. Aftertaste is of nutty bread.

M - Light side of full bodied due to the moderate carbonation. Just right.

This is the good stuff. Rich intense but smooth malt profile. All the flavors melded into a well-rounded brew.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has an off white head.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose along with some hints of raisins.
T: The overall taste is quite malty and like the nose has notes of raisins in the flavors.
M: It feels full-bodied and thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth.
D: Although the beer definitely tastes strong, the alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An intensely, bold, sweet malt bomb with a boozy edge. Very drinkable and mild for this style. Its a sipper though. Molasis, ripe dark fruits, prunes, raisins, plum, dark cherry and candied sugar with floral hints in the background. Honey suckle, and some smokiness of oak. Hints of vanilla. Bold, strong, and sweet. Pretty sticky and thick bodied. Very enjoyable taste, but its a slow sipper with a slight edge of a bourbon burn.

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

Pours a stained-glass clear dark amber brown. Head quickly fades to just a dusting on the top. Smell is aged, caramel, smoked candy and fruit. Very malty and dense. The taste is very similar to the smell with a spicy note and a nice bitterness on the trailing edge. The ABV sneaks up on you pretty quick as it is not noticeable while you're drinking it. A very good beer.

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Photo of animal69
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear, deep brown tinged with copper color w/ a thin off-white cap which dissipates quickly into a ring of lace that barely clings to my snifter before evaporating

S- smell is mostly of pumpernickel-like bread crust with dark fruits and just a hint of anise, no trace of the 9.2% alcohol whatsoever until it warms

T- taste starts surprisingly crisp with a well balanced hop bitterness to cut the sweet bready malt flavor, nuts and dark fruits come into play as well as a bit of licorice, just a touch of warming booze and metal in the end

M- a surpringly dry beer yet still a med-full body, decent co2

D- very drinkable, even on a 70* night, would def. get this one again

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

Bottle purchased in a 6-pack by my son in spring 2004 dated 24 October 2004, stored carefully and the last bottle consumed today with me.

A= darker brown, modest off-white head.

S= astounding fermented fruit and prune presence. Very clean other than that.

T= extremely nice; almost no liquor presence despite the 9.20%ABV (maybe the beer becomes more balanced and incorporated over time?). Prune, toffee, hints of caramel, modest hops florals and bitters. Similar to Arrogant Bastard but a lot more smooth. It could have been slightly more complex, its only minimal shortcoming.

M= plenty to savor, nothing to object to.

D= only limited by the ABV%. Otherwise very memorable.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a snifter poured a dark deep brown/ruby, thin head quickly dissipated. No lacing left on glass. Smells real sweet, ripe fruit, raisins, molasses. Taste is very sweet, huge malt sweetness, sweet fruit. Pretty full bodied brew, sweet and syrupy. Drinkability was actually pretty damn good,the 9.2%ABV was hidden very well with the full flavor beer.

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Photo of ms11781
2.33/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with some reddish brown hues on the sides and bottom of the glass. A half finger off white head turns to a thin off white cap that stick around for the duration.

The aroma is strikingly sweet at first. Both dark malt and dark, ripe fruit come across almost immediately. The sweetness tends to outweigh the fruit when inhaled deeply. At times it smells almost sugary sweet. There is also some alcohol present but not a ton. Just enough to be noticed.

The taste starts off nearly identical to the nose. A huge malt sweetness with some dark fruit, plums, raisins and figs. There is a bready character that comes though in the middle along with some rich caramel sweetness. Some brown sugar and a lot of molasses are present as well. There is a ton of sweetness in this beer, perhaps too much.

The mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy. The body is viscous and there is very little carbonation. There is a sticky sweetness that coats the tongue and doesn't want to come off. The thicker mouthfeel might not be that bad if the beer itself wasn't so sweet.

The drinkability wasn't good for me on this one. The aroma and mouthfeel weren't bad at all, nothing outstanding but at least enjoyable. The sweetness was just overwhelming. There were some nice dark fruit flavors that made it through but there were quickly overshadowed. Not a drainpour by any means, but not as enjoyable as I would have liked.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Bottle courtesy of guyinchicago!). Pours cola color with off-white head. Aroma of raisin, port, and some wood/cardboard. Taste is sweet with little alcohol bite. Full bodied and sticky texture. Smooth, but somewhat boozy finish. A nice winter beer!!

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Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ruby red with a dense an unmoving dark tan head. Plums, raisins, yeast, sweet malts and faint spice rise to the nose. Crisp going down with a ton of big dark fruits and licorice notes. Has a grainy essence with a lingering but not overwhelming alcohol heat. Substantial but still drinkable. Not as sweet as some of its kin, but it works perfectly for this beer. Sippin' and smilin with this one.


Blind review 10.15.14

This one has been flying under my radar and just beyond my interest level, but for the price, I just couldn't see passing it up anymore.

Dark brown with a light tan head that stands a finger above the brew. Aroma is sedate with caramel malt, grain and a dash of dark fruits. Waves of toffee coat the tongue before a calming of dark fruits prevail. An afterthought of brown bread and cinnamon is noticed. Medium in body with a sneaky, concealed alcohol heat.

This Eisbock is proof positive grand beers are awaiting those who dare explore off the well-beaten path of the American craft superhighway.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle # 1954363

Purchased through Lakeview Liqours, Chicago, Illinois

Price - $3.04/bottle

Appearance: A beautiful ruby color appears followed by a 2" white cap. Head retention is minimal though, it vanishes in an instant. A lite stream of carbonation is seen held up to the light. No lacing to speak of hinting of its viscous nature.

Smell: Dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar and a touch of smoke.

Taste: Signature german flavor, I dig it. Raisins, plums, molasses and brown sugar. Well balanced not cloying. A hint of alcohol is noticeable but kept in check.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a lite syrupy feel. Smooth overall. Ends dry with a tart like finish.

Drinkability: Another port like beauty. I bought several bottles and I'm glad I did. Another winner from Kulmbacher.

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

From notes. Very active, with medium brown color. Good clarity and red highlights revealed with backlight. Decent head and some retention, not much in the way of lacing.

Very sweet, rich, and caramel malty. Some dark fruit, and light booze. A bit of toasty aroma and fruity esters add depth.

Malty sweetness, dark fruit, and late emerging mild bitterness grab my attention. Caramel and toasty flavors come later. Smooth and balanced.

Well but not overcarbonated, rich full body, high viscosity, boozy warming, and mildly bitter finish.

Tasty, complex, balanced and smooth. Really good beer...I remember first trying this and another eisbock, and not really being into it, a few years ago. I am now.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas are very complex. Starts off with dark ripe fruit but is soon met with a dark thick wheaty/bready/doughy characteristic. A little cocoa maybe as well.
The taste is extremely malty to start. Waves of dark caramel malts, bready, then some raisins and hints of roastiness follow suit. This is one of the maltiest things I've ever consumed for sure.
The beer is medium to thick bodied. The carbonation works well for the brew, and there is a lovely creamy finish that really melts in your mouth.
Overall this is a great beer and the best Eisbock by far I have had to date. Although you can't session this it's quite enjoyable on a cold February evening, not an everyday brew but still great.

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

Had this on Tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia 1/31/11.

This beer pours a dark smooth brown, almost black with a healthy head. The smell isn't strong, but pleasant. The taste and the mouth feel are where this beer shines. It's pretty malty, but the flavors are also pretty full and disguise the 9.2 ABV quite well. This is an excellent winter beer, very drinkable, and a nice introduction to ice bocks.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up in Chicago when we were back for Christmas. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a moderate amber-copper color with a pretty good off-white head. A bit of spotty lacing on the way down and a nice, thin collar around the edges of the beer. The nose is pretty sweet with some dark fruits and a touch of oxidation. Not all that much alcohol. The taste is a bit of caramelized malt with some fruit and quite a bit of sweetness. Not much booze comes through in the feel, though that might be because it's quite sweet, bordering on cloying. Not a bad beer but half of this bottle was more than enough for me.

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

This is a surprise beer. Happy me! On tap at Washington Commons in Prospect Heights Brooklyn.

It looks red with fantastic head to start that fades to a minimum of lacing. The nose is big - big in fruit, big on booze, big in general. Very sweet taste, with sweet fruits present - almost a tropical presence with the dark fruit standard.

I surprisingly dig this one. A full body drinker, this one should be made a winter seasonal, but I'll be happy to find it any time of year.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-FAT FAT FAT beige head that leaves leprosy on the side of my glass (THANKS, KULMBACHER...), has a dark burgundy body to it with highlights of amber and ruby.

S- Very distinct dark fruit and some wafting carbonation. It is a good nose, but it is just GOOD...

T-Roast, plum, raisin, decocted malts (durr), almost a carbonated port wine in its own right, with a lot less sweetness. ME LIEEK. This is a very very solid Eisbock and it should be, apparently these guys invented the style.

M-Has a thick firm mouthfeel that actually drops away somehow in the onslaught of flavor. Finishes mildly malty and piquant.

D-Very drinkable but the spice and reciprocal maltiness. Overall, a damn steal at $3.69 a bottle. Probably one of the best value beers on the planet, and then some.

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

11.2 oz. bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a deep brown with two fingers of tan head. Deep malty aroma with some molasses. Big, rich full bodied mouthfeel. Lots of malt with more molasses and caramel. Some noble hops to balance things out. Warming, but not alcoholic. One of these is plenty. Top notch bock.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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