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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Added by TXHops on 04-03-2003

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Photo of Brenden
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm pretty sure this is an old bottle, which might be okay for this style, but I'm talking REALLY OLD and stored in the heat for the entire time. I intend to pick up the Reichelbrau when and where I can.

This brew pours a clear brown with lighter brown and red highlights. A rocky off-white head of about one finger dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.
The smell is quite sweet with a malt presence. An overwhelming metallic aroma seems to dominate, and even the sweetness can hardly be smelled past the metal.
An odd sugary sweet and malt mixture lightly masks then gives way to a metallic flavor. Grains are detectable underneath, but the sweetness comes on the tongue first and remains, and, mixed with the metal taste, makes for something a bit odd. It's not bad, but it's certainly odd.
A nice smoothness in a medium body and a light but persistent carbonation make for a pretty good mouthfeel.
This one's moderately drinkable given the sweetness, metallic taste, and 9.2% ABV.

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Photo of chaz01
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a bottle that has been aged for at least 1 year.

A: Dark brown, almost black, with a nice 1 inch head.

S: Picking up rum-like alcohol aromas

T: Lots going on with this beer. Some dark fruit notes like raisins and figs with roasted coffee, licorice and the alcohol flavors in the aroma. Don't serve too cold, the flavors intensify as the beer warms.

M: Full bodied and syrupy mouthfeel.

D: This is a big beer, very drinkable but I couldn't have more than one. Went well with my thin crust pizza, although I think it would even be better with some additional age.

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

Purchased from The Wine Underground.

11.2oz bottle.

It pours a clear deep reddish brown colour with over a finger's head of foam...that kind of surprised me as the foam on stronger brews can be hit or miss. There's lots of lacing hugging the sides of my glass.

The nose has a very grainy aroma and notes of caramel malt, some nutty tones, molasses and just a wee bit of the alcohol. Smells like a real malt bomb so I'm ready to taste it.

A malt bomb it is with lots of sweetness from caramel malt, molasses and brown sugar, and a lighter grainy flavour than what the smell would have me expect. Delicious and the alcohol warming, that I suspected could be pretty noticeable, does not intrude. Wow. I'm almost shocked.

I'd call this full bodied with lightish carbonation and the two make for a great mouthfeel.

Drinkability? 1 bottle at a sitting does me just fine and I think that's what the brewers intended...a brew to sip and savour when one needs a perk me up after a strenuous day at work. Thank goodness for that *accident*. Read the label if you're missing the reference. ;^)

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Photo of gordavidson
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very deep, dark brown liquid with a thin but creamy mocha head.

S- Molasses, brown sugar, and a splash of tomato soup if you look for it.

T- Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, a bit of nuttiness, and a warming alcohol presence.

M- Smooth and creamy with a definite warming alcohol presence at the end.

D- A nice, sweet sipper. Warm, but for the ABV and style, this is nice. The more I got into it, the nicer this got.

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

11.2 oz bottle

A: Deep brown/black under a slightly off white, small head. No lace, little retention.

S: Sweet, dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. Very inviting aroma.

T: Sweet again, but never cloying. A bit more toasted flavor than aroma led me to anticipate, caramel, brown sugar and fruit are still here. Mild bitterness in the end and a hint of roasted malt. No sign of the 9.2%

M/D: Full bodied, smooth, carbonation is medium. Drinkability is fine. Very solid beer.

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

12oz bottle that looked different from the one pictured served in a glass beer mug.

L - deep red/brown color with a beige head that stayed as a layer leaving waves of lacing.
S - sweet dates and other dark fruits.
T - sweet dark fruit flavors with no bitterness and no taste of the alcohol.
F - medium/full bodied with very mild carbonation but not syrupy.
D - the sweetness makes this one a slow sipper.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for very long. However, there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very malty, the brew smells like caramel malt, dark fruit (raisins, cherries), and toffee. It tastes like dark fruit, caramel malt, molasses, and a bit of peat. The 9.2% ABV isn't very noticable at all. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating, with decent carbonation. Drinkability is good too, it goes down easy and is enjoyable to drink. I think this is a good Eisbock, I'd buy this again in the future.

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

I very much enjoyed this beer and like the fruity notes that are going on in the background. I had it after a Doppelbock and it certainly is another notch up.

The alcohol is barely noticeable and the beer almost drinks like a session brew which is very dangerous...

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Photo of EtOHMD
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the other side. Pours beautifully dark black in the middle with dark but clear edges with hint of red. Nice white frothy head. Sweet fruity smell with cherries, figs. Taste follows but also with chocolate hints. Alcohol comes through on the back end with nice bite. Thin feel with mild carbonation. Great for one, bit too sweet and strong for more than that.

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

Has a very dark but still see-through with light background. Head is large and light colored.
Smells of a bock truly, but more toffee to it.
Tastes really nice! Easy to drink and has the overwhelming taste of delicious malts.
Alcohol is prominent but not painful. It is not like many other higher alcohol beers, and is bearable but yummy.


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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured at cellar temp into a pint glass, very little head which quickly disappears leaving nothing behind as I might expect for the style. Body is dark amber or very dark orange and crystal clear (no sediment in the bottle). Large bubbles slowly rise to the surface.

S: Fruity esters grace the nose, being reminiscent of a sweetened fruit salad of almost over-ripe fruit. Closer inspection yields some roasted grains and foam, but this is over-powered by the ripe fruit.

T: Follows the nose initially, but with the addition of some grains and a touch of yeast. Some toasty malts and minimal but nicely drying hops appear but seem to struggle against all the alcohol. This beer at no point tastes like alcohol (an achievement at nearly 10% ABV!).

M: Full mouthfeel from start to finish, this beer isn't for a picnic. Nice carbonation bite aided by all the alcohol, which produces a warming sensation all throughout the torso. I would seek a bit more smoothness from such a full bodied beer.

D: Not particularly drinkable, but remember that Eisbocks are not session beers, and thus this beer is right where it needs to be.

Overall: A fine beer, but didn't quite live up to my expectations seeing as it is rated as the 6th best Eisbock in the world.

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

Pours a initial .75 finger head with decent retention and a deep brown color.

Smell is of sweet caramel maltiness with a hint of alcohol. A bit of dark fruit lies underneath.

Taste is of sweet caramel malts (from sweet base malts, not crystal malts). Very slight hint of roast is in the background. Alchol is in the background and prevalent, but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full-bodied.

This is a solid offering. With 9.2% alcohol it's low abv for the style, but tasty nevertheless.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice mohagany with a deep, reddish hue. Thin, off-white head that dissolves quickly, leaving some patches and a ring around the perimeter.
Smell is sugar, dark fruits, a little bit of alcohol and some faint malts.
Taste is slightly sweet fruits, sugar, faint, buttery malts.
Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, faintly crisp, with a clean finish.
Good drinkability despite the high ABV. Easy to drink, and I'd have another if I had one.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazelnut brown color with medium size bubbles creating an off-white head that creates a beautiful contrast over the dark beer. The smell is primarily sweet malt with a strong raisin and fig aroma.
There is a sweet malty taste upfront with the esters coming through. Mostly dark fruit with some earthy notes and a warm alcoholic finish.
This beer is full bodied, and definitely something to be enjoyed on a cold winter night by the fire.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a huge 2 and a half finger head thanks to a vigorous pour. Very dark but is easily transparent in light.

S: Belgian yeast smell? Dark fruits and sweet malts. Maybe raisins or dried cherries.

T: Bready taste. Sweet malts definitely finish the beer. The fruits also show up in the aftertaste. Surprisingly hides the alcholol.

M: Moderately carbonated. Sticky and syrupy.

D: Smooth drinker but the alcohol starts to catch up with you in the end. Glad to get to try this one from my BotM club.

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Photo of bob3701
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pour a rich dark clear mahogany color with a small light tan head that quickly disapated into a ring with lacing that slides back into the brew. Super malty aroma with hints of sweetness and dark fruit. Big malted toffee sweetness and a slight sour finish. Very tasty. Highly drinkable for this high an AVB.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle to a dark brown color with little head or lacing, but that's all that went wrong. Nose is a very complex mix of licorice, coffee and malty toffee, but at various times, I also got bubblegum and cotton candy. Mouthfeel was very full and pleasantly biting, and the taste built on those complex scents in the nose. Although the 9.2% abv was well hidden in both the nose and taste, it made itselfd known by way of the long warming finish. A ver enjoyable beer on a cold night.

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Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a small head. Smell is of caramel and malts. Tastes like it smells caramel and malts, the alcohol taste becoming stronger as the beer warms. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. One of these was enough for me. Overall a different and not bad brew.

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

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Nearly black color, faint highlights. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Rich malty nose. Starts sweet almost cloying, raisin/molasses flavor, clean finish. You don't notice the high ABV. $1.35 for a 330ml bottle from John's Market Place Tigard, Or 7-10-06. $3.00 330ml from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me. 12-18-09.

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

Got this one in a BotM club shipment.

Pours into a snifter a black=purple-brown body with thin collar & dusting of head. Active, small bubbles, ruby highlights.

Clean, sweet smell, like caramel & bubblegum. Fruity weetness like white grape juice or banana candy.

Taste is strong caramel, again very clean, with some booze strength. Raisins. Sugars like low-acidity fruit (e.g. bananas, figs). Would I just call that fructose?

Mouthfeel is full & fizzy, some heat & wear & tear from booze, a little sharp.

Overall not bad but lacking the depth that I'd expect from a beer this big. The alcohol was formidable & wasn't justified by the flavor. I have to wonder if my expectations were skewed by the wheatwine I'd reviewed just prior to this (from the night before). I feel like having them adjacent to each other emphasized the simplicity of this one.

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Photo of adamette
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle that I bought as a 4 pack at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio several weeks ago. I do not recall the price. 1814372 stamped on the lower right side of the front label. "Malt Liquor" and "The Original German Ice Bock" printed on the label stuck to the neck. Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Dark brown body that glows a dark mahogany in front of direct light. The head is a light brown creamy type that started out about one half an inch tall and then reduced, in a few minutes, to about a milimeter. Fine look. 3.5

S Medium malt and dark fruits with the distinct smell of sweet dates. I do not smell hops. 3.0

T Very sweet and flavorful dark fruits (again, mostly dates) with very little hops bitterness and a sweet syrypy feel that lingers well into the aftertaste. As in the only other Eisbock that I have tasted and rated, the Aventinus Eisbock, the dial is seemingly turned up on everything, the sweet malt, the syrupy stickiness and even the ABV. 4.0

M As stated, thick with syrupy stickiness, very big and full. Satisfying. 4.0

D One and done for me since it is so big but I finished the 11.2 ounces within a few minutes. 3.5

Notes: Tastes like this could have been a nice Dopplebock before the process that made it an Eisbock.

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Photo of katan
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a deep brown color, with just a little amber highlights. Certainly opaque, but not hazy. Head formation is about ill - just a light white film.

S - Chocolate sweetness comes off the nose quite strongly. Some caramel and toffee malt notes back it up. Very malty nose.

T - Starts off with that chocolate malt flavor that I smelled, with just a little bit of a peat malt background - almost a scotch ale at times. Mid-stream gets more caramel, strongly sweet with just a hair of phenolic bite. Finishes cleanly malty. Very very sweet beer.

M - Strong in body - beer is extremely solid, thick and clinging. Carbonation bite is non-existent. Finishes with a sugary film on the palette.

D - ABV that will sneak up on you is a downside - the malty sweetness hides it well. That sweetness does make this beer not very sessionable, as the candy like sensations doesn't make for long drinking. Not at all filling.

This beer reminds me of some awesome scotch ales I've had before.

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

Ordered a bottle of the 2003 vintage at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA for $8. It came in a red wine glass and appeared a near-black red. It drank like a great dessert wine. Sure it was thick and sweet, but it was a joy to sip after dinner. The flavor was rich with sweet dried fried fruits like figs, raisins and cherries. There was a typical candied leather taste that you find in a lot of old, dark beers. And some fresher notes of molasses (very light) and caramel complimented the dominant dark fruits. Heck of a beer.

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with an off white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of dark fruits and some alcohol

T - Starts off with sweet malt and dark fruits and finishes with some alcohol

M - This beer has a medium body with lighter carbonation to it

D - This is a very good beer even with the abv and warmth from it it still pretty easy to drink worth trying sometime

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

A - Pours an almost opaque black with hints of deep red. Tan head with big lively bubbles soon settles down to a light lacing.

S - Smells of dark ripened fruits. Raisins, figs, and sweet malts.

T - Raisins and more ripe fruit. A complex sweetness that's not over the top. Has a creeping and deceptive warming alcohol that is masked well.

M - Smooth and creamy.

D - Drinkability is helped greatly by the smoothness and balance, but the high alcohol might make a second or third glass near impossible to appreciate.

Notes - a really nice and complex beer. Makes me want to sample more of this style.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,000 ratings.
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