Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau EisbockKulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock
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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 BatDaddy
4.42/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip glass a beautiful deep orange/garnet color. It's very clear, though so dark that it's hard to tell. The head was a quickly dissipating off-white.

Smells strongly of malts, apples and bananas. Freshly baked bread and a very Belgian-like yeastiness that is difficult to describe otherwise.

The fruit flavors are really packed in here! The apples, banana, and raisin flavors hit the palate with no uncertainty. There is a biscuity malt character here too as well as the sweetness of which is lent by the alcohol, though not in any unpleasant or "boozy" ways.

The Eisbock is a fairly thick brew, with a slick and viscous mouthfeel. It is pretty easily drinkable, despite the high abv (which is deceptively well-hidden).

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Photo of ZAP
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Dark brown..cola like wisp of tan head..

S-Rum soaked plums....sweet black cherries....purple grapes...rich maltiness...caramel...fantastic..

T-Booze spiked dark fruits...plums, black cherries and purple grapes...caramel notes are there on the taste too..somehwat port like..

M-Clean and smooth....a lot of rich flavors and a lot of alcohol at 9% but this is really easy drinking...not at all cloying or at all hot...just a load of concentrated malt goodness..

D-This is the real deal. This is so delicious and yet so clean and smooth...I love this style but more often than not the beers lean too hot on the alcohol....not this one...this is just loaded with character and flavor but no heat at all...great beer....

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall thin tulip, not quite a tulip but not quite a flute.

A: In the dark room, this beer looks like an almost opaque black, but upon further review, this beer is actually a rich ruby brown color...almost looks like non-carbonated Coca-Cola. As the level in the glass drops, this analogy becomes more and more true. Upon the completion of the pour, this beer displays a beautiful creamy thick head that reaches a full inch in height.

S: The first aroma that strikes me is a peat malt-like aroma of caramel and scotch. The scotch and caramel are sticky, and they give way to dark fruit aromas of dates.

T: The scotchy notes from the aroma dominate the front of the flavor profile. They are accompanied in lesser strengths by dates and even raisiny esters. There is some bitter chocolate in there as well. While the flavor profile of this beer is not overly complex, the intensity of the flavors really make this a great drink.

M/D: Creamy and kind of heavy, but not a beer that I would characterize as "thick" per se. The beer has a nice malty sweetness in the finish, but it isn't too sweet, and as mentioned before, nor is it too complex. This is a beer with little nuance but a ton of character. This is a very enjoyable beer, and good enough to drink more than one at a time.

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

Acquired under the Kulmbacher Eisbock label.

Poured into a pint glass it forms a half inch head that leaves ample lacing. The appearance is ruby red and clear when held up to the sunlight, black and opaque in room light. The aroma is complex with lots of maltiness, coffee, chocolate, perhaps some apple. No hops to speak of. The taste reflects the aroma and adds richness and sweetness without bitterness. The feel is rich and full bodied with an alcoholic warm finish.

This is a terrific beer, the first of this style I've tried. I'll be getting more for sure.

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Photo of sayerofthelaw
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle dumped into a pint glass. This is my first eisbock.

A - Deep ruby red. you can only see through it when you hold it to the light. Half inch head thins out quickly, no lacing on the glass. Overall, a pleasant appearance.

S - I love the smell, very malty and fruity.

T - Strong taste of raisins and maybe licorice. The alcohol flavor is surprisingly faint for a 9.2% beer. Its virtually all malt with very little hop bitterness in the back.

M - Very smooth, but I wouldn't call it thick like a stout. Pretty enjoyable.

D - As I mentioned before, its 9.2%, so it may be less than ideal for a session beer. However, the beer is not heavy, and I could drink a few of theses in a row.

Overall, a pretty nice beer. Chalk another one up for the Germans.

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Photo of david18
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this may be my first Eisbock I've had and i really liked it. Very good color and aroma, plenty of balance to make the alcohol standable, interesting aroma and a very good and interesting dry and bitter flavor. I will definitely get this again as soon as I see it. .

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Photo of brdc
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.

The presentation is just gorgeous; quite dark, nearly pitch blck, with a voluminous, fluffy and dense dark brown head that holds very well, with a lot of lacing.
Aroma, just like the palate, is of a clean, heavily malted lager. Sweet malts over sweet malts, with little distractions, and not even a hint of heat, although this one was aged one year.
There is certainly not a lot of complexity, but there is a lot of flavor that if sweet, never gets too sweet.
A great eisbock.

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Photo of elniko
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into New Belgium globe glass. This is my first experience with an eisbock. I paid around $18 for the six pack so I have high expectations.

A: Very dark nearly opaque coloring with minimal head. Lacing quite nice. Good looking brew.

S: Wonderful bready, molasses tones. Smells pretty much along the same of a doppebock.

T & M: Quite rich and full bodied. I would say that it compares to a slighter lighter doppelbock. The high alcohol is not at all apparent.

D: Quite drinkable, if not for the high price I would definitely seek out again. Apparently eisbocks are hard to come by in North Texas.

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Photo of albern
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Eisbock review. The process is interesting and is similar in some ways to an Eiswine in that freezing clears out some of the water content and leaves a more concentrated product in the finish. The beer is a nice tawny brown with a small tan head, not lacing. The nose on the beer is caramel, nut flavors, some nut laced florals, maybe a tad bit of booze. The nose is good, the taste is better.

The beer is thick, full bodied, full palated, and a tad syrupy. This is a sweet malty beer with the tastes of figs, raisins, maybe some nuts and some booze soaked florals. The sweet malts predominate and there isn't much hop or spicy yeast to speak of. The roasted, sweet nutty flavors come out more in the finish. The beer is low carbonation and does have a bit of throatiness because of the high ABV. The aftertaste is boozy, sweet, and raisiny, similar to the overall taste and experience. This is a good beer, a sipper for sure, but quite nice for a cold day.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first ever eisbock so I am not sure how this compares to the style standard, but it tasted good to me.

Pours dark brownish/red with red highlights. Not much of a head. The aroma is a mix of alcohol and caramel malt with a lot of malty sweetness. The predominant flavor is nuttyness as well as alcohol, dark fruit and malt. Not too much hop flavor. Tastes about like a concentrated bock, which judging from the way it is made, is probably what the brewers were going for. Medium mouthfeel and definitely a sipper.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost 3 years later, time for a new review. Oval label with an icy CGI glacier image.

Attractive amber auburn color, some foam at first that fades away. Sweet bready nose, trace alcohol. Big and rich, very fruity with golden raisin, molasses, and date flavors. Impression of cotton candy and cookies. Flavor is rich but the body is relatively light by comparison. Ultra malty, almost too much for me at this point. A nice sipper, the 6 pack won't last long on this snowy holiday vacation.

A- / 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

Different label than photo, must be the export label.

Pours with a dense, cascading head of foam into a narrow flute-like mug. Foam disappears after awhile.

Strong smell of overripe bananas and baked bread. Not bad...

Tastes rich and malty, on par with Celebrator, imho. Slight chocolate note in the aftertaste, and the suggestion of bitter coffee. Occasional metallic note that offsets it's potential for perfection. I've had an older sample before too, and wouldn't recommend cellaring past 3 years.

Soft, toasty mouthfeel, but with an ABV that doesn't mess around. Easy to drink, but it's definitely a beer that demands your respect. Otherwise you might find yourself waking up on the floor at 3am.

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Photo of degerbah
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark amber with no head at all. Smell is slightly muted with only a hint of malt detectable. The taste is slightly smokey malt. Very sweet but somewhat thick with more than a hint of booze. There is also a slightly wheat;like taste as well. Very easy to drink even though the alcohol does cause a numbing on my tongue asI drink. The aftertaste continues to be extremely sweet. Dangerously drinkable for such an alcoholic beer.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Nice aroam smelling strongly of malt, dark sugar, some esters, and alcohol.

Appearance - Dark brown with red highlights. Crystal clear. Some visible carbonation. Poured a tan head of three fingerwidths, but dissipated to 1/2 fingerwidth. Poor head retention. No lacing

Taste - The taste follows the the aroma. Very strong rich malt, and dark sugar. There is a presence of alcohol, but the beer is not hot. Late in the taste the malt presents noticeable melanoidins resulting in a toasted caramel flavor. Perhaps the best indicator that this beer is well made is that it is not cloying.

Mouth Feel - Heavy body. Smooth. Low carbonation. Strong alcohol presence, but not hot. Clean finish. Not cloying.

Overall Impression - This is of course a strong beer, and it's wonderful. The only complaint that I really have is about the head retention, or lack there of. Otherwise this is a great beer and a perfect example of the style.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with red highlights, no head, mild lacing

S: the smell was muted at first, but as it opened up, I got lots of sweet molasses, toffee, and raisins with a noticeable alcohol presence

T: just like the nose but more intense, pretty sweet all around with raisins and molasses, decent balance for the style, finishes sweet but not cloying

MF: slightly sticky with mild carbonation

D: loses points for sweetness, but overall the abv is well hidden and it has a nice flavor

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Photo of Travlr
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Maroon color, see-through, with a tiny bubble head that sticks to the edges. No lacing to speak of.
S: Aroma of maple syrup and nutmeg.
T: Sweet maltiness, somewhat on the syrupy side.
M: Medium body, average I suppose for the style.
D: Nice enough if you like the style, not really my taste.

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Photo of Gurkvatten
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this stashed away, and unfortunately expired by two months. Decided to give it a go anyway.
Poured dark brown with just a little bit of a lacing.
Malty smell, dried fruits, raisins.
Tastes amazing! Surprisingly smooth. Went down way too fast.
My first eisbock, and I definitely have to get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of bonkers
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA perfect pint glass. It pours an opaque caramel with a decent little white head, no lacing. The aromas are sweet dates, brown sugar and a subtle hint of booze. The flavors follow the nose. It is sweet and mellow up front with a nice little alcohol kick in the finish. The beer is smooth as silk and has a creamy mouth feel to it. A very nice beer to sip on a cold winters night.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

YES! An Eisbock on draft, one of the world's greatest things.

Had this great beer on draft at a beer bar in Baltimore. Beer is dark brown but still clear, can see through it. Forms a white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low to moderate.

Beer smells sweet, malt bomb. Totally. This aroma is dominated by the sweetness. There isn't much else that I can draw from it, 100% malt.

This beer is a dream. You would never guess the alcohol by drinking it. I can feel my mind shutting off. Beer is smooth, sweet up front, full bodied, no solvents, no aftertaste, drinkability amazingly high.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: An exceedingly dark maroon body with lots of ruby-red highlights. Up top, a little less than two fingers of off-white head that burn out rather quickly, leaving little lacing on the way down (expected given the alcohol content).

Aroma: A rich and malty mix of caramel, dark fruit, nuttiness, and booze.

Flavor: Similar to the aroma, this is a combination of nearly burnt sugar, toasted malt, raisins, and cheerful alcohol. Concentrated Bock seems like a rather fitting analogy. Toasted grains, dark fruit, and good residual booze in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A medium-full, slightly syrupy body accompanied by enough carbonation too keep it from being too much. Nice warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: A little faster than the big ABV would make you think, but still a beer that takes a little time to finish.

Verdict: Rich, malty, and boozy, this is just what you'd expect from a good Eisbock. Thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, this is well worth a try. I just wish more brewers experimented with this style.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks like a dark soda once poured.

Gives of toffee, cola, prune, and a hint of alcohol on the nose.

Caramelized sugars, raisin, and toffee dance around sweetly on the tongue with a slightly syrupy body and an alcohol kick later on.

Very tasty, but too sweet to drink much of... like even a bottle.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep red-brown color with a light tan head that settles fairly quickly. Good amount of lace.

Fragrant fruit in the nose, with some evident alcohol-warmth. Rich bready malt and caramel are also noticeable.

Flavors of ripe fruit; currant and fig, alcohol and sweet bread. Finishes with a sweet warm lingering flavor.

Body is full and almost chewy. Warm alcohol is nice. Light on carbonation.

A delicious brew, but a little rich, and the alcohol could spell doom for a lightweight.

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Photo of popery
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Eisbock. A real malt atomic bomb. I'm not sure that I'd ever want more than one in a sitting. There's not a ton to say about it. It tastes like a bock extract, all candied dates, raisins, brown sugar and syrupy French toast. It's much more of a straight German malt sweetness than the Aventinus banana bread treacle, though both are pleasant in their own right. I'm probably being generous on appearance. The head is a joke but I'll give it the benefit of style comparison. Good beer for a cold, hungry night.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nose is darkly malty - nutty and oily smooth with some fresh sourdough and light toast with lots of caramely undertones. Smells kind of like an Oktoberfest with notes of coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Soft sourness. Smells good.

Pours clear deep ruby brown with subtle head. Looks good.

Thick body, exquisitely malty. Solid notes of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. Addicting sweetness grows on me. Soft bitterness is strong enough to just reach a balance. Alcohol is well hidden, but softly present, and grows slightly with warmth. Lots of caramel, roasted sugar, and dark bready malt. Tastes great. Feels great. Superb drinkability.

With each sip I feel more relaxed and at peace with the world. The malt character is wondrous (and I'm not a big fan of malty beers in general). I could sit here and sip this all night, but alas my bottle has run dry. An exceptional beer. I will most definitely compulsively buy more bottles when I next come across them.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Yummy Down On This!" - Jimmy Pop

I am now officially fascinated by this style. So Eisbock was a mistake, huh? How come MY hombrewing mistakes never turn out this good?!

A: Dark, but not stout-dark. Head recedes quickly and leaves an eggshell disk. Minor lacing is left behind.

S: Rasins, figs, coffee, and alcohol along with a hefty roasted grain aroma.

T: See nose. The alcohol presents itself in a rum cordial manner. It is not overwhelming and is quite pleasant.

M: Like drinking a carbonated bottle of Mrs. Buttersworth.

D: Delicious and terrifyingly (I am aware that this is not a word) cheap. I would recommend pacing yourself though. This is not light on the ABV.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 89.5% out of 100 with 1,001 ratings
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