Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Kulmbacher Reichelbrau EisbockKulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock
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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau EisbockKulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock

Brewed by:
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 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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Photo of docfmf
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well, I absolutely loved this beer. I first tried it in a bottle shop, then got a case. Great move.

The bottle lable is unique and have to see it in person. Same with Inserts.

Tatse is great when chilld for several days. I didn't have when warn. I little bite at first taste, but goes down smooth with the rest of mouthfull. After several more, still goes down smooth.

Smells great. Coloring good.

Price was a litle higher but well work it. Even made their factory a fanpage on my Facebook and a definate stop if ever going to Germany.

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Photo of roopy40
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a 22 oz snifter

Appearance - Dark brown and murky with a finger or two of fluffy cream colored head. Very little lacing.

Smell - Raisin, black cherry, apple, alcohol, but not enough to deter me from wanting to sip away.

Taste - Pretty much what you get in the smell. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering. I get some raisin, date, malt, sweet bread soaked in rum, like a ladyfinger in tiramisu tastes like.

Mouthfeel - Thick and syrupy. Like liquid mince pie. The carbonation is medium.

Drinkability - Wouldn't want to go too far with this one. Knowing it's 9.2 keeps this one going for a long sipping spell. You could certainly drink more and more, but would end up in trouble. It's very drinkable, but suggest letting this warm and enjoy it at a good range of temps.

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Photo of YankChef
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into oversized wine glass, purchased at whole foods for 2.50

appearance: really deep dark cloudy brown, with some amber tints, sticky off white caramel colored head

aroma: big in your face fruit aromas, fig, pear, apple plum, and really wheaty, a little spice and a touch of booziness, cooked fruit

taste: incredibly slick and smooth on the palate, upfront there is a huge heavily roasted sweetness with dark jammy fruit, in the middle a bit of a peppery hop punch and some booziness as well that gives a little burn. The finish is long and leaves you with some flavors of chocolate and toffee

overall: this is a hell of a beer and perfect for the when the weather is starting to cool down, absolutely delicious and the beginning of my rectifying my negligence in drinking beers from germany, prost!!

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review #800!!!

*lights sparkler and stares at it longingly*

330ml bottle poured into a snifter, revealing a plum & cola-colored body. Good depth to the color, which takes on a deep garnet in the light. Head initially builds to a sizable sawdust cap before effervescing to a scant patch of tiny bubbles in the center of the glass. Lots of dark fruit in the nose, including plum, currant, black cherry, and fig. Sweet toffee and caramel malts balance with a sherry-like booze note and perhaps some nail polish in the background.

Nutty malts hit first, followed quickly by a spicy, medicinal booziness that coats the back of the tongue. A few hints of dark fruit and toffee, but not as much as the nose suggested. Still, a very palatable Eisbock, and the medium body and tight carbonation level helps that. A little syrupy at times, but overall Kulmbacher's Eisbock drinks very smoothly. Solid beer.

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Photo of northaustin
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured into a barrel mug. pours a clear brown coming out but is a solid black in the mug. a nice finger of slightly off white head that disappears quickly and leaves spotty stringy lacing.

smell is pretty subtle. but what is there is nice and roasty. no heat from the alchohol. some sweetness that reminds me of a caramel or a molasses.

im liking the taste more than the smell. not too sweet, but malty and roasty nonetheless. a tad bit of the alchohol comes through in the aftertaste but it doesnt overwhelm. fairly typical of the bock style.

mouthfeel: sticky. not as sticky as some doppelbocks but still just sticky.

affordable. with a well masked high abv. decent tasting. fits almost all requirements for one of those nights where you just wanna feel alchohol but not punish yourself with a bad beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque dark brown color. At first a large tannish head rises to over two fingers. The rocky foam quickly recedes to a ring with little lace.
S: This is amazing. Dry wood and sweet malt up front. Dried dark fruits. Chocolate covered raisins and a hint of coffee. Some bread and biscuit aromas. A bit of rum like alcohol as well. A malty treat.
T: Dry wood and sweet malt again. Dark fruits and chocolate. This is really good, but does not hit me as hard as the nose does.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation end. Very dry, rich, and creamy. Without a doubt this is a sipping beer. One bottle is enough, but I am enjoying every last drop.

This is a great beer. I wish I could get my hands on some more Eisbock's. This is a great step in the right direction. An after dinner drink for sure. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This on pours deep brown with red notes. The head is medium large, off-white airy. It dissipates pretty fast, leaving great lacings.

S: Dried fruit, roasted malt (sweet), alcohol - almost like wine.

T: Very complex, dried fruit (mostly raisins), roasted sweet malt with some bitter hops. Alcohol is obviously present.

M: Full body, light carbonation, sweet and bitter at the same time when it comes to the aftertaste. It lasts all night.

D: This is a very complex beer. To receive it's full potential you must concentrate. But it's a very special beer.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up from beers of Europe and enjoyed from an alt glass.

Very dark brown pour of a stunning intensity, with a small tan head, that soon diminished to a film but left a few spots of lace. Large sweet bread aroma, mixed in with brown sugar, dark fruits and warming alcohol. Sweet malts unsurprisingly dominate the flavour, with a strong brown bread component providing a muscular base. Plump and juicy raisins combine with dates to deal a pleasant fruitiness. The finish is warming and slightly drying. The high ABV obviously makes this beer a sipper, though it actually drinks a lot lighter than it is, in part due to the medium-light body and pillowy carbonation. A dangerous brew, then, but one with which I would happily dance again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with mahogany hues with a light skim of a head on top. No lacing from this one, and when held to the light, you can see bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Some dark fruit, deep heavy malt, and sweet brown-bread aromas.

Sweet, raisin bread and dried date flavors, with heavy malt and almost a booze-soaked brown bread flavor (although the 9.2% is better hidden than expected).

Full bodied but I disagree with those who call this syrupy -- no way. It is well carbonated, so much so that it feels lighter than it really is, and this helps with the drinkability. I thought this was going to be one I kinda had to fight my way through, but i instead found it to be highly drinkable. A very enjoyable beer.

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

Pours a super dark reddish brown, with a thin tan head. Smells strongly of liquid malt extract, solvent alcohol, and licorice. Taste is super malty, like malt bomb levels, chocolately hints, rasins, and licorice in the taste as well. A hint of earthy bitterness too. Surprisingly dry finish for such a malty beer. Mouthfeel is super chewy, thick and rich. Medium carbonation. Very good drinkability, the malt flavor almost completely hides any alcohol in this strong beer. Highly recommended. Tastes like a dopplebock on steriods.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, dark brown...almost a black. Thin head that soon disappears as soon as it was poured.

S: Sweet and a bit syrupy, with hints of a buttery biscuit and slight malts.

T & M: Light tasting for a 9.2% abv. Starts off a bit sweet with that buttery biscuit flavor and ends with a slight chalk-like nutty flavor. Heats up at the end...certainly warms up the stomach.

D: Like I said, it certainly will fool you for being a 9.2 abv. Overall I liked this brew. It's a honest beer and one that you should try if you come in contact with it. I would probably just drink one of these at any one time.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark clear red when held up to light with a fizzy cream head that quickly fades.

S - Lightly sweet with rasin, date, and fig notes. Reminds me of a fig newton. Very light pleasamt aroma.

T/M - Rich and smooth, if heavy. Again, very rich dark fruits, rasin date and fig. Resiny and thick, but not sticky or filmy. Quite tasty, and not cloying over overly sweet.

D - This is a very heavy, but pleasant to drink beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is a huge amount of bready malts, dark fruit (raisins and plums), caramel and some alcohol.

T- The taste like the aroma features a lot of sweet malt and dark fruits with some alcohol in the finish. The taste is also a bit metallic.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The high ABV definitely makes this one a sipper. Overall, this is a solid brew that is definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lots of head, for just a 33cl bottle (four fingers thick, when I poured this into a tulip glass).
Color wise the body is jet black w/ reddish hues on the edge of the glass. Great sticky lacing.

Aroma is vanilla upfront, with slight metallic hops quality.

Taste wise, it's very immediately vanilla, w/ chocolate and cherry the rest of the way--Altogether a very rich tasting beer.

MF is great w/ good amount of CO2 to keep this brew bubbly. Not syrupy at all, and hardly an alcohol presence is detectable.

This brew kicks other's asses at the ABV level. It's a desert in a glass and not obtrusive like other beers at the alcohol level.

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Photo of crossovert
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"The Original German Eisbock"

Comes in a brown bottle with a flashy "Ice" label. Pours a nice tan 1 inch head that appears very bublly and thick, you cannot see thorugh the dense, dark color of this beer.

The smell is overwhelmingly of chocolate, with a juicy(yes) smelling toffee malt to finish. The smell is pretty scrumptious.

Taste is a lot more bitter than expected, and its gooood. Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee like bitterness, and a very faint bit of molasses/chocolate sweetness in the middle. This is a nice robust brew with only little traces of its 9.2% of alcohol which isn't overpowering, but its there and increases as it warms. Its got a really nice and thick mouthfeel with a fair amount of carbonation. It leaves a good amount of stickiness in your mouth and on you lips though you cant taste the sugars as prevalent as you can smell and feel them although it does get slightly sweeter as it warms with the alcohol.

Overall this is a highly worthy brew and would fit well in a dessert setting.

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

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a smoky black dense body with gentle strands of tiny bubbles gliding up to a pancake batter head.

S- The dry almost woody aroma of brown malt has a rich dark dry toffee aroma to the finish.

T- the smooth dark brown malt flavor is dry with a caramel note and a fresh mineral water note to it. The finish is a dark roasted malt that is still smooth and lagered.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat until it warms a bit.

D- This beer has a good malt flavor but still has the smoothness of a lager and is very drinkable. Especially at the 9.2%ABV.

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Photo of TLove
3.01/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(From Notes)

Bottle from Cleveland Park Liquors, D.C.

Pours a brownish "black pils" color with a little bit of head. The smell is primarily sweet, which flows well through the tastes. Toffee-ish and plum, cherry and beet aromas, but a bit unsettling to the stomach because of the intense sourness of the fruit character in this beer.

Alcohol well-disguised, but the finish is kind of tart and unrefreshing. Similar to the Sam Adams Imperial Stout in the intenseness of the sour fruits used and similarly undrinkable.

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Photo of sevopie
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, but clear, brown color. Brown head that dissipates quickly.

Raisins, chocolate, and rum/alcohol.

More chocolate and toffee, with a good kick of prunes/raisins. A dash of alcohol that starts to show more as it warms.

Slightly oily with a lot of carbonation.

Goes down fairly smooth for 9%, but the alcohol starts to spring forth the warmer it gets. Good for an after dinner treat.

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Photo of jdg204
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2nd offering of my Porters Pub night (and my buddies 2nd to last brew to complete this list). These dark german beers are a new area for me, so I was pretty excited to try one so highly touted.

A: Looks like a cup of french roast coffee. A little tan head at first, but that quickly disappeared.

S: Roasted malts, dark fruits and rum-like alcohol.

T: Malts dominate with a burnt caramel sweetness, licorice, and lots of dried fruit. Little heavy on the licorice for my tastes.

M: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation

D: High quality brew here, another one that lives up to it's reputation. I'll probably try one of the other big Eisbock's in the future to see how it measures up. Not a beer I'd drink everyday, but one that delivers when the mood strikes. Give this one a try if you're looking for something unique and German.

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

Pours a dark ruby/dark brown color that is rich and smooth. Minimal head and carbonation.
Sweet dark fruit aroma with a touch of baked caramel.
Prune and fig taste, caramel and hints of toffee in the back. The alcohol is well hidden until the end as it warmed beyond room temp.
This is a good beer. I'm not usually a German beer fan, but this was nice.

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

Pours from a 330ml brown bottle into the curvy sam adams glass. It looks just like coka-cola with similar dark redish brown , good clarity, and course white head that diminishes quickly.

Aroma is sweet like brown sugar and definately malty. Similar in many ways to a doppelbock.

The similarities continue to the flavor with lots of carmel and toffee sweetness, brown sugar, and some bitterness from the roasted malt.
Balance leans towards sweet most of the time.

The mouthfeel is definately full bodied with more carbonation than I would prefer but it's not bad. The alcohol is present but well-hidden for something this strength.

Overall it's good but I would prefer a doppelbock which usually don't seem as sweet and are a bit more drinkable.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large creamy head with a dark brown color,but head fizzles fast.

The aroma of raisins,malts,dark fruits and a hint of vanilla.

The taste of raisins,malts,fruits,dates and nutty notes. Some additional smoky hints were observed.

The feel was like a bock of course. Full body and smooth carbonation and just overall creamy.

Notes: Not bad,not bad at all. Creamy and filling. A good beer.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark Di who shared a bottle.

A - Poured mahogany with a 1 fingered mocha head that dissipated immedately and left no lacing.

S - Toffee and caramel.

T - Toffee and caramel with light to moderate alcohol.

M - Full-bodied and well-balanced, which finishes dry. Alcohol is noticeable as well.

D - Good overall. Still thought it had a bit much alcohol flavor though.

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

11.2 oz. bottle into a Samichlaus tulip

Pours a deep brown that looks black at first until some light is shone on it and its deep mahogany body shows. A half inch off-white head forms on top but falls to a skim quickly. Doesn't leave much in the way of lace.

Aroma is exploding with caramel malt and delicious dark fruit character of raisins, plums, and figs. A bit of a brown sugary scent in there as well with some hot alcohols.

Taste is much like the nose, lots of caramel sweetness up front with heavy dark fruits emerging in the middle. Again it reminds me of raisins and figs with a bit of plum. A bit of an herbal/medicinal edge in the back with some more sweetness to finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy and smooth with a nice carbonation level.

I'd never even heard of this beer before but randomly picked it up in Wisconsin since I never see any Eisbocks around. Glad I did as this is fantastic.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,002 ratings
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