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 coldmeat23
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

BATCH #1852291 Fresh Bottle
(First bottle I've had since the label change. No more shiny label. :(

Pours a dark brown, with a slight hint of ruby. Slightly murky. One-finger head of light brown foam. Fades rather quickly to a thin film. Lacing is somewhat spotty and rather slick.

Big nose of sweet maltiness. Caramel, raisins, and Medjool dates. Nice brown sugar presence.

Malt profile is much more 'level' than expected. I thought it would be more to the sweet side, from the nose. Actually, the whole flavor profile is more subdued than expected. It follows the nose, but all of the flavors are very mild.

Fairly full body, though not quite as full as I would like it to be. Smooth, but not quite creamy.

Very smooth and tasty. Some would find the (overly) mellow balance easy to drink. This would be a good session-able Eisbock.
I prefer my Eisbocks, and beer in general, to be a tad bit more bold and hearty.

BATCH #1757315 (14 - 18 months aged, I believe)

Pours an opaque, dark brown. Two-finger head of medium brown foam. Retention is good. Lacing is spotty, but pretty sticky.

Big sweet malts are still prominent, but they smell more robust than sweet, now. Dates are prominent among the dark fruit scents. Strong brown sugar notes. Notes of figs and plums. Very slight hint of bananas. All of this is covered by a wonderful butteriness.

The taste has opened up slightly. It still seems very tightly-packed, at this point. Dark, yet slightly sweet, malts. Figs and plums with light touches of caramel. A slight hint of brown sugar.

Body has slightly smoothed-out, though it is still full. Creaminess is a slight bit better. Almost velvet tones, but not quite.

As this has become slightly more rich, it is also slightly less drinkable, as it pertains to large amounts. As for just it's taste alone, it is still quite enjoyable to drink.

Overall #2 = 4.0

It should be obvious that I think this one is better with some age on it. Fresh is not nearly as good, or special.

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

12oz bottle with batch number of 1757315. poured into tulip

very dark reddish brown, almost opaque. dark ruby color under the light. lots of beige head, gradually recedes to wisps and consistent ring. interesting thin, sine-wave patterned, first ring of lace. afterwards, nice semi-curtains remain to stick to the glass.

fruity aroma of raisins and dates, dark caramel and brown sugar. whiff of grassy noble hop. whiff of alcohol.

similar flavors, and even more raisin. definitely lots of brown sugar. brief note of port wine. hops give gentle to moderate bitterness, into a slightly alcoholic finish, with a moment of moderate phenols.

smooth, not too thin, almost syrupy. carbonation is moderate and can even be fluffy.

sweetness, alcohol and phenols cut down drinkability slightly.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice. Dark purplish brown with fair amount of tan fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smell is of sweet grapes, cherries, berries, and raisins... maybe some strange spiciness in there as well. Sweet fruitiness and raisin flavor in the taste, finishing with a moderate alcohol burn.

There's a fairly strong alcoholic presence at the back end of this one which stops it from being too drinkable. It is an interesting slow sipper but I don't think the flavor is as exciting as the smell.

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Photo of Rayek
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany with excellent clarity and very active carbonation. Small and fizzy cream head retreats quickly to a thin film across the top of the beer. Leaves no lace.

S: Heavy on the dark fruits, with plums, raisins and grapes. A light whiff of alcohol reinforces the vinous qualities of the beer. There's a hint of smoke in the background.

T: Powerful, but not over the top. The dark fruits from the nose transition perfectly into the flavor. Bitterness in the form of pepper provides balance with the assistance of an alcoholic bite. Overall, this beer is on the sweet side. Finishes with an alcohol warmth going down that supports the beer's strength of character.

M: Medium-heavy body is syrupy and has a nice level of carbonation.

D: A very nice beer to me. Sweet and strong, this beer is rather wine like in presentation. I like it a lot. This is the perfect beer to ring in the start of Spring.

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Photo of ironarrow42
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer pours a deep, clear garnet-auburn hue. Thick pale beige head drops to a collar. 

Aroma: Massive Munich malt aroma, with that distinctive rich, dark caramelly malt. Notes of fig, prune, dates.

Texture: Full bodied with a very fine carbonation tingle. Somewhat viscous texture. Substantial.  

Flavor: Rich, dark malt with a note of molasses and hints of baked prune, figs, & dates and a light roasty edge. Complex, expansive flavours. Balancing bitterness is seamlessly and smoothly integrated. The finish is lengthy and evolving, drying gradually with a faint hint of licorice in the background. 

Overall Impression: A German malt bomb! Wonderful!

Food Pairing Recommendations: Smoked cheese and sausage, Bavarian pretzels, maybe even beer-battered onioin rings.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In a lot of ways this is sort of typical for an eisbock, but it is quite good. It has a nice head when poured. Not sold black but quite dark. Aroma is pretty standard strong bock affair- very malt, dark raisiny fruit, some brown liquor, and a bit of an earthy, wood-like base. The aromas are much more noticeable in the bottle compared to in a glass (a snifter, even).The flavor follows the aroma in all ways- quite estery, sweet, dark fruit, all malt and no hop. I mean, you should basically know what you're getting into with a 9% iced bock. Mouth is moderate, not too viscous at all. It's good but nothing new or different really for the style. Drinkability and flavor diminish a bit towards the end, becoming syrupy and more whiskey-like

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Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crimson, brown, and tawny port hues in the body. My pour was strong and built a dense rocky head with sizable retention. The lacing was the best part, even with a higher alcohol %. Layer upon spotty layer of lace in the upper 1/3 off the glass

S: this has a very interesting nose too it. I wanna describe it as an dark earthy woodiness with spiced rum raisins. Has some coffee as well

T: dark and burnt malts, delicate charred edge. Sun dried figs and raisins dipped in buttery caramel and brown sugar . I hate using the term "medicinal," but it has soft sweet medicinal quality arise in the finish. Otherwise a basketful of dark fruits that provides a soft acidic sour character with bread-like saccharomyces. It has a very rich quality and maintains a husky malt base very well

M: velvet in the mouth and creamy with ample carbonation. The biggest honorable mention is the lack of alcohol in the body and feel. I guess you can sense the alcohol, but it never takes over...even as it warms!

D: spot on for an Eisbock

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

A- A dark brown red with a slight creamy foamy head.

S- Dark fruits such as dates, figs, and raisins. I'm getting an apple cider with some cinnamon added to it. This has some scotch/peaty smells to it, and the alcohol smell is quite present.

T- Malty, sweet, the dates/figs/raisins come through in the taste. The apple cider taste is also there as well. The taste is very nice, mellow, yet lots of flavors.

M- Smooth, and easy in the mouth. The alcohol isn't hot in the least bit.

D- This is crazy easy to drink. Very smooth and goes down with out a hitch.

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Photo of wl0307
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, served chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: gosh, this really is challenging my expectation of any Bock... the colour is ebony to nearly black, topped with a creamy dark beige froth settling slowly to a thin cap on top of rather light carbonation.
S: pure and rich - a very good depth of sour prunes, raisins, apples, dark plums and a touch of red-grapes' skins dominates the nose; a swirl wakes up the deep, burned sugar-cane like oily sweetness, malt syrup with a tinge of crystallised sugar. While it's sweet, a rather clean, almost herbal, touch of old-ness also floats in the air, likely the result of long-ageing in the cellar?
T&M: really syrupy and rich but never heavy!... lots and lots of caramelised longan-fruits and FAT black prunes abound, arriving at a perfect balance b/w sweet malts and fruity sourness... The palate is filled with thick-bodied jammy dark Munich malts with a mildly toasted (but still utterly "pure-malty") aroma, which slowly, seamlessly, gives way to treacle and red-grape-jam, before the lovely lightly herbal bitter-sweetness expands at the back of the palate with attenuated hop bitterness to linger. The mouthfeel is ever cloying or alcoholic in addition to a fresh yet ever so fine fizziness, it is just flawless as far as the palate is concerned.
D: this is my first-ever Eisbock, and hooray what a cracking booze this is! In a sense, the dark-fruit character and the really deep, full-bodied malts make this lager firmly in line with my preference, but my biased palate surely couldn't be so... satisfied if there was no balance, which there surely is in the most elegant form. Considering how little presence at which the alc. has made itself felt, I find this lager equally enjoyable as a Russian Imperial Stout, albeit in a very distinctive way. A sheer (icy) beauty.

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Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light grading shade of black with brushes of auburn, chestnut and crimson. It's a wonder such lively strokes of colour are capable of seeping through considering the beer's sooty tone. Just a smidgen of clarity is noted when held up to the light. A khaki toned tracing puffs up along the trim and washes over the sides with some temporary grip.

The aroma is a stiff and concentrated cocktail of fresh ripe dates all sugary with an intense honey like quality. Other fruits, mostly dried ones, raisins and prunes, are present too with the air of being soaked in port and fortified wine. It smells like some kind of ambrosial fruit nectar, something you'd imagine was served as an ancient health remedy or aphrodisiac.

The sweet, sugary flavour of a fortified wine continues into the taste as well. Over-ripened currants, prunes, dates and figs ring out still, only now ladled over with caramel and drizzled in a spiced honey. A heavy toasting (just shy of officially being 'roasted') imparts enough bready malt flavour to keep the sweetness in check and remind you once again you are drinking a beer - not a glass of fortified wine.

The taste can border on something like a lightly smoked maple syrup. As much as the smell let on like it was one or two percent higher than the 9% alcohol its label states, the flavour might have you believe it's actually a full percent or two lower. There's just enough of the bready toast and dark caramel flavour to narrowly squeeze out sugary sweetness and alcohol for final resting spot on the palate.

Although there's great contention now for which country makes the best pilsner or Weißbier, I think the Germans can rest comfortably knowing the rest of the world hasn't quite caught up yet with their ability to brew a magnificent eisbock. Kulmbacher's may be proven yet to not be the pinnacle of the style but it's still at the apex of my list.

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

Poured out, it's a very deep red color with a fine with a half inch layer of bubbly head complimenting it. Simple yet nice looking.

The nose had an overall sweetness but wasn't extreme in any way. A sweeter syrup, raisins/prunes, and a small amount of malt came through, which in combination delivered nicely.

The taste of this one was pretty good. A lager yeast was easily identifiable as well as a fig and raisin flavor. Each gulp started with an abrupt funky flavor and ended with a jagged, upward-pointed edge.

However, I was definitely a bit frustrated with the mouthfeel on this one. For some weird reason, the beer became less smooth and creamy as it warmed up...first time I've ever encountered this kind of thing.

Very good beer overall, I would definitely go for it again.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown in color almost like maple syrup with very little head.

Smell is generally very sweet, cooked apples and raisins.

The taste is very smooth for such a strong beer and the warming from the high alcohol comes quickly after an initial taste of sweet, heavy malt and fruit.

Definitely one for a very cold night...

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Photo of colts9016
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall cylinder glass similar to a flute.

Appearance: A deep copper brown color. With a nice 2 finger head that is bubbly and foamy. The head has lost some retention and is tan in color. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear, but not brilliant.

Nose: There is a nice toasted malt with prunes aromas. There is a nice fruity esters in the beer. The beer is spicy with alcohol but it subtle.

Taste: A very nice rich malty with a toasty caramel taste in the beer. The beer has a nice plum/grape flavor but it is subtle.

Overall: The is very rich and tasty. The mouth feel is full body with a slight alcohol warmth. The finish is slightly bitter but not aggressive. This is my first Eisbock and I have enjoyed drinking this beer. It is extremely strong dark and a malt bomb.

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

A - Pours a deeep brown/amber with a frothy, quick-dissapating head of off-white bubbles. Looks ruby red when held up to a light. A healthy amount of bubbles move through the body, yet the lacing is minimal.

S - Hugely malty, huge German lager yeast profile, caramel, booze.

T - Malt bomb. Very light hop bitterness, toffee, caramel. Malt is huge and it should be. Boozy. Dried dark fruits. Awesome.

M - Quite thick and well-carbonated. It works well.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for the abv. A good standby, especially for the price.

Notes: Das Legendare Kulmbacher! What commands respect more than snowflakes and shimmery foil?

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kulmbacher Eisbock, bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a similarly cola-esque head, bubbly and frothy, foaming down into a thick sheen fairly quickly, understandable given the style. The carbonation on this one is high, with tons of medium-to-large bubbled effervescence traveling fairly quickly up the sides of the tulip towards the relatively clingy, sticky ring of foam. You imagine the ring would be fading quicker much as the head did if there weren't so much carbonation constantly replenishing it.

Aroma: Incredibly fruity coffee is what comes to mind. Currants, grapes, and cherries, gummy bears and marshmallows, caramel, toffee, and molasses. A nice collection of aromas, decently balanced and inviting.

Taste: Very complex and balanced. Loads of fruits, both light and dark, wrapped up in a heavily roasted but very sweet blanket of malts. I get brown sugar, toffee, hints of coffee, cherries, buttery pears, gummy bears, raisins, and almost no alcohol heat at all.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I'd have imagined, which is a pleasant surprise, with almost no alcohol heat. Plenty of effervescence cuts through whatever thickness is here nicely, leading to a bold, expressive, largely even mouthfeel, though still relatively soft and pleasant.

Drinkability: Surprisingly little alcohol heat or prickle for the style, which was a pleasant surprise. Can't say this one came close to Aventinus Eisbock (which still defines the style for me), but it was a pleasant, enjoyable-enough brew which I'd be glad to try again.

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

The colour is deep warm dark brown; the head quickly sinks down with a fizzing sound. The liquid is clear.

The smell is elegant with notes of raisins, marzipan, port wine, some light bitter flavours and hints of blackcurrant and alcohol.

The taste is smooth, but still with lots of character. Notes of raisins, spicy hops, marzipan, lots of somewhat roasted sweet malt, but also some fresh very clean bitterness. The body is medium (I had expected more). The aftertaste is somewhat bitter and fruity with notes, some dried fruits, roasted vegetables, some alcohol and a touch of sweet almonds.

The carbonation is mild; the small bubbles are quite sharp. The liquid is smooth.

I had expected so much more from this... I want more flavours and a much stronger body. Still a good beer.

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Photo of Amsterdam
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Somewhere along the line I had a bad version of this beer (that is, another Kulmbacher) and so I've stayed far away from it whenever the opportunity arose to have another. I now regret that decision.

The beer pours mahogany with solid foam and a lasting head. Pretty good if short lived lacing.

The smell is light and nutty with overtones of malt. Overall the smell was not significant.

The taste is, again, very nutty with a nice and well balanced malty goodness. There is a bitterness that lingers, but this is a well balanced beer with a yeasty essence one can only get in a fine German brew.

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

Deep red colour, small beige head, creamy. Some lacing. Aroma is malty, sweet. warming, jam, honeylike. Flavour is sweet, honeylike,a bit metallic reminiscent of samichlaus. There is caramel and it has a vinous quality. Mouthfeel is smooth woth small bubbles, medium body. There is a faint bitterness in the finish. This beer was very good, but it is so sweet that it got a bit overwhelming at the end.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, deep mahogany color with a fine-bubbled beige head. Very nice retention and clings to the glass with ease.

Sweet, candy-like chocolaty nose...not unlike a Charleston Chew. Roasty and malty, akin to a doppelbock.

Lots of roasty, chocolate malt flavors. Strong flavors come on hard and fast, then *poof*, gone just as quick. Hop bitterness and alcohol help contribute to the extreme dryness of the beer. I really dig this beer, my first eisbock....will seek out again.

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

Picked up a single at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins for approximately $5.

A: Poured a deep red/brown, with a tan head about half an inch thick. Relatively clear. Lots of nice red accents when held to the light. Head dissipated rather quickly leaving only a film. Nice lacing on the rim of the glass. Lots of tightly packed bubbles.

S: Toffee, butterscotch, a faint hint of rum, and a somewhat acetone smell as well. Definite alcohol smells in this one. Faint hint of cinnamon way back in the mix as well.

T: The rum flavor, as well as some coffee/burnt malt flavors really pop out in this one. Toffee flavor is there. But not as prominent. Definite alcohol flavor in this one too. Faint hint of spicy hops towards the end of the sip. Raisins are in there too. There are a lot of things going on in this one.

M: Nice thickness, and nice carbonation as well. A good mix of both. Definite alcohol warmth, a little hot in the mouth for a 9.2% beer. Interesting. Very, very sticky in the mouth.

D: Interestingly enough, this one goes down very easily, and I could drink a 750ml of this quite easily, or maybe a few more 12oz bottles. A nice beer, complex, and satisfying. Good all the way around.

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Photo of KI9A
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First for me from this brewery.

A: Dark as night, tan head, quick fade. Lace is decent though.

S: Prunes, toffee. Sweet malts.

T: Ripe bananna, fig/raisin. Toffee, candy, malt. A little bitter hops at the end. Nice.

M: Lush, smooth, coats your mouth with sweet goodness. Low carbonation, perfect for the style.

D: Almost gave it a 5. Had to hold back because of the high ABV. Easy to sip, knocks you on your can pretty quick. The ABV is well hidden on this one.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first beer of a number of beers I had on Christmas evening.

A very nice looking bottle, shiny label in a slim bottle. Much Deutsch written on the label. No freshness label but this is one baby that can age quite well... Here goes...

A - poured a dark garnet, very clear with a short lived fizzy head that left no lace in a chalice. Not to worry, this is expected of a high alcohol beer.

S - for such a brew the aroma was surprisingly light. Caramel malts, ripe fruit (raisins, prunes), and faintly port-like. Delightful!

T - Currants, candi sugar, and toffee all mixed together in the front. The sweetness lingers into molasses and caramel malts with a slight alcoholic spiciness. Finishes long and dry with a port-like aftertaste.

M - medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Very smooth and slightly chewy.

D - for such a big beer with prominent alcohol tones, it is surprisingly drinkable, hence why I gave it a 5.

Overall - This is a very sweet tasting eisbock with a huge alcoholic kick to it. Excellently portlike with rich flavors, this is a great after dinner digestif or a conversational drink with a cigar. A must try for everyone. I definitely recommend it. Looking forward to picking up a 6 pack to age.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.24/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 7/26/08. Cool bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of raisins and alcohol. Flavor pretty much dominated by raisins and sweetness. Heavy palate and rather undrinkable. Not a fan.
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 4/10
Palate: 2/7
Overall: 7/10

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Photo of beer2day
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting an '04 that has been carefully stored in the beer fridge.

Dark mahagony with tan lacy head. Outstanding nose with hints of the fruitiness to come. Initial hit was slightly tart, followed by a vaguely syrupy sweetness. Very complex finish. Alcohol lingers long after the swallow.

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

My first eisbock. Ive heard great things about this style, and I generally like bock beers. So here we go.

Smell: somewhat mild, yet distinct smell, sweet malt dominates, dried fruits, almonds and some burnt coffee notes. Very nice and pretty complex smell.

Taste: just as good as the smell, roasted sweet malt, raisins, figs, almonds and some elegant coffee/chocolate notes.

Overall: excellent brew. Lots of flavors, very balanced. Ive had too many extrem beers lately, so this one was really nice to try. It kicks ass with simple means.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.11 out of 5 based on 996 ratings.
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