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

My first Eisbock AFAIK, which means I really have no benchmark other then doppels and such. 12 oz bottle (code 1748298) poured into my Delirium snifter, Kulmbacher Eisbock (my bottle makes no mention of "Reichelbrau") is a dark brown with a surprisingly big sandstone head that leaves light lace.

Smell is rich and very fruity, grape and overripe bananas with a spicy, toffee like character and light alcohol vapors.

Taste is incredibly smooth, I'm shocked. Very nuanced, with more spice and bittesweet maltiness then the sweet fruity esters from the nose. Dry, clean boozy finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium body, very lush carbonaton. You can tell it's hefty, but I'd have guessed closer to 7 then 9% ABV!.

Drinkability is good, this a smooth big beer. Very dangerous this one. I just fought through the DFH Palo Santo Matron and thought this might be in a similar vain, but aside from the color and heft, there is no comparison - the DFH was a hot mess, and this one is exceptionally well made. Pretty reasonable price too IIRC.

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

My first Eisbock. It's gonna be interesting!

Pours a dark brown color with nice foamy beige head which dissapears. Not that much lacing.

Smell is maybe not that powerful as some beers, like imperial stouts and barley wines, can be, but still very nice. Malty with lots of liquorice and dried fruits. I also feel something I would describe like some strong wine, maybe port? Nice.

Taste is rather malty but not that sweet. Notes of liquorice, caramel, lots of dried fruits and dark bread. Pretty similar to the smell. Very well hidden alcohol, though it's slightly warming. Almost excellent taste actually. I really enjoy this.

Very complex! I'm sure there's other flavours and aromas I can't detect here.

Mouthfeel is very filling. It feels rather fullbodied with low carbonation, a bit creamy and almost sticky.

Drinkability is rather high for the high ABV. Goes down a bit to easy maybe? Great beer!

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

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A: Dark brown with nice, beige, head that disappears rather quickly. Some lacing.

S: Dark fruit, Caramel, Malts, Brown sugar, Dark bread.

T: Malts, Sherry, Bread, Alcohol, Ripe fruit, Grain.

M: Low carbonation. Very sweet and warming with a hint of hops and alcohol at the end.

A decent eisbock but this one just didn't cut it for me. Too sweet and boozy. Quite nice to sip at, slowly, tho. Worth a try!

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

Appearance: Dark, near opque. Nice light lacing noted after the pour.
Smell: Malty, some sweet fruits and spices are apparent.
Taste: Malts are king; caramel is the predominant flavor balanced by sweet dark fruits; hops are there but definitelt take a back seta to the malt presence. An alcohol presence is present but hidden fairly well behind the malts.
Mouthfeel: Thick but quite smooth with some warmth from the alcohol.
Drinakbility: I really enjoyed this brew as part of a session, but I do believe that the ABV would be a bit limiting.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 9.2% ABV. Pours a mahogany color, with some ruby highlights. Impressive off-white foamy head trickles to a thin layer pretty quickly.

Aroma of alcohol soaked dark fruit and sherry. A bit of dark bread thrown in as well. Some raisins and figs too.

Nice amount of residual sweetness up front, without being cloying. Some dark bready malt. Moves to a slightly burnt raisin flavor. Dries out a bit at the finiah.

Medium body, lower carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol. Complex, and very enjoyable.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. pours a rich chocolate color with amber undertones, and a single finger of tan head that has good retention and leaves nice bands of lacings.

aroma is richly malty and mildly fruity with notes of caramel and distant roasted malt, along with fruit notes of grape, plum, and raisen. a note of chocolate begins to emerge as the brew warms a bit.

taste is rich on the malts, with caramel tones and a lightly roasted base that contains a very distant oak-like feel. fruit notes remain the same from the aroma, with the focus here being on the malt richness.

mouthfeel is a nice mix between malty smoothness on the palate and a creamy finish of residual caramel and roasted malt. full bodied and rich, just what a good eisbock should be.

drinkability is decent. this is a rich and solid brew on the palate with a comfortably high alcohol tag and a smoothness that so embodies the style. cheers!

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Photo of philipquarles
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with an off-white head that doesn't last. Minimal lacing.

Smells strongly of caramel malt and fruit esters. Also a bit of nuttiness and some alcohol.

Tastes of caramel, dark roasted malt, nuts, some chocolate, and a bit of alcohol to finish it off. Pretty complex; I know I'm not getting everything there.

Overall, a very nice sipping beer, perfect for drinking after a meal.

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Photo of treyrab
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared this with my dad tonight. He doesn't like strong beers, so this was a surprise for him. Poured it into two pint glasses...

A: Pours a clear maple brown with a huge head. The huge head may have been due to my dad inexperience in pouring, but nonetheless, that is what it had. Laces slightly too.

S: The smell is very intriguing with chocolate and nice sweet caramel. It is not a strong smell as I would have suggested, but good nonetheless!

T: The taste is very light surprisingly with chocolate and caramel. The chocolate really sticks out and makes this great. Alcohol comes through on the finish and distracts a bit.

Overall, this is a pretty stellar beer. It is a bit warming on the finish, but I really enjoyed the chocolate notes.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish body with a faint tan-head that dissipates slowly and leaves some lace patches. Malt smell is prevelant - sweetness to it. Like caramel and sugary stuff (bubblegum, cotton candy). Also a little syrupy in the smell. Taste and mouthfeel further this. This is thick, like almost milk shake through a straw thick. And oh so sweet. The sweet malts drive this beer and even finishes with a sweet touch. Hints of dark fruit there; something to just tweak it so you're not drinking sugar water. If it weren't for the high ABV (which is almost completely hidden - there is a slight burn after awhile if you're just sippin') I could session this anytime.

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Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 4 fingers of tan/caramel colored head.

S: Nice big breadyness, nice cinnamon, & brown sugar. Good head retention & lacing

T: Brown bread & pumpernickel, brown sugar & dryness up front, plus just a kiss of bubblegum (interesting!). Brown bread, leafy hops & a whisper of smokey booze as this warms. Finishes bready with a touch of rye

MF: Chewy with a touch of booze & perfect carbonation

Too drinkable for the style, beware!! One of the best eisbocks I've had!!!

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

Had this at Max's for their German Beer Fest. A light brown color as it pours. A half a finger head, and some decent lacing.

Some sweetness and dark fruity malt on the nose, with a hint of alcohol.

The same in the taste, but somehow the alcohol isn't noticeable... Didn't detect any hops here. A light-medium mouthfeel, lighter then I thought it would be, syrupy to a degree.

Pretty good pick here, this being the first time I've had an eisbock, so I didn't know what to expect. I didn't feel the ABV though. You might wanna wanna watch out with this beer, with 9.2 it could creep up on you and kick your ass.

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Photo of julian
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this was a generous extra from Goliath. Thanks dude, this was freakin' GREAT!

A: color is of dark brown, almost black cola with a hint of garnet hues around the edges. There's a thin layer of mocha colored head that quickly disappears. It's initially effervescent from viewing the bottom of the glass but that is short lived. No lacing.

S: smell is a wonderful aroma of sweet molasses and prune, brown sugar and rich malt. This is incredibly sweet on the nose. I don't really detect any alcohol presence either...it must be cleverly masked.

T: Wow this is one of the best tasting Eisbock's I've had to date! I cannot detect the alcohol in it at all. The taste is a sweet melody of rich malt, molasses and sweet ripe prunes. Not cloyingly sweet, but enough to know it's there. At first it's a sweet molasses/malt taste then as it washes over your palate the taste turns to sweet prune which then mellows on the finish. There is absolutely no hop presence here.

M: slightly carbonated which is noticeable on the first sip, but as it works it's way over your taste buds and through your mouth it smoothes out very quickly into a somewhat thicker, creamier mouthfeel that glides down your throat with ease.

D: For the style, this is almost exact to bjcp specifications, plus it's one of the best tasting Eisbock's I've tried to date. I could drink this more so than any of Eisbock, despite the high ABV. This would make an incredibly good winter beer or camping beer by the fire on a brisk summer / fall night.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Dark brown, thin light tan head.

s: Rich caramel malt, raisins, figs, prunes, nutty too.

t: Deep caramel malt base with notes of caramelized brown sugar, molasses, raisins, prunes. Maybe some banana bread. Kind of like a Mr. Pibb.

m: thick and syrupy with medium carbonation.

d: Complex and dessert like. Tasty, but just a bit sweet, as eisbocks can be. Watch out for the alcohol...whoa. Enjoy in moderation.

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Photo of mbrasi
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fell in love with eisbocks after my friend gave me one of his homebrew eisbocks. Pours deep amber with off white head. Aroma is fig, raison, and sweet malt. Flavor is slightly hot but not overpowering a nice charecteristic of most eisbocks. Mouthfeel is medium to thick with little carbonation. Dark fruit dominates and finished bitter.

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

pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, small light tan head, some lacing.

smell is of caramel, cocoa, nuts, malt, slight dark fruit in the back.

taste is thick, strong, and tart, sour malt, some cocoa, some licorice, a little roasted toffee, end is somewhat bitter.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a large wineglass yields a deep ruby-brown body capped with a finger of rocky tan foam that reduces to a ring leaving a few scraps of lacing scattered about the glass.

The smell of the drink is uber-malty, deeply bready-sweet and a bit spicy.

The taste is richly sweet with a spicy, fruity malt backbone. A bit of fruity sweetness manifests itself as plum, or perhaps prune, with dark notes of wood-infused caramel, drizzled with vanilla and sprinkled with a little white pepper.I expected a much more potent alcohol presence, but the drink hides its 9.2% ABV with great style.

The feel of the drink is full-bodied and well-carbonated, making it quite easily quaffed despited the burly booze numbers. Superb drinkability and a superb drink.

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Photo of joezak5
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; beautiful dark blackish red with just a trace of ruby sneaking through under an intense light. Good spotty retention with icy glistening lacing.

Smell: Toasty sweet bread smothered in molasses. Deepy and darkly malty.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfillingly malty with a surprisingly light body.

Taste: Sweet molasses malt, toasted coffee and hoppy alcohol on the finish. Caramelly warmth on the finishing exhale.

Drinkability: This is like a kicked up Ayinger Celebrator... not quite at drinkable becuase of the ABV, but if you want a similar sipper this is your beer.

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Photo of joshwlt
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first beer in a series of good beers a few nights ago and I remember this being deliciously malty. Moderately thick, creamy yet slick mouthfeel -- just real smooth. Had the right balance of bready, toffee, almost nutty, and dark fruits involved in the taste. Not too sweet, no real smokiness involved; just a great strong beer for a malt lover. This went down pretty quickly and the alcohol presence did not make itself known until the morning after.

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Photo of kinger
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby color with little head and no lacing. Interesting sweet aroma that touches on a fruity overtone. Thick full mouthfeel very nice. The flavor is what really pulls this ice bock together. The malts are extremely sweet almost too sweet but then there are flavors of figs and raisins with some caramel and even a touch of chocolate. Very complex indeed. The finish is smooth and of course sweet. Enjoyable but definitely on a limited basis.

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Photo of rye726
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with a tan head. Poor retention. The nose is quite smokey and has a good amount of dried fruit, candy and roasted malts. More of the same in the flavor department. A delicious brew. Full body goes down well. Could drink this all night.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown and translucent, lazy lingering film of head just little bits of lace as well

aromas of bananas and gorgeous caramel smells

brown sugar, caramel, certainly some peppery alcohol combined with some banana like yeastiness

full bodied and smooth medium-light carbonation, the alcohol also makes it rather dry

drinks like a nice big beer, smooth, sweet and a nice alcoholic snap. Another good Eisbock

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3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Eisbock so I didn't know what to expect. It pours a dark carmel with lots of carbonation that rushes to make a thick tan head. The head dissipated slowly to nothing, once all of the carbo cleared you could see that it was clean. There was a small sweet roasted hop scent with a little malt and some spices thrown in. Lots of alcohol and a little bitter hint of hop is all that I could taste, and a hint of malt. It was thick and creamy with a bitter alcohol aftertaste. I'm not to sure about this one, the high alcohol taste was nice but a little too much, there wasn't a lot of flavor but it did have a nice kick. This one seems like it would be better with age.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer is one year from store purchase. The beer pours a very dark mahogany color and fizzy tan head of 1 cm foams up and fades very quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is heavy with dark fruit and chocolate, dark chocolate covered rum cherries, or raisins. Some molasses scents too.
Definitely hints at a larger beer.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body and sticky textured brew with minimal yet tingly carbonation. Flavor is all malt and fairly sweet. Lots of dark fruit and dark high cacao chocolate notes. Raisins and red grape mixing in too. No real alcohol burn or bite until just a little warmth on the very end of the swallow. I cant believe this is 9.2%!!!
I think I found a new beer to buy every time I see it, this is a good one to have on hand, especially for the winter! I likey very much.

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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.11 out of 5 based on 998 ratings.
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