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Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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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 Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first ice bock I've ever had, this poured a very dark, translucent reddish-brown with only a little thin tan head. It smelled like prunes and oak with some hops. I tasted similar to its scent, although it was a bit sweeter than expected. It was like prunes and molasses mixed with hops bitterness, and slight alcohol warming in the aftertaste. The texture was thick and oily like an imperial stout, but it was still fairly drinkable. Overall it was very different than I expected, but it was pretty good.

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Photo of Greggy
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby, nice 1 finger head, decent lacing. raisin color.

S- Fresh flour, sweet maltiness, dark chocolate, lactose, belgian candy, hint of light pineapple.

T- Thick rich sweet malt, loads of caramel, a bit of prune.

M- Very thick and syrupy, lower carbonation.

D- For me, it was very, almost cloyingly sweet so I was glad I was splitting a bottle.

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Photo of mimicic
3.51/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark // coffee/coke colorr. Forms a thin layer of small bubbles.

S - Sweet, soy sauce with sugar smell.

T - Sweet yet bitter.

M - syrupy with little carbonation

D - Thick, sweet, and strong in alcohol content. Probably possible to drink one bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

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

A- 33cl bottle poured into warsteiner tulip. Dark mahogany with 3 finger tan head with good retention for the abv and also good lacing.

S- Raisins, prunes, sweet sugary caramels, toffees, bready malts.

T- Some nice prune and caramel sweet notes, finish is slighltly alcholic but this is well masked with a bready malt quality.

M- Sticky, syrupy.

D- Very tasty brew with a smoothness for the abv, wouldnt want more than 1, but nonetheless, with this style, you arent looking for a session.

Note* beer paired with a coconut tart, coconut sweetness went well with the higer abv

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Photo of Lothar666
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The body was a deep, midnight brown mahogany color, while the head was off white, creamy and left traces of muddy lacing.

S- Cloves, spices, some cinnamon and dark fruits. Not at all what I was expecting. Very Nice.

T- More cloves, dark fruits and delicious spices backed with a sugary licorice flavor that makes me crave another sip. This sweet and spicy flavor is well balanced by hops in the finish. Phenomenal.

M- Very light body but not so thin as to be unpleasant and there is a pleasant tingle from the spices, hops and alcohol. This brew is a bit sticky but not chewy, which makes for a very interesting mouth texture.

D- This one goes dow incredibly easy and hides its high ABV very well. A tribute to classic German brewing traditions.

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Photo of biggmike
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber/ brown color with a nice off-white head that stayed a while. Aroma is of roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is made up of caramel, chocolate, toffee and some dark fruit. Alcohol is hidden well. Mouthfeel is pleasant and this is a nice beer.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a snifter-like tulip glass from the bottle.

A - deep dark, nearly opaque, amber color with a thick foamy head that is well retained, surprising considering the ABV on this one

S - faint noble hop aroma and interestingly complex malt character, remarkably clean as well

T - rich complex malt flavor (primarily caramel and munich malts noticed) with a slight hop finish

M - medium body with moderate carbonation

D - I'm not as familiar with the Eisbock style as I'd like to be after imbibing this beer. It's smooth and very enjoyable. It reminds me of a really smooth doppelbock.

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

12oz bottle poured into a bubble glass.

A: Pours a pretty dark brownish black when light passes through there is a deep dark ruby or finished wood color to it, there is a nice tightly packed and creamy sand colored head with some initially sticky looking lace. After a bit the head disappears into a ring and after a swirl of two of the glass the initial lace goes away, but considering the alcohol content on this beer the fact that some lacing sticks around is impressive.

S: There is an intense scent of apples in this guy, but like an apple crumble a nice caramel and brown sugar mixture that really defines the sweetness in the malt of the beer.

T/MF: The mouthfeel is smooth with touches of light carbonation and hop bitterness, the malt bitterness is minimal but it is there, this finish is not too protracted but a slick syrupy sweetness lies on the tongue for a bit after the swallow. The smell reflects the taste but the strong apple aroma in the nose has subsided a bit and taken over by a dustier yeasty profile tied with sweet candi sugar highlights all balanced by a deeply sweet and mellow toasted maltiness.

D: A pretty nicely balanced as well as rich and drinkable eisbock, not too heavy not too light. Though I prefer the aventius simply for the alcohol heat the accompanies the aftertaste, but this is still a very solid offering to be sure.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All hail the Shelton Brothers!

A: poured into a snifter. rich mahogany in color with a nice tan head. light lacing.

S: smells beautiful. great bouquet, warm apples with tons of spices. slight aroma of cloves.

T: rich malts with a hint of apples and bananas. the high alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

M: warms the mouth and makes the palate tingle with its complex flavors.

D: i may have found my Aventinus substitute. two of these and I am ready to party. Pick this up and you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of klewis
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep reddish mahogany with a moderate foamy head that settles to a frothy ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

S: Dark fruits and a strong grape juice aroma. Slight bubblegum smell.

T: Big fruity taste with a candy-like sweetness. Slightly spicy with a very minimal alcohol presence.

M: Full-bodied, thick, and creamy with light carbonation. Surprisingly, the big flavor is quick to fade.

D: This is a fine beer, but I'm not quite blown away. Still, a good example of the style and one that I would considering picking up again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz picked up at the Coop for about $3.50 .. shared with Brenda, mine from my New Belgium tulip.

Huge 2" head that lasted forever and left behind a ton of lacey rings... deep stained chesnut and the darkest ruby highlites.

Aroma is all deep malts.. some raisins and other dark fruits.. a little chocolate.

Flavor is rich rich rich... very clean.. same dark dried fruits and dark caramels... very nice polished creamy body.. some spicy hop flavors... fairly full body and lasting and appropriate prickly carbonation... a slight touch of semi-sweet chocolate.

For the most part, this brew is all about the malts.. yummy chewy malts... smooth as silk... I love dark lagers and this one catapulted to the top of my favorite big ones.

I've only had this one one time before, but judging from my old notes, I should be looking forward to the "28".

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a thin head that fades to a slight cap. Very sweet malt aromas with hints of soy and Karo syrup. Taste is somewhat similar, but slightly drier than the aromas. More Karo and sweet malt with a very slight bitterness on the finish. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel, but this is one sticky sweet monster. For dessert only.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle for $2.39 at Bella Vino, AA

Poured into a Lion tulip. Opaque with nice head. Smells of molasses, malt, raisins, and a touch of soy. Rich and thick, with a syrupy sweetness. A little tingle of carbonation when it first hits the tongue, but none other than that. Lingering finish. Just a touch of heat in the throat from the 9.2%, but I would have never guessed it was that high.

This was the first eisbock that I've rated. Very similar to a good German doppelbock, like Celebrator. Sipped on this for well over an hour on a cold night. Too sweet for more than one at a time most likely.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this one just by visually shopping at my new favorite store here in Albuquerque. When the "beer guy" at the shop told me it was a lot like Celebrator and that I could even do a side by side tasting, my immediate thought was something along the lines of: "Brother. You are really putting your reputation on the line here." It was my first suggestion from him and anyone in the store for that matter. I took his advice though and took a bottle of Celebrator to do a side by side tasting. The two are virtually twins I feel, with minimal characteristic differences. The Celebrator has a more roasted quality and the Kulmbacher has a sweeter edge...and also 2.5% more on the ABV. Overall I appreciated this one quite a bit and was surprised how similar it was to Celebrator.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay Chalice. Poured a dark brown, almost mahogany, with a large 2 inch head that dissipated quickly. Nose is of raisins, dark fruit, and syrupy malts. Taste is raisins right off the bat, with a syrupy maltiness in the middle finishing with a lingering alcohol kick. Mouthfeel is full. Definitely not a session beer (unless you want to hit the floor) but on a chilly winter night, 1 hits the spot.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to Mike from Carolina Brewmasters for bringing this treat to the Christmas party. I do love Eisbocks, although I've tried very few. Nice malty syrupy sweetness, a smell of plums and raisins to die for. Great all around, would love to get my hands on many more of these.

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

Appearance: poured a dark mahogany from a 11.2 oz into a snifter. Two finger head that rapidly receded, with a minimal amount of lacing.

Smell: sweet, with hints of dark malt and fruitiness. This is the first of the style I have had. Reminds me of some of the Dopplebocks I have had.

Taste: Dark malts, nice fruity sweetness with a nice alcoholic sting in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A little too sweet to drink more than 1 or 2, but one of these on a cold winter night would really hit the spot.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown, smallish head, retreats very quickly, virtually no retention, leaves some slight clear, alcoholic ethanol lacing.

S: Robust dark malts, with raisin, prune, brandywine, port, and lots of spicy ethanol. Smells a lot like Sam Adams Triple Bock without the maple syrup added.

T: Similar to the smell, very dark flavours abound, raisins, plum, prune, brandy, dark sugar and some molasses and band-aid phenol type characters. Heavy on the malt flavours, finding a hop is difficult, but that's okay, this is a style of beer where the flavour of the malt and alcohol is exalted.

M: Very smooth, silky smooth, with some medicinal qualities from the alcohol. A full-bodied beer, one to be sipped.

D: One of the rarer styles to find, but certainly a style I could get into. Kulmbacher makes a very good strong lager at a good price, less than $3 for the 11.2 oz. bottle. The alcohol is there, it is noticable, but this does not really take away from the drinkability of the beer like it can in some other styles of beer when the alcohol content is not to style. Definitely worth a try for strong beer fans.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kulmbacher Eisbock pours a mahogany brown that shows red highlights when held up to the light with a light brown head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is strong and malty with a bit of fruitiness. The taste is pretty much the same, very malty with some fruit. The alcohol is fairly well hidden in the flavor, but it does rear it's head a bit. This is a very good beer, but I couldn't have another.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby brown with a creamy off-white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet candy-like caramel malts, chocolate, dark fruits and some alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary caramel malts, dark fruits, and some smoke, with some alcohol warming. A bit of a bitter finish comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, it tastes like an extra-sweet doppelbock. It is very well done and tasty.

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Photo of becktone
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eye: Nearly black in color this beer looks fairly good as it sits in my goblet. The color is a very dark brown, or nearly black, with dark ruby highlights. The head is tea-stained tan in color and looks creamy. It is pretty thin in appearance, with decent lacing, though I think that this is more attributed to the glass than the beer itself. Just seems like this type of glass is designed to create a thin yet stable head.

Nose: Big malt nose, no hops are able to be detected. Dark fruits in the aroma, some chocolate, and some spicy notes are there. Alcohol is detectable, but in somewhat small amounts, hidden pretty well, I should say. Can't tell you what else I smell exactly, kinda complex. Not as potent as I would've liked, just a little bit too much work to get the nose from this brew.

Tongue: One of the first things I noticed about this beer when It hit my mouth was an immediate roasted grain bitterness. After that its sweet all the way down, alcohol is noticeable at the end. Bit of chocolate, and obviously roasted/toasted flavors in there. Really big malt flavor with some spiciness which is going to be coming from the alcohol (don't think that there would be too much hop spiciness in a beer like this, at least not this noticeable, plus the taste of the two is a completely different spiciness). Overall great taste, but I think that there could be more here, not sure what, but there could be more of it-what ever "it" is.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Body is heavy with just enough carbonation to remind you that this is in fact a beer and not some kind of crazy liquor. Slightly warming as it goes down due to alcohol. Velvety on the palate. This is a beer I'd not be opposed to buying again, though I think that I prefer Aventinus Weizen Eisbock over this one, it was just so much more exciting in my experience, much more profound. However, I've no qualms about finishing this sixer I've of this stuff.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured a dark, ruby color with a hugh off white head which took a while to disappear,

Smell- Roasted malts and fruits

Taste- Similar to the smell. Malts and fruits

Mouthfeel- Heavy and low carbonation.

Drinkability- This beer was okay. Something nice to drink in the winter.

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

Presentation: 11oz bottle (production code of 1558384) in an oversized crystal snifter

Poured thick and strong with a soft sizzle. Huge sweet, malted nose full of raisins, prunes, brown sugar, dark caramel, faint dark cherry and chocolate. With some bloom comes a soft nutty quality and cold, oily black, end of the pot office coffee the next morning. The soft burn of alcohol hangs over all of this like a morning fog.

A faint, lively pencil's worth of loose, toffee hued foam quickly faded into practically nothing, an excuse of a oily sheen resting on the surface with a delicate edge ring, exposing a cherry amber stained mahogany hue, almost port like in color.

Mmm...thick, rich, syrupy, but not overpowering. There is a subtle delicate nature to it which caught me off guard. Don't get me wrong...its a big beer, but the initial taste & mouthfeel are almost fragile in construction. Sweet with fruits like raisin & cherry, the malts coat the tongue with a velvet glove of malted porn. Its soft & smooth, no hard edges only round corners....very Feng Shui with the lack of poisoned arrows!!

As a result of this smoothness, its alarmingly easy to drink, which could be potentially dangerous given the over 9% ABV lurking in the background (more about that later). Need to slow this down!

Burnt coffee & chocolate are barely present in the malts (damn, this is easy to drink) as well as some burnt caramel. It just rolls like a damp morning fog over my mouth, gradually intensifying in feel, growing slightly bittersweet & finally combusting with that aforementioned, yet well hidden thus far, alcohol igniting with a cool fire in & on my teeth, finishing so smooth, clean, with not so much a chewy feeling but rather a sensation that a really good chocolate leaves where your mouth is coated in lushness & it naturally wants more.

A damn nice beer, and oh so smooth! A real malt lover's treat. This was lush, soft, welcoming, a ride over slowly cresting hills. This was one of the smoothest beers I can remember, which is a testament to Kulmbacher for creating such a easy flowing, high octane (you were warned) beer. This screams for some fully bloomed Bleu cheese, all creamy & smooth, to echo the mouthfeel, or some dry aged cheddar to completely contrast it. A great sipper and cold weather brew. Definitely recommended!

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Photo of kmo1030
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark ruby brown with a thick tan head that lasts for a bit.
caramelly chocolate malts with a fair amount of toffee in the nose. you find booze soaked dark fruits, mostly raisins, figs, with something of a dry grainy quality that's pretty appealing. nutty and toasty.
the taste leans a little more on the fruitier end of the spectrum than the aroma does, but it stays firmly entrenched on the sweet malty molasses side of things with more of the same from the aroma. the alcohol is not noticable to the taste, but you can feel it in the mouth.
full body with soft carbonation. very coating.
great drinkability, for the nature fo the beer. remarkably easy drinking, all things considering. a pretty damn good beer, a bit desert-y, but obviously well crafted.

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

08/13/07- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a code printed on the bottom right side of the label. Poured into my Aventinus Eisbock glass.

Appearance- Deep and somewhat murky brown in color. About a 1/2 inch off white head which leaves behind spotty lacing.

Smell- Dark fruit and more dark fruit. Alcohol soaked raisins, plums, prunes and dates...plus the addition of a sweet and darker roasted caramel base.

Taste- Exactly copies the scent. Very large caramel candied flavor. Even more intense as it warms to room temp. Prunes, raisins, dates and figs splash in the alcohol. At first a very light metallic note slips it's way in, but after a sip or two, it vanishes.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, syrupy and sweet mouthcoating.

Drinkability- One of the few of the style I have had. Good stuff, but meant for winter of fall rather than summer. Thick and strong tasty beer.

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