Eisbock | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Kulmbacher Reichelbrau Eisbock

Added by TXHops on 04-03-2003

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +1.9%
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 +0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 +3.6%
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 -4.6%
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 +3.2%
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 -2.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +16.5%
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 -45.6%
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 +10.4%
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 +7.3%
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 -2.9%
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 +6.1%
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 -11.9%
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 +3.2%
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 +1.9%
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 +3.6%
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 -6.1%
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 -7.3%
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 +3.2%
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%
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 -6.6%
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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