Redhook Eisbock 28
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German Eisbock
3.74 | pDev: 13.64%
Redhook Brewlab
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Eisbock 28 is an ice processed winter warmer. This rich lager is aged for months at temperatures well below freezing and is a deep gold color and has a smooth and malty flavor with bittersweet complexities. This highly unique beer is unlike any other and to our knowledge Redhook is the only American Brewer currently brewing it. This traditional winter beer is very drinkable, even with its high alcohol content and is perfect before or after dinner.

30 IBU
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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 146
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold under a thin white foam collar. Alcohol, spice and malt aromas. Very alcoholic but smooth with rich malt flavors, traces of spice, kettle sugars and a hint of caramel. Full body, medium low carbonation, warming. A big, alcoholic beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on date is 8/30/2010.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains brown sugar, lager yeast, caramelized malts, dark fruit alcohol and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then a strong alcohol sting comes in along with some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. The sweetness strengthens as you continue to drink the beer. The hops presence is very mild and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is boozy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, decent representation of style, not sure if this is a case where the beer wasn’t very good or it just didn’t age well. Either way there are better beers in the style.

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Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Eisbock is paler than I expect but still within the style as I understand it. It's more a dark orange, sort of coppery with a bit of haze. The head is large but too loose to hold together for any time. Left behind is a bubbly sort of foam that deposits some spotting as the beers falls.
As it should be, malts are heavy in the aroma. It's got the boozy sort of sweetness anticipated, lots of dark fruits and caramel. The alcohol is a little hot, but not terribly. A touch of grass is offered by the hops. Not masterfully done, but good.
It goes an interesting route in the flavor, as the sweetness clashes with an interestingly dry element. Dark fruits and something like molasses are strong. Wheat isn't quite cracker and offers a little tang. There's a little bit of spiciness and some white fruits flesh, but otherwise there's not as strong a Belgian yeast note as some. A little diacetyl seems present, as it mingles with the doughy taste for a sort of buttered biscuit note.
There's a bit of crispness on the tongue. While this beer maintains a medium body, it has a certain thickness that makes it seems like it ought to be fuller. It's smooth for the duration but has an interesting mineral quality on the palate. It's a little cloying in the thickness.

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Photo of bmwats
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a weizen.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, brown head. Settles very quickly. No lacing.

S: Oak, caramel, and booze.

T: Tastes like it smells. Caramel and oak and booze.

M: Syrupy and thick on the palate. Boozy and sweet.

D: Sip due to heft.

Atmosphere is okay. Bubbly head, no real lacing. Nose is wood, caramel, and booze. Tastes like it smells. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
1.85/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Eisbock pours a dark copper color, with little head, nice carbonation bubbles. Aroma is fruity sweet, as well as sour. The taste is sourish and has a sharp alcohol flavor, had flower like flavors, not from hops, but from flowers. Hard to drink, flavors didn't mix well. Overall NOT enjoyable, actually it was rather disgusting.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 30 Aug 10, Price $6.99

A: clear, nice light brown/amberish color, very nice frothy thick head that persisted
S: deep caramelized malt, dark fruit
T: deep caramelized malt, good hop balanced bitterness, a lot of heat from EtOH but well-made
M: chewy, dense, good eisbock, still very hot from EtOH after 20 months in the bottle

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Photo of illuminutteh
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I call "cheese beer" meaning that it would go well with a cheese tray with say Havarti or Swiss and perhaps deli meats like ham, pastrami or turkey. I am a huge fan of ALL of Red Hook's products, and I have yet to find even one that I don't like. This has a very complex flavor which is hard to describe for me. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. There is a wonderful sort of aftertaste which reminds me of nuts. I would recommend drinking this chilled, but for cold weather drinking by a fire with a snack tray while watching TV or a movie. 4.5/5.0. I almost gave this one straight 5's, but it is not what I would drink normally, so I was conservative in my rating. Cheers!

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Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2010 bottle aged in fridge since purchased (at release). Served in a chalice.

Beautiful dark amber tone with a small lace head (reminiscent of a thin paisley doily) that lasted throughout consumption.

Beautifully aromatic notes of sherry, dried fruit, and Munich malt. Almost like sticking your head in a sack of freshly milled munich malt.

It tasted well aged. Slight booze on the back of you nose when swallowed. The bitterness ratio was slightly on the sweet side, but not syrupy. notes of caramel candy (the cube shaped kind wrapped in clear cellophane) and dried fruit played off each other. No hop flavor or aroma. Malty sweet.

Mouthfeel was thick and low carbonation but somehow seemed dry once swallowed.

Over all a great beer. I bought two bottles when this hit the shelf at my grocer. Drank the first right away and it was incredibly boozy and 2 dimensional. The timing popping this one open was perfect. It aged very well (tip my hat to Redhook). too bad its gone forever....

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber date stamped Aug 30th 2010

Purchased from the "Cellared / Aged" refrigerator at my local craft beer store two months ago and stored in my basement cellar until recently. Therefore, I was not in control of the environment in which this the one was stored for most of its cellaring duration, I only know for certain that it was under refrigeration at the point in time when I bought it, and the store manager who would have known more details about it was not on duty at the time...

It is colored light transparent mahogany, sort of like a lighter maple syrup in terms of color hue. A brief moment of fizz climbing up the sides of the snifter gives up the ghost in twenty seconds and from then on the brew is completely dead flat. I can't fault it too harshly for that, however, given the age of the bottle.

Heavy amounts of raisin toffee and toasted nuts are present in the nose, along with a medium level of booziness. I agree very much with all the other BA reviews that mention a strong aroma of pie crust. There is a mild aroma of age-degraded earthy-floral hopping once the glass warms up for a bit.

Flavor is overall like a sweeter-balanced barleywine, or a Samiclaus with less spicing to it. Sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruit flambe and nutty toffee dominate over another wisp of faded earthen hopping and perhaps even a hint of yeast spice. This is definitely a dessert beer meant for sipping slowly.

Mouthfeel is a bit too much like maple syrup in terms of viscosity and the coating viscous nature of its texture, which would have been a non-issue were there actually any carbonation left in the bottle. The heavy chewy body is just fine, but the 'clingy-ness' of it is, let us say, somewhat less appreciated.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 21 Oct 2010. Courtesy of ratatat & S, thanks! Served in the 0.4 L Radeberger mug.

Huge light brown head. Well carbonated. Clear reddish brown in color. Aroma is sweet, caramel, ethanol and molasses. Quite syrupy and boozy. Lots of dried fruit. Syrupy. Ethanol comes on strong in the finish and aftertaste. Did I mention syrupy? Sweetness fades to just a lightly bitter aftertaste.

A says this is like a high class 40, but she's only had Hurricane, so it's possible she doesn't really know what she's talking about.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A well balanced barleywine with a nutty, fruit aroma. Taste follows the nose very closely. However, the booze provides a nice warmth at the back along with some mild bitterness. Its a heavy hitter in terms of abv but its not heavy if you are just sippping it. I had modest expectations for semi craft beer, but this was a winner.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear bronze colored beer with a short tan colored head that doesn't last.

Smell is sweet and strongly nutty and syrupy. Essentially this smells like bottled Baklava. Little bit of toasted grain in the smell, smells like baked pie crust.

Starts out sweet with a strong nuts and barley malt flavor. Tastes like Shoe-fly pie, mostly of toasted pie crust, sugar and caramel and not much of anything else. It is OK.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer but not anything really special. Just not a must have beer.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing i notice is that this beer has virtually no head. the color is very caramel brown with some ambery red hues, no real lacing to speak of.

smells very caramel and toffee scented with some distinct resin and pine hops. slight heat, just a load of sweetness.

The taste is the same but with some really slight spice flavor, and a bit of bran as well.

mouthfeel is a touch syrupy with some effervescent carbonation that does not last on my tongue before it disapears. as well it is moderately bodied but the syrupy nature makes it a bit difficult to handle.

bought this for 3.99, am pleasantly suprised. bought a bottle of the widmer brothers galaxy hopped barley wine for 9.99 will probably rate it higher but will still be happy. Life is good.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent creamy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with a touch of lacing, over mostly clear amber reddish orange beer.

Nose is loaded with malts, mostly reddish copper malts, caramel, that red candy that you cover candy apples with, hints of molasses, some toffee, a bit of wheat, a bit of a creamy malt demeanor, pretty sweet and heavy smelling, hint of earthy hops and light fruits.

Taste starts heavy, syrupy to say the least. Tons of malts, again mostly reddish malts, slightly toasty but mostly caramel and red candy flavors. The a big toffee and big-daddy caramel candy flavors, with hint of molasses as well. Some wheat like malt flavors but not much, contrasts the big sweetness and warming tingly booze, that also hints at boozy esters. Some light fruits, even candy covered apple, come through. There is also a hint of like a bourbon cousin flavor, I'm not sure what it is but there is something there I get in young bourbon maybe the caramel flavors that come from the oak. The booze gets warming and tingly but not too bad. It turns fairly bitter on the finish with a bit of earthy spicy and grassy hops, with some warming tingly booze to remind you the abv late, and a bit of a sticky caramel finish.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied but not too big, decent carb, and plenty of warming tingly booze.

Overall not bad, more like a wheatwine than eisbock but decent overall, nice malts, some hops come through on the finish that give the wheatwine taste more than eisbock, booze isn't too bad either.

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Photo of Vierenner
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. My first Eisbock ... will definitely need to find more. I suppose over the course of a year+ in the bottle certain attributes have changed so my review of a fresh Redhook Eisbock could be different.

A foamy head is fairly persistent. Color is copper/amber and a little cloudy. Sweetness is present in the aroma and taste. A very slight hop bite is evident but certainly tolerable for those seeking less bitter beers.

I finished a bomber in the time it took me to write this review ... delicious!

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 1 finger off white head. Good retention. Moderate lacing. Color is amber bronze.

S. First smell impression is a boozy barleywine with a bit of sour fruit. Interesting smell. Very prominant alcohol smell.

T. Taste to me is very similar to a barleywine. Dark fruit, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, caramel. Has a some spices going on. Has maybe a little bit of clove and banana.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. A little bing of lingering sweetness.

O. Overall this was pretty good. Not sure about eisbocks in general, but to me it tasted like a pretty tasty boozy barleywine. Probably the best beer, I have ever had from Redhook. Not overly complex, but a pretty solid beer.

*I try to avoid reading other reviews of beer until I have reviewed one. After reading some other reviews it finally dawned on me that this beer is over a year old. It makes a little more sense that this beer has turned into a barleywine now. Wonder what it tasted like fresh.*

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

Bottled on Aug 30, 2010 enjoyed on 10/4/2011
I found this bottle at a store I don't normally frequent, and since I never tried it when it came out, I pulled the trigger. Pours a crystal clear deep copper color with a decent foamy beige head that shows moderate retention and leaves decent lace. I can smell the sugary sweet fruit as soon as I pop the top. Closer to my nose with the glass brings out some dark fruits like plums and cherries, some dark sugar and caramels and a surprising amount of ethanol for a beer that's over a year old. This smells like a barleywine quite honestly. Taste is sweet and fruity up front. I get some sugars, but not what I expected from the aroma. Slightly earthy hop bite is present but obviously faded. Alcohol provides a bit of warming, but luckily is not as strong and the nose suggested. Medium body, sweet fruity almost sticky mouthfeel, light level of carbonation. Not having this fresh really skews my perspective because this doesn't seem like a bock to me. This is a pretty good old ale or barleywine at this point, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Aug. 30 2010 - consumed on Sept 19 2011

A - Poured out a clear, reddish color with gold highlights. It had a small, off-white head of bubbly foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel and some fruity notes.

T - Mainly this tasted of sweet caramel, more sweet caramel and more sweet caramel. There was a touch of bitterness and some boozy alcohol flavors.

M - It was fairly crisp but a little sticky on the tongue. A medium bodied eisbock.

O - I assumed an 11% ABV Eisbock would be sweet when fresh. I hoped at 13 months old it would have mellowed considerably, but it hasn't. This one might need several years to mellow.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thin tan cloud rises up and over the top and settles down giving a touch of light foam along the sides and the bottom of the glass.

Tons of rich toffee and caramel initially on the nose, once it warms up though it becomes one of the most complex aromas I have ever encountered. Light alcohol notes, hints of dark cherries and fruit, light chocolate and almost a root beer like touch as it really comes up near room temperature. To say the aroma was inviting would be an understatement, this was intense. Smooth, full, thick body on this one really let the flavor just coat your tongue

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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at the 2010 ACBF. I managed to get a sample of it when Red Hook decided that they were going to tap the keg they brought. The beer poured out as a nice looking shade of amber with a light amount of haze to it. The aroma of the beer was very malty, had a sweetness to it and a little bit of booze on the nose. The taste had a nice amount of sweetness to it with a lot of malt in there. Not much in the way of hops at this point. The mouthfeel of the beer was a little thick which I found to be nice. Overall this brew is worthy of trying if you can find it.

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Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #16 sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.After the prior beer re Eisbock disaster, I sampled this one cautiously.

Light amber reddish body, clear, one finger white head, some visible effervescence, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Bready malts in the nose, quite boozy aromas, balanced by some caramel malts and floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, the booze has tamed a bit, caramel and bready malts counteract the ABV. Mouthfeel is a bit light, noticeable alcohol, dry finish. This was the best Eisbock of the tasting, and to be honest, I wouldn't order any of them again.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, this one is a clear deep red with not much head at all. Decent looking brew.

The aroma is boozy with notes of caramel and dark fruit.

The taste is more of the same. There are definite fruit flavors and biscuity malt flavors. It's really a different flavor than most beers I've tried and quite interesting.

It has such a distinct flavor and I feel like I should be able to place it but I can't. Very good though, and I'm a fan.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, bottled 8/30/10,

A: Pours a dark amber with a very light head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Nose is heavy with raisin and sweet malt. Sugary and direct.

T: Lots of sweet malt and fig. Mildly alcoholic, with a tasty malty finish, good dark sugar notes.

M: Full-bodied and smooth, elegant for sure, very light carbonation, almost spiritous.

O: Redhook impresses with a very well done eisbock. The flavours are integrated and structured well and never cloying. A very enjoyable nightcap, though I have no idea why they bottled this in bombers.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From notes and a blind tasting.

Poured deep roasted pumpkin, clear, a decent off white head that left a slim ring. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and alcohol. Oh yes, you can tell this is high gravity. Nicely sweet with a bittersweet finish. And quite warming. Viscous and smooth. This would fit very well as a barleywine, but alas, it is an eisbock. Certainly not to style in our opinions, in which case I had to dock a point overall.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear, medium copper color with a decent amount of head. Ok retention, not much lacing.

Nose is sticky sweet and toasty with a heavy dose of alcohol.

Taste is candy-ish and thick. Lots of caramel and the alcohol is still there but is actually quite smooth for an 11%er. I could see this getting better with some age on it, it is pretty green and the flavors have not quite come together fully but the potential is there. Creamy and soft mouthfeel, I am pleasantly surprised by this worthy Redhook rendition of the Eisbock style. Kudos.

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