Brewed by Kulmbacher Brauerei (Schörghuber)
Style: Eisbock
Kulmbach, Germany


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RATINGS: 1323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
The ice bock, also known as "Bayrisch Gefrorns", owes its discovery to a coincidence. According to the chronicles of the Kulmbacher brewery, some time around 1900 an apprentice forgot on a cold winter day to carry two barrels of bock beer into the brewery cellar. The barrels stayed outside, were covered by ice and snow and weren’t discovered until the following spring. The barrels had burst and the apprentice was reprimanded. But the carelessness was a stroke of luck because under the thick ice coat, a bock beer extract remained, strong tasting and high in alcoholic content.
Even if the dark, tasty speciality is not produced in this spectacular way anymore, the chance that gave birth to this beer became a tradition. Today this beer rarity is brewed in a modern brewing and freezing process, but the incomparable taste is still the same and can always be enjoyed in winter months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Pours a dark brown with a small head. Flavor is malty with a slight sweetness to it. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2005
12oz bottle freebee from jjpm74, thanks John! This is my first eisbock, and I enjoyed it. It’s got a real distinct bite to it, very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2005
Very dark brown color with bars of red leaking through. Little head, what there was dissipitated very quickly. Quite a sweet malty nose with hints of hay and dark fruit - raisins - and a hint of brown sugar. The body is very sweet with a large amount of malt and brown sugary sweetness. A very light hoppiness appears at the far end of the finish. This beer is in my opinion too sweet with not enough complexity to combat the sweetness. Clean yet lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2005
imagine the shock i had when i walked into a beer store in sc (state with abv limits) and saw the word ’eisbock’. i immediately grabbed up 2 of these real quick, and decided if it was good i would come back and get some more. well ill be making my trip there in the next few days. pours out a dark brown color with a brown head. looks like a really dark dopplebock. taste is rich and malty and very smooth. no complaints here from this one, and wow its 9.2%, you wouldnt know that if it wasnt printed on the bottle. a really awesome brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2005
very dark brown. Small beige foam. Deep amlty and alcoholc aroma of chocolate, grass and nuts. Malty, dense and warming flavour of grass, raisinbread and chocolatesauce. Long, sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 16, 2005
330ml bottle brewed 10/22/04. Deep brown color. Large sized white foamy head, with long lasting lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, fruit and malt. A medium bodied Eisbock. Malts are sweet with lots of brown sugar and molasses flavors, some breadyness. Soft flavors, little to no carbonation presence. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Perhaps a little thin in the mouth, but that may be due to the lack of carbonation. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Pours ruddy and dark with a fine tan head that evaporates rather quickly. Smells oaky and sweet. Deep burn oak flavor that eases off the tongue to finish with a woody bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Fine malt-heavy beverage...Don’t mean to damn with faint praise, but it just didn’t speak to me. Seemed cloying and overly-sweet...a bit malt-top-heavy. I’ll give it another shot someday and rerate, when I’m not so pissy..

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2005
My first experience with this yummiest and most perfect of beers was purchasing a six pack right before a big snow storm hit a couple of Decembers ago. Talk about your perfect beer moments! If I could afford to buy cases and cases of this stuff to have around all the time, do you think I would? You bet your bottom dollar, I would.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (15272) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Bottle, 9.2%. Very malty aroma, hint of yeast. Dark brown colour with a nice red shine, small unstable light brown head. The flavour is very malty and quite nice with good, warming alcohol notes and nice burnt caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy. Aftertaste of aroma hops and bonbon.

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