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


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RATINGS: 1291   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.

bpreo's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (2187) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Whew! 9.5% alcohol, but a very pleasant taste. They claim to be the original Eisbock creators.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3686) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
The follow-up to Reichelbräu Eisbock and in that sense the ’prototype’ of the Eisbock style in more than one way. I’ve been pondering about this German classic for years and finally found a bottle to rate it. Thick, dense, creamy, pale beige head over a very dark purple brown beer, still translucent though. Very purely malty aroma of dry cookies, caramel candy, damp cloth, brownies, hint of tea, toasted brown bread, dried banana, chestnuts, butterscotch, leather, quite a lot of iron but coming across as quite natural still. Condensed sweet onset, candied dates, dried banana and hints of candied cherry, ’deep’ and subtle sourishness balancing this sweetness, soft carbo, very caramelly middle with nutty and chocolatey accents, smooth and lightly oily, fairly thick mouthfeel, fruit sweetness carrying on over this thick caramel sweetness, light bittering in the end, a little bit toasted with soft, ’structural’ herbal and earthy hop touch; somewhat liqueurish and gin-like alcohol warmth is there from the middle and heats the throat a bit without becoming astringent - or even without decreasing the surprisingly high ’drinkability’ of this beer seen its ABV. Not very complicated but very well crafted, an old European classic which inspired many others and a must for maltheads. I did like Schneider’s take on this style a bit more for being richer, but this one sure demands respect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (673) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
Tap at Station House, Forest Hills, Queens. Pours dark amber, almost black. thin off-white head. Aroma is cherry, dark fruit, malt, fig, plum. Flavor is plums, cherries, dark fruits. Not too boozy for how big it is. Solid. Good beer on a chilly day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TaktikMTL (6571) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2015
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie au coût de 6,95$. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de petits fruits. Apparence: La couleur est brune-noire avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel avec une pointe de céréales et de fruitée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #6567)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fujimo2000 (31) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours dark Crimson with a light brown lacing. Smell is roasted fruit. Very smooth easy drinking beer. Taste some banana and fig. Finish shows a bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
greks (215) - GERMANY - OCT 23, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2015 0,33 l Longneck-Flasche aus einem lokalen Getränkemarkt. Sehr dunkles, trübes, öliges Bier mit einer kleinen, bräunlichen, feinporigen Schaumkrone. Riecht nach Pflaumen, Schwarzen Beeren. Im Geschmack eine leichte Trockenpflaumen-Süße, dann Anflüge von Karamell, Kaffee und Röstaromen. Die 9,2 Prozent schmeckt man nicht, fühlt sie aber nach dem zweiten Schluck. Wow, das knallt!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kingi (555) - - OCT 17, 2015
Aroma is sweet hints of banana. Black beer small head. Taste is light bitterness medium sweetness. Moderate alcohol. Finish is smooth ligh/medium finish. Body is medium. Low carbs. Would be goodnbut the pushing alcohol lowers points in all areas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1927) - Tuusula, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle from saveur biere, france. Almost black color, tanned head. Aroma has sweet sugar notes, malty, hint of alcohol. Quite smooth palate, sweet malty notes, some licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1570) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Bottle from Wine Warehouse. My first eisbock! Let’s see how this goes. Pours brown with a frothy tan head. Aromas of caramel, plum and other dark fruit, possibly rum or something that reminds me of a most Christmas rum fruitcake. Taste is a bittersweet combination of plum, caramel, fruitcake, nuts, metal, sugar. Finishes more sweet than bitter. Very interesting. Nice first impression.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2015
Good fruity aromas of ripe plums. Sparse foam, but it is also a strong Eisbock with its 9.2% as high foam. The taste is malty and sweet, mellow and warming. Only slightly hop bitterness at the end keeps the whole in place for a long time. It is a really nice and really tasty bock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1650) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2015
Des reflets rougeâtres se distinguent à contre jour au travers un liquide très foncé. Un mince voile inerte le recouvre. Un nez d’alcool, de raisins secs et de pruneaux séchés. Une amertume et un aspect acidulé, mêlés à des saveurs de fruits secs dans une texture des plus soyeuses qui offre de belles caresses au palais. (Date 21.10.15 ) (1533-010815)

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