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

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RATINGS: 1335   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 My top beer for 2004. Best before 12/31/03. 9.2%. Almost no head. Dark brown but light passes through. Exquisite aroma. Smokey chocolate flavour. Delicious flavour of smoke, cholocate and dark malt.

5
Gmku (303) - Baltimore, Maryland, 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.

5
drpimento (3714) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2005
My Gawd! What heaven is this! Upon pouring you first notice the body as it flows thickly into the glass with a nice luxuriant creamy tan head. The aroma of caramel and fragrant perfumy hops scent the air around. The flavor is intensely the same. Nice dusky reddish brown or brownish red. Whatever. Who cares, since this beer is so loaded with sensual qualities. Mine was a little too cold right out of the fridge. I know much more will come out of this as I let it warm. The carbonation is just right and balances the extra malty body of the beer. A long finish with no untoward aftertastes. This one came from a beer of the month, but they have it at the Bodega downtown La Crosse, too.

5
RyanImbibed (1) - Rhode Island, USA - FEB 23, 2010 does not count
This beer had a very nice aroma dominated by the tobacco therein. It rolls on the palate for several seconds with a mixture of tobacco, vanilla and chocolate. It is quite honestly the best beer I’ve ever had.

5
SilkTork (5780) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2011
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Has a real funky glittery label, like snowy ice. This, according to legend, is the original eisbock. It’s a must have, just for that legend. Also, Michael Jackson rated this as a top class beer. I felt that the beer couldn’t live up to its legend and reputation, but - boy oh boy - this beer is lovely! It’s all about the malt. And I love malt. I love, dark, flavoursome malt. Sweet, sticky, brown malt, with bread and fruit, and dark, dark, flavours, like swimming in treacle and molasses. Oh, this is soft, and delicious. But it’s not one-dimensional, it twists and turns, and, despite the loveliness, it has its challenges and secrets. There’s aromas of oil and petrol and decaying matter and bubbling richness, there’s alcohol nips, and there’s bitter spots, and there’s a solid tobacco stained adult quality about this. There’s much to enjoy, and much to admire. This is delightful, and never boring. And, phew, it hits you with that alcohol strength because it’s so soft and drinkable, you’ve gone through a bottle in no time at all. Oh my, this is one of the best beers in the world. A fucking lager, for fucks sake!

5
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
What an amazing eisbock!! This brew poured up a near black-colored body with a bubbly head with moderate retention and lacing effects. Aromas full of dark roasted coffee beans, roasted malts and dark fruits (figs perhaps). Flavors of sweet malts, dark fruits, alcohol, and coffee. Full-bodied, thick and creamy, very smooth on the palate and warming finish reminiscent of fresh baked bread.

5
lukasbier1795 (2) - - JUL 29, 2012 does not count
Sehr gutes bier vor allem im landkreis kulmbach und bayreuth sehr beliebt schöner herber geschmack

5
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Chocolate and vanilla. Long taste, with a warming finish. Great beer, very special.

5
corkyrory66 (2127) - BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2017
Eisbock de 9,2 % abv, à l’étiquette argentée, mais aux saveurs d’or pur … Mon exemplaire était à 1 mois avant date, mais pouvait faire le tour du monde et de l’horloge astronomique sans aucun problème … Couleur acajou sombre, à la clarté nette. Pétillement au versage, c’est amusant … Mousse de surface, seulement constituée par l’éclatement des bulles … (un champagne, diraient certains … si cela les amuse, on va laisser faire, en rigolant sous cape …). Nez qui est une sorte de rêve, concentré de malt/bois quasi pur. 1ère bouche souple, suave, à la fantastique entame malt/vin/bois. Arrière-bouche clos Vougeot, parcelles sud. 2ème de nectar pur, malt/fruit/fût. Arrière-bouche strictement extraordinaire. La longueur est géantissime … (donc, on part de 4,50 mètres et on monte encore un peu …). Jambes parfaitement lisses. Levure ad hoc, disait le capitaine … Alcool, ben mon vieux, ça fait une paire que je n’ai vu un aussi efficace … Finale culminante … chez Kulmbacher. CONCLUSION : une pure merveille ou une merveille pure .. je vous laisse choisir !! (Moi, j’ai choisi ..). Tiens, au fait, c’est ma 300ème étrangère en top rate ...

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humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2004
It is amazing how good a beer can be if you just get that damn water out of the way. This eisbock is pure nectar from the gods. A dark, deep "ruby-berry" color and a puffy white head. The taste is clean, smooth and as complex as the ecological and autecological interactions of our once prevelent now depauperate midwestern ecoregions. In spite of the high alcohol content there is not a trace of acridity or offense. Rather, raisins, berries and yeasty earth tones coalesce in this heavenly beverage of the gods. This could possibly be the worlds most well balanced beer. In fact, if beer was served at "the last supper", I’m willing to waiger my soul that it was Kulmbacher Eisbock.


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