EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

647 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 53
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

A super-strong Bock, but not an Eisbock.
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Ratings: 647 | Reviews: 444
Photo of DevAJ
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of first beers that I bought as a "just to try" awhile ago (before I became a member) and I had remembered it as just being a strong beer though I do remember liking it.

However, since I had had a multitude of beers since then, I decided that I needed to try it again to give it a proper rating. As you can tell from the rating, I do still like it quite a bit, though I'm not 100% on the doppelbock classification. It could be that I haven't had enough doppelbocks to truly grasp the category or it could be that this is just in a category of its own (I would lean that way).

It's not really all that sweet until you get to almost the very end of the swallow and then a bit of bitterness sticks around for a little while on the aftertaste. In all honesty it doesn't have much of a taste up front as all of the action seems to happen toward the end of each drink as it's not until the aftertaste that you truly get the flavor and an appreciation of the malt. It's a very interesting and complex beer.

Photo of GerryPendry
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Malt and alcohol. Sweet, but not overly so. Proves that you don't need to cram a ton of hops into a beer to make it tasty and satisfying. If there was a such thing as Samichlaus Light, I imagine it would ttaste like this. Try it if you can find it.

Photo of Foxybrau
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Whoa. This must be a beer like no other. I'll let everyone else pick out the details, this beer is underrated, the brothers have it right. World class. The nose is...beer! We spend hours coming up with adjectives and descriptors for all sorts of brews while 28 just flat out nails it. It smells like beer, it tastes like beer- sweet, sharp, grain, and booze. It packs of punch of alcohol that seems to carry a tiny note of every beer you've ever had. It's plenty thick on the palate and more complex than most. German copper totes the load, this ones a stud.

Photo of FarmerHowdy
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer had great flavor, strong but not bitter and easy to go down. Would highly recommend

Photo of RochefortChris
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light copper color with very little off white head that clings to side of glass

Smell of alcohol but not over powering. Some melanoiden malt, slight fruitiness and no hop presence.

Taste of fruity, melanoiden malt, can tell the alcohol is there but definitely well masked. Almost no hop flavor

Very chewy beer. Medium low carbonation with some warming from the alchoho. Pleasant aftertaste.

I absolutely love this beer. An epitome of the style and the high alcohol is so well masked which is what I love in high gravity brews like this one. Fantastic job on this one.

Photo of smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. CRUNCH, what the hell? Friggin bottle lip cracks when I open it!! First strained it slowly a little bit into the glass. Took one whiff... yikes... well so much for that idea. Grabbed another glass and poured it into that one.

Great light looking doppel. Perfect caramel red with a slapping sound coming out of the bottle though. Faint tan head barely a finger, but manage to keep a good sized collar.

Real nice light aroma. Seems small, but a waffery toffee angle that is really nice. Mild sensing clove and great spicy hints of nutmeg and clove. Soft, but hints towards a much lighter beer it seems.

Took just a few sips, all that needed. Great tasting notes of black licorice and anisette all over. Light bodied a little wet slightly, but malts still manage to coat all over. Light toffee aromas get bigger with repeated sips. Real light carbonation as well but with a hint of fizz though, and some toffee richness.

Overall a real interesting doppel, too bad I couldn't drink much of it. One rinse of the bottle and found a giant shard in the bottom.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; bronze - SRM approx. 18; with a fairly aggressive pour, a 3 finger khaki head that receded to a thin cap; nice Belgian lacing, but it didn't last long;

S: brown sugar, dark fruit, a little yeast; not getting much in the way of hops;

t: bran muffin with raisins; rich; alcohol warming comes through at the finish; a little bitterness at the end;

M; a little syrupy; moderate carbonation;

O: really easy to drink, which at 11% ABV, is sort of scary;

Photo of BrewUSA
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

Wow, I thought this was delightful... Maybe some of this is because I had zero expectation or hype. Still, has a really nice rich and hardy bock flavor. Yet at 11% it is rather easy to drink. If you see this it's worth a pick up~

Photo of DaveStewartBrown
5/5  rDev +26.6%

EKU 28 has really become one of my new favorites. I enjoy a strong, challenging beer at times but not something that will give me a headache.

If you see an EKU 28 grab 1 or 2. It will put you DOWN! It's a really tranquilizing beer, but clean, so no headaches or other unwanted side effects. It can be a little pricey but worth every penny. It has so many rich flavors. Dark, earthy fruit notes seem to push forward the most, but this is not a sweet beer necessarily. The flavor intensifies as it warms in the glass, and the last sip tends to be divine in my opinion. Drink from a chalice or even wine glass for sure. The color is a decadent rouge/ molasses.

Photo of Dougology
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Good flavor for a strong beer. Purchased at Cadoro in Italy.

Photo of Samp01
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark cloudy amber with a small fizzy head. Aroma is of caramel malt, fruity, yeast and a bit of dark cherry essence mixed in. Taste is sweet caramel malt, fruity, yeast, maybe some toffee and a kind of sweet sherry alcohol flavor and hops bitterness. Palate is full, rich and fairly smooth body, with good carbonation. Finish the same as taste. Alcohol seems to be well hidden, but comes thru more as it warms up. Overall seems a bit strong for a doppelbock, not bad ( if sipped accordingly).

Photo of KFBR392
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: Pours with a dark orange color. Minimal head even on an aggressive pour. Active carbonation is very low.

Smell: Syrupy toffee jumps at the drinker. Amber malts, caramelized sugars, and fresh baked rye bread are potent on the body. Sinister dark fruits and some bright yet balanced spices really add some kick on the back end.

Taste: Waves of robust, juicy amber malts with accents of toffee, cacao nibs, and earthy grains blast the palate immediately. Caramel, sweet yet rounded sugars, and bountiful creamy malts grow and shine on the body. The alcohol is menacing and adds an edge to this beer which only helps accentuate everything going on with this brew. Finish is decadent toffee and grains.

Mouthfeel: I won't say the body is thin, but the alcohol and sharp biting flavors and textures are unique for a doppelbock. Carbonation is fitting for this style beer.

Overall: I would describe this as a mean, vicious interpretation of the style. Many others are much maltier with darker fruit character, but this one is menacing and will knock you off balance. With all that being said it is scary drinkable and a real treat.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

EKU 28 brewed by Kulmbacher Brauerei AG with an ABV of 11%. This brew is marketed as a malt liquor. This brew pours out a dark caramel amber color with a small white head. EKU 28 is a filtered brew you can see right though it. The smell is rich with sweetness and caramel. You pick up on some grains in this brew. Not a bad brew so far. The taste is sweet with some grains. There is a slight bitterness to this brew. but nothing over powering. I'm guess the brew get it sweetness from the high ABV. This brew goes down smooth with no bad after taste. The mouthfeel is nice and clean. Kulmbacher Brauerei AG did a nice job with this brew. This brew is nicely balance with a high high ABV. The high ABV is it is not notable in this brew, goes down smooth and clean. This brew is better than what I was expecting. I will get this brew again.

Photo of flyingpig
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from Beers Of Europe website (£2.49):
Caramel amber with a thin, bubbly beige head that disappears after a few seconds.

Strong, very sweet & quite malty with plenty of caramel & dark fruits. Some spice, cloves & dates with some raisins. The balance is good & the aroma complex, with some faint hints of alcohol coming through.

Sweet, very malty with faint alcohol. Spice, dark fruits & plum come through with some dates & figs. A good beer from the start with nice caramel flavours & a great balance that had a nice kick to it.

Medium to full bodied with some creaminess in places & plenty of sweetness throughout with some alcohol coming through, although it was hidden for the most part. Great balance & the beer was quite complex & rich, as well as being easy to drink.

I had fears that it would be a little strong and overpowering but thankfully this wasn't the case. Very sweet & malty, the beer tasted great. Definitely one worth picking up & it was fairly cheap as well which always helps.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(bottle code 2359155 - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

A: crystal clear, tawny liquid... finger width of cap on the pour, dies to a misty cap... seriously looks like a decrepitly aged, oxidead whiskey with a spitty collar

S: browned pizza crust, dense caramel-y cracker... surprisingly (or perhaps not - this IS German beer), not as much a phenolic or fusel element poking through - it's a clean, vaguely perfumy/cleansing booze and a clean scent overall... bit of a roasted almond nuttiness late

T: compact, toasty malt syrup, deceptively light with balance from the quiet storm rush of tonic booze... it's a mild, delectable sweetness up front, quite light on the roast flavors for a doppelbock, more akin to a Märzen or even a British strong bitter (a la Bombardier?)... nutty, toasty, spicy as it warms - wouldn't drink this too cold, don't waste it

M: fullish and quasi-lusciously smooth in a compact bubble up front, yet dangerously light and lifting due to the brawny alcohol ferrying it all away very quickly... it's seriously like a rich, full Scotch, lightly carbonated

O: this beer was a revelation to me all those years ago when I was still discovering new brews and buying most of my bottles by the intrigue of their label alone... this is a beer that most certainly stands alone among all the many beers I've tasted - difficult to find a twin or sibling to it (Samichlaus???)... it's ridiculously easy to drink and still one of my favorites

Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very clear amber, light tan head dies down to lingering thin layer, no lacing. banana, cloves, aspirin, alcohol heat, dry in the middle, a bit of cherry and wood in the nose, consistent carbonation, finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness underneath the sweetness. pretty good for the style, tho not one i'd go to often, seems a second cousin when compared to samichlaus classic. a serious attitude to the whole thing, not bad, but a sipper for sure.

Photo of RacerX5k
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was pretty sure this was similar to Samichlaus which I consider the best lager in the world and one of the best beers I've had. That was also the beer that got me started in craft and extreme beers when an olde school Lager drinker (yes that's Yuengling Lager of course) years ago Googled "strongest lager in the world" ... So yes I knew I would like this.

Pours clear lots of bubbles shiny penny beautiful color, nicely carbonated, little head that doesn't hang around long, doesn't have to. Big malts aroma, notes of apples and pears, nutty and even a little mint. Aroma really hangs out for a good 1/2 hour after the bottle is done. Taste follows the aroma, very spicy but not annoyingly spicy, especially since I generally do not care for spiced beers. Very similar in look, smell and taste to world class Samichlaus. Great mouthfeel, alcohol is present but does not detract at all.

Wow what a treat this was. Grab couple more this weekend if still available at a very reasonable $3.50 per. Yesterday was an amazing lager day, I had this before dinner, Lager with Capone's excellent $.25 hot wings followed by a 16 oz Troegenator. You can really taste the similarities in all 3 beers, differing with the ABV of course. Someday I will have to do these 3 and a Samichlaus in ABV order. Going to Lagertown.

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
1.89/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

After the high ratings, I was really looking forward to this one. Wow was I disappointed. Smell was artificial bananas and some nuts, taste was straight rough alcohol. Not subtle at all, and there wasn't anything else there. Really wondering what happened here, Kulmbacher is now 0 for 2 in my book.

Photo of dcmchew
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper, low white lacing, sticky.
Rich malty smell, caramelised biscuits, butter, hazelnuts, dried dark fruit and alcohol.
Sweet syrupy malts, with caramel and honey. Dry dates, apple, plums and mild citrus bring a nice fruitiness to the balance. Some floral notes too. Mild spice. German hoppy finish.
Alcohol is the star here. It isn't too subtle, but it fits well with the malts, creating a great cognac/brandy taste. (Almost) low carbonation, oily, perfect to sip.
Surprisingly good, thought this would be just a bad boozy beer, but it's actually quite a treat.

Photo of glass_house
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tall footed goblet. Paired with kielbasa, sauerkraut, and pierogies.

Pours a bright, clear, medium copper-brown with ruby highlights and one finger of cream-colored head that quickly disappears. Almost no lacing. Assuming that is due to age, as I suspect this has been on the shelf awhile. However, that doesn't seem to have affected the aroma. Ripe bananas, brown sugar, dark toast, and spiced rum get my taste buds excited.

The nose doesn't lie. Big sweet ripe fruit, dark bread, and a slight alcohol heat are most notable on the tongue. A caramel-maple candied apple comes to mind. There is enough earthy bitterness (think unsweetened black tea) to balance things out. The texture is full and creamy, and despite the apparent age there is just enough carbonation to keep things crisp.

Excellent doppelbock that is on the sweeter side with a complex array of flavors. The alcohol makes it a sipper for sure. Perfect for an after dinner drink, but I found it to pair quite well with a salty German dish like kielbasa and sauerkraut.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this has been a shelf turd of the highest order, and now i am frustrated that it has! such a dynamic and delicious beer, like a german better version of the less harvest stuff. it pours clear honey amber color, dense looking but clean, not much head after a few seconds. the nose is particularly sweet, like caramelized sugars and taffy. nutty too in nose and taste as well, earthy under all that sweet malt, and the alcohol content is as well hidden as it possibly could be. what i lover here is the buttery malt finish with a hint of dry hay and summertime air, even though this works exquisitely in winter, its magically rich and filling, dense body without a much fizz, but its not missing, it drinks like a brandy and improves with temperature. at under 4 bucks a bottle, i am amazed this is still around, pure market ignorance as far as im concerned, i will be buying this frequently as long as the weather stays cold.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My 400th review!
Poured into a tulip glass. Recommended by the owner of Hop City, Atlanta.

A: Clear amber, very light white head that dissipated fast. Not much lacing.

S: A nice flurry of malts and alcohol rushes in. That 11% is anxious to break out.

T: Bourbon-y, malty, sweet, with a great apricot backbeat. Alcohol takes over fast. This one's a definite sipper.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A terrific doppelbock. Drinks more like a bourbon barrel ale. Would go well with a cigar. Share with friends.

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Clear, dark copper color; poured with a large, relatively long lived off white head.

s: Caramel, taffy(?), perfumed alcohol, jammy fruit, and a malty kind of chocolate.

t: This hide its elevated abv pretty well, but it still comes across as bigger doppelbock. Moderately sweet caramel, sugary fruit preserves, and a little chocolate as well. A little booze on the exhale.

m: Silky smooth.

o: Not quite top tier, but I would buy this again. Good stuff.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Doesn't pour up much head and doesn't have any retention at all. The head is a gritty off-white (almost oatmeal) while the body is a medium amber which has notes of pale amber when held up to the light. No lacing at the moment.

Nose- Subtle but quite complex. The subtlety makes it difficult to pick out different aromas but there are many different ones to this beer. Raisins, chocolate, and cocoa are the biggest notes but there is also a healthy amount of grain and cereal to point of being brown bread. Brown sugar, molasses, faint smoke that almost suggests tobacco and leather. Some caramel. Hope the palate reflects all this. Swirling shows a sour note that suggests rye bread.

Taste- Starts off with raisin which quickly moves into brown sugar and molasses. Much more presence than the nose with almost as much complexity. Definite brown bread (but not so much basic grain or cereal) that has hints of leather which tends to get overwhelmed by a rush of banana and cloves. Wish some more of the chocolate were present instead of the finish of cloves which give the beer a slight astringency, especially when paired with the slight heat. Still a pretty good beer and one of the better doppelbocks that I've had. Ayinger is still my favorite though. Lots of spice which is mostly cloves but has some cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Some syrup to the texture. Carbonation may be a little too much.

Drinkability- Very drinkable for an 11% beer. Pretty interesting but, at points, the malt is a little too sweet for me. More phenolic character than I had expected.

Overall- Pretty good beer that is true to the style. If you like doppelbocks, you won't be disappointed. Possibly would repurchase this.

Photo of alphagnome
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Considerably lighter in color than most beers of this style. Clear, deep copper body and topped with a semi-thick cream colored head. Nice lacing!

Aroma:
Quite sweet. Honey, syrup, caramel, and heavy malt are all present in the aroma.

Taste:
Almost as sweet as it smells - rich with malt and caramel and notes of honey. It's a pretty thick brew but is smooth with a fair amount of carbonation and as it starts to warm some rum-like spices start to reveal themselves. The alcohol is masked well, but does break through a bit. I thoroughly enjoyed this!

Mouthfeel:
This is a thick, full-bodied beer with a fair amount of carbonation. Supremely smooth and drinkable for being 11% ABV!

Overall:
I can sum this up nicely with one word... Wow! This is an incredible beer! Get it. Enjoy it.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
89 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.