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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

EKU 28EKU 28

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BA SCORE
88
very good

581 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 15.82%


Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A super-strong Bock, but not an Eisbock.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz slender brown bottle with a foiled top, a freshness date is printed on the front label. On the back label is a somewhat disturbing picture of a drunk German man pointing at his stein.

Deep copper hue, very clear with a head that disappears quickly, I guess the more this ages the more the head takes a hit. As I poured it the carbonation struggles to reach the top.

Straight up clean alcohol with a huge ripe fruit aroma, rum raisin comes to mind as well as over ripe apples. An underlying caramel note show that there is a huge maltiness within.

Mouth feel is creamy beyond belief, carbonation is still intact with a viscous rolling feeling as it caresses the palate. Thick on malt, big on sweetness but not out of balance at all. The alcohol rips through the mouth with a big fruity ester and solvent character that does not go overboard. Hops are there but very faint. Fruitiness is really ripe with slight banana and apple sweetness. Malt comes back with a thick syrup caramel flavour as the alcohol bursts again in a spicy kind of way. Finishes sweet with waves of alcohol fumes leaving the mouth and warming the body.

I gauged the head retention to be that way knowing it would be like that so I was not too disappointed, the aroma is simply amazing and the flavour crushed my palate for the rest of the night. As for the alcohol, this is a night cap brew. I’ll save the other bottle to have around the winter holidays.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2002 16:32:02 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle. No bottled on date; don't really need one for a beer with this strenth, but for vintage purposes it might be nice.

Appearance: Light copper in colour with an active level of medium sized carbonation bubbles. Head is thin, white and creamy with a slight syrupy stick to the glass.

Smell: Mega malts (mostly caramel), deep, rich fruity esters and a strong alcohol nose.

Taste: Thick, full-bodied, syrupy and luscious on the palate. Luckily this is broken up by the lively carbonation for some balance. First flavour to emerge is a rather spicy (and warming) alcohol that delivers one hell of a kick to the palate, then the head. Malt comes next, and it's massive, rich and sweet with a caramel, milky chocolate and candied backbone. Strong oak and vanilla flavours are also present, along with a sort of date / fig sweetness. Juicy fruit flavours (all kinds: apple, pineapple, mango, honeydew mellon, etc) follow, then a buttery bicuity malt character soothes the palate into the finish. Bitterness is there, but it seems to smooth in with all of the other flavours, offering a much needed flavour balance to counter the sweet and strong malts.

Notes: This is a beer to be sipped, savoured and respected. For the style, it's also very well balanced and perhaps one of the best eisbocks I've ever tasted. Powerful. Complex. Balanced. Tasty. Hell yeah!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2002 15:57:29 | More by Todd
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RacerX5k

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 18:53:24 | More by RacerX5k
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Karibourgeois

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-30-2014 21:04:26 | More by Karibourgeois
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ZCW

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-28-2014 22:18:26 | More by ZCW
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-26-2014 06:14:33 | More by PaulyB83
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

03-22-2014 22:59:46 | More by afsdan
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Bstrickler

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-17-2014 02:23:07 | More by Bstrickler
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-16-2014 11:31:35 | More by Fettpopps
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BoulderBarrovecchio

Pennsylvania

1.79/5  rDev -54.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:08:10 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
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dcmchew

Romania

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 18:42:24 | More by dcmchew
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dbarny76

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +2%

03-11-2014 02:14:57 | More by dbarny76
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johnbellessa

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-05-2014 03:52:15 | More by johnbellessa
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glass_house

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 00:37:53 | More by glass_house
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Ritesh


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

02-27-2014 01:49:47 | More by Ritesh
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larbush

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

02-16-2014 14:36:10 | More by larbush
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Jah_Json

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

02-05-2014 13:15:15 | More by Jah_Json
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deNerval

California

4/5  rDev +2%

01-21-2014 05:04:16 | More by deNerval
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-20-2014 01:54:42 | More by bump8628
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AnthemOfTheSun

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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BamfBacon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

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jwat

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.6%

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tard24

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

12-31-2013 11:43:15 | More by tard24
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 05:03:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.