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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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very good

603 Ratings

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 38
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website

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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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer pours a medium dark orange with light orange head, something I would expect from an ipa of sorts. pretty sweet nose, can't really smell the booze though. the taste is quite sweet, with a strong ethanol bite in the finish. overall sweetness is well paired with stronger tasting foods like Rotkohl and b-wurst. it goes pretty well with blutwurst and bread, but the sweetness really calls for somethign savory to contrast.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:09:41 | More by erz316
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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.

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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.

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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

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.