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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

602 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 36
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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TonyT013

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%

03-17-2012 01:44:50 | More by TonyT013
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MacStinson

Michigan

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-09-2013 23:07:16 | More by MacStinson
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Tinkerm

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +27.2%

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Codytucker13

New York

5/5  rDev +27.2%

01-06-2012 03:27:02 | More by Codytucker13
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jwat

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.2%

01-07-2014 05:28:01 | More by jwat
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12packpoet

Arizona

5/5  rDev +27.2%

01-29-2012 00:03:07 | More by 12packpoet
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

5/5  rDev +27.2%

05-23-2013 13:12:15 | More by kvnstfrd
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spatendan

California

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-07-2011 23:21:41 | More by spatendan
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Saurabhprabhu

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.2%

06-17-2013 01:10:12 | More by Saurabhprabhu
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Geevers71


5/5  rDev +27.2%

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drt72

Virginia

5/5  rDev +27.2%

10-10-2012 23:49:41 | More by drt72
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adam5454

Alabama

5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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n2pux

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-17-2011 02:52:30 | More by n2pux
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-06-2011 18:54:23 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Jeremybrown

Germany

5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-23-2011 14:07:18 | More by Jeremybrown
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Jhanken

Iowa

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-03-2013 12:23:48 | More by Jhanken
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

4.95/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright reddish amber - almost exactly the same color as a bottle of amaretto to which I compared it. Virtually no head and what little there was goes quickly - not surprising given the 11% alcohol content but I'd still like to see a little more stick around.

The aroma is superb. Rich and sweet and caramelly but with a touch of brightness.

My new favorite tasting dopplebock. Not too sweet yet not overly roasty. The brightness from the aroma carries over to just a touch of bitterness which, coupled with the minimal alcohol flavor (at 11%??) cuts the sweetness without impinging.

The feel isn't as viscous as some dopplebocks but it has plenty of body. The carbonation is lightly prickly, doing its part to cut through the amazingly rich flavor while never intruding.

Move over Celebrator - you've just been replaced as my favorite dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:35:46 | More by mariposafan
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Matthewislee

Virginia

4.94/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding beer. Well balanced, but strong. Appropriately carbonated. Not as sweet as I had expected (to my happiness) but just as malty as you would expect. Beautiful color. Lots of little tiny bubbles. This is high quality and I haven't got a great deal of experience with the style, but now I'm eager to try some more.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 02:55:45 | More by Matthewislee
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.93/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must admit that EKU 28 is one of my favorite nightcaps. This strong lager starts beckoning the drinker as soon as the bottle cap is cracked [Hiss!]. The initial release of carbonation unleashes an array of intoxicating aromas that are truly devine. This one is best served cool (45-48F) in a logo cognac snifter. The deep orangish-copper color is contrasted nicely by a cream colored head that dissappears rather quickly. The intense ripe fruitiness of dried apricots & orange zest lead the wonderfully intoxicating nose out of the glass.

The first sip reveals a nectar richness with some creamy "butter brickle" & "Grand Marnier" notes. 28 is very full-bodied with an extended sweet; almost syrupy finish that lingers. The rich creamy sweetness is underscored slightly by an unobtrusive bitterness and clean "cognac" laced finish. The last sip is even better than the first.

Take special care to serve this V.S.O.P. lager in its appropriate glass (a cognac snifter), so as to properly enjoy all of the wonderful nuances. Pair 28 with a hearty marinated beefsteak, wild game stew, or even enjoy it after a piece of rich marbled chocolate-cheesecake. Definitely worth seeking out and cellaring a few bottles for, "Whenever something good and strong is needed."

PROST! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 05:51:22 | More by Beertracker
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ledemie

New York

4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, if you even have scotch single malt ( smooth), this is the same for beer, smooth, nice ethil after tast, not to sweet, not hopy, not bitter, this is a really really smooth beer, but becaraful, it will knock you out. So drink with moderation.
Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 15:03:32 | More by ledemie
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putnam

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

...buttered malt crust aromas...
brilliant reddish orange color with a slick of paisley bubbles on top
Fat, rancio/tawny port texture brings with it a combination of baked apples, brandy, wood, smoke, old bandages, caramelized bananas, burned sugar and hashish. Wow!
NOW I read the back label: "the character to stand in for fine sherry or port." They're not kidding. Also could "stand in" for fine scotch or cognac.
As it opens, murky, heathen elements emerge, including rain on hot asphalt, bitter, roasted almonds and suntan lotion.
The finish is outrageously long and perfectly balanced as little surges of bitter nuts, caramel and smoke emerge for minutes after.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 23:16:10 | More by putnam
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Stopper

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very thin small watery head pours over a distinctly ruby-colored body. The aroma is strikingly like that of an old port, with undertones of a sweet robust maltiness. Initially the mouthfeel is big and very viscous, with a slight tingle on the tip of the tongue on the sides. This is followed by a very big, sweet, syrupy middle, becoming somewhat smoky and raisin-like and evoking a fine old bourbon. The finish is very alcoholic and wine-like, with touches of port again. This then trails off revealing a lingering biscuity maltiness.

After tasting this beer I had to check again to make sure it was really from Germany. Could they possibly make this sweet nectar in adherence to the Reinheitsgebot? This beer is absolutely unique among all the German beers I have ever tasted. In fact, this beer is quite unique among all of the beers I have ever tasted. The full effect and flavor can be gathered from a very small sip, just as with a straight bourbon or scotch, making it a perfect beer for slowly sipping. I can only begin to imagine the myriad ways in which this could be paired with food, though it is wonderfully suited to standing alone as well. This may just become standard stock for me, to aid in converting friends who drink wine or liquor but "don't like beer". Prost!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2003 06:17:38 | More by Stopper
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Deep fruity esters that remind me of prunes, sherry soaked cherries, and a touch of carmel. No hop aroma. Just a hint of alcohol to keep it interesting.

Appearance: Brilliant brick red pour with a thin white head. Moderate effervescence streams up the side of the glass.

Flavor: More dark fruit notes, candied plums, carmelized oranges, maple syrup, and some warming alcohol. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very warming and numbing to the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A well balanced, dangerously drinkable eisbock. Wonderful depth and maltiness that finishes dry. Works for me any time of year but probably wonderful by a fire in the winter.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 00:52:10 | More by mattcrill
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one at Brewhaus after work with friends.

A - Caramel gold hue is lighter than I thought it would be, and a nice chunky cap of foam sits on top. Looks shimmery and deep, like turpentine or wood polish. Cool.

S - Toffee, caramel, chocolate cake, and alcohol. (Singing) "These are a few of my favorite things..." Has some nice hop weediness to keep it from smelling too sugary, and the very noticeable alcohol helps also. Smells like a good scotch.

T - Holy shit this is good! Big time malt insanity with chocolate cake, tootsie roll, brownie, cookie, and cinnamon flavors. A nice dose of hay-like hop bitterness keeps things balanced, and the alcohol helps keep the sugar from being to cloying. Outstandingly good. Tastes like an Imperial Dopplebock, if you will.

M - Full bodied, malty and sugary as hell, but with a really solid alcohol attenuation that makes it feel weighty, heavy, and very firm but never bloated. More like a big badass tank of a fullback than a fat flabby lineman.

D - This is an all around winner. An outstanding sipping beer that could serve in place of a single malt after dinner by the fire. This was served in a pint glass, but I should have asked for a snifter. This will be a wintertime staple in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 06:18:48 | More by pmcadamis
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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.