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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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EKU 28EKU 28

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BA SCORE
88
very good

603 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 36
Gots: 26 | 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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roddwolff

Mexico

4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer with more alcohol i have taken, once served in my glass "Bayern Pilsener":

A: Very bright brown color, yellow foam layer;

S: Malt to it's fullest expression, very sweet, plus strawberry, is similar to absinthe;

T: Is much like the smell, malt sweetened with vanilla, cherry and brown sugar, the end is toffee with alcohol;

M: Very sweet and alcoholic, it's clear the level of alcohol in the throat, with robust body and creamy;

D: Seems you're drinking a beer with 30° ABV, a very strong beer to be respected, i finished all they had at Walmart.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 21:17:40 | More by roddwolff
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasently surprised with this one. It poured a clear honey tone with a thin white head that faded fast and left small rings of lace.

The aroma was amazing with a mead like smell, bourbon barrel notes, and sweet honey. Lots of fruity notes; candied apples, pineapple and pears. Fumes of alcohol blanketed in some spicy notes, oak and vanilla. Some floral notes balance things out.

Sweet honey and bourbon with oak, vanilla, ripe fruits. Apples, pears and pineapple with candied dry fruit. A touch of spice, floral notes, some tea like herbal qualities and fruity orange notes balance out the sweetness.

Creamy, sikly and slick. A bit sticky but not overly cloying. Complex and enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:49:53 | More by JayS2629
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass. Deep orange copper colored with a small 1/4" light colored head that quickly dissipated leaving no lacing. A lively stream of carbonation steadily flows upwards from the bottom of the glass. Crystal clear.
S: apples, prunes, red stone fruits, sweet malts
T: sweet fruits upon first taste melting into wholesome malt, balanced slight bitterness from hops upon finish, prevalent flavors of complex alcohols and esters notably banana, can taste the alcohol but not 11%, improves as it warms
M: excellent full feel with proper carbonation, finish is smooth without feeling oily, leaves a very pleasant aftertaste
O: As my first eisbock I was unsure of if I would enjoy the style. I was pleasantly surprised by how balanced this beer is. I was expecting a much sweeter, alcoholic tasting, "chunckier" brew. I would seek out this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:24:14 | More by M_C_Hampton
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

01-20-2013 01:18:18 | More by tbryan5
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dieBlume

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

09-11-2013 23:01:00 | More by dieBlume
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uspmdmc

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

02-01-2013 00:31:49 | More by uspmdmc
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

11-07-2012 20:53:28 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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KJH1958

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

02-03-2013 23:58:33 | More by KJH1958
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Timbru

France

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

05-18-2013 13:06:42 | More by Timbru
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JackRB

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

03-01-2013 23:50:22 | More by JackRB
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dartkonit

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

01-11-2013 03:03:46 | More by dartkonit
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

06-26-2014 02:13:19 | More by BierStein711
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larbush

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

03-14-2013 02:42:37 | More by PEIhop
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VariableStar

New York

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

02-09-2013 00:36:01 | More by VariableStar
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Jcarter1221

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

10-13-2013 01:16:43 | More by Jcarter1221
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stain3000

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-02-2013 19:11:16 | More by stain3000
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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

California

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, rich, velvety doppelbock, the main weakness being that it is just a hair too sweet.

Deep orange-red, it has a small tan head that is creamy but soon dissipates to a lasting ring and wisps.

The aroma is floral, fruity, with turned plums, raisins, grapes, mild caramelized quality, overall quite nice.

The taste is wonderful, rich, sweet-spicey, oaky-woody with strong raisins, caremlized dried figs, turned plums, caramelly and fruity overall with nice, warming alcoholic-dried-fruit spiciness. It's quite sweet but so wonderful in feel and taste and so smooth, that this is ok.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 19:31:17 | More by Offa
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EKU 28 has a thin, beige head and a clear, amber appearance, with some lacing and tiny streaming bubbles. The aroma is rich: heavy, sweet, caramel malt, toffee, sugar, and grain. Taste is alcohol forward, with a background of sugar, caramel candy, black bread, and syrup. There is also a little bit of bitterness, but not much. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and heavy, and EKU 28 finishes mostly dry and boozy. Overall, this is a great beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 20:50:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
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JohnMeinhardt

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I just wanted to say that this beer is a shinning example of how flavorful and interesting a Reinheitsgebot beer can be. I've had beer with fruit syrup squirted into it that has less fruit flavor than this amazing brew. With such a creamy and foamy mouthfeel, mixed with the perfectly sweet caramel fruitiness, I feel like I'm eating a really smooth fruit custard tart or cake. All this out of 4 ingredients!!! PROST!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 03:10:44 | More by JohnMeinhardt
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

EKU's rich, very subtly toasty, just caramel-kissed, and honey-sweet malt warms to fill the mouth with a lush wash of stickiness that's peppered by alcohol and spicy hops just as its fine-bubbled carbonation breaks on the tongue with a light zest. It's surprisingly drinkable given its full body and high alcohol content. And although the alcohol is noticeable, it helps to thin the malt sweetness, ultimately helping the beer more than it hinders it. Unfortunately, it does limit the head retention, and it's short cap of white quickly dissipates above its crystal-clear, orange-amber body. The nose is not particularly complex, revealing its rich maltiness and a waft of alcohol, but its flavor becomes a bit more complex as it warms with notes of vanilla and almonds as well as some floral hoppiness in addition to its concentrated Munich-malt-like graininess. At the very least, it's quite unique among beers and deserves a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 22:25:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SwillBilly for hooking me up with this. You rock.
This is a fascinating style and this beer is superb. It is extra rich and very intense in flavor, alcohol and suagr and spice. This boozy wonder should be enjoyed in nothing less than a grand snifter and after it has been allowed to warm.

Appearance: Pours an attractive tawny red color with a small head that fades. (what I expect at 11%) and some very limited lacing.

Smell: a very rich nose full of caramel, syrup, malts and sugar. Alcohol and spice bleed through the sweet body as well. There may even be a hint of berries in there with the Brandy in the aroma.

Taste: The taste makes me think of sweet Cognac. It is very boozy but pleasant with a big wood flavor and loads of caramel and malt and Wee Heavy-like attributes. This beer is so thick and full of malty vanilla syrupy flavors with hints of berries and cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and other spices. The aftertaste is absolutely relentless. This is only my second Eisbock and I think I found a new interest to peruse. As a former whiskey fan Scotch Ales had been a favorite of mine. Now, here is a lager with all the attributes I love! WOW!!

Mouthfeel: I don't even know where to begin. It is exceptionally creamy and viscous and thick and syrupy across the palate, and yet it seems to move easily down the throat. the spicy attributes interplay well with the carbonation to keep it just lively enough. Beautiful!

Drinkability: This is no doubt a sipper. Still, it went down quite easily and hit me like a ton of bricks. And I loved every second of it!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 04:10:14 | More by Phatz
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karst

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The initials E K U indicate in German the First United Brewery of Kulmbach which was once labled as the "strongest beer in the world" with an OG of 28 (in German degrees). EKU 28 pours crystal-clear, orange-amber with a brief white head that leaves some lace. Aromas of malt and alcohol. Flavor is rich, slightly toasty and caramel-kissed (likely from the decoction of Munich malts ) and remind one of fine dopplebocks like Celebrator. The full body and almost syrupy mouthfeel are balanced by its fine bubbled carbonation, high ABV and buried hops. Flavors are fairly complex and evolve with warming.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 01:15:21 | More by karst
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mzwolinski

California

4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I worried a lot about this beer. First let's take the color, which is absolutely gorgeous -- orangeish/red, the most sunset-looking beer I've ever seen. At first I thought it was just pretty. Now that I think about it, though, this is just the color nature tends to paint things when it wants to warn people to *stay away*! Ah well, if the color doesn't get ya, the aroma will. Huge nose of alcohol, which mellows a bit to an aroma of rum soaked raisins with lots of sweet caramel malt underlying. The third warning is the lack of any evident head -- you can just see the carbonation struggling to make its way up through the massive levels of alcohol in this beer. Ok. Time to take the first sip. I absolutely could not believe how creamy and smooth it is! The caramel and alcohol combine together to produce something not entirely unlike a rather nutmeggy, spicy dark cola. Dr. Pepper for grown-ups. Alcohol and malt dominate the main body as well, with some nice fruity, orange-like esters developing. Then the beer finishes off with a nice combination of peppery spiciness and understated hop bitterness. Finish is sweet, but just barely. Not nearly as cloying as it could have been. This beer handles its alchol *very* well, and provided it is shown the proper respect, is quite a nice bed-time beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 06:53:09 | More by mzwolinski
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.