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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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the first strong beers I ever had back in April of 2008. I had this on tap at a small bar in Doylestown Pa called Stephanie's Pub. I wanted to try this because I was amazed at how strong the abv was at the time. I ordered a glass and it was something much more than I expected.

Poured as a copper color with a thin white head on top. The head didn't last very long and didn't leave much lacing. The smell of the beer had a boozey aroma and some heavy malts in the background. The taste was mostly malts along with a nice alcohol heat in the throat. The mouthfeel was smooth though and very drinkable. I'd like to try this one again someday just to see what I think of it now after having beers that are stronger than that one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 23:56:10 | More by Knapp85
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MrRetardedMonkey

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Novare Res, Portland, ME.

Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head that disappeared quickly, but left a fair amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell is very brandy-like, with lots of fruit and alcohol. There's notes of plums, raisins, apples, and sweet caramel.

At first, I was not impressed at all with the taste. There was no flavor, just an alcohol burn. I set the glass aside to let it warm up to room temperature and that made all the difference. Once warmed, the taste pretty much followed the nose, with lots of ripe fruit, bready malts, sweet caramel, and a much more subdued alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy, almost syrupy, but with enough carbonation to keep it smooth.

An enjoyable beer once it is allowed to warm up, but definitely a sipper. One is enough in an evening.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2008 18:37:09 | More by MrRetardedMonkey
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tonistruth

Nevada

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- light copper w/ red hues, 1/4" white head with little retent

S- sugary, grainy alcohol, fragrant

T- malty and alcoholic, sweet, sugary, heat at finish, sweet and fiery after, grainy, sweet alcohol

M- full, viscous, lots of alcoholic heat

D- warms well, alcohol never overpowering, fine and relaxing sipping brew, not mind blowing but worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2007 21:16:05 | More by tonistruth
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer twice in one day: first as a 4 oz. taster pour at Portland International Beerfest, second in a goblet (16 oz.!) at Concordia Ale House.

A: A caramel orange-brown with a minimal head. Looks like a brown cloudy beer, nothing special...

S: Rich malty smell, a candy/toffee sweetness. Hints of spices like nutmeg or cinnamon, dark fruit, alcohol. I swear I smelled mint, too. All nicely layered and comingled.

T: A "wow" taste for me - remarkable layers of toffee sweetness, fruit, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, smoked wood, and ever-present alcohol warmth, like bourbon.

M: Nice full-bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation gives a little prickliness, but generally a smooth beer.

D: Terrific flavor and smell, to be enjoyed in moderation. High alcohol level (Germany's "strongest beer"?!?!) and complex flavors make this one to be savored with dinner or dessert. I had mine with a dinner of a bacon & blue cheese burger and fries; they went quite well together.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2006 00:57:08 | More by msubulldog25
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oracle

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer arrived in a tall narrow EKU glass.

Beer was a medium copper color, with very slight head that left no lacing at all.

Smell was all about the malts and the not inconsiderable alcohol. Pleasant but nothing really stands out.

The taste is more of the same, a complex mash of malts and sweet undertones.

Not my favorite style, but a decent beer nevertheless.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2006 13:50:45 | More by oracle
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Sunset Bar and Grill:

I want to begin by noting that I love Eisbocks (see my review of Kurlmbacher). This eisbock, however, I did not enjoy.

Overly sweet - and then more sweet. Coupled with the high alcohol, I felt like I was drinking dimetap, infused with something borrowed from Palmeiro or Sosa. This shit was over-the-top. The alcohol presence was flat out overwhelming and the only thing to balance it was syrupy sweetness. I struggled to get through the 13oz pour. No head on this bad boy - barely any carbonation at all. The nose was basically more of the same.

Sorry my review isn't as specific as it could be. Didnt take great mental notes while drinking. However, the fact remains, at least on tap this one is nasty. Stay away.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2005 02:22:12 | More by Lnedrive14
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MarineHokie

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 10 oz tulip @ The Moan & Dove.

A- Oddly bright, slightly syrupy, copper color. Thin, dense, white head stayed almost unitl the end with sticky thin lacing.

S- Candied fruit and fortified wine.

T- Alcohol forward, sweet thick and warm almost like rum punch. Dates/raisons hit the back of the palate.

M- Thick and heavy.

D- One is plenty due to the strong flavors and very apparent alcoholic content. Savored the complexity for almost an hour

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2005 22:49:01 | More by MarineHokie
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shbobdb

Indiana

2.05/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Well now, this is an Eisbock, a german beer. However, the servers at my locale decided that rather than serving it with head and cold, they would serve it from a beer engine. Warm german beer is not something to be countenanced. I have no doubt that this beer would taste great if it were 1) cold and 2)had head.

But you can't always get what you want, can you? So, instead I was left with a beer that tasted like cherry cough syrup. Kinda felt like cherry cough syrup too. Since I like a malty beer the latter was fine but the former was just plain nasty.

Lemme try this one again sometime from the bottle. Maybe I'll have more positive things to say.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2005 17:46:47 | More by shbobdb
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Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Collins bar in NYC. This strong brew pours a glowing/shimmering shade of dark leather. Clear, with an off white minimal head, well developed and thick/frothy lacing. Nose is buttery malt and alcohol, sweet alcohol. This is a pleasingly bracing beer. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite evident. Notes of juniper, smoke, more butter and alcohol. Warming, heady stuff, cant say the 11% is "well hidden" but for the strong livered, this is a fine sipper

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2005 11:33:57 | More by Billolick
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fellow brewclub member had me try this at a festival over the weekend. Pours an amber color with a small head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet with a very strong caramel malt character. I like the heavy malt thing. The flavor is much the same. Lots of great malty goodness with a caramel character. Also some slight fruity notes and a kick of alcohol. The alcohol takes away from the drinkability a bit, but not too much. Thick body makes it very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2005 19:04:33 | More by clvand0
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aaj1002

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This clear amber hued beer has surprisingly subtle nose, just tints of vanilla and malt. The mouth feel is a blast of activity, which then transforms in to a big malt sweetness with undertones of spices. The finish is wonderfully simple - a nice little hop hit with no lingering finish. The final "finish" is a warming alcohol feel in the chest... Although it's very drinkable, you will feel its heat.
Note: if you do drink this beer on tap - let it sit a minute...a slightly warm EKU 28 is a happy EKU 28.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2005 04:01:29 | More by aaj1002
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Gritsak

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

went to a local bar and requested the beer list, and this was on tap. figured what the hell and tried it out

appearence is a dark red with a head that dissapates almost instantaniously.

the taste is pretty sweet with a little presents of alchohol but not overbearing, specially for the abv. the mouthfeel is very thick and syrup like, but not a bad taste.

the bar tender told me up front there was no returns and not to puke in the bar lol...i finished off the whole stein and was ready for more. definitely a beer to try if you have the chance. the high abv. is hidden pretty well and it makes this a enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2004 08:20:28 | More by Gritsak
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kaszeta

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

Poured with a nice deep ruby color, and a very thin yellow head. The aroma was very fruity, with notes of peach and citrus. Pleasant, but if it was much stronger it would be reminiscent of cough syrup. But the taste was quite good, a nice well-rounded fruity, maltiness, almost like a sweet sherry, but retaining enough beer character to keep it interesting. Full, substantial mouthfeel. Like a sherry, it's very pleasant, but not something you'll want large amounts of

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2003 19:43:28 | More by kaszeta
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

2.08/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well...I've had this before a long time ago, and I sorta remembered what I was in for...or so I thought.

One whiff of this, and I had something pop right into my mind: Sugar Daddy...like the candy we all enjoyed as kids.

Let's see: not a bad copper color, I could see little bubbles floating up in my glass. The aroma was a mix of the caramel and the medicinal...

The taste was very sweet, very syrupy, and like the smell: a mix of caramel and medicine. The 'medicine' taste comes from the high alcohol...it's one of those beers where you can taste the alcohol.

I finished this, but it's so sweet, alcoholic, and medicinal, I wonder who really enjoys this. There are much more enjoyable, better blended, tastier versions of high alcohol beers that I think EKU 28 is no longer 'the' word for high abv beers.

No more Sugar Daddies for me. pat

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2003 10:58:15 | More by PatandDavid
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This eisbock poured a clear, golden-amber color with thin, white foam that settled quickly, but clung to the insides of the glass a bit. The smell was malty but modest. The taste was sweet and malty but a bit harsh. There was a hint of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was sweet but also a bit harsh. The body was full, with moderate carbonation. The drinkability was OK, but the harshness and high alcohol content make this less drinkable for me.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2003 20:02:44 | More by UncleJimbo
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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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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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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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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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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:40:44 | More by brewskifan55
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 00:54:23 | More by DIM
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 07:51:15 | More by artoolemomo
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 02:56:54 | More by alphagnome
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brewery makes an eisbock I like so I bought a few of these to try. I don't like this like the eisbock.

It comes out that dirty light brown with a thin head and a boozy aroma. The taste is a typical boozy doppelbock. The malty subtleties are covered by the huge booze taste.

The aftertaste is a little better than the really bad examples of the style - it is less unpleasant.

I have to remember not to get this and stick to the eisbock.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 18:45:39 | More by schoolboy
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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.