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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

613 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 43
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly dark colour, malt aroma. Bit of crowning white head. Little bitterness.I found this more malty drinkable than the Austrian eisbocks, although still an egg yolk taste in it. Surprisingly high alcohol content that was well hidden.Thanks Biegaman.

Sammy, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

djrn2, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a bright red-copper that is nearly transparent. Quite light and clear for a doppelbock. There is a thin off-white head to begin, though that quickly disappears and doesn't leave anything behind other than a few thin legs.

Smell first pushes through some notes of sherry along with some dark fruits, cherry, and molasses. Brown sugar there as well. Lightly sweet and a bit boozy. Very complex. Flavor isn't quite as well integrated, hitting more of the sweet brown sugar notes and less of the sherry. There's also quite a bit more booze than there was in the nose. Feel is medium with low carbonation and a bit of alcohol. Quite good overall. Very different than the typical doppelbock, though something that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Thorpe429, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

acurtis, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with just a few bubbles covering the surface. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of raisins and a slight amount of sweetness in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very malty and has notes of caramel. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste but is not that overpowering; there is a moderate amount of malty sweetness but this is not cloying.
M: It feels full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The beer has some thickness and coats the tongue; there is also a moderate amount of alcohol warming in the finish.
D: This is a beer that needs to be slowly sipped given its alcohol content.

metter98, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very slim head that quickly dissipates; just a little lace

Smell: Rich caramel with plenty of fusel alcohol

Taste: Opens very sweet and gets even sweeter, with caramel, stone fruit and golden raisin flavors, along with considerable alcohol; after the swallow, the flavors mellow out but leave a lollypop sweetness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Cloyingly sweet but a nice sipper at the end of the day, nevertheless

brentk56, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluorescent burnt orange when backlit with bright afternoon sunshine. The cap is boldly orangish ecru in color and is impressively loud. Snap, crackle and poppin' fizzy, it deflates quickly and is nearly gone at the one minute mark. No softness, no creaminess, no stickiness... no lace. I know that alcohol is a notorious headhunter, but this is ridiculous.

Headless beer has always been fairly aroma-deficient in my experience, from what I assumed was a lack of aerosolization. Then again, there's nothing to get in the way of the beer and my nose. This one has a fair amount of power and resembles nothing so much as Cognac. It's fruity and fusel alcohol-like, not tremendously malty as expected. Perhaps a snifter would have helped elevate the nose past merely above average.

I like it. The flavor is the best attribute so far and since flavor is all-important to me, I can cut the appearance and the smell a great deal of slack. Because I love Big Beer, I love the idea (and often the execution) of the Eisbock process. What could be better than concentrating the flavor of good beer? How about an EisDIPA?

EKU tastes like a cross between beer and liquor. It's single malt whisky-like without any of the wonderful peatiness and only a fraction of the power of that fine elixir. It's also much more fruity, which brings the aforementioned Cognac into the picture. Actually, it's more second-rate California brandy than Remy Martin.

I don't really appreciate any hops and there's a curious lack of sweetness given all the malt. The flavor takes the majority of its cues from lightly spicy alcohol it seems. Aging this beer in wood (for all I know, it was) would do wonders for what is a deep, although not a broad, flavor profile.

The body isn't nearly as full or as plush as the bodies on most Imperial stouts or barleywines. It's big, but it has more of a slick silkiness than a mouth-filling luxuriousness. The fact that there's almost no detectable carbonation doesn't bother me in the least and only adds to the liquor-like mouthfeel.

EKU 28 needs a more exciting name. It could also use a better look, but then I don't care too much about that with beer of this sort. I'm enjoying it more and more as I delve into the final third of the bottle and am enjoying the warmth that is spreading from my stomach outward, despite the heat of the day. I'll have to buy another few bottles for those inevitable subzero Iowa winters.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Texasfan549, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rich O's Gravity Head '08

Sweet and malty as a Dopple, but light in color, with fewer melanoidins and less 'meaty'. Drinkable and pleasurable as sweet beers get.

August 17, 2005: Bottle:

Drank at the local German bar. The locals thought I was crazy for ordering it. Briliantly clear copper-orange color with golden highlights thrown in. Low carbonation and lacing, but nice legging on the glass. Smells sharply sweet, alcoholic, and estery. Flavors are sweetly malty and fruity. Not a lot of different flavors, but the ones that are present are very powerful. Pruits of peaches and apricots. Syrup and caramel flavors share the remaining characters. Low on spices, hops, and robustness. Smooth and silky to the mouth. Full and round. Alcohol warming in the finish. Just slight of becoming cloying and dry. A good beer, If you like them sweet.

BEERchitect, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a deep burgundy color beer with a small off-white foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of sweet cookie dough with some dry plums was very interesting and enjoyable. Some sweet cookie malt with some plums and dry figs characteristics, which made this very enjoyable, also dominated taste. Body is a bit light and alcohol was not overly pronounced. Not exactly sure why this is getting such low ratings – I though it was a well craft eisbock.

Phyl21ca, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very clear and very bright yellow orange with no head and no visible lace. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the glass.

S - Smell was very light at first but started to come through some more as it warmed. Nice smell of grain mixed with some dried fruit, raisins, plums, maybe even some peach. A slight bready twang to it and a definite hint at the alcohol inside.

M & T - The first impression of the taste was extremely sweet, with an enormous alchol bite. The feel was very syrupy, almost cough medicine like and made it a bit hard to put down. Lots of alcohol left a huge warming feeling in the belly, but I would almost say there was too much alcohol in this one as it really packs a wallaop and distracts from some of the flavors.

D - Overall this will kick your butt if you have more then one. It really did come off as a bit too strong. Maybe tone down the alcohol and puff up the hops and it could be a fine frink. Maybe I let one sit down for some months, though I don't know how it will age. This is very intresting and a definate sipper, a good one to try.

mikesgroove, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

kjkinsey, May 10, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a big thick off white head. Nice looking.

Nose is initial hit of sweet whiskey and malted bananas. Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy with lots of body and character.

Flavors are rich and malty with layers and nice complexities. Carmel/toffee/bananas/cooked fruits and sweet coffee, with a bit of a complex hop bitter underlying the flavors and in the finish.

There is a hit of sweet, some sour layers and generally a pretty complex drink. The 11% alcohol is present but not offensive.

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $2.98 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, rich amber-hued body with an off-white head that's rather tal--oh, nevermind, it's gone already.

Smell: Sharp, sweet-scented nose packed with plenty of nostril-pricking alcohol wafts. Outside of the liquor and sugars, you get notes of almond syrup and stonefruits.

Taste: Cutting initial sweetness of stirred up caramel, honey, and golden syrup kick-start the taste. Subtly toasty maltiness. Full sip of Lazzaroni Amaretto, imparting suggestions of almonds and apricots. Perhaps a little apple juice as well. Soon, EKU 28 dries out as the rather warming alcohol begins to intercede, with the sting of booze numbing the tongue to sweetness in later sips. Peppery alcohol tones abound on the warming, sweet, lengthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Relatively light carbonation.

Drinkability: A strong, sweet, potent lager, with the overall drinkability you'd expect from such a brew. So, it makes for a decent late-day sipper and is not something to pound in the early afternoon (well, not me, at least).

ChainGangGuy, May 15, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Knapp85, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow what a beautiful beer,poured with a huge head great color.Felt like I needed a cigar and a brandy snifter,alcoholic smell with a slight fruit tinge.Tasted alcohol soon as it hit taste buds,a little syrupy but thats to be expected.Only a little fruity tast was apparent other than alcohol.As it warmed alcohol taste creeped up even more,nice to drink before bed.

oberon, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear auburn, a finger of off-white head caps the body and retains well. Toasted, caramelized malt aroma, very clean. There's a hint of fruitiness to it but it's primarily rich malt. Up front flavors of dates and toast; finishes very caramelized, chewy and rich. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, and it ends on a clean note.

largadeer, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Samir for sharing this cellared bottle! Review from notes...

Golden body, reflecting plenty of light. Initial thin cap of foam that dwindled to a thin ring. Appearance was much like a barleywine. Buttery and rich aroma, strong note of grape-nuts barley, and a slightly vegetal aged hop edge. Sweet malty flavor, approaches cloying, but still enjoyable. Some mild buttered popcorn creeps in too. A rich and malty blanket smothers the palate. Very slow sipper, even after a year or more this is a boozy beast...

emerge077, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, amber/orange color with a bubbly, tan, three-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of alcohol. There was an underlying malt and grain aroma.

T - There is a smooth maltiness, with a warm alcohol spice.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. It is heavy-bodied.

D - This really is like a fine sherry or port. It would probably be best served after a meal, not with one. Good taste but very powerful.

zeff80, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Jason, Jul 31, 2002
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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.