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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

617 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 42
Gots: 30 | 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 nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of off-white foam on top of an amber-brown body with excellent clarity. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Rich, malty aromas of caramel and plum. Brown sugar and perhaps a bit of molasses. Otherwise quite clean with no aromas of yeast or hops.

T - Rich, sugary malt up front. Lots of plum and toffee with some caramel. Some light hop flavor in the middle that is washed away by the fruity thickness of the malt. Finishes with intense malty flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and molasses and only a slight hint of hop bitterness.

M - Thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Rich and thick, the malt character of this beer is not overly complex, but it is incredibly satisfying. The toffee character that dominates the flavor is intense but never becomes cloying and there is enough caramel and molasses to add depth without becoming excessive. The most impressive aspect of this beer is what you don't notice; there isn't a hint of harshness or heat from the 11% abv. This is a great example of the style and worth seeking out.

nickfl, Jan 31, 2010
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
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber with a thin bubbly head cream in color not much lacing the alcohol prettty much kills everything here. Aroma: Strong alcohol layered with sugary syupy and mild plum brandy notes, this is definitely kicked up a few notches in the alcohol department. If AB only knew how to make an ice beer. Taste: Is basically like sipping down some liquor, doesn't burn but the alcohol flavor is so rich and complex with the sugar malts this beer is crazy. Wow, this is a beer I will bring to my next cold football game I go to damn it's very warming going down the alcohol doesn't even try to hide itself here it's in your face competely. Mouthfeel: Medium to full with syrupy like texture wow. Drinkability: Becareful not a beer to be chugged or drank fast take your time let it warm up along the way what a beer another brew acquired from beergeek279 gracias.

WVbeergeek, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a one finger head that recedes without leaving lacing. Nose has a lot of alcohol present I want to say just a touch of gingerbread maybe. Extremely sweet on the tongue - almost as if it were a dessert drink. Alcohol barely comes through at the end, but you can't tell you are downing 11% on this one, which makes it dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth but with a syrupy tone. You could drink a lot of these in one sitting I'd imagine. But just be sure to call a cab.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another ironic beer story. At my homebrew meeting, we were reviewing various older beers, and someone brought a bottle of EKU 28. By the time the bottle made its rounds and got to me, it was empty. One of the members told me to give it a try when I could. Although it wouldn't be 5 years old as the one at the brew club meeting, I vowed I would try it given the chance. The next day, I got my package in a great trade from Aparris85, low and behold, one of the extras was... wait for it, you'll never guess, I'll tell you anyways, it was EKU 28, this beer. Perfect timing. I held onto it for a bit, and now it's time to crack it.

A: Nice big honkin head as I pour into my Allagash tulip glass. The huge bubbles on top are reminiscent of baking soda and vinegar eruptions that I remember from fun childhood memories. The rest of the rich, creamy head slowly fades. It's got a very almost crystal clear toasty orange brown, almost light auburn maple colored.

N: MMmmm, lots of toasty malts, heavy fruits, little alcohol, etc etc etc... A very nice dark crystal malt and other dark malts really start the nose, the some nice dark fruits, raisin, and other light other fruits. The some light alcohol comes through, more like 8% than 11% though. A slight toasty malt, very light spices, and even banana somehow shine through. A slight bready malt also sticks its nose into... uhhh, your nose.

T: Starts with some sweet fruity malts, a big malt bomb. Sweet dark fruits like raisin and more slight banana, and even almost a melon like taste. Some bread like malts also hit, with some creamy flavors, followed by some molasses. Some alcohol, but it is very light surprisingly for 11%. Slight yeasty flavors trickle through but the sweet malt flavors really dominate. I get some slight red ale, heavy red that is, malt flavors. I think an American Red ale is modeled after the German doppelboch.

M: Pretty thick and creamy, slightly velvety, and decent carbonation. A slight alcohol warmth.

F: Semi bitter, and slightly dry but still a little sweet. It has an interesting hop bitterness on the finish too. The creaminess also climaxes on the finish. A slight alcohol phenolic taste seems to slowly disperse, but the sweet malt syrup seems to linger the longest. The bitterness really is a surprise opposed to the heavy malt and sweet hit at first.

Final thoughts: A pretty decent Doppeboch. Pretty heavy but not too heavy. Big malty sweet hit with lots of dark fruits and some molasses and even finishes bitter and still semi heavy, but doesn't overpower the finish. A good beer now, but I think it'll be amazing in a few years. I think this is available around here too, so I should find it and cellar a few for a few years. Thanks again Alex, especially for the perfect timing.

jlindros, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

What kind or beer is this, I have to ask, for the label tells me little. Lager, or ale, or?...Huge head, gorgeous red color, and an aroma that makes me step back and gauge myself. Sweet, notes of cherries, and alcohol, and, WOW!, but this is INTENSE! It's enormous and pungent, and formidable, and I haven't even put it to my lips, yet! Full, thick, lush texture...this beer pulls up a chair and makes itself at home in your mouth! Not a beer to be underestimated, to be gulped, or guzzled, or otherwise abused!
In this brew, it's alcohol you feel, above and beyond any other flavors. They may exist, but they must lay before the master, the booze. A touch of citrus and fruit, but faintly, and,again, subservient to King Liquor. Not exactly THE strongest beer in the world, but one of the tastiest strong brews I've ever enjoyed. Just, be careful. Tread wisely, and enjoy.

feloniousmonk, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a 6 ounce tasting glass. This beer was clear, yellow / amber in color. White thin head that quickly diffuses away to nothing. Carbonation low to mild, large bubbles.

Aroma is sweet. That's about it. It is a combination of sweet malt and alcohol. It is pretty pleasing.

The flavor is also sweet. It is very inviting and surprisingly easy to drink. Beer is completely full bodied and really smooth. Really enjoying this beer a lot. Drinkability high, mouthfeel high.

drabmuh, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet sweet and malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It seems rich and warm. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth and rich, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm on the way down. It has a very sweet crystal malt flavor with little hop characteristics present. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn tastey brew. It has excellent malt character and drinkability.

WesWes, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant copper with an off-white head that becomes a thin cover for awhile before disappearing from the scene. Nice color and while the head retention isn't great, it's acceptable for the abv. Considering how thick it poured, wasn't really expecting much. An added bonus would have of a well-retained head would have been nice, but it does have a brilliant color.

The smell is of caramel, breadiness and a powerful, yet inviting, sharpness.

The taste is of sweet caramel, graininess and tangerine fruitiness. Alcohol grows more warming, but never overwhelms Sweet, hot, long finish.

The feel is syrupy - with such high gravity it's no wonder. Yet, it maintains a surprising, welcoming, smoothness.

This is a nice sipping brew that is much easier to drink than the abv level would usually have it to be.

jwc215, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pretty deep gold color. The head is almost non-existant but shows a tan color when roused from the glass. The aroma is dominated by strong malt, the thick malt overwhelms everything. Feels quite thick on the tongue. Surprisingly, given the body, it is not really all that sweet. This is a thick chewy malty brew. The malt character is the show here though. Having said that, this beer is lacking a bit; it is missing some of the malt complexity of a good strong lager. This is a nice clean lager. It is almost syrupy in consistency. In the end a bit dissapointing, needs a bit more character to be really worth drinking.

Gueuzedude, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired at Kulminator in Antwerp. Cost was 5.50 euro. Served into an EKU 28 mini-goblet at Kulminator. We later *borrowed* the mini-goblet. It was just so damn cute. Reviewed from last night's notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, nice thickness, and terrible twenty second retention. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Light strength scent of pleasant berry esters, brewer's sugar, and pleasant amber hops. Very fresh and appealing.

T: The notes from the nose are present alongside an overload of partially unfermented brewer's sugar and various indistinct subtle hops. Very complex for the style. Excellent. Caramelized malt comes through. A moderately full barley foundation gives the beer background. Balanced and built pretty well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavours.

Dr: Good quality, easy drinking, and a very high price. Worth a go if you love the style, I guess.

kojevergas, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark syrupy amber with a very light head which fizzes away fast. Nice colour though.

S: Massive amounts of malt and raisin. Very sweet smelling akin to Pedro Ximenez sherry.

T: Heavy sweet concentrated malt. Caramel and dark fruit. Direct flavours, the lager characteristics don't give a huge complexity; it does one thing, but it does it well. It tastes great, anything with this much maltose in it would I'm sure. By my calculations 35-40g carbohydrates/bottle, and they are readily apparent. If you're not a fan of sweet brews don't go here.

M: Thick, full-bodied, and viscous - bordering on syrup like. Real mild carbonation, with a hint of ethanol in the finish. Smooth and elegant.

D: A definite sipper, really in the dessert wine arena of drinks, would make a great digestif.

Halcyondays, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.7/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown bottle holding 33cl of beer, best before 4th Apr 2009, drank 9th Dec 2008. Poured into a Duvel glass.

Amber, reddy/orange in colour, clear but no head, not even a collar. Looked like a glass of fizzy pop.

The aroma was of sweet oranges, marmalade maybe, and toffee. Interesting but not beery in my opinion and not like any other Doppelbock I can think of.

The alcohol is obviously at the front of the taste and appears towards the end of the taste too. Inbetween I got oranges (like the aromas) and a sweetness which I found reminded me of toffee apples, but with a strange dryness too.

Too sweet and the lack of a head, un-beery look along with its fruity smell doesn't do it any favours and the 11% just masks its shortcomings.

BlackHaddock, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a crystal clear copper color with a thin wispy head that quickly receded to the rim. The aroma was almost sickeningly sweet, strong alcohol and of over ripe fruits. The flavor was dominated by the heavy sweet malt with caramel tones in the background. Very, very sweet almost candylike. Alcohol is strong and doesn't balance the flavor at all.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and alcohol attacks the tongue. The thick malt sticks to your tongue for a while after swallowing. Hard time finsihing one of these, not very drinkable unless you like a very sweet and alcohol laced brew.

Gavage, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/04/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, no freshness info listed. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Really nice off cherry color. Maybe a touch of a golden-cherry if that rings a bell. Off white, kinda yellow creamy head. Maybe 1/4 inch on the pour, a nice creamy rim remains. Sparse, but nice streaks of lace remain.

Smell- Super deep toasted caramel malt combined with alcohol, light woody scents and maybe a touch of anise. Really strong scent.

Taste- Strong and sweet, even a bit hoppy with a semi bitter aftertaste. Caramel sludge coats your tongue. Maybe a touch of berry flavor, but not as much as indicated in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Thick, viscous and mouthcoating. Lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Strong, sweet and fabulous. Still new to the world of Eisbocks. Not quite as flavorful as Aventinus, but very good nonetheless. A bit strong to have more than one though. Winter after dinner drink. One is just right.

GClarkage, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

wrightst, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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

Billolick, Apr 14, 2005
Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange body with no head. Smells of rich fruity malt, alcohol isn't apparent but you know its going to be big. More dark fruit malts with licorice. No hops flavor, all malt here. Very smooth drinking and tasty. Feels like at first, but you'll know what you're drinking after the first few sips. Interesting beer, makes me think German Old Ale. Give it a try if you live for malty beers.

tempest, May 14, 2006
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Spikes in SLO.
Poured a copper amber color with a small white head. Nose of malt and caramel. A powerful taste of malt and caramel and strong presence of both in the finish. The alcohol comes through as an after affect of the finsh. Nice flavor, but definately a sipper style, even if it does come in a six pack.

barleywinefiend, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 21/10/09, served chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass. BTW, this is the first "Eisbock" that I'll have tasted in my life, so... Cheers!

A: pours a mythical dark reddish amber hue with great clarity and semi-lively carbonation, topped with a layer of off-white fluffy froth that gradually settles to a rim of foam.
S: aromatic fruity-malts dominate the nose, suggesting very sweet prunes, sultanas, tangerine-jam, aromatic black cherries and apples, exotic pineapple-syrup, sugar-cane juice, malt syrup, lots of raw-ish and gristy light-toasted maltis... Intense and focused, sweet but not cloying, extremely fruity overall... ringing a (huge) bell of English barley wine with an extra touch of clean texture.
T: the solid yet bl**dy smooth swallow is semi-oily, sweet prune-ish, sultana-ish, and apple-ly, with a layer of fine, aromatic malts constantly in the backdrop; then a sherry-like unique woody finish along with the semi-dry hop bitterness creep up, resulting in a second layer of dry-ish palate to contrast the main fruity theme of malts. In the finish, the lovely undertone of syrupy fruits and fine malts lingers freely...
M&D: this is by far the smoothest lager I've ever tasted... and where is the alcohol? I hadn't had any liquor or spirit before this drink, and yet I simply couldn't detect any bit of warming alcohol on the palate or down the throat. Besides, the finish is so elegant and balanced, showing no syrupy/sticky touch at all, making one wonder what has gone wrong/so great during the brewing of this lager?! Sip by sip off-guard, gradually I can feel the strength creeping up straight to the head, but never to the stomach, throat or palate... All in all, this is a well-crafted strong lager that, with a subtle flavour profile and well-disguised strength, is capable of melting a stubborn iceberg all in good time.

wl0307, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottle code 2054134. Pours crystal clear orange-copper color with a 1-2 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, grape, molasses, raisin, prune, toast, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, raisin, toffee, molasses, prune, toast, grape, and light herbal spiciness. Light spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, earth, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; with no cloying sweetness at all. Fairly dry on the finish surprisingly. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Dangerously smooth to sip on. Overall this is an damn nice doppelbock! Nice flavor balance and complexity; and surprisingly smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable stuff.

superspak, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If 9.2% ABV in their regular Eisbock wasn't enough, Kulmbacher also makes a stronger 11% ABV version. Purchased from the only place I know that sells Eisbocks (Town and Country Liquor in Fullerton), on to the beer:

A - Pours dark orange with some red hues.

S - Alcoholic, malty, raisins, and grapes.

T- The added alcohol has changed the flavor around a bit, with some sugar candy notes, a touch of caramel, and a hint of vanilla. The doughiness from the malts reminds us that it's still a bock. The alcohol can get distracting at times, but not enough to keep you wanting more. Drinks fairly well for its strength.

Notes: Yowser! This stuff is pretty strong! Despite that, I didn't feel much of a kick after having all 11.2 ounces. This stuff gave me goosebumps the farther I got along with it.

DoubleJ, Apr 20, 2007
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.