EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

652 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 54
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

A super-strong Bock, but not an Eisbock.
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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.67/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Photo of DoubleJ
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. CRUNCH, what the hell? Friggin bottle lip cracks when I open it!! First strained it slowly a little bit into the glass. Took one whiff... yikes... well so much for that idea. Grabbed another glass and poured it into that one.

Great light looking doppel. Perfect caramel red with a slapping sound coming out of the bottle though. Faint tan head barely a finger, but manage to keep a good sized collar.

Real nice light aroma. Seems small, but a waffery toffee angle that is really nice. Mild sensing clove and great spicy hints of nutmeg and clove. Soft, but hints towards a much lighter beer it seems.

Took just a few sips, all that needed. Great tasting notes of black licorice and anisette all over. Light bodied a little wet slightly, but malts still manage to coat all over. Light toffee aromas get bigger with repeated sips. Real light carbonation as well but with a hint of fizz though, and some toffee richness.

Overall a real interesting doppel, too bad I couldn't drink much of it. One rinse of the bottle and found a giant shard in the bottom.

Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber colored clear brew.

Smell is sweet and very malty lots of fruit smell with a strong cherry scent.

Taste is very sweet and fruity, intense fruit flavor. Hard to breakout individual fruit flavors it tastes like juicy fruit.

Mouthfeel is thick.

An intense Eisenbock probably too much for most but those that seek this stuff out know to expect a powerful brew. Based on that I give a high Drinkability score.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall chalice)

A-This beer pours a reddish brown color with a clear body and a thin white head that fades quickly

S- The roasted malt nose is blended with a hint of oak and raisins with a faint hint of dates. No hops noted.

T- This beer has a slight sweetness to the roasted malt flavor. Some dark raisin notes at the finish

M- This has a pretty full body with some alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This has good complexity for a high alcohol lager. The dried fruit and dark malt could be a bit more complex. It is very smooth and it doesn't taste like an 11% ABV but the malts add a nice balance to what alcohol you do taste.

Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A brandy/cognac appearence. Beautiful but no head. Glowing and transparent. Sweet, sweet nectar liquere aroma of malt. Wowza! Heavy, thick, viscous mouthfeel. Well maintained, not much booze comes through. Flavour short of anythign ecstatic but mouthfeel is impressive. Light caramel toffee, but not assertive on the palette. A fantastic appertif. Barley-wine even? A little more assertive on hops could do it good but that isn't the German style I know (we can leave that to the Americans!) Slight stickyness to the finish, but distant. 11% I had no idea! A little too thin in the mouthfeel compartment. Grows more 'syropy' but still a magnificent makeup. Candy malt! Slightly one-dimensional. A winner - but I'm not entirely impressed because I know this could be more...

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden color with nice carbonation, the head fades quickly, no lacing at all. Scents of sweet fruit, malt. Nice sweet taste with a bit of alcohol behind it, finishes dry and sweet. Medium body. Very drinkable, sweet, but not to sweet, alcohol is hidden pretty well at 11% ABV, would recommend.

Photo of dcmchew
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz from the Coop for a pricey/worth it $5.60.. poured half a bottle into my New Belgium goblet.. saving the rest for later tonight.

No head or lacing.. alcohol is probably holding it back... the short pour delivered a crystal clear orange copper brew.

Wow nose factor! I don't think I am educated enough to describe accurately.. but I will try anyway. Clean very clean.. caramel malts and dried dark fruit.. Reminicent of brandy or tawny port. Doughy breads reminds me of a brewhouse with a teaspoon or two of grain alcohol.. the booze is there, but there are a ton of other things going on... time for a taste.

another WOW.. thick velvety texture... creamy. The completely expected sweetness is not there... more of a deeeep maltiness. Dried dark fruits are there but not overly obvious... some golden raisins and minor figs and just a smidge of dried Rainer cherries... vanilla and oak.

The body is not nearly as full as expected leading me to take another sip and another and another... take your time between them though... I am not saying the lighter than expected body is a bad thing by any sorts... this brew is fantastic...fantastic just the way it is... very slick texture that is like a liquid silk with brandy overtones... lite small bubble carbonation adds to the luxury... wow... WOW!

I have only had this brew twice before, both times with a coworker who really likes German brews... I am sooo glad I took time to review it... almost certainly the most "perfect for the style" brew I've reviewed thus far.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark antique gold with a slight creamy white head and syrupy viscosity.

S: On the nose was sweet malt, a fresh fruitiness (melons) and sugary fruit and a sweet syrupy pancake aroma.

T: For flavor there was some melons and sweet fruit along with some spicy alcohol. The beer finishes with a bitter, dry alcohol bite at 11%abv.

M: The mouthful was full and viscous, sweet and syrupy.

D: Drinkability may be limited due to the viscous sweet syrupy nature and high alcohol content. Definity a sipper.

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Al for giving this to me to try. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice reddish-orange brown with about an inch of just off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma is rich, full and malty, with just a bit of an alcohol scent. The taste is about what I expected, sweet, malty, grainy and had just a trace of hops.

The body was full, rich and just short of being too sweet. Drinkability depends on your taste for alcohol and sweetness, I liked it.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was once the strongest beer on the market. It's good, and certainly a huge step-up from malt liquor, but it wasn't as good as I had expected.

A: Clear copper/orange-amber, initially a little off-white head, no retention.

S: Sherry-like alcohol and fruit.

T: Malty and sweet. Alcohol is assertive throughout. I didn't find much depth to the flavour, but it was quite nice.

Strangely, I had another bottle which was quite different. It was still a little syrupy, but not sweet at all... and the bitterness was VERY assertive (more like a big American brew).

M: Moderate body (impressive for its strength) is slightly syrupy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Alcohol flavour is a little over-the-top.

[I had another bottle of this when I was in Heidelburg, and wasn't as impressed... so I averaged my scores].

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, and slight pale malt. Overall, a rather pleasing doppel, which packs a punch.

Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice tawny color with a very slight haze. Two fingers of compact tan head crowns the beer.

Smell: aroma is dominated by raisins, pears, plums and tobacco. Complex and interesting; it smells a lot like and English barleywine.

Taste: quite similar to the smell, but more subtle in general. Tasty, but not very dynamic. Alcohol is definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: plenty of body with a little syrupiness which coats the mouth; very low carbonation. It works for the style.

Drinkability: I feel like this is one of those beers which I appreciate on a style level, but that I'm not really keen on drinking much.

EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
89 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.