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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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602 Ratings

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 36
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A super-strong Bock, but not an Eisbock.

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Photo of Brandt


4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer poured out a golden yellow amber color with a quickly diminishing but, rocky while it lasted, off white head

the smell here is strong of rich caramels and rasin as well as toffee and a grassy hop aroma as well as an aromatic similar to an apple

the flavor is rich caramel and toffee sort of mixed together as well as a vanilla character that comes through. there is also a rasiny rum like flavor with a faintly nutty background.

the finish for this particular brew was a medium to full body with a thinning alcohol on the tongue that leaves a warming sweetness behind. this is a great tasting strong beer and not very expensive at that. a good beer for a cold night!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 21:32:33 | More by Brandt
Photo of gnaussea


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber with a miniscule head that quickly settles. Smells of strong sweetness and alcohol. Mohogany caramel with prune notes, and kindof an oakey quality. In my opinion, taste is overbearing on the sweetness. Enjoyable, but somewhat like very alcoholic candy. Bitterness takes its roll only in the aftertaste, and dies out, submitting to the alcoholic sweetness. A good brew, but definitely a desert beer, and should be expected as such.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 07:51:19 | More by gnaussea
Photo of jdoolin


4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into a brandy snifter

Appearance: Poured a clear, dark brownish red. Very nice color indeed. Not much head, and what little formed, disappeared shortly after the pour. But to be expected, really.

Aroma: This beer has a heavenly aroma. I just sat there with my nose in the snifter for at least a minute before taking the first sip. There is a big fruity aroma, with a lot of caramel malt and definite rummy alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is still there, but not much. Which in this case is just enough. Big malt flavor that is sweet, but not at all cloying. Complex fruitiness and spicy alcohol blend well with the malt to make this a very tasty, interesting beer.

Notes: This is a tremendous sipping beer. I must have savored this for an hour, with half the time spent enjoying its incredible bouquet. Very good beer for coming in out of the cold.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 05:33:44 | More by jdoolin
Photo of gerardoluna


3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Eyes] Pours perfect amber color with Great creamy white head ( doesn't last long).
[Nose]Touch of Caramel, Malty, hoppy, cereal... full bodied, alcohol taste in deep...
[Mouth] Thick, full bodied, alcohol, and caramel in deep.The finish and Aftertaste is very malty sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 22:32:12 | More by gerardoluna
Photo of dpool


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly dark, amber color with a light head.
S: Nice combination of carmel, hops and bread
T: Vey pleasant, reminds me of a belgian strong ale. Hints of sweetness with a nice follow of alcohol.
M: Very smooth
D: Good beer to enjoy after a long day, very well balanced, but the alc % keeps you from having a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 05:28:05 | More by dpool
Photo of Nowhereman529


3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right from the start this is a fine beer. It pours a very good looking amber with just a thin bit of lace lining the top.

Smell is something of a sweet, along the lines of caramel, candy of some sort. There's definitely quite a bit of alcohol involved as well. But not overpowering.

Taste is pretty decent, definitely caramel, alcohol a bit of maltiness. Really a decent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel leaves a little bit to be desired. It's a little on the sticky side and it was a little too flat for my tastes. It doesn't break the beer, but could be better.

Overall I would drink this beer again, without hesitation. That said, I think one in an evening, especially given it's high alcohol content, is more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 02:23:15 | More by Nowhereman529
Photo of dkline72

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

01-25-2013 02:34:35 | More by dkline72
Photo of ledemie

New York

4.9/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, if you even have scotch single malt ( smooth), this is the same for beer, smooth, nice ethil after tast, not to sweet, not hopy, not bitter, this is a really really smooth beer, but becaraful, it will knock you out. So drink with moderation.
Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 15:03:32 | More by ledemie
Photo of BassAssassin


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color similar to maple syrup. Thin, quickly dissipating head. Few bubbles of carbonation. Very indicative of the alcohol strength of this style.

S: Strong scents of maple syrup and raisins. Alcohol smell is also present. Sweet and slightly spicy.

T: Huge malt presence. Sweet and fruity with hints of caramel. No real hop flavor to be found. Stays true to the style. Alcohol is slightly spicy and lends a warming character.

M: Slick and Full. Very rounded, syrupy mouthfeel. This is a heavy beer.

D: Due to its strength and body, it'd be tough to have more than one or two of these in one sitting. However, that doesn't stop it from being a very good beer. It's a great beer to sip on a cold night. I'll be buying several; some to drink now and some to cellar and taste through the years.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 01:18:54 | More by BassAssassin
Photo of BeerShirts


3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light Copper, small head when poured but dies quick, looks to have medium to high carbonation though

S- Sweet, Malt shoots through it then a mix of raisin and apples, if you are looking for it you can smell a little bit of the Alcohol but only if looking for it.

T- Just like the smell the malt hits you the most, the fruit did not really hit me all that much but there was a small sense of it throughout the beer Very sweet, near the end of it the alcohol def comes through

M- Very smooth with a warm finish from the alcohol

D- Good starter beer for a night but would not drink many of them in a night. Can see myself easily getting drunk on this beer. I can see how some may not like this beer but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 17:43:08 | More by BeerShirts
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2.25/5  rDev -42.7%

07-13-2013 17:20:15 | More by CajunMary13
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very crisp, little head that is soon dissipated. Brilliantly clear body that is medium copper.

S - Super strong scent of malted barely. Little presence of hops. No phenols or esters. Light caramel scent possibly detected. Overall very clean.

T - Super rich and very sweet from the malt. Some melanoidins, but no toasted character. Clean flavor with no diacetyl. No esters. Virtually no bitterness from hops, balance definitely towards malt. Dry finish with alcohol flavor that is smoothing.

M - Medium to low carbonation. Warming sensation from ABV is welcomed.

D - No harshness anywhere in this beer. Very refined and accentuated, crisp tasting.


EKU 28 is probably the strongest Doppelbock still following the Reinheitsgebot. At the price point, it's no wonder this is reserved for German royalty.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 01:47:05 | More by WoogityBoogity
Photo of RedBeerHead


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber color. Seems to be highly carbonated. Very light, bubbly half-inch head that dissipates pretty quickly. Smell is very hoppy and fruity. Taste is rather sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

This beer has very sophisticated taste perhaps a little sweet for me but still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 01:28:22 | More by RedBeerHead
Photo of electricfields


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: White creamy head dissipates quickly. Color is a deep reddish color.

S: Caramel, malts, and alcohol.

T: DAMN, that's strong. Very subtle grapefruit hops lie under a much, much stronger malt. Sort of bready and caramel sweetness with lots of alcohol. The back of the tongue and finish bring out a sort of caramel/honey thing. This is the right way to do "malty" in my opinion.

M: Almost drinks like wine. Very dry finish and an sort of "thin" consistency that can be easily shook up to reveal a creamy carbonation.

D: The strength of this one definitely don't make it super drinkable for me, but it's VERY drinkable, considering its strength.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 02:45:39 | More by electricfields
Photo of Tomas77


4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really like this beer. A clear looking doppelbock. Not many around.

Pours a copper/orange color with a non-lasting head of foam. Little lace on glass.Brilliant clarity. Lagers usually look this way.

Aroma is just unbelievable. The smell of toast when you wake up first thing in the morning without anything interupting it. Some grape notes or marmalade if you will show up on the toast later on. A pleasant surprise. Little hop comes through also. Alcohol present smooth but not hot.

Same grape fruity flavor shows up first before the toast does unlike the aroma. Very malty sweet(some maple syrup hints to it) up front but does finish a bit dry with not much lingering bitterness. Alcohol throughout.

A very rich complex mouthfeel. Full body. Alcohol tingling on the tongue.

Exellent beer all around. Very balanced for a doppelbock. Nice job.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 03:26:00 | More by Tomas77
Photo of JerseyPaul

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, copper w/ dark orange highlights; good carbonation; light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving slight lacing

Smell: Sweet w/ caramel & toffee notes; strong alcohol aroma

Taste: Nice caramel sweetness up front, but alcohol overpowers the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body; good carbonation; chewy & creamy

Drinkability: High ABV, plus strong alcohol aftertaste, make this a one & done

Overall, EKU 28 has a nice aroma & taste, but both are quickly overpowered by the alcohol. I'm had other versions of this style and enjoyed them, but this was a disappointment. Too much alcohol presence for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 19:49:19 | More by JerseyPaul
Photo of ErnestHemingway

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-25-2013 02:29:55 | More by ErnestHemingway
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

04-14-2012 11:02:43 | More by BigJaws
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -49.1%

06-30-2013 10:35:13 | More by rixcat
Photo of Mayhem976


3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown in color with a slight red hue, but mostly brown. Small head that dissipates quickly with zero lacing. I would like to note that theirs a tremendous amount of carbonation, almost looks like a brown cream soda.

S- I get traces of honey, ginger, gloves, oak, barley, and lots of hops. Smells like it's been sitting in oak barrels for a long time!

T- Lots of molasses! Very sweet but the tail end hits you with a very dry and bitter hoppy flavor.

M- Medium body with slight creaminess, you're mouth and tummy will have a slight warm feeling from the heavy amount of alcohol.

D- This beer is in it's own category, if you like Mirror Mirror you'll love this stuff at a fraction of the cost. I for one find it a bit too sweet but it's still a great beer, 11% ABV does put a smile on my face. :)

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 03:04:02 | More by Mayhem976
Photo of Cyhops


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-15-2012 03:02:43 | More by Cyhops
Photo of PierceMyers


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-22-2012 12:23:12 | More by PierceMyers
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-16-2013 02:02:43 | More by MLKincer
Photo of dsprainman


3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber, minimal head, zero lacing, very few bubbles. Smell is honey, malt, alcohol. Tastes like honey malt and alcohol as well. Being my first doppelbock, maybe EKU 28 was a little heavy to start with at 11%ABV. However it leaves behind a nice feeling in the throat of alcohol and honey after a sip. Call me crazy but this reminds me a little of Barenjager. Certainly interesting and out of the norm for me. Not a favorite, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 20:36:18 | More by dsprainman
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

07-23-2012 21:56:04 | More by Suigintou92
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.