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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

640 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 46
Gots: 32 | 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 brc
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Best 13-07-09, poured into goblet.

Pours a delicious looking tan one-finger head of very small bubbles, recedes slowly leaving trace lacing. Clear chestnut colored liquid.

Potent brandy smell, plums and alcohol. Smells like it could burn nostrils.

Taste of orange blossom honey, mixed with brandy. Really boozy, from start to finish. There are other notes hiding in there, raisins, and some sort of wood or other dark fruits. The secondary tastes are hard to pick out behind the deluge of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is very viscous and coating, super creamy, makes me think of honey.

Way too boozy to be considered drinkable, but it's still enjoyable.

Photo of Archimedes
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Spaten454
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of clabaugh
2.33/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber. A delicate, sudsy head colored a light, goldish tan rests on top. Decent retention. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell: Grape, molasses, a barley-like maltiness, and a robust alcohol aroma. A tad medicinal. Some spice. Pepper?

Taste: Very winelike, tart, and bold in its alcohol presence. Brown sugar, and a bitter citric taste. Some acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and sticky. Really coats the mouth and lingers. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Not a fan of the flavor nor the persistent aftertaste. The alcohol is quite apparent, and limits consumption. A completely new experience in beer for me, but not one I'm necessarily looking to repeat.

Photo of snilsen13
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So, how does one score an 11% beer? In this case, quite easily. Have you tried any other expensive heavy beers? This really makes a point that cost does not need to be high to get some very luxurious qualities from a beer. Essentially, EKU 28 is not only "one of the strongest beers in the world" and a "world classic" but it's an easy drinking concoction. It's smooth, sticky and heavy like a port, but not quite so heavy as Schamiclaus (15%) or other super heavy weight beers. It smells rich and goes down without any unpleasent bite or after taste. An affordable night cap ($10/6-pack) or a good value for the ABV alone. Not as complex as the super heavy weights, but fills a gap mssing in the 6-pack motif. In some ways, this is about as drinkable as a portly beer can be, meaning that you'll be tempted to grab another as you are not totally exhausted by the first.

Photo of Evocatus
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a dark orange/amber color with a very thin dark beige head that dispersed rather quickly. Has a light sweet smell, maybe or caramel. Taste is initially sweet caramel when the beer first hits the tongue, but then the alcohol hits you, really hard. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, but you don't really get a chance to savor it due to the strength of the alcohol. Overall a decent tasting beer, but too strong for my personal taste.

Photo of bradford
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty good, like a dark amber lager with a whispy white head that laces the glass and stays a bit longer than anticipated
Smells decent. Not sure what I detect, but some estery alcohols, a bit fusel, but not unpleasant, actually quite inviting and intriguing
Taste is phenomenal. I want more, more, more. It is strong, but in a good way, not abrasive, but quite welcoming.
The mouthfeel is good but has a bit to be desired. Kind of harsh, very strong alcohol presence.
Drinkability is pretty solid for a brew boasting 11% abv. I enjoyed every sip, but some feel it is a "love it or hate it" kind of beer. I recommend it highly

Photo of kaszeta
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of Deus1138
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I enjoyed this brew was at Taco Mac after I had already had a two other brews both weighing in at over 10% ABV, so a review at that time would have been...difficult.

Poured this one into a standard pint glass. Color is deep red, the beer is quite clear. A respectable amount of head, about an inch. Carbonation is quite impressive. I'm not a fan of highly carbonated beers, but the display of the bubbles in this brew is pretty cool.

Smell is quite strong. This is possibly one of the strongest smelling brews I've had. It's very sweet, but the sweetness has a very thick quality to it.

Taste is strong as well. This is a very malty sweet brew. Caramel sweetness dominates. It's very syrupy. Although you will detect the alcohol's presence, it's quite well hidden for an 11% brew.

Drinkability is great. This is one you'll enjoy, but enjoy slowly!

Photo of Amsterdallas
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of losdizzel
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Iguana
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearence - Poured a brilliant amber with little to no carbonation, rather interesting.

Smell - Smell's like spiced rum, really potent appeasing smell.

Taste - Tastes just like it smell's, something I can only relate to rum, very sweet taste, kinda like brown sugar.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth, can taste the alcohol burn in there, leaves a dry aftertaste.

Drinkability - I would drink more then 1 in a session if given the opportunity, but its a potent beer at 11% abv. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, moreso then I thought I would.

Photo of atrus138
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in a 11.2 oz brown bottle with no freshness date that I could find.

It poured a deep orange/brown with very little head with a thin head and little lacing.

The smell was very sweet with lots of fruity aromas.

This was one of the sweetest-tasting beers I've had. Lots of malt. I tasted a bit of raisin with a variety of other fruity flavors. Let it warm up a bit to experience all the flavor that it has to offer.

This was one thick drink. Very sticky - almost like a lite syrup. Sticks to your mouth to let all the flavor be released. Not something I could drink all night, but still very tasty and smooth. Recommended.

Photo of HogHill
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Finally a somewhat cool day after a week of muggy 85 degree weather, now I can enjoy this eisbock under more appropriate conditions.

I poured this into a snifter, the body was a deep amber with a red tone. There was very little head, it soon faded to a tan lacing.

The aroma of this one is powerful with a very sweet smell of dark fruits and some cherry. Similar to a cordial chocolate in smell.

The taste is very sweet and rich. Againa lot of dark fruits like figs and prunes and some cherry cordial. This EKU 28 has a very warm taste from the high ABV. Much more suited for a dessert beverage.

Mouthfeel is a little cloying and medium body with a low to medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is not very good for this one with it's very intense flavors and high alcohol content. It's really best drank infrequently over time and one glass is plenty for me.

Overall, this eisbock was a little too unbalanced for me and it had aged for 9 months. I much prefer Kulmbacher Eisbock and Aventinus to this one.

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes

L=4.5 pours a medium ruby brown with maybe a one finger head at most. The head was fairly short sustaining. Somewhat intimidating before you drink it

S=4.0 Drank mine a smidge warm. Sweet malt, Earthy/woody tone, and alcohol on the nose. Very complex for a dopplebock

T=4.0 The nose carries over pretty well to the taste. Flavors were flowed well with one another but were somewhat close to together and a little bit too on top of one another (I drank mine warm so if it were a bit colder around 50 things would have been more distinct.

M=3.5 Dry finish with a thick malty feel

D=3.5 I couldn't drink too much of this beer but the 12 oz bottle was a perfect size. It goes down well and hits with a punch at 11 percent abv. Good beer wouldn't pass this up if I found it again

Photo of Graebner
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours THICK. High viscosity, almost no bubble activity, zero head. Amber/copper colored. Viscous even in the glass.

Sweet alcohol and fresh apple barrel on the nose. Tad buttery.

Taste is HUGE fruits up front, apple, raisin, pear, then a hint of clove or nutmeg spice and a wallop of caramel. Enough carbonation to clean up, surprisingly, and a warm alcohol finish. In balance, extremely pleasant. After a few sips I got whiffs of watermelon in the back of my mouth as well.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, punctuated by the carbonation for a second and the warm, estery alcohol. Very pleasant.

Overall a phenomenal brew. Massive. Not session, but a slow single is highly recommended.

Photo of ohmybock
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm updating my previous review because my recent bottles of EKU 28 are better than what I described in my previous rating...

Big malty/toffee aroma you pretty much only get from a true German bock brew. Very, VERY nice! Actually, there's also a strong fruitiness which you don't get all that often in a German lager. Even so, it's a "clean" fruitiness so you know it's still a lager. Beautiful amber color with a slight head, but one that seems to stick around. After pouring it into a glass, the appearance and aroma of this brew just make me want to immediately take a sip! Carbonation is decent and appropriate for the style, but some previous bottles have been too low. Flavor is a malt assault on the tongue combined with some heat from the alcohol. The flavor improves on the aroma with a huge malty/toffee explosion on the tongue. I get ripe fruits...perhaps some apple, but even more I'm getting some beautiful ripe pear flavors. Have you ever forked over the money to buy some Harry and David's Royal Riviera pears? They're expensive, but ohhh so good...nature's candy! Anyway, I definitely get some of that great, ripe, Oregon pear character in this brew. When I first tasted this beer ten years ago, I wasn't crazy about it. Now, it's one of my (occasional) favorites. It's not something I would drink often, but I love to keep some on hand for the times when I'm in the mood...and it seems to hold up incredibly well in my fridge for long periods of time. There's no denying EKU 28 is a malty brew...even for German standards, yet it still has a nice, clean-fermented lager taste. Even though the malt character is strong, I don't think this brew goes too far with its maltiness. Take Vetter 33 on tap in Heidelberg for comparison. Vetter 33 is too over-the-top malty, and has way too much of an unfermented malt-syrup taste. EKU 28 on the other hand, is much more drinkable and thoroughly fermented. I really enjoy this brew, but I can imagine that some don't because it's a bit extreme. EKU 28 has definitely become a brew I've come to love over the years. If you disagree that's okay, that just leaves more for me!

Photo of ChuckD
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this just after the Aventinus. 11.2oz bottle poured into a weizen. Slight off-white lacing, light and airy atop a dark brown/orange body.

To the nose, it's all about malt sweetness and alcohol. Both are prevalent - with some spices in the back somewhere. Not a very consistent aroma.

In the mouth, the malts come alive and hit you with complex sweet tastes all over. The alcohol is all over - tempering some of the sweetness but not overpowering it. Litte to no hop character.

The feel is great. The fullness of the malts are kept in check by a crisp carbonation that stays for almost the entire drink. It creates a light feel to this motherlode of a beer. The finish is mostly alcohol esters - but nice and organic.

Musings: Another kick=ass eisbock. A great cold weather brew because it is highly warming. Not as consistent and stable from a malt standpoint as the Aventinus, but still a worthwhile find.

Photo of andyjeigh
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of SayBoom
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of raszputini
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a tulip. Pours a bright copper with a very thin head. Smells of malt and alcohol. Mouth feel is somewhat thin with some level of tingliness. Taste is well balanced with malts, sweeter hops, molasses and the alcohol is present. This was an experiment for me and I was pleased. Definitely a "one and done" due to the ABV, this was still surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of ojclark
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Roasty, malty, burnt caramel aroma with hints of vanilla, marzipan and slight alcohol. Clear amber/brown color with a thick tan head that lasted quite a while. Raisiny, malty, slightly sweet with some alcohol in flavor. Hop bitterness became apparent in aftertaste but was overshadowed up front. Effervescent with fine carbonation. Full bodied, almost chewy but not cloying. Medium finish with some alcohol apparent in aftertase along with bitterness and some sweetness. Big and complex but very well executed and well balanced.

Photo of Abita45
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. I'm unfamilar with this style of beer, so I don't have many preconcieved notions of what it should constitute, though it is described as a 'bock' so I'll keep that in mind.

Pours to a deep amber/copper color. No head at all, and no lacing. Aroma is one of sweet malt and somewhat grainy. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy. Definitely not a beer I would have many of in one sitting.

Taste is not that great. The alcohol comes through, along with a taste of overripe fruit or burnt brown sugar. A kind of sweetness that borders on being too 'harsh' to really be sweet. If that makes sense.

I can't help but wonder if some of the flavors are a result of the importation and sitting on a shelf. This was bought as part of a winter beer variety pack, so its freshness could be a major factor here.

I won't rule this beer out in the future, especially on a windy day where that alcohol bite will be appreciated, but for right now, this beer did not leave as favorable impression as I'd hoped.

Photo of Bumpon10s
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful red amber color, almost looks like a nice liqour. No head on this thicker beer.

S - Reminds me of Dogfish's Worldwide Stout in the nose, raisins and dark fruits. Very sugary and sweet.

T - Starts out very sweet and fruity, and ends quite refreshing, very odd. It is an wierd sensation, but I really like it, the 11% is almost entirely disguised.

M - A little syrupy, but as much as you'd think. Ever so slight touch of alcohol warming as it goes down. It is actually a very calm beer in the mouth.

D - Very high, this beer is a delight to drink, the real only drawback is the 11% ABV and reason it keeps me from drinking more.

EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.