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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

619 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 45
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 Geevers71
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Geevers71, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from Beers Of Europe website (£2.49):
Caramel amber with a thin, bubbly beige head that disappears after a few seconds.

Strong, very sweet & quite malty with plenty of caramel & dark fruits. Some spice, cloves & dates with some raisins. The balance is good & the aroma complex, with some faint hints of alcohol coming through.

Sweet, very malty with faint alcohol. Spice, dark fruits & plum come through with some dates & figs. A good beer from the start with nice caramel flavours & a great balance that had a nice kick to it.

Medium to full bodied with some creaminess in places & plenty of sweetness throughout with some alcohol coming through, although it was hidden for the most part. Great balance & the beer was quite complex & rich, as well as being easy to drink.

I had fears that it would be a little strong and overpowering but thankfully this wasn't the case. Very sweet & malty, the beer tasted great. Definitely one worth picking up & it was fairly cheap as well which always helps.

flyingpig, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev +1.8%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(bottle code 2359155 - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

A: crystal clear, tawny liquid... finger width of cap on the pour, dies to a misty cap... seriously looks like a decrepitly aged, oxidead whiskey with a spitty collar

S: browned pizza crust, dense caramel-y cracker... surprisingly (or perhaps not - this IS German beer), not as much a phenolic or fusel element poking through - it's a clean, vaguely perfumy/cleansing booze and a clean scent overall... bit of a roasted almond nuttiness late

T: compact, toasty malt syrup, deceptively light with balance from the quiet storm rush of tonic booze... it's a mild, delectable sweetness up front, quite light on the roast flavors for a doppelbock, more akin to a Märzen or even a British strong bitter (a la Bombardier?)... nutty, toasty, spicy as it warms - wouldn't drink this too cold, don't waste it

M: fullish and quasi-lusciously smooth in a compact bubble up front, yet dangerously light and lifting due to the brawny alcohol ferrying it all away very quickly... it's seriously like a rich, full Scotch, lightly carbonated

O: this beer was a revelation to me all those years ago when I was still discovering new brews and buying most of my bottles by the intrigue of their label alone... this is a beer that most certainly stands alone among all the many beers I've tasted - difficult to find a twin or sibling to it (Samichlaus???)... it's ridiculously easy to drink and still one of my favorites

Bouleboubier, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Texasfan549, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Spaten454
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of adam5454
5/5  rDev +27.2%

adam5454, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of lighthabit
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very clear amber, light tan head dies down to lingering thin layer, no lacing. banana, cloves, aspirin, alcohol heat, dry in the middle, a bit of cherry and wood in the nose, consistent carbonation, finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness underneath the sweetness. pretty good for the style, tho not one i'd go to often, seems a second cousin when compared to samichlaus classic. a serious attitude to the whole thing, not bad, but a sipper for sure.

lighthabit, May 21, 2014
Photo of andyjeigh
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

andyjeigh, May 15, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Durandal_777, May 09, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Ciocanelu, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

leitmotif, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of Localdrinklax
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Localdrinklax, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of RacerX5k
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was pretty sure this was similar to Samichlaus which I consider the best lager in the world and one of the best beers I've had. That was also the beer that got me started in craft and extreme beers when an olde school Lager drinker (yes that's Yuengling Lager of course) years ago Googled "strongest lager in the world" ... So yes I knew I would like this.

Pours clear lots of bubbles shiny penny beautiful color, nicely carbonated, little head that doesn't hang around long, doesn't have to. Big malts aroma, notes of apples and pears, nutty and even a little mint. Aroma really hangs out for a good 1/2 hour after the bottle is done. Taste follows the aroma, very spicy but not annoyingly spicy, especially since I generally do not care for spiced beers. Very similar in look, smell and taste to world class Samichlaus. Great mouthfeel, alcohol is present but does not detract at all.

Wow what a treat this was. Grab couple more this weekend if still available at a very reasonable $3.50 per. Yesterday was an amazing lager day, I had this before dinner, Lager with Capone's excellent $.25 hot wings followed by a 16 oz Troegenator. You can really taste the similarities in all 3 beers, differing with the ABV of course. Someday I will have to do these 3 and a Samichlaus in ABV order. Going to Lagertown.

RacerX5k, Apr 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Karibourgeois, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of ZCW
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

ZCW, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

PaulyB83, Mar 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Bstrickler, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Fettpopps
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
1.79/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

After the high ratings, I was really looking forward to this one. Wow was I disappointed. Smell was artificial bananas and some nuts, taste was straight rough alcohol. Not subtle at all, and there wasn't anything else there. Really wondering what happened here, Kulmbacher is now 0 for 2 in my book.

BoulderBarrovecchio, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

dcmchew, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of johnbellessa
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

johnbellessa, Mar 05, 2014
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
89 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.