EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

636 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 44
Gots: 31 | 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 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 RedBeerHead
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of bosco7
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tawny color with a nice little off-white head. Looks nice in a snifter for sure.

Bread, orange, booze, cherry, caramel, biscuit, booze, raspberry, and more booze in the nose.

Syrupy sweet start with caramel, toffee, maple, and a little graham cracker. Nice prune and cherry flavors in the middle. Some orange peel. Hops get lost in the malt. The finish is full of booze. Lots of pepper and clove flavors.

Big chewy texture with some burn from the alcohol. I do find this beer to be quite restorative, sip this on a cold evening and forget about turning on the heater, you won't need it. The flavors are complex and heavy on the tongue. Recommended.

Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear orange-gold, huge head which I almost can't believe for the strength of this beer.

Smell: Sweet, boozy, raisins.

Taste: Quite sweet but not overbearing. I would describe it as mixed fruit with a brown sugar glaze. A little alcohol burn at the end reminds you it's 11%.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick but not too much.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable. Went down quicker than expected, but didn't put me down for the count.

I was impressed by the EKU28! I thought it might be a little too much on the sweet side from reading the reviews, but it wasn't over-the-top sweet. A very good beer if you like them malty.

Photo of irishevans
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear amberish red color with no head to speak of. smells a bit sour with some fruit notes. the taste is superb for the style, subtlely sour yet still smooth and creamy with some liquor tones too. the mouth-feel is velvety, period all the way through. drinks easy enough. more than just worth a try.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear orange/brown/copper color with an ok white head that fades very fast. Nose is of caramel and dark fruit. Taste follows with caramelized dark fruit and typical good sugary eisbock flavor. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a little thin. drinkability is good. Sugar resides on the lips after each sip and taste lingers somewhat. abv is very well hidden, but you can feel the warmth in your stomach. Reminds me alot of the urbock from eggenberg, but clearer color. Good beer, one I will revisit next time I go into my cellar.

Photo of acrawf6
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a clear orange amber with a frothy white head that drops to a ring around the glass.

Smell. I get lots of fruits and a strong creaminess. Fruits are light and goes with the cream and smooth aroma well, like candy.

Taste. The alcohol comes through on this, but is not overwhelming like i thought from past bottles. Still has a fruity sweetness; cherries and a little prune bitterness with it as well. Aftertaste is a little raw and not as creamy.

Mouthfeel. Full body. The carbonatoin come through on this stronger than i thought giving it a pepperyness on my tongue.

Overall, pretty good. I think i would go for their other eisbock more times than not, but this one is nice to sip on, when in the mood.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
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 avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance here is much lighter than I expected. I tried this one back to back with Aventinus' eisbock and it was interesting how different they looked. The EKU 28 had a much clearer appearance, with a consistency akin to apple juice (of all things).

The smell is very sweet. One can detect chocolate and some other kind of sweet element. Very nice, nonetheless.

The chocolates become apparent, along with some fruit flavoring. It's too bitter for me, leaving a harsh aftertaste I could do without.

This is a drinkable beer, though, to be honest, it's not my cup of tea.

Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nothing REALLY stood out at me from the appearance of this one. Deep amber (a little lighter than I expected, I suppose), a very short lived slightly caramel coloured head. Almost a little bit of a reddish hue in there.

S: Strong chocolate and toffee in the front, a little bit of a spicy note of sorts. Quite a pleasant aroma, especially immediately after snapping the lid off.

T: Very sweet, syrupy caramel. The alcohol stands out in this one a bit, along with bitter cocoa. A bit of a toasted or woodsy note in there. Maybe a touch harsh for my tastes.

M: Quite thick, it lingers for a while. Not particularly my thing, or perhaps the mood isn't right for it this time around, but better full bodied than none, I suppose.

D: While perhaps I haven't been personally blown away by the taste or feel, it is still quite drinkable, without question.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
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 letsgopens
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This big Eisbock pours a bubbly copper orange with some pleasant gold highlights. This nice tan head has a bit bellow average retention and eventually fades to nothing as the brew warms a bit. A few very small wisps of lace remain around the surface.

The aroma is nice. Right off the bat I can tell this is going to be a big beer. Lots of honey and some toffee. Sweet, light molasses as well as some citrus and darker fruit. Maple syrup is detectable. Lemon and coriander are also floating around in there too. Very sweet and a bit nutty with very noticeable booze. Definitely boisterous and full in the nose (in a good way).

Syrupy and bright but rather harsh (not in a good way). Super sweet with some citrus, apple cider, cherry, and a hint of apricot. A slightly vinous quality is detectable as well. The booze is certainly not well hidden. A very big beer that doesn't pull any punches. Pure cane sugar, clover honey and a bit of floral hops. Certainly complex, but its just hard to get past the booze. I like some warmth as much as the next guy, especially in an Eisbock, but it kind of over powers the complexities in flavor. Also I feel its a bit too sweet. The syrupy sweetness mixed with the harshness of the booze and makes for a less than palatable brew in my opinion. A mostly solid selection in most other aspects though.

Again very syrupy but moderately bright do to good carbonation. The thicker texture still comes out however. A slicker finish is characterized by some more booze induced warmth. An interesting beer experience, but just not a selection I'd drink on a regular basis.

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear, amber color with about a finger and a half head. Head dissipated relatively quickly and only a light coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Caramel malt and dark fruit aromas are the primary features. Very, very sweet smell. Alcohol is strong and definitely comes through on the nose. Hops are not apparent. Very light spicy and cherry fragrances are also present.

Taste: Caramel malts are initially sweet and give it a nice base. Plum, cherry, raisin flavors add some depth and give it a very nice flavor. Very well blended and extremely smooth. Hops are faint in taste. Alcohol is certainly noticeable, but not offensive.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium to thick bodied. Carbonation is excellent. Very smooth and easy to drink. Obviously, its strength hinders it in that department. But, still very drinkable. Overall, very good beer. I wasn't expecting much, but walk away very impressed.

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

Pours crystal clear, dr. browns cream soda color. Smells like ripe bananas, tastes like caramelized bananas, with a heavy alcohol presence. What can I say? This tastes like a banana flambes with all the liquor too. Not bad, but not great either. 11% kicks in pretty quick.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, bright. Scarce foam, but ok for a 11 ABV beer.
Strong maltiness in the smell, warming, alcohol feeling. A bit of tannic.
Again malt in the taste, sherry, and some bitterness background that balances the warm-sweet of the maltiness. Some woody notes.
For its strenght, quite balanced and drinkable.
Full aftertaste, a bit alcoholic. Not too full bodied, but quite full in the mouth.

Photo of elmore
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a translucent amber color into a snifter. One finger head that rapidly dissipates and leaves almost no lacing.

S: very sweet with a strong malt prescence. Carmel, toffee, prunes, apricots. No real detectable hops. Reminds me of brandy.

T: similar to smell. primarly malt sweetness upfront with and a decidedly rich malty sweet aftertaste. No real bitterness at all. Warming alcohol prescence.

M: Thick viscous, syrupy.

D: Sweetness limits drinkabilty.

Great beer to sip on a cold winter night. A little too sweet from my taste, but an interesting and satisfying beer.

D:

Photo of cabsandking
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish brown with ruby highlights and just a little off white lacing. Heavy malt characters; caramel, molasses, prune, and cherry all kept in check by a big alcohol ester. The taste echoes much of the nose. A bit fruitier, brandy like fusels, caramelized sugars, and hops providing a thin bitterness and tea notes. The alcohol while mildly hot is smooth and keeps the thick mouthfeel from being too syrupy. The finish has a slow tartness and reveals some vinous character. Full bodied, and silky smooth.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Todd the beer guy (Buckspin) for this one. pours a clear brown golden color with no head. Smells like very sweet malt with hints of candied fruit. Tastes like malt with alcohol hitting you right up front, actually alcohol taste is quite dominate. Mouthfeel is quite syrupy. Overall, it tastes like alcohol but not any negative sense, but the sweetness does not last.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a nice amber with very little to no head. Smell is sweet and malty and grainy. Taste is "wow" in your face, like a rich desert that is almost to much to handle, with sweet malts, dark fruits and spiciness with an alchohol punch. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy with a good amount of carbonation. I did not know what to expect with this beer, besides the high ABV, but turns out to be a combonation with the full flavor making it a good warming sipping beer.

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

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.
A: Beer orange, clear, finely saturated. Beige Foam very fleeting.
S: Powerful aroma and sweet, intensely sweet malty nose.
T & M: Flavor sweet taste of caramel. Mouth very soft, full, round and sweet or syrupy. Bitterness very small, discrete tones smoked.

Review added 10-17-2007, translated from french 3-5-2008.

Photo of medic25
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tall Corsendonk glass, this beer has a rich ruby red color, with a short lived head. Nose is overwhelmingly one of malt; it reminded me of a wort brewing before I add the hops! Taste is also quite powerful; strongly malty, with hints of bread and raisins. Minimal carbonation, with a syrupy character and a strong taste of alcohol. Definitely not a beer to drink on a hot summer day; great sipper on a cold fall evening.

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

I'm a little worried this may have been sitting in the store for awhile. Can this age in a store? (not proven true in the end)
Aroma: Sweet malt. Caramel. Fruitiness.
Brightly clear. Copper. Smallish head that leaves a smear in time.
Alcohol again starts the show with flavors. Flavors closely follow the aroma., 'cept my innards warm with the sip. Nice honey, candy sweetness up front. Very little bitterness noted, but enough so that the sweetness isn't excessive and the richness seems in check too. Touch of dryness at the finish.
Carbonation is soft and swirls between a moderately thick feel, although this is thin enough to not be excessive in richness. Overall not quite as soft as I'd like, but it's alright. Heaviness to force slower drinking.
This isn't the best eisbock I've had, but it's not too bad either. I can see buying more of these as this is significantly cheaper than some of the others. Nice lager cleanliness and bold and flavorful.

Photo of Floydster
1.5/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from La Bodega in Riverside for $3.29

Poured into my Russian River pint glass with light golden brown color and a 1/4 inch silky white head

Smell was nasty, smell was like a fruit salad, so sweet, this is when I became skeptical

Taste was one of the worst I have ever had, too sweet to even handle, made barelywine taste like a Budweiser, too much malt, not enough hops, worst eisbock flavor I have encountered

Taste does not seem to get out of my mouth unfortunately

Dad likes this beer and I have no idea how, would never drink again

Stay away, not even worth a dollar a bottle, let alone three and change

Nasty!

Photo of atrus138
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.