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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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612 Ratings

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Ratings: 612
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 42
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 BBM
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

EKU 28 pours a clear golden honey color with a reddish hue and a thin white, fizzy head. The aroma is of rum, raisins, warm alcohol, and other dark fruits. Pleasant and powerful.

There is a big malt flavor up front, with caramel, dark fruits, and a raisin quality to it. There is a very slight hop balance, but the finish is very alcoholic and warming. This is in no way a bad thing, in fact it is quite a pleasant sensation. It's almost more akin to a brandy or port wine. Mouthfeel is clean, but a bit thin. Even at 11%, this beer remains fairly drinkable. Overall this is one powerful beer that is meant to be a sipper. Highly recommended.

BBM, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep honey with some rather active carbonation in the body, a thin head that eventually turns into a thin ring, and some lace clinging to the sides. Lot of hot alcohol in the nose with some sweet honey and bready malts. Smells kind of worty. The alcohol along with some light fruits hit the palate first. Bread, honey, and pears continue on into the finish, which has an almost medicinal quality, but it doesn't go too far. Mouthfeel is thick, slick, and with a soft and mellow carbonation. With the high alcohol, this one is a sipper.

goochpunch, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of drpimento
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Having this bottle at home, but I'm sure they have it at Bodega downtown La Crosse, too. Poured with a big, thick, foamy, luscious light tan head and some lace. Most head disappeared except for a thin cover. Nose was intensely malty, caramel, toffee, and bitter yeast. This is just out of my cold fridge and it's great; I know it'll be better as it warms. Still, the flavor is very good! Like the aroma but better. Great body. Very mouthfilling with just the right carbonation. Having it with a bowl of spicy congee. Good match. Nice finish that is yeast bitter at first fading to the above sweet flavors. Very rich, not a session beer; but one or two is fine.

drpimento, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of jamie2dope
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I alwasy thought the EKU stuff looked rather curious, so I picked up a bottle without any clue that it was an Eisbock. It poured surprisingly light orange color, with pretty much no head. This is certainly the lightest shaded version of the style I have seen (though I have not seen many). Smell was very boozy and fruity...apples seem definitely there. Taste was on the malty side, with viscous honey, raisins, and more booze. This beer seems to explode when it swishes around the palate, bursting with flavor in every way. It is a bit carbonated, not not too much. While this is a drinkable beer for sure, it is also pretty strong and heavy. One or two bottles at a time seems appropriate to me. Final Thoughts: A nice beer for sure. Maybe not the best Eisbock I have had, but still enjoyable. I would like to see how it is on tap.

jamie2dope, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of Jermbrew
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I poured this in to an oversized snifter. Deep amber in color. The head disappears very quickly, but leaves behind a little swirly foam on top.

Aroma is huge in this beer. Sweet cherry-like scent with hints of vanilla and oak. It's a good inviting smell.

Taste is vanilla and malty sweet and mouthfeel is great. The liquid is velvety and super smooth, but the hot finish reminds me of the high ABV.

I can have this occasionally but it depends on the time and place. This may be a good one to finish the night with.

Jermbrew, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a little bottle of this last night at the Essen Haus. A bargain at $4 if you ask me. This is quite a beer.

Pours that dark orange-copper color that screams so quintessentially that this is a German Doppelbock or Eisbock. Head is initially thick and tan but it doesn’t have much of a life span and before to long descends to just a very thin clinging lace. Not much carbonation. Seems to be an old bottle.

Aroma is quite pungent, primarily of boozy dark fruit…tons, and tons of prunes/rum raison but also some cherries. Very boozy but it does manage to give one the idea that they might find a heck of a lot of malt in this brew from the hints of caramel that rise with the alcohol notes.

Thick, soothing, chewy feel. Highly viscous. Somewhat sweet. Primary flavor is booze soaked dark fruit but the caramel malts are also quite nice. Reminds me a little bit of Optimator. Also, many beers are described a vinous but this one seems more like Cognac then wine.

Not very drinkable for me. If I want a lot of dark fruit boozy flavors I’ll probably go the Baltic porter route. This is a nice beer but it just doesn’t stand up to the eisbocks I’m used to drinking from New Glarus, Capital, The Dane, and Aventinus.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of mjc410
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've decided to pour this into my La Moneuse glass, being bereft of a snifter at this time. The beer puts up a short-lived head that fades in less than ten seconds to a thin glass ring. The body has a beautiful color, though: it's a transparent ruby-copper. The nose is full of brown sugar, dark bread, and the scent of pecan pie, which may very well be the first time I've said this about a beer. Very interesting. The taste is a near-cloying, caramel and light brown sugar experience. I honestly don't think there's more to it than that, but it tastes wonderful, in very small sips. The mouth might be one of the thickest I've ever come across, with almost non-existent carbonation. But really, I can't see a "combat" beer like this having any bubbles to lighten the load, it just wouldn't feel right. If I could have this with pecan pie, or a hefty chocolate dish, or creme brulee, or... Well, suffice it to say, this is a great one.

mjc410, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of khiasmus
2.98/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A-Pours a beautiful clear, dark amber. Almost no head that disappears comletely in moments.

S-Very sweet, almost sickly, with some fig and apricot notes, and no hops.

T-It's very good, but honestly my first taste almost choked me-I wasn't expecting something so overwhelmingly sweet. Tastes like malt and dates. No hops. Reviewing the guidelines for the eisbock, it fits very closely except for how sickeningly sweet it is.

M-Slick and oily-smooth, with low carbonation and a dry, warm, alcohol finish.

D-I wanted to pour it out after first sip. Simply too damn sweet. If you want a much, much better example of Eisbock, get a Kulmbacher Eisbock.

khiasmus, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the last bottle from that first six-pack. So I aged one bottle over one year from purchase.

Appearance- A vibrant, yet clear honey and brandy amber with a strong head that quickly fades after a minute. No lacing and mild bubbling.

Smell- A light port with some a mix of honey and candied fruits.

Taste- The alcohol lightened up nicely. It became better intermingled with the fruity, brandy flavored malts. Very good for sipping while reading a bit from my Homebrewing book.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and a little spicey with a thick and tight chewy texture. Fucking awesome before going to bed.

Something worth cellaring for a year, maybe two.

scruffwhor, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer tasted like a dunkel that had been distilled. While I know nothing about the history of this beer, it struck me that this beer may have been launched when high-alc alone was enough to distinguish you from other beers. But in a marketplace where we have an abundance of dubels, tripels, and quads, in addition to barley-wine, old ale and other high-alc styles, I'm not sure this beer measures up so well.

It poured with little to no head. It had a sweet malt aroma, and a pleasant malt/bourbon/caramel/spice flavor. Not bad, but not as complex/nuanced as I was led by the label description to expect. Mouthfeel was full and slightly puckery. This beer is not extremely drinkable, but I don't think its supposed to be!

BeerBelcher, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of ledemie
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.

ledemie, Feb 01, 2007
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.

dpool, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of janubio
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice bright copper colour, with a correct head that fades quickly, leaving some lace that fades too in a couple of minutes. Smell is of dark fruits and brandy or port, with hints of vanilla, almonds and cherries, and caramel too. Taste is sweet, very strong, caramel. Vanilla and cherries are noticed too, with a slightly bitter touch in the end. This is really a very fine beer, but if you have tried Samichlaus before... it pales in comparison. Then again, any other beer do.

janubio, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Abita45
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Abita45, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Lovely copper barley colour with a solid toffee 3 finger head when poured into a duvel glass. dissapates quickly to nothing. - looks like brandy after about 5 mins, no head at all

S- lots of toffee and fresh bready malts, golden syrup aswell

T- this tastes very malty indeed, alcohol is well hidden amongst fresh bread and a golden syrup sugary flavour finish, very smooth and moreish

M- mouthfeel is great, not too syrupy which i expected from the smell. medium carbonation, well balanced

D- A lovely winter sipper, the alcohol being well masked and the sweet notes make this very moreish, but be careful as the alcohol hits you quickly

NOTES* I paired this with a christmas mince pie. the sweetness of the mince pie accentuated the fresh bready malts more, taking away the syrupy feel, which made it all the more enjoyable

seanyfo, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Phocion
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a brandy snifter. Beautiful deep reddish amber and very bubbly with about 3/4 of a finger of white head, though it quickly falls into a thin lace of bubbles.

Strong sweet malts. Bread dough and molasses. Rich fruit salad aroma as well, most notably apples.

Flavor is mostly alcohol. Lots of alcohol, especially as it warms. The ABV is 11% and this brew doesn't even try to hide it. Strong doughy and fruity malts balanced by an ever-so-slight hoppy bitterness.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation. High ABV along with thick alcohol and incredibly sweet malts kind of hinder the drinkability. Nonetheless, I'd recommend this to anyone who thinks they can handle it.

Phocion, Nov 21, 2006
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.

jdoolin, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of geetlord
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very clear copper color with a tiny short lasting head

The aroma was sweet with apples and caramel and of course a large hit of alcohol

The flavor was very sweet but mellow, like caramel or molasses there was a bit of tartness as well, like tart apples. Lots of alcohol and some smokiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy somewhat thick and syrupy, and very good.

geetlord, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Rudgers73
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice, steady rising foam that settles quickly to a rocky dishwater head and slowly dissipates into nothing. Gold/amber colored beer.

S- Strong smell almost like a belgian with deep roasted sweet flavors blooming from the glass. Definite alcohol aroma, (I figured as much being 11% abv).

T- Tastes initially like a sweet white wine. Nice fruity flavor that almost has a yeast taste to it. Bittersweet along the edges of my tongue, probably from the alcohol. Nice round taste of caramel.

M- Syrupy at first, but not thick. Slippery and sticky. I expected a sharp hop taste from my first eisbock, but it ended up being a very round and smooth mouthfeel.

D- Very strong, but nice to enjoy at the beginning of the night. Maybe finish with an imperial porter afterwards to keep things toasty.

my first eisbock. Not what I expected, but a pleasant surprise. I'll have to explore more this winter.

Rudgers73, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Whole Foods in Raleigh, which is a good place to pick up quality singles and bombers for those in the area who aren't already in the know. A hearty recommenddation from Michael Jackson adorns the back label

An almost electric orange color, medium brown at the top down to a cider at the bottom of my wine glass. Head is nonexistant but carbonation is active throughout the tasting. Nose is fruity and winey and heavily influenced by the alcohol, which at 11% booz is not really a shocker.

Very malty and bocklike but not as heavy of an alcohol faceslap as anticipated after the initial whiff. Actually, considering the abv, this is actually quite downable. Mouthfeel is mellow and holds the flavor well without punishing the drinker with carbonation. This style is by no means my speed but this is a good effort from the boys at Kulmbacher.

daliandragon, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a pink champagne with a touch of amber. Tiny bubbles rise up from the bottom of my tulip to support a white collar with a little spot in the middle.

Smells of dark, black cherries with some sweet cream and a dry pasty white flour. There’s also a strong medicinal alcohol blended into the sweetness and the flour.

Tastes of sweet cherries, brown sugar and bread dough paired with a unique alcohol sting. The doughiness gets pastier in the finish and brings with it a hint of plumb.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a light and easy but prominent carbonation.

This one’s intense and really sweet, arguably too sweet for me.

DarkerTheBetter, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of jakdracula
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to buy this beer by accident, if that makes any sense. I went to a store that let you build your own six pack, and randomly grabbed it.


This is GREAT beer. As soon as I tasted it, I thought "I gotta go to Beeradvocate and find out about this beer"!

Look, I'm not an expert, and I don't pretend to be, but THIS is the beer to drink! Get one ASAP!

jakdracula, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SwillBilly for hooking me up with this. You rock.
This is a fascinating style and this beer is superb. It is extra rich and very intense in flavor, alcohol and suagr and spice. This boozy wonder should be enjoyed in nothing less than a grand snifter and after it has been allowed to warm.

Appearance: Pours an attractive tawny red color with a small head that fades. (what I expect at 11%) and some very limited lacing.

Smell: a very rich nose full of caramel, syrup, malts and sugar. Alcohol and spice bleed through the sweet body as well. There may even be a hint of berries in there with the Brandy in the aroma.

Taste: The taste makes me think of sweet Cognac. It is very boozy but pleasant with a big wood flavor and loads of caramel and malt and Wee Heavy-like attributes. This beer is so thick and full of malty vanilla syrupy flavors with hints of berries and cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and other spices. The aftertaste is absolutely relentless. This is only my second Eisbock and I think I found a new interest to peruse. As a former whiskey fan Scotch Ales had been a favorite of mine. Now, here is a lager with all the attributes I love! WOW!!

Mouthfeel: I don't even know where to begin. It is exceptionally creamy and viscous and thick and syrupy across the palate, and yet it seems to move easily down the throat. the spicy attributes interplay well with the carbonation to keep it just lively enough. Beautiful!

Drinkability: This is no doubt a sipper. Still, it went down quite easily and hit me like a ton of bricks. And I loved every second of it!

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a deep burgundy color beer with a small off-white foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of sweet cookie dough with some dry plums was very interesting and enjoyable. Some sweet cookie malt with some plums and dry figs characteristics, which made this very enjoyable, also dominated taste. Body is a bit light and alcohol was not overly pronounced. Not exactly sure why this is getting such low ratings – I though it was a well craft eisbock.

Phyl21ca, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A transparent amber with a slight reddish hue, and no head whatsoever. The nose has lots of alcohol, sherry, raisin, fig, and cherry, but alcohol is dominant here. You get a lot of that and more when you taste it, prune, raisin, anise, brandy, cloves, malt, mollasses, and something that tastes like good n' plenties. Not just anise or licorice, bu really like a good n' plenty. This has some light effervescence, and is otherwise a hard drinking beer. Too much alcohol makes this a sipping monster, hard to enjoy this like a regular beer. Even for the style it's a bit much, and I much prefer the Aventinus eisbock.

dherling, Oct 08, 2006
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.