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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

606 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 41
Gots: 27 | 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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alex_hart

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-08-2013 14:31:09 | More by alex_hart
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Jhanken

Iowa

5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-03-2013 12:23:48 | More by Jhanken
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stain3000

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

12-02-2013 19:11:16 | More by stain3000
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-29-2013 19:15:51 | More by BillRoth
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%

My 400th review!
Poured into a tulip glass. Recommended by the owner of Hop City, Atlanta.

A: Clear amber, very light white head that dissipated fast. Not much lacing.

S: A nice flurry of malts and alcohol rushes in. That 11% is anxious to break out.

T: Bourbon-y, malty, sweet, with a great apricot backbeat. Alcohol takes over fast. This one's a definite sipper.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: A terrific doppelbock. Drinks more like a bourbon barrel ale. Would go well with a cigar. Share with friends.

11-25-2013 01:40:44 | More by brewskifan55
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SafeAtFirst

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-23-2013 04:51:35 | More by SafeAtFirst
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-16-2013 03:04:19 | More by jaydoc
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TeachChefs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-09-2013 23:32:31 | More by TeachChefs
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jaycar06

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

11-02-2013 16:03:08 | More by jaycar06
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

a: Clear, dark copper color; poured with a large, relatively long lived off white head.

s: Caramel, taffy(?), perfumed alcohol, jammy fruit, and a malty kind of chocolate.

t: This hide its elevated abv pretty well, but it still comes across as bigger doppelbock. Moderately sweet caramel, sugary fruit preserves, and a little chocolate as well. A little booze on the exhale.

m: Silky smooth.

o: Not quite top tier, but I would buy this again. Good stuff.

10-24-2013 00:54:23 | More by DIM
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

10-22-2013 17:33:11 | More by RBorsato
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%

Appearance- Doesn't pour up much head and doesn't have any retention at all. The head is a gritty off-white (almost oatmeal) while the body is a medium amber which has notes of pale amber when held up to the light. No lacing at the moment.

Nose- Subtle but quite complex. The subtlety makes it difficult to pick out different aromas but there are many different ones to this beer. Raisins, chocolate, and cocoa are the biggest notes but there is also a healthy amount of grain and cereal to point of being brown bread. Brown sugar, molasses, faint smoke that almost suggests tobacco and leather. Some caramel. Hope the palate reflects all this. Swirling shows a sour note that suggests rye bread.

Taste- Starts off with raisin which quickly moves into brown sugar and molasses. Much more presence than the nose with almost as much complexity. Definite brown bread (but not so much basic grain or cereal) that has hints of leather which tends to get overwhelmed by a rush of banana and cloves. Wish some more of the chocolate were present instead of the finish of cloves which give the beer a slight astringency, especially when paired with the slight heat. Still a pretty good beer and one of the better doppelbocks that I've had. Ayinger is still my favorite though. Lots of spice which is mostly cloves but has some cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Some syrup to the texture. Carbonation may be a little too much.

Drinkability- Very drinkable for an 11% beer. Pretty interesting but, at points, the malt is a little too sweet for me. More phenolic character than I had expected.

Overall- Pretty good beer that is true to the style. If you like doppelbocks, you won't be disappointed. Possibly would repurchase this.

10-20-2013 07:51:15 | More by artoolemomo
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Jcarter1221

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

10-13-2013 01:16:43 | More by Jcarter1221
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-26-2013 19:53:56 | More by harpus
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BKotch

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

09-13-2013 06:06:00 | More by BKotch
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dieBlume

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

09-11-2013 23:01:00 | More by dieBlume
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance:
Considerably lighter in color than most beers of this style. Clear, deep copper body and topped with a semi-thick cream colored head. Nice lacing!

Aroma:
Quite sweet. Honey, syrup, caramel, and heavy malt are all present in the aroma.

Taste:
Almost as sweet as it smells - rich with malt and caramel and notes of honey. It's a pretty thick brew but is smooth with a fair amount of carbonation and as it starts to warm some rum-like spices start to reveal themselves. The alcohol is masked well, but does break through a bit. I thoroughly enjoyed this!

Mouthfeel:
This is a thick, full-bodied beer with a fair amount of carbonation. Supremely smooth and drinkable for being 11% ABV!

Overall:
I can sum this up nicely with one word... Wow! This is an incredible beer! Get it. Enjoy it.

09-10-2013 02:56:54 | More by alphagnome
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-05-2013 06:36:48 | More by ldhughes3
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-31-2013 02:51:27 | More by mattparsons
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Omensetter

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

08-28-2013 03:13:19 | More by Omensetter
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Metz

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

08-25-2013 01:19:47 | More by Metz
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Greasy

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

08-16-2013 12:36:15 | More by Greasy
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

This brewery makes an eisbock I like so I bought a few of these to try. I don't like this like the eisbock.

It comes out that dirty light brown with a thin head and a boozy aroma. The taste is a typical boozy doppelbock. The malty subtleties are covered by the huge booze taste.

The aftertaste is a little better than the really bad examples of the style - it is less unpleasant.

I have to remember not to get this and stick to the eisbock.

08-11-2013 18:45:39 | More by schoolboy
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barczar

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a brilliant mahogany with a frothy cream head that dissipates rather quickly, lacing a thin layer of foam.

Rich melanoidins; buttery, nutty, sugary, with a touch of caramel, form the initial aroma. Toasted malt and a touch of alcohol fruitiness are evident.

Flavor is rich and malty, fairly sweet, but the finish is dry enough to prevent it from being cloying. Rummy, slightly fruity, with notes of raisins and fruitcake.

Body is thick, smooth, and syrupy, with modest carbonation and high alcohol warmth.

Very malt dominant beer, as it should be, with a high alcohol kick. Rich, but the toasted malt and hops keep it fairly in check. Just a bit hot.

08-04-2013 18:31:36 | More by barczar
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AnotherBeerGeek

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

07-28-2013 21:44:54 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.