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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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87
very good

445 Reviews
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Reviews: 445
Hads: 660
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 58
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 FeDUBBELFIST
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 2/28/11. 11.2oz bottle to oversized snifter. Thanks to berpwillie for leaving this one behind.

A: Pours with average 1 finger foamy head, straddling off-white and light brown in color, and showing decent retention. A lasting film and collar hang out even longer. The body is amber-orange with medium intensity and 90% transparency.

S & T: This beer is a flat out malt bomb - and at 11%, it's no surprise. Neither the aroma or flavor worked for me right away, but a few extra degrees REALLY opened this one up. Wood, oak, vanilla, with an aged whiskey-like sweetness, light smoke, tea leaves and a touch of menthol. Layers and layers create complexity. A confident amount of alcohol refuses to hide. After the initial metallic aftertaste went away, this beer really grew on me.

M: Full, thick body. Very sticky and with a pronounced alcoholic texture. The right amount of carbonation keeps the relatively clean.

D: Pleasantly surprised what EKU 28 turned into after coming to cellar temp. Doppelbocks aren't my favorite style, but I'd like to have this one again sometime. (1,083 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet. No stamped date.

Appearance - Medium amber clear body. One finger offwhite head with relatively low retention.

Smell - Banana. Malty. Sweet and peppery.

Taste - Alcoholic. Malty. Strong but not overpowering. The alcohol will get up in your sinuses though.

Mouthfeel - The creaminess of the body and the effervescence of a freshly poured head really go together well to give this a dynamic and highly enjoyable mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability - I recommend giving half a bottle a high pour, then intermittedly pouring the rest as needed for head. (600 characters)

Photo of dsprainman
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber, minimal head, zero lacing, very few bubbles. Smell is honey, malt, alcohol. Tastes like honey malt and alcohol as well. Being my first doppelbock, maybe EKU 28 was a little heavy to start with at 11%ABV. However it leaves behind a nice feeling in the throat of alcohol and honey after a sip. Call me crazy but this reminds me a little of Barenjager. Certainly interesting and out of the norm for me. Not a favorite, but worth a try. (454 characters)

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, honey orange color with thin, off-white head. Little retention or lace, pretty carbonation.

S: Sweet fruit and port, pretty promising.

T: Like the aroma, sweet fruits, port, a little floral bitterness. Complexity is low but flavors are true. Alcohol lends a touch of spiciness and heat on the finish. A bit underwhelming at first, but grows on you quickly.

M: Medium body, a little oil and syrup.

O: A tasty doppelbock. Flavors are true, though the color is a bit light. A persuasive beer. Will buy it again. (582 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tolann and her friends for sharing beers a month or so back at her basement party. This one poured a dark amber color with a smallish light tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, raisins and toffee. On the palate, this one was thick and full bodied, with tons of malt, caramel and booze. (299 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: dark fruits, raisons, caramel, malts,

taste: raisons, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this beer is probably really good it's just not my style. it has all the characteristics that you would be looking for in a Dopplebock.

Cheers,
The CPJ (363 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasently surprised with this one. It poured a clear honey tone with a thin white head that faded fast and left small rings of lace.

The aroma was amazing with a mead like smell, bourbon barrel notes, and sweet honey. Lots of fruity notes; candied apples, pineapple and pears. Fumes of alcohol blanketed in some spicy notes, oak and vanilla. Some floral notes balance things out.

Sweet honey and bourbon with oak, vanilla, ripe fruits. Apples, pears and pineapple with candied dry fruit. A touch of spice, floral notes, some tea like herbal qualities and fruity orange notes balance out the sweetness.

Creamy, sikly and slick. A bit sticky but not overly cloying. Complex and enjoyable sipper. (703 characters)

Photo of DucksFan16
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, almost copperish, with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruit including raisins, pears, and prunes. Fairly sweet and rich beer with a lot of alcohol, although it is not overwhelming. Very tasty overall, make sure to enjoy.

For the price you pay, this has got to be one of the best values around for a beer of this quality and style. (355 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired at Kulminator in Antwerp. Cost was 5.50 euro. Served into an EKU 28 mini-goblet at Kulminator. We later *borrowed* the mini-goblet. It was just so damn cute. Reviewed from last night's notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, nice thickness, and terrible twenty second retention. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Light strength scent of pleasant berry esters, brewer's sugar, and pleasant amber hops. Very fresh and appealing.

T: The notes from the nose are present alongside an overload of partially unfermented brewer's sugar and various indistinct subtle hops. Very complex for the style. Excellent. Caramelized malt comes through. A moderately full barley foundation gives the beer background. Balanced and built pretty well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavours.

Dr: Good quality, easy drinking, and a very high price. Worth a go if you love the style, I guess. (952 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ever since not that long ago I have been on a quest to find beers that showcase "port" flavors, and this was suggested to me. Sure enough, there is port flavor in there, but also so much more! My bottle was printed with a cryptic date code I have been unable to decipher: 2054134

Pours a crystal clear medium light copper color with an instantly evaporating head and very minimal carbonation. I am surprised, I was expecting something darker colored. And certainly I was expecting more carbonation than I got, but that may well be a function of the high ABV or an old bottle. The first sniff has me reeling from the booziness, the second sniff finds toffee and that elusive port / sherry character I was looking for. There are some vague bourbon-ish wafts if you look really hard for them. But mostly there is sweet malt and liquor booziness.

The taste is also overbearing at first with booziness until one becomes accustomed to it. Than it becomes that sweet sherry sipper I was looking for. Except there is also a hell of a lot of rum raisin cake in there as well. Emphasis on the rum. The alcohol content is used to smear the malt flavor all over the inside of your cheeks, and you'll be tasting the aftertaste of this one for a while every time you exhale, in the fumes of your breath! If there were any hops at all, I can't detect them in my bottle, despite trying hard to find them. Mouth feel is sticky, syrupy, and can get overbearing quickly if you try to be stupid and swig it. Treat this one like a KBS or a bourbon county, and take your time, and you'll be fine. Very heavy and dense body.

If you like heavy thick sweet and sugary dense beer with some pronounced vinous characteristics and loads of alcohol hotness that spreads around your belly, you'll like this one. (1,783 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2.5" golden head and has a beautiful clear orangy gold color to the beer. Smell has malt and sourdough. Tasty is very malty, a touch sweet and sour, and strengthened as the beer warmed. Moderate malty finish. Despite the high alcohol it's very well hidden and sneaks up on you. Really a top knotch treat and I'm becoming quite a fan of Kulmbacher's offerings. (368 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the first strong beers I ever had back in April of 2008. I had this on tap at a small bar in Doylestown Pa called Stephanie's Pub. I wanted to try this because I was amazed at how strong the abv was at the time. I ordered a glass and it was something much more than I expected.

Poured as a copper color with a thin white head on top. The head didn't last very long and didn't leave much lacing. The smell of the beer had a boozey aroma and some heavy malts in the background. The taste was mostly malts along with a nice alcohol heat in the throat. The mouthfeel was smooth though and very drinkable. I'd like to try this one again someday just to see what I think of it now after having beers that are stronger than that one. (744 characters)

Photo of jyuhas
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, lively almost-white head. Crystal clear, beautiful. The color of fresh, bright copper. Some noble and piney hops in the beggining quickly fading, leaving aromas of dried fruit, grapes, and wine. Lightly floral like chamomile tea. A bit sweet with lightly fruity and floral flavors. (296 characters)

Photo of BeerFan95
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear copper color with a thin slightly off-white head that lasted quite awhile but did not have any lace

S: Mostly caramel malts and some brown sugar. Some dark fruits.

T: Taste was sweet although it was not one dimensional it was still sweet. Some oak and vanilla notes in the after taste.

M: I was disappointed in the mouth feel. It seemed pretty light, not watery but it seemed to have no weight to it.

O: I was impressed that the alcohol was well hidden. It was sweet but the oak and vanilla balanced it out just enough from it becoming overly sweet or cloying. The light mouth feel really hurt for me. (624 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark honey amber brew with faint lacing and rising carbonation just up the inside edges of the glass.

S - Nice aroma of sweet toffee and syrup sugar. Light malt sweetness notes and a crisp brown alcohol present. Oak barrel kick, much akin to the smell of a bourbon whiskey. Faint ammonia cleaner touch.

T - Light malt and spiced, warming alcohol up front. The alcohol bite here reminds me of a warm, sweet mead alcohol. Lightly toasted malts, and some honey and toffee sweetness. Some faintly bitter grape skin, and a mellowed wine dryness. The bourbon barrel notes hit the back of the tongue and the alcohol warms the throat, and evaporates in the mouth.

M - Smooth and mellowed mouth. Mild carbonation balances the richness of this beer. Slight dryness in the finish.

O - A very complex and well crafted beer. This is a sipper, or a warmer. A high abv, warming, spiced malt brew this beer is high quality. (915 characters)

Photo of chaz01
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce ( or so) bottle from Beer of the Month Club, poured into a snifter glass.

A: golden copper color, very clear, with a medium size head that recedes immediately.

S: Malty, bready and caramel in the aroma with a bit of alcohol reminding me of rum.

T: Caramel malty sweetness with lots of noticeable alcohol and rum notes. Dark fruits like raisins and dates, then a pleasant alcohol and caramel finish that lingers long after the beer is gone.

M: Full bodied, thick and syrupy with the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is a big sipping beer, that stands up like a big barleywine. Something I likely never would have tried. -- another example of why I return each year to the BOMC. (694 characters)

Photo of greybeardloon
2.17/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Reidel O Burgundy tumbler.

A: Clear, tea colored, with an attractive, parchment-colored head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Very sweet malt overwhelms most everything else. I do get a couple of strong but fleeting whiffs of Band-Aid and of a baby girl who has been sitting in a wet diaper for too long. Alcohol comes through more clearly as the beer warms.

T: Cloyingly sweet malt. The sweetness is monolithic. Sometimes I think I'm picking up caramel or dried fruit or honey, but really it's just sweet. The high ABV is obvious. As the beer warms (and it has plenty of opportunity to do so), I get a touch of aspirin bitterness at the end.

M: Quite a nice, slightly viscous mouthfeel. The carbonation is just about right and keeps the beer from feeling too thick.

O: I really can't get past the overwhelming sweetness of this beer. I had this beer once before, and my impressions were largely the same. I couldn't finish that one either. If there were hummingbirds around, I would put this out for them.

Revisiting this beer in early 2013, I almost feel like I had a bad batch last time. I don't expect that is actually the case, but I don't get any of the obnoxious flavors I remember from last time I had this beer. In fact, I rather liked it. (1,275 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Safety orange liquid topped by a fluffy lasting champagne (the color) crown. Good clarity reveals brighter amber highlights and a steady stream of micro-bubbles. Dense soapy lacing; superior retention.

Incredibly potent melanoidins in the nose - toffee/caramel suffused brown bread; lots of malt; and an indescribable depth that remains clean. Hints of bubble-gum, red bananas, and clove.

Sweet bready palate entry, with a powerful wave of malt which expands outward, blossoming in flavor as the alcohol begins to kick in. Fine muscovado sugar, vague coffee, and black pepper emerge in the long warming finish.

Medium-bodied, well carbonated, and somewhat creamy, yet still crisp despite the immense ABV. Quite warming, but not hot.

This is a doppelbock so strong in flavor and alcohol, it puts many eisbocks to shame - and while I rarely shell out the $20+ for a six-pack - very little else can satisfy the craving that this beer engenders. (1,019 characters)

Photo of raszputini
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a bright red-copper that is nearly transparent. Quite light and clear for a doppelbock. There is a thin off-white head to begin, though that quickly disappears and doesn't leave anything behind other than a few thin legs.

Smell first pushes through some notes of sherry along with some dark fruits, cherry, and molasses. Brown sugar there as well. Lightly sweet and a bit boozy. Very complex. Flavor isn't quite as well integrated, hitting more of the sweet brown sugar notes and less of the sherry. There's also quite a bit more booze than there was in the nose. Feel is medium with low carbonation and a bit of alcohol. Quite good overall. Very different than the typical doppelbock, though something that I thoroughly enjoyed. (823 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Al for giving this to me to try. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice reddish-orange brown with about an inch of just off-white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma is rich, full and malty, with just a bit of an alcohol scent. The taste is about what I expected, sweet, malty, grainy and had just a trace of hops.

The body was full, rich and just short of being too sweet. Drinkability depends on your taste for alcohol and sweetness, I liked it.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Worth trying if you see it. (537 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a nice light orange/copper, very clean and clear with a light sticky off white head.

The smell was very sourdough bready with a touch of musty sourness.

The flavor is very heavy sweet malt with some light tropical fruit notes along with a very bready flavor. Nice toasted malts dominate the flavor with almost no hops to speak of, a little bit of the 11percent abv pokes through, but isn't at all overpowering.

The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy.

Nicely drinkable huge beer, but a bit lacking in depth and complexity. (531 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear red copper with a slight head that quickly becomes a thin sheen, leaving sticky lacing.

Aroma is bready caramel malt and clove. Hints of dark fruit and generous alcohol warmth.

Taste is more of the bready caramel malt from the nose, with a good bit of brown sugar sweetness. Raisin and date dark fruit matched with peppery yeasty spice. Finishes with lingering alcohol warmth and a minerally metallic quality.

Mouthfeel is a slick medium body.

Overall a lighter depth of flavor than I had anticipated. Dangerously easy to drink considering the high ABV. The alcohol isn't hidden, but the heat it provides complements rather than detracts. (654 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew golden-amber in color. It has a caramel colored head of tiny, active bubbles, standing two fingers high. This audibly fizzes away to nothing, at a rather quick pace. The liquid is transparent, occluded only by its somewhat deep color. No sediment is noted otherwise, and carbonation looks to be average. The aroma is malty and sugary sweet. The latter is lent from rich and buttery diacetyls which border on browned caramel and apples, dark fruits, and plums. The alcohol is ever present, but hides well within that sweet, molasses scent. As we sip, grains infused with buttery diacetyls and a saltiness are introduced up front. The malts taste toasted, lending a bit of a cooked vibe over the flavoring. The middle pushes through with a highlight of sweet, brown sugar, and a component of oddly sweetened booze. The finish shows a heightening of the strong alcohol content, which assumes a peppery bite among the final washing of malts through the last drop. The aftertaste breathes like a handful of lightly buttered, partially charred popcorn scraped from the bottom of the kettle. The body is full and the carbonation is low to medium. The feel is thick, almost syrupy, but not quite. The residual sweetness certainly adds to this allusion. The mouth is left quite dry, as the last drops of alcohol evaporate from the tongue. When licking the lips they taste oddly salty, as if you had spent the entire day on the beach. Each sip is more warming than the last. The abv is uncharacteristically high for the style, but the beer drinks easily, hiding it well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how bold in flavor it was. The aroma was strong, and did not miss any crucial components for a doppelbock. The flavor profile was similar, in that it included everything standard. Where this beer stands apart is certainly in the abv, which is over the top, but seemingly appropriate for such a big brew. (1,930 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
1.06/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My final beer from my gift membership to the Beer of the Month club.

Poured into mug.

So I had to double check the bottle when I poured this-- I couldn't believe how light the color was. This is like an orange-tinted dark gold. One finger head is gone in a few sips leaving only wispy bubbles behind. No lacing.

Smells of malts and alcohol. Spices too.

Taste has some sweetness up front before the booze takeover. This tastes and feels every bit of 11%. It doesn't mask it. Big spicy and peppery notes on the finish. Warm alcohol sensation in my throat. I'll be honest, I'm simply not a fan of this beer. I like many dopplebocks, but this is not counted among that list. This is unenjoyable for me to drink. The finish has an astringent cleaning product quality that males me think I just drank acetone.

The body feels sugary (like sugar in water-- gritty but not?) and syrupy.

Wow. Anyone want the rest of my bottles? (925 characters)

EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
87 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.