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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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605 Ratings

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 40
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website

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 SwillBilly


3.65/5  rDev -7.1%

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep amber, almost red like the color of a light cranberry juice. Head was minimal and retension was short lived.

Very sweet, malty aroma. Hints of fresh fruit, possibly apricots.

Taste is very sweet and alcoholic with a think, syrupy mouthfeel. Leaves a fairly strong alcohol finish.

Not bad, but too sweet for me. The high abv % and sweetness would make this an ideal apertif beer. Not a beer that I could drink more than one.

08-14-2005 18:12:29 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of karst


4.65/5  rDev +18.3%

The initials E K U indicate in German the First United Brewery of Kulmbach which was once labled as the "strongest beer in the world" with an OG of 28 (in German degrees). EKU 28 pours crystal-clear, orange-amber with a brief white head that leaves some lace. Aromas of malt and alcohol. Flavor is rich, slightly toasty and caramel-kissed (likely from the decoction of Munich malts ) and remind one of fine dopplebocks like Celebrator. The full body and almost syrupy mouthfeel are balanced by its fine bubbled carbonation, high ABV and buried hops. Flavors are fairly complex and evolve with warming.

08-04-2005 01:15:21 | More by karst
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance: Super clear Orangish-Yellow color that poured with a thin head that disappeared very quickly.

Aroma: Clean slightly caramel aroma with the alcohol evident as it tickles the nose a bit.

Taste: It is very smooth for a beer this strong! In fact, it tastes like I imagine a Salvator would with only the volume turned up. It starts out with some rich maltiness that slowly gives way to a warm feeling left in the throat among some caramel slickness.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer! It is really clean with a lot of flavor. Rich Melanoidins and caramel malts really give this beer backbone. I believe that this beer will really age well, and would be accentuated by the esters gained with age.

07-19-2005 23:53:32 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of jasonpeckins32


2.33/5  rDev -40.7%

This one is a beautiful bright bronze color, but it lacks head retention and contains almost no visible carbonation at all. The nose is of sweet caramel malts. Very caramelly, very malty. The taste is slick and smooth, heavy on the liquid caramel, finishing with something a little sour. This one is incredibly oily and slick. Way overly oil. A lot more carbonation and a lot less canola oil would be wonderful. The label says 11% abv, but I would have never guessed it to be more than 6 or 7.

06-29-2005 13:04:27 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Obtained in a trade (thanks Mike!)...

Poured a very crisp and clean light copper. Head? What's that? None to speak of. Like, none. Whoa.

Smells of freshly pressed granny smith apple juice. It's really quite amazing how much this smells of apples... Even after having a few sips (which do not taste a bit like apples!) all that I can smell is apples...

Very strong caramel malt flavor - are there any other malts in this? Whoa.

Actually, the caramel flavor is strong enough that it's a bit difficult to separate out a mouthfeel, if that makes sense. Still, it's silky smooth with that tiny-bubble feel of maybe a Belgian... Verra nice...

It's a bit difficult to give it a high drinkability - you'd really have to be in just the right mood to drink this much caramel. And, well, at 11+% you probably couldn't have too many, anyway!

Still, it makes for a very interesting counter-point to the smutty b'wines that I've been drinking lately - they are a little more balanced on the malts and way hoppy. Well, the eku is low on the hop flavor. Um. Actually, well, I can't even say that I taste any at all! So, really, it makes for an interesting counter-point to a lot of different b'wines I've been drinking lately - some with more hops and some with less. This could, maybe, be considered like one that was very very light on the hops...


06-28-2005 21:46:16 | More by charlesw
Photo of HogHill


3.28/5  rDev -16.5%

Finally a somewhat cool day after a week of muggy 85 degree weather, now I can enjoy this eisbock under more appropriate conditions.

I poured this into a snifter, the body was a deep amber with a red tone. There was very little head, it soon faded to a tan lacing.

The aroma of this one is powerful with a very sweet smell of dark fruits and some cherry. Similar to a cordial chocolate in smell.

The taste is very sweet and rich. Againa lot of dark fruits like figs and prunes and some cherry cordial. This EKU 28 has a very warm taste from the high ABV. Much more suited for a dessert beverage.

Mouthfeel is a little cloying and medium body with a low to medium amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is not very good for this one with it's very intense flavors and high alcohol content. It's really best drank infrequently over time and one glass is plenty for me.

Overall, this eisbock was a little too unbalanced for me and it had aged for 9 months. I much prefer Kulmbacher Eisbock and Aventinus to this one.

06-15-2005 00:08:06 | More by HogHill
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear amber golden with a white low head which barely wisped at the surface of the liquid in in hopes it might touch the glass and leave it's mark.

The aroma was nicely nutty with a Munich malt character and a strong caramel impression of maltiness. Raisins and plums, but not quite prunes, were present in the aroma with just a bit of spicy phenolics from the higher alcohols.

The flavor was very well done indeed. The beer contaced the palate with malty flavors of caramel and fruits. The fruits were most prevalent as raisins and plums. The alcohol in the flavor only enhanced the malty complexity and the bitttering in the beer was only enough to balance the scale. Munich and other malts comprise the flavor lending an excellent flavor with pefect sweetness that was not overdone.

The finish was nicely just dry leaving the impression of malt and fruits with hints of alcohol so you might grasp the glass and yearn for more. The body was medium full and well done. Alcohols were present thoughout, but only as an enhancement, not to the detriment. The beer was complex and interesting and made me wonder why I had left this gem in the back of the fridge so long to await my consumption.

11.2 ounce bottle. $2.50 at Lee & Edwards in Roanoke, VA. Code date 1318615 (whatever that means). This had probably been in the fridge two years.

06-10-2005 21:38:57 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Noelito76

New York

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%

They boast that it can stand in for shery. That's pretty bold, but what I can say that this stuff is good. Color is almost burgandy and pouring it into a glass produces a little head which hung around for a bit. The taste of malt along with the spices pleasures your mouth, making mouthfeel and taste very good and unique. Drinkability is good too, even though this stuff is 11% strong, because while you drink you enjoy it's unique taste.

05-09-2005 15:48:33 | More by Noelito76
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet sweet and malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It seems rich and warm. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth and rich, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm on the way down. It has a very sweet crystal malt flavor with little hop characteristics present. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn tastey brew. It has excellent malt character and drinkability.

04-30-2005 18:50:51 | More by WesWes
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev -2%

On tap at the Collins bar in NYC. This strong brew pours a glowing/shimmering shade of dark leather. Clear, with an off white minimal head, well developed and thick/frothy lacing. Nose is buttery malt and alcohol, sweet alcohol. This is a pleasingly bracing beer. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite evident. Notes of juniper, smoke, more butter and alcohol. Warming, heady stuff, cant say the 11% is "well hidden" but for the strong livered, this is a fine sipper

04-14-2005 11:33:57 | More by Billolick
Photo of Gagnonsux


4.22/5  rDev +7.4%

EKU 28 is dark caramel copper in color with a quickly disappearing head. The overall strength of the aroma is very intense. Character of the aroma is of rich dark fruits and rich bready malts. No alcohol smell is noted. The taste is also very rich. Dark fruity tastes and intense dark malt flavor come together to create an interesting concoction. A slight alcohol taste is noted throughout. The finish is probably the sweetest part of the sip, which is interesting because it is also where the fruity tastes are most prominent. This brew is so rich and alcoholic that drinkability suffers some, but one or two in an evening sounds great.

04-06-2005 02:22:02 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of MrSeth


4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

The 28 is one of my favorite nightcaps. It's just perfect to mellow out with one of these on one of those nasty New England winter nights.

It forms a vigorously bubbly white when first poured, but now it's almost completely gone. The nose isn't as attractive this time around. I'm all the way in the glass and it is still faint.. but that is not always the case. Maybe a bit of grape syrup (fruity-medicinal) tones in the aroma. It tastes great though, heavy alcohol overtones and sweet malt. There is some degree of bitterness, but it is alot different from other flavor profiles.. there is much to be appreciated about the bitter end of EKU 28. It finishes short and tart.

I would suggest, and I personally do, pair this with a Highland Park 18 Y.O. (single malt)

04-05-2005 04:30:14 | More by MrSeth
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%

I characterize the appearance of this eisbock as good, solely on the beautiful deep woody orange hue. There is little or no head to speak of, not unexpected, yet it has what I call "stealth" carbonation. I'll get back to that later.
The aromas are powerful and complicated. Vanilla and oranges make the first impression, followed by something candy-like: toasted marshmallows or caramel. A clean and toasty malt underlies it all.
The taste is at first sweet and intense malt. Raisins and tangerines explode right after, along with a spicy alcohol burn at the back of the throat. What bitterness there is (perhaps the only indication that any hops came near this brew) is just an intermittent shadow.
It has a fabulous creamy mouthfeel. Despite the apparent lack of carbonation, with each sip a roiling ball of fizz blossoms on your tongue. That's why I call it "stealth".
A tasty cousin of barleywine, this can fill a similiar role, a late nightcap with some stinky cheese, mmm. Call it Malt Liqueur.

03-26-2005 01:11:43 | More by horndecker
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%

A fellow brewclub member had me try this at a festival over the weekend. Pours an amber color with a small head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet with a very strong caramel malt character. I like the heavy malt thing. The flavor is much the same. Lots of great malty goodness with a caramel character. Also some slight fruity notes and a kick of alcohol. The alcohol takes away from the drinkability a bit, but not too much. Thick body makes it very enjoyable.

03-22-2005 19:04:33 | More by clvand0
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

This clear amber hued beer has surprisingly subtle nose, just tints of vanilla and malt. The mouth feel is a blast of activity, which then transforms in to a big malt sweetness with undertones of spices. The finish is wonderfully simple - a nice little hop hit with no lingering finish. The final "finish" is a warming alcohol feel in the chest... Although it's very drinkable, you will feel its heat.
Note: if you do drink this beer on tap - let it sit a minute...a slightly warm EKU 28 is a happy EKU 28.

03-06-2005 04:01:29 | More by aaj1002
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4.65/5  rDev +18.3%

EKU's rich, very subtly toasty, just caramel-kissed, and honey-sweet malt warms to fill the mouth with a lush wash of stickiness that's peppered by alcohol and spicy hops just as its fine-bubbled carbonation breaks on the tongue with a light zest. It's surprisingly drinkable given its full body and high alcohol content. And although the alcohol is noticeable, it helps to thin the malt sweetness, ultimately helping the beer more than it hinders it. Unfortunately, it does limit the head retention, and it's short cap of white quickly dissipates above its crystal-clear, orange-amber body. The nose is not particularly complex, revealing its rich maltiness and a waft of alcohol, but its flavor becomes a bit more complex as it warms with notes of vanilla and almonds as well as some floral hoppiness in addition to its concentrated Munich-malt-like graininess. At the very least, it's quite unique among beers and deserves a try.

02-28-2005 22:25:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

For as high an ABV as this beer boasts, it is siiiilky smooth. I was quite proud of my friend (who I've been advocating better beer to) when he decided to try this at the bar earlier. I of course couldn't resist from trying it myself.

The appearance was a clear amber color with little to no head. The smell was somewhat malty with a hint of vanilla or something. Tasted almost like a spiced Puerto Rican rum for some odd reason. Like I said, it was extremely smooth for as high of an alcohol content as it has. I would highly recommend it.

02-17-2005 04:01:56 | More by neonbrown82
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Serving Size 11.2 oz. Dark Brown Bottle . 11% Alcohol by volume , on the reverse a quote from Michael Jackson, beer writer and connoisseur (not the Pedophile) " This world famous brew has the character and the richness to stand in for for a fine sherry or port. Just the right degree of sweetness, never cloying; wonderfully aromatic and warming. EKU 28 is the one whenever something good and hardy is needed."

Humph we'll see about that:

Poured into a regimental snifter glass from the 1st New Jersey Cavalry - My old regiment. Pours a bright copper with one finger of tightly bubbled creamy white head. Head fades quickly leaving some sparse lacing on the freshly rinsed and cleaned glass.

Aroma of bread yeast wafts from the glass, a swirl or two and a deep breath detects ripe fruit, mostly apples, green figs and a whisper of alcohol.

First sip is sweet caramel, sweet apple some alcohol, drying to a balanced hop sweet malt finish. No taste of alcohol in the finish. This is a rich beer. Faint dryness clings to the tongue and the mouth. Faint effervescence is detected with each sip despite the short lived head.

This is a very drinkable brew, best savored on an evening such as this in front of a fire, a good movie or with a nice novel.

Food pairings Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans, Bleu Cheese or Stilton.

World Class. Share this with a good friend or two.

01-29-2005 00:47:55 | More by Citadel82
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearence: Pours a nice copper color that almost glows red.

Smell: Smells strong as all hell, way too overpowering. The alcohol is all I can detect.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The alcohol is again strong in the taste, but it balances very well with the hops and malts. This wonderful, almost brandy-like fusion creates something that is an absolute joy to drink. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy.

Drinkability and Overall: The of style of this beer is very unique. I've never quite had anything that was comparable to this. There are some downsides to it, mainly the strong alcohol taste makes it hard to drink a few of. Other than that, phenomenal. Definitly a sipping beer, and one that has to be tried.

01-27-2005 05:18:41 | More by santoslhalper
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

11.2 oz bottle. Clear reddish golden liquid. Thin white head that disappeared very quickly. Lots of bubbles coming from the bottom. Smells like someone is baking wheat bread. Big bready malt flavors here. Very sweet. Slight hop bitterness at the end, but not much in comparison to the malt. Warming and thick like syrup. Seemed to be pretty well carbonated. Sipping beer, with a wonderful aroma.

01-05-2005 00:42:18 | More by Bierguy5
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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

This brew is a clear dark-orange colored drink, with a small white head that fades quickly. Scent has some caramel, fruit, and alcohol elements. Big alcohol taste, some cherry, other fruit, caramel malt. Tastes remniscent of a booze. Sticky mouth. This brew has some zip.

09-15-2004 00:17:18 | More by Tballz420
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3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

The pour is orange gold like a Belgian Trippel, but does not possess the signature foamy head of that style. The carbonation is lively and fizzy, but not a head to be seen anywhere. The aroma is perfumey alcohol with a floral hop hint. The taste is sweet and spicy with up front alcohol and an assertive hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very drying with a strong burn at the back of the throat. Nice and drinkable beer, but lacks the roasty complexity of a good dopplebock, or the subtle hidden punch packed by a Belgian Trippel.

09-10-2004 02:38:54 | More by rajendra82
Photo of dauss


3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a clear golden orange. A small white head that forms and quickly disappears after a fairly hard pour. Nose is a little fuity. Probably apples, and extremely malty. This beer is very thick and clings to the palate like you wouldn't believe. Its almost syrupy. A spilled a small amount and trickled down the glass when I was pouring. My fingers are sticky now. A strong sweetness hits the palate with a gentle bitterness at the back of the tongue. When it warms up in the mouth and then there is a burst of different fruits. I think this beer is very sweet, but I like it. Alcohol is hidden well, just barely noticeable when you breathe out, but it warms the stomach. This is one of the few eisebocks I've had, probably fitting
for dessert, not something to drink everyday.

09-05-2004 04:50:31 | More by dauss
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Dark carmel color, with excellent head retention for a brew this strong. Smell is sharp with alcohol and a little bit of cereal malts. Flavor is off the wall with alcohol. This is definitely a warming sipper of a beer, which feels a little off in air conditioning. I had to edit my review, because this was a little bit off to me at first, but by about halfway through the glass, it was very good.

08-31-2004 20:57:54 | More by TastyTaste
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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%

Pours an amber colored clear brew.

Smell is sweet and very malty lots of fruit smell with a strong cherry scent.

Taste is very sweet and fruity, intense fruit flavor. Hard to breakout individual fruit flavors it tastes like juicy fruit.

Mouthfeel is thick.

An intense Eisenbock probably too much for most but those that seek this stuff out know to expect a powerful brew. Based on that I give a high Drinkability score.

08-30-2004 02:18:35 | More by Zorro
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.