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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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636 Ratings

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 439
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 43
Gots: 31 | 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 Bierguy5
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rajendra82
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dauss
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Mmm...this is a good brew...Appearance is average...medium gold with no head. Smell is a beautiful bouquet of fruity scents which are rich and invite you to drink more. Taste is mallty, fruity and lets you know it has an alcohol kick. Mouthfeel is thick as expected, but rich in feel. For an 11 abv, this is very drinkable, but remember to sip! Highly recommended.

Photo of dave750
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear red-gold in color with a low, thin white head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is quite nice. Bananas and chocolate at first with fresh herbs and hops a little later.
Strong toasted malt and chocolate flavors remain throughout. Sweet honey and a hop presence join in at mid-taste. Mint, black pepper and spice emerge as the flavor fades. Thick body good carbonation and balace bias heavily towards malt.
Overall, somewhat cloying, that, coupled with the thick body, kept this beer from going down smoothly.

Photo of ybnorml
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a clean slightly dark orange color with a small light brown head which dissapears quickly. A fruity yeasty aroma mixes with a strong alcohol presence. The flavor was fruity with a hint of cherry followed by a strong alcohol warmth and finishes with a light nutty (hazelnut) touch at the back of your tongue. This lager has barlywine like characteristics ..a: Little or no carbonation, which also leaves you with no head....b: A very serious alcohol presence. This one is for sipping Not gulping. It says on the bottle "the one whenever something good and strong is needed. It certainly lives up to that billing.

Photo of granger10
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love this Eisbock style, I only wish more American brewers would give it a chance. Lots of malty sweetness here with flavors of caramel, estery fruityness, oak, licorice, and toffee. Slight cherry tartness offsets the sweetness for about a second but it doesn't really do much. The most noticeable flavor is the fussel alcohol that comes through in the finish. It's strong but I like it! The sweetness meshes well with the alcohol. Give me another!

Photo of tjd25
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head disappeared immediately; the body is like strawberry syrup: transparent and red, with a few bubbles inthe middle, which reminded me of a vulcano. The smell is ok, hard to describe, maybe fruity with some caramel. The first impression in the taste is good, sweet and fruity, but then the alcool comes, and it's kind of nasty. It tastes like Martini, with the same plain bitterness, and also like some fruit liquors. Too strong. The mouthfeel is winy, and boring. I didn't finish my glass.

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange color with no head to speak of and very little carbonation.
Aroma is of alcohol and that is it.
Light bodied yet carmelly sweet like a barley wine this beer is surprisingly drinkable yet high in alcohol. Smooth flavor but little else to comment on, no off flavors just smooth and sweet.

Photo of Foxman
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a crisp, poignantly clear true amber. One finger of off-white head bumps up then right back down to virtually nothing.

The aroma delivers a thick, cherry sweet swirl of toasted malt. A buttery toast warmth is augmented by a sneaky sniff of alcohol.

A sip brings a veritable tidal wave of dense, cloying toasted malt sweetness, joining together caramel, brown sugar, and light molasses for a syrupy convention. A hint of butterscotch comes through in the middle before a sinus-singing twist of alcohol stands tall and strong. A rounder sweetness lingers briefly at the finish. The flavor is malt, but with a few interesting dimensions.

A bit more than medium bodied, it coats and clings cough syrup-style, laying like sugary napalm on the palate.

Everything has its purpose, and this beer's is to deliver thick, well-conceived malt sweetness to those who crave it. Now, that means just what it says, but if that's your goal, then this beer will rise to the occasion. It's not about balance, but then, it never pretends to be. The high-octane ABV will put a serious hurt on one's unguarded sobriety, and fast, so it's not something you'd want to lose track of, in spite of how nicely warming it is. But if you're in the mood for what this offers, it'll give you the malted fix you're looking for.

Photo of cbl2
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A light pale brown with little head even though given a hard pour. In its defense, I am serving this a tad cold.


Crisp, clean, with hints of sugar, and a slight herbal bouquet at the end.


A smoky sweetness envelops the mouth at first, followed by a tropical fruit sweetness that lingers into a finish that gives just the hint of hops. Alcohol is masked nicely, and beer is very smooth.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown bottle with a gold and red label featuring nothing but writing. Purity law applies. Best before 11/14/04, I opened it on 5/2/04.

Pours a clear reddish orange hue under a two finger off white head that settles fairly quickly, producing an amazingly loud popping bubbles sound. The head has some body at first, but produces no lace. When cold, the nose is very, very subdued, but it blossoms incredibly as the beer warms, resulting in a strong caramel and maple syrup scent. The mouth is very prickly and quite heavy. The taste is sweet caramel, and lots of it, with a barley background and significant alcohol. There's no hoppy bitterness at all, with the bite coming completely from the alcohol. The aftertaste is sweet, like supercharged candy. This is an interesting brew, but it would be in my regular repertoire.

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

Sampled from a 11.2oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

I poured this one hard to see if I could get a head, and it just barely came to 1 fingerbreath and then faded to something resembling the milky way galaxy in the browness of beer space. Gorgeous orange red clear brew.

This beer has a strong smell of sugar and caramel. And some earthy fruit. Maybe fig or raisin. Somewhat musty. No hop aroma, c/w style.

The cool beer hits the tongue and after the initial wave of soft carbonation, you get the hint of malt before a wave of alcohol and warmth crashes down. The malt makes its way and the bitterness from the alcohol recedes but lingers. Hops are not evident. Rum taste. Earthy fruit taste. Thick and chewy. Surprisingly not too cloying. Sweet aftertaste.

Full bodied. High alcohol. Wow, using alcohol to balance the malt -- now I understand bocks.

All bocks I've had in the past were just pale ales/bitters in disguise. However, while it may be true to style, the alcoholic bitterness is a bit harsh on my tongue, in a way different from hop bitterness. I can't imagine drinking much of this.

Incidentally, Michael Jackson calls this a strong lager/double bock.

Photo of abcsofbeer
2.78/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale to medium amber color. Head is small. Smell is of strong alcohol, like wine. Taste follows the high abv of 11%, strong alchohol. At first, I took large tastes, but realized it is better sipped, given the fruity, wine flavor. I finished the bottle, but don't think I will be buying another. This was my first try at a really strong ale and I think I will stick to others.

Photo of 99bottles
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an impressive red-copper color. It has a wimpy little head of effervescence that departs shortly thereafter.

Smell: Whoa. Alcohol. Fruity esters and malts. Faint charcoal.

Taste: Very thick malt at first and then....BAM!!!! Burned lumber. It really tastes like the bark of a tree and smoke. The fruit taste in the viscous malts is covered by a very strong wooden aftertaste. I can feel the small hop contribution to this, but I expected more of the sweetness to come through. It's very different. Alcohol comes right at you, but not in a puckering or cloying way. Very unique.

Mouthfeel: This beer has almost no carbonation. It probably doesn't need it, but whew. It's a pint glassed shot of brandy in terms of mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Ummm, I'm almost curious to see what might happen. This beer is serious. It's as if no attempt is made to cover the large ABV in this beer. I like that, and it adds to the character, but in all honesty, I couldn't have another even if I wanted to. This would be the best nightcap ever if you could find a chap willing to split it with you. It's a bruiser for sure.

Photo of BeerBuilder
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear copper color with a tan head. The aroma is sweet, and I detect caramel malts, with a bit of dark fruit and bread. It is also alcoholic in the aroma. The flavor is alcohol all the way through. It is also sweet and malty in the flavor with a bit of breadiness and fruit. It finishes sweet and warming. It is a very warming, strong brew.

Sampled 12/20/03

Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle served slightly chilled. Pours a clear orange/red color with no head and no lacing. A very pretty color, but looks more like a sherry than a beer.
Aroma is powerful, with vinous alcohol very obvious. Caramel, molasses, and all kinds of dark fruits front a huge malt profile.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, but awash with alcohol presence.
Taste reveals little, or no carbonation, alcohol warming, and all kinds of big malty flavors. This is one to be sipped slowly, at room temperature, in order to enjoy the complexity of the layers of malt swirling through this enormously powerful brew. It has the delicate feel of a fine, oak aged bourbon, only much sweeter. Not at all cloying, but not a beverage you're going to be able to finish in less than 25 minutes.
A very interesting Eisbock, with a superior and highly complex taste. Low drinkability, as this is much more like a liquore than a beer. Ideal for sipping in front of the fireplace on a cold, winter night, out of a brandy snifter.

Photo of gnaussea
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange amber with a miniscule head that quickly settles. Smells of strong sweetness and alcohol. Mohogany caramel with prune notes, and kindof an oakey quality. In my opinion, taste is overbearing on the sweetness. Enjoyable, but somewhat like very alcoholic candy. Bitterness takes its roll only in the aftertaste, and dies out, submitting to the alcoholic sweetness. A good brew, but definitely a desert beer, and should be expected as such.

Photo of Gritsak
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

went to a local bar and requested the beer list, and this was on tap. figured what the hell and tried it out

appearence is a dark red with a head that dissapates almost instantaniously.

the taste is pretty sweet with a little presents of alchohol but not overbearing, specially for the abv. the mouthfeel is very thick and syrup like, but not a bad taste.

the bar tender told me up front there was no returns and not to puke in the bar lol...i finished off the whole stein and was ready for more. definitely a beer to try if you have the chance. the high abv. is hidden pretty well and it makes this a enjoyable beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pretty deep gold color. The head is almost non-existant but shows a tan color when roused from the glass. The aroma is dominated by strong malt, the thick malt overwhelms everything. Feels quite thick on the tongue. Surprisingly, given the body, it is not really all that sweet. This is a thick chewy malty brew. The malt character is the show here though. Having said that, this beer is lacking a bit; it is missing some of the malt complexity of a good strong lager. This is a nice clean lager. It is almost syrupy in consistency. In the end a bit dissapointing, needs a bit more character to be really worth drinking.

Photo of filabrazilia
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant clear light orange with gentle streams of carbonation that stream to the top. A thin white head crowns the top of this beautiful beer.

There is a delightfully sweet malt aroma that greets the nose with a friendly hello.

The taste is fantastic. This wonderful malty brew has a slight touch of alcohol in the mouth, which cuts the sweetness nicely. I like this balance.

This is a silky smooth beer that is sweet and sexy like a good R&B song. The carbonation bites the tongue with a gentle playfulness. A very complex and solid beer in the mouth. Good stuff.

I love this beer and would drink cases of it if I could. I doubt I could afford such a habit. I will definitely try this beer again. I can't wait to sample more of this style.

Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a crystal clear copper color with a thin wispy head that quickly receded to the rim. The aroma was almost sickeningly sweet, strong alcohol and of over ripe fruits. The flavor was dominated by the heavy sweet malt with caramel tones in the background. Very, very sweet almost candylike. Alcohol is strong and doesn't balance the flavor at all.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and alcohol attacks the tongue. The thick malt sticks to your tongue for a while after swallowing. Hard time finsihing one of these, not very drinkable unless you like a very sweet and alcohol laced brew.

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