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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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EKU 28EKU 28

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645 Ratings

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 49
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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 abcsofbeer
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
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
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Very clear and florescent orange in color with no head, which is typical of the style.

Smell – Alcohol-soaked malt and apples first come to mind, followed by a deeper sense of toasted malts and some other fruits, such as prunes and dates.

Taste – This is the original, “Ice Beer,” having water removed by first freezing the ale.

The flavors are very intense to this one. The malty apple has a huge dose of alcohol and is perfectly blended, although I’m sure the booze will be too much for most except true Eisbock fans (and gin-drinking alcoholics). The flavors are just as complex as the nose insinuates, making this one a joy to sip.

Mouthfeel – Extremely smooth as is customary of the style through the freezing process. The body is a little bigger than medium, and the alcohol sting will keep you from drinking too fast.

Drinkability – Well, if you don’t like the style than you won’t like this bottle. But, if you can appreciate the high alcohol and incredible smoothness that results from icing a bock beer, this is one of the better offerings.

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

EKU 28. This is an excellent dark reddish/brownish colour with a lovely white head of foam that dies quickly. The aromas are of sweet heavily alcoholic malts and slight hops on the finish and the taste is quite boozy, malty, and a bit hoppy on the end. The mouthfeel is a bit cloying as it is *so* thick and creamy. The drinkability is excellent as well, even for an 11%abv beer!

Photo of Naerhu
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance - Blood and amber colored body, barely any head to speak of.
Aroma - Bizarre but pleasant aroma. Smells like some sorta funky ethnic bread.
Taste - thickly medicinal. Malty thick caramel. Some extremely over-ripe apple or appricot. This is an amazingly complex beer.
Mouthfeel - Did you guess I was going to say thick?
Drinkability - Interesting, but I would never bother drinking it again.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a paler copper color with virtually no head, whatever, just remnants of a thin white head. Smells of strong grain, some lingering smokiness, peatiness and fruitiness; like a ripe banana injected with grain alcohol swimming in rum-raisin. Sipping (and I recommend sipping) this beer reveals a big alcohol punch (almost whiskey or scotch-ish), with some husky cerealness backing it up and not so much hops. Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, a heavy bodied beer with all the bells and whistles that suggest so. Quite enjoyable. Could never drink these back to back unless I was on a plane carrying it going down in the polar or antarctic regions of the globe...

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle a reddish-orange champagne color with a quickly dissapating creamy off white head. As it subsided into a non existing head it coated the glass giving it a syrup like residue. Very bubbly... again like champagne.

Smells like Apple Jack cereal with a heavy dose of Butterscotch schnapps. Caramel and cereal malts and a bit hoppy . You' ll smell it as it pours, very potent. This may be an alcoholic beverage, you think?

Ohh yeah, no attempt to disguise the 11% alcohol at first, but then it is very appley-sweet with rolling carbonation. Other crisp fruit flavors come with a slight caramel twist. A spiced rice pudding taste with the malt character inhibiting the alcohol in the finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel with scotch-like residual.

I'd take two, but no more.

Photo of genaro
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The light amber color of this beer belies its potency. The coffee colored head is nothing exceptional. But, beginning with the aroma this beer takes off. The aroma is fruity and citrusy with traces of figs, apples, toffee, and alcohol. It has a complex mouthfeel that is thick, syrupy, and oily. The taste is malty sweet with alcohol, toffee and figs with just a little bitterness. The finish is sweet and a little chewey. Its high alcohol content makes this a good cold night beer to relax around the house with.

Photo of beergeek279
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color is copper with a film of white head. The smell is a very strong cereal malt. The taste is a strong cereal malt taste, very sweet, and the alcohol is very present, and maybe a little overpowering. Mouthfeel is thick. Drinkability-wise, it'd take a more robust man than me to get through more than one or two!

Wow. One at a time, this is a fantastic beer, about as strong and warming as you can get; there's just not much chance of getting through more than that. If someone tells you that lagers are lightweight and for pansies, then by all means hand them a bottle of this! A fantastic beer, and one I'd likely have again, especially in a warming situation.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Potent biscuit malt aroma. Thick cream colored head Glowing light amber brown beer with lots of little floaties. Sweet butterscotch and malty flavor, a bit like a malt ball. The body is slick and sweet. I would expect an eisbock to be a little lighter in the body, but what do I know. Not a big fan of the flavor or the way it coats your tongue. Not horrible, just not up my alley.

Photo of goz
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear brilliant red, with a medium tan head that quickly diminishes to a small ring, lace is non-existent. Aroma is mainly alcohol, somewhat whiskey-like, some maple syrup, slightly buttery. Flavor is cloying sweetness colbbered by over the top alcohol. This basically reminded me of alcoholic syrup or something, not all that enjoyable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber with a thin bubbly head cream in color not much lacing the alcohol prettty much kills everything here. Aroma: Strong alcohol layered with sugary syupy and mild plum brandy notes, this is definitely kicked up a few notches in the alcohol department. If AB only knew how to make an ice beer. Taste: Is basically like sipping down some liquor, doesn't burn but the alcohol flavor is so rich and complex with the sugar malts this beer is crazy. Wow, this is a beer I will bring to my next cold football game I go to damn it's very warming going down the alcohol doesn't even try to hide itself here it's in your face competely. Mouthfeel: Medium to full with syrupy like texture wow. Drinkability: Becareful not a beer to be chugged or drank fast take your time let it warm up along the way what a beer another brew acquired from beergeek279 gracias.

Photo of aaronh
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Really attractive orangish, reddish amber color. Not much of a head, but a thin collar hangs around. Very sweet alcoholic fruity nose. Not bad at all, just really sweet. I like it! The first sip reveals a very strong alcohol presence. A bit of a medicinal note in there as well. Alcohol warms the esophagus as you swallow. Residual sweetness is pretty high on this one. A slight hint of bitterness slips in after a few sips, but it is dissolved by the alcohol. I think this needs to age for a few years. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is almost like a Marzen or maibock diluted with spirits. Definitely not for the weak. Now the question is, how long will it take to finish this one? Not a bad beer, but nowhere near a session brew. You WILL know this is a high ABV offering. And you will most likely enjoy it. Slowly.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I poured this beer I was very excited for my first sip. It pours a beautiful deep orange color with a medium sized head that held shape for no time at all. After noticing the 11% abv on the label I knew that the first sip could tell me a lot about the beer...here goes nothing...PURE ALCOHOL! Just like the label on the back of the bottle says "treated like a fine port," this was a different taste for an Eisbock. As it warmed up I began to enjoy it much. The flavors began to come out and weaken the alcohol taste. Overall, lets just say one bottle of this will hold me over for the next couple of decades.

Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

...buttered malt crust aromas...
brilliant reddish orange color with a slick of paisley bubbles on top
Fat, rancio/tawny port texture brings with it a combination of baked apples, brandy, wood, smoke, old bandages, caramelized bananas, burned sugar and hashish. Wow!
NOW I read the back label: "the character to stand in for fine sherry or port." They're not kidding. Also could "stand in" for fine scotch or cognac.
As it opens, murky, heathen elements emerge, including rain on hot asphalt, bitter, roasted almonds and suntan lotion.
The finish is outrageously long and perfectly balanced as little surges of bitter nuts, caramel and smoke emerge for minutes after.

Photo of daledeee
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a decent head. The head goes away quickly. Nose is rum, malt and tart apples. Alchohol is also present in the nose. Taste is fruity heavy and alchoholic. There is a decent amount of malt also. Leaves the tongue coated. Very warm as you drink it. This is an enjoyable beer on a cold night

Photo of byrd
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

EKU pours with a deep orange-amber color and a medium sized slightly yellow hued head. Looks quite a bit like many IPAs, but certainly cannot be mistaken for one. The head recedes quickly to almost nothing but a very small smattering of a lace on the surface. There is a very small amount of carbonation seen flowing from the bottom. The aroma is of rich sweet malts, lots of dark fruits (plum and raisin), a small amount of alcohol, and some notes of rum. The mouthfeel is quite thick, almost syrupy. Somewhat smooth start, but it doesn’t take long for the feel of the alcohol to tear through the palate. Very warming on it’s way down, and doesn’t take long at all to feel this one in the blood stream. Quite sweet and, at times, I felt that it was almost cloying, with notes of plum and rum raisins. The finish has a slight bitterness that picks up a bit and lingers for a moment. I definitely couldn’t drink more then one of these. It’s a good sipping beer though. Reminds me of a barley wine, yet at the same time Samichlaus Bier also comes to mind.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tall, Thin
Brown Bottle.
11.2 fl.oz.
Gold Clothing
Plain Look…
…but Teutonic.
Deep Warm Copper Color.
Lucid Satsuma Hints.
Fizzy Head - Listen.
Soon Settles
Broken Covering.
Nice Lacing.
Good Carbonation.
Deep Strong Aromas;
Whisky, Oak & Malts.
Soothing Feel
Oak Wood.
Viscous Warmth.
Slightly Sweet.
Caramel Malts.
Light Hops.
Solid Belches – Flammable!
Single Malt Whisky >> Kick.
Nice Ending.
Heated Throat.
Happy Stomach!!

A Sipper…..
….and a Bloody Good Night-Cap.

Funny how you get lost for words when you meet an Old Colleague. We first crossed paths in late 1986. I was a young 18 Year Old Student back then. But if my memory serves me right, my old friend was much stronger, darker in complexion and had a slightly different look. It seems that today he is weaker, lighter and has a more average presentation. But somehow his attitude was better, more friendly and amiable, well more so than that rough and ready character, the brusque youngster I got to know, or maybe I just mis-understood this complex character back then.
Still, it was nice to bump into him again.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.