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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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EKU 28EKU 28

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

643 Ratings

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 46
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website

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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3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this has been a shelf turd of the highest order, and now i am frustrated that it has! such a dynamic and delicious beer, like a german better version of the less harvest stuff. it pours clear honey amber color, dense looking but clean, not much head after a few seconds. the nose is particularly sweet, like caramelized sugars and taffy. nutty too in nose and taste as well, earthy under all that sweet malt, and the alcohol content is as well hidden as it possibly could be. what i lover here is the buttery malt finish with a hint of dry hay and summertime air, even though this works exquisitely in winter, its magically rich and filling, dense body without a much fizz, but its not missing, it drinks like a brandy and improves with temperature. at under 4 bucks a bottle, i am amazed this is still around, pure market ignorance as far as im concerned, i will be buying this frequently as long as the weather stays cold.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

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.

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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.