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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

617 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 42
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

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 Bookseeb
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a nice amber with very little to no head. Smell is sweet and malty and grainy. Taste is "wow" in your face, like a rich desert that is almost to much to handle, with sweet malts, dark fruits and spiciness with an alchohol punch. Mouthfeel is full and syrupy with a good amount of carbonation. I did not know what to expect with this beer, besides the high ABV, but turns out to be a combonation with the full flavor making it a good warming sipping beer.

Bookseeb, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.
A: Beer orange, clear, finely saturated. Beige Foam very fleeting.
S: Powerful aroma and sweet, intensely sweet malty nose.
T & M: Flavor sweet taste of caramel. Mouth very soft, full, round and sweet or syrupy. Bitterness very small, discrete tones smoked.

Review added 10-17-2007, translated from french 3-5-2008.

thierrynantes, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of medic25
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tall Corsendonk glass, this beer has a rich ruby red color, with a short lived head. Nose is overwhelmingly one of malt; it reminded me of a wort brewing before I add the hops! Taste is also quite powerful; strongly malty, with hints of bread and raisins. Minimal carbonation, with a syrupy character and a strong taste of alcohol. Definitely not a beer to drink on a hot summer day; great sipper on a cold fall evening.

medic25, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a little worried this may have been sitting in the store for awhile. Can this age in a store? (not proven true in the end)
Aroma: Sweet malt. Caramel. Fruitiness.
Brightly clear. Copper. Smallish head that leaves a smear in time.
Alcohol again starts the show with flavors. Flavors closely follow the aroma., 'cept my innards warm with the sip. Nice honey, candy sweetness up front. Very little bitterness noted, but enough so that the sweetness isn't excessive and the richness seems in check too. Touch of dryness at the finish.
Carbonation is soft and swirls between a moderately thick feel, although this is thin enough to not be excessive in richness. Overall not quite as soft as I'd like, but it's alright. Heaviness to force slower drinking.
This isn't the best eisbock I've had, but it's not too bad either. I can see buying more of these as this is significantly cheaper than some of the others. Nice lager cleanliness and bold and flavorful.

garymuchow, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Floydster
1.5/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from La Bodega in Riverside for $3.29

Poured into my Russian River pint glass with light golden brown color and a 1/4 inch silky white head

Smell was nasty, smell was like a fruit salad, so sweet, this is when I became skeptical

Taste was one of the worst I have ever had, too sweet to even handle, made barelywine taste like a Budweiser, too much malt, not enough hops, worst eisbock flavor I have encountered

Taste does not seem to get out of my mouth unfortunately

Dad likes this beer and I have no idea how, would never drink again

Stay away, not even worth a dollar a bottle, let alone three and change

Nasty!

Floydster, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of atrus138
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This came in a 11.2 oz brown bottle with no freshness date that I could find.

It poured a deep orange/brown with very little head with a thin head and little lacing.

The smell was very sweet with lots of fruity aromas.

This was one of the sweetest-tasting beers I've had. Lots of malt. I tasted a bit of raisin with a variety of other fruity flavors. Let it warm up a bit to experience all the flavor that it has to offer.

This was one thick drink. Very sticky - almost like a lite syrup. Sticks to your mouth to let all the flavor be released. Not something I could drink all night, but still very tasty and smooth. Recommended.

atrus138, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of bradford
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty good, like a dark amber lager with a whispy white head that laces the glass and stays a bit longer than anticipated
Smells decent. Not sure what I detect, but some estery alcohols, a bit fusel, but not unpleasant, actually quite inviting and intriguing
Taste is phenomenal. I want more, more, more. It is strong, but in a good way, not abrasive, but quite welcoming.
The mouthfeel is good but has a bit to be desired. Kind of harsh, very strong alcohol presence.
Drinkability is pretty solid for a brew boasting 11% abv. I enjoyed every sip, but some feel it is a "love it or hate it" kind of beer. I recommend it highly

bradford, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear tawny red color. The head is one inch in height, and off white with pink hues in color Lacing is decent. The aroma is of caramel, with a grassy noble hop character. The taste is of caramel, with a nice hint of ginger, and more caramel. The mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I will certainly have again.

KarlHungus, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of JohnW
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is an amazing beer, though not to my taste! The aroma nearly knocks your head off - very rich, alcoholic and sweet - like a brandy liquor. The taste reflects this, very sweet, fruity with sultanas, plums and a very powerful malty taste as it goes down, making the alcohol content very obvious - almost burns the throat! Only the slightest hint of hops in the aftertaste, more like a barley wine but even stronger. I enjoyed the few sips of this that I had, but would consider it a slow sipping beer as you would a fine cognac or whisky, definately NOT a session beer, and for that reason marked down the drinkability. A classic of the style, but not one I would drink often.

JohnW
Bham UK

JohnW, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
1.7/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance: very clear with an orange-bronze colour. The head is light brown, low with poor retention.
Aroma: alcoholic vinous, sweet caramels and red fruits.
Taste: oversweet, cloying and alcoholic.
Mouthfeel: mellow, reasonable carbonation, very high alcoholic strength (11% ABV) and a heavy body.
Finish: kind of harsh when you swallowed it and short alcoholic aftertaste.

Overall: sickly sweet. Interesting colour and aroma but not my style.

AlexLMS, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Freakin Frog in Las Vegas, NV

A- light copper w/ red hues, 1/4" white head with little retent

S- sugary, grainy alcohol, fragrant

T- malty and alcoholic, sweet, sugary, heat at finish, sweet and fiery after, grainy, sweet alcohol

M- full, viscous, lots of alcoholic heat

D- warms well, alcohol never overpowering, fine and relaxing sipping brew, not mind blowing but worth a try.

tonistruth, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one at Brewhaus after work with friends.

A - Caramel gold hue is lighter than I thought it would be, and a nice chunky cap of foam sits on top. Looks shimmery and deep, like turpentine or wood polish. Cool.

S - Toffee, caramel, chocolate cake, and alcohol. (Singing) "These are a few of my favorite things..." Has some nice hop weediness to keep it from smelling too sugary, and the very noticeable alcohol helps also. Smells like a good scotch.

T - Holy shit this is good! Big time malt insanity with chocolate cake, tootsie roll, brownie, cookie, and cinnamon flavors. A nice dose of hay-like hop bitterness keeps things balanced, and the alcohol helps keep the sugar from being to cloying. Outstandingly good. Tastes like an Imperial Dopplebock, if you will.

M - Full bodied, malty and sugary as hell, but with a really solid alcohol attenuation that makes it feel weighty, heavy, and very firm but never bloated. More like a big badass tank of a fullback than a fat flabby lineman.

D - This is an all around winner. An outstanding sipping beer that could serve in place of a single malt after dinner by the fire. This was served in a pint glass, but I should have asked for a snifter. This will be a wintertime staple in my cellar.

pmcadamis, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small white head that recedes. Very mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and very caramel malty. It becomes a little boozy as it warms.

Sweet with a very rich caramel malt flavor. Warms my belly as it's going down. Becomes boozy as it warms.

Thick body, mild carbonation.

A nice sipper and quite enjoyable, but more than one in a sitting is not an option. Any fan of Eisbocks should seek this one out.

MaltyGoodness, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of woemad
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane about three weeks ago. No obvious freshness date, though "1626305" is prominently featured on the rear label.Have those crafty Krauts invented a new calendar system?

This poured an amber color with a brief appearance of an inch of off-white foam. Considering the alcohol content, I wasn't surprised that it didn't hang around too long, though an agitation of the SA BL glass I'm using (thanks again, Bros!) brings back an equal amount of foam. No lace at all.

From the scent, it's fairly obvious that this one's a boozer. While I can get figs, raisins, cloves and peppery notes from the nose, the overriding scent is that of woodsy alcohol. If this label said it was aged in wodden casks, it wouldn't surprise me in the least.

The taste is similar to the nose. At the same time that a fruity flavor of rum soaked raisins and banana-like cloves hit the taste buds, there's also a big blast of sherry-like alcohol, with peppery notes in the background.

This mouthfeel is equal parts creamy and dry - odd, but it works for this beer. The dryness seems to ward off what would otherwise be an unbearably cloying mouthfeel.

An enjoyable dessert, this beer. It'd probably be even more enjoyable on a fall or winter's night, but it's hitting the spot on an August night in hot eastern Wshington just the same.

woemad, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml btl into the biggest wine glass my dad owns

A: Copper body with great clarity. Had a 2" bubbly cream head that reduced to a thick ring. No lacing.

S: Good aroma w/ alcohol, caramel, and fruit all present in a big way. Very powerful - let's you know you're in for something big. (and enough to scare off the feint of heart)

T: Wow! I thought I was ready from the smell, but unless you started with a few shots, there's no way to be prepared for this. It's a punch in the mouth right up front with a big caramel malt flavor - followed closely by what seemed like a dozen or so ripe fruits - with the alcohol ever present that seems to be cutting the sweetness (in a good way) rather than interfering or overpowering the taste. Then, just for good measure, another punch in the face w/ from the alcohol at the finish.

M: Fully body - thick (think motor oil, but tasty). Warming finish. Unfortunately, after it warmed, the warming finish turned into alcohol burn.

D: The flavor certainly makes it worth another, but the alcohol content and the thickness make multiples difficult. This is one heck of a sipper though.

OKCNittany, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of Nesued
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured a clear burnt orange color with an ample head that promptly overflowed my glass. Ooops. I'll have do to better next time! The head, as mentioned, was ample and resolved to a thin remain with no lacing along the glass. The carbonation was slight but present.

Smell - A lively alcohol nose with caramel and a yeasty background. Part of the big nose was a malt aroma as well.

Taste - silky and smooth. A very much "in your face" alcohol/malt mix. Not a hop in sight to cut the malt presence. Lots of sweetness and fruity body as well.

Mouthfeel - Rolls around very well with very little expansion caused by the carbonation. This is quite a sipper. Let it warm up a bit and the body changes to more of almost a whiskey consistency (and respect needed for the high ABV).

Drinkability - I think I've found a beer style I'm not overly very fond of. I've had the Aventinus as well and my responses were very similar.

Nesued, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, amber/orange color with a bubbly, tan, three-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of alcohol. There was an underlying malt and grain aroma.

T - There is a smooth maltiness, with a warm alcohol spice.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. It is heavy-bodied.

D - This really is like a fine sherry or port. It would probably be best served after a meal, not with one. Good taste but very powerful.

zeff80, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant copper with an off-white head that becomes a thin cover for awhile before disappearing from the scene. Nice color and while the head retention isn't great, it's acceptable for the abv. Considering how thick it poured, wasn't really expecting much. An added bonus would have of a well-retained head would have been nice, but it does have a brilliant color.

The smell is of caramel, breadiness and a powerful, yet inviting, sharpness.

The taste is of sweet caramel, graininess and tangerine fruitiness. Alcohol grows more warming, but never overwhelms Sweet, hot, long finish.

The feel is syrupy - with such high gravity it's no wonder. Yet, it maintains a surprising, welcoming, smoothness.

This is a nice sipping brew that is much easier to drink than the abv level would usually have it to be.

jwc215, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared for two years. Pours a brilliantly clear shade of tawny amber with bronze highlights. Soapy, off-white two and a half finger head showing respectable retention for a fortified beverage, but leaves no lacing. The nose is heavy with Apricot brandy, dark crystal malt, and deeply toasted notes like Special B or Aromatic malt. A background aroma of cider gets stronger as it warms, as does the faintest trace of perfumey noble hops. Immense caramel and roasted nutty flavor on the first sip; sweet isn't quite a sufficient definition. Raisin phenols and apple ester add more depth to the malt profile, while a mellow yet firm hop bitterness begins to round out the formidable sweetness. True balance is achived in the aftertaste, when a dark fruity booze character provides the slow burn that gradually dries the residual sugar. Full-chewy body with a fine carbonation that seems intentionally light to emphasize the malt complexity and thick mouthfeel. This is a sipper and not intended for hurried consumption, and it also never becomes cloying or overwhelming; the alcohol is warm but not hot and the malt is tremendous -but fades out allowing a very managable finish. Certainly worth the wait as this is simply too abrasive when young, and could perhaps benefit from another year in the cellar.

PBRstreetgang, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

EKU 28 pours a brilliant crystal clear orange with a light wispy head. Aroma is malts, some light fruitiness, maybe even some sweet orange aroma. Flavor is rich and sweet tons or sweet caramel taste. The beer has a soft fruit flavor with almost no hops to speak of. It is very clean, and well balanced. The alcohol is not hidden, but not too bad for 11%.

ericj551, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish pour with an ample off white/light beige head. Not long lasting and not much lace. Malt predominates in the aroma lightly spicy. Flavor starts out with some not real pleasant fusel notes, but these disappear as the beer warms to a good drinking temperature. Flavors are sweet, mildly spicy with a bit of caramel. Kind of like a toned-down Samichlaus. Alcohol ends up being well disguised in the beer. Not extremely complex but tasty and at the price(2.12 a bottle) quite drinkable.

kwakwhore, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of frozenpantsuit
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer poured a reddish brown

smell was a semi sweet caramel with a hint of cashews and a slight alcohol smell.

the head disapated fast and the lacing was slight and faded just as quickly


mouth feel was full, carbonation was evident, but thickness of brew prevented in from overwhelming the pallate.

sweet caramel taste was the most noticable at first taste, as i continued drinking i noted alchohol taste but neither the carmel sweetness nore the alcohol taste fully took over. became more bitter as it warmed.

a nice beer. would not have assumed it was 11% if not for the label.

frozenpantsuit, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hope the street people don't find out about this beer lol. Pours a nice dark gold with decent head. The nose is all malt and a alcohol haze that serves as a warning. The first taste is malty big and hot with each sip coming easier with a decided smoothness considering the ABV. Compared to Giraffe, Faxe strong etc this is a well made beer that is pretty darn strong. I like that it comes in a can ( catch up beer lol)

canucklehead, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of ohmybock
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm updating my previous review because my recent bottles of EKU 28 are better than what I described in my previous rating...

Big malty/toffee aroma you pretty much only get from a true German bock brew. Very, VERY nice! Actually, there's also a strong fruitiness which you don't get all that often in a German lager. Even so, it's a "clean" fruitiness so you know it's still a lager. Beautiful amber color with a slight head, but one that seems to stick around. After pouring it into a glass, the appearance and aroma of this brew just make me want to immediately take a sip! Carbonation is decent and appropriate for the style, but some previous bottles have been too low. Flavor is a malt assault on the tongue combined with some heat from the alcohol. The flavor improves on the aroma with a huge malty/toffee explosion on the tongue. I get ripe fruits...perhaps some apple, but even more I'm getting some beautiful ripe pear flavors. Have you ever forked over the money to buy some Harry and David's Royal Riviera pears? They're expensive, but ohhh so good...nature's candy! Anyway, I definitely get some of that great, ripe, Oregon pear character in this brew. When I first tasted this beer ten years ago, I wasn't crazy about it. Now, it's one of my (occasional) favorites. It's not something I would drink often, but I love to keep some on hand for the times when I'm in the mood...and it seems to hold up incredibly well in my fridge for long periods of time. There's no denying EKU 28 is a malty brew...even for German standards, yet it still has a nice, clean-fermented lager taste. Even though the malt character is strong, I don't think this brew goes too far with its maltiness. Take Vetter 33 on tap in Heidelberg for comparison. Vetter 33 is too over-the-top malty, and has way too much of an unfermented malt-syrup taste. EKU 28 on the other hand, is much more drinkable and thoroughly fermented. I really enjoy this brew, but I can imagine that some don't because it's a bit extreme. EKU 28 has definitely become a brew I've come to love over the years. If you disagree that's okay, that just leaves more for me!

ohmybock, May 28, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Honey golden ruby clear body with good carbonation and a large off-white head that falls quickly and leaves no lace.
Very strong alcoholic vapors amid sweet spiced malts.
Sweet malty caramel and toffee with a good kick of spice. Lots of hops as well but more mild mannered. Aftertaste of alcohol and sweet spiced malts.
Very full body but surprisingly little coating considering the thickness of the beer.
Highly drinkable in spite of the very apparent alcohol.

-Oelergud

oelergud, May 15, 2007
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.