EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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88
very good
453 Reviews
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453
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3.92
pDev:
18.88%
 
 
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EKU 28EKU 28
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A super-strong Bock, but not an Eisbock.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

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Photo of goz
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of aaronh
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of putnam
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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Photo of byrd
3.37/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.
Off-White.
Soon Settles
Broken Covering.
Nice Lacing.
Good Carbonation.
Deep Strong Aromas;
Whisky, Oak & Malts.
Soothing Feel
Tickly.
Thick.
Oak Wood.
Chewy.
Viscous Warmth.
Slightly Sweet.
Exothermic
Caramel Malts.
Light Hops.
Solid Belches – Flammable!
Smoooth.
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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Photo of taez555
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clear amber body with a small white frothy head that died almost immediatly. It had a noticable amount of bubbles of carbonation rising up to the surface.

The nose was classic german. Sweet and malty. Firm alcohol. wood. slightly fruity. a very faint hint of smoke or meat.

The taste was sticky sweet with a very very thick mouthfeel and a huge alcohol warmth. The clearity of this beer completely throws you off to it's body. It's as thick as syrup, yet looks as clear a Sam Adams or Bud. Deffinatly a firm alcohol taste. Mellow earth and wood. Soft caramel maltyness. Toffee. Sugar. A faint touch of citrus. A very very faint smoke taste. Actually it's almost more like fire than smoke if that makes sence. A smooth even bitterness throughout.

It ends very smooth with a light bitterness and full alcohol and malt flavor.

Overall it's really a great beer. You can deffinatly taste the 11% alcohol in this beer, but it's very easy drinking. Perfectly balanced malt, earth and citrus. This is a beer I'll be having again.

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Photo of kaszeta
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

Poured with a nice deep ruby color, and a very thin yellow head. The aroma was very fruity, with notes of peach and citrus. Pleasant, but if it was much stronger it would be reminiscent of cough syrup. But the taste was quite good, a nice well-rounded fruity, maltiness, almost like a sweet sherry, but retaining enough beer character to keep it interesting. Full, substantial mouthfeel. Like a sherry, it's very pleasant, but not something you'll want large amounts of

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Photo of nomad
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very interesting color: ruby with a strong orange lustre, quite beautiful and lustrous. Began with a yellowed cream head that died quick, so no carbonation or anything sits around, just straight liquid like a liquor.

Smelled of peach, sweet brandy, but most like tangerines soaked in alcohol. Quite strong and not that enticing. Taste was highly sweet but not cloying, and can definitely taste the alcohol but in a tasty port kind of way, though flavored in more of citric way. A strange taste grew up and around my mouth, almost bitter almost citric. An interesting hoppy bite at end, it had a short finish that seemed oily and nascently creamy. Gives a little sweet tingle, too.

Good body and mouthfeel for a high gravity beer, a bit attacking at first, this beer takes a second to get used to like many an after dinner drink. No doubt warming in the belly and the body.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange-gold color, medium head. A medium bodied beer. Malty and slightly sweet. Taste is more like a sherry or port than a beer, but EKU 28 retains its beer character. Nice hop bite. Big bold beer. Mouthfeel is full and expansive. Finish is clean and smooth. Noticeable alcohol bite (11%). Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet. Slight oily texture to this beer. A bit overpowering.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

"as good as a brandy" says the label. The drunk gent on the label is more like it. A darkish brown color. First sip is sugary malt and a big bite of alcohol. No hiding it here. You get used to it as you drink on, but it is quite annoying. Slightly above average taste, because the beer says what it is, and it is all that. Will get your eyes rolling in your head. Brown bag it.

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Photo of beerman599
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

i'll be brief on this one because this is an experience that will be very different from person to person and the bottle temp is as important as its age in evaluating this beer. if you like big beer this is the circus fat lady of big drink it slow and share it with a friend. also this is a good beer to lay down and enjoy aged. malt, malt, malt!!

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Photo of faernt
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is malt defined. Don't even think barleywine! This is big lager. I am drinking this ICE COLD!!!!!!!! It is one of the few beers I nearly freeze. Seriously, it has a huge malt profile which can withstand the abuse of massive refrigeration. It is worthy of note. Try it "ultra" cold. This is not a beer to discuss. DRINK THE BEER!!!!!

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.09/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well...I've had this before a long time ago, and I sorta remembered what I was in for...or so I thought.

One whiff of this, and I had something pop right into my mind: Sugar Daddy...like the candy we all enjoyed as kids.

Let's see: not a bad copper color, I could see little bubbles floating up in my glass. The aroma was a mix of the caramel and the medicinal...

The taste was very sweet, very syrupy, and like the smell: a mix of caramel and medicine. The 'medicine' taste comes from the high alcohol...it's one of those beers where you can taste the alcohol.

I finished this, but it's so sweet, alcoholic, and medicinal, I wonder who really enjoys this. There are much more enjoyable, better blended, tastier versions of high alcohol beers that I think EKU 28 is no longer 'the' word for high abv beers.

No more Sugar Daddies for me. pat

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Photo of Stopper
4.87/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very thin small watery head pours over a distinctly ruby-colored body. The aroma is strikingly like that of an old port, with undertones of a sweet robust maltiness. Initially the mouthfeel is big and very viscous, with a slight tingle on the tip of the tongue on the sides. This is followed by a very big, sweet, syrupy middle, becoming somewhat smoky and raisin-like and evoking a fine old bourbon. The finish is very alcoholic and wine-like, with touches of port again. This then trails off revealing a lingering biscuity maltiness.

After tasting this beer I had to check again to make sure it was really from Germany. Could they possibly make this sweet nectar in adherence to the Reinheitsgebot? This beer is absolutely unique among all the German beers I have ever tasted. In fact, this beer is quite unique among all of the beers I have ever tasted. The full effect and flavor can be gathered from a very small sip, just as with a straight bourbon or scotch, making it a perfect beer for slowly sipping. I can only begin to imagine the myriad ways in which this could be paired with food, though it is wonderfully suited to standing alone as well. This may just become standard stock for me, to aid in converting friends who drink wine or liquor but "don't like beer". Prost!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This eisbock poured a clear, golden-amber color with thin, white foam that settled quickly, but clung to the insides of the glass a bit. The smell was malty but modest. The taste was sweet and malty but a bit harsh. There was a hint of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was sweet but also a bit harsh. The body was full, with moderate carbonation. The drinkability was OK, but the harshness and high alcohol content make this less drinkable for me.

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Photo of hotstuff
1.36/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I took one sip of this beer and I had only one comment to make about this beer to my BF and that was "yuck this tastes like medicine"!! When this beer was poured, it poured an off-white head with fine sized bubbles. The body was clear and the hue was amber. The nose was fruity.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the more unique beers I have tried....this is a beer that pulls you aside and says "Listen here bitch...get ready for one hell of a ride."

Pours a clear, reddish orange color with no head.....nose is sweet and invititing....a lot of ripe, sweet fruits....alcohol...sweet caramel....and even a wintergreen/Ben-Gay-Icy Hot note...

Bottle lists this at 11% and I think I'm tasting all 11% of the alcohol.....this one flaunts its alcohol like that babe drawing all the attention at the bar with the short skirt...Same motto I guess...if you've got it....show it....Taste is also very sweet, and fruity...Overripe cherries, plums, peaches and nectarines....

Mouthfeel leans on oversweet but really the spiciness from the alcohol keeps things in check....also much more jazz in the carbonation than this headless-beer would lead you to assume...

Drinkability??? What better beer to load up the ol college bong with?? Seriously, if you sit down and read on the label that a beer is 11% alcohol, I would assume it to be a sipping beer...that is exactly what this is...a great desert beer....would seem to go well with a cherry pie (ahh sweet cherry pie...my favorite.)....or really any sweeter pie or desert..

A unique beer well worth the ride...I'd love to have about a case of these in the cellar for desert beers for the year....24 for the year would be about right....

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yikes. So a beer really can be too strong. Who knew. Pours a bright orange/amber with virtually no head. Aroma is strong malt and alcohol. Medium-bodied an very syrupy. Kind of tastes like a cross between a barley wine and malt liquor. Finish is syrupy sweet malt and caramel. This beer is definitely strong enough for me to be feeling the effects after one bottle. You definitely have to sip this one, but unfortunately this beer is not really good enough to be worth that much trouble.

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Photo of TheDM
2.52/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Nice lively pour with a white/off white head of fine bubbles. It has an clear amber body with a fruity aroma. Initial taste was not one that I preferred. It had an acrid flavor with carbonated bubbles rising off my tongue. My feelings are that I don't much care for this brew.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this one in a 12oz. bottle poured into an EKU 28 snifter. It pours a ruby red color with no haze. There is one finger of head that dies right away. No lacing is left on the glass. The smell has a big alcohol aroma with some citrus, maybe orange, in the background. The taste is overwhelming with alcohol, with little hints of cherry and hops in there. This beer doesn't even try to mask the alcohol at all. The mouthfeel is a little syrupy. The drinkability is just average due to all the alcohol flavor.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours an amber color with very little head that quickly disapears. The malt and alcohol are clearly evident in the aroma. This syrupy beer is sweet...very sweet. I like strong beers (I love Whiskey), but this one tasted stronger than it is. Between the cloying sweetness, and harsh alcohol taste it really lacked drinkability. There are plenty of high octane beers out there that deliver the alcohol in a much less abrasive manner. Not a bad beer, but nothing you will drink much of even if you love it. A little goes a long way.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper in color. A thin almost nonexistent white head. Spotty lace is left. The aroma is of deep, rich malt. Very rich smelling. A little caramel as well. Love the richness of the aroma (in case you couldn't tell). When you take the first sip of this one, you can tell it's got some character. The alcohol is noteable from the start with this one. The flavor gets extremely close to cloying. But it never is. The thick, rich malt is the main player. I liken the richness of this beer to the richness of boiled shrimp. It's very appealing, but if you take in a lot, you're going to pay for it later. Some dulled apple tones come in here and there. There's also a little whiskey barrel oakiness to it. A big full body teeters on syrupy. It's all almost too much. ALMOST. I haven't had a lot of Eisbocks, but this is pretty damn good.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.