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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

609 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 41
Gots: 29 | 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 tard24
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

tard24, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev 0%

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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of MacStinson
5/5  rDev +27.2%

MacStinson, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of alex_hart
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

alex_hart, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Jhanken
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Jhanken, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of stain3000
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

stain3000, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of brewskifan55
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

brewskifan55, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

SafeAtFirst, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of TeachChefs
4/5  rDev +1.8%

TeachChefs, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of jaycar06
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

jaycar06, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

DIM, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

artoolemomo, Oct 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Jcarter1221, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

harpus, Sep 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

BKotch, Sep 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

dieBlume, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of alphagnome
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance:
Considerably lighter in color than most beers of this style. Clear, deep copper body and topped with a semi-thick cream colored head. Nice lacing!

Aroma:
Quite sweet. Honey, syrup, caramel, and heavy malt are all present in the aroma.

Taste:
Almost as sweet as it smells - rich with malt and caramel and notes of honey. It's a pretty thick brew but is smooth with a fair amount of carbonation and as it starts to warm some rum-like spices start to reveal themselves. The alcohol is masked well, but does break through a bit. I thoroughly enjoyed this!

Mouthfeel:
This is a thick, full-bodied beer with a fair amount of carbonation. Supremely smooth and drinkable for being 11% ABV!

Overall:
I can sum this up nicely with one word... Wow! This is an incredible beer! Get it. Enjoy it.

alphagnome, Sep 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

ldhughes3, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of mattparsons
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

mattparsons, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Omensetter
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Omensetter, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Metz
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Metz, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Greasy
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Greasy, Aug 16, 2013
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.