EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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3.95/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: German 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,330
Reviews:
469
Ratings:
723
pDev:
14.94%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
73
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Photo of Atg1095
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tinfang
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Decervecitas. In Teku glass. Reading Intro to Python Ch5. Althought the abv is fairly high and some alcohol is noticeable, it isnt enough to spoil it thanks to a pleasant caramel sweetness

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Liquor Shed.

It pours a mostly clear copper, has a small head of foam, produces good lacing.

Smells sweet with caramel malt, brown sugar or maple syrup. Somewhat of a boozy aroma.

Sweet but such a true Doppelbock, maple syrup and caramel oozing onto my palate. The alcohol brings some warming after the swallow but it's hidden pretty well in the taste. Bottle code doesn't make any sense so I don't know how old the 6pack is: 2730251.

Close to full bodied, lowish carbonation.

Excellent!!

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Photo of bbacher
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of OregonGrown7
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mozartandmadnes
3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ristaccia
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jmpbrew
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beaulabauve
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prisdefer
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Shanex
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Krajnyak
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great Dopple. Big flavor. Pours without a good head and almost no retention. Drink this one a little bit warmer, like 45-50, and the flavor really comes out. Malty and sweet with very little bitterness. Can definetly feel the high alcohol. This is a solid brew!

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Photo of BrianKoshefsky
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heard many things about this beer finally found it and tried it out of a 11.2 oz bottle.. tried just below room temperature. Had sweet notes of fruit followed by alcohol most notably tasted like grape lollipops that you get from the bank here in America.. at 11% it definitely packs a punch good for a closing beer. Will definitely have this one again

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single-serve bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Pours clear copper/amber with a fine two-finger head that lacks retention (not remarkable given the ABV) but features decent lacing and good stick down the sides of the glass.

The nose is immediately hit with salted caramel malts with hints of clean booze. Simple but straight.

The booze isn't as well-hidden on the tongue, but plenty of sweet malts and diacetyl notes provide good backbone before clean fusel alcohol hits like a mack-truck. However, it's a crisp "bite" not a staying "burn" in the booze department. Zero hops.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Not as heavy as expected. The booze stands in for the hops to provide the dry note needed to balance what is ultimately a pretty sweet offering.

Overall, glad I tried, but this is a shade boozy and one-note.

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Photo of MrFitgers
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

All you need to know is that this lager is the benchmark of doppelbock’s. When judging other doppelbock’s... just base their rating on how close they come to EKU 28

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Four Euros/0.331 L at Maisel and Friends, a bier garten/ beer store in Kulmbach, DE. A suitcase beer.
Bottle dated 28.05.18, stored at 42 degrees. Served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter.
Aroma – initially caramel malt but it fades with the head until it’s nearly odorless.
Head – large (Maximum 4.8 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, fizzy, gone in less than sixty seconds leaving neither ring nor layer.
Lacing – none.
Body – medium amber, clear.
Flavor – sweet and caramel. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. The alcohol doesn’t show up until the post swallow gastric burn. Considering that this is made with both hops and hops extract, it’s a little surprising that the hops are undetectable.
Palate – full, syrupy, flat.

Worth trying once to see how the 11.2% ABV is hidden. One and done.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5.

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Photo of r-m-kaylor
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice Dopplebock!
Aggressive pour into generic tulip with 3/4" head which quickly dissipated to a white foam ring (abv perhaps?).

On the eyes, a very nice deep brown clear color with no sediment or floaties.

On the nose, sweet sugars and malt coupled with slight heat from the 11% abv, which is more of an afterthought from the sugars and malty goodness.

Mouthfeel is full with sweetness and maltiness up front through the middle and back, with an ever so subtle palatte cleansing hoppiness...

Overall a fine example of the style - but keep in mind I use Samiclaus as the "standard" of the style.

Thanks for reading!

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Photo of psmith161
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chebode2
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BobbyOlson
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Giggy
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 723 ratings