EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

EKU 28EKU 28
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EKU 28EKU 28

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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 schoolboy
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This brewery makes an eisbock I like so I bought a few of these to try. I don't like this like the eisbock.

It comes out that dirty light brown with a thin head and a boozy aroma. The taste is a typical boozy doppelbock. The malty subtleties are covered by the huge booze taste.

The aftertaste is a little better than the really bad examples of the style - it is less unpleasant.

I have to remember not to get this and stick to the eisbock.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Green's, Ponce location, Atlanta, GA. Poured into a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: A reddish, copper-colored beer with a slightly off-white, one-finger head with decent staying power (given the alcohol level) and a ton of active, fine-bubbled, fast carbonation.

Aroma: Incredibly syrupy, thick, though without too many "distinct" malty notes - it just smells sweet, and thick. It's a roasted thick, caramelized, with heavy fructose hints and a few lighter fruity esters (pears) ... but by and large, yeah, just, thick.

Taste: EtOH + maple syrup = EKU 28. This one's a thick, burning bastard of a beer. Plenty of hot, spicy alcohol, though a lot of pleasant (if thick) malty and fruity notes. Caramel, toffee, raisins, pears, very overripe apples ... very clean. Heavy, fruity, malty, with an imperceptible hop bitterness, a few solventy notes. Hmmmm. Still, a pretty tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, heavy-bodied, but nice and even.

Drinkability: Drinkable? Hardly. Tasty? Sure. Well-hidden alcohol? Hardly. High alcohol? You better believe it. This is one monster of a beer, and though it's not the tastiest of beer (or the most well-hidden in terms of alcohol), it's not too shabby.

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Photo of merlin48
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle served slightly chilled. Pours a clear orange/red color with no head and no lacing. A very pretty color, but looks more like a sherry than a beer.
Aroma is powerful, with vinous alcohol very obvious. Caramel, molasses, and all kinds of dark fruits front a huge malt profile.
Mouthfeel is silky smooth, but awash with alcohol presence.
Taste reveals little, or no carbonation, alcohol warming, and all kinds of big malty flavors. This is one to be sipped slowly, at room temperature, in order to enjoy the complexity of the layers of malt swirling through this enormously powerful brew. It has the delicate feel of a fine, oak aged bourbon, only much sweeter. Not at all cloying, but not a beverage you're going to be able to finish in less than 25 minutes.
A very interesting Eisbock, with a superior and highly complex taste. Low drinkability, as this is much more like a liquore than a beer. Ideal for sipping in front of the fireplace on a cold, winter night, out of a brandy snifter.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly dark colour, malt aroma. Bit of crowning white head. Little bitterness.I found this more malty drinkable than the Austrian eisbocks, although still an egg yolk taste in it. Surprisingly high alcohol content that was well hidden.Thanks Biegaman.

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Photo of avalon07
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance here is much lighter than I expected. I tried this one back to back with Aventinus' eisbock and it was interesting how different they looked. The EKU 28 had a much clearer appearance, with a consistency akin to apple juice (of all things).

The smell is very sweet. One can detect chocolate and some other kind of sweet element. Very nice, nonetheless.

The chocolates become apparent, along with some fruit flavoring. It's too bitter for me, leaving a harsh aftertaste I could do without.

This is a drinkable beer, though, to be honest, it's not my cup of tea.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, medium amber color with just a covering of off-white head, no tracing. Aromas of rich malty sweetness, raisin, winey alcohol that is almost sherry like. Quite clean overall, but appropriate for style. On the palate, a graham cracker flavor comes through first following with a dark fruity sweetness, hop bitterness next and warming alcohol sting finish. This is quite similar to the Urbock 23, as lighter DBs go. Overall, it's clean, not overly sweet and closer to a sherry than a beer. The toasty malts are very subdued, and it's more the fruit and hops that deliver the most flavor. I tend to favor darker styles, but this is good nonetheless.

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Photo of AltBock
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle with a simple oval label that is tan colored in the middle with a red and gold trim. In the middle of the label in big red letters is "EKU." Above the letters is a gold crown with three gold coins on each side. Each of the coins has a different picture in them, but they're too small to read. On the back is a square label that's the same color as the front label, but with a paragraph of information about the beer, a Michael Jackson quote that says this beer is "World Classic," Govt. warning, and a batch or some other kind of number on the back, mine being 1546154. There's a big neck label wrapped around the neck (duh), but it's all in German, so I can't read it, but I can read a few key words.

Appearance: I decided to break out the Oversized Wine Glass for this one. When it was poured, the beer was an orange color with a tint of brown to it. The head of foam was nonexistent. Maybe not nonexistent because I did see a few bubbles at the top and that dissipated away very fast and left no sign of either rings or lace around the glass.

Smell: The aroma was that of sweet malts in the beginning, caramel and a hint of hops in the middle, and all of this ended with a fruity background. I hostly thought there would have to be some kind of alcohol in there as well, but nope! Just a very nice sweet aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, I thought maybe this beer wouldn't have much flavor and end with a huge explosion of alcohol, but that's far from the truth. What I got was a very sweet taste of sweet malt, sweet caramel, hint of bitter hops, and with a not too big taste of alcohol at the end. Basically it was very sweet with an alcohol finish. The alcohol was there because it's at 11% ABV, but it wasn't as one dimensional as I thought it would be. Nice!!!

Mouthfeel: Very thick, full-bodied, very little carbonation, and with a slight alcohol burn to it. I can say I'm feeling it going to work on me. A nice sipping beer.

Drinkability: Overall a very nice beer that would be good on an occasional basis, but be careful with this one. Although Eisbocks are not my favorite style of beer, I would probably buy again in the future.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a big thick off white head. Nice looking.

Nose is initial hit of sweet whiskey and malted bananas. Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy with lots of body and character.

Flavors are rich and malty with layers and nice complexities. Carmel/toffee/bananas/cooked fruits and sweet coffee, with a bit of a complex hop bitter underlying the flavors and in the finish.

There is a hit of sweet, some sour layers and generally a pretty complex drink. The 11% alcohol is present but not offensive.

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Photo of JohnW
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Bham UK

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Photo of Magpie14
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this golden rocket home and realized that it was 11.00%! Not complaining just caught me by surprise, here goes nothing

A: soft butterscotch colors at the bottom of the glass otherwise a bustling orange, red and amber body. Head formed quickly and left quickly. No real lace as 11.00% cleans the glass as you go. Bubbles actively working a helping augment the color to almost glow

S: sweet brown sugar and maybe spiced raisins and figs. Husky dry grains and malts. Just a poof of alcohol in the nose

T: chunky buttery maltiness with somewhat dominant alcohol edges on the way down (not a bad thing). Reminds me almost of a whiskey type vibe or even single malt scotch with a dab of peat. I find myself characterizing a spiced sweetness reminiscent of stewed figs, banana, and raisins that is not docile by any means. Has big and malty/biscuit notes and as far as hops are concerned, not much...maybe some green grasses

M: delicate and creamy on the tongue. Almost has a syrupy character at times. Although it looks fizzy in the glass this does not apprehend the continuously creamy feel

D: flavors are kind of wild and remind me of something off the liquor shelves at times. Yet, it maintains a nice profile and is very accommodating with a good drinkability. As far as classification goes the first term that came to mind "Firewater." This one warms on the way down and tingles.
I can make room for this one in my beer heart. Typically, I find myself shying away from heavy hitters with these characteristics. I knock the drinkability up a half

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Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Clear deep amber hue with a bubbly light tan, one finger tall head, that slowly settles to a bubbly rim.

A syrupy, very candy like aroma. Part of it is from the strong alcohol aroma.

The sweet candy taste repeats iteslf in the flavor. It's almost like liquid gummi bears. The alcohol is well perceived. Full bodied, the carbonation is mid-range, not fizzy, but not too low. It had a bit of a syrupy quality to it. The finish is the lingering candy-like fruit flavor.

Certainly a strong bock. Basically a concentrated version of the style with part of the water frozen out. Not bad, not the most drinkable beer, but enjoyable.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a paler copper color with virtually no head, whatever, just remnants of a thin white head. Smells of strong grain, some lingering smokiness, peatiness and fruitiness; like a ripe banana injected with grain alcohol swimming in rum-raisin. Sipping (and I recommend sipping) this beer reveals a big alcohol punch (almost whiskey or scotch-ish), with some husky cerealness backing it up and not so much hops. Mouthfeel is thick and luxurious, a heavy bodied beer with all the bells and whistles that suggest so. Quite enjoyable. Could never drink these back to back unless I was on a plane carrying it going down in the polar or antarctic regions of the globe...

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Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a deep orange hue, not quite coppery. Very clear with a thin wisp of fine whitish bubbles on the surface of the beer. A bit of spotty lacing. Very malt aroma, grains, caramel, alcohol, toasty, hint of fruit. Alcohol soaked raisins up front, sweet malts and caramel, toasted, lingering grains. Viscous body with low carbonation, lots of alcohol warmth. Pretty good overall, fairly drinkable for a big beer -- lots of sweetness but not cloying.

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Photo of julian
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Goliath for this extra!

A: Appearance is a dark colored amber, with minimal head of a nutty yellow color that dissipates completely after about 60 seconds.

S: really sweet syrupy, molassy, toffee aroma with an alcoholic tinge, like a port or sherry.

T&M: incredibly sweet and alcoholic. taste is heavy on the malt and alcohol. Carbonation is minimal, as expected. There's also some barley and other grains on the tongue. Overall a rich, sweet brew.

D: this one is definitely a sipper for a cold winter's night...doesn't work so well in the middle of summer, heh. This would actually be a good campfire beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a single at Whole Foods Dedham. Poured into my Ayinger Celebrator glass. Head quickly fades to nothing. Dark auburn color. No lacing. Smells sweet and boozy. Taste was better than I was expecting for the price. Fruity, sugary, and malty. As the bottle says, this beer can easily replace a sherry or a port. Would look good poured into a snifter I bet. Mouthfeel was definitely thick and chewy, which I like, but it got a bit sticky on the palate after a while. Drinkability was good, even though this beer is 11% and so dense. A good choice for an after dinner drink.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is orange gold like a Belgian Trippel, but does not possess the signature foamy head of that style. The carbonation is lively and fizzy, but not a head to be seen anywhere. The aroma is perfumey alcohol with a floral hop hint. The taste is sweet and spicy with up front alcohol and an assertive hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is very drying with a strong burn at the back of the throat. Nice and drinkable beer, but lacks the roasty complexity of a good dopplebock, or the subtle hidden punch packed by a Belgian Trippel.

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Photo of JBogan
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber color with a one finger off white topper which soon turned into a thin film and left no lacing to speak of.

Smelled sweet and slightly buttery, with a trace of alcohol.

Tasted sweet and nutty. Malt was there, along with some alcohol and some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel was slick, smooth and creamy. A small carbonation tingle presented itself to balance out the thickness. This beer feels good in the mouth.

Not a bad beer at all, but a beer of which one is plenty. The high ABV is very warming and the thickness of body makes it very filling.

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Photo of Alupin
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow what a beautiful beer,poured with a huge head great color.Felt like I needed a cigar and a brandy snifter,alcoholic smell with a slight fruit tinge.Tasted alcohol soon as it hit taste buds,a little syrupy but thats to be expected.Only a little fruity tast was apparent other than alcohol.As it warmed alcohol taste creeped up even more,nice to drink before bed.

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Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Samir for sharing this cellared bottle! Review from notes...

Golden body, reflecting plenty of light. Initial thin cap of foam that dwindled to a thin ring. Appearance was much like a barleywine. Buttery and rich aroma, strong note of grape-nuts barley, and a slightly vegetal aged hop edge. Sweet malty flavor, approaches cloying, but still enjoyable. Some mild buttered popcorn creeps in too. A rich and malty blanket smothers the palate. Very slow sipper, even after a year or more this is a boozy beast...

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Photo of lighthabit
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very clear amber, light tan head dies down to lingering thin layer, no lacing. banana, cloves, aspirin, alcohol heat, dry in the middle, a bit of cherry and wood in the nose, consistent carbonation, finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness underneath the sweetness. pretty good for the style, tho not one i'd go to often, seems a second cousin when compared to samichlaus classic. a serious attitude to the whole thing, not bad, but a sipper for sure.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, and slight pale malt. Overall, a rather pleasing doppel, which packs a punch.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.67/5  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.

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Photo of dsprainman
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber, minimal head, zero lacing, very few bubbles. Smell is honey, malt, alcohol. Tastes like honey malt and alcohol as well. Being my first doppelbock, maybe EKU 28 was a little heavy to start with at 11%ABV. However it leaves behind a nice feeling in the throat of alcohol and honey after a sip. Call me crazy but this reminds me a little of Barenjager. Certainly interesting and out of the norm for me. Not a favorite, but worth a try.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep amber, almost red like the color of a light cranberry juice. Head was minimal and retension was short lived.

Very sweet, malty aroma. Hints of fresh fruit, possibly apricots.

Taste is very sweet and alcoholic with a think, syrupy mouthfeel. Leaves a fairly strong alcohol finish.

Not bad, but too sweet for me. The high abv % and sweetness would make this an ideal apertif beer. Not a beer that I could drink more than one.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 74.3% out of 100 with 705 ratings
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