EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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702 Ratings
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.06/5  rDev -73%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My final beer from my gift membership to the Beer of the Month club.

Poured into mug.

So I had to double check the bottle when I poured this-- I couldn't believe how light the color was. This is like an orange-tinted dark gold. One finger head is gone in a few sips leaving only wispy bubbles behind. No lacing.

Smells of malts and alcohol. Spices too.

Taste has some sweetness up front before the booze takeover. This tastes and feels every bit of 11%. It doesn't mask it. Big spicy and peppery notes on the finish. Warm alcohol sensation in my throat. I'll be honest, I'm simply not a fan of this beer. I like many dopplebocks, but this is not counted among that list. This is unenjoyable for me to drink. The finish has an astringent cleaning product quality that males me think I just drank acetone.

The body feels sugary (like sugar in water-- gritty but not?) and syrupy.

Wow. Anyone want the rest of my bottles?

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Photo of Chugmonkey
1.12/5  rDev -71.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Ugh, what did I do to deserve this? Always trying to be open-minded and expand my beer experience, but really paid for it this time. I struggled through it and actually finished this beast though. Not sure I'm proud of that or not?

Smells like alcohol, medicine, and is just wickedly intimidating. You know you're in trouble when your head jerks back after a whiff. Super syrupy and hard to swallow like some really old nasty cough syrup.

Not my cup of tea, shutter, shutter, cringe. If I want a buzz this bad I'll go jogging and get an exercise high. Beware, this is one bad a$$ elixer.

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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 rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

i know everyone has given this good comments, but this beer just wasn't for me, reminded me to much of thick cough syrup, maybe i'll have to try it again.

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Photo of Floydster
1.53/5  rDev -61%
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


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Photo of giblet
1.62/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

back the truck up...i either missed something or got a bad bottle of this. it poured well of copper tones with about three quarters head. nice carbonation. the smell was of skunked alcohol and metal. the taste was awful. tasted like old time stale cough medicine with metal twinge. i guess i will have this again with all the better reviews i may have missed something.

sorry but not for me.


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Photo of AlexLMS
1.76/5  rDev -55.1%
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.

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Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
1.89/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

After the high ratings, I was really looking forward to this one. Wow was I disappointed. Smell was artificial bananas and some nuts, taste was straight rough alcohol. Not subtle at all, and there wasn't anything else there. Really wondering what happened here, Kulmbacher is now 0 for 2 in my book.

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Photo of Sigmund
2.03/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Some initially pleasant oak and malts flavours are soon overwhelmed by a revolting alcoholic syrupy sweetness, making it almost impossible to finish a bottle. The eisbock style is not something I'll sample again - unless it's for free.

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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 greybeardloon
2.17/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Reidel O Burgundy tumbler.

A: Clear, tea colored, with an attractive, parchment-colored head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Very sweet malt overwhelms most everything else. I do get a couple of strong but fleeting whiffs of Band-Aid and of a baby girl who has been sitting in a wet diaper for too long. Alcohol comes through more clearly as the beer warms.

T: Cloyingly sweet malt. The sweetness is monolithic. Sometimes I think I'm picking up caramel or dried fruit or honey, but really it's just sweet. The high ABV is obvious. As the beer warms (and it has plenty of opportunity to do so), I get a touch of aspirin bitterness at the end.

M: Quite a nice, slightly viscous mouthfeel. The carbonation is just about right and keeps the beer from feeling too thick.

O: I really can't get past the overwhelming sweetness of this beer. I had this beer once before, and my impressions were largely the same. I couldn't finish that one either. If there were hummingbirds around, I would put this out for them.

Revisiting this beer in early 2013, I almost feel like I had a bad batch last time. I don't expect that is actually the case, but I don't get any of the obnoxious flavors I remember from last time I had this beer. In fact, I rather liked it.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.2/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Well now, this is an Eisbock, a german beer. However, the servers at my locale decided that rather than serving it with head and cold, they would serve it from a beer engine. Warm german beer is not something to be countenanced. I have no doubt that this beer would taste great if it were 1) cold and 2)had head.

But you can't always get what you want, can you? So, instead I was left with a beer that tasted like cherry cough syrup. Kinda felt like cherry cough syrup too. Since I like a malty beer the latter was fine but the former was just plain nasty.

Lemme try this one again sometime from the bottle. Maybe I'll have more positive things to say.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.26/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear mahogany with a tiny off-white head. Soapy, prune and raisins aroma, with heavy ethyl. Unusually viscous feeling in the mouth, which only makes the beer taste heavier. It tastes like overripe apples and raisins. Second and third swigs did not improve my feelings. Very disappointed. I let the drain sample the rest.

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Photo of clabaugh
2.33/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber. A delicate, sudsy head colored a light, goldish tan rests on top. Decent retention. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell: Grape, molasses, a barley-like maltiness, and a robust alcohol aroma. A tad medicinal. Some spice. Pepper?

Taste: Very winelike, tart, and bold in its alcohol presence. Brown sugar, and a bitter citric taste. Some acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and sticky. Really coats the mouth and lingers. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Not a fan of the flavor nor the persistent aftertaste. The alcohol is quite apparent, and limits consumption. A completely new experience in beer for me, but not one I'm necessarily looking to repeat.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
2.46/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Sunset Bar and Grill:

I want to begin by noting that I love Eisbocks (see my review of Kurlmbacher). This eisbock, however, I did not enjoy.

Overly sweet - and then more sweet. Coupled with the high alcohol, I felt like I was drinking dimetap, infused with something borrowed from Palmeiro or Sosa. This shit was over-the-top. The alcohol presence was flat out overwhelming and the only thing to balance it was syrupy sweetness. I struggled to get through the 13oz pour. No head on this bad boy - barely any carbonation at all. The nose was basically more of the same.

Sorry my review isn't as specific as it could be. Didnt take great mental notes while drinking. However, the fact remains, at least on tap this one is nasty. Stay away.

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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 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 JerseyPaul
2.61/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear, copper w/ dark orange highlights; good carbonation; light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving slight lacing

Smell: Sweet w/ caramel & toffee notes; strong alcohol aroma

Taste: Nice caramel sweetness up front, but alcohol overpowers the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body; good carbonation; chewy & creamy

Drinkability: High ABV, plus strong alcohol aftertaste, make this a one & done

Overall, EKU 28 has a nice aroma & taste, but both are quickly overpowered by the alcohol. I'm had other versions of this style and enjoyed them, but this was a disappointment. Too much alcohol presence for me.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.67/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown bottle holding 33cl of beer, best before 4th Apr 2009, drank 9th Dec 2008. Poured into a Duvel glass.

Amber, reddy/orange in colour, clear but no head, not even a collar. Looked like a glass of fizzy pop.

The aroma was of sweet oranges, marmalade maybe, and toffee. Interesting but not beery in my opinion and not like any other Doppelbock I can think of.

The alcohol is obviously at the front of the taste and appears towards the end of the taste too. Inbetween I got oranges (like the aromas) and a sweetness which I found reminded me of toffee apples, but with a strange dryness too.

Too sweet and the lack of a head, un-beery look along with its fruity smell doesn't do it any favours and the 11% just masks its shortcomings.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very clear and very bright yellow orange with no head and no visible lace. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the glass.

S - Smell was very light at first but started to come through some more as it warmed. Nice smell of grain mixed with some dried fruit, raisins, plums, maybe even some peach. A slight bready twang to it and a definite hint at the alcohol inside.

M & T - The first impression of the taste was extremely sweet, with an enormous alchol bite. The feel was very syrupy, almost cough medicine like and made it a bit hard to put down. Lots of alcohol left a huge warming feeling in the belly, but I would almost say there was too much alcohol in this one as it really packs a wallaop and distracts from some of the flavors.

D - Overall this will kick your butt if you have more then one. It really did come off as a bit too strong. Maybe tone down the alcohol and puff up the hops and it could be a fine frink. Maybe I let one sit down for some months, though I don't know how it will age. This is very intresting and a definate sipper, a good one to try.

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Photo of dave750
2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear red-gold in color with a low, thin white head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is quite nice. Bananas and chocolate at first with fresh herbs and hops a little later.
Strong toasted malt and chocolate flavors remain throughout. Sweet honey and a hop presence join in at mid-taste. Mint, black pepper and spice emerge as the flavor fades. Thick body good carbonation and balace bias heavily towards malt.
Overall, somewhat cloying, that, coupled with the thick body, kept this beer from going down smoothly.

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Photo of tjd25
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The head disappeared immediately; the body is like strawberry syrup: transparent and red, with a few bubbles inthe middle, which reminded me of a vulcano. The smell is ok, hard to describe, maybe fruity with some caramel. The first impression in the taste is good, sweet and fruity, but then the alcool comes, and it's kind of nasty. It tastes like Martini, with the same plain bitterness, and also like some fruit liquors. Too strong. The mouthfeel is winy, and boring. I didn't finish my glass.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale to medium amber color. Head is small. Smell is of strong alcohol, like wine. Taste follows the high abv of 11%, strong alchohol. At first, I took large tastes, but realized it is better sipped, given the fruity, wine flavor. I finished the bottle, but don't think I will be buying another. This was my first try at a really strong ale and I think I will stick to others.

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Photo of BeerFan95
2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear copper color with a thin slightly off-white head that lasted quite awhile but did not have any lace

S: Mostly caramel malts and some brown sugar. Some dark fruits.

T: Taste was sweet although it was not one dimensional it was still sweet. Some oak and vanilla notes in the after taste.

M: I was disappointed in the mouth feel. It seemed pretty light, not watery but it seemed to have no weight to it.

O: I was impressed that the alcohol was well hidden. It was sweet but the oak and vanilla balanced it out just enough from it becoming overly sweet or cloying. The light mouth feel really hurt for me.

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Photo of letsgopens
2.89/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This big Eisbock pours a bubbly copper orange with some pleasant gold highlights. This nice tan head has a bit bellow average retention and eventually fades to nothing as the brew warms a bit. A few very small wisps of lace remain around the surface.

The aroma is nice. Right off the bat I can tell this is going to be a big beer. Lots of honey and some toffee. Sweet, light molasses as well as some citrus and darker fruit. Maple syrup is detectable. Lemon and coriander are also floating around in there too. Very sweet and a bit nutty with very noticeable booze. Definitely boisterous and full in the nose (in a good way).

Syrupy and bright but rather harsh (not in a good way). Super sweet with some citrus, apple cider, cherry, and a hint of apricot. A slightly vinous quality is detectable as well. The booze is certainly not well hidden. A very big beer that doesn't pull any punches. Pure cane sugar, clover honey and a bit of floral hops. Certainly complex, but its just hard to get past the booze. I like some warmth as much as the next guy, especially in an Eisbock, but it kind of over powers the complexities in flavor. Also I feel its a bit too sweet. The syrupy sweetness mixed with the harshness of the booze and makes for a less than palatable brew in my opinion. A mostly solid selection in most other aspects though.

Again very syrupy but moderately bright do to good carbonation. The thicker texture still comes out however. A slicker finish is characterized by some more booze induced warmth. An interesting beer experience, but just not a selection I'd drink on a regular basis.

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