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EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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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 Macamah
2.54/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of sendsilk
2.61/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JerseyPaul
2.61/5  rDev -33.9%
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 -32.4%
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 -31.1%
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 Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dave750
2.79/5  rDev -29.4%
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 -29.1%
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 -29.1%
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 -29.1%
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 -26.8%
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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Photo of Abita45
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. I'm unfamilar with this style of beer, so I don't have many preconcieved notions of what it should constitute, though it is described as a 'bock' so I'll keep that in mind.

Pours to a deep amber/copper color. No head at all, and no lacing. Aroma is one of sweet malt and somewhat grainy. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy. Definitely not a beer I would have many of in one sitting.

Taste is not that great. The alcohol comes through, along with a taste of overripe fruit or burnt brown sugar. A kind of sweetness that borders on being too 'harsh' to really be sweet. If that makes sense.

I can't help but wonder if some of the flavors are a result of the importation and sitting on a shelf. This was bought as part of a winter beer variety pack, so its freshness could be a major factor here.

I won't rule this beer out in the future, especially on a windy day where that alcohol bite will be appreciated, but for right now, this beer did not leave as favorable impression as I'd hoped.

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Photo of walleye
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pour amber with light tan head some lacing. aroma malt,fruity and alcohol.mouth feel was slick .had a vanilla alcohol taste. did not care for this one. at the time I had this I thought the alcohol was a little too much for me. I will rerate this a a later date but for now did not care for this

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.97/5  rDev -24.8%
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 Jpinoniemi
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle courtesy of JohnathanL. Thanks!
Pours a bright clear copper color. Smell is clean, with alcohol and caramel. Fairly delicate aroma. Taste is creamier caramel and fairly sweet and buttery. Butterscotch like sweetness about it, and a touch cloying in more than small amounts, yet not bad. More dessert beer like than casual drinker.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of BigJaws
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of khiasmus
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

A-Pours a beautiful clear, dark amber. Almost no head that disappears comletely in moments.

S-Very sweet, almost sickly, with some fig and apricot notes, and no hops.

T-It's very good, but honestly my first taste almost choked me-I wasn't expecting something so overwhelmingly sweet. Tastes like malt and dates. No hops. Reviewing the guidelines for the eisbock, it fits very closely except for how sickeningly sweet it is.

M-Slick and oily-smooth, with low carbonation and a dry, warm, alcohol finish.

D-I wanted to pour it out after first sip. Simply too damn sweet. If you want a much, much better example of Eisbock, get a Kulmbacher Eisbock.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh, the other eisbock by Kulmbacher is better. This, to me, was a bit more toned down on the taste/smell catagory. It's just not as pungent as the other. Sure, the alcohol is friggin' strong as crap, which is cool, but it just overpowered the taste too much. It'll definately keep you warm on those cold winter days, but other than that, it's not that great.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, there's no pretense about what this beer stands for--ABV!!!

I think the problem with reviewing a beer like this is that we are so accustomed to our "beer-reiview mode" that we try to force beers like this, or an Adventius Eisbock (or something similarly extreme) into the same refrigerator, glass, coaster, and mouth as we do our Czechvars and IPAs, which is totally unfair to the style. Some beers need to be taken on their own merits.

A good jumping off point for this beer is the propaganda on the box which says, "Een van de zwaarrste......"--Oops! Wrong side. Which says:

"This world-famous beer was made for moments of quiet contemplation or warm conversation. Enjoy at cellar temperature (about 50 degrees). [Okay, there's a HUGE hint!]. EKU 28 is a fabled after-dinner digestif, a splendid Winter warmer, or a soothing nightcap to any season. The one to choose whenever something good and strong is needed."

My Deal: Served too cold. Thin, evaporating head. No bubble streams. Color is deceptively light amber, but with a glistening red light that dares to consume like a good cognac (highlights get better as beer gets lower :). Aroma is that of an caramel apple soaked in nail polish remover. Smokin'-hot foretaste with charred oak in the mid-range. Aftertaste is fairly clean, leaving only the memory of all those litle yeast cells which gave their lives valiantly in pursuit of this brew.

Nighty Night!

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Photo of Gavage
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a crystal clear copper color with a thin wispy head that quickly receded to the rim. The aroma was almost sickeningly sweet, strong alcohol and of over ripe fruits. The flavor was dominated by the heavy sweet malt with caramel tones in the background. Very, very sweet almost candylike. Alcohol is strong and doesn't balance the flavor at all.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel and alcohol attacks the tongue. The thick malt sticks to your tongue for a while after swallowing. Hard time finsihing one of these, not very drinkable unless you like a very sweet and alcohol laced brew.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This started out promising, but was reallly not very good. Poured to a brownish red, with medium tan head and had an aroma of malty dark fruit. Unfortunately, the head dissipated almost immediately, and left zero lacing. In addition, as beer warmed, the 11% alcohol became the overwhelming aroma and taste, so that by the end, I felt like I was drinking some cheap rock-gut or moonshine. Not impressed with EKU 28.

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Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, bright. Scarce foam, but ok for a 11 ABV beer.
Strong maltiness in the smell, warming, alcohol feeling. A bit of tannic.
Again malt in the taste, sherry, and some bitterness background that balances the warm-sweet of the maltiness. Some woody notes.
For its strenght, quite balanced and drinkable.
Full aftertaste, a bit alcoholic. Not too full bodied, but quite full in the mouth.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 707 ratings
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