EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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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 Abita45
2.9/5  rDev -26%
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 -24.7%
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 -24.2%
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 JDV
3/5  rDev -23.5%
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 khiasmus
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
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 -21.4%
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 -21.4%
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 -20.9%
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 -20.9%
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 -20.9%
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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Photo of brc
3.12/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Best 13-07-09, poured into goblet.

Pours a delicious looking tan one-finger head of very small bubbles, recedes slowly leaving trace lacing. Clear chestnut colored liquid.

Potent brandy smell, plums and alcohol. Smells like it could burn nostrils.

Taste of orange blossom honey, mixed with brandy. Really boozy, from start to finish. There are other notes hiding in there, raisins, and some sort of wood or other dark fruits. The secondary tastes are hard to pick out behind the deluge of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is very viscous and coating, super creamy, makes me think of honey.

Way too boozy to be considered drinkable, but it's still enjoyable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired at Kulminator in Antwerp. Cost was 5.50 euro. Served into an EKU 28 mini-goblet at Kulminator. We later *borrowed* the mini-goblet. It was just so damn cute. Reviewed from last night's notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, nice thickness, and terrible twenty second retention. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Light strength scent of pleasant berry esters, brewer's sugar, and pleasant amber hops. Very fresh and appealing.

T: The notes from the nose are present alongside an overload of partially unfermented brewer's sugar and various indistinct subtle hops. Very complex for the style. Excellent. Caramelized malt comes through. A moderately full barley foundation gives the beer background. Balanced and built pretty well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavours.

Dr: Good quality, easy drinking, and a very high price. Worth a go if you love the style, I guess.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange-gold color, medium head. A medium bodied beer. Malty and slightly sweet. Taste is more like a sherry or port than a beer, but EKU 28 retains its beer character. Nice hop bite. Big bold beer. Mouthfeel is full and expansive. Finish is clean and smooth. Noticeable alcohol bite (11%). Aftertaste is malty and slightly sweet. Slight oily texture to this beer. A bit overpowering.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours an amber color with very little head that quickly disapears. The malt and alcohol are clearly evident in the aroma. This syrupy beer is sweet...very sweet. I like strong beers (I love Whiskey), but this one tasted stronger than it is. Between the cloying sweetness, and harsh alcohol taste it really lacked drinkability. There are plenty of high octane beers out there that deliver the alcohol in a much less abrasive manner. Not a bad beer, but nothing you will drink much of even if you love it. A little goes a long way.

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Photo of proc
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out to an amber color with a quickly, fading head. Aroma is that of malt, predominatly and is somewhat sweet to the smell. The alcohol is not hidden very well in this beer and tends to detract from what could be a very good assortment of fruit on the palate. Finish is strong. Not a very drinkable beer, but one to sipped. Average.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Potent biscuit malt aroma. Thick cream colored head Glowing light amber brown beer with lots of little floaties. Sweet butterscotch and malty flavor, a bit like a malt ball. The body is slick and sweet. I would expect an eisbock to be a little lighter in the body, but what do I know. Not a big fan of the flavor or the way it coats your tongue. Not horrible, just not up my alley.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a golden amber with a massive off-white foamy head. lace is all over the glass even after the brew has been finished. the aroma is of caramel, malts, and alcohol.

flavor has a nice sweet maltiness, but there is a whole lot of alcohol that hurts this one a little bit. you will pick up a nice smooth caramel taste that tones down the alcohol a little to keep it from getting out of hand. it has a nice warming sensation as you drink it. this beer is full-bodied, full-flavored, and very rich. carbonation is light, and it has a very good feel to it. the alcohol flavor keeps it from being a great drinker, but it is still good.

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Photo of aaronh
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Really attractive orangish, reddish amber color. Not much of a head, but a thin collar hangs around. Very sweet alcoholic fruity nose. Not bad at all, just really sweet. I like it! The first sip reveals a very strong alcohol presence. A bit of a medicinal note in there as well. Alcohol warms the esophagus as you swallow. Residual sweetness is pretty high on this one. A slight hint of bitterness slips in after a few sips, but it is dissolved by the alcohol. I think this needs to age for a few years. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is almost like a Marzen or maibock diluted with spirits. Definitely not for the weak. Now the question is, how long will it take to finish this one? Not a bad beer, but nowhere near a session brew. You WILL know this is a high ABV offering. And you will most likely enjoy it. Slowly.

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Photo of Beerzebub
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Disclaimer: this is my first eisbock. Numerical ratings should be taken with grain of salt.

Reddish orange amber color, with a white fizzy head that disappears instantly, except for a miniscule ring. No lacing whatsoever.

Smells of solventy alcohol, green apples, spicy cookies.

Very sweet. Otherwise, solventy alcohol is the dominant flavor, but there's also some fruit (apple, maraschino cherry), caramel and brown sugar flavors, and some spice.

Syrupy mouthfeel, very low carbonation.

Not totally bad, a very small glass might would be nice to sip after dinner, but 12 ounces are about 9 ounces too many.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance - Blood and amber colored body, barely any head to speak of.
Aroma - Bizarre but pleasant aroma. Smells like some sorta funky ethnic bread.
Taste - thickly medicinal. Malty thick caramel. Some extremely over-ripe apple or appricot. This is an amazingly complex beer.
Mouthfeel - Did you guess I was going to say thick?
Drinkability - Interesting, but I would never bother drinking it again.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into goblet. A very nice amber (clear) color with somewhat thin head. Virtually no lacing or retention but a beautiful color. Smell was a bit off-putting as the dominate smell to me was alcohol, like straight up rubbing alcohol. Some sweet malt snuck in underneath the booze tones. Tastes was much better than smell, a very sweet and malty experience at first followed by a bit of fruit (cherries I swear) and melon followed by the alcohol. A very warming, whiskey like sensation as it goes down. Mouthfeel was thicker which seemed appropriate. Overall a good beer. The 11.2 oz's I had was enough but I could revisit this.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The head, on pouring, was a creamy yellow, thick and mousse. The color of the body was slightly redish amber...almost a bourbon color.

Smell: There was a thick sweet syrupy presence. A jumble of fruits smells. Overall a somewhat eclectic collection.

Taste: There is a spicy character that meshed with a prune touch. Armoatic malts are detected. There is also a bite of alcohol that tends to come out during the midpoint of the flavor curve.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is surrounded by the alcohol and this tends to sit on the palate a little heavy. One interesting thing is that even with the stifling oppression of the palate I caught myself licking my lips to taste the sweetness of this brew. Interesting. This brew is good it taken by itself, however the pasting of the palate precludes suggesting to accompany anything but a heavy beef meal.

Drinkability: This very heavy alcohol presence keeps the drinkability down, however the lip licking sweetness if a wonderful suprise. This is an excellent sipping beer, but a poor session selection.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothin' like a big ol doppy-bock on a hot summer day...

A - 330ml poured to a Westy chalice of sorts. Color is kind of a dark orange/brownish, small off-white head forms and fades to a slight ring quite quickly, and later nothingness.

S - Dark bread, leafiness, caramel-drizzled apricot, brown sugar, some banana, strongish alcohol. On the faint side but pretty nice and interesting.

T - First thing noticeable in the taste is alcohol and quite a bit of it. Lots of caramel, toast, fruit, and some nutty malt. Kind of a rum feel to it. Good but seems like there's less flavors/more booze-fusels going on here than the nose.

M - Definitely malty but really isn't very smooth considering the style. Lots of foamy carbonation, big warming alcohol is kind of a flavor in itself but pretty distracting overall. 330 solo goes slooow.

O - I kind of like the idea of ultra-warming sipper 11% doppelbocks, but the malts here just don't stand up to the alcohol presence. Decent but just plain hot, and/therefore pretty plain flavors as well. Ironically their eisbock is much smoother and less ABV.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark antique gold with a slight creamy white head and syrupy viscosity.

S: On the nose was sweet malt, a fresh fruitiness (melons) and sugary fruit and a sweet syrupy pancake aroma.

T: For flavor there was some melons and sweet fruit along with some spicy alcohol. The beer finishes with a bitter, dry alcohol bite at 11%abv.

M: The mouthful was full and viscous, sweet and syrupy.

D: Drinkability may be limited due to the viscous sweet syrupy nature and high alcohol content. Definity a sipper.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Todd the beer guy (Buckspin) for this one. pours a clear brown golden color with no head. Smells like very sweet malt with hints of candied fruit. Tastes like malt with alcohol hitting you right up front, actually alcohol taste is quite dominate. Mouthfeel is quite syrupy. Overall, it tastes like alcohol but not any negative sense, but the sweetness does not last.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.92 out of 5 based on 697 ratings.
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