EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

very good
703 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

EKU pours a golden red color with a forced quarter finger head. 20 seconds later and there is no head and not much in terms of carbonation. Not very impressive.

The smell brings about an essence of bread, orange, and peach.

Whoa, the taste is full and interesting. It starts creamy and leads to a variety of other flavors like the ones I mentioned in the sniffer...peach, bready yeast, and some vanilla.

This has a full mouthfeel which is very rich. I very much appreciate the feel of this beer.

Wow, 11%, cannot even tell. I hope that isn't because I've tipped a few tonight, but I am impressed. I could drink a few of these and likely be sorry in the morning.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark carmel color, with excellent head retention for a brew this strong. Smell is sharp with alcohol and a little bit of cereal malts. Flavor is off the wall with alcohol. This is definitely a warming sipper of a beer, which feels a little off in air conditioning. I had to edit my review, because this was a little bit off to me at first, but by about halfway through the glass, it was very good.

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Photo of chaz01
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce ( or so) bottle from Beer of the Month Club, poured into a snifter glass.

A: golden copper color, very clear, with a medium size head that recedes immediately.

S: Malty, bready and caramel in the aroma with a bit of alcohol reminding me of rum.

T: Caramel malty sweetness with lots of noticeable alcohol and rum notes. Dark fruits like raisins and dates, then a pleasant alcohol and caramel finish that lingers long after the beer is gone.

M: Full bodied, thick and syrupy with the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is a big sipping beer, that stands up like a big barleywine. Something I likely never would have tried. -- another example of why I return each year to the BOMC.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark honey amber brew with faint lacing and rising carbonation just up the inside edges of the glass.

S - Nice aroma of sweet toffee and syrup sugar. Light malt sweetness notes and a crisp brown alcohol present. Oak barrel kick, much akin to the smell of a bourbon whiskey. Faint ammonia cleaner touch.

T - Light malt and spiced, warming alcohol up front. The alcohol bite here reminds me of a warm, sweet mead alcohol. Lightly toasted malts, and some honey and toffee sweetness. Some faintly bitter grape skin, and a mellowed wine dryness. The bourbon barrel notes hit the back of the tongue and the alcohol warms the throat, and evaporates in the mouth.

M - Smooth and mellowed mouth. Mild carbonation balances the richness of this beer. Slight dryness in the finish.

O - A very complex and well crafted beer. This is a sipper, or a warmer. A high abv, warming, spiced malt brew this beer is high quality.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of roblowther
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. Color ranges from light copper to red with a thin dense off white head. Smell is mothwatering hops, sugar, and a lingering faint floral and oak note. Flavor is...wow. Sweet but not cloying. Hop accents, oranges, caramel, and a tangy finish. Mouthfeel is slick, a touch sticky, and just enough carbonation. Drinkability is limited by the intensity of the flavors and pronounced alcohol character. But still. Dang. Buy some. Today

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Photo of bosco7
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tawny color with a nice little off-white head. Looks nice in a snifter for sure.

Bread, orange, booze, cherry, caramel, biscuit, booze, raspberry, and more booze in the nose.

Syrupy sweet start with caramel, toffee, maple, and a little graham cracker. Nice prune and cherry flavors in the middle. Some orange peel. Hops get lost in the malt. The finish is full of booze. Lots of pepper and clove flavors.

Big chewy texture with some burn from the alcohol. I do find this beer to be quite restorative, sip this on a cold evening and forget about turning on the heater, you won't need it. The flavors are complex and heavy on the tongue. Recommended.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow amber in color, this one is very clear. It's topped with a barely off-white head which disappears rather quickly leaving only a thin white film around the top. Lacing is ok.

S: The aroma gives me the impression this may have succomb to oxidation, perhaps light pollution given the clear bottle. Wet cardboard and nutty (almond like) aromas come forth. Some toffee and hints of banana show as well now that it's warmed.

note: Interestingly as this has warmed up it has become much better smelling. Still there is something sort of odd about it however It sort of reminds me of a nice highland scotch, complex and malt driven (not peaty). It has a hemp rope sort of quality now which is growing on me.

T: Wow, surprisingly good this is maybe just an odd smelling beer... Sweet flavors of angels food cake and iced cookie come to mind. Some nutty flavors come through as well in a toasted almond sort of way. Warming alcohol shows up as well in a really pleasant way and makes me wish I had a fireplace. Despite the sweet flavor profile this is really not cloying whatsoever. It would appear this specialty bock has very little residual sugar which makes sense as it has been brewed with yeast efficiency in mind and spends 9 months fermenting.

M: Very good feel, crisp but velvety on the tongue as well.

O: This is a pretty awesome beer I must say. I've no way of knowing if the off flavors in the aroma are usual or if It's an effect of travel but the flavor more than makes up for them. Rich and crisp all at once, sweet flavors but not overtly so.

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Photo of jp32
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one is a beautiful bright bronze color, but it lacks head retention and contains almost no visible carbonation at all. The nose is of sweet caramel malts. Very caramelly, very malty. The taste is slick and smooth, heavy on the liquid caramel, finishing with something a little sour. This one is incredibly oily and slick. The label says 11% abv, but I would have never guessed it to be more than 7 or 8.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If 9.2% ABV in their regular Eisbock wasn't enough, Kulmbacher also makes a stronger 11% ABV version. Purchased from the only place I know that sells Eisbocks (Town and Country Liquor in Fullerton), on to the beer:

A - Pours dark orange with some red hues.

S - Alcoholic, malty, raisins, and grapes.

T- The added alcohol has changed the flavor around a bit, with some sugar candy notes, a touch of caramel, and a hint of vanilla. The doughiness from the malts reminds us that it's still a bock. The alcohol can get distracting at times, but not enough to keep you wanting more. Drinks fairly well for its strength.

Notes: Yowser! This stuff is pretty strong! Despite that, I didn't feel much of a kick after having all 11.2 ounces. This stuff gave me goosebumps the farther I got along with it.

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Photo of colts9016
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A golden color with a copper hue. There was an ivory one finger head that diminished to a quarter inch ring around the glass. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant.

Nose: A dominate malt aroma with alcohol following behind. There is strong sweetness in the beer too. There are notes of grapes and caramel.

Taste: A very strong maltiness with some sweetness. There is caramel and grape in the background of the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is medium carbonated and full bodied. The finish is medium and lingers on the palate for a moment. This beer has a very strong malt flavor which hides the alcohol. The beer is extremely smooth and very drinkable. This beer is very well made. The only thing I was disappointed is the head was nonexistent.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer form a bottle into a tall mug.

A-This beer pours a thick muddy reddish brown color with a clear body and a thin tan head that fades quickly

S- The nose is pungent with hints roasted nuts, oak, raisins, and liquorish perhaps. I swear that I can smell the alcohol?

T- This beer is slightly sweet with the taste of figs, roasted grains, and maybe dates. Very warming and very powerful you can feel the warmth spread.

M- This has a medium-heavy mouthfeel that sets flat on the tongue.

D- This is a very drinkable beer which is why it can be dangerous. I nearly put myself in a coma drinking this at a German beerfest one year. It’s addictive.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When this beer was poured it looked more like an Irish red ale than a Dopplebock. It also had a thin beige head which disapated quickly.

The beer had a very sweet, malty aroma.

The initial taste is quite sweet, but the toasted malty tones that you would expect from a Dopplebock are also present. In the middle the maltiness and caramel notes fade and a nutty flavor appears and lingers until the sheer sweetness of the beer overpowers it. At the end the sugary sweetness begins to worm on the tongue and is joined by the strong, but not overpowering presence of the alcohol tingling the tongue.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but not as substantial as you would expect from a Dopplebock. There is also the recurring tingling sensation as the alcohol seems to evaporate on the tongue.

Overall, this is an interesting Dopplebock. It is not as complex or substantial as a Celebrator, and not as straightforward as a Spaten. It is extremely sweet, which is not to be interpreted as bad... Just different for this style. Be careful with this one because it could go down fast, and it packs 11% abv.

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Photo of BWED
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- Rust, copper with a minimal, but creamy yellow tan head. The glass becomes speckled all around with lacing. The calming after a good swirl reveals some legs, slowly running down the glass.

S- Caramel and dark drunken fruits. Booze is prominent.

T- Caramel, again, and quite a bit of booze. Not very well hidden, but it adds to the brandy-like feel of this beer.

M- Velvety thick, with very light carbonation. The finish is surprisingly clean, with just a shade of warmth from the alcohol. Not what I was expecting in the finish, and it makes it an easier (and more dangerous) drink.

O- This is unlike any German beer I have had. It has more attributes of a Belgian strong, with out the spiciness. It's a big big beer, which you don't see too much of coming out of that country, but it is so well done. Incredible and a total surprise to me.

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Photo of spoony
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (code says 2329182) into a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of tan head that fades quickly and leaves a collar around the glass. No lacing. The beer is medium amber in color with no carbonation to be seen through the clear liquid. Attractive hue, but kinda ho-hum.

S-The aroma is, as you might expect, quite malty. I mostly sniff light colored honey, bruleed bananas, golden raisin, and some syrup notes. Not much dark fruit to be found here. There are hints of grainy, alcohol spice too. For a beer this big, alcohol is warming instead of in your face.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. Golden raisin, caramel, bruleed banana, toffee, and a lot of general sweetness. There is a bit of spice and alcohol warmth, but nothing hot or intrusive. After the initial sweetness onslaught, the finish fades to a medicinal, herbal alcohol on the palate. Very nice.

M-The body on this beer is big and the carbonation is mellow and creamy. It might be a little syrupy for some, but I think it fits this style well.

O-A nice beer that really represents what a big, malty, German brew can do. It obviously lacks the bells and whistles of a modern BA stout or barleywine or whatever, but there is no denying this is a great tasting and complex brew.

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Photo of geetlord
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very clear copper color with a tiny short lasting head

The aroma was sweet with apples and caramel and of course a large hit of alcohol

The flavor was very sweet but mellow, like caramel or molasses there was a bit of tartness as well, like tart apples. Lots of alcohol and some smokiness in the finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy somewhat thick and syrupy, and very good.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle # 1738203

Purchased @ Tulley's Wells, Maine

Price - $4.40

Appearance: Amber in color. Slightly hazey with a 1" head that vanishes quickly leaving behind a thin layer of suds and a ring around the glass. A complete absence of lacing throughout the experience.

Smell: Heavy aroma of raisins, caramel and bourbon with a hint of fruit maybe pears. A pleasent nose overall.

Taste: A burst of sweetness is quickly pulled back revealing flavors of vanilla, raisins and grapes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some stickiness. No carbonation to speak of. Fairly hot with some dryness in the end.

Drinkability: Once again another perfect example of a sherry/port like style. A fine beer to sip and enjoy next to the fire on a cold winter night.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 91/100

Wow, I thought this was delightful... Maybe some of this is because I had zero expectation or hype. Still, has a really nice rich and hardy bock flavor. Yet at 11% it is rather easy to drink. If you see this it's worth a pick up~

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Photo of rallison
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp into a matching EKU 28 snifter.

A: Golden red with basically no head - this thing looks thick.

S: Smells of apples and pears. Very fruity. Smells quite interesting.

T: Again, lots of fruitiness. Apples and pears are very evident, with a nice bit of alcohol warmth. Very brandy-like in strength and taste. Vinous. No hops that I could find. Lots of caramel too. Ends with a nice alcoholic spicy bite. Definitely an after dinner sipper.

M: Extremely rich with very low carbonation (although there is a touch at the end) - as I believe this is meant to be. It's syrupy, but it's also a sipper, so that's ok by me.

D: It's not really meant to be overly drinkable, but yet, this bottle is going quickly...

Overall, recommended. Want something to drink by the fire? This is it.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is incredibily smooth, for being 11%, got me a 6pk at champange's in warren for $7.99!
pours a deep dark copper with a thinest sheet for a head i have ever seen.
the aroma is very malty, i get swwet carmelized malt, hint of candied fruit.
the flavor is very malty, carmelized malt, spice, a cognac hint., lingering figish flavor.
mouthfeel is very thick, surypy, good.

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Photo of horndecker
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I characterize the appearance of this eisbock as good, solely on the beautiful deep woody orange hue. There is little or no head to speak of, not unexpected, yet it has what I call "stealth" carbonation. I'll get back to that later.
The aromas are powerful and complicated. Vanilla and oranges make the first impression, followed by something candy-like: toasted marshmallows or caramel. A clean and toasty malt underlies it all.
The taste is at first sweet and intense malt. Raisins and tangerines explode right after, along with a spicy alcohol burn at the back of the throat. What bitterness there is (perhaps the only indication that any hops came near this brew) is just an intermittent shadow.
It has a fabulous creamy mouthfeel. Despite the apparent lack of carbonation, with each sip a roiling ball of fizz blossoms on your tongue. That's why I call it "stealth".
A tasty cousin of barleywine, this can fill a similiar role, a late nightcap with some stinky cheese, mmm. Call it Malt Liqueur.

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Photo of taez555
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very clear amber body with a small white frothy head that died almost immediatly. It had a noticable amount of bubbles of carbonation rising up to the surface.

The nose was classic german. Sweet and malty. Firm alcohol. wood. slightly fruity. a very faint hint of smoke or meat.

The taste was sticky sweet with a very very thick mouthfeel and a huge alcohol warmth. The clearity of this beer completely throws you off to it's body. It's as thick as syrup, yet looks as clear a Sam Adams or Bud. Deffinatly a firm alcohol taste. Mellow earth and wood. Soft caramel maltyness. Toffee. Sugar. A faint touch of citrus. A very very faint smoke taste. Actually it's almost more like fire than smoke if that makes sence. A smooth even bitterness throughout.

It ends very smooth with a light bitterness and full alcohol and malt flavor.

Overall it's really a great beer. You can deffinatly taste the 11% alcohol in this beer, but it's very easy drinking. Perfectly balanced malt, earth and citrus. This is a beer I'll be having again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A brandy/cognac appearence. Beautiful but no head. Glowing and transparent. Sweet, sweet nectar liquere aroma of malt. Wowza! Heavy, thick, viscous mouthfeel. Well maintained, not much booze comes through. Flavour short of anythign ecstatic but mouthfeel is impressive. Light caramel toffee, but not assertive on the palette. A fantastic appertif. Barley-wine even? A little more assertive on hops could do it good but that isn't the German style I know (we can leave that to the Americans!) Slight stickyness to the finish, but distant. 11% I had no idea! A little too thin in the mouthfeel compartment. Grows more 'syropy' but still a magnificent makeup. Candy malt! Slightly one-dimensional. A winner - but I'm not entirely impressed because I know this could be more...

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Photo of woemad
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane about three weeks ago. No obvious freshness date, though "1626305" is prominently featured on the rear label.Have those crafty Krauts invented a new calendar system?

This poured an amber color with a brief appearance of an inch of off-white foam. Considering the alcohol content, I wasn't surprised that it didn't hang around too long, though an agitation of the SA BL glass I'm using (thanks again, Bros!) brings back an equal amount of foam. No lace at all.

From the scent, it's fairly obvious that this one's a boozer. While I can get figs, raisins, cloves and peppery notes from the nose, the overriding scent is that of woodsy alcohol. If this label said it was aged in wodden casks, it wouldn't surprise me in the least.

The taste is similar to the nose. At the same time that a fruity flavor of rum soaked raisins and banana-like cloves hit the taste buds, there's also a big blast of sherry-like alcohol, with peppery notes in the background.

This mouthfeel is equal parts creamy and dry - odd, but it works for this beer. The dryness seems to ward off what would otherwise be an unbearably cloying mouthfeel.

An enjoyable dessert, this beer. It'd probably be even more enjoyable on a fall or winter's night, but it's hitting the spot on an August night in hot eastern Wshington just the same.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a 6 ounce tasting glass. This beer was clear, yellow / amber in color. White thin head that quickly diffuses away to nothing. Carbonation low to mild, large bubbles.

Aroma is sweet. That's about it. It is a combination of sweet malt and alcohol. It is pretty pleasing.

The flavor is also sweet. It is very inviting and surprisingly easy to drink. Beer is completely full bodied and really smooth. Really enjoying this beer a lot. Drinkability high, mouthfeel high.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.92 out of 5 based on 703 ratings.
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