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 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 scruffwhor
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the last bottle from that first six-pack. So I aged one bottle over one year from purchase.

Appearance- A vibrant, yet clear honey and brandy amber with a strong head that quickly fades after a minute. No lacing and mild bubbling.

Smell- A light port with some a mix of honey and candied fruits.

Taste- The alcohol lightened up nicely. It became better intermingled with the fruity, brandy flavored malts. Very good for sipping while reading a bit from my Homebrewing book.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and a little spicey with a thick and tight chewy texture. Fucking awesome before going to bed.

Something worth cellaring for a year, maybe two.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer tasted like a dunkel that had been distilled. While I know nothing about the history of this beer, it struck me that this beer may have been launched when high-alc alone was enough to distinguish you from other beers. But in a marketplace where we have an abundance of dubels, tripels, and quads, in addition to barley-wine, old ale and other high-alc styles, I'm not sure this beer measures up so well.

It poured with little to no head. It had a sweet malt aroma, and a pleasant malt/bourbon/caramel/spice flavor. Not bad, but not as complex/nuanced as I was led by the label description to expect. Mouthfeel was full and slightly puckery. This beer is not extremely drinkable, but I don't think its supposed to be!

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Photo of ledemie
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, if you even have scotch single malt ( smooth), this is the same for beer, smooth, nice ethil after tast, not to sweet, not hopy, not bitter, this is a really really smooth beer, but becaraful, it will knock you out. So drink with moderation.
Nice beer.

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Photo of dpool
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly dark, amber color with a light head.
S: Nice combination of carmel, hops and bread
T: Vey pleasant, reminds me of a belgian strong ale. Hints of sweetness with a nice follow of alcohol.
M: Very smooth
D: Good beer to enjoy after a long day, very well balanced, but the alc % keeps you from having a few.

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Photo of janubio
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice bright copper colour, with a correct head that fades quickly, leaving some lace that fades too in a couple of minutes. Smell is of dark fruits and brandy or port, with hints of vanilla, almonds and cherries, and caramel too. Taste is sweet, very strong, caramel. Vanilla and cherries are noticed too, with a slightly bitter touch in the end. This is really a very fine beer, but if you have tried Samichlaus before... it pales in comparison. Then again, any other beer do.

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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 seanyfo
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Lovely copper barley colour with a solid toffee 3 finger head when poured into a duvel glass. dissapates quickly to nothing. - looks like brandy after about 5 mins, no head at all

S- lots of toffee and fresh bready malts, golden syrup aswell

T- this tastes very malty indeed, alcohol is well hidden amongst fresh bread and a golden syrup sugary flavour finish, very smooth and moreish

M- mouthfeel is great, not too syrupy which i expected from the smell. medium carbonation, well balanced

D- A lovely winter sipper, the alcohol being well masked and the sweet notes make this very moreish, but be careful as the alcohol hits you quickly

NOTES* I paired this with a christmas mince pie. the sweetness of the mince pie accentuated the fresh bready malts more, taking away the syrupy feel, which made it all the more enjoyable

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Photo of Phocion
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a brandy snifter. Beautiful deep reddish amber and very bubbly with about 3/4 of a finger of white head, though it quickly falls into a thin lace of bubbles.

Strong sweet malts. Bread dough and molasses. Rich fruit salad aroma as well, most notably apples.

Flavor is mostly alcohol. Lots of alcohol, especially as it warms. The ABV is 11% and this brew doesn't even try to hide it. Strong doughy and fruity malts balanced by an ever-so-slight hoppy bitterness.

Thick, syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation. High ABV along with thick alcohol and incredibly sweet malts kind of hinder the drinkability. Nonetheless, I'd recommend this to anyone who thinks they can handle it.

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Photo of jdoolin
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle, poured into a brandy snifter

Appearance: Poured a clear, dark brownish red. Very nice color indeed. Not much head, and what little formed, disappeared shortly after the pour. But to be expected, really.

Aroma: This beer has a heavenly aroma. I just sat there with my nose in the snifter for at least a minute before taking the first sip. There is a big fruity aroma, with a lot of caramel malt and definite rummy alcohol.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is still there, but not much. Which in this case is just enough. Big malt flavor that is sweet, but not at all cloying. Complex fruitiness and spicy alcohol blend well with the malt to make this a very tasty, interesting beer.

Notes: This is a tremendous sipping beer. I must have savored this for an hour, with half the time spent enjoying its incredible bouquet. Very good beer for coming in out of the cold.

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Photo of geetlord
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Rudgers73
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A- Nice, steady rising foam that settles quickly to a rocky dishwater head and slowly dissipates into nothing. Gold/amber colored beer.

S- Strong smell almost like a belgian with deep roasted sweet flavors blooming from the glass. Definite alcohol aroma, (I figured as much being 11% abv).

T- Tastes initially like a sweet white wine. Nice fruity flavor that almost has a yeast taste to it. Bittersweet along the edges of my tongue, probably from the alcohol. Nice round taste of caramel.

M- Syrupy at first, but not thick. Slippery and sticky. I expected a sharp hop taste from my first eisbock, but it ended up being a very round and smooth mouthfeel.

D- Very strong, but nice to enjoy at the beginning of the night. Maybe finish with an imperial porter afterwards to keep things toasty.

my first eisbock. Not what I expected, but a pleasant surprise. I'll have to explore more this winter.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Whole Foods in Raleigh, which is a good place to pick up quality singles and bombers for those in the area who aren't already in the know. A hearty recommenddation from Michael Jackson adorns the back label

An almost electric orange color, medium brown at the top down to a cider at the bottom of my wine glass. Head is nonexistant but carbonation is active throughout the tasting. Nose is fruity and winey and heavily influenced by the alcohol, which at 11% booz is not really a shocker.

Very malty and bocklike but not as heavy of an alcohol faceslap as anticipated after the initial whiff. Actually, considering the abv, this is actually quite downable. Mouthfeel is mellow and holds the flavor well without punishing the drinker with carbonation. This style is by no means my speed but this is a good effort from the boys at Kulmbacher.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a pink champagne with a touch of amber. Tiny bubbles rise up from the bottom of my tulip to support a white collar with a little spot in the middle.

Smells of dark, black cherries with some sweet cream and a dry pasty white flour. There’s also a strong medicinal alcohol blended into the sweetness and the flour.

Tastes of sweet cherries, brown sugar and bread dough paired with a unique alcohol sting. The doughiness gets pastier in the finish and brings with it a hint of plumb.

The mouth feel is medium bodied with a light and easy but prominent carbonation.

This one’s intense and really sweet, arguably too sweet for me.

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Photo of jakdracula
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to buy this beer by accident, if that makes any sense. I went to a store that let you build your own six pack, and randomly grabbed it.


This is GREAT beer. As soon as I tasted it, I thought "I gotta go to Beeradvocate and find out about this beer"!

Look, I'm not an expert, and I don't pretend to be, but THIS is the beer to drink! Get one ASAP!

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Photo of Phatz
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SwillBilly for hooking me up with this. You rock.
This is a fascinating style and this beer is superb. It is extra rich and very intense in flavor, alcohol and suagr and spice. This boozy wonder should be enjoyed in nothing less than a grand snifter and after it has been allowed to warm.

Appearance: Pours an attractive tawny red color with a small head that fades. (what I expect at 11%) and some very limited lacing.

Smell: a very rich nose full of caramel, syrup, malts and sugar. Alcohol and spice bleed through the sweet body as well. There may even be a hint of berries in there with the Brandy in the aroma.

Taste: The taste makes me think of sweet Cognac. It is very boozy but pleasant with a big wood flavor and loads of caramel and malt and Wee Heavy-like attributes. This beer is so thick and full of malty vanilla syrupy flavors with hints of berries and cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and other spices. The aftertaste is absolutely relentless. This is only my second Eisbock and I think I found a new interest to peruse. As a former whiskey fan Scotch Ales had been a favorite of mine. Now, here is a lager with all the attributes I love! WOW!!

Mouthfeel: I don't even know where to begin. It is exceptionally creamy and viscous and thick and syrupy across the palate, and yet it seems to move easily down the throat. the spicy attributes interplay well with the carbonation to keep it just lively enough. Beautiful!

Drinkability: This is no doubt a sipper. Still, it went down quite easily and hit me like a ton of bricks. And I loved every second of it!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Piscator34: Poured a deep burgundy color beer with a small off-white foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of sweet cookie dough with some dry plums was very interesting and enjoyable. Some sweet cookie malt with some plums and dry figs characteristics, which made this very enjoyable, also dominated taste. Body is a bit light and alcohol was not overly pronounced. Not exactly sure why this is getting such low ratings – I though it was a well craft eisbock.

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Photo of dherling
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A transparent amber with a slight reddish hue, and no head whatsoever. The nose has lots of alcohol, sherry, raisin, fig, and cherry, but alcohol is dominant here. You get a lot of that and more when you taste it, prune, raisin, anise, brandy, cloves, malt, mollasses, and something that tastes like good n' plenties. Not just anise or licorice, bu really like a good n' plenty. This has some light effervescence, and is otherwise a hard drinking beer. Too much alcohol makes this a sipping monster, hard to enjoy this like a regular beer. Even for the style it's a bit much, and I much prefer the Aventinus eisbock.

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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 Beerzebub
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Injemanze
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I found this at an international beer festival in Hangzhou, China. I had never had an Eisbock before so I was admittedly curious.

Appearance- Pours a deep amber, almost a copper-red. Head was minimal without much

Smell- Scotch alcohol, spices, and fruit

Taste- Malt, honey, berries, cinnamon, but the alcohol overpowered the other flavors. More like cheap brandy than beer.

Mouthfeel- Spicy and alcoholic. The oily consistency was unpleasant however.

Drinkability- The overwhelming taste of alcohol meant I would not want more than one of these in sitting.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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 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 bigdeuce
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Eisbock and I have to agree with the last reviewer, a very good beer and not something I can drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. Almost a maple/brown sugar flavor, very heavy and slightly sweet. Not much head, fairly bubbly. Almost similar to an Old ale, but not nearly as rough and bitter. More sweet than harsh. Very oily on the palate. A nice offering but not something to drink that often.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber color similar to maple syrup. Thin, quickly dissipating head. Few bubbles of carbonation. Very indicative of the alcohol strength of this style.

S: Strong scents of maple syrup and raisins. Alcohol smell is also present. Sweet and slightly spicy.

T: Huge malt presence. Sweet and fruity with hints of caramel. No real hop flavor to be found. Stays true to the style. Alcohol is slightly spicy and lends a warming character.

M: Slick and Full. Very rounded, syrupy mouthfeel. This is a heavy beer.

D: Due to its strength and body, it'd be tough to have more than one or two of these in one sitting. However, that doesn't stop it from being a very good beer. It's a great beer to sip on a cold night. I'll be buying several; some to drink now and some to cellar and taste through the years.

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