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EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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3.95/5
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706 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,258
Reviews:
463
Ratings:
706
pDev:
14.94%
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4.47
 
 
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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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, dark fruit, and raisin flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid aromas and rich and boozy flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper color with a big thick off white head. Nice looking.

Nose is initial hit of sweet whiskey and malted bananas. Mouthfeel is rich, thick and creamy with lots of body and character.

Flavors are rich and malty with layers and nice complexities. Carmel/toffee/bananas/cooked fruits and sweet coffee, with a bit of a complex hop bitter underlying the flavors and in the finish.

There is a hit of sweet, some sour layers and generally a pretty complex drink. The 11% alcohol is present but not offensive.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this has been a shelf turd of the highest order, and now i am frustrated that it has! such a dynamic and delicious beer, like a german better version of the less harvest stuff. it pours clear honey amber color, dense looking but clean, not much head after a few seconds. the nose is particularly sweet, like caramelized sugars and taffy. nutty too in nose and taste as well, earthy under all that sweet malt, and the alcohol content is as well hidden as it possibly could be. what i lover here is the buttery malt finish with a hint of dry hay and summertime air, even though this works exquisitely in winter, its magically rich and filling, dense body without a much fizz, but its not missing, it drinks like a brandy and improves with temperature. at under 4 bucks a bottle, i am amazed this is still around, pure market ignorance as far as im concerned, i will be buying this frequently as long as the weather stays cold.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of the first strong beers I ever had back in April of 2008. I had this on tap at a small bar in Doylestown Pa called Stephanie's Pub. I wanted to try this because I was amazed at how strong the abv was at the time. I ordered a glass and it was something much more than I expected.

Poured as a copper color with a thin white head on top. The head didn't last very long and didn't leave much lacing. The smell of the beer had a boozey aroma and some heavy malts in the background. The taste was mostly malts along with a nice alcohol heat in the throat. The mouthfeel was smooth though and very drinkable. I'd like to try this one again someday just to see what I think of it now after having beers that are stronger than that one.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with just a few bubbles covering the surface. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of raisins and a slight amount of sweetness in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very malty and has notes of caramel. The alcohol is noticeable in the taste but is not that overpowering; there is a moderate amount of malty sweetness but this is not cloying.
M: It feels full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The beer has some thickness and coats the tongue; there is also a moderate amount of alcohol warming in the finish.
D: This is a beer that needs to be slowly sipped given its alcohol content.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rich O's Gravity Head '08

Sweet and malty as a Dopple, but light in color, with fewer melanoidins and less 'meaty'. Drinkable and pleasurable as sweet beers get.

August 17, 2005: Bottle:

Drank at the local German bar. The locals thought I was crazy for ordering it. Briliantly clear copper-orange color with golden highlights thrown in. Low carbonation and lacing, but nice legging on the glass. Smells sharply sweet, alcoholic, and estery. Flavors are sweetly malty and fruity. Not a lot of different flavors, but the ones that are present are very powerful. Pruits of peaches and apricots. Syrup and caramel flavors share the remaining characters. Low on spices, hops, and robustness. Smooth and silky to the mouth. Full and round. Alcohol warming in the finish. Just slight of becoming cloying and dry. A good beer, If you like them sweet.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
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 dmorgan310
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Samir for sharing this cellared bottle! Review from notes...

Golden body, reflecting plenty of light. Initial thin cap of foam that dwindled to a thin ring. Appearance was much like a barleywine. Buttery and rich aroma, strong note of grape-nuts barley, and a slightly vegetal aged hop edge. Sweet malty flavor, approaches cloying, but still enjoyable. Some mild buttered popcorn creeps in too. A rich and malty blanket smothers the palate. Very slow sipper, even after a year or more this is a boozy beast...

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a very slim head that quickly dissipates; just a little lace

Smell: Rich caramel with plenty of fusel alcohol

Taste: Opens very sweet and gets even sweeter, with caramel, stone fruit and golden raisin flavors, along with considerable alcohol; after the swallow, the flavors mellow out but leave a lollypop sweetness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to low carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Cloyingly sweet but a nice sipper at the end of the day, nevertheless

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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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, amber/orange color with a bubbly, tan, three-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of alcohol. There was an underlying malt and grain aroma.

T - There is a smooth maltiness, with a warm alcohol spice.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a warm alcohol presence. It is heavy-bodied.

D - This really is like a fine sherry or port. It would probably be best served after a meal, not with one. Good taste but very powerful.

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Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear auburn, a finger of off-white head caps the body and retains well. Toasted, caramelized malt aroma, very clean. There's a hint of fruitiness to it but it's primarily rich malt. Up front flavors of dates and toast; finishes very caramelized, chewy and rich. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, and it ends on a clean note.

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Photo of superspak
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottle code 2054134. Pours crystal clear orange-copper color with a 1-2 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, grape, molasses, raisin, prune, toast, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, raisin, toffee, molasses, prune, toast, grape, and light herbal spiciness. Light spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, earth, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; with no cloying sweetness at all. Fairly dry on the finish surprisingly. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Dangerously smooth to sip on. Overall this is an damn nice doppelbock! Nice flavor balance and complexity; and surprisingly smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

EKU's rich, very subtly toasty, just caramel-kissed, and honey-sweet malt warms to fill the mouth with a lush wash of stickiness that's peppered by alcohol and spicy hops just as its fine-bubbled carbonation breaks on the tongue with a light zest. It's surprisingly drinkable given its full body and high alcohol content. And although the alcohol is noticeable, it helps to thin the malt sweetness, ultimately helping the beer more than it hinders it. Unfortunately, it does limit the head retention, and it's short cap of white quickly dissipates above its crystal-clear, orange-amber body. The nose is not particularly complex, revealing its rich maltiness and a waft of alcohol, but its flavor becomes a bit more complex as it warms with notes of vanilla and almonds as well as some floral hoppiness in addition to its concentrated Munich-malt-like graininess. At the very least, it's quite unique among beers and deserves a try.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another ironic beer story. At my homebrew meeting, we were reviewing various older beers, and someone brought a bottle of EKU 28. By the time the bottle made its rounds and got to me, it was empty. One of the members told me to give it a try when I could. Although it wouldn't be 5 years old as the one at the brew club meeting, I vowed I would try it given the chance. The next day, I got my package in a great trade from Aparris85, low and behold, one of the extras was... wait for it, you'll never guess, I'll tell you anyways, it was EKU 28, this beer. Perfect timing. I held onto it for a bit, and now it's time to crack it.

A: Nice big honkin head as I pour into my Allagash tulip glass. The huge bubbles on top are reminiscent of baking soda and vinegar eruptions that I remember from fun childhood memories. The rest of the rich, creamy head slowly fades. It's got a very almost crystal clear toasty orange brown, almost light auburn maple colored.

N: MMmmm, lots of toasty malts, heavy fruits, little alcohol, etc etc etc... A very nice dark crystal malt and other dark malts really start the nose, the some nice dark fruits, raisin, and other light other fruits. The some light alcohol comes through, more like 8% than 11% though. A slight toasty malt, very light spices, and even banana somehow shine through. A slight bready malt also sticks its nose into... uhhh, your nose.

T: Starts with some sweet fruity malts, a big malt bomb. Sweet dark fruits like raisin and more slight banana, and even almost a melon like taste. Some bread like malts also hit, with some creamy flavors, followed by some molasses. Some alcohol, but it is very light surprisingly for 11%. Slight yeasty flavors trickle through but the sweet malt flavors really dominate. I get some slight red ale, heavy red that is, malt flavors. I think an American Red ale is modeled after the German doppelboch.

M: Pretty thick and creamy, slightly velvety, and decent carbonation. A slight alcohol warmth.

F: Semi bitter, and slightly dry but still a little sweet. It has an interesting hop bitterness on the finish too. The creaminess also climaxes on the finish. A slight alcohol phenolic taste seems to slowly disperse, but the sweet malt syrup seems to linger the longest. The bitterness really is a surprise opposed to the heavy malt and sweet hit at first.

Final thoughts: A pretty decent Doppeboch. Pretty heavy but not too heavy. Big malty sweet hit with lots of dark fruits and some molasses and even finishes bitter and still semi heavy, but doesn't overpower the finish. A good beer now, but I think it'll be amazing in a few years. I think this is available around here too, so I should find it and cellar a few for a few years. Thanks again Alex, especially for the perfect timing.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow what a beautiful beer,poured with a huge head great color.Felt like I needed a cigar and a brandy snifter,alcoholic smell with a slight fruit tinge.Tasted alcohol soon as it hit taste buds,a little syrupy but thats to be expected.Only a little fruity tast was apparent other than alcohol.As it warmed alcohol taste creeped up even more,nice to drink before bed.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 706 ratings
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