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EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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EKU 28EKU 28
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

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3.92
pDev:
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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a one finger head that recedes without leaving lacing. Nose has a lot of alcohol present I want to say just a touch of gingerbread maybe. Extremely sweet on the tongue - almost as if it were a dessert drink. Alcohol barely comes through at the end, but you can't tell you are downing 11% on this one, which makes it dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth but with a syrupy tone. You could drink a lot of these in one sitting I'd imagine. But just be sure to call a cab.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

EKU 28 is dark caramel copper in color with a quickly disappearing head. The overall strength of the aroma is very intense. Character of the aroma is of rich dark fruits and rich bready malts. No alcohol smell is noted. The taste is also very rich. Dark fruity tastes and intense dark malt flavor come together to create an interesting concoction. A slight alcohol taste is noted throughout. The finish is probably the sweetest part of the sip, which is interesting because it is also where the fruity tastes are most prominent. This brew is so rich and alcoholic that drinkability suffers some, but one or two in an evening sounds great.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant copper with an off-white head that becomes a thin cover for awhile before disappearing from the scene. Nice color and while the head retention isn't great, it's acceptable for the abv. Considering how thick it poured, wasn't really expecting much. An added bonus would have of a well-retained head would have been nice, but it does have a brilliant color.

The smell is of caramel, breadiness and a powerful, yet inviting, sharpness.

The taste is of sweet caramel, graininess and tangerine fruitiness. Alcohol grows more warming, but never overwhelms Sweet, hot, long finish.

The feel is syrupy - with such high gravity it's no wonder. Yet, it maintains a surprising, welcoming, smoothness.

This is a nice sipping brew that is much easier to drink than the abv level would usually have it to be.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. CRUNCH, what the hell? Friggin bottle lip cracks when I open it!! First strained it slowly a little bit into the glass. Took one whiff... yikes... well so much for that idea. Grabbed another glass and poured it into that one.

Great light looking doppel. Perfect caramel red with a slapping sound coming out of the bottle though. Faint tan head barely a finger, but manage to keep a good sized collar.

Real nice light aroma. Seems small, but a waffery toffee angle that is really nice. Mild sensing clove and great spicy hints of nutmeg and clove. Soft, but hints towards a much lighter beer it seems.

Took just a few sips, all that needed. Great tasting notes of black licorice and anisette all over. Light bodied a little wet slightly, but malts still manage to coat all over. Light toffee aromas get bigger with repeated sips. Real light carbonation as well but with a hint of fizz though, and some toffee richness.

Overall a real interesting doppel, too bad I couldn't drink much of it. One rinse of the bottle and found a giant shard in the bottom.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

What kind or beer is this, I have to ask, for the label tells me little. Lager, or ale, or?...Huge head, gorgeous red color, and an aroma that makes me step back and gauge myself. Sweet, notes of cherries, and alcohol, and, WOW!, but this is INTENSE! It's enormous and pungent, and formidable, and I haven't even put it to my lips, yet! Full, thick, lush texture...this beer pulls up a chair and makes itself at home in your mouth! Not a beer to be underestimated, to be gulped, or guzzled, or otherwise abused!
In this brew, it's alcohol you feel, above and beyond any other flavors. They may exist, but they must lay before the master, the booze. A touch of citrus and fruit, but faintly, and,again, subservient to King Liquor. Not exactly THE strongest beer in the world, but one of the tastiest strong brews I've ever enjoyed. Just, be careful. Tread wisely, and enjoy.

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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 Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Collins bar in NYC. This strong brew pours a glowing/shimmering shade of dark leather. Clear, with an off white minimal head, well developed and thick/frothy lacing. Nose is buttery malt and alcohol, sweet alcohol. This is a pleasingly bracing beer. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite evident. Notes of juniper, smoke, more butter and alcohol. Warming, heady stuff, cant say the 11% is "well hidden" but for the strong livered, this is a fine sipper

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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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Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/04/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, no freshness info listed. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Really nice off cherry color. Maybe a touch of a golden-cherry if that rings a bell. Off white, kinda yellow creamy head. Maybe 1/4 inch on the pour, a nice creamy rim remains. Sparse, but nice streaks of lace remain.

Smell- Super deep toasted caramel malt combined with alcohol, light woody scents and maybe a touch of anise. Really strong scent.

Taste- Strong and sweet, even a bit hoppy with a semi bitter aftertaste. Caramel sludge coats your tongue. Maybe a touch of berry flavor, but not as much as indicated in the nose.

Mouthfeel- Thick, viscous and mouthcoating. Lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Strong, sweet and fabulous. Still new to the world of Eisbocks. Not quite as flavorful as Aventinus, but very good nonetheless. A bit strong to have more than one though. Winter after dinner drink. One is just right.

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautifully done strong beer from one of Germany’s old breweries. Eisbock in particular is a specialty of Kulmbac, and this one is a joy to drink. Aroma of toffee, similar to a Belgian strong ale, and taste is also sweet like toffee, with a slight hint at the alcohol content. Nice for a winter’s evening....Cheers!

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, red color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, yeast, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, and slight pale malt. Overall, a rather pleasing doppel, which packs a punch.

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Photo of tempest
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange body with no head. Smells of rich fruity malt, alcohol isn't apparent but you know its going to be big. More dark fruit malts with licorice. No hops flavor, all malt here. Very smooth drinking and tasty. Feels like at first, but you'll know what you're drinking after the first few sips. Interesting beer, makes me think German Old Ale. Give it a try if you live for malty beers.

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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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet sweet and malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It seems rich and warm. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth and rich, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes warm on the way down. It has a very sweet crystal malt flavor with little hop characteristics present. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn tastey brew. It has excellent malt character and drinkability.

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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 Wasatch
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 3 Dec 16
11.2 oz. Bottle
Bottle Code: 2517194

Been A Long Time Coming!

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark golden clean/clear amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice quick/fizzy/creamy off-white head, which leave basically no sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, some fruityness. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice sweetness, with some dark fruits (grapes, cherries, figs, plums). Fully body, ABV almost non-existent. a complex brew. Overall, glad to see this one around here. Recommended!

Pours a beautiful golden color with nice carbonation, the head fades quickly, no lacing at all. Scents of sweet fruit, malt. Nice sweet taste with a bit of alcohol behind it, finishes dry and sweet. Medium body. Very drinkable, sweet, but not to sweet, alcohol is hidden pretty well at 11% ABV, would recommend.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pretty deep gold color. The head is almost non-existant but shows a tan color when roused from the glass. The aroma is dominated by strong malt, the thick malt overwhelms everything. Feels quite thick on the tongue. Surprisingly, given the body, it is not really all that sweet. This is a thick chewy malty brew. The malt character is the show here though. Having said that, this beer is lacking a bit; it is missing some of the malt complexity of a good strong lager. This is a nice clean lager. It is almost syrupy in consistency. In the end a bit dissapointing, needs a bit more character to be really worth drinking.

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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 JohnGalt1
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz from the Coop for a pricey/worth it $5.60.. poured half a bottle into my New Belgium goblet.. saving the rest for later tonight.

No head or lacing.. alcohol is probably holding it back... the short pour delivered a crystal clear orange copper brew.

Wow nose factor! I don't think I am educated enough to describe accurately.. but I will try anyway. Clean very clean.. caramel malts and dried dark fruit.. Reminicent of brandy or tawny port. Doughy breads reminds me of a brewhouse with a teaspoon or two of grain alcohol.. the booze is there, but there are a ton of other things going on... time for a taste.

another WOW.. thick velvety texture... creamy. The completely expected sweetness is not there... more of a deeeep maltiness. Dried dark fruits are there but not overly obvious... some golden raisins and minor figs and just a smidge of dried Rainer cherries... vanilla and oak.

The body is not nearly as full as expected leading me to take another sip and another and another... take your time between them though... I am not saying the lighter than expected body is a bad thing by any sorts... this brew is fantastic...fantastic just the way it is... very slick texture that is like a liquid silk with brandy overtones... lite small bubble carbonation adds to the luxury... wow... WOW!

I have only had this brew twice before, both times with a coworker who really likes German brews... I am sooo glad I took time to review it... almost certainly the most "perfect for the style" brew I've reviewed thus far.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark syrupy amber with a very light head which fizzes away fast. Nice colour though.

S: Massive amounts of malt and raisin. Very sweet smelling akin to Pedro Ximenez sherry.

T: Heavy sweet concentrated malt. Caramel and dark fruit. Direct flavours, the lager characteristics don't give a huge complexity; it does one thing, but it does it well. It tastes great, anything with this much maltose in it would I'm sure. By my calculations 35-40g carbohydrates/bottle, and they are readily apparent. If you're not a fan of sweet brews don't go here.

M: Thick, full-bodied, and viscous - bordering on syrup like. Real mild carbonation, with a hint of ethanol in the finish. Smooth and elegant.

D: A definite sipper, really in the dessert wine arena of drinks, would make a great digestif.

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Photo of Zorro
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber colored clear brew.

Smell is sweet and very malty lots of fruit smell with a strong cherry scent.

Taste is very sweet and fruity, intense fruit flavor. Hard to breakout individual fruit flavors it tastes like juicy fruit.

Mouthfeel is thick.

An intense Eisenbock probably too much for most but those that seek this stuff out know to expect a powerful brew. Based on that I give a high Drinkability score.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice tawny color with a very slight haze. Two fingers of compact tan head crowns the beer.

Smell: aroma is dominated by raisins, pears, plums and tobacco. Complex and interesting; it smells a lot like and English barleywine.

Taste: quite similar to the smell, but more subtle in general. Tasty, but not very dynamic. Alcohol is definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: plenty of body with a little syrupiness which coats the mouth; very low carbonation. It works for the style.

Drinkability: I feel like this is one of those beers which I appreciate on a style level, but that I'm not really keen on drinking much.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.67/5  rDev -31.9%
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 Derek
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was once the strongest beer on the market. It's good, and certainly a huge step-up from malt liquor, but it wasn't as good as I had expected.

A: Clear copper/orange-amber, initially a little off-white head, no retention.

S: Sherry-like alcohol and fruit.

T: Malty and sweet. Alcohol is assertive throughout. I didn't find much depth to the flavour, but it was quite nice.

Strangely, I had another bottle which was quite different. It was still a little syrupy, but not sweet at all... and the bitterness was VERY assertive (more like a big American brew).

M: Moderate body (impressive for its strength) is slightly syrupy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Alcohol flavour is a little over-the-top.

[I had another bottle of this when I was in Heidelburg, and wasn't as impressed... so I averaged my scores].

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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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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.92 out of 5 based on 689 ratings.
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