EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

EKU 28EKU 28
BA SCORE
74.3%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 705 ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,002
Reviews:
462
Ratings:
705
Liked:
524
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
14.94%
Alströms:
4.47
 
 
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a bright red-copper that is nearly transparent. Quite light and clear for a doppelbock. There is a thin off-white head to begin, though that quickly disappears and doesn't leave anything behind other than a few thin legs.

Smell first pushes through some notes of sherry along with some dark fruits, cherry, and molasses. Brown sugar there as well. Lightly sweet and a bit boozy. Very complex. Flavor isn't quite as well integrated, hitting more of the sweet brown sugar notes and less of the sherry. There's also quite a bit more booze than there was in the nose. Feel is medium with low carbonation and a bit of alcohol. Quite good overall. Very different than the typical doppelbock, though something that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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

A - One finger of off-white foam on top of an amber-brown body with excellent clarity. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Rich, malty aromas of caramel and plum. Brown sugar and perhaps a bit of molasses. Otherwise quite clean with no aromas of yeast or hops.

T - Rich, sugary malt up front. Lots of plum and toffee with some caramel. Some light hop flavor in the middle that is washed away by the fruity thickness of the malt. Finishes with intense malty flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and molasses and only a slight hint of hop bitterness.

M - Thick, syrupy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Rich and thick, the malt character of this beer is not overly complex, but it is incredibly satisfying. The toffee character that dominates the flavor is intense but never becomes cloying and there is enough caramel and molasses to add depth without becoming excessive. The most impressive aspect of this beer is what you don't notice; there isn't a hint of harshness or heat from the 11% abv. This is a great example of the style and worth seeking out.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dcmchew
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper, low white lacing, sticky.
Rich malty smell, caramelised biscuits, butter, hazelnuts, dried dark fruit and alcohol.
Sweet syrupy malts, with caramel and honey. Dry dates, apple, plums and mild citrus bring a nice fruitiness to the balance. Some floral notes too. Mild spice. German hoppy finish.
Alcohol is the star here. It isn't too subtle, but it fits well with the malts, creating a great cognac/brandy taste. (Almost) low carbonation, oily, perfect to sip.
Surprisingly good, thought this would be just a bad boozy beer, but it's actually quite a treat.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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 smithj4
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $2.98 at Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, rich amber-hued body with an off-white head that's rather tal--oh, nevermind, it's gone already.

Smell: Sharp, sweet-scented nose packed with plenty of nostril-pricking alcohol wafts. Outside of the liquor and sugars, you get notes of almond syrup and stonefruits.

Taste: Cutting initial sweetness of stirred up caramel, honey, and golden syrup kick-start the taste. Subtly toasty maltiness. Full sip of Lazzaroni Amaretto, imparting suggestions of almonds and apricots. Perhaps a little apple juice as well. Soon, EKU 28 dries out as the rather warming alcohol begins to intercede, with the sting of booze numbing the tongue to sweetness in later sips. Peppery alcohol tones abound on the warming, sweet, lengthy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Relatively light carbonation.

Drinkability: A strong, sweet, potent lager, with the overall drinkability you'd expect from such a brew. So, it makes for a decent late-day sipper and is not something to pound in the early afternoon (well, not me, at least).

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluorescent burnt orange when backlit with bright afternoon sunshine. The cap is boldly orangish ecru in color and is impressively loud. Snap, crackle and poppin' fizzy, it deflates quickly and is nearly gone at the one minute mark. No softness, no creaminess, no stickiness... no lace. I know that alcohol is a notorious headhunter, but this is ridiculous.

Headless beer has always been fairly aroma-deficient in my experience, from what I assumed was a lack of aerosolization. Then again, there's nothing to get in the way of the beer and my nose. This one has a fair amount of power and resembles nothing so much as Cognac. It's fruity and fusel alcohol-like, not tremendously malty as expected. Perhaps a snifter would have helped elevate the nose past merely above average.

I like it. The flavor is the best attribute so far and since flavor is all-important to me, I can cut the appearance and the smell a great deal of slack. Because I love Big Beer, I love the idea (and often the execution) of the Eisbock process. What could be better than concentrating the flavor of good beer? How about an EisDIPA?

EKU tastes like a cross between beer and liquor. It's single malt whisky-like without any of the wonderful peatiness and only a fraction of the power of that fine elixir. It's also much more fruity, which brings the aforementioned Cognac into the picture. Actually, it's more second-rate California brandy than Remy Martin.

I don't really appreciate any hops and there's a curious lack of sweetness given all the malt. The flavor takes the majority of its cues from lightly spicy alcohol it seems. Aging this beer in wood (for all I know, it was) would do wonders for what is a deep, although not a broad, flavor profile.

The body isn't nearly as full or as plush as the bodies on most Imperial stouts or barleywines. It's big, but it has more of a slick silkiness than a mouth-filling luxuriousness. The fact that there's almost no detectable carbonation doesn't bother me in the least and only adds to the liquor-like mouthfeel.

EKU 28 needs a more exciting name. It could also use a better look, but then I don't care too much about that with beer of this sort. I'm enjoying it more and more as I delve into the final third of the bottle and am enjoying the warmth that is spreading from my stomach outward, despite the heat of the day. I'll have to buy another few bottles for those inevitable subzero Iowa winters.

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Photo of Jason
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz slender brown bottle with a foiled top, a freshness date is printed on the front label. On the back label is a somewhat disturbing picture of a drunk German man pointing at his stein.

Deep copper hue, very clear with a head that disappears quickly, I guess the more this ages the more the head takes a hit. As I poured it the carbonation struggles to reach the top.

Straight up clean alcohol with a huge ripe fruit aroma, rum raisin comes to mind as well as over ripe apples. An underlying caramel note show that there is a huge maltiness within.

Mouth feel is creamy beyond belief, carbonation is still intact with a viscous rolling feeling as it caresses the palate. Thick on malt, big on sweetness but not out of balance at all. The alcohol rips through the mouth with a big fruity ester and solvent character that does not go overboard. Hops are there but very faint. Fruitiness is really ripe with slight banana and apple sweetness. Malt comes back with a thick syrup caramel flavour as the alcohol bursts again in a spicy kind of way. Finishes sweet with waves of alcohol fumes leaving the mouth and warming the body.

I gauged the head retention to be that way knowing it would be like that so I was not too disappointed, the aroma is simply amazing and the flavour crushed my palate for the rest of the night. As for the alcohol, this is a night cap brew. I’ll save the other bottle to have around the winter holidays.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.72/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very clear and very bright yellow orange with no head and no visible lace. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the glass.

S - Smell was very light at first but started to come through some more as it warmed. Nice smell of grain mixed with some dried fruit, raisins, plums, maybe even some peach. A slight bready twang to it and a definite hint at the alcohol inside.

M & T - The first impression of the taste was extremely sweet, with an enormous alchol bite. The feel was very syrupy, almost cough medicine like and made it a bit hard to put down. Lots of alcohol left a huge warming feeling in the belly, but I would almost say there was too much alcohol in this one as it really packs a wallaop and distracts from some of the flavors.

D - Overall this will kick your butt if you have more then one. It really did come off as a bit too strong. Maybe tone down the alcohol and puff up the hops and it could be a fine frink. Maybe I let one sit down for some months, though I don't know how it will age. This is very intresting and a definate sipper, a good one to try.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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 WVbeergeek
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper amber with a thin bubbly head cream in color not much lacing the alcohol prettty much kills everything here. Aroma: Strong alcohol layered with sugary syupy and mild plum brandy notes, this is definitely kicked up a few notches in the alcohol department. If AB only knew how to make an ice beer. Taste: Is basically like sipping down some liquor, doesn't burn but the alcohol flavor is so rich and complex with the sugar malts this beer is crazy. Wow, this is a beer I will bring to my next cold football game I go to damn it's very warming going down the alcohol doesn't even try to hide itself here it's in your face competely. Mouthfeel: Medium to full with syrupy like texture wow. Drinkability: Becareful not a beer to be chugged or drank fast take your time let it warm up along the way what a beer another brew acquired from beergeek279 gracias.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of imbibehour
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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 RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Duff27
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

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