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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67
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Photo of filabrazilia
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant clear light orange with gentle streams of carbonation that stream to the top. A thin white head crowns the top of this beautiful beer.

There is a delightfully sweet malt aroma that greets the nose with a friendly hello.

The taste is fantastic. This wonderful malty brew has a slight touch of alcohol in the mouth, which cuts the sweetness nicely. I like this balance.

This is a silky smooth beer that is sweet and sexy like a good R&B song. The carbonation bites the tongue with a gentle playfulness. A very complex and solid beer in the mouth. Good stuff.

I love this beer and would drink cases of it if I could. I doubt I could afford such a habit. I will definitely try this beer again. I can't wait to sample more of this style.

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Photo of ewright
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a 33cL bottle into a goblet. A finger of moderately coarse head forms but disappears a bit too quickly. The beer is deep amber color with hints of orange.

S: This one has quite a muted aroma. Faint notes of orange blossom honey appear along with a bit of alcohol burn.

T: Rich malty flavors dominate, with notes of dark fruit, English toffee and mild alcohol. The alcohol burn is most evident in the back of the throat, but is otherwise rather well hidden. Hops are not noticeable at all, but serve to give just enough balance to keep this from being cloying.

M: Thick and smooth, but not clingy. Moderate carbonation suits this beer well.

D: This drinks much like an English barleywine or old ale with fewer fruity notes. The mild alcohol burn reminds you that this is potent stuff. One will be plenty for the evening.

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Photo of dauss
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange. A small white head that forms and quickly disappears after a fairly hard pour. Nose is a little fuity. Probably apples, and extremely malty. This beer is very thick and clings to the palate like you wouldn't believe. Its almost syrupy. A spilled a small amount and trickled down the glass when I was pouring. My fingers are sticky now. A strong sweetness hits the palate with a gentle bitterness at the back of the tongue. When it warms up in the mouth and then there is a burst of different fruits. I think this beer is very sweet, but I like it. Alcohol is hidden well, just barely noticeable when you breathe out, but it warms the stomach. This is one of the few eisebocks I've had, probably fitting
for dessert, not something to drink everyday.

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Photo of Synapstic
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of davidchollar
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is number 2 in its category for reviews, behind aventinus. i have tried both and i think this one is less intense, i'm not sure which i prefer, but aventinus definitely made more of an impression, (maybe because it was the first eisbock i've tried)
looks a very clear, dark maroon, absolutely no head.
smells intense. fresh baked whole-wheat bread, licorice, wine, malty.
tastes like 11% abv. this is almost wine. dont get me wrong, i like it. tastes good, lots of flavor. big and chewy on the tongue, you can almost feel the alcohol in your nose, even something more in the aftertaste, a nice dry finish ... ok i gotta admit, i'm eating crackers, ham and cheese with this. giving it the red wine treatment.
is there anything wrong with that? i dont think so. just not my idea of a regular everyday drinkable beer, so it loses points for drinkability. i dont dramatically want another, but i dont regret the time i spent with this brew.
later

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Photo of 12packpoet
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of ryko
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Amsterdallas
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of GarrettB714
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Dougology
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Good flavor for a strong beer. Purchased at Cadoro in Italy.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 MrSeth
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 28 is one of my favorite nightcaps. It's just perfect to mellow out with one of these on one of those nasty New England winter nights.

It forms a vigorously bubbly white when first poured, but now it's almost completely gone. The nose isn't as attractive this time around. I'm all the way in the glass and it is still faint.. but that is not always the case. Maybe a bit of grape syrup (fruity-medicinal) tones in the aroma. It tastes great though, heavy alcohol overtones and sweet malt. There is some degree of bitterness, but it is alot different from other flavor profiles.. there is much to be appreciated about the bitter end of EKU 28. It finishes short and tart.

I would suggest, and I personally do, pair this with a Highland Park 18 Y.O. (single malt)

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Photo of JohnW
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is an amazing beer, though not to my taste! The aroma nearly knocks your head off - very rich, alcoholic and sweet - like a brandy liquor. The taste reflects this, very sweet, fruity with sultanas, plums and a very powerful malty taste as it goes down, making the alcohol content very obvious - almost burns the throat! Only the slightest hint of hops in the aftertaste, more like a barley wine but even stronger. I enjoyed the few sips of this that I had, but would consider it a slow sipping beer as you would a fine cognac or whisky, definately NOT a session beer, and for that reason marked down the drinkability. A classic of the style, but not one I would drink often.

JohnW
Bham UK

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Photo of 05Harley
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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 SwillBilly
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep amber, almost red like the color of a light cranberry juice. Head was minimal and retension was short lived.

Very sweet, malty aroma. Hints of fresh fruit, possibly apricots.

Taste is very sweet and alcoholic with a think, syrupy mouthfeel. Leaves a fairly strong alcohol finish.

Not bad, but too sweet for me. The high abv % and sweetness would make this an ideal apertif beer. Not a beer that I could drink more than one.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Considerably lighter in color than most beers of this style. Clear, deep copper body and topped with a semi-thick cream colored head. Nice lacing!

Aroma:
Quite sweet. Honey, syrup, caramel, and heavy malt are all present in the aroma.

Taste:
Almost as sweet as it smells - rich with malt and caramel and notes of honey. It's a pretty thick brew but is smooth with a fair amount of carbonation and as it starts to warm some rum-like spices start to reveal themselves. The alcohol is masked well, but does break through a bit. I thoroughly enjoyed this!

Mouthfeel:
This is a thick, full-bodied beer with a fair amount of carbonation. Supremely smooth and drinkable for being 11% ABV!

Overall:
I can sum this up nicely with one word... Wow! This is an incredible beer! Get it. Enjoy it.

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Photo of saeh
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of drt72
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Pepeton
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess I have to thank the Soccer World Cup for this brew, 'cause a local supermarket is now offering 7 beers from the Kulmbacher brewery in a sort of a celebration or homage for the host of this sport event.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
:-)

Started celebrations for Fathers Day really early. :-)

Pours an amazing orange-reddish, with a matching one-inch head which survives for three seconds flat. No lacing at all.

Smell is deeply malty, with some fruitiness aroma in the background.

Taste is all of malts and with a mild bitterness, sweet, sweet, sweet. Not very complex. Alcohol is naturally so present. Very full body, oily, syrupy.

Mouthfeel is spicy, with some carbonation.

Drinkability is limited due to an imposing 11% ABV. This will make a great apperitif or digestive. Actually, later today I'm heading to buy a few more bottles.

¡Salud!

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Photo of YankChef
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into southern tier tulip

appearance: crystal clear medium amber, with some rusty hues, thin wispy white foamy head the almost immediately dissapears

aroma: banana, wheaty and slightly bready/yeast some dark sweet aromas as well, maybe some pear

taste: wow from mediocre smell and appearance to rich and complex taste. medium-heavy bodied with a surprisingly spritzy and aggressive carbonation, sweet banana flavors and wheaty taste/texture, some plum, pear a nice spicy punch from the alcohol and even some peppery flavors

overall: not much to look at but this beer is absolutely delicious and would be an amazing cheese beer, try it with some blue or even a really funky triple cream

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Photo of greybeardloon
2.17/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Reidel O Burgundy tumbler.

A: Clear, tea colored, with an attractive, parchment-colored head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Very sweet malt overwhelms most everything else. I do get a couple of strong but fleeting whiffs of Band-Aid and of a baby girl who has been sitting in a wet diaper for too long. Alcohol comes through more clearly as the beer warms.

T: Cloyingly sweet malt. The sweetness is monolithic. Sometimes I think I'm picking up caramel or dried fruit or honey, but really it's just sweet. The high ABV is obvious. As the beer warms (and it has plenty of opportunity to do so), I get a touch of aspirin bitterness at the end.

M: Quite a nice, slightly viscous mouthfeel. The carbonation is just about right and keeps the beer from feeling too thick.

O: I really can't get past the overwhelming sweetness of this beer. I had this beer once before, and my impressions were largely the same. I couldn't finish that one either. If there were hummingbirds around, I would put this out for them.

Revisiting this beer in early 2013, I almost feel like I had a bad batch last time. I don't expect that is actually the case, but I don't get any of the obnoxious flavors I remember from last time I had this beer. In fact, I rather liked it.

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Photo of STEG
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a truly distinct brew, after researching this brew i found a truly amazing story behind it. Poured a red orange but mostly brown color with very little head from an 11.2 oz bottle into into a chalice. smells of alcohol and toffee with hints of caramel and a bit of dark fruit. Taste is considerably warming with a definite candy/burnt sugar presence with a little bit of scorched apple to note. I will be getting this beer again. its mouthfeel is that of an extreme beer but one that is restrained enough to still be called a beer

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, there's no pretense about what this beer stands for--ABV!!!

I think the problem with reviewing a beer like this is that we are so accustomed to our "beer-reiview mode" that we try to force beers like this, or an Adventius Eisbock (or something similarly extreme) into the same refrigerator, glass, coaster, and mouth as we do our Czechvars and IPAs, which is totally unfair to the style. Some beers need to be taken on their own merits.

A good jumping off point for this beer is the propaganda on the box which says, "Een van de zwaarrste......"--Oops! Wrong side. Which says:

"This world-famous beer was made for moments of quiet contemplation or warm conversation. Enjoy at cellar temperature (about 50 degrees). [Okay, there's a HUGE hint!]. EKU 28 is a fabled after-dinner digestif, a splendid Winter warmer, or a soothing nightcap to any season. The one to choose whenever something good and strong is needed."

My Deal: Served too cold. Thin, evaporating head. No bubble streams. Color is deceptively light amber, but with a glistening red light that dares to consume like a good cognac (highlights get better as beer gets lower :). Aroma is that of an caramel apple soaked in nail polish remover. Smokin'-hot foretaste with charred oak in the mid-range. Aftertaste is fairly clean, leaving only the memory of all those litle yeast cells which gave their lives valiantly in pursuit of this brew.

Nighty Night!

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Photo of JackRB
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of jaimenavarrog
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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