EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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3.95/5
Very Good
714 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:
#5,842
Reviews:
467
Ratings:
714
pDev:
14.94%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
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Photo of BenBreeg
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Macamah
2.54/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of BB1313
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent auburn with a fluffy light khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and okay lacing. Great color. The aromas are awesome. Lots of rich caramel along with some toffee notes. Dark fruits are present. Lots of malty goodness. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. The malts shine. More caramel and toffee. Hints of raisins and black cherries. Solid malt backbone. It's sweet, but not cloying or over the top at all. Not too bitter. There's a very subtle spiciness in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink. It's dangerously drinkable.

This is a great brew. Great aromas and flavors. Highly enjoyable and fun to drink. Definitely worth checking out. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KonigObHops
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

When this beer was poured it looked more like an Irish red ale than a Dopplebock. It also had a thin beige head which disapated quickly.

The beer had a very sweet, malty aroma.

The initial taste is quite sweet, but the toasted malty tones that you would expect from a Dopplebock are also present. In the middle the maltiness and caramel notes fade and a nutty flavor appears and lingers until the sheer sweetness of the beer overpowers it. At the end the sugary sweetness begins to worm on the tongue and is joined by the strong, but not overpowering presence of the alcohol tingling the tongue.

The mouthfeel is smooth, but not as substantial as you would expect from a Dopplebock. There is also the recurring tingling sensation as the alcohol seems to evaporate on the tongue.

Overall, this is an interesting Dopplebock. It is not as complex or substantial as a Celebrator, and not as straightforward as a Spaten. It is extremely sweet, which is not to be interpreted as bad... Just different for this style. Be careful with this one because it could go down fast, and it packs 11% abv.

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Photo of Lukebell15
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Are we dealing with a classic or a great beer here ?
Given that classics (like Anchor's Liberty) inspire a movement, then EKU 28 is just a great beer because no other brewer seems to get how EKU 28 was made because nothing in my experience comes close.
The only thing that is average about EKU 28 is its looks. Even then, it looks like sherry... but alas, beer has suds.
As for the smell, never has there been so much fruit and sweet malt produced in a lager process. And the taste delivers.
Amazingly, the mouth is neither cloying nor alcoholic... which defies expectations.
Overall, if you have never Had EKU 28 twice... then you have not lived.

MJ is quoted on the bottle as calling this a "world classic." Judge that accolade as I quote here his 1999 "Guide" that gave EKU 3 of 4 stars "the nose and palate are intensely malty with some estery notes and a strongly alcoholic finish."
EKU also was selected and received an extensive review in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", EKU 28 deserves to be on the list for all of the reasons above.

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Photo of BrewClint
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ordybill
4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a light copper color with a small off-white head. The aroma is a very nice blend of malt, fruit and alcohol. The taste is big on fruit with some malt.

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Photo of stevoj
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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 mcrawford
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Marka7z
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle date info: 2517194

Dark, brownish-copper hued body; coarse carbonation rising with a foamy, thin and wispy, off-white head. Richly aromatic with caramel and dark roasted malts; sweet; nutty; a sense of alcohol deep within. Heavy caramel flavors infused with a nice counterbalancing boozy quality. Heavy body; chewy and oily; warm.

Taste-wise, this is a pretty decent doppelbock. It's too bad that the head really disappears completely after a few minutes. The alcohol burn also could be backed off a notch though is needed somewhat to keep the sugary sweetness from becoming cloying. It's got depth with the flavor but comes across awkwardly for the overall balance. Still, this is one to try for this particular style.

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Photo of spoony
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 330 ml bottle (code says 2329182) into a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of tan head that fades quickly and leaves a collar around the glass. No lacing. The beer is medium amber in color with no carbonation to be seen through the clear liquid. Attractive hue, but kinda ho-hum.

S-The aroma is, as you might expect, quite malty. I mostly sniff light colored honey, bruleed bananas, golden raisin, and some syrup notes. Not much dark fruit to be found here. There are hints of grainy, alcohol spice too. For a beer this big, alcohol is warming instead of in your face.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. Golden raisin, caramel, bruleed banana, toffee, and a lot of general sweetness. There is a bit of spice and alcohol warmth, but nothing hot or intrusive. After the initial sweetness onslaught, the finish fades to a medicinal, herbal alcohol on the palate. Very nice.

M-The body on this beer is big and the carbonation is mellow and creamy. It might be a little syrupy for some, but I think it fits this style well.

O-A nice beer that really represents what a big, malty, German brew can do. It obviously lacks the bells and whistles of a modern BA stout or barleywine or whatever, but there is no denying this is a great tasting and complex brew.

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

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely caramel color, carbonation seems to be high, but no head at all. Smell us somewhat non-existent. Taste is quite surprising and delightful. Almost has a slight apple cider finish. Hard to believe this is 11%

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Photo of thatsmyspot
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of curasowa
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, copper color with one finger of head that fades with little lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt, a little molasses, ripe tree fruit and raisins.

Taste: Lots of sweet malty goodness, a little boozy, port wine fruitiness, a little toasted, nutty malt lingers into the finish.

The Rest: Creamy but not sticky, low carbonation, pretty drinkable. Really good!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much like liquid bread. Rides that super fine line of big malt character, sweetness and alcohol taste, which is pretty subdued given the high gravity. Much prefer this to Samichlaus.

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

Photo of chicagoish
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueSpader
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigRedDog
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours is a clear copper. Small off white head that doesn't linger.

Smell is of raisins, prunes and dates. Residual caramel sugar lingers in the background. Sweetness present on the nose, but not overpowering.

Taste is fairly close to the nose. Raisins and dark candied fruits upfront, followed by a lingering sweetness and slight booze warmth. Caramel melds in nicely on the finish.

Mouthfeel has a nice heft to it without being heavy. As clear as the beer is, the senses are slightly confused and the weight of the beer is surprising yet welcomed.

Overall a great representation of the style.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 714 ratings