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EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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EKU 28EKU 28

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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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Photo of electricfields
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: White creamy head dissipates quickly. Color is a deep reddish color.

S: Caramel, malts, and alcohol.

T: DAMN, that's strong. Very subtle grapefruit hops lie under a much, much stronger malt. Sort of bready and caramel sweetness with lots of alcohol. The back of the tongue and finish bring out a sort of caramel/honey thing. This is the right way to do "malty" in my opinion.

M: Almost drinks like wine. Very dry finish and an sort of "thin" consistency that can be easily shook up to reveal a creamy carbonation.

D: The strength of this one definitely don't make it super drinkable for me, but it's VERY drinkable, considering its strength.

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer some months ago, and as always I have made notes in writing while tasting. I have no idea how the note (paper)fell behind the computer desk. Anyway, I found it today, and I realize that I have never typed this review, so I need to do that now.

I am going by my recordings from November:

pours amber-coloured with hick high head of yellow-ish beige.

Nose is kinda sweet.

First sip - WOW!
Tastes like liquor!
Well, above 11% alc.Vol. is the explanation...

Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet, very malty, and mildly carbonated. This is really a great beer!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in a Pilsner glass. Numbers on the back but no apparent date.

A - A huge two finger lumpy, off-white head lingers above a clear amber body with a little carbonation coming up. Very nice.

S - Incredibly strong toasted caramel malts with a sweetness abounding. Wheat and oats smell wafts up top. Fiber smell similar to dog food (sounds bad, but really it isn't, I promise) lingers in the background. No hops to be smelled here.

T - Malts and sweetness with some caramel is all I can taste here. A bit of wheat but incredibly subtle. Rich as hell.

M - Thick like syrup and smooth as a baby's bottom with an alcohol warming (obviously at 11%) on the finish. Sweeter than candy!

D - Not to say this isn't a fantastic beer but the level of alcohol compounded by the insane malty sweetness doesn't make this a friendly drinking beer. It demands attention with how "big" it is.

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Photo of brc
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Best 13-07-09, poured into goblet.

Pours a delicious looking tan one-finger head of very small bubbles, recedes slowly leaving trace lacing. Clear chestnut colored liquid.

Potent brandy smell, plums and alcohol. Smells like it could burn nostrils.

Taste of orange blossom honey, mixed with brandy. Really boozy, from start to finish. There are other notes hiding in there, raisins, and some sort of wood or other dark fruits. The secondary tastes are hard to pick out behind the deluge of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel is very viscous and coating, super creamy, makes me think of honey.

Way too boozy to be considered drinkable, but it's still enjoyable.

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Photo of yael6666
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite beer for cold days...
It pours a golden and redish syrupy beer with little head, the smell is alcoholic with some hops and honey.
It's taste (although it's ABV is 11%) is very well balanced by the sweetness of the malt and the shy hops, it hides all thats to be hidden from the alcoholic taste and leaves the good stuff... with a sweet dry aftertaste that stays like forever, this most be it in regards to strong beers (my point of view)...

It feels like syrup with little carbonation, although is sweet, the alcohol compenses it.

It can go down easy when cold, but i really dont recomend drinking more than 2 or 3 trust me on this one jeje..

PS i think that this beer most be considered as an Eisbock, it is brewed by freezing a dopplebock and taking away the remaining water..

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper/bronze with about 2 fingers of tan head that fall quickly. Short retention is expected with the 11% ABV. No lacing.

S - Waves of caramel with strong undertones of dark fruit including raisins, plums, black currants, and figs with a touch of sourness. Hints of vanilla and dark bread pull through as well. Extremely aromatic and full of sweetness.

T - Caramel and vanilla hit first with considerable sweetness. Some sourness enters with a quick appearance from indistinct dark d fruit. Dark bread appears briefly before a huge wash of alcohol. Sweetness prevails until the alcohol hit which completely dominates late palate. A bit hot as well. Extremely noticable ABV lowers this half a point.

M - On the heavy side of medium bodied with a moderate to low carbonation. The alcohol does a disservice to the mouthfeel and makes the beer feel a bit thin on the back end. Carbonation also seems a tad higher than it should be.

D - I've got mixed feelings on Eku 28. A very tasty beer but a little rough. One of the most aromatic and delicious doppelbocks I've had, but it's a bit too boozy. On the verge of being a truly great beer, if they could just hide that alcohol a little bit better.

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Photo of Jasel
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fine beer with a decent head and lacing.

Consumed with a pilsner glass.

Appearance - A perfect amber with very little bubbles.

Smell - Sweet and carmely.

Taste - Sweet, carmely, with alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Very little fizz.

Drinkability - Very good beer, would drink a few of these.

Would do a better review but my 1 month old will not stop crying.

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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 Rayek
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an EKU glass.

A: Nice amber color with great clarity and somewhat active carbonation. Fizzy orange tinged head comes and goes quickly. Leaves no lace.

S: Sweet, with a wall of toffee, plum and grape aromas. Alcohol adds just enough of a spicy tingle to keep the sweetness at bay.

T: Potent and sweet sums this one up. Dark fruits dominate, with a plum wine quality leading the way. Carmel and toffee flavors are there, but muted. Bitterness is more alcoholic than hoppy. Finishes very warm. The dark fruit and alcohol flavors linger into the night.

M: Thick and syrupy body coats the mouth. Carbonation is right on.

D: When I was younger, we referred to this as 'your trip to hell' because of the high alcohol. This beer is definitely not for the faint of heart. If I were sitting outside in a beer garden on a brisk early spring day, EKU 28 would be a good choice to have in front of me.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pokal glass.

Appearance is a beautiful shade of orange-red with lots of lively carbonation bubbles that form a one inch thick off-white head. It doesn't leave much lacing but damn does the color look good.

Aroma is exploding with sweet caramel and toffee notes, a massive fruitiness reminiscent of rum raisins, figs, and general candied fruits. A slight alcohol presence as well, but it only adds to the complexity.

Taste has the huge sweet caramel malt presence to start, but it also seems to have a bit of a turbinado sugar type taste as well. The huge fruitiness kicks into gear next again with lots of raisin and fig type flavors. The finish remains sweet but there is a very slight tinge of cocoa-like bitterness that shows up, as well as a light alcohol warming effect.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, very chewy texture to it, but it has a nice creaminess with some crispness characteristic of lagers.

This was one fine brew. Underrated! I would compare it to Samichlaus, though not quite as rich. I would call it the next best thing, which is pretty damn great by the way. I was weary of spending $18.99 for a six pack of this, but I feel it was worth it. This is one for aging and at under $3.50 a bottle I feel that I cheated the store.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pure copper color with apparent carbonization bubbling up the sides to a rather slight head. Head quickly dissipates and leaves almost no lacing. A very sweet, malt aroma; almost a "rummy" alcohol scent. I cannot put a finger on the fruit, something dark, like raison or prune (maybe?) provides the sweet aroma. That taste is incredible, a spicy alcohol punch that is muted by the sweet, caramel malt backbone. The alcohol is there, but does not overtake the flavor, which nice given the ABV, but still provides a nice warming effect. Definitely a nice beer to sip and enjoy the mixed flavors. It does leave a lasting aftertaste, not bad, but just a side effect of its robust flavor. A bit tart in your mouth, and obviously, rather strong, its a slow sippin' beer. One I feel I should have ended the night on, rather than began it with...

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Brilliant copper body. Half inch cream colored head with good retention.

s: Sweet medicinal alcohol and dessert wine, port maybe.

t: Similar to the nose: sweet malt and alcohol similar to port. The finish is dry with no noticeable hop bitterness.

m: heavy, but highly carbonated.

d: Good: sweet, alcoholic,complex.

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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 scoobybrew
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was reviewed as an 'eisbock' as this was/is the breweries intention. This was poured into a tulip-like snifter glass from the bottle.

A - clear amber color with a thick head that settles quickly into a small lace collar

S - sweet caramel-like malt with a touch of hops

T - much like the aroma, strong sweet malt flavor with a touch of hops on the finish

M - medium body, low carbonation

D - This is a style that I have little familiarity with due to its rarity so I don't have a very good frame of reference. However, I did like the beer and would try again if given the opportunity. There seems to be some complexity in the malt that is interesting. This might age very well.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just as the monks would have done, I enjoyed a Doppelbock for the first day of Lent. No fasting involved, but the beverage paid homage. (The original, Paulaner Salvator, would have been my first choice for the start of Doppelbock season, but EKU 28 is what sat in the fridge.)

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 200ml branded EKU glass.

Pours a crystal clear dark amber hue with a full, fine head of tan foam that lingers briefly before falling into a thin cap, which doesn't hold too well to the sides of the glass and therefore leaves very little lacing. Still, in the little stemmed, gold-rimmed glass, it looks extremely elegant.

A delicate nose of malt is quite inviting, with caramel and toffee notes mixing together amongst dark fruits.

A full body melts onto the tongue with a nice, fairly lively carbonation that keeps it from becoming too thick. Malts are the name of the game: Sweet caramel and notes of figs and cherries are balanced in the middle by a mild hop bite and a bit of warming alcohol presence that serve to keep the sugary malt flavors from becoming cloying. Finishes slightly dry, with a bit of sweetness that lingers.

Quite drinkable for a Doppelbock, despite its hefty alcohol content. This one just keeps going, with no real room for sipping. It's too delicious to savor for long.

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

A: Pours thick and amber with lots of carbonation. Lots of yummy bubbly head.

S: I smell grapefruity citrus accompanied by some deep cherry aroma. Very aromatic.

T: I was expecting a blast of flavor, but this beer is understated. Starts smooth and tasty and finished with a slight bite. Taste is very addictive, but I can't find anything to compare it to. Absolutely delicious.

M: Awesome balance of smooth and sticky.

D: I love this beer. I would drink it every day if it weren't so expensive.

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Photo of Tomas77
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really like this beer. A clear looking doppelbock. Not many around.

Pours a copper/orange color with a non-lasting head of foam. Little lace on glass.Brilliant clarity. Lagers usually look this way.

Aroma is just unbelievable. The smell of toast when you wake up first thing in the morning without anything interupting it. Some grape notes or marmalade if you will show up on the toast later on. A pleasant surprise. Little hop comes through also. Alcohol present smooth but not hot.

Same grape fruity flavor shows up first before the toast does unlike the aroma. Very malty sweet(some maple syrup hints to it) up front but does finish a bit dry with not much lingering bitterness. Alcohol throughout.

A very rich complex mouthfeel. Full body. Alcohol tingling on the tongue.

Exellent beer all around. Very balanced for a doppelbock. Nice job.

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Photo of colts9016
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A golden color with a copper hue. There was an ivory one finger head that diminished to a quarter inch ring around the glass. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant.

Nose: A dominate malt aroma with alcohol following behind. There is strong sweetness in the beer too. There are notes of grapes and caramel.

Taste: A very strong maltiness with some sweetness. There is caramel and grape in the background of the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is medium carbonated and full bodied. The finish is medium and lingers on the palate for a moment. This beer has a very strong malt flavor which hides the alcohol. The beer is extremely smooth and very drinkable. This beer is very well made. The only thing I was disappointed is the head was nonexistent.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this golden rocket home and realized that it was 11.00%! Not complaining just caught me by surprise, here goes nothing

A: soft butterscotch colors at the bottom of the glass otherwise a bustling orange, red and amber body. Head formed quickly and left quickly. No real lace as 11.00% cleans the glass as you go. Bubbles actively working a helping augment the color to almost glow

S: sweet brown sugar and maybe spiced raisins and figs. Husky dry grains and malts. Just a poof of alcohol in the nose

T: chunky buttery maltiness with somewhat dominant alcohol edges on the way down (not a bad thing). Reminds me almost of a whiskey type vibe or even single malt scotch with a dab of peat. I find myself characterizing a spiced sweetness reminiscent of stewed figs, banana, and raisins that is not docile by any means. Has big and malty/biscuit notes and as far as hops are concerned, not much...maybe some green grasses

M: delicate and creamy on the tongue. Almost has a syrupy character at times. Although it looks fizzy in the glass this does not apprehend the continuously creamy feel

D: flavors are kind of wild and remind me of something off the liquor shelves at times. Yet, it maintains a nice profile and is very accommodating with a good drinkability. As far as classification goes the first term that came to mind "Firewater." This one warms on the way down and tingles.
I can make room for this one in my beer heart. Typically, I find myself shying away from heavy hitters with these characteristics. I knock the drinkability up a half

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Photo of Stunner97
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Poured a golden copper color with a decent carbonation and quickly dissipating white foam head

Smell- Sweet malts and green apples were the first things to hit me off the nose, sugar sweet, lots of apples maybe caramel dipped ones even, appealing smell

Taste- A mix of sweet with slight twinge of bitter at the end. Very sweet over powering malty double bock. sweet and syrupy

Mouthfeel- THICK SYRUPY AND SUGARY, no lightweight soft bodied beer here

Drinkability- This has to be a night cap and a beer you only have one of just way to over powering and though high alcohol is hidden a bit just thick and syrupy for more then a nite cap. An okay beer but not one that leaves you wanting another

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in a 14oz glass mug.

L - clear orange/copper color with a white head that left good lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt aroma with a hint of alcohol.

T - sweet and malty with a nice alcohol warming.

F - medium/full bodied with mild carbonation.

D - a nice sipper for a nightcap.

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

Pours a clear dark copper with a large pale buff head. The foam sticks around for a minute or so before drawing back to a small cap with some nice lacing. Smells sweetly of roasted caramel malts, sherry, some doughiness, and a hint of alchohol. Very strong. The caramel and sherry come back strongly in the taste, along with some orange. Warming alcohol finish. Thick feel bordering on syrupy. A very nice sipper, but it's not quite up to the standard of Kulmbacher's original.

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Photo of JBogan
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber color with a one finger off white topper which soon turned into a thin film and left no lacing to speak of.

Smelled sweet and slightly buttery, with a trace of alcohol.

Tasted sweet and nutty. Malt was there, along with some alcohol and some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel was slick, smooth and creamy. A small carbonation tingle presented itself to balance out the thickness. This beer feels good in the mouth.

Not a bad beer at all, but a beer of which one is plenty. The high ABV is very warming and the thickness of body makes it very filling.

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

I got this as part of a Beer of the Month club giveaway. It has a good copper/red color and a thick bubbly head. It also had a tremendous nut scent.

It has a great nutty taste. To be honest, I thought this was going to taste more like wine than beer, but was pleasantly surprised with the taste. Definitely high quality.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours clear amber/orange with a thin white head.

S - The aroma is very pronounced and very sweet. Raisins, figs, malt, alcohol.

T - Malts, brown sugar/toffee, white pepper, alcohol.

M - Medium bodied, slightly viscous, low carbonation.

Notes - This is pretty damned tasty. The taste doesn't quite match the aroma, but maybe that's just me.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 707 ratings
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