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:
#6,534
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 beveritt
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Received this in a Winter Brews package that my mom gave me for my birthday. Poured from a 11.2 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is gold, red, and black and very simple. Most of the writing is in German. No visible freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles quickly to a few spotty areas of foam and a ring around the glass. The beer itself is the color of polished copper and perfectly clear. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Very sweet malt, reminds me of red licorice.

Taste: Very sweet malt upfront, with a syrupy consistency. This flavor and feeling linger well after the drink. Slight alcohol sweetness in the finish, almost nutty.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, which helps to cut through some of the sweetness. Body is thick and viscous.

Drinkability: Well, with 11% ABV, this certainly isn't a beer you pound one after the other. It is a pleasant sipper though.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear coppery-red with a fairly thick, pale yellow head that does not stick around. Aroma is strong and more fruity than malty, not at all like a beer with such a high alcohol content. Flavor has a fairly fierce but not overwhelming alcohol bite; taste is mainly sweet and fruity with an undertone of caramel, more like liquor than beer. Aftertaste is sweet without being cloying.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.26/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear mahogany with a tiny off-white head. Soapy, prune and raisins aroma, with heavy ethyl. Unusually viscous feeling in the mouth, which only makes the beer taste heavier. It tastes like overripe apples and raisins. Second and third swigs did not improve my feelings. Very disappointed. I let the drain sample the rest.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.67/5  rDev -32.4%
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 Offa
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, rich, velvety doppelbock, the main weakness being that it is just a hair too sweet.

Deep orange-red, it has a small tan head that is creamy but soon dissipates to a lasting ring and wisps.

The aroma is floral, fruity, with turned plums, raisins, grapes, mild caramelized quality, overall quite nice.

The taste is wonderful, rich, sweet-spicey, oaky-woody with strong raisins, caremlized dried figs, turned plums, caramelly and fruity overall with nice, warming alcoholic-dried-fruit spiciness. It's quite sweet but so wonderful in feel and taste and so smooth, that this is ok.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The head, on pouring, was a creamy yellow, thick and mousse. The color of the body was slightly redish amber...almost a bourbon color.

Smell: There was a thick sweet syrupy presence. A jumble of fruits smells. Overall a somewhat eclectic collection.

Taste: There is a spicy character that meshed with a prune touch. Armoatic malts are detected. There is also a bite of alcohol that tends to come out during the midpoint of the flavor curve.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is surrounded by the alcohol and this tends to sit on the palate a little heavy. One interesting thing is that even with the stifling oppression of the palate I caught myself licking my lips to taste the sweetness of this brew. Interesting. This brew is good it taken by itself, however the pasting of the palate precludes suggesting to accompany anything but a heavy beef meal.

Drinkability: This very heavy alcohol presence keeps the drinkability down, however the lip licking sweetness if a wonderful suprise. This is an excellent sipping beer, but a poor session selection.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Spikes in SLO.
Poured a copper amber color with a small white head. Nose of malt and caramel. A powerful taste of malt and caramel and strong presence of both in the finish. The alcohol comes through as an after affect of the finsh. Nice flavor, but definately a sipper style, even if it does come in a six pack.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was light copper color, very clear, with almost no head at all. I guess I expected little head or head retention from an eisbock, so I can rate the appearance as average. The aroma is way above average though, a malt bomb with hints of doppelbock mixed with a little St Bernardus ABT 12. I didn't smell any alcohol but the doppelbock/ABT aroma promised it would be strong. And it was, the taste was strong sweet malts and alcohol, very tasty. The body was thick enough for the flavors to coat my mouth, very filling. Drinkability is average, I couldn't pound this or even go for a second beer. A very good beer which I'd recommend to malt lovers.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into goblet. A very nice amber (clear) color with somewhat thin head. Virtually no lacing or retention but a beautiful color. Smell was a bit off-putting as the dominate smell to me was alcohol, like straight up rubbing alcohol. Some sweet malt snuck in underneath the booze tones. Tastes was much better than smell, a very sweet and malty experience at first followed by a bit of fruit (cherries I swear) and melon followed by the alcohol. A very warming, whiskey like sensation as it goes down. Mouthfeel was thicker which seemed appropriate. Overall a good beer. The 11.2 oz's I had was enough but I could revisit this.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Green's, Ponce location, Atlanta, GA. Poured into a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: A reddish, copper-colored beer with a slightly off-white, one-finger head with decent staying power (given the alcohol level) and a ton of active, fine-bubbled, fast carbonation.

Aroma: Incredibly syrupy, thick, though without too many "distinct" malty notes - it just smells sweet, and thick. It's a roasted thick, caramelized, with heavy fructose hints and a few lighter fruity esters (pears) ... but by and large, yeah, just, thick.

Taste: EtOH + maple syrup = EKU 28. This one's a thick, burning bastard of a beer. Plenty of hot, spicy alcohol, though a lot of pleasant (if thick) malty and fruity notes. Caramel, toffee, raisins, pears, very overripe apples ... very clean. Heavy, fruity, malty, with an imperceptible hop bitterness, a few solventy notes. Hmmmm. Still, a pretty tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, heavy-bodied, but nice and even.

Drinkability: Drinkable? Hardly. Tasty? Sure. Well-hidden alcohol? Hardly. High alcohol? You better believe it. This is one monster of a beer, and though it's not the tastiest of beer (or the most well-hidden in terms of alcohol), it's not too shabby.

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

Pours a very clear amber with a short acting, thin head that all but disappears. Smells super sweet with notes of apples, hard candies, but also subtle hints of bananas and a deep overtone of the high alcohol content. The taste is almost as sweet as the smell. Candied apples, sugar cane and/or brown sugar. The alcohol taste hangs around on your tongue after the sweetness subsides which was expected yet not overbearing. My first experience with an eisbock was welcomed with open arms. I hope it's not the last. Long live high gravity!

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Photo of Deus1138
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I enjoyed this brew was at Taco Mac after I had already had a two other brews both weighing in at over 10% ABV, so a review at that time would have been...difficult.

Poured this one into a standard pint glass. Color is deep red, the beer is quite clear. A respectable amount of head, about an inch. Carbonation is quite impressive. I'm not a fan of highly carbonated beers, but the display of the bubbles in this brew is pretty cool.

Smell is quite strong. This is possibly one of the strongest smelling brews I've had. It's very sweet, but the sweetness has a very thick quality to it.

Taste is strong as well. This is a very malty sweet brew. Caramel sweetness dominates. It's very syrupy. Although you will detect the alcohol's presence, it's quite well hidden for an 11% brew.

Drinkability is great. This is one you'll enjoy, but enjoy slowly!

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

First of the style I've had..

Appearance: Looks good..pours an amber color. There is some carbonation. The amber is darkish, has some streaks of red in it when held up near light.

Aroma: Malts, caramel, some fruitiness. Smells a bit sweet.

Taste: Malts are powerful in this one, along with some caramel, and the alcohol is very present. Strong yes, but I'm still surprised its a 11% ABV...it seems less.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied, it has a bit of syrupy mouthfeel..it really coats the inside of the mouth. Goes down well.

Drinkability: Well the high ABV is a bit much, but it tastes good enough to have a couple.

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Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 21/10/09, served chilled in a large tulip-shaped wine glass. BTW, this is the first "Eisbock" that I'll have tasted in my life, so... Cheers!

A: pours a mythical dark reddish amber hue with great clarity and semi-lively carbonation, topped with a layer of off-white fluffy froth that gradually settles to a rim of foam.
S: aromatic fruity-malts dominate the nose, suggesting very sweet prunes, sultanas, tangerine-jam, aromatic black cherries and apples, exotic pineapple-syrup, sugar-cane juice, malt syrup, lots of raw-ish and gristy light-toasted maltis... Intense and focused, sweet but not cloying, extremely fruity overall... ringing a (huge) bell of English barley wine with an extra touch of clean texture.
T: the solid yet bl**dy smooth swallow is semi-oily, sweet prune-ish, sultana-ish, and apple-ly, with a layer of fine, aromatic malts constantly in the backdrop; then a sherry-like unique woody finish along with the semi-dry hop bitterness creep up, resulting in a second layer of dry-ish palate to contrast the main fruity theme of malts. In the finish, the lovely undertone of syrupy fruits and fine malts lingers freely...
M&D: this is by far the smoothest lager I've ever tasted... and where is the alcohol? I hadn't had any liquor or spirit before this drink, and yet I simply couldn't detect any bit of warming alcohol on the palate or down the throat. Besides, the finish is so elegant and balanced, showing no syrupy/sticky touch at all, making one wonder what has gone wrong/so great during the brewing of this lager?! Sip by sip off-guard, gradually I can feel the strength creeping up straight to the head, but never to the stomach, throat or palate... All in all, this is a well-crafted strong lager that, with a subtle flavour profile and well-disguised strength, is capable of melting a stubborn iceberg all in good time.

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Photo of csmiley
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber in color and crystal clear. The off white head ended up topping out at about half inch and was gone rather quickly. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S - Starts out with notes of caramel and burnt brown sugar. That fades quickly to reveal whole grain bread and buttered toast. Could be some raisin in there at the tail end. Alcohol is somewhat strong in the aroma.

T - Huge malt flavors out of the gate. Caramel, bread crust, toffee, and cane sugar just to name a few. Fruit shows a little stronger in the flavor with hints of raisin and fig. Alcohol definitely shows up midway to end and stays very warm. Flavor is big and malty overall.

M - Full bodied with average carbonation. Finish starts out very sweet but really heats up toward the end - given the alcohol content. A mild sweetness lingers for a while.

D - Drinkability is good. This beer is sweet enough and strong enough to make it hard to put down more than one at a time. Granted, that is exactly what to expect from an Eisbock. This one is a nice representation of the style.

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Photo of gerardoluna
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Eyes] Pours perfect amber color with Great creamy white head ( doesn't last long).
[Nose]Touch of Caramel, Malty, hoppy, cereal... full bodied, alcohol taste in deep...
[Mouth] Thick, full bodied, alcohol, and caramel in deep.The finish and Aftertaste is very malty sweet.

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

Thanks to Goliath for this extra!

A: Appearance is a dark colored amber, with minimal head of a nutty yellow color that dissipates completely after about 60 seconds.

S: really sweet syrupy, molassy, toffee aroma with an alcoholic tinge, like a port or sherry.

T&M: incredibly sweet and alcoholic. taste is heavy on the malt and alcohol. Carbonation is minimal, as expected. There's also some barley and other grains on the tongue. Overall a rich, sweet brew.

D: this one is definitely a sipper for a cold winter's night...doesn't work so well in the middle of summer, heh. This would actually be a good campfire beer.

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Photo of roblowther
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks absolutely drop-dead gorgeous. Color ranges from light copper to red with a thin dense off white head. Smell is mothwatering hops, sugar, and a lingering faint floral and oak note. Flavor is...wow. Sweet but not cloying. Hop accents, oranges, caramel, and a tangy finish. Mouthfeel is slick, a touch sticky, and just enough carbonation. Drinkability is limited by the intensity of the flavors and pronounced alcohol character. But still. Dang. Buy some. Today

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Photo of sfoley333
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Havent had on of these is some while so decided to pick up one at Ports bottle shop. Poured into delirium tremens glass. Pours a clear copper color with a finger size head that fades rather quickly to leave traces of foam and lacing. Smell is mixture of bannana, apple, carmel, and alcohol. The taste is great, with carmel apple flavors almost like a jolly rancher. While there is a little heat, it is hidden very well all the same. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and slight stickness. For the style a great drinking eisbock but this one can make for a rough night if not careful.

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Photo of JamesS
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish amber color with decent head and lacing. It has a very deep, extremely malty, scent, with nice caramel overtones. A wonderful taste, very deep and thick, huge maltiness, with a great fig-caramel flavor. It goes down a bit thick, but not rough. A wonderful high gravity beer, a new favorite of mine.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich golden brown with fluffy white head

sweet, malty aroma with apples and slight citrus. faint notes of bready malt

sweet malt upfront with slight fruit notes mainly the apples, and slight lemon. good biscuity malt body with nice dry hops on the finish

light, smooth, no trace of the alcohol, and just the right amount of sweetness

a great beer, lots of smooth balanced flavors and no trace of the abv.

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Photo of giblet
1.62/5  rDev -59%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

back the truck up...i either missed something or got a bad bottle of this. it poured well of copper tones with about three quarters head. nice carbonation. the smell was of skunked alcohol and metal. the taste was awful. tasted like old time stale cough medicine with metal twinge. i guess i will have this again with all the better reviews i may have missed something.

sorry but not for me.

giblet

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

Pours perfect amber. Glorious! Think white head doesn't last long.

Nose is very spirit like. Reminds me of Macallan, maybe Glenkinchie single malt.

Thick, full bodied, alcoholic warmth, and caramel infused syrupy.

Warm and honeyed towards the finish. Aftertaste is very malty sweet.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right from the start this is a fine beer. It pours a very good looking amber with just a thin bit of lace lining the top.

Smell is something of a sweet, along the lines of caramel, candy of some sort. There's definitely quite a bit of alcohol involved as well. But not overpowering.

Taste is pretty decent, definitely caramel, alcohol a bit of maltiness. Really a decent tasting beer.

Mouthfeel leaves a little bit to be desired. It's a little on the sticky side and it was a little too flat for my tastes. It doesn't break the beer, but could be better.

Overall I would drink this beer again, without hesitation. That said, I think one in an evening, especially given it's high alcohol content, is more than enough.

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

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Clear deep amber hue with a bubbly light tan, one finger tall head, that slowly settles to a bubbly rim.

A syrupy, very candy like aroma. Part of it is from the strong alcohol aroma.

The sweet candy taste repeats iteslf in the flavor. It's almost like liquid gummi bears. The alcohol is well perceived. Full bodied, the carbonation is mid-range, not fizzy, but not too low. It had a bit of a syrupy quality to it. The finish is the lingering candy-like fruit flavor.

Certainly a strong bock. Basically a concentrated version of the style with part of the water frozen out. Not bad, not the most drinkable beer, but enjoyable.

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