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 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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Photo of DmanGTR
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a clear, deep amber red with a short lived 1/2" tan head in an Ommegang goblet. Rising bubbles maintained a small cap for a while.

S - caramel malts, fruity plums and raisins, molasses, and a light hint of alcohol. Biscuits are apparent as well. Overall nose was a tad weak but smelled beautifully, which is why it is not a 5.

T - Initial pale malts, toffee and hops become fruity and juicy. Finishes bittersweet with a nice lingering alcoholic aftertaste. Relatively bitter for a doppelbock.

M - medium bodied, well carbonated. Quite smooth.

D - decent drinkability but very alcoholic.

Overall - I think this beer could use a few more years in the cellar. The alcohol and bitterness is still quite high. I think the bouquet would greatly improve with age, as would the overall character of the beer. Still, a lovely beer.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with from an 11.2oz bottle, with a pretty good degree of effervescence. A muted orange / brown color, see-through. Creamy head, not much came from the pour. Cap varies from nothing to fairly thick, and it displays a nice ring.

The nose is malty and sweet, fruity. Prunes and apples. Some alcohol spice evidences itself - just a tiny bit - at the tail end of the aroma.

Well, despite the alcohol's restrained presence in the smell, quite a large bit of the taste profile is alcohol, throughout it all. Only slight alcohol spicing, but ethanol flavor. Other flavors are marked by their being surrounded by alcohol. Raisins are in here, I would liken it to brandied raisins. There is a sweet, maple-y sensation. Initially I braced myself against the alcohol, because it is such a large presence, but after having gotten used to it I must say that it works with the other flavors very well.

Not all that thick, but with a somewhat chewy feel. A hint of syrup in the feel as it warms. Belied by the sharp alcohol. There are some nice contrasts in this beer.

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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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