EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
3.95/5
Very Good
714 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:
#5,842
Reviews:
467
Ratings:
714
pDev:
14.94%
Bros Score:
4.47
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
72
Trade:
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Ratings: 714 |  Reviews: 467
Photo of Bruno74200
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This strong doppelbock makes the choice of booziness over flavor. Which makes it quite a sipper. Some toffee and ester notes. Still somehow enjoyable.

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Photo of Jpinoniemi
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Mstrand15
2.1/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, dark fruit, and raisin flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid aromas and rich and boozy flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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

Photo of sendsilk
2.61/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Lare453
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of arini10
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monk2021
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chico1985
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothin' like a big ol doppy-bock on a hot summer day...

A - 330ml poured to a Westy chalice of sorts. Color is kind of a dark orange/brownish, small off-white head forms and fades to a slight ring quite quickly, and later nothingness.

S - Dark bread, leafiness, caramel-drizzled apricot, brown sugar, some banana, strongish alcohol. On the faint side but pretty nice and interesting.

T - First thing noticeable in the taste is alcohol and quite a bit of it. Lots of caramel, toast, fruit, and some nutty malt. Kind of a rum feel to it. Good but seems like there's less flavors/more booze-fusels going on here than the nose.

M - Definitely malty but really isn't very smooth considering the style. Lots of foamy carbonation, big warming alcohol is kind of a flavor in itself but pretty distracting overall. 330 solo goes slooow.

O - I kind of like the idea of ultra-warming sipper 11% doppelbocks, but the malts here just don't stand up to the alcohol presence. Decent but just plain hot, and/therefore pretty plain flavors as well. Ironically their eisbock is much smoother and less ABV.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of craftaholic
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant amber gold under a 3” off-white foam collar that dissipates to a thin film.
S: Rich bread, malt spice, light spice from hops, alcohol.
T: A big malty presence and big alcohol struggle for balance with light spice from grains and hops observing from the sidelines.
F: Full body and below average carbonation.
O: A wonderful, massive beer with big robust flavor and alcohol.

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

This was one of first beers that I bought as a "just to try" awhile ago (before I became a member) and I had remembered it as just being a strong beer though I do remember liking it.

However, since I had had a multitude of beers since then, I decided that I needed to try it again to give it a proper rating. As you can tell from the rating, I do still like it quite a bit, though I'm not 100% on the doppelbock classification. It could be that I haven't had enough doppelbocks to truly grasp the category or it could be that this is just in a category of its own (I would lean that way).

It's not really all that sweet until you get to almost the very end of the swallow and then a bit of bitterness sticks around for a little while on the aftertaste. In all honesty it doesn't have much of a taste up front as all of the action seems to happen toward the end of each drink as it's not until the aftertaste that you truly get the flavor and an appreciation of the malt. It's a very interesting and complex beer.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Malt and alcohol. Sweet, but not overly so. Proves that you don't need to cram a ton of hops into a beer to make it tasty and satisfying. If there was a such thing as Samichlaus Light, I imagine it would taste like this. Try it if you can find it.

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Photo of derkfromwi
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Foxybrau
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Whoa. This must be a beer like no other. I'll let everyone else pick out the details, this beer is underrated, the brothers have it right. World class. The nose is...beer! We spend hours coming up with adjectives and descriptors for all sorts of brews while 28 just flat out nails it. It smells like beer, it tastes like beer- sweet, sharp, grain, and booze. It packs of punch of alcohol that seems to carry a tiny note of every beer you've ever had. It's plenty thick on the palate and more complex than most. German copper totes the load, this ones a stud.

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Photo of FarmerHowdy
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer had great flavor, strong but not bitter and easy to go down. Would highly recommend

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Photo of AllanPatchin1016
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of losdizzel
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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