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 Metalmonk
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper-caramel brown with a tiny head that sat on top for a couple minutes before disappearing completely. No lace.

There's a raw malt aroma (like an open can of homebrew malt before use), plus a generous alcohol presence. Some caramel too, but not much else coming through.

The flavor is incredible: licorice, honey, caramel all swirling together, enhanced by a balanced alcohol bite that warms throughout mouth and nose. Smooth like sherry. A great rounded feel in the mouth, full and hefty, a bit creamy, not too heavy.

With 11% ABV, this is clearly an occasional sipping beer. Not one to drink in multiples, but a fine indulgence every now and then.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful red amber color, almost looks like a nice liqour. No head on this thicker beer.

S - Reminds me of Dogfish's Worldwide Stout in the nose, raisins and dark fruits. Very sugary and sweet.

T - Starts out very sweet and fruity, and ends quite refreshing, very odd. It is an wierd sensation, but I really like it, the 11% is almost entirely disguised.

M - A little syrupy, but as much as you'd think. Ever so slight touch of alcohol warming as it goes down. It is actually a very calm beer in the mouth.

D - Very high, this beer is a delight to drink, the real only drawback is the 11% ABV and reason it keeps me from drinking more.

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

Poured this beer form a bottle into a tall mug.

A-This beer pours a thick muddy reddish brown color with a clear body and a thin tan head that fades quickly

S- The nose is pungent with hints roasted nuts, oak, raisins, and liquorish perhaps. I swear that I can smell the alcohol?

T- This beer is slightly sweet with the taste of figs, roasted grains, and maybe dates. Very warming and very powerful you can feel the warmth spread.

M- This has a medium-heavy mouthfeel that sets flat on the tongue.

D- This is a very drinkable beer which is why it can be dangerous. I nearly put myself in a coma drinking this at a German beerfest one year. It’s addictive.

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Photo of oracle
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer arrived in a tall narrow EKU glass.

Beer was a medium copper color, with very slight head that left no lacing at all.

Smell was all about the malts and the not inconsiderable alcohol. Pleasant but nothing really stands out.

The taste is more of the same, a complex mash of malts and sweet undertones.

Not my favorite style, but a decent beer nevertheless.

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Photo of ChuckD
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this just after the Aventinus. 11.2oz bottle poured into a weizen. Slight off-white lacing, light and airy atop a dark brown/orange body.

To the nose, it's all about malt sweetness and alcohol. Both are prevalent - with some spices in the back somewhere. Not a very consistent aroma.

In the mouth, the malts come alive and hit you with complex sweet tastes all over. The alcohol is all over - tempering some of the sweetness but not overpowering it. Litte to no hop character.

The feel is great. The fullness of the malts are kept in check by a crisp carbonation that stays for almost the entire drink. It creates a light feel to this motherlode of a beer. The finish is mostly alcohol esters - but nice and organic.

Musings: Another kick=ass eisbock. A great cold weather brew because it is highly warming. Not as consistent and stable from a malt standpoint as the Aventinus, but still a worthwhile find.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an EKU glass a deep copper to light amber color with 2 fingers of light tan head over top that is maintained by a solid cascade of bubbles from the bottom. Very good clarity as well. Nose is pretty big and bold on this. Very syrupy sweet raisin to fig fruityness sits over a light puff of alcohol and light candied fruit sweetness as well, lending more to that syrupy or processed sugary sweetness. I like it. Flavor is not quite as bold as the nose, but still very full. The dark fruity notes are dominant, with fig coming through the strongest. There is a nice toastyness to it after swallowing, followed by just a hint of alcohol, but not burn. Not something I could drink too much of, but I enjoy it. Feel on this brew is beyond thick...I don't even think syrupy is enough to describe it. No real carbonation is detectable to break that incredible thickness up. Its too much for me in the mouthfeel. Drinkability is just okay as well, but this is not a beer to be pounded. Its enjoyable, but a once in a while treat.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is incredibily smooth, for being 11%, got me a 6pk at champange's in warren for $7.99!
pours a deep dark copper with a thinest sheet for a head i have ever seen.
the aroma is very malty, i get swwet carmelized malt, hint of candied fruit.
the flavor is very malty, carmelized malt, spice, a cognac hint., lingering figish flavor.
mouthfeel is very thick, surypy, good.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eisbock poured into a tulip it forms a decent head that fades rapidly into an outer edge ring. Trace bits of lacing. Not shocked considering the 11% alcohol. Brown, light fine carbonation.

Comes across with a ton of caramel, deep rich malted presence. some fruitiness that is a nice balancer. Pretty sweet tasting, Alcohol fits perfectly to clean things up a bit and warm my belly. Raisin...nahh more plumb fig type taste rings true towards the middle.

Perfect nightcapper material. I enjoyed this more as it warmed a bit....If I get really beer geeked out I'd reccommend this around 55 degrees or thereabouts. Pick up a sixer next time you see it.

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Photo of walleye
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pour amber with light tan head some lacing. aroma malt,fruity and alcohol.mouth feel was slick .had a vanilla alcohol taste. did not care for this one. at the time I had this I thought the alcohol was a little too much for me. I will rerate this a a later date but for now did not care for this

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

Aged approximately 18 months. 33cL bottle imprinted with 00.00.17 (significance unknown) on label.

A bold, pure amber in color with a decent sized off-white head after an aggressive pour. The head fades almost completely away shortly thereafter, leaving a half-dollar sized layer of bubbles over part of the surface, fed only by a few slow streams of carbonation.

Aroma is very strong, with a strong presence of dark rum and ripe raisins, as well as sticky caramel.

I was actually a little hesitant to take my first sip, but it's surprisingly smooth. The alcohol is big - there's no doubt about that, and it burns nicely in the back of the throat - but the brew doesn't turn my tastebuds inside out like I might have thought. It's much more drinkable than some friends have suggested, which potentially could be an effect of the aging. I'm not sure.

The flavors echo the aroma - heavy on the sweet, warm rum, dark, ripe fruits, and touches of sticky, syrupy caramel. It feels heavy and creamy on the tongue.

This is a body-warming beer for sipping and enjoying, and would be an excellent companion while weathering a winter storm.

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

Appearence - Poured a brilliant amber with little to no carbonation, rather interesting.

Smell - Smell's like spiced rum, really potent appeasing smell.

Taste - Tastes just like it smell's, something I can only relate to rum, very sweet taste, kinda like brown sugar.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth, can taste the alcohol burn in there, leaves a dry aftertaste.

Drinkability - I would drink more then 1 in a session if given the opportunity, but its a potent beer at 11% abv. Overall I really enjoyed this beer, moreso then I thought I would.

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Photo of whynot44
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium bodied, sticky texture, clear amber color with no real head.

The aroma is malty, fruity with a touch of caramel or molasses.

The taste starts out sweet caramelly malt then heavy vinous fruitiness - figs, plums, apples, cherry and a bit of banana - juicy fruit. The alcohol warmth hits in the middle and becomes very noticeable in the finish with a lingering peppery sweetness. This definitely has more in common with a port or sherry wine than with the usual light lager. Makes imperial stout and barleywine seem like light beer, taste and alcohol content are both a bit over the top, serious brew! Not for everybody. This stuff could hurt a light beer drinker.

A little sweet and sticky for my taste but If you like BIG beers give this a try.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a random pick at the LC the other day. I had no idea what this was, but now that I know it's an Eisbock, I'm really excited! 500ML can poured into a snifter. I'll be honest, I have really no experience with this style, I'm eager to start.

Beautiful pour! Deep, almost blood-red colour. Bubbles stick to the glass, nice carbonation, little head that subsides quickly but then reminds me of a glass of brandy. The nose is just chock full of wonderful dark fruity flavour. Plums and caramel, bready with a hint of alcohol. I could just sit here and smell this beer for a long time and be happy....

Taste is unbelievably heady with sweet malts, cherry, caramel, pleasantly alcoholic. Normally this might be a bit sweet for me, but the flavours feel so well balanced I can overlook that. Feels so heavy and thick in the mouth, creamy but not soft, great carbonation. If this wasn't so high in ABV, I could drink a few of these tonight. This is one classy beer, and if this is indicative of the style, bring more of these on!

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Photo of JISurfer
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh, the other eisbock by Kulmbacher is better. This, to me, was a bit more toned down on the taste/smell catagory. It's just not as pungent as the other. Sure, the alcohol is friggin' strong as crap, which is cool, but it just overpowered the taste too much. It'll definately keep you warm on those cold winter days, but other than that, it's not that great.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle with some code on the back - served lightly chilled in a snifter. It pours a clear rusty/bronze color with a 1 finger tan head that leaves some lacing, but recedes to nothing by the end. The aromas are sweet fruit, caramel, toasted malts, raisins/dark fruits?, a hint of alcohol, and a lot of dried banana. I passed it to my sister and after sniffing the first word she said was "banana." It has a body that is thick and smooth and banana is also the dominant flavor - almost like banana nut bread. But it's shadowed by a sweetness, spices?, chocolate?, and a mild bitterness, which all meld nicely. Not terribly complex, but it's pretty good and I could have put away another one fairly easily.

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Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was once the strongest beer on the market. It's good, and certainly a huge step-up from malt liquor, but it wasn't as good as I had expected.

A: Clear copper/orange-amber, initially a little off-white head, no retention.

S: Sherry-like alcohol and fruit.

T: Malty and sweet. Alcohol is assertive throughout. I didn't find much depth to the flavour, but it was quite nice.

Strangely, I had another bottle which was quite different. It was still a little syrupy, but not sweet at all... and the bitterness was VERY assertive (more like a big American brew).

M: Moderate body (impressive for its strength) is slightly syrupy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: Alcohol flavour is a little over-the-top.

[I had another bottle of this when I was in Heidelburg, and wasn't as impressed... so I averaged my scores].

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to deBeers for this one...solid trader.
Pours a beautiful bright mahogany with two full fingers of off-white head which fizzles away to just a fine layer within minutes.
The smell is terrific...a boatload of cherries, some raisins, and sweet red grapes.
Taste is enjoyable...heavily malted to sweeten this one up, but not too much. A nice dose of hops to add a slight bitterness and the alcohol does show up in the flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation could be a bit lower...either way, this is a sipper and perfect for this time of year. This one warms you up nicely and lets you know to respect the abv. Another solid offering from Kulmbacher.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
2.46/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Sunset Bar and Grill:

I want to begin by noting that I love Eisbocks (see my review of Kurlmbacher). This eisbock, however, I did not enjoy.

Overly sweet - and then more sweet. Coupled with the high alcohol, I felt like I was drinking dimetap, infused with something borrowed from Palmeiro or Sosa. This shit was over-the-top. The alcohol presence was flat out overwhelming and the only thing to balance it was syrupy sweetness. I struggled to get through the 13oz pour. No head on this bad boy - barely any carbonation at all. The nose was basically more of the same.

Sorry my review isn't as specific as it could be. Didnt take great mental notes while drinking. However, the fact remains, at least on tap this one is nasty. Stay away.

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Photo of MarineHokie
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 10 oz tulip @ The Moan & Dove.

A- Oddly bright, slightly syrupy, copper color. Thin, dense, white head stayed almost unitl the end with sticky thin lacing.

S- Candied fruit and fortified wine.

T- Alcohol forward, sweet thick and warm almost like rum punch. Dates/raisons hit the back of the palate.

M- Thick and heavy.

D- One is plenty due to the strong flavors and very apparent alcoholic content. Savored the complexity for almost an hour

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Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Selection from beer-of-the-month club. Shared with fellow BA mtanji. Poured a deep ruby red liquid with sparse white head that quickly dissapeared. Smell is very heavy malt fruitiness with figs, gates, cherries, prunes and just about any dark fruit you can think of present. Distinct alcohol presence (as would be expected). Taste is sweet and syrupy, with a coat-the-mouth feeling. Malt completely takes over with an over-ripe dark fruit. Alcohol is there, but is well hidden, which increases the drinkability of this beer. Definitely a slow sipping beer, because as it warms, the flavors become more intense. Would make an great after dinner drink.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Well now, this is an Eisbock, a german beer. However, the servers at my locale decided that rather than serving it with head and cold, they would serve it from a beer engine. Warm german beer is not something to be countenanced. I have no doubt that this beer would taste great if it were 1) cold and 2)had head.

But you can't always get what you want, can you? So, instead I was left with a beer that tasted like cherry cough syrup. Kinda felt like cherry cough syrup too. Since I like a malty beer the latter was fine but the former was just plain nasty.

Lemme try this one again sometime from the bottle. Maybe I'll have more positive things to say.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is number 2 in its category for reviews, behind aventinus. i have tried both and i think this one is less intense, i'm not sure which i prefer, but aventinus definitely made more of an impression, (maybe because it was the first eisbock i've tried)
looks a very clear, dark maroon, absolutely no head.
smells intense. fresh baked whole-wheat bread, licorice, wine, malty.
tastes like 11% abv. this is almost wine. dont get me wrong, i like it. tastes good, lots of flavor. big and chewy on the tongue, you can almost feel the alcohol in your nose, even something more in the aftertaste, a nice dry finish ... ok i gotta admit, i'm eating crackers, ham and cheese with this. giving it the red wine treatment.
is there anything wrong with that? i dont think so. just not my idea of a regular everyday drinkable beer, so it loses points for drinkability. i dont dramatically want another, but i dont regret the time i spent with this brew.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a wide mouth goblet from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Rich copper with reddish hues, dark and rich glow. Well carbonated and strong white head with excellent retention and solid lacing of the glassware.

Smell: Wow, very complex mix of dried fruit, port wine, mollases, and warm bready malts. Sweet and dark.

Taste: Warm alcohol up front, with raisins, mollases syrup, and complimentary hop backdrop. Very sweet, warm, and complex. This is a strong beer.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy, with a pleasant alcohol warmth. Has a syrupy feel about it, almost adhesive (never used that word in a beer review before!)

Drinkability: Not something I'd pair with food, except perhaps a rich dessert or a good pipe or cigar ... this eisbock is hard to categorize, but definitely something to be treated like an after dinner warmer, or a digestif. Very port-like. Too powerful for a compliment to another item ... drink it alone (without other food items, that is, not by yourself!) On the contrary, at 11% APV, you might want to have someone else around for sure.

A very interesting, hard to define, selection. Looking for something different ... this is it! One of the most unique beers I've sampled to date.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 3 Dec 16
11.2 oz. Bottle
Bottle Code: 2517194

Been A Long Time Coming!

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark golden clean/clear amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice quick/fizzy/creamy off-white head, which leave basically no sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, some fruityness. The taste is very nice, malty, very nice sweetness, with some dark fruits (grapes, cherries, figs, plums). Fully body, ABV almost non-existent. a complex brew. Overall, glad to see this one around here. Recommended!

Pours a beautiful golden color with nice carbonation, the head fades quickly, no lacing at all. Scents of sweet fruit, malt. Nice sweet taste with a bit of alcohol behind it, finishes dry and sweet. Medium body. Very drinkable, sweet, but not to sweet, alcohol is hidden pretty well at 11% ABV, would recommend.

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

Now playing: Phil Lawrence "The Sheik of Araby" (S9 Radio)

Pours into the glass a deep honey-ruby color, with an off-white tight two finger head that quickly disapates to a head that just covers the brew, but doesn't break.

Now Playng: The Talking Heads "City of Dreams" (S9 Radio)

As I go to smell it, the head breaks...pour a little more to kick it up and.... Strong alcohol nose- almost a pungent licorice aroma, with some papaya and orange, and a spicy undertone.

The flavour has some of the licorice notes, but thinnner and flatter- and not unpleasantly so. This change in the quality is good for the flavour. It's a bit woody on the end, with some alcohol rising just at the end. Veyr nice. Not a beer that attacks your mouth- but rather, one that feels like it was designed to fit inside.

The carbonation rises quickly at the front (a medium carbonation), then falls quickly, revealing a slightly thick but not syrupy liquid.

Now Playing: The Asylum Street Spankers "I Don't Wanna" (S9 Radio)

I give this one top numbers on drinkability. It just FEELS right to me. 11% be damned...I'd still drink it all night. Just be kind to me, and take my car keys from me.

Be well

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 710 ratings
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