EKU 28 | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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704 Ratings
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 plaztikjezuz
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +7.7%
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 -24.7%
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 +3.8%
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 +7.7%
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 -14.3%
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 +12.2%
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 -21.4%
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 +6.4%
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 -4.3%
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 +1.3%
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 -37.2%
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 -8.7%
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 -0.5%
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 -43.9%
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 -3.8%
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 -3.8%
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 +13%
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 +15.3%
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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Photo of silver0rlead
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, deep amber with copper hues and a thin off-white head that dissapates almost immediately, typical strong lager appearance. Aroma is intensely sweet with caramel, brown sugar and molasses scents, as well as some toffee and a light floral and mineraly hops accent plus a nice alcohol punch. Flavor is similar with a cloying sweetness that distracts from other characteristics, with notes of honey, molasses and caramel and some toasted bread, floral and mineraly hops, some oaky and vanilla flavors, some slight fruity esters and a moderate alcohol burn in the finish. Extremely sweet and one dimensional, but interesting nonetheless, more like a carbonated liquor than a beer but thats ok. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish with a big alcohol punch.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unexpectedly sweet – almost mead-like – but with a light and busy body. The name sounds like an oil additive, but I enjoyed this beer for its spry carbonation and golden grain color. The smell was cidery and sweet.

I don’t think I could drink too many of these, as it runs a bit too sweet for my tastes, though the toasted graininess is very kind. Surprised to see no yeasts in the bottle.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must admit that EKU 28 is one of my favorite nightcaps. This strong lager starts beckoning the drinker as soon as the bottle cap is cracked [Hiss!]. The initial release of carbonation unleashes an array of intoxicating aromas that are truly devine. This one is best served cool (45-48F) in a logo cognac snifter. The deep orangish-copper color is contrasted nicely by a cream colored head that dissappears rather quickly. The intense ripe fruitiness of dried apricots & orange zest lead the wonderfully intoxicating nose out of the glass.

The first sip reveals a nectar richness with some creamy "butter brickle" & "Grand Marnier" notes. 28 is very full-bodied with an extended sweet; almost syrupy finish that lingers. The rich creamy sweetness is underscored slightly by an unobtrusive bitterness and clean "cognac" laced finish. The last sip is even better than the first.

Take special care to serve this V.S.O.P. lager in its appropriate glass (a cognac snifter), so as to properly enjoy all of the wonderful nuances. Pair 28 with a hearty marinated beefsteak, wild game stew, or even enjoy it after a piece of rich marbled chocolate-cheesecake. Definitely worth seeking out and cellaring a few bottles for, "Whenever something good and strong is needed."

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall chalice)

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

S- The roasted malt nose is blended with a hint of oak and raisins with a faint hint of dates. No hops noted.

T- This beer has a slight sweetness to the roasted malt flavor. Some dark raisin notes at the finish

M- This has a pretty full body with some alcohol warmth in the finish.

D- This has good complexity for a high alcohol lager. The dried fruit and dark malt could be a bit more complex. It is very smooth and it doesn't taste like an 11% ABV but the malts add a nice balance to what alcohol you do taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rich O's Gravity Head '08

Sweet and malty as a Dopple, but light in color, with fewer melanoidins and less 'meaty'. Drinkable and pleasurable as sweet beers get.

August 17, 2005: Bottle:

Drank at the local German bar. The locals thought I was crazy for ordering it. Briliantly clear copper-orange color with golden highlights thrown in. Low carbonation and lacing, but nice legging on the glass. Smells sharply sweet, alcoholic, and estery. Flavors are sweetly malty and fruity. Not a lot of different flavors, but the ones that are present are very powerful. Pruits of peaches and apricots. Syrup and caramel flavors share the remaining characters. Low on spices, hops, and robustness. Smooth and silky to the mouth. Full and round. Alcohol warming in the finish. Just slight of becoming cloying and dry. A good beer, If you like them sweet.

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Photo of SwillBilly
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep amber, almost red like the color of a light cranberry juice. Head was minimal and retension was short lived.

Very sweet, malty aroma. Hints of fresh fruit, possibly apricots.

Taste is very sweet and alcoholic with a think, syrupy mouthfeel. Leaves a fairly strong alcohol finish.

Not bad, but too sweet for me. The high abv % and sweetness would make this an ideal apertif beer. Not a beer that I could drink more than one.

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EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
3.92 out of 5 based on 704 ratings.
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