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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Reviews: 176
Hads: 268
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 20
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-15-2002

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Photo of KonigObHops
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After pouring, the beer's color is similar to that of a cola, and it has a white head about one finger width.

The aroma is straight earthy malt.

The initial taste is extremely mild. In the middle, you can taste some maltiness, and the beer finishes smooth.

The mouthfeel is also extremely smooth.

There just wasn't much to this beer. It was a bit too smooth all the way around, and lacked the complexity that other Dunkels have. (434 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Liked this one. Pours a caramel-colored brown with an 1 inch of foam. Slight sweetness in the nose with maybe a hint of the typical German import "green bottle" skunk. Not much lace or retention with this. Taste is nice and easy drinking: simple. A bit of sweetness upfront, without much in the way of bitterness. Definitely a great adjunct lager replacement that would seemingly pair unassumingly with a variety of food types. May consider giving this a tryout for a slot in my regular 6pack stockage/rotation. (520 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear cola brown, topped with a rocky medium-tan head. Very good lacing, and good head retention.

Nose is a blast of skunky Noble hops and sweet, sweet dark malt. Classic! A bit of a metallic tang... lighter notes of ripe plum and prune.

Sweet and lightly-bittersweet on the first sip, and there's a tanginess here, a note of cherry (and even of cherry cough syrup medicinal - eek!) astride that bittersweetness, but you might miss it depending upon where your palate is at -- mine is very clear and balanced as I review this.

The 'skunked' of skunky hops really don't interfere too much with the flavor, and for many aficianados of (German) imports they expect some skunkiness out of their 'green bottled' imports, and after many years of beergeekery on the internet, I'm sure we all know why there's a connection (and if you are not aware of the connection, try a a google search for: Green glass skunked beer.)

The note of plum really is the highlight of the dark malt used in this recipe, and it is reminiscent of the more assertive dark fruit notes you might find in a good doppelbock. As it is, this one straddles the bock/doppelbock divide at 6.5%, and does it well: fuller in body than many American bock renditions (including "Shiner Bock" and "Moza Bock", a personal favorite from Guatemala), but not too full that you can't have more than one e.g. 12oz pour (or bottle) in a sitting.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Light scrubbing from the carbonation, and not overly carbonated.

It's a nice beer, and altogether this is very much the same beer as I remember it being so long ago; 1992 may not have been it's first year in the U.S. market, but it's the first year that I dropped $11.99 on a six of it (a lot of money for me at the time!) It is a good example --but not great-- of the style, and is a benchmark of sorts, which is why I was still seeing it pop-up on BJCP certification style guides ten years ago. ;) (1,954 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: fresh wort;

T: a little toast, then molasses that lasts through the finish; virtually no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyable, but not very complex; (276 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tootsie pop orange with a thick shortbread head and nice lacing. Caramel malt lurks under a firm Noble Hops bouquet. Sweet malt balanced with strong hops, a touch of toasted/ burnt caramel at the end. The bottle may have been skunked but that doesn't detract for me. Sticky mouthfeel appropriate for the style, might have preferred a bit more carbonation. I want to buy a case so there is no light striking this ultra tasty beer. (429 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Strong golden amber colour with decent C)2 activity in the glass. Raises a rocky head that eventually dies to a lace cover and leaves remnants of sticky clumping lace.

Smell - caramel and Toffee aromas rise from the glass, when agitated there is also a faint whiff of prune and raisin and a nip of boozy solvent.

Taste - Prune with raisin and caramel kick in first. The caramel is closer to a burnt toffee as you work your way down the glass. There is quite a boozy element to the backbone of this beer that rides through the whole experience. there is also some light hop bitter nip in the back end of the taste but this beer largely works on its malt profile.

MF - full bodied with a deep linger but unfortunately a finish that leans towards the cloying end of the scale.

Overll - A pretty decent beer this one has strong boozy flavour that does detract from the other elements slightly and a cloying finish. Having said that there is a good malt profile and if given this beer again I would not turn it down! (1,028 characters)

Photo of Roser
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- clear. Amber, copper. Good amount of bubbles. Small bone white head that lasted a bit. Not much lacing.

S- clean, malty. Not a whole lot going on here.

T- malt and cola. Sweet. Bready aftertaste. Subtle bitterness.

M- light body. Light carbonation. Creamy.

O- just OK (for me). Might be that I'm just not a bock guy. Won't be having again.

Cheers! (355 characters)

Photo of Kanger
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Amber (slightly golden) and Clear. Not much head which disappeared quickly. Tight bubbles.

Smell - The smell of Malts and with a little sweetness to it.

Taste - A very bready malty taste with a slight caramel flavor. A little bitterness, though the sweetness came through once it warmed up a little bit.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with a dry finish. Medium body. Lingers on the palate a little while.

Overall - To me, this is the standard for the flavor profile of a bock beer.

Serving Type: 11.2 oz bottle

Note: I'm not much a bock drinker so I'm adjusting to these kinds of flavors. (596 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber body; clear; no real head on the pour

Aroma: sweet and malty

Taste: Sweet, malty, followed by hoppy bitterness

Remarks: One of my earlier beer reviews; scoring info not that complete

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (269 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Very sticky lacing on this covers the entire glass though out with a opaque colored head. Beer itself is a mildly hazy bright amber brown.

S - Vibrant toasted malts, bready dough, and caramel malts. Some sour apple too but it's very faint.

T - Starts off sweet with toasted bread and dough covered in caramel. Mid palate the hops become slightly noticeable with an herbal sort of English twang and the finish is only mildly dry with fruity yeasts. Great bock.

M - Drinks with a medium body slightly chewy with a creamy mouth feel.

Overall quite a treat for a discounted 2 dollar purchase. In fact I think I like it more than the winter bock since the ABV is more session able. (684 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: "Code Number L1048061004" stamped on label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Einbecker's Ur-Bock Dunkel is one of the better bocks I have been able to try, full of robust caramel and toasted bread flavors, but also well-balanced by an intriguing selection of European hops that add bittering, peppery, and herbal flavor to the beer. While the beer's appearance and mouthfeel were about average, its flavor was excellent and the aroma was quite enjoyable, too. Out of the bottle, this was a very nice offering, a bock I would pick up again. Fresh from the brewery's taps, I imagine this to be excellent.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white to beige foam, which is made up of an assortment of small, medium, and large-size bubbles, creating a sudsy dishwater-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting a minute and a half, before settling to a thin film atop the body of the beer. The lacing that is left is minimal, a few small lines and dots alongside the perimeter of the glass. Beer's body is a dark copper color, light bringing out brighter, reddish-orange copper hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, though it is fairly minimal.

Nose is of pleasant toasted malts, giving this a caramel sweetness and toasted bread aroma, with a bit of European hop bitterness, pepperiness, and herbal-ness. Very pleasant, could be a bit stronger, but subdued works as well.

Tasting opens with caramel-like malt sweetness, fairly deep and intense. Mid-palate finds continued caramel-like sweetness, but adds in a bit of complexity with toasted bread flavors and noticeable hop bitterness and dried herbal flavors, acting as an interesting counterweight to the prominent malt characters. Back of palate picks up caramel and bread flavors that are well-balanced by European hop bitterness, spiciness, and dried herb components. The beer at this point has come from near total sweetness to half sweetness and half bitterness. Lingering aftertaste of bittering European hops atop much subdued caramel and toasted malt sweetness. Very excellent taste with notable transitions and flavors.

Beer is medium-bodied with low levels of carbonation, leading this to have a smooth, though slightly stagnant mouthfeel. Some more carbonation would not be problematic, and this beer's weight could certainly handle it. Closes quite dry, with surprisingly little stickiness across the palate. (2,427 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of bready malts, caramel malts and raisins are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is quite malty with a light amount of bitterness and subtle hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: This is beer is a good representation of the style and is also quite easy to drink compared to other bocks. (643 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A medium copper with exceptional clarity and a persistent off-white head.

S: This has a moderate malty aroma with a crusty bread, melanoidins and a light toasted noted. There are no hops present nor diacetyl, just a clean lager fermentation.

T: The flavor is right to style with a rich, complex malt flavors of crusty bread and toast with a light caramel note. There is just enough hop bitterness to balance the malt flavors but it still leans towards the sweet side with a malt sweetness that continues into the finish. It's still a well attenuated beer. No hops.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderatly low carbonation and just a touch of warming.

O: This beer is a malt forward beer with a little sweetness but an overall good balance. (745 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark orange with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and some slight soy sauce notes. Taste is of toasted malt and some burnt caramel and toffee flavors. There is a slight alcohol kick with each sip. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a better taste than smell in my opinion. (588 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel has a thin-to-medium, off-white head and a somewhat cloudy, amber appearance, with a good amount of thick lacing and some streaming, tiny bubbles. The aroma is of musty, sweet, slightly-turned fruit (think of green apples), and the taste is similar, but with an added hop bitterness at the end of the sip and in the undertaste. Also, one picks up a pretty strong alcohol feel, which evokes brandywine. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel finishes semi-dry, ragged, and fairly head banging. Overall, I think this was probably a bottle that was a few years old, but, nonetheless, it is good.

RJT (647 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle. Franziskaner weizen.

A: Rusty copper color with 1.5 fingers of light tan head that stays frothy.

S: Banana, cloves, bread malts, and pleasant yeastiness.

T: Sweet caramel, overripe banana, cloves, ginger, and pepper.

M: Medium body that is somewhat creamy.

O: Spices override all other flavors. (314 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initially this brew comes across as a tad unruly with alcohol the dominant presence, both in aroma and taste. By the second, third and forth gulp the hops begin to assert themselves and take center stage. The amber/orange color stands alone in the beer world. I had to keep looking at it and holding it to different lights and upgrading my initial appearance rating. The taste is extremely complex, that too required a raise in points. The ample malt body never achieves a platform of its own. It instead plays a wonderful supporting role to the competing stars. The off white head’s performance is marvelous, though brief. Einbecker, by the way, is the inventor of the bock style. Because I was unsure of my ability to accurately rate this unusual style beer with one bottle, I found it necessary drink a second. (814 characters)

Photo of janubio
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Beatiful amber reddish colour, no dark at all, light head that fades quickly, no lace. Smell: Am I the one who fin the typical Burton Ale sulphur here? That alongside chocolate, dark fruit and molasses. Medium body, really good palate, taste of caramel, chocolate, roasted, fruits, prunes... Really good one. (324 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Quickly dissipating light tan head and the beer is somewhere between dark orange and brown, like those caramel candys. Lots of carbonation in this one.

S: This beer defines the smell 'toasty'. Its like freshly toasted bread with a hint of jam or molasses. Its a malt-forward beer, defiantly.

T: Taste is alright. I get a strong caramel candy flavor upfront and mid palate. The finish is this somewhat fresh-cut-grass flavor.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. Pretty smooth to sip. Not oily or hard to drink at all.

D: This is one of the better bock beers that I've had in my time, and I'd rather have this than some other choices on the market today. (663 characters)

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. The menu states that Einbecker originated the Bock style but I think others have done this better (anyone remember Leinie's Bock from the 80s?) The beer seemed bright for the style and had some harshness - there was little of the caramel overtone that you have in most Bocks. This beer scored better than average only because I like Bocks... (380 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz green bottle embossed with the brewery’s name, purchased at J.B.’s on the northside of Spokane for $3.49. No obvious freshness date, though the back label comes with “Code Number: L121033H 23” stamped on it. The front label, otherwise mostly devoid of information besides the name, seemes to indicate the brewery was founded in 1378, which would make among the older breweries in Germany – and the world.

Poured a dark orangey amber color with a bubbly, beige head that dropped after a few minutes but left lace on the sides of my glass.

Initially rather skunky in aroma, but the skunkiness greatly lessened as it warmed up. It never entirely goes away, however, but becomes a partner to some herbal and grassy hop notes and a soft, sweet malty scent.

Maltier in the taste than it’s aroma would indicate, with a brown sugary taste and a bit of booze. Grassy hop notes are way in the background, and primarily serve to keep the malts from making things too cloying.

Slightly creamy, sticky mouthfeel, with a medium body.

A thoroughly mediocre beer that is certainly drinkable, but not particularly memorable. It certainly does not justify it’s price. Glad I tried it, but I doubt I will do so again. (1,224 characters)

Photo of mpyle
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - amber in color and brilliantly clear. Pours a whitish head, creamy but with only moderate retention.

Aroma - wonderful clean malty aroma, maybe a slight hint of dark fruit like raisins. No hop.

Taste - Nice malt flavors up front without being overly sweet. Nicely balanced, but some distinguishable hop bitterness. Finish isn't bitter, but certainly isn't sweet. Cleanly lagered, with no off flavors, but maybe a tiny bit too bitter.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, some slight alcohol warming.

Overall - A classic of the style - need to try it fresh over in Germany some time. Never quite sure how fresh it is in the green bottles thousands of miles from the brewery. (697 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Dunkel', according to my high-school German textbook, means 'dark'; apart from its caramelized tone there is little dim, deep or darkly about this beer's appearance. On the contrary, transparency is fully appreciated in its glowing chestnut-coloured tone. Nothing this shiny can look somber. And a nicely sculpted head accentuates its handsomeness.

I'm officially declaring a crusade against green glass bottles. What my senses registered upon prying the cap was, not the deflated hiss of carbonation, but the taint of a light-struck beer: ketchup chips and a stinky, soft-rind French cheese are not worth $4/bottle - an uncorrupted German bock is. These malts smell like they've been slightly microwaved.

Fortunately the flavour pulls a quick 180 to re-steer course; clean, well attenuated malts give off hints of toasted chestnut and caramel-hazelnut milk chocolate. Crisp, browned bread crusts are tasted in abundance and are complimented by a wavering fruitiness. Now *this* is the dark, strong, malty lager I shelled out all those Washingtons for!

I love that German brewers rarely deviate from their habitual, time-honored ways; they all brew according to unwritten but established conventions. This, I assumed correctly, would therefore be a benchmark bock: a rich, well-attenuated, malty lager, replete with toasty melanoidins and soft caramel notes; a medium-full mouthfeel but with infinite quaffability.

Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel is stereotypically German in that it's been meticulously brewed according to a conventional, long-established recipe and accustomed level of quality and is efficiently engineered for a culturally prescribed and expected degree of easy drinkability. And there's nothing wrong with that - in fact, that's exactly the reason I bought it. (1,784 characters)

Photo of boudreaux
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a chestnut brown with dark red notes; a frothy, thick head about 1.5 fingers thick; carbonation persists throughout the drink, with bubbles constantly rising to the top

S: lager aromas; malt, dry hops; bittersweet; reminds me of an IPA mixed with an American adjunct

T: sweet roasted malt flavors mixed with bitter hops from the lagering; the sweetness hits up front with the bitter hop finish

M: carbonated and light; not bad

O: not sure about this one; some things I really like, while others I really don't; the smell and mouthfeel are not great, but the taste and appearance appeal to me (604 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautiful clear light copper color with nice head retention
S: traditional German malt, chewy, grainy, alcohol presence
T: very nice well-balanced bock beer, chewy, grainy, sweeter malt with good malt balance
M: very rounded and warming
D: very easy drinking (261 characters)

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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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