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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 13
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-15-2002)
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Photo of brewbe
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice tawny amber with a 3+(over the top, oops!)head. Settels down to a skim of various sized bubbles. Leaves a pretty lacing on glass all the way down.

Smells German, malt with yeasty, bready overtones. Slight hop tartness.

Tastes of roasted malt, toffee. The taste lingers like a hoppy beer, but the hops only balance, never really assert themselves. The 6.5 abv gently warms, but doesn't bite.

The mouthfeel is creamy but not so thick as to preclude being sessionable.

I find this beer to be very drinkable. As a stout/porter drinker this time of year, this brew is rich, tasty, smooth, and satisfying. It would go well with beef stew or other winter meals.

brewbe, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel/orange with 4+ fingers of sand colored head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Some malt sweetness & a hint of cornyness

MF: Caramel, some grainyness,& a hint of smokeyness up front. As this warms a little brown sugar & some card board. Finishes dry with caramel & more than a little earthy hops

Medium bodied with a little carbonation

Drinks allright, but just a so-so bock. Good to try for a tip of the hat to the home of bockbier, supposedly. This brewery's product never impressed me in germany either

russpowell, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of jim102864
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this wonderful Dunkel at Hop Devil in NYC a few months ago. Tonight, it pours from a 11.2 oz bottle (I'll never understand why such a small bottle). My 22 oz Tucher Weizen glass is perfect for observation of the carmel color and high clarity. It's a bubbly, spirited carbonation but not overly so. No evidence of yeast, which I suppose makes sense. Aroma is so light...corn (!) comes through with whispers of carmel. Nothing outstanding in that regard. The head is typically thin and lace hugs the glass but survives but for a brief few moments before disappearing into the glass. The taste is another story. Raisens, dried apricots, prevail. A hearty mouthfeel that screams dunkel. A highly drinkable beer, which, if partying is your state of mind, will be most enjoyable given its 6.5% abv. Enjoy.

jim102864, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of stoutman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with medium tan head. Very sweet flavor. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet honey-like finish. Smells nutty with some nice doughy elements and metallic soapy splashes. However, the toffee and sweet malts stand out in the smell. Pretty good beer to quaff down.

stoutman, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy golden amber with a yellowish tall frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy and with a strong hop presence. Malt was present, but in the background of the hops. A lightly vegetal presence was also notable. As it warmed a molasses character began to emerge as well as a lightly plastic phenolic.

The flavor was mildly malty with a flavor mostly comprised of caramel. Toffee was notable with a toasty and lightly nutty presence. Hops were high enough to overpower the malt and had a lightly spicy character.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of hops into the aftertaste with a low bit of phenolic. The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation. Not my idea of a Bock.

11.2 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was sold as being an example of a hoppy and bitter beer.

Appearance was nice with an amber brown color and a small head and some coarse bubbles.

Smell was resinous like marihuana, herbal and hoppy with some dark malt notes.

Taste was dominated by the hops, resinous and weedy. A slight caramel touch and sweet. The bitterness activates my mucus (?). This beer is very drinkable and after 1/3 of the glass I get some alcoholic whiffs that make the beer taste heavier than it really is. A pretty clean yeast has been used, the beer has little yeast character, bottom fermented? Probably!

Absumaster, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear orange-amber with a fluffy, sticky off-white head that leaves thin strings of lace. Strong toasted malt aroma with sweet caramel and molasses. Slightly earthy and appley if you stick your nose into the glass. Taste is similarly malty but with more of a hop balance...clean, sweet, nutty, toasty, and a little bready. Medium-full and smooth...boarders on chewy feeling. Finishes dry and warm.

Bold bock.

wedge, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of jrb1001
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at Cyclone Liquors, in Ames, Iowa.

The beer was very dark in color and tasted very well. I drank the beer warm and I think it was a good beer. I would try this beer again if it was presented to me. It had a very nice sweet taste for a german dunkel, which I am not a huge fan of.

jrb1001, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium orange-brown color with big, thick off-white head. Nose is nice ... sweet malt and molasses. Teasing hop notes as well. Smells rich. Palate is very malty, with sweet molasses and caramel. Offset by a nice biscuity, slightly dry hop accompaniment. Mouthfeel is nice and medium-bodied. Finishes dry for it's sweetness in the mouth. Light carbonation. I like this one pretty well, not the best of the bocks, but good none the less. Worth a shot, especially if you're into the bock style.

beerphilosopher, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tawny brown with a nice low beige head and nice slow carbonation. Nice malty nutty and light cocoa aroma. Nice malty flavor with earthy and nutty characteristics. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry malty finish.

A solid traditional bock!

(11.2 oz. / .33L short squat green bottle embossed with Einbecker (x2) around neck and wrapped with gold foil with "Ur-bock Dunkel" printed in black (x3))

RBorsato, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy apricot color with sparse white head that quickly became a thin ring. Smell is a summer fruit and malt. Taste is malty and fruity, but a too strong bitterness shows itself at the ending. A very poorly balanced beer with the strong bitterness not being very pleasant.

tgbljb, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is probably my first simple bock; pours an amber color with nice clarity and a beautiful beige head that retains well. The aroma is striking and (seemingly) authentic with notes molasses, hay, herbs, toasted bread and some slight floral hops. The flavor is also intensely malty with notes of toasted bread, molasses, herbs, mineraly hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, and drinkability is limited by alcohol and the mineraly bitterness. A descent bock, but the alcohol and bitterness limit the enjoyability of this beer.

silver0rlead, May 27, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. Bottle into a glass mug. The brown liquid has rich caramel hues, Ruby highlights and irrupts with loud rising bubbles. The head is tan and tall with large and small bubbles. It fades into a thin covering of lace.

Smell is strong of deep roaster, caramelized malt.

Taste is very striking of browned caramel and hints of coco. Very smooth and slightly sweet. Oh this is very good with a nice hopy bite to cover the slight alcohol finish. Yup these guys know what they are doing, as they should.

Mouthfeel is creamy, not to much fizz but a nice bite on the finish.

Drinkability is high if you like the biter finish.

Prost! MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 26, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the pint glass a clear deep copper color witha thin off-white head. Lacing was a bit thin, but still present.

Smell was sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, molasses and a trace of alcohol.

Taste was sweet caramel malts in the front, followed by molasses and sweet dark fruits in the middle. Spicy hop bittering in the finish.

Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. A somewhat oily mouthfeel.

Overall, it was drinkable. Not as tasty as their Mai-Bock, but respectable.

EvilKeith, May 25, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel colored body with a modest head that leaves some lace splashes

Smell: Plenty of rich caramel aromas

Taste: Starts with a semi-sweet caramel flavor that is tempered, after the swallow, by some astringent bitterness on the sides of the tongue; after the bitter flavors settle down, the sweetness re-emerges and lingers into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although the bitterness has some disagreeable medicinal qualities, this is a pretty good Bock

brentk56, May 03, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a a two finger head with some decent retention. Some faint lacing was able to penetrate that deep caramel copper haze when held to the light. The smell was pilsnery, crystal malts very prevalent in the aroma as well as taste. But mixed with the malts was a little earthy fruit aroma. The flavor starts with some lightly sweetened malts mixing with some spicy fruits. The finish is all crystal malt. palate was a little dry, but not bad. A good bock, but I was glad I found a single bottle on sale instead of a sixer.

scruffwhor, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty active on the pour but amazingly after that point the carbonation mellows and almost suspends all future activity. Between Khacki and Brown, plenty of lacing left behind.

Just a touch of some skunk, Didn't affect anything though other than the fact you know its a good thing I opened this today as it was headed south. This is covered up with ease by a rich deep malted sweetness. Wow what a malt bomb. Not quite overzealous dopple bock style but among bocks its high end malts for sure. Almost sugary, syrupy in its overall sweetness and mouthfeel. Its saved in the middle as there is just enough hop dryness to keep it going.

For me its a bit too sweet, but I have to say its pretty smooth and seems well brewed. What it lacks in balance it makes up for later. How? Malts are outstanding, whether a beer is balanced or not doesn't matter to me as long as the dominant theme is tasty and well put together. Recomended

DogFood11, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great Bock. Poured out to a medium orange color with a vigorus level of carbonation that produced and nice 1 inch head of foam. Minor notes of lacing. Aromas of herbs and malts are strong, as are noteable elements of caramel and hay. Taste is very good; flavors of malt, grain, molassas and dry herbs mingle across the palate. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, and very easily drank. This is a winner. Recommended drinking when it comes to German Beers.

Frozensoul327, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy crystal malt batman! This is one sweet brew. That's not a bad thing, but wow. I haven't had a beer this sweet since allagash four.
However, the mouthfeel was thick enough to really balance out the sweetness. It was a nice, dark, sweet beer. Filled with delicious elements of malt, this was a celebration of MALT!
I dug it, but this isn't a beer for everybody.

shbobdb, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2oz bottle. Pours an orangey-amber color. It is fairly bubbly with a thin head that is tan in color and leaves only small traces of lace. The aroma is very hard for me to pinpoint. I get some grains, some butter, and some alcohol, but not much else.

The taste is spicy malt flavor with some medium dryness and mild alcohol. Their is a nice hop bitterness balanced in with the malt in the aftertaste that leads into an alcohol warmth. Not average, but, not great. Worth a try.

abcsofbeer, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of nomad
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As stein-worthy as any beer could be, this bock pours a color of darker iced tea, a lightly browned copper. Soft white head is almost mousse-like, though it fades some, while leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smells like I opened my stove to an earthy, over-toasted rack of biscuits that I forgot at 450F for 15 minutes too long. Surprisingly minty-herb notions are about and in time smoother accents of Munich malt come through, creating a sweeter and more digestible experience.

Smooth lager front sets off to a strongly toasty middle and a highly minty close and long, dry, and bitter finish. Its a bock, right? After asking that question of myself a few times, and letting the pour expose itself for a bit, the return showed occasional hints of caramel but the roast character still thoroughly dominated the palette. The malt complexity is brutalized by crushing dirty earthiness. It also does not help that the mouthfeel is merely moderate at best and with too little weight on the tongue.

At least it wasn't skunked thanks to its green bottle. Tastes dirty.

nomad, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a super clear red-amber color. At first pour there is about a half an inch of head of pretty loose bubbles that fell pretty quickly. There was a bit of lacing on the glass when it got through.

Aroma: There are definitely some Melanoidins working in this beer. It is pretty earthy in that respect. Other than this, there is some fruitiness from the alcohol as well as some slight sherry notes that is pretty common from the age and environment a beer like this sees crossing the big water.

Taste: You can taste the earthy notes in this beer big time! There is all malt derived flavors with no hops to speak of. The flavor is pretty consistent with the aroma. The alcohol is noticeable in the flavor and mouthfeel, which is a little surprising from the 6.5% marking on the bottle. The alcohol is not "hot" like fusel, but they seem to be playing with some oxidation that this beer is developing to add the complexity of the sherry flavor. This is not currently overpowering, but this beer is in the later part of it's prime.

Opinion: Considering that this beer is here in the US is a good thing, but the time and environment are not kind to a beer that is a bit delicate like this one. A DoppelBock is more forgiving, but a Traditional Bock/Helles Bock/Pilsner/Koelsch/Alt, etc should really be tried in Germany to experience what it is really supposed to taste like. We get to the point to where we expect the oxidation notes from a homebrew example in a contest, but this is actually not to style. The homebrew is closer to the real thing as you would find in the country of origin, but all of the commercial examples we try skew our opinions.

SkeeterHawk, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of NEhophead
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Creamy off white head that leaves a filmy white sheet. Some condensed and spotted lace that doesn't last. A dull mahogany in color with shades of copper.

A semi-sweet deep caramelized molasses aroma; hints of light metallic wheat. Slightly skunky.

Upfront candied sweetness; molasses, toffee, and creamy coffee. Full flavored, sweet malt character. Faint bitter quality accompanied by a wave of carbonation and skunkiness. The aftertaste is a weak caramel and toffee flavor infused with skunkiness.

Medium bodied; thin on the palate considering the deep flavored malt character.

An above average bock but nothing special. The flavors are indicative of the style but nothing beyond that. I wouldn't mind having another one, but it definitely wouldn't be my first choice.

NEhophead, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: toasted and sweet malts . Caramels and brown sugar woven throughout. Slight bittering and earhyness.

Appearance: Copper-brown tones with some reds thrown in. Dense off white head. 1/ 4" and persistant. Nice lacing. Low-medium carbonation.

Taste: Toasted barly, caramel, molassas. Only enough bittering for balance. Full round body. Nice fruits of plumbs, raisons, and dates. Mouthfeel is medium, not overly thick. Fullfilling to the palate.

Aftertaste: quite malty and sweet. Lingers long and even.

Impression: a fine urbock. not a sipper, but not a guzzler. satisfying but not terribly refreshing or heavy.

BEERchitect, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber, intense color, very beautiful. Still and clear appearance. Beige foam, not very beautiful, and not compact.
Malty and caramel smell, but it is not heavy. It is quite fresh, dued to the hoo presence, and even with a light liquorice (?), and roots.
The taste is very malty, but with a good hop, and liquorice, more resolute here. Caramel again, but it is a quite fresh beer, despite the 6.5 ABV. A hint of roasted.
Medium body, well structured.
Bitter aftertaste, long. Hop and light liquorice. Good balance.

stcules, Apr 27, 2005
Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
84 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.