Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel - Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
01-27-2007 02:10:16 | More by jim102864
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
12-09-2006 03:54:16 | More by stoutman
3.45/5 rDev -7%
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.
11-07-2006 23:46:10 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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!
11-03-2006 22:02:41 | More by Absumaster
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
08-09-2006 02:55:38 | More by wedge
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
07-23-2006 05:32:54 | More by jrb1001
3.33/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
07-15-2006 21:27:21 | More by beerphilosopher
4.6/5 rDev +24%
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))
07-03-2006 15:20:25 | More by RBorsato
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
06-22-2006 23:33:57 | More by tgbljb
3.45/5 rDev -7%
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.
05-27-2006 00:19:19 | More by silver0rlead
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
05-26-2006 04:22:13 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-25-2006 03:25:21 | More by EvilKeith
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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
05-03-2006 01:23:25 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
03-24-2006 04:42:47 | More by scruffwhor
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
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
03-14-2006 03:42:05 | More by DogFood11
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
02-02-2006 01:25:28 | More by Frozensoul327
4.35/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
01-23-2006 01:15:27 | More by shbobdb
3.18/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
10-08-2005 02:53:56 | More by abcsofbeer
2.95/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
08-06-2005 16:05:24 | More by nomad
3.95/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
07-26-2005 22:59:17 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.45/5 rDev -7%
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.
06-23-2005 03:26:31 | More by NEhophead
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
06-18-2005 05:47:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.1/5 rDev -16.4%
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.
04-27-2005 19:44:46 | More by stcules
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
The color is dark copper with a slight tint of redness. Head is nice-sized and off-white. The aroma is of lightly fragrant dark caramel malts. Not too complex. The taste begins with a strong rounded caramel malt presence which becomes more moderate towards the middle of the sip. Hops provide a gentle bitterness and a touch of herbal flavors. Herbal flavors become more apparent as the beer warms up. The finish is the sweetest part of a sip, it's almost sugary. Very good stuff here, I like both bocks I've tried from Einbecker. Too bad this sells at $10.99+ a sixer in Baton Rouge.
04-24-2005 00:38:56 | More by Gagnonsux
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
Mastered the ultimate drinking technique with this one on 3/4/2005. 11.2 fl. oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.
Craggy plumes of full-throttled bubbling with an amazing lace and stick. Light mahogany hue with an absolute clarity and almost preternaturally quiet. Homebrew bock snout with some gentle burn and a resiny sweetness. Caramel, butterscotch velvet on mouth with some chunky malt that sticks everywhere; a kind of kinky smoke hit falls down later, and almost a calcium hit. Really quite fine ale.
03-16-2005 11:55:05 | More by Truh
Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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