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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Ur-Bock DunkelEinbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 14
Gots: 1 | 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 gbontrag


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice field grass aroma, and harvested grains. Hoppy and sweet. Ooh, it gives me a hop-bitter zinger, that's surprising. Goodness, there's some yummy-gummy, tuti-fruti? The alcohol sucks in my cheeks. I like that mouthfeel. Pretty awesome, with a little numbness, fuzzy. I liked the schwarzbier better. This is a mouth-full though -- bitter and pinewood smoke, full mouth sweetness, alcohol dryness. Very nice. Bring on a phat stein and a plate of bierrocks with dark, horseradish mustard.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 04:03:21 | More by gbontrag
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark mahogany with a one finger head that quickly dissapated and left only a trace of it's existence on the beer.

The smell was that of a skunked pilsner. The skunk overpowered the hop and alcohol notes.

The drink started with a sweet malt followed by a hop bite and a clean and crisp, almost watery finish.

The beer seemed to miss on it's "pre-drink" character, but the taste more than made up for that. All and all a beer that I'd like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 22:09:42 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of maxpower


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear amber with a creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Stale bread and chocolate aromas, Sweet toast, caramel and nutty flavors, medium to full body with a full and soft mouthfeel, finishes with a lingering sweetness. Gets a little better as it warms, not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2004 20:25:29 | More by maxpower
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in the beer of the month club and was excited most of all to try this one out. The newsletter suggested to try with pasta and tomato sauce. I enjoyed the combination fully--also a nice balance of caramel and chocolate. Appeared with a nice head and lacing. Surprised to see this shipped to North Carolina although our Pop the Cap laws haven't passed yet.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 01:39:34 | More by Backer2004
Photo of dgallina


3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent copper with medium white head which leaves a layer of foam and somewhat clingy lacing. Sweet, soapy caramel and roasted malt aroma (not particularly appetizing for me due to the overwhelming sweet soapiness). Sweet caramel initial flavor which builds into coarse cereals & toasted malts and finishes with slightly drying hops and somewhat metallic after-taste. Chewy and creamy body with strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 01:44:30 | More by dgallina
Photo of cerevisiaephilus


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice lookin' beer, but nothin' special. Nice color, but I'd take it darker for a Dunkel. A deep deep mellow orange. I want it darker.

Nice nose. Big Munich malts for sure. Its a nice sweet grain smell that I find very very enjoyable.

Wow. Very interesting flavors. Big munich malts and BIG hops up front. A bit astringent in the finish which is disapointing. Really nice frontside, pretty harsh in teh finish. This beer came close to being awesome.

Mouthfeel is really right on in my opinion.

I could drink a good handfull of these, but they might get a little cloying after a few.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 03:52:55 | More by cerevisiaephilus
Photo of steinlifter


4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a light caramel color, nice fairly thick head that retained well throughout, smell was of Molasses and raisins, taste follows, nice hop balance, but a tilt toward the malts, mouthfeel was nice and full, creamy and a bit chewy on the end, fairly good carbonation as well. drinkability is very good, very nice beer, and a bit different than others I've had in this vain, recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 16:44:18 | More by steinlifter
Photo of BrewMan13

New York

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good enough, a see-through burnt-umber with a white, 1 finger head that moderately dissipates.
Some caramel malts in the nose. Taste is nothing special. Not as malty sweet as my favorite dopplebocks...in fact, there isnt much sweetness. Just a little in the beginning which quickly gives way to bitterness. There's actually more bitterness than I would expect from a bock (though this is my 1st single bock). I'm not good at identifying hops, but I think they are a little "grassy" in here (and I dont mean that in a good way). Finish is on the dry side and the bitterness lingers for a bit. Definitely not a malt-bomb. Overall very average. Not nearly as good as the fancy package would indicate. If you like bocks, try a single 1st and see if you like this...I wish I had.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 03:33:09 | More by BrewMan13
Photo of RoyalT


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is light brown in color with an orangish tinge and a giant, full, sticky head.

Smell – This one has a big bouquet. The molasses and caramel are huge and nearly drown out the malt. There’s also a big hop balance here.

Taste – The big, toasted malts come out more at the taste. The caramel and toffee notes are big as well. I can also pick up some biscuity flavors along with some stiff, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel – This is really big for a Bock. It’s larger than medium-bodied for sure with a big, chewy mouthfeel and some noticeable dryness.

Drinkability – This was a fun drinker but it felt way over-the-top and out of character for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 17:12:27 | More by RoyalT
Photo of avylover


4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After the recent Ofest I have a renewed appreciation for malts, especially the German variety, so I picked up a sixer of this. No regrets.

The appearance is clear and mahogany, with a massive steady head. Aroma is slightly skunky, which I personally enjoy - although I suspect this might be fairly old. Nonetheless, some caramel maltiness is in there and is enough to satisfy any malt lover. Taste is clean, yet malty. Nice toasted malt flavor, along with a toasted sesame flavor. Slightly sweet to compliment the roasted notes. Slight bitterness in the finish helps balance this out a bit.Drinkability if off the charts. I could pound this all night, and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.Excellent!!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 23:49:11 | More by avylover
Photo of KroMagnon


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This "ur-bock dunkel" is copper colored, and a tad hazy. The head didn't stick around as long as I'd expected, although when it was there it was fairly pleasant, an off-white little cap of snow over a deep, copper base. The aroma has a hints of bready, biscuity malt with a little toastiness to boot, and also a touch of skunkiness - generally, if I get a bad bottle I assume its a fluke but I don't consider skunkiness to be a fluke if the brew is in green bottle, which this one is. (a pet peeve). The flavor is possibly the saving grace, with an initial caramel sweetness followed by a robust, hearty cereal and grainy maltiness that dissolves into a little hoppy flavor and a full, balancing hoppy bitterness. However, the beer feels a little less full-bodied than I'd expect for the style. Finally, as far as drinkability goes - I'd have more, although I haven't had a lot of bocks and I expect there are others that are better. I'll keep searching though, so for now I give it a good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 02:11:46 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a three-finger white head that leaves a ton of lace. Clear deep amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Strong malty nose. Starts sweet finishes with a slight hoppy bite, a good bock even with the green bottle. $2.10 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 22:26:36 | More by jdhilt
Photo of carln26


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bock poured deep amber. Less golden than I usually expect a bock to come out of the bottle. It had a light ½ inch head, with just a trace of a lace as I sipped the beer. A stream, of champagne bubbles continuously tries to renew the head as it sits here in front of me. It smelled very malty, with deep candy overtones. The smell has a character of a dopplebock. Not as much hop on the nose. A sip…Ahh caramel up front, and finally the hops assert themselves mid drink, and the finish is a nice roasted malt flavor. A good execution of the bock style. It has a medium mouth feel and is very drinkable. Many bocks can overload the alcohol, and make them to much to drink as a session beer. This has a nice malty goodness that eases the alcohol punch.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 19:52:54 | More by carln26
Photo of allengarvin


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: small 12-ounce bottle, with a large base and narrow neck. Bought online at beergeek.biz.

Appearance: Clear dark amber.

Aroma: malty aroma, with a slight hoppy spiciness.

Flavor: Well balanced flavor divided between malt and hops, with sligtly more bitterness than usual. Quite dry finish, drier than usual for a bock. Medium body.

I generally prefer a more malty sweetness in bock beers than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 02:35:35 | More by allengarvin
Photo of pezoids


4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a bright, clear and deep amber brown color with a small creamy head of white foam. Small and sporadic carbonation. Here’s where this beer gets good – The aroma. Wow! Big accent on freshly malted grains. Grassy, pungent and sweet with caramel notes, toasted almonds and a slight touch of molasses. Love it. It just keeps getting better - the taste is wonderfully balanced. A small hop spiciness is kept in check by a rich malt character. The spiciness emerges more so in the finish. The body is solid and full of slightly sticky and sweet malt.

This is a solid Bock beer. Really wunderbar!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 16:19:24 | More by pezoids
Photo of PorterLambic


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having had the Mai-Ur-Bock just one day previously, and liking it, I looked forward to this one. Same 11.2 oz. bottle.
Poured a dark reddish-copper color with a small head that diassapated quickly to a very thin ring.
Smell was sweet, malty, oak like an old whiskey cask.
Tastes were roasted malt, oak, and a noticeable alcohol presence, much like the Mai-Ur-Bock but more so. It lingered for quite a while, too.
Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a light effervescence all over the tongue. A decently drinkable beer, it would be so much more so if the alcohol presence (only 6.5%) were more subdued. As it warmed it became somewhat more prevalent.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 15:10:12 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light brownish hue, big,puffy cream-cola-ish head, gently drifting down.
Aroma, mild, nutty, light cocoa, soft cinnamon, delicate and demure...nice.
Rounded, malty flavor, tiny hops. Crawls into the back of the throat, and nestles in for a spell. Nutty, caramel-y flavor, packs a tasty little kick, at 6.5%, the alcohol peeks out just enough to give a mild burn.
Medium body, long, nearly intense finish.
I like this better than my numbers reflect, but it needs a little more of everything to be truly noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 01:27:42 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Gusler


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after its departure from the green 11.2 ounce bottle sets in my Einbecker Bock glass a burnished copper color with a large tan head, which is semi-creamy in texture, the lace forms a thick curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, and fresh, crisp, clean, you get the picture and or scent don’t you? Start is quite sweet, nice malt profile, top is moderate in feel with the finish benign in its acidity, the hops a plentiful and spicy, quite dry and lingering aftertaste, a drinkable brew tis’ true.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 22:22:33 | More by Gusler
Photo of cbl2

New York

2.2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Opaque reddish brown with an inch tall white head.


Very aromatic. Not sure I like what I smell (overbearing hops with faint hint of malts), but it is strong.


Strongly bitter at first with hops dominating the flavor. Malts sneak into the picture midsip only to be replaced again by a bitter finish that is unappealing.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 15:15:01 | More by cbl2
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I previously haven't given too much thought to it, I've never had a "single" bock beer. I've had a few doppels over the past fews months and with this beer I will be sampling what appears to be just a regular bock beer, made for everyday consumption. Einbecker does a pretty good job with this "everyday" beer.

Einbecker Ur-Bock pours a reddish dark-brown color that is somewhat colored like a dark iced tea. 1 finger of light tan foam forms and lasts for a little over a minute. The aroma is dark and malty. Definite roasted notes, some caramel, coffee, and a bit of alcohol in the nose too. The mouthfeel is lighter than a doppelbock, but still has some of the same slick, coating type of texture to it. The malt presence in this brew is sweet and could be considered a bit molasses-like. A good nutty presence is felt along with the roasted flavors, burnt caramel, and coffee notes. The alcohol does carry over into the flavor somewhat and it might also be responsible for the high-moderate dryness in the finish. The dryness, roasted notes, and alcohol present themselves in the aftertaste too. The Ur-Bock finishes out with a moderate alcoholic warmth.

This is a nice, well-made bock beer. The green bottles thankfully had no bearing on the aroma or flavor of the brew. I would say that there are similarities to a doppelbock, this brew is lighter in body and flavor. It isn't exceptional, but this one ranks as "pretty good" in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2004 04:41:03 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of wsouloa

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this one in the liquor store and figured I'd give it a try. I kind of thought it would be a lot better than it was although I will say this, its a pretty interesting beer. I expected this to be darker than it was. It poured a dark reddish, almost brown color. The smell was very coffee-ish. I thought that the taste was a bit of a combination of chocolate and coffee but there was something else in there that I couldn't quite put my finger on. The mouthfeel was quite nice, it was smooth and creamy. This beer is good but not as good as I had anticipated. It came in 6 pack with small roundish bottles with goldish paper and I really thought this one would be world class. Worth a try though if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2004 17:38:15 | More by wsouloa
Photo of merlin48


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper red amber with a small tan head that recedes into a film after about a minute. Minimal sheets of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma begins with a strong, caramel malt presence that is quickly subdued by an unpleasant, Euroskunk hoppiness that I would characterize as sulfuric, mildewed hay.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and is very creamy. There is a Euroskunk hop twang on the tongue.
Taste reveals a caramel/toffee malt dominance that recedes into a herbal, almost medicinal hops presence. There is an unpleasant, bitter, sulfuric, hops twang in the middle, that fades as the brew warms. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.
I have mixed feelings about this one. It's unlike any bock I've ever had, and the Euroskunk element that is here and there, is not something I care for. I suppose, overall, it has substantial complexities that make it worth trying again. I would have preferred a more substantial malt character that would have more successfully dominated the Euroskunk hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 22:54:18 | More by merlin48
Photo of sparkydoyle


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of maple syrup with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Beer has a particularly poor nose when poured cold—too much sulfur is present when poured from the bottle. Once the sulfur has dissipated however, the beady Munich malts and German hops emerge in the nose. (A characteristic of more than a few lagers, but prominent here.)

The flavor profile leads with caramel malt sweetness and ends with a dry hop finish. Hops are prominent in the profile at all points. The beer carries its alcohol very well. A very nice big meal beer, and a great winter warmer session beer. Don’t be turned off by the sulfur nose. Let it off-gas for a minute or two, and forgive it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 00:58:46 | More by sparkydoyle
Photo of tavernjef


3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear in body, color is a light amber with a slight copperish tone, a quick puffy off-white head appears swiftly and crumbles away nearly just as fast leaving a thin collar always present and very minimal spots of lace. Aroma is slightly sweet of malts with a burnt-like toffee, notes of wet old grass; crisp and light on the nose overall. Taste is has a quick little start thats thinnishly silky where then, just past midway some slightly twinged grassy and earth toned hops and burntish malts begin to mingle for a bit then the hops fade off leaving some burntish toffee across the palate as it finishes with a soft dryness and subdued crispness. Feel has a bit of texture in the carbonation leaving behind some twingy burnt malt burps with a passable medium fullness throughout. Its a bit slow moving at first but kinda grows on ya as you go. This seems to be something that would go well around a bonfire to me, why, I couldn't say, it just does. Something simple, yet with a bit of interest and a nice warming of 6.5% would make it a good fire side drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 18:28:05 | More by tavernjef
Photo of CRJMellor


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep caramel/copper color, no head with minimal lace.
Aroma of caramel, toffee and coffee with a floral hop aroma.
Flavors of sweet dark malt with a hint of chocolate and smoke. Has a little grassy or earthy note in there as well. Transitions well to slight bitter hop finish but doesn't quite pull it off.
Mouthfeel is nice and alive and alcohol back end is warming and pleasing. Earthy and grassy notes make drinakability a little lower but overall not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 16:57:54 | More by CRJMellor
Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
84 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.