Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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263 Ratings
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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 18
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Einbecker Brauhaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-15-2002

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of cbl2
2.24/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance:

Opaque reddish brown with an inch tall white head.

Smell:

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

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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.

Photo of Beastdog75
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of wsouloa
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.51/5  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.

Photo of sparkydoyle
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
3.43/5  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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of bditty187
2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber hue, coppery highlights, it is a very lovely color, the off-white head reached a half finger in size, and it quickly faded to a soapy residue. No lace was produced. The nose is unimpressive, sweet maltiness, strong influences of grassiness, sulfur, oddly Euro-lager in nature. Frankly, the bouquet repulses me. The palate is malty sweet, hints of caramel, grassy in the middle, which I didn’t care for, the finish is pleasantly hoppy-bitter, a saving grace IMO. I’m not trilled by the huskiness or the slight nuttiness in the taste. The aftertaste is long with tacky sweetness and faint hops bitterness. I don’t know what to make of this beer, it is dissimilar to any Bock I’ve had. The alcohol is not noticeable on the palate, a nice accomplishment, but it does warm the belly. Medium in body, a touch light, the carbonation is very modest and the mouthfeel is slightly slick. More malt would work nicely, oh well. I paid $3.00 for a 11.2 ounce green bottle in Omaha, honestly this would not be worth drinking if it was free. The nose ruins any favorable impression of this beer; I do like the hoppiness of the palate but little else. Not my cup of Bock, maybe it will work for you but I can’t recommend it.

Photo of counselor
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a nice Einbecker Dunkel glass .. dark coffee bean color with a good head. Lacing present throughout the glass. Not much nose to speak of, but the falvors were deep, dark and full bodied. Sweet rich icey cool malt flavors with little hop flavors. Mild hop flavors on the back end, but clearly malts rule this beer. There was good body to this beer as it crossed the tounge and coated my mouth with flavors of plums, figs and tobacco. The nose opened up a little as the galss warmed, but always it was the rich sweet malts that dominated. A nice representation of the bock style.

Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Green bottle..poured skunky...smells only slightly skunky in the glass and has no skunky taste...now with that out of the way here's the review..

Nice caramel brown colored beer...very little head...nose exhibts a malty sweetness, but not sticky sweet smelling....also some earthy, herbal hop notes...

Body is medium..again, sweet in the mouth but not sticky sweet...

Flavors are pretty substantial for a regular bock beer...maltiness dominates..not a sweet caramel flavor though...more of a semi-burnt maltiness....and then hit of earthy herbal hoppiness to provide some balance...

This is a tough beer to put descriptive words too...It has that German lager flavor to it with a slight hint of skunkiness..it's substantial but not one of my favorite tasting bocks...

Worth trying...one is enough for me but others might like the flavors a little more than me...

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light cream colored head was foamy in apperance and left a little bit of lace. The beer is dark amber in color and fairly clear. Sweet malty aroma. There's not much going on with the flavors. A very mild sweet alcoholic maltiness is followed up by a bitter metalic aftertaste. The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma suggests, but then again there really isn't that much to the flavor.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This ur-bock poured a clear, coppery red color with good white foam that settled. The smell was a sweet, floral and vinous aroma with a touch of biscuit. Interesting. The taste was mildly sweet and floral, almost flowery. There was a vinous flavor (dark grape skins), as well as malt, oak, and a hint of caramel. The hops came out in the finish. There was a slightly detectable alcohol taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and fruity with medium body and carbonation. It was somewhat warming with a dry finish. This was a nice and very interesting beer, unlike any other bock I have every tasted.

Photo of jcalabre
1.53/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I originally sampled this beer on 16 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
This pours clear golden brown. It has a light body along with a lousy flavor. The alcohol is far too apparent. This is a Loser. Save your money. Please avoid this beer

Photo of TheDM
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a medium head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles that lasted a fair amout of time and a semi-opaque brown body. It has a nice mild malty aroma. Its flavor is a bit fizzy for a Dunkel and mild with hints of malt and lacking any real distinctive flavor.

Photo of marburg
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours the color of a tarnished penny with a slight layer of film-like head. Very muddy, thick, wet malt aroma with subtle hints of chocolate -- non-descript as far as many beers are concerned but fairly potent, I think, as a lot of bocks go. Medium-bodied and offers the mouth a slight tingly feeling. Light acidic -- like the lemon filling in a pastry -- pushes into a malty flavor dominated by a sloppy, wet mouthfeel -- pumpernickel and light caramel notes. Pretty drinkable for a beefy brew.

Photo of bierman2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid dunkel bock with a mahogany color and roasted qualities.. Alcohol is prevalent at the final sip of the glass as the head is creamy and the mouthfeel velvety.. this dunkel is wel known and well made a bit skunky at first.. must be those green bottle.. but it does subside after a few minutes.

Photo of Indybeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Slight skunkiness upon opening, but quickly disappeared. Pours a deep copper, with not much head. Thin lacing on the glass. Heavy malt aroma. Taste of sweet malts and a hint of caramel. Low carbonation, and a sticky/sweet mouthfeel almost like a barleywine. A good kick back and relax sipping beer

Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a deep copper colour with a foamy head the dies down to a sticky thin layer of lace. a rather nondescript aroma of sweet malts. a pretty sweet and stiff malt profile doesn't give up a lot in the flavour department...typical bock hardiness with soft german malt and hop notes. as it warms a bit the malt profile comes through a bit with dunkel notes of toastiness...hints of cocoa and caramel complimented by ghostly dark fruits. definite hoppiness for a bock...and an alcohol kick to round things out. at first i thought this a rather boring brew...but as it warmed the complexity shines through. it finishes rather dry...maybe showing it's age. a nice smooth mouthfeel lets all this german goodness go down quite easily. this bottle was a little old, explaining the relaxed flavour profile, dryness and smoothness and drinkability. a rather nice german bock.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very good Dunkel that is thoroughly warming to the innards. Beautiful dark amber body covered by a great tan head that diminishes quite slowly, but leaves a little less lace than one expects from such a great head display. A big nose gives off both malt aroma and a slight hop sense. The taste is nicely bitter in the front, but gives interesting hints of a barley wine character on the lips. This beer strains to keep itself from being too sweet and thick. The full body and fairly high ABV limit its drinkability to a large degree. Creamy smooth in keeping with the barley wine nature of its alter ego. Tasty, warming, and filling. Strong, lasting aftertaste, again, much like a barley wine.

Note: this comes in a dark green bottle and there was the slightest hint of skunk on the open, none in the pour.

Photo of zerk
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Translucent copper with a frothy white head... settles to about 1/4 inch. Sweet carmel malt aroma with a touch of herbal hops. Flavor was very much on the sweet side with carmel being the dominant flavor... almost cloying... with only slightly herbal notes offer a little balance. Syrupy and thick, with medium carbonation. The sweetness and thickness lower the drinkability.

Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Better than the Urbock hell. Low head. Pleasant malty / toffee aroma. Slightly nutty flavour. Strong alcohol presence, fairly well balanced with the malts and hops. A decent bock, but not as good as the Norwegian ones (esp. Aass).

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite a herbal nose, mixed in with a bit of a dark malt character ( bit of chocolate, bit of roastiness). Quite a sticky malt start, syruppy texure and a bitter herbal flavour, not as good as the Urbock Hell i think, i think the paler malts worked better.

Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beautiful just off-white rocky head, topping light brown/amber liquid. Nose is of sweet malt, natch. Very appetizing too I might add. Taste is superb, lightly sweet malt followed by an almost dominating hop bitterness. Hops win out in the finish, with the maltiness of the grain creating an interesting interplay on the palate. This is one of the classics here, boys! The not-so-heaviness makes this beer very easy to drink plenty of. The original Bockbier, try it if you see it. Well worth the $8 I paid for a sixer. Tastes all the much better out of the "official" Einbecker Ur-Bock glass, to boot!

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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
83 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.