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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 15
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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 RobH
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby green bottle.

I enjoyed this beer!

The copper color has a nice off white head.

A balanced malt to hop profile suited me just fine, with hints of the relatively strong ABV ever present on the palate.

This is a nice example of a bock. Although it's a Dunkel, it's not too dark.

RobH, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of albern
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a fairly robust bock beer. It pours a deep tawny copper color with not a whole lot of white head, some retention around the rim. This isn't an overly carbonated beer either. The aroma is quite pungent right out of the bottle, although it mellows a bit. There is a big whiff of caramel, sweetish almondy malts, maybe a bit of butterscotch and some spices in there too.

The taste is quite full bodied, a bit syrupy, and loaded with caramel malts and some toasted grains. There is a bit of spiciness to the beer, and a bit of an alcoholy throatiness in the finish that I'm not as pleased with. The caramel malts pretty much dominate along with the butterscotch and alcohol in the finish. That's what I'm getting from this beer. There may be a bit of nuttiness towards the finish, maybe a slight bit of peatiness too. The alcohol in the finish and beyond is just a bit much for a 6.5% ABV bock.

albern, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a thick head that descends to a large patch.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, grainy, with a hint of plums and floral/grassy notes.

The taste is of caramel/toffee - towards a bit of chocolatey. Nice maltiness combines with a touch of Continental-type earthy/floral hop bitterness. Alcohol makes itself known a bit while not interfering or overwhelming. Sweet with a bitterish backing in the finish.

Medium-to-full bodied with an appropriate lager smoothness.

This brewery made the first bock beer, and still does a good job at it.

Try this tasty classic with a hearty meal.

jwc215, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Biermuseum in Köln.

Poured into a 50cL mug, the Ur-Bock is a nice dark amber with a decent tan/white head that lasts.

Smelling it, candied sugar dominates everything. Slight maltiness as well. This carries over to the taste, with the addition of slight smoky hints.

Decent, thick mouthfeel is a plus, but overall, this is just too sweet to be very drinkable.

philipquarles, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz green bottle into clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Soft auburn color with good clarity. Thin head with quick recession and minimal lace.

S: Raisins, burned caramel, and molasses are the dominant aromas

T: Not subtle with strong, sharp burned caramel flavor intermingled with dried fruit including figs and raisins. Hops are noble and light. Alcohol is there but not overwhelming.

M: Very dry in the finish with a piercing quality due to the high carbonation load. Aftertaste is long and sweet.

D: Enjoyable enough but a bit harsh in the flavor and mouthfeel. Not especially smooth or easy to drink.

argock, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a bock bier glass.

A: Pours a very clear, light brown color, slight red highlight, with tan head; about average retention.

S: Focuses on the caramelized malt, somewhat toffee-ish, molasses, brown sugar.

T: Starts with a big caramel, toffee, molasses flavor, follows with a slightly musty hop bitterness that dries out in the finish. Malt flavors definitely dominate the profile.

M: A pretty heavy feel, carbonation is about average and good for the style. Viscous and a bit sticky even though it is not a huge beer (although bigger than an octoberfest).

D: An enjoyable beer. Maybe not extraordinarily special for a bock, but it is the original and it is very worthwhile.

joeysmokedporter, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a dark amber clear body with virtually no head. Smells mostly of caramel malts and herbal spicy hops. Tastes very sweet with caramel malts dominating with a fair bit of herbal continental hops. Flavors are fairly subtle, but apparent and very well-balanced. Finishes rather clean. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Tasty and extremely drinkable. Definitely picking this one up again!

MrHurmateeowish, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz green bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a clear copper with about two fingers of fine bubbled, slightly off white head. Rich, malty aroma with some fresh noble hop aroma. Medium bodied, with a solid malt complexity, some caramel. There was some hop bitterness in the finish. Slight, green bottle skunking. Very drinkable.

homebrewhawk, May 18, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a coppery orange/amber color with little head that did not lace into a pint glass

S - sweet molasses, cloves, spice, and malts with a hoppy hint at the end

T - well balanced malts and hops, floral, and a sweetness of caramel

M - medium/heavy body. Light carbonation. Sits well on the palate. Somewhat chewy

D - alcohol is hidden quite well, goes down very nicely

Overall - This was a great bock beer that can be complimented with dessert or enjoyed alone. If only this was a double bock, then I would definitely give it an A. Will buy UR bock dunkel again!

DmanGTR, May 04, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark reddish hue with a light foamy tan head that settled rather quickly.

S: sweet caramel and nuttiness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and bready upfront with some dried caramel and earthy hopping. There was a noticeable alcohol presence along with some citrus and light grassiness hopping towards the end. There was some dried fruit as well.

M: medium with a slight breadiness and maltiness.

D: An average drink, not bad but nothing that would make you seek it out or recommend.

beerthulhu, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short, stout, 11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a deep, dark, orange, mahogany-brown colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and left a hefty amount of lacing...
Rich, nutty, malty aroma replete with grains, caramel...
Toffee, bread and butter flavors, and thick, rich malts dominate this one...
Sweet, creamy, thick mouthfeel with a rich pallate...
Decent drinkability, but all in all pretty sweet and slightly cloying...
Not bad... Worth a shot...

dsa7783, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of RoadLizard
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a copper-orange color when held up to moderate lighting. Head was average and did go away rather quickly.

There were some strong floral & oak odors coming from this beer a few moments after pouring. Not bad at all, a litle effervescense(sp?) too.

Tasted mostly like it smelled. Had a just touch of tangyness with an oak-like or "outdoor" flavor if that makes sense. Never harsh or "hot" and actually got a little better after the first few sips.

Has a pronounced carbonated mouthfeel but it was not objectionable. Smooth overall. This was not hard to drink on a colder winter night. I may try this again, it was good enough to warrant a second tasting, IMO.

RoadLizard, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of umustdrink
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark yellowy reddish, like a sunset. Cool color. Bubbly white head fades to a film. Little lacing.

S - Rich grainy corn with faint bits of caramel and some bitterness.

T - Starts out like a good lager ought to, rich smoky grains with a hoppy bitterness. The darker malts come in shortly after, sweet dark caramel, burnt sugars. Bitterness lingers throughout. Finish leaves smoky and caramely flavors.

M - Crisp and clean, with a good carbonation level.

D - I wish I had a case of this.

umustdrink, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of turdburglar
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice garnet color with a medium size rocky head. Malty aroma with a trace of hops. Huge malt flavor perfectly balanced with bright, tangy hops. Kinda spicy and a bit smoky. Nice dry finish. Retention is good, lacing is exceptional. Drinkability is dangerously good.

An excellent bock... definitely underrated.

turdburglar, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of xare
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper-tan hue that has a pale opaqueness to it. Head is creamy tan color that goes away with time but does lace well.

Had floral citrus aroma to it along with caramel malt to balance it out. Has a surprisingly spicy kick to the blend of smells.

Tastes exactly like it smells with the addition of alcohol and spices. Overall, rather nice blend of flavors. I can't identify the spices used if there are any but I suspect it's just something there for background.

Has a surprisingly easy feel in the mouth. Kind of a light creamy sensation that goes down smooth. No real kick at the end but the alcohol's carbonation makes itself known mildly and the alcohol warms your throat as it goes down to remind you that it's there.

The only deduction for drinkability was that it's got a slightly too high of an ABV to be a solid session beer. You can throw back a few of those with ease but they'll creep up on you.

Overall, a very solid beer and I'll buy & drink this again if I'm able to find some again.

xare, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly clouded amber with a ruby tint and a light tan head. Nose is cereal and malty with a slight sweet edge. Flavor is sweet and tangy with an almost roasted, old fruit quality to it. Feel is thick and almost syrup like on the tongue. I think it is very drinkable. Might be too sweet or pungent for some, but for me it is just fine.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of beersabound
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brilliant, golden copper hue flows from the bottle settling into a tight stark head. Unfortunately the head was small and fizzled out quickly. Aroma is primarily of caramel and pale malt with alcohol and a wisp of noble hops. The aroma flows directly into the flavor with a little more alcohol in the flavor. There is enough hop bitterness to add balance and support the leading malt flavor. This is a very good example of a traditional bock. Also, it is commonly found which is nice. It adds some good sweetness to the spicy lentil salad I had with the beer. The mouthfeel is smooth with some alcohol sting and it is rather easy to drink.

I just wish Einbecker would ditch the green bottles.

beersabound, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of Lupin
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 pack, fresh from the fridge at New England Beverage. Poured in my celebrator glass. Looks pretty tasty. Smells a lot like the mai-ur-bock, which isn't surprising. Lighter than expected for a dunkel, this one's a stunningly clear amber.

I had to ease back on the pour to keep the foamy, tan head from going over the edge of the glass, and it thins out pretty quickly. Lacing is disappearing as I type this, so I may as well give it a go.

Taste is dominated by a slightly nutty, caramel maltiness. A tiny bit of oxidized twangy tartness is apparent moreso in the smell than the taste, but it's not really that 'off' and again, is very similar to the same part of the flavor profile of the mai-ur-bock. Finish is crisp, clean very refreshing.

I think I like this one more than the mai-ur-bock. It's a little cleaner on the palate and not as biting. With dunkel in the name, it could probably stand to be a little bit darker. Seems like it could make for a nice session brew.

Lupin, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of sharkheadlasers
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a red-amber color. The clarity is clear. It has a malty aroma with a lingering caramel scent. The flavor is malty with caramel notes and a light smoke finish. It has a body that is between medium and full. The head was moderate, but dissipated. This is a nice, drinkable, sweet, but not cloy beer.

sharkheadlasers, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was very good - one I will probably have to order again.

Appearance: Was a rich medium nut brown. The head was light, but present.

Smell: Has a slightly sweet and malty smell. Also smells a little sour, but not in a bad way. Smells were not very strong.

Mouthfeel: Was a bit grainy, but not too thick. Was pretty carbonated.

Taste: A little bitter, but not enough to hinder drinkability. Aftertaste was a bit hoppy, and it stuck to your tongue long after swallowing. The alcohol taste would be a little overpowering if I didn't enjoy bock beer so much.

Drinkability: Very smooth and drinkable. Could have downed a few more pretty easily.

ralree, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small eggshell head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice herbal hop smell.

Mildly sweet caramel maltiness upfront leading into a rather agressive bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Finishes with a hint of malt before a lingering bitterness finishes it out.

Medium body, decent carbonation.

Overall, a solid bock beer. Enjoyable and easy to drink, it has a bit more bitterness than expected - a welcome surprise. I am suddenly reminded how much I enjoy a good bock. Try it if you have the opportunity.

MaltyGoodness, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of botham
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a medium brown with some ruby red thrown in. not much of a head here, with little retention or lacing.

smells dry, with some sweetness and a touch of fruitiness coming through. not strong on any of these fronts, however, but somewhat restrained. after warming a bit, a pleasant maltiness shows itself.

tastes malty, with some hoppy bitterness present on the way down, alongside a bit of roastiness. maybe some caramel or nuttiness as well. overall, a good balance of complex flavors. there is a subtle spicyness here that does well with the overall taste.

aftertaste is of dry hops. nice.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a touch of alcohol to add a tiny bit of sharpness.

drinkability is rather good for the style, without overpowering any one of the flavor departments, but creating a good mix that finishes smoothly.

botham, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An authentic and very enjoyable dunkel bock: classic crystal-clear orange amber color with a brief white head. Smooth malt palate with delicious notes of toffee/caramel, strong roasted hints and subdued residual malt sweetness. The hallertau hop flavor, while mostly eclipsed by the malt refined but full malt character, does provide a welcomed degree of balance. Dry toasted grain bitterness in the finish.

A really nice example sample of the style, smooth, drinkable with nearly flawless flavors. Maibock or Heller bock lovers will enjoy this one.

Highly recommended…

arguemaniac, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of WMBierguy
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge doppelbock fan, but I've had markedly less experience with the original bock style. This poured a ruby shade of brown that was a little lighter than a doppel bock. The initial taste was malty, but finished with a hint of hops. There was also a slight trace of metal floating in the background; I may have grabbed a bottle that was past its prime. Overall, the flavor was decent, but a bit weak. The malty flavor was a little weak, the hops flavor a little limp. I'll try this again, but it's not at the top of my list.

WMBierguy, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of hero27
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.
6.5% abv.

Burnt amber color, off-white frothy head.
Mouthwatering German toasted malts, slight roasted character. Nutty flavors are well done and compliment the other aspects of the beer well. Earthy hop flavor that can't quite top the malty sweetness. Lively carbonation, solid drinkability.

I found this to be a pretty robust bock actually. I certainly wouldn't mind having another bottle.

hero27, Feb 23, 2007
Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
84 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.