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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Ratings: 258
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 17
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 258 | Reviews: 172
Photo of weezyfart
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is copper in color with a light ruby hinge. The aroma reminds me of strong oolong tea spiced with a little bit of cinnamon. Earthy and intriguing. The palate is mainly malty with a little bit of bittering hops on the long finish. I can taste a decent bit of dark fruit and mild spice. The finish shows off some biscuity characters as well.

A very nice brew with good drinkability. If it was less expensive, I'd be all over it.

Photo of biggmike
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an attractive copper color which surprised me as I anticipated a darker beer. It had a decent lasting head and left some lacing. Aroma was of sweet roasted malt, dark fruits, and honey. Flavor was similar, but I found it a bit too sweet for my tastes. Still a good beer, but the sweetness would keep me from having more than 1 or 2. Mouthfeel was good.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange.

4.0 A: Clear amber color, very clean looking. Two fingers of thick frothy head. Good retention, lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Mild fruitiness, grainy, and caramel crystal malts. Low hop profile with floral and grassy tones.

4.0 T: Nice taste. Way more hops that expected, very bitter and very nice. Hops far outbalance malts. Spicy and a tinge of alcohol.

3.5 M: Medium bodied. A little too much carbonation, but creamy anyway.

4.0 D: I could drink these all night, but might be a little too hoppy for some. Smooth with good flavor.

Photo of etherashe
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amberish-tea color. Sturdy tan head that dies slowly, leaving no residue.

S - Faint sweet-grain smell.

T - Toasty molasses, followed by alcohol, with a slight hoppy falloff.

M - Full-mouth, light syrupy feel. Good bite.

D - Nice drinkability, certainly on my regular rotation, but not really sessionable. Excellent meal beer: I see mutton, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and hardy, fresh-from-the-oven brown bread dripping with butter.

Nice bock.

Photo of TKempe
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish brown appearance with a moderately sized tan head welcome us.

Even though a caramelized and slightly salty malt profile dominates the nose, hops are also present. This holds true especially for the taste, in which hoppiness marks a phase in-between a very sweet toffee-like start, a grainy-dry and licorice-like malt finish and a roasty and bitter after-taste.

This beer is quite full and heavy in the mouth, a bit sticky even, with not too much (but certainly not lacking) carbonation.

One of the better and more complex Bocks I have tried.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pint glass. crystal clear tawny color with an off-white head. good retention rate with great lacing.

S: apples and sweet malts. big fall fruit aromas.

T: some apples and spices. nice sweet malts with a good twang in the back.

M: nice easy drinking bock. medium bodied with a good bite.

D: easy drinking and very enjoyable. well worthy of a try.

Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml stubby green bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Deep copper-amber hue with a foamy one finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a little bit of lacing.

Very very light toasty malt aromas with a slight touch of caramel.

Delicate caramelized malts and some hopiness that provides a bit of a bite. Full bodid with lower carbonation. The finish is a little bit of lingering toasty malt.

This one seems to be on the lighter side of a bock, almost like a dark Marzen.

Photo of fitzy84
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at the Moan and Dove. The beer had a tan colored brown appearance with some creamy lacing. Aromas were really appetizing; a generally milky and roasty aroma. This was a very sweet bock with a great balance of milky cream flavoring with yeasty, malt aspects. Not to repeat myself, but yes this was a wonderfully creamy drink, but what was nice was it was light. Overall, a great bock.

Photo of MisterClean
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Total Wine

A - Golden-auburn in clor, moderate head, dissipates quickly. For a dunkel, it should be a bit darker.

S - Cinnamon, cloves, and sweet malts.

T - Cinnamon, cloves, sweet malts, and a slight earthiness.

M - good. Well balanced leaving a spicy, clinging feeling.

D - Good, would purchase again, but missed on account of close taste to a marzen and color.

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their German Festival.

The beer pours a surprising copper color (given the dunkel in the name) with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is very rich and reminds me why I'm so fond of this style. I have not had a bock beer of this caliber in a long, long time. On the nose I get lots of sweet malt with cherry, baked apple and honey. What really sets this beer apart from others is just how much flavor and aroma one gets. On the palate the flavors replicate the nose, but the beer is incredibly smooth, rich and long. The beer is moderately sweet, but somehow nothing is overdone. The beer is impeccably well balanced and is not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink. The beer is very drinkable with an abv. that is not the least bit obtrusive.

I had severals glasses of this beer during the festival, as it was one of my favorites. Just an absolute joy to drink and a reminder that not everything has to have a ton of hops to be delicious. An excellent beer.

Photo of RobH
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.34/5  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.

Photo of philipquarles
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of argock
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.07/5  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!

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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...

Photo of RoadLizard
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of umustdrink
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of turdburglar
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of xare
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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