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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

233 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 16
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002)
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Photo of hotstuff
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium tan head with small to medium bubbles. The lacing was very sparse on the sides of my mug. I had a hard time trying to figure out the aroma on this particular brew. It had a smooth taste, but it was on the watery side. There was no bitterness noted with this brew. It lacks character and I was not very impressed with this drink.

hotstuff, May 24, 2003
Photo of SteveS1
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown with a little caramel coloring at the edges, medium tan head with little retention and some lacing.

Smell: Plum, nectarine, sweet caramel

Taste: Sweet caramel on the tongue, blends into a bit of roast bitterness. Bitter hops going down, with a dry bready aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-to-full bodied, but smooth, definitely not heavy. Nice carbonation (small bubbles)

Drink: Easy to drink, very light. Great smell, but the taste was a little lacking for me.

SteveS1, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today at the distributor purely out of curiosity. I don't know much about schwarzbier but it sounds decent, and it is German after all.
Pours a bit ugly, headless and covered in carbonation bubbles. Nose is a bit strange too, with caramel and dark, bitter malt making the most noise. Certainly original but a bit sweet and strange at the moment.
Dark malt is the first batter and the flavor is bready and full of malt with a coffee note at the end and a fairly clean finish. Mouthfeel is thin and feels lacking, although I can only assume this is a proper attempt atr the style.
This is definitely not my cup of tea, but it is interesting and fairly tasty, although its shortcomings in appearance and smell hurt the drinkability a bit. An intriquing selection..I won't look for this beer again, but I would give the brewer another shot because this example shows some craft brewing chops.

daliandragon, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks almost black in low light, but some maroon coloring is seen when held to light. Creamy tan head, abot 1/2" then fades slowly to a 1/4". Smell is light grassy malt and some roasted malt, slightly buttery. Taste is dominated by grassy malts, some burnt flavors, about what you'd expect from the style. Decent hops finish lingers with the burnt tones. Well carbonated mouthfeel. Pretty good beer.

TastyTaste, May 11, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger cream head that some lace. Clear deep amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly malty nose. Starts sweet finishes mellow, a good schwarz even with the green bottle. $1.90 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color, with a reddish hue. Thin, off-white head that fades quickly, leaving a few white patches and a ring around the perimeter. Not much lacing.
Smell is slightly roasted malts with some light notes of cocoa and toffee. Faint, skunky euro yeast aroma accompanies. Faint buttery notes, as well as some subtle notes of fig.
Taste is slightly roasted malts with some euro yeast and light hops. Faint, bitter rush after the front. Faint notes of cocoa and toffee.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a little bit of crispness at the finish. Fairly low level of carbonation. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Not overly impressed, but nothing offensive enough to detract from the drinkability.

Parrotbeak, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Einbecker Schwarzbier pours a dark brown that on closer inspection appears to be a dark ruby red with an off white head from a green 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is malty. The flavor is dark malty goodness. There's nothing flashy about this beer, but it's a solid easy drinking lager. Sessionable.

Drew966, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of association330
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. European-style green bottle with a label featuring a traditional or "royal" look.

A - Pours dark brown with a pinky of light tan head that reduces to a thin cap with a thick ring of bubbly foam. Some spots of lacing, but nothing really outstanding.

S - Roasted black malts which are nice and coffee-like, but not burnt. Perhaps a bit of dark chocolate and brown sugar as well. A light sweetness is obvious, but hardly dominant or overpowering, which is good for the style. There's a bit of lager funk in the malt aroma.

T - Moderate roasted malt characteristics, with a light sweetness. There's some coffee and brown sugar, but everything is really quite mellow. Very little hops, though just a touch is enough to balance.

M - Body is on the lighter side. Carbonation starts out moderately crisp and softens rapidly as the beer warms.

D - I think it's a little too subdued to be called a schwarzbier, though it is easily drinkable.

association330, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of Beastdog75
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is because of the Einbecker brewery that I now have the styles of Maibocks, regular bocks, and now schwarzbiers under my belt. This schwarzbier offering is indeed an enjoyable one. It looks like a dark, imposing type of beer but with the first sip it turns into a surprisingly mellow and very drinkable brew.

Einbecker Schwarzbier pours a very dark brown color with some ruby hints. Very nice color, which I can liken to the color of a black plum. One finger of tan foam forms and disappears in under 30 seconds. The aroma was light, with some light graininess and citric hop smell present in the nose. This brew feels nice and smooth on the palette, with a low-moderate level of carbonation. Very easy to drink. The flavors aren't complex in this beer but are quite enjoyable. I thought this was very light flavored at first, but I have retracted that statement and now say that this beer is "mellow." Subtle roasted grain notes along with burnt coffee. There isn't really any hop presence in the flavor, but a light dryness is present in the finish. The flavors of roasted malts, burnt coffee and caramel become a little bit more apparent as the beer warms up. The dryness and light roastiness lingers on in the aftertaste and the brew finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

A very nice and mellow beer. I can see how some might be disappointed with it due to the lighter than expected flavor, but what is present here is quite pleasing. If in a quaffing mood, this might be one of the easiest dark beers to chug. I can imagine pairing this with a roast beef on dark pumpernickel sandwich. This beer is worth a try, especially if you've yet to have a schwarzbier.

Beastdog75, May 21, 2004
Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown bordering on black, with a big tan head. Good chunky lacing. The aroma is very understated, with some cream and caramel.

Light raisiny flavor, with a good hop kick upfront. Mildly sweet with some lactic overtones, plenty of malt. Light toast, no roasted bitterness, but a little metallic. Biscuity finish.

Good schwarzbier, it's dark and drinkably mild.

BretSikkink, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of DUBinMIA
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served in a pub glass from a bottle.

clear dark brown with a hint of amber and decent carbonation. Pours 1/2 in head that dissipates to about 1/4 in with little lacing.

smell is balanced with malt and grainy aroma and piney hop notes.

good malt flavor and a slight hop spike emerges at the end to finish nice.

Mouth feel is medium to light body.

Not what i was expecting from a schwarzbier but a good one though.

DUBinMIA, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of paulginva
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a flute, produced a medium tan creamy 1/2" head that dissipated slowly leaving thin head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a clear dark brown body with copper highlights.

AROMA: Pure German malts; nothing else.

TASTE: Sweet malts with a hit of moderate caramel and a light bit of toffee.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a medium body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and thin body lacing that dissipates slowly. The initial flavor is lightly sweet with a very lightly bitter finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: Definitely repeatable, easy to drink and a good, but not great, schwarzbier. It's just a little too sweet for my taste, but that's a minor point. It provides a good price to value profile and I'd buy it again, particularly for a long night of beer and conversation with friends.

paulginva, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tree bark brown with orange highlights when on the coaster, uniform dark bronzed crimson when held up to my sunlit front window. The toasted beige cap has size and character. It's firm enough to last and tacky enough to stick.

The nose isn't quite as likeable, although it's no slouch. I can appreciate dark malt with no roastedness whatsoever. The beer smells like mineral-infused (almost metallic) caramel. It also smells like there will be very little, if any, sweetness on the palate.

Schwarzbier isn't bad, it just isn't tremendously good. If you're looking for a lightly flavored, light-bodied, low alcohol dark beer, this one puts big checkmarks in all those boxes. It's thinnly malted with very little flavor permanence. It's still somewhat caramel-like, but caramel that has had the majority of its sugar removed.

As suspected, the beer favors the hoppily bitter to the maltily sweet. Nothing wrong with that; that's the way Schwarzbiers are supposed to taste, at least as I understand the style. The finish is short and spotlessly clean. A result, no doubt, of the paucity of ingredients and the lack of sugars. It isn't that far out of line for the style, but is firmly on the lighter end of the schwarzbier scale.

Not surprisingly, the mouthfeel is as light as the the aroma and the taste. It isn't thin, however, and doesn't deteriorate with warming. Thankfully, it isn't overly fizzy or I wouldn't be as kind with the scoring as I've been. It's hard to fault a beer too much for staying true to it's 'light schwarzbier' personality. Sessionability is high, assuming flavor isn't high on your list of essentials.

Einbecker's version is a valid one, although I find myself wishing for more of... pretty much everything. The 11.2 ounces disappeared in a flash, so I must have found something to like. This one is worth a look if you're a schwarzbier aficionado. Probably not if you're not.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear Coca-Cola brown with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled and rather persistent pale tan head. Strong, malty aroma has an overtone of pear and is on the sweet side. Flavor has a malty core and tones of caramel, licorice and fruit and a hint of grass. Smooth texture has a decent amount of fizz and about average body. Overall, not outstanding but definitely worth a try.

Cyberkedi, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ygtbsm94, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of garymuchow
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes a guys gotta' wonder if there are drinking the same beer as others are, but my experiences differs from many on this one, especially with the aroma, which was all hops (including a noticeable aroma upon opening the bottle). Now a nice german lager hops, but no indication of malt. Dark brown to black with hints of garnet when held to the light. Clear. Short and thin head. Starts as a European pilsner and that's a taste that remains throughout. Middle to finish brings on the roasted malt flavors. The longer the beer sits the more the malt comes through. It's all very short lived. Interesting mix of flavors. Medium to high carbonation. Interesting beer, probably more of a dunkel than schwartzbier.

garymuchow, Aug 25, 2002
Photo of Brian700
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark brown with a light tan head that fizzled down to a nice collar.

The aroma was malty but pretty simple. Small chocolate notes.

The flavor was malty with mild hop bitterness. There seems to be some residual sweetness here.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a decent drinkable beer but nothing to get excited about.

Brian700, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of Frobozz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Frobozz, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of friartuck72
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

friartuck72, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up this week as a change of pace and a gamble on something new and different. I don't drink this style of beer much, but I figured it would be a change from the heavier stouts and porters that I tend to move towards this time of the year. This wasn't a bad beer but there's something missing to this...maybe some more notes or a bit more depth. It's not that it's bad, but like a lot of reviewers on here, I think I was expecting a bit more.

This had a decent pour to it - a nice head, a deep nut brown hue, and very little lacing to boot. The smell is similar to a bock and the taste wasn't that far away from it - not a lot of roasting here, but it has caramel, soda, and some malt in the front. The back is where the hops gently come into play, but because this beer is so thin, the aftertaste of licorice and nuts is too brief to really be savored. There's also not a lot of carbonation in this too, which is probably why I have "bock" on my mind again as I take another sip...

This is a fine session beer, with the ABV% being at 4.90%. I could down a few of these at one sitting, but seeing how plain-jane this is, I doubt that's gonna happen anytime soon. A good bock or dopplebock would be a better warm weather choice than this, and if ya want a dark beer, just go all out and get a Rogue or Stone bomber. This is worth a shot once, if for no other reason to say that you've had a German Schwarzbier.

JerzDevl2000, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S = Not much in the aroma, but I did detect some caramel.

T = Flavor was very subdued, but caramel stood out the most with a hint of bitterness rounding out the flavor. The finish was pleasant.

MF = Thin body with moderate carbonation. Crisp.

Overall, this schwarzbier didn't have much in the flavor department, but it was easy to drink.

Riverwarrior, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tan colored head doesn't leave any lace, but clings to the sides as it sinks. Light caramel smell, but mostly malt. The beer is dark brown in color, with a ruby hue. An even mix of toasted malt with a pinch of caramel and a floral hoppy bitterness make up the taste. The carbonation is pretty evident in the mouthfeel, and the finish ends slightly bitter.

HappyHourHero, Nov 22, 2003
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.