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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

234 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
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 Jayli
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at Track 84 in Warwick RI 11/7/09

A: This beer pours a deep copper/amber color with a 1/4 of off white head to it. Head recedes to a film and leaves minimal spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of sweet caramel malts, touch of grain and grassiness, and a hint of raosted malts.

T: Taste starts with sweet caramel malts up front, blends to some roasted malts, pale malts, and a hint of grain, finish has a bit of a grassy bite to it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body and a clean finish.

D: This is a an average representation of the style and goes down easily.

Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a dark reddish brown, with a small cream colored head that does not stay for very long.

smells very sweet and smokey. not much hop from the smell. there is a wooden smell to this one, right alongside the toasted malts. alcohol is not present, and at 4.9% APV, that is to be expected.

taste is roasty, toasty, burnt and smokey. no one flavor seems to be the focus, all four are well balanced. a little less on the smokey side would have been nice, though. it is sweet, almost too much so, without much bitterness until the aftertaste, and even then the bitterness is subtle.

aftertaste is not strong, but a very light smokey and bitter taste resides.

mouthfeel is very clean. the brew itself is medium-light bodied, and goes down smooth.

drinkability is only good for drinkers who like sweet brews. this one would be much more tolerable if the sweetness was not so prominent.

drinkers who like sweet and smokey brews will not be dissapointed by this one. it is complex and unique to the style, which makes it a worthy try for any fan of beer.

Photo of ypsifly
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz with no freshness date into a pint glass.

Black to deep brown around the edges with a small light tan head that falls quickly.

Smells of rasted malts and some hop, but overall the nose is pretty weak.

The malts make up most of the taste with a dry hop finish. The taste is also rather mild with a light body.

While I'm not impressed, this would be a good choice for someone who is starting to drink non-macros.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark(er) brown with a tan fizzy head that dissipated quickly. A bit of a ring for retention; no lace.

Moderate sweet caramel and light chocolate notes mixed in with some malt. Pleasant.

Big letdown here. Flavors are just way to subdued. Some chocolate, light caramel and toasted maltiness, light bitter edge, almost metallic. Flavors are pleasant enough, but miss an intensity that I've seen in others of the style. Nothing wrong with it, just looking for more.

On the lighter side, but this is fine. Enough body and carbonation to keep this one pleasant.

Overall, a number of things in this one check and balance drinkability. Lighter body makes this one go down easy. Lighter flavors make it a quicker drink, but not necessarily a better one. And I was lucky enough to find an orphan bottle (a single outside of the six -- they sell singles at this store, but I won't break the cardboard encapsulated style apart to get one -- just not cool in my opinion -- but luckily someone else did). But a $15.99 a six-pack, I doubt I'd be reaching for 2-3 of these anytime soon. Better reps of the style out there. This is not horrible, but just ok. Still worth a try.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red with a brownish tinge. A 1" head drops to 1/4" with fine bubbles and good lacing throughout.
Smell is malt with some hops.
Taste is malty, sweet, some hops in after taste mostly.
Medium-bodied, smooth, not too complex but good.
Very drinkable but not nearly as good as Kostrizer Schwarzbier in flavor or smell. Nor was it a compelling as either the Ur-bock or Mai-Ur-Bock from this brewery.

Photo of doerickson
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown coloring with a reddish hue. Fruity aromas of grape/date with some maltiness to boot. Taste is dominated by tangy/fruity notes--apple and appleskin come to mind. A little bit of malty sweetness comes into play as the beer warms, but it remains a tart sort of brew all the way through. Solid but unspectacular.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent burnt copper with a tall light brown head that retained well leaving some very light lace as it slowly fades away. The nose smells like dark soda,slightly sweet with some faint hints of chocolate and a bit of noticable hoppage. This Schwarzbier is loaded with caramel,sweeter than I'm used to,not bad,and quite enjoyable. An underlying nuttiness and very obviously hoppy finish bring this back within the realm of the style. The body is on the light side and the mouthfeel it quite creamy and soft. This is a very drinkable Schwarzbier as are most,probably the best green bottle I've had in recent memory.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but dark ruby with no head. Nose is very slightly smoked it seems. Very minute malt character there too. Overall it seems to be very subdued on the nose. Flavor is a bit meaty with a slight woody, inky edge to it. Feel has a nice bubble to it, though I feel like there is a thick ink character in this one that stays on my tongue. Feels kind of odd. Drinkability is good. It is a smooth brew, with some unusual characteristics from the style. But overall it is no homerun.

Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in a pilsener glass. Poured a translucent mahogany with a rocky, two inch, tan-colored head that settled into a half inch cap. Thick clumps of lacing were exposed during the session. Nose was chocolate, lager yeast, a bit of skunk, and some citrus notes in the mix. Taste reveals some acidity that hits upfront, followed by toffee and cocoa, combined with some euro lager skunk. Mouthfeel was light/medium with a subtle background carbonation. Decent, but not my favorite Schwarzbier. I'm not sure if this brew might have been past its prime.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Draft served in a gray colored ceramic handled mug with a dark blue Einbecker motif.

Appearance: Hard to tell but close inspection inside the mug revealed a low key tan colored head which once it had disappeared helped to show the ruddy brown body of this brew.

Nose: Burnt brown sugar, caramel and a thick molasses.

Taste: A tad more malty that the nose suggests. More burnt brown sugars mix with bitterness with the centre having a caramel mélange with lightly roasted malts. Finish is short lived with some roasted malt bitterness also.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light creaminess whilst the head survives. Once the head disappears the average carbonation is not enough to fight off the bunt sugar on the tongue feel which isn’t too appealing.

Drinkability: The single mug was enough; the molasses dominate in the short term, whilst the burnt brown sugar tastes became a little too heavy in the long term.

Overall: Nothing outstanding, a so-so Schwarzbier that was a little too heavy on the burnt sugar and molasses for my taste.

Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a translucent caramel color with what appeared to be a decent head though it faded more quickly than expected; still, it left a few strands of lace

Smell: Chocolate and caramel

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, up front, with a bready taste that develops through mid-palate and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; moderate carbonation

Overall: More of a dunkel than a schwarz, this one is a bit watery and insipid; perhaps it was a bit old as other BAs have reported a hoppier profile than what I tasted

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Transparent caramel brown with faint amber highlights. The beer begins with bubbles frozen in a still life pose. The bubbles dissipate after a few moments, as the head fades to but a thin layer. The beer strongly resembles a cola.

S: Sweet malt, distinctly German. I do admire when the aroma of a beer is indigenous to a state, country, or region of the world. Beer is universal.

T: Notes of caramel, sweet malt (no roast character), subtle toffee candies. Overall, the beer is lighter than I would prefer. A certain amount of sweetness is expected, but this beer possesses a tad too much sweetness for my liking.

M: Thin bodied with a fairly sticky and sweet feel near the finish.

D: An ok beer, but definitely not my favorite representation of the style.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Code Number: L1048058L00
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Einbecker's schwarzbier is a modestly flavored, easy-drinking dark beer with light roast and toffee flavors. A definitely sessionable beer, but one I would not go to too much trouble to look for one when others that are tastier are more readily available.

Pours a 1.5cm head of very light tan, composed of large to medium-sized bubbles that recedes to a thick ring around the glass, with a few small islands of wispy foam. Lacing along the sides of the glass is fairly minimal, a few dots and squiggles. Body is a dark brown color with reddish highlights, light bringing out a dark amber hue to the beer. Carbonation is visible, but sluggish.

Aroma is of lightly roasted malt with a bit of toffee. The scent composition is fairly minimal, decent, but not particularly strong or nuanced.

Overall flavor profile of light roasted malt and toffee, sweeter rather than roastier, and generally subtle and mild. Tasting opens with malt sweetness and lightly roasted malt favors, leading into a mid-palate of lightly roasted malt with toffee and slight European hop bitterness. Back of palate sees an increase in roasted malt flavor and acridity, with a bit of chocolate and toffee as well. Lingering aftertaste of caramel malt sweetness with some roasted malt and toffee flavor.

Beer is medium bodied with low to medium-low levels of carbonation. Resulting mouthfeel is smooth, not creamy or fizzy. Closes out dry, with little stickiness across the palate.

Photo of dgallina
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml green glass bottle with freshness labeling, but nothing notched.

Poured transparent dark brown with small white head that disappeared very quickly; decent lace. Smells predominantly of caramel with toasted bread notes and leafy hops. Flavor is quite weak; clean but thin and watery toasted malts with a slightly drier leafy finish. A touch of unpleasant diacetyl aftertaste. Thin body up front, develops some oily creaminess towards the finish.

Photo of mschofield
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black or maybe dark garnet with a thin tan head.
Malty aroma, roasted quality, with licorice, dirt, grass, chocolate, grain, caramel and oak.
Good aroma, but the taste didn't stand up, mainly a roasted malt base with small hints of flavors from the aroma, the chocolate note built as it warmed.
Medium-full feel. A bit plain, not something I'd go for often.

Photo of crhensel
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into dimpled mug) I was rather surprised by this one. I expected a Schwarzbier to be black and heavy on the roast, to the point where I could taste it. This had none of that. The pour was a dark, deep brown, which is attractive, but when you can see through to the bottom of the glass, schwarz it is not! A thin head formed then was gone almost immediately. There was no real aroma I could put my finger on. There was a hint of a roast and a little pepper, but nothing remarkable. The drink itself was very disappointing. I expect something of this style to be a little thicker and have bold flavor.

Upon letting this one sit for a while to warm, I found that the flavors did develop nicely and there was a bit of a caramel malt that came out and gave this some character. Still not my favorite, but not too bad afterall!

Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours more brown than schwartz with 1 finger of sand colred head. Very good lacing above average head retention

S: Sligh metallic & corny odor

T: Caramel. fruittyness & some grainyness. Doesn't taste much like schwartz. Dryness follows with some toffee & little more grainyness/bitterness. A little coffee & some grainyness in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Alright balance

Drinks easy, but off-style to be sure. This brewery didn't impress in Germany & still doesn't here

Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a towering offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a roasted crystal malt scent that is sweet and slightly dry. The taste is average. It has a thin and light crystal malt flavor that seems a bit watered down and weak. It goes down easy and finishes dry and watery. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This beer has good aroma, but it's really weak in the flavor and mouthfeel. It drinks easy, but it's one and done for me.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a clear dark brown, not much head, then nothing, almost no lacing. The aroma is sparse, mineral infused, a faint caramel, nothing much else. The taste is a speck better, good bitterness, but really needs more carbonation and body to hold up any flavors that might be there. Forgettable.

Photo of Liquids
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good from the pour, a brown with ruby hues, a thick peachy brown colored head that sits nicely in an oversized pilsner glass. Smells is german, slight alocohol, sweet malts, and that mild earthy hop aroma. Nothing special. And for the taste, again, nothing staggering, mostly pale, with a little sweet malts (by the color I'd have guess differently than I'm percieving in taste), bit darker in the finish, but mostly hi-fi and watery. Bland, and rather bright for a "dark" beer. The aftertaste lingers with the dry unsweetened cocoa note and sime residual hop spice. This saves it from being swill. Motuhfeel is medium and the carbonation is just fine. I wouldnt borther drinking this again. I was searching for an imported schwarz to get better aligned with the style without knowing what to pick and grabbed this one because it was there, but it seems this may not have been the best pick. For now, taste-wise I prefer SA Dark Lager.

Photo of kjc51478
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with medium, fizzy head. Aroma is caramel and cereal malts. Taste is heavy on the roast grains with a hint of chocolate and nuts. Flavors then move into a slight grassy hops into the finishing. The beer is pretty light-bodied for a Dunkel, almost watery. Not terribly remarkable but a decent speciman.

Photo of acelin
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the terrible green bottle.

Please, stop doing this breweries. Green bottles will become associated with skunked shit, and this will only tell people in ever growing numbers that your beer is crap. This beer had a chance, but you ruined it with this.

Smelled of skunk, some caramel, some roasted notes, coffee, biscuit.

The taste followed with a little less skunk, nice roasted barley, and a creamy mouthfeel.

Einbecker, I won't buy another one of your beers until I see it in a brown bottle.

Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - When you call it a Schwarzbier, I hope for a Schwarz(black) beer... this is a deep brown. Wonderful clarity, but obviously low ABV by the lack of density. I was wishing for more color, but I give it points for appearing as a well made Lager.

Oh, and it holds a nice pillowy cap for longer than expected of a lager.

A - Not much going on here. Well, nothing is intense. It's not really peppery or zesty, like a Pils. The lighter grist bill, I shouldn't be expecting Bock notes. It there's some breadiness, faint roast, and caramel.

T - Very pedestrian. I expect Schwarzbiers to be Pilsners with with a little roasted bite at the finish. This is more of a Dunkel Lager that wasn't afraid to fill its role.
Hops are void, some chewiness, cracker and sweet notes round out the flavors.

M - Very wet, it's no different than your generic adjunct lager. If you're used to light beers (or heavy ones) it's a nice change of pace.

O - I couldn't drink this all day long and wish Adjunct Macro Lagers were of the same calibre. I also appreciate the opportunity to have tried this beer. Otherwise, spend your money elsewhere.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this in my mix and match section at Beer Nutz.

A - Well this happens to be the lightest "dark" beer I ever had. Clear amber brown with a half inch of opaque colored head. Lacing is pretty good.

S - Smells more like a bock to me with caramel and toffee leading with some harsh grains and mild roast.

T - Very harsh at first almost like it was skunked (green bottle) but I soon found out it was from the Pilsner malts so I warmed up to it. Still not that great with mild sweetness and little roast it didn't really strike me as a good rep of the style.

M - Light to medium, it was spot on for the body.

Overall more of a bock rather than a Schwartz this beer is boring and forgettable.

Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.