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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Einbecker SchwarzbierEinbecker Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
85
very good

217 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%


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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granger10

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one pretty looking beer. Deep brown in color with lots of colorful highlights shining through. Taste was very even and went down really well. Flavors came at me with a sharp crispness. Toasted malts were there, caramel malt flavor followed, a roasted bitterness came through after that. Dark fruit taste was in the mix also. Well balanced and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 16:53:15 | More by granger10
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e11iott

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 11.2oz bottle. Deep brown in color, nice froathy head. Limited lacing.

S: Chocolate, slight fruitiness.

T/M: Light body, smooth overall, medium carbonation, blended hops and chocolate perfection.

D: Do not drink this beer cold, room temperature only, recommended for all.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 04:50:13 | More by e11iott
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heavy216

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 11.2 oz bottle. 1 finger head fades slow, light lacing, dark brown color..

S: chocalate with a hint of fruity sweetness

T/M: light body. high carbonation. a little watery but overall very smoooth with taste of chocalate and hops

D: very refreshing and enjoyable with little to no alcohol taste present

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 14:56:18 | More by heavy216
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shand

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a ruby-tinged brown color with a finger of head that doesn't retain very well. The aroma is very nice and very strong for a schwarzbier. Full roasted malts pair with some nice chocolate and a hint of dark fruits. The taste is also quite nice, the roasted malts are very impressive here, working well with chocolate and caramel notes to create a very full-flavored beer at a low ABV. There's a bit of a prickly hop presence here as well, along with just a touch of raisins.

The body is fairly light, with plenty of carbonation to go around. The drinkability is pretty solid, even it does drink like something at a higher ABV. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's a good, flavorful schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 20:14:36 | More by shand
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was a dark brown, with ruby and garnet hues. Loved it. Probably not the color of a Schwarzbier, but....I loved it! Small fine head, with some lacing action. Mild malty nose, some bitter chocolate present, and even hints of dark fruit. Middle of the road mouthfeel. Slight malt flavor to start, toasted/roasted malt characteristics present, a bit bitter.... slightly astringent finish, with a the hops presenting themselves. Nice bier!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

166

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2002 16:49:37 | More by Bierman9
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freed

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As noted by a previous reviewer, the green glass made me cautious, but I took the $1.95 plunge. It poured nicely, very little head, but a wonderfully deep and clear appearance. Though it was nearly black, its clarity really lets red edges shine.

The aroma is a husky malt wall. Its nicely complimented by the almost cidery flavors that must have been imparted by the yeast.

The taste is clean, crisp, and warmly malty. Not that complex, but a nice, pleasant afternoon drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 22:59:21 | More by freed
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RedBeerHead

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weak and small Head. Pours Dark Brown. Malty and almost pilsner aroma. I found that this is good meal beer because it doesn’t have a lot of carbonation. Probably better labeled as a dark pilsner as opposed to a traditional schwarzbier. Serve colder to get a better woody, smoky flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 23:22:47 | More by RedBeerHead
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; looks more like a Dunkel than a Schwarzbier. Clear and dark brown with a off-white head. Thin yet beautiful lacing.

smell; toasty, dark, caramel malts upfront, with a herbal hop spice that stays in the backround but grows stronger with a longer sniff.

taste; appearance aside, this taste like a Schwarzbier, one of my favorite styles and I'm pleased. Toasted and mildly lactic malty flavor but before it gets sweet and milky the hops take control and mellow it out. Still the hops are mostly hidden and leave some herbal flavor but not really any bitterness. Some distinctive malts hang around, they have an earthy taste that I find to be common in all of Einbecker beer, not sure but maybe it's thier base malt that they combine with others. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; very smooth at first, but gets slightly creamy in the finish. Slick on the palate and gentle with pleasing carbonation.

drinkability; goes down easy but gets boring after a while. Still very drinkable but average for a Schwarzbier.

Note; it might be better to call this a Dunkel, under that sort, I would say it's the best in the world.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 16:30:41 | More by Sachsenfreude
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jesseejames

Montana

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the nice dunkel German beers. I enjoy one of these after a hot day of riding steam trains. This beer on has a bit too much bitterness for me. It has a nice balance of hops to dark malt something that is not easily accomplished. If served cold it has a wonderful head and one of the nicest aromas of the dunkel beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 20:07:51 | More by jesseejames
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jreitman

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahagony in color and only slightly transparent with a light tan head. Very interesting and complex nose. Pretty well rounded with a medium body. Caramel contributes to the generally sweet taste of the beer. Light bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2002 18:42:30 | More by jreitman
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UnionMade

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep umber brown, approaching black, topped with a thick ivory head. Great head retention, with lots of blobby lace. Tons of carbonation bubbles rapidly floating up.
Aroma is mostly a sweet roasty malt, with a bit of caramel. Very clean. Mild noble hops, with a bit of fig aroma to the malt.
The flavor starts with a rich, sweet dark maltiness. Mild roasted malt, although not bittersweet, with a bit of caramel. Some pruney flavor with the roastiness, with some mild herbal noble hops entering in the finish. Extremely clean, with no off flavors at all. Light bodied, with smooth, yet lively german carbonation.
An excellent dunkel. I've never tried anything by this brewery, so it was a pleasant surprise. Very clean flavors, with an excellent smooth malt profile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2003 06:44:05 | More by UnionMade
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, almost black, copper color (in fact, the copper color really only comes through in the highlights). A rich, rocky head that leaves a creamy, sprawling lace. The aroma is mostly malty but with some roasty tones as well. The flavor includes brown sugar, caramel, mellow coffee, and smooth chocolate. Hop bitterness is in the background there, and balances to a limited extent. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is moderately active.

A good beer from a brewery that has consistently managed to make superb German lagers. A tasty and drinkable beer with a great roasty, malty flavor. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 05:50:00 | More by arguemaniac
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was 100% pumpernickel bread. Nice toasted grain element as well.

The taste was also reminiscent of pumpernickle bread. An excellent grain flavor with hints of roasted coffee and nuttiness. A very very mild caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel was clean with a dry finish.

Overall a very nice and quaffable schwarzbier. I am convinced that this is perhaps the most underated beer style.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 00:35:03 | More by plaid75
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albern

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice Schwarzbier, nice and caramelly and refreshing. The beer pours a nice mahogany brown, very clear, with a decent tan creamy head. Retention is okay, not much lace. The nose on the beer is quite complex. There are nice roasted malts, there is some toffee and caramel, a little mustiness, a little grassiness, some raisin or other heavy fruit is just lurking underneath.

The taste is quite clean, some roasted caramel malts, a tiny bit of hop to balance out the deep roasts, there is a touch of some chocolate in the beer. There might be a slightly nutty slightly fruity quality in there underneath. The beer is just right in its consistency, not too creamy, not too prickly. The toffee and caramel flavors are quite nice. This is a fairly light bodied beer once it settles in, easy to drink, very enjoyable. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 21:35:21 | More by albern
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whtguitarguy

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this one, aside from the name not quite being true. This one pours to a dark amber brown color with a thick foamy head about 1/3 of an inch. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate. And it has a sweet character. There is a bit of barley, malt character. It has a smooth clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 23:30:04 | More by whtguitarguy
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown dunkel body. Patchy head remnants and lacing.

S - Smells like a hopped dunkel. Some sweet scents like malt or toffee.

T - Tingly hops and sweet roasty malt. Slight chocolate note and a little malty sweetness.

M - Crisp and clean this one is refreshing with its medium body and fresh carbonation.

O - A good choice for a dunkel. This beer isn't what i expected from a schwarzbier but it is still a great choice if you like darker beers with the drinkability and body of a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 01:49:33 | More by BeerForMuscle
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown in color with some ruby red highlights and a modest, retentive head.

Smell – The hard, unsulphored molasses aroma takes over at this nose. I can pick up some good, roasty malts but the molasses dominates.

Taste – The big, raw, unsweetened molasses leads the taste as well. I’m getting some good caramel notes as the bier warms to go with the nice dark malts and even a hint of coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with some stiff bitter notes. It is drying in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is a good, solid entry into the Black Beer market.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 20:40:30 | More by RoyalT
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer that is often overlooked. Great for those times when you want a flavorful, but soft and delicate beer that is not overly sweet or heavy. Very stout-like in it's toasted / roasted flavors, but Dunkel-like in the texture and cleanliness. Looks, well, black without looking viscous. Has a very roasty flavor with a light grape and licorice notes. Very clean flavor and well brewed. A Dry Stout charcoal finish. Crisp and abrupt. Good beer with only a light malt sweetness to balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 14:40:40 | More by BEERchitect
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jimdkc

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours not quite as dark as I expected into my tall lager glass. A beige head rises, but falls back pretty quickly.

Smell is lightly toasty grain with some sweet carmel notes.

Taste is a nice blend of toasted malt, sweet carmel, a touch of dark raisiny fruit, and just a suggestion of hops. Everything is subdued... nothing over-the-top... nicely balanced.

Very smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation. This goes down very easily!

Very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 02:24:25 | More by jimdkc
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a modertly dark caramel/cranberry color with virtually no head. The carbonation is soft and true to style.

S: lightly smoked caramel notes with a touch of roasted malt sweetness. There is a slight hint of burbon, smoked woodiness, and dark caramel that is very sweet and pleasing.

T: The palate is dark roasted with some biscuit, and a nice sweetness coming through in a light-medium body. There is a sweet caramelized nuttiness, brown sugar and some bitter burnt chocolate as well detected in the finish.

M: light with a slight creaminess from the caramel and a nice earthy hop bitterness that is dry. There is a nice smoked caramelized lacing in the finish providing a nice charred residue coating on the tongue with just a slight touch of sweet molasses to balance it all out.

D: The beer drinks very smooth, has a very good grain bill per style as well bitterness and perhaps one of the better schwarzbiers I have probably ever tasted. A dark roasted bitter-sweet treat definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 02:13:19 | More by beerthulhu
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StJamesGate

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Porterhouse, Parliament St.

Chestnut with a steady creamy film that sheets. Caramel, apple, nut and a bit of grass on the nose.
Nut loaf and cranberry bread with a mil chocolate hit and autumn leaf to end.
Stale Red Hots finish and lingering roasty sweet and sour. Creamy, round, verging on medium.

Labeled as "Dunkel".

Pale and fruity for a Schwartz - more properly called a Dunkel. Light, smooth, lots of Vienna. Just enough going on, but drinkable over challenging.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 11:53:10 | More by StJamesGate
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a clear and dark garnet colour with deep ruby hues. very pretty! a light tan head appears and slowly dissipates to a thin fine lace. lovely dark fruit and candy malt aroma with the typical german hop notes wafting about. a quite reserved but tasty dark malt flavour hits the tastebuds...light choco and caramel...sweet dark fruits peek through...all rounded out by some noble hops in the end. a somewhat skimpy, but silky smooth mouthfeel lets it slide right down my throat. a hint of crispness in the finish and you're left wanting to take another sip quite quickly. damn easy drinking and rather tasty to boot. a fine german brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 18:27:17 | More by budgood1
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Sigmund

Norway

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Named Einbecker Dunkel in Europe - allegedly the same beer (the Schwarzbier label is supposed to look trendier in the US). And it's definitely a Dunkel, not a Schwarzbier! Reddish brown colour, bread yeast and just a hint of coffee in the aroma. Flavour leaves you with the impression of drinking this beer in a bakery (this is not necessarily an insult to the beer - it's probably an OK accompaniment with a few sandwiches or even Danish pastry). Drier than I expected. Not as good as the Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel (and not nearly as good as Aass Bock, which I enjoyed 1 hour earlier) - a bit watery, but still a drinkable dunkel that won't offend anyone.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 20:54:54 | More by Sigmund
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with some reddish light transmission. Nice head of 1/2 an inch of rising foam and with excellent lacing properties. Smell of light nutiness, malty sweetness and just a touch of grape. The mouthfeel is shy of medium but with a sharpness lent by fresh and grassy hoppiness that reminds me of its Mai bock cousin, and a beer I've had a soft spot for. Biscuity and honeyish malts compete early, but the attenuation is very nice and the beer dries to a satisfying finish. Well-balanced and more interesting than some other Schwarzbiers, slightly skeletal in body but with an added complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 16:48:21 | More by ADR
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours more of deep red than black with a one finger head that settled into a thin layer coating the top of the beer,nice subtle complexities in the aroma I got some buttery notes as some caramel and even a touch of iron.Taste has almost a spiced coffee cake flavor to it some baking spice and brown sugar are big with some coffee thrown in.A nice brew here not overly complex but there some nice flavors in there,interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 01:06:30 | More by oberon
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