Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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174 Reviews
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Reviews: 174
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

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Photo of shand
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of e11iott
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (1,146 characters)

Photo of RedBeerHead
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of OldManMetal
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours to a thin, pebbly tan head on a very deep brown body. The nose is dark and sweet: cassis, plum and molasses with alcohol undertones. The palate is malty, slightly sweet with medium-roasted notes and hints of molasses and coffee that carry through to a nicely-balanced finish that lingers to the next sip. The body is perhaps a bit heavier than one would expect for a lager, and the lively carbonation allows it to build a slightly creamy texture. This is a great example of the style. (500 characters)

Photo of freed
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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

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Photo of jesseejames
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of heavy216
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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 (308 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a very dark brown with reddish hues shining through.

Roasted malt in the smell along with a distinct hoppy bitterness.

Roasted malt bitterness up front with a biscuit malt and grain kick backing that up.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

A very good Schwarzbier. (282 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +7.8%

A: poured into a Pokal to a deep brown with a small off white head that retains well with a little lacing
S: smells of toasted malt and caramel
T: tastes of caramel, toasted malt, a little dark fruit, some hop bitterness. swallow is bready malt with some more caramel sweetness
M: on the lighter side but not watery with good carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: Very impressive with a lot of complexity and flavor without being a heavy hitting beer. Definitely a pleasure to drink. (491 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (242 characters)

Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly light for the style with a darky ruby red, and ultra clear body. A nice off white head retains extraordinarily well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is classic schwarzbier, with some good grainy lager in there, and a slight roastiness that makes itself known without reaching porter status.

Hmmm. A tiny bit lighter than i prefer for the style, the roastiness is there, but (can't beleive im finally saying this about a schwarzbier) could actually be stronger! A nice change of pace from the over roastified lovibond festival psuedo-porters that more and more schwarzbiers seem to be these days. Nice crisp lagery finish with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty much ideal for the style, low to moderate viscosity, very dry, and perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good on this one, could easily session this beer.

Overall, a decent schwarz, but a little bit too mild, IMO. It is nice to see this end of the spectrum though, less roasty and more lagery. A decent session beer, and one i wouldn't mind drinking again. (1,044 characters)

Photo of arguemaniac
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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! (618 characters)

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (290 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of jimdkc
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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! (459 characters)

Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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