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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

228 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 15
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 Viggo
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark clear reddish brown, big loose head forms but leaves just as quick, not much lace to speak of, beer is rather dull. Smells like iron, roasted malt, sweet also a dark fruit smell. Tastes sweet, with some light roast flavour and dark fruits. Also an iron flavour in there. Body is pretty light, very low carbonation, tastes like a weak doppelbock, not so good.

Viggo, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Believe this bottle is good until 12/06! Oh man, this is old.
Pours a clear, dark amber color, mahogany highlights with a weak half inch head with no sustain. Aromas are initially minerally and a little sulphur, subtle roast, even more subtle chocolate and coffee notes. On the palate, things taste old. I get some medium toasty malt flavors, a firm finishing bitterness, but overall smooth and very dry. This has got to be a really old bottle, I don't suspect oxidation, it just tastes old.

dreadnatty08, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of bum732
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Pilsner malt, slight chocolate, some bready maltiness, earthy, very faint cappucino.

L: Dark amber brown, not much head, 1/8 inch creamy head, good lacing.

T: Clean semi-sweet malt, some dark bread maltiness on the back of the tongue. Touch of chocolate in the finish. Fairly high bitterness, some earthy hop flavors in the bitterness.

M: Medium thin body, fairly high carbonation.

Pretty meh beer, i found most the flavors pretty lacking and the mouthfeel was pretty bad. Too bad.

bum732, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of cracker
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with little lace. Smells somewhat like granny smith apples with a slight noble hop aroma. Taste is dry, crisp but somewhat metallic. Good malt backbone but very slight to no roasted flavor. If eyes are closed, tastes more like a Märzen than anything else. Overall, I'd say it's slightly above average.

cracker, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of nick76
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is brown with a small head. The aroma is faint with toasted caramel malt, chocolate, and a touch brown sugar. The taste is like the aroma but it's not as good. It's more acidic and astringent. The palate is thin but decently carbonated. The beer isn't that great overall but it's OK to drink.

nick76, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light caramel-y color...spritzy, cola-ish head, drizzles down quick.
aroma, pretty mild at first, but develops, sends out scents of anise, espresso, but mostly, coca-cola.
Taste: mellow, meek, and mediocre...very light, in flavor and body, with only a vaguely "dark" character that isn't really any kind of character at all.
Can't believe I paid $2 a bottle..glad I never broke down and plunked down for a 6-pack.
a shameful excuse for a schwarzbier...

feloniousmonk, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

DrDemento456, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of shippos
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gotta stop going for the green bottles sitting on the shelf, next time crack open an unopened case.

slightly tannish head with a deep garnet dark brownish color. skunky aroma...that's it nothing else is decernable. smooth balanced with a slight bit of malty (munich?) background, no hop character at all but I wouldn't want one either. nicely balanced and very easy to drink. this would be excellent on tap.

shippos, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of BierStein711
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Pokal

Like a prior reviewer had said, this is more of a bock than a schwarzbier.

Three finger gray head, dark amber body, almost no carbonation

Taste: chocolate, caramel, with perhaps one of the noble hops at the finish?

Smell: chocolate and caramel

Mouthfeel: moderate, not too thick.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not a brilliant one. This is kind of a boring beer to me, perhaps if I had a fresher bottle I'd like it.

I don't think I'll seek this out again.

BierStein711, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

MONKandTUCK, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of acelin
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

acelin, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

objectivemonkey, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Liquids
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Liquids, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of kjc51478
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

kjc51478, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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

russpowell, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

WesWes, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of dgallina
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

dgallina, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of mschofield
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

mschofield, Apr 16, 2004
Photo of crhensel
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

crhensel, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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

brentk56, May 19, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Huhzubendah, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of falloutsnow
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

falloutsnow, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Jwale73, Oct 12, 2009
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.