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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 ypsifly
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

ypsifly, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

OtherShoe2, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of PorterLambic
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

PorterLambic, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of doerickson
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

doerickson, Oct 03, 2002
Photo of orangemoustache
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

orangemoustache, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

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%

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
Photo of Jayli
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Jayli, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

botham, Jun 09, 2007
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%

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%

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 27, 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%

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 paulginva
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

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%

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%

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 Beastdog75
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

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%

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%

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 hotstuff
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.