Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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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 botham
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,066 characters)

Photo of Brian700
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (379 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,178 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,424 characters)

Photo of DUBinMIA
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (419 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today at the distributor purely out of curiosity. I don't know much about schwarzbier but it sounds decent, and it is German after all.
Pours a bit ugly, headless and covered in carbonation bubbles. Nose is a bit strange too, with caramel and dark, bitter malt making the most noise. Certainly original but a bit sweet and strange at the moment.
Dark malt is the first batter and the flavor is bready and full of malt with a coffee note at the end and a fairly clean finish. Mouthfeel is thin and feels lacking, although I can only assume this is a proper attempt atr the style.
This is definitely not my cup of tea, but it is interesting and fairly tasty, although its shortcomings in appearance and smell hurt the drinkability a bit. An intriquing selection..I won't look for this beer again, but I would give the brewer another shot because this example shows some craft brewing chops. (910 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,674 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (377 characters)

Photo of paulginva
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (870 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,915 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (381 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Einbecker Schwarzbier pours a dark brown that on closer inspection appears to be a dark ruby red with an off white head from a green 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is malty. The flavor is dark malty goodness. There's nothing flashy about this beer, but it's a solid easy drinking lager. Sessionable. (297 characters)

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color, with a reddish hue. Thin, off-white head that fades quickly, leaving a few white patches and a ring around the perimeter. Not much lacing.
Smell is slightly roasted malts with some light notes of cocoa and toffee. Faint, skunky euro yeast aroma accompanies. Faint buttery notes, as well as some subtle notes of fig.
Taste is slightly roasted malts with some euro yeast and light hops. Faint, bitter rush after the front. Faint notes of cocoa and toffee.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a little bit of crispness at the finish. Fairly low level of carbonation. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Not overly impressed, but nothing offensive enough to detract from the drinkability. (689 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (354 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks almost black in low light, but some maroon coloring is seen when held to light. Creamy tan head, abot 1/2" then fades slowly to a 1/4". Smell is light grassy malt and some roasted malt, slightly buttery. Taste is dominated by grassy malts, some burnt flavors, about what you'd expect from the style. Decent hops finish lingers with the burnt tones. Well carbonated mouthfeel. Pretty good beer. (399 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three-finger cream head that some lace. Clear deep amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly malty nose. Starts sweet finishes mellow, a good schwarz even with the green bottle. $1.90 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (266 characters)

Photo of association330
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. European-style green bottle with a label featuring a traditional or "royal" look.

A - Pours dark brown with a pinky of light tan head that reduces to a thin cap with a thick ring of bubbly foam. Some spots of lacing, but nothing really outstanding.

S - Roasted black malts which are nice and coffee-like, but not burnt. Perhaps a bit of dark chocolate and brown sugar as well. A light sweetness is obvious, but hardly dominant or overpowering, which is good for the style. There's a bit of lager funk in the malt aroma.

T - Moderate roasted malt characteristics, with a light sweetness. There's some coffee and brown sugar, but everything is really quite mellow. Very little hops, though just a touch is enough to balance.

M - Body is on the lighter side. Carbonation starts out moderately crisp and softens rapidly as the beer warms.

D - I think it's a little too subdued to be called a schwarzbier, though it is easily drinkable. (943 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle, pours a clear, mahogany red body, with a minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is toffee and a hint of noble hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and has light to medium carbonation. A mild hops bite is felt on the tongue.
Taste is caramel malt, roasted grain, and a hint of herbal hops. This one seems to become thinner in body, as it warms. Slight, hops bitterness at the finish evens out the sweet malt profile enough to earn nice marks for drinkability. (473 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out a dank brown color with deep mahogany red highlights that shine copper in the light. A light brown head pours out at just under a finger and is slightly thin, dissipating within a fairly short time and leaving a creamy foam and just a bit of lacing around.
The smell reflects a malt backbone (seemingly crystal malts) with no real roasted or smoky notes but a good mix of light caramel sweetness and earthy dry character. Barley-like grains are evident as well and the aroma, while it starts off a bit mild, really builds up character as this one sits.
The taste is similar, although some roasted character i didn't get from the nose is here as well; I also get a metallic tint to it and there's a sort of astringency I can't quite place. The sturdy malt is almost, but not quite, enough to cover it. There's also a slight nuttiness constant to this brew.
The body is a bit light although it avoids being thin. There's
some carbonation, but not by way of crisp or smooth on the tongue.
It's one I'd have again, but it's not one I'd search out. it would depend on what's available. (1,100 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I see medium brown with a red orange tint under a mellow tan head. A patchy layer of retention sticks around for awhile and leaves little lace behind. Smells mostly of caramel malts with a burnt, sweet roasty quality. Milk and brown sugar with a pinch of peat come to mind. Taste begins with aggressive carbonation and follows through with the all the malt. Finish is softly bittersweet. Mouthfeel holds up pretty smoothly and body is a nice medium. Certainly could be a decent session beer as its not intense in most ways and seems true to the style. Drinkability isn't bad either. Goes down easy after the initial carbnation smooths out.

Not a bad schwarzbier in my book. (676 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a small tight egg-shell colored head which settles into a light cap. Quite light for a "black beer". The aroma is of a light roasted munich malt, quite doughy and sweet. Some grassy peppery notes as well. The taste has a nice but very light roasted quality which rides shotgun to a big munich malt presence. Big doughy flavor with some caramel, raisin, and grassy/peppery notes. Tastes more like a dunkel than schwarzbier. Moderate feel with tingly carbonation, lightly sweet. It may not be the best tasting schwarzbier out there but it has good flavors and is very easy to drink. The low abv is nice. More of a dunkel but a good dunkel. (677 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted/toasted malt and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same but slightly watery. There is a very mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice smell but the flavors are pretty thin in my opinion. (550 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, but clear deep chestnut color - huge, puffy tan head that slowly deflates leaving some patches of foam on the glass. Sweet, dark malty aroma...some toasted toffee and metallic overtones. Rich malts in the flavor. Bready and a little nutty, this isn't a huge or particularly complex lager, but it is tasty as it is. Nice taste but its a little on the weak side. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation - somewhat astringent with a clean finish.

This isn't really roasted in any way which leads me to think this is more of a Bavarian dunkel than a schwarzbier. In fact, this is only labeled "schwarzbier" in America. Let's just say its a good, easily drinkable German dark lager of sorts. (694 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught: This one poured an extremely dark, copper color. It seemed fairly clear, and only had a very small tan head on it. The aroma was decent, although a little light. There were caramel notes, as well as a faint tinge of roastiness. The taste was good. It was medium bodied and very smooth. Just a hint of sweetness in the taste. Very subdued notes of caramel and dark fruits. Not bad. (389 characters)

Photo of SteveS1
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown with a little caramel coloring at the edges, medium tan head with little retention and some lacing.

Smell: Plum, nectarine, sweet caramel

Taste: Sweet caramel on the tongue, blends into a bit of roast bitterness. Bitter hops going down, with a dry bready aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-to-full bodied, but smooth, definitely not heavy. Nice carbonation (small bubbles)

Drink: Easy to drink, very light. Great smell, but the taste was a little lacking for me. (473 characters)

Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
84 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.