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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

224 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
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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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep mahogony with a thin head that becomes a swirling patch.

The smell is sweet - grainy and toffeeish.

Like the smell, the taste is grainy. A bit of toffee tries to boost up the flavor, but seems restrained. Not much going on in the flavor department. Seems like a schwartzbier version of an average green-bottled Euro. Something about the flavor just seems rather bland. Finishes abruptly with only hints of flavor hanging on. There is a slight harshness and a thinness in the feel, which is otherwise okay.

Not thrilled with this one. Something about it is drinkable, but the aroma and taste need a boost.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 15:06:02 | More by jwc215
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 03:20:03 | More by russpowell
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear garnet color with a short lived 1/4" head of small tan bubbles. There was a tad of lacing left on the side of the glass as the beer recedes.

Aroma: My initial impression was of a boat load of toasty Munich malt. There is also a very defined dark caramel component to the beer, but there is anything but roast.

Taste: The malt rules this beer is a very pleasurable way. There are plenty of toasty notes to give the light hops and mild sweetness a base to exist on. There is no alcohol noticeable in this beer, and the finish is malty with a bit of sweetness to coat the throat in the finish. Late in the finish, you can still taste the toasty malts.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer, and I really like the malt presence. I like all of the beers from this brewery, and I certainly wasn't disappointed in this beer. I would drink this beer (and many others from this brewery) if they were available regularly in my area. For now, I will just savor the few bottles that I brought back from Missouri.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 00:37:49 | More by SkeeterHawk
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though a bit on the thin side, this is one of my favorite Schwarzbiers. German Black Beers are notoriously tasty and light bodied, unlike their micro-cousins here in the US. Traditionally, they are as refreshing (in their way) as a pilsner or helles, but with the roasted nut/black taste that makes them so complex.

This one is an ideal example of the German tradition. Great black color in the glass, nice head (as long as it lasted), subtle carbonation, and a rich, earthy taste that hits you square in the mouth with its roasted flavor and then immediately lets up to reveal a much more refreshing lager taste. Schwarzbiers are fun that way--complex in their taste composition, yet simple, drinkable beers. Einbecker is exactly that.

Tasted again November 2011
Of the Schwarzbiers out there, this one is my favorite. And I found a fairly fresh (kept in a cooler/beer cave) batch at Shawan Liquors recently. Rich roasted flavor without the "smokiness" you sometimes get, and no green bottle skunk or off flavors this time. Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 20:48:49 | More by tugdriver7
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass. Deep brown, almost glossy black body with a billowing, rocky white head. Looked great at first pour, but I was a bit let down when the head left rapidly. Strange. But I blame it on me, not the beer.
Smell was a sticky sweet with malt and bisuit. Not overpowering and not as much as the big head would suggest. It wasn't very complex, but nice nonetheless.
Taste hits off with some sharpness and strawberry hints. The malt gives it some sweetness. Then the strangest taste. I swear a grape Jolly Rancher was dropped in this beer. For a second that's what it tasted like, then it goes away. Leaves a bit of a nutty or fig residue. Finishes with a bit of sourness and bite.
Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 21:14:22 | More by Mebuzzard
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beveritt

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is marked with notches for dates, but not sure how to read it. I got this in a sampler pack, and based on the dates of other bottles, am sure it is pretty fresh.

Appearance: Pours with about 1/2 inch of creamy, off-white head. Settles pretty quckly into a skim coating of foam. Bubbles coming up keep the head present. The beer itslef is beautiful reddish brown color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Wnoderful grain aroma, and I don't mean malty, I mean grain. It smells like sticking your head in a bag of fresh cracked grains.

Taste: Wow, this is good. The grain smell carries over into the flavor and once again it is like fresh grains. Sweet, but not too sweet and cloying. Very little bitterness, nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Good body, average level of carbonation.

Drinkability: I have been on a darker lager kick lately and this one gives me reasont o keep checking them out. Great flavor, reasonable ABV, a good candidate for a few more.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 02:04:06 | More by beveritt
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with hints of reddish brown at the edges with a huge 3 finger foamy head with good retention and sticky lacing. Smells of nice dark roasted malts and some molasses. Taste is predominantly of dark roasted malts with some molasses and what seemed like a hint of dark chocolate at the finish. Good mouthfeel, nice light body, seems to fit well with the style. Good drinkability, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 00:14:04 | More by mnj21655
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wedge

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 05:46:01 | More by wedge
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish brown color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavy with roasted malt and dark fruit with a little bit of metallicness to it.

T: Smoky, roasted malt flavor hits you first, then the fruitiness of plums, raisin & raspberry and then a little bit of metallic flavor. After-taste is sweet but clean.

M: Crisp & very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish, especially for the style and for a beer with such sweetness.

D: Tasty, not very filling, very easy to drink, certainly poundable due to the low ABV. Overall it’s a decent beer but not my favorite within the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 04:15:46 | More by TheManiacalOne
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear dark brown color with amber hues around the edges. The head is solid, tannish-white, and long lasting. The aroma is of a generic dark lager. Caramel malt is nice, but the is nothing special about this beers aroma. This taste is a mirror image of the aroma. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated; so much so that it is annoying and certainly takes away from the taste. Overall, this beer is a major disappointment, and I'm not even sure if I would drink it again if it were free.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 03:15:25 | More by KarlHungus
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emerge077

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Einbecker Schwarzbier is solid overall for the style. It has a nice roasty malt flavor, which is it's most shining attribute. Other than that, it's an inoffensive lager that doesn't necessarily push any boundaries, but is well crafted nonetheless.

Pour is a nearly opaque black with a garnet tint, where the light barely creeps through. Smell is very mild roasted malt, not too easy to pick up on. Taste is clean and smooth, again hitting the roasty note. Very easy to drink 2-3 and not blink an eye...

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 03:53:37 | More by emerge077
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 21:46:05 | More by tastybeer
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drotski

Maine

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice light tan head that quickly faded to a much smaller head that decided to hang out a while. Nice lacing on glass. Dark brown in color, maybe a hint of red.

Smokey smell. Sort of smells like A-1 sauce. Lots of roasted and smoked malt.

Smokey flavor, but not overbearing. Very toasty, and well balanced.

Sort of thin in the mouth, wasn't expecting that at 4.9% alc/vol. Nicely carbonated.

Fairly drinkable in the right conditions. If you're just drinking, the taste gets old, but if you're eating a steak dinner its very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 19:49:45 | More by drotski
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from short fat bottle to a tall thin glass. The liquid in brown not black, Ave carbonation. Nice 2 finger head that is fluffy and rocky it fade to a thin cover, not much lace.

The smell is very good, Lots of nice toasty roasted malt.

The taste follows the nose, very toasty indeed, some thin you would expect from a bigger beer.

The mouth feel is great, Nice light thin, if you want big thick and coating go get a RIS this is a black lager totally different style.

The drinkability is also very good. A very fine example of this style. Prosit Und Zum Wohl. MK

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 04:49:26 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Liquids

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 04:55:12 | More by Liquids
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Giant fluffy 3" head. Deep brown, good carbonation, thick and bubbly.

Smells of nutty malt, slight hop.

Taste: Like a good bavarian dark bier. Chocolate, vanilla, nutty and slight hop.

Feels very substantial, active and healthy.

A really good Schwarzbier IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 23:28:23 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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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dgallina

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 01:42:59 | More by dgallina
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep-reddish brown color with Modeerate tannish head. Nice lacing. Smell is a mixture of molasses, brown sugar, toasted malt and caramel. Taste is similiar to the smell, but after several tastes it slowly dissappears. Finished with a somewhat thin feeling in the mouth with little if any body. Easy drinking, but rather bland.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 00:09:04 | More by tgbljb
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AltBock

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle with just a simple black label with gold trim. The back label had the usual Govt. warning and some numbers on the side and the bottom of the label. On the side the 2 was notched and on the bottom the 4 was notched. I have no idea how to read it, but just a simple date would have been better. The bottle itself was interesting. It's a small bottle with a long neck and a big bottom with Einbecker etched into the bottle itself.

Appearance: When poured into my Brooklyn Brewery pint glass, the beer was a dark brown with plenty of ruby highlights. The head of foam was an off white color and a less than inch in height. It dissipated away quite fast leaving very few rings and no sticky white lace around the glass.

Smell: The smell was quite nice, but there just wasn't much going on in the aroma. Up front there was plenty of sweet caramel, hint of chocolate, then ended with a slight aroma of roasted malt.

Taste: For such a light beer, this beer had plenty of taste in it. In the beginning I noticed plenty of roasted malts, then some sweet caramel, and then finishes with a taste of bitter dark chocolate. A nice full flavored light beer.

Mouthfeel: It was light like it was suppose to be, but the aftertaste was kind of sweet, grainy, and watery. The taste was good, but I didn't care for that mixture of grains and water in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: This beer has session written all over it! I'm just glad that since it was in a green bottle and sitting on the shelf in the light that it wasn't skunked.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 19:16:40 | More by AltBock
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very dark, almost brown, but really mostly a concentrated amber color. It is not really black, but it is dark enough, and close enough to black that it is opaque unless it is held up to the light. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear dark ruby color. The head is a lightly brown, tan color and is initially two fingers thick. The aroma is sweet up front with almost a berry note to it. As I delve deeper into the aromatics, I get notes of rich, layered, concentrated malt; notes of toffee and a rich meaty malt character. The meaty maltiness might actually be a product of a touch of oxidation, but if it is, it is a good thing so far.

The taste is only lightly sweet, with a smooth roast character to it. The beer rests lightly on the palate for the most part, there is a touch of lingering heft to it and the body itself has a medium fullness to it. Malt is definitely the focus in this beer, there is almost a nutty character to this brew (similar to what is found in some brown ales), and the finish has a light coffee like roast character to it. This beer has the malt character I would associate with a Dunkel beer. Despite this, the beer is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 01:36:26 | More by Gueuzedude
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, deep auburn tone. Thin airy beige cap. Adequate lacing.

Smell: Cocoa, munich malts, bread dough and roasted malt.

Flavor: Muted chocolate malt tones. A little roast. Light bread tones. And a little sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: A little too much carbonation. Gives an airy mouthfeel and a few burps. Light to medium in body.

Drinkability: Not a favorite of mine. Won't return to it. Not horrible, but it just doesn't do anything for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 02:22:25 | More by Bighuge
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 04:09:40 | More by daliandragon
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance- Poured a merlot colored brown with a solid head that reducued to only one finger after a couple of minutes. Maintained some very solid lacing constantly making its way up to the surface.

Smell- Very bready toasted malt with some effervescence helping the malts really shine.

Taste- Taste like a mild rye bread crust, to be specific, with lots of general dark malts backing up the bread.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light and a lot of great carbonation that really lifts up malts well and really makes this beer so easy to drink. Its not even gasey. At least as any beer can be.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 23:06:30 | More by scruffwhor
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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