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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
83
good

233 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 16
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 bort11
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz stubby green bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Not much of a head at all, very thin ring and no real lacing. Color is a dark brown caramel with lots of carbonation activity.

Smell initially has a bit of skunk hops but quickly mellows to a sweet caramel malt. Taste is malty with a slight trace of chocolate

Mouthfeel is light with a smooth carbonation. Interesting step out of the ordinary for me.

bort11, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of livingregret
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 11.2fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a Extremely dark brown(almost black), sadly w/ no head though.

Smell: Plenty of malt, and some rich caramel

Taste/mouthfeel: Sharp hoppy bite at the beginning that slowly fades leaving a earthy and caramel taste that dances lightly on the tongue. The beer has a slight chocolate taste to it and the caramel becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Slight carbonation and the beer goes down smooth leaving a slight warm feeling in the top of your mouth

Drinkability: Very enjoyable although not the best Schwarzbier I've had

livingregret, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Amalak
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Dark, redish-brown color. Not much of a head.

Smell: I don't know, but when drinking, I wasn't a big fan of the aroma. nutty smell very similar to the Mai-Ur-Bock.

Taste: Berryish kind of taste. Hint of nut. Solid, but hardly spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Not much going on.

Drinkability: Good, mildly rough.

I love Einbeckers, but this was my least favorite. Not bad by any means. Hardly spectacular.

Amalak, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of jimdkc
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

jimdkc, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

BretSikkink, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

botham, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle

Pours a black color with black cherry highlights. A creamy light tan head forms and recedes. Very minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is brisk with a hint of caramel and a light nuttiness along with a skunky hop smell.

Tastes like it smells. Some crisp caramel and burry malt flavors upfront. These are washed over by a mild bitterness with a skunky hop taste. Finishes clean and crisp.

Medium-light body, zippy carbonation.

Well, I wasn't expecting this beer to have a skunky hop characteristic - so I am left to assume that the single green bottles under the fluorescent lights at the shop are the culprit.

MaltyGoodness, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark reddish brown with a nice start of a head that melts into a sliver quickly

Smell - Nutty, bitter hops

Taste - taste is solid, sweet malts, oaked

Mouthfeel - carbonated soda-like, medium bodied, yeasty aftertaste and film on tongue

Drinkability - Good beer.

SaltyLime, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of meadhead
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a little roasted malt
and bittering hops
with greenish nut feel
and semi-sweet top

pours a dark black amber-
has quick vanishing head

smells nut malt
with a slight bitter edge

taste simple and thinned
yet somehow robust

mouthfeel nicely balanced

drinks or sessions
with gust

meadhead, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of jwc215
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.

jwc215, Apr 13, 2007
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 SkeeterHawk
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.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
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.

tugdriver7, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
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.

Mebuzzard, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of beveritt
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.

beveritt, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of mnj21655
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.

mnj21655, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of wedge
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.

wedge, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of plaid75
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.

plaid75, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
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.

KarlHungus, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of emerge077
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...

emerge077, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
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.

tastybeer, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of drotski
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.

drotski, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
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

MuenchenerKindl, Aug 17, 2006
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
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
83 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.