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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

223 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 14
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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essentrik1

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a cream colored head, nice retention

Smell: Malty, I can't smell that well so I can't give specifics

Taste: Light bodied, a nice roasted malt flavoring, nice finish

Mouthfeel: Light, nice crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 01:28:50 | More by essentrik1
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, almost black, copper color (in fact, the copper color really only comes through in the highlights). A rich, rocky head that leaves a creamy, sprawling lace. The aroma is mostly malty but with some roasty tones as well. The flavor includes brown sugar, caramel, mellow coffee, and smooth chocolate. Hop bitterness is in the background there, and balances to a limited extent. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is moderately active.

A good beer from a brewery that has consistently managed to make superb German lagers. A tasty and drinkable beer with a great roasty, malty flavor. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 05:50:00 | More by arguemaniac
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malty

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a russet - dark copper color (definitely not black) with a tight 1/2" cream colored head. Visible medium paced carbonation.

Prevalent dark roasted malt nose with a sweet molasses component. The scents are very fresh and inviting.

The dark roasted malt flavors follow nicely after the scent. A somewhat bitey, burnt molasses flavor shines through soon after entering the mouth. A ratcheted hop profile makes no qualms about being noticed, thus adding to the dry/bitey flavor profile. The flavors diminish rather quickly as I try to determine the aftertaste, forcing me to conclude the well balanced but 'quick' flavor profile is to be expected from a lager beer.

Mouthfeel is very good. Lighter in the body for such a malty beer, but spot on due to the fact it's a lager. Fine carbonation at just the right level. Woody, dry finish.

Drinkability is also very good. Very nonintrusive and middle of the road.

I was hoping for more from this beer. Maybe because I adore their Maibock so much. Don't get me wrong, the craftsmanship and construction of this lager is top-notch. I was just left wanting more. A good beer to introduce newbies into 'dark' beer territory.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 22:59:01 | More by malty
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2005 00:16:36 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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whynot44

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark mahogany color with a moderate and quick disappearing tan head, only a little lace left behind.

The aroma is mild black strap molasses, dark malt and raisins.

The taste is also sweet molasses, some dark roast malt and raisins or plums with a somewhat burnt finish and aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied, easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 05:24:12 | More by whynot44
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Brian700

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 23:08:51 | More by Brian700
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 18:14:28 | More by Viggo
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 00:11:51 | More by TastyTaste
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 20:28:41 | More by ypsifly
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WesWes

New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 00:31:30 | More by WesWes
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cracker

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2005 00:24:48 | More by cracker
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Hhawk06

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured with a tannish, somewhat creamy head and a very deep auburn, but not quite opaque, body. The nose is chocolatey roast malt. A full figured mouthfeel, amazingly quite smooth. The chocolate malt is prevalent and I am surprised at how subdued the roasted aspect is. A little underwhelming actually. The finish is somewhat creamy with some bitterness that accompanies a fading chocolate note. Its ok, not outstanding. Frankly I was expecting a little more smokiness or at least roastiness.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 22:11:14 | More by Hhawk06
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Dark brown in color with some ruby red highlights and a modest, retentive head.

Smell – The hard, unsulphored molasses aroma takes over at this nose. I can pick up some good, roasty malts but the molasses dominates.

Taste – The big, raw, unsweetened molasses leads the taste as well. I’m getting some good caramel notes as the bier warms to go with the nice dark malts and even a hint of coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with some stiff bitter notes. It is drying in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is a good, solid entry into the Black Beer market.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 20:40:30 | More by RoyalT
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gbontrag

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know, this is an older bottle, and it seems to have suffered a bit of a drop off in aroma and flavor. I'm not going into a lot of detail. this beer does me right though. It's got nice, rich malty flaves, the caramels, and sweetened malt-o-meal. Nice toffee aroma, with maple. I love the blackened grains, stark and bitter and smoky. Like an old curmudgeon in a comfy, malty recliner tossing hop flowers in the fireplace. I can't wait to try some more schwarzbiers. I bet this is dynamite when it's fresher.
Addendum: Smells a bit like old tree bark, and leather. Clearly sepia; beautiful transluscence with a healthy froth. The lace slips down easily like garters on prom night. Delicious malty darjeeling. Unsweetened baking chocolate, walnuts, dark brown sugar. Give me a pitcher with rye bread, radish, and a nutty, strong cheese.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2004 08:12:55 | More by gbontrag
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours more of deep red than black with a one finger head that settled into a thin layer coating the top of the beer,nice subtle complexities in the aroma I got some buttery notes as some caramel and even a touch of iron.Taste has almost a spiced coffee cake flavor to it some baking spice and brown sugar are big with some coffee thrown in.A nice brew here not overly complex but there some nice flavors in there,interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 01:06:30 | More by oberon
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 22:40:46 | More by jdhilt
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 14:14:07 | More by PorterLambic
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 02:01:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 17:34:11 | More by Beastdog75
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this type of brew. Very dark, almost black. Has a roasted malty smell with some caramel and fresh sawn oak. Not very carbonated at all so that makes it fairly easy to drink. The only reason I gave it a 4.0 instead of a 4.5 on drinkability is it is a bit heavy and I can certainly see how one good get full quickly drinking this Einbecker.
Overall, I'd have to say that the appearance, smell, and taste were exactly what I was expecting the moment I saw this brew on the shelf! Quite impressed indeed, and will most certainly buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 20:45:42 | More by SilentSabre
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mschofield

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 16:46:08 | More by mschofield
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 19:26:34 | More by merlin48
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan head that lasts. It has a malty licorice aroma. The body is light, but it is very flavorful. There is some chocolate and raisin notes with a slight spice. It finishes crisp and dry with some delicate noble hops. A good starting point for those shy about dark beers because it is so light in body.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 14:28:02 | More by ark57
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with some reddish light transmission. Nice head of 1/2 an inch of rising foam and with excellent lacing properties. Smell of light nutiness, malty sweetness and just a touch of grape. The mouthfeel is shy of medium but with a sharpness lent by fresh and grassy hoppiness that reminds me of its Mai bock cousin, and a beer I've had a soft spot for. Biscuity and honeyish malts compete early, but the attenuation is very nice and the beer dries to a satisfying finish. Well-balanced and more interesting than some other Schwarzbiers, slightly skeletal in body but with an added complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 16:48:21 | More by ADR
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jsolack

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Nice dark brown in color. Clear with a medium head.

Smell:
Malty and miild smell. Sweet smell... almost like whooper candy's and coffee.

Taste:
Taste is a little lighter than I would expect from this style. First thing that I taste is malty flavor. Finish is clean and crisp. I really enjoy this.

Mouthfeel:
Pretty light in mouth. Crisp with carbonation but remains creamy due to the flavor.

Drinkability:
This beer goes down pretty smooth and has a great taste. This is a top pick of the style for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 21:40:33 | More by jsolack
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.