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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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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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jsolack

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

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

I didn't have real high aspirations for this beer, as I have been unimpressed by the style in the past. Maybe it's because I had this after a couple of pilsners, but I really enjoyed it (particularly the taste). This is to Celebrator what Blanche de Chambly is to La Fin Du Monde. Nice, chocolate malt flavor, smooth and tasty. Somewhat thin and watery, and ultimately inconsequential. Nonetheless, a nice beer. I liked their pils quite a bit, also.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 03:50:20 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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BierReise

Florida

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle labeled Einbecker SchwarzbierPoured an ice tea color brown with a thick head that is slowly settling down. Aroma is slightly roasted with a note of caramel. Body is a bit on the flat side. Flavor is a bit sweet and a bit weak also. Finishes dry. Overall very average and not worthy of future consumption.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 22:46:01 | More by BierReise
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Color is a bit off with a clear chestnut brown with a ruby-like glow within, the head more then made up for it though, solid, finger high, thick and firm off-white top that sat a good while before fading down to a thick skim, globby small lacing. Aroma is roasty and sweet of malts with some plum and raisin undertones. Flavors are sweet and lightly dry of a roasted quality that aren't withstanding some length or boldness, not that its really all that necessary for the style but it seems to be over quickly. There's some nice subtlities to the roastyness with toffee, caramel, dark fruits, and grasses that help keep its pleasing tone, the finish is fluffy clean and slightly dry which is nice as well. Slight metalic bittering sneaks in nearer the finish. Feel is lightly creamy with a smooth light carbonation and hold of drying qualities within its medium body. Its a nice little drinker, mild and easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 18:13:45 | More by tavernjef
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Crosling

Colorado

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

This beer pours a reddish tree bark and is topped with a big and dense white head that laces well and lasts a while. Interesting color.

Nice nose! Sweet roasted malts and loads of caramel.

Lightly carbonated but still has a pretty warm and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet roasted grains, caramel with a hint of some dark fruits and chocolate/cocoa.

Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 01:49:03 | More by Crosling
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freed

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As noted by a previous reviewer, the green glass made me cautious, but I took the $1.95 plunge. It poured nicely, very little head, but a wonderfully deep and clear appearance. Though it was nearly black, its clarity really lets red edges shine.

The aroma is a husky malt wall. Its nicely complimented by the almost cidery flavors that must have been imparted by the yeast.

The taste is clean, crisp, and warmly malty. Not that complex, but a nice, pleasant afternoon drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 22:59:21 | More by freed
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shippos

New York

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gotta stop going for the green bottles sitting on the shelf, next time crack open an unopened case.

slightly tannish head with a deep garnet dark brownish color. skunky aroma...that's it nothing else is decernable. smooth balanced with a slight bit of malty (munich?) background, no hop character at all but I wouldn't want one either. nicely balanced and very easy to drink. this would be excellent on tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 18:35:57 | More by shippos
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 18:55:21 | More by HappyHourHero
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Loki

North Carolina

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

Sampled from a 0.3 Liter bottle in a Einbecker champaigne like flute glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep cherry brown color with a big, off-white head that expanded over the rim of the glass like mushroom cloud after the initial explotion, hung there defying gravity for a bit, then slowly receeded. Less than impressive lacing.

Smell: Aromas of malt, toffee, caramel and almost a dry yeast scent that I couldn't place, but most associated with yeast.

Taste: Flavors of unsweetened malt and dry toffee and caramel dominated the flavor profile. Smooth hops at the end with a touch of bitterness, but more dryness than anything.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, with bubbles of carbonation, pockets of sweetness, and hints of bitter. A ballett of sweetness and dryness that is very intriguing. It is always clear that dryness leads this dance.

Drinkability: While a very enjoyable beer, the dryness is a little more than I care for. I could not drink many of these back to back. Maybe after repeated exposure I will adjust to the dryness.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 17:41:41 | More by Loki
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fattyre

Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a moderately large rocky tan head. The smell is of sweet roasted malt. The taste/mouthfeel was moderate to thin with a sharp effervescence and little of the maltiness that was promised by the aroma and very little aftertaste. I thought I had a great beer from the aroma but was sadly dissapointed at the flavor. What was there wasn't bad but there just wasn't enough of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 03:34:08 | More by fattyre
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UnionMade

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep umber brown, approaching black, topped with a thick ivory head. Great head retention, with lots of blobby lace. Tons of carbonation bubbles rapidly floating up.
Aroma is mostly a sweet roasty malt, with a bit of caramel. Very clean. Mild noble hops, with a bit of fig aroma to the malt.
The flavor starts with a rich, sweet dark maltiness. Mild roasted malt, although not bittersweet, with a bit of caramel. Some pruney flavor with the roastiness, with some mild herbal noble hops entering in the finish. Extremely clean, with no off flavors at all. Light bodied, with smooth, yet lively german carbonation.
An excellent dunkel. I've never tried anything by this brewery, so it was a pleasant surprise. Very clean flavors, with an excellent smooth malt profile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2003 06:44:05 | More by UnionMade
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one pretty looking beer. Deep brown in color with lots of colorful highlights shining through. Taste was very even and went down really well. Flavors came at me with a sharp crispness. Toasted malts were there, caramel malt flavor followed, a roasted bitterness came through after that. Dark fruit taste was in the mix also. Well balanced and well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 16:53:15 | More by granger10
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Sigmund

Norway

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Named Einbecker Dunkel in Europe - allegedly the same beer (the Schwarzbier label is supposed to look trendier in the US). And it's definitely a Dunkel, not a Schwarzbier! Reddish brown colour, bread yeast and just a hint of coffee in the aroma. Flavour leaves you with the impression of drinking this beer in a bakery (this is not necessarily an insult to the beer - it's probably an OK accompaniment with a few sandwiches or even Danish pastry). Drier than I expected. Not as good as the Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel (and not nearly as good as Aass Bock, which I enjoyed 1 hour earlier) - a bit watery, but still a drinkable dunkel that won't offend anyone.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 20:54:54 | More by Sigmund
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This beer poured a very dark brown (almost black) but clear with hints of red if held to the light. The foam was creamy and tan, and it clung to the glass and left some lace. The smell was modest but cocoa, caramel, and malt could be discerned. The taste was cocoa, mild chocolate, and caramel malt with very low hop presence. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter, crisp finish. The body was medium with moderate carbonation feel. The drinkability was very good. This beer was easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2003 06:32:41 | More by UncleJimbo
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark amber color with very small head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity - very pleasant. Alcohol is also slightly apparent in the nose. Malt is very apparent in the flavor. It is very smooth and the mouthfeel is very good. The fruit taste is pretty strong in the taste, making it very pleasant on the tongue. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 03:09:50 | More by clvand0
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a clear and dark garnet colour with deep ruby hues. very pretty! a light tan head appears and slowly dissipates to a thin fine lace. lovely dark fruit and candy malt aroma with the typical german hop notes wafting about. a quite reserved but tasty dark malt flavour hits the tastebuds...light choco and caramel...sweet dark fruits peek through...all rounded out by some noble hops in the end. a somewhat skimpy, but silky smooth mouthfeel lets it slide right down my throat. a hint of crispness in the finish and you're left wanting to take another sip quite quickly. damn easy drinking and rather tasty to boot. a fine german brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 18:27:17 | More by budgood1
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2003 09:42:48 | More by hotstuff
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brakspear

Wisconsin

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

This beer seems closer to a dunkel than it does to a schwarzbier, but it is a good beer nonetheless.

The body is dark brown that light penetrates easily, the head on my sample bottle did not form well and disappeared quickly.

The aroma has more hop spice than it does the typical roasted malt notes that the style dictates, which is a bit disapointing.

The taste is mellow with very limited hop or roasted malt flavors. Not very much depth or character to the taste.

This is a beer searching for more character, still it is a very enjoyable beer even if it does not match the more superior beers in its style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2002 18:29:46 | More by brakspear
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doerickson

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2002 21:07:44 | More by doerickson
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2002 06:47:24 | More by garymuchow
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jreitman

California

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahagony in color and only slightly transparent with a light tan head. Very interesting and complex nose. Pretty well rounded with a medium body. Caramel contributes to the generally sweet taste of the beer. Light bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2002 18:42:30 | More by jreitman
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dabruguy

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Schwarzbier, great head leaving a nice lacy pattern on the glass, mild malty flavour, with a raisin overtone.
Mouthfeel was nice, let you know you are drinking a beer, a bit of a musty back of the mouth taste tho, other than that an excellent version of Black Beer

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2002 09:01:32 | More by dabruguy
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was a dark brown, with ruby and garnet hues. Loved it. Probably not the color of a Schwarzbier, but....I loved it! Small fine head, with some lacing action. Mild malty nose, some bitter chocolate present, and even hints of dark fruit. Middle of the road mouthfeel. Slight malt flavor to start, toasted/roasted malt characteristics present, a bit bitter.... slightly astringent finish, with a the hops presenting themselves. Nice bier!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Serving type: bottle

05-25-2002 16:49:37 | More by Bierman9
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Todd

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz custom green bottle. Best before on the back label.

Appearance: Deep, woody brown in colour. Pours a massive creamy/foamy tan head with loads of stick and retention.

Smell: Malty, milky and caramel nose.

Taste: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Hops hit the palate from the start with a sharp bite that segues into a complementary earthy roasted malt astringency. Faint raisin/grape. Metallic flavours fill the mouth, in tune with the overall sharpness of the beer and a tight, fizzy carbonation feel. Touch of chocolatey sweetness in the background, becoming more pronounced, rich and caramel-like as the beer warms -- "malty". Toasted flavours form and helps to finish things off, along with a dry-ish bready flavour.

Notes: An outstanding Schwarzbier/Dunkel. Balanced, tasty and an absolute treat for the taste buds. I highly recommend seeking this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2002 22:32:04 | More by Todd
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Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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