1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Einbecker SchwarzbierEinbecker Schwarzbier

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

217 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 217
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%


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)
View: Beers (13) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 217 | Reviews: 170 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Doppelbockulus
Doppelbockulus

Florida

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

Clear dark brown red, only a film of head.

Smells amazingly of caramelized sugar and some raisins.

Taste has almost no sweetness, more of a dark bread taste with a bit of malt bitterness.

Feels like liquid bread crust, not crunchy or rough, just firm and a medium to low dryness. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:27:30 | More by Doppelbockulus
Photo of DrDemento456
DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Found this in my mix and match section at Beer Nutz.

A - Well this happens to be the lightest "dark" beer I ever had. Clear amber brown with a half inch of opaque colored head. Lacing is pretty good.

S - Smells more like a bock to me with caramel and toffee leading with some harsh grains and mild roast.

T - Very harsh at first almost like it was skunked (green bottle) but I soon found out it was from the Pilsner malts so I warmed up to it. Still not that great with mild sweetness and little roast it didn't really strike me as a good rep of the style.

M - Light to medium, it was spot on for the body.

Overall more of a bock rather than a Schwartz this beer is boring and forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 22:43:15 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of crhensel
crhensel

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into dimpled mug) I was rather surprised by this one. I expected a Schwarzbier to be black and heavy on the roast, to the point where I could taste it. This had none of that. The pour was a dark, deep brown, which is attractive, but when you can see through to the bottom of the glass, schwarz it is not! A thin head formed then was gone almost immediately. There was no real aroma I could put my finger on. There was a hint of a roast and a little pepper, but nothing remarkable. The drink itself was very disappointing. I expect something of this style to be a little thicker and have bold flavor.

Upon letting this one sit for a while to warm, I found that the flavors did develop nicely and there was a bit of a caramel malt that came out and gave this some character. Still not my favorite, but not too bad afterall!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:55:50 | More by crhensel
Photo of MONKandTUCK
MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - When you call it a Schwarzbier, I hope for a Schwarz(black) beer... this is a deep brown. Wonderful clarity, but obviously low ABV by the lack of density. I was wishing for more color, but I give it points for appearing as a well made Lager.

Oh, and it holds a nice pillowy cap for longer than expected of a lager.

A - Not much going on here. Well, nothing is intense. It's not really peppery or zesty, like a Pils. The lighter grist bill, I shouldn't be expecting Bock notes. It there's some breadiness, faint roast, and caramel.

T - Very pedestrian. I expect Schwarzbiers to be Pilsners with with a little roasted bite at the finish. This is more of a Dunkel Lager that wasn't afraid to fill its role.
Hops are void, some chewiness, cracker and sweet notes round out the flavors.

M - Very wet, it's no different than your generic adjunct lager. If you're used to light beers (or heavy ones) it's a nice change of pace.

O - I couldn't drink this all day long and wish Adjunct Macro Lagers were of the same calibre. I also appreciate the opportunity to have tried this beer. Otherwise, spend your money elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:36:21 | More by MONKandTUCK
Photo of tlazaroff
tlazaroff

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown in color, perfectly clear, with a tan head that thins out quickly but never really goes away.

S: I get a tad of roast, with some graininess mixed in.

T: Mild roast compared to the nose, it has a bit of caramel.

M: Very smooth, a tad watery. this is light bodied and low carbonated.

D: Super high drinkability. Quite refreshing, could drink this one all day long.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:09:30 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of DUBinMIA
DUBinMIA

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:29:38 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of atr2605
atr2605

New York

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

A- pours a very dark brown, almost coca cola color with an off white finger width head that fades rather quickly
S-roasted malt with chocolate and toffee
T- Soft roasted chocolate flavor. Much softer than I was expecting from the aroma. There is some hop bitterness that helps balance the sweetness from the malt. Very well balanced
M- light-medium bodied, average carbonation
O-Very drinkable, an interesting style since it has quite a bit of aroma but a much more faint taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:33:55 | More by atr2605
Photo of shand
shand

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a ruby-tinged brown color with a finger of head that doesn't retain very well. The aroma is very nice and very strong for a schwarzbier. Full roasted malts pair with some nice chocolate and a hint of dark fruits. The taste is also quite nice, the roasted malts are very impressive here, working well with chocolate and caramel notes to create a very full-flavored beer at a low ABV. There's a bit of a prickly hop presence here as well, along with just a touch of raisins.

The body is fairly light, with plenty of carbonation to go around. The drinkability is pretty solid, even it does drink like something at a higher ABV. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's a good, flavorful schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 20:14:36 | More by shand
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a translucent caramel color with what appeared to be a decent head though it faded more quickly than expected; still, it left a few strands of lace

Smell: Chocolate and caramel

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, up front, with a bready taste that develops through mid-palate and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; moderate carbonation

Overall: More of a dunkel than a schwarz, this one is a bit watery and insipid; perhaps it was a bit old as other BAs have reported a hoppier profile than what I tasted

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 21:44:26 | More by brentk56
Photo of KonigObHops
KonigObHops

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to my brother-in-law for this one.

This beer pours a very dark chocolate color with a creamy tan head.

The aroma is very powerful. There is a very deep roasted aroma that smells almost like a porter.

The initial taste is very deep and rich. It is smokey, but not burnt.

The middle of the taste is very rich with a smokey caramel taste.

This schwarzbier finishes well. The smokey taste remains, as does a hint of caramel, but unlike many schwarzbiers, there is no lingering bitter aftertaste.

This is one of the best schwarzbiers that I have had. I would highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 19:37:19 | More by KonigObHops
Photo of BeerForMuscle
BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

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

A - Pours a dark brown dunkel body. Patchy head remnants and lacing.

S - Smells like a hopped dunkel. Some sweet scents like malt or toffee.

T - Tingly hops and sweet roasty malt. Slight chocolate note and a little malty sweetness.

M - Crisp and clean this one is refreshing with its medium body and fresh carbonation.

O - A good choice for a dunkel. This beer isn't what i expected from a schwarzbier but it is still a great choice if you like darker beers with the drinkability and body of a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 01:49:33 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of TheQuietMan22
TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is brown with a little bit of amber undertones. Two fingers of slightly tinted head developed and dissipated to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: A nice blend of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and floral phenols reminiscent of a good helles.

Taste: An equally excellent blend mirroring the smell. Caramel, chocolate, a little toffee, and that bittersweet helles/floral flavor. The mouthfeel is very clean and light, much like a lager.

Drinkability: A thumb's up. Though I like my dark beers thick and creamy, the light mouthfeel of this beer does not take away from the bolder ("darker") flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 18:38:45 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of aepb1
aepb1

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown body with a generous white head and nice lacing

S- Caramel malty sweetness, inviting

T- Hoppy start, moving into a caramel sweet malty body and finishes with a roasty, bready flavor

M- Light body with a crisp finish

D- A good brew, very easy to drink at the sessionable ABV and the light body makes it even more so

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 06:46:06 | More by aepb1
Photo of heavy216
heavy216

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 11.2 oz bottle. 1 finger head fades slow, light lacing, dark brown color..

S: chocalate with a hint of fruity sweetness

T/M: light body. high carbonation. a little watery but overall very smoooth with taste of chocalate and hops

D: very refreshing and enjoyable with little to no alcohol taste present

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 14:56:18 | More by heavy216
Photo of e11iott
e11iott

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 11.2oz bottle. Deep brown in color, nice froathy head. Limited lacing.

S: Chocolate, slight fruitiness.

T/M: Light body, smooth overall, medium carbonation, blended hops and chocolate perfection.

D: Do not drink this beer cold, room temperature only, recommended for all.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 04:50:13 | More by e11iott
Photo of kjc51478
kjc51478

Germany

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with medium, fizzy head. Aroma is caramel and cereal malts. Taste is heavy on the roast grains with a hint of chocolate and nuts. Flavors then move into a slight grassy hops into the finishing. The beer is pretty light-bodied for a Dunkel, almost watery. Not terribly remarkable but a decent speciman.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 13:22:26 | More by kjc51478
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
jibbyvonjibb

California

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

A: Brown with reddish hints. Not black! Good head atop.
S: Caramel fruitiness.
T: Prunish fruit. Smoke in back. ~sour. ~caramel and toasty.
M: Moderate body. Medium carb. Kinda silky mouthfeel.
O: A pleasant, fruity Schwartzbier, with interersting smoky overtones

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 04:16:45 | More by jibbyvonjibb
Photo of Sachsenfreude
Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; looks more like a Dunkel than a Schwarzbier. Clear and dark brown with a off-white head. Thin yet beautiful lacing.

smell; toasty, dark, caramel malts upfront, with a herbal hop spice that stays in the backround but grows stronger with a longer sniff.

taste; appearance aside, this taste like a Schwarzbier, one of my favorite styles and I'm pleased. Toasted and mildly lactic malty flavor but before it gets sweet and milky the hops take control and mellow it out. Still the hops are mostly hidden and leave some herbal flavor but not really any bitterness. Some distinctive malts hang around, they have an earthy taste that I find to be common in all of Einbecker beer, not sure but maybe it's thier base malt that they combine with others. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; very smooth at first, but gets slightly creamy in the finish. Slick on the palate and gentle with pleasing carbonation.

drinkability; goes down easy but gets boring after a while. Still very drinkable but average for a Schwarzbier.

Note; it might be better to call this a Dunkel, under that sort, I would say it's the best in the world.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 16:30:41 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of micromaniac129
micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

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

Ruby brown color thats well carbo'd. Not a very good foam head, in fact, quite weak.
sweet malt aroma caramel.
Sweet butter malt slightly our caramel or toffee malt flavor. A good bodied beer with a dry finish. Not much in way of hops here.
Nothing special here just a nice beer, smooth and soft.
Would be a good session beer.
Drink well my friends

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 20:16:10 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of bruachan
bruachan

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep mahogany brew with some suds above. ok

nice lagermalt scents with some breadcrust

almost crisp-bodied with sensible nutty malt flavor. plenty of hops all around, though. you'd think a black beer would be less hop forward, but they're very significant. spicy flavor from them, with a spicy and floral aroma. more bready in the flavoring. bitterness is mild though not entirely absent. just...mild. it could probably stand augmentation, but hardly necessary

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:57:15 | More by bruachan
Photo of drabmuh
drabmuh

Maryland

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

Gift from Huhzubendah. Thanks, I'll get you back.

Beer poured into a becher glass. Beer is dark brown and clear with a half finger head of small and medium brown bubbles, minimal lacing. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a worrisome sulfurness to it. The pilsner comes through but none of the darker malts, smells OK.

Yum. This is a pretty good beer. It finishes moderately dry, its light in body and has minimal carbonation on the palate. The dry finish reveals a slight bitterness from grains and the forward is all plisen sweetness. Its appropriately restrained and not overbearing, really drinkable. I like Einbecker.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 02:12:53 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Transparent caramel brown with faint amber highlights. The beer begins with bubbles frozen in a still life pose. The bubbles dissipate after a few moments, as the head fades to but a thin layer. The beer strongly resembles a cola.

S: Sweet malt, distinctly German. I do admire when the aroma of a beer is indigenous to a state, country, or region of the world. Beer is universal.

T: Notes of caramel, sweet malt (no roast character), subtle toffee candies. Overall, the beer is lighter than I would prefer. A certain amount of sweetness is expected, but this beer possesses a tad too much sweetness for my liking.

M: Thin bodied with a fairly sticky and sweet feel near the finish.

D: An ok beer, but definitely not my favorite representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 02:36:31 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of bum732
bum732

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Pilsner malt, slight chocolate, some bready maltiness, earthy, very faint cappucino.

L: Dark amber brown, not much head, 1/8 inch creamy head, good lacing.

T: Clean semi-sweet malt, some dark bread maltiness on the back of the tongue. Touch of chocolate in the finish. Fairly high bitterness, some earthy hop flavors in the bitterness.

M: Medium thin body, fairly high carbonation.

Pretty meh beer, i found most the flavors pretty lacking and the mouthfeel was pretty bad. Too bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:30:42 | More by bum732
Photo of nick76
nick76

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is brown with a small head. The aroma is faint with toasted caramel malt, chocolate, and a touch brown sugar. The taste is like the aroma but it's not as good. It's more acidic and astringent. The palate is thin but decently carbonated. The beer isn't that great overall but it's OK to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 23:40:22 | More by nick76
Photo of Brenden
Brenden

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 18:59:27 | More by Brenden
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.