Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
84
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174 Reviews
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Reviews: 174
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted/toasted malt and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same but slightly watery. There is a very mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice smell but the flavors are pretty thin in my opinion. (550 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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 (534 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt, served in a half-liter stein.

Ruby hued, not the expected opaque black appearance, but it looks good all the same.

Scents of toasted malt and raisin hit the nose first, followed by a hint of sulfurous lager yeast and mineral. Pretty mild and pleasant.

Tastes like slightly over-toasted bread. There's a mild grainy bitterness, a touch of sweetness and raisin. The body is appropriately light, but not as thin as something like Kostritzer. Finishes with a mild bitter bite. Enjoyable stuff, not particularly outstanding, but good. (563 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tree bark brown with orange highlights when on the coaster, uniform dark bronzed crimson when held up to my sunlit front window. The toasted beige cap has size and character. It's firm enough to last and tacky enough to stick.

The nose isn't quite as likeable, although it's no slouch. I can appreciate dark malt with no roastedness whatsoever. The beer smells like mineral-infused (almost metallic) caramel. It also smells like there will be very little, if any, sweetness on the palate.

Schwarzbier isn't bad, it just isn't tremendously good. If you're looking for a lightly flavored, light-bodied, low alcohol dark beer, this one puts big checkmarks in all those boxes. It's thinnly malted with very little flavor permanence. It's still somewhat caramel-like, but caramel that has had the majority of its sugar removed.

As suspected, the beer favors the hoppily bitter to the maltily sweet. Nothing wrong with that; that's the way Schwarzbiers are supposed to taste, at least as I understand the style. The finish is short and spotlessly clean. A result, no doubt, of the paucity of ingredients and the lack of sugars. It isn't that far out of line for the style, but is firmly on the lighter end of the schwarzbier scale.

Not surprisingly, the mouthfeel is as light as the the aroma and the taste. It isn't thin, however, and doesn't deteriorate with warming. Thankfully, it isn't overly fizzy or I wouldn't be as kind with the scoring as I've been. It's hard to fault a beer too much for staying true to it's 'light schwarzbier' personality. Sessionability is high, assuming flavor isn't high on your list of essentials.

Einbecker's version is a valid one, although I find myself wishing for more of... pretty much everything. The 11.2 ounces disappeared in a flash, so I must have found something to like. This one is worth a look if you're a schwarzbier aficionado. Probably not if you're not. (1,915 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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... (504 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

It's been years since I've had something from Einbecker, so I'm interested to see how my feelings have evolved. This stuff pours a clear smoky topaz topped by a finger of charred cream foam. The nose comprises mild roast, light toast, and a touch of cashew. The taste intensifies the roast a bit and replaces the cashew with a bit of rubber. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an odd little schwarz, really. The rubber character is pretty off-putting, but the rest seems to finish rather cleanly. I have no idea how old this bottle isw, so perhaps age has had an effect, but it seems fresh enough, just lackluster. (715 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but dark ruby with no head. Nose is very slightly smoked it seems. Very minute malt character there too. Overall it seems to be very subdued on the nose. Flavor is a bit meaty with a slight woody, inky edge to it. Feel has a nice bubble to it, though I feel like there is a thick ink character in this one that stays on my tongue. Feels kind of odd. Drinkability is good. It is a smooth brew, with some unusual characteristics from the style. But overall it is no homerun. (486 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
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 (506 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The liquid is a dark amber and nearly clear. There is some fine lace left on the glass after each sip.

Interestingly, I think this smells similarly to an American Amber--more malty (with light crystal malt) than bitter. It doesn't seem like a dunkel to me. The flavor does revert to style with stronger darker malts coming through on the tongue. It also has the warming characteristics of a much higher alcohol beer. The body is light as expected. The aftertaste is bland but well-balanced. (491 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
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... (464 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium brown in color. The beer has a half finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: There is a sweetness to the smell of this beer with dark fruits and caramel/toffee dominating.

T: Light to moderate flavors of dark fruit sweetness in the malts, some lightly burnt malts, and just a hint of caramel. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is easy to drink and enjoyable. With the lower ABV and not too intense flavor, this beer is easily sessionable and definitely one that I would try again. (742 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (764 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,200 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My 33cl bottle was bought in Berlin: so it is just a 'dunkel' on the label.

Poured into an 'Augustijn' badged chalice at home on 26 Apr 2013.

Ruby coloured body, clean and clear: beige, full head.

The nose is more grainy than malty: with dark berry esters thrown in for good measure.

The taste is maltier than the aroma hints at and those grain smells don't appear in the flavours. Undertones of sweetness which don't surface fully hide behind a mild hop crispness that doesn't turn the brew bitter or overly dry.

Interesting and one of the better German brewed Dunkels I've had so far. (591 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +14%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a green bottle (sigh) looking dark brown, clear, and with head retention. The aroma is roasted and malty with a touch of sulfur. The flavor starts with dark roasted malts, not burnt, but there's a slight coffee note in the aftertaste. There's a little bit of grassy hops there as well, but it's a bit bland overall. The mouthfeel is medium and just a touch on the heavy side, well-balanced with high carbonation. Overall, there's a nice balance of hops and malt, a little sweet, btu good. (500 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a modertly dark caramel/cranberry color with virtually no head. The carbonation is soft and true to style.

S: lightly smoked caramel notes with a touch of roasted malt sweetness. There is a slight hint of burbon, smoked woodiness, and dark caramel that is very sweet and pleasing.

T: The palate is dark roasted with some biscuit, and a nice sweetness coming through in a light-medium body. There is a sweet caramelized nuttiness, brown sugar and some bitter burnt chocolate as well detected in the finish.

M: light with a slight creaminess from the caramel and a nice earthy hop bitterness that is dry. There is a nice smoked caramelized lacing in the finish providing a nice charred residue coating on the tongue with just a slight touch of sweet molasses to balance it all out.

D: The beer drinks very smooth, has a very good grain bill per style as well bitterness and perhaps one of the better schwarzbiers I have probably ever tasted. A dark roasted bitter-sweet treat definitely worth seeking out. (1,019 characters)

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Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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