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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

234 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
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 tugdriver7
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of theghost3
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with almost no head--just an off-white ring. No lacing. Smell is smokey with toasted malts & caramel. Taste is bitter, some toasted malt & molasses. Mouthfeel is carbonated, acidic. This is not think, and it's actually kind of watery. Kind of an odd combination of smoke flavor with the caramel notes.

Photo of malty
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.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Rare Vos glass. It pours a cola brown with a great 1 1/2 inch tan head that settles into a thin foam. I smell pilsner hops, toasted malts, and caramel undertones. The flavor is great. Nice and toasty, with a light body and creamy body. The malty body is delicately balanced with the slightly skunky hop flavor. The carbonation is noticeable and it adds a little bit of dryness and spice to the drink. At 4.9% ABV, this is plenty sessionable. I love a good schwazbier. It's also a good thing to spring on a newer craft beer trier that "doesn't do dark beer" because it is so light and well balanced.

Photo of atr2605
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.

Photo of TheTrevor
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep dark brown with a single-finger head. The smell is filled with candy-like malt with some caramel and toffee. The taste starts off with a little hit of hops that gives way to some roasted caramel-tasting malt with a hint of nuttiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is slick and slightly thick without a ton of carbonation. A very tasty beer that is also fairly a drinkable, a great choice that everyone who's interested in the style should try.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of Beastdog75
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.

Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of ark57
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.

Photo of Duvel
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of aepb1
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

Photo of Brian700
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.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color, with a reddish hue. Thin, off-white head that fades quickly, leaving a few white patches and a ring around the perimeter. Not much lacing.
Smell is slightly roasted malts with some light notes of cocoa and toffee. Faint, skunky euro yeast aroma accompanies. Faint buttery notes, as well as some subtle notes of fig.
Taste is slightly roasted malts with some euro yeast and light hops. Faint, bitter rush after the front. Faint notes of cocoa and toffee.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a little bit of crispness at the finish. Fairly low level of carbonation. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Not overly impressed, but nothing offensive enough to detract from the drinkability.

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

Pours a transparent burnt copper with a tall light brown head that retained well leaving some very light lace as it slowly fades away. The nose smells like dark soda,slightly sweet with some faint hints of chocolate and a bit of noticable hoppage. This Schwarzbier is loaded with caramel,sweeter than I'm used to,not bad,and quite enjoyable. An underlying nuttiness and very obviously hoppy finish bring this back within the realm of the style. The body is on the light side and the mouthfeel it quite creamy and soft. This is a very drinkable Schwarzbier as are most,probably the best green bottle I've had in recent memory.

Photo of traviswhillier
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BierStein711
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Pokal

Like a prior reviewer had said, this is more of a bock than a schwarzbier.

Three finger gray head, dark amber body, almost no carbonation

Taste: chocolate, caramel, with perhaps one of the noble hops at the finish?

Smell: chocolate and caramel

Mouthfeel: moderate, not too thick.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not a brilliant one. This is kind of a boring beer to me, perhaps if I had a fresher bottle I'd like it.

I don't think I'll seek this out again.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
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.

Photo of Loki
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Antnyd82
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Believe this bottle is good until 12/06! Oh man, this is old.
Pours a clear, dark amber color, mahogany highlights with a weak half inch head with no sustain. Aromas are initially minerally and a little sulphur, subtle roast, even more subtle chocolate and coffee notes. On the palate, things taste old. I get some medium toasty malt flavors, a firm finishing bitterness, but overall smooth and very dry. This has got to be a really old bottle, I don't suspect oxidation, it just tastes old.

Photo of Caterwaul
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of prisoner1572
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of LuckyJohn
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BlackBeerDown
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.