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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

224 Ratings
THE BROS
97
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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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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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Duvel

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-09-2013 16:37:29 | More by Duvel
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aepb1

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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
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Brian700

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 05:35:39 | More by Parrotbeak
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 16:21:20 | More by orangemoustache
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 02:15:01 | More by BierStein711
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traviswhillier

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-14-2013 00:28:06 | More by traviswhillier
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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
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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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Antnyd82

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

08-19-2012 06:27:13 | More by Antnyd82
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 13:04:31 | More by dreadnatty08
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Caterwaul

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-22-2011 14:07:14 | More by Caterwaul
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prisoner1572

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

06-25-2012 14:29:55 | More by prisoner1572
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Jasoncolliver

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-22-2014 05:06:29 | More by Jasoncolliver
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-10-2014 16:20:11 | More by henryclay_
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LumpyGuitar

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a clearance/sale endcap. I'm a huge Schwarzbier fan and I couldn't pass up the chance to try another.

Came in a small green bottle, poured a solid black with just a thing half-finger head that lasted the entire life.

Smelled like roasted malts, nuts, and chocolate. Nothing special for a beer of this type.

Tasted very nice, smooth flavor. Tasted of coffee, chocolate, malt, and a bit of peanut.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, the weight was dead on and the carbonation was perfect.

Drinkability is high for me. If I could find a 6 pack or anything I'd be sure to get more.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 04:00:31 | More by LumpyGuitar
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with hints of reddish brown at the edges with a huge 3 finger foamy head with good retention and sticky lacing. Smells of nice dark roasted malts and some molasses. Taste is predominantly of dark roasted malts with some molasses and what seemed like a hint of dark chocolate at the finish. Good mouthfeel, nice light body, seems to fit well with the style. Good drinkability, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 00:14:04 | More by mnj21655
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BlackBeerDown

Arkansas

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

10-25-2012 02:07:33 | More by BlackBeerDown
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LuckyJohn

Colorado

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-04-2014 01:04:58 | More by LuckyJohn
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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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kvnstfrd

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. Pilsner glass.
Appearance: Dark brown color with a reddish hue; looks like a Dr. Pepper. Absolutly no head at all, even with an aggressive pour.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, dark chocolate and a slight sour note.

Taste: Initially, roasted Munich malts and semi-sweet caramel with a coffee-like bitter flavor mid-way. Aftertaste yields a roasted almond flavor with a mild herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with more carbonation detected than what was visible.

Overall: I'm a little confused because this beer has the qualities of a Munich Dunkel and also characteristics of a Doppelbock, but nothing like other Schwarzbiers-style beers I've had before. So, I stopped trying to analyze what style of beer it was and just enjoyed it. It's one of those beers you can sip slowly and savor, or throw back several in one sitting.
Whatever style it is, it's another awesome brew from Einbecker.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:56:07 | More by kvnstfrd
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nick_asian

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +13%

02-19-2014 11:43:35 | More by nick_asian
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gbontrag

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.