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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 Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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

Pours a dark clear reddish brown, big loose head forms but leaves just as quick, not much lace to speak of, beer is rather dull. Smells like iron, roasted malt, sweet also a dark fruit smell. Tastes sweet, with some light roast flavour and dark fruits. Also an iron flavour in there. Body is pretty light, very low carbonation, tastes like a weak doppelbock, not so good.

Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep amber color. Good 1 inch head of an slightly off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells strongly of malts and slightly of lager. Seems to fit the style. Average carbonation, crisp, and slightly chewy. The bitterness of the hops is present on the tongue, but not strongly in flavor. Mostly a good malt flavor along with some lager background. Slightly sweet, but that lessens the more you drink. Overall, a good bodied beer with an easy drinkability - worth a try.

Photo of Bighuge
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, deep auburn tone. Thin airy beige cap. Adequate lacing.

Smell: Cocoa, munich malts, bread dough and roasted malt.

Flavor: Muted chocolate malt tones. A little roast. Light bread tones. And a little sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: A little too much carbonation. Gives an airy mouthfeel and a few burps. Light to medium in body.

Drinkability: Not a favorite of mine. Won't return to it. Not horrible, but it just doesn't do anything for me.

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a very dark brown with reddish hues shining through.

Roasted malt in the smell along with a distinct hoppy bitterness.

Roasted malt bitterness up front with a biscuit malt and grain kick backing that up.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

A very good Schwarzbier.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance- Poured a merlot colored brown with a solid head that reducued to only one finger after a couple of minutes. Maintained some very solid lacing constantly making its way up to the surface.

Smell- Very bready toasted malt with some effervescence helping the malts really shine.

Taste- Taste like a mild rye bread crust, to be specific, with lots of general dark malts backing up the bread.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light and a lot of great carbonation that really lifts up malts well and really makes this beer so easy to drink. Its not even gasey. At least as any beer can be.

Photo of avalon07
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a brown color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a half inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt and some sort of sugary sweets. Surprisingly not skunky, given its green bottle.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, and even a mild chocolate. A typically focused and clean-lined German beer.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a super dry and smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable. One of the better Schwarzbiers I've tried.

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DrDemento456
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.

Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear Coca-Cola brown with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled and rather persistent pale tan head. Strong, malty aroma has an overtone of pear and is on the sweet side. Flavor has a malty core and tones of caramel, licorice and fruit and a hint of grass. Smooth texture has a decent amount of fizz and about average body. Overall, not outstanding but definitely worth a try.

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