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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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176 Reviews
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Reviews: 176
Hads: 242
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 20
Gots: 3 | 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 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)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in a pilsener glass. Poured a translucent mahogany with a rocky, two inch, tan-colored head that settled into a half inch cap. Thick clumps of lacing were exposed during the session. Nose was chocolate, lager yeast, a bit of skunk, and some citrus notes in the mix. Taste reveals some acidity that hits upfront, followed by toffee and cocoa, combined with some euro lager skunk. Mouthfeel was light/medium with a subtle background carbonation. Decent, but not my favorite Schwarzbier. I'm not sure if this brew might have been past its prime. (578 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,100 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (909 characters)

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

Appearance – Dark brown in color with some ruby red highlights and a modest, retentive head.

Smell – The hard, unsulphored molasses aroma takes over at this nose. I can pick up some good, roasty malts but the molasses dominates.

Taste – The big, raw, unsweetened molasses leads the taste as well. I’m getting some good caramel notes as the bier warms to go with the nice dark malts and even a hint of coffee grounds.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with some stiff bitter notes. It is drying in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This is a good, solid entry into the Black Beer market. (605 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Draft served in a gray colored ceramic handled mug with a dark blue Einbecker motif.

Appearance: Hard to tell but close inspection inside the mug revealed a low key tan colored head which once it had disappeared helped to show the ruddy brown body of this brew.

Nose: Burnt brown sugar, caramel and a thick molasses.

Taste: A tad more malty that the nose suggests. More burnt brown sugars mix with bitterness with the centre having a caramel mélange with lightly roasted malts. Finish is short lived with some roasted malt bitterness also.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light creaminess whilst the head survives. Once the head disappears the average carbonation is not enough to fight off the bunt sugar on the tongue feel which isn’t too appealing.

Drinkability: The single mug was enough; the molasses dominate in the short term, whilst the burnt brown sugar tastes became a little too heavy in the long term.

Overall: Nothing outstanding, a so-so Schwarzbier that was a little too heavy on the burnt sugar and molasses for my taste. (1,063 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear dark brown color with amber hues around the edges. The head is solid, tannish-white, and long lasting. The aroma is of a generic dark lager. Caramel malt is nice, but the is nothing special about this beers aroma. This taste is a mirror image of the aroma. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated; so much so that it is annoying and certainly takes away from the taste. Overall, this beer is a major disappointment, and I'm not even sure if I would drink it again if it were free. (499 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a small tight egg-shell colored head which settles into a light cap. Quite light for a "black beer". The aroma is of a light roasted munich malt, quite doughy and sweet. Some grassy peppery notes as well. The taste has a nice but very light roasted quality which rides shotgun to a big munich malt presence. Big doughy flavor with some caramel, raisin, and grassy/peppery notes. Tastes more like a dunkel than schwarzbier. Moderate feel with tingly carbonation, lightly sweet. It may not be the best tasting schwarzbier out there but it has good flavors and is very easy to drink. The low abv is nice. More of a dunkel but a good dunkel. (677 characters)

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

On tap at the Porterhouse, Parliament St.

Chestnut with a steady creamy film that sheets. Caramel, apple, nut and a bit of grass on the nose.
Nut loaf and cranberry bread with a mil chocolate hit and autumn leaf to end.
Stale Red Hots finish and lingering roasty sweet and sour. Creamy, round, verging on medium.

Labeled as "Dunkel".

Pale and fruity for a Schwartz - more properly called a Dunkel. Light, smooth, lots of Vienna. Just enough going on, but drinkable over challenging. (487 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was a dark brown, with ruby and garnet hues. Loved it. Probably not the color of a Schwarzbier, but....I loved it! Small fine head, with some lacing action. Mild malty nose, some bitter chocolate present, and even hints of dark fruit. Middle of the road mouthfeel. Slight malt flavor to start, toasted/roasted malt characteristics present, a bit bitter.... slightly astringent finish, with a the hops presenting themselves. Nice bier!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This beer poured a very dark brown (almost black) but clear with hints of red if held to the light. The foam was creamy and tan, and it clung to the glass and left some lace. The smell was modest but cocoa, caramel, and malt could be discerned. The taste was cocoa, mild chocolate, and caramel malt with very low hop presence. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter, crisp finish. The body was medium with moderate carbonation feel. The drinkability was very good. This beer was easy to drink. (544 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle, pours a clear, mahogany red body, with a minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is toffee and a hint of noble hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and has light to medium carbonation. A mild hops bite is felt on the tongue.
Taste is caramel malt, roasted grain, and a hint of herbal hops. This one seems to become thinner in body, as it warms. Slight, hops bitterness at the finish evens out the sweet malt profile enough to earn nice marks for drinkability. (473 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep-reddish brown color with Modeerate tannish head. Nice lacing. Smell is a mixture of molasses, brown sugar, toasted malt and caramel. Taste is similiar to the smell, but after several tastes it slowly dissappears. Finished with a somewhat thin feeling in the mouth with little if any body. Easy drinking, but rather bland. (335 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught: This one poured an extremely dark, copper color. It seemed fairly clear, and only had a very small tan head on it. The aroma was decent, although a little light. There were caramel notes, as well as a faint tinge of roastiness. The taste was good. It was medium bodied and very smooth. Just a hint of sweetness in the taste. Very subdued notes of caramel and dark fruits. Not bad. (389 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, but clear deep chestnut color - huge, puffy tan head that slowly deflates leaving some patches of foam on the glass. Sweet, dark malty aroma...some toasted toffee and metallic overtones. Rich malts in the flavor. Bready and a little nutty, this isn't a huge or particularly complex lager, but it is tasty as it is. Nice taste but its a little on the weak side. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation - somewhat astringent with a clean finish.

This isn't really roasted in any way which leads me to think this is more of a Bavarian dunkel than a schwarzbier. In fact, this is only labeled "schwarzbier" in America. Let's just say its a good, easily drinkable German dark lager of sorts. (694 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometimes a guys gotta' wonder if there are drinking the same beer as others are, but my experiences differs from many on this one, especially with the aroma, which was all hops (including a noticeable aroma upon opening the bottle). Now a nice german lager hops, but no indication of malt. Dark brown to black with hints of garnet when held to the light. Clear. Short and thin head. Starts as a European pilsner and that's a taste that remains throughout. Middle to finish brings on the roasted malt flavors. The longer the beer sits the more the malt comes through. It's all very short lived. Interesting mix of flavors. Medium to high carbonation. Interesting beer, probably more of a dunkel than schwartzbier. (713 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, can see through, with thin white head.

Nose is bready/dough like with some malt. Cold metal in the aroma too.

Palate is a timid caramel flavor with not much roasted malt. Thin bodied, watery, easy to drink but lacking in flavour.

Very disappointed. (269 characters)

Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
84 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.