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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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217 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%


Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 06:24:19 | More by TMoney2591
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tawny color with brown hues. Light tan head with moderate density and medium+ retention.

Light roasted coffee and toffee notes. Moderate malt richness with a subtle lactic note.

The roasted flavor deepens on the palate. Slightly smoky with a moderate bitterness that is well integrated with the malt. Medium length with caramelized notes that linger on the finish.

Medium- body that is slightly watery in texture.

Nice beer for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 19:25:53 | More by Libationguy
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jesseejames

Montana

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the nice dunkel German beers. I enjoy one of these after a hot day of riding steam trains. This beer on has a bit too much bitterness for me. It has a nice balance of hops to dark malt something that is not easily accomplished. If served cold it has a wonderful head and one of the nicest aromas of the dunkel beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 20:07:51 | More by jesseejames
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 21:04:58 | More by BlackHaddock
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HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Schwarzbier is a dark-red color, transparent, with a slightly tanned neck. The aroma emanates caramelly malt tones with vigor, with noble hopes in the background. The taste displays medium carbonation, the same caramel, and coffee tones. The sensation is very refreshing, and very soft, and the taste is super fast - the beer slides fast in the palate. The aftertaste is malty and shows noble hops. Definitely a good pick for the end of Winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:44:23 | More by HabiMendes
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kvnstfrd

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +16%
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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acelin

Kansas

3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the terrible green bottle.

Please, stop doing this breweries. Green bottles will become associated with skunked shit, and this will only tell people in ever growing numbers that your beer is crap. This beer had a chance, but you ruined it with this.

Smelled of skunk, some caramel, some roasted notes, coffee, biscuit.

The taste followed with a little less skunk, nice roasted barley, and a creamy mouthfeel.

Einbecker, I won't buy another one of your beers until I see it in a brown bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 05:14:49 | More by acelin
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BierStein711

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Code Number: L1048058L00
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Einbecker's schwarzbier is a modestly flavored, easy-drinking dark beer with light roast and toffee flavors. A definitely sessionable beer, but one I would not go to too much trouble to look for one when others that are tastier are more readily available.

Pours a 1.5cm head of very light tan, composed of large to medium-sized bubbles that recedes to a thick ring around the glass, with a few small islands of wispy foam. Lacing along the sides of the glass is fairly minimal, a few dots and squiggles. Body is a dark brown color with reddish highlights, light bringing out a dark amber hue to the beer. Carbonation is visible, but sluggish.

Aroma is of lightly roasted malt with a bit of toffee. The scent composition is fairly minimal, decent, but not particularly strong or nuanced.

Overall flavor profile of light roasted malt and toffee, sweeter rather than roastier, and generally subtle and mild. Tasting opens with malt sweetness and lightly roasted malt favors, leading into a mid-palate of lightly roasted malt with toffee and slight European hop bitterness. Back of palate sees an increase in roasted malt flavor and acridity, with a bit of chocolate and toffee as well. Lingering aftertaste of caramel malt sweetness with some roasted malt and toffee flavor.

Beer is medium bodied with low to medium-low levels of carbonation. Resulting mouthfeel is smooth, not creamy or fizzy. Closes out dry, with little stickiness across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 02:07:22 | More by falloutsnow
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:52:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 03:16:21 | More by dbrauneis
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Einbecker Schwarzbier has a very thick, creamy, beige head, with some lacing and a clear, brown appearance, with tiny streams of bubbles. The aroma is of sweet, medium-toasted barley, brown bread, a little chocolate and coffee, and whiff of hops. Taste is similar, with a subtle added dark cherry aspect. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Einbecker Scwarzbier finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and highly drinkable. Simply an outstanding beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 20:58:52 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:24:32 | More by Cyberkedi
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paulginva

Virginia

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

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a flute, produced a medium tan creamy 1/2" head that dissipated slowly leaving thin head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a clear dark brown body with copper highlights.

AROMA: Pure German malts; nothing else.

TASTE: Sweet malts with a hit of moderate caramel and a light bit of toffee.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a medium body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and thin body lacing that dissipates slowly. The initial flavor is lightly sweet with a very lightly bitter finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: Definitely repeatable, easy to drink and a good, but not great, schwarzbier. It's just a little too sweet for my taste, but that's a minor point. It provides a good price to value profile and I'd buy it again, particularly for a long night of beer and conversation with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 23:17:35 | More by paulginva
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown red, only a film of head.

Smells amazingly of caramelized sugar and some raisins.

Taste has almost no sweetness, more of a dark bread taste with a bit of malt bitterness.

Feels like liquid bread crust, not crunchy or rough, just firm and a medium to low dryness. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:27:30 | More by Doppelbockulus
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 22:43:15 | More by DrDemento456
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crhensel

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into dimpled mug) I was rather surprised by this one. I expected a Schwarzbier to be black and heavy on the roast, to the point where I could taste it. This had none of that. The pour was a dark, deep brown, which is attractive, but when you can see through to the bottom of the glass, schwarz it is not! A thin head formed then was gone almost immediately. There was no real aroma I could put my finger on. There was a hint of a roast and a little pepper, but nothing remarkable. The drink itself was very disappointing. I expect something of this style to be a little thicker and have bold flavor.

Upon letting this one sit for a while to warm, I found that the flavors did develop nicely and there was a bit of a caramel malt that came out and gave this some character. Still not my favorite, but not too bad afterall!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:55:50 | More by crhensel
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - When you call it a Schwarzbier, I hope for a Schwarz(black) beer... this is a deep brown. Wonderful clarity, but obviously low ABV by the lack of density. I was wishing for more color, but I give it points for appearing as a well made Lager.

Oh, and it holds a nice pillowy cap for longer than expected of a lager.

A - Not much going on here. Well, nothing is intense. It's not really peppery or zesty, like a Pils. The lighter grist bill, I shouldn't be expecting Bock notes. It there's some breadiness, faint roast, and caramel.

T - Very pedestrian. I expect Schwarzbiers to be Pilsners with with a little roasted bite at the finish. This is more of a Dunkel Lager that wasn't afraid to fill its role.
Hops are void, some chewiness, cracker and sweet notes round out the flavors.

M - Very wet, it's no different than your generic adjunct lager. If you're used to light beers (or heavy ones) it's a nice change of pace.

O - I couldn't drink this all day long and wish Adjunct Macro Lagers were of the same calibre. I also appreciate the opportunity to have tried this beer. Otherwise, spend your money elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:36:21 | More by MONKandTUCK
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown in color, perfectly clear, with a tan head that thins out quickly but never really goes away.

S: I get a tad of roast, with some graininess mixed in.

T: Mild roast compared to the nose, it has a bit of caramel.

M: Very smooth, a tad watery. this is light bodied and low carbonated.

D: Super high drinkability. Quite refreshing, could drink this one all day long.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 01:09:30 | More by tlazaroff
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StJamesGate

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 11:53:10 | More by StJamesGate
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DUBinMIA

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served in a pub glass from a bottle.

clear dark brown with a hint of amber and decent carbonation. Pours 1/2 in head that dissipates to about 1/4 in with little lacing.

smell is balanced with malt and grainy aroma and piney hop notes.

good malt flavor and a slight hop spike emerges at the end to finish nice.

Mouth feel is medium to light body.

Not what i was expecting from a schwarzbier but a good one though.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:29:38 | More by DUBinMIA
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atr2605

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 01:33:55 | More by atr2605
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shand

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a ruby-tinged brown color with a finger of head that doesn't retain very well. The aroma is very nice and very strong for a schwarzbier. Full roasted malts pair with some nice chocolate and a hint of dark fruits. The taste is also quite nice, the roasted malts are very impressive here, working well with chocolate and caramel notes to create a very full-flavored beer at a low ABV. There's a bit of a prickly hop presence here as well, along with just a touch of raisins.

The body is fairly light, with plenty of carbonation to go around. The drinkability is pretty solid, even it does drink like something at a higher ABV. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's a good, flavorful schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 20:14:36 | More by shand
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 21:44:26 | More by brentk56
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KonigObHops

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to my brother-in-law for this one.

This beer pours a very dark chocolate color with a creamy tan head.

The aroma is very powerful. There is a very deep roasted aroma that smells almost like a porter.

The initial taste is very deep and rich. It is smokey, but not burnt.

The middle of the taste is very rich with a smokey caramel taste.

This schwarzbier finishes well. The smokey taste remains, as does a hint of caramel, but unlike many schwarzbiers, there is no lingering bitter aftertaste.

This is one of the best schwarzbiers that I have had. I would highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 19:37:19 | More by KonigObHops
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