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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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avalon07

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 13:13:15 | More by avalon07
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Deep brown under a large slightly off white head. Good retention, some lace.

S: Toffee, caramel, toasted, malty. At first, seemed a little bit skunky, but that has seemed to disappear. Pretty balanced.

T: Toasted, caramel, toffee, malty. Not a huge rush of flavor, but balance is the key here I think.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is medium. Drinkability is good, probably the best quality of the beer. Pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 01:32:17 | More by NCSUdo
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crossovert

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz green bottle.

Pop the top, it is only mildly skunky, but curse to the store who mishandled it.

Pours a nice ruby/brown with a foam off white head that dissipates decently quickly.

Smell is caramally and malty.

Taste is light, caramally, slightly bitter with a kiss of hops and overall just insanely drinkable.

Like all Schwartzbiers and Dunkels, it is at the height of beer drinkability but I would take a Koestritzer over this.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 02:28:41 | More by crossovert
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Einbecker's Schwarzbier and Mai-Ur-Bock are two of my favorite go-to German beers.

A – Lighter in color than many Schwarzbiers, more of a translucent mahogany than a Schwarz. Very little foam.

S – Very clean German malt, with a smell of brown rice syrup, perhaps.

T – Once it hits my taste buds I can’t stop drinking it. I gulp 2 oz at a time, it’s so delicious. The best tasting of the Schwarzbiers I’ve had.

M – Thin and lightly carbonated, but it complements the taste. This beer must be served cold.

D – The ultimate in chug-ability.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 18:19:25 | More by ktrillionaire
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whtguitarguy

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this one, aside from the name not quite being true. This one pours to a dark amber brown color with a thick foamy head about 1/3 of an inch. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate. And it has a sweet character. There is a bit of barley, malt character. It has a smooth clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 23:30:04 | More by whtguitarguy
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 03:51:58 | More by Gmann
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at Track 84 in Warwick RI 11/7/09

A: This beer pours a deep copper/amber color with a 1/4 of off white head to it. Head recedes to a film and leaves minimal spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of sweet caramel malts, touch of grain and grassiness, and a hint of raosted malts.

T: Taste starts with sweet caramel malts up front, blends to some roasted malts, pale malts, and a hint of grain, finish has a bit of a grassy bite to it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body and a clean finish.

D: This is a an average representation of the style and goes down easily.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 18:50:14 | More by Jayli
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 21:41:29 | More by Jwale73
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The liquid is a dark amber and nearly clear. There is some fine lace left on the glass after each sip.

Interestingly, I think this smells similarly to an American Amber--more malty (with light crystal malt) than bitter. It doesn't seem like a dunkel to me. The flavor does revert to style with stronger darker malts coming through on the tongue. It also has the warming characteristics of a much higher alcohol beer. The body is light as expected. The aftertaste is bland but well-balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2009 00:29:34 | More by smcolw
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albern

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really nice Schwarzbier, nice and caramelly and refreshing. The beer pours a nice mahogany brown, very clear, with a decent tan creamy head. Retention is okay, not much lace. The nose on the beer is quite complex. There are nice roasted malts, there is some toffee and caramel, a little mustiness, a little grassiness, some raisin or other heavy fruit is just lurking underneath.

The taste is quite clean, some roasted caramel malts, a tiny bit of hop to balance out the deep roasts, there is a touch of some chocolate in the beer. There might be a slightly nutty slightly fruity quality in there underneath. The beer is just right in its consistency, not too creamy, not too prickly. The toffee and caramel flavors are quite nice. This is a fairly light bodied beer once it settles in, easy to drink, very enjoyable. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 21:35:21 | More by albern
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark(er) brown with a tan fizzy head that dissipated quickly. A bit of a ring for retention; no lace.

Moderate sweet caramel and light chocolate notes mixed in with some malt. Pleasant.

Big letdown here. Flavors are just way to subdued. Some chocolate, light caramel and toasted maltiness, light bitter edge, almost metallic. Flavors are pleasant enough, but miss an intensity that I've seen in others of the style. Nothing wrong with it, just looking for more.

On the lighter side, but this is fine. Enough body and carbonation to keep this one pleasant.

Overall, a number of things in this one check and balance drinkability. Lighter body makes this one go down easy. Lighter flavors make it a quicker drink, but not necessarily a better one. And I was lucky enough to find an orphan bottle (a single outside of the six -- they sell singles at this store, but I won't break the cardboard encapsulated style apart to get one -- just not cool in my opinion -- but luckily someone else did). But a $15.99 a six-pack, I doubt I'd be reaching for 2-3 of these anytime soon. Better reps of the style out there. This is not horrible, but just ok. Still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 17:30:39 | More by OtherShoe2
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association330

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. European-style green bottle with a label featuring a traditional or "royal" look.

A - Pours dark brown with a pinky of light tan head that reduces to a thin cap with a thick ring of bubbly foam. Some spots of lacing, but nothing really outstanding.

S - Roasted black malts which are nice and coffee-like, but not burnt. Perhaps a bit of dark chocolate and brown sugar as well. A light sweetness is obvious, but hardly dominant or overpowering, which is good for the style. There's a bit of lager funk in the malt aroma.

T - Moderate roasted malt characteristics, with a light sweetness. There's some coffee and brown sugar, but everything is really quite mellow. Very little hops, though just a touch is enough to balance.

M - Body is on the lighter side. Carbonation starts out moderately crisp and softens rapidly as the beer warms.

D - I think it's a little too subdued to be called a schwarzbier, though it is easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 02:08:29 | More by association330
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ericalbion

Vermont

4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm throwing up a review here, as this is a long time (#1) favorite that gets little of the attention it deserves.

I got turned onto this when I was first trying German brews, starting with Einbecker's Bock, Ur-Bock, and Mai-Ur Bock. It became apparent that I liked these dark smooth drinks, and the Shwarzbier was the obvious next step.

Describing this in comparison to a Bock, I feel it is more black than brown in color and smoother drinking than most. As a Shwarzbier, it has the crispest taste I have yet to find in the style, and it is very refreshing to have with a meal, in the movie theatre, or on the porch on a summer day.

I am often too eager to drink this to pour it into a glass, but it pours smooth with little head when cold, and looks attractive in any glass I've chosen. Out of the bottle it is tasty and smooth, and I noticed that it doesn't take on an entirely new flavor when it warms up, it simply loses a little crispness.

This is a great beer in a classy package and is usually the first I recommend to someone looking to get into German brew styles. That said, I recently suggested it to a friend who was very familiar with Shwarzbiers and Bocks, and even works in "Beers of the World" (ROC, NY). He had never tried it before, but now he has righted his ways and is a big fan.

cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 22:31:46 | More by ericalbion
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a large tulip glass, Einbecker Schwarzbier is sparkling-clear and burnt-copper in color with a creamy cap of tinted ivory foam. As the head slowly recedes, patches and globs of lacing are left behind on the glass.

The smell is mild and malty with notes of herbal spice, dark caramel and fresh green grass.

The taste is mellow and toasty with the persistent flavor and feel of semisweet caramel. A syrupy cereally note is dried by a touch of bitterness that marks an otherwise clean finish.

The drink is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated with superb silkiness and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 21:10:42 | More by cvstrickland
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theghost3

Louisiana

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 03:51:39 | More by theghost3
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Tone

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 00:34:34 | More by Tone
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yesyouam

New York

2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Einbecker "Schwarzbier" is a ruby brown lager with a sandy slight head. The aroma is grainy-- roasted barley. It's fresh and faint. It's thin in the mouth. The flavor is of deep malt. It's lightly bitter and a little funky. My drinking party and I all agreed that this was a Dunkel, not a Schwarzbier. Why did they call this a Schwarzbier?
(rated Aug 1, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 13:30:42 | More by yesyouam
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TheTrevor

New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 22:06:17 | More by TheTrevor
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selecter70

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know some folks have dismissed this beer & schwarzbiers in general, but I love'm! Einbecker is no exception. I picked up a six-pack with a couple porters & had a fine and tasty night (the pork chop dinner certainly helped!). The 11.2 oz bottle poured an amber-honey color at first with a nice beige head and lotsa lacy-ness. A smoky honey and malt aroma and taste with a mild, silky feel to it. Give me more!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 19:45:33 | More by selecter70
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 02:13:19 | More by beerthulhu
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up this week as a change of pace and a gamble on something new and different. I don't drink this style of beer much, but I figured it would be a change from the heavier stouts and porters that I tend to move towards this time of the year. This wasn't a bad beer but there's something missing to this...maybe some more notes or a bit more depth. It's not that it's bad, but like a lot of reviewers on here, I think I was expecting a bit more.

This had a decent pour to it - a nice head, a deep nut brown hue, and very little lacing to boot. The smell is similar to a bock and the taste wasn't that far away from it - not a lot of roasting here, but it has caramel, soda, and some malt in the front. The back is where the hops gently come into play, but because this beer is so thin, the aftertaste of licorice and nuts is too brief to really be savored. There's also not a lot of carbonation in this too, which is probably why I have "bock" on my mind again as I take another sip...

This is a fine session beer, with the ABV% being at 4.90%. I could down a few of these at one sitting, but seeing how plain-jane this is, I doubt that's gonna happen anytime soon. A good bock or dopplebock would be a better warm weather choice than this, and if ya want a dark beer, just go all out and get a Rogue or Stone bomber. This is worth a shot once, if for no other reason to say that you've had a German Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 07:45:56 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Boto

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2008 21:32:58 | More by Boto
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sevopie

Colorado

2.17/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Heavy brown color that poured a very small amount of head.

Smell - Slightly bitter malts on the nose with a touch of caramel.

Taste - I'm left wondering where everything went. I taste a bit of cocoa, and a little bit of maltiness... But it tastes very thin.

Mouthfeel - On that note, this has a very thin body with too little carbonation.

Drinkability - I'm thinking I got a bad bottle, because this is reminding me nothing of the rest of the reviews. I will need to try another bottle of this to make sure, but its not a keeper based on this one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 07:37:16 | More by sevopie
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Zadok

Kansas

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber, in a dark room would appear pitch black. Half finger head with no lacing.

Smell was of dark chocolate covered cherries and fine roasted malts.

Taste is of smooth roasted malts and mild cherry. Not a huge fan of cherries but it is nothing to overpowering. Other dark fruits also intermingle into the equation.

Very smooth, a touch syrupy with little to no carbonation.

Not a bad beer by any means. I was a little put off by the cherry aftertaste but not so much that I wouldn't try again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2008 17:13:37 | More by Zadok
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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
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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