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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
84
good

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 daliandragon
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today at the distributor purely out of curiosity. I don't know much about schwarzbier but it sounds decent, and it is German after all.
Pours a bit ugly, headless and covered in carbonation bubbles. Nose is a bit strange too, with caramel and dark, bitter malt making the most noise. Certainly original but a bit sweet and strange at the moment.
Dark malt is the first batter and the flavor is bready and full of malt with a coffee note at the end and a fairly clean finish. Mouthfeel is thin and feels lacking, although I can only assume this is a proper attempt atr the style.
This is definitely not my cup of tea, but it is interesting and fairly tasty, although its shortcomings in appearance and smell hurt the drinkability a bit. An intriquing selection..I won't look for this beer again, but I would give the brewer another shot because this example shows some craft brewing chops. (910 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 BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tree bark brown with orange highlights when on the coaster, uniform dark bronzed crimson when held up to my sunlit front window. The toasted beige cap has size and character. It's firm enough to last and tacky enough to stick.

The nose isn't quite as likeable, although it's no slouch. I can appreciate dark malt with no roastedness whatsoever. The beer smells like mineral-infused (almost metallic) caramel. It also smells like there will be very little, if any, sweetness on the palate.

Schwarzbier isn't bad, it just isn't tremendously good. If you're looking for a lightly flavored, light-bodied, low alcohol dark beer, this one puts big checkmarks in all those boxes. It's thinnly malted with very little flavor permanence. It's still somewhat caramel-like, but caramel that has had the majority of its sugar removed.

As suspected, the beer favors the hoppily bitter to the maltily sweet. Nothing wrong with that; that's the way Schwarzbiers are supposed to taste, at least as I understand the style. The finish is short and spotlessly clean. A result, no doubt, of the paucity of ingredients and the lack of sugars. It isn't that far out of line for the style, but is firmly on the lighter end of the schwarzbier scale.

Not surprisingly, the mouthfeel is as light as the the aroma and the taste. It isn't thin, however, and doesn't deteriorate with warming. Thankfully, it isn't overly fizzy or I wouldn't be as kind with the scoring as I've been. It's hard to fault a beer too much for staying true to it's 'light schwarzbier' personality. Sessionability is high, assuming flavor isn't high on your list of essentials.

Einbecker's version is a valid one, although I find myself wishing for more of... pretty much everything. The 11.2 ounces disappeared in a flash, so I must have found something to like. This one is worth a look if you're a schwarzbier aficionado. Probably not if you're not. (1,915 characters)

Photo of essentrik1
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a cream colored head, nice retention

Smell: Malty, I can't smell that well so I can't give specifics

Taste: Light bodied, a nice roasted malt flavoring, nice finish

Mouthfeel: Light, nice crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable (274 characters)

Photo of arguemaniac
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, almost black, copper color (in fact, the copper color really only comes through in the highlights). A rich, rocky head that leaves a creamy, sprawling lace. The aroma is mostly malty but with some roasty tones as well. The flavor includes brown sugar, caramel, mellow coffee, and smooth chocolate. Hop bitterness is in the background there, and balances to a limited extent. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is moderately active.

A good beer from a brewery that has consistently managed to make superb German lagers. A tasty and drinkable beer with a great roasty, malty flavor. Highly recommended! (618 characters)

Photo of malty
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a russet - dark copper color (definitely not black) with a tight 1/2" cream colored head. Visible medium paced carbonation.

Prevalent dark roasted malt nose with a sweet molasses component. The scents are very fresh and inviting.

The dark roasted malt flavors follow nicely after the scent. A somewhat bitey, burnt molasses flavor shines through soon after entering the mouth. A ratcheted hop profile makes no qualms about being noticed, thus adding to the dry/bitey flavor profile. The flavors diminish rather quickly as I try to determine the aftertaste, forcing me to conclude the well balanced but 'quick' flavor profile is to be expected from a lager beer.

Mouthfeel is very good. Lighter in the body for such a malty beer, but spot on due to the fact it's a lager. Fine carbonation at just the right level. Woody, dry finish.

Drinkability is also very good. Very nonintrusive and middle of the road.

I was hoping for more from this beer. Maybe because I adore their Maibock so much. Don't get me wrong, the craftsmanship and construction of this lager is top-notch. I was just left wanting more. A good beer to introduce newbies into 'dark' beer territory. (1,184 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 whynot44
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark mahogany color with a moderate and quick disappearing tan head, only a little lace left behind.

The aroma is mild black strap molasses, dark malt and raisins.

The taste is also sweet molasses, some dark roast malt and raisins or plums with a somewhat burnt finish and aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied, easily drinkable. (342 characters)

Photo of Brian700
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (379 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 TastyTaste
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks almost black in low light, but some maroon coloring is seen when held to light. Creamy tan head, abot 1/2" then fades slowly to a 1/4". Smell is light grassy malt and some roasted malt, slightly buttery. Taste is dominated by grassy malts, some burnt flavors, about what you'd expect from the style. Decent hops finish lingers with the burnt tones. Well carbonated mouthfeel. Pretty good beer. (399 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz with no freshness date into a pint glass.

Black to deep brown around the edges with a small light tan head that falls quickly.

Smells of rasted malts and some hop, but overall the nose is pretty weak.

The malts make up most of the taste with a dry hop finish. The taste is also rather mild with a light body.

While I'm not impressed, this would be a good choice for someone who is starting to drink non-macros. (441 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a towering offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a roasted crystal malt scent that is sweet and slightly dry. The taste is average. It has a thin and light crystal malt flavor that seems a bit watered down and weak. It goes down easy and finishes dry and watery. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This beer has good aroma, but it's really weak in the flavor and mouthfeel. It drinks easy, but it's one and done for me. (551 characters)

Photo of cracker
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with little lace. Smells somewhat like granny smith apples with a slight noble hop aroma. Taste is dry, crisp but somewhat metallic. Good malt backbone but very slight to no roasted flavor. If eyes are closed, tastes more like a Märzen than anything else. Overall, I'd say it's slightly above average. (326 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured with a tannish, somewhat creamy head and a very deep auburn, but not quite opaque, body. The nose is chocolatey roast malt. A full figured mouthfeel, amazingly quite smooth. The chocolate malt is prevalent and I am surprised at how subdued the roasted aspect is. A little underwhelming actually. The finish is somewhat creamy with some bitterness that accompanies a fading chocolate note. Its ok, not outstanding. Frankly I was expecting a little more smokiness or at least roastiness. (495 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 gbontrag
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (838 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours more of deep red than black with a one finger head that settled into a thin layer coating the top of the beer,nice subtle complexities in the aroma I got some buttery notes as some caramel and even a touch of iron.Taste has almost a spiced coffee cake flavor to it some baking spice and brown sugar are big with some coffee thrown in.A nice brew here not overly complex but there some nice flavors in there,interesting. (425 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red with a brownish tinge. A 1" head drops to 1/4" with fine bubbles and good lacing throughout.
Smell is malt with some hops.
Taste is malty, sweet, some hops in after taste mostly.
Medium-bodied, smooth, not too complex but good.
Very drinkable but not nearly as good as Kostrizer Schwarzbier in flavor or smell. Nor was it a compelling as either the Ur-bock or Mai-Ur-Bock from this brewery. (412 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light caramel-y color...spritzy, cola-ish head, drizzles down quick.
aroma, pretty mild at first, but develops, sends out scents of anise, espresso, but mostly, coca-cola.
Taste: mellow, meek, and mediocre...very light, in flavor and body, with only a vaguely "dark" character that isn't really any kind of character at all.
Can't believe I paid $2 a bottle..glad I never broke down and plunked down for a 6-pack.
a shameful excuse for a schwarzbier... (464 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is because of the Einbecker brewery that I now have the styles of Maibocks, regular bocks, and now schwarzbiers under my belt. This schwarzbier offering is indeed an enjoyable one. It looks like a dark, imposing type of beer but with the first sip it turns into a surprisingly mellow and very drinkable brew.

Einbecker Schwarzbier pours a very dark brown color with some ruby hints. Very nice color, which I can liken to the color of a black plum. One finger of tan foam forms and disappears in under 30 seconds. The aroma was light, with some light graininess and citric hop smell present in the nose. This brew feels nice and smooth on the palette, with a low-moderate level of carbonation. Very easy to drink. The flavors aren't complex in this beer but are quite enjoyable. I thought this was very light flavored at first, but I have retracted that statement and now say that this beer is "mellow." Subtle roasted grain notes along with burnt coffee. There isn't really any hop presence in the flavor, but a light dryness is present in the finish. The flavors of roasted malts, burnt coffee and caramel become a little bit more apparent as the beer warms up. The dryness and light roastiness lingers on in the aftertaste and the brew finishes out with no alcoholic warmth.

A very nice and mellow beer. I can see how some might be disappointed with it due to the lighter than expected flavor, but what is present here is quite pleasing. If in a quaffing mood, this might be one of the easiest dark beers to chug. I can imagine pairing this with a roast beef on dark pumpernickel sandwich. This beer is worth a try, especially if you've yet to have a schwarzbier. (1,674 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love this type of brew. Very dark, almost black. Has a roasted malty smell with some caramel and fresh sawn oak. Not very carbonated at all so that makes it fairly easy to drink. The only reason I gave it a 4.0 instead of a 4.5 on drinkability is it is a bit heavy and I can certainly see how one good get full quickly drinking this Einbecker.
Overall, I'd have to say that the appearance, smell, and taste were exactly what I was expecting the moment I saw this brew on the shelf! Quite impressed indeed, and will most certainly buy again. (544 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black or maybe dark garnet with a thin tan head.
Malty aroma, roasted quality, with licorice, dirt, grass, chocolate, grain, caramel and oak.
Good aroma, but the taste didn't stand up, mainly a roasted malt base with small hints of flavors from the aroma, the chocolate note built as it warmed.
Medium-full feel. A bit plain, not something I'd go for often. (366 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)

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