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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

233 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
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 yesyouam
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)

yesyouam, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
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.

TheTrevor, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of selecter70
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!

selecter70, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of JerzDevl2000
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.

JerzDevl2000, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Boto
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.

Boto, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of sevopie
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.

sevopie, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Zadok
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.

Zadok, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
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.

orangemoustache, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S = Not much in the aroma, but I did detect some caramel.

T = Flavor was very subdued, but caramel stood out the most with a hint of bitterness rounding out the flavor. The finish was pleasant.

MF = Thin body with moderate carbonation. Crisp.

Overall, this schwarzbier didn't have much in the flavor department, but it was easy to drink.

Riverwarrior, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz green bottle from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a dark copper brown with ruby-red highlights and a thin light tan head. Smells strongly of caramel with coffee and chocolate playing strong supporting roles. Tastes very roasty with chocolate and coffee at the fore. Caramel and hints of continental hops are also present. Flavors are a bit more subtle than expected but mesh rather well. On the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Not the most robust Schwarzbier I've tried, but there's nothing wrong with this one. It's tasty and very drinkable. A solid Schwarzbier.

MrHurmateeowish, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

yemenmocha, May 31, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a clearance/sale endcap. I'm a huge Schwarzbier fan and I couldn't pass up the chance to try another.

Came in a small green bottle, poured a solid black with just a thing half-finger head that lasted the entire life.

Smelled like roasted malts, nuts, and chocolate. Nothing special for a beer of this type.

Tasted very nice, smooth flavor. Tasted of coffee, chocolate, malt, and a bit of peanut.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, the weight was dead on and the carbonation was perfect.

Drinkability is high for me. If I could find a 6 pack or anything I'd be sure to get more.

LumpyGuitar, May 06, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Believe this bottle is good until 12/06! Oh man, this is old.
Pours a clear, dark amber color, mahogany highlights with a weak half inch head with no sustain. Aromas are initially minerally and a little sulphur, subtle roast, even more subtle chocolate and coffee notes. On the palate, things taste old. I get some medium toasty malt flavors, a firm finishing bitterness, but overall smooth and very dry. This has got to be a really old bottle, I don't suspect oxidation, it just tastes old.

dreadnatty08, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 33cl bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet. Poured a dark cherry brown. The red really shows through when its held to the light. There was very little head with a hard pour and it left no lacing whatsoever. Aroma is a bit weak. There is definite notes of roasted malts and hints of sweet milk chocolate. Taste is creamy up front with the roasted malts coming out in the finish. Mouthfeel is thinner for the style and finishes slightly dry. This is a very drinkable beer.

hwwty4, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brother Tuckers, poured into a flute.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, with a slight amount of light penetration. Relatively clear brew with a tan head.

S: Not much to the nose here. It's malty and a tiny bit yeasty like bread. Extremely mild

T: Subdued malts on the palate. I do not really find any hops to speak of, which I was expecting in a Schwarzbier. Nice crisp and clean finish.

M: A light bodied beer that with moderate carbonation. It has a silkiness to it though.

D: My first exposure to a Schwarzbier. A good beer that just surprises with it's milder flavors, smells, and ABV considering it's appearance. I knew what to expect, and still I was surprise. A great beer for when you want multiple darks.

FleeVT, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Rudgers73
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Rare Vos glass. It pours a cola brown with a great 1 1/2 inch tan head that settles into a thin foam. I smell pilsner hops, toasted malts, and caramel undertones. The flavor is great. Nice and toasty, with a light body and creamy body. The malty body is delicately balanced with the slightly skunky hop flavor. The carbonation is noticeable and it adds a little bit of dryness and spice to the drink. At 4.9% ABV, this is plenty sessionable. I love a good schwazbier. It's also a good thing to spring on a newer craft beer trier that "doesn't do dark beer" because it is so light and well balanced.

Rudgers73, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Einbecker Schwarzbier pours a dark brown that on closer inspection appears to be a dark ruby red with an off white head from a green 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is malty. The flavor is dark malty goodness. There's nothing flashy about this beer, but it's a solid easy drinking lager. Sessionable.

Drew966, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

tempest, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of BBM
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep, clear brown (so much for the 'schwarz', I suppose) with a thin bone white head on top. Aroma is a bunch of adjuncts and a slight sweetness.

The taste is more of the same. Adjuncts, sweetness, and a touch of caramel. To be honest it tasted like your generic Euro Lager (think Beck's) in dark form. No thanks. I'm a big fan of schwarzbiers, but this one was a let down. Mouthfeel was light and carbonated. This could be a session beer if you wanted it to be, but to be honest, I was good with one. Wouldn't go back to this one.

BBM, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of RedBeerHead
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weak and small Head. Pours Dark Brown. Malty and almost pilsner aroma. I found that this is good meal beer because it doesn’t have a lot of carbonation. Probably better labeled as a dark pilsner as opposed to a traditional schwarzbier. Serve colder to get a better woody, smoky flavor.

RedBeerHead, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of Stimack
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brew poured to a brown color but your able to see through it, has a medium sized light tan head that had very limited retention. No lacing to speak of. The aroma seems to be pretty good, nice strong malt scent that gives off the idea of caramel also giving a sweet smell. The taste is a letdown IMO, the malt scent does not carry over to the taste. Seems very watery, what is there reminds me a bit of caramel but also finishes a little odd. Has a sweet flavor and has a slight hop ending. This brew was a let down, I enjoy Schwarzbier very much but IMO this just did not meet the cut. I feel that there are many other offerings that are much better than this one.

Stimack, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but dark ruby with no head. Nose is very slightly smoked it seems. Very minute malt character there too. Overall it seems to be very subdued on the nose. Flavor is a bit meaty with a slight woody, inky edge to it. Feel has a nice bubble to it, though I feel like there is a thick ink character in this one that stays on my tongue. Feels kind of odd. Drinkability is good. It is a smooth brew, with some unusual characteristics from the style. But overall it is no homerun.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a clear dark brown, not much head, then nothing, almost no lacing. The aroma is sparse, mineral infused, a faint caramel, nothing much else. The taste is a speck better, good bitterness, but really needs more carbonation and body to hold up any flavors that might be there. Forgettable.

objectivemonkey, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Boppar
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

It pours a deep translucent brown, with distinct red hues. One finger of rapidly vanishing head. Almost no lacing.

It smells like sweet malts, and possibly green raisins.

The taste is primarily malty sweetness, although it is balanced by bittering hops. The finish consists of a woody flavor and something else that is disturbingly similar to BO.

Mouthfeel is very thin, but it seems in keeping with the style.

Drinkability is probably about average. I didn't really want to finish mine, but I did. I imagine that fans of the style may be more inclined to enjoy it. Personally, I thought it tasted like a more expensive version of Negro Modelo, but that might just be me.

Boppar, Dec 06, 2007
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.