Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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85
very good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002)
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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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...

Photo of Beastdog75
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of SilentSabre
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of mschofield
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of ark57
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan head that lasts. It has a malty licorice aroma. The body is light, but it is very flavorful. There is some chocolate and raisin notes with a slight spice. It finishes crisp and dry with some delicate noble hops. A good starting point for those shy about dark beers because it is so light in body.

Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with some reddish light transmission. Nice head of 1/2 an inch of rising foam and with excellent lacing properties. Smell of light nutiness, malty sweetness and just a touch of grape. The mouthfeel is shy of medium but with a sharpness lent by fresh and grassy hoppiness that reminds me of its Mai bock cousin, and a beer I've had a soft spot for. Biscuity and honeyish malts compete early, but the attenuation is very nice and the beer dries to a satisfying finish. Well-balanced and more interesting than some other Schwarzbiers, slightly skeletal in body but with an added complexity.

Photo of jsolack
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Nice dark brown in color. Clear with a medium head.

Smell:
Malty and miild smell. Sweet smell... almost like whooper candy's and coffee.

Taste:
Taste is a little lighter than I would expect from this style. First thing that I taste is malty flavor. Finish is clean and crisp. I really enjoy this.

Mouthfeel:
Pretty light in mouth. Crisp with carbonation but remains creamy due to the flavor.

Drinkability:
This beer goes down pretty smooth and has a great taste. This is a top pick of the style for me.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't have real high aspirations for this beer, as I have been unimpressed by the style in the past. Maybe it's because I had this after a couple of pilsners, but I really enjoyed it (particularly the taste). This is to Celebrator what Blanche de Chambly is to La Fin Du Monde. Nice, chocolate malt flavor, smooth and tasty. Somewhat thin and watery, and ultimately inconsequential. Nonetheless, a nice beer. I liked their pils quite a bit, also.

Photo of BierReise
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle labeled Einbecker SchwarzbierPoured an ice tea color brown with a thick head that is slowly settling down. Aroma is slightly roasted with a note of caramel. Body is a bit on the flat side. Flavor is a bit sweet and a bit weak also. Finishes dry. Overall very average and not worthy of future consumption.

Photo of tavernjef
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish tree bark and is topped with a big and dense white head that laces well and lasts a while. Interesting color.

Nice nose! Sweet roasted malts and loads of caramel.

Lightly carbonated but still has a pretty warm and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet roasted grains, caramel with a hint of some dark fruits and chocolate/cocoa.

Nice beer.

Photo of freed
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As noted by a previous reviewer, the green glass made me cautious, but I took the $1.95 plunge. It poured nicely, very little head, but a wonderfully deep and clear appearance. Though it was nearly black, its clarity really lets red edges shine.

The aroma is a husky malt wall. Its nicely complimented by the almost cidery flavors that must have been imparted by the yeast.

The taste is clean, crisp, and warmly malty. Not that complex, but a nice, pleasant afternoon drink.

Photo of shippos
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gotta stop going for the green bottles sitting on the shelf, next time crack open an unopened case.

slightly tannish head with a deep garnet dark brownish color. skunky aroma...that's it nothing else is decernable. smooth balanced with a slight bit of malty (munich?) background, no hop character at all but I wouldn't want one either. nicely balanced and very easy to drink. this would be excellent on tap.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tan colored head doesn't leave any lace, but clings to the sides as it sinks. Light caramel smell, but mostly malt. The beer is dark brown in color, with a ruby hue. An even mix of toasted malt with a pinch of caramel and a floral hoppy bitterness make up the taste. The carbonation is pretty evident in the mouthfeel, and the finish ends slightly bitter.

Photo of Loki
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 0.3 Liter bottle in a Einbecker champaigne like flute glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep cherry brown color with a big, off-white head that expanded over the rim of the glass like mushroom cloud after the initial explotion, hung there defying gravity for a bit, then slowly receeded. Less than impressive lacing.

Smell: Aromas of malt, toffee, caramel and almost a dry yeast scent that I couldn't place, but most associated with yeast.

Taste: Flavors of unsweetened malt and dry toffee and caramel dominated the flavor profile. Smooth hops at the end with a touch of bitterness, but more dryness than anything.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, with bubbles of carbonation, pockets of sweetness, and hints of bitter. A ballett of sweetness and dryness that is very intriguing. It is always clear that dryness leads this dance.

Drinkability: While a very enjoyable beer, the dryness is a little more than I care for. I could not drink many of these back to back. Maybe after repeated exposure I will adjust to the dryness.

Photo of fattyre
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a moderately large rocky tan head. The smell is of sweet roasted malt. The taste/mouthfeel was moderate to thin with a sharp effervescence and little of the maltiness that was promised by the aroma and very little aftertaste. I thought I had a great beer from the aroma but was sadly dissapointed at the flavor. What was there wasn't bad but there just wasn't enough of it.

Photo of UnionMade
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep umber brown, approaching black, topped with a thick ivory head. Great head retention, with lots of blobby lace. Tons of carbonation bubbles rapidly floating up.
Aroma is mostly a sweet roasty malt, with a bit of caramel. Very clean. Mild noble hops, with a bit of fig aroma to the malt.
The flavor starts with a rich, sweet dark maltiness. Mild roasted malt, although not bittersweet, with a bit of caramel. Some pruney flavor with the roastiness, with some mild herbal noble hops entering in the finish. Extremely clean, with no off flavors at all. Light bodied, with smooth, yet lively german carbonation.
An excellent dunkel. I've never tried anything by this brewery, so it was a pleasant surprise. Very clean flavors, with an excellent smooth malt profile.

Photo of granger10
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was one pretty looking beer. Deep brown in color with lots of colorful highlights shining through. Taste was very even and went down really well. Flavors came at me with a sharp crispness. Toasted malts were there, caramel malt flavor followed, a roasted bitterness came through after that. Dark fruit taste was in the mix also. Well balanced and well crafted.

Photo of Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Named Einbecker Dunkel in Europe - allegedly the same beer (the Schwarzbier label is supposed to look trendier in the US). And it's definitely a Dunkel, not a Schwarzbier! Reddish brown colour, bread yeast and just a hint of coffee in the aroma. Flavour leaves you with the impression of drinking this beer in a bakery (this is not necessarily an insult to the beer - it's probably an OK accompaniment with a few sandwiches or even Danish pastry). Drier than I expected. Not as good as the Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel (and not nearly as good as Aass Bock, which I enjoyed 1 hour earlier) - a bit watery, but still a drinkable dunkel that won't offend anyone.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark amber color with very small head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity - very pleasant. Alcohol is also slightly apparent in the nose. Malt is very apparent in the flavor. It is very smooth and the mouthfeel is very good. The fruit taste is pretty strong in the taste, making it very pleasant on the tongue. Great beer.

Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.