Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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174 Reviews
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Reviews: 174
Hads: 239
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 2 | 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 Riverwarrior
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of FleeVT
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (729 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of BBM
2.53/5  rDev -31.8%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of RedBeerHead
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Stimack
2.99/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of Boppar
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz stubby green bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Not much of a head at all, very thin ring and no real lacing. Color is a dark brown caramel with lots of carbonation activity.

Smell initially has a bit of skunk hops but quickly mellows to a sweet caramel malt. Taste is malty with a slight trace of chocolate

Mouthfeel is light with a smooth carbonation. Interesting step out of the ordinary for me. (409 characters)

Photo of livingregret
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 11.2fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a Extremely dark brown(almost black), sadly w/ no head though.

Smell: Plenty of malt, and some rich caramel

Taste/mouthfeel: Sharp hoppy bite at the beginning that slowly fades leaving a earthy and caramel taste that dances lightly on the tongue. The beer has a slight chocolate taste to it and the caramel becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Slight carbonation and the beer goes down smooth leaving a slight warm feeling in the top of your mouth

Drinkability: Very enjoyable although not the best Schwarzbier I've had (579 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Dark, redish-brown color. Not much of a head.

Smell: I don't know, but when drinking, I wasn't a big fan of the aroma. nutty smell very similar to the Mai-Ur-Bock.

Taste: Berryish kind of taste. Hint of nut. Solid, but hardly spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Not much going on.

Drinkability: Good, mildly rough.

I love Einbeckers, but this was my least favorite. Not bad by any means. Hardly spectacular. (410 characters)

Photo of jimdkc
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours not quite as dark as I expected into my tall lager glass. A beige head rises, but falls back pretty quickly.

Smell is lightly toasty grain with some sweet carmel notes.

Taste is a nice blend of toasted malt, sweet carmel, a touch of dark raisiny fruit, and just a suggestion of hops. Everything is subdued... nothing over-the-top... nicely balanced.

Very smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation. This goes down very easily!

Very drinkable! (459 characters)

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

Very dark brown bordering on black, with a big tan head. Good chunky lacing. The aroma is very understated, with some cream and caramel.

Light raisiny flavor, with a good hop kick upfront. Mildly sweet with some lactic overtones, plenty of malt. Light toast, no roasted bitterness, but a little metallic. Biscuity finish.

Good schwarzbier, it's dark and drinkably mild. (377 characters)

Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a dark reddish brown, with a small cream colored head that does not stay for very long.

smells very sweet and smokey. not much hop from the smell. there is a wooden smell to this one, right alongside the toasted malts. alcohol is not present, and at 4.9% APV, that is to be expected.

taste is roasty, toasty, burnt and smokey. no one flavor seems to be the focus, all four are well balanced. a little less on the smokey side would have been nice, though. it is sweet, almost too much so, without much bitterness until the aftertaste, and even then the bitterness is subtle.

aftertaste is not strong, but a very light smokey and bitter taste resides.

mouthfeel is very clean. the brew itself is medium-light bodied, and goes down smooth.

drinkability is only good for drinkers who like sweet brews. this one would be much more tolerable if the sweetness was not so prominent.

drinkers who like sweet and smokey brews will not be dissapointed by this one. it is complex and unique to the style, which makes it a worthy try for any fan of beer. (1,066 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle

Pours a black color with black cherry highlights. A creamy light tan head forms and recedes. Very minor lacing on the glass.

Aroma is brisk with a hint of caramel and a light nuttiness along with a skunky hop smell.

Tastes like it smells. Some crisp caramel and burry malt flavors upfront. These are washed over by a mild bitterness with a skunky hop taste. Finishes clean and crisp.

Medium-light body, zippy carbonation.

Well, I wasn't expecting this beer to have a skunky hop characteristic - so I am left to assume that the single green bottles under the fluorescent lights at the shop are the culprit. (634 characters)

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

Appearance - Dark reddish brown with a nice start of a head that melts into a sliver quickly

Smell - Nutty, bitter hops

Taste - taste is solid, sweet malts, oaked

Mouthfeel - carbonated soda-like, medium bodied, yeasty aftertaste and film on tongue

Drinkability - Good beer. (286 characters)

Photo of meadhead
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a little roasted malt
and bittering hops
with greenish nut feel
and semi-sweet top

pours a dark black amber-
has quick vanishing head

smells nut malt
with a slight bitter edge

taste simple and thinned
yet somehow robust

mouthfeel nicely balanced

drinks or sessions
with gust (296 characters)

Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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