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Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Einbecker SchwarzbierEinbecker Schwarzbier

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BA SCORE
85
very good

217 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%


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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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 13:04:31 | More by dreadnatty08
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hwwty4

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 04:39:20 | More by hwwty4
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FleeVT

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 01:13:00 | More by FleeVT
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Rudgers73

New York

4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 00:25:07 | More by Rudgers73
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Drew966

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 01:25:28 | More by Drew966
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 03:05:43 | More by tempest
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BBM

New York

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:22:56 | More by BBM
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RedBeerHead

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 23:22:47 | More by RedBeerHead
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Stimack

New York

2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 03:32:14 | More by Stimack
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 23:33:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 02:58:31 | More by objectivemonkey
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Boppar

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 00:26:02 | More by Boppar
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bort11

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 03:35:21 | More by bort11
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livingregret

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 05:03:34 | More by livingregret
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Amalak

New York

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 01:32:07 | More by Amalak
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jimdkc

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 02:24:25 | More by jimdkc
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 19:12:42 | More by BretSikkink
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botham

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 19:17:22 | More by botham
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 03:20:21 | More by MaltyGoodness
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SaltyLime

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 14:55:06 | More by SaltyLime
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meadhead

Montana

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 02:33:14 | More by meadhead
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep mahogony with a thin head that becomes a swirling patch.

The smell is sweet - grainy and toffeeish.

Like the smell, the taste is grainy. A bit of toffee tries to boost up the flavor, but seems restrained. Not much going on in the flavor department. Seems like a schwartzbier version of an average green-bottled Euro. Something about the flavor just seems rather bland. Finishes abruptly with only hints of flavor hanging on. There is a slight harshness and a thinness in the feel, which is otherwise okay.

Not thrilled with this one. Something about it is drinkable, but the aroma and taste need a boost.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 15:06:02 | More by jwc215
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours more brown than schwartz with 1 finger of sand colred head. Very good lacing above average head retention

S: Sligh metallic & corny odor

T: Caramel. fruittyness & some grainyness. Doesn't taste much like schwartz. Dryness follows with some toffee & little more grainyness/bitterness. A little coffee & some grainyness in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Alright balance

Drinks easy, but off-style to be sure. This brewery didn't impress in Germany & still doesn't here

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 03:20:03 | More by russpowell
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear garnet color with a short lived 1/4" head of small tan bubbles. There was a tad of lacing left on the side of the glass as the beer recedes.

Aroma: My initial impression was of a boat load of toasty Munich malt. There is also a very defined dark caramel component to the beer, but there is anything but roast.

Taste: The malt rules this beer is a very pleasurable way. There are plenty of toasty notes to give the light hops and mild sweetness a base to exist on. There is no alcohol noticeable in this beer, and the finish is malty with a bit of sweetness to coat the throat in the finish. Late in the finish, you can still taste the toasty malts.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer, and I really like the malt presence. I like all of the beers from this brewery, and I certainly wasn't disappointed in this beer. I would drink this beer (and many others from this brewery) if they were available regularly in my area. For now, I will just savor the few bottles that I brought back from Missouri.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 00:37:49 | More by SkeeterHawk
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tugdriver7

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though a bit on the thin side, this is one of my favorite Schwarzbiers. German Black Beers are notoriously tasty and light bodied, unlike their micro-cousins here in the US. Traditionally, they are as refreshing (in their way) as a pilsner or helles, but with the roasted nut/black taste that makes them so complex.

This one is an ideal example of the German tradition. Great black color in the glass, nice head (as long as it lasted), subtle carbonation, and a rich, earthy taste that hits you square in the mouth with its roasted flavor and then immediately lets up to reveal a much more refreshing lager taste. Schwarzbiers are fun that way--complex in their taste composition, yet simple, drinkable beers. Einbecker is exactly that.

Tasted again November 2011
Of the Schwarzbiers out there, this one is my favorite. And I found a fairly fresh (kept in a cooler/beer cave) batch at Shawan Liquors recently. Rich roasted flavor without the "smokiness" you sometimes get, and no green bottle skunk or off flavors this time. Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 20:48:49 | More by tugdriver7
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