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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: 171
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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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

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

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is brown with a little bit of amber undertones. Two fingers of slightly tinted head developed and dissipated to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: A nice blend of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and floral phenols reminiscent of a good helles.

Taste: An equally excellent blend mirroring the smell. Caramel, chocolate, a little toffee, and that bittersweet helles/floral flavor. The mouthfeel is very clean and light, much like a lager.

Drinkability: A thumb's up. Though I like my dark beers thick and creamy, the light mouthfeel of this beer does not take away from the bolder ("darker") flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 18:38:45 | More by TheQuietMan22
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aepb1

Florida

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

A- Dark brown body with a generous white head and nice lacing

S- Caramel malty sweetness, inviting

T- Hoppy start, moving into a caramel sweet malty body and finishes with a roasty, bready flavor

M- Light body with a crisp finish

D- A good brew, very easy to drink at the sessionable ABV and the light body makes it even more so

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 06:46:06 | More by aepb1
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heavy216

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 11.2 oz bottle. 1 finger head fades slow, light lacing, dark brown color..

S: chocalate with a hint of fruity sweetness

T/M: light body. high carbonation. a little watery but overall very smoooth with taste of chocalate and hops

D: very refreshing and enjoyable with little to no alcohol taste present

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 14:56:18 | More by heavy216
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e11iott

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 11.2oz bottle. Deep brown in color, nice froathy head. Limited lacing.

S: Chocolate, slight fruitiness.

T/M: Light body, smooth overall, medium carbonation, blended hops and chocolate perfection.

D: Do not drink this beer cold, room temperature only, recommended for all.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 04:50:13 | More by e11iott
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kjc51478

Germany

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with medium, fizzy head. Aroma is caramel and cereal malts. Taste is heavy on the roast grains with a hint of chocolate and nuts. Flavors then move into a slight grassy hops into the finishing. The beer is pretty light-bodied for a Dunkel, almost watery. Not terribly remarkable but a decent speciman.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 13:22:26 | More by kjc51478
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jibbyvonjibb

California

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with reddish hints. Not black! Good head atop.
S: Caramel fruitiness.
T: Prunish fruit. Smoke in back. ~sour. ~caramel and toasty.
M: Moderate body. Medium carb. Kinda silky mouthfeel.
O: A pleasant, fruity Schwartzbier, with interersting smoky overtones

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 04:16:45 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; looks more like a Dunkel than a Schwarzbier. Clear and dark brown with a off-white head. Thin yet beautiful lacing.

smell; toasty, dark, caramel malts upfront, with a herbal hop spice that stays in the backround but grows stronger with a longer sniff.

taste; appearance aside, this taste like a Schwarzbier, one of my favorite styles and I'm pleased. Toasted and mildly lactic malty flavor but before it gets sweet and milky the hops take control and mellow it out. Still the hops are mostly hidden and leave some herbal flavor but not really any bitterness. Some distinctive malts hang around, they have an earthy taste that I find to be common in all of Einbecker beer, not sure but maybe it's thier base malt that they combine with others. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; very smooth at first, but gets slightly creamy in the finish. Slick on the palate and gentle with pleasing carbonation.

drinkability; goes down easy but gets boring after a while. Still very drinkable but average for a Schwarzbier.

Note; it might be better to call this a Dunkel, under that sort, I would say it's the best in the world.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 16:30:41 | More by Sachsenfreude
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby brown color thats well carbo'd. Not a very good foam head, in fact, quite weak.
sweet malt aroma caramel.
Sweet butter malt slightly our caramel or toffee malt flavor. A good bodied beer with a dry finish. Not much in way of hops here.
Nothing special here just a nice beer, smooth and soft.
Would be a good session beer.
Drink well my friends

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 20:16:10 | More by micromaniac129
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep mahogany brew with some suds above. ok

nice lagermalt scents with some breadcrust

almost crisp-bodied with sensible nutty malt flavor. plenty of hops all around, though. you'd think a black beer would be less hop forward, but they're very significant. spicy flavor from them, with a spicy and floral aroma. more bready in the flavoring. bitterness is mild though not entirely absent. just...mild. it could probably stand augmentation, but hardly necessary

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:57:15 | More by bruachan
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from Huhzubendah. Thanks, I'll get you back.

Beer poured into a becher glass. Beer is dark brown and clear with a half finger head of small and medium brown bubbles, minimal lacing. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a worrisome sulfurness to it. The pilsner comes through but none of the darker malts, smells OK.

Yum. This is a pretty good beer. It finishes moderately dry, its light in body and has minimal carbonation on the palate. The dry finish reveals a slight bitterness from grains and the forward is all plisen sweetness. Its appropriately restrained and not overbearing, really drinkable. I like Einbecker.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 02:12:53 | More by drabmuh
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Transparent caramel brown with faint amber highlights. The beer begins with bubbles frozen in a still life pose. The bubbles dissipate after a few moments, as the head fades to but a thin layer. The beer strongly resembles a cola.

S: Sweet malt, distinctly German. I do admire when the aroma of a beer is indigenous to a state, country, or region of the world. Beer is universal.

T: Notes of caramel, sweet malt (no roast character), subtle toffee candies. Overall, the beer is lighter than I would prefer. A certain amount of sweetness is expected, but this beer possesses a tad too much sweetness for my liking.

M: Thin bodied with a fairly sticky and sweet feel near the finish.

D: An ok beer, but definitely not my favorite representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 02:36:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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bum732

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Pilsner malt, slight chocolate, some bready maltiness, earthy, very faint cappucino.

L: Dark amber brown, not much head, 1/8 inch creamy head, good lacing.

T: Clean semi-sweet malt, some dark bread maltiness on the back of the tongue. Touch of chocolate in the finish. Fairly high bitterness, some earthy hop flavors in the bitterness.

M: Medium thin body, fairly high carbonation.

Pretty meh beer, i found most the flavors pretty lacking and the mouthfeel was pretty bad. Too bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:30:42 | More by bum732
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nick76

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is brown with a small head. The aroma is faint with toasted caramel malt, chocolate, and a touch brown sugar. The taste is like the aroma but it's not as good. It's more acidic and astringent. The palate is thin but decently carbonated. The beer isn't that great overall but it's OK to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 23:40:22 | More by nick76
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Brenden

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out a dank brown color with deep mahogany red highlights that shine copper in the light. A light brown head pours out at just under a finger and is slightly thin, dissipating within a fairly short time and leaving a creamy foam and just a bit of lacing around.
The smell reflects a malt backbone (seemingly crystal malts) with no real roasted or smoky notes but a good mix of light caramel sweetness and earthy dry character. Barley-like grains are evident as well and the aroma, while it starts off a bit mild, really builds up character as this one sits.
The taste is similar, although some roasted character i didn't get from the nose is here as well; I also get a metallic tint to it and there's a sort of astringency I can't quite place. The sturdy malt is almost, but not quite, enough to cover it. There's also a slight nuttiness constant to this brew.
The body is a bit light although it avoids being thin. There's
some carbonation, but not by way of crisp or smooth on the tongue.
It's one I'd have again, but it's not one I'd search out. it would depend on what's available.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 18:59:27 | More by Brenden
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color, with a reddish hue. Thin, off-white head that fades quickly, leaving a few white patches and a ring around the perimeter. Not much lacing.
Smell is slightly roasted malts with some light notes of cocoa and toffee. Faint, skunky euro yeast aroma accompanies. Faint buttery notes, as well as some subtle notes of fig.
Taste is slightly roasted malts with some euro yeast and light hops. Faint, bitter rush after the front. Faint notes of cocoa and toffee.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with a little bit of crispness at the finish. Fairly low level of carbonation. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Not overly impressed, but nothing offensive enough to detract from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 05:35:39 | More by Parrotbeak
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is butterscotch.Taste is butterscotch,caramel and a hint of cocoa.Flavorful and refreshing goes down nicely.I would definetly recommend and I can see myself buying this again in the near future.Good job by Einbecker Brauhaus!

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 02:54:58 | More by matty
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cpone

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, with decent carbonation, similar to the color of root beer. Light brown head disappears quickly.

S: Mildly roasted malts - it smells just like spent grains. Slight, mild bitterness.

T: Very mild hops, and smooth roasted malts. Grainy finish.

M: Light mouthfeel, less carbonation than expected. Crisp, but slightly bitter finish.

D: I thought it was a lot more drinkable when i started on the glass. It was colder then, so, yeah, very drinkable at temp.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 00:31:29 | More by cpone
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SteveS1

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown with a little caramel coloring at the edges, medium tan head with little retention and some lacing.

Smell: Plum, nectarine, sweet caramel

Taste: Sweet caramel on the tongue, blends into a bit of roast bitterness. Bitter hops going down, with a dry bready aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-to-full bodied, but smooth, definitely not heavy. Nice carbonation (small bubbles)

Drink: Easy to drink, very light. Great smell, but the taste was a little lacking for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 03:37:30 | More by SteveS1
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

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

Pours slightly light for the style with a darky ruby red, and ultra clear body. A nice off white head retains extraordinarily well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is classic schwarzbier, with some good grainy lager in there, and a slight roastiness that makes itself known without reaching porter status.

Hmmm. A tiny bit lighter than i prefer for the style, the roastiness is there, but (can't beleive im finally saying this about a schwarzbier) could actually be stronger! A nice change of pace from the over roastified lovibond festival psuedo-porters that more and more schwarzbiers seem to be these days. Nice crisp lagery finish with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty much ideal for the style, low to moderate viscosity, very dry, and perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good on this one, could easily session this beer.

Overall, a decent schwarz, but a little bit too mild, IMO. It is nice to see this end of the spectrum though, less roasty and more lagery. A decent session beer, and one i wouldn't mind drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 06:13:40 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a brown color and a mostly clear consistency. There was a half inch of fairly long-lasting, foamy head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt and some sort of sugary sweets. Surprisingly not skunky, given its green bottle.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, and even a mild chocolate. A typically focused and clean-lined German beer.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a super dry and smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable. One of the better Schwarzbiers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 13:13:15 | More by avalon07
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Deep brown under a large slightly off white head. Good retention, some lace.

S: Toffee, caramel, toasted, malty. At first, seemed a little bit skunky, but that has seemed to disappear. Pretty balanced.

T: Toasted, caramel, toffee, malty. Not a huge rush of flavor, but balance is the key here I think.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is medium. Drinkability is good, probably the best quality of the beer. Pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 01:32:17 | More by NCSUdo
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crossovert

Illinois

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

11.2 oz green bottle.

Pop the top, it is only mildly skunky, but curse to the store who mishandled it.

Pours a nice ruby/brown with a foam off white head that dissipates decently quickly.

Smell is caramally and malty.

Taste is light, caramally, slightly bitter with a kiss of hops and overall just insanely drinkable.

Like all Schwartzbiers and Dunkels, it is at the height of beer drinkability but I would take a Koestritzer over this.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 02:28:41 | More by crossovert
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Einbecker's Schwarzbier and Mai-Ur-Bock are two of my favorite go-to German beers.

A – Lighter in color than many Schwarzbiers, more of a translucent mahogany than a Schwarz. Very little foam.

S – Very clean German malt, with a smell of brown rice syrup, perhaps.

T – Once it hits my taste buds I can’t stop drinking it. I gulp 2 oz at a time, it’s so delicious. The best tasting of the Schwarzbiers I’ve had.

M – Thin and lightly carbonated, but it complements the taste. This beer must be served cold.

D – The ultimate in chug-ability.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 18:19:25 | More by ktrillionaire
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whtguitarguy

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this one, aside from the name not quite being true. This one pours to a dark amber brown color with a thick foamy head about 1/3 of an inch. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate. And it has a sweet character. There is a bit of barley, malt character. It has a smooth clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 23:30:04 | More by whtguitarguy
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Gmann

New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a small tight egg-shell colored head which settles into a light cap. Quite light for a "black beer". The aroma is of a light roasted munich malt, quite doughy and sweet. Some grassy peppery notes as well. The taste has a nice but very light roasted quality which rides shotgun to a big munich malt presence. Big doughy flavor with some caramel, raisin, and grassy/peppery notes. Tastes more like a dunkel than schwarzbier. Moderate feel with tingly carbonation, lightly sweet. It may not be the best tasting schwarzbier out there but it has good flavors and is very easy to drink. The low abv is nice. More of a dunkel but a good dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 03:51:58 | More by Gmann
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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