Einbecker Schwarzbier - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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85
very good

238 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 18
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

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Photo of doerickson
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown coloring with a reddish hue. Fruity aromas of grape/date with some maltiness to boot. Taste is dominated by tangy/fruity notes--apple and appleskin come to mind. A little bit of malty sweetness comes into play as the beer warms, but it remains a tart sort of brew all the way through. Solid but unspectacular.

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Libationguy
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tawny color with brown hues. Light tan head with moderate density and medium+ retention.

Light roasted coffee and toffee notes. Moderate malt richness with a subtle lactic note.

The roasted flavor deepens on the palate. Slightly smoky with a moderate bitterness that is well integrated with the malt. Medium length with caramelized notes that linger on the finish.

Medium- body that is slightly watery in texture.

Nice beer for the style.

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.27/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - When you call it a Schwarzbier, I hope for a Schwarz(black) beer... this is a deep brown. Wonderful clarity, but obviously low ABV by the lack of density. I was wishing for more color, but I give it points for appearing as a well made Lager.

Oh, and it holds a nice pillowy cap for longer than expected of a lager.

A - Not much going on here. Well, nothing is intense. It's not really peppery or zesty, like a Pils. The lighter grist bill, I shouldn't be expecting Bock notes. It there's some breadiness, faint roast, and caramel.

T - Very pedestrian. I expect Schwarzbiers to be Pilsners with with a little roasted bite at the finish. This is more of a Dunkel Lager that wasn't afraid to fill its role.
Hops are void, some chewiness, cracker and sweet notes round out the flavors.

M - Very wet, it's no different than your generic adjunct lager. If you're used to light beers (or heavy ones) it's a nice change of pace.

O - I couldn't drink this all day long and wish Adjunct Macro Lagers were of the same calibre. I also appreciate the opportunity to have tried this beer. Otherwise, spend your money elsewhere.

Photo of meadhead
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

Photo of whtguitarguy
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of crhensel
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

(Bottle into dimpled mug) I was rather surprised by this one. I expected a Schwarzbier to be black and heavy on the roast, to the point where I could taste it. This had none of that. The pour was a dark, deep brown, which is attractive, but when you can see through to the bottom of the glass, schwarz it is not! A thin head formed then was gone almost immediately. There was no real aroma I could put my finger on. There was a hint of a roast and a little pepper, but nothing remarkable. The drink itself was very disappointing. I expect something of this style to be a little thicker and have bold flavor.

Upon letting this one sit for a while to warm, I found that the flavors did develop nicely and there was a bit of a caramel malt that came out and gave this some character. Still not my favorite, but not too bad afterall!

Photo of paulginva
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a flute, produced a medium tan creamy 1/2" head that dissipated slowly leaving thin head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a clear dark brown body with copper highlights.

AROMA: Pure German malts; nothing else.

TASTE: Sweet malts with a hit of moderate caramel and a light bit of toffee.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a medium body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and thin body lacing that dissipates slowly. The initial flavor is lightly sweet with a very lightly bitter finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: Definitely repeatable, easy to drink and a good, but not great, schwarzbier. It's just a little too sweet for my taste, but that's a minor point. It provides a good price to value profile and I'd buy it again, particularly for a long night of beer and conversation with friends.

Photo of DUBinMIA
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

served in a pub glass from a bottle.

clear dark brown with a hint of amber and decent carbonation. Pours 1/2 in head that dissipates to about 1/4 in with little lacing.

smell is balanced with malt and grainy aroma and piney hop notes.

good malt flavor and a slight hop spike emerges at the end to finish nice.

Mouth feel is medium to light body.

Not what i was expecting from a schwarzbier but a good one though.

Photo of jsolack
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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 SteveS1
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of cpone
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of kjc51478
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of jesseejames
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the nice dunkel German beers. I enjoy one of these after a hot day of riding steam trains. This beer on has a bit too much bitterness for me. It has a nice balance of hops to dark malt something that is not easily accomplished. If served cold it has a wonderful head and one of the nicest aromas of the dunkel beers.

Photo of cracker
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown with little lace. Smells somewhat like granny smith apples with a slight noble hop aroma. Taste is dry, crisp but somewhat metallic. Good malt backbone but very slight to no roasted flavor. If eyes are closed, tastes more like a Märzen than anything else. Overall, I'd say it's slightly above average.

Photo of RedBeerHead
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of KonigObHops
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A special thanks to my brother-in-law for this one.

This beer pours a very dark chocolate color with a creamy tan head.

The aroma is very powerful. There is a very deep roasted aroma that smells almost like a porter.

The initial taste is very deep and rich. It is smokey, but not burnt.

The middle of the taste is very rich with a smokey caramel taste.

This schwarzbier finishes well. The smokey taste remains, as does a hint of caramel, but unlike many schwarzbiers, there is no lingering bitter aftertaste.

This is one of the best schwarzbiers that I have had. I would highly recommend this beer.

Photo of drotski
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice light tan head that quickly faded to a much smaller head that decided to hang out a while. Nice lacing on glass. Dark brown in color, maybe a hint of red.

Smokey smell. Sort of smells like A-1 sauce. Lots of roasted and smoked malt.

Smokey flavor, but not overbearing. Very toasty, and well balanced.

Sort of thin in the mouth, wasn't expecting that at 4.9% alc/vol. Nicely carbonated.

Fairly drinkable in the right conditions. If you're just drinking, the taste gets old, but if you're eating a steak dinner its very drinkable.

Photo of e11iott
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of OldManMetal
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours to a thin, pebbly tan head on a very deep brown body. The nose is dark and sweet: cassis, plum and molasses with alcohol undertones. The palate is malty, slightly sweet with medium-roasted notes and hints of molasses and coffee that carry through to a nicely-balanced finish that lingers to the next sip. The body is perhaps a bit heavier than one would expect for a lager, and the lively carbonation allows it to build a slightly creamy texture. This is a great example of the style.

Photo of heavy216
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Photo of dabruguy
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Schwarzbier, great head leaving a nice lacy pattern on the glass, mild malty flavour, with a raisin overtone.
Mouthfeel was nice, let you know you are drinking a beer, a bit of a musty back of the mouth taste tho, other than that an excellent version of Black Beer

Photo of ericalbion
4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm throwing up a review here, as this is a long time (#1) favorite that gets little of the attention it deserves.

I got turned onto this when I was first trying German brews, starting with Einbecker's Bock, Ur-Bock, and Mai-Ur Bock. It became apparent that I liked these dark smooth drinks, and the Shwarzbier was the obvious next step.

Describing this in comparison to a Bock, I feel it is more black than brown in color and smoother drinking than most. As a Shwarzbier, it has the crispest taste I have yet to find in the style, and it is very refreshing to have with a meal, in the movie theatre, or on the porch on a summer day.

I am often too eager to drink this to pour it into a glass, but it pours smooth with little head when cold, and looks attractive in any glass I've chosen. Out of the bottle it is tasty and smooth, and I noticed that it doesn't take on an entirely new flavor when it warms up, it simply loses a little crispness.

This is a great beer in a classy package and is usually the first I recommend to someone looking to get into German brew styles. That said, I recently suggested it to a friend who was very familiar with Shwarzbiers and Bocks, and even works in "Beers of the World" (ROC, NY). He had never tried it before, but now he has righted his ways and is a big fan.

cheers!

Photo of muller25
2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Evidently, no one here has had the Kostritzer Schwarzbier, or the ratings would be much lower.

Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
85 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.