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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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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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wedge

North Carolina

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

Dark, but clear deep chestnut color - huge, puffy tan head that slowly deflates leaving some patches of foam on the glass. Sweet, dark malty aroma...some toasted toffee and metallic overtones. Rich malts in the flavor. Bready and a little nutty, this isn't a huge or particularly complex lager, but it is tasty as it is. Nice taste but its a little on the weak side. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation - somewhat astringent with a clean finish.

This isn't really roasted in any way which leads me to think this is more of a Bavarian dunkel than a schwarzbier. In fact, this is only labeled "schwarzbier" in America. Let's just say its a good, easily drinkable German dark lager of sorts.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 05:46:01 | More by wedge
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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

Looks almost black in low light, but some maroon coloring is seen when held to light. Creamy tan head, abot 1/2" then fades slowly to a 1/4". Smell is light grassy malt and some roasted malt, slightly buttery. Taste is dominated by grassy malts, some burnt flavors, about what you'd expect from the style. Decent hops finish lingers with the burnt tones. Well carbonated mouthfeel. Pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 00:11:51 | More by TastyTaste
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clvand0

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2003 03:09:50 | More by clvand0
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Jayli

Massachusetts

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

Had at Track 84 in Warwick RI 11/7/09

A: This beer pours a deep copper/amber color with a 1/4 of off white head to it. Head recedes to a film and leaves minimal spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of sweet caramel malts, touch of grain and grassiness, and a hint of raosted malts.

T: Taste starts with sweet caramel malts up front, blends to some roasted malts, pale malts, and a hint of grain, finish has a bit of a grassy bite to it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body and a clean finish.

D: This is a an average representation of the style and goes down easily.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 18:50:14 | More by Jayli
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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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budgood1

Minnesota

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

pours out a clear and dark garnet colour with deep ruby hues. very pretty! a light tan head appears and slowly dissipates to a thin fine lace. lovely dark fruit and candy malt aroma with the typical german hop notes wafting about. a quite reserved but tasty dark malt flavour hits the tastebuds...light choco and caramel...sweet dark fruits peek through...all rounded out by some noble hops in the end. a somewhat skimpy, but silky smooth mouthfeel lets it slide right down my throat. a hint of crispness in the finish and you're left wanting to take another sip quite quickly. damn easy drinking and rather tasty to boot. a fine german brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 18:27:17 | More by budgood1
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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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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Einbecker Schwarzbier has a very thick, creamy, beige head, with some lacing and a clear, brown appearance, with tiny streams of bubbles. The aroma is of sweet, medium-toasted barley, brown bread, a little chocolate and coffee, and whiff of hops. Taste is similar, with a subtle added dark cherry aspect. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Einbecker Scwarzbier finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and highly drinkable. Simply an outstanding beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 20:58:52 | More by RonaldTheriot
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granger10

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 16:53:15 | More by granger10
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albern

Massachusetts

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

This is a really nice Schwarzbier, nice and caramelly and refreshing. The beer pours a nice mahogany brown, very clear, with a decent tan creamy head. Retention is okay, not much lace. The nose on the beer is quite complex. There are nice roasted malts, there is some toffee and caramel, a little mustiness, a little grassiness, some raisin or other heavy fruit is just lurking underneath.

The taste is quite clean, some roasted caramel malts, a tiny bit of hop to balance out the deep roasts, there is a touch of some chocolate in the beer. There might be a slightly nutty slightly fruity quality in there underneath. The beer is just right in its consistency, not too creamy, not too prickly. The toffee and caramel flavors are quite nice. This is a fairly light bodied beer once it settles in, easy to drink, very enjoyable. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 21:35:21 | More by albern
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 05:09:24 | More by yemenmocha
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today at the distributor purely out of curiosity. I don't know much about schwarzbier but it sounds decent, and it is German after all.
Pours a bit ugly, headless and covered in carbonation bubbles. Nose is a bit strange too, with caramel and dark, bitter malt making the most noise. Certainly original but a bit sweet and strange at the moment.
Dark malt is the first batter and the flavor is bready and full of malt with a coffee note at the end and a fairly clean finish. Mouthfeel is thin and feels lacking, although I can only assume this is a proper attempt atr the style.
This is definitely not my cup of tea, but it is interesting and fairly tasty, although its shortcomings in appearance and smell hurt the drinkability a bit. An intriquing selection..I won't look for this beer again, but I would give the brewer another shot because this example shows some craft brewing chops.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 04:09:40 | More by daliandragon
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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

Giant fluffy 3" head. Deep brown, good carbonation, thick and bubbly.

Smells of nutty malt, slight hop.

Taste: Like a good bavarian dark bier. Chocolate, vanilla, nutty and slight hop.

Feels very substantial, active and healthy.

A really good Schwarzbier IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 23:28:23 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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PorterLambic

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2004 14:14:07 | More by PorterLambic
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UnionMade

Colorado

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2003 06:44:05 | More by UnionMade
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yesyouam

New York

2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Einbecker "Schwarzbier" is a ruby brown lager with a sandy slight head. The aroma is grainy-- roasted barley. It's fresh and faint. It's thin in the mouth. The flavor is of deep malt. It's lightly bitter and a little funky. My drinking party and I all agreed that this was a Dunkel, not a Schwarzbier. Why did they call this a Schwarzbier?
(rated Aug 1, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 13:30:42 | More by yesyouam
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falloutsnow

Illinois

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

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Code Number: L1048058L00
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Einbecker's schwarzbier is a modestly flavored, easy-drinking dark beer with light roast and toffee flavors. A definitely sessionable beer, but one I would not go to too much trouble to look for one when others that are tastier are more readily available.

Pours a 1.5cm head of very light tan, composed of large to medium-sized bubbles that recedes to a thick ring around the glass, with a few small islands of wispy foam. Lacing along the sides of the glass is fairly minimal, a few dots and squiggles. Body is a dark brown color with reddish highlights, light bringing out a dark amber hue to the beer. Carbonation is visible, but sluggish.

Aroma is of lightly roasted malt with a bit of toffee. The scent composition is fairly minimal, decent, but not particularly strong or nuanced.

Overall flavor profile of light roasted malt and toffee, sweeter rather than roastier, and generally subtle and mild. Tasting opens with malt sweetness and lightly roasted malt favors, leading into a mid-palate of lightly roasted malt with toffee and slight European hop bitterness. Back of palate sees an increase in roasted malt flavor and acridity, with a bit of chocolate and toffee as well. Lingering aftertaste of caramel malt sweetness with some roasted malt and toffee flavor.

Beer is medium bodied with low to medium-low levels of carbonation. Resulting mouthfeel is smooth, not creamy or fizzy. Closes out dry, with little stickiness across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 02:07:22 | More by falloutsnow
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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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AltBock

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle with just a simple black label with gold trim. The back label had the usual Govt. warning and some numbers on the side and the bottom of the label. On the side the 2 was notched and on the bottom the 4 was notched. I have no idea how to read it, but just a simple date would have been better. The bottle itself was interesting. It's a small bottle with a long neck and a big bottom with Einbecker etched into the bottle itself.

Appearance: When poured into my Brooklyn Brewery pint glass, the beer was a dark brown with plenty of ruby highlights. The head of foam was an off white color and a less than inch in height. It dissipated away quite fast leaving very few rings and no sticky white lace around the glass.

Smell: The smell was quite nice, but there just wasn't much going on in the aroma. Up front there was plenty of sweet caramel, hint of chocolate, then ended with a slight aroma of roasted malt.

Taste: For such a light beer, this beer had plenty of taste in it. In the beginning I noticed plenty of roasted malts, then some sweet caramel, and then finishes with a taste of bitter dark chocolate. A nice full flavored light beer.

Mouthfeel: It was light like it was suppose to be, but the aftertaste was kind of sweet, grainy, and watery. The taste was good, but I didn't care for that mixture of grains and water in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: This beer has session written all over it! I'm just glad that since it was in a green bottle and sitting on the shelf in the light that it wasn't skunked.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 19:16:40 | More by AltBock
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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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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a large tulip glass, Einbecker Schwarzbier is sparkling-clear and burnt-copper in color with a creamy cap of tinted ivory foam. As the head slowly recedes, patches and globs of lacing are left behind on the glass.

The smell is mild and malty with notes of herbal spice, dark caramel and fresh green grass.

The taste is mellow and toasty with the persistent flavor and feel of semisweet caramel. A syrupy cereally note is dried by a touch of bitterness that marks an otherwise clean finish.

The drink is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated with superb silkiness and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 21:10:42 | More by cvstrickland
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shand

Florida

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

This one pours a ruby-tinged brown color with a finger of head that doesn't retain very well. The aroma is very nice and very strong for a schwarzbier. Full roasted malts pair with some nice chocolate and a hint of dark fruits. The taste is also quite nice, the roasted malts are very impressive here, working well with chocolate and caramel notes to create a very full-flavored beer at a low ABV. There's a bit of a prickly hop presence here as well, along with just a touch of raisins.

The body is fairly light, with plenty of carbonation to go around. The drinkability is pretty solid, even it does drink like something at a higher ABV. Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It's a good, flavorful schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 20:14:36 | More by shand
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from short fat bottle to a tall thin glass. The liquid in brown not black, Ave carbonation. Nice 2 finger head that is fluffy and rocky it fade to a thin cover, not much lace.

The smell is very good, Lots of nice toasty roasted malt.

The taste follows the nose, very toasty indeed, some thin you would expect from a bigger beer.

The mouth feel is great, Nice light thin, if you want big thick and coating go get a RIS this is a black lager totally different style.

The drinkability is also very good. A very fine example of this style. Prosit Und Zum Wohl. MK

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 04:49:26 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Todd

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz custom green bottle. Best before on the back label.

Appearance: Deep, woody brown in colour. Pours a massive creamy/foamy tan head with loads of stick and retention.

Smell: Malty, milky and caramel nose.

Taste: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Hops hit the palate from the start with a sharp bite that segues into a complementary earthy roasted malt astringency. Faint raisin/grape. Metallic flavours fill the mouth, in tune with the overall sharpness of the beer and a tight, fizzy carbonation feel. Touch of chocolatey sweetness in the background, becoming more pronounced, rich and caramel-like as the beer warms -- "malty". Toasted flavours form and helps to finish things off, along with a dry-ish bready flavour.

Notes: An outstanding Schwarzbier/Dunkel. Balanced, tasty and an absolute treat for the taste buds. I highly recommend seeking this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2002 22:32:04 | More by Todd
Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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