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Einbecker Winter-Bock - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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86
very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TommyW on 01-02-2009)
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
Photo of falloutsnow
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Code Number L1269434K19 stamped on label
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass

Einbecker's doppelbock features rich malt sweetness and modest bittering European hops, with a leaning towards caramel sweetness. A solidly enjoyable all-around doppelbock in the typically balanced, but leaning-towards-caramel-sweetness of several German versions of the style. One I'd get again.

Pours a 1cm head of medium tan foam, made up of small bubbles, that has below average retention, gradually decreasing to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is nonexistent, with some spiderwebs and smaller constellations of spots elsewhere. Body is a transparent ruby-brown color, with slightly active carbonation visible, stemming from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is sweet, but well-balanced by the substantial bready component that lends a neutral and yeasty component to the beer. Individual scents of sweet toffee and caramel, a bit of brown sugar, deep brown European breads, and slight ethanol.

Overall, flavor is sweet and rich with caramel, heavy bread, and a bit of bittering hops and ethanol in the background. Opens with some brown sugar sweetness and sweet caramel flavors, Mid-palate features heavy malts with rich brown breads, caramel, and subtle noble hop bitterness. Back of palate picks up continued caramel flavors, heavy malt sweetness, rich brown bread, and modest noble hop bitterness. Aftertaste of European hop bitterness and lesser residual caramel-like sweetness.

The beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied, with medium to medium-low amounts of carbonation, leading to a slightly carbonated, though primarily smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Finish is expectedly dry.

falloutsnow, Sep 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish amber with a rather big beige head that settles quickly but leaves some lacings.

S: Quite nice. Lots of caramel and malts. Notes of strawberry jam, vanilla and leafy hops.

T: Sweet malts and caramel up front. Again, I get a note of strawberry jam. Some other light sweet fruity notes. Some peppery and grassy hop notes. The finish is quite long with a mild lingering sweetness overpowered by a bitterness that misses the mark quite a bit, a hint of hops and sweet and warming alcohol.

M: Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel combined with slightly too gentle carbonation. It gets a bit heavy after a while.

D: A decent beer. The flavors in the mouth are good but the finish is off and unbalanced. The taste of alcohol, although not overly powerful, gets to much after a while. I don't think the different flavors (mostly sweetness and warm alcohol with spicy hop notes) go that well together in this one.

ricke, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of BeerIsland
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Such a wonderful beer for the price. only bought singles but maybe this could age a year or two. While winter increases its grip, so the heavy lagers mitigate. A tad tarter and a tad more assertive, this is a bock for almost all occasions. Tons of flavor with all the drinkability you'd want, the Winter-Bock is a really good beer.

BeerIsland, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +3.9%

wattoclone, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant ruby in the body with a nice quickly dwindling white pearl colored head forming. Fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Interesting bottle green stubby with a red foil label, aromatics offer up ripened fruit notes. Clean bright malt character shines for from this Christmas doppelbock, pours a bit thin compared to the average German strong lager. Flavor is caramelized sugars glazed upon ripened dark fruits a hint of banana with ice cream and caramel sauce. Finishing the sweetness a touch of toasted bread balances out the sweetness with a faint hint of herbal hops. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied easy to drink especially for a doppelbock, typically a heavy liquid bread kind of beer with layers of texture/flavor. Overall a pretty weak offering, this brewry is interesting I've never seen this beer since this year showing up at the Market District in Robinson this one showed up during the Christmas beer season at my local in Ohio.

WVbeergeek, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of linnet
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish colour, liquid is clear, small off-white head. Smell is sweet, jam honey dark fruit and alcohol. Flavour is rich alcohol, malt, jam, honey and a lingering presence of hops at the end. Mouthfeel is lively, crisp with small bubbles. A very good doppelbock I like it.

linnet, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle via trade from bierkoning on ratebeer - thanks, Edo! Drank this while brewing my first lager, and paired it with some pork chops.

Pours a clear reddish-brown color with a medium-sized light beige head.

Aroma is malty with caramel, spices, and fruity esters.

Flavor is malty and sweet with caramel malt, brown sugar, candied dried fruits, and some spiced notes. Paired well with the pork chops.

Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, and not at all boozy. The 7.5% was more than I would have guessed.

Drinkability is high. A nice beer overall, enjoyable.

nickd717, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not sure of the age on this thing. Came in a variety pack from a distributor that they made up of close to out of code stuff and breakers. Considering it's summer, i'm sure this ones not a breaker so i'm guessing it's got some age. But as a 7.5% doppelbock, should be good.

Clear deep amber hue with a 1 finger off white head. Nice roasted burnt molasses nose. Deep cooked fruit jams. Strawberries, figs, blackberries, raisins. Melted caramel. Intense nose.

Lighter in body then expected and really clean. Well blended and concise flavors. Chocolate and caramel with dark spiced and sugared fruits. Touch of alcohol. Roasted malt prominent throughout. Pretty nice. Maybe its the age but this doppelbock is pretty damn good! Bit boozey for 7.5% though. Would work very well in the winter though, however maybe you should age it a bit.

jtierney89, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

jdkitchi, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark red-orange amber. Slight head that dissipates immediately. Aroma dominated by sweet malt and a hint of light and dark fruit. Flavor is also sweet and caramel malt with dark fruit and slight nuttines. Finishes sweet with a light hop kick. The initial taste seems to have active carbonation, but quickly ends in a flat, but syrupy mouth feel that is more in line with the low carbonation appearance. A pleasant bock that is compromised by lack of carbonation.

LiquidAmber, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had off the tap at the Williamsburg, Brooklyn Lorelei.
.5 Liter pour

A. It has a very deep brown color with a big head and lacing. Some bubbles.

S. Very flowery malt. That's perfect.

T. Taste kind of like a grape lollypop. It's very unique. Sweet with some bitter hop to it. Very, very slight bite.

Amalak, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear garnet in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige colored head that died down rather quickly, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of brown bread with raisins are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty and slightly sweet with flavors of brown bread and dark fruits along with some notes of caramel and nutty malts. There are no traces of bitterness from the underlying hops but there's enough of them to keep this from being overly sweet.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable compared to other beers in the style because it isn't as full-bodied and filling and no traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

metter98, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

pknyc, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Waterfront, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a deep amber hue with a three finger frothy thick white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light cereal malt, smoke, some caramel and a musty hop.

The taste consisted of a smooth cereal malt with a slight sweetness and a bit of smoke toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very quaffable dopple. A bit toward the simple side, but delicious nonetheless.

plaid75, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Small head leaves mild lacing to slide down the sides of the glass into the ruby body. Aroma is dominated by sweet maltiness and the taste mainly includes caramel maltiness and dark fruit sweetness. ABV is well masked and this beer becomes quite tasty upon warming.

KickbacksSteve, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of serottaboy
2/5  rDev -48.1%

serottaboy, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - I assume this is only a few months old since I got no sediment, a rocky fully inch of opaque colored head, and a nice deep clear brown beer.

S - Some mild grain skunk and fairly sweet oaky dark fruit goodness. I love some sweet dopplebock's

T - Not bad it has a good amount of caramel malt, some chocolate and a hint of dark fruits. Simply, tasty, well hidden ABV.

M - Has a mild grainy hint which I assume is skunkness from the bottle but other than that it's fairly smooth and medium bodied.

Overall I got this on discount from $3.50 (paid 2 dollars) and I was pleasantly surprised of it's smooth light flavors and well hidden ABV. A very solid dopplebock.

DrDemento456, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of NatsnSkinsDC
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

NatsnSkinsDC, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of mwckiltedsavage
5/5  rDev +29.9%

mwckiltedsavage, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Tjvan2
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Tjvan2, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a light beige foam, leaving residues on the glass. The color is copper or bright amber.

The smell contains sweet candy sugar tones, with raisins and dried fruits, complemented with fresh citric notes.

The taste is rather sweet but pleasantly balanced with acis and bitterness. You can feel raisins, dried apricots, and a good taste of hops.

The feel is rather "dry", but in all it is a very pleasant bock to linger over at a cold winters evening.

rarbring, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

BKBassist, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Very tasty! Dark, hazy, orange-amber color with a nice white head that retained pretty well throughout the session. Aroma of dark sugars and toasty malts. Delightfully sweet taste--not sickeningly so--with rich, smooth malts, and flavors of caramel and dark sugars. Some spice obviously present too, with an organic, earthy quality in the background. Pleasant and smooth, medium body, highly drinkable.

Rifugium, May 04, 2011
Photo of Asgeirr
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Einbecker Winter-Bock pours a coquelicot colour along with a beige-to-buff crown and as with most beers of this label the carbonation seems vivid as the bubbles ascend, seemingly like an everflowing stream.

Smell: Sweet malts in the vein of raisin, syrup and strawberry-jam on ryebread and a tad of sourness a la tobacco are the scents which hits the nostrils with most power . The hops really play a subservient role, but do pop up and make the odd 'n' timidly bitter appearance.

Taste: Creamy and sweet, barely no hops at all. The agenda is like that of a quality rum and raisin ice cream with real vanilla in it, that and a shy hop-sourness at the end. So the malt is the boss and the hop a part-time minion, in correlation with the smell.

Mouthfeel: Caresses the tongue like a velvet creation, smooth and full, the carbonation is however taking a step back and eventually you get a dry feeling in your mouth.

Drinkability: Some may say it's a tad one-sided because of the evident domination of malts, but I'd simply ignore those hopheads by admiring that this malty beverage is so darn well-moulded, the characteristics really do make an impression and therefore you should give it a try!

Asgeirr, Jul 10, 2010
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Einbecker Winter-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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