Einbecker Winter-Bock - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: TommyW on 01-02-2009

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Photo of Amalak
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very dark gold/brown with a 1 finger of white foam. Another brew with fine lacing.

I have to say that the smell is awesome. Lots of caramel malt with a wee bit of grain, maybe a hint or two of chocolate.

The very same taste wise. A bit of a stronger grain presence but not out of line for the style at all.

Smooth mouth feel, almost at the top of the food chain as far as Doppelbocks that I have tried. Just as good as Celebrator, imho

Photo of jesseejames
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Einbecker Winter Bock is a wonderful beer although a bit too bitter for my taste. I prefer their Mai Bock as it is a little bit sweeter. The smell of this beer is wonderful and it seems almost a waste to drink it up. If you pour it into a glass its color cannont be duplicated. It has a wonderful rich malty taste for doppelbock.

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice traditional authentic German doppelbock. All about the malt, this beer is from the brewery/city that claims to have invented Bock beer....

Has a nice head, but it goes away fairly quickly... No hops at all in the aroma--all dark caramel malt. Thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel... A deep, rich, smooth, rather profound taste. Reminds me of Paulaner Salvator or Ayinger Celebrator...but, sadly with no "__ator" suffix.

Definitely a fine beer, not to be missed by German beer connoisseurs.

Photo of kjc51478
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thick, medium head that also has good lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, and a bit of roasted grains. Taste is very sweet on the front end with flavors of caramel and a slight nutiness. There's a nice, light wheaty flavor combined with a slight hop bitterness on the back end. Palate is medium to heavy-bodied, almost syrupy, with smooth carbonation and a bit of alcohol rummyness. Not quite as good as some of the Bavarian Doppelbocks, but an excellent beer nonetheless.

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12/19/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This had a malty dryness that I found intriguing. With the slight caramel linger it all added up to something worthwhile. Not sure it rates as a go to session beer (& the 7.5% ABV puts the kabosh on that) but this is one of those beers one would like to have at hand as a singular change of pace.

Photo of Andreji
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So this was an unexpected finding here in NY.

Browsing around the lower east side for some grub we spotted a "currywürst" sign down by 3rd st and first - wechsler's. unable to resist the temptation of a good old chopped and spiced german sausage we went right in. And the pick of the night: the Einbecker (c'mon it's practically still winter).

Poured in their ceramic grey stein, still the dark reddish tone perceivable from above. filled well up to the top so apparently no head but a remnant lacing accompanied throughout.

Smell is strong red-fruit like dark malt, sweet to the nose with a hint (or stronger) of alcohol coming in somewhere in between. not too hoppy.

Taste is great. strong, sweet malty feel at first, black-cherry sweet at some point maybe somewhere along the feel of a plum, with a bitter followup and a yeasty intermezzo very accomodating to this genre of german beers. very light hoppy aftertaste though, which i found very pleasant (so not to damage my currywurst nor my pommes).

Full bodied and certainly not light at all, but damn refreshing.

Very plausible offering by Einbecker. must try more.

Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of dqrull
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red with a really nice looking thick foam that really clings to the glass, awesome!

Smells fresh, lots of malty dark fruits, small note of hops in the background, appealing.

This is a sweet malt bomb, but the initial malty sweetness is really nice balanced out by a rather perfect bitterness in the end, slightly metallic lingering aftertaste makes it a 4 instead of 4.5.

Mouthfeel is just as creamy as the foam was in the initial pour, foams up great when it hits the toungue, really nice.

Photo of bark
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is amber-red; the beer pours with a fizzing sound. The finger thick head is beige. Almost no lacing occurs. Looks good.

The smell is elegant and loaded with malt. Fresh semi-sweet notes and hints of alcohol, crackers and a touch of toffee.

The strong taste is dominated by fresh malty flavours. Some passing sour hints. Notes of cookies, nuts, beef stock and some spicy hints. The body is medium. Lots of bread, and fresh fruits in the aftertaste. There is a very noble and gentle bitterness in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is mild, yet very fresh. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A pleasant malty bock: Einbecker sure knows what they are doing.

Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of seanyfo
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottled poured into a shaker pint sleeve.

BB 27/07/2011

A- Copper body with excellent clarity. 3 finger head is creamy at first but reduces to thin crown with minimal lacing.

S- Rich caramel malt aroma, toasty notes with a hint of vanilla

T- Rich sweet malt quality on the tongue intertwined with the toasted malt that lingers. Brief hint of alcohol in the finish but not hot.

M- Moderate carbonation and full body, clean finish.

D- Rich malt quality makes this a moreish doppelbock. Not as appealing on the eye but certainly does the trick on the palate.

Photo of Asgeirr
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of linnet
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green bottle! What the hey.
Malt forward with soft melanoidins and a quiet toast character. Soft fruit too. Solid start.
Very clear and a nice copper/red color. Smallish darkish head that settles out quickly, but it does leave some dipping lacing that disappear in short order.
Fruitiness on the flavor, yum. Soft melanoidins again and the same with toast. No hops to speak of. Moderate drying. Alcohol is subdued in flavor but creates a warmness in the gut.
A little bigger than moderate in feel, but the low carbonation provides a creaminess and softness.
A good standard doppelbock. Quite rich, really. The flavors and good and the richness pushes a slower drinking experience.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just a lot of sweet malt with a hint of chocolate. Flavors replicate the nose, with this beer delivering a boatload of sweet malty goodness. There's a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish, which keeps this beer from becoming over the top sweet and malty, but it's a close call. Mouthfeel is decidedly medium bodied, and drinkability is OK. While the alcohol is pretty well disguised, the excessive sweet maltiness detracts just a bit. That being said, this is still a very nice, easy to appreciate winter bock. Nice.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer of brilliant ruddy copper clarity. It's lightly carbd and of lite tan head. Aroma is lite and sutle with hints of dark candied fruits and rich malts. Definitely fits the season. Drinks dark and smooth a bit sweet with candied malts sugar and fruits. Towards the end one finds a soft warming alcohol to cut through the winter chill, or lack there of depending on where you are. I liked this beer it was esay drinking smooth sweet and bold.

Photo of delta490
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich brown with a light tan head that all but disappears in short order. There is a ring around the glass but it doesn't leave any lacing. The aroma is somewhat anemic, with just faint whiffs dark fruit and sweetness. The taste, though makes up for it, with a flavor like alcohol soaked fruit baked in a dark bread. There's just a hint of earthy hops on the finish, which matches well with the heavier body and mellower finish.

Photo of baggio
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle@home

A: Copper-red with a nice creamy head and some lacing.

S: Caramel, Berries, Hops, Roasted malts hint of metal.

T: Bread, Dark caramel, Ripe fruit, Berries, Grassy hops (Hersbruck?)

M: Very sweet but not too overpowering. Light touch of hops at the end. Fruity.

Since i do not like their Mai-bock i thought i'd dislike this one aswell but that is not the case. This is a well crafted doppelbock even tho i have some problems with the hops they are using. Pleasant!

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Einbecker Winter-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.