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Einbecker Winter-Bock - Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Einbecker Winter-BockEinbecker Winter-Bock

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BA SCORE
86
very good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%


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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2011 13:37:03 | More by Rifugium
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Amalak

New York

4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 04:10:08 | More by Amalak
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Andreji

Colombia

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 09:56:14 | More by Andreji
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plaid75

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2010 17:44:05 | More by plaid75
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 06:25:44 | More by KickbacksSteve
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served up a clear, deep, dark orangey body, or, at least in the subdued mood lighting of the lower "The Fred" bar at the new Taco Mac location in the Prado. Topped with an inch-high head of beige foam.

Smell: An aroma smelling heavily of sugars which themselves have also been heavily toasted. Fruity notes of golden raisins spritzed with a dash of alcohol.

Taste: My, but it's sugary sweet! Toasty, bready malts with a slight underlying nuttiness. Moderate dried fruit tastes as one might expect. Spicy, leafy hop presence but no more than a thin, short-lived hint of bitterness. Then, it's right back to the sweetness and the toastiness until the drying finish that carried a bit of alcoholic heat with it.

Mouthfeel: It just barely slides into medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: A so-so, but oh-so sweet doppelbock, perhaps even a bit too sugary for me and I'm a chap who usually enjoys a sweet brew.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 18:49:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 23:38:03 | More by johnmichaelsen
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, toffee, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, toffee, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good doppelbock style. Good balance and complexity of malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:21:24 | More by superspak
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 00:25:49 | More by BeerIsland
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Hex92

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. I am a fan of this style and I think it's a good representation of it. I don't think it is quite as good as Celebrator, but it is definitely good.

I think it is lacking in smell and appearance,but it excels in all the other categories.

I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 02:04:25 | More by Hex92
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jesseejames

Montana

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 18:21:00 | More by jesseejames
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metter98

New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 02:38:07 | More by metter98
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 03:47:48 | More by DrDemento456
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.91/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 22:41:50 | More by garymuchow
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 20:45:27 | More by AnalogReigns
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: From a unique green bottle is a deep amber colored beer with not much head.

Aroma: Figs, brown bread, raisins, light toffee notes, grape, faint banana.

Taste: Heavy malts in the front, raisins, traces of molasses, figs, dark bread, floral hop but mostly a malty backbone. The finish does have a light smokiness.

Notes: It's very drinkable a good one to warm up with. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 02:09:01 | More by horshack7
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 04:49:58 | More by falloutsnow
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-a deep red amber color with an off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, dark fruit, spices, hints of sweetness

T-sweet malt, caramel, ginger, molasses, dark fruit

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent doppelbock with good blend of flavors, but a little on the sweet side for me

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 11:03:49 | More by MDDMD
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 04:41:47 | More by jtierney89
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:53:55 | More by LiquidAmber
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dorianmarley

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a pretty crimson with a head that fades and good lacing.

Nose is scotch-like, with plenty of sweet malt. There is a roasted aroma, and some spice.

Taste is sweet and malty, similar to most Dopplebocks. The flavor is unique from other Bocks, in that it has herb-like qualities; not quite spiced like many winter beers, but still seasoned. It also has some similarities to a Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel has mild carbonation but the alcohol is readily apparent. This is a sipper, which is good for winter.

Overall, this is interesting to drink what a German winter beer tastes like, and it is not over the top like many winter beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:41:47 | More by dorianmarley
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 12:53:38 | More by micromaniac129
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crossovert

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle. Fresh.

It pours a really nice copperish brown with a fizzy slightly off-white head.

The smell is nice and earthy with some nice caramel and burnt sugar. A little bit of dark fruit.

The flavor is real nice. It has a big sweetness but also doesn't seem cloying. There is a nice underlying bitterness form the hops and a bit of roastiness.

The mouthfeel is nice. Overall a nice one for the Winter season.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:25:11 | More by crossovert
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 02:55:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 20:56:09 | More by seanyfo
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Einbecker Winter-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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