Ur-Bock Dunkel
Einbecker Brauhaus

Ur-Bock DunkelUr-Bock Dunkel
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Style:
Bock - Traditional
Ranked #49
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #37,259
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 11.53%
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
320
From:
Einbecker Brauhaus
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  30
Gots
  17
SCORE
84
Good
Ur-Bock DunkelUr-Bock Dunkel
Notes: At the first sip it is smooth and full-bodied, at the second sip the true rich, strong roasted malt aroma of Einbecker Ur-Bock unfolds. The dark barley-malt brewed refreshment from the Einbecker original recipe.
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice dark bock here, frothy headed from the tap, slightly hazy amber color to it, low red glow, looks great in its proper mug! the aroma here is lightly fruity, dried berries and red apples come to mind, there is some faint astringency to the yeast, and a nice earthy malt richness, not overly sweet, and packed with minerals, very fall aroma on this one. the flavor is similar, equal parts grain and yeast driven, i get some real umami character to this, almost soy-like for a moment, fallen leaves, acorns, light almond, and some toffee sweetness in the grain. the yeast is bready to me, slightly doughy, really old worldy, not perfectly fresh overall though, a little oxidation in the mix that actually kind of works in here, its classically german overall, one of their better beers that ive had. great carbonation, lively the whole drink, medium body and softer feeling, with a lathery creamy head that stays. it gets a little sweeter as it sits, but there is a lot of depth to the malt as well, and it opens up nicely. overall an enjoyable and rather distinctive bock, awesome to be able to drink this on tap!

Nov 19, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Orangey brown pour with a khaki head. Caramel malt, toast, hint of booze, and light earth in the nose. Taste follows suit but add a dimension of sweet dark fruit nectar near the finish. Malt driven in the feel too, very smooth, medium bodied but does weigh nicely on the palate cumulatively. All around good bock, but simpler

Aug 09, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Darker amber, mostly clear, plenty of activity.

S: Roasted caramelized barley.

T: It's quite lovely. It's similiar to Einbeck's Mai-Ur-Bock except for the extra roasting process.

F: Smooth and stronger than usual.

O: Right proper brew. High quality. Ur-Bock Dunkel translates to "Traditional Bock Dark" The darker color has nothing to do with extra ingredients, rather it's how the barley was brewed. To avoid repeating myself, I talk Bock in an earlier review: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/66/202/?ba=DrBeergood#review

Jul 17, 2021
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MNAle from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Indeterminate age with a bottle code L4311380 K 12:24

Amber, clear, and moderately carbonated. 1½ inch thick off-white head with good retention and sparse lacing.

Gratefully, there is no skunkiness in the aroma, despite the green bottle. The aroma is moderately strong, with a caramel sweetness, toast, and raisins.

The taste is relatively complex initially. There is the caramel and raisins from the aroma along with a delightful toasted bread maltiness. Malty and smooth in the beginning. A slight bitterness begins in the middle and carries through to the finish. The aftertaste is a very nice intermingling of the dark fruit and sweetish toasted bread. The finish is malty, but not too sweet.

The mouth feel is moderate toward the thin side.

Overall, a very good bock with an inviting aroma and complex toasty flavor that lingers.

Apr 27, 2021
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officerbill from New York

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown/amber with a tall, fluffy khaki head that slowly dissolves into a thick film. Very nicely balanced with the molasses, caramel, dates offset by some peppery spice and drying hops. No coating in your mouth and no sticky aftertaste. This is an easy drinking delicious dunkel bock.

Apr 25, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep russet appearance with an average size beige head and good lacing. Roasted malt aroma with ripe fruit and a trace of nuttiness. Sweet malt taste displayed molasses, almond, toffee and caramel before turning a little more bitter. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Lingering, slightly gummy, finish.

Jan 16, 2021
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gvickery from Texas

4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Crystal clear mahogany. Minimal off white head.
Smell: Muted, molasses, brown sugar, raisins.
Taste: Semisweet toasted grain, dried fruit, raisin, prunes, fucking insanely good.
Slight alcohol on the way out. So good, it’s almost like eating a fine meal at an
Uber expensive restaurant. Perhaps like a fine cigar. Needs higher ratings.

Jun 15, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

33 cl. bottle from Capital Market in Salem OR
$2.75
Pours an attractive dark amber/ chestnut clear brown colour..with a nice frothy light beige head.
Strong caramel and brown bread maltiness..maybe a bit of skunk but its fine enough.
Malty..malted barley..light nuttiness, and some spiciness..slight grassy hop..very nice to taste.
Mouth feel is OK..the carbonation us a bit low.
OK beer but this is probably old..i am sure its better fresh

Apr 17, 2020
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puck1225 from Texas

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear brown color with a decent head and good lacing. Slightly sweet and a bit skunky smell, but an overall pleasant spicy taste. Hint of bitterness. It was worth a try.

Jan 24, 2019
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HermannTheGerman from Germany

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Malty nose. The second sip makes the difference. First, this Bock seems to be malty sweet. The second sip adds the nice hoppy bitterness to the malty body. Bitterness and sweetness could be better intergrated. To me the overall taste has two strong dimension that don’t find together. BTW: beautiful color. Not too dark. Just dark amber.

Jan 20, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, copper in color with 1/3 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, mineral, and earth. Medium-bodied with medium-high carbonation and slight sweet. Makes for a really tasty bock beer that I could have several of.

Sep 11, 2017
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You'll need some really finely-tuned hop receptors in your nose and on your palate to detect any hop presence at all, but no biggie. This Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel is a malty delight, and just a hair behind the Mai-Urbock the brewery puts out--which is my favorite maibock of all time. This Dunkel is sure to delight fanciers of the style with a smooth mouthfeel and satisfying flavor. Retro-olfaction will produce even more pleasures. This is an excellent warm-up for the approaching Marzen season.

Jul 28, 2017
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branko7 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this malty, not-very-carbonated bock. It's not over-hopped, like so many American beers. Has a balanced taste and a smooth mouthfeel. Did I say I really love this beer? Plus, I like bocks, and it's from the birthplace of the bock beer style!

Beware: my bottles start overflowing as soon as I open them (without shaking).

Jul 01, 2017
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pajfuwen from England

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a shaker. $8!

S: Complex malty aroma with some Maillard products. A hint of spicey hops.

L: Light copper with good clarity. Small off-white head that did not persist.

T: Toasty with some caramel.
The subtle hop bitterness does not quite balance the lingering sweet finish. No hop flavour.

F: Quite smooth and full-bodied, with little carbonation.

Apr 06, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: rich malty aroma with bread crumbs, dark sugars, light malty fruit and a clean fermentation character.

L: It pours brilliant reddish brown copper filled with streams of bubbles leisurely rising to the surface and capped with a 1.5" cream colored layer of foam.

T: light sweetness balanced by mildly bitter hops leaving a lingering malty toast finish balanced between bitter and sweet. Over all the beer is malt forward .

F: with a medium to medium full body and carbonation slightly below average.

O: Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel is a classic dark bock.

Mar 28, 2017
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VoxRationis from New York

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) green bottle into a custom taster pint; production code L114219SC; retried 3/13/2020, production code L1274414H.
A: Pours a crystal, crystal clear, amber color with tiny champagne style bubbles, three finger, eggshell white head formation and foamy, sticky rings of lacing.
S: Very low aroma profile, but largely of caramel, honeysuckle, bread, and white pepper.
T: Semidry and rather bitter. Flavors largely follow the nose, but more fruity with fresh fig and raisins, as well as some toffee. Strong, persistent bitterness that seemed to work better with overall flavor picture the second time around.
M: Light to medium bodied with solid effervescence.
O: First, this really should have been in a brown bottle -- the first time around, it hadn't oxidized, but that was just luck. Second, it looks gorgeous and inviting, regardless. Try to drink it young: the two tasting were night and day.

Dec 29, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a deep amber to amber brown color.

The aroma offers nutty breadiness, toasted malts, dark fruit, alcohol, lager notes, calming and smooth.

The flavor hits of nutty whole grain, toasted malts, a bit of caramel sweetness, a medium to medium plus mouthfeel, a bit of alcohol, a touch of hops to balance the beer. Nuttiness and lager character finish off the brew, with even a kiss of sweetness as well.

Nov 05, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A classic that is probably my third go-round and am glad to review it now.
Looks offer a more reddish distinct tint than the typical bock. Smells are mostly malt generated by some dark fruit action.
Tastes are largely the same, but in mid-palate the hops introduce themselves and balance this brew. Finishes discretely dry for what is otherwise a fruity, malty brew.

MJ's 1999 "Pocket Guide" gave quite a bit of print to Einbecker and its role as the brewing center of the Hanseatic League (the trading organization of northern cities that was prosperous in the 16th Century.) MJ praises the brewery's malty aromas, gives 3 stars to the Dunkel and calls it "well-rounded."
This dunkel is also reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
With all those accolades by The Deans, this bock is hard to find fault. Try it yourself and prove The Deans wrong.

Apr 24, 2016
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mncoinman from Florida

4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Initial aroma is a mix of munich malt, chocolate, and mild hops. Not overpowering. Pours a medium clear brown with a good head and initial signs of carbonation. Little to no lacing. A little metallic aroma arises after pouring. (Finally, to the taste....and by the way, isn't the taste what really matters ???) Comes across as a nice balanced bock with about the right sweetness level (not too much, not to little). This one has less influence on the dunkel style of beer. It come across primarily as a bock. A little lighter on the palate and easier going down the gullet than a doppelbock. That means I can drink more of them at a setting ! This beer was better than I was anticipating. I recommend you try this one out..

Apr 21, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From 2012: Malty, sweet aroma and caramel/toffee in the flavor. Nice dark amber color with beige head. Slight bitterness on the finish. Light on the mouthfeel for what is a heavier style.

Apr 13, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear amber with a medium,frothy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-nutty,bready,floral,raisins,syrupy
T:
-nutty,coffee,spicy,bready,caramel
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-very faint alcohol warmth
O:
A good, not terribly complex Bock

Oct 15, 2015
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KonigObHops from Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After pouring, the beer's color is similar to that of a cola, and it has a white head about one finger width.

The aroma is straight earthy malt.

The initial taste is extremely mild. In the middle, you can taste some maltiness, and the beer finishes smooth.

The mouthfeel is also extremely smooth.

There just wasn't much to this beer. It was a bit too smooth all the way around, and lacked the complexity that other Dunkels have.

Jul 30, 2015
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Marraybay from District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Liked this one. Pours a caramel-colored brown with an 1 inch of foam. Slight sweetness in the nose with maybe a hint of the typical German import "green bottle" skunk. Not much lace or retention with this. Taste is nice and easy drinking: simple. A bit of sweetness upfront, without much in the way of bitterness. Definitely a great adjunct lager replacement that would seemingly pair unassumingly with a variety of food types. May consider giving this a tryout for a slot in my regular 6pack stockage/rotation.

Jul 08, 2015
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Chaz from Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear cola brown, topped with a rocky medium-tan head. Very good lacing, and good head retention.

Nose is a blast of skunky Noble hops and sweet, sweet dark malt. Classic! A bit of a metallic tang... lighter notes of ripe plum and prune.

Sweet and lightly-bittersweet on the first sip, and there's a tanginess here, a note of cherry (and even of cherry cough syrup medicinal - eek!) astride that bittersweetness, but you might miss it depending upon where your palate is at -- mine is very clear and balanced as I review this.

The 'skunked' of skunky hops really don't interfere too much with the flavor, and for many aficianados of (German) imports they expect some skunkiness out of their 'green bottled' imports, and after many years of beergeekery on the internet, I'm sure we all know why there's a connection (and if you are not aware of the connection, try a a google search for: Green glass skunked beer.)

The note of plum really is the highlight of the dark malt used in this recipe, and it is reminiscent of the more assertive dark fruit notes you might find in a good doppelbock. As it is, this one straddles the bock/doppelbock divide at 6.5%, and does it well: fuller in body than many American bock renditions (including "Shiner Bock" and "Moza Bock", a personal favorite from Guatemala), but not too full that you can't have more than one e.g. 12oz pour (or bottle) in a sitting.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. Light scrubbing from the carbonation, and not overly carbonated.

It's a nice beer, and altogether this is very much the same beer as I remember it being so long ago; 1992 may not have been it's first year in the U.S. market, but it's the first year that I dropped $11.99 on a six of it (a lot of money for me at the time!) It is a good example --but not great-- of the style, and is a benchmark of sorts, which is why I was still seeing it pop-up on BJCP certification style guides ten years ago. ;)

Jun 13, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: fresh wort;

T: a little toast, then molasses that lasts through the finish; virtually no bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: enjoyable, but not very complex;

May 02, 2015
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