Ur-Bock Dunkel
Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Ur-Bock DunkelUr-Bock Dunkel
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Style:
German Bock
Ranked #41
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,074
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 11.56%
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
308
From:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
  14
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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Photo of Reidrover
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Reidrover from Oregon, Apr 17, 2020
Photo of puck1225
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of HermannTheGerman
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Sep 11, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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pubscout from New Jersey, Jul 28, 2017
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4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
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).

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branko7 from Illinois, Jul 01, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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pajfuwen from United Kingdom (England), Apr 06, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Mar 28, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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VoxRationis from New York, Dec 29, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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dar482 from New York, Nov 05, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Beginner2 from Illinois, Apr 24, 2016
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4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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..

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mncoinman from Florida, Apr 21, 2016
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3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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stevoj from Idaho, Apr 13, 2016
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3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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

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drmeto from Germany, Oct 15, 2015
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3.2/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Marraybay from District of Columbia, Jul 08, 2015
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3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
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. ;)

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Chaz from Minnesota, Jun 13, 2015
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, May 02, 2015
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4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tootsie pop orange with a thick shortbread head and nice lacing. Caramel malt lurks under a firm Noble Hops bouquet. Sweet malt balanced with strong hops, a touch of toasted/ burnt caramel at the end. The bottle may have been skunked but that doesn't detract for me. Sticky mouthfeel appropriate for the style, might have preferred a bit more carbonation. I want to buy a case so there is no light striking this ultra tasty beer.

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fx20736 from New York, Mar 28, 2015
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3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Strong golden amber colour with decent C)2 activity in the glass. Raises a rocky head that eventually dies to a lace cover and leaves remnants of sticky clumping lace.

Smell - caramel and Toffee aromas rise from the glass, when agitated there is also a faint whiff of prune and raisin and a nip of boozy solvent.

Taste - Prune with raisin and caramel kick in first. The caramel is closer to a burnt toffee as you work your way down the glass. There is quite a boozy element to the backbone of this beer that rides through the whole experience. there is also some light hop bitter nip in the back end of the taste but this beer largely works on its malt profile.

MF - full bodied with a deep linger but unfortunately a finish that leans towards the cloying end of the scale.

Overll - A pretty decent beer this one has strong boozy flavour that does detract from the other elements slightly and a cloying finish. Having said that there is a good malt profile and if given this beer again I would not turn it down!

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BeerDrinkersWorldTour from United Kingdom (Northern Ireland), Dec 07, 2014
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2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- clear. Amber, copper. Good amount of bubbles. Small bone white head that lasted a bit. Not much lacing.

S- clean, malty. Not a whole lot going on here.

T- malt and cola. Sweet. Bready aftertaste. Subtle bitterness.

M- light body. Light carbonation. Creamy.

O- just OK (for me). Might be that I'm just not a bock guy. Won't be having again.

Cheers!

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Roser from Virginia, Jul 20, 2014
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3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Amber (slightly golden) and Clear. Not much head which disappeared quickly. Tight bubbles.

Smell - The smell of Malts and with a little sweetness to it.

Taste - A very bready malty taste with a slight caramel flavor. A little bitterness, though the sweetness came through once it warmed up a little bit.

Mouthfeel - Creamy with a dry finish. Medium body. Lingers on the palate a little while.

Overall - To me, this is the standard for the flavor profile of a bock beer.

Serving Type: 11.2 oz bottle

Note: I'm not much a bock drinker so I'm adjusting to these kinds of flavors.

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Kanger from New York, Oct 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber body; clear; no real head on the pour

Aroma: sweet and malty

Taste: Sweet, malty, followed by hoppy bitterness

Remarks: One of my earlier beer reviews; scoring info not that complete

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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IchLiebeBier from Virginia, Jun 16, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Very sticky lacing on this covers the entire glass though out with a opaque colored head. Beer itself is a mildly hazy bright amber brown.

S - Vibrant toasted malts, bready dough, and caramel malts. Some sour apple too but it's very faint.

T - Starts off sweet with toasted bread and dough covered in caramel. Mid palate the hops become slightly noticeable with an herbal sort of English twang and the finish is only mildly dry with fruity yeasts. Great bock.

M - Drinks with a medium body slightly chewy with a creamy mouth feel.

Overall quite a treat for a discounted 2 dollar purchase. In fact I think I like it more than the winter bock since the ABV is more session able.

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Feb 14, 2013
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3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: "Code Number L1048061004" stamped on label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Einbecker's Ur-Bock Dunkel is one of the better bocks I have been able to try, full of robust caramel and toasted bread flavors, but also well-balanced by an intriguing selection of European hops that add bittering, peppery, and herbal flavor to the beer. While the beer's appearance and mouthfeel were about average, its flavor was excellent and the aroma was quite enjoyable, too. Out of the bottle, this was a very nice offering, a bock I would pick up again. Fresh from the brewery's taps, I imagine this to be excellent.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white to beige foam, which is made up of an assortment of small, medium, and large-size bubbles, creating a sudsy dishwater-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting a minute and a half, before settling to a thin film atop the body of the beer. The lacing that is left is minimal, a few small lines and dots alongside the perimeter of the glass. Beer's body is a dark copper color, light bringing out brighter, reddish-orange copper hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, though it is fairly minimal.

Nose is of pleasant toasted malts, giving this a caramel sweetness and toasted bread aroma, with a bit of European hop bitterness, pepperiness, and herbal-ness. Very pleasant, could be a bit stronger, but subdued works as well.

Tasting opens with caramel-like malt sweetness, fairly deep and intense. Mid-palate finds continued caramel-like sweetness, but adds in a bit of complexity with toasted bread flavors and noticeable hop bitterness and dried herbal flavors, acting as an interesting counterweight to the prominent malt characters. Back of palate picks up caramel and bread flavors that are well-balanced by European hop bitterness, spiciness, and dried herb components. The beer at this point has come from near total sweetness to half sweetness and half bitterness. Lingering aftertaste of bittering European hops atop much subdued caramel and toasted malt sweetness. Very excellent taste with notable transitions and flavors.

Beer is medium-bodied with low levels of carbonation, leading this to have a smooth, though slightly stagnant mouthfeel. Some more carbonation would not be problematic, and this beer's weight could certainly handle it. Closes quite dry, with surprisingly little stickiness across the palate.

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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 308 ratings