Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Ur-Bock DunkelEinbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel

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Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Offa
4.77/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful, characterful bock.

Copper, it has a huge tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, foamy top and leaving a little weak lace.

Aroma is rich fruit (raisins and ripe apples, and hint of other fruit like pineapple), rich whole wheat bread crust and other bread, hints of mineral and rose.

Taste is excellent, very fruity with sweetness, firm toastiness, great interplay of all the traits and with good complexity. It has spicey-peppery and raisiny bitterness, finish has burnt raisins and spicey bite. It is wonderful, balanced, complex, and not overly sweet. Feel is a bit frothy, very firm.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a lasting white head. Nice aroma of piny hops and caramel malt. Full, slightly crisp body, light carbonation. Large amount of floral hops on the palate perfectly balanced by caramel malt, some hints of citrus fruit as well. Long balanced finish becomes dry in the end. UR BOCK indeed.

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Photo of pezoids
4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This poured a bright, clear and deep amber brown color with a small creamy head of white foam. Small and sporadic carbonation. Here’s where this beer gets good – The aroma. Wow! Big accent on freshly malted grains. Grassy, pungent and sweet with caramel notes, toasted almonds and a slight touch of molasses. Love it. It just keeps getting better - the taste is wonderfully balanced. A small hop spiciness is kept in check by a rich malt character. The spiciness emerges more so in the finish. The body is solid and full of slightly sticky and sweet malt.

This is a solid Bock beer. Really wunderbar!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tawny brown with a nice low beige head and nice slow carbonation. Nice malty nutty and light cocoa aroma. Nice malty flavor with earthy and nutty characteristics. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry malty finish.

A solid traditional bock!

(11.2 oz. / .33L short squat green bottle embossed with Einbecker (x2) around neck and wrapped with gold foil with "Ur-bock Dunkel" printed in black (x3))

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark amber into my Einbecker Stutzen (= reproduction of authentic glass type for this beer), with thick off-white head.

Fruity note, promising!

First taste is hoppy, refreshing, despite light carbonation.

When head eventually desolves, some lacing stays behind.

Very complex taste, warming feeling of alcohol (6.5%Vol.), aftertaste is bitter.

A great beer, one of my favourites.

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Photo of sharkheadlasers
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a red-amber color. The clarity is clear. It has a malty aroma with a lingering caramel scent. The flavor is malty with caramel notes and a light smoke finish. It has a body that is between medium and full. The head was moderate, but dissipated. This is a nice, drinkable, sweet, but not cloy beer.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their German Festival.

The beer pours a surprising copper color (given the dunkel in the name) with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is very rich and reminds me why I'm so fond of this style. I have not had a bock beer of this caliber in a long, long time. On the nose I get lots of sweet malt with cherry, baked apple and honey. What really sets this beer apart from others is just how much flavor and aroma one gets. On the palate the flavors replicate the nose, but the beer is incredibly smooth, rich and long. The beer is moderately sweet, but somehow nothing is overdone. The beer is impeccably well balanced and is not the least bit heavy or tiring to drink. The beer is very drinkable with an abv. that is not the least bit obtrusive.

I had severals glasses of this beer during the festival, as it was one of my favorites. Just an absolute joy to drink and a reminder that not everything has to have a ton of hops to be delicious. An excellent beer.

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Photo of steveh
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A -- Clear, copper color with a thick, soap-sudsie, off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Bready and malty with some yeastiness and spicy alcohol back. Wish that there was more melanoidin toastiness, have to chalk it up to an import bottle.

T -- Rich bready maltiness with some vague caramel back, but the beer starts sweet and ends dry -- so there's no mistaking this as a lager. Peppery alcohol in the finish with maybe a hint of noble hops.

M -- Medium body with a soft to syrupy mouth-feel.

D -- Good drinkability, if not a bit filling.

A great example of the old, original style -- from the old, original brewery!

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Photo of shbobdb
4.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy crystal malt batman! This is one sweet brew. That's not a bad thing, but wow. I haven't had a beer this sweet since allagash four.
However, the mouthfeel was thick enough to really balance out the sweetness. It was a nice, dark, sweet beer. Filled with delicious elements of malt, this was a celebration of MALT!
I dug it, but this isn't a beer for everybody.

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Photo of jwc215
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a thick head that descends to a large patch.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, grainy, with a hint of plums and floral/grassy notes.

The taste is of caramel/toffee - towards a bit of chocolatey. Nice maltiness combines with a touch of Continental-type earthy/floral hop bitterness. Alcohol makes itself known a bit while not interfering or overwhelming. Sweet with a bitterish backing in the finish.

Medium-to-full bodied with an appropriate lager smoothness.

This brewery made the first bock beer, and still does a good job at it.

Try this tasty classic with a hearty meal.

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Photo of avylover
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After the recent Ofest I have a renewed appreciation for malts, especially the German variety, so I picked up a sixer of this. No regrets.

The appearance is clear and mahogany, with a massive steady head. Aroma is slightly skunky, which I personally enjoy - although I suspect this might be fairly old. Nonetheless, some caramel maltiness is in there and is enough to satisfy any malt lover. Taste is clean, yet malty. Nice toasted malt flavor, along with a toasted sesame flavor. Slightly sweet to compliment the roasted notes. Slight bitterness in the finish helps balance this out a bit.Drinkability if off the charts. I could pound this all night, and the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.Excellent!!

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Photo of turdburglar
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice garnet color with a medium size rocky head. Malty aroma with a trace of hops. Huge malt flavor perfectly balanced with bright, tangy hops. Kinda spicy and a bit smoky. Nice dry finish. Retention is good, lacing is exceptional. Drinkability is dangerously good.

An excellent bock... definitely underrated.

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Photo of brewbe
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice tawny amber with a 3+(over the top, oops!)head. Settels down to a skim of various sized bubbles. Leaves a pretty lacing on glass all the way down.

Smells German, malt with yeasty, bready overtones. Slight hop tartness.

Tastes of roasted malt, toffee. The taste lingers like a hoppy beer, but the hops only balance, never really assert themselves. The 6.5 abv gently warms, but doesn't bite.

The mouthfeel is creamy but not so thick as to preclude being sessionable.

I find this beer to be very drinkable. As a stout/porter drinker this time of year, this brew is rich, tasty, smooth, and satisfying. It would go well with beef stew or other winter meals.

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Photo of fx20736
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beautiful just off-white rocky head, topping light brown/amber liquid. Nose is of sweet malt, natch. Very appetizing too I might add. Taste is superb, lightly sweet malt followed by an almost dominating hop bitterness. Hops win out in the finish, with the maltiness of the grain creating an interesting interplay on the palate. This is one of the classics here, boys! The not-so-heaviness makes this beer very easy to drink plenty of. The original Bockbier, try it if you see it. Well worth the $8 I paid for a sixer. Tastes all the much better out of the "official" Einbecker Ur-Bock glass, to boot!

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great Bock. Poured out to a medium orange color with a vigorus level of carbonation that produced and nice 1 inch head of foam. Minor notes of lacing. Aromas of herbs and malts are strong, as are noteable elements of caramel and hay. Taste is very good; flavors of malt, grain, molassas and dry herbs mingle across the palate. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, and very easily drank. This is a winner. Recommended drinking when it comes to German Beers.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This ur-bock poured a clear, coppery red color with good white foam that settled. The smell was a sweet, floral and vinous aroma with a touch of biscuit. Interesting. The taste was mildly sweet and floral, almost flowery. There was a vinous flavor (dark grape skins), as well as malt, oak, and a hint of caramel. The hops came out in the finish. There was a slightly detectable alcohol taste. The mouthfeel was smooth and fruity with medium body and carbonation. It was somewhat warming with a dry finish. This was a nice and very interesting beer, unlike any other bock I have every tasted.

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Photo of jrb1001
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at Cyclone Liquors, in Ames, Iowa.

The beer was very dark in color and tasted very well. I drank the beer warm and I think it was a good beer. I would try this beer again if it was presented to me. It had a very nice sweet taste for a german dunkel, which I am not a huge fan of.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

D - Deep amber-honey and perfectly clear with a big fluffy white head that stands at about 2 fingers. Big ole' sheets of fluffy lace coat the glass, and head retention is outstanding. Good lookin' stuff!

S - I could smell the pilsener-esque saaz aroma coming off this one as soon as I popped it. Up close, this still reeks of a good German pils, but with a heartier malt component. I usually think of German pilseners as having a saltine cracker malt component ... this is more like toasted bran cracker. There is a pleasant caramelized sugar note there too. Nice!

T - Sweet clove honey, brown sugar, Honeycomb cereal, and nutmeg livened up with a spritz of lemon and a nice saaz spiciness.

M - Medium bodied with some sugary dextriny residual coating, this is smooth, mellow, slick, and off-dry on the finish.

D - Good stuff! Definitely one of the best of a style that I normally find boring and mundane. This is top notch beer!

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Photo of MadScientist
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A medium copper with exceptional clarity and a persistent off-white head.

S: This has a moderate malty aroma with a crusty bread, melanoidins and a light toasted noted. There are no hops present nor diacetyl, just a clean lager fermentation.

T: The flavor is right to style with a rich, complex malt flavors of crusty bread and toast with a light caramel note. There is just enough hop bitterness to balance the malt flavors but it still leans towards the sweet side with a malt sweetness that continues into the finish. It's still a well attenuated beer. No hops.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderatly low carbonation and just a touch of warming.

O: This beer is a malt forward beer with a little sweetness but an overall good balance.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. Bottle into a glass mug. The brown liquid has rich caramel hues, Ruby highlights and irrupts with loud rising bubbles. The head is tan and tall with large and small bubbles. It fades into a thin covering of lace.

Smell is strong of deep roaster, caramelized malt.

Taste is very striking of browned caramel and hints of coco. Very smooth and slightly sweet. Oh this is very good with a nice hopy bite to cover the slight alcohol finish. Yup these guys know what they are doing, as they should.

Mouthfeel is creamy, not to much fizz but a nice bite on the finish.

Drinkability is high if you like the biter finish.

Prost! MK

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Photo of jim102864
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this wonderful Dunkel at Hop Devil in NYC a few months ago. Tonight, it pours from a 11.2 oz bottle (I'll never understand why such a small bottle). My 22 oz Tucher Weizen glass is perfect for observation of the carmel color and high clarity. It's a bubbly, spirited carbonation but not overly so. No evidence of yeast, which I suppose makes sense. Aroma is so light...corn (!) comes through with whispers of carmel. Nothing outstanding in that regard. The head is typically thin and lace hugs the glass but survives but for a brief few moments before disappearing into the glass. The taste is another story. Raisens, dried apricots, prevail. A hearty mouthfeel that screams dunkel. A highly drinkable beer, which, if partying is your state of mind, will be most enjoyable given its 6.5% abv. Enjoy.

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Photo of ralree
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was very good - one I will probably have to order again.

Appearance: Was a rich medium nut brown. The head was light, but present.

Smell: Has a slightly sweet and malty smell. Also smells a little sour, but not in a bad way. Smells were not very strong.

Mouthfeel: Was a bit grainy, but not too thick. Was pretty carbonated.

Taste: A little bitter, but not enough to hinder drinkability. Aftertaste was a bit hoppy, and it stuck to your tongue long after swallowing. The alcohol taste would be a little overpowering if I didn't enjoy bock beer so much.

Drinkability: Very smooth and drinkable. Could have downed a few more pretty easily.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at the Moan and Dove. The beer had a tan colored brown appearance with some creamy lacing. Aromas were really appetizing; a generally milky and roasty aroma. This was a very sweet bock with a great balance of milky cream flavoring with yeasty, malt aspects. Not to repeat myself, but yes this was a wonderfully creamy drink, but what was nice was it was light. Overall, a great bock.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: toasted and sweet malts . Caramels and brown sugar woven throughout. Slight bittering and earhyness.

Appearance: Copper-brown tones with some reds thrown in. Dense off white head. 1/ 4" and persistant. Nice lacing. Low-medium carbonation.

Taste: Toasted barly, caramel, molassas. Only enough bittering for balance. Full round body. Nice fruits of plumbs, raisons, and dates. Mouthfeel is medium, not overly thick. Fullfilling to the palate.

Aftertaste: quite malty and sweet. Lingers long and even.

Impression: a fine urbock. not a sipper, but not a guzzler. satisfying but not terribly refreshing or heavy.

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