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 jcalabre
1.53/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I originally sampled this beer on 16 May 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
This pours clear golden brown. It has a light body along with a lousy flavor. The alcohol is far too apparent. This is a Loser. Save your money. Please avoid this beer

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Photo of cbl2
2.24/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2


Opaque reddish brown with an inch tall white head.


Very aromatic. Not sure I like what I smell (overbearing hops with faint hint of malts), but it is strong.


Strongly bitter at first with hops dominating the flavor. Malts sneak into the picture midsip only to be replaced again by a bitter finish that is unappealing.

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Photo of bditty187
2.69/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber hue, coppery highlights, it is a very lovely color, the off-white head reached a half finger in size, and it quickly faded to a soapy residue. No lace was produced. The nose is unimpressive, sweet maltiness, strong influences of grassiness, sulfur, oddly Euro-lager in nature. Frankly, the bouquet repulses me. The palate is malty sweet, hints of caramel, grassy in the middle, which I didn’t care for, the finish is pleasantly hoppy-bitter, a saving grace IMO. I’m not trilled by the huskiness or the slight nuttiness in the taste. The aftertaste is long with tacky sweetness and faint hops bitterness. I don’t know what to make of this beer, it is dissimilar to any Bock I’ve had. The alcohol is not noticeable on the palate, a nice accomplishment, but it does warm the belly. Medium in body, a touch light, the carbonation is very modest and the mouthfeel is slightly slick. More malt would work nicely, oh well. I paid $3.00 for a 11.2 ounce green bottle in Omaha, honestly this would not be worth drinking if it was free. The nose ruins any favorable impression of this beer; I do like the hoppiness of the palate but little else. Not my cup of Bock, maybe it will work for you but I can’t recommend it.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid amber, rather clear, very sparkling. The head is small, dense, yellow/off-white and leaves nice lacing. The aroma is of pale malt, hay, and the faint spice of hops. The body is light, sudsy, slightly chalky and leaves with a pretty clean finish. The flavor is of medicinal hops-- quite bitter (25 or 30 IBU). There is the flavor of grainy pale malt and there is a smooth warmth at the end. The aftertaste is almost like coriander seed. This is the first dunkel I've tried. I don't get German beer yet.
(rated Apr 10, 2007)

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Photo of Roser
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
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.


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Photo of nomad
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As stein-worthy as any beer could be, this bock pours a color of darker iced tea, a lightly browned copper. Soft white head is almost mousse-like, though it fades some, while leaving some lacing on the glass.

Smells like I opened my stove to an earthy, over-toasted rack of biscuits that I forgot at 450F for 15 minutes too long. Surprisingly minty-herb notions are about and in time smoother accents of Munich malt come through, creating a sweeter and more digestible experience.

Smooth lager front sets off to a strongly toasty middle and a highly minty close and long, dry, and bitter finish. Its a bock, right? After asking that question of myself a few times, and letting the pour expose itself for a bit, the return showed occasional hints of caramel but the roast character still thoroughly dominated the palette. The malt complexity is brutalized by crushing dirty earthiness. It also does not help that the mouthfeel is merely moderate at best and with too little weight on the tongue.

At least it wasn't skunked thanks to its green bottle. Tastes dirty.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 02-09-05 and poors in without to much head witch is lasting though an leaves laces at glas. Nice ambrebrown beercolor and clear mak presentation ok! Nose is seet, malty, papery/cartboard and old vegetables so from fresh. Some esters and a caramelmalt hide the off taste so all together avarage. Taste is strong, sweet, oxidised and then going into a moderate bitterness. Had the feeling that I sampled a mondaymorning off-brew cause can't recal it always was this uninteresting and dull.

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Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber, intense color, very beautiful. Still and clear appearance. Beige foam, not very beautiful, and not compact.
Malty and caramel smell, but it is not heavy. It is quite fresh, dued to the hoo presence, and even with a light liquorice (?), and roots.
The taste is very malty, but with a good hop, and liquorice, more resolute here. Caramel again, but it is a quite fresh beer, despite the 6.5 ABV. A hint of roasted.
Medium body, well structured.
Bitter aftertaste, long. Hop and light liquorice. Good balance.

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Photo of boudreaux
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a chestnut brown with dark red notes; a frothy, thick head about 1.5 fingers thick; carbonation persists throughout the drink, with bubbles constantly rising to the top

S: lager aromas; malt, dry hops; bittersweet; reminds me of an IPA mixed with an American adjunct

T: sweet roasted malt flavors mixed with bitter hops from the lagering; the sweetness hits up front with the bitter hop finish

M: carbonated and light; not bad

O: not sure about this one; some things I really like, while others I really don't; the smell and mouthfeel are not great, but the taste and appearance appeal to me

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Photo of Kanger
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of dgallina
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent copper with medium white head which leaves a layer of foam and somewhat clingy lacing. Sweet, soapy caramel and roasted malt aroma (not particularly appetizing for me due to the overwhelming sweet soapiness). Sweet caramel initial flavor which builds into coarse cereals & toasted malts and finishes with slightly drying hops and somewhat metallic after-taste. Chewy and creamy body with strong carbonation.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Biermuseum in Köln.

Poured into a 50cL mug, the Ur-Bock is a nice dark amber with a decent tan/white head that lasts.

Smelling it, candied sugar dominates everything. Slight maltiness as well. This carries over to the taste, with the addition of slight smoky hints.

Decent, thick mouthfeel is a plus, but overall, this is just too sweet to be very drinkable.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2oz bottle. Pours an orangey-amber color. It is fairly bubbly with a thin head that is tan in color and leaves only small traces of lace. The aroma is very hard for me to pinpoint. I get some grains, some butter, and some alcohol, but not much else.

The taste is spicy malt flavor with some medium dryness and mild alcohol. Their is a nice hop bitterness balanced in with the malt in the aftertaste that leads into an alcohol warmth. Not average, but, not great. Worth a try.

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Photo of wsouloa
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw this one in the liquor store and figured I'd give it a try. I kind of thought it would be a lot better than it was although I will say this, its a pretty interesting beer. I expected this to be darker than it was. It poured a dark reddish, almost brown color. The smell was very coffee-ish. I thought that the taste was a bit of a combination of chocolate and coffee but there was something else in there that I couldn't quite put my finger on. The mouthfeel was quite nice, it was smooth and creamy. This beer is good but not as good as I had anticipated. It came in 6 pack with small roundish bottles with goldish paper and I really thought this one would be world class. Worth a try though if you find it.

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Photo of Chaz
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of KonigObHops
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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 DoubleJ
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No intro here, just a simple on to the beer:

A pour into a stnage glass yields an autumn orangish red color with amber hues. The head is creamy and thick on top. No suprise in the nose; a load of malt with a spicy hop zing. Strong dough notes, with a little stale whisper that's its only downfall.

It is balanced to my surprise. Still, the hops sting the palate with its bitterness (could the green bottle have influenced this?). Light on the caramel and raisin with a lot of oily bitterness stinging and lingering on. Decent enough to drink, but in summary a let down.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark reddish hue with a light foamy tan head that settled rather quickly.

S: sweet caramel and nuttiness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and bready upfront with some dried caramel and earthy hopping. There was a noticeable alcohol presence along with some citrus and light grassiness hopping towards the end. There was some dried fruit as well.

M: medium with a slight breadiness and maltiness.

D: An average drink, not bad but nothing that would make you seek it out or recommend.

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Photo of BrewMan13
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good enough, a see-through burnt-umber with a white, 1 finger head that moderately dissipates.
Some caramel malts in the nose. Taste is nothing special. Not as malty sweet as my favorite dopplebocks...in fact, there isnt much sweetness. Just a little in the beginning which quickly gives way to bitterness. There's actually more bitterness than I would expect from a bock (though this is my 1st single bock). I'm not good at identifying hops, but I think they are a little "grassy" in here (and I dont mean that in a good way). Finish is on the dry side and the bitterness lingers for a bit. Definitely not a malt-bomb. Overall very average. Not nearly as good as the fancy package would indicate. If you like bocks, try a single 1st and see if you like this...I wish I had.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Winking Lizard. This beer is a clear reddish-brown color with a medium light beige head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. The aroma is mildly sweet malt and caramel with a touch of hops. Light, smooth body with a sweet malty character. Notes of bread and hops are present in the taste. The finish is moderately sweet with a toasted malt aftertaste. Average and fairly one-dimensional overall.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a three-finger white head that leaves a ton of lace. Clear deep amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Strong malty nose. Starts sweet finishes with a slight hoppy bite, a good bock even with the green bottle. $2.10 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a fairly robust bock beer. It pours a deep tawny copper color with not a whole lot of white head, some retention around the rim. This isn't an overly carbonated beer either. The aroma is quite pungent right out of the bottle, although it mellows a bit. There is a big whiff of caramel, sweetish almondy malts, maybe a bit of butterscotch and some spices in there too.

The taste is quite full bodied, a bit syrupy, and loaded with caramel malts and some toasted grains. There is a bit of spiciness to the beer, and a bit of an alcoholy throatiness in the finish that I'm not as pleased with. The caramel malts pretty much dominate along with the butterscotch and alcohol in the finish. That's what I'm getting from this beer. There may be a bit of nuttiness towards the finish, maybe a slight bit of peatiness too. The alcohol in the finish and beyond is just a bit much for a 6.5% ABV bock.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm a huge doppelbock fan, but I've had markedly less experience with the original bock style. This poured a ruby shade of brown that was a little lighter than a doppel bock. The initial taste was malty, but finished with a hint of hops. There was also a slight trace of metal floating in the background; I may have grabbed a bottle that was past its prime. Overall, the flavor was decent, but a bit weak. The malty flavor was a little weak, the hops flavor a little limp. I'll try this again, but it's not at the top of my list.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium orange-brown color with big, thick off-white head. Nose is nice ... sweet malt and molasses. Teasing hop notes as well. Smells rich. Palate is very malty, with sweet molasses and caramel. Offset by a nice biscuity, slightly dry hop accompaniment. Mouthfeel is nice and medium-bodied. Finishes dry for it's sweetness in the mouth. Light carbonation. I like this one pretty well, not the best of the bocks, but good none the less. Worth a shot, especially if you're into the bock style.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark mahogany with a one finger head that quickly dissapated and left only a trace of it's existence on the beer.

The smell was that of a skunked pilsner. The skunk overpowered the hop and alcohol notes.

The drink started with a sweet malt followed by a hop bite and a clean and crisp, almost watery finish.

The beer seemed to miss on it's "pre-drink" character, but the taste more than made up for that. All and all a beer that I'd like to have again.

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