Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Ur-Bock DunkelEinbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel

Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 06-15-2002

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Photo of TommyW
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Copper color (not as dark as I expected) with a one finger off white head. Quickly fades to a ring.

S- Pretty grassy/grainy with some hints of dark fruit.

T- Slightly sweet breadiness with some caramel undertones. Light hops toward the finsih.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Leaves a slight tongue coating and lingering sweetness.

D- Pretty straight forward, not very complex. Goes down nicely though.

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Photo of steveh
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
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 Dantheman4162
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
Weak head, doesn't last.
Semi-sweet initial taste to a hoppy finish. Nice medium amber color. taste the alcohol a little... its a clean taste, "pilsner" smell, "wet". biscuits?

It was ok. not overly impressed. not worth the extra money of buying this import.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. The beer pours a clear amber color and a off-white head that starts out thick and diminishes to a pleasant lacing.

The aroma is a bit pungent, almost like an aged field of hay. There are certainly some sweet notes with this.

A fair bit of malt and a minimal amount of spicy hops lingers at the finish. It is fairly bitter, which actually blends nicely with the flavor.

The mouthfeel is a medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. The beer certainly lingers on your tongue with a thick and sweet sensation.

Overall, this is a quite drinkable beer. I don't know how often I'll seek it out, but I will certainly enjoy it if it's available.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the origional bock beer from ur-bock

The appearance is good, clear and golden

the smell is good, there is a hint of sour, and a hint of almonds the taste is good, crisp and clean

the taste is good, and easy to drink

the mouthfeel is good, and clean like you want from a bock

this is a very drinkable bock

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Photo of Bierfreund
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
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 yesyouam
2.94/5  rDev -21%
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 pmcadamis
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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 Dogbrick
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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 scottg
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head with little to no lacing. Carmelized malt, earthy and grainy aromas. Biscuity malt, chocolate malt up front, very sweet with a lemon hop finish. Medium body and carbonation, mouth coating beer with a lingering sweetness. Clean, smooth easy drinking beer. Not the best of the style but worth a try.

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Photo of weezyfart
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is copper in color with a light ruby hinge. The aroma reminds me of strong oolong tea spiced with a little bit of cinnamon. Earthy and intriguing. The palate is mainly malty with a little bit of bittering hops on the long finish. I can taste a decent bit of dark fruit and mild spice. The finish shows off some biscuity characters as well.

A very nice brew with good drinkability. If it was less expensive, I'd be all over it.

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Photo of biggmike
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an attractive copper color which surprised me as I anticipated a darker beer. It had a decent lasting head and left some lacing. Aroma was of sweet roasted malt, dark fruits, and honey. Flavor was similar, but I found it a bit too sweet for my tastes. Still a good beer, but the sweetness would keep me from having more than 1 or 2. Mouthfeel was good.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange.

4.0 A: Clear amber color, very clean looking. Two fingers of thick frothy head. Good retention, lots of lacing.

4.0 S: Mild fruitiness, grainy, and caramel crystal malts. Low hop profile with floral and grassy tones.

4.0 T: Nice taste. Way more hops that expected, very bitter and very nice. Hops far outbalance malts. Spicy and a tinge of alcohol.

3.5 M: Medium bodied. A little too much carbonation, but creamy anyway.

4.0 D: I could drink these all night, but might be a little too hoppy for some. Smooth with good flavor.

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Photo of etherashe
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amberish-tea color. Sturdy tan head that dies slowly, leaving no residue.

S - Faint sweet-grain smell.

T - Toasty molasses, followed by alcohol, with a slight hoppy falloff.

M - Full-mouth, light syrupy feel. Good bite.

D - Nice drinkability, certainly on my regular rotation, but not really sessionable. Excellent meal beer: I see mutton, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and hardy, fresh-from-the-oven brown bread dripping with butter.

Nice bock.

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Photo of TKempe
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A reddish brown appearance with a moderately sized tan head welcome us.

Even though a caramelized and slightly salty malt profile dominates the nose, hops are also present. This holds true especially for the taste, in which hoppiness marks a phase in-between a very sweet toffee-like start, a grainy-dry and licorice-like malt finish and a roasty and bitter after-taste.

This beer is quite full and heavy in the mouth, a bit sticky even, with not too much (but certainly not lacking) carbonation.

One of the better and more complex Bocks I have tried.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pint glass. crystal clear tawny color with an off-white head. good retention rate with great lacing.

S: apples and sweet malts. big fall fruit aromas.

T: some apples and spices. nice sweet malts with a good twang in the back.

M: nice easy drinking bock. medium bodied with a good bite.

D: easy drinking and very enjoyable. well worthy of a try.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml stubby green bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Deep copper-amber hue with a foamy one finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind a little bit of lacing.

Very very light toasty malt aromas with a slight touch of caramel.

Delicate caramelized malts and some hopiness that provides a bit of a bite. Full bodid with lower carbonation. The finish is a little bit of lingering toasty malt.

This one seems to be on the lighter side of a bock, almost like a dark Marzen.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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 MisterClean
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Total Wine

A - Golden-auburn in clor, moderate head, dissipates quickly. For a dunkel, it should be a bit darker.

S - Cinnamon, cloves, and sweet malts.

T - Cinnamon, cloves, sweet malts, and a slight earthiness.

M - good. Well balanced leaving a spicy, clinging feeling.

D - Good, would purchase again, but missed on account of close taste to a marzen and color.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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 RobH
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby green bottle.

I enjoyed this beer!

The copper color has a nice off white head.

A balanced malt to hop profile suited me just fine, with hints of the relatively strong ABV ever present on the palate.

This is a nice example of a bock. Although it's a Dunkel, it's not too dark.

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Photo of albern
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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 jwc215
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
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 philipquarles
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
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 argock
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz green bottle into clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Soft auburn color with good clarity. Thin head with quick recession and minimal lace.

S: Raisins, burned caramel, and molasses are the dominant aromas

T: Not subtle with strong, sharp burned caramel flavor intermingled with dried fruit including figs and raisins. Hops are noble and light. Alcohol is there but not overwhelming.

M: Very dry in the finish with a piercing quality due to the high carbonation load. Aftertaste is long and sweet.

D: Enjoyable enough but a bit harsh in the flavor and mouthfeel. Not especially smooth or easy to drink.

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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
3.72 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
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