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 DmanGTR
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a coppery orange/amber color with little head that did not lace into a pint glass

S - sweet molasses, cloves, spice, and malts with a hoppy hint at the end

T - well balanced malts and hops, floral, and a sweetness of caramel

M - medium/heavy body. Light carbonation. Sits well on the palate. Somewhat chewy

D - alcohol is hidden quite well, goes down very nicely

Overall - This was a great bock beer that can be complimented with dessert or enjoyed alone. If only this was a double bock, then I would definitely give it an A. Will buy UR bock dunkel again!

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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 dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short, stout, 11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a deep, dark, orange, mahogany-brown colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and left a hefty amount of lacing...
Rich, nutty, malty aroma replete with grains, caramel...
Toffee, bread and butter flavors, and thick, rich malts dominate this one...
Sweet, creamy, thick mouthfeel with a rich pallate...
Decent drinkability, but all in all pretty sweet and slightly cloying...
Not bad... Worth a shot...

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Photo of RoadLizard
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a copper-orange color when held up to moderate lighting. Head was average and did go away rather quickly.

There were some strong floral & oak odors coming from this beer a few moments after pouring. Not bad at all, a litle effervescense(sp?) too.

Tasted mostly like it smelled. Had a just touch of tangyness with an oak-like or "outdoor" flavor if that makes sense. Never harsh or "hot" and actually got a little better after the first few sips.

Has a pronounced carbonated mouthfeel but it was not objectionable. Smooth overall. This was not hard to drink on a colder winter night. I may try this again, it was good enough to warrant a second tasting, IMO.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark yellowy reddish, like a sunset. Cool color. Bubbly white head fades to a film. Little lacing.

S - Rich grainy corn with faint bits of caramel and some bitterness.

T - Starts out like a good lager ought to, rich smoky grains with a hoppy bitterness. The darker malts come in shortly after, sweet dark caramel, burnt sugars. Bitterness lingers throughout. Finish leaves smoky and caramely flavors.

M - Crisp and clean, with a good carbonation level.

D - I wish I had a case of this.

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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 xare
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper-tan hue that has a pale opaqueness to it. Head is creamy tan color that goes away with time but does lace well.

Had floral citrus aroma to it along with caramel malt to balance it out. Has a surprisingly spicy kick to the blend of smells.

Tastes exactly like it smells with the addition of alcohol and spices. Overall, rather nice blend of flavors. I can't identify the spices used if there are any but I suspect it's just something there for background.

Has a surprisingly easy feel in the mouth. Kind of a light creamy sensation that goes down smooth. No real kick at the end but the alcohol's carbonation makes itself known mildly and the alcohol warms your throat as it goes down to remind you that it's there.

The only deduction for drinkability was that it's got a slightly too high of an ABV to be a solid session beer. You can throw back a few of those with ease but they'll creep up on you.

Overall, a very solid beer and I'll buy & drink this again if I'm able to find some again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly clouded amber with a ruby tint and a light tan head. Nose is cereal and malty with a slight sweet edge. Flavor is sweet and tangy with an almost roasted, old fruit quality to it. Feel is thick and almost syrup like on the tongue. I think it is very drinkable. Might be too sweet or pungent for some, but for me it is just fine.

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Photo of beersabound
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brilliant, golden copper hue flows from the bottle settling into a tight stark head. Unfortunately the head was small and fizzled out quickly. Aroma is primarily of caramel and pale malt with alcohol and a wisp of noble hops. The aroma flows directly into the flavor with a little more alcohol in the flavor. There is enough hop bitterness to add balance and support the leading malt flavor. This is a very good example of a traditional bock. Also, it is commonly found which is nice. It adds some good sweetness to the spicy lentil salad I had with the beer. The mouthfeel is smooth with some alcohol sting and it is rather easy to drink.

I just wish Einbecker would ditch the green bottles.

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Photo of Lupin
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6 pack, fresh from the fridge at New England Beverage. Poured in my celebrator glass. Looks pretty tasty. Smells a lot like the mai-ur-bock, which isn't surprising. Lighter than expected for a dunkel, this one's a stunningly clear amber.

I had to ease back on the pour to keep the foamy, tan head from going over the edge of the glass, and it thins out pretty quickly. Lacing is disappearing as I type this, so I may as well give it a go.

Taste is dominated by a slightly nutty, caramel maltiness. A tiny bit of oxidized twangy tartness is apparent moreso in the smell than the taste, but it's not really that 'off' and again, is very similar to the same part of the flavor profile of the mai-ur-bock. Finish is crisp, clean very refreshing.

I think I like this one more than the mai-ur-bock. It's a little cleaner on the palate and not as biting. With dunkel in the name, it could probably stand to be a little bit darker. Seems like it could make for a nice session brew.

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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 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 MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle

Pours a clear copper color with a small eggshell head that thins. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty with a nice herbal hop smell.

Mildly sweet caramel maltiness upfront leading into a rather agressive bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Finishes with a hint of malt before a lingering bitterness finishes it out.

Medium body, decent carbonation.

Overall, a solid bock beer. Enjoyable and easy to drink, it has a bit more bitterness than expected - a welcome surprise. I am suddenly reminded how much I enjoy a good bock. Try it if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of botham
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a medium brown with some ruby red thrown in. not much of a head here, with little retention or lacing.

smells dry, with some sweetness and a touch of fruitiness coming through. not strong on any of these fronts, however, but somewhat restrained. after warming a bit, a pleasant maltiness shows itself.

tastes malty, with some hoppy bitterness present on the way down, alongside a bit of roastiness. maybe some caramel or nuttiness as well. overall, a good balance of complex flavors. there is a subtle spicyness here that does well with the overall taste.

aftertaste is of dry hops. nice.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a touch of alcohol to add a tiny bit of sharpness.

drinkability is rather good for the style, without overpowering any one of the flavor departments, but creating a good mix that finishes smoothly.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An authentic and very enjoyable dunkel bock: classic crystal-clear orange amber color with a brief white head. Smooth malt palate with delicious notes of toffee/caramel, strong roasted hints and subdued residual malt sweetness. The hallertau hop flavor, while mostly eclipsed by the malt refined but full malt character, does provide a welcomed degree of balance. Dry toasted grain bitterness in the finish.

A really nice example sample of the style, smooth, drinkable with nearly flawless flavors. Maibock or Heller bock lovers will enjoy this one.

Highly recommendedÂ…

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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 hero27
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle.
6.5% abv.

Burnt amber color, off-white frothy head.
Mouthwatering German toasted malts, slight roasted character. Nutty flavors are well done and compliment the other aspects of the beer well. Earthy hop flavor that can't quite top the malty sweetness. Lively carbonation, solid drinkability.

I found this to be a pretty robust bock actually. I certainly wouldn't mind having another bottle.

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Photo of yeastpuppet
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber with a pillowy , fine head that sticks nicely on the sides of the stein .

Sweet malt aroma with notes of caramel and what I describe as the classic strong lager smell , pungent with a trace of alcohol .

Very slight prune flavor not as complex as the aroma promised .

Subdued bitterness that is there and gone swiftly .The mouth feel is towards the lighter side of the scale for the bocks I have tried in the past .Minor alco-burn on the gums .
Goes down swiftly and with a minimum of fuss .

A tasty , clean , and fun beer to drink . I'll buy again

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Photo of Sayson
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle of indeterminate age. Poured into a pint glass.

a: amber in color. not completely clear, nice head on pour with decent head retention
s: malty bready, not skunked!
t: malty, maybe a little solvent-y, no hop flavor
m: fine, not overly coating
d: good drinking beer

A fine beer. Among the better bocks that you'll find. This is a tough style since it's not over the top in many any way.

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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 russpowell
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours caramel/orange with 4+ fingers of sand colored head. Great lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Some malt sweetness & a hint of cornyness

MF: Caramel, some grainyness,& a hint of smokeyness up front. As this warms a little brown sugar & some card board. Finishes dry with caramel & more than a little earthy hops

Medium bodied with a little carbonation

Drinks allright, but just a so-so bock. Good to try for a tip of the hat to the home of bockbier, supposedly. This brewery's product never impressed me in germany either

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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 stoutman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with medium tan head. Very sweet flavor. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet honey-like finish. Smells nutty with some nice doughy elements and metallic soapy splashes. However, the toffee and sweet malts stand out in the smell. Pretty good beer to quaff down.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy golden amber with a yellowish tall frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy and with a strong hop presence. Malt was present, but in the background of the hops. A lightly vegetal presence was also notable. As it warmed a molasses character began to emerge as well as a lightly plastic phenolic.

The flavor was mildly malty with a flavor mostly comprised of caramel. Toffee was notable with a toasty and lightly nutty presence. Hops were high enough to overpower the malt and had a lightly spicy character.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of hops into the aftertaste with a low bit of phenolic. The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation. Not my idea of a Bock.

11.2 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was sold as being an example of a hoppy and bitter beer.

Appearance was nice with an amber brown color and a small head and some coarse bubbles.

Smell was resinous like marihuana, herbal and hoppy with some dark malt notes.

Taste was dominated by the hops, resinous and weedy. A slight caramel touch and sweet. The bitterness activates my mucus (?). This beer is very drinkable and after 1/3 of the glass I get some alcoholic whiffs that make the beer taste heavier than it really is. A pretty clean yeast has been used, the beer has little yeast character, bottom fermented? Probably!

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Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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