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 MarvinTheMarzen
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge. The menu states that Einbecker originated the Bock style but I think others have done this better (anyone remember Leinie's Bock from the 80s?) The beer seemed bright for the style and had some harshness - there was little of the caramel overtone that you have in most Bocks. This beer scored better than average only because I like Bocks...

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

11.2oz green bottle embossed with the brewery’s name, purchased at J.B.’s on the northside of Spokane for $3.49. No obvious freshness date, though the back label comes with “Code Number: L121033H 23” stamped on it. The front label, otherwise mostly devoid of information besides the name, seemes to indicate the brewery was founded in 1378, which would make among the older breweries in Germany – and the world.

Poured a dark orangey amber color with a bubbly, beige head that dropped after a few minutes but left lace on the sides of my glass.

Initially rather skunky in aroma, but the skunkiness greatly lessened as it warmed up. It never entirely goes away, however, but becomes a partner to some herbal and grassy hop notes and a soft, sweet malty scent.

Maltier in the taste than it’s aroma would indicate, with a brown sugary taste and a bit of booze. Grassy hop notes are way in the background, and primarily serve to keep the malts from making things too cloying.

Slightly creamy, sticky mouthfeel, with a medium body.

A thoroughly mediocre beer that is certainly drinkable, but not particularly memorable. It certainly does not justify it’s price. Glad I tried it, but I doubt I will do so again.

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

App - amber in color and brilliantly clear. Pours a whitish head, creamy but with only moderate retention.

Aroma - wonderful clean malty aroma, maybe a slight hint of dark fruit like raisins. No hop.

Taste - Nice malt flavors up front without being overly sweet. Nicely balanced, but some distinguishable hop bitterness. Finish isn't bitter, but certainly isn't sweet. Cleanly lagered, with no off flavors, but maybe a tiny bit too bitter.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, some slight alcohol warming.

Overall - A classic of the style - need to try it fresh over in Germany some time. Never quite sure how fresh it is in the green bottles thousands of miles from the brewery.

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Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Dunkel', according to my high-school German textbook, means 'dark'; apart from its caramelized tone there is little dim, deep or darkly about this beer's appearance. On the contrary, transparency is fully appreciated in its glowing chestnut-coloured tone. Nothing this shiny can look somber. And a nicely sculpted head accentuates its handsomeness.

I'm officially declaring a crusade against green glass bottles. What my senses registered upon prying the cap was, not the deflated hiss of carbonation, but the taint of a light-struck beer: ketchup chips and a stinky, soft-rind French cheese are not worth $4/bottle - an uncorrupted German bock is. These malts smell like they've been slightly microwaved.

Fortunately the flavour pulls a quick 180 to re-steer course; clean, well attenuated malts give off hints of toasted chestnut and caramel-hazelnut milk chocolate. Crisp, browned bread crusts are tasted in abundance and are complimented by a wavering fruitiness. Now *this* is the dark, strong, malty lager I shelled out all those Washingtons for!

I love that German brewers rarely deviate from their habitual, time-honored ways; they all brew according to unwritten but established conventions. This, I assumed correctly, would therefore be a benchmark bock: a rich, well-attenuated, malty lager, replete with toasty melanoidins and soft caramel notes; a medium-full mouthfeel but with infinite quaffability.

Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel is stereotypically German in that it's been meticulously brewed according to a conventional, long-established recipe and accustomed level of quality and is efficiently engineered for a culturally prescribed and expected degree of easy drinkability. And there's nothing wrong with that - in fact, that's exactly the reason I bought it.

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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 wisrarebeer
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautiful clear light copper color with nice head retention
S: traditional German malt, chewy, grainy, alcohol presence
T: very nice well-balanced bock beer, chewy, grainy, sweeter malt with good malt balance
M: very rounded and warming
D: very easy drinking

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Photo of xodin
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red mahogany with about a finger of head fading soon after. No aroma to speak of, which is a bit disappointing. Fairly complex flavor though, with a good mix of fruit, perhaps apple and plum, decent caramel, and a touch of spice. Somewhat chewy in the mouth, though not necessarily full bodied, and slightly bitter and wet on the finish. An enjoyable brew, with the flavor making up for some of its less refined qualities.

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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 kjc51478
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber/dark brown color with medium head. Aroma is sweet malts with a hint of floral. Taste is citrus hops on the front end balanced by a nice bready malt sweetness that lasts into a strong aftertaste. The beer is light- to medium-bodied with a pleasant, fine texture. Very good beer from a classic brewery.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl, Germany, best by 8/2/11.

Clear dark amber. Small head sticks around decently, some lacing.

Dark, sweet bread and a surprising amount of earthy Noble hops on the nose.

Moderately to richly malty, though kind of a bitter bock overall. The hops come through again, this time with an herbal character. The malts are full-blown, yet not sweet. Notes of crusty bread and salted pretzels. The mouthfeel had some nice weight to it, with fine, non-intrusive carbonation. The alcohol is suspisciously noticeable for a beer that's under seven percent, so I can't give high marks for the drinkability: almost a burn to this one.

Could use some complexity and lushness, but not bad.

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Photo of maxsmith
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - attractive red-orange glow a prelude to the alcohol warmth.

Smell - a bit skunky - green bottle - no date so maybe my shop's got some old stock. under the skunk is a warm baked bread smell

Taste - some of the skunk-iness evident in the taste. Very rich malty caramel. Little hoppiness - just enough to keep it from being to sweet

Mouthfeel - velvety rich smoothness

Drinkability - I could enjoy several with a good book by the fire on a winter's eve (like right now...)

Overall a rich and flavorful beer that has a little throat burn that sneaks up on you

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .33L green bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has a best before date of 13.04.11 (13 Apr 11). Pours an amber-orange color with a head of about a finger and a half. Head is gone after a couple minutes, leaving a thin coating of foam on the top of the beer. Some lacing forms as the beer is consumed.

Smell consists primarily of malts with some hay/straw aroma thrown in. Nothing too much out of the ordinary. A little hop aroma, but primarily a malt beer judging from the smell.

Nice, rich, malt taste to this bock. Definitely stronger and more robust than a standard German lager. Exhibits a sweet and dry finish. Kind of a brown sugar/molasses taste at the end. The alcohol at 6.5% is not too noticeable in the taste, although the bock does have a slight warming effect.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Carbonation is good and imparts a crispness to the beer. Leaves a lingering sweetness.

This is a very drinkable bock. True to its style, I would say. I would classify this as a reliable go-to pick for a heartier lager.

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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 gueuzeonhigh
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a clear dark amber color.
Produces a short lived head that settles down to a thin coating obscuring the surface of the beer.
Nose is slight-- wisps of malt. The nose is not inspiring.
Flavor makes up for the ho-hum showing although I'd call this a "light" flavored Ur-Bock. It's unmistakeably a bock style beer. There's an equal balance between the malt and the hops and the mix produces other flavor notes- perhaps caramel, coriander and other spices, maybe I'm reaching...
Has a nice finish that surfs to a long ending. Remember that the flavor is not particularly robust.
Mouthfeel is quite cordial- it almost coats the palate and with enough taste sensation to keep the intrigue alive beckoning for another sip.
Drinkability is good- the ABV isn't so high that after a pint one is not welded to his chair.

I forgot what I paid per bottle-- anyway it's a beer that would be in the "every-day" catagory. A nice change of style to reach for..

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; really what one expects of a Bock, tawny red with a light tan head. The head doesn't last long before dissipating to a foam rim on the edges and some film floating around the center. Almost no lacing and sparce bubbles from the carbonation. I reccomend a rough pour.

smell; not much to speak of, sweet malts are there but very light. Some wet pumpernickel bread and yeast as well.

taste; there's really a lot going on here. Mostly a typical sweet malt is there and dominates the drink. The alcohol is obvious but not overwhelming. The malt sweetness blends into a creamy bitter finish. A distinct plum and raisin flavor hangs on to the alcohol spice. The best way to bring this complexity out is to slurp the beer from the glass. A flavor of plums will show up in the aftertaste and hang around for about ten seconds and increase the complexities of any sips that you take in, in that time frame. It's important to note this as it is very distinct to this particular brand. Try it, maybe one will think it taste like some other fruit but the complexity will be noticed.

mouthfeel; rather sharp for it's overall flatness. The alcohol will attack the tongue before mellowing out to a creamy finish, leaving a numb feeling for a bit.

drinkability; Pretty easy to drink at the right temperature(very important as the alcohol can get annoying if it's too warm). The alcohol may sneak up on one but so long as no driving is involved, I see no reason not to drink in quantity, this is one of the few I buy by the case and offer to my friends to get to know the style.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is a clear red-brown colour, with a nice creamy head, big amount of carbonation.
Smell and taste are of slightly roasted caramel malts, and some good grassy hops.
The beer's aftertaste is not at all that sweet.
Very drinkable. it's refreshing and clean bittersweet like a good dark beer should be.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Einbecker Ur-bock Dunkel

Appearance: Reddish amber with good lacing.

Smell: Caramel and malts with a hint of skunkiness.

Taste: Caramel, sweet malts, and slight hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy and smooth.

This is a good beer. It is slightly thicker (maltier) than most beer, but it is not overbearing.

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Photo of speter
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep translucent tan with a two-finger creamy white head that persisted through most of the drinking of the beer. Moderate lacing.

S: A slight green bottle funk on initial pour, but that (mercifully) quickly fades. The main scent is bready toasty malt and hints of noble hops.

T: Very malt forward. The front and center are sweet, but not cloying. Just past the center, the hops kick in to offset the malt. The finish is somewhat dry, like unbuttered toast, and there is a persistent coating on the roof of your mouth with resins, which oddly adds to the balance.

M: Very creamy. Not much in the way of alcohol warmth.

D: Green glass issues aside, this is a smooth, easy drinking toasty (and tasty) bock.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange/amber with a beige head that reduces to a ring. No lace.

Some caramel and burnt sugar aromas, sweet malt, alcoholic whiff.

Burnt sugar, rich toasted malt, and booze dominate. Any sugar from the start turns a toasty dry instantly. Long simple pure bitter finish. You taste more booze than there actually is. Alcoholic on the breath.

Medium-full bodied, prickly carbonation.

Not a chugger. Bitterness makes this a true sipper, and the in your face alcohol makes this a one and done for the night. Very good for the style. Well made beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a mild white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Dark caramel malt, toffee, but rather mild.

T: As with the nose, the dark caramel almost crystal malt flavour is dominant, with nowhere near the hoppy bite of the maibock making for a less balanced, sweeter brew. The residual sugar is quite prominent.

M: Medium to full-bodied, creamy, firm structure on the palate, no real ethanol heat, it bests the maibock here.

D: Having the maibock and this back to back, for me the maibock is the the superior brew, it's more balanced the hops come out more, but I can see the malt-head liking this more, it's pushing on that dopplebock door. A beer that really needs some food to go with it.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Almost clear caramel in color..not quite amber or brown. About a fingers worth of foam that dissipated quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Moderately malty aroma with a little sweetness to it.

Taste - Very malty in taste, lightly hopped, as can be told from the slight bitterness. Still a slight sweet taste in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Good balance, but slightly more toward the creamy side in texture. Filling.

Drinkability - Good beer in general. Somewhat of a good example of a bock in general. Perhaps a little too filling to come back to too often in one night, but certainly complex enough to be entertaining once a night.

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

Ach, das ist vas gutes. I never could read or write German very well (I speak it fluently, though, and I drink it happily). This is one to make you happy about the Germans.

A quality brew throughout, this one tastes as it should and has just the right balance of Germanness. Definitely one worth trying and drinking again!

The aftertaste is especially good.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The progenitor of all bock styles I believe - a beer that is in most cases, probably older than the family line of the person drinking it!

Poured from a 330mL green-glass bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Copper-tinged deep carrot orange, brilliantly clear with a finger of lasting off-white foam. Soapy slow moving lacing and superior retention.

Rich German and pale malt with a deep faintly sour/grainy lager note in the nose.

Malty quite bready palate entry with a light almost fruity hop bitterness that just barely offsets the toasty, lightly carmelized sweetness of the beer. Complex maltiness, and yet fairly straight-forward. Maybe lacking some melanoidin richness, but this is still praise-worthy, especially when rated to style...

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, and full flavored.

A historic lager - and while the descendents of traditional bock are superior in many ways, this is still well worth sampling - an excellent unobtrusive beer, perfect with a variety of German foods.

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

11.2oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a off-white head that left a good amount of lacing.
S - malty sweetness with some earthy hops in the background.
T - malty flavors upfront are hit with a shot of bitterness before finishing malty sweet.
F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.
D - easy to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear brown body with minimal head that dies quickly. A sharp piney hop smell with a good bready/nutty malt smell as well. A lighter bock, almost medium-bodied, with a dry, roasted malt taste with some biscuitiness as well as some sharp hops for minor balance. Semi-sweet caramel and sugar malts come out on backend for a sticky sensation and a somewhat sweet finish. A decent bock but I prefer them stronger.

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