Einbecker Schwarzbier
Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Style:
Lager - Schwarzbier
Ranked #66
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,213
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 12.17%
Reviews:
185
Ratings:
269
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Einbecker Brauhaus AG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  22
Gots
  8
SCORE
85
Very Good
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 10/5/19 @ the Beer Temple.

Effervescent, with notes of root beer & sarsaparilla. This had nice flavor but was easy to quaff. Can't wait to have another!

Oct 07, 2019
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ordybill from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a pint glass at Beer Head Pub in Schaumburg, IL. The appearance is a dark brown color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is a mellow dose of sweet malt. The taste is all malt with a crisp finish..

Aug 19, 2018
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TwoK from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

An odd-shaped bottle, for me?!? Thanks! A pleasant maltiness here, something I prefer in my favorite styles. Minimal hops bitterness to push me away from enjoying this, the malt profile leaves me satisfied with this beer.

Apr 20, 2018
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Nass from Florida

2.39/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer taste chocolatey & pleasant, but wait there's a problem the green bottle skunkiness that screwed this beer up. Which dim-witted fools idea was it to put this dark lager into green bottles? The only way I would try this beer again is if I can get it sealed up 6 pack box of it like how Kostritzer makes. Cheers! C-

Mar 02, 2018
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goodbeergoodfood from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look as a dark cloudy chestnut with a fairly thick creamy mocha head.
Smell is very malty with a hint of cherry.
Taste is malty ,very bready. Nice bitterness.
Feel is smooth with good carbonation.
Overall about what you would expect a decent beer with nice characteristics but probably liked it the least of any of the Einbecker beers I've tried. Would have liked to have had a little more ABV and a richer flavor.

Jan 14, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; a reddish amber - almost mahogany in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: sweet malt; cherry; a little bready;

T: sweet malt; no complexity; very little bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; smooth;

O: maybe my least favorite beer from Einbecker;

Dec 31, 2016
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VoxRationis from New York

3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a crystal clear, copper to dark copper color with ruby highlights, a foamy, one to two finger, wheat colored head, rim retention, and limited lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, macadamia, and pitted fruit.
T: Semisweet. Flavors follow the nose. Maybe a touch of cocoa. Balanced bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Drinkable, but just. A bit disappointing.

Dec 30, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. My first beer from Einbecker, acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a very dark brownish-ruby body - the clarity is there, but the beer is so dark you can hardly tell. About a finger of frothy khaki-tan cream head that leaves good scattered frothy lacing. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks nice.

S - Aroma is of toasty / nutty malt content, with mild roast, and notes of dark vinous fruits. A pleasant and inviting aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: smooth & creamy, with notes of toast, brown bread, nuttiness, mild chocolate / cocoa, cream, with light roast & some cointy metallics on the finish. Lingering notes of dark vinous fruits - dates, raisins, figs. Pretty nice stuff.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, with moderate carbonation, and some lingering metallics on the finish. Body is light and easy drinking.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Good depth and duration of flavor with decent complexity, while keeping it relatively simple. A nice example of the style, and a nice import from Einbecker.

Einbecker Schwarzbier -----4/5.

Jul 12, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brownish color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light cocoa/coffee, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light cocoa/coffee, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light cocoa/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast notes as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very nice Munich dunkel style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, clean, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 17, 2016
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dark Red-brown color with great clarity. Tight, fine-bubbled head retains at a half inch. Thick and clumpy lacing. Eye-catching cascading bubbles.

S: Malt-forward with a lot of nutty, cocoa, and even some milk chocolate aromas. Whiff of grape skin fruitiness comes from the malt. Some herbal hops with a mild lemony zing. Clean.

T: Nutty and chocolatey malt opens. Toasted crust. Earthy and herbal hops have a bit of bite. A touch metallic. Clean. Toasty and nutty grain finish.

M: Light in body. Creamy texture. Gentle carbonation.

O: Great all around. Light and quaffable, well balanced, and still bringing a lot of toasty/roasty malt character. A great beer to have in your arsenal for food pairing too; it has some versatility.

Note: Imports like this have a tendency to sit. With no clear date on the bottle, I'd advise BAs seeking this brew to make sure they are getting it from a trusted establishment, and ask questions. The first bottle I sampled was sub-prime and oxidized. Thankfully I was able to grab another that seemed fine.

Aug 15, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The community says "good", the BA site says "world-class". Who do I believe? Oh! Wait, myself. I have one here. Let's get started.

A : It initially pours out of the bottle a very light caramel coke color, but settles into the glass in a mass of mahogany hue. The head is fleeting and puny but stable, and stays at a mossy ring adhering to the sides of the glass as it's tipped to' and fro'.

S : Typecast Schwarzbier aromas - filthy, rotten, moldy dark bread; 2 week old cellared plums and figs, red leaf lettuce soup (that means it went horribly bad), and some absolutely charred black toast crumbs. Schwarzbiers have never been good smelling beers - they always smell like a garbage disposal inside of a fireplace...but it's a characteristic profile unique to the style, and this one's on par.

T : There's something. Something here. At first you don't notice it, it's just a schwarzbier - roast dark lager malts, a bit of coffee, a prune with a match lit to it...but within THIS beer, there's this essence...a yeast/dark fruit paradise that hits halfway through and then disappears like an apparition from the corner of your eye (whatwasthat?). It doesn't last long, but it begs your attention so you take another drink - and the cycle continues. Very interesting, indeed.

F : Medium bodied creaminess meets a zapping carbonation, with a syrupy dry finish with stabs of dry sawdust.

O : Yeah, this wasn't half bad. I'd drink it again. It's true to style and has a "genuine" German quality to it - something lacking in many breweries' schwarzbiers. Try it, you just might like it.

Aug 13, 2015
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours to a thin, pebbly tan head on a very deep brown body. The nose is dark and sweet: cassis, plum and molasses with alcohol undertones. The palate is malty, slightly sweet with medium-roasted notes and hints of molasses and coffee that carry through to a nicely-balanced finish that lingers to the next sip. The body is perhaps a bit heavier than one would expect for a lager, and the lively carbonation allows it to build a slightly creamy texture. This is a great example of the style.

Jun 30, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a very dark brown with reddish hues shining through.

Roasted malt in the smell along with a distinct hoppy bitterness.

Roasted malt bitterness up front with a biscuit malt and grain kick backing that up.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

A very good Schwarzbier.

Oct 05, 2014
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

A: poured into a Pokal to a deep brown with a small off white head that retains well with a little lacing
S: smells of toasted malt and caramel
T: tastes of caramel, toasted malt, a little dark fruit, some hop bitterness. swallow is bready malt with some more caramel sweetness
M: on the lighter side but not watery with good carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: Very impressive with a lot of complexity and flavor without being a heavy hitting beer. Definitely a pleasure to drink.

Aug 30, 2014
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(bottle code: L1039042L 11 - poured into a pilsner glass)

A: burgundy in color - not nearly at all black - very clear liquid... fizzy foam that settles into a thin island of suds

S: cola, root (beer), roasty malts and toasted aromas via decoction... dark fruits - prune, dried cherry - fairly bold, perhaps the intensity and character of which stems from oxidation? still smells appealing... a dry, moderately toasty bread crust... nothing hop-like

T: root, molasses... fair amount of lightly bittersweet of dark chocolate, bits of coffee grounds... overall taste falls in between a Dunkel and Schwarzbier, leaning toward the latter, lacking perhaps the dirtier depth of malt in the former... quite pleasant rounded bitterness in the finish, lingering through into the aftertaste

M: smooth and quite clean with a slightly silky slickness... little-to-no play from carbonation... overall, perhaps a touch thin for my taste

O: this bottle may very well have been a bit old, but the beer was still quite drinkable... downed it relatively swiftly... would love to try this fresher or on tap

Apr 23, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

It's been years since I've had something from Einbecker, so I'm interested to see how my feelings have evolved. This stuff pours a clear smoky topaz topped by a finger of charred cream foam. The nose comprises mild roast, light toast, and a touch of cashew. The taste intensifies the roast a bit and replaces the cashew with a bit of rubber. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, an odd little schwarz, really. The rubber character is pretty off-putting, but the rest seems to finish rather cleanly. I have no idea how old this bottle isw, so perhaps age has had an effect, but it seems fresh enough, just lackluster.

Oct 13, 2013
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Libationguy from Nevada

3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tawny color with brown hues. Light tan head with moderate density and medium+ retention.

Light roasted coffee and toffee notes. Moderate malt richness with a subtle lactic note.

The roasted flavor deepens on the palate. Slightly smoky with a moderate bitterness that is well integrated with the malt. Medium length with caramelized notes that linger on the finish.

Medium- body that is slightly watery in texture.

Nice beer for the style.

Jul 05, 2013
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jesseejames from Montana

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the nice dunkel German beers. I enjoy one of these after a hot day of riding steam trains. This beer on has a bit too much bitterness for me. It has a nice balance of hops to dark malt something that is not easily accomplished. If served cold it has a wonderful head and one of the nicest aromas of the dunkel beers.

May 27, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My 33cl bottle was bought in Berlin: so it is just a 'dunkel' on the label.

Poured into an 'Augustijn' badged chalice at home on 26 Apr 2013.

Ruby coloured body, clean and clear: beige, full head.

The nose is more grainy than malty: with dark berry esters thrown in for good measure.

The taste is maltier than the aroma hints at and those grain smells don't appear in the flavours. Undertones of sweetness which don't surface fully hide behind a mild hop crispness that doesn't turn the brew bitter or overly dry.

Interesting and one of the better German brewed Dunkels I've had so far.

Apr 26, 2013
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HabiMendes from Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Schwarzbier is a dark-red color, transparent, with a slightly tanned neck. The aroma emanates caramelly malt tones with vigor, with noble hopes in the background. The taste displays medium carbonation, the same caramel, and coffee tones. The sensation is very refreshing, and very soft, and the taste is super fast - the beer slides fast in the palate. The aftertaste is malty and shows noble hops. Definitely a good pick for the end of Winter.

Apr 06, 2013
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kvnstfrd from Missouri

4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12 oz. Pilsner glass.
Appearance: Dark brown color with a reddish hue; looks like a Dr. Pepper. Absolutly no head at all, even with an aggressive pour.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, dark chocolate and a slight sour note.

Taste: Initially, roasted Munich malts and semi-sweet caramel with a coffee-like bitter flavor mid-way. Aftertaste yields a roasted almond flavor with a mild herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with more carbonation detected than what was visible.

Overall: I'm a little confused because this beer has the qualities of a Munich Dunkel and also characteristics of a Doppelbock, but nothing like other Schwarzbiers-style beers I've had before. So, I stopped trying to analyze what style of beer it was and just enjoyed it. It's one of those beers you can sip slowly and savor, or throw back several in one sitting.
Whatever style it is, it's another awesome brew from Einbecker.

Mar 17, 2013
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Groenebeor from California

3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from the terrible green bottle.

Please, stop doing this breweries. Green bottles will become associated with skunked shit, and this will only tell people in ever growing numbers that your beer is crap. This beer had a chance, but you ruined it with this.

Smelled of skunk, some caramel, some roasted notes, coffee, biscuit.

The taste followed with a little less skunk, nice roasted barley, and a creamy mouthfeel.

Einbecker, I won't buy another one of your beers until I see it in a brown bottle.

Dec 24, 2012
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BierStein711 from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Pokal

Like a prior reviewer had said, this is more of a bock than a schwarzbier.

Three finger gray head, dark amber body, almost no carbonation

Taste: chocolate, caramel, with perhaps one of the noble hops at the finish?

Smell: chocolate and caramel

Mouthfeel: moderate, not too thick.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not a brilliant one. This is kind of a boring beer to me, perhaps if I had a fresher bottle I'd like it.

I don't think I'll seek this out again.

Nov 08, 2012
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Code Number: L1048058L00
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Einbecker's schwarzbier is a modestly flavored, easy-drinking dark beer with light roast and toffee flavors. A definitely sessionable beer, but one I would not go to too much trouble to look for one when others that are tastier are more readily available.

Pours a 1.5cm head of very light tan, composed of large to medium-sized bubbles that recedes to a thick ring around the glass, with a few small islands of wispy foam. Lacing along the sides of the glass is fairly minimal, a few dots and squiggles. Body is a dark brown color with reddish highlights, light bringing out a dark amber hue to the beer. Carbonation is visible, but sluggish.

Aroma is of lightly roasted malt with a bit of toffee. The scent composition is fairly minimal, decent, but not particularly strong or nuanced.

Overall flavor profile of light roasted malt and toffee, sweeter rather than roastier, and generally subtle and mild. Tasting opens with malt sweetness and lightly roasted malt favors, leading into a mid-palate of lightly roasted malt with toffee and slight European hop bitterness. Back of palate sees an increase in roasted malt flavor and acridity, with a bit of chocolate and toffee as well. Lingering aftertaste of caramel malt sweetness with some roasted malt and toffee flavor.

Beer is medium bodied with low to medium-low levels of carbonation. Resulting mouthfeel is smooth, not creamy or fizzy. Closes out dry, with little stickiness across the palate.

Oct 23, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted/toasted malt and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same but slightly watery. There is a very mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice smell but the flavors are pretty thin in my opinion.

Jul 12, 2012
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