Schwarzbier
Einbecker Brauhaus

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From:
Einbecker Brauhaus
 
Germany
Style:
Schwarzbier
Ranked #77
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #22,319
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 12.2%
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
84
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 19, 2021
Added:
Mar 31, 2002
Wants:
  21
Gots:
  9
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
this one didnt wow me, its light for the style, more reddish than brown or black, and its got some haziness to it from the tap, doesnt look as clean and refined as i expect the german made examples of the style to be, definitely on the lighter side for the style too. neat to find it on tap though. it smells nutty, more middle malts than roasty dark ones, again very light for the style without the grain depth many of these have. the yeast is bready and european, there are some minerals in the mix, i get a dried fruitiness, dates or figs, and a little astringent tang that doesnt really belong to me. the flavor is similar, big raisin and toasted notes up front, short of roasted for sure, a bit of a chestnut vibe too, warming and autumnal, but there is a definite twang here that almost suggests bacterial infection, its not major, and it doesnt ruin the beer, but it definitely seems out of place here, unintentional, and it really thins this out, maybe its something from the ferment itself, maybe it crept in after, not sure, but its not ideal. combined with the lack of a deeper grain profile, i found this quite underwhelming, despite being more interesting than many of these are, it just didnt seem as high quality as i hoped it would be. i will have to try this one a little closer to the source some day...
Nov 19, 2021
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by shelby415 from Oregon

Oct 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEERMILER12 from Maine

Oct 11, 2018
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Reviewed by ordybill from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev 0%
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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Reviewed by TwoK from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by kdivers from New Hampshire

Mar 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

2.39/5  rDev -36.6%
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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Reviewed by goodbeergoodfood from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.1 by jbehlar from Mississippi

May 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by Pens1967 from Louisiana

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.62 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Mar 06, 2017
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.69 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Nov 16, 2016
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Rated by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A nice black lager, but I'm not sure how it is above average. It has the dark malt and the balance and the refreshing hops. The complete Schwarzbier.
Oct 27, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

Aug 27, 2016
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.61 by rorjets from Connecticut

Jul 09, 2016
 
Rated: 4.19 by cdwil from Texas

Jun 20, 2016
 
Rated: 3.93 by monk2021 from Texas

Apr 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by n2pux from Texas

Apr 23, 2016
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.83 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts

Nov 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4.32 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

Nov 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.72 by paulytasker from New York

Oct 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4.35 by KensWorld from Florida

Sep 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.26 by Erlkoenig from Colorado

Aug 25, 2015
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.87 by Desimoaj from Michigan

Jul 20, 2015
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Reviewed by OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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
 
Rated: 4.3 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina

May 28, 2015
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Rated by muller25 from South Carolina

2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
Evidently, no one here has had the Kostritzer Schwarzbier, or the ratings would be much lower.
May 06, 2015
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Rated by bishopdc0 from Maine

3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This is a classic Schwarz, sweet fruity but dry finish. easy to drink and leaves a sweetness on the tongue.
Jan 22, 2015
 
Rated: 2.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 02, 2014
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.25 by WynnO from Florida

Sep 29, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Sep 28, 2014
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