Einbecker Schwarzbier | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker SchwarzbierEinbecker Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Germany
einbecker-brauhaus.de

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
260
Reviews:
179
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.03%
 
 
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22
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7
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Photo of traviswhillier
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Libationguy
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of paulytasker
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VoxRationis
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Loki
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 0.3 Liter bottle in a Einbecker champaigne like flute glass.

Appearance: Poured a deep cherry brown color with a big, off-white head that expanded over the rim of the glass like mushroom cloud after the initial explotion, hung there defying gravity for a bit, then slowly receeded. Less than impressive lacing.

Smell: Aromas of malt, toffee, caramel and almost a dry yeast scent that I couldn't place, but most associated with yeast.

Taste: Flavors of unsweetened malt and dry toffee and caramel dominated the flavor profile. Smooth hops at the end with a touch of bitterness, but more dryness than anything.

Mouthfeel: Very dry, with bubbles of carbonation, pockets of sweetness, and hints of bitter. A ballett of sweetness and dryness that is very intriguing. It is always clear that dryness leads this dance.

Drinkability: While a very enjoyable beer, the dryness is a little more than I care for. I could not drink many of these back to back. Maybe after repeated exposure I will adjust to the dryness.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is brown with a little bit of amber undertones. Two fingers of slightly tinted head developed and dissipated to leave a bubbly lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: A nice blend of caramel, chocolate, toffee, and floral phenols reminiscent of a good helles.

Taste: An equally excellent blend mirroring the smell. Caramel, chocolate, a little toffee, and that bittersweet helles/floral flavor. The mouthfeel is very clean and light, much like a lager.

Drinkability: A thumb's up. Though I like my dark beers thick and creamy, the light mouthfeel of this beer does not take away from the bolder ("darker") flavors.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a large tulip glass, Einbecker Schwarzbier is sparkling-clear and burnt-copper in color with a creamy cap of tinted ivory foam. As the head slowly recedes, patches and globs of lacing are left behind on the glass.

The smell is mild and malty with notes of herbal spice, dark caramel and fresh green grass.

The taste is mellow and toasty with the persistent flavor and feel of semisweet caramel. A syrupy cereally note is dried by a touch of bitterness that marks an otherwise clean finish.

The drink is medium-bodied and lightly carbonated with superb silkiness and good drinkability.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep-reddish brown color with Modeerate tannish head. Nice lacing. Smell is a mixture of molasses, brown sugar, toasted malt and caramel. Taste is similiar to the smell, but after several tastes it slowly dissappears. Finished with a somewhat thin feeling in the mouth with little if any body. Easy drinking, but rather bland.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FleeVT
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brother Tuckers, poured into a flute.

A: Pours an extremely dark brown, with a slight amount of light penetration. Relatively clear brew with a tan head.

S: Not much to the nose here. It's malty and a tiny bit yeasty like bread. Extremely mild

T: Subdued malts on the palate. I do not really find any hops to speak of, which I was expecting in a Schwarzbier. Nice crisp and clean finish.

M: A light bodied beer that with moderate carbonation. It has a silkiness to it though.

D: My first exposure to a Schwarzbier. A good beer that just surprises with it's milder flavors, smells, and ABV considering it's appearance. I knew what to expect, and still I was surprise. A great beer for when you want multiple darks.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 33cl bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet. Poured a dark cherry brown. The red really shows through when its held to the light. There was very little head with a hard pour and it left no lacing whatsoever. Aroma is a bit weak. There is definite notes of roasted malts and hints of sweet milk chocolate. Taste is creamy up front with the roasted malts coming out in the finish. Mouthfeel is thinner for the style and finishes slightly dry. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of whynot44
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark mahogany color with a moderate and quick disappearing tan head, only a little lace left behind.

The aroma is mild black strap molasses, dark malt and raisins.

The taste is also sweet molasses, some dark roast malt and raisins or plums with a somewhat burnt finish and aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied, easily drinkable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium brown in color. The beer has a half finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a thin film covering about half of the surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: There is a sweetness to the smell of this beer with dark fruits and caramel/toffee dominating.

T: Light to moderate flavors of dark fruit sweetness in the malts, some lightly burnt malts, and just a hint of caramel. Just a touch of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is easy to drink and enjoyable. With the lower ABV and not too intense flavor, this beer is easily sessionable and definitely one that I would try again.

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Photo of Zadok
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber, in a dark room would appear pitch black. Half finger head with no lacing.

Smell was of dark chocolate covered cherries and fine roasted malts.

Taste is of smooth roasted malts and mild cherry. Not a huge fan of cherries but it is nothing to overpowering. Other dark fruits also intermingle into the equation.

Very smooth, a touch syrupy with little to no carbonation.

Not a bad beer by any means. I was a little put off by the cherry aftertaste but not so much that I wouldn't try again.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brown with a little caramel coloring at the edges, medium tan head with little retention and some lacing.

Smell: Plum, nectarine, sweet caramel

Taste: Sweet caramel on the tongue, blends into a bit of roast bitterness. Bitter hops going down, with a dry bready aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-to-full bodied, but smooth, definitely not heavy. Nice carbonation (small bubbles)

Drink: Easy to drink, very light. Great smell, but the taste was a little lacking for me.

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Photo of cpone
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, with decent carbonation, similar to the color of root beer. Light brown head disappears quickly.

S: Mildly roasted malts - it smells just like spent grains. Slight, mild bitterness.

T: Very mild hops, and smooth roasted malts. Grainy finish.

M: Light mouthfeel, less carbonation than expected. Crisp, but slightly bitter finish.

D: I thought it was a lot more drinkable when i started on the glass. It was colder then, so, yeah, very drinkable at temp.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, but clear deep chestnut color - huge, puffy tan head that slowly deflates leaving some patches of foam on the glass. Sweet, dark malty aroma...some toasted toffee and metallic overtones. Rich malts in the flavor. Bready and a little nutty, this isn't a huge or particularly complex lager, but it is tasty as it is. Nice taste but its a little on the weak side. Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation - somewhat astringent with a clean finish.

This isn't really roasted in any way which leads me to think this is more of a Bavarian dunkel than a schwarzbier. In fact, this is only labeled "schwarzbier" in America. Let's just say its a good, easily drinkable German dark lager of sorts.

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Photo of Boto
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught: This one poured an extremely dark, copper color. It seemed fairly clear, and only had a very small tan head on it. The aroma was decent, although a little light. There were caramel notes, as well as a faint tinge of roastiness. The taste was good. It was medium bodied and very smooth. Just a hint of sweetness in the taste. Very subdued notes of caramel and dark fruits. Not bad.

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Photo of Brenden
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out a dank brown color with deep mahogany red highlights that shine copper in the light. A light brown head pours out at just under a finger and is slightly thin, dissipating within a fairly short time and leaving a creamy foam and just a bit of lacing around.
The smell reflects a malt backbone (seemingly crystal malts) with no real roasted or smoky notes but a good mix of light caramel sweetness and earthy dry character. Barley-like grains are evident as well and the aroma, while it starts off a bit mild, really builds up character as this one sits.
The taste is similar, although some roasted character i didn't get from the nose is here as well; I also get a metallic tint to it and there's a sort of astringency I can't quite place. The sturdy malt is almost, but not quite, enough to cover it. There's also a slight nuttiness constant to this brew.
The body is a bit light although it avoids being thin. There's
some carbonation, but not by way of crisp or smooth on the tongue.
It's one I'd have again, but it's not one I'd search out. it would depend on what's available.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I see medium brown with a red orange tint under a mellow tan head. A patchy layer of retention sticks around for awhile and leaves little lace behind. Smells mostly of caramel malts with a burnt, sweet roasty quality. Milk and brown sugar with a pinch of peat come to mind. Taste begins with aggressive carbonation and follows through with the all the malt. Finish is softly bittersweet. Mouthfeel holds up pretty smoothly and body is a nice medium. Certainly could be a decent session beer as its not intense in most ways and seems true to the style. Drinkability isn't bad either. Goes down easy after the initial carbnation smooths out.

Not a bad schwarzbier in my book.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut brown color with a small tight egg-shell colored head which settles into a light cap. Quite light for a "black beer". The aroma is of a light roasted munich malt, quite doughy and sweet. Some grassy peppery notes as well. The taste has a nice but very light roasted quality which rides shotgun to a big munich malt presence. Big doughy flavor with some caramel, raisin, and grassy/peppery notes. Tastes more like a dunkel than schwarzbier. Moderate feel with tingly carbonation, lightly sweet. It may not be the best tasting schwarzbier out there but it has good flavors and is very easy to drink. The low abv is nice. More of a dunkel but a good dunkel.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of rorjets
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
3.74 out of 5 based on 260 ratings.
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