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Einbecker Schwarzbier | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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3.77/5
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260 Ratings
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

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,957
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
260
pDev:
11.94%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 atr2605
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a very dark brown, almost coca cola color with an off white finger width head that fades rather quickly
S-roasted malt with chocolate and toffee
T- Soft roasted chocolate flavor. Much softer than I was expecting from the aroma. There is some hop bitterness that helps balance the sweetness from the malt. Very well balanced
M- light-medium bodied, average carbonation
O-Very drinkable, an interesting style since it has quite a bit of aroma but a much more faint taste.

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Photo of herrburgess
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Robyn
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ypsifly
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz with no freshness date into a pint glass.

Black to deep brown around the edges with a small light tan head that falls quickly.

Smells of rasted malts and some hop, but overall the nose is pretty weak.

The malts make up most of the taste with a dry hop finish. The taste is also rather mild with a light body.

While I'm not impressed, this would be a good choice for someone who is starting to drink non-macros.

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Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bishopdc0
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.

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

This brew poured a medium tan head with small to medium bubbles. The lacing was very sparse on the sides of my mug. I had a hard time trying to figure out the aroma on this particular brew. It had a smooth taste, but it was on the watery side. There was no bitterness noted with this brew. It lacks character and I was not very impressed with this drink.

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Photo of matty
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is butterscotch.Taste is butterscotch,caramel and a hint of cocoa.Flavorful and refreshing goes down nicely.I would definetly recommend and I can see myself buying this again in the near future.Good job by Einbecker Brauhaus!

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Photo of nick76
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is brown with a small head. The aroma is faint with toasted caramel malt, chocolate, and a touch brown sugar. The taste is like the aroma but it's not as good. It's more acidic and astringent. The palate is thin but decently carbonated. The beer isn't that great overall but it's OK to drink.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Deep brown under a large slightly off white head. Good retention, some lace.

S: Toffee, caramel, toasted, malty. At first, seemed a little bit skunky, but that has seemed to disappear. Pretty balanced.

T: Toasted, caramel, toffee, malty. Not a huge rush of flavor, but balance is the key here I think.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is medium. Drinkability is good, probably the best quality of the beer. Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of freed
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As noted by a previous reviewer, the green glass made me cautious, but I took the $1.95 plunge. It poured nicely, very little head, but a wonderfully deep and clear appearance. Though it was nearly black, its clarity really lets red edges shine.

The aroma is a husky malt wall. Its nicely complimented by the almost cidery flavors that must have been imparted by the yeast.

The taste is clean, crisp, and warmly malty. Not that complex, but a nice, pleasant afternoon drink.

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Photo of Desimoaj
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tlazaroff
3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown in color, perfectly clear, with a tan head that thins out quickly but never really goes away.

S: I get a tad of roast, with some graininess mixed in.

T: Mild roast compared to the nose, it has a bit of caramel.

M: Very smooth, a tad watery. this is light bodied and low carbonated.

D: Super high drinkability. Quite refreshing, could drink this one all day long.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though a bit on the thin side, this is one of my favorite Schwarzbiers. German Black Beers are notoriously tasty and light bodied, unlike their micro-cousins here in the US. Traditionally, they are as refreshing (in their way) as a pilsner or helles, but with the roasted nut/black taste that makes them so complex.

This one is an ideal example of the German tradition. Great black color in the glass, nice head (as long as it lasted), subtle carbonation, and a rich, earthy taste that hits you square in the mouth with its roasted flavor and then immediately lets up to reveal a much more refreshing lager taste. Schwarzbiers are fun that way--complex in their taste composition, yet simple, drinkable beers. Einbecker is exactly that.

Tasted again November 2011
Of the Schwarzbiers out there, this one is my favorite. And I found a fairly fresh (kept in a cooler/beer cave) batch at Shawan Liquors recently. Rich roasted flavor without the "smokiness" you sometimes get, and no green bottle skunk or off flavors this time. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 BBM
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep, clear brown (so much for the 'schwarz', I suppose) with a thin bone white head on top. Aroma is a bunch of adjuncts and a slight sweetness.

The taste is more of the same. Adjuncts, sweetness, and a touch of caramel. To be honest it tasted like your generic Euro Lager (think Beck's) in dark form. No thanks. I'm a big fan of schwarzbiers, but this one was a let down. Mouthfeel was light and carbonated. This could be a session beer if you wanted it to be, but to be honest, I was good with one. Wouldn't go back to this one.

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Photo of BierReise
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle labeled Einbecker SchwarzbierPoured an ice tea color brown with a thick head that is slowly settling down. Aroma is slightly roasted with a note of caramel. Body is a bit on the flat side. Flavor is a bit sweet and a bit weak also. Finishes dry. Overall very average and not worthy of future consumption.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, almost black, copper color (in fact, the copper color really only comes through in the highlights). A rich, rocky head that leaves a creamy, sprawling lace. The aroma is mostly malty but with some roasty tones as well. The flavor includes brown sugar, caramel, mellow coffee, and smooth chocolate. Hop bitterness is in the background there, and balances to a limited extent. Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is moderately active.

A good beer from a brewery that has consistently managed to make superb German lagers. A tasty and drinkable beer with a great roasty, malty flavor. Highly recommended!

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Photo of dgallina
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml green glass bottle with freshness labeling, but nothing notched.

Poured transparent dark brown with small white head that disappeared very quickly; decent lace. Smells predominantly of caramel with toasted bread notes and leafy hops. Flavor is quite weak; clean but thin and watery toasted malts with a slightly drier leafy finish. A touch of unpleasant diacetyl aftertaste. Thin body up front, develops some oily creaminess towards the finish.

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Photo of malty
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a russet - dark copper color (definitely not black) with a tight 1/2" cream colored head. Visible medium paced carbonation.

Prevalent dark roasted malt nose with a sweet molasses component. The scents are very fresh and inviting.

The dark roasted malt flavors follow nicely after the scent. A somewhat bitey, burnt molasses flavor shines through soon after entering the mouth. A ratcheted hop profile makes no qualms about being noticed, thus adding to the dry/bitey flavor profile. The flavors diminish rather quickly as I try to determine the aftertaste, forcing me to conclude the well balanced but 'quick' flavor profile is to be expected from a lager beer.

Mouthfeel is very good. Lighter in the body for such a malty beer, but spot on due to the fact it's a lager. Fine carbonation at just the right level. Woody, dry finish.

Drinkability is also very good. Very nonintrusive and middle of the road.

I was hoping for more from this beer. Maybe because I adore their Maibock so much. Don't get me wrong, the craftsmanship and construction of this lager is top-notch. I was just left wanting more. A good beer to introduce newbies into 'dark' beer territory.

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Photo of theghost3
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with almost no head--just an off-white ring. No lacing. Smell is smokey with toasted malts & caramel. Taste is bitter, some toasted malt & molasses. Mouthfeel is carbonated, acidic. This is not think, and it's actually kind of watery. Kind of an odd combination of smoke flavor with the caramel notes.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Rare Vos glass. It pours a cola brown with a great 1 1/2 inch tan head that settles into a thin foam. I smell pilsner hops, toasted malts, and caramel undertones. The flavor is great. Nice and toasty, with a light body and creamy body. The malty body is delicately balanced with the slightly skunky hop flavor. The carbonation is noticeable and it adds a little bit of dryness and spice to the drink. At 4.9% ABV, this is plenty sessionable. I love a good schwazbier. It's also a good thing to spring on a newer craft beer trier that "doesn't do dark beer" because it is so light and well balanced.

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Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 260 ratings
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