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%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
7
For Trade:
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Photo of HabiMendes
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of henryclay_
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a clearance/sale endcap. I'm a huge Schwarzbier fan and I couldn't pass up the chance to try another.

Came in a small green bottle, poured a solid black with just a thing half-finger head that lasted the entire life.

Smelled like roasted malts, nuts, and chocolate. Nothing special for a beer of this type.

Tasted very nice, smooth flavor. Tasted of coffee, chocolate, malt, and a bit of peanut.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, the weight was dead on and the carbonation was perfect.

Drinkability is high for me. If I could find a 6 pack or anything I'd be sure to get more.

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Photo of nick_asian
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of brakspear
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer seems closer to a dunkel than it does to a schwarzbier, but it is a good beer nonetheless.

The body is dark brown that light penetrates easily, the head on my sample bottle did not form well and disappeared quickly.

The aroma has more hop spice than it does the typical roasted malt notes that the style dictates, which is a bit disapointing.

The taste is mellow with very limited hop or roasted malt flavors. Not very much depth or character to the taste.

This is a beer searching for more character, still it is a very enjoyable beer even if it does not match the more superior beers in its style.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You know, this is an older bottle, and it seems to have suffered a bit of a drop off in aroma and flavor. I'm not going into a lot of detail. this beer does me right though. It's got nice, rich malty flaves, the caramels, and sweetened malt-o-meal. Nice toffee aroma, with maple. I love the blackened grains, stark and bitter and smoky. Like an old curmudgeon in a comfy, malty recliner tossing hop flowers in the fireplace. I can't wait to try some more schwarzbiers. I bet this is dynamite when it's fresher.
Addendum: Smells a bit like old tree bark, and leather. Clearly sepia; beautiful transluscence with a healthy froth. The lace slips down easily like garters on prom night. Delicious malty darjeeling. Unsweetened baking chocolate, walnuts, dark brown sugar. Give me a pitcher with rye bread, radish, and a nutty, strong cheese.

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Photo of sevopie
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Heavy brown color that poured a very small amount of head.

Smell - Slightly bitter malts on the nose with a touch of caramel.

Taste - I'm left wondering where everything went. I taste a bit of cocoa, and a little bit of maltiness... But it tastes very thin.

Mouthfeel - On that note, this has a very thin body with too little carbonation.

Drinkability - I'm thinking I got a bad bottle, because this is reminding me nothing of the rest of the reviews. I will need to try another bottle of this to make sure, but its not a keeper based on this one bottle.

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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 Doppelbockulus
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown red, only a film of head.

Smells amazingly of caramelized sugar and some raisins.

Taste has almost no sweetness, more of a dark bread taste with a bit of malt bitterness.

Feels like liquid bread crust, not crunchy or rough, just firm and a medium to low dryness. Light carbonation.

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Photo of shippos
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gotta stop going for the green bottles sitting on the shelf, next time crack open an unopened case.

slightly tannish head with a deep garnet dark brownish color. skunky aroma...that's it nothing else is decernable. smooth balanced with a slight bit of malty (munich?) background, no hop character at all but I wouldn't want one either. nicely balanced and very easy to drink. this would be excellent on tap.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours not quite as dark as I expected into my tall lager glass. A beige head rises, but falls back pretty quickly.

Smell is lightly toasty grain with some sweet carmel notes.

Taste is a nice blend of toasted malt, sweet carmel, a touch of dark raisiny fruit, and just a suggestion of hops. Everything is subdued... nothing over-the-top... nicely balanced.

Very smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation. This goes down very easily!

Very drinkable!

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Photo of selecter70
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know some folks have dismissed this beer & schwarzbiers in general, but I love'm! Einbecker is no exception. I picked up a six-pack with a couple porters & had a fine and tasty night (the pork chop dinner certainly helped!). The 11.2 oz bottle poured an amber-honey color at first with a nice beige head and lotsa lacy-ness. A smoky honey and malt aroma and taste with a mild, silky feel to it. Give me more!

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with reddish hints. Not black! Good head atop.
S: Caramel fruitiness.
T: Prunish fruit. Smoke in back. ~sour. ~caramel and toasty.
M: Moderate body. Medium carb. Kinda silky mouthfeel.
O: A pleasant, fruity Schwartzbier, with interersting smoky overtones

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Photo of plato
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of IPAaron
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of Hhawk06
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured with a tannish, somewhat creamy head and a very deep auburn, but not quite opaque, body. The nose is chocolatey roast malt. A full figured mouthfeel, amazingly quite smooth. The chocolate malt is prevalent and I am surprised at how subdued the roasted aspect is. A little underwhelming actually. The finish is somewhat creamy with some bitterness that accompanies a fading chocolate note. Its ok, not outstanding. Frankly I was expecting a little more smokiness or at least roastiness.

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Photo of fattyre
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a moderately large rocky tan head. The smell is of sweet roasted malt. The taste/mouthfeel was moderate to thin with a sharp effervescence and little of the maltiness that was promised by the aroma and very little aftertaste. I thought I had a great beer from the aroma but was sadly dissapointed at the flavor. What was there wasn't bad but there just wasn't enough of it.

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Photo of association330
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. European-style green bottle with a label featuring a traditional or "royal" look.

A - Pours dark brown with a pinky of light tan head that reduces to a thin cap with a thick ring of bubbly foam. Some spots of lacing, but nothing really outstanding.

S - Roasted black malts which are nice and coffee-like, but not burnt. Perhaps a bit of dark chocolate and brown sugar as well. A light sweetness is obvious, but hardly dominant or overpowering, which is good for the style. There's a bit of lager funk in the malt aroma.

T - Moderate roasted malt characteristics, with a light sweetness. There's some coffee and brown sugar, but everything is really quite mellow. Very little hops, though just a touch is enough to balance.

M - Body is on the lighter side. Carbonation starts out moderately crisp and softens rapidly as the beer warms.

D - I think it's a little too subdued to be called a schwarzbier, though it is easily drinkable.

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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 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 livingregret
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 11.2fl oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a Extremely dark brown(almost black), sadly w/ no head though.

Smell: Plenty of malt, and some rich caramel

Taste/mouthfeel: Sharp hoppy bite at the beginning that slowly fades leaving a earthy and caramel taste that dances lightly on the tongue. The beer has a slight chocolate taste to it and the caramel becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Slight carbonation and the beer goes down smooth leaving a slight warm feeling in the top of your mouth

Drinkability: Very enjoyable although not the best Schwarzbier I've had

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Photo of Boppar
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

It pours a deep translucent brown, with distinct red hues. One finger of rapidly vanishing head. Almost no lacing.

It smells like sweet malts, and possibly green raisins.

The taste is primarily malty sweetness, although it is balanced by bittering hops. The finish consists of a woody flavor and something else that is disturbingly similar to BO.

Mouthfeel is very thin, but it seems in keeping with the style.

Drinkability is probably about average. I didn't really want to finish mine, but I did. I imagine that fans of the style may be more inclined to enjoy it. Personally, I thought it tasted like a more expensive version of Negro Modelo, but that might just be me.

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Photo of Liquids
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good from the pour, a brown with ruby hues, a thick peachy brown colored head that sits nicely in an oversized pilsner glass. Smells is german, slight alocohol, sweet malts, and that mild earthy hop aroma. Nothing special. And for the taste, again, nothing staggering, mostly pale, with a little sweet malts (by the color I'd have guess differently than I'm percieving in taste), bit darker in the finish, but mostly hi-fi and watery. Bland, and rather bright for a "dark" beer. The aftertaste lingers with the dry unsweetened cocoa note and sime residual hop spice. This saves it from being swill. Motuhfeel is medium and the carbonation is just fine. I wouldnt borther drinking this again. I was searching for an imported schwarz to get better aligned with the style without knowing what to pick and grabbed this one because it was there, but it seems this may not have been the best pick. For now, taste-wise I prefer SA Dark Lager.

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Photo of doerickson
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown coloring with a reddish hue. Fruity aromas of grape/date with some maltiness to boot. Taste is dominated by tangy/fruity notes--apple and appleskin come to mind. A little bit of malty sweetness comes into play as the beer warms, but it remains a tart sort of brew all the way through. Solid but unspectacular.

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