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
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
258
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This beer poured a very dark brown (almost black) but clear with hints of red if held to the light. The foam was creamy and tan, and it clung to the glass and left some lace. The smell was modest but cocoa, caramel, and malt could be discerned. The taste was cocoa, mild chocolate, and caramel malt with very low hop presence. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a slightly bitter, crisp finish. The body was medium with moderate carbonation feel. The drinkability was very good. This beer was easy to drink.

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Photo of Todd
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz custom green bottle. Best before on the back label.

Appearance: Deep, woody brown in colour. Pours a massive creamy/foamy tan head with loads of stick and retention.

Smell: Malty, milky and caramel nose.

Taste: Light-bodied, crisp and refreshing. Hops hit the palate from the start with a sharp bite that segues into a complementary earthy roasted malt astringency. Faint raisin/grape. Metallic flavours fill the mouth, in tune with the overall sharpness of the beer and a tight, fizzy carbonation feel. Touch of chocolatey sweetness in the background, becoming more pronounced, rich and caramel-like as the beer warms -- "malty". Toasted flavours form and helps to finish things off, along with a dry-ish bready flavour.

Notes: An outstanding Schwarzbier/Dunkel. Balanced, tasty and an absolute treat for the taste buds. I highly recommend seeking this beer out.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle, pours a clear, mahogany red body, with a minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is toffee and a hint of noble hops. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and has light to medium carbonation. A mild hops bite is felt on the tongue.
Taste is caramel malt, roasted grain, and a hint of herbal hops. This one seems to become thinner in body, as it warms. Slight, hops bitterness at the finish evens out the sweet malt profile enough to earn nice marks for 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 yemenmocha
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, can see through, with thin white head.

Nose is bready/dough like with some malt. Cold metal in the aroma too.

Palate is a timid caramel flavor with not much roasted malt. Thin bodied, watery, easy to drink but lacking in flavour.

Very disappointed.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby brown color thats well carbo'd. Not a very good foam head, in fact, quite weak.
sweet malt aroma caramel.
Sweet butter malt slightly our caramel or toffee malt flavor. A good bodied beer with a dry finish. Not much in way of hops here.
Nothing special here just a nice beer, smooth and soft.
Would be a good session beer.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up this week as a change of pace and a gamble on something new and different. I don't drink this style of beer much, but I figured it would be a change from the heavier stouts and porters that I tend to move towards this time of the year. This wasn't a bad beer but there's something missing to this...maybe some more notes or a bit more depth. It's not that it's bad, but like a lot of reviewers on here, I think I was expecting a bit more.

This had a decent pour to it - a nice head, a deep nut brown hue, and very little lacing to boot. The smell is similar to a bock and the taste wasn't that far away from it - not a lot of roasting here, but it has caramel, soda, and some malt in the front. The back is where the hops gently come into play, but because this beer is so thin, the aftertaste of licorice and nuts is too brief to really be savored. There's also not a lot of carbonation in this too, which is probably why I have "bock" on my mind again as I take another sip...

This is a fine session beer, with the ABV% being at 4.90%. I could down a few of these at one sitting, but seeing how plain-jane this is, I doubt that's gonna happen anytime soon. A good bock or dopplebock would be a better warm weather choice than this, and if ya want a dark beer, just go all out and get a Rogue or Stone bomber. This is worth a shot once, if for no other reason to say that you've had a German Schwarzbier.

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Photo of ADR
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour with some reddish light transmission. Nice head of 1/2 an inch of rising foam and with excellent lacing properties. Smell of light nutiness, malty sweetness and just a touch of grape. The mouthfeel is shy of medium but with a sharpness lent by fresh and grassy hoppiness that reminds me of its Mai bock cousin, and a beer I've had a soft spot for. Biscuity and honeyish malts compete early, but the attenuation is very nice and the beer dries to a satisfying finish. Well-balanced and more interesting than some other Schwarzbiers, slightly skeletal in body but with an added complexity.

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Photo of Crosling
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish tree bark and is topped with a big and dense white head that laces well and lasts a while. Interesting color.

Nice nose! Sweet roasted malts and loads of caramel.

Lightly carbonated but still has a pretty warm and creamy mouthfeel. Sweet roasted grains, caramel with a hint of some dark fruits and chocolate/cocoa.

Nice beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark(er) brown with a tan fizzy head that dissipated quickly. A bit of a ring for retention; no lace.

Moderate sweet caramel and light chocolate notes mixed in with some malt. Pleasant.

Big letdown here. Flavors are just way to subdued. Some chocolate, light caramel and toasted maltiness, light bitter edge, almost metallic. Flavors are pleasant enough, but miss an intensity that I've seen in others of the style. Nothing wrong with it, just looking for more.

On the lighter side, but this is fine. Enough body and carbonation to keep this one pleasant.

Overall, a number of things in this one check and balance drinkability. Lighter body makes this one go down easy. Lighter flavors make it a quicker drink, but not necessarily a better one. And I was lucky enough to find an orphan bottle (a single outside of the six -- they sell singles at this store, but I won't break the cardboard encapsulated style apart to get one -- just not cool in my opinion -- but luckily someone else did). But a $15.99 a six-pack, I doubt I'd be reaching for 2-3 of these anytime soon. Better reps of the style out there. This is not horrible, but just ok. Still worth a try.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown bordering on black, with a big tan head. Good chunky lacing. The aroma is very understated, with some cream and caramel.

Light raisiny flavor, with a good hop kick upfront. Mildly sweet with some lactic overtones, plenty of malt. Light toast, no roasted bitterness, but a little metallic. Biscuity finish.

Good schwarzbier, it's dark and drinkably mild.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Einbecker's Schwarzbier and Mai-Ur-Bock are two of my favorite go-to German beers.

A – Lighter in color than many Schwarzbiers, more of a translucent mahogany than a Schwarz. Very little foam.

S – Very clean German malt, with a smell of brown rice syrup, perhaps.

T – Once it hits my taste buds I can’t stop drinking it. I gulp 2 oz at a time, it’s so delicious. The best tasting of the Schwarzbiers I’ve had.

M – Thin and lightly carbonated, but it complements the taste. This beer must be served cold.

D – The ultimate in chug-ability.

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

Looks almost black in low light, but some maroon coloring is seen when held to light. Creamy tan head, abot 1/2" then fades slowly to a 1/4". Smell is light grassy malt and some roasted malt, slightly buttery. Taste is dominated by grassy malts, some burnt flavors, about what you'd expect from the style. Decent hops finish lingers with the burnt tones. Well carbonated mouthfeel. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Dark, redish-brown color. Not much of a head.

Smell: I don't know, but when drinking, I wasn't a big fan of the aroma. nutty smell very similar to the Mai-Ur-Bock.

Taste: Berryish kind of taste. Hint of nut. Solid, but hardly spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Not much going on.

Drinkability: Good, mildly rough.

I love Einbeckers, but this was my least favorite. Not bad by any means. Hardly spectacular.

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Photo of clvand0
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark amber color with very small head and a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity - very pleasant. Alcohol is also slightly apparent in the nose. Malt is very apparent in the flavor. It is very smooth and the mouthfeel is very good. The fruit taste is pretty strong in the taste, making it very pleasant on the tongue. Great beer.

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Photo of Jayli
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at Track 84 in Warwick RI 11/7/09

A: This beer pours a deep copper/amber color with a 1/4 of off white head to it. Head recedes to a film and leaves minimal spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of sweet caramel malts, touch of grain and grassiness, and a hint of raosted malts.

T: Taste starts with sweet caramel malts up front, blends to some roasted malts, pale malts, and a hint of grain, finish has a bit of a grassy bite to it.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body and a clean finish.

D: This is a an average representation of the style and goes down easily.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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;

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Photo of daliandragon
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today at the distributor purely out of curiosity. I don't know much about schwarzbier but it sounds decent, and it is German after all.
Pours a bit ugly, headless and covered in carbonation bubbles. Nose is a bit strange too, with caramel and dark, bitter malt making the most noise. Certainly original but a bit sweet and strange at the moment.
Dark malt is the first batter and the flavor is bready and full of malt with a coffee note at the end and a fairly clean finish. Mouthfeel is thin and feels lacking, although I can only assume this is a proper attempt atr the style.
This is definitely not my cup of tea, but it is interesting and fairly tasty, although its shortcomings in appearance and smell hurt the drinkability a bit. An intriquing selection..I won't look for this beer again, but I would give the brewer another shot because this example shows some craft brewing chops.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Giant fluffy 3" head. Deep brown, good carbonation, thick and bubbly.

Smells of nutty malt, slight hop.

Taste: Like a good bavarian dark bier. Chocolate, vanilla, nutty and slight hop.

Feels very substantial, active and healthy.

A really good Schwarzbier IMO.

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

11.2 oz green bottle.

Pop the top, it is only mildly skunky, but curse to the store who mishandled it.

Pours a nice ruby/brown with a foam off white head that dissipates decently quickly.

Smell is caramally and malty.

Taste is light, caramally, slightly bitter with a kiss of hops and overall just insanely drinkable.

Like all Schwartzbiers and Dunkels, it is at the height of beer drinkability but I would take a Koestritzer over this.

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Photo of Drew966
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Einbecker Schwarzbier pours a dark brown that on closer inspection appears to be a dark ruby red with an off white head from a green 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is malty. The flavor is dark malty goodness. There's nothing flashy about this beer, but it's a solid easy drinking lager. Sessionable.

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Photo of budgood1
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a clear and dark garnet colour with deep ruby hues. very pretty! a light tan head appears and slowly dissipates to a thin fine lace. lovely dark fruit and candy malt aroma with the typical german hop notes wafting about. a quite reserved but tasty dark malt flavour hits the tastebuds...light choco and caramel...sweet dark fruits peek through...all rounded out by some noble hops in the end. a somewhat skimpy, but silky smooth mouthfeel lets it slide right down my throat. a hint of crispness in the finish and you're left wanting to take another sip quite quickly. damn easy drinking and rather tasty to boot. a fine german brew.

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Photo of bum732
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Pilsner malt, slight chocolate, some bready maltiness, earthy, very faint cappucino.

L: Dark amber brown, not much head, 1/8 inch creamy head, good lacing.

T: Clean semi-sweet malt, some dark bread maltiness on the back of the tongue. Touch of chocolate in the finish. Fairly high bitterness, some earthy hop flavors in the bitterness.

M: Medium thin body, fairly high carbonation.

Pretty meh beer, i found most the flavors pretty lacking and the mouthfeel was pretty bad. Too bad.

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Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
3.74 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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