Einbecker Schwarzbier | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker SchwarzbierEinbecker Schwarzbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Germany | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 03-31-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
253
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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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 Sigmund
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Named Einbecker Dunkel in Europe - allegedly the same beer (the Schwarzbier label is supposed to look trendier in the US). And it's definitely a Dunkel, not a Schwarzbier! Reddish brown colour, bread yeast and just a hint of coffee in the aroma. Flavour leaves you with the impression of drinking this beer in a bakery (this is not necessarily an insult to the beer - it's probably an OK accompaniment with a few sandwiches or even Danish pastry). Drier than I expected. Not as good as the Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel (and not nearly as good as Aass Bock, which I enjoyed 1 hour earlier) - a bit watery, but still a drinkable dunkel that won't offend anyone.

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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 oberon
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours more of deep red than black with a one finger head that settled into a thin layer coating the top of the beer,nice subtle complexities in the aroma I got some buttery notes as some caramel and even a touch of iron.Taste has almost a spiced coffee cake flavor to it some baking spice and brown sugar are big with some coffee thrown in.A nice brew here not overly complex but there some nice flavors in there,interesting.

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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 JohnnyDuvel
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't have real high aspirations for this beer, as I have been unimpressed by the style in the past. Maybe it's because I had this after a couple of pilsners, but I really enjoyed it (particularly the taste). This is to Celebrator what Blanche de Chambly is to La Fin Du Monde. Nice, chocolate malt flavor, smooth and tasty. Somewhat thin and watery, and ultimately inconsequential. Nonetheless, a nice beer. I liked their pils quite a bit, also.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 ark57
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan head that lasts. It has a malty licorice aroma. The body is light, but it is very flavorful. There is some chocolate and raisin notes with a slight spice. It finishes crisp and dry with some delicate noble hops. A good starting point for those shy about dark beers because it is so light in body.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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

Poured from a green bottle (sigh) looking dark brown, clear, and with head retention. The aroma is roasted and malty with a touch of sulfur. The flavor starts with dark roasted malts, not burnt, but there's a slight coffee note in the aftertaste. There's a little bit of grassy hops there as well, but it's a bit bland overall. The mouthfeel is medium and just a touch on the heavy side, well-balanced with high carbonation. Overall, there's a nice balance of hops and malt, a little sweet, btu good.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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

Gift from Huhzubendah. Thanks, I'll get you back.

Beer poured into a becher glass. Beer is dark brown and clear with a half finger head of small and medium brown bubbles, minimal lacing. Carbonation moderate.

Aroma is slightly sweet with a worrisome sulfurness to it. The pilsner comes through but none of the darker malts, smells OK.

Yum. This is a pretty good beer. It finishes moderately dry, its light in body and has minimal carbonation on the palate. The dry finish reveals a slight bitterness from grains and the forward is all plisen sweetness. Its appropriately restrained and not overbearing, really drinkable. I like Einbecker.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with hints of reddish brown at the edges with a huge 3 finger foamy head with good retention and sticky lacing. Smells of nice dark roasted malts and some molasses. Taste is predominantly of dark roasted malts with some molasses and what seemed like a hint of dark chocolate at the finish. Good mouthfeel, nice light body, seems to fit well with the style. Good drinkability, very enjoyable.

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

deep mahogany brew with some suds above. ok

nice lagermalt scents with some breadcrust

almost crisp-bodied with sensible nutty malt flavor. plenty of hops all around, though. you'd think a black beer would be less hop forward, but they're very significant. spicy flavor from them, with a spicy and floral aroma. more bready in the flavoring. bitterness is mild though not entirely absent. just...mild. it could probably stand augmentation, but hardly necessary

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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 Tone
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep amber color. Good 1 inch head of an slightly off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells strongly of malts and slightly of lager. Seems to fit the style. Average carbonation, crisp, and slightly chewy. The bitterness of the hops is present on the tongue, but not strongly in flavor. Mostly a good malt flavor along with some lager background. Slightly sweet, but that lessens the more you drink. Overall, a good bodied beer with an easy drinkability - worth a try.

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Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt, served in a half-liter stein.

Ruby hued, not the expected opaque black appearance, but it looks good all the same.

Scents of toasted malt and raisin hit the nose first, followed by a hint of sulfurous lager yeast and mineral. Pretty mild and pleasant.

Tastes like slightly over-toasted bread. There's a mild grainy bitterness, a touch of sweetness and raisin. The body is appropriately light, but not as thin as something like Kostritzer. Finishes with a mild bitter bite. Enjoyable stuff, not particularly outstanding, but good.

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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 matty
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Gueuzedude
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a very dark, almost brown, but really mostly a concentrated amber color. It is not really black, but it is dark enough, and close enough to black that it is opaque unless it is held up to the light. When held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear dark ruby color. The head is a lightly brown, tan color and is initially two fingers thick. The aroma is sweet up front with almost a berry note to it. As I delve deeper into the aromatics, I get notes of rich, layered, concentrated malt; notes of toffee and a rich meaty malt character. The meaty maltiness might actually be a product of a touch of oxidation, but if it is, it is a good thing so far.

The taste is only lightly sweet, with a smooth roast character to it. The beer rests lightly on the palate for the most part, there is a touch of lingering heft to it and the body itself has a medium fullness to it. Malt is definitely the focus in this beer, there is almost a nutty character to this brew (similar to what is found in some brown ales), and the finish has a light coffee like roast character to it. This beer has the malt character I would associate with a Dunkel beer. Despite this, the beer is quite tasty.

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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 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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Einbecker Schwarzbier from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
84 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.
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