Winter-Bock
Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #98
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,864
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 12.01%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
169
From:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG
 
Germany
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  5
Gots
  20
SCORE
86
Very Good
Winter-BockWinter-Bock
Notes: When it's cool outside, it's time for the dark Einbecker Winter-Bock inside. Selected malts, the finest hops and a special beer yeast provide a true winter treat. With 18.2%, Einbecker Winter-Bock has the highest original wort of all Einbecker beers.
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Photo of Colenso
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Golden red, a slight haze, fine carbonation and minimal lacing on the glass.
S: Malty, bready, notes of fruit/raisin and a whiff of barnyard as it warmed in the glass.
T: A little sweetness, but balanced. Raisin and malt with a little bitterness from the hops in the finish.
M: Mouthfeel is very smooth on the palette, good for the style.
O: An easy-to-drink Doppelbock with good malt flavors. Representative of the style.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, very interesting shaped. Purchased from Lifesource in Salem OR.
$2.79
Dark amber coloured beer with a lovely smooth creamy white head.
Aromas of raisins, figs, walnuts and toast.
Taste similar to the aroma...creamy consistency. Dark plums..rum soaked raisins..delicious.
.Excellent smooth , thick and luscious mouth feel.
My kind of doppelbock.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No canning date shown

Pours a brilliant clear amber-mahogany body capped with two fingers of tight, creamy tan head; decent retention leaves a spotty, paper-thin cap, creamy collar, and limited smattering of moderate webby lacing.

Aroma opens with a distinctly crisp märzen-style breadiness, followed with a healthy influx of sweetness via notes of brown sugar; the middle holds deepening tones of fig, mild malty roast, and red grape before rounding into prominent raisin on the close.

Taste shows a hit of brown sugar upfront evened slightly by crusty brown bread; black cherry contributes to an expanding dark fruit tone over the mid-palate as pumpernickel bread and a roasty backdrop define the finish; a relatively brief yet punchy herbal hop swallow lingers.

Mouthfeel features a medium-light body elevated appropriately with a moderate-high carbonation; progressively silky smooth and peaking with a wisp of creaminess along the mid-palate before a light spritzy grit, evened with a level booziness, takes hold; quickly amplified hop bittering attacks the back end with some depth on the palate into the close.

A steady, easygoing doppelbock rarely expanding beyond an imposed equilibrium, decidedly safe yet unabashedly consistent; classic in its simplicity and smooth in its execution, this doesn't wow, though it doesn't disappoint either.

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Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I do love a good Doppelbock
Pours an off-white foamy fluffy 1 finger head with good retention, sticky lacing, mostly clear ruby auburn color

Nose has a little skunky aroma thanks to the terrible choice of a green bottle, under that is sweet candy malt, toffee, biscuity, little dark fruit raisin fig like, hint of alcohol, brown sugar, prune

Taste brings more of the fruit up front, prune and brown sugar raisin like, dates, etc, into toffee and biscuity malts, brown sugar, fair sweetness in general. A bit of the skunky flavor is there but I left it for a few min and it seems to have gone away a bit, fair bitterness with earthy spicy hops, good balance of sweetness and maltiness, almost like a bigger alt-bier, with mild alcohol flavor and warmth, a good winter beer, finish is a bit sticky but not too much, with more spicy hops lingering

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, med fizzy carb, a little warming alcohol

Overall this would be a nice winter sipping beer if not for the skunky character... why use green bottles, seriously! Just use brown, it's not that hard.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap:
A dark ruby brown, the top of the glass is a thin crescent moon of seemingly rusty beige. Fairly clean opening backed by a malty sweet heft in the middle, medium leaning heavier with a stickiness lingering.

Nose of near burnt toast with berry jam on it. Some dark cherry as well - and warmth morphs it towards a bit of a fruit dessert bread. Taste starts with the well-toasted bread and jam. Mineral and oxidation combine to form a distinction from the malt. Little bit of a cordial note coming out with a sweet lean in the end, one that grew sweeter as it warmed.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes. 11.2 fl oz green glass bottle with a pry-off crown cap.

7.5% ABV. Doppelbock.

Way too bready and sweet, and it's heavy and thick on the palate to boot. True to the "liquid" bread reputation of the style, but does it really have to be this sweet?

Big bold caramalts, Vienna malt, Munich malt, and 2-row.

No hop bitterness whatsoever.

Poorly attenuated.

It'll be a chore to finish the bottle and I have no desire to ever try this again.

Low D+ / NOT RECOMMENDED

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle with an undecipherable code number on the back label.
1" off white head retains fully as a solid cap. Orange/amber bock with good clarity. No lace.
Sweet malt. Toffee. Metallic nose (?). Brown sugar.
Rich sweet malt. Dark brown bread. Metallic aroma is NOT present in the flavor. Big. Big malt/wort.
Full bodied, big mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Some lingering heat. Long, semi-sweet finish. Not bad sweet but some residual.
Good, thrown off initially by the aroma, but fades as it warms in the glass. Winter warmer for sure.

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Photo of SpongeHop
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Deep deep red, clear, with white lacing that vanishes quite fast. Very pretty, actually, very christmassy and festive.
S & T - Malty. But in a very light, and sweet way. Not very bready, more like a honey-ish sweetness. After the initial hit of honey you get some rum-like booziness, then some pleasant bitters. Aftertaste is literally bittersweet. Not super complicated, and the flavors that you do get are quite simple and (dare I say it) boring in any other beer, but the way they flow into one another like a rollercoaster of flavor does earn it a passing grade in my book.
F - fairly light, quite modest carbonation, but surprisingly alcoholic

O - I don't think I'd drink this again. Not that it was a bad beer, but because I'm not that much of a sweet-tooth. It was quite decent otherwise. Surprisingly drinkable, sweet but with some pleasant bitters at the end, and quite beautiful and festive to look at too to the point where I'd almost say: buy it as a christmas table ornament! Honestly, though, I do imagine it fitting quite well on the christmas table in that regard: you wouldn't want something overly complicated to overpower or get overshadowed by the food, but you do want the beer to be somewhat special. So yeah, look no further, here you go!

I'd recommend it if you were into a more sweeter beer.

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Photo of puck1225
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

Cloudy brown color with a good initial head and nice lacing. A bread t sweet smell and taste. Maybe just a hint of skunk (green bottle). Taste is pleasantly sweet and malty with some nice toasted malt flavor at the end. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Dewsby
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L) Pours a translucent, dark amber, with a creamy off-white head. Decent retention, some lacing.

S) The nose is full of grain, pumpernickel bread, light caramels, and toast. There is an ever so slight floral nature to it, but it is definitely a malt based profile.

T) The taste is a lovely malt forward profile. It is bready (and I do specifically taste pumpernickel!) with a bit of toffee and caramel, but nothing too sweet or dark. Fairly well rounded. The sweetness does linger though.

F) The beer has a medium-high carbonation and a fairly light mouthfeel for the style. It is refreshing, but I would prefer a creamier mouthfeel.

O) This is a solid brew. I paired it with some discount buffalo wings, but this review was before wrecking my palate. Not bad, would drink again if offered.

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Photo of HermannTheGerman
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a surprise! Not at all one of those greasy, bready German Bocks. Very refreshing. Boldly malty with a nice hoppy nose and aftertaste. I’ll have it whenever I get it.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Classic amber hue, moderate head. Aroma features some clean German malt with light undertones of raisin, burnt sugar & phenol. Wish some of those aromas were more expressive. Flavor follows suit - lots of pale malt with some faintly adjunct notes with distant undertones of caramel malt, lager yeast & a bit of fusel alchohol. Borders on being bland, but has enough going on to keep it drinkble. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery but otherwise fine.

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Photo of mncoinman
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Initial aroma indicates lager malts, but not big on bock style malts (munich). Pours a dark golden color with a noticeable head that has some staying power. Good carbonation. Reasonable bite. Taste approximate the aroma. Good lager impact, pretty minor bock influence. Not a bad beer at all. But would drink this when looking primarily for a rich, malty lager.

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Photo of TH28
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. No apparent code date. Appearance: Deep brown with ruby red undertones, slightly hazy, and a moderate off white foam head. Aroma: Bready, toasty, dark fruit malt notes of raisin and dates. A touch of skunky sulphur from the green bottle. Taste: Rich malt sweetness and intense melanoidins of bread crust, toast, raisins, and dates. A touch of spiciness on the tongue. Just enough bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and touch of alcohol warmth. Finish: very malt forward on the finish, like a raisin jame on toast. Overall: A true German take on the style with rich melanoidins that dominate the flavor. Just enough bitterness to balance the right bread crusts and dark fruit body. Might be a little thin and the bottle adds some skunkiness, but otherwise a very good dooplebock

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pretty, clear amber with suitable suds.
My nose detects mostly bread... but their is some dried dark fruit in there. Let's call them.... currants.
Taste is much the same, but a very rich maltiness; yet, not sweet nor noticeably balanced by hops. An achievement to me.
The mouth is soft, lightly carbonated; but possibly thin, given the quality of the rest of the brew.
Possibly in at the top of the top 5 that I've Had in this style. So of course, I hope to have it again.
Hard to get in the Midwest as this was bought at the Total Wine in Naples Florida.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Low head retention gave it a flat taste. I tried two of them and got the same thing from both bottles. also it was wicked expensive. not a bad beer but a terrible deal. for the money next time i will but two sixes of Optimator.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; reddish amber in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: muted; sweet malt; floral; a little spice;

T: toast and sweet malt up front; dark fruit from the middle through the finish; very little bitterness at the end;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; smooth;

O: easy drinking for 7.5 ABV;

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark brown, very lively, a good head and good lacing around the glass.
Taste: Sweet, brown sugar, molasses, all there. Malty. Little hoppiness.
Feel: medium body, great after taste.

A good brew, not up there compared to the greatest like Ayinger, but a good one nevertheless.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured very nicely into an Ayinger Celebrator--a pretty mahogany, a little more on the red side. Head forms almost perfectly to the .3 l pour line, topping off the glass with a creamy, off-white head.

S + T: This surprised me, and not in the way I had hoped. The toasted malts are certainly there, and I detect a fruitiness not often found in a doppelbock--more like apple rather than the dark fruits that are typically noted in the style. This is reflected in the taste, as well--alcohol flavor is present, though not as peppery as it can be.

F + O: Medium bodied, though perhaps lighter than expected. Carbonation is a touch sharp, especially on the tip of the tongue upon first sip. Quite slick and finishes clean with a follow-up of warmth. This is not a terrible beer, though I'd have liked a little more complexity or scent/flavor profile. It looks wonderful--and perhaps that hypes it up a little too much.

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Photo of Myotus
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 45°F from a 11.2oz bottle (no date) into a Pilsner glass. Consumed on 10Dec16.
SMELL: Strong waves of toast, raisins, and figs are supported by mild caramel, black cherry, plum, and sweet bread aromas along with subtle scents of spicy hops, grass, and hints of earthy hops and tree nuts.
TASTE: The display commences with strong flavors of raisins, figs, and toast. Mild flavors of caramel, plums, and black cherries trail with subtle flavors of bitter hops. The balance remains in tact as subtle sweet bread and grass flavors follow while the black cherry and bitter hop flavors are slightly increased. Subtle flavors of spicy hops, earthy hops, and hints of tree nuts flow in lastly while the fruitiness from the raisin and fig decrease to mild, but the bitter hop and grass flavors grow stronger.
NOTE: What smelt like a solid Doppelbock resulted in an average beer of the style. The sweetness was great at first, but did not maintain throughout the duration of the flavor perception. This was also too grassy and bitter for my liking. This was not horrible, but I would not try again unless it was offered to me.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours dark brown with a finger of tan brown head. It lingers then forms a coating that lasts to the end.

S: Roasted nuts, toffee.

T: Follows the nose but does not have too much sweetness.

F: Full bodied, moderately carbonated.

O: This was easy to drink. Really enjoyed this and I'm a hop head.

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Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong dried fruit aroma, with some coffee/dark chocolate bitterness in the flavor. Dark nut brown with thick foamy head. Not bad, but smoother dopplebocks are available, like Paulaner Salvator.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a 1 pint glass. Rich amber color with a 2-finger off-white head. Liked this one from the first tip of the glass. Bought this in a 6-beer sampler. Wouldn't mind a 6-pack. Smooth mouth feel, decent carbonation and finishes with a nice after taste.

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Photo of Spikester
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with one finger of off white head. Some spots of lace. Head leaves rather quickly.
Smell is mild toasted malt.
Taste is molasses roasted malt with maybe a trace of dark fruit. Light bitterness to offset the big malt bill.
Mouthfeel is medium with just enough carbonation. The finish is medium dry with a bit of sweetness.
Overall a decent winter warmer. A little boozy also. I think this beer is fairly old and the label code is a mystery to me. Not a bad beer by any means but judging by the lack of head and hop flavor it must be old. I will try this again sometime when I can decipher the date code.

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Photo of gopens44
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For starters, we have one of the most picturesque heads I've ever seen. Thick, luxurious off white head that creeps down to a thin layer supported by committed lacing. Body is crystal clear deep ruby orange, if that's a color.

Nose carries massive caramel and a touch of biscuit.

Taste follows suit to a tee. Fat, sweet caramel that's backed up by the same thick, doughy biscuit.

Finished a bit slick, fairly dry but throughout it's scarily drinkable with its deceivingly thin body.

Always curious why German beer doesn't get more run here. Phenomenal as expected.

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Winter-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 169 ratings