Winter-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TommyW on 01-02-2009

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Ratings: 159 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -39.2%
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.


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3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -0.8%
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 +1.6%
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 RochefortChris
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +12.4%
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 Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Cafe Berlin in D.C.

Fresh and delicious.

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Photo of TheGent
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerucee
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the heavier bocks!

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeverSettle
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BlackVeg
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ajm5108
2.97/5  rDev -21.4%
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 Skellbop
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mncoinman
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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 +5.3%
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 +4%
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 -21.4%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Winter-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 159 ratings