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Einbecker Winter-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Winter-BockEinbecker Winter-Bock

Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by TommyW on 01-02-2009

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 127
Reviews by czfreeman:
Photo of czfreeman
2.6/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed on an appropriatley cold winter night in Germany. This was on sale at a local beer store, 80 cents! .33cl bottle. But cheap price aside, after living a year in Bavaria 8 miles from Andechs, having a Mas of Schneider Aventinus whenever I felt like, it turns you into a bit of a snob(BA:))
Poured into a small seidel flute, Einbecker produces one of the lighest colored doppelbock's I have ever seen, It is approximatley the color of an Irish red, or a Amber ale. Light head, dissapears very quickly. Pretty dissapointing on apperance.
Onto aromatics, malt, tobacco, rum, a hint of smoke, pepper, alcohol heat, cherry, candied brown sugar, caramel, a bit heavy on the sweet side.
First sip follows suit, heavy on sugared cherry,candied sugar, caramel, a heavy hand of malt, overall too sweet for me, wheras Andechs has the body, the weight, the burn to balance things out, this simply is too one note and overly sweet for my taste.
Drinkabilty is severly limited by the sugariness for me. I look for something other than the sugary sweet maltiness, but can't find it. It dosen't work for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant garnet with a sticky half finger rocky khaki colored head atop,a nice looking beer.Some cookie dough and caramel in the nose with a tinge of metallic.Not a big rick flavored doppelbock but there is some caramel and rum-like sweetness,some dark fruit and faint drying in the finish,as others have noted it has some mild nuttiness.Not bad,it's a little sweet but doesn't seem as big as it is.

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Photo of ricke
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish amber with a rather big beige head that settles quickly but leaves some lacings.

S: Quite nice. Lots of caramel and malts. Notes of strawberry jam, vanilla and leafy hops.

T: Sweet malts and caramel up front. Again, I get a note of strawberry jam. Some other light sweet fruity notes. Some peppery and grassy hop notes. The finish is quite long with a mild lingering sweetness overpowered by a bitterness that misses the mark quite a bit, a hint of hops and sweet and warming alcohol.

M: Medium body with a sticky mouthfeel combined with slightly too gentle carbonation. It gets a bit heavy after a while.

D: A decent beer. The flavors in the mouth are good but the finish is off and unbalanced. The taste of alcohol, although not overly powerful, gets to much after a while. I don't think the different flavors (mostly sweetness and warm alcohol with spicy hop notes) go that well together in this one.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Such a wonderful beer for the price. only bought singles but maybe this could age a year or two. While winter increases its grip, so the heavy lagers mitigate. A tad tarter and a tad more assertive, this is a bock for almost all occasions. Tons of flavor with all the drinkability you'd want, the Winter-Bock is a really good beer.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant ruby in the body with a nice quickly dwindling white pearl colored head forming. Fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Interesting bottle green stubby with a red foil label, aromatics offer up ripened fruit notes. Clean bright malt character shines for from this Christmas doppelbock, pours a bit thin compared to the average German strong lager. Flavor is caramelized sugars glazed upon ripened dark fruits a hint of banana with ice cream and caramel sauce. Finishing the sweetness a touch of toasted bread balances out the sweetness with a faint hint of herbal hops. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied easy to drink especially for a doppelbock, typically a heavy liquid bread kind of beer with layers of texture/flavor. Overall a pretty weak offering, this brewry is interesting I've never seen this beer since this year showing up at the Market District in Robinson this one showed up during the Christmas beer season at my local in Ohio.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2014 33ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

The clear body has a nice red-brown color but this is topped by a weak bubbly head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: simple but appealing with strong hints of brown sugar and dark fruits.

Flavor: a bit more complex adding, for instance, a hint of roasted nuts; lightly sweet with some mild bitterness added in the aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-light carbonation; medium body; slightly astringent.

O: good example of the style.

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Photo of Keegan
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of linnet
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish colour, liquid is clear, small off-white head. Smell is sweet, jam honey dark fruit and alcohol. Flavour is rich alcohol, malt, jam, honey and a lingering presence of hops at the end. Mouthfeel is lively, crisp with small bubbles. A very good doppelbock I like it.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
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 nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle via trade from bierkoning on ratebeer - thanks, Edo! Drank this while brewing my first lager, and paired it with some pork chops.

Pours a clear reddish-brown color with a medium-sized light beige head.

Aroma is malty with caramel, spices, and fruity esters.

Flavor is malty and sweet with caramel malt, brown sugar, candied dried fruits, and some spiced notes. Paired well with the pork chops.

Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, and not at all boozy. The 7.5% was more than I would have guessed.

Drinkability is high. A nice beer overall, enjoyable.

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Photo of BKotch
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Acforster2
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not sure of the age on this thing. Came in a variety pack from a distributor that they made up of close to out of code stuff and breakers. Considering it's summer, i'm sure this ones not a breaker so i'm guessing it's got some age. But as a 7.5% doppelbock, should be good.

Clear deep amber hue with a 1 finger off white head. Nice roasted burnt molasses nose. Deep cooked fruit jams. Strawberries, figs, blackberries, raisins. Melted caramel. Intense nose.

Lighter in body then expected and really clean. Well blended and concise flavors. Chocolate and caramel with dark spiced and sugared fruits. Touch of alcohol. Roasted malt prominent throughout. Pretty nice. Maybe its the age but this doppelbock is pretty damn good! Bit boozey for 7.5% though. Would work very well in the winter though, however maybe you should age it a bit.

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Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Spikester
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Bluegrass49
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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 smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass. Green bottle… WATCH OUT! Oh here we go.

Deep creamy vanilla yellow head off the pour, settling to a simple two finger thickness and almost nitrous bubble appearance. Body color is a shimmering and BIG red chestnut quality and hints of brown edges. Light carbonation hits through the body, and some lapped up sheet lacing in places makes its presence. Very beautiful looking brew.

Light toast aromas give to a solid caramel character. The toffee angle hits with softer notes a much lighter sense of body perhaps beneath. A lighter doppel but also stays light on the phenols and spicy hot qualities with simple balance. Good solid aroma. More importantly, WE HAVE DODGED THE SKUNK MONSTER!

Palate hits very solidly and nicely. Very noticeable light but also creamy body, excellent actually as it's the first thing I notice about the beer on first sip. Light toffee and mixing creamy caramel goes with a much lighter character than your average doppel, less sugary and far less boozy. This is all doppel though, with excellent caramel malt flavors of classic tastes. Aftertaste takes some points down slightly, there's a lingering unnecessary and surprising metallic tiny twinge to this, but is luckily very small and doesn't take away from the above average palate being presented too much, but is a distraction. Some almost light crispness just wants to jump out here also.

An interesting bock, very beautiful and easy drinking on top of it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark red-orange amber. Slight head that dissipates immediately. Aroma dominated by sweet malt and a hint of light and dark fruit. Flavor is also sweet and caramel malt with dark fruit and slight nuttines. Finishes sweet with a light hop kick. The initial taste seems to have active carbonation, but quickly ends in a flat, but syrupy mouth feel that is more in line with the low carbonation appearance. A pleasant bock that is compromised by lack of carbonation.

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Photo of barrypwp
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amalak
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had off the tap at the Williamsburg, Brooklyn Lorelei.
.5 Liter pour

A. It has a very deep brown color with a big head and lacing. Some bubbles.

S. Very flowery malt. That's perfect.

T. Taste kind of like a grape lollypop. It's very unique. Sweet with some bitter hop to it. Very, very slight bite.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear garnet in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige colored head that died down rather quickly, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of brown bread with raisins are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather malty and slightly sweet with flavors of brown bread and dark fruits along with some notes of caramel and nutty malts. There are no traces of bitterness from the underlying hops but there's enough of them to keep this from being overly sweet.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and rather smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable compared to other beers in the style because it isn't as full-bodied and filling and no traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

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Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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Einbecker Winter-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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