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Einbecker Winter-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TommyW on 01-02-2009

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Ratings:
127
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 127
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 stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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 +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 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 gopens44
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of ranger7
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber with a short bright white head. Smells sharply malty. Tastes pretty good; sweet and malty with that Bock aftertaste. Not a bad Doppelbock - light for the style which makes it more drinkable.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great crystal clear dark amber pour with light head. A malty aroma rises from the glass with notes of fresh bread. Taste is all malt and grain, very well balanced, super smooth. A better winter warmer than most classed as such. Tuck into some nice wurst sausage and potatoes with this one.

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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 ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish copper color with good clarity. There's a finger worth of off-white colored head topping it off. Retention isn't great, nor is a lot of lacing left behind.

Ugh. Green bottles. Thankfully, it's not very skunky. Because of this, I actually pick up nice aromatic notes of pumpernickel bread and caramel. Letting it open up will reveal a subtle toastiness and hints of cherry. There's also a nice noble hoppiness featured, above-average for the style. All in all, it just smells like it's well put together.

Much of the same toasty, molasses-laden qualities I picked up on the nose travels down to the flavor profile, especially as this beer hits the palate. The hoppiness is also there, but beautifully concealed within the malt backbone. Hints of cherry finish it off. There are literally no surprises here next to the aroma - it's a straightforward doppelbock with rock-solid balance.

Full bodied, ergo it's not the most drinkable lager ever. Carbonation is somewhat high. Thanks to the seemingly high attenuation, alcohol shows up in a vague sense. This doesn't burn, but it is a little more noticeable than it should be for 7.5%.

Good doppelbock. The flavors proper are balanced well, though it's a touch boozy. Definitely worthy of anyone's time, though I prefer Celebrator myself.

3.6/5: A fine example of the style, certainly

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A crystal-clear amber red body is surmounted by a moderate, somewhat coarse white head, which soon dissipates to a thin scattering of foam. A very few small bubbles drift lazily to the surface. Thin, fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: The aroma is rather prominent and is quite similar to caramel glazed rye bread.

Taste: Opens with an abundance of toasted malt and caramel. As the taste progresses, some rather earthy hops present, vying with the strong malt background for dominance. Th relatively high ABV (7.5%) is felt as a pleasant warming sensation, rather than tasted. A little dark fruit presents late in the taste. Finishes with a lingering leafy, tea-like hop note.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with rather sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Rather nice, well-crafted and quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a short, embossed custom green glass bottle, with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery color with off-white head. Caramel, dark fruits, cloves and bananas on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with dark fruit and bready notes.

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Photo of drmeto
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

-as tradition,malt is dominating the flavour
-caramela nd grain are def. there
-slight notes of raisins,plums,dates
-Finish was malty and very light
-undercarbonated

Good,not great doppelbock.
green bottle didnt seem to negatively effect this.

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Photo of mpyle
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful bright amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a good sized white head, somewhat coarse and dispersing fairly quickly.

Rich malty aroma, toasty and with some fruitcake kinds of smells. Smells quite sweet.

Rich malt from the aroma is present in the flavor as well. Incredibly malty but but sickly sweet. Definitely on the malty/sweet side of balanced, but not wildly out of control. Subtle spicy flavors, presumably from the hops. Smooth transition into a malty finish.

Medium-full body, and medium carbonation. No harshness, and very minimal alcohol warming.

Pretty much what I expect from a quality German doppelbock. Lots of malt flavors in a very clean beer. Nothing unusual, but super drinkable (even in August!)

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Photo of delta490
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep rich brown with a light tan head that all but disappears in short order. There is a ring around the glass but it doesn't leave any lacing. The aroma is somewhat anemic, with just faint whiffs dark fruit and sweetness. The taste, though makes up for it, with a flavor like alcohol soaked fruit baked in a dark bread. There's just a hint of earthy hops on the finish, which matches well with the heavier body and mellower finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/9/2015 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep ruby red color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood of the style but there are other Doppelbocks that I would choose first.

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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 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 Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very dark gold/brown with a 1 finger of white foam. Another brew with fine lacing.

I have to say that the smell is awesome. Lots of caramel malt with a wee bit of grain, maybe a hint or two of chocolate.

The very same taste wise. A bit of a stronger grain presence but not out of line for the style at all.

Smooth mouth feel, almost at the top of the food chain as far as Doppelbocks that I have tried. Just as good as Celebrator, imho

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

12/19/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This had a malty dryness that I found intriguing. With the slight caramel linger it all added up to something worthwhile. Not sure it rates as a go to session beer (& the 7.5% ABV puts the kabosh on that) but this is one of those beers one would like to have at hand as a singular change of pace.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear ruby copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, toffee, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, apple, caramel, toast, brown bread, brown sugar, toffee, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good doppelbock style. Good balance and complexity of malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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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 Hex92
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. I am a fan of this style and I think it's a good representation of it. I don't think it is quite as good as Celebrator, but it is definitely good.

I think it is lacking in smell and appearance,but it excels in all the other categories.

I would buy this again.

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Photo of jesseejames
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Einbecker Winter Bock is a wonderful beer although a bit too bitter for my taste. I prefer their Mai Bock as it is a little bit sweeter. The smell of this beer is wonderful and it seems almost a waste to drink it up. If you pour it into a glass its color cannont be duplicated. It has a wonderful rich malty taste for doppelbock.

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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 DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - I assume this is only a few months old since I got no sediment, a rocky fully inch of opaque colored head, and a nice deep clear brown beer.

S - Some mild grain skunk and fairly sweet oaky dark fruit goodness. I love some sweet dopplebock's

T - Not bad it has a good amount of caramel malt, some chocolate and a hint of dark fruits. Simply, tasty, well hidden ABV.

M - Has a mild grainy hint which I assume is skunkness from the bottle but other than that it's fairly smooth and medium bodied.

Overall I got this on discount from $3.50 (paid 2 dollars) and I was pleasantly surprised of it's smooth light flavors and well hidden ABV. A very solid dopplebock.

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