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Einbecker Winter-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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Einbecker Winter-BockEinbecker Winter-Bock

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Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 127
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 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 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

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

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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 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 dorianmarley
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a pretty crimson with a head that fades and good lacing.

Nose is scotch-like, with plenty of sweet malt. There is a roasted aroma, and some spice.

Taste is sweet and malty, similar to most Dopplebocks. The flavor is unique from other Bocks, in that it has herb-like qualities; not quite spiced like many winter beers, but still seasoned. It also has some similarities to a Scotch Ale.

Mouthfeel has mild carbonation but the alcohol is readily apparent. This is a sipper, which is good for winter.

Overall, this is interesting to drink what a German winter beer tastes like, and it is not over the top like many winter beers.

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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 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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served up a clear, deep, dark orangey body, or, at least in the subdued mood lighting of the lower "The Fred" bar at the new Taco Mac location in the Prado. Topped with an inch-high head of beige foam.

Smell: An aroma smelling heavily of sugars which themselves have also been heavily toasted. Fruity notes of golden raisins spritzed with a dash of alcohol.

Taste: My, but it's sugary sweet! Toasty, bready malts with a slight underlying nuttiness. Moderate dried fruit tastes as one might expect. Spicy, leafy hop presence but no more than a thin, short-lived hint of bitterness. Then, it's right back to the sweetness and the toastiness until the drying finish that carried a bit of alcoholic heat with it.

Mouthfeel: It just barely slides into medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: A so-so, but oh-so sweet doppelbock, perhaps even a bit too sugary for me and I'm a chap who usually enjoys a sweet brew.

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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 TommyW
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Very nice looking clear amber/orange body with a 1 inch tan head that quickly fades.

S- Roasted malts and dark fruits with a note of zestyness and alcohol.

T- Roasted malts accompanied by a slight sweetness start it off and a quickly joined by dark fruit flavors that really add to the complexity. There's also a strange grassy flavor that come in for a bit. Nice touch of hops towards the end creates a well-balance finish and aftertaste. Only a slight note of alcohol.

M- Almost creamy; coats the tongue.

D- Note one of the most drinkable doppelbocks I've ever had. I don't really find myself yearning for another.

Overall, I've tried several doppelbocks now, and this one was different from most I've had. Had some characteristics of just a German Pilsner that I usually dont get in doppelbocks.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-a deep red amber color with an off-white head and some lacing

S-malt, dark fruit, spices, hints of sweetness

T-sweet malt, caramel, ginger, molasses, dark fruit

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-a decent doppelbock with good blend of flavors, but a little on the sweet side for me

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Photo of Ljunkan
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Systembolaget, Karlstad. Pours a red/copper color with a nice beige head which leaves some lacing.

Aroma of caramel, nuts, dried fruits (plums?), berries and some grassy hops. Quite nice aroma.

Taste is very sweet with caramel, nuts, dried fruits, sweet berries and dark bread. Almost honey sweetness - I associate it to some mead I had last spring. Some warming alcohol.

On the palate the beer is quite smooth, carbonation is on the low level, nearly fullbodied and filling in the mouth. A nice sipper, but overall just a bit too sweet for me (and I usually tend to be more open to sweet beers than others). Now, I know this is a doppelbock and many of these are very sweet but I wouldn't mind some more bitterness and/or dryness to balance it all. Nothing wrong otherwhise!

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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 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 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 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 Scriba
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear reddish brown liquid with a beige and thick head. Some lace.

S: A lot of malt and caramelized sugar.

T: Follows the smell .The bitterness of the hops balances the sweetness well. Some alcohol.

M. Quite thick without getting to sticky. The CO2 is perhaps a little too mild for me.

D: Surprisingly drinkable considering I'm not much of a bock fan.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours beautiful amber with a really large off-white fluffy head that stays for a long time before it dissipates, leaving lots of lace.

S: Sweet caramell-malt, a hint of dark dried fruits. Quality-hops.

T: Sweet malt, with some amount of dryness. Dark dried fruits and some alcohol in this complex beer.

M: "Alcoholic", with a full body and medium carboantion. The aftertaste is surprisingly short but holds a nice bitter dryness.

D: This beer could have been a bit better balanced. But a Doppelbock is always a Doppelbock...

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

11.2 oz green bottle. Fresh.

It pours a really nice copperish brown with a fizzy slightly off-white head.

The smell is nice and earthy with some nice caramel and burnt sugar. A little bit of dark fruit.

The flavor is real nice. It has a big sweetness but also doesn't seem cloying. There is a nice underlying bitterness form the hops and a bit of roastiness.

The mouthfeel is nice. Overall a nice one for the Winter season.

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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 horshack7
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: From a unique green bottle is a deep amber colored beer with not much head.

Aroma: Figs, brown bread, raisins, light toffee notes, grape, faint banana.

Taste: Heavy malts in the front, raisins, traces of molasses, figs, dark bread, floral hop but mostly a malty backbone. The finish does have a light smokiness.

Notes: It's very drinkable a good one to warm up with. Cheers.

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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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