Einbecker Winter-Bock | Einbecker Brauhaus AG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Einbecker Brauhaus AG
Germany
einbecker-brauhaus.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
140
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
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5
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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 HamdenHector
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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Photo of ranger7
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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 +1%
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 +6%
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%
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 -2.1%
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 -8.6%
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 -11.2%
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 +7%
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 +1.3%
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 -2.1%
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 -7.6%
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 -2.1%
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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