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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58
Ratings:
127
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 127
Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Green bottle! What the hey.
Malt forward with soft melanoidins and a quiet toast character. Soft fruit too. Solid start.
Very clear and a nice copper/red color. Smallish darkish head that settles out quickly, but it does leave some dipping lacing that disappear in short order.
Fruitiness on the flavor, yum. Soft melanoidins again and the same with toast. No hops to speak of. Moderate drying. Alcohol is subdued in flavor but creates a warmness in the gut.
A little bigger than moderate in feel, but the low carbonation provides a creaminess and softness.
A good standard doppelbock. Quite rich, really. The flavors and good and the richness pushes a slower drinking experience.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice traditional authentic German doppelbock. All about the malt, this beer is from the brewery/city that claims to have invented Bock beer....

Has a nice head, but it goes away fairly quickly... No hops at all in the aroma--all dark caramel malt. Thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel... A deep, rich, smooth, rather profound taste. Reminds me of Paulaner Salvator or Ayinger Celebrator...but, sadly with no "__ator" suffix.

Definitely a fine beer, not to be missed by German beer connoisseurs.

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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 falloutsnow
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Code Number L1269434K19 stamped on label
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass

Einbecker's doppelbock features rich malt sweetness and modest bittering European hops, with a leaning towards caramel sweetness. A solidly enjoyable all-around doppelbock in the typically balanced, but leaning-towards-caramel-sweetness of several German versions of the style. One I'd get again.

Pours a 1cm head of medium tan foam, made up of small bubbles, that has below average retention, gradually decreasing to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is nonexistent, with some spiderwebs and smaller constellations of spots elsewhere. Body is a transparent ruby-brown color, with slightly active carbonation visible, stemming from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is sweet, but well-balanced by the substantial bready component that lends a neutral and yeasty component to the beer. Individual scents of sweet toffee and caramel, a bit of brown sugar, deep brown European breads, and slight ethanol.

Overall, flavor is sweet and rich with caramel, heavy bread, and a bit of bittering hops and ethanol in the background. Opens with some brown sugar sweetness and sweet caramel flavors, Mid-palate features heavy malts with rich brown breads, caramel, and subtle noble hop bitterness. Back of palate picks up continued caramel flavors, heavy malt sweetness, rich brown bread, and modest noble hop bitterness. Aftertaste of European hop bitterness and lesser residual caramel-like sweetness.

The beer is medium to medium-heavy bodied, with medium to medium-low amounts of carbonation, leading to a slightly carbonated, though primarily smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel. Finish is expectedly dry.

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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 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 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 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 micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer of brilliant ruddy copper clarity. It's lightly carbd and of lite tan head. Aroma is lite and sutle with hints of dark candied fruits and rich malts. Definitely fits the season. Drinks dark and smooth a bit sweet with candied malts sugar and fruits. Towards the end one finds a soft warming alcohol to cut through the winter chill, or lack there of depending on where you are. I liked this beer it was esay drinking smooth sweet and bold.

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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 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 Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

Very tasty! Dark, hazy, orange-amber color with a nice white head that retained pretty well throughout the session. Aroma of dark sugars and toasty malts. Delightfully sweet taste--not sickeningly so--with rich, smooth malts, and flavors of caramel and dark sugars. Some spice obviously present too, with an organic, earthy quality in the background. Pleasant and smooth, medium body, highly drinkable.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottled poured into a shaker pint sleeve.

BB 27/07/2011

A- Copper body with excellent clarity. 3 finger head is creamy at first but reduces to thin crown with minimal lacing.

S- Rich caramel malt aroma, toasty notes with a hint of vanilla

T- Rich sweet malt quality on the tongue intertwined with the toasted malt that lingers. Brief hint of alcohol in the finish but not hot.

M- Moderate carbonation and full body, clean finish.

D- Rich malt quality makes this a moreish doppelbock. Not as appealing on the eye but certainly does the trick on the palate.

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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 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 kjc51478
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thick, medium head that also has good lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, and a bit of roasted grains. Taste is very sweet on the front end with flavors of caramel and a slight nutiness. There's a nice, light wheaty flavor combined with a slight hop bitterness on the back end. Palate is medium to heavy-bodied, almost syrupy, with smooth carbonation and a bit of alcohol rummyness. Not quite as good as some of the Bavarian Doppelbocks, but an excellent beer nonetheless.

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

Appearance: Einbecker Winter-Bock pours a coquelicot colour along with a beige-to-buff crown and as with most beers of this label the carbonation seems vivid as the bubbles ascend, seemingly like an everflowing stream.

Smell: Sweet malts in the vein of raisin, syrup and strawberry-jam on ryebread and a tad of sourness a la tobacco are the scents which hits the nostrils with most power . The hops really play a subservient role, but do pop up and make the odd 'n' timidly bitter appearance.

Taste: Creamy and sweet, barely no hops at all. The agenda is like that of a quality rum and raisin ice cream with real vanilla in it, that and a shy hop-sourness at the end. So the malt is the boss and the hop a part-time minion, in correlation with the smell.

Mouthfeel: Caresses the tongue like a velvet creation, smooth and full, the carbonation is however taking a step back and eventually you get a dry feeling in your mouth.

Drinkability: Some may say it's a tad one-sided because of the evident domination of malts, but I'd simply ignore those hopheads by admiring that this malty beverage is so darn well-moulded, the characteristics really do make an impression and therefore you should give it a try!

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Photo of Andreji
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So this was an unexpected finding here in NY.

Browsing around the lower east side for some grub we spotted a "currywürst" sign down by 3rd st and first - wechsler's. unable to resist the temptation of a good old chopped and spiced german sausage we went right in. And the pick of the night: the Einbecker (c'mon it's practically still winter).

Poured in their ceramic grey stein, still the dark reddish tone perceivable from above. filled well up to the top so apparently no head but a remnant lacing accompanied throughout.

Smell is strong red-fruit like dark malt, sweet to the nose with a hint (or stronger) of alcohol coming in somewhere in between. not too hoppy.

Taste is great. strong, sweet malty feel at first, black-cherry sweet at some point maybe somewhere along the feel of a plum, with a bitter followup and a yeasty intermezzo very accomodating to this genre of german beers. very light hoppy aftertaste though, which i found very pleasant (so not to damage my currywurst nor my pommes).

Full bodied and certainly not light at all, but damn refreshing.

Very plausible offering by Einbecker. must try more.

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Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Waterfront, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a deep amber hue with a three finger frothy thick white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light cereal malt, smoke, some caramel and a musty hop.

The taste consisted of a smooth cereal malt with a slight sweetness and a bit of smoke toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a very quaffable dopple. A bit toward the simple side, but delicious nonetheless.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Small head leaves mild lacing to slide down the sides of the glass into the ruby body. Aroma is dominated by sweet maltiness and the taste mainly includes caramel maltiness and dark fruit sweetness. ABV is well masked and this beer becomes quite tasty upon warming.

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with pretty good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just a lot of sweet malt with a hint of chocolate. Flavors replicate the nose, with this beer delivering a boatload of sweet malty goodness. There's a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish, which keeps this beer from becoming over the top sweet and malty, but it's a close call. Mouthfeel is decidedly medium bodied, and drinkability is OK. While the alcohol is pretty well disguised, the excessive sweet maltiness detracts just a bit. That being said, this is still a very nice, easy to appreciate winter bock. Nice.

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Photo of rarbring
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours with a light beige foam, leaving residues on the glass. The color is copper or bright amber.

The smell contains sweet candy sugar tones, with raisins and dried fruits, complemented with fresh citric notes.

The taste is rather sweet but pleasantly balanced with acis and bitterness. You can feel raisins, dried apricots, and a good taste of hops.

The feel is rather "dry", but in all it is a very pleasant bock to linger over at a cold winters evening.

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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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Einbecker Winter-Bock from Einbecker Brauhaus AG
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