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

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Added by TommyW on 01-02-2009

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Reviews:
67
Ratings:
142
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 142
Photo of Asgeirr
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +10.5%
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 +8.1%
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 +4.7%
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 -6.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +1.6%
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 +6%
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 -1.6%
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 dqrull
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red with a really nice looking thick foam that really clings to the glass, awesome!

Smells fresh, lots of malty dark fruits, small note of hops in the background, appealing.

This is a sweet malt bomb, but the initial malty sweetness is really nice balanced out by a rather perfect bitterness in the end, slightly metallic lingering aftertaste makes it a 4 instead of 4.5.

Mouthfeel is just as creamy as the foam was in the initial pour, foams up great when it hits the toungue, really nice.

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Photo of Scriba
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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 ricke
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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 linnet
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Ljunkan
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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 bark
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is amber-red; the beer pours with a fizzing sound. The finger thick head is beige. Almost no lacing occurs. Looks good.

The smell is elegant and loaded with malt. Fresh semi-sweet notes and hints of alcohol, crackers and a touch of toffee.

The strong taste is dominated by fresh malty flavours. Some passing sour hints. Notes of cookies, nuts, beef stock and some spicy hints. The body is medium. Lots of bread, and fresh fruits in the aftertaste. There is a very noble and gentle bitterness in the aftertaste.

The carbonation is mild, yet very fresh. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A pleasant malty bock: Einbecker sure knows what they are doing.

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Photo of baggio
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A: Copper-red with a nice creamy head and some lacing.

S: Caramel, Berries, Hops, Roasted malts hint of metal.

T: Bread, Dark caramel, Ripe fruit, Berries, Grassy hops (Hersbruck?)

M: Very sweet but not too overpowering. Light touch of hops at the end. Fruity.

Since i do not like their Mai-bock i thought i'd dislike this one aswell but that is not the case. This is a well crafted doppelbock even tho i have some problems with the hops they are using. Pleasant!

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Photo of TommyW
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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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