Ur-Bock Hell
Einbecker Brauhaus

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Einbecker Brauhaus
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #68
Ranked #23,744
3.68 | pDev: 13.32%
Nov 06, 2020
Sep 25, 2002
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Photo of pootz
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by pootz from Canada (ON)

330ml bottle...pours a clear gold color with a 2 finger white cap that reduces to a surface lace...aromas of cooked cereals and wet hay with some light earthy yeast funk...flavor is malty up front then goes to a balanced discernment on the palate with spicy hopping and earthy tones...clean hoppy finish with sweetness riding just in the background...rounded balanced character ...very satisfying and warming

Nov 06, 2020
2.93 by TheHammer from Canada (ON) on Oct 29, 2020
4.1 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Sep 03, 2020
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3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

330ml green bottle from the LCBO. Cost was $2.70 CDN. Haven't seen this brewery in LCBO stores before and had a good experience in a taster's pack so why not? Best before March 26, 2021. Served cool into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear pale golden color with three plus fingers of white head that recedes to a half finger in short order. Great clarity, lots of visible carbonation, some spotty lacing.

Smell - Clean and grainy, slightly minerally. A tiny bit of underlying sweetness on the nose like creamed corn. Not a big nose. Possibly a touch skunked but not too bad.

Taste - A bit harsh and boozy, more bitter than expected, grainy and grass throughout. Some underlying sweetness blended in after the bitterness and booze subsides.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, light carbonation a touch sticky initially with dry boozy finish.

Overall - Not super impressed, will try next time with a colder brew as this one is cool, but not quite ice-cold which maybe it should be. Still worth a try and nice to see a new entry in the Maibock market. Will come back and comment again with the colder brew - there may be changes coming.

Edit - Reviewed the second bottle a colder sample, taste was a touch less harsh and boozy but not real big differences. Certain not a bad Maibock, but not one I'd routinely return to.

Aug 29, 2020
3.5 by TerryW from Canada (ON) on Aug 25, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

330 mL squat green bottle from the LCBO - a surprising but welcome sight, as we don't see many new German beers around here these days (doubly so in the case of bocks). Best before Mar 26 2021 and served slightly chilled.

Pours crystal clear and bright golden yellow, with one finger of soapy, frothy white head situated atop. It seeps off within the next five minutes or so, leaving behind a tight collar encircling a few patches of bubbly film; not much lace deposition. Looks like a typical German pale lager. The skunkiness is impossible to miss, but beyond that I'm getting grassy, floral hops, grainy pale malts and a bready, slightly biscuity note with just a hint of honeyed sweetness.

The flavour profile doesn't deviate very far from that outline - I'm tasting grainy pale malts, as well as some biscuity, bready sweetness with a bit of honey. There's also a fair bit of grassy, weedy, herbal hops mixed in there, which become more noticeable by mid-sip; it finishes bready-sweet, and mildly boozy, with a pointed herbal, floral noble hop bitterness persisting well into the aftertaste. Medium in body, with moderately assertive carbonation that briskly prickles the palate; feels smooth on the tongue, with decent drinkability given its strength.

Final Grade: 3.8, a B+. Bocks come in many different stripes, but if I had to pick a "least favourite" within the category, it would most likely be the helles bock - my blunt reasoning being that they usually come off as glorified strong Euro pale lagers, at least IMHO. Einbecker's Ur-Bock Hell is not necessarily an exception to that rule of thumb, though I will say that it's one of the better helles bocks I've had (in spite of its innate skunkiness). In particular, its robust noble hop showing provides the brew with some much-needed depth of character, with the end result being a mostly satisfying strong lager. I'd drink this again if I were in the mood, and would definitely recommend it to German-style lager enthusiasts - it's a reasonably worthwhile pick for my 2250th review.

Aug 25, 2020
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5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by chrismo from Texas


Jun 16, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Draft served in a fluted stange glass at The Beer Temple.

Saturated orange and straw gold color, bright and lively. Dense layer of meringue foam, plenty of lacing.
Fresh baked bread, doughy with some lightly grassy noble hops and a mild grainy sweetness.
Similar taste, smooth toasted grains, fresh doughy bread, light grass and lemony hop note in the back.
Full and smooth with a pleasant roundness to it. Body is medium-sized with soft but persistent carbonation.
An easy drinker that doesn't reinvent the wheel. Definitely less sweet than Mai-Ur-Bock, and not at all skunky on draft.

Dec 14, 2017
3.14 by dandy14 from Brazil on Nov 17, 2017
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3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by OlaB from Norway

L: Pours a clear golden color. Very small top off head that disolves rapidly.

A: bread,grass,grains,caramel,herbs and honey

T: Taste start off sweet and grassy with bready notes Inn the back, then it finishes off with a strong hoppy bitterness that stays there a long time inn the aftertaste. Way to unbalanced inn the flavours for my apreciation. The bitterness get way to much.

M: medium carbonation and body.crisp and clean feel.

O: A interesting beerstyle to try. The beer is decent and drinkable, but i was not that impressed with the flavours inn this beer. When that is said I would like try more hellesbock so I could get to know the style a little more.

Jun 05, 2017
2.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Mar 12, 2017
3.78 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Mar 11, 2017
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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by drmeto from Germany

-pours a clear straw golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-honey,bready,biscuity,spicy,cereals,very sweet
-medium to high,lingering bitterniss
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
The high sweetness is balanced out by the big amount of Hops in it.
The Skunk was just too much for me though.

Jun 13, 2016
3.54 by Dunkelnacht from Alaska on Feb 04, 2016
3 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 02, 2014
3.5 by rredshift from Germany on May 12, 2014
3.5 by vhmf1978 from Brazil on Jan 19, 2014
4 by felipeprates from Brazil on Nov 19, 2013
4 by kemkempalace from Pennsylvania on Sep 30, 2013
3.75 by clarknova from Germany on Sep 12, 2013
4.75 by herrburgess from South Carolina on Jun 11, 2013
3.75 by DmanGTR from New York on Jan 29, 2013
3.75 by cliff1066 from Virginia on Jan 04, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by FLima from Brazil

Clear appereance, light golden colour. Faint arome of grains.
By tasting it you can feel some sweetness from malt and grains, much sweeter than a pilsener, and with a bitter end, also bitter than a regular pilsener. Interesting for drinking a pilsener with a twist.

Oct 17, 2012
4 by tbeer40 from New Jersey on Jun 03, 2012
Photo of stevoj
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

Heller bock with a nice sting. Aroma is a little light, but taste come through with a nice bite. Decent head fades fast, and taste is very malty, right for the style.

Mar 01, 2012
3.5 by Kahlerbock from Kansas on Feb 06, 2012
4 by rekel from Netherlands on Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Brabander from Netherlands

I bought this beer in Germany a month ago and today i cracked it open together with a spicey Indian meal.

The Ur Bock is a bit of a mystery in this beer, it is more a strong(er) pilsener.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks quit nice with a decent head and a yellow fluid. Light carbonation.

Bready smell with the same bready taste. A kind of sweetness in this beer which makes the beer not very special.

Nov 06, 2011
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3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by janubio from Spain

330 ml. bottle, clean bright golden colour with a foamy head that fades quickly, leaving no lace. Good smell of toasted grains, some fruit (apricot or peach?), caramel. Taste is the same, sweet in the beginning and slightly bitter in the end, full round body in the tongue. There's only some thing that I can't define that taste a bit like an usual big market beer, but I say is rather enjoyable.

Oct 11, 2011
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4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by seanyfo from Scotland

33cl bottle poured into seidel

BBE 21 Sept 2011

A- Golden body with excellent clarity. 2 finger head reduces to 1/2 finger but is persistent. Lacing is minimal.

S- Toasted malt quality, i get a little hint of bread/dough, hint of sweetness, maybe coconut

T- Toasted malts from start to finish. Hint of hop bitterness in the finish. A creaminess lingers

M- Medium carbonation, full body, lager clean. Lacks dryness of an ideal helles bock.

D- Solid malt profile, perhaps lacks a dry finish of a classic helles bock. Nevertheless, lager clean quality is there and the malt profile is solid, very good stuff.

Oct 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
by stjaernstoft from Sweden

Einbecker Ur-Bock Hell, ABV: 6.5%.
330 ml bottle, 15.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: The liquid is bright gold, almost yellow. The head is white, fades away, and leave very little lacing.

S: A big, sweet aroma that gives me mixed feelings of malt whisky, lemonade, and cornflakes.

T: Heavy, roasted, bitter, and somewhat sweet taste of hops, bread, citrus, and alcohol, with hints of both chocolate and vanilla.

M: Medium-high carbonation, body and bitterness. Hints of dry metal and sweet cereal in the aftertaste. It's quite sticky.

O: Full of taste. This still doesn't make up for all the alcohol, since everything in the mouth isn't pleasing. It reminds me a little bit of the cheaper, stronger stuff alcoholics drink just to get drunk. But - as long as you don't start the evening with this - it's still OK.

Jul 23, 2011
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4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by dasenebler from Maine

33cl, best before 9/21/11.

Pours a clear, bright gold with a frothy, eggshell head. Retention is lacking, as is the lacing.

The aroma is nice, with sweet cereal grains and grassy, leafy hops.

The flavor is most excellent. A sturdy bitterness keeps the natural sweetness of the Maibock in check, but there's still a lot of doughy, decocted goodness. Hop flavor is there though, with some nicely woody and leafy Noble notes. Clean, with a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium and softly carbonated.

Really well-made and balanced Maibock here. Tasty.

Mar 27, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by kjc51478 from Germany

Appearance: Pours a very clear, golden yellow with medium head.

Aroma is sweet bready malts with a noticeable grassy hop character.

Taste is mosty cereal malts, sweet but not too sweet. There's a touch of citrus in the character as well. The taste moves into a mild and very pleasant grassy hop flavor that carries into the finishing.

The palate is light-bodied with decent carbonation. This is a wonderfully balanced beer that won't win any awards but is still a pleasure to drink.

Jan 15, 2011
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3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Asgeirr from Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

Appearance: Einbecker Ur-Bock Hell pours a clear golden poppy-colour along with a rich stream of bubbles and a foamy and decently high ivory-white crown which fades into obscurity at a mellow pace.

Smell: Very aggressive lactose- and -- at times vanilla-like sweetness intermixed with a fresh and distinct resinous freshness. It makes for a good mix of the malts and the dry hop characteristics. One may also trace hints of caramel malt, or butterscotch (if you take the slight undertones of diacetyl into account) for that matter. Finally a light shroud of rye bread-maltiness covers the creation.

Taste: The bread-like sensations take a more dominant role in the taste, as does the hop freshness, which stings the tongue with great effect. Continually, the sweetness is considerably subtler and is now more of a syrup-to-raisin-like-creation whilst the aftertaste is that of the acrid kind. Moreover, the longevity of the aforementioned bitterness is not jaw-dropping but very pleasing, nonetheless, as it is sharp and vivid until the end.

Mouthfeel: Rather full and coarse with an alert carbonation and more than moderately dry feel corresponding to the lingering bitterness.

Drinkability: As a beerstyle this is not a personal favourite, but that is somewhat irrelevant as this is a well-composed brew, stringent and stringent in the framework of noticeable pleasure for most of the sensory compartments.

Jul 10, 2010
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3.07/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by OskarL from Sweden

Appearance - Cristal clear pale golden color with a thick head that dissipates quite fast and leaves lacing.

Smell - Bread, hops, citrus, smells like a lager with extra everything.

Taste - Malt, sweet and bread, citrus, a bit sour with a unpleasant metallic taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, with some carbonation and a long lingering bitterness.

Jan 10, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by dqrull from Sweden

Really felt like trying more from this brewery after finding their doppelbock awesome!

Pours a intense crystal clear yellow, with an airy and a few centimeters thick foam. The head dissipates slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smells fresh, german hops and a really nice "lager smell", without any of those sickish by-smells I'm used to from industrial crap lagers. Bread, some citrus and freshness I have a hard time putting a specific label on...

Initial taste is a bit sweet and bready, with still some noble hops in the middle, giving the beer an awesome feel of freshness! The breadiness grows a bit toward the end, but doesnt linger very long, the aftertaste is almost... not there, a bit weird, but it actually feels as if it fits in here.

A surprisingly crisp mouthfeel for a bock (still a little sweet though), this beer does actually come across to me as a really, really well made german pilsener, and as such it is one of the best one's I've had, really tasty. A perfect sessionbeer!

Dec 16, 2009
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3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by bark from Sweden

The colour is deep yellow with a tint of gold. The two finger head is white and airy. It sinks rather quickly to a thin lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is malty and sweet with fine bitter and spicy notes of noble hops.

The taste is sweet with notes of crisp bread. It is balanced by a crispy bitterness with a metallic and almost sour note. In fact, it is more bitter than expected. The aftertaste is more balanced with a fine bitterness, some citric notes and a honey-like bitter finish.

The carbonation is medium, small fresh bubbles. The liquid is a little sticky.

Not as good as their other bocks, I think this one tries to be a standard strong lager, and it is not very good in doing that.

Nov 15, 2009
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4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Evil_Pidde from Sweden

A: This beer pours light golden with a large rich white head that dissipates after a while leaving lots of lacings.

S: Nice and clean - the boys from Germany sure knows what they are doing. Pure malt mixed with floral hops, very lemony. Surprisingly refreshing for a Helles bock - really nice.

T: Very German (in the best way): The hops (mostly bitter) are nice balanced with the clean malt.

M: The aftertaste is rather long with both sweetness and dry bitterness. The body is really creamy and full, the carbonation is medium.

D: This is one of my favourite beerstyles when it comes to lager beers. And if you gonna drink Bock (of any kind) then you can't go wrong if you get your hands on a bock from Einbecker.

Oct 23, 2009
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3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by TheSarge from Virginia

This Bock pours perfectly with a tight forming bright white head that stays around for a good duration. Also, lacing sticks well to the walls of the glass. The body is golden in color, and is very clear. It looks about like any other pale lager beer.

In the aroma, I can pick out lemony hops, and freshly mown hay and a hint of manure... Never mind, the farmers just laid some fresh stuff down today.

Taste wise, it's full in body. Lots of grainy cereal sweetness, with a husky/herbal finish. Now that I think of it, it's a little like tobacco in the finish. The alcohol is detectable in the taste, and almost gives too much of a medicine like flavor.

Again full in body. Not a crisp lager, like one would think by looking at this brew. It's a little prickly from the CO2, but is also a little syrupy and slightly oily.

Overall a good example of the style, and probably couldn't be improved much more, except for the masking of the alcohol a bit, but what can you do?

Jul 30, 2009
Ur-Bock Hell from Einbecker Brauhaus
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 46 ratings