Toad79 (2) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is my absolute 2nd favorite beer! It tastes great! Its not as bitter as most dark beers. I just wish it was easier to find around here. I drive an hour just to get this beer!
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was fortunate enough to enjoy this beer fresh on draught at a wonderful little pub in the Altstadt or "old town" of Hannover, Germany called the Broyhan-Haus. Einbeck beers are proudly featured here, and I enjoyed a few nice glasses of this wonderful beer. Einbecker Dunkel has been labeled as a schwarzbier or "black beer" for the American market. This really isn’t too far fetched, as schwarzbier, is just a darker, roaster, version of Munich Dunkles. Einbecker calls all their beers, bockbier, but their Dunkel is only 4.9% abv, on par with a Munich Dunkel, making this beer stylistically, a dunkle. In fact in Germany, this beer is only called Dunkle, not schwarzbier, so schwarzbier is more marketing for the US market than anything else. Einbecker Dunkle is a very good dark lager. It is a very clean, very malty, nutty, dark lager, with tremendous flavor and character.
Einbecker Dunkel pours to a very deep/dark brown color, with a slight tan head that fades, and a soft carbonation. When held to the light this beer has very bright deep brown hues. The nose on this beer is just bursting with malt character. Aromas of sweet, toasty, nutty, malt aromas flood the nose. The palate is soft but firm, with big malt flavors. Like the nose this beer is just loaded with sweet, toasty, and nutty malt flavors. The body is clean and round, making this beer very smooth and drinkable. This beer finishes with more big sweet and toasty malt flavors up front, then ends with enough hop bitterness to balance.
This was an extremely impressive beer. A fantastic version of dunkel. I really enjoyed the wonderful showcase of malt flavors, the toasty and nutty flavors, and hop balance added to this beer’s class. I would match this beer with classic German fare. This beer would be the perfect match for a dinner of sauerbraten, red cabbage, and spatzel. It would also work very well with a spankenfel pork or chicken dinner, and even as a desert beer with a big, thick slice of Black Forrest cake. Seek this beer out if it is in your market. It is a bit pricey at $9 a six pack, but well worth it in my opinion.
N3lson1 (352) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious German Dunkel! Get a bunch of these and enjoy them with your best buddies, they’ll appreciate this one!
ronaldtheriot (1436) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Einbecker Schwarzbier has a very thick, creamy, beige head, with some lacing and a clear, brown appearance, with tiny streams of bubbles. The aroma is of sweet, medium-toasted barley, brown bread, a little chocolate and coffee, and whiff of hops. Taste is similar, with a subtle added dark cherry aspect. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Einbecker Scwarzbier finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and highly drinkable. Simply an outstanding beer. RJT
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful dark brownish red. Sugary aroma. When touched to the lips, a definite butterscotch taste. Followed by some caramel and chocolate. Frothy head which disapates rather quickly.
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The epitome of German dunkles. Solid full bodied crisp taste with a malty finish. Light fizzy creamy head.
doublebock (520) - California, USA - MAR 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not sure if I’m on the same page as these reviewers.
Malty caramel aroma, amber purplish color. A bit flat. Taste is sweet, note of grape. Smoky finish with a minor bite of hopes..
Bludwig (31) - USA - JUL 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Roasted coffee and chocolate are the first on the scene, followed by hints of licorice and herbs. The lager also has a slight bread character and some dried fruit shining through.
Appearance: It is a good looking lager, with a nice rich looking body, dark but not opaque, slightly amber/brown. The head, although poured with vigor, faded immediately with no hints of it ever being there to begin with. Even with some swirling action to get the lager to release more aroma, there was no more chance of foam.
Taste/Palate: The lager is so light! Surprising for a dark lager with the moniker "schwarzbier". There is a smooth texture with a slight carbonated spritz which delicately releases bready and caramel flavors. The lager then totally switches gears and finishes herbal/earthy and very dry. Very refreshing on this awfully hot southern Colorado day.
Overall: Back in NC when I was cutting my teeth on new and interesting beers I worked for a Prussian man with little interest in American brewing. He taught me about German and Czech beers and about balance in brewing. This lager was an early introduction into that world. I find it to be a superb example of balance and finesse.
McWorta (828) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 Lovely CO2 touch, nice head. Tangy, savoury and delicate. Mouthwatering dry bitter and roasted malts. Ruby-black, simple and straight forward, the Name says it all. Starts off a bit bitter and develops some sweetness but which is quickly overlayed by more malty bitterness. But thi is making it all pretty well balanced. Bit thin and touches of oliyness. Got a dryness to it and leaves a mouth watering finish. This is simple and simply ace! A beer for all occasions from important ones to not so important ones. Goes good with many foods as well and can be used for cooking. Versatile and very enjoyable.
kvnstfrd (32) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In my area, this beer is sold as "Schwarzbier."
Poured into a 12 oz. Pilsner glass.
Appearance: Dark brown color with a reddish hue; looks like a Dr. Pepper. Absolutly no head at all, even with an aggressive pour.
Smell: Toffee, caramel, dark chocolate and a slight sour note.
Taste: Initially, roasted Munich malts and semi-sweet caramel with a coffee-like bitter flavor mid-way. Aftertaste yields a roasted almond flavor with a mild herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with more carbonation detected than what was visible.
Overall: I’m a little confused because this beer has the qualities of a Munich Dunkel and a Doppelbock, but nothing like other Schwarzbiers-style beers I’ve had before. So, I stopped trying to analyze what type of beer it was and just enjoyed it. It’s one of those beers you can sip slowly and savor, or throw back several in one sitting.
Whatever style it is, it’s another awesome brew from Einbecker.