Einbecker Ur-Bock Dunkel

One more day left until the weekend! I’m headed down to South Jersey tomorrow for work. I like going down there. It’s a nice change of pace, plus I’ll be out of work by 1400. I don’t have any huge plans for the weekend. I have to go to Katie’s nephew’s First Communion on Sunday. Albeit, I’m not going to the church. I’m afraid it’s going to collapse on top of me if I go. So, definitely time for a brew. This is another one from the German sixpack.

(So, I took a picture of the brew, but completely forgot that I didn’t publish this one and then deleted it…oops)

ABV: 6.5%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the German Beer Institute, “The prefix ‘ur’ means ‘original’ in German. Strictly speaking, the original Bockbier is an ancient northern German, not a Bavarian, beer, though many Bavarian brews nowadays also use the designation Urbock. Perhaps the best-known original Urbock today is the Bockbier of the City of Einbeck in Lower Saxony, whcih is also where the Bock beer originated in the Middle Ages. Though brewed today mostly as a barley-based lager, the original Bockbier—the real Urbock—was a stong, cold-conditioned brown ale from barley and wheat made by 13th-century brewers of Einbeck. These Einbeckers were early users of hops instead of the usual herbs or ‘gruit’ (see Gruitbier) as a beer flavoring. Plenty of hops combined with a high alcohol content gave these beers excellent keeping properties and made them suitable for long-distance shipping.”

Random: I’m watching “On The Waterfront” tonight. I forgot how much I enjoy old movies.

First of all, I love the shape of the bottle, even if it is green glass. Once I poured this into the glass, it was left with a half a finger’s worth of thick white head that took forever to dissipated and left lots of lacing on the pint glass. The body was a clear, light brown with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had toasted bread, skunk, and a hint of caramel sweetness. I’m guessing that this brew is on the older side. The taste definitely had a lot of skunk, yeah, older beer. There was also some yeast to it, but no real pungent sweetness. I got a bit of fresh-cut grass flavor. Not at all what I expected. There was a hint of malt at the lengthy finish. The body was on the heavier side with moderate carbonation. I definitely would try this again because I didn’t think I gave this one a fair shake.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0