Knappstein Reserve Lager - Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)

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88
very good

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 80
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines) visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 11-05-2006

A Bavarian-style Lager.
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Reviews: 58 | Hads: 80
Photo of Decko
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - extremely pale clear yellow in the glass. S - beautiful floral and fruity Sauvignon Blanc scent. T- perfectly balanced lager with fruity yeast notes but with a great hoppy finish that lingers. M - good crisp larger with good level of carbonation. O - one of by favourite beers and far and away my favourite lager, whatever exact style thereof it is. Pity it's a bit on the pricey because it's a corker. Could drink it all night as a quality session beer. (458 characters)

Photo of Gasc0igne
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A standout lager! Incredibly clean, dry, and refreshing. Light citrus, grape, and yeast makeup the majority of my experience, with a (light) hop note at the back end. Not as sessionable as I'd have thought. (208 characters)

Photo of pagriley
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

v. pale with minimal to no head retention
crisp light stone fruit on the nose
Light and fruity again on the palate with an almost wine like quality - you could convince me this was a carbonated aged Riesling - stone fruit, a hint of tropical, with a clean slightly off dry finish
light mouth feel, quite carbonated, with a refreshing spritz

Quaff-able, light and fruity, and very refreshing. hard to justify the price, but it is extremely well made (450 characters)

Photo of baumaxx1
4.85/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled beer served in a pint glass.

Appearance -
A very clear, light champagne colour. 1cm head forms, dissipating quickly after a minute or two. Did not leave much lacing. Lively effervescence. Looks clean, sparkling and refreshing. A longer lasting head would have made it look perfect.

Smell -
Immediately upon opening the bottle I got a strong whiff of yeasty Sav Blanc. There was a sweet, wine aroma, with floral and fruity notes. It had fruit cake-like qualities, and was very enticing.

Taste -
As per the smell, there are white wine qualities to this beer and more than a hint of white grapes in the overall flavour. Citrus and toffee notes are also present. There's predominantly a malty sweetness on the first sip, but it finishes with a bitterness and hop dryness in the after-taste. A bit more of an alcohol taste is also present compared to the usual largers on offer locally, reflected by the higher alcohol content. Most definitely a beer, but it's vineyard heritage is evident. Very refreshing, with enough character and flavour to keep you coming back.

Mouthfeel -
A lively effervescence produces a sharp, tingling sensation on the tongue. A clean feeling beer, that froths slightly when chewed. Moderate-light body. Easy to drink.

Overall -
A beer lovingly crafted in one of the premier wine-making regions of Australia. It definitely is a unique drop that gives a nod to it's vineyard links. A very sweet, fruity larger with Sav Blanc - like qualities. Looks great, smells great, and tastes great.
A stand-out for me, being refreshing and easy to drink along with having a unique, wine-inspired flavour to enjoy. (1,639 characters)

Photo of machalel
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale and clear light gold with a good white head, leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Hints of citrus, passionfruit, and cut-grass. Light hops and a little yeasty note.

Taste: Slightly sweet, focus is on citrus and light grainy malt. Some cut-grass again, with a slightly peppery and bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body and medium carbonation. Fairly standard, but well balanced.

Overall: A much better lager than most Australian options, but not worth the expensive purchase price. It almost stradles the line between a light but simple sesionable beer and a heavier but complex savouring beer. (633 characters)

Photo of ykncornelius
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a funny one. I was reading about Knappstein in the Tiger AIrways in-flight magazine en route to Melbourne, and so when I spotted this the following night in a Dan Murphy's, I simply had to pick up a 4-pack.

I'll be frank...I really don't feel like doing a standard review divided up into little sections. Just going to mash it all together. Sorry and/or you're welcome.

This thing is phenomenal. I mean seriously, truly good. It's got literally everything you could want from a pilsener--which, at the end of the day, it is--plus HEAPS of aroma and flavor from the grapes that went into this thing. There's bitterness, there's some hop dryness, there's a crisp and refreshing quality, there's effervescent mouthfeel (extremely fine and bubbly, actually)...but damn, did I mention the vino? Poured into a glass, this beer literally smells like wine. If somebody blind aroma tested me and told me I was sniffing wine, I'd call it a gewurztraminer and feel pretty confident in my answer. The beautiful thing is how delicately-asserted that flavor is on the palate. It tastes like beer. There's citrus and green apple and a peppery bite the moment it splashes on your tongue. Just plain UNIQUE!

Maybe I ought to try a few more winey beers before I laud this as the king of 'em all, but I'm massively impressed. This is going to occupy a permanent place in my fridge for the rest of my time in Australia. Hugely recommended. (1,430 characters)

Photo of Hoptron_3000
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours crystal clear with a nice white head that quickly leaves the building.
S: Interesting white wine notes. Passionfruit and grainy pilsner malt?
T: Same interesting white wine notes. Passionfruit. Light graininess.
M: Very dry and crisp finish.
O: Wonderful lager, really complex without being overly crazy. Great dry finish forcing you to have another sip. (364 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle with a stylish translucent label. Reeks of quality.

Appearance: a crystal clear pale yellow with a reasonable amount of carbonation. A fluffy head drops to a thin white cap. Looks good.

Aroma: passionfruit citrus and grassy floral hops, with some sweet bread malts backing up. There is more to it though - an almost sweet peel / orange pudding as well. Smells good.

Taste: akin to the nose - sweet citrus and floral hops. A wonderfully refreshing pilsener.

Aftertaste: the grass hops linger for a time, but for the most part this is a refresher - very sessional.

Mouth feel: lighter in body with a moderate- to- high carbonation. A good sessional beer.

Overall: a great Australian pilsener. Not entirely sure it follows the standard Czech style. Personally I find this one better - the combination of floral / citrus hops and sweetbread malts is outstanding. (900 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color the a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of fruit, some malt sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste is a bit of citrus and some malt sweetness, grain and fruit. light bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp smooth and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: easy drinker, quite enjoyable. good for a few. (357 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a light fizzy head and leaves a little lace.

S - sav blanc like aromas - lemon, grapefruit and light hoppiness

T - get pretty much the same as lemon, or even shandy like with some passion fruit and a slight spicy and mild bitter finish

M- medium carbonation and light bodied

O- interesting beer, very refreshing and would go down well on a hot summers day. (395 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 15/8/12 thanks Mikey for lugging this one across the Pacific
-from notes

A clear pale yellow with lots of tiny suspended particles being moved around by lots of big bubbles, not much for head or lace though just a thin film and a few random patches of lace

S passion fruit and guava come out right away, floral and tropical notes blend beautifully with the Sauv Blanc notes from the hops, not quite cat piss and gooseberries but I can relate to the grape

T much like the smell with just some faint sweet grains and maybe some papaya, very well done, not sure if this ones would pass for a pilsner in Germany like its listed but its passing for one of the better lagers I've had recently

M light and airy but the bubbles seem too push the beer all around the mouth bringing out the flavor, the finish is the only place where the grains are stronger then the hops and the flavor lingers for ages

O its been a while since I've had a a light lager this good, I'm loving the hop profile and could drink this one all day

I can't say I'm rating this as a German Pilsner because the hop profiles way off, that being said the hop profile is whats making this beer kick so much ass.
thanks again Mikey for this gem, drink this if you ever get the chance (1,290 characters)

Photo of Zimbob
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a unique beer compared to the US and typical Australian markets. Truly shares features of a white wine, although clearly a beer, the aroma suggests a yeasty Chardonnay.

Color dark gold, clear and untroubled. Pours with almost no head, little/no carbonation - would think it was flat but for the explanation on the label that "wine and brewer skills combine to craft this lager bearing the imprint of the Clare Valley".

A tiny bit of cling in the mouth. Flavor full of flower, yeast, A little cheese, some notes of alcohol but much softer than a wine. A-  (567 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from local grocery store. From notes.

A - Poured a light golden colour with strong carbonation. Three fingers of fluffy and soapy white head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Tropical fruit was dominant with some noble hop and grass and lemon.

T - Nice tropical fruit hop. Not much else involved. Lot's of Kiwi hop.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a good bitterness.

O/D - Tasty lager. Hop forward and easy drinking. Not bad. (453 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Porters Northwood, poured into a Great Divide Cervoise goblet.

Nice see-through, sparkling appearance, very pale golden, light straw. Had a white fluffy head that poured at an inch and settled above film.

Smells of home-grown passionfruit and a fair bit of it. Stays with it for some time.

Taste has the same passionfruit as the smell, home-grown. Tastes sweet, but not over the top. Fruity.

Good solid body, well hidden ABV for the size of this lager. Late bitterness which is noticeable but not over the top.

Decent beer, not the most sessionable. Nice lager experience nonetheless. (607 characters)

Photo of rodenbach99
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle brought back from Australia by brother-in-law. Intringuing lager from Clave Valley more renown for it's riesling than their beer. Best before 13 june 2012. Nice straw-wheat field colour with a white head. At first the smell is very nice, cat pee, some mango, New-Zealand unripe sauvignon grapes wine. I like this nose !!! The taste equal the nose with this ton of mango fruit, pineapple and this very distinctive Nelson Sauvin hops. Nice texture, good mouthfell. This beer is a regal. I would easy make this beer my back from work drink. (550 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one/two finger head, straw coloured, nice bubbles. Little lacing

Aromas of passionfruit, hint of lemon, quite sav blanc-ish actually.

Taste is full bodied, hops come through, more restrained grapefruit, quite a dry finish. Wine infulences in brewing can be noted, as label states.

Mouthfeel is just right for this lighter style.

Overall this is a real find. It really is a touch above average lagers. Hype justified (427 characters)

Photo of jimiboi
3.27/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear, straw coloured liquid which pours a lot of head with light lacing on the glass.

S: light citrusy aroma; the sauvin hops are a nice touch.

T: passionfruit, finishing with light grapefruit taste

M: bitterness in back of throat, well balanced carbonation, finishing with spicy warmth on the tip of the tongue.

O: nice drop, has good and bad characteristics, but nothing really stands out - a bit light-on in the smell and taste department for my palate. (464 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Handsome bottle. Drunk from a champagne flute. No real head, just a few bubbles on top. Looks like a clear yellowy wine with a single stream of single file bubbles escalating up the middle of the glass. Very different look.

S - Canned peach, green apple and rockmelon, nice balance of sweet and sour.

T - Again, well balanced with the acidity of white grape and green apple with the sweetness of peach and melon. The sauvin hops are clearly recognisable.

M - Very light body with a low carbonation.

O - Refreshing and lively, but as close to sauvignon blanc as pilsner. Im not a big fan of white wine but appreciate the achievement of this finey balanced lager. (669 characters)

Photo of KevSal
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks dgilks, came thru with an awesome variety from the southern hemisphere. hope you enjoy the states

label says winemaker and brewer skills combine to make this, interesting.

sharp looking 330ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass

a- less than a finger of head, clear yellow hue with good looking bubbles ( not the soda pop kind like in bmc)

s- this one smells much better than I expected, hops fill the nose, I think Im a fan of Sauvin hops now haha. reminds me of duval triple hop a little bit

t- very flavorfull, best lager I've had to date. hops used add a nice bite over a smooth beer. Belgian qualities are present, maybe because of the yeast used?

m- this is what I feel makes this beer really shine. very thick for the style helps the flavors spread across the tongue. very good carbonation.

o- very well done. if I had access to this guy id by more. perfect fo a hot summer day like today. packs a punch of flavor while siting at 5.6%.
If you have a chance to try it hope on it. if the other beer I got from australia or as good as this guy, I'm in for a treat. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Stew41
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally have got around to trying this beer and I have to say it’s deserved of the hype. Visually lacks excitement; just your standard light amber premium lager-like hue. Bouquet is choco-block full of passion fruit abd grassy herbal notes. As others have rightly observed very wine / sav blanc like (minus the sweaty notes sometimes found in Kiwi savvys). Overt fruit notes drop off in the mouth but are more than adequartely replaced with floral fruits / hops and a firming, bitter finish. Very different and really does push the fruit / floral aromas very well. (566 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle acquired in Canberra in a trade with dgilks - cheers David! - and sampled back on Canadian soil. Despite being in one of the world's largest wine producing nations, I didn't really try a whole lot of Australian wines, as I was all about the beer. But a beer designed by a winery? Sounds amazing.

Pours a light hazy golden, clear and effervescent, sturdy inch of frothy head. Not much lacing, but excellent retention.

The nose is simply fantastic - sweet white wine, fruit (apple, passionfruit, melon, orange, grape), honey, mild grain, a bit of light hops. The sweet alcohol smell reminded me a great deal of mead.

An excellent lager, fresh and fruity, but with a clean hop finish to maintain its "beeriness." The wine flavors are terrific, nice and sweet, complimenting the malt quite nicely. Finishes with a dry white wine kick, slightly astringent.

Mildly under-carbonated, but that was probably my fault. Nice and light, refreshing, dryness lingers on the tongue.

Brilliant stuff, among my favorites of the entire trip. I've usually had good luck with brews from places that are primarily wineries, and this was no exception. Takes the best parts of a German Pils and an Aussie Cab-Sauv and the end product is greater than its sum. A must try. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks to MrKennedy for sending me a bottle of this! I had been trying to find this online for well over a year and thanks to Owen I am able to finally try this brew!

The look of the beer is very much like a pilsner with a clear yellow color body. The head is very fluffy and actually has a good retention too! The lacing is also impressive for a pilsner. The smell is refreshing and light, with a really subtle sweet fruit aroma. The taste is very refreshing, light fruity flavors with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is super smooth and very drinkable. I find this beer to be very good all around. It's not like your typical pilsner. I may be looking to get more of this sometime soon. (706 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very excited to get to try this on tap the the Local Taphouse in Sydney recently, as part of their feature on the top 10 beers from the Critics' Choice book. Usually, it's only ever available on tap at the brewery, so I thought it was worth a look.

Pours a very pale and very clear yellow colour, with a white, filmy and collapsing head. Carbonation doesn't seem quite as rampant as in bottles, but it's still bright and fresh looking. Lovely.

Nose is clean and fresh, perhaps slightly less pungent than in bottles, but that could be due to a whole range of things. Still that classic Sauvignon Blanc-grape gooseberry, green capsicum and passionfruit aroma making a swirling, delicious mélange. Gorgeous.

Taste is clean and fresh, with a very slight hint of pilsnery grain on the back, but mostly laced with those fresh Sauvin hop characters which give this its unique, clean and refreshing profile. Feel is light but clean, yeah, I think the carbonation level is about the only major difference I can tell in this from the bottled version.

The good news? This is almost identical to the beer we can regularly get in bottles. I held out hope that an outstanding beer like Knappstein could be even better on-tap, but I'm glad I won't be regularly crying into my bottled Knappstein: "But the draught version was so much better!" (1,331 characters)

Photo of emmaxwell
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured straight from the fridge into my Hobgoblin Pint Glass (thin/tall glass).

Appearance:
Poured a nice thick 2 finger head, with thick white lacing coating the glass on each sip. The white lacing from the first sip stayed in place until the end. Great head retention.
Pours a very inviting rich yellowy/gold colour.

Smell:
Had a great fresh fruity smell, with a hint of floral coming through as well. I was amazed by the smell of this beer, absolutely amazing. Thumbs up to the Sauvin hops.

Taste:
Crisp, fruity, fresh yet with a slight spicy edge, however not too strong. The beer tastes lighter than the 5.6%ABV would make you think. Very refreshing on a hot day, wish I had a few more in the fridge.

Mouthfeel:
Nice carbonation throughout the drinking experience, very light on the tongue, a nice smooth lager variety.

Overall:
A great beer, nice taste, amazing smell. A wonderful choice of beer on a hot summers day. (930 characters)

Photo of Bobby12many
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Simple and Classy looking bottle. Pours a pale yellow hue with a thin retaining head that sticks around. Spotty lacing is apparent.

S - Slight smell of yeast mixed with a tart citrus note. A good dollop of hops come through as well.

T - Smooth hoppy character with a zesty hint of lemon and grapes possibly. Quite complex for the style. Very unique blend of hops and refined yeast in the finish.

M - Lively, well carbonated with a perfect dryness in the finish.

D - An incredibly sessionable lager. Very tasty, refreshing, and complex enough for the ABV. I hope I have a chance to try some again in the future. ....if I could be so lucky. (646 characters)

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Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
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