Knappstein Reserve Lager - Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
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Reviews by PolarBear3:
3.09/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
03-15-2013 08:33:33 | More by PolarBear3
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4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007.
What happens when an Australian winemaker becomes a brewer? Let's find out.
Pours a clear, pale yellow; somewhat still and dense in appearance, with a thick white lacing. Unexpectedly fruity in the nose, with some melon, grape, and light herbal notes; clean overall though. Very smooth on the palate. Malty, fruity, medium bodied, rounded and even. Sweetness is light but present and provides some depth; something to lean on. The fruitiness emerges with suggestions of nectarine and lychee. Spicy, tingly noble hop character. Quite hoppy and playful, with complex herbal and floral notes. Perfectly balanced. Some white grapes in the creeping dryness. Lingering herbal spice, melon, and faint vegetal in the finish.
Very German Export Lager-esque, but with a unique nod to a Sauvignon Blanc, no doubt thanks to Knappstein's use of Sauvin hops. Bold, lively, and re- freshing, this is an excellent offering and a must-try beer for the Lager connois- seur. We look forward to future beers from these guys.
04-07-2010 19:57:20 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.88/5 rDev 0%
Review refers to the 640mL longneck, best before 19 Jun 08. A 640mL longneck? wtf? How big are the glasses we're supposed to drink this out of, presuming one bottle is meant for two people?
Appearance: Looks good in a stemmed pilsener glass, not a very dense head but quite a bit of lacing and a good amount of carbonation. Beer is gold, head is white. Looks pretty standard so far.
Smell: Definitely an unusual mix of aromas. When I was having my first sip I noticed someone else detected lychee - that's definitely there, and not one I'd expect or normally pick out either. Good spotting. Peach and white grape as previously mentioned as well. Pretty heady and impressive for a brewery that only makes the one beer!
Taste: Sweet, fruity and a bit girly. Not very gutsy in the hops department, barely any aftertaste. Some strange characteristics on the side of the tongue, could be skunkiness, not sure because I'm not familiar with whatever hops they used. Seems like this brew is designed to be taken to a classy restaurant for people to sip and appreciate their own sophistication, however the brew is a bit sweet and not subtle enough to bring out the flavour in anything except plain rice. A bit like a dessert beer - this wouldn't be the beer to choose after you've had a few others, or even a single hoppy IPA. Good in its way though, and it would be very refreshing cold on a hot day.
Mouthfeel: Pretty fair, not much to say, you can taste the beer while it's in your mouth but any lasting flavours disappear quickly.
Drinkability: Considering this was only $6.95 (probably because people weren't buying this beer at double the price or more), I should have bought more than two. That's the price I pay for a pint of good beer at the pub, and this has the flavour of a fresh tap beer at bottle shop prices. Yeah, I'll get some more, and I wouldn't mind another one right away, why not.
Overall: Better than I remember it, impressive aromas, pretty unique, but still ostensibly a beer made by and for wankers.
04-06-2008 14:47:08 | More by Weizenmensch
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
06-04-2011 21:54:48 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
A: pours with an impressive head, good lacing, unattractive yellow peey pilsener colour (to me at least), but I guess it's to style and the head and lacing more than make up for it. 4.
S: Passionfruit. Tempered with an "Australian beer" smell. There's definitely a yeast smell that sort of reminds me of Cooper's prominent in the nose. 3.5
T: Passionfruit, sour citrus, tempered with a little bit of bitterness at the back of the palate. 3.5
M: I guess it's about right for the style. 4
D: 3.5 This is nice but I almost find myself craving a bit more substance- perhaps some more malt as well as some more bitterness. It's not that far from style though. And there is a wholesome lingering bitterness there, even if it is subtle. 3.5
A nice beer, not sure if I'd bother getting it again with more interesting offerings available though.
06-04-2010 10:39:29 | More by Daniell
4.58/5 rDev +18%
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.
02-08-2011 02:09:32 | More by Bobby12many
3.53/5 rDev -9%
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.
03-03-2012 07:59:45 | More by MrKennedy
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
The beer with the stunning aroma - oodles of white grape, lychee, mango that just bursts with freshness. Low head retention on a delicate straw-coloured beer. Big aroma punch carries through to buoyant hop flavour backed by a moderate but good bitterness and some subtle pale sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel and body fall down somewhere in the middle (doughnut beer), probably due to the upfront hop domination. However, that's just picking faults, it's still very well balanced and an exceptional drop. Costs too much to buy regularly though.
07-07-2007 11:00:10 | More by goodbyesoberday
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
Crystal clear pale gold pour. Inch-high persistent head.
Aroma is very "new-world": lychee, passionfruit, quite floral and grassy. Supported by sweet biscuity malt.
Similar flavours, with bready/biscuity malts, green/grassy hops and an assertive bitterness that combines with the malt to create an impressive lasting finish.
Great body and carbonation for the style.
05-30-2009 08:45:10 | More by CrazyDavros
3.08/5 rDev -20.6%
Pours a bright golden color with a decent amount of bubbly white head that sticks around for a while. Smells a little bit yeasty, and sweet & grapey, like a fruity white wine, which I guess isn't that surprising considering it's from a winery. There's also a little spiciness in the aroma as well, pepper maybe. The taste is also very sweet and winey. Not a lot of bitterness or hoppyness there at all. It's a lot like a wine cooler, only not as over the top. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth, not much in the way of carbonation, so it's not scraping, but it's not creamy, either. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, especially if you're a wine drinker having a beer. I'm a beer drinker though.
12-07-2007 09:49:16 | More by Kulrak
4/5 rDev +3.1%
A rather pale looking yellow beer, with not much carbonation evident. The small white head does not retain well. So far so mediocre. But then you smell it. Jesus, this sauvin hops blurb isn't just a gimmick, it really does smell like sauvignon blanc - very aromatic with lots of tropical aromas: lychee, kiwi fruit and melon. Really quite different and a real pleasure to experience. To taste, it is more subdued, but with just enough bitterness and a good length of finish. The carbonation is not very strong - a little flat even.
Overall, the aroma from the sauvin hops makes it interesting and enjoyable. It's a definite must try, and I'll look out for this again when I fancy a lager.
12-19-2006 08:51:20 | More by norwichboy
4.11/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
07-03-2013 09:29:21 | More by Hoptron_3000
2.28/5 rDev -41.2%
The pour was generally good, with reasonable head and stand-out lacing. On the nose I recognise honey, malt, hops and farmyard undertones. Quite full, and rather pleasant.
The first sip knocked me back with a cringe; overpowering tart came through like a train wreck with a bitter, sour awful finish. Somewhere in there is some light fruit, but even half way through the bottle each sip is a chore.
I hope I have been given a bad bottle, otherwise this is one I'll personally recommend that you avoid at all costs.
04-18-2007 05:33:21 | More by rec
4.88/5 rDev +25.8%
hey!! KRL finally makes it down to the south island.
330ml bottle 5.6%abv. best before 12/07
seriously classy looking bottle. almost to the point of being sexy. pours wonderfully into my waterford crystal pilsner glass (courtesy of the wife on christmas). light golden color with a good inch thick white tightly packed head. good retention. light lacing.
the interesting part is the carbonation. two nucleation sites (thats the term right?) spewing forth different sized bubbles. some very small, the other, rather large.
aroma. the most talked about aspect of the beer. poured cold so it didnt come across as strong as i expected. sharp spiciness and the hoppy wine-like fruits. not really citrus, more passion fruit. really good.
as it warms the sharpness dulls a bit allowing the passion fruit to become more rounded if that makes sense.
great hop presence in the taste. full bitterness and a balance between the hop and malt flavor. this just doesnt quit right through the palate. raw hop spiciness lasts on the tongue.
non-hop heads might find the bitterness a bit much.
they're wrong. it should be celebrated. a public holiday should be named. there should be marching bands and school children should be singing.
smooth substantial mouthfeel. and it needs it. a hearty beer like this should to be felt as it passes into the stomach.
lets be honest. this isnt a beer to be sculled out of the bottle in a race to get pissed. its a beer to be savoured, enjoyed, contemplated.
too philosophical? maybe.
anyway, these wine folk are showing they know how to make a good beer. my only mistake, not getting the four pack.
04-21-2007 11:56:54 | More by joecast
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
07-01-2011 19:26:33 | More by KevSal
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
Wanky bottle that helps to inflate the price.
Nice golden colour,poor head retention .
Lychee/passionfruit aroma is bold with crispy malt undertone.
Flava is a fruit salad mix that reminds me of a simcoe/ammarillo blend I brewed once.sweet and round mouthfeel through to a dry crisp semi bitter finish..
Its a lager that wants to be an ale(ala LC Bright ale) only it has a nicer crispy bitter lager finish.
The thinner body is probably what lets it down.Other wise its an interesting beer.
03-09-2007 07:20:15 | More by Brauluver
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
Bottle poured into standard schooner glass and notice the head vanish immediately leaving no lacing. Nice clear pale citrusy/straw appearance. Initial Sauvignon Blanc esters from the Nelson Sauvin hops are interesting (especially for us wine industry types) but this interesting point of difference is barely perceptible after a few minutes. What is left is a crisp but dry lager with a very delicate maltiness that is very well balanced but kinda uninteresting. About the same level of interest as some of the cold filtered commercial bilge like Carlton Cold or Tooheys Extra Dry but nowhere near as bad. It's crisp with a sparkly mouthfeel and rather drinkable on a Summer day but expensive for what it is. I certainly like it but after the excitement of the Sav Blanc aroma there's not much else to say.
02-08-2007 09:29:35 | More by rjimlad
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
The reputation for Knappstein wines is well deserved and even though Tim Knappstein is long gone and Lion Nathan now own the joint, the quality continues. This quality is evident in the Reserve Lager. Made by the wine maker it is a great drop.
It pours golden with a good head which drops away.
The aromas are of hops, biscuits and tropical fruit juice.
This continues on the palate and makes for one very lovely and easy drinking brew.
11-13-2008 07:46:28 | More by Macca
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
Definitely one of my favourite pale lagers. If more pale lagers were like this the world would be a better place. Quite pale in colour, tight, persistent head. The nose is a lot of fun - grape, lychee and melon with some definite hints of sauvignon blanc. Forunately, flavour-wise not as one-dimensional as sauv blanc. Fresh, dry and again a little grapey on the palate with some sturdy bitterness along for the ride. I just wish these guys would make another beer!
06-21-2010 09:08:39 | More by juju7
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearnace: Golden yellow in colour. Moderate corbonation with average head on okay head retention. Nice colour, but appearance is not this beers best qaulity.
Smell: Floral, with a hint passionfruit aroma. Not too different from your typical pilsener.
Taste: Very nice lager. Hint of the abovementioned passionfruit, slight bitterness, and coppery flavours with a very well balanced bittersweet linger on the palate. The brewer seems to have brought his wine making skills along to the brewing process. The balance is the standout. Top marks here.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel, the small bubbles dance on the tongue.
Drinkability: Overall this is a very good beer. A well balanced pilsener. I will be heading up to the local bottlestore for 4 pack of these again and again this summer. A very nice addition to the Australia beer selection anywhere.
06-23-2007 07:59:39 | More by mkultra
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured straight from the fridge into my Hobgoblin Pint Glass (thin/tall glass).
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.
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.
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.
Nice carbonation throughout the drinking experience, very light on the tongue, a nice smooth lager variety.
A great beer, nice taste, amazing smell. A wonderful choice of beer on a hot summers day.
03-23-2011 06:07:14 | More by emmaxwell
Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.