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Knappstein Reserve Lager - Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines) visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Bavarian-style Lager.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 11-05-2006)
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Photo of MrKennedy
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

MrKennedy, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of rodenbach99
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

rodenbach99, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of DrNo
4.5/5  rDev +16%

DrNo, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of MenInVen
4/5  rDev +3.1%

MenInVen, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +3.1%

mungus, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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

heygeebee, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of jimiboi
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

jimiboi, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

dansmcd, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of KevSal
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

KevSal, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of Stew41
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Stew41, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Knapp85, May 25, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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!"

lacqueredmouse, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of emmaxwell
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

emmaxwell, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Bobby12many
4.58/5  rDev +18%
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.

Bobby12many, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of rowey77
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a decent size head that quickly disappears. Leaves very little lacing. Interesting labeling with a bit about the beer and the history of the brewery.

S - This is the standout feature of this beer. The Sauvin hops gives this a very fresh fruity smell, as would be expected. I get passionfruit, a bit of lemon maybe some melon.

T - For the style, the taste is pretty good. Quite crisp and refreshing with a bit of a fruity tartness towards the end.

M - A very light feeling beer given its 5.6%ABV. I guess the hops hides the alcohol.

D - Good session beer for the sort of weather we've been having here lately (38c).

It's a pricey beer but I guess that's to be expected given that it's made by a winery as opposed to a proper brewery. Some people may criticise them for making a beer to cash in on a growing premium beer market but I think it's a good thing. Could be a good "educating" beer.

rowey77, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of juju7
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

juju7, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Daniell
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Daniell, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of philphilphil
2.08/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got it from my friends fridge, within freshness date. This beer has definately been overrated by the earlier reviewers.
Smell is a floral and strong, bit over the top.
Not exceedingly carbonated.
Taste is too, too strong, offensively so, masks the high ABV, but at the cost of making each sip an effort. Maybe just not to my taste.
I wouldn't drink another if it were free. Tasted like a classy version of crown lager which I hate. maybe it is just not to my taste.

philphilphil, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of mulder1010
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A-- Poured a light straw color. Half inch head with good retention and very carbonated.

S-- Took a good minute or 2 for the beer to open up. Once it did I got a decent floral smell. Nothing real strong but is there. Also a bit sweet, like pineapple and mango sweetness. Once the beer opens up a bit it does go from floral to fruity.

T-- Not a lot really. Fairly neutral I thought. Got a floral taste in the end but not a whole lot else. A little bit of bitterness, or grassy taste from the hops but very neutral.

M-- Well carbonated and fairly lively. Much more hoppy than malty to me, even though it does have a little bit of biscut sweetness in it. Does get grassy in the end and it is a bit of a turn off to me. Would have rather have the sweetness than a bitter end to the beer. Or the other way around.

D-- Not my style, to be up front. Only one is sufficient. I really liked the sweetness in the smell and wish this was more fruit forward. Would be pretty good then. Summer beer only and decent drinkability for the summer. 5.6% is not that bad at all and do not really get much of the ABV in it

mulder1010, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale straw colour. A fluffy two finger head has good retention.

Light passionfruit and mango aromas. A nice floral, slightly tart nose.

Lightly flavoured but well executed. I get passionfruit, lemon, and some nondescript fruit. A slight astringency comes through the back palate along with a hint of grain. A balancing dose of bitterness lingers but doesn't put itself in the forefront.

A little bit heavy for a pils with the lower (for style) carbonation allowing the beer to coat the mouth. On the other hand, the smooth, creamy mouthfeel works well with the flavours here.

A tasty, well crafted pilsner which is definitely in the New World mould. Very tasty and a great spring drink.

dgilks, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been around for quite a while now and is consistently popping up in most bottleshops these days and have tried it before but not lately so thought id buy it and review it as i do remember it being nice,it pours a beautiful pale see thru straw colour with nice carbonation for the style which leaves a nice two finger airy head full of bubbles which quickly dissapates to a half finger head,it has beautiful sweet,floral hoppy aromas a real flowery passionfruit sweet smell i really like this smell,the taste is quite sweet and hoppy but just perfect hoppy with some nice passionfruit notes and finishes quite caramelish with a little bitter taste aswell but hardly any such a nice quirst thenching beer could easliy drink alot of this.

ADZA, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

CrazyDavros, May 30, 2009
Photo of Parrotshake
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seeing this in more and more bottle shops of late, which is definitely a good thing as it's one of a scant handful of really good Aussie lagers.

Pours clear and lightly golden. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Nothing magical going on, but in some cases it's best not to judge a book by it's cover, right? That goes for the packaging too, which could be a turn-off for folks who are only willing to drink lagers featured in commercials featuring hairy dudes lifting heavy things.

Smells amazing. Flowers, passionfruit, crushed white grapes, maybe a little pine. I was unfamiliar with Sauvin hops until just 3 days ago when I went to a Barons tasting event and tried their limited batch Hop Mother pale ale utilising Sauvins, which I also really enjoyed - my hat goes off to these guys for making good use of them too.

Tastes not dissimilar to how it smells. Perhaps a bit floral/sweet/"girly" for some, but backed up with a manly bitterness that lingers for a while, but not obtrusively so. Really well-balanced. Mouthfeel is the platonic ideal of crisp and smooth.

I had one to start and eagerly anticipated the next, but I'm not sure how much more I'd want after that. It's fantastic, there's maybe just too much going on. I'd have no problem drinking blander lagers all day & night, but perhaps this one needs to be savoured and respected. On a hotter day, I suspect I'd change my mind.

Parrotshake, Feb 27, 2009
Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.