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Knappstein Reserve Lager - Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)

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87
very good

71 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 8
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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 22:24:19 | More by Knapp85
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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!"

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 23:06:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 23:43:02 | More by wordemupg
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

08-28-2013 23:43:13 | More by GraduatedCashew
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dgilks

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 07:29:25 | More by dgilks
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 22:28:02 | More by tbeckett
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a standard adjunct lager like VB or something similarly horrible - light golden colour, lots of thick frothy head, but with the exception that this has a generous amount of lacing - beer sticks to the glass like honey, makes this very appealing indeed.

Nose is rich with plummy characters accompanied by a hoppiness which suggests a full-bodied palate. The aromas are ultimately a bit simple but very pleasant and appealing.

Palate has a rich, red wine character to it with a delightful hoppy bitterness which lingers long into a robust but refreshing palate. Mouthfeel is slightly soupy but very pleasant, and this tasty, long-palate beer goes down mighty smooth. Very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 02:50:27 | More by laituegonflable
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 08:45:10 | More by CrazyDavros
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ADZA

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 07:31:09 | More by ADZA
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...a rarity for me from down under. Thanks to nyctreal for the hook-up on this one!

Excited to see the use of Sauvin hops. The only other beer I knowingly had made with this hop was an IPA from Sly Fox during the 2007 IPA Project. It was my personal IPA pick of the year!

A-Slighty hazy golden yellow with a thin bright white head.

S-Fantastically fruity-Almost like a stainless steel aged chardonnay. Nice earthy mustiness and small notes of citrus.

T-Earthy tones blend nicely with a sharp bite from the Sauvin hops--for a "plain, old yellow" lager this one is loaded with flavour!

M-Med-light with a very nice crispness. Long lasting citrus/foral notes left behind.

D-For fizzy, yellow beer this one is wonderful. Big ups for use of the Sauvin hops. The fruitiness is great in the nose. I would love to have some of this fresh to see if it comes thru in the palate as well when fresh. Great job!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 07:05:49 | More by Deuane
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 19:57:20 | More by BeerAdvocate
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soju6

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 06:02:54 | More by soju6
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brendan13

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. For example, my Corona drinking sister would probably like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 10:28:41 | More by brendan13
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -23.1%

09-08-2012 04:32:02 | More by pin
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heygeebee

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 07:44:53 | More by heygeebee
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 21:54:48 | More by JohnnyBarman
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dansmcd

Australia

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:53:04 | More by dansmcd
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joecast

Australia

4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 11:56:54 | More by joecast
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mulder1010

Australia

2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 11:09:38 | More by mulder1010
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

05-01-2014 00:57:32 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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vancurly

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What presentation, what a beer !!

No expense spared in the design & labelling. One can definitely see a wine marketer's influence here.

Can a winemaker brew a beer ? You betcha...

A: Pale yellow, tinge of green. White, rocky head, nice lace, bubbles, and good persistence.

S: Fresh, hoppy nose. The variety is "Sauvin", and gives a real fresh, green fruit note. Malt is also evident.

F: Wonderful balance of hop & malt. Good length & bitterness. Stonefruit, touch of grapefruit, lychee, "wild herbs"..

M: Excellent balance, full palate, and bitter length.

O: This beer made me drop everything and SMS my beer mates to head down to Vintage Cellars and get some.

Fantastic....and a part of the Lion Nathan stable too...

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 07:16:21 | More by vancurly
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LittleCreature

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a thickish, foamy two fingers of white head that reduced slowly, leaving decent lacing. The body is is a quite pale, straw-like colour, which looks to be moderately carbonated.

Smell - 4.5
The sweet smell of fruity and floral hops dominate here (lager? what were they thinking, this definitely smells like a pilsener!).

Taste - 4.5
Wow, this is a really tasty pilsener, probably the tastiest I have ever tried. The taste is sweet and smooth upfront, with flavours of grapefruit, some stone fruit and a little malt. Bitterness is moderate and quite crisp, about perfect for this style of beer. The finish is slightly dry, and only hints at the highish 5.6% ABV. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Again, very good for the style. Light in the mouth with a lovely, light but lively carbonation. Very crisp.

Drinkability - 3.0
Close to scoring a 4 here, but the alcohol character in the finish just stops it from doing so. Also too sweet for using as a session beer.

OVERALL - 4.1
This went down far too quickly! I have definitely had better beers, but compared to other pilseners I have had, this is clearly superior. To me it tasted halfway between a pilsener and an American pale ale (my favourite style). The price is on the high side, but definitely worth it in my opinion - I will be buying a 4 pack as soon as I can! A beer for Australia to be proud of.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 13:34:14 | More by LittleCreature
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KimenTshom

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

08-10-2013 18:30:28 | More by KimenTshom
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jarmby1711

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly pale , it is clear and my beer managed to keep a small head and laced well
Plenty of fruit , maybe kiwi fruit/melon as well as some maltiness.
It is bitingly crisp but finishes soft that reflects the malty biscuits from the nose.
Like a perfect cover drive ,this has balance grace and style, which is hard to qualify ,but you just know it is there.
Oozes class in presentation and consumption

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 22:32:03 | More by jarmby1711
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Macca

Australia

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 07:46:28 | More by Macca
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Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.