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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 magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of jarmby1711
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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

jarmby1711, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Bobhoya, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Macca
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Macca, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +3.1%

mungus, Nov 20, 2011
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 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 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 XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

XsoldoutX, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Kulrak
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Kulrak, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of mrjez
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Stuckey_Stuckey, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of adityashekhar
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Finite
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden colour. Pours a good almost 1 inch head, disipates over a few minutes to very little of the rocky head with small amounts of lacing on the glass, no head whatsoever after a few minutes. Very very small amount of carbonation visible only a few bubbles. Beautifull Label and one of the nicest bottles ive seen. Like a little bottle of $500 red.

S - Aroma has a hint of white wine smell in it. Label says beer uses Sauvin Hops which are known for thier Sauvignon Blanc flavour which present a wonderfull lemony tone and allow the sweetness of the malt to balance. Floral tones are also strong. Truly one of the best smelling beers that has graced my nose in some time if only it was a little stronger. This really is clever in its use of a hop which relates to the breweries winemaking history.

T - Very powerfull hop tones are up front straight away. Wonderfull and powerfull hop bitterness. My reserch tells me that this Nelson Sauvin hop has a 12-13% alpha acid values. Thats very high and it shows through this beer. Im a bit of a hop head so I really enjoy this kick and the malt balance is fantastic. Label says Bavarian Style Lager, hop growing capital of the world and as such this beer is a wonderfull compliment. My only very small nit pick would be that the malt really takes over from the hops as it warms and the beer really looses its hoppy bitterness in comparision to when straight out of the fridge but I doubt it will last that long.

M - High carbonation which only adds to this hoppy kick. Flavours of the hop aftertaste stay long after the last sip. Very crisp, fresh and sharp.

D - A plesure to drink and a very enjoyable flavour profile. Its a shame this was the last pack because I would go back for more. My favourite Australian beer to date!

Finite, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of dwarbi
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely little bottle, but I will say it looks much bigger in photographs. The head fades quickly and no head retention to be seen. The colour is light, similar to a pilsner.

Beautiful nose. Here's that hop I've read about. Nelson Sauvin. Distinct but it reminds me of saaz, perhaps the poppy-ness.

Big round flavour, kicking all the way to the back of the tongue. Some lingering bitterness, but not too much. Very drinkable.

I wish this were easier to get and more affordable. It would make an excellent summer regular.

dwarbi, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Weizenmensch, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Cs1987
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light gold, with two fingers of head that reduced gradually.

Smell - Strong, quite similar to white wine.

Taste - Surprisingly hoppy, again with white wine and other fruity characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Very good all round.

Drinkability - Easy to drink and quite addictive.

Overall - For those who have no respect for Australian lagers, think again, because this one's a beauty.

Cs1987, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of DrNo
4.5/5  rDev +16%

DrNo, Jan 12, 2012
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
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3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

PolarBear3, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of rec
2.28/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

rec, Apr 18, 2007
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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
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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Hoptron_3000, Jul 03, 2013
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rjimlad, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of madvoice
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really light amber colour with a nice froth of head. It stayed around for a while and left some lacing on the glass. I was very surprised with the aroma. It is very distinctive and is much like the aroma of a wine which isn't surprising where this beer comes from. An instantaneous blast of passionfruit and rose scent hit the nose and it got better from there. The taste was very fruity as well and it mimics the smell very well. Very smooth and full bodied with a crisp aftertaste. Is quite lightly carbonated. I expected something a lot fizzier. It reminds me of a fruity reisling but made into a beer. I could drink this all day if it wasn't for the fact it is a little pricey. Nice drop.

madvoice, Nov 27, 2007
Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
87 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.