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Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier - Bayreuther Bierbrauerei

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88
very good

49 Reviews
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Reviews: 49
Hads: 138
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 19
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 08-19-2008

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Photo of drmeto
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a cloudy dark amber with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-Yeasty sweetness,spicy,bread,caramel,earthy,zesty
T:
-very spicy,bread,nutty,clove
F:
-high carbonation (overcarbonated)
-medium body
O:
Kellerbier of the dark variety.
Not my fave, but a good one. (298 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is dark yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of yeast and apples, along with a little sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but doesn't seem to have as much complexities in the taste compared to other beers I've had in the style.

Serving type: bottle (664 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the tap a clear, dark amber with a nice wheat head. Malty aroma has a powdery fruity overtone. Fruit, mainly apple with a little pear and a little banana and a little - cherry? - dominates the malty flavor, which is subtly sweet and has a hint of cloves. Smooth texture has firm body and a nice amount of fizz. Prosit (or prost, whatever). (352 characters)

Photo of zerohedge
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was my first "cellar beer" and I will always remember the fun of drinking from its earthenwear mug. (My bartender always had to ask if I was done!)

The particles in the unfiltered sediment must give you superpowers - I've felt weak ever since my favorite Hoff stopped carrying it.

Beyond that, its body is satisfying and thick, with a beautiful long tail and a hearty aroma. (381 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%

On tap at Wurstkuche in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.

Yeasty, light, rotten apple-ish (in a good way), but nothing too impressive. Sedated like the Beatles on LSD, but not as colorful.

A bit above average. (203 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

This is an excellent kellerbier.

Pale copper, it has medium off-white head slowly shrinking.

Aroma is nice, rich yeasty bread, bread crust, herb, lemon.

Taste is juicy, yeasty bread, herbs, hint of lemon with a full body and full but lively feel. (249 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

A new arrival at the local good beer store... little did I realize it's also almost a year old having been bottled in December of 2013. Hmm.

A -- Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a dense, slow settling, off-white head that remains persistent throughout the drink.

S -- Light bready and yeasty malts up front with some light caramel.

T -- Great bready, melanoidin malts up front that start mildly sweet and blend into a soft bread crust character. Some mildly spicy hop bitterness in the finish that lingers into the aftertaste. Just what I expect from a southern German beer.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light-medium body.

O -- Great color, rich maltiness that can't be found outside Bavaria, smooth and satisfying -- even at near its expiration. (774 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +1.8%

09/02/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. New to this style...but I'm on board. This has a lot going for it. Not for a newbie, but try it as a flight or take the leap if you know your depth. (186 characters)

Photo of DannyS
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled 12/20/13.

Look - Hazy dark brown amber; almost opaque. Thin half finger of head and lots of streaky lacing.

Smell - Smells a tad adjunct-ish if I really strain my nostrils, but the overarching aroma is fresh grain accented by citrusy aroma and clove

Taste - Rich and malty sweet with some nice fruity jam overtones, a slightly bitter hop aftertaste, and a very clean finish. I see people say this one finishes dry, but I didn't get that from this one. Interesting; the months of age on this one might be the culprit there.

Feel - This one drinks really darned easily but hits your stomach with some weight, so be careful. It's not heavy in the mouth, but it is in the gut.

Overall - An enjoyable German brew, really easy to drink, though I wouldn't call it sessionable. It's filling! (847 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from 500mL swing-top bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark golden hue with a relatively haze-free body and a super strong effervescence. Head pours two fingers of pillowy ivory foam with good retention. Attractive!

Smell: richly grainy malt aroma with a nice aged character. Simple but very well put-together.

Taste: quite grainy with a little sweetness and a hint of noble hops. Bitterness is low but this beer remains balanced. This beer manages to be rich without going over the top.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this is a highly drinkable and flavorful brew. Probably the best kellerbier I've had. (678 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a half litre Bierkrug mug. Bottled Dec 20th 2013.

Thick fluffy and large off white vanilla head, slight tan and toffee like colored. Body is a nice toffee brown caramel to chestnut, with a big thick pour out of the bottle. Real nice looker here in a mug, and fitting well.

Great nose on this. Light toffee with lots of light crackly caramel. Good amounts of toasty barley and dry yeast and grains. Rich and light, almost flakey like a pie crust. Barley action takes to dry brown bread and pumpernickel but sweeter.

Palate delivers. Light toffee malts with a great crisp grain action more towards brown bread. Big dry aftertaste with a sweet chew to go along so not to dry out your palate. Warmth brings out a bit of fig and light raisin, but without the sugary fruit sweetness, more towards baked bread. Even some banana like esters show up.

Overall, even at this bottling age this keller is delivering nicely, great stuff. (955 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kellerbier is a style I am yet to review so for this momentous occasion I purchased the best Kellerbier I could see at Plonk! And soon I will sup on the nectar of the Gods... or something along those lines. For those not familiar Kellerbier is one of the oldest Lager styles dating back to the middle ages where the coolest place to ferment Lagers were underground kellers (cellars). It is a beer that is unfiltered and unpasteurised (Louis Pasteur had yet to figure out how time travel works) as such it is how the Germans say naturtrüb!

Poured from a 500ml swing-top bottle into a Stein.

A: Yes, indeed, an interesting drop - body is a naturtrüb (naturally cloudy) sepia with a light white lace on top. Was actually expecting more of a straw/amber body but I guess there is quite a bit of variation with this style.

S: Aroma is even more intriguing: typical Weizen banana mixed with Lager malt grains, caramel and some bread notes. There is an earthy/grassy hop presence lurking in the background as well. Quite thrown off by this unexpected scent... in a good way.

T: A melange of the above aromas - banana, malt grain, caramel and heady bread yeast. There is a nice body as well [but we'll talk about that next right?] along with lemon and grass hop notes. This is a real mix of Lager and Weizen, with a dry but slightly bitter finish.

M: Heavier than expected (from the ABV) with a medium body and creamy carbonation.

D: I really had no idea what I was getting in to with this Kellerbier - it has a great mix of Lager and Weizen, which I'm really digging, and at 5.3% ABV although it is above what constitutes a "session beer" (tasty Ales with a specific gravity at or below 1040º or 4.1% ABV) it has the aspect of making me want another... and another, and another... until I have run out of money and have to vacate the "establishment" (pub). A solid effort from a brewer I've never heard of and a style I've never tried.

Food match: A beer with both Lager and Ale characteristics makes for a good all-rounder when it comes to food matching. With this particular brews lemon hop note seafood is a sure-fire winner though. (2,138 characters)

Photo of beerme343
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Zwick'l pours a rich oaky tan color with a medium head of barely off white froth

The nose is fantastic with nice biscuity malt and just a hint of grass with some background molasses

This beer gives me a fresh bread taste with slight tropical citrus fruit notes and a mild malty finish with a hint of honey

The is a mild effervescence that lingers a bit on the palate but all in all this goes down easy and is a smooth drinking sessionable brew (447 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont pint glass. Pours a rich medium to dark coppery amber with a two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of biscuity, slightly toasted malt, hint of wheat and mild grassy hops. Flavor is slightly sweet biscuit, lightly bready malt and light grassy hops, nicely integrated. Medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. Light flavored, but really pleasant malt profile and a deft amount of grassy hops. Lingering semi-sweet malt and hops finish. This was very enjoyable and could win me ovre to the idea of session beers. This would be quite nice to sit and sip for a long period of time on a warm day. There is a hint of oxidation in this, which is apparently why this style is rarely exported, meant to be drunk fresh. This was still very enjoyable and makes me want to try a fresh one. (833 characters)

Photo of Rehabeam
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass

Best before: 18/12/2014

A: Has a brownish amber colour, a small head which disappears quickly. Shows little carbonation

S: Can't smell much more than roasted malt

T: Tastes of malt and has a little bitterness with it

F: It is very light in body and the carbonation stays on the tongue for quite some time

O: It is SO awesomely drinkable. I really enjoy it. It definitely compares to a lager but it is much more malty and tasteful. I'll go and get a caste tomorrow! (515 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle. Fluted mug. Deep brass color, veiled apperance. Off-white froth creates a close, thick & lasting head. Sweet maltiness, hints of honey & Noble hops to the nose. Sweet malts & floral hoppiness at first sip. Light to medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Dense to watery texture. Sweet sensation is kept by green fruit & floral slight flavors just at the edge of cloyiness. Sweet finish. Herbal & floral infusion on the aftertaste. (448 characters)

Photo of JCBears
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Nice brown to amber color, meaty head that screams backbone. NIce color blending that goes from dark at the top to light at the bottom. Really loving it.

smell: Hearty and robust smells that your can really feel the roasted barley. Really fills up your nose and says step up to something with a back bone.

taste: Fruit on the side with a nice sweetness, barely a bit of the hoppiness at the end just as it says good bye down the hatch. Slight smoke at the end to make you think of a warm place after a cold wet day.

mouthfeel: Not as much backbone as the smell lends for but great and full enough at the end to give it substance.

overall: A great brew deffinately one you should pick up if you see it. Almost woth goign well out of your way for. Really liking this brew. (849 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice grassy hop aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink. (566 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orangish; cloudy; small head that dissipates quickly; no lacing

Aroma: Malty; wheaty; peppery; floral

Taste: Smooth; quenching; well-balanced; very drinkable; excellent

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (256 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey amber with lots of trailers of bubbles and shaving cream froth that rims.
Fresh dark honey with some bread dough and butterscotch.
Lots of toasty malts, a touch of yellow apple, a bit of caramel, a bready yeast hit and earth and spicy hops.
Caraway finish and cut hay linger.
Light, round, crisp.

First Zwickel. This threw me at first because this seems to strip out everything interesting about Keller and leave a toasty O'fest-type beer. As you get into it, though, you get the same balanced, even bitterness, and easy drinking as in a solid English session bitter.

Missing the depth of character I look for from an unfiltered lager, but has a thing of its own going on. (683 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber to brown (nutty) color forming a big and thin bubbled light beige head. Small retention and a lot of small spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet and buttery with notes of caramel and roasted malts. Ashy and earthy. Light flowery hops in the end

T: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet grains in upfront. Very earthy in the mouth with some notes of roasted malts and ashes. Biscuity notes of diacetyl. Bready and Lager-like yeasts. Light but pleasant hops bitterness

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Bready, grainy and slightly sweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability like a good German Lager should be. Charming (691 characters)

Photo of MattRiggs
2.08/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

-pours a slightly cloudy, light brown with a thin head
-very faint malt sweetness on the nose
-no sign of hops in aroma or taste
-very simple flavor, i pick up a faint taste of raisins but it fades fast
-low carbonation
-LOW EVERYTHING.
-if I want to not taste my beer, I'd buy a thirty pack of keystone light
-Am I missing something? Is this all this beer has to offer? (370 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy light amber beer, a white head that leaves little lacing but a few curtains.

Sweet syrup tones, then some alkaseltzer and apples. Really not bad!

Tasting of burnt bread, brown sugar, fruity, apples and pears.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, smooth texture and a good body.

A straight honest (dark) lager. (318 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy copper with a massive tan compact and thick, almost whipped-cream-like head. Slow dissipation leaves fantastic lacings.

S: A bit yeast, but mild. Lots of bitterhops. Also some malts. Not very exciting one could think, but this is so true to the style - no messing around...

T: Dry but also a bit sweet. Rich malt but even richer bitterhops. Some dark dried fruits is noticable. Some grassy notes in the back.

M: Aftertaste is long and holds a lovely bitterness. Body is rather full and carbonation low - very smooth.

O: This is one of the best Kellers I've ever had, and this is a style that I really like... (626 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on Tap at Summit's Wayside Snellville 3/22/12 with one of the most awesome glasses ever. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) pours a nice froth of a almost sheer white consistency, with average retention. Lacing is thick and consistent. Color is a deep gold amber and mild hazy tones. 4.5

(Smell) German malts, some spice, a little spicy hop aroma, lager yeast. Aroma not that unique but comes through with an above average potency. 3.5

(Taste) Smooth bread malt character with a bit of spice and hop resin on the finish. Very smooth and very easy drinker with no astringent tones whatsoever. 4

(Mouthfeel) Thick and chewy bread texture make this a thick drink. It's quite smooth, however with just a bit of air on the finish. No alcohol presence. Light/medium body. 4

(Overall) Pretty awesome intro to the style of Zwick'lbier. I will seek this classic out and more like it more often. 4 (898 characters)

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Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier from Bayreuther Bierbrauerei
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.