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Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier - Bayreuther Bierbrauerei

Aktien Zwick'l KellerbierAktien Zwick'l Kellerbier

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BA SCORE
87
very good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%


Brewed by:
Bayreuther Bierbrauerei visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wl0307 on 08-19-2008)
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Rehabeam

Germany

4.26/5  rDev +9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 18:16:36 | More by Rehabeam
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

2.65/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 10:32:23 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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JCBears

Germany

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 14:57:26 | More by JCBears
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 03:49:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:20:27 | More by IchLiebeBier
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StJamesGate

New York

3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 22:19:33 | More by StJamesGate
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 23:26:05 | More by eduardolinhalis
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MattRiggs

Germany

2.03/5  rDev -48.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 21:31:10 | More by MattRiggs
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rarbring

Sweden

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 18:54:06 | More by rarbring
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 17:44:47 | More by Sunnanek
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.93/5  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

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 01:49:24 | More by Jadjunk
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mekanical

Florida

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought and drank in Celle, Germany.

A - medium to light brown- amber with good clarity. The label says its unfiltered?? doesnt seem like it...maybe my translation is off. Not much lacing, head disappears quickly.
s - mild scent of hops.
T - average lager, not overly bitter or sweet. Relatively strong for a lager.
M - light to medium body, with average carbonation. Very smooth.
O - Decently good beer, I would be happy to get this at a bar once in a while. That being said I don't think I would ever pick this up at a store again, i'd probably want something with a little more flavor and depth.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 19:07:29 | More by mekanical
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at CK. Beer is golden to amber and mostly clear with a thin white head, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty, with a mild munich malt note.

Beer is nice, light in body, sweet on the palate, interesting beer, a nice wet finish. Not very heavy on the yeast in the palate as you might expect a zwickl would be but this is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2012 15:44:45 | More by drabmuh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-clear golden color. Surprisingly clear for a zwickel. A good white head with a touch of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some bready grain and a slight touch of hops. Nothing too much there, but the malt presence is quite nice. Flavor falls along the same lines. The breadiness of it is quite nice. Mouthfeel is light with a very crisp, dry finish. Finish is the best part. Quite well done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2012 03:19:21 | More by Thorpe429
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Florida9

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bav Lodge.

Served in a tall earthernware mug with a good half inch or so of creamy off-white head. While it is a pretty cool mug, it, makes the beer itself difficult to see. However, after the head subsided the beer revealed itself to a be a light copper color and just a little cloudy. The aroma was not strong, but it was appetizing. Light breads and yeast with just a hint of hops. Taste was similar with a some light caramel malts, lots of bread, light yeasty esters, and some very faint earthy hops. Light bodied with appropriate carbonation and a very mild bitterness. Very easy drinker. Paired well with a knockwurst.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 13:40:48 | More by Florida9
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Gustav's in Vancouver. Pours a transparent copper color, lots of visible carbonation. Head is white and stands about 1 finger after the pour. Smell is of clean sweet malt, slight earthy and citric hops. Taste is of light sweet malts, very much in the German style. I also get a earthy citric hop bitterness as the beer crests the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium with playful carbonation. This is my first kellerbier/zwickelbier and I quite enjoy it!

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 03:33:00 | More by gkunkle
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Damayor

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle. HavIng tried Chicago's very own Metropolitan Brewing's zwickl before and liked it this was a true real German surprise of that style. Great in all aspects and VERY, vert drinkable, this brew is a must try for all German lager fans. Awesome mug also. Chug-a-lug!!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 05:13:48 | More by Damayor
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flip-top 500 ml bottle taken Dec 2011 on the balcony of a mates flat by the banks of the Mosel River in Luxembourg, looking across into Germany.

The beer pours a dull semi-cloudy amber with an off-white foam topping sat above.

The smell was of malts, it has an earthy, bready, yeasty mini aroma as well, more so as the beer warmed in the glass.

The taste has a malty sweet front which fades as the hop flavours and bitterness assert themselves. This isn’t a strong flavoured brew, but it does have a decent kellerbier feel to it.

Another brew to ‘tick off’ my list of want to try beers before I die (still a huge list).

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 11:14:13 | More by BlackHaddock
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emerge077

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a tall half liter branded mug.

Copper color, creamy textured foam. Hard to see inside the stoneware mug, but blowing the foam to one side works.

Fruity caramel flavor, light and fairly simple. Unfiltered, smooth and yeasty. Easily quaffed in larger sips. Light lingering bitterness, but not much hop presence otherwise. Balanced and easy drinking. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 22:44:24 | More by emerge077
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skypup

Germany

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Edeka Getranktmarkt, Amberg, Germany. .5L botte served in stone bier krug

A- Dark somewhat cloudy copper color with a thick foamy head.

S- Some maltiness

T- Slightly bitter, hint of fresh cut grass

M- low carbonation and great drinkability

D- Good drinkability; this is a pretty standard kellerbier but worth finding.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 19:18:49 | More by skypup
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer a few weeks ago when i was in Germany. Bottle best before februari 2012.

Poured in a dutch beerglass this beer has some problems to give a decent head. I had to pour it in the glass with some strenght before it gave some.

Darkyellow fluid, nice for an unfiltered beer. Little carbonation. Smell and taste of banana and bread. This is not a spectacular beer to be honest. I have had better German beers. Overall i can say this is a drinkable beer with a soft taste but simply not a shocking beer....

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 10:01:35 | More by Brabander
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep orangeish golden to coppery-brown slightly hazed body showing lots of effervescence initially, which is quite untypical for a Kellerbier, topped by thin frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is toasted Marzen-like maltiness with nutty notes and herbal-earthy hops in the background.
Flavor is bready, obviously from the suspended yeast, with non-sweet nutty maltiness in perfect balance with herbal, earthy and slightly spicy hops with faint bitterness followed by a dry finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. (500 ml swingtop bottle with freshness date 1st November 2011, into the mug.)

In short: a Marzen-like, nutty, bready and quite dry Kellerbier with aromatic noble hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 21:48:44 | More by crnipeter
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ccrida

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Gustav's, served in a 1/2 liter Paulaner mug, Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier is clear pale auburn with a small eggshell head leaving pretty nice lace.

Smell is on the faint side, some sulfur, a touch of fruity esters that bloom as it warms.

Taste is mostly bready cereals with a firm yeast (not ester) note. Not a particularly complex beer, a very faint hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel is on the dry, crisp side, but there is some roundness to the medium body.

Drinkability is ok, the yeast add a bit more then your average maltier lager, but it's a pretty simply flavored brew otherwise.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 20:02:46 | More by ccrida
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.5 l. bottle, bough on a recent trip to Germany.

Amber colour, thin head, but good lacing.
Smell and taste are mainly just malts and yeast, but nice fresh clean ones. Mild floral and grassy hops.
Aftertaste is very balanced. Nothing but malty sweetness, mild bitter hops.
Allthough a bit watery in the mouth, this Aktien beer has more refreshing character than the Landbier I tried earlier. It's a well crafted, but simple drink.
Good one to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 10:17:47 | More by RuudJH
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largadeer

California

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt, into a ceramic stein. The pour is a cloudy amber, the head tall and billowing. Can't say much beyond that, but the glass sure is nice.

The nose is yeasty and fairly sulfuric at first, but that dissipates as the beer opens up. Fruity notes come out, a bit apricot-like, which I seem to pick up in a lot of kellerbiers. The malt character is bready, doughy, bringing to mind rising bread.

Delicious stuff. Quaffable, yeasty, fruity. There's a big malt profile, but it's a light-bodied, refreshing beer. Bready, slightly caramelized malt flavors lead into a fruity mid-palate. There's a bit of husky, drying malt in the finish. Bitterness is mild and doesn't linger. Very flavorful stuff, but it's not a beer to analyze too much; it's a great, balanced, easy-drinking session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 23:26:31 | More by largadeer
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