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Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier - Bayreuther Bierbrauerei

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BA SCORE
88
very good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 19
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 08-19-2008

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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by czfreeman:
Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After the superb Original yesterday, today the Zwickl, one of my favorite style.After a resounding pop from the flip-top bottle, pours a deep malty brown-orange-tangerine tea tone. NIce murkiness from the settlement. Head is gorgeous, thick fluffy, rocky, lasting a long time.
Smells are quite complex, taking a while to unfold. Pekoe tea, pepper, cellar-like mustiness, tart peach, tangerine, grainy, yeast, clove, bread. really good. as the beer warms
Wow, first sip. Tea, fruits-tangerine, pea, spiciness akin to fresh pepper, dark bread, fresh yeast, a mustiness lingers, then is cut by the fresh spiciness and a great amount of carbonation, leaving the palate tingling for more.
Body is light to medium, not sweet or sugary in the least, a perfect marriage of Hefeweizen and light brown ale. Musty, rustic, yet spicy and refreshing and tart. Exactly what I would imagine a brewer pulling out of his cellar for his own enjoyment

More User Reviews:
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of a German Kellerbier. I've only tried Trois Mousquetaires'
Mother brought this back from trip to Germany.
Really wish I could read the label on the back ... might ask my dad for a translation.

A- This has a peculiarly beautiful colour. Peculiar and beautiful actually. It's quite hard for me to seize. Golden caramel, light amber, copper. Completely clear (i can see my fingerprints through my glass). Inch of head recedes to an almost equally beautiful fuzzy surface layer in a couple minutes. Slight beige tint to the chewy head. Frothy lacing.

S- Smells like there's some grain other than barley but I doubt it. I'm getting a bit of a burnt cream of wheat, some mineral character and alcohol. Not very much and not very much I enjoy.

T- Wow this tastes good. There's a few layers in here. Starts off pretty ordinary and macro lager like but ends with a weirdly smooth maple ale. I love how this ends. Bitterness is a bit like a chamomille tea.

M- Low carbonation thas works well with the almost eerily smooth flavour. A bit dry. Medium mouthfeel.

D- Very good. Just because of that fleeting taste in the end that I just want more and more of.

Just for that last delicious part of the taste it's worth seeking out this beer. The rest of the taste and structure is just a little over ordinary. I really want to try this again. Really weird how I don't think this is all too good but that little taste I get in the end is like a delicious drug.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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!

Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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).

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.68/5  rDev -32%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of zerohedge
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of crnipeter
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of mekanical
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of Rehabeam
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of beerme343
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant unfiltered malty beer.

The slight cloudiness makes an appealing glassful. Slightly brownish amber in color. Has an interesting flavor-- maybe it's the yeast. Not a rich beer, but has a lot of mouthfeel with the velvety carbonation. Malty flavors with a hint of caramel. Modest hop taste but nicely balanced. Not as interesting as some but an interesting style and quite drinkable. One of these and I would look for some other variety of flavor, however.

Photo of Damayor
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
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!!!

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Photo of jonb5
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half litre flip top, brown colour, not unlike English bitter. Fairly clear, poor head retention. Corky smell, some citrus fruit. Barley suger taste, hints of lemon. Normal mouthfull. A pleasant enough keller/zwickel, but I get the feeling drinking too much off it could cause stomach issues.

Photo of JCBears
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier from Bayreuther Bierbrauerei
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.