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Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier - Bayreuther Bierbrauerei

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Aktien Zwick'l KellerbierAktien Zwick'l Kellerbier

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 140
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 19
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by doktorhops:
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4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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!

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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3.61/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier from Bayreuther Bierbrauerei
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