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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: 51
Hads: 147
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 19
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of Damayor
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
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!!!

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Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
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...

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Photo of DerBayer
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just had this and it is very summery:

A - Acloudy amber/honey very naturbelassen

S - Hay, cut grass, hops a hint of spice

T - Tastes very fresh - noble hops slightly bitter with a hint of harvest spice

M - Low carbonation but large bubbles, medium dry palate

D - Very, very drinkable this goes down a treat

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Photo of beerme343
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +10%

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.

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Photo of lstokes
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a few of the swing-top bottles at my local Getränke Hoffman. It pours a cloudy red amber with a very pleasantly frothy head and smells like honey, strawberry and hay.

I've never actually had a Zwickl before, but it's delightful, bitter with a sour yeasty twang, some spicy floral hops, and a bitter and citrusy end. The mouthfeel was maybe thinner and less carbonated than I wanted it to be, but overall it's very drinkable, and I hope to find some in the summer.

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Photo of stonesean
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served at my local kniepe on tap in a .5 liter stoneware stein. (It's their "beer of the month")

A: A thick sudsy head that dissipated after a couple minutes, but left solid lacing throughout.

I poured a small portion into a clear glass to get a look at it. A nice red-brown color with uneven cloudiness. The bartender tells me that they flip the kegs daily to ensure that the sediment doesn't settle.

S: A lovely floral, almost rasin smell, (maybe some strawberry too?)

T/M: Though the mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, the flavor was an excellent combination of fruit and malt with enough hops to not make the beer sickly sweet.

D: I prefer a more malty, subtle beer to being bashed over the head by hops, and this one fits the bill. A rarity on tap even in Germany. If you can find it, get it!

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Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Photo of JCBears
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of skypup
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Rehabeam
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of gkunkle
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
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

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Photo of rtepiak
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

in a night of kellerbier drinking this was an all around solid brew. a great place to get the feel for a keller and a nice label.

pour is a beautiful doughy head of off white atop a orange brown cloudiness. the nose is apple predominently with a floral basement ash/dust and honey. an interesting interaction of freshness in citrus and a dingy straw moldy wood. the palate was the balance of both of those meeting in a mild bitter finish. there is a sweetness as the flavor contracts of brown sugar and honey. a nice grainy straw and wheat hush finish. not as earthy as some but particularly husky.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier from Bayreuther Bierbrauerei
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