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Zwickel - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 15
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-20-2011

Our flagship lager, pronounced ‘zv-ick-el’, is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, German classic that finishes as a smooth-drinking, vitamin rich (from the yeast), naturally cloudy bier.

20 IBU
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Ratings: 222 | Reviews: 40
Photo of eggman2814
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you want the taste of Germany go for this easy drinker

Photo of ShannonBananon
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very unfiltered But not overwhelming.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold with a thick, creamy white head. Lots of carbonation.
Smells a smoky yeast, finishing with a funk.
Nearly perfect Bavarian style lager taste. Bready with slight hop bite, with that wonderful finish that makes you think you are drinking this in the old world. Great taste with refreshment.
Overall, the best non European Bavarian Lager I have had.

Photo of steveh
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first go at this local favorite of A-B's backyard. Heard terrific reviews, hope they stand up.

500 ML bottle that is supposed to have a bottled-on date on the neck, but I can't find one. $9.00 per 4-pack.

A -- Hazy light gold color with a dense white head.

S -- Bready, yeasty nose with light, spicy hops back. Mild DMS toward the end.

T -- Light breadiness up front with some spicy hops in the middle and a crackery, grainy finish with spicy hop bitterness lingering through the otherwise clean aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a lightly crisp finish and a light to light-medium body.

O -- As the beer warms a little more I realize that it's really reminding me of Spaten Helles from years back and Munich trips. The breadiness is definitely a yeasty character more than a melanoidin breadiness, but a little of that comes through in the aftertaste. Overall, this beer is a very good rendition of a Bavarian lager and will stand up to the best. I hope to be enjoying more of this over the summer months to come!

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super smooth, crisp, refreshing lager. It may not punch you in the mouth with flavor, but there is something to be said about it's excellent execution of subtle flavors and smooth taste.

Would absolutely purchase and drink again.

Photo of rpmetzler
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Although just a basic lager, if I had to choose a simple lager to drink, this is where I'd go.

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Kaiser Tiger in Chicago. Maybe there was a tap line issue, because this was not impressive. Could have passed as a domestic macro.

Photo of Kraj30
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is a really good lager... my first offering from them. I like it

Photo of ejk99
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Railshake in Highland, IL

Very smooth great tasting beer

Photo of humuloner22
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I picked this one up on a trade. It was pretty unexciting really. I have a few more from this brewery but this one was a run of the mill lager.

Appearance: What you would expect from a lager. Golden foamy quintessential "beer" appearance.

Smell: Not much going on here, some malts grassy notes, some bready notes in there but fairly mild.

Taste: Blah, it really isn't all that great. I think AAL' almost do a better job of this style. It was not really all that tasty,It was a foamy soapy tasting mess.

Overall: Not impressed with this one. I wouldn't seek it out again. But then again I am not crazy about the style to begin with.

Photo of Suds
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love a good lager, it is not always my style, but a solid well made version can be very rewarding. This one is exceptional. It is slightly hazy, and golden. Effervescent with a white head. The smell is of bread and hops....slight peppery hop scent, and very clean. The flavor is crisp, with a little up front sweetness and breads malt. Wonderful.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: slighty cloudy; medium straw yellow bodied beer. This beer sports a giant and clumpy bone white head. This beer has great head retention. Spotty lacing is left all over the outside of the glass.

Smell: This beer has bready malts that imparts a slightly sweet aroma. Slightly fruity yeast and very mellow floral hop profile. Toasted and grainy malts also come to mind.

Taste: Really nice malt profile flavors here- bready, biscuity, toasty grains and cereal grains notes are prodominate. Also tasting some honey. Minerals and well water come to mind also. A nice general fruity yeast presence is found at the end of each swallow with a light floral hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with medium carbonation levels. The carbonation is surprisingly creamy with a slight lager dryness at the finish. This beer is unbelieveably crushable; drinkablity is seriously off the charts. This would be fantastic in summer because it is such a crisp and clean lager.

Overall: This is only the third zwickel that I have ever sampled. The first thing that I thought of when I took my first wiff and taste of this beer was a beer that is similiar to an Octoberfest style beer. If I would have gotten a blind pour and did not know who the brewer was... I would have guessed that Dan Carey brewed this beer. And we all know that Dan Carey is the master when it comes to brewing German lagers. This is definately a high quality german lager and it is on the same level as any of Dan's German lagers that he brews. I give this beer high regards, so get a sample of this brew from Urban Chestnut! What a gem!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

True to the heartland of Germany, the taste that put pilsner on the brewing map takes up residency with these St. Louis beer makers.

Its bright golden-straw color gleams with racing carbonation that shines with bright clarity. A cottony swath of foam accompanies the rim and explodes with floral hop aromatics. Honeysuckle, orange blossom, citrus and orchard fruit abound while the undertow of fresh baked bread and confectioner's sweetness play softly underneath.

While a memory of sweetness resides on the middle palate, the lager dries beautifully to a crisp and wafer-thin, cracker-like quality. Slight honey and powdered sugar dissolves on the palate and the floral perfume turns spicy, grassy and wonderfully herbal in balance.

Peppery, pleasantly grassy and with a herbal bite, the finish comes quick and dry. Its refreshing taste gives the medium-light lager an effervescent tingle with aftertaste of floral bouquet and pepper.

Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%

A hint of sulfury pilsner malt character, with slightly spicy and grassy hops. Flavor is crackery, with an interesting citrus tartness at the finish.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Great traditional German lager taste.

Photo of schematix
1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

I had this for the first time after drinking mass market american lagers so I reserved my opinion until I could taste it on a clean tongue.

Perhaps I had a bad batch here but I find this to be undrinkable swill. It has a thick cloying heavy moutfeel, with an estery and phenolic finish. The more I drink it, the more I dislike it. Tastes like a hot fermented amateur home brew cream ale. The only positive quality is that it has great head.

I'll try it again in the future and change my rating if it's any different, but suffice to say I'm very disappointed.

Photo of joe1510
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle

A big thanks goes out to Mark for the bottle! A favorite style of mine. Surprisingly good clarity with the smallest amount ofl haze throughout the body. The pokal really accentuates the 24kt golden body with a glow like no other. A sudsy off white head grows to a finger in height on the pour and crackles down fairly quickly to a thick ring and light foam. Spotty lacing is left behind on each drink. Lookin' good!

You could smell this guy as it was pouring. A couple feet away and I could smell deep, penetrating, clean graininess. Made my mouth water. Cereal grain and light white toast make up the malt base. A slight mineral character comes through from what I'm assuming is the water used. Grassy hops wrap it up along with some florals as well. Oh, yeah, this beer smells clean and crisp.

Same! Grain, grain, grain. Fresh cereal grains, crisp and clean. Easy going minerality runs from front to back and there's a touch of dry white toast. Grassy noble hops flash through first but the long aftertaste becomes slightly floral. Straightforward flavors profile that pops, is clean, and is mouthwateringly delicious.

The body is light with an ultra soft and silky feel across the tongue. The florals linger and a moderate grassy bitterness persists long after each drink. A drying finish accentuates that bitterness. Each drink leaves me wanting another immediately.

This is a well crafted Zwickel, no off flavors, moderate bitterness, crisp, and most importantly easy drinking. If I lived in Urban Chestnut's distribution area I would buy this by the case often. Such a great beer to have on hand at all times. Thanks again, Mark!

Photo of jrnichols
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle. My glass is kind of small so I had to drink it in two pours. Swirling the bottle before the second pour kicked up some yeast from the bottom.

A medium head, disperses quickly leaving very little foam around the edges. Clear golden color with a few bubbles. The second pour was a little cloudier, remaining so for the duration.

Slightly fruity smell, kind of hard to place but it makes me think of apricot and a tiny bit of apple. The smell was stronger on the second pour.

Tastes somewhat like a typical commercial lager, but with a bit more complexity. The fruity aroma carries over into the taste with a very slight sourness on the back end.

Feels crisp and light, not very complex.

I don't usually seek out lagers because they are not usually very complex. In that respect, this beer is better than any commercial lager out there. But it's still approachable to the uninitiated Bud drinker. But it still leaves something to be desired. Definitely a sessionable beer, though.

Photo of TastyAdventure
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a standard lager. Less than finger head.

Smells mildly fruity, surprisingly. A crisp fresh apple scent.

Smooth, almost creamy body. Smooth taste. Mild toasted biscuit following by mellow fruit. Pretty outstanding for a lager. In fact, the best light lager I've ever had!

This had been judged from the perspective of someone who doesn't really like lagers**

Photo of Franziskaner
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Golden hued with great clarity. Minimal head. Aroma is slightly nutty with a bit of pale malt. Mouthfeel is salty and light. Flavor is strong in terms of light malt and somewhat salty and buttery. There's just something underwhelming here. This is not one of my favorites.

Photo of brureview
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A friend brought this beer from St. Louis. It's the first beer
I have sampled from this brewery.

In a stein,the beer poured a pale yellow color with a 3F head. It's unfiltered,
so the color was not clear.

Very nice aroma from the head: malt and light fruit.

The mouth feel was lightly carbonated.

The taste-finish was surprising. Although, I am not familiar with this style,
there was an excellent balance of malt, fruit, and bitterness.
I was expecting more bitterness, and less balanced flavor with the malt and fruit.
The beer is well-brewed- which shows in the finished taste.

It's an easy drinking beer- but there is some complexity. I would like to explore more
beers in this style, and from the the brewery.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug from a 16.7 oz bottle.

Pours a nice hazy golden color with a nice darker almost copper hue to it. There is a nice whit head that forms that is thin and white and recedes down to a thin film and ring around the glass.

Aroma of delicious bready notes and earthy grain. There is a nice herbal and bitter hop aroma that is mild and flowery but inviting.

Flavor is pretty straight forward but delicious. GReat tasting lighter lager. Nice hop bitterness and grassyness. Finishes dry and leaves you wanting more. There are some nice bready and biscuit notes that balance out the hops but play second fiddle. The hops are more herbal than anything else. There are some nice yeasty notes to the brew that add to the bready notes. The notes aren't like Hefes but more chalky and earthy as opposed to phenolic. Mouthfeel is light with nice full and crisp carbonation.

Overall. This is a delicious and drinkable lager.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a light straw honey color. The beer is fairly clear with very good carbonation. its has a monstrous whire head with excellent retention

S - Very sweet and yeast smelling. I also detect hints of orange and lemon

T - Not nearly as sweet as the smell. A very tasty lager. Its even has a slight spiciness to it at first followed my a yeasiness with a good malt kick

M - Definately a lighter beer, but it does have a pleasant creaminess to it.

O - Exellent lager and a style that I have not had before. An easy drinknig local beer with lots of flavor.

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Stays hazy (as it should), great lacing & above average head retention

S: Breadyness, grassiness, pears & perfumy hops

T: Breadyness, faint yeastiness, slight peppery notes & pear up front. Orange peel, white grapes, a hint of lemon, wet grain & more bready notes as this warms. Finishes grassy, grainy with pears & hay notes, some faint white grape & juicy fruit notes

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Drinks so easy, compares favorably with most of the kellerbiers I had in Germany. I would buy this if they actually distributed in SW Mizzou

Photo of soju6
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a firm head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of some malt sweetness, mild fruit and citrus, a bit of grain and spice in the background.

T: The taste is a subtle mix of malt and fruity sweetness, with a bit of grain and spice in the background. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: Has a fairly light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer. A very sessionable beer that goes down easy.

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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
86 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.