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Zwickel | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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3.86
pDev:
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Rifugium on 06-20-2011

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 282
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mild fizzy frothy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, a clear but sediment hazy golden honey color.

Nose brings a mild sweet lager, mild toasted lager malt, raw bread dough, little yeasty, a little mineral note, faint fruity esters, soft lager note and mild grassy hopshops.

Taste brings typical nice German lager, mild soft lager malts, little toasted malt and bread dough, light fruity esters, a little mineral, not much for layered decoction style German lager but soft, little grassy hop, floral yeasty note. Finish little sticky not very crisp, little sticky, touch of lingering hops and dough.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing special, nice for a hot summer day but def could improve.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of biscuit malts along with hints of yeast and bits of floral hops, the latter of which contribute an ever so slight amount of carbonation.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as yeasty compared to some of the other kellerbiers/zwickelbiers that I've had in the past. In some aspects, the taste and mouthfeel are a little more resemblant to a kölsch.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque yellow with a white foamy head. Head retention is moderate with decent lacing. Slightly metallic, biscuit malts, and a little yeast spice in the aroma. Biscuit malt with a little yeast spice compose a simplistic, Belgian style flavor. Feel is bubbly, carbonated, and medium-thin. Overall, a simplistic brew that goes with most any thing. It's at home on a hot summer day.

Served in a 12oz pub glass.

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Photo of Dravin
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a becher glass. No visible best by or bottled on day on the can.

Look -- Slightly hazy straw with two fingers of white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smell -- Biscuity malt, noble hops, and a slight yeastiness.

Taste -- The biscuity malts, noble hops, and yeast are joined by a mineral bite and a slight sweetness.

Feel -- Light body and carbonation leave it light on the palate and refreshing though it's not particularly dry.

Overall -- A nice clean lager. It's not the most complex lager but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light, pale wheat color. Bulk of smell coming across is typical of most lagers, but with some floral scents coming through on this one. German lager taste, or what you might expect, but with some definite additional spice flavor coming through. Very heavy carbonation. Bright white, foam head.

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Photo of Ferb
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first official review here, so I feel obliged to admit that German lagers are not necessarily my favorite, but being a local, I wanted to try this from Urban Chestnut and share with BA.

A gentle pour created a nice 1 1/2 finger creamy head, with bubbles clinging to the side of the glass that would stick, then leap from the glass and shoot to the surface. Not as hazy as I would have thought, and a very light yellow: almost Bud-like. Every sip produces more bubbles that form and pop aromas of light lemon, flowers (or the greenery of them), softly spicy yeast, baked bread and newly cut grass.

The taste rhymes with the aroma, with a light, soft mouth feel and perpetual fizz production. It finishes with just enough floral hop to battle the malt to a draw. Not a hop-fest by any means. It is refreshing outdoors in the early spring after the first lawn cutting, but this is much better than a "lawn mowing beer."

I normally drink porters and Trappist dubbels (when the money is there), but this is refreshing for a change and, I think, very good for the style. Since it is local to me, it tasted very fresh as well. As a bonus, the bottle is a touch over a pint which let's me have seconds in my favorite beer glass. Something to look forward too!

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Photo of jzlyo
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is spicy German hops, malts and very German in nature all around. The flavor is malts, light fruit and a long mildly spicy German hops/citrus finish.

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden/yellow color. A dense two finger white head forms with plenty of retention. Light lace is left down the glass.
S: Spicy hops, flowery and grassy. Light biscuit malts. Lager like yeast. Some banana esters, simple and really well done.
T: That European hop bite is up front and really inviting. With some banana like esters. Pale and grainy malts that are also a bit doughy. Lager yeast that becomes a bit mineral like, which is not a detriment. Well done.
M/O: A light body that is crisp and effervescent. Smooth, super clean, and dry at the same time. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. I have now put more than a few away on a couple of occasions. This has grown on me with each try.

A very good unfiltered Pils. I have enjoyed this more and more each time I try it. Which says something. Really well made, and a great go to lager made in the States that is true to its German influence.

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Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear, bright gold, with high carbonation and one inch head. Taste is graham cracker, honey, and grass. A sweet lager with light hop balance. Nice and clean. A great lager to sit back with and enjoy.

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Photo of bwood06
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a pint glass

A - white frothy head that dissipates quickly. moderate to high carbonation. golden beer in color with ever so slight haze. 3.75/5

S - light bready malt. buttery. herbal and grassy hops. very light aroma overall. 3.5/5

T - light bready malt that pairs with a light butteriness. note of cereal is present as well. light flavor of yeast and herbal hops that balances with a slight caramel sweetness. very simple but very good. very clean finish. 4/5

M - no drying astringency. leaves mouth feeling wet. light to medium body with carbonation burn. 4/5

O - very good pilsner. much more flavor than the typical American pilsner. very simple and lacking complexity but very well executed and drinkable. 4/5

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Photo of irrevjim
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look; slightly cloudy golden, slow bubbles, nice looking 1 1/2' white head that leaves quickly and leaves very little lacing.
smell; biscuit, honey, a little yeasty or grassy smell, nice
taste; honey, biscuit, wheat, gentle kiss of hops, delicious lager, perfect
feel; medium body, smooth but you can feel the carbonation, feels 'right'
overall; a perfectly balanced delicious bavarian lager

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Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy golden color; not sure what happened with the head but it has gone missing; no lacing to speak of

Smell: Graham cracker and wheat bread; slightly grassy

Taste: Graham cracker malt flavors dominate from start to finish with a modest amount of grassy bitterness developing; slightly fruity and lemony with a finish somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An enjoyable quaff; the Urban Chestnut guys know there way around the German beer styles

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Date on the neck puts this at about 2 months old.

This is one of my favorite lagers. It's perfectly balanced. A good alternative to AALs on a summer day. Too bad they don't can.

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Photo of SABERG
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated bottle into a modified tulip glass,
A - Wonderfully clear, with a steady train of carbonation, deep honey colored.
S - Floor malts, touch of adjunct no real floral components.
T - Well balanced lager, a touch of corn, nice bready element, slight bitterness is welcome.
F - right down the middle, medium in body, a touch to the sweet side, carbonation cleans it all up.
O - A really nice lager, a bit round and a touch oily but worth seeking out for certain.
Cheers

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a lager glass.

A: Dull golden with curiously good clarity for a zwickel. Rocky white head settles to about an inch in height.

S: Sweet and bready Pilsner malt, grainy toast, doughy, yeasty. Hint of fruit skins. And apple blossoms. Light sulfur. Grassy and herbal hops.

T: Sweet and bready pils malt. Doughy. Toasty grain. Pinch of confectioners sugar though the beer stays dry. Some yeast. Vague fruit skins. Floral. Hop spice, grassy and herbal. Lightly lemony. Doughy and yeasty finish.

M: Medium bodied. Round and full with a firm malt feel. Floury too. Mild hop astringency rakes at the enamel just a little. Moderate scrubbing carbonation.

O: It feels authentic. I have only had a few zwickels, like hofstetten and Mahrs, but this is comparable. Cleaner though. It is also curiously clear, as I expect a cloudy appearance from the style. Still very good though. Tasty and well balanced. Impressive lager brewing skills on show here.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

7/27/15 (Bottle) Cloudy golden colour with solid thick white head. Mild yeast aroma. ight textures, goes down smooth and easy. Perfect for a hot day and with a meal. Overall very good beer.

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Photo of Chaz
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright golden in color, and rather clear, topped with a rocky, shock-white head. Head drops after a few minutes leaving some nice Brussels lacing behind.

Bready, biscuit malt character dominates the nose . . . so far, so good.

Semi-sweet (but mostly dry) and lighter tangy character on the first sip. Malty for sure, with minimal hop bitterness, but it's not sweet (and especially not cloying), either. The bready malt from the nose is all over this one, coating the tongue and palate, but lightly. Carbonation is appropriate and rather on the soft side -- not brisk.

This one seems to be rather fresh*, as there are pale malt characters which will fade in time. I'm guessing that these would be obscured (in only a month or so more) by oxidation or other chemical degradation. As it is, this one hits all the right notes, and I can understand why so many love the style and have raved about this brewery.

Altogether -and despite the clarity vice cloudiness described in the language on the label- this is well above average for the style in terms of its flavor profile, especially considering how the style is often interpreted by domestic/Craft brewers in the U.S.A. Well done!

*Note: Despite the label instructing: "For 'bottled-on' date see neck", such a date was -not- to be found on either of the bottles of Urban Chestnut that I was able to sample, recently. Oh well. ;)

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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!

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of humuloner22
2.77/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of Suds
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
86 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.