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Zwickel - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

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85
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

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

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 06-20-2011)
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16.7oz Euro-style brown pop top, with nice, classy label. No best-by date, but it's local and sells well, so I'm not too worried! Poured into my Augustana dimple stein.

Appearance: Nice, medium-hazy straw gold beer, with a substantial (and lasting) white crown and medium-high levels of small-bead carbonation. Really nice looking unfiltered lager.

Smell: This is the real deal. Earthy pils-type malt, with herbal, grassy hops. Simple, but clean, crisp, and inviting.

Taste: Dry, every-so-slightly toasty, cracker-like malt dukes it out with a crisp, clean hop presence that remains after the swallow. Just a hint of tartness. Hops are just a bit fruity and linger. Again, simple, but full-flavored and quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly full, especially considering its fairly modest (~5%) abv.

Overall: This is, in my mind, what a German (or German-style, in this case) pale lager should taste like. Clean, crisp malt, well-balanced hops, and a beautiful mouthfeel. This is interesting enough to drink on its own, when you want a flavorful, well-crafted beer that you don't have to over-analyze, but it would pair wonderfully with everything from traditional German cuisine to pizza.

At $8.99 a 4-pk, this is definitely something this ale drinker would gladly pick up from time to time when craving a well-crafted lager. 91/100

BedetheVenerable, Oct 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Franziskaner, Oct 12, 2013
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WoodBrew, Oct 01, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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

russpowell, Aug 27, 2013
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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.