Zwickel - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
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
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2012 02:42:03 | More by BedetheVenerable
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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.