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Zwickel - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 254
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 29.35%
Wants: 16
Gots: 47 | 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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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 254
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

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 mojohawk21
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of irrevjim
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Guinnsslvr
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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 wattoclone
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nateclarey
3.04/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of dohm179
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of dertyd
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of leinie13
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bwood06
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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 caustin90
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
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