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Zwickel - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

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85
very good

146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 10
Gots: 16 | 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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wutbuerger


5/5  rDev +31.6%

06-12-2014 18:43:13 | More by wutbuerger
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ReggieWeiss


5/5  rDev +31.6%

06-13-2014 04:29:11 | More by ReggieWeiss
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Nate_M

Missouri

5/5  rDev +31.6%

07-01-2014 01:32:35 | More by Nate_M
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +28.4%

Wow! I have never had a better unfiltered Lager in my life!! This has absolutely everything a beer geek would ask for! I am sad to hear that this is only around for a limited time...

On tap at Capone's.

A: Slightly hazy, unfiltered, straw color...excellent head! Lacing sticks all over the glass.

S: Perfect aroma of German hops and robust bread-like malts. Hops are a bit spicy in the nose, kind of floral if you ask me.

T: Perfect again! Immensely impressed with this brewery. Light hops bitterness up front that is met with soft doughy malt flavor. Thought this was going to be whatever...boring...but I drank this beer all night. So many delicious beers on tap but I didn't even want to switch over! That takes a lot. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and begs for another sip.

M: Lively carbonation and overall roundness. Perfect body for the style.

D: I love this beer! My new favorite...too bad it is not going to be around long. Might have to move to St. Louis...

06-28-2011 14:55:46 | More by MusicaleMike
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scantonio

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +25%

03-10-2013 06:41:20 | More by scantonio
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jmint

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +25%

04-03-2013 00:08:22 | More by jmint
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ttuspence

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +25%

12-27-2012 20:09:01 | More by ttuspence
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-11-2012 07:32:57 | More by Beezee
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Packman4IL

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-26-2012 03:52:25 | More by Packman4IL
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-30-2013 02:41:27 | More by heerboth
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jpmajors

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-31-2012 01:15:54 | More by jpmajors
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shebby

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-20-2012 17:16:56 | More by shebby
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%

Served this Zwickel style Bier in a Stein at the brewery. Poured a hazy copper color, produced a excellent creamy white head, great retention and ample lacing. The aroma consists of sweet malted grain, yeast and hops. Moderate body, this traditional style beer had an off the charts mouthfeel- one of the smoothest beers I have ever had- . A base of sweet pale malt, well balanced, crisp and clean- balanced well with hops. Excellent Session beer- I really enjoyed this. Prost!

03-11-2012 15:45:50 | More by GossageBrewery
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

Cloudy and lightly yellow, the pour was careful and didn't leave much head, but the lacing was pretty good.

Smelled nicely of yeast, that was the primary smell. A little maltiness peeked through.

A bit of hops accented a bready malt background, along with plenty of yeast and a touch of spiciness.

The body was pretty thick, yet light and easy to drink. Carbonation was perfect.

Really this beer was quite delicious and a really interesting find. I will be back to the loop district again and I certainly hope this one stays on the menu in the future. Excellent brew!

07-09-2011 13:27:19 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-21-2014 03:54:45 | More by emerge077
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jadeal

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

01-05-2012 00:21:24 | More by jadeal
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HooRy9er

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

05-29-2014 14:51:44 | More by HooRy9er
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Bsetz

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

12-24-2013 19:04:24 | More by Bsetz
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Jeffh84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-13-2014 22:02:42 | More by Jeffh84
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

10-16-2013 02:08:40 | More by Arsenal0328
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TastyAdventure

Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

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**

10-15-2013 00:03:06 | More by TastyAdventure
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joe1510

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%

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!

01-26-2014 23:56:58 | More by joe1510
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whipp75

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

08-14-2014 03:55:39 | More by whipp75
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

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

08-27-2013 05:42:50 | More by russpowell
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

09-08-2013 02:41:35 | More by brureview
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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.