Zwickel - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 234
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of schematix
1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

I had this for the first time after drinking mass market american lagers so I reserved my opinion until I could taste it on a clean tongue.

Perhaps I had a bad batch here but I find this to be undrinkable swill. It has a thick cloying heavy moutfeel, with an estery and phenolic finish. The more I drink it, the more I dislike it. Tastes like a hot fermented amateur home brew cream ale. The only positive quality is that it has great head.

I'll try it again in the future and change my rating if it's any different, but suffice to say I'm very disappointed. (562 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
2.88/5  rDev -25%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

Not sure where he got it, but my boy Matt hooked me up with a bottle o' this stuff during our last get-together. It pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, light biscuit, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, but everything comes through dry, listless, and strangely bitter (that isn't to say that the bitterness was necessarily unexpected, but rather it was unexpectedly expressed). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an okay beer, but it just didn't sit too well with me (nor with anyone else present). (654 characters)

Photo of jrnichols
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle. My glass is kind of small so I had to drink it in two pours. Swirling the bottle before the second pour kicked up some yeast from the bottom.

A medium head, disperses quickly leaving very little foam around the edges. Clear golden color with a few bubbles. The second pour was a little cloudier, remaining so for the duration.

Slightly fruity smell, kind of hard to place but it makes me think of apricot and a tiny bit of apple. The smell was stronger on the second pour.

Tastes somewhat like a typical commercial lager, but with a bit more complexity. The fruity aroma carries over into the taste with a very slight sourness on the back end.

Feels crisp and light, not very complex.

I don't usually seek out lagers because they are not usually very complex. In that respect, this beer is better than any commercial lager out there. But it's still approachable to the uninitiated Bud drinker. But it still leaves something to be desired. Definitely a sessionable beer, though. (1,010 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap numerous places, review from the Royale

A - pours a clear yellow without much of a head

S - smells of grain malts, faint bubblegum & clove, with citrusy hops

T - starts off with soft, cereal grains, almost pilsner-esque. This fades to a pleasant, light wheaty citrus flavor that is delicate yet bold at the same time. Ends with some faint grass. Pretty solid!

M - a little creamy, yet spritzy at the same time. Good mouthfeel.

D - this is a light and refreshing beer. I have been drinking a lot of it over the last couple of months and was shocked when I realized I haven't reviewed it yet. Being one of the flagship brews, I think UC chose an effective way to introduce people to the brewery. (706 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the hotel bar at the Renaissance in St. Louis.

A - Poured a hazy, golden yellow color with a small, pillowy white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty with some floral notes and caramel.

T - Good spicy bite upfront with some sweet caramel and yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is a pretty tasty beer. I might have to have more at the bar. (450 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color and slightly hazy. Pours a descent head which leaves a ring around the glass with minimal lacing.

Aroma is crisp with leafy, herbal hops.

Bready malt character, light and smooth. Crisp hop character with spinach, herbs and pine. Hint of tart lemon in the finish. Descent balance.

Smooth feel with a crisp finish. Well carbonated.

Ehh. Its alright. Herbal character seems to dominate in the aftertaste. Easy to drink though. (444 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a light straw honey color. The beer is fairly clear with very good carbonation. its has a monstrous whire head with excellent retention

S - Very sweet and yeast smelling. I also detect hints of orange and lemon

T - Not nearly as sweet as the smell. A very tasty lager. Its even has a slight spiciness to it at first followed my a yeasiness with a good malt kick

M - Definately a lighter beer, but it does have a pleasant creaminess to it.

O - Exellent lager and a style that I have not had before. An easy drinknig local beer with lots of flavor. (560 characters)

Photo of Chaz
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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. ;) (1,396 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of yeast, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body. (399 characters)

Photo of beermike00
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden, cloudy, unfiltered appearance.

S: Clean, sweet, malty, grassy.

T: A lovely blend of crisp, hoppy, bread flavors with a hint of citrus overtone.

M: Very nice crisp bubbly, medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: This is very nice all around lager. Every aspect of this beer is well done. I will definitely pick some up next time I'm in St. Louis. (359 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a firm head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of some malt sweetness, mild fruit and citrus, a bit of grain and spice in the background.

T: The taste is a subtle mix of malt and fruity sweetness, with a bit of grain and spice in the background. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: Has a fairly light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer. A very sessionable beer that goes down easy. (472 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug from a 16.7 oz bottle.

Pours a nice hazy golden color with a nice darker almost copper hue to it. There is a nice whit head that forms that is thin and white and recedes down to a thin film and ring around the glass.

Aroma of delicious bready notes and earthy grain. There is a nice herbal and bitter hop aroma that is mild and flowery but inviting.

Flavor is pretty straight forward but delicious. GReat tasting lighter lager. Nice hop bitterness and grassyness. Finishes dry and leaves you wanting more. There are some nice bready and biscuit notes that balance out the hops but play second fiddle. The hops are more herbal than anything else. There are some nice yeasty notes to the brew that add to the bready notes. The notes aren't like Hefes but more chalky and earthy as opposed to phenolic. Mouthfeel is light with nice full and crisp carbonation.

Overall. This is a delicious and drinkable lager. (934 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's Next Door Bar, Wayne, PA

Poured a clear golden yellow with a small, delicate, white head. Grassy aroma, pale malts, and light yeast. More of the same in the taste, crisp, light, grassy, crackery pale malts; not much in the way of hops, but there was a little bit of spicy bitterness in the aftertaste. Light bodied and refreshing, and easily drinkable. (385 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign, IL

A: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a second. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Fruity esters, banana is up front and center. Light biscuit malts. Even a bit of DMS, which is very light so not really a problem.
T: Big fruity banana esters up front and center. I would almost say this is closer to a Hefe than a Lager. Light malts, a bit grainy, with almost DMS like sulfur taste. Which is not displeasing, and very light to begin with. Overall, pretty enjoyable.
M/O: A light body and moderate carbonation. Not as crisp as I would like, maybe a bit watery. Really easy and enjoyable to drink though. I can see myself putting several away with ease.

A very good unfiltered Pils. Unfortunately The Blind Pig has made one of my personal favorites of the style from an American brewery, which is on at the same time this is. So, maybe I would enjoy this even more in a different circumstance. As is, very good in its own right, if not my favorite lager example still very much a great example of the style and well worth giving a go.. (1,145 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy, light bodied pale pale gold in color with an effervescent and smooth bright white head. The nose is light and pretty straight forward. It features blond German esque malt, slight hop character, and a bit of corn as well. It smells like a fresh helles. The flavors are a little more complex. The pale malt offers a slight sweetness off the bat. The bitterness is mellow and you get plenty of that German helles character with a touch of yeast, pretty spot on for a Zwickel. It drinks light in body with good carbonation. Overall this is pretty good for the style. The freshness is probably this beer's greatest strongpoint and it's hard to find this type of unfiltered lager fresh. (706 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 64 oz Growler of this from Cicero's in The Loop (St. Louis), MO for $17. Poured from the Growler into my Clear Creek Livestock Farm Pint Glass and enjoyed 4 back to back with GeoffTheAleMan.

1st time having a growler and first time having a Zwickel since Wien, Austria.

Aroma- Has a high grain and malt aroma from the start. Sweet and perfect for the style.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that has medium retention. The body is a crystal clear, pale gold color and leaves minimal, sudsy lace.

Flavor- Very malty, has a bit of sweet taste, clean, and easy drinking. No real hops flavors or anything else. Finish is even light.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and doesn't leave much around.

Overall Impression- This wasn't what I remember as the Zwickel style but I'll take it as it is. I looked up common attributes for this style and this beer almost everything fit every category. There are much better brews from U.C. but I enjoyed this greatly. Had no other choice since coming from a Growler. (1,045 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, pours hazy deep golden color with a fluffy white head, decent retention and lacing on the glass. Aromas are fruity, grassy, noble hop, smells German - nice. Tastes are nice and sharp, crisp, biscuity, grassy, fruity with ample hop bitterness. Body is lighter but creamy and smooth. Finishes so clean and refreshing! This is a nice representation of the style. I'd guess this was brewed in Germany if I tasted it blindly. Great work! I'll need to pick up more from this brewery on my next trip to St. Louis. (519 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (1,361 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium gold color with some deeper orange hints. Lots of carbonation and a rather large head or about 3.5 fingers. Head is frothy with lots of retention and good lacing. Somewhat hazy, but not overly so.

S- Traditional skunky scent of a Euro-lager dominates. Not as pungent as others in the style. Some sweeter notes are present and balance out the skunk-like scent. Some underlying light malts and grain flavors in there. Little bit of a hop presence, but very muted and short-lived.

T- Similar to the scent, but more complex. Starts with the slightly metallic and mostly skunky flavor of a Euro-lager, but moves quickly into a grain flavor profile. Light malts add some sweetness before moving toward a very slight hop bite and a little fruity note that wraps up the drink. Hop bite has only slight bitterness, and more in the dull sense than the usual floral or citrus hop bitterness.

M- Highly carbonated, yet smooth. On the lighter end of beers, body-wise. Easy drinking over a long period of time. The perfect weight for a German all day beer garden beer.

Overall, this is the first of the Euro-lagers with the skunky flavor profile that I actually kind of like. Flavor is complex with light grains and malts melding into a slightly fruity and hoppy finish. I can see this as being an everyday with dinner type of beer. (1,340 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (720 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

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. (938 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +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 (608 characters)

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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.