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Zwickel - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

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85
very good

163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 20 | 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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Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 25 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

spycow, May 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Thorpe429, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jaydoc, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
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).

TMoney2591, Dec 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

emerge077, May 21, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

zeff80, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of russpowell
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
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Rifugium, Jun 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

KAF, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Tone, Dec 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

THECPJ, Jun 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

WoodBrew, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

barnzy78, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

eawolff99, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of aasher
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

aasher, Sep 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

enelson, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Gagnonsux, Nov 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

MSandahl23, May 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

atlbravsrno1, Jan 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of birchstick
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

birchstick, Sep 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jsh420, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

AlCaponeJunior, Jul 09, 2011
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3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

WeisGuy, Jul 30, 2014
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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.