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Zwickel - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

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86
very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +6%
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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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 01:14:04 | More by barnzy78
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-29-2012 18:19:23 | More by EFR94
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justinp

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-18-2012 20:23:14 | More by justinp
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-12-2012 01:19:36 | More by wattoclone
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aasher

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 20:54:46 | More by aasher
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ahentz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

09-01-2012 18:56:33 | More by ahentz
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jpmajors

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

08-29-2012 15:30:35 | More by johunnic
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ajs4bd

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -28%

08-20-2012 15:53:44 | More by ajs4bd
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rudy0908

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-21-2012 01:19:56 | More by rudy0908
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CellarGimp

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-10-2012 17:25:20 | More by CellarGimp
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zeff80

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2012 03:57:06 | More by zeff80
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-28-2012 17:01:16 | More by THECPJ
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gunclubchris

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-28-2012 01:04:40 | More by gunclubchris
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-25-2012 21:57:06 | More by ucsbmullet
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shebby

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-31-2012 20:42:02 | More by Madjr
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jadeal

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-05-2012 00:21:24 | More by jadeal
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jmvecchio1

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-29-2011 18:22:03 | More by jmvecchio1
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Tone

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 18:07:27 | More by Tone
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MemphisKev

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-16-2011 03:13:11 | More by MemphisKev
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radicalruckus

Missouri

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-15-2011 20:25:37 | More by radicalruckus
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birchstick

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2011 15:29:49 | More by birchstick
Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.