Zwickel - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 24 | Display Reviews Only:
4.09/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
03-20-2013 00:26:51 | More by boilermakerbrew
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
12-28-2012 00:10:10 | More by beermike00
2.95/5 rDev -22.4%
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).
12-11-2012 08:14:49 | More by TMoney2591
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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
10-10-2012 02:42:03 | More by BedetheVenerable
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
10-04-2012 01:14:04 | More by barnzy78
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-03-2012 20:54:46 | More by aasher
Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.