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Zwickel - Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 249
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 29.53%
Wants: 16
Gots: 46 | 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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 249
Photo of Goosehunter75
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
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

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Photo of soju6
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of beermike00
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -22.3%
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).

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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!

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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...

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Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
86 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.