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Zipfer - Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)

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72
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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union) visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003)
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Reviews by cypressbob:
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

2.93/5  rDev -2%

Large 660ml bottle, brown

The first time I tried this I was a bit drunk, the second it was 8 months out of date, but this review is based on several bottles after that.

The beer pours with a light amber colour, smelling of hops and malt.

The taste is of a more complex lager, with more taste than that of becks or heiniken.

Overall, a pleasant lager

02-14-2004 23:57:42 | More by cypressbob
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Weizenmensch

Japan

1.8/5  rDev -39.8%

I cracked this one open, stinging for a nice cold beer after an exam, and I was surprised at how crap it was. Bottle is a little unusual, but beer's appearance was average, lots of bubbles on sides of glass at first. Head retention not so good. Yellow, flat-looking lager. Hmm. The smell - and bear in mind I had earned this beer, so I wasn't expecting much - was quite distressing, I pinpointed it precisely to that leftover slightly infected malty goo smell you get after home brewing - you know that brownish malty dead yeasty sludge? It smells like that. And you can detect that smell in the taste as well, though it's not as strong, on the palate - particularly the aftertaste. Taste is not great. Tastes like it could have been brewed here in Australia, though it's better than a crownie. Acrid, eurolager flavour but absolutely nothing remotely special or even nice. I should have had a lemonade. Skunky hop flavour on the palate indicates this beer is not am frischsten: although it's best before 09.2005, it's probably been in that bottlo a while. Mouthfeel is tumescent but banal. Chemical aftertaste. Drinkability... let's just say I would drink Toohey's Red before buying another Zipfer - if Foster's is Australian for Beer, then Zipfer must be German for "Austrian Swill". A synonym, then, for "österreichisches Gesöff". Not my favourite.

04-26-2005 06:41:02 | More by Weizenmensch
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.08/5  rDev -30.4%

Not much taste in this one, very light, with soft watery mouthfeel, some chemicals usage detected, but not unpleasnatly so. No stand out character, to light for that. Theres not much more i can say about it other than i t was the first beer i ever had from Austria. Definitely not the best, but not totally unpleasant.

06-04-2003 20:46:52 | More by rastaman
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

1.95/5  rDev -34.8%

On draft at Delaney's, the distributor pushed it. Like a macro beer really. Cheesy aromas. Ginger ale coloured body, with carbonation bubbles, and no head. Little taste,mouthfeel, or ability to drink it.I think there was some beer ingrediants in there.

08-22-2010 21:54:54 | More by Sammy
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Ciocanelu

Romania

2.75/5  rDev -8%

11-29-2013 18:42:20 | More by Ciocanelu
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archiegraham

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -33.1%

08-01-2013 04:21:49 | More by archiegraham
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is a bit sweet and finishing a touch bitter. Not bad. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

01-23-2010 14:33:50 | More by tone77
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BierFan

Michigan

2.35/5  rDev -21.4%

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fizzy white head. Pale clear yellow body.

Smell: Pale malts. Slight grassiness. So far this beer is really mundane.

Taste: Good at first sip but something about the aftertaste isn't sitting right with me. Kind of a soapy quality.

02-14-2010 06:34:19 | More by BierFan
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desint

Belgium

2/5  rDev -33.1%

09-16-2013 13:58:19 | More by desint
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RuudJH

Netherlands

2.48/5  rDev -17.1%

Picked this up in Germany.
33 cl bottle.

Pale golden, decent, but quickly disappearing white head white head, ok carbonation.

Smell of typical pilsner with grassy hops, malts and yeast.
Simple, and equal is the taste.
However, this beer has a quick dry finish to it, and not a particularly nice one: it's allmost metalic.
Watery mouthfeel. The carbonation is ok refreshing.

Overall, it's just like most plain lagers: simple. A bit boring.

07-02-2011 11:16:03 | More by RuudJH
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-11-2012 19:57:09 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev +2%

Pretty standard bland eurolager. Comes in a 33cl brown curvey bottle with a foil label around the neck. The German label says 5.4% ABV, but the Russian translation pegs it at 4.9%. Hmm... loses half a percent on the trip east??? Purity law applies. Best before 7/2004, I opened it on 12/16/03.

Pours a deep clear gold under a thin 1/2 finger off white head that fizzled pretty quickly. The nose is too mild, with only a hint of German hops. The mouth is prickly, but has a pleasingly substantial body to it. The opening is standard malt, followed by a standard hoppy bite. The aftertaste is decently bitter, but ultimately unremarkable. If I had to choose between this, Heineken, Stella and others of its ilk, I'd pick this. But I'd be disappointed in my selection.

12-16-2003 19:05:26 | More by Globetrotter
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jooj8

Slovenia

2.75/5  rDev -8%

03-05-2013 20:45:55 | More by jooj8
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daliandragon

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

This is a fairly anoynmous European lager, decent but nothing to write home about. With the Germans and Czechs right next door you'd think Austria would be producing beers with more character and maybe they are, but I haven't yet stumbled across them. Even the label and bottlecap of this beer is kind of boring.
Zipfer features a nice gold color but utterly lacks head. The smell is crisp, featuring a pleasantly light citrus/wheat combo with no backround cereals to distort the flavor.
The taste is basic but solid with a nice bitterness present in the aftertaste. Unfortunately this is somewhat diluted by an abundance of carbonation.
This is drinkable and nice but didn't fire my imagination or my taste buds.

09-08-2005 12:47:30 | More by daliandragon
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Kitsune

Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev +25.4%

07-31-2014 04:00:37 | More by Kitsune
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3/5  rDev +0.3%

07-08-2013 22:57:57 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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crossovert

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +19.7%

Comes in a unique twist off bottle, very nice. It is really fresh, it just became available in the USA I believe.

Pours into my Veltins glass with a deep yellow/gold, a nice white head rises far above the rim and produces some nice lacing.

The smell is grainy, with medicinal hops, but mostly malt in the scent.

Taste is a nice crisp light lager flavor, with a good maltiness but with subtle bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller than most Euro Pale Lagers.

Overall its a decent Euro lager that is cheap and would be good for a party beer, impress someone with the fancy bottle.

12-27-2009 20:10:28 | More by crossovert
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womencantsail

California

3/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a short lived white head.

S: I can smell the skunk before I even pour the beer. Lots of sulfur on the nose, and some definite grassiness. Some decent sweetness underneath with some mild bread and some corn.

T: A lot of grassy hops with a fair amount of bitterness. The skunkiness is still there and certainly off-putting. However, the beer is sweet overall and has a nice bit of malt in addition to the adjunct sort of flavors.

M: Fairly light in body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Could have been pretty good, but the skunkiness just really ruined it.

04-28-2011 18:42:51 | More by womencantsail
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Andreji

Colombia

2.93/5  rDev -2%

Pours an intense golden tone which is not quite fully transparent, with a large and thick foam head that fades but still leaves a dense layer, as well as lacing. There is also some carbonation there. The smell is not very nice but rather penetrating with acidity and some alcohol presence, rather low on hops or malt. This defines the taste itself, highly carbonated and very soury and bitter without an actually commendable presence of ingredients as malt (which is perceived but in a bad way). Mediocre, at US$1.45 a can I won't be buying it again.

06-27-2003 18:31:09 | More by Andreji
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AChamberlain

Texas

3.28/5  rDev +9.7%

Overall average, but it was easy to drink and would make a good session beer. We had a few whilst in Vienna. Served on tap at some little bar near the main cathedral. The color was a deep gold. They served it pretty cold which was nice for that hot day, but it may have dulled the flavor because I didn’t taste much. It had sparkly mouthfeel. That was probably the nicest thing about it.

10-17-2006 14:41:23 | More by AChamberlain
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gerardoluna

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

E> Yellow brillant color, clean and crispy... strange brown bottle for a beer . The head is average for this style a lot of bubble action inside...

M> The flavour is gentle, sweet an dryness in aftertaste. The yeast is present and is a little hopped.

N> Good gentle aroma, floral, spicy and fresh

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 16:51:45 | More by gerardoluna
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atis

Finland

2.48/5  rDev -17.1%

330 ml bottle from Budapest

Pours golden with large and foamy head that remains in very thin, but dense layer, very limited lacing. Aroma is straw malty with limited grassy hops. Taste is rather watery malty with light lemony hops and almost no aftertaste.

Overall, expensive and quite bad beer. I was attracted by label mostly and would not drink this one again.

12-07-2008 13:30:39 | More by atis
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Berecki

Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.73/5  rDev -8.7%

Attractive bottle pours an unattractive beer. Golden clear color with short-lasting head and a lot of pearling (which afterwards turns to result in seriously unpleasant bloating feel).
Smell is correct: hops, yeast and barley - all in faint amounts.
Tastes dull. Nothing to point out, and nothing to heavily complain of. Leaves sparky and watery aftertaste.
Gave me a bloat feeling throughout whole night. Not satisfying at all.

08-28-2011 19:48:12 | More by Berecki
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

2.55/5  rDev -14.7%

Tasted on 18th July 2005, bottle best by 10.2005 (L141FD.4) 0.66L labelled Zipfer Urtyp Vollbier ABV 5.4%.

Appearence: Nice white head atop a straw coloured body. A little "dilute" looking.

Smell: nothing much to write home about, some hops with a freshness.

Taste: Fairly bland and not troubled by complexity. Average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: might have another one, if there was nothing else around. I won't purchase again however; life is too short! Pricey, at €3.70.

07-19-2005 08:10:00 | More by JohnfromDublin
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +18.7%

Appearance: Poured from the 500mL can. 2.5 fingers of pure white head on top, and plenty of carbonation visible.

Aroma: Sweet faintly citrusy smell of lemons and maybe green apple...

Taste: Sweet with bready malt, finishing with a tinge of lemony/fruity hops. Very smooth with little or no bitterness in there.

Awesomely drinkable, but nothing special tastewise, and somewhat expensive.

12-06-2009 18:04:54 | More by BucBasil
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Zipfer from Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)
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