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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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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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mynie

Indiana

1.83/5  rDev -38.8%

Pours pretty good for the style, though not great. Head's a little dead but it's pretty color of gold.

Smells of solid Euro hops and pils malts. Nothing bad going on here.

Tastes... off. Too sour, kinda. Starts like a normal european/czech pils but then it falls into this messy soapy background that kinda hurts my stomach and really tastes crappy. B-but it's not really the taste, man, it's more like it just hurts the back of my tongue and then it makes my stomach feel icky. I haven't eaten or drank anything before this that should mess me up. It just hits me funny and that's bad.

12-26-2009 04:51:33 | More by mynie
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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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archiegraham

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -33.1%

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

Belgium

2/5  rDev -33.1%

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

Poland

2.25/5  rDev -24.7%

08-12-2013 20:24:54 | More by SoPeL
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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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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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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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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

09-01-2012 23:07:58 | More by t0rin0
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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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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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Ciocanelu

Romania

2.75/5  rDev -8%

11-29-2013 18:42:20 | More by Ciocanelu
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jooj8

Slovenia

2.75/5  rDev -8%

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

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -8%

05-30-2014 19:24:38 | More by Latarnik
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -8%

11-17-2013 02:27:38 | More by brandonld23
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Kiro

Russian Federation

2.75/5  rDev -8%

08-07-2014 12:16:52 | More by Kiro
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hoppecatania

Italy

2.75/5  rDev -8%

07-24-2014 19:08:50 | More by hoppecatania
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Shumj

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -8%

12-05-2011 00:09:29 | More by Shumj
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dasenebler

Maine

2.78/5  rDev -7%

.5L, best before January 2012. Lager from Austria, brewed with rice in addition to malted barley.

This is a good-looking beer. Clear, effervescent yellow-gold and a nice two-finger head with some staying power.

The aroma is faint, with some vaguely grassy and lemony hops. There's still something a tad artificial about it though.

The flavor is surprisingly bitter-- this stuff's got some balls! Then again, the artificiality of the beer comes through again, with notes reminiscent of kitchen cleaner or something, but nothing too offensive. Traces of grain on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is drying and a bit over-carbonated.

This stuff isn't too bad. It's pretty refreshing and bitter, though I'd take a well-made Pils or Helles any day over it. To its credit, I'd take a Zipfer over any of our rice-brewed, watery macro-lagers in the US.

04-07-2011 22:09:49 | More by dasenebler
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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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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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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3/5  rDev +0.3%

07-08-2013 22:57:57 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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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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Zipfer from Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)
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