Dismiss Notice

Site Performance Updates: We're aware of the nightly site outage, and working on resolving the issue.

Follow our progress ...

Fürsten Zwickel | Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
85
very good
17 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
52
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
20.37%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
Fürsten ZwickelFürsten Zwickel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus
Germany | website

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stcules on 02-15-2005

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 52
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(500 ml flip-top bottle, best before 26.08.16 - poured into a large wine glass)

L: medium amber-colored liquid, very hazy, bordering on cloudy... 2 finger tall, off-white foam stand - rocky and sticking to the sides of the glass while receding... a wide band or two of crystalline lace

S: toasted oats (granola cereal), touch of honey, dry grassy field... graham cracker without cinnamon, hint of dry brewer's yeast... maybe some citrus highlights from the hops, but not 'hoppy'... the grainy-bready aromas have depth and dark golden color... overall intensity softly beckons attention

T: thick, layered maltiness... dried grass and flower on the edges... could use a mildly fruitier counterbalance from the hops - some of my favorite beers in this style have a bright lemon and/or grapefruit tone... hop flavor is rather neutral and its bitterness is mild-moderate... earth (dirt) in the finish and perhaps a tiny hint of spice in the aftertaste... the malt flavor is superb, it just needs a little more zazz from the hops

F: medium-bodied with an almost powdery/silky texture... quite smooth... threatens to be filling as it settles across the palate, but it fades as it drains back... truly liquid bread - like a doppelbock, but without a strong presence of alcohol

O: so glad their beers have become available in my area, and relatively fresh too!... I've had 4 brands twice each now, and I very much enjoyed all of them... EDIT: just saw 'apricot' in another review - yes! I could taste a hint of that (still have a few sips left)

 1,540 characters

Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, best before 8/26/2016.

My first Kellerbier/Zwickel! Deep gold to light amber in color and cloudy, but I can see shadows of my fingers on the other side of the glass when held up to the light. Creamy, off-white head that is large at first, but quickly dissipates and shows some mild retention.

Initially, you get the malt and the hops in the aroma. Toasted malts and bread combined with spicy hops. The flavor is rich without being too sweet. Bitterness from the hops does a good job of providing balance. Almost like mixing the richness of a Helles lager with the sharp bite of a pilsner. There is a slight hefeweizen quality to it, as the yeast is fairly prominent, but lacking the banana/clove character of a hefe.

The best part has to be how creamy and smooth it is. The creamy texture brings all of the flavors together and creates a softness that makes it dangerously easy to drink.

Worthy of a try for sure. I can't imagine how enjoyable this must be served on-tap fresh at a tavern or biergarten in Germany.

 1,034 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Fürst Wallerstein Zwickel
500 ml swing-top brown glass bottle, "Best Before 09.07.14 09:39 CE NR 190"... sampled on 08/09/14 (not exactly fresh, but not oxidized)
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

The word zwickel refers to the sample port on a brewing vessel, and it's not common for brewers to open it up and enjoy a glass of unfiltered beer straight from the tank.

Zwickelbier is one of my favorite styles as it's fresh and bright, and generally not as carbonated as the final product would be - unless, of course, they're making zwickel beer itself for packaging. It still has the yeast in it, although it's generally cleared quite a bit as the yeast has sedimented, and that yeast both lends a bit of flavor itself, but also softens the rest of the beer (meaning that a hoppy Pilsner won't seem quite as sharp and bitter as it would had it been filtered).

This is a good example of the style with a soft, basic Pilsner malt base and moderate floral and spicy hops. I just wish I had had a fresher sample to enjoy.

 1,035 characters

Photo of TongoRad
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice example of the style- lots of doughy and bready malt, for sure, but it also lets the hops show through, so it's got a little zip in its step. The mid-palate is where the malt and spicy hops give way to a gentle and tasty orange marmalade fruitiness, before giving way to a touch of grassy hops and yeasty finish. Impeccable balance and harmony of flavors, too. I can't say I've had very many Zwickels, but this is by far the best of the lot- go out and get some now!

 488 characters

Photo of smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a bierkrug/mug.

Great large foaming solid bone white head, with perfect pin head bubbles althroughout itself. Body color is a real nice glowing peach amber orange, slightly opaque but with a nice complimenting whipped up foamy top that clings and hangs all on the edges. Real impressive.

Real nice bouquet on this. Dense malts and chewy qualities, with a nice bakery bread smelling action. Doughy. Thick. Real inviting.

Palate comes with an interesting angle. Fruit punch like mid palate with an estery quality fruity finish it seems. Light white toasty bread with a big density malt angle on the swallow. Nice grassy and herbal like hop finish that slowly builds on the finish. Great large mouthfeel on this with huge palate coating capabilities. Fruit angle seems to get into apricots nectarines maybe even some orange citurs but more dense.

This is a real solid Zwickel, quite impressive for a lager.

 935 characters

Photo of Auraan
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful cloudy orange with three fingers of fluffy white head. Quite appealing to the eyes. Scents of apple juice, sweet malt, doughy bread like scents and yeast. Nothing to out of the ordinary, but pleasant. Flavors of sweet malt, bread, yeast and an undertone of German hops. It finishes with a nice dry after taste that balances the malty sweetness of the rest of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, like a lot of German style beers I've tried. This is a very good, very unique beer, in some ways like a cross between a pilsner and a hefeweizen. I like it a lot.

 603 characters

Photo of Fatehunter
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A finger of head on a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is both fruity and earthy. Orange and lemon on the fruit side. Unique.
The flavor is wheat, orange and finishes sour.
A crisp texture with higher carbonation and medium body.
It's like a hefe had a child with a pils. Drink one if you can find it.

 314 characters

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a hazed deep orange tinged golden with a large fluffy white crown that took its time fading into a frothy mass leaving broken rings of lace behind.Yeasty and doughy aromas with a tinge of iron,lightly sweet.The mouthfeel is coating but not heavy,just very smooth.Mildly sweet doughy flavors with a hint of anise,quite yeasty to be expected,faint iron in the finish.Iam sure this is as food friendly as all get out,although not in your face flavors this is top notch for the style.Furst brings it.

 526 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cL swing-top bottle,

A: Pours a murky burnt orange with a large frothy white head, some spotty lace.

S: Sulfur and yeast, musty grain, mineral, sea air.

T: Sulfur and mineral backed with a real nice bready rustic malt component. Floral finish of earthy hops. Very well done.

M: Light-bodied, frothy and creamy with an elegant finish. Very drinkable and refreshing.

O: I've had unfiltered lagers before, but never one actually called a zwickel. This is very good and a great new find in the German section.

 513 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, darkish golden body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: Moderately grainy-scented pilsner malts with a quality to it best described as being "dusty and forgotten". Like an old bottle in an unpopular beer store, a family heirloom, or an Adam Sandler movie on VHS. Also, vague notions blended together, a washed-out melange of fruit, sweetness, and spicy herb.

Taste: Lightly malted barley with a forward graininess to it. Softly sweet. Very, very faint caramel accent, maybe a fleeting hint of dried apricot. Additionally, there's some modest citrus and herb. Lightly bitter. Drying finish, though there's still some caramel qualities present. Lingering yeast and herb.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice, dusty lager.

 851 characters

Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another average German kellerbier. Orange color on the pour with light and airy head, aroma is bread and citrus. Flavor is bittersweet, leaning more on the sweet side. Drinkable...

 180 characters

Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, mindestens haltbar bis: 22.01,12.

It pours a cloudy gold with a nice-looking fluffy white head.

The smell is pretty standard, grainy with some slight hop notes.

The flavor has a pleasant citrus character along with some herbs. It is sweet, but not a ton The malt is also very tasty.

It looks and smells pretty average, but it does have a fresh, invigorating flavor

 383 characters

Photo of Absumaster
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slightly murky beer with a yellow golden color and a creamy, settling head.

Smell is sulfuric and yeasty with notes of straw and dough. All of this on top of a pilsner malty base. Some hints of lavender.

Taste is musty with sulfur notes. It tastes really like an unfiltered beer with too much yeast in it. The doughy notes included. There is a slightly sweet maltiness that has some decoction notes of Maillard and caramellized products.

 441 characters

Photo of stcules
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden, quite dark. A good amount of a white, compact head. Pouring the yeast, it tends to become a little hazy. Anyway, beautiful appearance.
Fresh smell, malt, yeast, and fresh herbal hop.
Quiet taste, well balanced: yeast, breadcrust, that remains in the aftertaste. Then also herbal notes of hop.
Good texture. Even some white flowers hints (orange flowers), with a light sweet orange peel note.
Pleasant, drinkable.

 425 characters

Photo of ttu94
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer overall. Good drikability and flavor. Don't drink too cold.It is a bavarian Keller beer but tastes like a good Bavarian Helles beer. Cloudy upon pour. Becomes more malty as it warms.
Smell is clean. Taste very good. mildly dry and very drinkable.

 262 characters

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"Naturtrubs Kellerbier in furstlichen Kelern gereift" on the label.
Hazy golden beer with a few bubbles rising gingerly along the edges. Big foamy off-white head has a creamy top and leaves thick patches of lace. Light bready aroma with just a hint of crisp citrus. Fresh out of the fridge there is almost no flavor. Maybe a bit of malt with a bite at the end, but that's it. A light bodied beer with a good kick of fizz after you swallow. A little maltier as it warms, but a bit stale, with mildly bitter lemony finish. Fancy bottle, fancy label, mediocre beer.

 563 characters

Photo of paterlodie
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 04-04-05 so in time but probably about half a year old.
Pours in ok with nice white head and golden opalizing beercolor.
Nose is malty, sweet and has the typical german yeastesters with it. Taste is full malty, litle maltsweet before getting into a litle bitter but very clean( as the rest of the brew is) aftertaste. Mouthfeel isn't overwelming but in a good balance. Drinkabilty is cause of the finesse of the brew more then ok. Good beer.

 455 characters

Fürsten Zwickel from Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus
85 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.