Fürsten Zwickel - Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus
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4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
08-20-2014 16:07:57 | More by NeroFiddled
4.31/5 rDev +14%
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!
07-28-2014 01:24:08 | More by TongoRad
4.34/5 rDev +14.8%
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.
07-23-2013 16:05:45 | More by smakawhat
4.26/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
04-27-2013 05:32:55 | More by Auraan
Fürsten Zwickel from Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus
85 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.