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Veldensteiner Zwick'l - Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

Veldensteiner Zwick'lVeldensteiner Zwick'l

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BA SCORE
83
good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 17.03%


Brewed by:
Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Derek on 04-09-2006)
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a murky amber orange color with a big white head. The head has a decent level of retention leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass once it fades away.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a doughy smell with tons of yeasty smells mixed within. Along with these smells are some light grainy smells as well as a little bit of honey and tea.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and doughy taste with some sweeter flavors of caramel and a little bit of a orange citrus flavor. As the flavor advances a strong yeasty flavor comes to the tongue along with a little bit of a grainy and light honey taste. Toward the very end, small hints of an earthy hop joins the flavor, leaving a nice malty but smother flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average for a brew of 5.4 % with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both the body and the carbonation are great for the brews flavors and make for a very nice easy drinker.

Overall – A nice easy drinking but flavorful and smooth tasting brew. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 00:52:42 | More by Darkmagus82
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dar482

New York

4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a hazy peachy beige color with a large carbonated head.

The aroma has grainy malt, tons and tons of honey sweetness. It's almost like a honeycomb cracker. There's fruit notes of lemon and apple, along with some floral and grassy hops.

The flavor follows with that gentle honey sweetness in the front, into a crackery grainy malt along with the carbonation to carry the beer along. The finish has a grassy bitterness that really makes it really dry on the end.

A very clean beer that asks you to keep coming in for more. This is bit more bitter than I would prefer, but it's still amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:28:31 | More by dar482
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PEBKAC

New York

2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery. I've must of had half a dozen of this style on tap/cask, but never from glass.

Served into a baby-sized mug. Bottle starting to sweat.

Hazy, honey-colored brew. Not much head to speak of.

Smells starchy, like pretzels, or sticky spilled beer. Maybe a touch buttery.

Taste is very much the same. Subtle leafy/peppery hops. A squirt of acidity. Finish is plenty yeasty & drab & uninspired. Doesn't taste quite fresh. This is Whole Foods, but then again, you never know.

Subtle carbonation, even prickly at times. Alcohol, while short, has nowhere to hide.

Pretty dead compared to most I've tried on tap/cask. Some things you should seriously have fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 05:56:40 | More by PEBKAC
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tzieser

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't wrote a review on here for years. Why? Because Untappd is far easier and it is mobile. BeerAdvocate has been saying for half a decade that an app would be released yet they still force me to revert back to the 1990s and login to the ol' desktop PC to write a review. Seriously....even my local dive bar has an app. Get it together guys! Ok, here goes...

A: Poured from a 5L mini-keg. Instructions say to gently flip the keg and allow the sediment to mix. I did just that and opened it up. Thick, hazy, dark yellow in color with a fluffy white head that sticks for a while. Happy that it is not overcarbonated, as many unfiltered mini-keg beers end up being.

S: Sweet, malty aroma. Lots of bready notes with a bit of grassy hops in the background. Lagers have never been huge on the nose, so everything is going A-OK style-wise.

T: There are not too many kellerbiers in the US market to compare it to, but compared to the 6 or 7 kellerbiers I have tried this would definitely be in my top 3. Lots of bread-like malt flavor, with a slight ly spicy/effervescent flavor from the lager yeast. The yeast flavor is quite difficult to describe, but it contributes an amazingly complex note to the flavor profile. Noble hops are there but it is not bitter nor dry. The hops add a nice grassy, herbal, almost earthy flavor. Insanely drinkable. A great brew from start to finish.

M: Smooth, slightly chewy from the sediment. Very nice.

O: $20 for 5 liters of an authentic unfiltered lager? yes please! I look forward to revisiting this soon.

Serving type: can

09-08-2013 22:18:08 | More by tzieser
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Hopdaemon39

New York

4.44/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A thoroughly refreshing brew- lots of malt flavor, smooth mouthfeel, an appropriate dryness towards the end. This is a fine example of the style and if you're looking for supreme drink ability while not sacrificing flavor, this is your beer.

Smell is potent- bready, a little spicy yeast going on.

Flavor reflects those characteristics- bready, caramel towards the end, a hint of banana.

As I said, mouthfeel is smooth and modestly carbonated. Buy it!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 21:25:47 | More by Hopdaemon39
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patre_tim

China

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper unfiltered with a slight haziness, 3 fingers of creamy slightly beige head, medium carbonation with slowly rising bubbles. Foamy chunky lacing reminds me of snow drifts.

S: Apple sauce, cellar must, creamy, fresh apples, deep malts, much akin to the scent of Kaiserdom’s Kellerbier. Complex malts, almost getting some dark toasted notes, in spite of the colour of the beer.

T: Much like the scent, apples and apple sauce, cellar must, complex toasted and mild malts. The cellar musty malts linger in your mouth. Bitter hops are low and linger in the end.

M: Thick bready body, medium low foamy carbonation.

O: A very delicious beer. I would rate it above Kaiserdom’s, but its very comparable. Would pair well with German fare, delicious in hot weather. Glad to find another beer in this style. Cool can.

Serving type: can

05-19-2013 13:55:59 | More by patre_tim
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socon67

New York

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Loving the swing top bottle! Pours a cloudy golden color with bottle-conditioned yeast in the bottom. Visible fizzy carbonation. Lacing is minor but impressive anyway.

S - Very fresh grain smell. Fresh honey, and some very mild traces of hop resin.

T - Tastes very earthy with some tangy yeast notes. There sweetness comes from a honey flavor. There is a hearty taste of fresh wheat.

M - Gritty in the finish, this is a light feeling beer with some carbonation and some sediment from the bottle.

O - A pretty good depiction of the traditional style. I like the style, the bottle, and the freindly price point ($3.99 at my local shop). I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 23:29:10 | More by socon67
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flagmantho

Washington

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL swing-top bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: couldy golden-brown hue with a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with OK retention. Decently attractive.

Smell: very nice malt aroma with a bit of graininess; quite a lot like mashing malt. There's a definite lager-yeast character here and a hint of noble hops. I rather like it.

Taste: good malty flavor with that hint of noble hops. Pretty good, but it's a little bit lower in intensity than the aroma. I like the composition; just a little more volume would be nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. There's something else here, too, though; a je ne sais quoi of wonderful texture. I love it.

Overall: this is a very interesting beer. Subtle but flavorful in its way, and I happen to really enjoy its aroma and texture. I feel like I could quaff liters of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 18:48:56 | More by flagmantho
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mscudder

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A - A deep orange with a finger-sized pale head. Below average retention and lacing.

S - Bready malts and grain. Seems a bit dense, although there are no vibrant aromas to speak of.

T - Something unlike anything I have had prior. Tastes of rich bread with some soft malts on the back. Quite simple, although refreshing.

M - Light to medium bodied with fair carbonation. Smooth and a full feel as the beer goes down, which is where this beer shines. It reminds me of a light lager, although bolder, smoother and well rounded.

O - Lacking a wealth of flavor but the simple bready composition makes this one enjoyable if you know what you are asking for. I had yet to have a beer of this style, thus my opinion may be skewed. I would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 03:59:47 | More by mscudder
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swingtop bottle from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY. On special that week, so I thought I’d give it a go. Since Oktoberfest started officially a couple of days ago in Munich, I thought it was appropriate.

Poured into a stein for that Germanic feel. Murky bready caramel, with a good head of foam (about two inches from a vigorous pour) that settled nicely into a thin blanket that crept up the sides of the glass with every sip. Lots of visible carbonation when first poured.

Nose is honey, white bread, yeast, apple and a touch of herbal hops.

Interesting keller, with a focus on a lighter, honey flavour rather than the darker malty bread that I’ve seen in others of the style. My initial impression was not that great – it tasted sweet and a bit off – but after a few minutes of warmth the honey bread came through and actually it works out alright. Certainly feels like an older style of brewing, if that makes any sense. Stronger carbonation than I would have expected, slight creaminess, dry finish.

Different take on the zwick’l style that goes for sweet honey over the richer maltier beers of the same style. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 23:48:27 | More by JohnnyBarman
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: L152C054 stamped on label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Veldensteiner's zwick'l bier is a light version of the kellerbier tradition, with the recipe resulting in a focus on sweetness, honey-like malt, and other lighter, maltier flavors. The hops are somewhat lacking in the beer I had, either due to age or intent, it's impossible to tell with the lack of dating. Regardless, sweetness overpowers bitterness to a semi-cloying degree. This is a beer I would not worry too much about seeking again.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white bubbles, small and densely packed. Retention is above average, the head lasting several minutes as it drifts down to a thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing is fairly generous, a few streaks and clumps along the sides of the glass. Body is an opaque burnt tan with orange-yellow highlights, light bringing out pale orange and yellow hues: a lighter-colored unfiltered lager bier. Carbonation is not visible through the opacity.

Aroma is brighter, sweeter than the Kulmbacher kellerbier, emphasis here being on sweet malt syrup, honey-like sweetness, and a floral aspect. Too light, and slightly cloying, for my tastes.

Whereas Kulmbacher's kellerbier was richly of brown bread, Veldensteiner's zwick'l is of clean white bread, malt syrup and honeyed sweetness, with some yeast and modest bittering European hops present. Aftertaste is of sweetly bread or cracker-like malts, a bit of yeast, and some residual bittering hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light bodied, with low to low-medium amounts of carbonation. The mouthfeel is generally light, smooth, and slightly watery as a result. Closes out with a very dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 06:24:58 | More by falloutsnow
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml flip top bottle. Pours hazy golden-orange with a long lasting, tall, foamy, white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and smooth. Bready malt, caramel, herbal, grassy hops and hints of honey fill the mouth. Finish is long and slightly sweet. Delicious session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 18:59:17 | More by mikeg67
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keithmurray

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy, golden honey color with thick cream head

smell - honey, wheat, oats

taste - much of what the smell promised, slight honey sweetness is apparent, wheat, oats, bread

mouthfeel - refreshing, crisp, medium to low carbonation, lighter end of medium bodied, clean finish

overall - solid beer that I am glad to have tried. Worthy of a revisit

Price Point - $2.99/500ML Swingtop bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 23:29:34 | More by keithmurray
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a Duvel Tulip. Just arrived in the store today, pours with a gorgeous tight just shy of white head settling into a nice finger-high collar that rests atop hazy deep gold liquid. Sweet malty/grassy nose. Malty and honeyish flavors. Thinnish mouthfeel...sweet finish. Nothing to write home about here...I'm just a sucker for those swing top bottles with the German language labels I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:19:25 | More by beerluvr
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WillCarrera

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, no bottled on date, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy yellow-golden color. Topped with two fingers of white head that recedes to a ring around the edge of the glass, leaves no lacing.

S- Incredible aroma of honey, smells pretty delicious. Some light, bready and grainy malts. Damn that honey smells awesome.

T- Sadly much of the honey is lost in the flavor, it's there but is relatively mild, it comes out more as the beer warms. Super malty, malts are light and grainy. Has some mild herbal and floral hops.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, good carbonation.

O- An interesting beer, the highlight for me was definitely the aroma, which is amazing, it's very drinkable and would be perfect to drink outdoors in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 04:33:55 | More by WillCarrera
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samie85

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden urine color with some very slight haze and a a finger and a half of white head.

Bready malts with an herbal hop character and a sweet butterscotch note.

Bready and rich malt notes with some herbal hop character with butterscotch.

Full side of medium body with low carbonation, a nice slickness, and light crispness on the finish.

I'm really digging this one; I wasn't expecting much from this, but it's quite nice. I would definitely re-buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 05:38:50 | More by samie85
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of bready and grainy malts and yeast are present in the smell. As the beer warms up, some hints of honey become noticeable.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and exhibits a lot of properties similar to a freshly baked loaf of artisan bread.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, relatively smooth and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t as full-bodied compared to others in the style, but it is very flavorful and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 15:18:10 | More by metter98
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Bung

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml. Orangey gold pour. Thin layer of white that dissipated pretty quickly.

Aroma, malty caramel. Some hay like thing.

Taste, malt, toffee, some nut. Hay and herbal hop notes.

More carbonation than it appeared it would have, makes it a pretty nice drinker. A tad over light bodied.

2nd Kellerbier I've had, I thought it was pretty solid after mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 01:17:03 | More by Bung
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shirfan

New York

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance and aroma: Luden's Honey cough drops. Cloudy maize with little foam.

Lively carbonation underscores a crisp, sweet, light malt with honey and yogurt flavors. Pilsner-style hops kick in during the finish with a decent amount of bitterness.

Funky sourness comes and goes, with an almost kombucha-like "aliveness".

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:29:55 | More by shirfan
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emerge077

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flip-top 0,5l bottle that gives a hiss when the seal is broken.
"Mindestens haltbar bis: L152C054" At least durable until: L152C054. Good to know...

Poured into a tulip glass, it has copious white foam, and a bright and saturated copper orange color. The foam is slow to recede, and leaves a webby halo of froth inside the glass. POuring in the sediment, it becomes a dark tannish orange.

Slightly musty aroma of minerals and apple. Later it's all shortbread and sweet sticky malt. Flavors are similar, it has a fairly smooth and hefty feel to it once the yeast was poured. Lingering bready aftertaste, primary flavors of apple, fresh yeasty bread, and dry hay. It has a bit more character than your average German lager, but it's pretty sweet and slick feeling over time. Ok to try and compare to others of the style, likely not a repeat buy for me personally.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 02:24:35 | More by emerge077
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crossovert

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5l minikeg. It is a hazy orangeish gold with a large, foamy white head. The smell is light and grainy. The flavor is sweet and bready but with a nice touch of noble hops in the back. Not bitter but the hops are noticeable. I was surprised by this particular one.

Serving type: can

12-27-2011 00:36:10 | More by crossovert
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mynie

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sitting, unannounced and inexplicable, at the Village Bottle Shop in West Lafayette, Indiana. There appears to be a date code at the bottom of the bottle but I'll be damned if I can read it. A little age has to be expected, though, and seeing as how this is an American website I feel it fair to review this beer.

Smells a little old, but not unpleasantly so. Big nodes of overripe fruit mix against some spritely Zwickel weirdness--pollen, insect parts, sunlight.

Tastes like it smells, only with a really nice, smooth, surprisingly hoppy back end that brings everything together like vanilla ice cream. Big nodes of bread and honey mix with the aforementioned weird nodes. It *is* old, but the age doesn't impart any bad flavors so much as it disrupts the balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 06:06:03 | More by mynie
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ramseye4

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A=Pours a light golden color with a massive fluffy head
S=Very grainy in the aroma, very malty
T=Very malty and a bit bready, very simple and skewed way toward the malty end of the spectrum. Not awful, but not great
M=Definitely the low point. Watery and thin
O=Not terrible, very, very drinkable. Id have it again, but its not high up on my shopping list

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:33:12 | More by ramseye4
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My father-in-law bought a minny barrel of this at Beers of the World for us to drink on.Poured a hazed straw color with a frothy one finger white head,very low carbonation wich was expected.Light aromas of toasted grain and mineral,not much presence.Lighter mouthfeel but that to was expected.Grainy with the before mentioned iron-like taste,it goes down so easy its crazy.I liked this beer,light but not wimpy,incredibly food fiendly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 14:29:42 | More by oberon
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BierFan

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half liter swing top bottle into a small mug.

Poured with a big foamy off-white head. The clarity of the beer is much higher than I expected. Bright golden body. Smells like a typical pale lager but with some funky and sour notes on top. The taste isn't anything crazy. Dry, slight skunk, pale malt. This bottle might have been a little past it's "drink by" date but there is no way of knowing as far as I'm aware.

Overall, I'm glad I gave this beer a try, but I won't be buying another.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 21:42:19 | More by BierFan
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Veldensteiner Zwick'l from Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
83 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.