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Veldensteiner Zwick'l - Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

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BA SCORE
82
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 17.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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w3chicago


1/5  rDev -72.5%

12-30-2012 23:36:08 | More by w3chicago
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PEBKAC

New York

2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this at the Split Rock Beer Fest on 11-21-10. They had a bunch of the Veldensteiner bottles there and I knew that I'd never tried any of them so I made sure to get them all under my belt. This beer turned out to have some really pleasent aromas on the nose. The flavors were on the weaker side, due to the style of course. I wouldn't seek this beer out just for the hell of it. It was a good sample but thats about all for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:01:12 | More by Knapp85
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Naturbelassenes kellerbier, best before 17.11.06.

A: Gold; Fizzy white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Sulfury, not unlike a sewage treatment plant. It smelt bad. Slight hint of toffee and earth in the background.

T: Slightly sweet, caramel, toffee and grassy hop flavour (plug your nose).

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: The smell!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 20:40:51 | More by Derek
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ramseye4

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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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reebrevlup

Arizona

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-22-2013 04:54:29 | More by reebrevlup
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-06-2014 01:25:24 | More by nebula1999
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-17-2013 17:22:40 | More by DrunkinYogi
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azathot

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

02-13-2014 23:06:43 | More by azathot
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-03-2014 02:47:34 | More by BeerForMuscle
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shirfan

New York

3.45/5  rDev -5%
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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aasher

Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Z'Wickl/Kellerbier! I'm always down to try new styles so here goes nothing.

This swing top bottle pours a pretty clear, pale golden yellow with a one finger soft soapy white head. The aromas are solely of sweet pale malts and light honey. It definitely smells like a light lager. The flavors are of sweet pale malts and light honey. It's pretty heavy grains. It also has an ever so light bitterness. It's very light and doesn't offer any complexity whatsoever, but it's not bad and decently drinkable. It drinks fine and smooth. I can see this style being popular in the summer but I wouldn't want to drink it all the time. It's just ok.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 01:10:17 | More by aasher
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-05-2013 15:31:14 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-19-2013 12:51:50 | More by Thorpe429
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-02-2013 13:33:25 | More by ajzy
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VonZipper

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-10-2014 17:03:29 | More by VonZipper
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bluntedboywonder

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

09-16-2012 21:44:19 | More by bluntedboywonder
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ejh06752

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-22-2013 01:46:04 | More by ejh06752
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whatsgoody

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

11-16-2012 23:25:21 | More by whatsgoody
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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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emerge077

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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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BierFan

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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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crossovert

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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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Veldensteiner Zwick'l from Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
82 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.