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Arcobräu Zwickl Lager - Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

Arcobräu Zwickl LagerArcobräu Zwickl Lager

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BA SCORE
87
very good

70 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%


Brewed by:
Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 01-26-2011)
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emmett_grogan

Australia

5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hit up Merrywell in the Casino among others for this in melbourne, The bar tender could shut up about how excited he was about this new beer so i had to put it to the test. cloudy, unfiltered and overloaded with natural minerals. a very different beer to what we get here, only mirco brewers are doing this style here in Oz but all of those flavors are too over the top, exaggerated so to speak. Not this one, Clean, crisp and smooth, you get the feeling that the sediment is working wonderes for you.
I would recomend this beer to any beer drinker- snob through casual, a must try, an eye opener

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 01:24:23 | More by emmett_grogan
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a modest head that leaves a few dots behind

Smell: Grainy with a bit if graham cracker from the Munich malts

Taste: Cracker malt, up front, with a grassy hop edge balancing out the malts in the middle; slightly nutty, after the swallow, and the finish gives an edge to the sweeter elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent and refreshing; a good beer for a warm afternoon

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 17:53:15 | More by brentk56
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flagmantho

Washington

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Label says this is best before 4/4/13.

Appearance: light golden hue with plenty of haze and a fair number of tiny floaties moving around in the body. Effervescence is strong and the head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam with decent retention. Rustic!

Smell: lightly grainy aroma with an almost creamy smoothness to it -- kind of hard to describe. It's got a good lager character which is mild but adds a welcome complexity. I like it.

Taste: sweet malt right up front with more of that purely grainy character developing through the middle and end. Some of the allure is lost here, but it's still a refreshing and tasty enough drink.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and a decently creamy texture. Not out of this world, but definitely good for a lager like this.

Overall: this is a really interesting zwickel bier, mild but with a good character nonetheless. It's definitely refreshing and drinkable. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 00:52:14 | More by flagmantho
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

really dug this brew - here's the notes:

bright sun-yellow, cloudy as f*** - sparkly, creamy head (holds well) like fresh (melting?) snow - sticks to the glass okay

lemon & fresh bread dough - grassy, one of the most i've smelt - background of "tart"/bright citrus - lightly-baked, grainy bread - kind of restrained, overall

slightly tangy-tart - overpowers the malt, also dough, but in a good way - very light, refreshing overall - citrus tartness and slight spice almost like orange (maybe clementine) - a bit more residual sweetness would be desired...

fairly light-bodied, aside from sort of "grainy", tingly foam - drops off pretty darn dry, yet creamy - actually, medium-light roundness up front (carbonation, i'm guessing) - moderate foamy film left on the palate - quite a spicy tingle top and tongue - ridiculously quaffable

has sort of a saison (spicy, grainy) / pilsner (hoppy) / hefeweizen (yeast) orgy-complexity - very interesting brew - the nearly numbing tartness is fascinating - where does it come from?

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 03:59:23 | More by Bouleboubier
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another bottled beer, courtesy of my local trader, tone77. I CANnot overemphasize the importance of a local trader, whether for CANs, bottles, or anything in between.

From the bottle: "Brewed in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516"; "The Count's Brewery"; "Arcobrau ZWICKL Traditional Unfiltered Lager Beer"; "Ever since 1567, only beers complying with the Bavarian Purity Edict have been brewed in the Count's Castle Brewery Arcobrau, guaranteeing you the ultimate in brewing process. This authentic tradition and brewing artistry an be tasted and enjoyed, making every sip a pleasure trip. ZWICKL - a lager of those bygone days when beer was still enjoyed naturally cloudy and unfiltered. Today this beer specialty with its own distinctive taste is gaining more and more friends."

I went with an aggro pour since it was meant to be unflitered and cloudy anyway so anything that I may have stirred up was not going to make a difference. I got just under a finger of fluffy bone-white head that held up nicely on this hot, humid afternoon. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was very malty and quite lager-like. I really enjoy adjunct-free lagers these days. Mouthfeel was big and soft, not full per se, but quite carbonated and the taste was sort of tangy, like wheat may have been involved. Finish had a lemon citrus quality, making it not only dry and refreshing but also reinforcing my belief that wheat may have been involved.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 18:34:36 | More by woodychandler
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day. Talk about a pleasant surprise...

The beer pours a somewhat cloudy yellow gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and bit unusual I thought; there is considerable bread dough and honey, to the point I was getting almost a raspberry aroma in this beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except I get more a cookie dough flavor, and I really appreciate how the underlying grainy bitterness seems to buoy and counter the light sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light and very smooth, and drinkabiltiy is just exceptional.

Would love to be able to drink this all the time, especially during the current heat spell we're experiencing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 14:05:26 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a pilsner glass at Lizardville (23 oz. pour)

A- Poured a super bright and hazy golden color with a fluffy head that left minimal lace

S- Big bready and lemon notes, some yeastiness

T- Bready and lemon notes dominant this beer, some grassy notes on the finish and a little bit of an off aftertaste

M- Soft and creamy mouthfeel with high carbonation and less softness than other domestic versions of this style I have had. Does not finish dry

O- Overall, a highly drinkable lager with a really nice mouthfeel. I prefer Columbus Summer Teeth and Sam Adams Alpine Spring to this German example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2012 15:50:33 | More by Hoptometrist
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before End: 2012.05.02

Appearance: Pours out a sufficiently cloudy, dusky yellow body with a medium-small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Earthy hay and straw with a faint, sweet-scented honey note and a touch of everyday lemon.

Taste: Sweetish honey glazed over coarse hay and barley husks with some roundabout breadish hints to it. Lightly lemony hop accents with a fairly reserved bitterness. Earthy yeastiness midway and into the sweetish, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's okay; it could use some more crispness.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 04:32:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is crisp, malts and grains, lightly hopped, very dry at the finish. Good but not overpowering flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 16:18:41 | More by tone77
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honey-gold pour with a low rate of haze, and a medium rise of effervesce. On top lies a chalk white, creamy head that was moderately lasting leaving a minimal lace behind.

S: Low hop profile, a touch of dry honey suckles, bread, and a light musky lemon twang.

T: The flavor is sharp and pronounced, a lemony twang with a german pilsner malting. Grainy, spicy hops with a bright tangerine zing with a follow of light muskiness Bright and crisp with a good hop zing, soft herbal flowers and some applejuice. Clean flavor, sharp and tasty.

M: Crisp carbonation factor, light bodied, with a light tart lemony warmth.

O: Overall crsip, with a bright hop zing, easy drinking, nice german malting and good example.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:02:21 | More by beerthulhu
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.5L Arcobrau stange glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a slightly cloudy golden dark amber color with a ¼” white head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing. Sipping leaves some leggy lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma fresh, slightly grassy and carried along on the light bready malt.

Taste: The flavor is fresh, clean, and lightly sweet with a faint touch of earthy hop and some bready character.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel light and has a faint prickly character from the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long. It starts in lightly sweet breadiness, slides into some earthy grassiness and then fades to a dry ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: An easily drinkable beer and one that could serve well for an evening of multiple servings along with dinner and conversation with friends. My overall impression is of a nicely complex beer with lots of interesting flavors that I’ll be looking for in the future to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 02:35:56 | More by drtth
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wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Cloudy pale yellow under a fluffy white head. Pale fruity, malt sweet aroma...bready yeast, honey, and soft noble hops. Nice pale malt base with a solid floral hoppiness on top. Sweet, somewhat peppery flavor and some honey and grape. Fresh and light, fairly crisp yet soft. Good, refreshingly clean lager.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 03:46:53 | More by wedge
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rwrk42

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent head at first pour and unfiltered look

Smell: Very light & mild hop aroma. Other than that there is not much to it.

Taste: Light bodied but clean and smooth. Slight and I mean a slight hop taste. A very faint citrus taste finish.

A decent beer but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 03:50:49 | More by rwrk42
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale-yellow colored beer with a smallish head and good lace. Fairly modest aromas, mostly of grass and yeast, with hints of sweet maltiness.

Taste is clean, yeasty, lightly nutty, and very grassy. Very low bitterness, mild sweetness.

Clean finish, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Nice but not super exciting. I’d still prefer a good hefeweizen over this. Definitely on the light side; an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 16:15:55 | More by tobelerone
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/1/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and some spices. Then a thin breadiness comes in from a light malt character and lager yeast. There’s a good hops presence for the style creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice lighter German-style beer with a lot of flavor and substance making it worth pounding down for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 16:45:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost perfect pour with big foamy 2 finger head just to the top of the SA Perfect pint glass, hazy creamy golden pils color with nice lacing.

Nose creamy malts, light soft decoction malt, light crisp lager, very little malt and no straw, hint of citrusy grassy like hop.

Taste is light, soft and fairly complex with some decoction taste, touch of straw like malt, creamy. Light crisp lager and hint of fruit, light grassy hop with a slight bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean, light grassy hop and soft malts.

Mouth is lighter bodied decent carb.

Overall nice, crisp and clean, soft creamy malts, hint of grassy hops, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 15:19:23 | More by jlindros
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Gmann

New York

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a small wispy white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of doughy/bready munich malt. There is a bit of a metallic note. Some grassy noble hops round out the aroma. Typical German aroma.

The flavor is of a sweet bready malt. It has an almost honey sweetness though none was added. There is a nice grassy hop flavor that goes perfectly with this brew. Simple flavors but everything works.

As per the style, the body is quite substantial. This is offset by a very fizzy carbonation, which is a bit too strong. The beer is sweet on the palate but is offset by the grassy hops. This drinks very well.

Not light in body but simple in flavor. It is quite a refreshing beer. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 14:59:24 | More by Gmann
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy pale yellow. not transparent. with a nice stable white head. some lacing

S-fresh grassy grains. good strength

T-comes in with a high quality taste of pale German grains that have a slight sweetness to them. it has a great after-taste of grassy grains. its an extremely smooth and simple taste.

M-good creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-was at a new bar in a new area that had dozens of exciting beers. I only had the time to get one beer and I chose this due to my ongoing curiosity of the style, I was sure glad I did. This is an extremely drinkable beer and a joy to have. I'll be searching this one out!

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2011 00:24:29 | More by AdamBear
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellow golden color that starts off with a white two finger head. The head calms down to an average lace around the glass but, with just a swirl of the glass it can be agitated back to at least a one finger head.

Smell at first is grassy from the hops. Mellow sweetness kicks in because, but there is a balance. Lemon, wheat, and hints of yeast.

The aroma tends to emulate the flavor. Lemon and grassy hops matched with wheat and barely. Makes a perfect balance! Not to forget there is a hint of yeast from being unfiltered.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Just very easy to drink even with a heavy meal.

Over all this German lager has every thing a beer geek would want from this style. A great balance of hops and barely and light body. Besides the price.... this is up there with the top German Lagers.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 06:54:48 | More by Luigi
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Errto

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at The Wine Thief, New Haven, CT.

Pours a light gold with orange highlights. Head is thick, creamy and almost white. Beer is somewhat cloudy, but from what I understand that's expected for the style.

Smells a lot like some of the best Czech Pilsners that I've had. Rich aroma of earthy noble hops, cut with a bit of fresh grain.

Taste starts out with more of that noble hop earthiness. But it expands into something like fresh bread, possibly even a touch of fruit (lemon?) towards the back. An almost creamy, but not sweet, texture to it. Subtle, though.

This beer is crisp and refreshing, the sort of thing I'd be happy to drink if we ever get warm weather again. Yet, there's a real depth to it. Again, it's most similar to an unfiltered Pilsner, a style of which I've only had a few, and I'm not sure I could say categorically what makes this beer different from them. But what I can say is I will happily seek out this or other Zwickl beers in the future, and I hope American breweries start making some!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 21:49:03 | More by Errto
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crossovert

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml brown bottle. Best before 4/11/2012.

It is a fine looking brew. It pours a hazy light gold with a fizzy white head. The only knock is that there isn't much lacing.

This is a decently old bottle for the style but it smells fresh still, must have been kept okay in the past. It is light but malty with a hint of light fruit and a bit of herbal hop.

The flavor is real nice. Really bright beer here. Some yeast prescence, more so then if you got it fresh on tap near the brewery, but it isn't detracting much from the beer. It has a nice herbal bitter note in the finish and is mostly flavorful but subtle pale malts with a subtle fruitiness.

Drink these before they go old, that is all.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 22:26:30 | More by crossovert
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at brahaus Schmitz in Philly, the first bar in the area to tap this beauty. Served in proper glass.

Arcobräu Zwickl Lager pours a very pretty hazy golden color with some blond hints here and there. Nice fluffy white head, sparse lace. Smell is my favorite part of the brew, it smells great with herbal hop scent, some grain with a nice spicy yeast in the back. Some faint fruitiness and just great scents. Taste does not deliver based on the nose but this is great delicious beer. European herbal hoppings with some grain, apple skin, faint nuts, and bready yeast backing, once again delish. Feel is a light bodied lager with some nice bubble activity and a crispness on the tounge. This is great beer and a growler on a Sunday would be an easy task.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 19:48:46 | More by BARFLYB
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Little Pub in ridgefield, CT. Served in signature zwicki glass.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Opaque. Thick creamy white foam that persists at the top of the glass.

Not much nose. Taste is a relatively clean, yet flavorful and creamily smooth lager long finish. Some hop is noticed. But prevailing lighter flavor.

Interesting style creates a very easy drinking lager. Nice taste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 01:32:01 | More by KTCamm
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MrOH

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, hazy gold with a solid inch of white head.

Noble hops, a tad spicey, a tad grassy, a touch earthy, some fruitiness.

Round and smooth. Bready malts, spicy, grassy hops. Soft bitterness. Quite drinkable.

A smidgen bigger than light-bodied. Very effervesant.

Dang, I could drink these all damn day in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 23:03:49 | More by MrOH
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a foamy white head. No lace, some slight retention. Tons of bubbles.

Grassy sweetness and some bread notes for aroma.

Clean brew. Grassy malt flavors, but not sweet. Some crisp and light bitter notes. Dry bready flavors. Beer dries out fast. with a clean bitter finish.

Lighter bodied, but over- carbonated. I liked this, but way too fizzy. A clean crisp beer and worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 13:09:37 | More by OtherShoe2
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