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Arcobräu Zwickl Lager - Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

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BA SCORE
87
very good

78 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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2.25/5  rDev -42%

djrn2, Nov 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

acurtis, Nov 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

kylehay2004, May 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

codon2004, Mar 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

ygtbsm94, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of MrSquash
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

MrSquash, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of rwrk42
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

rwrk42, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are moderate aromas of grassy hops in the nose.
T: There are flavors of grainy malts and yeast in the taste, which has a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink, although there's nothing really unique about the taste that would make me want to try it again.

metter98, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

tone77, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

fisherbray, Apr 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

wdarcy77, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a slightly-hazy light golden color with a good white head and some mild lacing. The nose brings a bit of very light hops, but mostly grainy malt. Too much grain, actually. The flavor is mostly raw grain and base malt without too much else going on. Light body and crisp carbonation. Decent enough, but not something I'd come back for.

Thorpe429, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Hoptometrist, May 26, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Gmann, Oct 29, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anoter Keller bier, fun. Beer served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy with nearly no head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly bitter with a decent pilsen aroma to the whole thing, interesting.

Beer is light in body and wet on the palate, highly drinkable but light on flavor. I find it watery a little and wanting something on the finish. There is a mild earthy bitterness but it is too little too late. I might have it again but it would be more enjoyable if it had more flavor or body.

drabmuh, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a style not seen often around here.

Pours a cloudy whitish-blond color with a two-finger head into my glass. Resembles a witbier more than anything.

Sweet with a decent hint of citrus in the nose. Very much like a lager.

Crisp, chewy and sweet malt greet the tongue. Think of an unfiltered pilsener.

The sweet malt lingers at the back of the throat, followed by a sour citrus finish.

Being that this style isn't very pronounced in the U.S, I'm impressed with this example.

Brad007, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

tobelerone, Nov 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mdillon86, Aug 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

freduardo, Oct 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

hopkrid, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

sajaffe1, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

polishkaz, Apr 12, 2013
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Arcobräu Zwickl Lager from Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.