Arcobräu Zwickl Lager - Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

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BA SCORE
87
very good

36 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: metter98 on 01-26-2011

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
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. (1,451 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -11%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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! (985 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very cloudy golden wheat looking body. decent head whens erved, fading to a thin layer.

S - Sweet wheat and grains with a kick of hops. Sweet honey floating through to tempt the nose.

T - Sweet wheaty-grain base with some hop dryness. Honey-like sweetnes throughout and a hint of citrus zest. A tad bitter on the back end.

M - This beer is light, clean, and thirst quenching.

O - A nice summer beer or session beer in my opinion. A bit on the lighter side all around but a good pick. (491 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (461 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label dated best before 2012.05.02

Pours a hazy pale orange with some bright white head. Cloudy but not murky. Nose is faint with some flowery notes and a little orange. Palate is crisp and juicy at the same time. Orange blossoms come to mind. Great, full mouthfeel for a layer. Really enjoyable! (338 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  rDev +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. (695 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

While definitely not a common style to be imported into the US, it's one that is admired by both consum- ers and brewers alike. Slightly yeast-hazed golden hue; the draping of white lace on the glass is an amaz- ing sight. Faint peppery notes, with grape skin, fresh-cut grass and bready nose. Refreshing with its snappy crispness, smoothness ensues in the back of the lighter body. Fresh dry grain and light, nutty yeast meld quite well together. Hops hone in for balance and give off a light herbal freshness. Finishes very dry with a clean grain-and-yeast aftertaste. (628 characters)

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small. It lasting head. Yeast cloud in the green-hued straw colored liquid. No lace.

Sweet berry-like malt start.

Flavored similarly to the aroma. Slightly sour finish. Light hop aftertaste. This continues to be my favorite light beer style. Full bodied for the style. (272 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Churchkey DC into a 14oz. Pokal glass.

Very light lemon hued, with light amber brown middle body. A very white one finger head is produced that slowly falls with a creamy character. Real nice lacing also, very sexy looking.

Bouquet is a nice light malt, but also a strong doughy airy bread. Slight sense of muted crispness.

A very soft mild palate and finish. Slight crisp, is and super chewy soft doughy malt with lots of density. Almost like drinking raw wet dough.

Overall though pretty tasty and a dense dough blast that comes off as refreshing. (570 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (630 characters)

Photo of MrOH
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (320 characters)

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