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Arcobräu Zwickl Lager - Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

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BA SCORE
87
very good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 9
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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grumpygerman

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-27-2012 16:26:13 | More by grumpygerman
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pknyc

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-08-2012 23:25:13 | More by pknyc
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-13-2012 03:02:54 | More by brez8791
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freduardo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-04-2012 04:07:17 | More by freduardo
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-29-2012 19:04:39 | More by rolltide8425
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-29-2012 03:24:19 | More by brutalist
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

09-16-2012 00:18:20 | More by BigCheese
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

09-12-2012 01:32:00 | More by wattoclone
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DelphiGuy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-08-2012 17:19:09 | More by DelphiGuy
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-04-2012 04:41:51 | More by mdillon86
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -19%

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.

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

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

07-09-2012 14:05:26 | More by John_M
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-02-2012 11:57:45 | More by wdarcy77
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zimm421

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-14-2012 23:12:38 | More by zimm421
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

06-13-2012 18:36:25 | More by Sachsenfreude
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -8%

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.

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

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-20-2012 05:47:44 | More by fisherbray
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codon2004

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.9%

03-30-2012 21:09:21 | More by codon2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

02-27-2012 04:32:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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smf90

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-25-2012 21:21:53 | More by smf90
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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

Mississippi

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-18-2012 02:09:11 | More by swooshjtb
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8%

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.

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

@ 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.

12-02-2011 03:46:53 | More by wedge
Arcobräu Zwickl Lager from Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus
87 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.