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Arcobräu Zwickl Lager - Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

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BA SCORE
87
very good

85 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: metter98 on 01-26-2011

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of fisherbray
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of codon2004
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of smf90
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  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.

Photo of swooshjtb
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of notdriving
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rwrk42
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.59/5  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.

Photo of AdamBear
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of Luigi
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of Errto
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Photo of crossovert
3.95/5  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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Arcobräu Zwickl Lager from Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus
87 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.