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Zeppelin Bier - Brauerei Max Leibinger GmbH

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78
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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Max Leibinger GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 06-15-2010)
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of russpowell
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Always happy to try a keller bier, here's hoping it won't be tired or old...

Pours a clear caramel with 2 fingers a cream colored head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Pears, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, figgyness as well up front. More of the same with faint leafy hoppyness as this warms. Pears,dryness & hints of oxidation as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, thins out as this warms

Gonna guess this is old, no discernable dating on the bottle, I wouldn't buy this again unless I was in the country of origin, drinks alright at best

russpowell, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly hazy iced tea color with an off-white head. The aroma is grapes, wheat, grass and flowers. The flavor is a mix of wheat, grapes and flowers with a somewhat earthy finish. It almost resembles dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquried as part of a mixed six-pack at Whole Foods HQ and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. 5.2% ABV confirmed per the label. Reviewed as a kellerbier because Leibinger's website identifies it as such (even though the label clearly refers to it as an ale). Best before: "003 L 31 FL."

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of off-white colour. Subpar thickness. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Subpar consistency and complexion. Head retention is good - about 5-6 minutes. Lacing is quite sticky and clumpy as the head recedes, but the lacing doesn't hold - it slides down the sides fairly quickly.

Body colour is a nontransparent translucent dull copper with brown hues. Not a great colour by any means, and not particularly vibrant either. No yeast particles are visible, which is a bit troubling given the style. Actually, it looks like most of the sediment has attached itself to the bottom of the bottle. I wouldn't call this cloudy. It doesn't even look unfiltered.

Way out of style conventions here. I'm concerned. Far from unique or special, unless brewing a kellerbier that overtly violates style conventions is considered unique.

Sm: Low carbon dioxide is already evident from the aroma, which resembles a cask beer. Munich malts, pilsner malts, honey, grains, some brown malts, caramalt, and some floral character from the weak barely integrated hops. A biteen buttery. Bready. A bit on the sweeter side.

Caramel is dominant.

Strangely, I can't find any yeast character in the aroma. Odd for a kellerbier. No alcohol is detectable.

Overall, I'm liking it and looking forward to it in spite of its simplicity. I get the feeling this is going to bring the vitamins and rich bready quality I'd expect in a good keller.

T: Buttery (butterscotch/intentional diacetyl), mellow grains, munich malts, dominant caramalts, pilsner malts, and floral hops - with a minimal presence and little noticeable bitterness. Edges towards the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum, but it's pretty close to centre. Bready, sure. I do pick up some rich vitamin-ridden biscuity yeast character lurking beneath the malty core. It is a bit nutty, but I can't quite identify the nuts.

An extremely simple kellerbier with a good balance. Very no-nonsense and back to basics. I can dig that. Sure, I'd like more complexity and subtlety. It may be simple, but it's a gestalt build - I can't imagine removing or adding any notes would keep it as a whole. It's more than the sum of its parts, and that's a difficult thing to achieve. Tasty stuff even if it's shallow. Average flavour duration. Below average flavour intensity.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Classically undercarbonated to style. If you don't like that, kellerbiers aren't for you. Smooth and wet. Mellow light body. Fairly refreshing. A bit thinner than most lagers, which aids drinkability. Texture complements the taste well.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, oily, rough, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Very drinkable. This is a lager I could down by the litreglas, but it won't dazzle with intricacy or nuance. Just a solid table beer that's good for any season. I like that the flavour profile is bready and almost a meal-in-a-glass but that the mouthfeel is lighter and thinner, making it extraordinarily quaffable. I do appreciate a good keller and though this is far from world-class, it's one I'd happily go back to.

The nuttiness is a highlight for me personally.

High C+

kojevergas, Nov 21, 2013
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3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

International Green Week, Berlin 2012: at last we reach Hall 12, the hall dedicated to German breweries and food to go with beer. We find a table and seats by the Andechs bar, leave the womenfolk to keep the area safe and start to forage for beers. Loads of breweries and beers to choose from and for some reason I broke one of my own golden rules ‘always try the draught beers, you’ll find bottles again, but may never get the chance to have the beer on tap again’. So a .33cl bottle of this brew caught my eye as I wandered around and I had to have one.

This unfiltered brew comes with a natural cloudy look, red/brown in colour: on top a thatch of white bubbles, the head left almost before I got back to the table and no lacing was produced by what remained floating on top as I sat down.

The smells were of malty bread/toast and some sweeter molasses; a hop hint as the beer warmed: this was the best bit I’m sorry to say, it went downhill from now on.

The taste was on the malty side and appeared one dimensional in flavour: I expected a lot more to be honest, thin and lacking in substance for a 5.2%ABV brew. The hops just didn’t show at all, no bite or crispness to the brew, I’m struggling to find anything nice to say about this beer, so I’ll curtail the review now!

BlackHaddock, Mar 08, 2012
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3.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Zeppelin

Pours a light amber shade. ok clarity. Aroma is good and strong. Caramelized malt, toast, bread. Simple well rounded nose

In the taste, semi sweet flavors of euro malts, mild citrus hop, bread, and has a mild peppery character. Medium bodied, well carbonated texture. Overall this makes for a nice little Keller beer in the darker range of the style.

Stinkypuss, Jun 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter.
Slightly cloudy yellowish-amber-gold color. Decent head.

This is a relatively fruity smelling zwickel lager from Bavaria. It has a good aroma and is quite tasty, with a touch of nutty yeast over a solid malt base. Mouthfeel is this lager's weak spot.

chinchill, Oct 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26%

harpus, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a medium brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing here.

S: A very sharp aroma of hops and malt, but not much else. Still, very pleasant.

T: Tasted of malt, a pronounced hoppiness (more than you get in most German beers), and slightly fruity element. An interesting, but not necessarily mind-blowing flavor. Easy to drink, though.

M: A generally well carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

avalon07, Apr 01, 2011
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3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had very many beers of this style.
A - pours a rather deep amber brown with a yellow tint and just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a mildly sticky lace ring.
S - Cereal grains, mild lager yeast with a touch of bready malts.
T - Rather sweet has a bit of a twingle which I assume is the hops. Mildly bready with mostly some caramel malts not your typical lager.
M - Light to medium easy to drink overall

Well I got this at my local place mixed and matched. It seems above the taste of a typical lager but not by much. Strictly picked for its interesting cover art.

DrDemento456, Sep 29, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this single thinking it was another basic German pilsener or euro lager, not to mention the obvious connection to Led Zeppelin. Boy was I in for a surprise! 12 oz bottle pours a very hazed amber color with a squat froth of white head. Retention is decent and lacing ok.

Nose is an interesting blend of sweet-ish grainy malt with plenty of mid to dark fruit. Lots going on here, a bready yeast aroma definitely comes to the forefront as it warms.

Yes, definitely bready. Oh-so smooth, wow...the yeast makes for great drinking here! It is great to have a yeasty German brew that is not a wheat beer. Pleasant grassy hops on the finish, refreshing yet full of flavor. Malts border on chocolate, but mostly stay in the caramel range. I am digging on this, I got this as a single, but will certainly pick up a sixer next time I am downtown.

twiggamortis420, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
1.73/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, little to no aroma whatsoever. In the taste, a small caramel like note, but really nothing at all. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel note in the aftertaste. Lack of flavor, and taste.

OWSLEY069, Jul 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.2%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Foggy amber/orange, nice layer of white head.

Aroma, some malty mustiness. Not sure what this style should smell like, but this is similar to a bock with slightly less fruit.

Taste is leather, tea, peat accented malt. Pretty much no hop presence. Improves as it warms, but it's still pretty basic.

Lighter bodied of course, with a lively carbonation. Drinks very easy.
Kind of reminds me of Yuengling.

Bung, Jul 17, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass, this beer is a rather dark brown with a good initial, but soon-fading head. The nose smells like a typical helles: light malt and light noble hop aroma. Flavor is halfway between a helles and dunkel. Malt is light, but there's a sweet, slightly bready side to it. Bitterness and hop flavor is on the low side. The finish is sweet.

Not a bad beer, but not very interesting.

allengarvin, Jun 12, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woo-hoo: 300th brewery!!

11.2oz bottle into a Stella Artois goblet. Best before 02.02.11.

Classy-looking label. The pour is a bit more unkempt, with a mottled, soapy head that slowly recedes atop the caramel-amber liquid. Zeppelin's body is murky with yeast and visibly carbonated--good depth to the browinsh hue as well. A bit of spice and brown sugar in the aroma get backed by a semi-sour mineral note and some cooked veggies. Musty. Hops save the day with a soft floral presence reminiscent of lilac and lavender.

Tastier than expected, that's for sure, Zeppelin packs on the flavor with lots of browned fruit flesh notes from the yeast. Hops taste zesty and alive on the palate, with a refreshing bite that lingers into the finish and suggests (mildly) pine and orange peel. Malts boast a superb balance of caramel and toffee sweetness. Again, very musty and organic. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, crisp and refreshing, but the carbonation is a bit too aggressive at times, leaving the tongue raw with effervescence. Overall, I found Zeppelin to be a pleasant surprise, and a damn tasty German import. Recommended.

wagenvolks, Jun 21, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the extra! 11.2oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a thin off white head that diminishes to a ring and leaves no lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild sweet malts, burnt caramel and brown sugar. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet malts and fruit with a nice kick of brown sugar in the finish. The beer is quite light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is a very interesting beer, one I'm glad I got the opportunity to try and would certainly have again.

atsprings, Sep 22, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Zeppelin Bier has a thick, frothy, slightly off-white head, and a clear, light amber, bubbly appearance, which clouds up, once the bottom contents are aggressively swished and poured in. Lacing is heavy. The aroma is faint, but one can detect subtle sweetness and bread crust. Taste is of sweetness, bread crust, and stereotypical lager beer flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Zeppelin Bier finishes crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is excellent.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Aug 22, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks wagenvolks for the brew hookup. 11.2 oz brown bottle best by 02.02.10.

It pours a sightly hazy cider color, darker than the other kellerbier I had today. The head is white and quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

The smell is kind of meager, reminds me of an oktoberfest, light bread, light nuttiness, pinch of hops, not too complex.

The flavor picks up though, nice beadiness, slight nuttiness, the hops are delicate but noticeable enough. There is a distinct fruit flavor that is in there as well and pretty much makes the taste. It goes down smooth and easy.

The kellerbiers are interesting lagers that are a nice change of pace form the Helles or Dunkel. You could also replace an okto with this one.

crossovert, Aug 11, 2010
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3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a mug.

A: Cloudy light brown color. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Nice and tight. Settles fairly quickly. Doesn't really dissolve completely, but leaves a smattering of foam on the surface of the brew. Leaves some nice beer ring lacing behind as you drink.

S: Wheaty, malty, and really yeasty. A little peaty tone, and maybe some clove in there, too.

T: Yeasty flavor. Very grainy and woody.

M: Kind of a gritty feel on the palette. The grainy palette sticks with you.

D: Light body with a certain refreshing quality.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Pretty nice rich look, and a thick tight head. Nose has a variety of grain tones. Nothing profound, but nicely balanced. Flavor, again, grain filled goodness. Overall, this is a really nice quaff.

bmwats, Nov 14, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

mychalg9, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

bacher468, Aug 17, 2013
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Zeppelin Bier from Brauerei Max Leibinger GmbH
78 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.