Zoigl Star Lager
Appalachian Brewing Company

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #163
Ranked #43,298
3.48 | pDev: 11.21%
Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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REVZEB from Illinois

2.72/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had on tap. Brown cloudy body with a white ring and lazy lacing. Grains, grass, biscuit malt, and earthy hops, no typical springy aromas for style. Taste is bland up front and harshly grainy and bitter on the backend, flavors clash and leaves a repugnant bitter and harsh grain note on the finish. Feel is broken down before harsh notes, bland malts and watery body, finish is not artful or springy like style should. Misses the mark

May 05, 2013
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from notes taken on 2/18/11. On tap at the Harrisburg ABC location.

Served in an oversized mug, this brew appears a light clear copper orange color with a finger of white froth for a cap. The head retains fairly decent and laces in a spotty wall about the glass.

The aroma of this brew has quite a bit of herbal and mineral character overtop of some hop notes which come across lightly citrusy and grassy. There is a minor note of buttery diactyl mixed with sulfur that isn't all that appealing. All together the nose is a bit of a disjointed mess.

The taste includes light mineral character overtop of some buttery notes that get masked by some flavors of caramel malt. This brew has a modest bitterness for a lager. Faint grassy hop character lingers in the mouth with a touch of citrus. The combination of lingering sulfur mixed with mineral flavors is a bit troublesome and hinders the enjoyment and drinkability of this brew.

This is medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. It went down easy while it was very cold, as the flavors come up as the brew warms it is a task to put down. This is not something I would have a glass of again.

Mar 02, 2011
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Katahdin from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color a s a good lager should, with a decent head. Not much to smell as it sits in the glass but there are hints of a sweet, maltiness, and perhaps some hoppiness a swell. The taste is just what you'd expect from a good lager, sweet, malty, with a definite citrus taste that lingers, and a bit of a hop taste underneath. Crisp and clean finish, goes down easy and smooth.

Had at Craft Ale House in Limerick, PA, not at the brewpub.

Feb 02, 2010
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TheDeuce from New York

3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Zoigl Star Lager...

Appearance-served in a pint glass, which was a little suprising, anyways pale good color with a large fizzy head.

Smell- grainy smell with hops following up, tart aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel-full taste, a lot going on, really muddled though, grain and hop once again, alcohol well hidden, nice smoothness.

Drinkability-it is certainly different but I enjoyed it.

Overall-a nice different take on a lager, not revolutionary it tastes like a cross between a Euro Pale Lager and an unfiltered wheat, but it works and it's good to see them trying something different.

Sep 05, 2009
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Harrisburg location on 1/10/09. Served in my oversized mugger mug.

Pours a clear orange amber with a finger of poofy brite-white head. Retains with a thin fizzy layer that stay sturdier than it looks, leaving some solid lacing back. The aroma isn't overly assertive but I'm still picking up some sweetness, a bit of citrus, some floral hops in the back, and maybe just a touch of Lager yeast.

The taste gives up a bit more with sweet and bready malts, some citric tang (which comes off as maybe just a touch too sweet), and a solid spicy hop bite in the back. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a firmer feel and crisp carbonation. Unfortunately, the finish isn't quite as clean as I would expect, with a good bit of lingering bitterness and tang.

Not bad. This was an easy drinker for sure but I wish that it had packed a bit more flavor and a cleaner feel. Still, this was nice to wash my burger down with.

Jan 14, 2009
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It was presented with a finger's worth of eggshell-white head bursting with CO2 bubbles. The color was a deep amber with only a slight haziness. I mention the clarity because it was billed as an "Unfiltered Lager". Frankly, it was easy to peer through it, so clarity was not really a concern. The nose had a characteristic lager-like sweetness. The mouthfeel was medium, but with a definite hoppy tang on the tongue. The finish was dry, slightly hoppy, and very refreshing. I remain very curious as to what hops were used in its creation. A lovely seasonal beer.

Jun 03, 2008
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy, golden color with some fluffy white head that sticks around for a few minutes.

S: Nothing much to note, mostly a yeasty scent.

T: Mostly yeast, some spice, a slight bitter finish.

M: It has a smooth creamy mouthfeel, with little carbonation.

D: Very easy drinker, not really much else to note, although still pretty tasty.

Apr 28, 2008
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Abbey bar at the Harrisburg brewery, served cool in a pint glass.

A - a golden lager w brilliant clarity and a full inch of bone white capping the beer. The head clings as lace in a thick coating and sticks to the glass well.

S - Lightly malty w/ slight yeasty lager aromas, not much else going on, but perhaps a few herbal hop whiffs.

M - Nice, smooth and subtly sweet w/ a crisp light feel, very refreshing w/ a clean finish. The effervescence is moderate w/ a slight creamy quality.

T - Very nice malt w/ german character and light spice w/ a dry quality. Nice and smooth w/ a clean finish.

D - A very easty beer to quaff. This lager is made to appeal to BMC drinkers I suppose, yet has flavor enough and quality malt flavor that is interesting when you have more than 1. This is crisp and refreshing w/ easy drinking sessionability. It is sweet enough and something I might ordinarily shy away from, but it was a nice complement to my chesapeake chicken as sort of a palate cleanser. This lager is above average to me.

Feb 25, 2008
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served as part of a sampler platter (3oz glasses).

A--Beige head, opaque brown body

S--yeasty, earthy

T--strong clove flavor,

M--creamy mouthfeel, full

D--You have to give them credit for this rare brew. Good for them for trying it. Not a bad taste and really the flavor one would expect from this style

Feb 20, 2008
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at ABC Harrisburg on 1/26/08. Served in a shaker pint glass.

A - Hazy golden/straw colored body with an unfiltered appearance. One finger of rocky white head. Looks like a wheat beer.

S - A bit lacking in this area. Some bready maltiness and not much of a hop aroma to report. Some faint honey sweetness in there as well.

T - A little muddy here. I'm getting some earthy hops, but it's kind of dirty and gritty. Malt is pretty grainy, but balanced by a bit of honey sweetness. However, the earthiness prevails.

M - Pretty full-bodied for a lager, with a somewhat creamy, but also a bit watery, texture. Fairly chewy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Very mild bitter finish with just a bit of prickle on the tongue.

D - Not as crisp and clean as the Mountain Lager. Perhaps a bit muddy, but still pretty tasty. I liked it better last year.

Jan 27, 2008
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iceviper22 from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one hand-pumped from cask at the Harrisburg location. It had a cloudy light orange hazy color with a light tan/white head laced around the top of the glass.

The smell is a nice mix of malty biscuits and flowery hops too. Some caramel hints to it also.

It is served much warmer than it's on-tap counterpart helping to give it a much more smooth full taste. The hops come through a lot more than I expected with a strong carmel malty backbone to it. Some nutty flavors linger also.

The cask pour had a very rich, smooth texture and mouthfeel with less carbonation than the regular tap, which was much colder and sharper.

Overall, I would give this brew a good drinkablity. I preferred it from the cask to the tap pour for it's smoothness and more full flavor presence.

Jan 17, 2008
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Harrisburg brewery.

A: The lager is an amber orange color, slightly hazy, with a small ring of head, due in part to the bartender's pour.

S: The aroma is a grainy, biscuit malt aroma that has a sweet edge.

T: The lager has a very nice flavor with crisp malts that are biscuity and have a sweet sugary flavor to them. They are complimented by a slight hop bitterness that is earthy.

M: The lager has a smooth malt taste with a crisp clean finish.

D: The lager has a moderate abv and a nice malt-hop mix. I could sit at the bar and drink several pints.

Dec 31, 2006
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Gavage from Nevada

3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear light orange in color with a short 1/4" head. No lacing develops, and the head falls to a surface foam immediately.

Smell: hints of fruits and nothing else.

Taste: this was a fruity lager leaning towards the sweet side. There was some mild bitterness and hints of honey rounded it out.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. The aftertase was leaning towards sweet fruits. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: actually I found this to be quite drinkable. I don't think this is brewed regularly, but it is worth a look-see.

Apr 15, 2006
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as a rotating selection at Bube's Brewery. Presenat as a light amber colored beer with modest white head. Many small carbonation bubbles on ther side of the glass. Smell is mildly fruity and very pleasant. Taste is also enjoyable with a strong fruity malt presence and a slight hop note. Finishes more malty than hoppy with a nice creamy mouthfeel. A easy to drink beer that went well with my meal.

Apr 08, 2006
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Foxman from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It came to me a rather glistening gold, carbonated and crisp. A finger of white head drooped to a frothy film, and lent an icing of lace to the inside of the glass.

The aroma was a touch thin, with a pale, berry malt sweetness pretty much overcoming any real hope bouquet, though a vague bitterness did sneak through.

Upon sipping, the lightly fruity malt sweetness came through initially, but the hops did a more credible job of making themselves known here, asserting a mellow but drying bitterness. It was a rapid taste progression, from malt to bittering hops, and the finish was moderately short and dry.

Light bodied, the overall feel was more in the finish, with a mild lingering hops glow.

I was actually a bit disappointed in the sparse hops presence, moreso in the aroma, but still as well in the malt-driven flavor. The taste did have enough to make the beer crisp and quite drinkable, but it just fell a bit short of what I was hoping for. What was there was not at all unpleasant, but it just came across as incomplete. No, not bad, just not a full picture.

Feb 19, 2006
Zoigl Star Lager from Appalachian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 32 ratings