Zoigl Star Lager | Appalachian Brewing Company

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Appalachian Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Foxman on 02-19-2006

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 31
Photo of stakem
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Katahdin
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of ffejherb
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of iceviper22
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of Foxman
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Zoigl Star Lager from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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