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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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of JamesGrove
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Oakenator
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

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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Zoigl Star Lager from Appalachian Brewing Company
3.53 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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