Knappstein Reserve Lager
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Style:
German Pilsner
Ranked #26
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,970
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 13.03%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
84
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Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
 
Australia
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Knappstein Reserve LagerKnappstein Reserve Lager
Notes: A Bavarian-style Lager.
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Reviews by bhb:
Photo of bhb
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer pours much like any lager - a gentle crisp white head that persists for a little while, not too long though, and pale yellow, somewhat like a typical macro, but actually deceptive as the rest is quite impressive.

Smell - The Sauvin hops give this a very floral aroma, with grape notes, leaving no doubt as to its origins from the South Australian wine regions. Probably one of the more amazing lager aromas, it's truly crisp and fresh, I could smell it all day.

Taste - A light crisp flavour, with no harsh undertones at all, which still remains even as the beer warms. The flavours in the beer put it in the same category as a white wine - crisp , fresh and I feel this beer would go very well served with foods that would traditionally be served a white wine. Not complex, but the simple flavours are delicious, and make it the best lager I've tasted in this country.

Mouthfeel - Slightly dry, but not overly so. Some carbonation comes off the tongue, giving a little added tingle.

Overall, this is a fine beer, and probably the best Australian lager I've come across. The flavours are light, but the aromas quite amazing. Indeed overall this beer is much better than even most European lagers.

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Photo of Decko
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - extremely pale clear yellow in the glass. S - beautiful floral and fruity Sauvignon Blanc scent. T- perfectly balanced lager with fruity yeast notes but with a great hoppy finish that lingers. M - good crisp larger with good level of carbonation. O - one of by favourite beers and far and away my favourite lager, whatever exact style thereof it is. Pity it's a bit on the pricey because it's a corker. Could drink it all night as a quality session beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine March 2007.

What happens when an Australian winemaker becomes a brewer? Let's find out.

Pours a clear, pale yellow; somewhat still and dense in appearance, with a thick white lacing. Unexpectedly fruity in the nose, with some melon, grape, and light herbal notes; clean overall though. Very smooth on the palate. Malty, fruity, medium bodied, rounded and even. Sweetness is light but present and provides some depth; something to lean on. The fruitiness emerges with suggestions of nectarine and lychee. Spicy, tingly noble hop character. Quite hoppy and playful, with complex herbal and floral notes. Perfectly balanced. Some white grapes in the creeping dryness. Lingering herbal spice, melon, and faint vegetal in the finish.

Very German Export Lager-esque, but with a unique nod to a Sauvignon Blanc, no doubt thanks to Knappstein's use of Sauvin hops. Bold, lively, and re- freshing, this is an excellent offering and a must-try beer for the Lager connois- seur. We look forward to future beers from these guys.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely little bottle, but I will say it looks much bigger in photographs. The head fades quickly and no head retention to be seen. The colour is light, similar to a pilsner.

Beautiful nose. Here's that hop I've read about. Nelson Sauvin. Distinct but it reminds me of saaz, perhaps the poppy-ness.

Big round flavour, kicking all the way to the back of the tongue. Some lingering bitterness, but not too much. Very drinkable.

I wish this were easier to get and more affordable. It would make an excellent summer regular.

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Photo of joecast
4.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

hey!! KRL finally makes it down to the south island.
330ml bottle 5.6%abv. best before 12/07

seriously classy looking bottle. almost to the point of being sexy. pours wonderfully into my waterford crystal pilsner glass (courtesy of the wife on christmas). light golden color with a good inch thick white tightly packed head. good retention. light lacing.
the interesting part is the carbonation. two nucleation sites (thats the term right?) spewing forth different sized bubbles. some very small, the other, rather large.

aroma. the most talked about aspect of the beer. poured cold so it didnt come across as strong as i expected. sharp spiciness and the hoppy wine-like fruits. not really citrus, more passion fruit. really good.
as it warms the sharpness dulls a bit allowing the passion fruit to become more rounded if that makes sense.

great hop presence in the taste. full bitterness and a balance between the hop and malt flavor. this just doesnt quit right through the palate. raw hop spiciness lasts on the tongue.
non-hop heads might find the bitterness a bit much.
they're wrong. it should be celebrated. a public holiday should be named. there should be marching bands and school children should be singing.

smooth substantial mouthfeel. and it needs it. a hearty beer like this should to be felt as it passes into the stomach.

lets be honest. this isnt a beer to be sculled out of the bottle in a race to get pissed. its a beer to be savoured, enjoyed, contemplated.
too philosophical? maybe.
anyway, these wine folk are showing they know how to make a good beer. my only mistake, not getting the four pack.

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Photo of rizzo
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink this beer if you want to know what Nelson Sauvin hops taste like - pear, apples, tropical fruit aroma and flavour. Balanced reasonably well, more pilsener than lager like. Would have liked a bit more solid malt backing and maybe Ale esters rather than a clean crisp finish.
Worth seeking out. Small batch brewery - very variable in quality. Suspect it wouldn't travel well as this hop is known for it's instability.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very excited to get to try this on tap the the Local Taphouse in Sydney recently, as part of their feature on the top 10 beers from the Critics' Choice book. Usually, it's only ever available on tap at the brewery, so I thought it was worth a look.

Pours a very pale and very clear yellow colour, with a white, filmy and collapsing head. Carbonation doesn't seem quite as rampant as in bottles, but it's still bright and fresh looking. Lovely.

Nose is clean and fresh, perhaps slightly less pungent than in bottles, but that could be due to a whole range of things. Still that classic Sauvignon Blanc-grape gooseberry, green capsicum and passionfruit aroma making a swirling, delicious mélange. Gorgeous.

Taste is clean and fresh, with a very slight hint of pilsnery grain on the back, but mostly laced with those fresh Sauvin hop characters which give this its unique, clean and refreshing profile. Feel is light but clean, yeah, I think the carbonation level is about the only major difference I can tell in this from the bottled version.

The good news? This is almost identical to the beer we can regularly get in bottles. I held out hope that an outstanding beer like Knappstein could be even better on-tap, but I'm glad I won't be regularly crying into my bottled Knappstein: "But the draught version was so much better!"

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Photo of Kulrak
3.12/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden color with a decent amount of bubbly white head that sticks around for a while. Smells a little bit yeasty, and sweet & grapey, like a fruity white wine, which I guess isn't that surprising considering it's from a winery. There's also a little spiciness in the aroma as well, pepper maybe. The taste is also very sweet and winey. Not a lot of bitterness or hoppyness there at all. It's a lot like a wine cooler, only not as over the top. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth, not much in the way of carbonation, so it's not scraping, but it's not creamy, either. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, especially if you're a wine drinker having a beer. I'm a beer drinker though.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review refers to the 640mL longneck, best before 19 Jun 08. A 640mL longneck? wtf? How big are the glasses we're supposed to drink this out of, presuming one bottle is meant for two people?

Appearance: Looks good in a stemmed pilsener glass, not a very dense head but quite a bit of lacing and a good amount of carbonation. Beer is gold, head is white. Looks pretty standard so far.

Smell: Definitely an unusual mix of aromas. When I was having my first sip I noticed someone else detected lychee - that's definitely there, and not one I'd expect or normally pick out either. Good spotting. Peach and white grape as previously mentioned as well. Pretty heady and impressive for a brewery that only makes the one beer!

Taste: Sweet, fruity and a bit girly. Not very gutsy in the hops department, barely any aftertaste. Some strange characteristics on the side of the tongue, could be skunkiness, not sure because I'm not familiar with whatever hops they used. Seems like this brew is designed to be taken to a classy restaurant for people to sip and appreciate their own sophistication, however the brew is a bit sweet and not subtle enough to bring out the flavour in anything except plain rice. A bit like a dessert beer - this wouldn't be the beer to choose after you've had a few others, or even a single hoppy IPA. Good in its way though, and it would be very refreshing cold on a hot day.

Mouthfeel: Pretty fair, not much to say, you can taste the beer while it's in your mouth but any lasting flavours disappear quickly.

Drinkability: Considering this was only $6.95 (probably because people weren't buying this beer at double the price or more), I should have bought more than two. That's the price I pay for a pint of good beer at the pub, and this has the flavour of a fresh tap beer at bottle shop prices. Yeah, I'll get some more, and I wouldn't mind another one right away, why not.

Overall: Better than I remember it, impressive aromas, pretty unique, but still ostensibly a beer made by and for wankers.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly pale , it is clear and my beer managed to keep a small head and laced well
Plenty of fruit , maybe kiwi fruit/melon as well as some maltiness.
It is bitingly crisp but finishes soft that reflects the malty biscuits from the nose.
Like a perfect cover drive ,this has balance grace and style, which is hard to qualify ,but you just know it is there.
Oozes class in presentation and consumption

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Photo of mkultra
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnace: Golden yellow in colour. Moderate corbonation with average head on okay head retention. Nice colour, but appearance is not this beers best qaulity.


Smell: Floral, with a hint passionfruit aroma. Not too different from your typical pilsener.


Taste: Very nice lager. Hint of the abovementioned passionfruit, slight bitterness, and coppery flavours with a very well balanced bittersweet linger on the palate. The brewer seems to have brought his wine making skills along to the brewing process. The balance is the standout. Top marks here.


Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel, the small bubbles dance on the tongue.


Drinkability: Overall this is a very good beer. A well balanced pilsener. I will be heading up to the local bottlestore for 4 pack of these again and again this summer. A very nice addition to the Australia beer selection anywhere.

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer with the stunning aroma - oodles of white grape, lychee, mango that just bursts with freshness. Low head retention on a delicate straw-coloured beer. Big aroma punch carries through to buoyant hop flavour backed by a moderate but good bitterness and some subtle pale sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel and body fall down somewhere in the middle (doughnut beer), probably due to the upfront hop domination. However, that's just picking faults, it's still very well balanced and an exceptional drop. Costs too much to buy regularly though.

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Photo of Brauluver
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wanky bottle that helps to inflate the price.

Nice golden colour,poor head retention .

Lychee/passionfruit aroma is bold with crispy malt undertone.

Flava is a fruit salad mix that reminds me of a simcoe/ammarillo blend I brewed once.sweet and round mouthfeel through to a dry crisp semi bitter finish..

Its a lager that wants to be an ale(ala LC Bright ale) only it has a nicer crispy bitter lager finish.

The thinner body is probably what lets it down.Other wise its an interesting beer.

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Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow...a rarity for me from down under. Thanks to nyctreal for the hook-up on this one!

Excited to see the use of Sauvin hops. The only other beer I knowingly had made with this hop was an IPA from Sly Fox during the 2007 IPA Project. It was my personal IPA pick of the year!

A-Slighty hazy golden yellow with a thin bright white head.

S-Fantastically fruity-Almost like a stainless steel aged chardonnay. Nice earthy mustiness and small notes of citrus.

T-Earthy tones blend nicely with a sharp bite from the Sauvin hops--for a "plain, old yellow" lager this one is loaded with flavour!

M-Med-light with a very nice crispness. Long lasting citrus/foral notes left behind.

D-For fizzy, yellow beer this one is wonderful. Big ups for use of the Sauvin hops. The fruitiness is great in the nose. I would love to have some of this fresh to see if it comes thru in the palate as well when fresh. Great job!

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Photo of ohitsbrad
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear pineapple gold colour. Medium white fluffy head and some lacing. Fruity aroma of passionfruit and white wine. Tastes of white wine and green grapes with some sour pineapple and passionfruit flavour. Underlying slightly sweet malt. Distinct sauvin hops at the finish add some bitterness. Light lager mouthfeel. A very good Australian pale lager.

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Photo of Finite
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden colour. Pours a good almost 1 inch head, disipates over a few minutes to very little of the rocky head with small amounts of lacing on the glass, no head whatsoever after a few minutes. Very very small amount of carbonation visible only a few bubbles. Beautifull Label and one of the nicest bottles ive seen. Like a little bottle of $500 red.

S - Aroma has a hint of white wine smell in it. Label says beer uses Sauvin Hops which are known for thier Sauvignon Blanc flavour which present a wonderfull lemony tone and allow the sweetness of the malt to balance. Floral tones are also strong. Truly one of the best smelling beers that has graced my nose in some time if only it was a little stronger. This really is clever in its use of a hop which relates to the breweries winemaking history.

T - Very powerfull hop tones are up front straight away. Wonderfull and powerfull hop bitterness. My reserch tells me that this Nelson Sauvin hop has a 12-13% alpha acid values. Thats very high and it shows through this beer. Im a bit of a hop head so I really enjoy this kick and the malt balance is fantastic. Label says Bavarian Style Lager, hop growing capital of the world and as such this beer is a wonderfull compliment. My only very small nit pick would be that the malt really takes over from the hops as it warms and the beer really looses its hoppy bitterness in comparision to when straight out of the fridge but I doubt it will last that long.

M - High carbonation which only adds to this hoppy kick. Flavours of the hop aftertaste stay long after the last sip. Very crisp, fresh and sharp.

D - A plesure to drink and a very enjoyable flavour profile. Its a shame this was the last pack because I would go back for more. My favourite Australian beer to date!

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a standard adjunct lager like VB or something similarly horrible - light golden colour, lots of thick frothy head, but with the exception that this has a generous amount of lacing - beer sticks to the glass like honey, makes this very appealing indeed.

Nose is rich with plummy characters accompanied by a hoppiness which suggests a full-bodied palate. The aromas are ultimately a bit simple but very pleasant and appealing.

Palate has a rich, red wine character to it with a delightful hoppy bitterness which lingers long into a robust but refreshing palate. Mouthfeel is slightly soupy but very pleasant, and this tasty, long-palate beer goes down mighty smooth. Very pleasant.

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Photo of norwichboy
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rather pale looking yellow beer, with not much carbonation evident. The small white head does not retain well. So far so mediocre. But then you smell it. Jesus, this sauvin hops blurb isn't just a gimmick, it really does smell like sauvignon blanc - very aromatic with lots of tropical aromas: lychee, kiwi fruit and melon. Really quite different and a real pleasure to experience. To taste, it is more subdued, but with just enough bitterness and a good length of finish. The carbonation is not very strong - a little flat even.

Overall, the aroma from the sauvin hops makes it interesting and enjoyable. It's a definite must try, and I'll look out for this again when I fancy a lager.

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Photo of vancurly
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What presentation, what a beer !!

No expense spared in the design & labelling. One can definitely see a wine marketer's influence here.

Can a winemaker brew a beer ? You betcha...

A: Pale yellow, tinge of green. White, rocky head, nice lace, bubbles, and good persistence.

S: Fresh, hoppy nose. The variety is "Sauvin", and gives a real fresh, green fruit note. Malt is also evident.

F: Wonderful balance of hop & malt. Good length & bitterness. Stonefruit, touch of grapefruit, lychee, "wild herbs"..

M: Excellent balance, full palate, and bitter length.

O: This beer made me drop everything and SMS my beer mates to head down to Vintage Cellars and get some.

Fantastic....and a part of the Lion Nathan stable too...

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of brendan13
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a decent size head that quickly disappears. Leaves very little lacing. Interesting labeling with a bit about the beer and the history of the brewery.

S - This is the standout feature of this beer. The Sauvin hops gives this a very fresh fruity smell, as would be expected. I get passionfruit, a bit of lemon maybe some melon.

T - For the style, the taste is pretty good. Quite crisp and refreshing with a bit of a fruity tartness towards the end.

M - A very light feeling beer given its 5.6%ABV. I guess the hops hides the alcohol.

D - Good session beer for the sort of weather we've been having here lately (38c).

It's a pricey beer but I guess that's to be expected given that it's made by a winery as opposed to a proper brewery. Some people may criticise them for making a beer to cash in on a growing premium beer market but I think it's a good thing. Could be a good "educating" beer. For example, my Corona drinking sister would probably like it.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Porters Northwood, poured into a Great Divide Cervoise goblet.

Nice see-through, sparkling appearance, very pale golden, light straw. Had a white fluffy head that poured at an inch and settled above film.

Smells of home-grown passionfruit and a fair bit of it. Stays with it for some time.

Taste has the same passionfruit as the smell, home-grown. Tastes sweet, but not over the top. Fruity.

Good solid body, well hidden ABV for the size of this lager. Late bitterness which is noticeable but not over the top.

Decent beer, not the most sessionable. Nice lager experience nonetheless.

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Photo of rec
2.4/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The pour was generally good, with reasonable head and stand-out lacing. On the nose I recognise honey, malt, hops and farmyard undertones. Quite full, and rather pleasant.

The first sip knocked me back with a cringe; overpowering tart came through like a train wreck with a bitter, sour awful finish. Somewhere in there is some light fruit, but even half way through the bottle each sip is a chore.

I hope I have been given a bad bottle, otherwise this is one I'll personally recommend that you avoid at all costs.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into standard schooner glass and notice the head vanish immediately leaving no lacing. Nice clear pale citrusy/straw appearance. Initial Sauvignon Blanc esters from the Nelson Sauvin hops are interesting (especially for us wine industry types) but this interesting point of difference is barely perceptible after a few minutes. What is left is a crisp but dry lager with a very delicate maltiness that is very well balanced but kinda uninteresting. About the same level of interest as some of the cold filtered commercial bilge like Carlton Cold or Tooheys Extra Dry but nowhere near as bad. It's crisp with a sparkly mouthfeel and rather drinkable on a Summer day but expensive for what it is. I certainly like it but after the excitement of the Sav Blanc aroma there's not much else to say.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a thickish, foamy two fingers of white head that reduced slowly, leaving decent lacing. The body is is a quite pale, straw-like colour, which looks to be moderately carbonated.

Smell - 4.5
The sweet smell of fruity and floral hops dominate here (lager? what were they thinking, this definitely smells like a pilsener!).

Taste - 4.5
Wow, this is a really tasty pilsener, probably the tastiest I have ever tried. The taste is sweet and smooth upfront, with flavours of grapefruit, some stone fruit and a little malt. Bitterness is moderate and quite crisp, about perfect for this style of beer. The finish is slightly dry, and only hints at the highish 5.6% ABV. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Again, very good for the style. Light in the mouth with a lovely, light but lively carbonation. Very crisp.

Drinkability - 3.0
Close to scoring a 4 here, but the alcohol character in the finish just stops it from doing so. Also too sweet for using as a session beer.

OVERALL - 4.1
This went down far too quickly! I have definitely had better beers, but compared to other pilseners I have had, this is clearly superior. To me it tasted halfway between a pilsener and an American pale ale (my favourite style). The price is on the high side, but definitely worth it in my opinion - I will be buying a 4 pack as soon as I can! A beer for Australia to be proud of.

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Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 84 ratings