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Knappstein Reserve Lager | Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)

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BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
83 Ratings
Knappstein Reserve LagerKnappstein Reserve Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
Australia
knappsteinwines.com.au

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Bavarian-style Lager.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 11-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,795
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
83
pDev:
12.94%
Bros Score:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Refloosh
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of life_of_agony
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Decko
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Gasc0igne
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A standout lager! Incredibly clean, dry, and refreshing. Light citrus, grape, and yeast makeup the majority of the experience, light hop note on the back end. Not as sessionable as I'd have hoped.

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Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JKCooper
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pagriley
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

v. pale with minimal to no head retention
crisp light stone fruit on the nose
Light and fruity again on the palate with an almost wine like quality - you could convince me this was a carbonated aged Riesling - stone fruit, a hint of tropical, with a clean slightly off dry finish
light mouth feel, quite carbonated, with a refreshing spritz

Quaff-able, light and fruity, and very refreshing. hard to justify the price, but it is extremely well made

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of baumaxx1
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled beer served in a pint glass.

Appearance -
A very clear, light champagne colour. 1cm head forms, dissipating quickly after a minute or two. Did not leave much lacing. Lively effervescence. Looks clean, sparkling and refreshing. A longer lasting head would have made it look perfect.

Smell -
Immediately upon opening the bottle I got a strong whiff of yeasty Sav Blanc. There was a sweet, wine aroma, with floral and fruity notes. It had fruit cake-like qualities, and was very enticing.

Taste -
As per the smell, there are white wine qualities to this beer and more than a hint of white grapes in the overall flavour. Citrus and toffee notes are also present. There's predominantly a malty sweetness on the first sip, but it finishes with a bitterness and hop dryness in the after-taste. A bit more of an alcohol taste is also present compared to the usual largers on offer locally, reflected by the higher alcohol content. Most definitely a beer, but it's vineyard heritage is evident. Very refreshing, with enough character and flavour to keep you coming back.

Mouthfeel -
A lively effervescence produces a sharp, tingling sensation on the tongue. A clean feeling beer, that froths slightly when chewed. Moderate-light body. Easy to drink.

Overall -
A beer lovingly crafted in one of the premier wine-making regions of Australia. It definitely is a unique drop that gives a nod to it's vineyard links. A very sweet, fruity larger with Sav Blanc - like qualities. Looks great, smells great, and tastes great.
A stand-out for me, being refreshing and easy to drink along with having a unique, wine-inspired flavour to enjoy.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of machalel
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale and clear light gold with a good white head, leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Hints of citrus, passionfruit, and cut-grass. Light hops and a little yeasty note.

Taste: Slightly sweet, focus is on citrus and light grainy malt. Some cut-grass again, with a slightly peppery and bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body and medium carbonation. Fairly standard, but well balanced.

Overall: A much better lager than most Australian options, but not worth the expensive purchase price. It almost stradles the line between a light but simple sesionable beer and a heavier but complex savouring beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ykncornelius
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a funny one. I was reading about Knappstein in the Tiger AIrways in-flight magazine en route to Melbourne, and so when I spotted this the following night in a Dan Murphy's, I simply had to pick up a 4-pack.

I'll be frank...I really don't feel like doing a standard review divided up into little sections. Just going to mash it all together. Sorry and/or you're welcome.

This thing is phenomenal. I mean seriously, truly good. It's got literally everything you could want from a pilsener--which, at the end of the day, it is--plus HEAPS of aroma and flavor from the grapes that went into this thing. There's bitterness, there's some hop dryness, there's a crisp and refreshing quality, there's effervescent mouthfeel (extremely fine and bubbly, actually)...but damn, did I mention the vino? Poured into a glass, this beer literally smells like wine. If somebody blind aroma tested me and told me I was sniffing wine, I'd call it a gewurztraminer and feel pretty confident in my answer. The beautiful thing is how delicately-asserted that flavor is on the palate. It tastes like beer. There's citrus and green apple and a peppery bite the moment it splashes on your tongue. Just plain UNIQUE!

Maybe I ought to try a few more winey beers before I laud this as the king of 'em all, but I'm massively impressed. This is going to occupy a permanent place in my fridge for the rest of my time in Australia. Hugely recommended.

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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours crystal clear with a nice white head that quickly leaves the building.
S: Interesting white wine notes. Passionfruit and grainy pilsner malt?
T: Same interesting white wine notes. Passionfruit. Light graininess.
M: Very dry and crisp finish.
O: Wonderful lager, really complex without being overly crazy. Great dry finish forcing you to have another sip.

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Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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