Knappstein Reserve Lager | Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)

Knappstein Reserve LagerKnappstein Reserve Lager
BA SCORE
72.3%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 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:
#8,313
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
83
Liked:
60
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
12.94%
Alströms:
4.3
 
 
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks to MrKennedy for sending me a bottle of this! I had been trying to find this online for well over a year and thanks to Owen I am able to finally try this brew!

The look of the beer is very much like a pilsner with a clear yellow color body. The head is very fluffy and actually has a good retention too! The lacing is also impressive for a pilsner. The smell is refreshing and light, with a really subtle sweet fruit aroma. The taste is very refreshing, light fruity flavors with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is super smooth and very drinkable. I find this beer to be very good all around. It's not like your typical pilsner. I may be looking to get more of this sometime soon.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 15/8/12 thanks Mikey for lugging this one across the Pacific
-from notes

A clear pale yellow with lots of tiny suspended particles being moved around by lots of big bubbles, not much for head or lace though just a thin film and a few random patches of lace

S passion fruit and guava come out right away, floral and tropical notes blend beautifully with the Sauv Blanc notes from the hops, not quite cat piss and gooseberries but I can relate to the grape

T much like the smell with just some faint sweet grains and maybe some papaya, very well done, not sure if this ones would pass for a pilsner in Germany like its listed but its passing for one of the better lagers I've had recently

M light and airy but the bubbles seem too push the beer all around the mouth bringing out the flavor, the finish is the only place where the grains are stronger then the hops and the flavor lingers for ages

O its been a while since I've had a a light lager this good, I'm loving the hop profile and could drink this one all day

I can't say I'm rating this as a German Pilsner because the hop profiles way off, that being said the hop profile is whats making this beer kick so much ass.
thanks again Mikey for this gem, drink this if you ever get the chance

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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 bylerteck
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from local grocery store. From notes.

A - Poured a light golden colour with strong carbonation. Three fingers of fluffy and soapy white head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Tropical fruit was dominant with some noble hop and grass and lemon.

T - Nice tropical fruit hop. Not much else involved. Lot's of Kiwi hop.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a good bitterness.

O/D - Tasty lager. Hop forward and easy drinking. Not bad.

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Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale straw colour. A fluffy two finger head has good retention.

Light passionfruit and mango aromas. A nice floral, slightly tart nose.

Lightly flavoured but well executed. I get passionfruit, lemon, and some nondescript fruit. A slight astringency comes through the back palate along with a hint of grain. A balancing dose of bitterness lingers but doesn't put itself in the forefront.

A little bit heavy for a pils with the lower (for style) carbonation allowing the beer to coat the mouth. On the other hand, the smooth, creamy mouthfeel works well with the flavours here.

A tasty, well crafted pilsner which is definitely in the New World mould. Very tasty and a great spring drink.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale gold pour. Inch-high persistent head.
Aroma is very "new-world": lychee, passionfruit, quite floral and grassy. Supported by sweet biscuity malt.
Similar flavours, with bready/biscuity malts, green/grassy hops and an assertive bitterness that combines with the malt to create an impressive lasting finish.
Great body and carbonation for the style.

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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 laituegonflable
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 BeerAdvocate
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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 ADZA
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been around for quite a while now and is consistently popping up in most bottleshops these days and have tried it before but not lately so thought id buy it and review it as i do remember it being nice,it pours a beautiful pale see thru straw colour with nice carbonation for the style which leaves a nice two finger airy head full of bubbles which quickly dissapates to a half finger head,it has beautiful sweet,floral hoppy aromas a real flowery passionfruit sweet smell i really like this smell,the taste is quite sweet and hoppy but just perfect hoppy with some nice passionfruit notes and finishes quite caramelish with a little bitter taste aswell but hardly any such a nice quirst thenching beer could easliy drink alot of this.

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Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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 XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heygeebee
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a one/two finger head, straw coloured, nice bubbles. Little lacing

Aromas of passionfruit, hint of lemon, quite sav blanc-ish actually.

Taste is full bodied, hops come through, more restrained grapefruit, quite a dry finish. Wine infulences in brewing can be noted, as label states.

Mouthfeel is just right for this lighter style.

Overall this is a real find. It really is a touch above average lagers. Hype justified

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color the a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of fruit, some malt sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste is a bit of citrus and some malt sweetness, grain and fruit. light bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp smooth and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: easy drinker, quite enjoyable. good for a few.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Handsome bottle. Drunk from a champagne flute. No real head, just a few bubbles on top. Looks like a clear yellowy wine with a single stream of single file bubbles escalating up the middle of the glass. Very different look.

S - Canned peach, green apple and rockmelon, nice balance of sweet and sour.

T - Again, well balanced with the acidity of white grape and green apple with the sweetness of peach and melon. The sauvin hops are clearly recognisable.

M - Very light body with a low carbonation.

O - Refreshing and lively, but as close to sauvignon blanc as pilsner. Im not a big fan of white wine but appreciate the achievement of this finey balanced lager.

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Photo of brendan13
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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 BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle acquired in Canberra in a trade with dgilks - cheers David! - and sampled back on Canadian soil. Despite being in one of the world's largest wine producing nations, I didn't really try a whole lot of Australian wines, as I was all about the beer. But a beer designed by a winery? Sounds amazing.

Pours a light hazy golden, clear and effervescent, sturdy inch of frothy head. Not much lacing, but excellent retention.

The nose is simply fantastic - sweet white wine, fruit (apple, passionfruit, melon, orange, grape), honey, mild grain, a bit of light hops. The sweet alcohol smell reminded me a great deal of mead.

An excellent lager, fresh and fruity, but with a clean hop finish to maintain its "beeriness." The wine flavors are terrific, nice and sweet, complimenting the malt quite nicely. Finishes with a dry white wine kick, slightly astringent.

Mildly under-carbonated, but that was probably my fault. Nice and light, refreshing, dryness lingers on the tongue.

Brilliant stuff, among my favorites of the entire trip. I've usually had good luck with brews from places that are primarily wineries, and this was no exception. Takes the best parts of a German Pils and an Aussie Cab-Sauv and the end product is greater than its sum. A must try.

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

Bottle: standard brown 330mL bottle with a stylish translucent label. Reeks of quality.

Appearance: a crystal clear pale yellow with a reasonable amount of carbonation. A fluffy head drops to a thin white cap. Looks good.

Aroma: passionfruit citrus and grassy floral hops, with some sweet bread malts backing up. There is more to it though - an almost sweet peel / orange pudding as well. Smells good.

Taste: akin to the nose - sweet citrus and floral hops. A wonderfully refreshing pilsener.

Aftertaste: the grass hops linger for a time, but for the most part this is a refresher - very sessional.

Mouth feel: lighter in body with a moderate- to- high carbonation. A good sessional beer.

Overall: a great Australian pilsener. Not entirely sure it follows the standard Czech style. Personally I find this one better - the combination of floral / citrus hops and sweetbread malts is outstanding.

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Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
Beer rating: 72.3% out of 100 with 83 ratings
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