Knappstein Reserve Lager | Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)

BA SCORE
87
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
Ratings:
83
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
12.88%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of KevSal
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks dgilks, came thru with an awesome variety from the southern hemisphere. hope you enjoy the states

label says winemaker and brewer skills combine to make this, interesting.

sharp looking 330ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass

a- less than a finger of head, clear yellow hue with good looking bubbles ( not the soda pop kind like in bmc)

s- this one smells much better than I expected, hops fill the nose, I think Im a fan of Sauvin hops now haha. reminds me of duval triple hop a little bit

t- very flavorfull, best lager I've had to date. hops used add a nice bite over a smooth beer. Belgian qualities are present, maybe because of the yeast used?

m- this is what I feel makes this beer really shine. very thick for the style helps the flavors spread across the tongue. very good carbonation.

o- very well done. if I had access to this guy id by more. perfect fo a hot summer day like today. packs a punch of flavor while siting at 5.6%.
If you have a chance to try it hope on it. if the other beer I got from australia or as good as this guy, I'm in for a treat.

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Photo of joecast
4.87/5  rDev +23%
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 mulder1010
2.92/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A-- Poured a light straw color. Half inch head with good retention and very carbonated.

S-- Took a good minute or 2 for the beer to open up. Once it did I got a decent floral smell. Nothing real strong but is there. Also a bit sweet, like pineapple and mango sweetness. Once the beer opens up a bit it does go from floral to fruity.

T-- Not a lot really. Fairly neutral I thought. Got a floral taste in the end but not a whole lot else. A little bit of bitterness, or grassy taste from the hops but very neutral.

M-- Well carbonated and fairly lively. Much more hoppy than malty to me, even though it does have a little bit of biscut sweetness in it. Does get grassy in the end and it is a bit of a turn off to me. Would have rather have the sweetness than a bitter end to the beer. Or the other way around.

D-- Not my style, to be up front. Only one is sufficient. I really liked the sweetness in the smell and wish this was more fruit forward. Would be pretty good then. Summer beer only and decent drinkability for the summer. 5.6% is not that bad at all and do not really get much of the ABV in it

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Photo of vancurly
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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 LittleCreature
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of life_of_agony
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of jarmby1711
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Macca
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The reputation for Knappstein wines is well deserved and even though Tim Knappstein is long gone and Lion Nathan now own the joint, the quality continues. This quality is evident in the Reserve Lager. Made by the wine maker it is a great drop.

It pours golden with a good head which drops away.
The aromas are of hops, biscuits and tropical fruit juice.
This continues on the palate and makes for one very lovely and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
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 mungus
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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 juju7
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of my favourite pale lagers. If more pale lagers were like this the world would be a better place. Quite pale in colour, tight, persistent head. The nose is a lot of fun - grape, lychee and melon with some definite hints of sauvignon blanc. Forunately, flavour-wise not as one-dimensional as sauv blanc. Fresh, dry and again a little grapey on the palate with some sturdy bitterness along for the ride. I just wish these guys would make another beer!

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle brought back from Australia by brother-in-law. Intringuing lager from Clave Valley more renown for it's riesling than their beer. Best before 13 june 2012. Nice straw-wheat field colour with a white head. At first the smell is very nice, cat pee, some mango, New-Zealand unripe sauvignon grapes wine. I like this nose !!! The taste equal the nose with this ton of mango fruit, pineapple and this very distinctive Nelson Sauvin hops. Nice texture, good mouthfell. This beer is a regal. I would easy make this beer my back from work drink.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.12/5  rDev -21.2%
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 Stuckey_Stuckey
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of adityashekhar
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Finite
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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 dwarbi
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Weizenmensch
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Cs1987
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Light gold, with two fingers of head that reduced gradually.

Smell - Strong, quite similar to white wine.

Taste - Surprisingly hoppy, again with white wine and other fruity characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Very good all round.

Drinkability - Easy to drink and quite addictive.

Overall - For those who have no respect for Australian lagers, think again, because this one's a beauty.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a light fizzy head and leaves a little lace.

S - sav blanc like aromas - lemon, grapefruit and light hoppiness

T - get pretty much the same as lemon, or even shandy like with some passion fruit and a slight spicy and mild bitter finish

M- medium carbonation and light bodied

O- interesting beer, very refreshing and would go down well on a hot summers day.

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Photo of DrNo
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
3.96 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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