Original Landbier Zwick'l
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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #31
Ranked #15,213
3.92 | pDev: 10.2%
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Original Landbier Zwick'lOriginal Landbier Zwick'l
Notes: Formerly/also known as Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really old bottle, 6 years old, poured into a pint glass. The color is dark muddy brown with a very poor almost flat head. The smell is all raisin and bran bread. The taste follows suit, with soda bread, raisins, oats, and barley all in equal measure. The mouthfeel is dissapointing, with a thin body and very poor carbonation, essentially flat.

I can tell this was a fantastic beer at one time, it just ages very poorly evidently. Wish I had a fresher bottle, but I do not blame the beer! Try it if you find it!

Jan 26, 2021
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brewerburgundy from California

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, tulip, 5/28/20 on the back label.

Medium yellow-brown, which is a bit unique, as any but the lightest beers usually tend towards orange, and lightly hazy. The head is a beaut. There was a good glugging pour that produced a dense finger of light tan head that sticks around.

Crisp, slightly sweet, old nickels, leafy hops.

Bready, slightly sweet, watery caramel, metallic and green hops. It’s like a loaf of sweet bread with a lightly herbal finish.

A bit chewy and matte from the yeast.

This is an earthy and rather complex beer. It’s hoppy yet sweet, creamy yet thin. There’s so much variation in Zwickel.

Feb 07, 2020
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Humanusfermentum from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, tea color with a decent foamy head and layered, sticky lacing. Nice presentation. Strong, malty nose with dark fruit and caramel. Taste follows. Solid malt backbone with cereal and dark bread notes. Some fruit flavor, like fig paste, and apple. Smooth and a decent carbonation. True representation of the style.

Jul 07, 2019
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at airport. Cloudy brown poor with half finger of persistent thick white foam. Bread malt and mild dark fruits on the nose. Flavor is similar but more malty than anything. Could drink this for hours. So tasty, only complaint is it's a little light.

Mar 19, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a .5 L ceramic capped bottle. Bottled 23 Sept. 2016.

Look: Very slightly hazy copper-brown body topped with a moderate size beige head. Exceptional lacing.

Smell: appealing, malt dominated aroma; some mixed fruit preserves; faint spices and hops.

Taste: Rich for style. Malty and lightly sweet with some toffee and faint fruit jam tones; clean finish.

Feel: medium body; well carbonated; semi-dry finish.

Overall - An excellent example of this traditional German style.

Mar 15, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a medium brown color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, off white, somewhat long-lasting head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A decent aroma of a whole lot of malt, caramel, hops, and some fruit.

T: Tasted of light fruit notes (apple, in particular), some caramel notes, light hops notes, a big malt presence, a slight graininess, and a hint of citrus (lemon). A solid enough flavor that's heavy on the malt (like most German beers). Not bad, but it doesn't jump out at you.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole this is an enjoyable beer. It's one of those that doesn't deviate from style, but manages to do that well. Worth a look.

Oct 21, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a half liter stein a dull lemon tinged tea color with a thick creamy lightly carbonated head atop.Caramel malts with some mild grass to go along with the expected dough aspect.A mellow feel wich is spot on for the style,very smooth.A sweet pizza dough flavor with some stone fruits melding into a slightly spicy herbal drying finish.Not bad...the feel is superb but not an overly complex palate,seems heavier than what it is.

Apr 24, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a dark straw body.
The aroma is bold caramel malt and ripe plum. Nice.
The taste has caramel throughout, a little lemon bitterness, more dark fruits.
The texture is lighter with nice carbonation.
It's fairly flavorful for the style and good.

Apr 18, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours a cloudy light brown with tinges of orange.

Smell: It has a rich, sweet malt aroma that has a bready smell to it. There are also aromas of grass and hints of floral. There is an off aroma that I can quite place that adds funk to it.

Taste: It has tastes of grassy hops, with slight floral and some fruity esters.

Feel: It has a light feel on the heavy side towards moderate. It is a smooth drinking beer with no bitterness and a sweet finish.

Overall: The taste was highlighted by the malts and hops in balance with the fruit esters adding some complexity.

Mar 29, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at the new rhein haus in denver, and its just delicious. this is a style i would love to see more of, i love the yeasty bigness, maturity, and depth. it always sort of reminds me of this time of year. i dont know if thats traditional or not, but thats what i think of. cloudy for sure, with a huge white head on it served in a small hefeweizen glass. its darker than a hefe, but just by a shade or two. i smell the german yeast right away, and wheat, definitely wheat based. there is a patient sort of character to this, beyond richness, but like almost overly developed on its flavor profile. less fresh maybe on the grain and hops, but there is bitterness for sure, and the contribution of the yeast is what its all about. i have not had enough of these to compare this to the best out there, all i know is that its awfully good, and seemingly traditional as can be. wouldnt change a thing, although there is a lot of body to this and it sits just a tad heavy in the gut. this is hearty old world beer at its finest. hopefully get to try some other stuff from these folks...

Dec 15, 2015
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josanguapo from Spain

3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Paulaner glass. Playing Legend of Grimrock 2. 16 days after BB date. Easy drinking. Soft bitterness. Ugly aspect. Not much nose.

Nov 21, 2015
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Gajo74 from New York

3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look- amber color, big foam head and frothy lace that retains well.
Smell- Caramel, toffee and honey. Hint of apples. Overall, very sweet.
Taste- sweet on the tongue. As with the aroma, the honey and caramel taste is there. Malty and raw grain, fruity, apple like. Slick feel, but with some dryness on the back end, and very mild hops presence.
Feel- light bodied, oily, little carbonation, overall, a simple brew.
I don't know much about this style. It is interesting and tasty at times. Will revisit.

Nov 06, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-pours a cloudy dark amber with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Yeasty sweetness,spicy,bread,caramel,earthy,zesty
-very spicy,bread,nutty,clove
-high carbonation (overcarbonated)
-medium body
Kellerbier of the dark variety.
Not my fave, but a good one.

Jul 16, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is dark yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of apples and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of yeast and apples, along with a little sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but doesn't seem to have as much complexities in the taste compared to other beers I've had in the style.

Serving type: bottle

May 10, 2015
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the tap a clear, dark amber with a nice wheat head. Malty aroma has a powdery fruity overtone. Fruit, mainly apple with a little pear and a little banana and a little - cherry? - dominates the malty flavor, which is subtly sweet and has a hint of cloves. Smooth texture has firm body and a nice amount of fizz. Prosit (or prost, whatever).

Apr 24, 2015
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zerohedge from California

3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was my first "cellar beer" and I will always remember the fun of drinking from its earthenwear mug. (My bartender always had to ask if I was done!)

The particles in the unfiltered sediment must give you superpowers - I've felt weak ever since my favorite Hoff stopped carrying it.

Beyond that, its body is satisfying and thick, with a beautiful long tail and a hearty aroma.

Mar 28, 2015
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RaulMondesi from California

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%

On tap at Wurstkuche in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.

Yeasty, light, rotten apple-ish (in a good way), but nothing too impressive. Sedated like the Beatles on LSD, but not as colorful.

A bit above average.

Nov 19, 2014
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Offa from California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

This is an excellent kellerbier.

Pale copper, it has medium off-white head slowly shrinking.

Aroma is nice, rich yeasty bread, bread crust, herb, lemon.

Taste is juicy, yeasty bread, herbs, hint of lemon with a full body and full but lively feel.

Oct 25, 2014
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steveh from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

A new arrival at the local good beer store... little did I realize it's also almost a year old having been bottled in December of 2013. Hmm.

A -- Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a dense, slow settling, off-white head that remains persistent throughout the drink.

S -- Light bready and yeasty malts up front with some light caramel.

T -- Great bready, melanoidin malts up front that start mildly sweet and blend into a soft bread crust character. Some mildly spicy hop bitterness in the finish that lingers into the aftertaste. Just what I expect from a southern German beer.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light-medium body.

O -- Great color, rich maltiness that can't be found outside Bavaria, smooth and satisfying -- even at near its expiration.

Oct 01, 2014
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seedyone from New York

4/5  rDev +2%

09/02/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. New to this style...but I'm on board. This has a lot going for it. Not for a newbie, but try it as a flight or take the leap if you know your depth.

Sep 29, 2014
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DannyS from New York

3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled 12/20/13.

Look - Hazy dark brown amber; almost opaque. Thin half finger of head and lots of streaky lacing.

Smell - Smells a tad adjunct-ish if I really strain my nostrils, but the overarching aroma is fresh grain accented by citrusy aroma and clove

Taste - Rich and malty sweet with some nice fruity jam overtones, a slightly bitter hop aftertaste, and a very clean finish. I see people say this one finishes dry, but I didn't get that from this one. Interesting; the months of age on this one might be the culprit there.

Feel - This one drinks really darned easily but hits your stomach with some weight, so be careful. It's not heavy in the mouth, but it is in the gut.

Overall - An enjoyable German brew, really easy to drink, though I wouldn't call it sessionable. It's filling!

Sep 22, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from 500mL swing-top bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark golden hue with a relatively haze-free body and a super strong effervescence. Head pours two fingers of pillowy ivory foam with good retention. Attractive!

Smell: richly grainy malt aroma with a nice aged character. Simple but very well put-together.

Taste: quite grainy with a little sweetness and a hint of noble hops. Bitterness is low but this beer remains balanced. This beer manages to be rich without going over the top.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this is a highly drinkable and flavorful brew. Probably the best kellerbier I've had.

Aug 25, 2014
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a half litre Bierkrug mug. Bottled Dec 20th 2013.

Thick fluffy and large off white vanilla head, slight tan and toffee like colored. Body is a nice toffee brown caramel to chestnut, with a big thick pour out of the bottle. Real nice looker here in a mug, and fitting well.

Great nose on this. Light toffee with lots of light crackly caramel. Good amounts of toasty barley and dry yeast and grains. Rich and light, almost flakey like a pie crust. Barley action takes to dry brown bread and pumpernickel but sweeter.

Palate delivers. Light toffee malts with a great crisp grain action more towards brown bread. Big dry aftertaste with a sweet chew to go along so not to dry out your palate. Warmth brings out a bit of fig and light raisin, but without the sugary fruit sweetness, more towards baked bread. Even some banana like esters show up.

Overall, even at this bottling age this keller is delivering nicely, great stuff.

Jul 26, 2014
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doktorhops from Australia

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kellerbier is a style I am yet to review so for this momentous occasion I purchased the best Kellerbier I could see at Plonk! And soon I will sup on the nectar of the Gods... or something along those lines. For those not familiar Kellerbier is one of the oldest Lager styles dating back to the middle ages where the coolest place to ferment Lagers were underground kellers (cellars). It is a beer that is unfiltered and unpasteurised (Louis Pasteur had yet to figure out how time travel works) as such it is how the Germans say naturtrüb!

Poured from a 500ml swing-top bottle into a Stein.

A: Yes, indeed, an interesting drop - body is a naturtrüb (naturally cloudy) sepia with a light white lace on top. Was actually expecting more of a straw/amber body but I guess there is quite a bit of variation with this style.

S: Aroma is even more intriguing: typical Weizen banana mixed with Lager malt grains, caramel and some bread notes. There is an earthy/grassy hop presence lurking in the background as well. Quite thrown off by this unexpected scent... in a good way.

T: A melange of the above aromas - banana, malt grain, caramel and heady bread yeast. There is a nice body as well [but we'll talk about that next right?] along with lemon and grass hop notes. This is a real mix of Lager and Weizen, with a dry but slightly bitter finish.

M: Heavier than expected (from the ABV) with a medium body and creamy carbonation.

D: I really had no idea what I was getting in to with this Kellerbier - it has a great mix of Lager and Weizen, which I'm really digging, and at 5.3% ABV although it is above what constitutes a "session beer" (tasty Ales with a specific gravity at or below 1040º or 4.1% ABV) it has the aspect of making me want another... and another, and another... until I have run out of money and have to vacate the "establishment" (pub). A solid effort from a brewer I've never heard of and a style I've never tried.

Food match: A beer with both Lager and Ale characteristics makes for a good all-rounder when it comes to food matching. With this particular brews lemon hop note seafood is a sure-fire winner though.

Jul 20, 2014
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beerme343 from Idaho

4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Zwick'l pours a rich oaky tan color with a medium head of barely off white froth

The nose is fantastic with nice biscuity malt and just a hint of grass with some background molasses

This beer gives me a fresh bread taste with slight tropical citrus fruit notes and a mild malty finish with a hint of honey

The is a mild effervescence that lingers a bit on the palate but all in all this goes down easy and is a smooth drinking sessionable brew

Jun 27, 2014
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 189 ratings