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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayreuther Bierbrauerei
Germany | website

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wl0307 on 08-19-2008

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56
Ratings:
163
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
18.3%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Back Abbey in Claremont, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice grassy hop aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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...

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt, into a ceramic stein. The pour is a cloudy amber, the head tall and billowing. Can't say much beyond that, but the glass sure is nice.

The nose is yeasty and fairly sulfuric at first, but that dissipates as the beer opens up. Fruity notes come out, a bit apricot-like, which I seem to pick up in a lot of kellerbiers. The malt character is bready, doughy, bringing to mind rising bread.

Delicious stuff. Quaffable, yeasty, fruity. There's a big malt profile, but it's a light-bodied, refreshing beer. Bready, slightly caramelized malt flavors lead into a fruity mid-palate. There's a bit of husky, drying malt in the finish. Bitterness is mild and doesn't linger. Very flavorful stuff, but it's not a beer to analyze too much; it's a great, balanced, easy-drinking session beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a tall half liter branded mug.

Copper color, creamy textured foam. Hard to see inside the stoneware mug, but blowing the foam to one side works.

Fruity caramel flavor, light and fairly simple. Unfiltered, smooth and yeasty. Easily quaffed in larger sips. Light lingering bitterness, but not much hop presence otherwise. Balanced and easy drinking. Prost!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a fairly-clear golden color. Surprisingly clear for a zwickel. A good white head with a touch of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some bready grain and a slight touch of hops. Nothing too much there, but the malt presence is quite nice. Flavor falls along the same lines. The breadiness of it is quite nice. Mouthfeel is light with a very crisp, dry finish. Finish is the best part. Quite well done.

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Photo of oberon
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant unfiltered malty beer.

The slight cloudiness makes an appealing glassful. Slightly brownish amber in color. Has an interesting flavor-- maybe it's the yeast. Not a rich beer, but has a lot of mouthfeel with the velvety carbonation. Malty flavors with a hint of caramel. Modest hop taste but nicely balanced. Not as interesting as some but an interesting style and quite drinkable. One of these and I would look for some other variety of flavor, however.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at CK. Beer is golden to amber and mostly clear with a thin white head, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty, with a mild munich malt note.

Beer is nice, light in body, sweet on the palate, interesting beer, a nice wet finish. Not very heavy on the yeast in the palate as you might expect a zwickl would be but this is a solid beer. I'd have it again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont pint glass. Pours a rich medium to dark coppery amber with a two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of biscuity, slightly toasted malt, hint of wheat and mild grassy hops. Flavor is slightly sweet biscuit, lightly bready malt and light grassy hops, nicely integrated. Medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. Light flavored, but really pleasant malt profile and a deft amount of grassy hops. Lingering semi-sweet malt and hops finish. This was very enjoyable and could win me ovre to the idea of session beers. This would be quite nice to sit and sip for a long period of time on a warm day. There is a hint of oxidation in this, which is apparently why this style is rarely exported, meant to be drunk fresh. This was still very enjoyable and makes me want to try a fresh one.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flip-top 500 ml bottle taken Dec 2011 on the balcony of a mates flat by the banks of the Mosel River in Luxembourg, looking across into Germany.

The beer pours a dull semi-cloudy amber with an off-white foam topping sat above.

The smell was of malts, it has an earthy, bready, yeasty mini aroma as well, more so as the beer warmed in the glass.

The taste has a malty sweet front which fades as the hop flavours and bitterness assert themselves. This isn’t a strong flavoured brew, but it does have a decent kellerbier feel to it.

Another brew to ‘tick off’ my list of want to try beers before I die (still a huge list).

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Photo of stevoj
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Beer looks good, but overall impression is watery, with flavor that fades fast. This fading head and no lacing on glass. Nice orange/copper color, Mild citrus aroma.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy copper with a massive tan compact and thick, almost whipped-cream-like head. Slow dissipation leaves fantastic lacings.

S: A bit yeast, but mild. Lots of bitterhops. Also some malts. Not very exciting one could think, but this is so true to the style - no messing around...

T: Dry but also a bit sweet. Rich malt but even richer bitterhops. Some dark dried fruits is noticable. Some grassy notes in the back.

M: Aftertaste is long and holds a lovely bitterness. Body is rather full and carbonation low - very smooth.

O: This is one of the best Kellers I've ever had, and this is a style that I really like...

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 500ml brown swing-top bottle, BB 24/10/08, served chilled in a weizen glass.

A: pours a translucent, dark amber hue with faint red hues; carbonation is lively but not fierce, supporting a thick layer of ever-lasting beige froth on the top.
S: compared with the Göller Kellerbier tasted yesterday, this one is slightly more pronounced in terms of lager's dough-iness, on top of light amber malts and delicately floral German hops. A certain depth of hoppiness manifests itself on the aroma, too. Compact and balanced.
T: mildly bitter-sour, with a rather solid body of yeastiness, soothing lager malts, a touch of caramel and herbs, plus an expanding flow of chewy floral hoppiness and slightly spicy+tannic bitterness (a bit like from roughly-crushed lemon-seeds). The mildly sour-bitter finish also shows a little tangy citrus fruits.
M&D: this is perhaps the most enjoyable Kellerbier in the bottle-version that I've tasted; soothing on the carbonation, with marvellous hoppiness and bitterness threading through the tasting, while the sediment adds some more body and depth to the overall nicely balanced flavour profile. A quaffable "German bitter"!

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Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Gustav's, served in a 1/2 liter Paulaner mug, Aktien Zwick'l Kellerbier is clear pale auburn with a small eggshell head leaving pretty nice lace.

Smell is on the faint side, some sulfur, a touch of fruity esters that bloom as it warms.

Taste is mostly bready cereals with a firm yeast (not ester) note. Not a particularly complex beer, a very faint hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel is on the dry, crisp side, but there is some roundness to the medium body.

Drinkability is ok, the yeast add a bit more then your average maltier lager, but it's a pretty simply flavored brew otherwise.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey amber with lots of trailers of bubbles and shaving cream froth that rims.
Fresh dark honey with some bread dough and butterscotch.
Lots of toasty malts, a touch of yellow apple, a bit of caramel, a bready yeast hit and earth and spicy hops.
Caraway finish and cut hay linger.
Light, round, crisp.

First Zwickel. This threw me at first because this seems to strip out everything interesting about Keller and leave a toasty O'fest-type beer. As you get into it, though, you get the same balanced, even bitterness, and easy drinking as in a solid English session bitter.

Missing the depth of character I look for from an unfiltered lager, but has a thing of its own going on.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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).

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bav Lodge.

Served in a tall earthernware mug with a good half inch or so of creamy off-white head. While it is a pretty cool mug, it, makes the beer itself difficult to see. However, after the head subsided the beer revealed itself to a be a light copper color and just a little cloudy. The aroma was not strong, but it was appetizing. Light breads and yeast with just a hint of hops. Taste was similar with a some light caramel malts, lots of bread, light yeasty esters, and some very faint earthy hops. Light bodied with appropriate carbonation and a very mild bitterness. Very easy drinker. Paired well with a knockwurst.

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Photo of rarbring
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy light amber beer, a white head that leaves little lacing but a few curtains.

Sweet syrup tones, then some alkaseltzer and apples. Really not bad!

Tasting of burnt bread, brown sugar, fruity, apples and pears.

Medium carbonation, small bubbles, smooth texture and a good body.

A straight honest (dark) lager.

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Photo of Offa
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.22/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of Brabander
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer a few weeks ago when i was in Germany. Bottle best before februari 2012.

Poured in a dutch beerglass this beer has some problems to give a decent head. I had to pour it in the glass with some strenght before it gave some.

Darkyellow fluid, nice for an unfiltered beer. Little carbonation. Smell and taste of banana and bread. This is not a spectacular beer to be honest. I have had better German beers. Overall i can say this is a drinkable beer with a soft taste but simply not a shocking beer....

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