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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
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163
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
18.3%
 
 
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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 eduardolinhalis
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy dark amber to brown (nutty) color forming a big and thin bubbled light beige head. Small retention and a lot of small spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet and buttery with notes of caramel and roasted malts. Ashy and earthy. Light flowery hops in the end

T: Follows the nose. Slightly sweet grains in upfront. Very earthy in the mouth with some notes of roasted malts and ashes. Biscuity notes of diacetyl. Bready and Lager-like yeasts. Light but pleasant hops bitterness

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Bready, grainy and slightly sweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability like a good German Lager should be. Charming

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Photo of MattRiggs
2.08/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

-pours a slightly cloudy, light brown with a thin head
-very faint malt sweetness on the nose
-no sign of hops in aroma or taste
-very simple flavor, i pick up a faint taste of raisins but it fades fast
-low carbonation
-LOW EVERYTHING.
-if I want to not taste my beer, I'd buy a thirty pack of keystone light
-Am I missing something? Is this all this beer has to offer?

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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 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 Jadjunk
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on Tap at Summit's Wayside Snellville 3/22/12 with one of the most awesome glasses ever. Reviewed from notes.

(Appearance) pours a nice froth of a almost sheer white consistency, with average retention. Lacing is thick and consistent. Color is a deep gold amber and mild hazy tones. 4.5

(Smell) German malts, some spice, a little spicy hop aroma, lager yeast. Aroma not that unique but comes through with an above average potency. 3.5

(Taste) Smooth bread malt character with a bit of spice and hop resin on the finish. Very smooth and very easy drinker with no astringent tones whatsoever. 4

(Mouthfeel) Thick and chewy bread texture make this a thick drink. It's quite smooth, however with just a bit of air on the finish. No alcohol presence. Light/medium body. 4

(Overall) Pretty awesome intro to the style of Zwick'lbier. I will seek this classic out and more like it more often. 4

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Photo of mekanical
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought and drank in Celle, Germany.

A - medium to light brown- amber with good clarity. The label says its unfiltered?? doesnt seem like it...maybe my translation is off. Not much lacing, head disappears quickly.
s - mild scent of hops.
T - average lager, not overly bitter or sweet. Relatively strong for a lager.
M - light to medium body, with average carbonation. Very smooth.
O - Decently good beer, I would be happy to get this at a bar once in a while. That being said I don't think I would ever pick this up at a store again, i'd probably want something with a little more flavor and depth.

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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 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 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 gkunkle
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Gustav's in Vancouver. Pours a transparent copper color, lots of visible carbonation. Head is white and stands about 1 finger after the pour. Smell is of clean sweet malt, slight earthy and citric hops. Taste is of light sweet malts, very much in the German style. I also get a earthy citric hop bitterness as the beer crests the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium with playful carbonation. This is my first kellerbier/zwickelbier and I quite enjoy it!

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Photo of Damayor
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle. HavIng tried Chicago's very own Metropolitan Brewing's zwickl before and liked it this was a true real German surprise of that style. Great in all aspects and VERY, vert drinkable, this brew is a must try for all German lager fans. Awesome mug also. Chug-a-lug!!!

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

Purchased from Edeka Getranktmarkt, Amberg, Germany. .5L botte served in stone bier krug

A- Dark somewhat cloudy copper color with a thick foamy head.

S- Some maltiness

T- Slightly bitter, hint of fresh cut grass

M- low carbonation and great drinkability

D- Good drinkability; this is a pretty standard kellerbier but worth finding.

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

Pours deep orangeish golden to coppery-brown slightly hazed body showing lots of effervescence initially, which is quite untypical for a Kellerbier, topped by thin frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is toasted Marzen-like maltiness with nutty notes and herbal-earthy hops in the background.
Flavor is bready, obviously from the suspended yeast, with non-sweet nutty maltiness in perfect balance with herbal, earthy and slightly spicy hops with faint bitterness followed by a dry finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. (500 ml swingtop bottle with freshness date 1st November 2011, into the mug.)

In short: a Marzen-like, nutty, bready and quite dry Kellerbier with aromatic noble hops.

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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 RuudJH
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.5 l. bottle, bough on a recent trip to Germany.

Amber colour, thin head, but good lacing.
Smell and taste are mainly just malts and yeast, but nice fresh clean ones. Mild floral and grassy hops.
Aftertaste is very balanced. Nothing but malty sweetness, mild bitter hops.
Allthough a bit watery in the mouth, this Aktien beer has more refreshing character than the Landbier I tried earlier. It's a well crafted, but simple drink.
Good one to try.

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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 jonb5
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half litre flip top, brown colour, not unlike English bitter. Fairly clear, poor head retention. Corky smell, some citrus fruit. Barley suger taste, hints of lemon. Normal mouthfull. A pleasant enough keller/zwickel, but I get the feeling drinking too much off it could cause stomach issues.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

in a night of kellerbier drinking this was an all around solid brew. a great place to get the feel for a keller and a nice label.

pour is a beautiful doughy head of off white atop a orange brown cloudiness. the nose is apple predominently with a floral basement ash/dust and honey. an interesting interaction of freshness in citrus and a dingy straw moldy wood. the palate was the balance of both of those meeting in a mild bitter finish. there is a sweetness as the flavor contracts of brown sugar and honey. a nice grainy straw and wheat hush finish. not as earthy as some but particularly husky.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After the superb Original yesterday, today the Zwickl, one of my favorite style.After a resounding pop from the flip-top bottle, pours a deep malty brown-orange-tangerine tea tone. NIce murkiness from the settlement. Head is gorgeous, thick fluffy, rocky, lasting a long time.
Smells are quite complex, taking a while to unfold. Pekoe tea, pepper, cellar-like mustiness, tart peach, tangerine, grainy, yeast, clove, bread. really good. as the beer warms
Wow, first sip. Tea, fruits-tangerine, pea, spiciness akin to fresh pepper, dark bread, fresh yeast, a mustiness lingers, then is cut by the fresh spiciness and a great amount of carbonation, leaving the palate tingling for more.
Body is light to medium, not sweet or sugary in the least, a perfect marriage of Hefeweizen and light brown ale. Musty, rustic, yet spicy and refreshing and tart. Exactly what I would imagine a brewer pulling out of his cellar for his own enjoyment

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first taste of a German Kellerbier. I've only tried Trois Mousquetaires'
Mother brought this back from trip to Germany.
Really wish I could read the label on the back ... might ask my dad for a translation.

A- This has a peculiarly beautiful colour. Peculiar and beautiful actually. It's quite hard for me to seize. Golden caramel, light amber, copper. Completely clear (i can see my fingerprints through my glass). Inch of head recedes to an almost equally beautiful fuzzy surface layer in a couple minutes. Slight beige tint to the chewy head. Frothy lacing.

S- Smells like there's some grain other than barley but I doubt it. I'm getting a bit of a burnt cream of wheat, some mineral character and alcohol. Not very much and not very much I enjoy.

T- Wow this tastes good. There's a few layers in here. Starts off pretty ordinary and macro lager like but ends with a weirdly smooth maple ale. I love how this ends. Bitterness is a bit like a chamomille tea.

M- Low carbonation thas works well with the almost eerily smooth flavour. A bit dry. Medium mouthfeel.

D- Very good. Just because of that fleeting taste in the end that I just want more and more of.

Just for that last delicious part of the taste it's worth seeking out this beer. The rest of the taste and structure is just a little over ordinary. I really want to try this again. Really weird how I don't think this is all too good but that little taste I get in the end is like a delicious drug.

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