Toubab Brewe | Craggie Brewing Company

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Craggie Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Spring

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Added by oberon on 04-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by goindownsouth:
Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap, at the source - Craggie's Public House in Asheville, NC on November 14, 2010... Another Sunday of "Hangover in the Hangar".

Served, as the norm at Craggie, in their 21.5 oz. Willi Becher. Pale in color with a slight haze. Decent if not great head retention. Surprisingly solid aroma of malt and hops. Smooth and highly flavorful, the balance of the malt and hops were beyond my expectations. Smooth yet crisp and very refreshing. One of the best session beers I have had, ever. Plenty of aroma, flavor, balance and complexity to go around. It continues to amaze me how beers like this are not more popular in the main stream that seems consumed by Big Beer.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of an odd named beer,its a lighter hopped version of the Swannanoa Sunset.Poured a hazed pech-like color with a thinner but well defined white head,aromas were very light,mainly some toasty malt and faint herbal hops.Flavors are crisp and toasty,cereal-like toastiness with a tad of sweetness,a light herbal finish.A good sociable beer,not quite as flavorful as his hopped up brother.

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Photo of Aaron420
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one while doing my shopping at Harrikas.

A: It pored a amber almost copper color with a with a smaller white head

S: It had a very malty aroma with a hint of a fruity hop but not much.

T: A very malty beer with a light touch of hops but a very overwhelming malt character. There is though a little fruitiness that comes through toward the end of tasting.

M: A very light bodied medium carbonated beer.

O: This was a very low alcohol beer that would be very tasty and easy to drink at a venue or some kind of outdoor festival

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Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap at the brewery into a sample Willi glass. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a minimal white head. There was nice lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of bitter malt and slight hop. The flavor was of malt, bread, and slight hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very nice brew. The flavors were excellently balanced for a very nice crisp flavor. This is a definite must try for a fan of the style or anyone curious about the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap yesterday in Asheville. Love the band, heard some decent things about the brew so put the two together right?

Nice pour, light amber in color with great clarity and lots of carbonation rising up toward the surface here. Small cap of white covers the top and sits there for a moment before leaving the top pretty much bare. Aroma is light floral hops, hints of some light herbs, touchs of grain. Nice and light for the day, but not getting that huge bready, yeasty thing I would have expected. Very light on the palate, hints of clove, light bready touches, a decent amount of light floral hops. Super clean finish and very light and well carbonated.

Overall a very solid and very drinkable beer for sure. I would have no issue in throwing down multiples of this one.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of firkinhophead
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Intriguing off-beat lager.

A light amber with a brownish ocher cast. Perfumey flavors cut with some nice bitterness. Toasty and yeasty, nice nose like bread baking. Hops are more powerful than a German Zwickel, but well balanced with a significant amount of malt. I don't know how they get so much flavor out of a low-alcohol style. In-Bev Anheuser Mega-Miller, take note. Nice zingy thirst quencher.

Saw this in pre-packed and labeled growlers at the local version of Whole Foods as well as the Great American Beer Store, Bruisin' Ales. At the tap, however, it was only $10 including the highly collectible jug!

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Photo of Schwab
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding beer! I was able to enjoy this during my visit at Craggie's Public House near downtown Asheville.

A - It came in a tall Willi with close to 1" that took its time to dissolve. Pale in color with a hint of colorish amber/copper - still hell!

S - Fresh hops/malt aroma noticable

T - Great lager beer with a hint of malt and hops. Great combination and very balanced plus a bit cloudy.

M - Very crisp, smooth beer

D - Outstanding! This is a great session beer that wants you to go back for more.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with excellent clarity- a little strange for a true zwickel, I expected some more cloudiness. A decent head, especially for a growler. It sticks around for a bit as swirly cap. There is a little bit of a lager twang in the nose, and there is a certain nuttiness, and some herbal notes in both the nose and taste. Almost a chamomile back note. The predominant characteristic of the beer, however is a deep herbal bitterness and a smooth but slightly tannic finish. Really quite good, and surprisingly balanced by the yeasty lager notes. I love to find wonderfully drinkable low abv session beers like this. I knew I had to do some serious yard work this weekend in the steamy Atlanta weather, so picked this up as my reward. Perfectly hit the spot!

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Photo of bdupree
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Color is very clear, golden. Pours with very little foam, disappears very quickly. Beer was not flat, though. This is probably a product of the growler.

S: Nothing really stands out. Hops are present, along with a little bit of malt.

T: Very unusual taste, something of a blended style. I pick up the hops right away, giving this more of a hopped Pale Ale flavor. Nothing overpowering, but good on the palate.

M: Light bodied and smooth, somewhat of a hoppy bitter aftertaste.

D: Fairly good drinkability, but not something I will rush back out to buy. Good summer beer, though.

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Photo of mklinger
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of yaksurf
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler into pint glass, grabbed at Bruisin' Ales and drank that same night.

Pours clear gold, surprisingly clear actually, with a thin white head and sparse lacing. Disappears fairly quickly.

Nose has some lightly floral hops, hint of pale malt, bit of sulfur. Pretty restrained.

Taste starts off with a bit of floral hops, moves to grassy, over a barely perceptible pale malt base, with a trailing bitter sulfur/corny adjunct presence.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, moderate carbonation, long trailing corny bitterness.

Drinkability is decent - reminiscent of many adjunct lagers. I'm a big fan of well-done traditional German lagers, but this falls short. Sulfur, even a small amount, has no place to hide in this one, and as a result is a bit of a fatal flaw.

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Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Served up a faintly hazed, light copper-hued body beneath a small, snow white head.

Smell: Presents a pleasing medley of understated notes smelling ever so lightly of toasty, bready barley, spice-hinting noble hops, and orchard fruit.

Taste: A tasty blend of tangy, delicately grainy Pils and toasty Munich malts with no more than a smidgen of overall sweetness. Thin fruit traces of apple and pear. Subtly spicy German hops with enough bitterness to balance. Sustains a lightly bready maltiness until the clean, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Toubabe is very nice, very classy, very well-balanced and my favorite during my first visit to Craggie Brewing.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Toubab Brewe, on tap at Craggie Brewing Company during my last visit to Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Arrives a hazed golden, sort of a dried hay-like hue, crowned with roughly one finger of slightly dirty, beige head. The retention is good, and after it fades there remains a nice thick, soapy collar and a thin but persistent dollop of surface lace. The lacing on the sides of the glass is even more impressive, droopy and sloppy but with plenty of rocky, crisp stick.

Aroma: Very weak, without much complexity unfortunately. Pale, biscuity malts make up most of it, simple and pilsen-like in nature, though they are complimented by a snappy grassy undertone.

Taste: Graham cracker malts dominate the foundation, though they're accompanied by a handful of interesting hop and yeast overtones. Apples are predominant among these, as are pears, almost Kolsch-like in places. A slight snappy grassy hop note and a twinge of bitterness compliment the aforementioned well.

Mouthfeel: Eruptive, uneven, likely because this one's a little on the thin side. It's not completely without body, but Craggie's affinity for effervescence doesn't do this one the favors it does some of its other beers.

Drinkability: Everyone wants another Zwickelbier. At 4.2%, this one's definitely drinkable, and though it's not the most flavorful beer they make, it was solid. You can't always get extreme flavor at 4.2%, right? Good for Craggie for tackling this unique and historical style, though.

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Photo of pheelingIt
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Toubab Brewe from Craggie Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 18 ratings