Zwickel | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
ZwickelZwickel
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
402 Ratings
ZwickelZwickel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
urbanchestnut.com

Style: German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship lager, pronounced ‘zv-ick-el’, is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, German classic that finishes as a smooth-drinking, vitamin rich (from the yeast), naturally cloudy bier.

Malts: Two-Row & Pilsner
Hops: Hallertau

20 IBU

Added by Rifugium on 06-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,451
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
402
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
91
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of Mpcronin
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craigbelly
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkblr
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz canned 7/27/18 (43 days ago) poured into a seidel mug at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours hazy orange tinted yellow with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves no lacing. The aroma is rich with pils malt and yeast. The taste is semisweet bready pilsner malt up front with a barely tart, floral hop and yeast bite on the finish. The result is nuetral and the bitterness is mild. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, outstanding. Fantastic beer for any occasion. It is unpasteurized, so watch for dates and cold storage is preferable.

 640 characters

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very slightly hazy pale to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and very faint honey + pale golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of slightly mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Just shy of moderate aromas of biscuit + bready malts with a hint of grainy sweetness and very light aromas of floral + grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit + bready malts with a hint of grainy sweetness. Light flavors of lager yeast and a light flavor of floral + grassy hops which contribute a very light amount of bitterness which fades away fairly quickly leaving a clean finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp upfront with a clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and refreshing. Feels almost like a hybrid of a zwickelbier and a kölsch but still quite enjoyable with a more subdued yeastiness and bready + biscuit malt combo with a hint of sweetness.

 1,231 characters

Photo of Jpeluso
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a 16 oz can. Unusual design: instead of normal pop top, the entire lid peels back, allowing for a smooth pour. Deep golden color, cloudy, minimal head. Mix between grassy and yeasty smell. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, though it has a more substantial mouthfeel than most american lagers. Light to medium carbonation. Significantly more flavorful than typical American lager without being heavy or overly bitter. Very drinkable; I can see this being a significant upgrade to a bbq or to have while watching a game. Great example of how a lager doesn't have to sacrifice flavor.

 591 characters

Photo of Knickfan3
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rainspainplain
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Look: Clear, golden. Smell: Not very strong, a little spicy. Taste: Just above a medium level of spice. Feel: Smooth, almost flat. Overall: Doesn't stand out too much but I enjoy it very much. The flavor is good and not overdone.

 229 characters

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ExMachina1
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For what this beer is trying to do, it suceeds almost perfectly. The color is a beautiful gold and that lies comfortably under a fluffy white head. Nose is nearly all grain. Maybe a hint of hops but they remain ellusive throughout. And that's a good thing as this beer is a delicious, dry, malty delight that is crisp, refreshing and, well, inviting. I bought a 4 pack today and have just been "invited" into cracking open can number 3...

 440 characters

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Schmidt07
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeIquiades
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skillz
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheoKim
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uncleotis
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SSGCujo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Apellonious
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bristol2120
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great representation of a style I was not aware of until fairly recently. The beer pours with a decent head and features classic German hops aromas. As expected, it has an attractive, hazy pale gold color. A nice, slightly bitter taste and refreshing mouthfeel complete the package. This is a great beer by a company that has rarely disappointed me. Would be an excellent summertime easy drinker, and seems like it would pair very well with food. Highly recommended.

 476 characters

Photo of Myboymi
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptDin
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap into a shaker pint glass at Five Star Burgers in Clayton, Missouri.

A-The beer is cloudy, but presents with a nice, bright golden hue. My pour arrives with a thin finger of white foam. The head has good retention and sticks around for over half the glass. No real carbonation to be seen and just one ring of lacing on the glass.

S-The aroma opens with bread crust, dough, and yeast notes. I also sniff some floral honey sweetness, clove notes (maybe some black pepper?), and mild earthy bitter notes of dried straw and grass. It is inviting and flavorful without being too intense.

T-The taste is similar but not identical to the smell. Pale malts suggest biscuit and bread crust, as well as cereal grain. There is less dough than the smell, but still a little bit of yeast and some honey sweetness. I am tasting pepper and clove too. Hops are mild, but there is a distinct dried grassy flavor.

M-The body is medium to light in heft with a lower level of carbonation. It is pretty quaffable.

O-This is a nice Kellerbier. I could drink a few of these while watching a game or something. One of those beers that you don't have to concentrate on, but is enjoyable nonetheless.

 1,185 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 402 ratings