Zwickel | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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.

20 IBU

Added by Rifugium on 06-20-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,730
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
397
pDev:
12.01%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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21
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Ratings: 397 |  Reviews: 80
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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pokal style glass. Woah giant pull tab gotta love it!

Opaque but with a bit of clarity for the body color, and really nice mix of hued colors. Peach yellow with hints of orange and lighter lemon. Great forming foamy but soft head at a slightly more than two fingers. Off white, with an excellent crown with really nice ring lacing. Great great looking keller.

Clean nose. Slightly crisp, a faint touch of herbal hop but with a decent but simple malt presence.

Palate makes some nicer inroads. Dough and chewy palate forming, with excellent thick bakery flavors. Mix of bread and wonderul nut and slight cream tasting flavors in the mid palate. Finishes quite mineral almost wet, but with crisp and less doughy taste than anticipated. Mild sensing lemon tang, which is really accentuated by this mineral and light palate. Doughy character really excells but flirts with flour flavors just a hair.

The beer has some qualities that can be better, but it's got far more wonderful ones instead. Very solid keller, would like more.

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Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Can, no clear date:
This pours a little darker than I was expecting, but is still a deep golden more than amber to me. The beer has a medium haze once it sits a little. The head took a while to fall, retaining a near-full surface coverage and some lacing.

The smells coming from the glass are not too powerful, but are more light white bread and light floral notes. With some warmth a lightly generic fruity ester arises.

Upon taking a sip, I get a distinct sweetness that greets my tongue up front. Quickly, however, there's a very light souring note that follows, giving an impression of a light sourdough bread to me. The beer is light, but the yeast influence gives it a full flavor profile. The hops aren't very distinct and just barely rein in the malt flavors. If I had to go with a flavor for the bittering counter, I'd maybe say dry grass. The ending has a hint of lemon rind, and ends quite softly.

A nice change of pace offering that I wish had just the slightest bit more clean bitterness.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 397 ratings