Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #64
Ranked #19,343
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Mar 10, 2022
Jun 20, 2011
Very Good
Notes: 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
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Canned 11/21/21; drank 3/9/22 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice off-white head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Cream soda, acorn & faint citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Lemon bread & fresh flower flavors. This was quite tasty!

Mar 10, 2022
3.88 by jera1350 from Minnesota on Aug 01, 2021
3.61 by Benish from Wisconsin on Jul 18, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Count-of-Tower-Grove

In May, 1975 I made my first visit to Hofbrau Haus in Munich and had the smoothest lager I had up to that time in my short adulthood. Forty some years later I was apprised of UCBC two locations in St. Louis. In their great beer hall they have up to 32 styles of beer in two categories: Reverence Series and Revolution Series. The latter is a playground for brewers to experiment, the former tradition styles. UCBC beers are available in half liter Arbeiterflasch and 16 oz, cans.
The Zwickel is UCBC's flagship beer. It's a classic lager: hazy golden with creamy head, very nice lacing; it has both pleasant nose and flavor. It compares most favorably with Munich lagers: slightly hoppy, nice malty notes.
If I were told that I could have only one beer of only one style a day for the rest of my life, it would be Urban Chestnut Zwickel!
I like this beer! You should try this bear!

Jun 21, 2021
4.1 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jun 06, 2021
4.1 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Jun 04, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jkrich from Florida

Poured from a freshness dated 16 oz. can: slightly hazy orange-honey hue with a sustained, foamy white head.

Spicy and perfumy aromas of malt and noble hops.

Now, this is a flavorful and balanced lager with a soft and creamy mouthfeel. The unfiltered nature of this lager imparts some very unique flavors - hints of vanilla and lemon as well as faint banana. It is ever so slightly bready on the palate with a very clean aftertaste.

This is an underrated style that deserved more recognition. It is not hugely distinctive, but it is very refreshing and quaffable. I am glad to see the beers from this brewery now available in Florida.

Apr 24, 2021
3.98 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Mar 07, 2021
3.93 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Mar 06, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by LukeGude from Iowa

Large bottle from John’s poured into stein. Unfiltered, thin head, superb drinkability.

Feb 15, 2021
3.04 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri on Feb 01, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Taybeh from Minnesota

I picked up a couple of tallboys on a recent road-trip, and have enjoyed each one, but this is the last one, and it is the best, so it must be growing on me. Anyway, into a willibecher, looks nice gold with a good head and good retention...little clearer than I expected, but not crystal clear. Nose is promising: honey malt, graham cracker, pepper and some spice. On the taste, everything here just harmonizes beautifully. Everything in the nose is here, but there are also some herbal hops, and maybe a little slightly more biscuity-bready maltiness in the beginning and middle. Not heavy at all, but full flavors. Slightly dry on the finish, but not crisp. Not sure I was able to pick up on as much of the yeast notes as I usually can on really good lagers, but...this was just a very satisfying and tasty beer.

Jan 16, 2021
3.99 by SWChi from Illinois on Nov 22, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Thanks to FBarber for this one, from a ninja box as part of NBS BIF #12. 16oz can (dated 20-06-30. I assume that's June 30th here in America) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a lightly cloudy medium yellow color with just over an inch of white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was grain forward bolstered by floral hops.

Similar on the tongue, a classic "beer" profile.

The body was light, crisp and clean, with a dry finish.

Drinkability was very good, an easy crusher for sure.

Overall, a very nice beer. Worth trying if you see it.

Oct 25, 2020
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4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by artstl2020 from Missouri

A go-to staple for me, this Bavarian lager has a great crisp mouthfeel that is a clean finish.

Oct 20, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

poured from a 16oz can into a dimpled mug. pours a chill-hazed gold with a almost three fingers of fluffy white foam head. malt, bread / crackers and floral hops on the nose. taste is similar but with a bit more maltiness to it then the nose would lead you to believe. medium-full mouthfeel with the carbonation on the lighter end. it’s not super bubbly; more full and malty. enjoyable Zwickelbier.

Oct 20, 2020
3.79 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Oct 16, 2020
4.19 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2020
3.53 by Walnut from Missouri on Jun 12, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

Canned 9/18/2019, enjoyed on a hot afternoon.

Lightly cloudy, golden, pale straw color with a finger’s worth of frothy foam head. Good retention for about 2 minutes, carbonation streams from the bottom of the pint glass. A thin layer is leftover. Minimal sedimentation.

Bready pale malt scent with, clean and inviting. Some lemony citrus notes as well

Pale malt, biscuit, hay, grass, orange rind, white wine too.

Medium-full and crisp, clean, frothy and creamy. Little drying, good carbonation with a fizzy tingle. Goes down very smooth.

Im new to this style but I really love how everything comes together for a easy drinking lager. Could see this being a go to in the heat as well as spring and fall temps.

Jun 03, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by maxpower from Missouri

Heavy 16 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy and hazy light golden color. I love how it is unfiltered and unpasteurized. Perfect head and nice flavor of yeast, bread and grain. Best American Zwickel I have had.

Dec 14, 2019
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3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Beech105 from Missouri

Poured from can. Cloudy, with little head. Smells of bread. Tastes of bread, good carbonation and a thick mouth feel. Overall, a good german style beer, but nothing too exciting.

Nov 06, 2019
3.5 by Eychung from New York on Oct 18, 2019
4.06 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Oct 13, 2019
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4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by aaronjk from Massachusetts

One of my all time favorites. Notes of fresh cut grass and dried straw. Clean, bright, and crisp. Excellent served cold on a humid summer afternoon.

Jul 15, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the half liter bottle, it pours a nice light amber with a robust white head. In the nose, it is bready and malty. In the mouth, it is the same. Nice, but it feels more like a Helles.

Jul 01, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

Clear pale straw with two finger, smooth head. Pleasantly grainy and lightly malty. Slightly fruity and grassy. Subtle yeast and spice. Smooth and drinkable, surprisingly thick mouthfeel. Moderately bitter. Dry.

Jun 29, 2019
3.08 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Jun 13, 2019
4.07 by tylera2104 from Indiana on Jun 02, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a light, clear, golden color that is actually pretty clear from the top of the can. Once the bottom is poured out its much more hazy. Not hazy by any means. Strong, heavy head that lingers. SRM of 8 (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of earthy German bread and plastic grass. Some sweet honey malt and cream. A little apricot. Bitter grass on the finish. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong plastic & rubber and grassy, subtle lemon, hops followed by strong yeast and grainy presence. Turns into a honey cracker malt flavor. Slightly sour. So much yeast here. Really accentuates the grains. (4.25)

Feel: Thick, creamy, and smooth. Heavier-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Such a smooth and clean beer. The strong yeast balances out the heavier mouthful for such a perfect feel and finish.

Compared to Surly's Hell Lager 7/4/20: Pours an identical color. More bread, cream, wheat, rubber. Less lemon and flower. Slightly sweeter and finishes with a more bready and malty flavor.

Overall: Quite a fantastic beer and underrated style. Similar flavor profile to a German Helles, yet the unfiltered yeast provides such a nice roundness to to the concordant heavier body. Body is closer to a hefeweizen. This is the cream soda of a German lager. The yeast really accentuates the graininess to come through. The opposite of crisp. Much prefer it to a Euro lager. An unfiltered wheat, but German style. A great beer and a great style!
*Would compare next to a helles or German Lager*

May 18, 2019
5 by Pknitty86 from Missouri on Apr 18, 2019
4.04 by Laoliver01 from Missouri on Jan 14, 2019
3.91 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania on Jan 03, 2019
4.7 by snoopdoug from Missouri on Dec 14, 2018
3.74 by coryfavre80 from Missouri on Nov 26, 2018
4 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Nov 17, 2018
3.67 by cbrand from Illinois on Nov 17, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Hooray for @jkblr who sent me this CAN & others to not only further The CANQuest (tm), but to give me something to do on New Beer Sunday (Week 715)!

From the CAN: "Pronounced ‘zv-ick-el’, the flagship lager of our Reverence Series (classically crafted, timeless, European-style biers) is an unfiltered, unpasteurized, German-style classic that finishes as a smooth-drinking, naturally cloudy bier(from the yeast), Prost!"

My eagle eyes noted that this was one of those CANfounded 360-degree opening CANs in which the entire lid peels away, rather than Crack!ing open. I dislike them since I tend to Glug my beers into an awaiting glass, vice putting my lips in CANtact with metal. They are like a step backwards since the lid then becomes just a metallic shard to be discarded ala the old pull tabs. Grr. Thankfully, Jeff Lebo instructed me on how to bottom-open CANs, which is what I did.

Once I had the vents established, I began what CAN only be described as a Dribble, vice a Glug. It was slow going, but I finally got the CANtents decanted into the awaiting stein. All of this effort resulted in it really foaming up to create just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with great retention that left a ton of lacing in its wake. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose had a very biscuit-y maltiness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, but about on par for any Lager-style bier. The taste was interesting in that it had a pronounced mineral quality to go along with the biscuit maltiness noted on the nose. I have attempted to read the Brewers Publications' "Water" by John J. Palmer and Colin Kaminski on several occasions, but its chemistry is too much for my ken. That said, I live in Lancaster (City & County), PA, an area known for having rich farming soil thanks to sitting on a limestone bedrock. To say that our water is hard would be to put it mildly. It is one of the reasons that local brewers gravitate towards brewing Lagers. I don't often perceive the hardness of water in beer, but in this instance, I certainly did! I really liked everything about its appearance & taste, from the fact that it was neither filtered nor pasteurized to its mineral biscuit semi-sweetness to its making me wish that I had some pretzels to accompany it. Finish was in that nebulous twilight zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. I would definitely have this again, especially with a pretzel or two & some stone-ground mustard. Mmm.

Nov 05, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

Poured from 16oz can into glass. The can top is the kind that pulls off the entire lid, allowing for easy can drinking. Canning date is stamped on can bottom as '082118'.
Straw to pale gold colored body. First part of the can pours a clear body, and the last of the can introduces the yeast which induces some cloudiness. Two finger white head settles to fluffy, interrupted cap and high ring. Leaves behind horizontal layers of lacing.
Sharp aroma of yeast and bready malts.
Taste of bready malts, with some sweetness. Next is mildly tart, floral hops, and the bite from the yeast. End of the taste profile is bready lager.
Smooth and crisp mouth experience, with a medium mouth feel. No bitterness but does have the yeast bite in the back half. Aftertaste is general lager like and pleasant.
Quite different for a German style lager, with the multi layers of malts, hops, and yeast. All have distinct flavors but work together to result in an enjoyable taste profile.

Nov 01, 2018
3.16 by Mpcronin from Illinois on Oct 03, 2018
Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
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