Zwickel | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States

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

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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 413
Photo of defunksta
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a light cloudy yellow 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.
Aroma: Strong aromas of grass. Some sweet honey malt. A little apricot.
Flavor: Light noble 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.
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.

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!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this got me into beer and i would still die for it. slightly cloudy amber/orange color with a nice fluffy head that makes itself pretty comfortable. decent spots of lacing sit behind. nose is simple and familiar but oh so nice with bread-y malts and grassy/earthy hops, little moments of sweetness pop in. taste reveals more of those bread flavors and nice earthy hops, and a yeast bite lingers behind. drinks super smooth, light-medium body and dry finish. find em fresh and buy the 8 pack if ya find it. spill some on bratwurst.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden yellow body, tart with crackery pilsner malt, floral and cloves, a fairly tart one for the style. I've had a couple other Zwickels locally (New Glarus comes to mind) and this was definitely tarter. It makes for a nice refreshing tart drink, though.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright almost luminescent looking straw with 2 finger white head.
The aroma is doughty bready malts and a very light spivey hoppiness.
The flavor is incredible. It has a very nice sweet doughty malt backbone, there is a honey not mid palate that turns to a floral fruity hoppiness on the finish.
Wow do I love this style. It's just always awesome. I love the clean maltiness with a very balanced hoppy finish.

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Photo of Buck89
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the source. Mildly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. Scant lacing in the glass. Nice aroma of grainy sweet malt and lemony, floral notes. Really crisp and clean taste with slightly sweet grain, citrus notes and some floral notes. Light to medium bodied and clean on the finish. Nice.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden in color, slightly hazy but mostly clear. Ample bright white foam on pour, which recedes to a thick ring around the edge and persistent layer across the top. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is quite nice, moderate maltiness. Bready. Mild noble hop aroma. The taste is malty, bready, and clean. A mild spicy, earthiness from the hops. Extremely well balanced. Medium light body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish. Slightly creamy. An excellent zwickel.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is clean, malts, lemons. Taste is the same. Malts, lemons, adjunct free and easy drinking. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall would probably be better appreciated on a hot summer day.

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Photo of TH28
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy golden with a frothy white foam cap that dissipated quickly. Aroma is all pilsner malt, with no noticeable hop aroma. Taste is a bready pilsner malt with a moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to thick for the style, with a slight creaminess and moderate carbonation. Finishes clean and crisp with a slight residual bitterness. Reminiscent of a Helles, but with a creaminess from the unfiltered, bottle conditioned beer

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is a style we do not see nearly enough of in american craft brewing, and now that these are in handy cans, they are starting to show up all over the place. good for these guys, they have earned it! looks like a hefeweizen in the glass, maybe a little less yellow, paler. great white head on it, lots of visible carbonation even through the haze. flavor is fresh and malty, with likely some wheat here in with the pale barley. very european in terms of is grain composition, and also being influenced pretty seriously by the yeast here. its not quite fruity, but it is pretty classically german, its almost like a mix of a hefe and a lager, with some light spice to it and a crisp dryness. very little hops are evident here at all, and the beer is brightly carbonates, lower alcohol, and extremely refreshing without being boring when its ice cold. a fantastic session beer, great with a diverse range of foods, and something a little different than we are used to seeing, especially in american craft. the nuances of the style, as it was traditionally brewed, appear to be about fully present in this, i think its a great interpretation.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.87/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.50] This can has no info. No date no ABV. The beer itself forms 3 fingers of FAT and dense white head. The head is totally uniform. The beer is a murky lemonade color.

S: [2.75] Something herbal and pungent. Early on there was something that reminded me of melting plastic but it faded.

T: [2.75] Corn, bread, some mild clove (deeper on the aftertaste and again it comes across as something plastic).

M: [3.50] Nice crisp body and carbonation.

O: [2.75] Every 3rd sniff/sip the yeast goes from clove to something synthetic and bad. I found drinking from the can helped (due to smelling the beer less). Maybe this is a bad batch? I am not a huge fan at all.

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Photo of Lembeh
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like what these guys are doing with traditional German styles. This Zwickel was on par with some of the ones I had in Bavaria. Getting some hay, digestives and lemon banana flavors. Taste follows similarly with a nice lingering malt + lemon zest + hop flavor. As this warms up the lemon hay aroma becomes more prevalent.

This is a delicious version of a Zwickel. A style I wish more American breweries would make.

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Photo of chalkboardbrew
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First time drinking this Zwickel.
L: cloudy and unfiltered pale yellow
S: metallic sour
T: slight sour
F: carbonated, mild sour, refreshing
O: great beer

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Photo of jwff
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First offering I've had from Urban Chestnut. Picked this up at AJ's Beer Warehouse.

Fluffy white head on top of a pale golden body. Medium haze and mild carbonation. Sweet aroma of mostly grain. Doughy. Peppery hops up front with a mild citrus rind bite in the middle through the finish. Sweet doughy taste as well. Pils malt more noticeable in the finish. Medium to medium heavy body.

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Photo of cbutova
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy golden yellow body into a pint glass. A small frothy white head makes it up to half finger with decent retention. Spotty lace.

S- Pale fruits and grains make up the aroma. Wheat crust, white grapes, apple, yeast bread, slight banana and herbal hops.

T- Very much bready and wheaty with pale fruits also playing a big part. Apple, banana, white grape, crusty fresh wheat bread, citrus zest, herbal hops and spicy hops. Fairly sweet fruit sugars feel.

MF- Smooth with a frothy and creamy texture. Very high carbonation.

Crisp and smooth brew with a base of pale fruits and wheat bread.

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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 413 ratings