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Zwickel | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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3.81/5
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381 Ratings
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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:
#14,837
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
381
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
85
Trade:
0
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Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptDin
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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 imbibehour
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tiernan
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of astromach
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best examples of a beer that tastes super crushable but is also filling

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Photo of bicyclesandbeer
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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 +12.9%
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 mghtg6
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of novamat
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 EnthusedAboutBeer
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of T-34-85
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSiegs
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
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 DeutschesBier
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 381 ratings
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