Zwickel | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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

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

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -3.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 -25.8%
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 +13.7%
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 +4.9%
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 -3.4%
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 -10.9%
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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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear golden orange, with a small head, and just a bit of lacing.

Smells like fruity and minerally yeast, bready malt, and grassy hops.

This is honestly one of my favorite styles (though I don't exactly know the different between a Zwickel and a Kellerbier?) The yeast character is killer, soft and fruity, almost berry-like, with some subtle stone fruit, too. The hop character is very mild, but just enough- a hint of grassiness on the finish, with very little bitterness. The malt is another star- it's bready, and evokes some sort of grainy and slightly sweet bread. I really dig this.

This is light bodied, and super, super drinkable.

This is an absolutely wonderful beer, and I'm really glad we're getting UC stuff now.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A well put together lager. This is definitely a clean and easy drinking european style lager. Almost every other review identifies how bready this is and I am not going to spoil the party - this really does have a major bready feel to it. Little bit of spice on the backend.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a murky orange with a thin cap of head that quickly dissipates.

S - German grains, malts, yeast, honey, bread dough.

T - Biscuity and doughy, mildly sweet, honey, grains, corny. Finishes bitter with a sweet after taste. Light to medium bodied, has a nice crisp feel.

O - Highly quaff-able lager that is worth a shot.

Notes - picked this up while visiting family in The Cape.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid lager. Nice looking light gold color, easy drinking, aroma is not powerful but as the beer warms become a bit skunky. Though I'm not a big lager drinker, this is something I could fall back on and certainly might serve to my lager drinking friends.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz bottle poured into willybecher glass bottled on 6/7

A: nice inch or so soapy white head. Body is a light gold straw color pale with great clarity

S: Smells like a pilsner with that little bit of peppery hop bitterness and a huge dose of sourdough bready quality with hints of sweetness. Has a little corn smell as well.

T: Very nice smooth bready, doughy, sweet, corn, grain taste. The aftertaste has bits of the floral and bittering hops to it.

M: Full feel yet very smooth nice on the tongue almost a little rich. The beer feels creamy yet crisp quite wonderful.

O: This is an amazing lager, its smooth, creamy, beautiful nuanced doughy a lightly bittering hops it is very balanced. Reminds me of a little of Miller's High Fortune ehich was pretty damn good.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Slightly hazy pale yellow color that pours a very creamy white head that dissipates medium fast and no lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of toasted bready malt, sweet honey, spicy and floral noble hops. A very enticing aroma.

T: Lots of bready malt, some hints of sweet honey. Balanced out by spicy and floral noble hops. A nice drinking beer.

F: Crips and light body a good easy drinking beer.

O: This is a really nice example of a zwickel bier and a good summer lager.

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Photo of FBarber
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a crisp effervescent golden color with a thick frothy white head. I didn't notice any significant cloudiness to the beer even though its allegedly supposed to be cloudy. Nonetheless, gorgeous looking lager.

Smell had aromas of fresh bread, malts, with a slightly floral hop aroma. Undertones of mild yeast and spice are noted.

Taste followed the nose with flavors of fresh white bread, slight spicy yeast, with a floral and grassy hop finish. Wonderfully simple yet appropriate flavor profile for the style.

Feel is supremely drinkable, crisp, light and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

Overall a lovely example of the style. One of Urban Chestnut's flagship beers - it did not disappoint.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle, dated 4/12/16.

Pours a bright gold color with a frothy white head. Much more clear than I was expecting, given it's unfiltered, but still a slight haze to it. Sweet grainy malt aroma with a slight floral hop kick. Incredible balance in the flavor between the malt, hops, and yeast. Bready and grainy with a little spice and a hint of lemon citrus at the end. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing. I love the clean sweetness you get from the malt. Medium bodied, yet something I could drink all day. Phenomenal stuff.

Urban Chestnut just recently expanded distribution into NJ and my first beer from them is a total winner. Cheers to them for sending fresh bottles right from the start. More please!

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Photo of kismet
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BEER!! This brew literally screams/oozes of "beeriness." Doughy, crusty, slightly thick, rich, malty brew with an ever so slight floral hop bite. This is a well-made lager whose main goal in life is to be wingman for a large, fresh, cheesy thin crust supreme pizza.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mild fizzy frothy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, a clear but sediment hazy golden honey color.

Nose brings a mild sweet lager, mild toasted lager malt, raw bread dough, little yeasty, a little mineral note, faint fruity esters, soft lager note and mild grassy hopshops.

Taste brings typical nice German lager, mild soft lager malts, little toasted malt and bread dough, light fruity esters, a little mineral, not much for layered decoction style German lager but soft, little grassy hop, floral yeasty note. Finish little sticky not very crisp, little sticky, touch of lingering hops and dough.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing special, nice for a hot summer day but def could improve.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of biscuit malts along with hints of yeast and bits of floral hops, the latter of which contribute an ever so slight amount of carbonation.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as yeasty compared to some of the other kellerbiers/zwickelbiers that I've had in the past. In some aspects, the taste and mouthfeel are a little more resemblant to a kölsch.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque yellow with a white foamy head. Head retention is moderate with decent lacing. Slightly metallic, biscuit malts, and a little yeast spice in the aroma. Biscuit malt with a little yeast spice compose a simplistic, Belgian style flavor. Feel is bubbly, carbonated, and medium-thin. Overall, a simplistic brew that goes with most any thing. It's at home on a hot summer day.

Served in a 12oz pub glass.

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Photo of Dravin
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a becher glass. No visible best by or bottled on day on the can.

Look -- Slightly hazy straw with two fingers of white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smell -- Biscuity malt, noble hops, and a slight yeastiness.

Taste -- The biscuity malts, noble hops, and yeast are joined by a mineral bite and a slight sweetness.

Feel -- Light body and carbonation leave it light on the palate and refreshing though it's not particularly dry.

Overall -- A nice clean lager. It's not the most complex lager but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very light, pale wheat color. Bulk of smell coming across is typical of most lagers, but with some floral scents coming through on this one. German lager taste, or what you might expect, but with some definite additional spice flavor coming through. Very heavy carbonation. Bright white, foam head.

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Photo of Ferb
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is my first official review here, so I feel obliged to admit that German lagers are not necessarily my favorite, but being a local, I wanted to try this from Urban Chestnut and share with BA.

A gentle pour created a nice 1 1/2 finger creamy head, with bubbles clinging to the side of the glass that would stick, then leap from the glass and shoot to the surface. Not as hazy as I would have thought, and a very light yellow: almost Bud-like. Every sip produces more bubbles that form and pop aromas of light lemon, flowers (or the greenery of them), softly spicy yeast, baked bread and newly cut grass.

The taste rhymes with the aroma, with a light, soft mouth feel and perpetual fizz production. It finishes with just enough floral hop to battle the malt to a draw. Not a hop-fest by any means. It is refreshing outdoors in the early spring after the first lawn cutting, but this is much better than a "lawn mowing beer."

I normally drink porters and Trappist dubbels (when the money is there), but this is refreshing for a change and, I think, very good for the style. Since it is local to me, it tasted very fresh as well. As a bonus, the bottle is a touch over a pint which let's me have seconds in my favorite beer glass. Something to look forward too!

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Photo of jzlyo
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is spicy German hops, malts and very German in nature all around. The flavor is malts, light fruit and a long mildly spicy German hops/citrus finish.

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden/yellow color. A dense two finger white head forms with plenty of retention. Light lace is left down the glass.
S: Spicy hops, flowery and grassy. Light biscuit malts. Lager like yeast. Some banana esters, simple and really well done.
T: That European hop bite is up front and really inviting. With some banana like esters. Pale and grainy malts that are also a bit doughy. Lager yeast that becomes a bit mineral like, which is not a detriment. Well done.
M/O: A light body that is crisp and effervescent. Smooth, super clean, and dry at the same time. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. I have now put more than a few away on a couple of occasions. This has grown on me with each try.

A very good unfiltered Pils. I have enjoyed this more and more each time I try it. Which says something. Really well made, and a great go to lager made in the States that is true to its German influence.

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