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

Added by Rifugium on 06-20-2011

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Photo of snoopdoug
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of coryfavre80
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbrand
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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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 Mpcronin
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craigbelly
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Hockey_Fan
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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

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