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Zwickel | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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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
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
331
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
26.61%
 
 
Wants:
19
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 331
Photo of schematix
1.5/5  rDev -61.2%

I had this for the first time after drinking mass market american lagers so I reserved my opinion until I could taste it on a clean tongue.

Perhaps I had a bad batch here but I find this to be undrinkable swill. It has a thick cloying heavy moutfeel, with an estery and phenolic finish. The more I drink it, the more I dislike it. Tastes like a hot fermented amateur home brew cream ale. The only positive quality is that it has great head.

I'll try it again in the future and change my rating if it's any different, but suffice to say I'm very disappointed.

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Photo of humuloner22
2.77/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I picked this one up on a trade. It was pretty unexciting really. I have a few more from this brewery but this one was a run of the mill lager.

Appearance: What you would expect from a lager. Golden foamy quintessential "beer" appearance.

Smell: Not much going on here, some malts grassy notes, some bready notes in there but fairly mild.

Taste: Blah, it really isn't all that great. I think AAL' almost do a better job of this style. It was not really all that tasty,It was a foamy soapy tasting mess.

Overall: Not impressed with this one. I wouldn't seek it out again. But then again I am not crazy about the style to begin with.

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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 Franziskaner
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Golden hued with great clarity. Minimal head. Aroma is slightly nutty with a bit of pale malt. Mouthfeel is salty and light. Flavor is strong in terms of light malt and somewhat salty and buttery. There's just something underwhelming here. This is not one of my favorites.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a tumbler.

Not sure where he got it, but my boy Matt hooked me up with a bottle o' this stuff during our last get-together. It pours a cloudy straw topped by a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, light biscuit, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, but everything comes through dry, listless, and strangely bitter (that isn't to say that the bitterness was necessarily unexpected, but rather it was unexpectedly expressed). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, an okay beer, but it just didn't sit too well with me (nor with anyone else present).

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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 jrnichols
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz bottle. My glass is kind of small so I had to drink it in two pours. Swirling the bottle before the second pour kicked up some yeast from the bottom.

A medium head, disperses quickly leaving very little foam around the edges. Clear golden color with a few bubbles. The second pour was a little cloudier, remaining so for the duration.

Slightly fruity smell, kind of hard to place but it makes me think of apricot and a tiny bit of apple. The smell was stronger on the second pour.

Tastes somewhat like a typical commercial lager, but with a bit more complexity. The fruity aroma carries over into the taste with a very slight sourness on the back end.

Feels crisp and light, not very complex.

I don't usually seek out lagers because they are not usually very complex. In that respect, this beer is better than any commercial lager out there. But it's still approachable to the uninitiated Bud drinker. But it still leaves something to be desired. Definitely a sessionable beer, though.

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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 birchstick
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap numerous places, review from the Royale

A - pours a clear yellow without much of a head

S - smells of grain malts, faint bubblegum & clove, with citrusy hops

T - starts off with soft, cereal grains, almost pilsner-esque. This fades to a pleasant, light wheaty citrus flavor that is delicate yet bold at the same time. Ends with some faint grass. Pretty solid!

M - a little creamy, yet spritzy at the same time. Good mouthfeel.

D - this is a light and refreshing beer. I have been drinking a lot of it over the last couple of months and was shocked when I realized I haven't reviewed it yet. Being one of the flagship brews, I think UC chose an effective way to introduce people to the brewery.

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Photo of SABERG
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an undated bottle into a modified tulip glass,
A - Wonderfully clear, with a steady train of carbonation, deep honey colored.
S - Floor malts, touch of adjunct no real floral components.
T - Well balanced lager, a touch of corn, nice bready element, slight bitterness is welcome.
F - right down the middle, medium in body, a touch to the sweet side, carbonation cleans it all up.
O - A really nice lager, a bit round and a touch oily but worth seeking out for certain.
Cheers

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the hotel bar at the Renaissance in St. Louis.

A - Poured a hazy, golden yellow color with a small, pillowy white head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty with some floral notes and caramel.

T - Good spicy bite upfront with some sweet caramel and yeastiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager.

O - This is a pretty tasty beer. I might have to have more at the bar.

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Photo of bnes09
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color and slightly hazy. Pours a descent head which leaves a ring around the glass with minimal lacing.

Aroma is crisp with leafy, herbal hops.

Bready malt character, light and smooth. Crisp hop character with spinach, herbs and pine. Hint of tart lemon in the finish. Descent balance.

Smooth feel with a crisp finish. Well carbonated.

Ehh. Its alright. Herbal character seems to dominate in the aftertaste. Easy to drink though.

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

7/27/15 (Bottle) Cloudy golden colour with solid thick white head. Mild yeast aroma. ight textures, goes down smooth and easy. Perfect for a hot day and with a meal. Overall very good beer.

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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 Goosehunter75
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a light straw honey color. The beer is fairly clear with very good carbonation. its has a monstrous whire head with excellent retention

S - Very sweet and yeast smelling. I also detect hints of orange and lemon

T - Not nearly as sweet as the smell. A very tasty lager. Its even has a slight spiciness to it at first followed my a yeasiness with a good malt kick

M - Definately a lighter beer, but it does have a pleasant creaminess to it.

O - Exellent lager and a style that I have not had before. An easy drinknig local beer with lots of flavor.

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Photo of Chaz
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright golden in color, and rather clear, topped with a rocky, shock-white head. Head drops after a few minutes leaving some nice Brussels lacing behind.

Bready, biscuit malt character dominates the nose . . . so far, so good.

Semi-sweet (but mostly dry) and lighter tangy character on the first sip. Malty for sure, with minimal hop bitterness, but it's not sweet (and especially not cloying), either. The bready malt from the nose is all over this one, coating the tongue and palate, but lightly. Carbonation is appropriate and rather on the soft side -- not brisk.

This one seems to be rather fresh*, as there are pale malt characters which will fade in time. I'm guessing that these would be obscured (in only a month or so more) by oxidation or other chemical degradation. As it is, this one hits all the right notes, and I can understand why so many love the style and have raved about this brewery.

Altogether -and despite the clarity vice cloudiness described in the language on the label- this is well above average for the style in terms of its flavor profile, especially considering how the style is often interpreted by domestic/Craft brewers in the U.S.A. Well done!

*Note: Despite the label instructing: "For 'bottled-on' date see neck", such a date was -not- to be found on either of the bottles of Urban Chestnut that I was able to sample, recently. Oh well. ;)

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of yeast, slight sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, blend, and body.

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Photo of beermike00
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden, cloudy, unfiltered appearance.

S: Clean, sweet, malty, grassy.

T: A lovely blend of crisp, hoppy, bread flavors with a hint of citrus overtone.

M: Very nice crisp bubbly, medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall: This is very nice all around lager. Every aspect of this beer is well done. I will definitely pick some up next time I'm in St. Louis.

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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 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 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 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 soju6
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a firm head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of some malt sweetness, mild fruit and citrus, a bit of grain and spice in the background.

T: The taste is a subtle mix of malt and fruity sweetness, with a bit of grain and spice in the background. Mild bitterness and the finish is quite dry.

F: Has a fairly light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: Enjoyable beer. A very sessionable beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of barczar
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hint of sulfury pilsner malt character in aroma, with slightly spicy and grassy hops. Flavor is crackery, with an interesting citrus tartness at the finish.

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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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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
3.87 out of 5 based on 331 ratings.
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