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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
Ranking:
#14,674
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
379
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
85
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 379 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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 BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

True to the heartland of Germany, the taste that put pilsner on the brewing map takes up residency with these St. Louis beer makers.

Its bright golden-straw color gleams with racing carbonation that shines with bright clarity. A cottony swath of foam accompanies the rim and explodes with floral hop aromatics. Honeysuckle, orange blossom, citrus and orchard fruit abound while the undertow of fresh baked bread and confectioner's sweetness play softly underneath.

While a memory of sweetness resides on the middle palate, the lager dries beautifully to a crisp and wafer-thin, cracker-like quality. Slight honey and powdered sugar dissolves on the palate and the floral perfume turns spicy, grassy and wonderfully herbal in balance.

Peppery, pleasantly grassy and with a herbal bite, the finish comes quick and dry. Its refreshing taste gives the medium-light lager an effervescent tingle with aftertaste of floral bouquet and pepper.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy golden color; not sure what happened with the head but it has gone missing; no lacing to speak of

Smell: Graham cracker and wheat bread; slightly grassy

Taste: Graham cracker malt flavors dominate from start to finish with a modest amount of grassy bitterness developing; slightly fruity and lemony with a finish somewhat sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An enjoyable quaff; the Urban Chestnut guys know there way around the German beer styles

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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 jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's Next Door Bar, Wayne, PA

Poured a clear golden yellow with a small, delicate, white head. Grassy aroma, pale malts, and light yeast. More of the same in the taste, crisp, light, grassy, crackery pale malts; not much in the way of hops, but there was a little bit of spicy bitterness in the aftertaste. Light bodied and refreshing, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Pours a hazed amber with a thumb of cream colored head. Stays hazy (as it should), great lacing & above average head retention

S: Breadyness, grassiness, pears & perfumy hops

T: Breadyness, faint yeastiness, slight peppery notes & pear up front. Orange peel, white grapes, a hint of lemon, wet grain & more bready notes as this warms. Finishes grassy, grainy with pears & hay notes, some faint white grape & juicy fruit notes

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Drinks so easy, compares favorably with most of the kellerbiers I had in Germany. I would buy this if they actually distributed in SW Mizzou

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 379 ratings
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