Zwickel | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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367 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
Ratings:
367
Reviews:
72
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
81
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 367 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of crobinso
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Urk1127
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjwellman
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Waveoff
2.89/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of porters4life
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Jakethesnake503
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 FrancisM12
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Bartleby91
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 zeb_likes_beer
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
3.87 out of 5 based on 367 ratings.
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