Emelyn
Idle Hands Craft Ales

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Style:
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #17
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,562
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 7.86%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
31
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Idle Hands Craft Ales
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  4
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ManapuaMan:
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Zwickelbier delight! Wonderful lager.

Pours a cloudy, copper hued liquid with a sweet ass head - frothy, puffy and light. Basically what a half-liter lager glass was made to hold. A true beauty.

Taste of toasted grains, bread, cracker, red apple skins, red grapes, ambrosia nectar of the gods. Delicious. Aroma is aligned with taste but at a lesser level. Multiply each component by .7.

Yeasty, smooth, clean and satisfyingly crisp. It's nuanced and delicious but still imminently drinkable. Awesome beer.

Apr 05, 2019
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LukeGude from Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Conley's! With the Johnsons and a sausage/pepperoni pizza on a Thursday. Had to try the "toasted bread crust" beer. Solid easy drinker.

May 17, 2019
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden color with a 4F head in a Brooklyn Oktoberfest glass,

Excellent fruit aroma. Esters, malt.

Nice MF.

Aroma transitions to the taste. Fruit, raisin.

Nice smooth mild bitter finish.

Enhanced approach to a classic Zwickel. More fruit and esters than the traditional style. Excellent beer.

Sep 21, 2019
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flek from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 11, 2019
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Seymour in Greenfield, MA. The beer had a reddish amber appearance. The aromas had a straw wheat and yeast aroma to it. Generally sweet beer and the mouthfeel was great; not too crisp or heavy. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, especially with its appearance and aroma.

Apr 16, 2019
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porterman66 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 12, 2019
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JakerLou from New Hampshire

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 13, 2019
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 24, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a very light haze. Modest head but the bubbles remain as thin layer on top. Good combination of blanketing / streaky lace.

The smell is earthy with a deeply toasted malt.

The taste is a heavily hopped Vienna styled lager. Good, dark malt base but the straight up hop bitterness dominates. The body is notably and surprisingly thin. Slightly low on the carbonation. Overall, this beer reminds me of the classic Bitter.

Mar 22, 2017
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 3/9/18

A: Deep gold with some amber tones - not crystal clear, but clear - pours with a medium sized off-white head, fades to a few wisps, retains a medium small collar and leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Bread and grains - freshly baked bread, bread dough, bread crust, biscuits, pretzels, cereal - decidedly grainy with some pale and caramel grains - faint touches of grass and some lager yeast - light sweetness and light fruit - lingering grainy bread aroma

T: Imagine a multigrain bread that is highly refreshing - bread, grainy bread, bread crust, biscuits, pretzels, toast - grainy, rustic crackers - some light notes of grass - some light pepper and spice from lager yeast - low bitterness - low sweetness, touch of fruit, perhaps a hint of grape - lingering bready goodness in the finish

M: Medium body, smooth and chewy, medium carbonation, finish could be cleaner, but maybe a Zwickel shouldn't actually have a clean finish

O: EM-POUR

Ah, Emelyn in a can. I've had this many times on tap, but now I can sit down at home and give it a proper review. Compared to many other styles, I have neglected Keller/Zwickels, so I do not have a ton of perspective. That being said, I have yet to have a Zwickel better than Emelyn. It's delightfully bready and grainy while also being very bright and refreshing. Consider the score a work in progress as I explore this style more.

Mar 10, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap at prezo in Milford
Light creamy foamy head fades at a med pace, decent lacing, clear tan pilsner color

Nose nice soft lager, toasted grain pilsner malts, hint fruity lager, crisp, touch grassy hop

Taste nice lager, soft complex malts, little toasted grainy straw pilsner malt, hint fruity lager and crisp lager, touch grassy floral noble hop. Crisp dry finish, little lager fruitiness, lingering grassy floral noble hops.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft lager crispness, decent carb

Overall pretty well done lager, good malt, grassy lagering aspect, nice noble hop note, nothing overpowering and no off flavors.

Jan 21, 2017
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mattycasey from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 14, 2017
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2017
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 10, 2016
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nov 30, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2017
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kdown from California

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 29, 2016
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DaPan from Canada

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 10, 2016
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Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 01, 2018
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PatGreer from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 07, 2016
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Prost76 from New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 11, 2018
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Aisha from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 08, 2017
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emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jan 22, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darker Golden Orange in color. Fairly hazy in appearance. Baked bread, dough and toasted malt. Some pilsner malt mid-palate. It's a good easy drinking lager.

Sep 01, 2016
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LoudRed from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 11, 2016
Emelyn from Idle Hands Craft Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 31 ratings