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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #63
Ranked #22,060
3.92 | pDev: 11.22%
Very Good
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 15
Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yellow orange, hazy, a veil of foam, quickly falling down.
At the nose a delicate and fresh maltiness, some hint of honey, and a light but persistent herbal note.
In the mouth quite strong taste, some biscuit, less fresh. Low carbonation. Raw.
Light finishing bitterness, for a good drinkability.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy dark golden color with a bit of off-white head. Aroma is quite yeasty, slightly buttery and sweet. Taste follows with the sweet, buttery note, quite grainy, malty, more bitter on the finish but no real hop flavor. Medium body with low carbonation. Overall it's an interesting beer style, like an ale/lager hybrid.

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Photo of safaricook
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not to believe that a simple beer style like this can be so complex in flavor. It is not the delicate interplay of spicy hops and bready malt that play the lead guitar, it is the creamy yeast that delivers all the complex goodness that takes you to unexpected places like grandma's cake, banana and even vanilla. Fantastic, I still cannot believe it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gänstaller-Bräu "Zoigl"
on tap @ Mission Delores, Brooklyn, NY on 6 March 2016
$7/10 oz.

Notes: Very hazy deep golden body as expected beneath a short head of 'frothy-settling-into-creamy' white. Average head retention, but very good lacing. Spicy/herbal and grainy but also floral in a way that appears to be a bit overboard... old woman's bathwater, perfumey/soapy. Can that be from the hops? If so, wow. Beautifully balanced. Fresh tasting. Nice.

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Photo of bark
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The colour is yellow (6 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head sinks slowly to a thick lid leaving some lacing.

The smell is malty with notes of sourdough and sweet herbs. Some earthy-yeasty notes, hints of almonds and alcohol.

The taste is smooth and sweet with some semi-bitter hay hops. Yeasty notes of fresh bread, hints of apples and plums. Medium body. The aftertaste brings some alcohol, wheat flour, sourdough and a touch of vanilla. The finish is smooth whit French loaf and dried flowers.

The carbonation is smooth, yet the many small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is smooth and a bit sticky.

I had very high expectations of this beer, it is as smooth and gulpable as I expected, but there something… I don’t really like. Perhaps it is a bit too sweet?

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Oh my.

A modern yet historically respectful interpretation of a kellerbier that does just about everything right.

Peach, apricot, deliciously crackery malts and a bready yeast meets with an impeccably crafted tang of bitterness that just seems come out of nowhere to seal the deal.

Gänstaller has created a beer of rare beauty and almost infinite drinkability.

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Zoigl from Gänstaller-Bräu
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 15 ratings