Zipfer Original
Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)

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Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #104
Ranked #28,973
3.15 | pDev: 19.68%
Aug 19, 2021
May 07, 2006
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1.43/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5
by Parsmanjim21

This is the worst Austrian beer I have ever tasted ! I'll stick to Gosser or Stiegl, it may just be because it was served on draft in a mountain hutte, but it was truly awful.

Aug 19, 2021
2.24 by dstc from Florida on Dec 28, 2019
3.21 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Jul 16, 2017
2 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden on Jul 06, 2017
3.53 by Giangio from Italy on Dec 15, 2016
3.62 by DanielCseklye from Belgium on Sep 09, 2016
Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

This pilsner from Austria pours a light, straw yellow color with a good amount of carbonation and a thin white head. It has a faint scent, but it is the typical pilsner aroma: a little yeasty and mildly acrid. The flavors are clean, but uninspiring with typical yeasty beer flavors with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. The body is light and refreshing though the finish is somewhat dry. It is a pretty typical pilsner really. It’s not as good as many of the pilsners that I’ve had from Germany or the Czech Republic of course, but it is a better than most from America. The 5.4% alcohol is a little extra bang for your buck, but since I bought this in Berlin I could probably get two Kindl’s for the same price and they are at least as good.

Jun 12, 2016
2.84 by CBrodbeck from Florida on Jun 03, 2016
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2.59/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

"Zipfer Original Import." 500ml aluminium can purchased in Vilnius, Lithuania.


Feb 29, 2016
3.52 by mytu420 from Romania on Nov 30, 2015
3.47 by Robertas from Lithuania on Nov 26, 2015
Photo of DOCRW
4.33/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by DOCRW from Washington

Awesome clean beer

Nov 08, 2015
3.44 by der_meister from Ukraine on Jul 17, 2015
3.31 by vinivini from Belarus on Jun 04, 2015
3.5 by terpdog from Maryland on Apr 12, 2015
3.49 by tux_alin from Romania on Feb 23, 2015
2.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Nov 23, 2014
3.5 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota on Oct 31, 2014
2.75 by Beerman1977 from Austria on Oct 10, 2014
3 by Stuckey_Stuckey from Australia on Sep 16, 2014
3.25 by Oidmoe from Austria on Aug 22, 2014
3.75 by Riddle from Colorado on Aug 04, 2014
4 by gyozogy from Hungary on Jun 22, 2014
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3.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by jonb5 from England

Half litre bottle.

A: Very pale, tiny head, faded, no
lacing, very clear.

S: Some noble hop, Hallertau,
Saaz? Some musty grain, bit of malt.

T: Bready bitterness, notes of fruit, slight sweetness
balanced it out.

M: Well carbonated, coarse,
heavy body and thick texture for the style.

O: Very much like a south German pils, a thirst quencher,

Mar 30, 2014
4.5 by the_thumbzilla1 from Germany on Oct 28, 2013
3.25 by Fakexican from Texas on Jun 12, 2013
3.5 by mattparsons from New Hampshire on Apr 03, 2013
3 by cfalovo97 from Canada (ON) on Nov 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BeardedBoffin from New Mexico

The beer pours a clear golden color with a cap of white foam. The lightly toasted malt begets a bready aroma along with some grassy notes. Maltiness in the flavor moves across the palate and finishes with the slightest amount of bitterness. There is nothing wrong with the flavor here, but it is a tad thin.

May 19, 2012
3.25 by beerhunter13 from Canada (ON) on Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
3.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Lemke10 from Wisconsin

I bought a single 1 PT. 6.31FL OZ. bottle from Binny's Beverage Depot in Plainfield, IL for $2.69 on Fall 2011.

Pours a pale yellow color with a fluffy white head. Does contain some obvious floating particles. Scent is that of dry grassy grains. The taste has taste of yeast, dry grassy grains, and some sour bread hints. It starts out with a stronger taste that diminishes rather quickly making it rather weak. The volume is also a little too thin. This is basically a bolder slighly more tastier version of Heineken. Something from a new country but rather simple and usual.

Nov 17, 2011
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2.88/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Berecki from Croatia (Hrvatska)

Pale golden yellow, with modest and short head, showing almost no bubbling when chilled.
Smell is light, almost unnoticed, with no specific qualities; dull.
Pricky sem-sisweet taste with moderate amount of barley and hops, nothing special.
Somehow overcarbonated, leaving metallic taste and a feeling of dry emptiness in mouth.
A bit of disappointment, regarding that I'm usually fond of Austrian lager/pilsner beers.

Aug 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

11.2 oz brown bottle. Freshness code stamped on front label.
Served in a Sam Adams fluted glass.
It pours a hazy pale gold color with a medium-sized pure white head and some trailing and sticky lace.
A nice herbal grassy smell rises up. A light smell of doughy bread mingles with a mild resinous and floral hop.
The flavors are in harmony and very balanced. Light roasted malt and floral and metallic hops meld together with a very faint vodka-like alcoholic vapor.
The mouthfeel is slightly more raspy than the style calls for, though certainly not out of line.
A good beer for brats and kraut.

Mar 08, 2011
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2.33/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
by BeerNinja007 from New Hampshire

Sexy hourglass shaped 500mL bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors in Manchester CT for $3.29. Best before end: L164K.407:09. (wtf kind of calendar do they use?) Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear straw yellow brew generates a ton of carbo that sticks to the inside of the glass. The 3/4" of fizzy white head settles to a somewhat thick layer that leaves a few spots of short-lived lace. Smell has some bright lemon sweetness and a mild dusty malt. Taste is fairly sweet and is like moldy lemon rind and musty wet hay. A little funky, it could be an old bottle but I don't think that's the problem. (Too bad I can't tell for sure due to the Ferengi stardate calendar apparently referenced by the brewer.) Mouthfeel is light and not too fizzy. Finishes with some lingering sweetness, mildew, and a metallic twang that's still there several minutes later.

Dusty dry mouthfeel but sweet taste. Odd in an unflattering way.

Nov 12, 2010
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2.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by samie85 from Illinois

A-Pours a really pale straw color similar to that of pear juice with a two finger head.

S-Quite a bit of corn and grain in the nose with a hint of herbal hops.

T-A hit of dry grain and a little corn with a sharp hit of corn and grain on the finish with maybe a hint of bitterness.

M-Really light bodied with medium to high carbonation and a very drying mouthfeel.

D-The dryness of this beer is almost too much for me, but otherwise a relatively easy drinking beer with not too much going on.

Oct 02, 2010
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4.07/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by nickfl from Florida

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of white foam that rests on top of a brilliantly clear, straw colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - A musty aroma of European hops with some grainy malt and a little bit of sulphur.

T - Light, sweet malt with some honey and bread notes. Moderate, earthy hop flavor in the middle followed by a malty, but dry finish with some graham cracker notes and moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - I was expecting a light macro lager, but this is more of a Helles, almost a pilsner. There is a nice level of rich malt character and plenty of musty, spicy continental hop character. Light and refreshing with excellent balance, this should be consumed by the liter.

Mar 17, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4
by tronester from Oklahoma

Pours a super clear light yellow, with a medium white head. Very Industrial lager looking. Smells of freshly cut grass and sulfur. Taste has a light malty flavor, with a nice bitterness in the finish. A bit sweeter than your average Euro Lager. Mouthfeel is thin, high carbonation. This is the beers lowest point. Very drinkable though, as these types of beer usually are. This beer is better than a US macro lager, IMO, but it does not stand up to the better Czech or German style Pilsners.

Oct 12, 2009
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2.87/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by WakeandBake from Michigan

A pale yellow body with a thin fizzy white head, medium carbonation , no lacing. Aroma is light with a little corn, honey and some citrus hops . Flavor is lightly sweet with a hint of lemony hops , quite balanced , light body , thin mouthfeel ,with a slightly dry short lemony finish . Quite sessionable , not too bad ,but I don't think I would buy this again.

Sep 18, 2009
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2.58/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
by Faune from New York

Presentation: Brown glass bottle 660 ml with freshness date on the front neck.

I was very disappointed by this beer. one of the elements was simply to strong, I couldn't put my finger on it but the taste was off, too malty, hoppy or something. Aside from that, it is your run of the mill beer nothing special.

Apr 06, 2009
Zipfer Original from Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 44 ratings