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Zipfer Sparkling | Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)
Austria
zipfer.at

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,793
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
61
pDev:
18%
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0
 
 
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 29
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4.5/5  rDev +50%

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4.25/5  rDev +41.7%

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4/5  rDev +33.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +25%

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3.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of diablo14
3.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

just a smidgeon better than the standard euro lager, i found zipfer to have more character than i was anticipating. notthing to go gaga over, but was still ok in my book.

the thing i liked most about this beer was that is was a little more fruity and floral than the usual lagers. quite zesty, some summer fruits there and a decent but not huge floral hop presence both in taste and smell. had a pretty fair malt aspect also. didnt look like anything out of the ordinary, but i was happy with what i was drinking. i finished my six pack and was happy to go back for more at a later stage. the ABV isnt noticed in the drinking, and has a good crisp, slightly hoppy finish that goes along nicely with fizzy carbonation. like the bottle too. ive noticed kronenbourg 1644 have copied this since.

i enjoyed zipfer, it had something different to others of the variety that impressed me on a certain level. sure you can get a better beer, but this is one to give a good going over when you dont want to get too serious.

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Photo of crossovert
3.56/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a unique twist off bottle, very nice. It is really fresh, it just became available in the USA I believe.

Pours into my Veltins glass with a deep yellow/gold, a nice white head rises far above the rim and produces some nice lacing.

The smell is grainy, with medicinal hops, but mostly malt in the scent.

Taste is a nice crisp light lager flavor, with a good maltiness but with subtle bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit fuller than most Euro Pale Lagers.

Overall its a decent Euro lager that is cheap and would be good for a party beer, impress someone with the fancy bottle.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 500mL can. 2.5 fingers of pure white head on top, and plenty of carbonation visible.

Aroma: Sweet faintly citrusy smell of lemons and maybe green apple...

Taste: Sweet with bready malt, finishing with a tinge of lemony/fruity hops. Very smooth with little or no bitterness in there.

Awesomely drinkable, but nothing special tastewise, and somewhat expensive.

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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of gerardoluna
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

E> Yellow brillant color, clean and crispy... strange brown bottle for a beer . The head is average for this style a lot of bubble action inside...

M> The flavour is gentle, sweet an dryness in aftertaste. The yeast is present and is a little hopped.

N> Good gentle aroma, floral, spicy and fresh

Serving type: bottle

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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of mwrseeley
3.4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first thing that hit me when I took a whiff of Zipfer was a sharp lemony tang emanating from the curvaceous brown bottle. The zestiness wasn't as evident once the beer was poured; what became slightly more noticeable, surprisingly, was a pleasant hint of earthiness. I thought this smell was interesting but strange. Was that yeast I was picking up on?

Clear-bodied with a lot of bubble action (although, on tasting the beer, it isn't overly carbonated). Average head and lacing.

Despite having an ABV of 5.4%, alcohol flavours are not pushed to the foreground. The initial flavour is gentle and sweet followed by an equally gentle dryness. Some minor fruit aspects (courtesy of the yeast I mentioned earlier?). Lightly hopped.

Zipfer is soft on the palate, and, with a nice level of carbonation, it went down very easily; not watery by any means, but rather light, at least in terms of flavour.

It isn't the most aggressive of pilseners in terms of aroma and taste but it is a relatively inexpensive alternative to macrobrewed offerings. It's kind of like what Bud should be.

I understand that Zipher is also known as Zipfer Urtyp and according to the Brauerei Zipf's webpage, "Zipfer is only available on international markets as "Zipfer Original."

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Photo of xylophonica
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Fairly clear pale golden colour with just a hint of haze. Solid finger or two of pillowy head on top but fading quickly.

S - Touch of wheat and malt. Faintest hint of honey and something herbal - possibly coriander.

T - Quite sweet at first, carbonation seems to be quite low. Solid malt-coating forming in the mouth which is masking some more bitter flavours. Creamy head adds a nice touch. Again a hint of herbs & wheat is lurking in the background.

M - The malty coating works to smooth out the bitterness. Carbonation could be a bit stronger.

O - A serviceable Euro-style lager but nothing special. Taste is ok but feels like it's slightly lacking direction - a few good elements but they're not really brought together.

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3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall average, but it was easy to drink and would make a good session beer. We had a few whilst in Vienna. Served on tap at some little bar near the main cathedral. The color was a deep gold. They served it pretty cold which was nice for that hot day, but it may have dulled the flavor because I didn’t taste much. It had sparkly mouthfeel. That was probably the nicest thing about it.

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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of SmashPants
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: very ordinary 330mL macro bottle. Doesn't inspire confidence.

Appearance: fairly clear straw colour. 1.5 finger frothy head with limited lacing.

Aroma: touch of wheat and malt. Possibly something floral, but certainly very sedate.

Taste: quite sweet at first. Malts are up-front, backed up by some bitter hop flavours.

Aftertaste: similar, with added floral hops (very light though).

Mouth feel: light body, medium-to-high carbonation. So basically, a lager.

Overall: lager wheat and metallic lagery-ness, not a bad beer really. If you want a standard lager, this is one. Reasonable price, reasonable beer. Definitely an option if you are after a cheap and plentiful sessional beer.

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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

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3.24/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of daliandragon
3.24/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly anoynmous European lager, decent but nothing to write home about. With the Germans and Czechs right next door you'd think Austria would be producing beers with more character and maybe they are, but I haven't yet stumbled across them. Even the label and bottlecap of this beer is kind of boring.
Zipfer features a nice gold color but utterly lacks head. The smell is crisp, featuring a pleasantly light citrus/wheat combo with no backround cereals to distort the flavor.
The taste is basic but solid with a nice bitterness present in the aftertaste. Unfortunately this is somewhat diluted by an abundance of carbonation.
This is drinkable and nice but didn't fire my imagination or my taste buds.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Unique looking 22.31 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a rather pale yellow, with a light white head, good retention, above average lace fo the style.

S: Noble style hopping, some bready malt, pils-esque but mild.

T: Grassy hop flavour is the main taste. Malt is very light bordering on macro lager. Tastes fine, I just wish there was more to it.

M: Frothy soft carbonation, light-bodied, smooth.

D: An interesting Euro lager, right in the middle of the style for me.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.14/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden colour, light carbonation. NO head. Terrible.

Strong beer-y nose. Mostly bitter, some richness but mostly just simple.

Low-tasting rich characteristics: there is a boldness in the palatte that demands attention. Lagery front palatte, then descends into a very curious richness. This certainly isn't a standard beer, even though it seemed like it at first. There is something else to it. It's a man's lager, very continental and quite bold but meant for drinking, not tasting. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of bwood06
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap into a pilsner glass

A - Beer pours a clear bright golden/straw color with massive carbonation rising quickly towards the surface of the beer. Head is ultra thin and white in color. Head doesn't even climb enough to dissipate to a thin lacing. The thin lacing is present from the get-go. 3/5

S - Very subdued aroma. Notes of pale malt, grassy hops, and a very light biscuity sweetness are present. These are more hints than true notes and do not comes across strongly at all. 3/5

T - Sweet maltiness straight away is a nice change from the aroma. This sweetness is more of a cereal sweetness than a caramel or sugary sweetness. Grassy hops come into play fairly quickly with the disappearance of the malty flavor. The grassy hops note finishes out the tasting profile with a light bitterness that does not linger. 3.25/5

M - Massive carbonation burn, especially up front leads into this being a light bodied beer with a palate cleansing characteristic. Not drying sensation, rather a focus is on wetness and sessionability. Does not linger on the palate upon swallowing. 3.25/5

O - The amount of flavor is vastly superior to the aroma although the bar is set fairly low due to the subdued nature of the aroma. Very light beer that pairs well with just about any food. Somewhat of a watery beer that strikes a balance between sweet and bitter but overall not a lot going on with this one. 3/5

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Photo of tone77
3.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is a bit sweet and finishing a touch bitter. Not bad. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard bland eurolager. Comes in a 33cl brown curvey bottle with a foil label around the neck. The German label says 5.4% ABV, but the Russian translation pegs it at 4.9%. Hmm... loses half a percent on the trip east??? Purity law applies. Best before 7/2004, I opened it on 12/16/03.

Pours a deep clear gold under a thin 1/2 finger off white head that fizzled pretty quickly. The nose is too mild, with only a hint of German hops. The mouth is prickly, but has a pleasingly substantial body to it. The opening is standard malt, followed by a standard hoppy bite. The aftertaste is decently bitter, but ultimately unremarkable. If I had to choose between this, Heineken, Stella and others of its ilk, I'd pick this. But I'd be disappointed in my selection.

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