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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
61
Reviews:
29
Avg:
2.94
pDev:
18.71%
 
 
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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Weizenmensch
1.78/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I cracked this one open, stinging for a nice cold beer after an exam, and I was surprised at how crap it was. Bottle is a little unusual, but beer's appearance was average, lots of bubbles on sides of glass at first. Head retention not so good. Yellow, flat-looking lager. Hmm. The smell - and bear in mind I had earned this beer, so I wasn't expecting much - was quite distressing, I pinpointed it precisely to that leftover slightly infected malty goo smell you get after home brewing - you know that brownish malty dead yeasty sludge? It smells like that. And you can detect that smell in the taste as well, though it's not as strong, on the palate - particularly the aftertaste. Taste is not great. Tastes like it could have been brewed here in Australia, though it's better than a crownie. Acrid, eurolager flavour but absolutely nothing remotely special or even nice. I should have had a lemonade. Skunky hop flavour on the palate indicates this beer is not am frischsten: although it's best before 09.2005, it's probably been in that bottlo a while. Mouthfeel is tumescent but banal. Chemical aftertaste. Drinkability... let's just say I would drink Toohey's Red before buying another Zipfer - if Foster's is Australian for Beer, then Zipfer must be German for "Austrian Swill". A synonym, then, for "österreichisches Gesöff". Not my favourite.

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Photo of mynie
1.9/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours pretty good for the style, though not great. Head's a little dead but it's pretty color of gold.

Smells of solid Euro hops and pils malts. Nothing bad going on here.

Tastes... off. Too sour, kinda. Starts like a normal european/czech pils but then it falls into this messy soapy background that kinda hurts my stomach and really tastes crappy. B-but it's not really the taste, man, it's more like it just hurts the back of my tongue and then it makes my stomach feel icky. I haven't eaten or drank anything before this that should mess me up. It just hits me funny and that's bad.

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Photo of Sammy
1.93/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On draft at Delaney's, the distributor pushed it. Like a macro beer really. Cheesy aromas. Ginger ale coloured body, with carbonation bubbles, and no head. Little taste,mouthfeel, or ability to drink it.I think there was some beer ingrediants in there.

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2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of desint
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of rastaman
2.07/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not much taste in this one, very light, with soft watery mouthfeel, some chemicals usage detected, but not unpleasnatly so. No stand out character, to light for that. Theres not much more i can say about it other than i t was the first beer i ever had from Austria. Definitely not the best, but not totally unpleasant.

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Photo of SoPeL
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of BierFan
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Fizzy white head. Pale clear yellow body.

Smell: Pale malts. Slight grassiness. So far this beer is really mundane.

Taste: Good at first sip but something about the aftertaste isn't sitting right with me. Kind of a soapy quality.

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Photo of RuudJH
2.48/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up in Germany.
33 cl bottle.

Pale golden, decent, but quickly disappearing white head white head, ok carbonation.

Smell of typical pilsner with grassy hops, malts and yeast.
Simple, and equal is the taste.
However, this beer has a quick dry finish to it, and not a particularly nice one: it's allmost metalic.
Watery mouthfeel. The carbonation is ok refreshing.

Overall, it's just like most plain lagers: simple. A bit boring.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of atis
2.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle from Budapest

Pours golden with large and foamy head that remains in very thin, but dense layer, very limited lacing. Aroma is straw malty with limited grassy hops. Taste is rather watery malty with light lemony hops and almost no aftertaste.

Overall, expensive and quite bad beer. I was attracted by label mostly and would not drink this one again.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Tasted on 18th July 2005, bottle best by 10.2005 (L141FD.4) 0.66L labelled Zipfer Urtyp Vollbier ABV 5.4%.

Appearence: Nice white head atop a straw coloured body. A little "dilute" looking.

Smell: nothing much to write home about, some hops with a freshness.

Taste: Fairly bland and not troubled by complexity. Average mouthfeel.

Drinkability: might have another one, if there was nothing else around. I won't purchase again however; life is too short! Pricey, at €3.70.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jooj8
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Berecki
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Attractive bottle pours an unattractive beer. Golden clear color with short-lasting head and a lot of pearling (which afterwards turns to result in seriously unpleasant bloating feel).
Smell is correct: hops, yeast and barley - all in faint amounts.
Tastes dull. Nothing to point out, and nothing to heavily complain of. Leaves sparky and watery aftertaste.
Gave me a bloat feeling throughout whole night. Not satisfying at all.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of brandonld23
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Kiro
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of hoppecatania
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Shumj
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of bruceb
2.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dasenebler
2.81/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

.5L, best before January 2012. Lager from Austria, brewed with rice in addition to malted barley.

This is a good-looking beer. Clear, effervescent yellow-gold and a nice two-finger head with some staying power.

The aroma is faint, with some vaguely grassy and lemony hops. There's still something a tad artificial about it though.

The flavor is surprisingly bitter-- this stuff's got some balls! Then again, the artificiality of the beer comes through again, with notes reminiscent of kitchen cleaner or something, but nothing too offensive. Traces of grain on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is drying and a bit over-carbonated.

This stuff isn't too bad. It's pretty refreshing and bitter, though I'd take a well-made Pils or Helles any day over it. To its credit, I'd take a Zipfer over any of our rice-brewed, watery macro-lagers in the US.

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Photo of Andreji
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an intense golden tone which is not quite fully transparent, with a large and thick foam head that fades but still leaves a dense layer, as well as lacing. There is also some carbonation there. The smell is not very nice but rather penetrating with acidity and some alcohol presence, rather low on hops or malt. This defines the taste itself, highly carbonated and very soury and bitter without an actually commendable presence of ingredients as malt (which is perceived but in a bad way). Mediocre, at US$1.45 a can I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of cypressbob
2.92/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Large 660ml bottle, brown

The first time I tried this I was a bit drunk, the second it was 8 months out of date, but this review is based on several bottles after that.

The beer pours with a light amber colour, smelling of hops and malt.

The taste is of a more complex lager, with more taste than that of becks or heiniken.

Overall, a pleasant lager

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Photo of womencantsail
2.99/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a short lived white head.

S: I can smell the skunk before I even pour the beer. Lots of sulfur on the nose, and some definite grassiness. Some decent sweetness underneath with some mild bread and some corn.

T: A lot of grassy hops with a fair amount of bitterness. The skunkiness is still there and certainly off-putting. However, the beer is sweet overall and has a nice bit of malt in addition to the adjunct sort of flavors.

M: Fairly light in body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: Could have been pretty good, but the skunkiness just really ruined it.

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Zipfer Sparkling from Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)
2.94 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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