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Zipfer Sparkling | Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)

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Zipfer SparklingZipfer Sparkling

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Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-04-2003

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Photo of mwrseeley
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
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 Globetrotter
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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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 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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Zipfer Sparkling from Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)
2.94 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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