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 jooj8
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Beerman1977
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Heminoolo
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of SmashPants
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
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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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev +36.1%

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 xylophonica
3.32/5  rDev +12.9%
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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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 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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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 Halcyondays
3.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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 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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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 tone77
3.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 crossovert
3.56/5  rDev +21.1%
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 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 BucBasil
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
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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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 gerardoluna
3.5/5  rDev +19%
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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Photo of kRaa
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow color with a frothy, white head. The head is mostly diminishing, but with a good lacing. Clear sparkling body with an average density. Doesn't have a very strong aroma, but a weak smell of citrus and straw. Initial flavor is a bit sweet, the finish is rather bitter. Medium body with an oily texture and lively carbonation. An average pale lager, not very good, not very bad.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Zipfer Sparkling from Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)
2.94 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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