Fürsten Zwickel | Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fürst Wallerstein Brauhaus
Germany
fuerst-wallerstein.de

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 02-15-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.49%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of arkanu
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of dmberger
4.61/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Me2
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of ZachRusk
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cL swing-top bottle,

A: Pours a murky burnt orange with a large frothy white head, some spotty lace.

S: Sulfur and yeast, musty grain, mineral, sea air.

T: Sulfur and mineral backed with a real nice bready rustic malt component. Floral finish of earthy hops. Very well done.

M: Light-bodied, frothy and creamy with an elegant finish. Very drinkable and refreshing.

O: I've had unfiltered lagers before, but never one actually called a zwickel. This is very good and a great new find in the German section.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a bierkrug/mug.

Great large foaming solid bone white head, with perfect pin head bubbles althroughout itself. Body color is a real nice glowing peach amber orange, slightly opaque but with a nice complimenting whipped up foamy top that clings and hangs all on the edges. Real impressive.

Real nice bouquet on this. Dense malts and chewy qualities, with a nice bakery bread smelling action. Doughy. Thick. Real inviting.

Palate comes with an interesting angle. Fruit punch like mid palate with an estery quality fruity finish it seems. Light white toasty bread with a big density malt angle on the swallow. Nice grassy and herbal like hop finish that slowly builds on the finish. Great large mouthfeel on this with huge palate coating capabilities. Fruit angle seems to get into apricots nectarines maybe even some orange citurs but more dense.

This is a real solid Zwickel, quite impressive for a lager.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TongoRad
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice example of the style- lots of doughy and bready malt, for sure, but it also lets the hops show through, so it's got a little zip in its step. The mid-palate is where the malt and spicy hops give way to a gentle and tasty orange marmalade fruitiness, before giving way to a touch of grassy hops and yeasty finish. Impeccable balance and harmony of flavors, too. I can't say I've had very many Zwickels, but this is by far the best of the lot- go out and get some now!

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Photo of Auraan
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful cloudy orange with three fingers of fluffy white head. Quite appealing to the eyes. Scents of apple juice, sweet malt, doughy bread like scents and yeast. Nothing to out of the ordinary, but pleasant. Flavors of sweet malt, bread, yeast and an undertone of German hops. It finishes with a nice dry after taste that balances the malty sweetness of the rest of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, like a lot of German style beers I've tried. This is a very good, very unique beer, in some ways like a cross between a pilsner and a hefeweizen. I like it a lot.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(500 ml flip-top bottle, best before 26.08.16 - poured into a large wine glass)

L: medium amber-colored liquid, very hazy, bordering on cloudy... 2 finger tall, off-white foam stand - rocky and sticking to the sides of the glass while receding... a wide band or two of crystalline lace

S: toasted oats (granola cereal), touch of honey, dry grassy field... graham cracker without cinnamon, hint of dry brewer's yeast... maybe some citrus highlights from the hops, but not 'hoppy'... the grainy-bready aromas have depth and dark golden color... overall intensity softly beckons attention

T: thick, layered maltiness... dried grass and flower on the edges... could use a mildly fruitier counterbalance from the hops - some of my favorite beers in this style have a bright lemon and/or grapefruit tone... hop flavor is rather neutral and its bitterness is mild-moderate... earth (dirt) in the finish and perhaps a tiny hint of spice in the aftertaste... the malt flavor is superb, it just needs a little more zazz from the hops

F: medium-bodied with an almost powdery/silky texture... quite smooth... threatens to be filling as it settles across the palate, but it fades as it drains back... truly liquid bread - like a doppelbock, but without a strong presence of alcohol

O: so glad their beers have become available in my area, and relatively fresh too!... I've had 4 brands twice each now, and I very much enjoyed all of them... EDIT: just saw 'apricot' in another review - yes! I could taste a hint of that (still have a few sips left)

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Photo of paterlodie
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 04-04-05 so in time but probably about half a year old.
Pours in ok with nice white head and golden opalizing beercolor.
Nose is malty, sweet and has the typical german yeastesters with it. Taste is full malty, litle maltsweet before getting into a litle bitter but very clean( as the rest of the brew is) aftertaste. Mouthfeel isn't overwelming but in a good balance. Drinkabilty is cause of the finesse of the brew more then ok. Good beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, best before 8/26/2016.

My first Kellerbier/Zwickel! Deep gold to light amber in color and cloudy, but I can see shadows of my fingers on the other side of the glass when held up to the light. Creamy, off-white head that is large at first, but quickly dissipates and shows some mild retention.

Initially, you get the malt and the hops in the aroma. Toasted malts and bread combined with spicy hops. The flavor is rich without being too sweet. Bitterness from the hops does a good job of providing balance. Almost like mixing the richness of a Helles lager with the sharp bite of a pilsner. There is a slight hefeweizen quality to it, as the yeast is fairly prominent, but lacking the banana/clove character of a hefe.

The best part has to be how creamy and smooth it is. The creamy texture brings all of the flavors together and creates a softness that makes it dangerously easy to drink.

Worthy of a try for sure. I can't imagine how enjoyable this must be served on-tap fresh at a tavern or biergarten in Germany.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, darkish golden body with a tall, foamy, white head.

Smell: Moderately grainy-scented pilsner malts with a quality to it best described as being "dusty and forgotten". Like an old bottle in an unpopular beer store, a family heirloom, or an Adam Sandler movie on VHS. Also, vague notions blended together, a washed-out melange of fruit, sweetness, and spicy herb.

Taste: Lightly malted barley with a forward graininess to it. Softly sweet. Very, very faint caramel accent, maybe a fleeting hint of dried apricot. Additionally, there's some modest citrus and herb. Lightly bitter. Drying finish, though there's still some caramel qualities present. Lingering yeast and herb.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice, dusty lager.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Fürst Wallerstein Zwickel
500 ml swing-top brown glass bottle, "Best Before 09.07.14 09:39 CE NR 190"... sampled on 08/09/14 (not exactly fresh, but not oxidized)
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

The word zwickel refers to the sample port on a brewing vessel, and it's not common for brewers to open it up and enjoy a glass of unfiltered beer straight from the tank.

Zwickelbier is one of my favorite styles as it's fresh and bright, and generally not as carbonated as the final product would be - unless, of course, they're making zwickel beer itself for packaging. It still has the yeast in it, although it's generally cleared quite a bit as the yeast has sedimented, and that yeast both lends a bit of flavor itself, but also softens the rest of the beer (meaning that a hoppy Pilsner won't seem quite as sharp and bitter as it would had it been filtered).

This is a good example of the style with a soft, basic Pilsner malt base and moderate floral and spicy hops. I just wish I had had a fresher sample to enjoy.

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Photo of pknyc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ChrisKayler
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of azureoval
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a hazed deep orange tinged golden with a large fluffy white crown that took its time fading into a frothy mass leaving broken rings of lace behind.Yeasty and doughy aromas with a tinge of iron,lightly sweet.The mouthfeel is coating but not heavy,just very smooth.Mildly sweet doughy flavors with a hint of anise,quite yeasty to be expected,faint iron in the finish.Iam sure this is as food friendly as all get out,although not in your face flavors this is top notch for the style.Furst brings it.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GlendonTT
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ttu94
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer overall. Good drikability and flavor. Don't drink too cold.It is a bavarian Keller beer but tastes like a good Bavarian Helles beer. Cloudy upon pour. Becomes more malty as it warms.
Smell is clean. Taste very good. mildly dry and very drinkable.

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