Hofbräu Sommerzwickl Naturtrüb
Hofbräuhaus München

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Style:
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #110
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
84
Ranked #34,609
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 13.14%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
93
From:
Hofbräuhaus München
 
Germany
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  8
Gots
  12
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: Formerly Münchner Sommerbier.
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy, dark amber coloration with a large, frothy, lasting head and visible carbonation. Smells of bready, grainy malt and grassy, slightly floral hops, although the aroma is a little subdued. Taste is an excellent balance of bready, grainy malt and grassy, herbal and slightly floral hops, with just a hint of orange rind citrus accents coming through as well. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some bready/grainy malt, grassy/herbal hops and orange rind lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is quite aptly named, offering a somewhat brighter, hoppier and more refreshing Kellerbier experience with an excellent malt/ hop balance and good bitterness in the finish. While the slightly sweet, bready and grainy malts are initially quite prominent, the grassy, herbal and slightly floral and citrussy hops really gather momentum towards the finish, culminating in a great, soft bitterness. Overall, this really manages a great balancing act between sweet malts and bitter hops, making for quite an enjoyable, hoppy and refreshing summer beer with a distinct malt character.

Jun 21, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a really solid unfiltered lager here, a bit sweeter and fuller than some of their others, and less distinct on the yeast too, almost more generic, but a beer of excellent quality overall and something that went down way too fast. its foggy and lightly orange, heavier looking than their cleaner lagers, but with the same high white irregular white head i look for in their brews. it smells quintessentially german, malt forward but not sweet, biscuity in the actually baked biscuits sense, and with a great yeast strain, timeless and ancient, albeit a little muted in the overall balance here. subtle orange rind, porridge, and minerals, a faint hint of astringency on the back end too, but then its clean after that. this seems like its been a beer forever, and i love that about the heritage german brands, but this also feels somewhat contemporary, different than other unfiltered lagers, perhaps oddly hoppier too, although im not positive thats what creates this vibe for me. cool beer, rad to encounter it on draft for the first time, probably couldnt have five of them, but one was nice, especially in their own branded glassware!

Mar 01, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cerveza de baja carbonatación y cuerpo medio. Tiene un dedo de espuma de buena retención. Aroma a malta, hierbas y pan. En boca destaca la malta dejando un buen sabor de boca.

Aug 30, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Hazy dark gold with a lot of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. 3 fingers of thick white head with decent retention.

Smell: Mild, slightly sour bready malt. Grainy note not unlike a single malt scotch.

Taste: Mild and grainy. A small hint of hop bitterness with little flavor. Hard to identify anything distinct.

Mouthfeel: Good body with decent carbonation to balance.

Overall: While relatively refreshing for the summer, it fails to truly stand out except as a more flavorful alternative to adjunct lagers in the park.

Aug 02, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

De Hipercor. En copa de hefe de Bavaria. En cena, con bocata de melva. Tras partido de futbito. Mucha malta fresquisima, que se percibe nada mas olerla, y una sensacion en boca genial que hace que te entren ganas de beberla de un trago

Jun 17, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Newportville Inn in Levittown, PA.

Light gold color and cloudy with a big, creamy, white head that sticks around for a while. Subtle, balanced aroma of fresh bready malt, herbal noble hops, and slightly fruity yeast. Balanced flavor as well, with some light sweetness from the malt. Medium-light bodied, smooth and creamy. A very clean and easy drinking beer.

Aug 15, 2018
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BackMarker from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hofbrauhaus in St Petersburg (FL). Surprising addition to the seasonal list and one of my favorite styles. Hazy gold in the official Hofbrauhaus glass stein with a heavy head of off-white foam. Malt with a hint of light hops in the nose. Initial taste was similar, with hops taking a back seat as the beer warmed. Very balanced flavor, with a subtle bitterness in the aftertaste that I found welcome, given that it was a pretty big beer. Excellent experience overall, both beer and atmosphere.

Jul 10, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Orange, hazy tap pour with a wisp of visible effervescence. Aroma is slight and of delicate, herbal hops. The flavor is clean-malt dominated, bready, but with a crisp finish. It is not my one of my usual go-to styles, but this is very enjoyable and flavorful.

Apr 06, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite hazy orange color with white head. Aroma is mainly malty, bready and grainy. Taste starts sweet and malty with some honey sweetness in the middle. Finish is a bit more balanced by some hops but overall the beer is still on the sweet, malty side. Medium body and carbonation. Not really my type of lager, too malty and sweet for my taste.

Aug 09, 2016
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dar482 from New York

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a medium hazy light amber.

The aroma offers grassy and floral hops, medium breadiness and some sweet grainy notes.

The beer follows with a chewy grainy sweetness up front. The beer is malt driven with a medium minus breadiness, quite still being refreshing with a medium herbal bitterness on the finish and grass hops floating throughout. A wonderfully drinkable lager for the summer, while still offering some malt heft to it without placing itself as a helles.

Jun 22, 2016
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elNopalero from California

4.69/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours a hazy unfiltered golden straw in color. The beer is alive! Bubbles kept climbing throughout the entire time I drank it, maintaining a creamy cap.
Eatery sweet aroma with a light floral note. It's lightly bitter with a nice somewhat floral profile. Great for the summer.

Sep 16, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a hazy golden-orange with a medium to big, frothy, white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-bready,sweet yeast,apricot,herbs,honey,caramel,pear
T:
-bready,lemon,tangerine,honey,caramel
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
O:
Nice Kellerbier

Sep 05, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Waterfront Ale House, New York, NY

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin white head and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of fruit yeast—apples and pears seem to stand out in particular—along with hints of pale malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has thigh flavors of apples along with notes of breach and pale malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and makes for a good summer selection. It seems to be a little lighter in body compared to other kellerbiers.

Serving type: on-tap

Aug 02, 2015
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy ale golden with a fizzy thick white head with lots of carbonation. Smells of a wonderful yeasty, bready and hoppy German lager. Much like thei original lager but smoother and slightly fruity tones. Another good one!

Jun 27, 2015
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barczar from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly hazy golden with modest white head. There are floaties in my beer.

Aroma is certainly grassy and slightly funky yeast.

Flavor is more subdued, with a bready malt backbone, light fruity notes, and a slightly bitter finish.

Yeast esters are slightly reminiscent of a hefe, with more bitterness at the finish.

Jul 18, 2014
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mactrail from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Public House in La Jolla. Slghtly hazy in the big dimpled mug with a modest foamy mustache, but plenty of creamy sudsiness in the mouth. So bubbly with the nicest biscuity flavor. These unfiltered lagers have become my favorite German style.

A warm and rich mouthful with a malty sweetness. It can only be described as "chewy wheat." The most grainy yet elegant brew enlivened by a hoppy hint. Only faintly bitter, but somehow nicely balanced by the hoppy twang. A wonderful quaff and a very good example of the style.

Jun 21, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear pale to medium golden yellow/orange in color with some light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a one finger tall dense fluffy head that very slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Some light aromas of bready malts with some floral and grassy hops. There is also a moderate presence of the yeast, lending a lightly fruity and peppery quality to the smell.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell for this beer, a moderate bready malt body. There are hints of the floral and grassy hops along with a fruity and spicy yeast characteristic. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer for the summer with the light and refreshing characteristics one would want on a warm evening. Very easy to drink and I could easy put down a couple of liters in a single session.

Sep 03, 2012
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jonb5 from England

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber colour, slightly cloudy, medium, poorly retained head. Aroma was cork with hints of straw and malt, slightly sour. Tasted bittersweet, had a hint of sourness, combined citrus with the usual HB sharpness, slightly grainy finish. Slightly coarse mouthfull, body slightly heavy, well carbonated. Overall well made if unspectacular summer beer.

Aug 16, 2012
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stevoj from Idaho

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An opaque orange gold body, with a fluffy inch of foam on top. Lots of nice lacing on the glass. Sort of grassy and light pilsner malt aroma. Flavor had a light hop bitterness, and fairly full body, a shade under medium. Dry finish, it kept me drinking more.

Jun 13, 2012
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dunit697 from California

4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer, I felt privileged to have it on tap at a German bar. This was a softer more flowery beer, but its doesn't let u forget that it is a beer, and a good one. Overall I really liked it and highly recommend it to anyone if they ever get the chance to try it.

Dec 13, 2011
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a large krug at Uberstein.

The 2011 Bachelor Party Extravaganza has moved across the street for some German goodness. This bit pours a hazy orange-amber topped by a healthy finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, white bread, orange zest, light caramel, light black pepper, and a touch of minerals. The taste brings in more of the same, heavy on the breadiness. The banana and orange are also stronger, kicking the spices to the very back of the bus. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly grainy feel. Overall, a tasty little summer brew, one that provides the quench of a hefe with the slightly increased heft of a larger beer. Good times.

Aug 29, 2011
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largadeer from California

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at GHS.

Hazy amberish blond, very frothy and heady. Lacing is persistent.

Yeasty, bready nose. Peppery, fruity, a lot of character from the yeast here. Mild stonefruit and banana, fresh herbs, crusty bread. Pretty complex.

Palate is similar to the aroma. Plenty of yeast character that contributes mild spiciness and fruit, bit of pineapple. Very bready malt backbone, mild herbal hoppiness. Finishes spicy and mildly bitter with an herbal kick. Feels a bit chewy and thick, surprisingly substantial. Pretty good stuff, not my favorite keller to date, but quite good.

Aug 08, 2011
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womencantsail from California

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: The beer pours a pale golden straw color with a nice big white head.

S: A nice hoppiness is immediately noticeable on the nose. Lots of floral notes with mild citrus peel and a hint of grass. There is plenty of yeast along with a bread and cracker malt base.

T: There is a nice, mild sweetness to the beer with the bread and cracker notes that were present on the nose. A bit more sweetness from a mild honey flavor. Still lots of grassy, citrus peel, and floral hops.

M: The body is pretty light with a medium carbonation.

O: A beer that is excellent for a warm day. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Jul 18, 2011
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tempest from New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint at Brickyard Gastropub in Manhattan. I usually love the style, but wasn't impressed by this beer. It just came off like an indistinct quasi-wheat beer. There's was nothing crisp about it, it just felt flat. The malt had a little sweet wheat bread character with mild fruit, but nothing here stood out. It's not a bad beer, but nothing to bother with.

Jul 17, 2011
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Domingo from Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Ran into this at the Chinesischer Turm. I've been in May in previous years with no sign of the beer, so it must show up in June.
Pours a cloudy straw color. Not as gold as some, but more color than a few others I've had. Pretty typical if not slightly more pale, which is fine.
The nose starts off with a dusty hoppiness and gives a few hints of lager yeast. Not much malt character on the nose.
The taste follows that theme. Semisweet pale malts show up in the middle, but the beer tends to be riding on the hop character with clover and very mild honey creeping up here and there. Even when paired with salty snacks and sausages, there isn't much in the way of sweetness, so this might be the driest keller I've had to date.
Mouthfeel is pretty much a foregone conclusion in Germany, and this is no different. No chalkiness or consistency issues at all. I don't think they could do any better here.
For a summer day this is a nice change up with the malt-centric brews in Munich. Of all of the seasonals I've seen, it's probably the most popular, too. In a crowd of several hundred people I'd say these were keeping up with helles and weiss.
Good stuff. Certainly not as great as a few others I've encountered, but an absolutely solid take on a kellerbier. If anything, I'd say my impression of this beer might've been hurt slightly having come from Bamberg a day or two earlier. It's good, but not as good as the kellerbiers/ungespundetes up there.

Jun 29, 2011
Hofbräu Sommerzwickl Naturtrüb from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 93 ratings