Veldensteiner Zwick'l | Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
Germany
kaiser-braeu.de

Style: German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,521
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
77
pDev:
14.84%
 
 
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 77
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly nice beer. Based on some of the other reviews, I think most are not reviewed to style, or the reviewer got an old beer. Mine is nice and fresh and a fairly decent representation of the style- if not world class. Pours a slightly cloudy dark straw color with a fairly thin white head that leaves somne sloppy lacing. Clean aromas of fresh hay and soft yeasty notes with just a touch of fresh baked honeyed bread. The taste is pretty similar with a rounded fresh bread flavor lightly pierced through with some subtle noble hops. Fresh like this it is quite addictive! Very easy to approach, but with that extra something that keeps drawing you back. Very pleasant and a pleasure to find this at my local bottle shop.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerluvr
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from a Duvel Tulip. Just arrived in the store today, pours with a gorgeous tight just shy of white head settling into a nice finger-high collar that rests atop hazy deep gold liquid. Sweet malty/grassy nose. Malty and honeyish flavors. Thinnish mouthfeel...sweet finish. Nothing to write home about here...I'm just a sucker for those swing top bottles with the German language labels I suppose.

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Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My father-in-law bought a minny barrel of this at Beers of the World for us to drink on.Poured a hazed straw color with a frothy one finger white head,very low carbonation wich was expected.Light aromas of toasted grain and mineral,not much presence.Lighter mouthfeel but that to was expected.Grainy with the before mentioned iron-like taste,it goes down so easy its crazy.I liked this beer,light but not wimpy,incredibly food fiendly.

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Photo of shirfan
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance and aroma: Luden's Honey cough drops. Cloudy maize with little foam.

Lively carbonation underscores a crisp, sweet, light malt with honey and yogurt flavors. Pilsner-style hops kick in during the finish with a decent amount of bitterness.

Funky sourness comes and goes, with an almost kombucha-like "aliveness".

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice 500ml swingtop bottle purchased in Munchen.

Pours a very cloudy light-brown with hints of gold. Reasonable, filmy off-white head, and looks like it only contains very light carbonation. Looks pretty tasty, and solid.

Light carbonic nose, with a subdued hint of dusty fruit, perhaps banana or capsicum. Has a refined character of age to it. Nice.

Bready on the palate. Light spicy fruits and a soft malt character which dries out into a full rounded feel. Excellent smooth but crisp mouthfeel.

Supremely drinkable, this is a fine beer. Complex, but enjoyable. It's easy to drink, but it has the interest to keep you coming back. Wonderful.

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Photo of mynie
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sitting, unannounced and inexplicable, at the Village Bottle Shop in West Lafayette, Indiana. There appears to be a date code at the bottom of the bottle but I'll be damned if I can read it. A little age has to be expected, though, and seeing as how this is an American website I feel it fair to review this beer.

Smells a little old, but not unpleasantly so. Big nodes of overripe fruit mix against some spritely Zwickel weirdness--pollen, insect parts, sunlight.

Tastes like it smells, only with a really nice, smooth, surprisingly hoppy back end that brings everything together like vanilla ice cream. Big nodes of bread and honey mix with the aforementioned weird nodes. It *is* old, but the age doesn't impart any bad flavors so much as it disrupts the balance.

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Photo of Derek
2.59/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Naturbelassenes kellerbier, best before 17.11.06.

A: Gold; Fizzy white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Sulfury, not unlike a sewage treatment plant. It smelt bad. Slight hint of toffee and earth in the background.

T: Slightly sweet, caramel, toffee and grassy hop flavour (plug your nose).

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: The smell!

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flip-top 0,5l bottle that gives a hiss when the seal is broken.
"Mindestens haltbar bis: L152C054" At least durable until: L152C054. Good to know...

Poured into a tulip glass, it has copious white foam, and a bright and saturated copper orange color. The foam is slow to recede, and leaves a webby halo of froth inside the glass. POuring in the sediment, it becomes a dark tannish orange.

Slightly musty aroma of minerals and apple. Later it's all shortbread and sweet sticky malt. Flavors are similar, it has a fairly smooth and hefty feel to it once the yeast was poured. Lingering bready aftertaste, primary flavors of apple, fresh yeasty bread, and dry hay. It has a bit more character than your average German lager, but it's pretty sweet and slick feeling over time. Ok to try and compare to others of the style, likely not a repeat buy for me personally.

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Photo of akttr
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a new addition at my local beer store, figured I'd try it for $3.49 a bottle. 500 ml swing top bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch frothy off-white head. The head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is a bit weak but mostly sweet, it smells like grain, some honey and a bit of grassy hops. Luckily, the taste is stronger than the aroma. The brew tastes like sweet malt, grassy and herbal hops, caramel malt and some bread/grain. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink this brew at all. Not a bad beer, I think it's worth a try.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

There's enough densely packed sediment at the bottom of the bottle that it's not possible to see through it, even when held head-on into the light. The beer itself, curiously, has not a single flake of yeast and is only as cloudy as is normal for this unfiltered style. Veldensteiner Zwick'l also has the standard amount of carbonation for a Kellerbier (which is little) but that's not surprising given the 'pop-top' bottle.

The deep gold, faintly orange colour can be attributed to slightly caramelized malt, apparently used generously - butterscotch-like notes in the aroma gives it an almost "sticky" smell. This impression is furthered by a whiff of raisiny fruit esters, those more likely stemming from the bottle's age.

It's not hard to believe this poorly sealed bottle isn't at its best after the 7000km journey and then being neglected on the shelf where I found it. But even at weakened strength, I still feel Kellerbiers offer more than the typical German lager. The style is a perfect combination of flavour and quaffability. Far more hoppy than the national norm but every bit as malty, it is a style of both substance and character.

Veldensteiner Zwick'l will never be top of its class but it does prove what I'm talking about. On the palate a mild but earthy, briefly pungent and lemon peel-accented bitterness ultimately cedes to a powerful maltiness that is at once grainy and raw as well as toasty and lightly sweet, with a bit of fruitiness.

It's a delicious and refreshing beer even at less than one hundred percent. This not only speaks well to the fine Männer und Frau at Veldensteiner but is also a testament to the verwunderlich quality of German brewing overall. If you ask me lagers like this one are probably the least appreciated of all styles.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: L152C054 stamped on label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Veldensteiner's zwick'l bier is a light version of the kellerbier tradition, with the recipe resulting in a focus on sweetness, honey-like malt, and other lighter, maltier flavors. The hops are somewhat lacking in the beer I had, either due to age or intent, it's impossible to tell with the lack of dating. Regardless, sweetness overpowers bitterness to a semi-cloying degree. This is a beer I would not worry too much about seeking again.

Pours a 2cm head of off-white bubbles, small and densely packed. Retention is above average, the head lasting several minutes as it drifts down to a thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing is fairly generous, a few streaks and clumps along the sides of the glass. Body is an opaque burnt tan with orange-yellow highlights, light bringing out pale orange and yellow hues: a lighter-colored unfiltered lager bier. Carbonation is not visible through the opacity.

Aroma is brighter, sweeter than the Kulmbacher kellerbier, emphasis here being on sweet malt syrup, honey-like sweetness, and a floral aspect. Too light, and slightly cloying, for my tastes.

Whereas Kulmbacher's kellerbier was richly of brown bread, Veldensteiner's zwick'l is of clean white bread, malt syrup and honeyed sweetness, with some yeast and modest bittering European hops present. Aftertaste is of sweetly bread or cracker-like malts, a bit of yeast, and some residual bittering hops.

Beer is medium to medium-light bodied, with low to low-medium amounts of carbonation. The mouthfeel is generally light, smooth, and slightly watery as a result. Closes out with a very dry finish.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull brown the colour of diarrhoea. Lots of carbonation which slows after a short while. Very little head. Curious but not appetising.

Nose has hints of sweet spice biscuits, with ginger, nutmeg and brown sugar dominating. Very slight hint of chilli. Very interesting and complex nose that bodes well for the tasting.

Taste is indeed very nice. A lot of brown sugar, but not overwhelming. Palate is a little short but is pleasant enough to be forgiven. There are underlying hints of all the spices picked up on the nose and they are pleasantly subtle. There is a slight herbal bitterness around the mid palate which could really linger longer on the finish. The flavours are very pleasant but the slightest bit longer on the palate and you have a goddamn fine drop here.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety, it just glides down the gullet. I like this, and could definitely drink a lot of it.

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Photo of nebula1999
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a thick ring around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of bready and grainy malts and yeast are present in the smell. As the beer warms up, some hints of honey become noticeable.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and exhibits a lot of properties similar to a freshly baked loaf of artisan bread.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, relatively smooth and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t as full-bodied compared to others in the style, but it is very flavorful and quite drinkable.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.36/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery. I've must of had half a dozen of this style on tap/cask, but never from glass.

Served into a baby-sized mug. Bottle starting to sweat.

Hazy, honey-colored brew. Not much head to speak of.

Smells starchy, like pretzels, or sticky spilled beer. Maybe a touch buttery.

Taste is very much the same. Subtle leafy/peppery hops. A squirt of acidity. Finish is plenty yeasty & drab & uninspired. Doesn't taste quite fresh. This is Whole Foods, but then again, you never know.

Subtle carbonation, even prickly at times. Alcohol, while short, has nowhere to hide.

Pretty dead compared to most I've tried on tap/cask. Some things you should seriously have fresh.

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Photo of tzieser
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't wrote a review on here for years. Why? Because Untappd is far easier and it is mobile. BeerAdvocate has been saying for half a decade that an app would be released yet they still force me to revert back to the 1990s and login to the ol' desktop PC to write a review. Seriously....even my local dive bar has an app. Get it together guys! Ok, here goes...

A: Poured from a 5L mini-keg. Instructions say to gently flip the keg and allow the sediment to mix. I did just that and opened it up. Thick, hazy, dark yellow in color with a fluffy white head that sticks for a while. Happy that it is not overcarbonated, as many unfiltered mini-keg beers end up being.

S: Sweet, malty aroma. Lots of bready notes with a bit of grassy hops in the background. Lagers have never been huge on the nose, so everything is going A-OK style-wise.

T: There are not too many kellerbiers in the US market to compare it to, but compared to the 6 or 7 kellerbiers I have tried this would definitely be in my top 3. Lots of bread-like malt flavor, with a slight ly spicy/effervescent flavor from the lager yeast. The yeast flavor is quite difficult to describe, but it contributes an amazingly complex note to the flavor profile. Noble hops are there but it is not bitter nor dry. The hops add a nice grassy, herbal, almost earthy flavor. Insanely drinkable. A great brew from start to finish.

M: Smooth, slightly chewy from the sediment. Very nice.

O: $20 for 5 liters of an authentic unfiltered lager? yes please! I look forward to revisiting this soon.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(500 ml flip-top bottle, best before L048H054 - before 17 Feb 2017... poured into simple glass mug)

L: mid-range amber colored liquid, swirling of bottle popped out some (speckled) sediment to add haze; tight, off-white foam

S: nuts and honey, sweet rolls; hints of herbs, flowers, and minerals; vaguely caramel/honey toasted sugars at its core... after it's been sitting, it takes on a stale lemon tea aroma

T: medium-golden honeyed bread crust with dusting of toasted flour; mild earthy/meaty yeast note in the finish; lightly dry and rather dull in the aftertaste... hop flavor tastes ragged, no vitality, no brightness - bruised lemon, cheap tea

F: creamy, silky-foamy, smooth... drinks wonderfully, but dull, though with a nice light bitter bite mid-palate

O: wouldn't recommend this at this age (2+ years)... just tried ~1.5 year old bottles of their Pils and Landbier, which seemed to hold up alright, but this is well past due... at least I got a flip-top bottle out of it

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Photo of dar482
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours in a hazy peachy beige color with a large carbonated head.

The aroma has grainy malt, tons and tons of honey sweetness. It's almost like a honeycomb cracker. There's fruit notes of lemon and apple, along with some floral and grassy hops.

The flavor follows with that gentle honey sweetness in the front, into a crackery grainy malt along with the carbonation to carry the beer along. The finish has a grassy bitterness that really makes it really dry on the end.

A very clean beer that asks you to keep coming in for more. This is bit more bitter than I would prefer, but it's still amazing.

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Photo of strohme2
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, brown with chestnut highlights. Big fluffy off white head with lacing. Smells like rice and maple syrup, toffee, raisins. Taste is full and smooth, toast, honey, dark fruits, some light banana. Good body, easy drinking. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Bung
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml. Orangey gold pour. Thin layer of white that dissipated pretty quickly.

Aroma, malty caramel. Some hay like thing.

Taste, malt, toffee, some nut. Hay and herbal hop notes.

More carbonation than it appeared it would have, makes it a pretty nice drinker. A tad over light bodied.

2nd Kellerbier I've had, I thought it was pretty solid after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of nasharm
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -8%

Swing top bottle.
Hazy amber with an excellent, creamy head.
Light plus body with medium plus carbonation.
Plenty of malt flavor for style. Hop load leaves bitter and sweet in balance but contributes little to the flavor until the nutty aftertaste.

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Veldensteiner Zwick'l from Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 77 ratings