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Veldensteiner Zwick'l | Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

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75 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Derek on 04-09-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,850
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
75
pDev:
15.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 41
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

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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2.39/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this at the Split Rock Beer Fest on 11-21-10. They had a bunch of the Veldensteiner bottles there and I knew that I'd never tried any of them so I made sure to get them all under my belt. This beer turned out to have some really pleasent aromas on the nose. The flavors were on the weaker side, due to the style of course. I wouldn't seek this beer out just for the hell of it. It was a good sample but thats about all for me.

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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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2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A=Pours a light golden color with a massive fluffy head
S=Very grainy in the aroma, very malty
T=Very malty and a bit bready, very simple and skewed way toward the malty end of the spectrum. Not awful, but not great
M=Definitely the low point. Watery and thin
O=Not terrible, very, very drinkable. Id have it again, but its not high up on my shopping list

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of akttr
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of azathot
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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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3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked L028E054 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma weak, malt
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), off white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing none
Body medium yellow, very tiny particles in suspension, thick layer of sediment on bottom of bottle
Flavor somewhat maltier than a regular lager, more like an amber ale, with hops bitterness apparent. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5. Not a bad example of a kellerbier – the yeast has mostly settled. I have had some in Germany that looked like specimens from urinary tract infections.

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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 aasher
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Z'Wickl/Kellerbier! I'm always down to try new styles so here goes nothing.

This swing top bottle pours a pretty clear, pale golden yellow with a one finger soft soapy white head. The aromas are solely of sweet pale malts and light honey. It definitely smells like a light lager. The flavors are of sweet pale malts and light honey. It's pretty heavy grains. It also has an ever so light bitterness. It's very light and doesn't offer any complexity whatsoever, but it's not bad and decently drinkable. It drinks fine and smooth. I can see this style being popular in the summer but I wouldn't want to drink it all the time. It's just ok.

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3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean amber color with a froth, big head.

Smells of straw, old leaves and white bread malts, which got a nice sweetness to them.

Drinks very refreshing, with a bubbly carbonation among a light bodied beer.

Drinks utmost smooth with a slowly evolving straw quality coming up from the softness of the beer. Straw gets enriched by a pleasantly dry, grassy hoppiness with more and more prominent toffee malts.

Turns a tad too sweet during the finish, overwhelming the hops by overly prominent malts. Apart from that the mouthfeel in this turns out to be awesome.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cryptichead
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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Veldensteiner Zwick'l from Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 75 ratings
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