Veldensteiner Zwick'l | Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG

Veldensteiner Zwick'lVeldensteiner Zwick'l
BA SCORE
44.6%
Liked This Beer
3.64 w/ 74 Ratings
Veldensteiner Zwick'lVeldensteiner Zwick'l
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Derek on 04-09-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,881
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
74
Liked:
33
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
14.84%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 41
Photo of Knapp85
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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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 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 WillieThreebiers
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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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 Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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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Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL swing-top bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: couldy golden-brown hue with a thick finger of frothy ivory foam with OK retention. Decently attractive.

Smell: very nice malt aroma with a bit of graininess; quite a lot like mashing malt. There's a definite lager-yeast character here and a hint of noble hops. I rather like it.

Taste: good malty flavor with that hint of noble hops. Pretty good, but it's a little bit lower in intensity than the aroma. I like the composition; just a little more volume would be nice.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. There's something else here, too, though; a je ne sais quoi of wonderful texture. I love it.

Overall: this is a very interesting beer. Subtle but flavorful in its way, and I happen to really enjoy its aroma and texture. I feel like I could quaff liters of this stuff.

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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 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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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 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 Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 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 Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a murky amber orange color with a big white head. The head has a decent level of retention leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass once it fades away.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a doughy smell with tons of yeasty smells mixed within. Along with these smells are some light grainy smells as well as a little bit of honey and tea.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and doughy taste with some sweeter flavors of caramel and a little bit of a orange citrus flavor. As the flavor advances a strong yeasty flavor comes to the tongue along with a little bit of a grainy and light honey taste. Toward the very end, small hints of an earthy hop joins the flavor, leaving a nice malty but smother flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average for a brew of 5.4 % with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both the body and the carbonation are great for the brews flavors and make for a very nice easy drinker.

Overall – A nice easy drinking but flavorful and smooth tasting brew. Quite enjoyable.

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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 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 KTCamm
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

3/11...pours medium light to dark with 1/2 inch white foam. Sits fluffy. Soft pilsy wheat nose. Light banana too. Clean light taste smooth soft wheat. Very wet. Fast finish, almost watery. Too clean?

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Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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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Veldensteiner Zwick'l from Kaiser Bräu GmbH & Co KG
Beer rating: 44.6% out of 100 with 74 ratings
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