Appenzeller Holzfass Bier | Brauerei Locher AG

46 Ratings
Appenzeller Holzfass BierAppenzeller Holzfass Bier

Brewed by:
Brauerei Locher AG

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tjd25 on 07-18-2004

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k3ve
2.34/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of red94tt
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml brown bottle, sample from the importer.

The head drops down to the thin layer of lacing, does a good job of staying around. Mildly hazed amber hue. Spicy hop, fresh wood, yeast, & nutty grain in the nose. Full malt jacket with a semi-dry palate. A kiss of malty sweetness up front fades and lets the wood and modest hopping balance. Spice and tannin meet earthy and nutty tones. While it stay true to being a lager in many ways the flavor profile walks a different path. Something different for sure, glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Desimoaj
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of conoraugustine
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Theoboley
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of beltz15
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of mmapes
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of Lemke10
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a slight head. The aroma is mild with yeast, citrus, and wheat. The taste is sweet but flat with a grainy citrus taste. It’s fairly easy drinking but ordinary and forgettable. Not too overall but at its price point, you can find way better brews for the same price.

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Photo of bokreiner
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in a thumbler.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy and dark orange color forming a medium and big bubbled aired head. Low retention and no lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet, roasted and smoked grains. Mild. Toffee. Sweet and oiled. Bready and a bit biscuity. Light notes of flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet grains in upfront. Roasted and smoked grains. A bit biscuity and bready. Low fermentation style. Some notes of caramel and caramel malts. Bready profile yeasts. Some light notes of flowery hops

M: Light and smooth body. Medium to low carbonation. Malty and slightly smoked aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good session Lager

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Photo of Rumlibeers
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of MystikCelt
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. A very foamy frothy head that takes unusually long to fall back down. Hazy unfiltered goodness in a hue of amber brown with tinges of orange in the edges of the glass. Looking good so far!

S. Spicy notes on top of bread. Some vague whiffs of oak chips at the end. I expected a heavier malt aroma for what the color is, however.

T. Starts out semi-sweet iwith malts and fades back to dryness at the end when the oak flavors kick in. I sort of miss the hops flavors...

M. Medium bodied, but nothing special.

Overall, I call it an average beer.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm told this is the only beer in Switzerland that's lagered in barrels. I'm told that, because I can't read the German of French on the back of the label, but I trust my source.

The pours results in what I could easily mistake as an IPA, appearance-wise: coppery orange sunset color, touched by the mildest of hazes, and the head is a superbly creaming thing, blinding snow white and sticking around for eternity apparently.

Smell is a fairly inconsequential and typical lager sorta thing...I would believe it was made with corn or rice, even if it really wasn't, as it's got that sort of adjunct flimsiness to it. Slight bit of bready/earthy malt, but it's mostly a musty and adjunct-y lager smell. No, not super turned on by the aroma.

Flavor is a caramel sweet roll laid on top of grainy wheat bread and hit with some crisp fruit flashes from the hops. Pretty basic and definitely puts me in mind of many a German lager. A lighter spiciness creeps in with warming. The wood is here as a subtle layer, lending an earthy slant to the flavor. Finishes neither too dry nor, uh, too wet. Flash of hoppy Czech pils-like bitterness in the finish, along with a lingering ghost of wood on the tongue, and even fainter nutmeg, pumpkin and banana.

The flavor might seem even better if the body weren't so limp. This leans on the watery, thinner side of things, and despite having a smoother carbonation, which I'm all for, it really never takes hold, texturally speaking.

This is a beer that's deficient in two areas, but luckily performs nicely where it should (taste). Thanks to my lovely lady for bringing this all the way back from Switzerland for me.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very unique color in the body. It has a haziness to its medium brown color. The head is a couple inches tall and just off white and thick and frothy with very nice stamina.

S - I really like the scent. Subtle to moderate spiciness and certainly wheat aromas.

T - The flavor is that of what I would consider a soft Weizen. There's a hint of something dark here but Its not in the malts. It may be a result of the barrel aging.

M - The feel is smooth and soft. Very creamy throughout with no noticeable abrasiveness.

~ Overall this is an easy to drink brew with some very fine qualities. However, the price per bottle far exceeds the likelihood of its consumption on a regular basis. Therefore, if I'm ever to enjoy this brew again, I'll likely be in Europe.

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Photo of samie85
3.01/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes; originally 9/25.

A-Pours a light amber color with a one finger head that leaves a little lacing. Also has some yeast suspended in the beer.

S-Smells of faint oak and light malt notes.

T-Light, pale malt taste with just a hint of bitter hops and a solid helping of oak.

M-Thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation and thin bodied.

D-It's a pretty easy drinking beer, but I wanted just a bit more of pronounced flavors from it. No way of telling how fresh it was as it was served to me at a restaurant, already poured.

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Appenzeller Holzfass Bier from Brauerei Locher AG
3.54 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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