Appenzeller Holzfass Bier | Brauerei Locher AG

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Locher AG

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tjd25 on 07-18-2004

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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by granger10:
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4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Loud pop upon opening the fliptop with some smoke swirling out. A really cloudy dull orange color forms with just a skim layer of head atop. Smells fruity with some sweet bread. Flavor is grainy at the front with touches of lemon zinging in and out. A bit of a creamy body, maybe some vanilla in there as well. Main flavor seems to be bananas and this rides out to the finish which gets some softer lemon flavors. Very smooth, almost seemed cask like on the feel. Still, tastes almost more Belgian Pale than anything else. Nice flavors if not the most complex. A bit too expensive to ever get again though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeast-speckled golden orange topped by a head that is midway between darkest cream and lightest ecru. This may be the densest, creamiest cap that I've ever seen on a Euro Pale Lager. The glass coverage is pretty amazing as well. Nearly solid sheets of sticky lace preside over a melted mesa that is very nearly IPA-like. The best appearance for a beer of this style, ever.

Unfortunately, the aroma is nowhere close to that standard. It's a fairly typical EPL nose, albeit one with no hint of nastiness. That's all the more remarkable since the beer is more than a month past the 'best by' date in a style not known for its longevity in the bottle. Low on power, untoasted pale malty, minimally hoppy... nothing special. Warming bring out some modest oaky notes and impels me to bump the smell score a half notch.

The beer takes a turn back toward greatness on the palate. I'm not saying that it's great beer, but the flavor is a huge step up from the nose and is deserving of praise because it's different from any other EPL that has ever crossed my lips. I'm just not sure if I can explain why that's so. I've spotted the words 'special cream lager' on the back label; maybe some clues can be gleaned from that description.

There's something about the sweet fruitiness and the creaminess of the beer that is appealing, although I'm not sure how Brauerei Locher was able to achieve that effect with nothing more than 'springwater, malt, hop, yeast'. I think the thing that puts this beer over the top is the fact that it was aged in oak barrels for 4 months. Woodiness isn't always a pleasant characteristic, but it works here. The finish is where the oakiness really shines.

As noted, the body is on the creamy side even though it's no bigger than medium in a general sense. The relatively paltry amount of carbonation only accentuates the softness of the mouthfeel and makes the beer a pleasure to consume.

I didn't notice the 'best before 2006.May.06' prior to purchasing this swing-top bottle of Holzfass-Bier. The guy who checked me out at Steve's Wine Market in Madison told me that if I bought another bottle, I'd get a discount and this is the one that I grabbed. I'm glad I did too. This is the most original, interesting and delicious of the dozens of EPLs that I've had so far. Switzerland, huh? Whodathunk it?

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Heavily yeasty orange cloud of particles.
Smells boring with only a little bit of oak and some apples.
Tastes grainy and bready. Yeasty. Leafy finish.
Smooth and cask like, or just plain flat. It’s hard to say.
To boring to drink.
Served for $9 at Coqoliqot an entire 3 months after its expiration date.
Not worth it at all.
Nice bottle though.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Attractive 11.2oz swing top bottle purchased for $3.99 after noticing it on the shelf while wandering in the store. This beer is aged up to 4 months in old oak barrels. Nice loud pop upon opening. Pours into my tulip glass a somewhat dirty orange with a half inch of bubbly head that leaves some nice lacing. Aromas are immediately spicy and fruity out of the gate. Creamed pale grains with some grassy, herbal hops as well. A touch of woodiness becomes only barely noticeable.

First sip is a spicy pale grain maltiness with a creamy hint to it. A light fruitiness is present as it goes down. Mild herbal hops alongside a touch of vanilla. Pretty clean, crisp and smooth. Just a kiss of woody oak on the finish with a toasted grain aftertaste. An interesting brew and a step up from most Euro Pale Lagers for sure.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy while still being on the lighter side. A pretty easy drinking lager that ended up being suprisingly flavorful. Not something I'd really drink all too often, but this would be a good brew every now and again. Just wish it was a bit less expensive.

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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Metalmonk
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
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 cokes
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blurred golden orange with a rimming of lace.
Grain dominated nose with pangs of cider and vague oak tannins.
Begins bready and stays true. Brisk through the middle with minor tannic dryness. The hop puncuation is brown and leafy at the close.
Quaffable and lush, a nice food quaffer with simple nuance.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, deep orange into a fluted tulip glass. Tiny unfiltered particles float around within. Good lacing, maintains carbonation for the duration of the glass.

Smells like a touch of honey, malt, and vague hops.

Taste is crisp, grassy hops, slighty fruity. Seems more in line with a good pilsner, and the barrel-aging stated on the label seems to have imparted an oaky dryness to it. Slight sweetness from the malt & yeast, but balanced by the dry and lightly bitter hops. Very pleasant and agreeable.

If not for the price, 3 of these would make a great session.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.6/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

11.2 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint. Best before 2009 Oct 27. 5.2% ABV. "Special Cream Lager"

A - Slightly hazy pale golden amber color with what looks like I filled the glass with whipped cream; a large creamy off-white head with decent retention and specks of lacing as it went down to a thin layer.

S - An aroma of dinner pours out. It really smells like a dinner plate of some sort of meat and veggies. There is a distinct aroma I can't put my finger on but I've smelled it before. Low malt breadiness and a crisp hop presence but not aroma. It really lacks any beer resembelence. Totally off-putting in every way for a beer. ! My Dad figured it out! Pea soup with ham chunks in it! That's the exact aroma! Why is this in a beer?!

T - The pea soup flavor is lower-key thankfully but still present enough to overshadow the low sweet malt presence and light hop kiss. Why does this taste this way? I've never had a beer like this and I hope I never do again!

M - Smooth and light-bodied with a fine level of carbonation, if you can look past the wretched flavor/aroma, you may be able to stand it!

D - Never again. This is disgusting. It's not old, it's not light-struck, it's just awful. I'll never get it again and I'm half thinking of taking the bottle back. It's easily the worst $4 I've ever spent on a beer and I probably could have gotten away with getting it for $1.59 in a mix 6-pack if I hadn't said anything. UGH!
Swiss biers: you've got an awful reputation you need to break!
Drain pour, here we come!

On a side note, if anyone has experienced this, or knows why I am, please BM me, I really want to know!

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy light brown in color. Floating yeast particles are visible along with a light level of carbonation. It didn't have much of a head, but there were nice lacey patterns.
S: Gentle aromas of lightly toasted malts are perceptible in the nose, along with some notes of fruits and spices.
T: The taste is surprisingly complex--the malts dominate the flavor but are nicely balanced with notes of fruits, yeast and the oak barrel aging.
M: It feels smooth yet is a bit thin on the palate due to the low level of carbonation.
D: This beer is very easy to drink and stands out from others given its unique style.

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Photo of bokreiner
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of samie85
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of crossovert
4.74/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Needless to say this brewery takes their Pale lagers seriously, this one happens to be aged in Oak Barrels. And what other pale lager comes in a flip top bottle? Their Hell Quöllfrisch is probably the best euro pale lager out there we will see how this one is.

Right from the pour you can tell this is a different pale lager. It is honey tinged amber looking more like an oktoberfest. The head is white and dissipates pretty quickly leaving some lacing.

This brew smells unlike any other euro pale lager. The oak aging is strong and melds nicely with the spicy, floral hops. There are some nice malt undertones that almost seem roasted thanks to the wood scent.

This brew is pretty complex for a euro pale lager, and im beginning to question what kind of beer this even is. THe mouthfeel is smooth and mellow, almost creamy and delivers a huge wave of velvety oak flavor that is mixed with beautiful hop and malt. The oak flavor is pretty lasting and melds with the hop bitterness pretty well. Theres definitely some fruitiness in there too.

These seem like pretty insane numbers this brew is putting up but it reminds me of what an Oaked Arrogant Bastard would be as a light, satisfying pale lager.

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Photo of tjd25
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The foamy head disappeared, leaving a thin collar around the glass. The beer pours a slightly hazy orange copper color. The smell is malty, showing caramel and nuts, some light citrus and maybe wooden notes (maybe that's just because I got influenced by the name of the beer, it means Wooden barrel beer). The taste is nicely malty and chestnutty; the dark fruits flavors are then almost overwhelmed by the thick hops which show some chocolate bitterness and a wooden felling on the tongue. Maybe a very light hint of tart. Mouthfeel is lacking some complexity or creaminess at first, but then the thickness of the hops is satisfying. Nicely carbonated too.

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Photo of k3ve
2.34/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mmapes
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Botulizard
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lemke10
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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 MystikCelt
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of engisch
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw color with a light bit of head. It has a slight cloudy haze, but still fairly clear.

The smell is light and sweet with a hint of oakiness. Smells a little different from most swiss lagers, like there will be more to this beer.

The taste is sweet and light. It has some yeastiness and a few fruity esters which is untypical for a lager, but nothing too rich and overpowering. The flavor is good, but nothing to hunt this beer down for. If you see it, it is a safe beer with nothing too special about it.

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Photo of mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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 beltz15
3.76/5  rDev +5%

Photo of cdkrenz
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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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Appenzeller Holzfass Bier from Brauerei Locher AG
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 49 ratings