Arcobräu Zwickl Lager
Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

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Style:
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #38
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,027
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
121
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Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  11
Gots
  9
SCORE
87
Very Good
Arcobräu Zwickl LagerArcobräu Zwickl Lager
Notes: Also known as Arcobräu Zwicklbier

Experience the taste of the past - ZWICKLBIER – a naturally cloudy and unfiltered lager, which contains essential vitamins and minerals.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar,Stavanger. ABV is 5.2%. Hazy pale golden colour (I shook the bottle vigorously to get all the sediment dissolved, which almost certainly enhances the flavour), large white head. Aroma of newmown grass and herbs, a hint of citrus. The flavour is fresh, wheaty-like and citrussy, very refreshing. Some herbal hops, but not very bitter. A great summer beer!

Monday at 09:44 AM
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear bubbly gold, white head, light lacing. Light cracker malts, grass, flowers, fresh sliced apple, and lemon zest make up the aroma bouquet. Taste uses these flavors as the base and add fresh crustless white bread, hay and a kiss of caramel. Feel is crisp, springy yet full, but very light and crushable, decent crispness. Underrated for sure

Dec 11, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a becker a slight hazed very light golden with a large blooming sticky bone white head that creeps slowly down leaving broken 'globs' of lace as it settles.Wet grain stands out most in the nose with a light green leafiness that lingers.True to style it's lightly carbonated a mellow in the mouth.Quite bready on the palate with mild caramel-like sweetness,a decent smack of herbal hops in the finish.A well rounded kellerbier,toasted and bready,but there is a hop profile there.

Aug 21, 2020
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drmeto from Germany

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a slightly hazy straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-grainy,honey,citrusy,yeasty
T:
-Follows the nose + herbs
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
O:
Pretty average unfiltered Helles.The Yeast adds to the mouthfeel.

Aug 09, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In Germany, procured with a best by date of 04.04.20, from the half liter bottle, it pours a hazy straw yellow with a small head, soon diminishing to a ring. In the nose, it is slightly malty with a hop and yeast notes. In the mouth, Lightly bitter and malty in the mouth. Nice kellerbier!

Mar 08, 2020
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Brookfieldglass from Iowa

4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

While I was on an early winter vacation, I stopped at a Binny's in IL and came across this brew in bottle form. I figured I could broaden my horizons with this style because the only other example I've had is Monshofs Kellerbier.

The set up: 11.2fl oz bottle - best before 8/13/20 poured into an Ayinger glass.

The look: Hazy/cloudy, pale straw yellow, with a "one finger," off-white head lacking retention. Minimal lacing on the glass.

The smell: Light bready malts, herbal hops, and what appears to be a bit of grain.

The taste: There is a significant amount of yeast malt flavor followed by an herbal taste that lingers until the end. A very balanced beer with a bit of hop bitterness at the end.

Mouth-feel: Mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish and a light-medium body.

Overall: I was looking for another example of the style, and I'm glad I picked this one up! It has enough depth to remain exciting but is simple enough to enjoy without really putting a lot of thought into it. This beer was a good experience!

Nov 04, 2019
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steveh from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Was recommended this one by BAer Fbarber, so when I finally laid eyes on it I had to grab a six-pack.

Bottled in one of those thick, heavy 11.2 ounce Euro longnecks. Best by 20. 01. 08 (I can never remember if that's January 8, or August 1 -- still in good shape, either way). Poured into my tall Becher.

L -- Lightly hazy, pale straw yellow -- inching toward gold, with a thick, off-white head that's holding up well.

S -- Light bready malts, mild DMS, and herbal hops in a good concerto. There's also a touch of grape that I have only ever experienced with fresh, well-mashed, lightly kilned German malt.

T -- Big, bready melanoidin malt flavor up front. Lightly sweet with that same mild grape note as the nose. Herbal -- almost peppery, hop bitterness follows and lingers into the finish and aftertaste. The bready malt remains the backbone of the beer's flavor throughout the glassful.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a lightly dry finish and a light to light-medium body.

O -- Whenever I'm discussing good malt character in German beers that U.S. breweries never seem to match -- the flavor of this beer is what I'm doing my best to describe. It's a bready, lightly sweet flavor that's not harsh or grainy and seems very allusive to brewers who either don't use better malts or aren't mashing properly -- and it's delicious.

May 20, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost clear golden color with white head. Aroma has sweet malt, white bread and a hint of honey. Taste leans also on the sweet side with bread notes and a light hop astringency on the finish. Light to medium body with medium carbonation and dry feel. Overall it's a decent malt forward lager.

Oct 09, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, PA.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells quite floral, with some bitter grassiness, doughy yeast, mineral water, and pilsner malt.

This is really well done. It's well balanced between the slightly bitter grassy and fresh cut flower hop flavor, with a slightly fruity and crisp malt finish. There's also a slight mineral flavor to this, too.

This is crisp and clean, and very light bodied, with a very high level of drinkability. I could hoist many steins of this stuff.

This is slowly becoming one of my favorite styles, and it's always nice to try a fresh German rendition.

Mar 07, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus "Arcobräu Zwickl Lager"
on tap at The German Society of Pennsylvania Bierfest 2018 courtesy of Brauhaus Schmitz, Philadelphia, PA

Notes: Typical appearance with a very hazy golden body beneath a short head of frothy white foam. Both the head retention and the lacing are good to very good. Both the flavor and the aroma are similar with floral and mildly herbal hops intertwined within a lightly grainy and mildly sweetish pilsner malt base. A firm bitterness balances it but never steps forward. It's a very soft beer in that sense, and that carries over into the mouth feel as well as it's medium to medium-light in body and smooth with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. Quite nice.

Feb 25, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitz

Hazy golden yellow, stream if carbonation , frothy one finger foam white cap

Aroma of grass, fresh grains

Taste of fresh grains , clean fresh, refreshing

Great summertime beer

Jul 06, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle, just purchased but (now I see) some months past the BB date on the label of 8/2015. Served in a lager glass. It’s past date but certainly not bad and had retained plenty of carbonation. Pours hazy golden with a tall, fluffy white head that has excellent retention. A bit of sediment-laden liquid left in the bottle.

Aroma: more hops than malts, with a earthy and slightly skunky Euro hop aromas dominating.

Flavor: mild mix of light baked bread and light hops.

Overall: promising but likely past prime; will revisit with a fresh sample if I get the chance -- meanwhile, I’ve made a very slight compensation for this in the ratings.

May 23, 2016
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irrevjim from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle to a tulip
look; slightly cloudy pale golden, 1 1/4" tight white head with good retention and lacing
smell; biscuit, yeast, noble hops, malt, diacetyl, maybe more diacetyl than i like
taste; like nose, add honey, very nice but again more diacetyl than i like, very slightly bitter, lemony finish
feel; very nice, medium light with mild-moderate carbonation, well balanced but lively
overall; very enjoyable to drink, all the elements of a zwickl with a hint of summer hefeweizen

I have had several times since last review and the diacetyl is reduced and malt and hops flavor and nose increase when beer isn't overchilled as i now believe the first one was

Apr 21, 2016
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MacMalt from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into cylindrical beer glass. It pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger, snow white head and extensive lacing. It smells of yeast, cracker, lemon, banana, and spice. The taste follows the nose with cracker and tart lemon peel. There is also a hint of sweet banana at the finish. This lager is medium-bodied, but dry and crisp without being bitter. With a relatively low ABV of 5.2%, it is really very easy to drink. Overall, this is a refreshing lager with a crisp, clean taste that is very enjoyable.

Jan 18, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Back label says Best Before End: 2015. 08. 12

A- Pours a hazy dark golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a few specs of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Nice yeasty aroma that reminds me of a hefeweizen but cleaner and a bit less estery. That said, there's definitely a slight banana note along with some apple, pear and cracker-like malt.

T- Has that usual soft malt presence that European lagers usually carry. Slightly sweet with more mild yeast presence and a touch of hop bitterness. Hint of oxidation.

M- Quite crisp and refreshing with medium carbonation and a lightish body. There's also a slickness from what I attribute to the yeast proteins.

O- My first authentic Kellerbier and it's pretty nice. Very drinkable with decent flavor and a lovely feel.

Sep 29, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small. It lasting head. Yeast cloud in the green-hued straw colored liquid. No lace.

Sweet berry-like malt start.

Flavored similarly to the aroma. Slightly sour finish. Light hop aftertaste. This continues to be my favorite light beer style. Full bodied for the style.

Jun 13, 2015
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horshack7 from England

4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very much on the cloudy side yet still golden. White frothy head a good two fingers thick.

Aroma: Biscuity, butter, lemon zest, light clove with traces of banana. There is a good dryness in the nose.

Taste: Lemon, clove, twinges of nutmeg, yeasty, bready, a little bit of a buttery texture with a light dry finish.

Notes: Not too many of this style available a good find and a very tasty. Cheers.

May 10, 2015
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safaricook from Netherlands

4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Clear light yellow body with just a hint of murkyness.

Good aroma of Pilsener malt and noble hops as it should be with an idea of Diacetyl.

Tastes quite clean with the Pilsener malt present as well as balancing hops towards the end. Furthermore, you can taste the yeast adding some breadiness.

The feel is the star in the beer. Ever so creamy and smooth. Appropriate carbonation for a Zwickl, which is rather low.

Great lager that impresses with simplicity and drinkability. Very well brewed.

Apr 27, 2015
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emmett_grogan from Australia

5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hit up Merrywell in the Casino among others for this in melbourne, The bar tender could shut up about how excited he was about this new beer so i had to put it to the test. cloudy, unfiltered and overloaded with natural minerals. a very different beer to what we get here, only mirco brewers are doing this style here in Oz but all of those flavors are too over the top, exaggerated so to speak. Not this one, Clean, crisp and smooth, you get the feeling that the sediment is working wonderes for you.
I would recomend this beer to any beer drinker- snob through casual, a must try, an eye opener

May 06, 2013
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a modest head that leaves a few dots behind

Smell: Grainy with a bit if graham cracker from the Munich malts

Taste: Cracker malt, up front, with a grassy hop edge balancing out the malts in the middle; slightly nutty, after the swallow, and the finish gives an edge to the sweeter elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Decent and refreshing; a good beer for a warm afternoon

May 05, 2013
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flagmantho from Washington

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass. Label says this is best before 4/4/13.

Appearance: light golden hue with plenty of haze and a fair number of tiny floaties moving around in the body. Effervescence is strong and the head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam with decent retention. Rustic!

Smell: lightly grainy aroma with an almost creamy smoothness to it -- kind of hard to describe. It's got a good lager character which is mild but adds a welcome complexity. I like it.

Taste: sweet malt right up front with more of that purely grainy character developing through the middle and end. Some of the allure is lost here, but it's still a refreshing and tasty enough drink.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation and a decently creamy texture. Not out of this world, but definitely good for a lager like this.

Overall: this is a really interesting zwickel bier, mild but with a good character nonetheless. It's definitely refreshing and drinkable. Worth a try!

Jan 14, 2013
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

really dug this brew - here's the notes:

bright sun-yellow, cloudy as f*** - sparkly, creamy head (holds well) like fresh (melting?) snow - sticks to the glass okay

lemon & fresh bread dough - grassy, one of the most i've smelt - background of "tart"/bright citrus - lightly-baked, grainy bread - kind of restrained, overall

slightly tangy-tart - overpowers the malt, also dough, but in a good way - very light, refreshing overall - citrus tartness and slight spice almost like orange (maybe clementine) - a bit more residual sweetness would be desired...

fairly light-bodied, aside from sort of "grainy", tingly foam - drops off pretty darn dry, yet creamy - actually, medium-light roundness up front (carbonation, i'm guessing) - moderate foamy film left on the palate - quite a spicy tingle top and tongue - ridiculously quaffable

has sort of a saison (spicy, grainy) / pilsner (hoppy) / hefeweizen (yeast) orgy-complexity - very interesting brew - the nearly numbing tartness is fascinating - where does it come from?

Jan 04, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another bottled beer, courtesy of my local trader, tone77. I CANnot overemphasize the importance of a local trader, whether for CANs, bottles, or anything in between.

From the bottle: "Brewed in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516"; "The Count's Brewery"; "Arcobrau ZWICKL Traditional Unfiltered Lager Beer"; "Ever since 1567, only beers complying with the Bavarian Purity Edict have been brewed in the Count's Castle Brewery Arcobrau, guaranteeing you the ultimate in brewing process. This authentic tradition and brewing artistry an be tasted and enjoyed, making every sip a pleasure trip. ZWICKL - a lager of those bygone days when beer was still enjoyed naturally cloudy and unfiltered. Today this beer specialty with its own distinctive taste is gaining more and more friends."

I went with an aggro pour since it was meant to be unflitered and cloudy anyway so anything that I may have stirred up was not going to make a difference. I got just under a finger of fluffy bone-white head that held up nicely on this hot, humid afternoon. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was very malty and quite lager-like. I really enjoy adjunct-free lagers these days. Mouthfeel was big and soft, not full per se, but quite carbonated and the taste was sort of tangy, like wheat may have been involved. Finish had a lemon citrus quality, making it not only dry and refreshing but also reinforcing my belief that wheat may have been involved.

Jul 09, 2012
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John_M from Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day. Talk about a pleasant surprise...

The beer pours a somewhat cloudy yellow gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and bit unusual I thought; there is considerable bread dough and honey, to the point I was getting almost a raspberry aroma in this beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except I get more a cookie dough flavor, and I really appreciate how the underlying grainy bitterness seems to buoy and counter the light sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is light and very smooth, and drinkabiltiy is just exceptional.

Would love to be able to drink this all the time, especially during the current heat spell we're experiencing.

Jul 09, 2012
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a pilsner glass at Lizardville (23 oz. pour)

A- Poured a super bright and hazy golden color with a fluffy head that left minimal lace

S- Big bready and lemon notes, some yeastiness

T- Bready and lemon notes dominant this beer, some grassy notes on the finish and a little bit of an off aftertaste

M- Soft and creamy mouthfeel with high carbonation and less softness than other domestic versions of this style I have had. Does not finish dry

O- Overall, a highly drinkable lager with a really nice mouthfeel. I prefer Columbus Summer Teeth and Sam Adams Alpine Spring to this German example of the style.

May 26, 2012
Arcobräu Zwickl Lager from Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 121 ratings