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Arcobräu Zwickl Lager | Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

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Arcobräu Zwickl LagerArcobräu Zwickl Lager

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Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 103
Photo of WunderLlama
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of chinchill
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of MacMalt
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of safaricook
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of emmett_grogan
5/5  rDev +29.2%
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

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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?

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Photo of woodychandler
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before End: 2012.05.02

Appearance: Pours out a sufficiently cloudy, dusky yellow body with a medium-small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Earthy hay and straw with a faint, sweet-scented honey note and a touch of everyday lemon.

Taste: Sweetish honey glazed over coarse hay and barley husks with some roundabout breadish hints to it. Lightly lemony hop accents with a fairly reserved bitterness. Earthy yeastiness midway and into the sweetish, soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's okay; it could use some more crispness.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is crisp, malts and grains, lightly hopped, very dry at the finish. Good but not overpowering flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honey-gold pour with a low rate of haze, and a medium rise of effervesce. On top lies a chalk white, creamy head that was moderately lasting leaving a minimal lace behind.

S: Low hop profile, a touch of dry honey suckles, bread, and a light musky lemon twang.

T: The flavor is sharp and pronounced, a lemony twang with a german pilsner malting. Grainy, spicy hops with a bright tangerine zing with a follow of light muskiness Bright and crisp with a good hop zing, soft herbal flowers and some applejuice. Clean flavor, sharp and tasty.

M: Crisp carbonation factor, light bodied, with a light tart lemony warmth.

O: Overall crsip, with a bright hop zing, easy drinking, nice german malting and good example.

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Photo of drtth
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.5L Arcobrau stange glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a slightly cloudy golden dark amber color with a ¼” white head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing. Sipping leaves some leggy lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma fresh, slightly grassy and carried along on the light bready malt.

Taste: The flavor is fresh, clean, and lightly sweet with a faint touch of earthy hop and some bready character.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel light and has a faint prickly character from the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium long. It starts in lightly sweet breadiness, slides into some earthy grassiness and then fades to a dry ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: An easily drinkable beer and one that could serve well for an evening of multiple servings along with dinner and conversation with friends. My overall impression is of a nicely complex beer with lots of interesting flavors that I’ll be looking for in the future to have again.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Busy Bee

Cloudy pale yellow under a fluffy white head. Pale fruity, malt sweet aroma...bready yeast, honey, and soft noble hops. Nice pale malt base with a solid floral hoppiness on top. Sweet, somewhat peppery flavor and some honey and grape. Fresh and light, fairly crisp yet soft. Good, refreshingly clean lager.

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Photo of rwrk42
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent head at first pour and unfiltered look

Smell: Very light & mild hop aroma. Other than that there is not much to it.

Taste: Light bodied but clean and smooth. Slight and I mean a slight hop taste. A very faint citrus taste finish.

A decent beer but not my favorite.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale-yellow colored beer with a smallish head and good lace. Fairly modest aromas, mostly of grass and yeast, with hints of sweet maltiness.

Taste is clean, yeasty, lightly nutty, and very grassy. Very low bitterness, mild sweetness.

Clean finish, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Nice but not super exciting. I’d still prefer a good hefeweizen over this. Definitely on the light side; an easy drinker.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/1/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and some spices. Then a thin breadiness comes in from a light malt character and lager yeast. There’s a good hops presence for the style creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice lighter German-style beer with a lot of flavor and substance making it worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost perfect pour with big foamy 2 finger head just to the top of the SA Perfect pint glass, hazy creamy golden pils color with nice lacing.

Nose creamy malts, light soft decoction malt, light crisp lager, very little malt and no straw, hint of citrusy grassy like hop.

Taste is light, soft and fairly complex with some decoction taste, touch of straw like malt, creamy. Light crisp lager and hint of fruit, light grassy hop with a slight bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean, light grassy hop and soft malts.

Mouth is lighter bodied decent carb.

Overall nice, crisp and clean, soft creamy malts, hint of grassy hops, very drinkable.

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Photo of Gmann
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw color with a small wispy white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of doughy/bready munich malt. There is a bit of a metallic note. Some grassy noble hops round out the aroma. Typical German aroma.

The flavor is of a sweet bready malt. It has an almost honey sweetness though none was added. There is a nice grassy hop flavor that goes perfectly with this brew. Simple flavors but everything works.

As per the style, the body is quite substantial. This is offset by a very fizzy carbonation, which is a bit too strong. The beer is sweet on the palate but is offset by the grassy hops. This drinks very well.

Not light in body but simple in flavor. It is quite a refreshing beer. Enjoyable.

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