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Arcobräu Zwickl Lager | Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

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87
very good
41 Reviews
Arcobräu Zwickl LagerArcobräu Zwickl Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus
Germany
arcobraeu.de

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by metter98 on 01-26-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
104
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
18.6%
 
 
Wants:
10
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7
For Trade:
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Reviews by flagmantho:
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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More User Reviews:
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #48 (Jan 2011):

While definitely not a common style to be imported into the US, it's one that is admired by both consum- ers and brewers alike. Slightly yeast-hazed golden hue; the draping of white lace on the glass is an amaz- ing sight. Faint peppery notes, with grape skin, fresh-cut grass and bready nose. Refreshing with its snappy crispness, smoothness ensues in the back of the lighter body. Fresh dry grain and light, nutty yeast meld quite well together. Hops hone in for balance and give off a light herbal freshness. Finishes very dry with a clean grain-and-yeast aftertaste.

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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 Todd
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BranfordBound
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jcoulighan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Momon
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zimm421
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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Photo of KTCamm
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Little Pub in ridgefield, CT. Served in signature zwicki glass.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Opaque. Thick creamy white foam that persists at the top of the glass.

Not much nose. Taste is a relatively clean, yet flavorful and creamily smooth lager long finish. Some hop is noticed. But prevailing lighter flavor.

Interesting style creates a very easy drinking lager. Nice taste.

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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 mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Churchkey DC into a 14oz. Pokal glass.

Very light lemon hued, with light amber brown middle body. A very white one finger head is produced that slowly falls with a creamy character. Real nice lacing also, very sexy looking.

Bouquet is a nice light malt, but also a strong doughy airy bread. Slight sense of muted crispness.

A very soft mild palate and finish. Slight crisp, is and super chewy soft doughy malt with lots of density. Almost like drinking raw wet dough.

Overall though pretty tasty and a dense dough blast that comes off as refreshing.

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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 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 Amalak
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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