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Arcobräu Zwickl Lager | Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus

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86
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41 Reviews
Arcobräu Zwickl LagerArcobräu Zwickl Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus
Germany | website

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by metter98 on 01-26-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
103
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
18.6%
 
 
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 103
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 Luigi
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellow golden color that starts off with a white two finger head. The head calms down to an average lace around the glass but, with just a swirl of the glass it can be agitated back to at least a one finger head.

Smell at first is grassy from the hops. Mellow sweetness kicks in because, but there is a balance. Lemon, wheat, and hints of yeast.

The aroma tends to emulate the flavor. Lemon and grassy hops matched with wheat and barely. Makes a perfect balance! Not to forget there is a hint of yeast from being unfiltered.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Just very easy to drink even with a heavy meal.

Over all this German lager has every thing a beer geek would want from this style. A great balance of hops and barely and light body. Besides the price.... this is up there with the top German Lagers.

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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 Errto
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at The Wine Thief, New Haven, CT.

Pours a light gold with orange highlights. Head is thick, creamy and almost white. Beer is somewhat cloudy, but from what I understand that's expected for the style.

Smells a lot like some of the best Czech Pilsners that I've had. Rich aroma of earthy noble hops, cut with a bit of fresh grain.

Taste starts out with more of that noble hop earthiness. But it expands into something like fresh bread, possibly even a touch of fruit (lemon?) towards the back. An almost creamy, but not sweet, texture to it. Subtle, though.

This beer is crisp and refreshing, the sort of thing I'd be happy to drink if we ever get warm weather again. Yet, there's a real depth to it. Again, it's most similar to an unfiltered Pilsner, a style of which I've only had a few, and I'm not sure I could say categorically what makes this beer different from them. But what I can say is I will happily seek out this or other Zwickl beers in the future, and I hope American breweries start making some!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at brahaus Schmitz in Philly, the first bar in the area to tap this beauty. Served in proper glass.

Arcobräu Zwickl Lager pours a very pretty hazy golden color with some blond hints here and there. Nice fluffy white head, sparse lace. Smell is my favorite part of the brew, it smells great with herbal hop scent, some grain with a nice spicy yeast in the back. Some faint fruitiness and just great scents. Taste does not deliver based on the nose but this is great delicious beer. European herbal hoppings with some grain, apple skin, faint nuts, and bready yeast backing, once again delish. Feel is a light bodied lager with some nice bubble activity and a crispness on the tounge. This is great beer and a growler on a Sunday would be an easy task.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 AdamBear
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-cloudy pale yellow. not transparent. with a nice stable white head. some lacing

S-fresh grassy grains. good strength

T-comes in with a high quality taste of pale German grains that have a slight sweetness to them. it has a great after-taste of grassy grains. its an extremely smooth and simple taste.

M-good creamy medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-was at a new bar in a new area that had dozens of exciting beers. I only had the time to get one beer and I chose this due to my ongoing curiosity of the style, I was sure glad I did. This is an extremely drinkable beer and a joy to have. I'll be searching this one out!

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Photo of MrOH
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, hazy gold with a solid inch of white head.

Noble hops, a tad spicey, a tad grassy, a touch earthy, some fruitiness.

Round and smooth. Bready malts, spicy, grassy hops. Soft bitterness. Quite drinkable.

A smidgen bigger than light-bodied. Very effervesant.

Dang, I could drink these all damn day in the summer.

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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 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 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 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 crossovert
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml brown bottle. Best before 4/11/2012.

It is a fine looking brew. It pours a hazy light gold with a fizzy white head. The only knock is that there isn't much lacing.

This is a decently old bottle for the style but it smells fresh still, must have been kept okay in the past. It is light but malty with a hint of light fruit and a bit of herbal hop.

The flavor is real nice. Really bright beer here. Some yeast prescence, more so then if you got it fresh on tap near the brewery, but it isn't detracting much from the beer. It has a nice herbal bitter note in the finish and is mostly flavorful but subtle pale malts with a subtle fruitiness.

Drink these before they go old, that is all.

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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 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 SFLpunk
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label dated best before 2012.05.02

Pours a hazy pale orange with some bright white head. Cloudy but not murky. Nose is faint with some flowery notes and a little orange. Palate is crisp and juicy at the same time. Orange blossoms come to mind. Great, full mouthfeel for a layer. Really enjoyable!

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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 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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