Dampfbier | 1 Dampfbierbrauerei Zwiesel GmbH & Co.KG

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1 Dampfbierbrauerei Zwiesel GmbH & Co.KG

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by paterlodie on 02-23-2005

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Reviews by Liquoric3:
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Fruity, Toasty, Malty, Yeast

We’ve got a lively one here. Big “psst” when we cracked the swing-top open, with a healthy dose of foam all around. One big malt bomb, with a lovely apple fruitiness and fresh yeasty tone. Comes off like an Altbier, but not your typical German beer. Tasty nonetheless.

STYLE: German Steam Beer | ABV: 5.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A German barley ala stem brewed beer...interesting.Poured into a becker a a clear copper color with a nicely formed fluffy one finger slight off white head that settles into a thick frothy mass.Wow alot of fruit and heavy caramel in the nose,it's very altbier-like but amped up a little.Alot of caramel and fruit up front on the palate but it dries out nicely about midway thru and into the finish.Not what I was expecting but honestly I didn't know what to expect,I really liked it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle. 5% Cellared but past BB date; ratings compensated partially.
Slightly hazy amber body with a decent head.

Flavor: Wheat, spicy hops and bread.

Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear, amber color with white head. Aroma has yeast esters resembling weissbier or dunkelweizen. Taste is slightly tart at first with some toasted malt, continues with overripe banana. Finish is quite dry and astringent. Light body with low carbonation. Quite interesting but not really well put together.

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Photo of gmelcar
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a stange glass.

A cloudy amber dark brown hinting mahogany body hinting, gives a simple white head with a little bit of staying power. Some good retention and managing to keep things sticking around.

Nose is quite grainy, but also with a big yeast punch. Fairly clean, sense of real light body character. Very faint light toasty grains and malt. Nothing that makes me get excited but nothing offensive either.

A sweet malt richness hints on first sip, but then the palate weakens. Finish however brings some of the wet body a little better, as the grain malty action grows with some dry sweetness. Large on a barley drying angle.

This is an interesting style that I've never had before, but it unfortunately in the realm of everything I've had doesn't seem to grab me. It's certainly an enjoyable beer though.

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Photo of egnacadja
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Absumaster
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear amber brown beer with a thin head.

Smell is flowery and a little tart. It reminds me a little of a Flemish Ale sourness. Lactic acid? Not sure, but it smells odd. Also a decoction, Maillard kind of maltiness.

Taste is little malty with decoction notes. A little nutty. The initial tartness is hidden away in the background. Like paterlodie says, this must be sauermalz. It certainly is not the infectious kind of tartness. The beer has been fermented pretty clean and besides the odd sourness this beer is a straight forward German beer. It finishes of a bit dry and has a short aftertaste.

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Photo of crossovert
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml flip-top bottle. Mindestens haltbar bis: 21.12.11.

It is always fun when you discover a new style of bier. This one happens to be one of the rarest of them all. And this brewery claims some fame from it.

It pours a beautiful color. Not the same as an oktoberfest but a very orangey brown with a nice off-white head that leaves some speckles of lacing.

The smell is for sure maltier than a helles, but not as roasty as a dunkel. It shares a nuttiness with Oktoberfest but it isn't the same. It is more of a sweet fruit aroma as the yeast impacts this beer greater than an average lager.

The flavor is deep. It has a mild tartness that lends itself to almost a cooked pizza crust flavor. There is of course some nuttiness and a noticeable fruitiness. It is definitely unique.

It is a nice beer, nothing amazing, but something different.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of paterlodie
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Woww this is certainly one of the strangest german top fermenting beers I've ever drank. Most certainly not an altbier but closest to what this one is. Poors in fine with average head and nice brown color with orange shine in it and totaly clear. Nose is strange; sweet, grainy, and creamy nose. Grassy, sour and a smell I recal from germinating malts( Sauermalt?). Anyway something else as the regular and a nice one for a change!
Taste is strange too; very malty and sweet, little ironlike, little sour and caramellic. Takes a long time before aftertaste starts and is only litle bitter. Mouthfeel is eating and drinking at the same time plus all tasting pupils lighting up so as complex as can be but good.
Drinkability is good; loved to drink this one but it's strageness makes it only enjoyable every now and then. Good beer though and in my eyes realy a must taste when available and never tried before!

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Photo of BlakeDaSnake
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes with a ceramic swing cap

A - The color of this beer will fool you. It looks pretty dark but don't let it diseave you!!

S -Barley takes over the nose but it'svery nuetral.

T - Some malts nothing overpowering. Leaves anice after taste in your mouth making you want to keep sipping on this beer

M - Depends on who opens this beer for you....With these ceramic swing caps if the bartender opens it too quickly it will taste different and you might lose most of your beer to the counter....but if opened properly it fills out nicely.

O - I highly reccommend it

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of rredshift
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jonb5
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Half litre flip-top bottle, poured into pint glass. Amber colour, hazy, large foamy off white head. Retention was outstanding. Aroma was cranberry, malt and dark chocolate, really had to think of a Dubbel or Doppelbock. Tasted cranberry, malt, dark chocolate and molasses. Only drawback was that it was slightly watery. Hints of slightly smokey malt in the finish. Smooth texture, decent carbonation, slightly heavy body but it worked. Only the fact that it was slightly watery held it back from being truly outstanding.

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Photo of JCBears
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

appearance: Beautiful color a rich brown that just screams BEER!!

smell: Oh so sweet almost candy like a bit over powering, knocks it down significantly

taste: Bit on the sweet side but I cannot complain too much. A caramel taste that really says something nice about the beer overall

mouthfeel: A bit sticky but not so much as to bring the brew down too far. A bit too stout for my pallet personally

overall: Not a bad brew however it taste like a desert not necessarily a bar beer

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Loose fast-fading white head over a pale amber body. Gooey golden syrup nose with a whiff of acetone.
Apricot preserves, banana esters and a touch of herbal hops.
Cloying finish. Chewy, light to medium and round.

"Altbier" is not exactly right; dampfbier is more traditional German farmhouse ale.

Rough and ready. This one may be past its best, but it is smooth and overall drinkable. However, it's still only playing like high end homebrew which, given the style's roots, is about right.

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Photo of mizx
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of clarknova
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of alex228
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The owner of the bar said he had some brand new steamed beer that I just had to try.

First thing you notice is the brownish amber color. Did not pour too thick nor too thin.

The smell was a delightful kick in the face. It was like a sweet malty smell. Almost roasty one could say.

The taste was just great. Just the right thickness. Little bit of an aftertaste but nothing undesirable.

I was thoroughly impressed with the beer. I always enjoy trying new drinks and this was definitely a pleasant experience.

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Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dampfbier, labeled as being a steam beer, barley ale from Bavaria, pours a copper color with a thick white head from a brown half liter flip top bottle. The aroma is kind of sweet with a touch of spicy hop. The flavor is also kind of sweet with a caramel flavor which hits after some spicy hops. This beer is somewhat light bodied and goes down easily. Interesting, I see it's classified as an altbier, I'm not sure what it is, but it's decent.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Wasana's. Something different...hint of dunkel, hint of rauchbier, slightly sour. Roast malt comes through, prunes, raisins, slightly fruity. Interesting!

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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