Dry Hop'd Zwickl
Bitburger Brauerei

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Bitburger Brauerei
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #63
Ranked #18,588
3.85 | pDev: 13.25%
Yesterday at 08:49 AM
Apr 07, 2022
Very Good
Dry Hop'd ZwicklDry Hop'd Zwickl
Notes: Collaboration with Deschutes Brewery.

A passion for brewing can bring people together, and that’s exactly why we have partnered with our friends at Deschutes Brewery to a brew a full-flavored, unfiltered Zwickl beer. This unique brew is made out of Bitburger Siegelhopfen, Bitburger’s unique proprietary hop blend from the Eifel National Park; and the aromatic American Citra and Mosaic hops, which are grown in Yakima in the United States. Together, they give Bitburger Dry Hop’d Zwickl its fruity and hop forward flavor profile. Friendship at its finest!
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4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a fairly clear amber with soapy head.

Smell is bready and a bit sweet. Notes of caramel, brown bread and citrus, with some floral hints.

Taste is rich and bready, with some sweetness to it. N otes of brown bread, caramel, rye and citrus with some floral hints. Solid bitterness, and very crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, a terrific lager, super easy to drink, but with lots of flavor.

Yesterday at 08:49 AM
Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by augustgarage from California

Packaged on 1/27/22 - consumed on 6/23/22 - poured from a tall-boy can into my Ayinger Weizen glass.

Hazy hunyadi yellow liquid beneath a rough ivory finger of foam. Sticky lacing; excellent retention.

Rich malty aroma with dough and faint toast notes along with low citrus and noble hop notes.

Orange, banana, grass, and crackery malt. Mild but persistent bitterness. Smooth, zesty, faintly woody medium-dry finish with a hint of peppercorn and lemon. Faint yeast esters, but otherwise neutral.

Medium-light, somewhat milky mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

Rating to style (as best I can with my limited experience thereof), this is quite tasty and quaffable for something not actually served directly from the lagering vessel.

Thursday at 11:12 PM
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Cm55

L-pours a golden color with a moderate head that does fade, though slowly
A-aroma fits with style but is fairly one note with an acidic component
T-outstanding. Matches the style with some hop highlights initially building into a rich malt flavor
F-appropriate carbonation and moderate heaviness, but in neither case overwhelming
O-great tasting beer that delivers on the style and the brands involved in the collaboration. Would be enjoyable on its own or paired with food, even relatively flavorful food such as smoked meats

Wednesday at 03:49 AM
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4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

its cool when the american breweries get with the legit european breweries, sierra nevada used to do it with their oktoberfest, new belgium gets with oud beersel on the regular, and the results of these projects are always cool, especially when the beer is actually made overseas. this is a fun one, a malty unfiltered red lager thats hoppy, flavorful, and dry, unexpected in a number of ways, not least the dry hopping, but evidently real well made and surprisingly drinkable for what it is. lovely deep amber color to this, mild haze, and a creamy two inches of off white head rising above the rim of my glass and lasting, gorgeous color to this, nice lace too. the lager yeast is there right away in the nose, old worldy and long lagered to me, crisp for being malty it seems also, and its doughy and wet, minerals run alongside it, and this comes across earthy before anything else. the hops are fresh and herbal, i get citrus along with more familiar noble bitterness, toasted grain balances this out nicely without needing to be sweet, and overall this is really different and appealing in aroma, less sweet than it looks, not caramelized or anything. i didnt expect it to be this dark red in color but its somehow still light to drink, not as bold on the grain as it looks, although this is certainly full flavored. the hops come across as more american in the taste, although the noble bitterness is still there. lemon and orange, some oiliness, and obvious freshness. not really a style fusion or anything, its not hopped to that level, but its very unique in its proportions and the quality overall is impressive. more bitburger than deschutes to me, but thats kind of what i was hoping for from this style and the fact that it was made over there, not here. wonderfully drinkable on tap with a medium body and a gentle feel, drier than expected and highly carbonated. really cool beer here!

Monday at 04:11 PM
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3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by dr_lager from Washington

I'm on the fence about this one. It's an interesting enough collaboration, kinda piney, a little bit malty, starts out sharp but mellows out a bit. Overall though, while I like the idea of the beer, the grapefruity aftertaste doesn't work for me super well.

Jun 19, 2022
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1.3/5  rDev -66.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25
by datstankadank from New Jersey

Avoid if you enjoy lagers, zwickls, anything relatively good. This is gimmick beer for hipster degenerates. Should've known better after tge triple hop lager swill they put out last year. Will never pick up a usa german collaboration again. Dog shit hop water.

Jun 18, 2022
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Bitburger Braugruppe GMBH "Dry Hop'd Zwickl"
500 ml can coded "01.31.2024 5 L31.01.2022 11:56". Sampled on 12 June 2022.
$1.99 @ Total WIne & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a surprisingly dark amber, really more copper in color, beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam. It's very hazy, and when held to the light you can see golden highlights and hundreds of very small bubbles streaming steadily upwards. The aroma is surprisingly malty rather than hoppy given that it's dry hopped. It's grainy, bready, just a touch sweetish, and lightly caramelish. What hops are there are merely background hops. The taste is fuller than the aroma suggests, and the hops come through pretty clearly. They're a little spicy, grassy, herbal, and lightly floral. The malt remains grainy, bready, and caramelish - even more so than the aroma suggests. It's also sweeter. The combination of sweetish and gently caramelish and bready malt and spicy, grassy, herbal, and floral hops is nice; they work well together. A median bitterness runs throught it, balancing it, and it seems less bitter than most of the Bitburger beers yet the bitterness is still there, and it finishes dry, spicy, and lightly herbal. In the mouth it's medium leaning towards the fuller side, and smooth and creamy with a delicate caress of fine-bubbled carbonation. The head held up well and it's left a thin but almost complete wrap of lace around the glass from where it started to where it sits now. While this is not at all what I'd expected (golden with a bright hoppy aroma and flavor) it's certainly a great beer, and highly quaffable. As usual I don't normally mention pricing because it varies from region to region and it doesn't really tell you anything about the beer itself BUT in this case I'll make an exception and say that $2 for a 16.9 oz. can is a pretty good deal. I wish it had more hops in the aroma which would drive up the price but it is, after all, a German beer and they've got to cater to their clientele.
Review #8,057

Jun 12, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(500 ml can, L31.01.2022 - yikes!; purchased single off shelf... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: rather-clear, honey-amber colored liquid; tall, yellowish, gloriously rocky foam build

S: fruited muffins, dried fruit in caramel; soft herbal highlights... has some depth, meat to it

T: butterscotch cookie, grapefruit pith; spicy hop finish, citrus oil trailing... little dimension or clarity to its expressions

F: near nectary; dense sudsy edge to its near medium body, weak bite up front... tongue slightly stunned; too light and easy of a flow

O: somehow kind of bland and too dry?... it's ok... gonna need some roasted meat to accompany this swill (1894)

Jun 11, 2022
3.95 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Jun 11, 2022
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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JayQue from Virginia

A collaboration between Deschutes and Bitberger, this beer come in a 500 ML can. Pours a very hazy coppery/golden color with a big frothy white head with good retention and thick frothy bands of lacing on my Aventinus Weizen glass. Aroma and flavor are fairly subdued with a mostly malty presence. a little citrus and a bit more grassy hops than is usually found in a Kellerbier. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bit more bitterness than expected. This beer is fairly subtle, but I enjoyed it!!!

Jun 09, 2022
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2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by steveh from Illinois

.5 liter can marked best by 1-27-2024! Poured into my tall Becher.

L -- Hazy, somewhat clumpy, deep gold-bronze with a dense and firm, off-white head that holds up well and leaves great lacing.

S -- Piny and light citrus hops. A touch of cereal grain fighting for recognition.

T -- Resin hops up front with a touch of grapefruit and sour grape. Some grainy malts try to balance out the flavors, but the finish and aftertaste is all bitter, piny hops.

F -- Mouthfeel is crisp to dry with a light-medium body.

O -- It's obvious Deschutes was in charge of the hop bill for this one -- there's no real sense of a Zwickel or any other German beer with this. If I was handed this blind I'd immediately think it was an APA. That said, it's not a bad APA -- just not at all what I want when I see Zwickel on the label. Added some extra points for drinkability.

Jun 08, 2022
4 by paulish from New York on Jun 04, 2022
4.12 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jun 02, 2022
3.99 by avisong from Virginia on May 31, 2022
Photo of FBarber
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a lightly cloudy burnished orange color. Huge billowy off-white head forms on the beer, lingers for a few moments, then slowly, but steadily dissipates leaving just a thin layer of foam on the top of the beer. Aroma has notes of citrus and floral hops, a bit of grain and rye bread.

Taste has notes of rye bread, grain, bready malts, light citrus and floral notes, and a spicy herbal, earthy hop note on the back end. A touch of malty sweetness. Feel is medium bodied, smooth, and a tad bit chewy. Semi-dry finish.

Overall it's an interesting combination of the old world and the new world. It's a fine beer, but honestly did not grab me like I hoped or expected. I was fine to drink the one can and not have any others.

May 30, 2022
Photo of DefenCorps
2.91/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Can from New Seasons.

Gorgeous amber with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is a blend of floral, citrus dry hop character and a malt sweetness that's rather wort like. The soft, delicately yeasty character i associate with the style isn't present here. The palate opens with the awkward sweetness and mild hop character. The wort like sweetness is a little higher than I'd like, masking the hop bitterness. A little disappointing.

May 29, 2022
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy, medium to dark coppery amber with a three finger off-white head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, grassy and citrus hops, dried summer grasses and a touch of caramel. Flavor is lightly grainy lager malt, grassy and citrus hops, grapefruit, summer field hay, lemon and a touch of pine. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. Tastes very much like it's description: a solid, lightly grainy zwikl style lager brightened up with some North American hops. This was a winning combination for me. I like traditional noble hops every once in a while, but my favorite hops are citrusy and piney West Coast varieties, exactly what was used here. There is still plenty of grassiness, even with some dried floral notes, but melded to classic Citra flavors and a bit of pine. This also looks great, darkish in color with a beautiful head that is not quite white. Hopefully these will stick around for summer, which has taken its time here in the North West, it would be a great lawn mowing lager. Kudos to Bitburger for mixing things up in a quite old traditional style.

May 28, 2022
Photo of DavetotheB
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 500ml can dated 21.01.2022/01.27.2024 into a tulip. Assuming canned on 1/27/22 and best by 1/27/24. Two year shelf life-wow!

Pours a very murky copper color with about three fingers of light tan head. Ok retention, great lacing.

Aroma is very light. Getting some bread, earth and just a hint of sweet fruit.

Earthy, bitter flavor. Bread in the background. Slight pine.

Full-bodied, slightly sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Piney, bitter aftertaste. Not a chore to drink.

Overall, a really solid, flavorful, low abv beer. Priced right too-$9/4pk.

May 27, 2022
3.64 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on May 27, 2022
4.13 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts on May 26, 2022
3.84 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on May 21, 2022
4.17 by cabsandking from Ohio on May 20, 2022
Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a dark amber color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has malt and hop hints
The taste follows the nose with a malt and hop flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good Zwickel

May 18, 2022
3.56 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on May 14, 2022
3.74 by Boone757 from Virginia on May 13, 2022
4.25 by miwestcoaster from Michigan on May 13, 2022
Photo of Specialmick
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Specialmick from Connecticut

Look....Dark copper brown with some haze and an ample brown and white head
Smell...light grain and some grassy light hop citrus.
Taste...Refresh grapefruit bitter. then an overwhelming hop bitterness. dry finish inviting lager finish. A beer i like to eat just about anything.
Feel...prickly carbonation causing a good fullness on a beer at 5% ABV . The Germans helped on this part haha
Overall..This is an excellent beer and gave a good score overall because all of the components of the beer add up to a better beer, I think it's freshness is helping this quite a bit. A beer I would offer to many types of beer lovers

May 12, 2022
3.87 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on May 05, 2022
Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

16oz can from Hops & Bottles. Dark golden, cloudy, towering, rocky white head. Malty aroma, bready. Taste is malty, crusty bread, light hop presence. Full, rich, thick and absolutely delicious.

May 03, 2022
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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

500mL can stamped 01.26.2024 L26.01.2022 (so right at 3 months old) poured into a mug at fridge temp 4.9% ABV. The beer pours hefe-hazy in a very light copper color. The head is khaki colored, recedes to an uneven ring and leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is mild with light caramel and candied orange. The taste is semisweet toasted malt with hints of pine and citrus. Mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Cleanly lagered with no off flavors. Overall, good. I like zwickl beers and dry hopped lagers, but I'm not sure the combo elevates this particular example over a textbook IPL or zwickl.

Apr 30, 2022
4.06 by Budlum from Maryland on Apr 24, 2022
4.1 by GlenFarclas from Connecticut on Apr 23, 2022
Photo of malrubius
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by malrubius from Vermont

Can. Copper with very slight haze and lasting flat head and lace. Grassy toasty aroma with a hint of apple and honey. Toasty bready honey sweetness with lingering toasty grainy toffee and medium herbal bitterness. Medium light body nice carbo but not fizzy. Very good.

Apr 22, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by bubseymour from Maryland

Nice copper hazy body with wonderful head and great retention. Aroma is nice and bready with floral and some pine hops in the mix. Taste is bready and crisp, slight caramel notes and hops leave there mark in the finish. Very drinkable and flavors are subtle. Enjoyed this beer.

Apr 16, 2022
3.75 by Mattias from Sweden on Apr 09, 2022
Dry Hop'd Zwickl from Bitburger Brauerei
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