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Brewed by:
Brauerei Max Leibinger GmbH
Germany
leibinger.de

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Zeppelin Beer is a so-called "Kellerbier". The name "Kellerbier" has historical roots, dating back to the time when beer was still served directly from the cellar. It is an unfiltered, naturally cloudy beer with a low carbon dioxide content, and it contains all of the natural sediment. As a result, Kellerbier is rich in valuable nutrients such as yeast, protein, minerals and vitamins.

Following the old family tradition, Zeppelin beer is brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516. As with all of our beers, we use the world-famous Tettnanger aromatic hops, high-quality barley grown in upper Swabia and pure water from the uplands of the Alps. We give the dark amber Zeppelin beer seven weeks to quietly mature. The result is a fully flavoured, mildly malty Kellerbier of the highest quality and goodness with an alcohol content of 5.2 percent. It’s a beer which is almost unrivaled in taste, thanks to its extremely delicately spiced, original flavor.

Added by Mora2000 on 06-15-2010

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3.48
pDev:
25.29%
 
 
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Photo of OWSLEY069
1.74/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, little to no aroma whatsoever. In the taste, a small caramel like note, but really nothing at all. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry caramel note in the aftertaste. Lack of flavor, and taste.

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Photo of antott0523
1.75/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Appearance: Hazy amber with a minor amount of carbonation. Thin beige head that dissipates to nothing.

Smell: Metallic notes of iron. Faint notes of malt including apricot and butterscotch. A bit damp.

Taste: Actually quite neutral. Notes of filtered water. The finish is moderate with faint notes of iron, apricot and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall: Everything about this beer is below average. There are notes of apricot and butterscotch on the nose and tongue, but they are masked by more unpleasant characteristics such as iron and yeast.

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Photo of mdunman
2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy amber with a good head and some good linger

S: Stale malt with some good hops

T: Rich stale malt with some pretty good hoppiness

M: Medium body with good carbonation

Not a pleasant trip. Tasted like Coors Banquet with some better hops. I won't be ordering another of these any time soon.

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Photo of russpowell
2.84/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Always happy to try a keller bier, here's hoping it won't be tired or old...

Pours a clear caramel with 2 fingers a cream colored head. Near zero head retention & lacing

S: Pears, some breadyness

T: Follows the nose, figgyness as well up front. More of the same with faint leafy hoppyness as this warms. Pears,dryness & hints of oxidation as this warms

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation, thins out as this warms

Gonna guess this is old, no discernable dating on the bottle, I wouldn't buy this again unless I was in the country of origin, drinks alright at best

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Photo of BeerZack
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color is a murky brown reminiscent of dirty bathwater with a spotty soap bubble head. Also kinda looks like iced-tea to put it in a more favorable way.
Smells of cardboard and apples with a hint of toffee.
Slightly sweet toffee covered cardboard with a weird chemmy bitterness that reminds me of an American light beer, urea. Finishes dry due mostly to carbonation bite. Carbonation is very strong and tingly and Im not sure it suits the rest of the beer, although it is interesting.
Probably not quite as bad as I make it sound, but I can't really describe it any better either. (ie I will drink the other 5 bottles, but I will probably never buy this beer again)

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Photo of mikeylol
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Copper with a tinge of brown hue. 1 Finger head quickly recedes into a very thin foam layer. Surprisingly, there is some lace.

S- Yeasty with hints of clove and banana. Very pronounced malts with hints of caramel and floral hops.

T&M- Above avg carbonation, medium bodied. Sweet bready malts dominate the pallet. Pick up hints of the clove and noble hops, still grossly malt-centric. Moderate alcohol bite, even though it is relatively weak.

O- A so-so German brew. Never had this style, might seek out others but not Zeppelin.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fizzy clear beer the color of dried orange peels. A strong cream colored head is thick and lasts for the duration of the brew due to being fed by a constant steady stream of bubbles.

The nose is mild and boring. It smells of stale old grains and a little over steeped tea. It doesn't smell horrible but it is very much not "a heavenly experience" as stated on the bottle.

Taste is more of the same. A mix of earthy tea flavor and some spent grains. There is a nice light honey and caramel flavor but it is over come by a metallic penny note.

Kind of a ho hum beer all the way around. The mouthfeel is decent but nothing to write home about. The carbonation is weak making the beer slicker then I prefer. I say pass this one by if you see it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

International Green Week, Berlin 2012: at last we reach Hall 12, the hall dedicated to German breweries and food to go with beer. We find a table and seats by the Andechs bar, leave the womenfolk to keep the area safe and start to forage for beers. Loads of breweries and beers to choose from and for some reason I broke one of my own golden rules ‘always try the draught beers, you’ll find bottles again, but may never get the chance to have the beer on tap again’. So a .33cl bottle of this brew caught my eye as I wandered around and I had to have one.

This unfiltered brew comes with a natural cloudy look, red/brown in colour: on top a thatch of white bubbles, the head left almost before I got back to the table and no lacing was produced by what remained floating on top as I sat down.

The smells were of malty bread/toast and some sweeter molasses; a hop hint as the beer warmed: this was the best bit I’m sorry to say, it went downhill from now on.

The taste was on the malty side and appeared one dimensional in flavour: I expected a lot more to be honest, thin and lacking in substance for a 5.2%ABV brew. The hops just didn’t show at all, no bite or crispness to the brew, I’m struggling to find anything nice to say about this beer, so I’ll curtail the review now!

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Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a slightly hazy iced tea color with an off-white head. The aroma is grapes, wheat, grass and flowers. The flavor is a mix of wheat, grapes and flowers with a somewhat earthy finish. It almost resembles dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquried as part of a mixed six-pack at Whole Foods HQ and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are average; this is me first beer from this brewery. 5.2% ABV confirmed per the label. Reviewed as a kellerbier because Leibinger's website identifies it as such (even though the label clearly refers to it as an ale). Best before: "003 L 31 FL."

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of off-white colour. Subpar thickness. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Subpar consistency and complexion. Head retention is good - about 5-6 minutes. Lacing is quite sticky and clumpy as the head recedes, but the lacing doesn't hold - it slides down the sides fairly quickly.

Body colour is a nontransparent translucent dull copper with brown hues. Not a great colour by any means, and not particularly vibrant either. No yeast particles are visible, which is a bit troubling given the style. Actually, it looks like most of the sediment has attached itself to the bottom of the bottle. I wouldn't call this cloudy. It doesn't even look unfiltered.

Way out of style conventions here. I'm concerned. Far from unique or special, unless brewing a kellerbier that overtly violates style conventions is considered unique.

Sm: Low carbon dioxide is already evident from the aroma, which resembles a cask beer. Munich malts, pilsner malts, honey, grains, some brown malts, caramalt, and some floral character from the weak barely integrated hops. A biteen buttery. Bready. A bit on the sweeter side.

Caramel is dominant.

Strangely, I can't find any yeast character in the aroma. Odd for a kellerbier. No alcohol is detectable.

Overall, I'm liking it and looking forward to it in spite of its simplicity. I get the feeling this is going to bring the vitamins and rich bready quality I'd expect in a good keller.

T: Buttery (butterscotch/intentional diacetyl), mellow grains, munich malts, dominant caramalts, pilsner malts, and floral hops - with a minimal presence and little noticeable bitterness. Edges towards the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum, but it's pretty close to centre. Bready, sure. I do pick up some rich vitamin-ridden biscuity yeast character lurking beneath the malty core. It is a bit nutty, but I can't quite identify the nuts.

An extremely simple kellerbier with a good balance. Very no-nonsense and back to basics. I can dig that. Sure, I'd like more complexity and subtlety. It may be simple, but it's a gestalt build - I can't imagine removing or adding any notes would keep it as a whole. It's more than the sum of its parts, and that's a difficult thing to achieve. Tasty stuff even if it's shallow. Average flavour duration. Below average flavour intensity.

No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Classically undercarbonated to style. If you don't like that, kellerbiers aren't for you. Smooth and wet. Mellow light body. Fairly refreshing. A bit thinner than most lagers, which aids drinkability. Texture complements the taste well.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, oily, rough, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Very drinkable. This is a lager I could down by the litreglas, but it won't dazzle with intricacy or nuance. Just a solid table beer that's good for any season. I like that the flavour profile is bready and almost a meal-in-a-glass but that the mouthfeel is lighter and thinner, making it extraordinarily quaffable. I do appreciate a good keller and though this is far from world-class, it's one I'd happily go back to.

The nuttiness is a highlight for me personally.

High C+

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a buckwheat honey color instead of wildflower. Nice looking one finger mousse head. settles into a cream head 2 mm thick.

S: Mostly Munich malt in this, which makes sense since it's from Bavaria. Very light bread, toffee, corn syrup sweetness. A tart citrus and floral hop presence is in support.

M: Effervescent, acidic feel. Medium body, rounded.

T: Grassy Saaz hops, toast, caramel, and biscuit. Mineral water helps it trend toward the middle. Carapils malt gives a neutral flavor. Not bad, not earth shattering. I imagine this as a cross flavor wise between a dunkel and pilsner- a very sweet pilsner. Nothing offputting if a bit corny Would taste horrible warm. Would like to taste some other examples of the style.

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Photo of Bung
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Foggy amber/orange, nice layer of white head.

Aroma, some malty mustiness. Not sure what this style should smell like, but this is similar to a bock with slightly less fruit.

Taste is leather, tea, peat accented malt. Pretty much no hop presence. Improves as it warms, but it's still pretty basic.

Lighter bodied of course, with a lively carbonation. Drinks very easy.
Kind of reminds me of Yuengling.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter.
Slightly cloudy yellowish-amber-gold color. Decent head.

This is a relatively fruity smelling zwickel lager from Bavaria. It has a good aroma and is quite tasty, with a touch of nutty yeast over a solid malt base. Mouthfeel is this lager's weak spot.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 003 G 51 F1 at 42 degrees into tulip
Aroma – slight yeasty
Head average (Four cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to three mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – partial rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body amber, hazy
Flavor - not much – some weak caramel and some yeasty notes, slightly bitter; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3, Overall 3.5

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Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that settled down, leaving a small pillow of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge, and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface in between.
S: Light aromas of apples, bready malts, and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste generally follows the smell and has some subtle hints of sweetness from the fruity flavors. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This seems to be a little lighter compared to other kellerbiers, but it is still flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy amber brown. Mocha colored head subsides to a thin collar. The scent is substantially influenced by the yeast. There is a yeasty and bready aroma that is fairly fruity with notes of raisin and plum. A very faint whiff of slightly spicy hops, but they are not a strong presence.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with a moderately light carbonation. The taste begins with an initial yeast flavor and dough like sweetness. A slight hint of caramel and dark fruit and banana. The finish is only mildly bitter and leaves a lingering sweet flavor.

Overall it is a very curious beer that has a unique profile. While it does not present any new flavors it does combine them Ina unique way. Enjoyable, but not something I will search out for.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had very many beers of this style.
A - pours a rather deep amber brown with a yellow tint and just a 1/4 inch of head that pulls back to a mildly sticky lace ring.
S - Cereal grains, mild lager yeast with a touch of bready malts.
T - Rather sweet has a bit of a twingle which I assume is the hops. Mildly bready with mostly some caramel malts not your typical lager.
M - Light to medium easy to drink overall

Well I got this at my local place mixed and matched. It seems above the taste of a typical lager but not by much. Strictly picked for its interesting cover art.

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Photo of bmwats
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a mug.

A: Cloudy light brown color. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Nice and tight. Settles fairly quickly. Doesn't really dissolve completely, but leaves a smattering of foam on the surface of the brew. Leaves some nice beer ring lacing behind as you drink.

S: Wheaty, malty, and really yeasty. A little peaty tone, and maybe some clove in there, too.

T: Yeasty flavor. Very grainy and woody.

M: Kind of a gritty feel on the palette. The grainy palette sticks with you.

D: Light body with a certain refreshing quality.

Atmosphere is pretty nice. Pretty nice rich look, and a thick tight head. Nose has a variety of grain tones. Nothing profound, but nicely balanced. Flavor, again, grain filled goodness. Overall, this is a really nice quaff.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass, this beer is a rather dark brown with a good initial, but soon-fading head. The nose smells like a typical helles: light malt and light noble hop aroma. Flavor is halfway between a helles and dunkel. Malt is light, but there's a sweet, slightly bready side to it. Bitterness and hop flavor is on the low side. The finish is sweet.

Not a bad beer, but not very interesting.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy amber color.
Smell is a mix of sweet malt and dark fruit.
Taste starts with a roasted malt then a fair amount of sweetness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

this one is a little bit of a mess, i had higher hopes for it. dark for the style, and hazy beyond even what we are used to in things like hefeweizen, its reddish brown in color, very murky, but holds a nice head, even in the half liter stein its been served to me in. i like the unfiltered german styles, but this one is pretty mucky. sweet too, i get that caramelized but not all the way fermented out molasses sweetness, some ageing wheat malt, and a little bit of a hefe type yeast, slight banana and autumn spices. notes of red apple and cider in the flavor, brown sugar, stale wheat, and slight oxidation, odd for draft beer but there it is. the seems poorly handled, and i am sure it is far superior over seas closer to its point of origin. i like the bigger body, but there is too much residual sugar here for this to be real drinkable, even though the bubbles are there and it has a nice hearty quality. rotting fruit in the finish, very fall, but not all that tasty, i had a hard time as it warmed up. had much higher hopes for this, not too often i see cool german stuff i am unfamiliar with, but this was lackluster at best.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Zeppelin Bier has a thick, frothy, slightly off-white head, and a clear, light amber, bubbly appearance, which clouds up, once the bottom contents are aggressively swished and poured in. Lacing is heavy. The aroma is faint, but one can detect subtle sweetness and bread crust. Taste is of sweetness, bread crust, and stereotypical lager beer flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Zeppelin Bier finishes crisp, refreshing, and drinkable. Overall, this is excellent.

RJT

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Photo of tjkinate
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Vicky for leaving behind a few of these in my fridge last week.

A: Light brown, cloudy bodied brew that produced a creamy khaki colored 2+ fingered head with solid retention and some lacing.

S: Very grainy, picture a more potent american adjunct brew. Could also detect a slight candied malt backbone.

T: The malts definitely present themselves in the tasting and mix pretty well with the grains. Overall the brew is too sweet in my opinion and so drinking more than one is not advisable for those who are similar to me.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation with a refreshing feel to it.

O: Pretty good stuff, unlike the beers I usually find myself drinking.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled last night on 10/9/15. Had no idea what kind of beer it was at first but loved the label and that it was from Germany. Comes in a 11.2 ounce (330ml) bottle and chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage gold-rimmed "SONNEN GOLD-EX" 0.25L glass.

Brew pours a hazy deep orangish-dark amber in color with close to a 1-finger creamy white head. Lots of lacing was seen when sipped that stuck to the insides of the glass. Aroma is kind of hard to figure out but has some sweet malts and yeast. More going on with the taste as there is a hint of some dark fruits, roasted malts with a slight hoppy finish was was very drinkable. It was kind of a sipper type of brew for anyways. Medium+ bodied with perfect (or even lower) carbonation. Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.25] The beer is a mahogany color. It forms a small off white head that is less than a 1/4 finger. The head dissipates immediately leaving only a ring on the edge of the glass. The bottle lists the ABV (5.2%). There is some kind of code - that might be a batch or a date code (can't decipher).

S: [3.75] Brown bread, apples, brown sugar and a mild peat scent.

T: [4.00] Similar to the nose with brown bread flavor dominating. There are hints of apple fruitiness in the background.

M: [3.25] Lighter in body with some prickly carbonation. There is a quick finish that makes the beer seem like it has even less body.

O: [3.50] This is a pretty tasty beer. I have a harder time recognizing German styles when tasting blind. This is a darker more robust beer with a hearty brown bread flavor that is good. The more subtle apple notes add to the overall appeal. The mouthfeel is a bit weak but doesn't detract too badly from a decent beer.

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