Paracelsus Zwickl
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #15
Ranked #8,787
4.03 | pDev: 10.17%
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
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monkist from Hungary

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not a big fan of Stiegl, for being dull and uninteresting. This Zwickl wasn't bad though, just it was a bit lukewarm in Vapiano where I had it and it made the whole experience a bit mediocre. Apart from that I had no problem with it - a mildly carbonated, cloudy Zwickl it was.

Feb 17, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada

3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, another cast-off from the Stiegl holiday mixed pack of last year. Called 'Bio-Zwickl', I don't know if that makes this one any different.

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly bone-white head, which leaves some decent splattered and sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, some toasted wheat, a bit of indistinct pome fruitiness, and very subtle earthy, musty, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and doughy caramel malt, a lesser crackery wheatiness, mixed citrus, apple, and pear fruity notes, some ephemeral smokiness, and more understated herbal, leafy, and dead grassy old-school hops.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its je ne sais quoi frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of wet char messing with the ideal here. It finishes off-dry, the lightly roasted cereal character large and in charge.

Overall - this seems to be a pretty well-made representation of the style, nice and grainy, and a little 'old' tasting. Easy to drink, and worth the couple of shekels that I shelled out for it at my local chain liquor store outlet.

Feb 04, 2018
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ChrisCage from Canada

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Definitely unfiltered....this is a yeast hazed dark golden/copper/honey hued brew with modest carbonation that settles pretty darn quickly into a patchy layer of white bubbles over the liquid. The carbonation looks quite fine and there is an oily film when trying to create some lacing.....of which there really isn't any.....the few bubbles that attempt to cling quickly slide back into the beer. Average looking....

S- Upon opening this one, there is a huge skunky smell that reminds me totally of a strong Euro lager, but that's ok....I think. After some oxygen, the sweet malts show up in my nostrils, along with some mild funk and aromatic citrus notes. Other fruits include banana and perhaps a shot of apple. The finish is tart, clean and refreshingly bitter!

T- Terrific caramel malt sweetness that is balanced by the aforementioned citrus.....lemon/lime zest cuts through the sweetness, and there are some calming bread/biscuit dough and subdued yeast. The finish is dry, grainy/grassy and of modest hop bitterness. Well done!

M/O- Light/medium body and soft carbonation, yet with enough of a zing to allow flavors to come through well on the palate! Very well balanced and alcohol is well hidden, I find this to be a delightfully social beer that I would have no problem with enjoying more of if giving the chance. Good job!

May 10, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a Hef glass

A - Beer pours a cloudy golden color with visible yeast and moderate carbonation visible. Head is tall and frothy, white in color. Head is retained to at least 1/2 finger height throughout the entire tasting. 4/5

S - The aroma is very much like that of a hefeweizen but with a bit less pronounced banana ester and cloves. Light maltiness and yeast are predominant with the aforementioned banana and cloves acting as subtle undertones. Hops are not really noticeable due to malt and yeasty aromas. 4/5

T - Very much like the aroma but the malt stands out even more. The banana and clove act as understudies to the bready and yeasty maltiness. There is a bit of lemon present but nothing in the way of sourness. This beer is more sweet than anything. There is a nice grassy hop flavor on the back end that lingers ever so slightly upon swallowing but the palate is cleansed of the flavor rather quickly. 4/5

M - Very smooth and light with a bit of a creamy feel although the moderate to high carbonation keeps this creaminess at bay in order to retain the light feel. Slightly dry on the back end but this does not linger upon swallowing. 4/5

O - Very interesting beer that reminds me of a blonde, a pilsner, and a hef all put together. Very good find that pairs well with food or without. Very well balanced with a lean towards the sweeter side although it is not overly sweet. Dryness from the hops keeps the wetness and creaminess of the yeast in check. 4/5

Dec 28, 2015
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ClemBeer from Austria

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Foam: Creamy white with small bubbles. Low persistence
Color: Dark blonde, turbid
Smell: a smell of yeastis dominant
Taste: Attack is refreshing with a good balance between the flavors, then it gets dry, astringent with low persistence of after taste

Jan 06, 2015
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap in Hallstatt Austria. This was definitely a very unique beer. A very hazy color hits you right away with a 3 finger foam head. Very carbonated and refreshing taste. As everyone wrote, not a common beer and it struck me at first as a pilsner but I was wrong. Very florally and vibrant smell and the taste was the same. Nice yeasty taste with a mild amount of hops. I can't put my finger on this one, but something I may need to bring back to Boston. Great find.

May 20, 2014
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mmmbirra from Italy

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

50 cl bottle from a six-pack brought back from Austria.
A cloudy golden beer. Big fluffy white head. Looks appealing.
Very yeasty aroma, some lemon zest and a little grain. A hint of sulfur pops up from time to time.
The flavor follows the nose but has an extra oomph of malt that rises through the yeast and a super pleasant grassy hop flavor in the end that gives a touch of spice but doesn't dry out the palate too much.
Nice and smooth, but with the extra fullness that is expected from a zwickl(unflitered, full of yeast.)
Very Very enjoyable zwickl, with a little something extra(fuller malt flavor and a touch more hops) that separates it from the pack.
If I could go back to Austria tomorrow for a few more 6-packs I would.

Nov 07, 2013
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Daktah from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy but bright golden honey color with a fluffy white head.
Smelled like fresh honey wheat bread with some floral notes tht matched nicely. Taste is similar, with bread and yeast forward profile and a honey aftertaste that is not cloying but definitely sweet.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel that rounds out a well balanced, easy drinking beer.

Happy to find this on tap in Chicago and excited to drink again on a planned trip to Austria this fall.

May 15, 2013
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chanokokoro from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in the Soldier Field South Lot during our tailgate before the Bears vs. Packers game. Special thanks to Matt from Laschets Inn for providing a half barrel.

Pours a hazy pale gold topped with a thick, creamy two finger bright white head. Superb retention and thick, splotchy lacing. Light fruit, hints of grass, floral notes, and fresh bread dough on the nose. Opens with grass and grain notes, joined by bready, yeasty malt, a touch of honey and sweet cream, apple blossoms, and apple and pearskin. Heavy light body to very light medium body. Silky mouthfeel with a touch of creaminess. This is one darn good brew and my favorite zwickl to date. Highly recommended.

Dec 17, 2012
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery's Stiegl Brauwelt

Paracelsus Zwickl -- ABV listed as 5.1%
"brewed using Austrian raw ingredients from controlled organic farms". Two samples, each served in small glass Stiegl mugs

Cloudy orange-gold with a creamy and durable tan head. The head leaves plenty of stick lacing.

Aroma: Yeasty, earthy lightly spicy
T: Better than indicated by nose. Hops are less earthy and more spicy than in the nose. Hint of apricot.
M: Near medium body with somewhat aggressive carbonation.
O: tasty and highly drinkable.

Aug 24, 2012
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle that I brought directly from Innsbruck, Austria.

A - Pours a cloudy, even muddy, light amber body, with a nice foamy white head. Okay head retention and nice lacing.

S - The aroma is very yeasty (it isn't a bottle-conditioned beer for no reason) and fruity. Apple and pear notes, some bread, hints of citrus and caramel.

T - Mmm, this is much more flavourful than I expected! Juicy apple and pear flavours dominate the palate, then leaving some room for caramel, bread, and a bit of earthy hoppiness. Some bitterness and plenty of breadiness in the after-taste. Also a hint of honey. Nice!

M - Light-to-medium (approaching medium) body to it. Very smooth and soft on the pallate. Low carbonation makes for excellent drinkability.

O - Hands down, this is a tasty beer and one of the best unfiltered lagers I've had to date. Refreshing, drinkable and flavourful. I'm glad I picked this one at that supermarket in Austria.

Jan 26, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A full bodied lager with a lot of rustic character that harks back to pre-pilsner days. This leads to an increased bready, yeasty, and estery mixed. Low in refinement yet high in charm.

The Zwickel pours with a pronounced haze that's uncommon for today's lagers. The haze allows for a dense appearance of deep golden color with a shade of peach. A very foamy head builds upon the beer and persists with stubborn fashion and dense pockets of lace left behind. Honestly, not the most appealing appearance for a lager, but the quirks are expected and well defined.

Quite fruity and bready to the nose. Bold aromas of fresh baked bread, bread dough, and yeast all emit the nose; but then with a rich fruity note of peaches, apples, and zesty lemon. Seemingly quite sulfury, aromas of green apples and match sticks actually seem to brighten the nose, while earthy and spicy hops blend with alcohols and tickle a bit.

Flavors are quite full with bread or bread dough, yeast, and the pilsner-like sweetess of sugar cookies. Bruised apples and pears weave in and out of the malt flavor and sweetness and convey an old or aged character- somewhat stale. But beyond mid palate, the beer turns toward brighter flavors of crabapples and lemon zest for a crisper and cleaner finish than I would have thought at the start of the sip.

Medium-full bodied for a lager. With lower carbonation and substantial malt texture and sweetness, the beer sits heavily on the tongue and provides a full coat to other surfaces of the mouth. Going into finish, the beer turns semi-dry and cripens considerably while allowing for hop bitterness and alcohol warmth to combine for a near-minty sensation late. A linger of dough and fruit linger into the next sip.

It's always a charming session when rediscovering old world recipes and enjoying their results. Only a few tastes are necessary to understand the 'give' and 'take' that recent developments have caused to the brewing scene. Though I appreciate the cleaner, crisper flavors and textures of today's well made lagers, it's easy to see that this process removes some of the rich flavor that this beer exhibits very well.

Aug 05, 2011
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Neffbeer from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the maproom in Chicago. Served in the breweries glass wear.

A: It is a pretty cloudy looking beer with a light straw yellow color. There was a nice two finger white head that left behind a little lacing.

S: The first thing I notice is the aroma of noble hops immediately followed by some doughy bread.

T: The flavor follows suit with a subtle herbal hops, bread, and a twinge of tartness. There is hint of apples and light fruitiness as the beer warms.

M: light and bubbly this beer is really refreshing.

O: My first zwickel and I really enjoyed it. Light and refreshing with some substance to back it up. Good stuff.

Aug 01, 2011
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer when i was in Austria last winter. This is quit another beer than most Austrian beers.

Best before march 2011. A bit too late but the bottle is kept in a fridge so no problem.

This is a 100 percent biological beer with bio hops. I always thought that all beers are biologicly made. Ah well.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks a bit cloudy, this beer is NaturtrĂ¼b like they say in Austria. Four fingers head with nice tiny bubbles. Good and honest bio smell. Taste is soft and 'round'.

One of the better Austrian brews.

Jul 30, 2011
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John_M from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Uber. Can't say I ever expected to see this beer here.

The beer pours a somewhat hazy gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is complex and unusual, consisting of light dry citrus, light sandlewood and a hint of wheatiness. On the palate, this beer is just delicous. The flavor profile replicates the nose, except I get some light honey and cereal flavor as well. The beer is quite dry, with a refreshingly grainy and slightly bitter finish. What's impressive is just how much flavor this beer delivers for a 5% abv. lager. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, grainy, slightly sour finish.


Jul 27, 2011
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on tap at the Map Room, 17 Jul 2011. Served in a 0.5 L curved cylindrical Stiegl glass. I need one of these glasses.

Medium sized creamy white head. Well carbonated. Murky golden brown in color. Aroma is light, slight touch of honey and malt. Starts with a lot of honey but not overly sweet. Some green apple, yeast and malt. Creamy medium body. Moderate alcohol. Finish and aftertaste is yeast with just a hint of orange.

Nice on a summer day.

Jul 19, 2011
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womencantsail from California

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

A: Not the prettiest looking beer. Murky straw in color with a finger or so of white head.

S: A very pleasant honey-like sweetness with lots of bread floral hops. A subtle orange aroma to it, as well as some other fruit notes. Just a hint of yeast in there.

T: Really nice citrus and floral hop flavors to this beer. Plenty of honey and bread notes and a light yeast flavor. Quite light and refreshing with great hops.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: One of the better beers I've had in quite some time. Hopefully I get to have this one again.

Jun 21, 2011
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lstokes from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I'd been reading about the end of the Habsburg Empire all day, so this seemed like a good choice on tap at the Map Room.

I was pleasantly surprised--pours a dark straw in an awesome glass with an impressively steady head and good lacing. Smells kind of boringly lagery with a hint of skunk but what can you expect from the style. Taste, on the other hand, is clean bready malts, light citrus/grass hops, some apple notes from the yeast, lots of yeast, as there should be, giving it a good creamy/gritty mouthfeel. Nice Zwickl and there should be more in the US.

May 28, 2011
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claytong from Vermont

4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me really into beer.

It's a simple beer. It's a good drink any time of year.

A - unfiltered hazy straw color, i personally like it. A light brown mixes in with a funny tint to it.

S - grasses, floral

T - probably my favorite zwickl, same as smell, a bit of grains, nothing crazy but very well made.

M - smooth, crisp, wet at first then comes the dry ending

D - I generally enjoyed knocking back a liter and a half. so i guess its not too hard to get down. It has a dry finish that makes you drink quickly.

Feb 28, 2011
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mandolinhomebrew from Austria

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For clarity's sake, there is no corn in this beer. It's brewed in Salzburg, and this region of Austria is 1.5 hours from Munich, and was once part of Bavaria. The beer purity law, or "Reinheitsgebot" is very important to brewers in this region, especially Stiegl. They have an excellent website and tell you exactly what is in every beer. This Paracelsus Zwickl contains local spring water from the mountains, organic Gerstenmalz, organic Weizenmalz, and yeast.

Apperance: Poured into a 0.5L glass mug. A medium orangeish-amber color. Cloudy. Sort of reminds me of a darker Hefeweizen with an orange tint. Definitely a unique color though. Built a decent off-white head which faded at a medium rate. Small amount of lacing. Next time I think I'll pour into a Hefeweizen glass.

Smell: Fresh & citrusy. Malts & light yeasty smell definitely prevalent too. Underneath all this I could slightly get some hop aromas. There's a lot going on for your nose, especially for a lager!

Taste: Starts a bit sweet with light malt/wheatish flavor, substantial fruity aromas which are on the citrusy side. The hops came out in the finish leaving a light touch of bitterness that helped round it out.

Mouthfeel: Light to light/medium. Like others have said.. almost like a hefeweizen, but crisper and cleaner. Carbonation was adequate without being too flat or too overwhelming. Kept a good 0.5cm head over the 20 minutes I drank it.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. It's not heavy and filling, but not a boring lager either. 5% and smooth. Definitely refreshing. I had a hard time setting down my glass to write some notes.

Overall: I really dig this brew.. it's interesting, refreshing & highly drinkable. If you're a fan of hefeweizens, and more complex lagers, than check this Zwickl out.

Nov 21, 2010
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bark from Sweden

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is orange-pale brown (17 EBC), the liquid very cloudy. The two finger head is white and airy. It sinks slowly leaving no lacing.

The smell is yeasty-fruity with some wheat sourness. Some raw metallic hoppy flavours. Hints of lemon peels and dough.

The taste is smooth and creamy like a nitro-keg stout. Smooth flavours of dough, minerals, lemon peels, wheat bread and a growing clean sweetness. The aftertaste is, at the same time, rough and smooth with some light bitter flavours, a touch of vegetables and sweet fruit candy plus a very mild wheat sourness.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles small. The liquid is very smooth without being sticky.

A beautiful zwickl with a lot of elegant flavours.

Nov 14, 2010
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largadeer from California

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Stiegl's zwickl pours a milky opaque straw color. In the glass it's capped by a finger of light froth.

What a great aroma. Suspended yeast contributes a lot to the nose, spiciness and a note of baking bread. Hops are lemony and herbal, and the malt profile doughy.

Spiciness hits the tongue first as well, along with a note of lemon zest. The malt character is like freshly baked bread, quite doughy and hearty. The body is light but more substantial than Stiegl's Goldbrau and pilsner. It finishes dry and hoppy, hinting at zesty citrus and fresh herbs.

This is quite the beer, the best thing I've had from Stiegl so far. Shame it's not frequently distributed to the US.

Oct 21, 2010
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solarpanelasses from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite lagers Ive ever had, I could drink this all day during the summer.

I feel like ive had about 20 of these at Map Room the last month or so.

Pours a cloudy gold with a huge frothy head, looks like a slightly more amber hefe.

Smells yeasty, slightly wheaty, but an overall very clean aroma.

Tastes as unfiltered as you can get, theres the slightly familiar fruity taste i cant put my finger on, yeasty, almost like wheat, but a clean crisp flavor you can only get from a lager. Hop flavor is minimal at best, theyre in there though.

Body reminds me of a hefe, much cleaner though, but overall heavier than most lager bodies, doesnt fill you up though.

I said it before, I'll say it again, I could drink this all day.

Jun 22, 2010
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branko7 from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It was described by the waitress (at Laschet's in Chicago) as unfiltered and organic, and that it was rare to be offered on tap in the US. (The other reviews I've seen on BA were from the Map Room, another great place, also in Chicago).

It was a dark gold color, very cloudy. The taste was malty and a bit sweet, though balanced and refreshing, with a big mouth feel. On the richer side of a good sessionable beer. Very happy that I tried it.

Jun 05, 2010
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mactrail from Washington

3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a pub and restaurant in Passau, Germany. Poured in a tall straight Stiegl glass with slight "waist" and heavy bottom. Attractive appearance-- cloudy and light golden color.

Mellow, slightly murky flavor with decent maltiness. Rather tart. Hint of wheat beer flavors and a grainy sweetness. Hops are restrained but reasonably balanced. An unassuming, modest kind of beer but very satisfying. Good mouthfeel-- not rich but robust.

May 04, 2010
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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 84 ratings