Paracelsus Zwickl | Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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Paracelsus ZwicklParacelsus Zwickl

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Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2008

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Photo of solarpanelasses
4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of bwood06
4/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of Neffbeer
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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!

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tapered Stiegl 0.5L stange glass at the Map Room, at about 45º. It was explained by the bartender that this is a pretty delicate beer, with about a 3 month shelf life.

Massive head of creamy foam, rising above the rim in a convex arc. Copious lacing in a crown formation, great retention, the head was there for the duration of the glass. Pretty pale orange color, opaque, much like a hefeweizen.

Dusty wheat and trace mineral aroma, lagery but clean.

Clean and flavorful, pronounced estery notes from the yeast expressing apple and pear notes. Very yeasty with dry and mildly bitter aftertaste. Not much hop flavor, slightly grassy, but some bitterness is apparent.

Body is creamy as hell, almost to German Hefe levels. Smooth from the high quantities of unfiltered yeast, giving it a pretty full mouthfeel for a lager. Session-worthy for sure, the bigger body doesn't hinder it at all. Get it while you can, this will only be around for the season.

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Photo of ClemBeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of thommo_nk
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle purchased at Steigl Brauwelt, Salzburg.

Outstanding example of a cellar beer, get involved.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of InDreams
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from Austria in a nice 500mL bottle.

A: Poured out of the bottle into a mug, creating a finger's width of fluffy white head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving nice white crown over a pale golden body, cloudy but not still very translucent. Orange tint. The head leaves hints of lacing, although certainly nothing major, but at least it sticks around for the duration.

S: Quite nice. Nice blend of floral hoppiness and sweet malts. Not at all grassy or dry, like a pilsner. I'd also venture to say there's something akin to orange peel in the scent, although it could just be the malty sweetness. Definitely would not call it anything like a weizen.

T: Very, very pleasant. I can't quite put a word to the taste, but I still want to go with fruity. The hops and malts are in an almost perfect balance, sweet and almost fruity, as I mentioned, but with a bit of floral hoppiness, not bitter and biting, but moderate and inviting. Each sip keeps making me think of oranges, or perhaps lemons albeit very distantly. The backend brings those slightly tangy, sour notes, like fruit, giving me the impression of a very complex and very tasty beer. Real nice. I seem to be going through this really fast too. Glass is almost empty.

M: Medium-bodied, with a slight creaminess. Carbonation is moderate and smooth. Not much of a bite to it.

D: Pleasantly surprised. After I read the basics of the Zwickl style I was somewhat tentative, not being a huge fan of overly hopped, grassy German pilsners. But this is nothing like those styles, being very, very well-balanced and complex, with a light-medium body and great taste. I would have no problem putting away a six pack of this, and as this is my only bottle, I'm sad to see it go. I sorta want some more...

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Photo of jakemn91
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Daktah
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.46/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Nice looking beer, yellow with a huge head and a bit of lacing that caught the sides. Very nice looking lighter beer with an unfiltered type appearance to it.

S - Holy corn batman! Smells almost like a mexican corn beer it's so strong, corn, corn husk, everything. A tiny bit yeasty with some mild hops but the corn is knocking me over here.

T - Taste like corn with a little bit of plant like finish. Tiny bit citrusy, with something absolutely horrible on the end which leaves me feeling like I have cotten mouth. Hate it.

M - Light bodied and crisp, with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Finishes entirely too dry though.

D - Can't stand it, get this feeling in my mouth afterwards like I've been drinking hydrogen peroxide. Couldn't drink much of it at all. My first exposure to this style, but if this is what they're like it may well be my last.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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