Paracelsus Zwickl
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #12
Ranked #8,355
4.03 | pDev: 10.17%
Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Very Good
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Reviews by serapheus:
Photo of serapheus
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of solarpanelasses
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
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.

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

Rating for the Bio version. Great overall, with a bit astringent taste.

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Photo of stoutman
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A relatively hazy orange clear beer with a nice white head.. Quite refresing and slightly hoppy. Well balanced and slightly grassy. The aroma is plainly sweet and malty combined with some notes of hops. The flavor is dry hoppy - combined with notes of caramel, the body is thin.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
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.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Zwickl...not the easiest to find in Austria, so grab it if it you see it and are curious. Only on tap available at Stiegl brewpubs (not beer bars).

A deep yellowgold that lets very little light through. Very cloudy, yet filtered of all sediment. Light on head and lace.

Aroma is a bit thick. Neither hoppy or malty...a biscuity aroma with maybe even a bit of butter scent to it.

Taste is clean and smooth, but not in a traditional meaning of the catch phrase. A bit dry.

Mouth feel is dirty, dirty!

A session beer that draws some flavor similarities to lighter and less famous hefes.

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Photo of John_M
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.


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Photo of bark
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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap
nothing exciting at all, yet noticeably cloudy. i wouldn't say it didn't meet the style criteria, but i guess the style just doesn't draw me. there was a distinctly new flavor, but it was not very pronounced

little head and otherwise behaved like a cloudy pale lager

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Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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 InDreams
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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 branko7
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.

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Photo of largadeer
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.

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Photo of lstokes
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.

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Photo of ChrisCage
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!

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Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
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.

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Photo of jroof1
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of NightINgale
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.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
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.

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Photo of mactrail
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.

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Paracelsus Zwickl from Stieglbrauerei zu Salzburg GmbH
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 84 ratings