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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 2.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Our 500th batch of beer! Instead of making a huge wild fermented double I.P.A. blended Imperial Stout, we made a lesser known style of German lager. Zwickel 500 is an unfiltered German Pils that will challenge you to learn about a unique style of beer that you may not know about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Slightly hazy pour with cloudy golden glow. The nose is mostly noted for a grassy hop hint. Flavor likewise seems to favor the grassy/floral hoppiness, but has a pretty good balance of caramel malt to keep it in check. Fairly robust yeast component (fruity) noted throughout. I like the effort to showcase a pretty unusual style.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
pours cloudy gold with slight white head. the aroma seems to be mostly wheat. the flavor was much too sweet for me, grassy perhaps, but absolutely no hoppy goodness. in fact, the sweetness bordered on the banana flavor of a whet beer. it had a watery mouth feel. tastes like a wheat to me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Poured on draft at Flossmoor Station. A different style for me that lacked any big surprises. Although it says it should be fairly hazy, it didn’t really seem as so. Poured a nice mostly transparent gold. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Smell is very light and is vaguely earthy and breadish. A nice brew on first taste. Tastes resembles pilsner malt, bread, and little to no hop character. A pleasant beer that definately would stand out to me as a great Pilsner (Although, it isn’t.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2007
From a fresh growler. Clear copper, barely any head. Not the greatest nose--very light, a bit of grassy hops, but also some unpleasant vegetal notes. Fortunately, not much of that vegetal nature comes through in the flavor, which is overall lightly sweet, with some bready notes, and barely any hop presence beside a wee bit of fresh cut grass. The educational mantra behind deciding to make this batch 500 is a neat idea, but I’m not sure this is a style that deserves much hype.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2007
On tap at Flossmoor Station and served in a shaker. This beer poured a vaguely hazy golden with a quickly fading head of white foam. A small amount of lace was left around the glas. The aroma of the beer was made up of sweet malts with a touch of mild, grassy citrus. The flavor consisted of pilsner malt, biscuit, and also some light citrus. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with decent carbonation. A nice session brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a crystal clear light orange color. No yeasty haze in this one. Head was white and left plenty of lace behind. Aroma was of cereal grain with a hint of fruit, almost like apple cider, in the background. Slightly sweet and smooth on the tongue with carbonation on the low end of the spectrum. Flavor was similar to the aroma with an additional note of grassy hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 Draft in weizen glass, Nov. 1. Not as hazy as described, and the server says, heck, all their beers are unfiltered anyway. Just a golden lager color under a short white head. A light beer malt scent with a touch of hefe yeast smell. Taste has some pilsener-level malt. No real "bite" of hops, but pleasantly peppery on the tongue. A little more yeast gets in later, but no "dead" yeast. Fine effervescence stays throughout the big glass. Very refreshing and only lightly filling.
Nov 19, 2007. This is almost gone, and just as it’s really settled out well. Yeast haze has completely cleared, and the taste has smoothed the pils malt bill to give a nice, spicy Bavarian hop balance. Get sure to grab some of this.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Had this one on draught at the brewpub in Flossmoor, Illinois. I don’t think I’ve had this type before but it was like any other boring, yellow fizzy lager. Hazy, dark yellow pour with a foamy, long-lasting white head, canned corn and grass in the nose, bland and uninteresting flavor, dry finish. Yawn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (11054) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
GABF ’07. Pours clear yellow with a small, rocky, white head, lasting with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (grain, cereal), light hops (grass), average yeast (barnyard, earth) with notes of corn. Light bodied, oily texture, flat carbonation, and a chalky finish. Short duration, light sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Sample size: A few mugs at the mug club tapping. This pours a slightly hazy golden body with a tall sudsy head. It has the sweet aroma of toasted grains and caramel balanced by a soft grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is wellrounded and smooth, disturbed by a soft carbonation. Nice flavor, sweet grainy malt, soft caramel, and a growing grassy/floral bitterness that stays in the mouth a long time. Nice. This makes me look forward to the Station’s next 500 batches.

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