tomxcs (321) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 I had never heard of the Zwickel style before my roommate brought home a 6-pack and gave me one in exchange for a nice scottish ale. After a few weeks of sitting in the refrigerator I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. He didn't like it too much (said it was somewhat skunked), but I enjoyed it. Zesty and light, kind of sour. Some hops come through, but nothing too strong. Nice and refreshing.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light straw color and crystal clear. Medium-sized white head that quickly dissipates to a fine layer of foam. Nice malty aroma with a touch of yeast and a trace of hops. Slightly sweet malty flavor up front and drying in the finish. Very small hop presence. Medium bodied and effervescent. Extremely smooth and balanced. This is a damn fine beer.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a light golden straw/hay hazy yellow, with a thin but thickly frothed off-white head that sits a while before diminishing to a thin ring; fast drippy curtains of lace. Smell has a very nice fresh grainy aroma, biscuit malts, German/Bavarian-esk, somewhat sharply toned, with a small nutty faction playing underneath which is pleasant. Taste is mild and pleasing with a very nice bready malty sweetness, lightly bagel-like, smooth and just enough flavor to keep you inticed to have more. Good touch of light mild hop presense mixes through on the first parts of the finish which leads to a fresh barley malted sweetness with notes of corn and wheat breads laying out some lightly tangy/sourdough aspects in the lingering finish. Feel is nearly perfect for a beer like this, super fine, smooth medium body, solid malt mouthfeel with little nudges of grain, hops, and souring bread playing around throughout. A nice and subtle drinkable lager style beer, I just couldn't stop drinking this and will probably drink some more. Good stuff eh.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2004 Another example of a brew that increases my appreciation for the knowledge and execution of the brewers at New Glarus. Interesting style. Subtle aromas, savory malt flavor, spicy hops, great medium-full body. I like the character imparted by the bottle conditioning and lack of fining/filtering. Well done.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
yeasty, a bit sour aroma. zesty sweet, a bit chalky, subtle. easy to drink. good.
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yeasty aroma with some very faint, mild hops. Kind of sour in the nose. Avg.-sized, off-white head that is almost fully disappating. Cloudy body when yeast is poured into the glass; darkens to a murky orange-yellow. Somewhat bland lager, but improves noticeably when yeast sediment is added to the glass. Billed on the label as a traditional beer style in which friends were invited to the Brewmaster's cellars to share bier at its freshest, direct from lager tanks. I guess this story imparts a little credibility to an otherwise underwhelming beer.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My first zwickel, and I have to say that I'm impressed with the color of this beer. A really nice dark, orange/gold, with a bit off white head. Nose is basically what I expect from the style description...a hoppier lager! Flavor is full, with a little citrus in the finish. A pretty nice beer!
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Despite the description, my beer poured pretty clear into an golden hue with a small fizzy head, does cling to the glassware quite nicely. The aroma is yeasty and grassy. Hints of apple, nuts, and allspice. Taste was rather boring and flat. Good zesty hop and sweet malt balance, but just too sublime. Detected some buttery tones. Medium-bodied, with a soft and watery mouthfeel. Yeast chalky feel. Interesting but nothing outstanding, good to try once. I really think this is what many American beers may have tasted like prior to prohibition, a german session bier.
JK (5656) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark golden color with a very small head. Strong aroma of hops. Taste is also dominated by sweet hops. Full-bodied by lager standards. Seems rough and unrefined.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 26, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light hazy yellow in color. Faint yeasty notes apparent, but everything about this beer seems diluted or toned down. Decent brew overall.