Review: Beau's Zwickel German-style Auburn Lager


From Beau's All Natural's website: "Zwickelbier is a German style closely related to kellerbier, zwickelbier literally means beer sampled fresh from the tank cellar at the brewery. Beau’s first released this recipe in 2014 as “Dial Z for Zwickel,” an exclusive creation for Beau’s Oktoberfest.

Zwickel pours copper with a slight haze and a dense white foam. The aroma has notes of fresh baked bread crust and a hint of peppery spice. The flavour features deep grainy malt balanced by clean hop bitterness. The finish is elegant and dry."

Appearance: Beau's Zwickel pours a bright reddish caramel with a moderate amount of carbonation in the body, quite reminiscent of the amber lagers I briefly enjoyed back in the mid 2000s. The head is slightly frothy with a light beige appearance to it, and once the head diminishes a bit, it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing on the side of the glass. Once I add the last bit of the beer, the beer turns completely hazy, so the beer definitely has a good amount of sediment in it.

Aroma: The beer is a tad nutty with notes of caramel, a light toasted malt presence, light herbal hop presence. With it feeling like fall here on the prairies, this is definitely something that pairs well with the cool evenings so far.

Taste: Sweet with caramel, light amount of grassy hop profile to it, a hint of spiciness to it, a bit of a biscuit, light amount of apple, and a light amount of bubble gum at the end. The aftertaste is a bit earthy and sweet.

Overall Thoughts: The Zwickel was a decent amberish lager, reminds me of a few amber lagers I've had over the years, but this one definitely had a German vibe to it to give it a bit of oomph to it. Decent.

https://beaus.ca/beer/farm-table-zwickel/

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