Instant Beer Review: Urban Chestnut Zwickel

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THE BEER: Zwickel from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company.

THE PLACE: Llywelyn’s Pub in St. Louis.

YOU’RE FAR FROM HOME. I am. Scammed my way into another work-related conference trip. A six-hour drive through the dreaded flatlands, and here I am.

DRINKING INSTEAD OF ENGAGING IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. You can’t prove anything.

SO WHAT’S THE BEER? It’s a Bavarian-style lager. Urban Chestnut describes it as “an unfiltered, unpasteurized, German classic that finishes as a smooth-drinking, vitamin rich (from the yeast), naturally cloudy bier.”

SOUNDS FAMILIAR. Why yes it does. New Glarus had their own Zwickel not too long ago. Very similar brew, as one might expect.

LOOKS PRETTY LIGHT. Light in color, but it has flavor. This isn’t tasteless macrobrew dreck. It smells like a German beer, yeasty with kind is a biscuity maltiness. And it’s got a really nice hop bitterness to finish. Not citrusy like an IPA, but clean and crisp.

SO A POSITIVE REVIEW? Very. This is a fine summer beer. Or an all-purpose beer, really. And at 5.2% ABV, I could have another. Which I may.

CONTINUING TO SCAM THE SYSTEM? Quiet, you.