About Keller-Zwickl

About Keller-Zwickl
Zwickl lagers, or kellerbiers, refer to unfiltered lagers and range widely in color, averaging between 4.5-5.5% in alcohol with variations depending on the interpretation of the style. Kellerbiers are essentially unfiltered versions of traditional German-style lagers. Traditional kellerbiers are less carbonated and may contain subtle sulfur and acetaldehyde aromas and visible yeast sediment. Contemporary versions of kellerbiers are very similar to traditional versions except that most examples are fully carbonated and the acetaldehyde aromas are absent due to being fully lagered. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Samuel Adams Alpine Spring, Urban Chestnut Zwickl and Stiegl Paracelsus Zwickl.

Top Picks for Keller-Zwickl

Hofmühl Original Rother Kellerbier
93 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Yeasty, woody, herbal, grassy, fruity aromas of graham crackers, hawaiian roll, and honeyed bread with a creamy, soft, petillant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length toffee hard candy, caramel apple, toasted whole wheat english muffin, and roasted nuts finish. A round and chewy Zwickl.
Samuel Adams Kellerbier
90 points
Deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of carrot cake, chocolate toffee, and egg croissant with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and an interesting, long finish imparting notes of peppered nuts and greens, pizza, dried banana, and melon salad finish. A round and refreshing Kellerbier with instant appeal and a table-friendly personality.
Birds Fly South Tunnel Vision Kellerbier
89 points
Golden yellow color. Aromas of kiwi, egg sandwich, and plantain chips with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, snappy banana nut corn muffin, peppered jicama, radish sprouts, and pretzel bread finish. A pillowy, savory choice for pub food.
Indeed Brewing Co. Zwickelbier
88 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of golden kiwi and steamed veggies with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, intriguing, medium-length endive with blue cheese and wheat cracker finish. A nice Zwickl with an American hop vibe; will be a great beer with food.