Sonnen-Bräu Zwickel Pils
Color: unfiltered, golden
Head: white, sudsy
Nose: floral hops, freshly mown grass
Palate: hoppy, dry, grassy
Finish: clean, bitter
Served: on tap at the brewery
Impression: This is a brewery which gets high marks for its everyday Kellerbier and many stick to it in their nice little Biergarten but they also brew a full complement of seasonal beers, many leaning in the craft beer direction. This offering is a bit of a mix. It’s a traditional style but with nice craft beer overtones. Unfiltered Pils are becoming more common and a Zwickel Pils makes lots of sense, especially as a summer beer. It’s good they serve it in a clear mug to show off its beautiful golden hue and the lack of clarity works in the sun that streams through the leaves of their shady Biergarten. It has a nice floral nose with some mown grass thrown in for good measure. It’s a hoppy beer right out of the gate and it never looks back. Many would say it needs a bit of malt but it is a German Pils after all and despite the unfiltered aspect, it remains true to style in the bitterness quotient. Despite that, I found it imminently drinkable and had another when it came to getting my next and final beer.
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