Welcome back to FTW’s Beverage of the Week series. Here, we mostly chronicle and review beers, but happily expand that scope to any beverage that pairs well with sports. Yes, even cookie dough whiskey.
Marzens are the king beer of Oktoberfest, but they’re not the only proper German brew you can raise as the leaves begin to change color. Enter the Zwickelbier.
Zwickels are unfiltered lagers with the carbonation and crispness dialed up. They’re a variation on kellerbiers — cask-conditioned unfiltered beers — that range closer to a clean pilsner than a hoppy ale. The final product is a proper transition from the lighter summer tastes of hefeweizens and kolsches that takes a seat at the marzens’ right hand before we descend into the darker beers of winter.
That’s probably a bit much. In reality they’re good any time, I just happened to find some this week.
My experience with these beers is admittedly limited. The only place I know that features a Zwickelbier as a flagship offering is St. Louis’ Urban Chestnut. They do a pretty dang good job with it, too.
But when I had the chance to try Radeberger’s limited edition Zwickel, I jumped at the opportunity. And I expanded my portfolio to include the German brewer’s 150th anniversary pilsner as well as two of its non-alcoholic beers sold under the Clausthaler brand.
Let’s see how they taste.
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