Origin: Vankleek, Ontario, Canada
Beer Style: Zwickelbier
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Acidulated, Carafoam, Caraaroma (All Organic)
Hops: Strisselspalt, Triskel (All Organic)
Suggested Glassware: Mug or Stein
Suggested Serving Temperature: 7-10° celsius
Availability: Seasonal (Oktoberfest)
Where to buy: Beau’s brewery or select LCBO locations
This review features a beer from the Beau’s Oktoberfest mix pack. It will be one of four reviews I will be posting, as I drink my way through the pack. Dial “Z” for Zwickel is a zwickelbier style beer which is, as the Beau’s website states, “Closely related to kellerbier, zwickelbier literally means beer sampled directly from the maturation vessel in the beer cellar. This German-origin beer takes on the character of the base style: in the case of Dial ‘Z’, an amber lager.”
Dial “Z” poured a a dark copper colour with a hazy clarity to it. The beer had no visible settlement at the bottom of the glass or during the pour. Once poured into the glass, I instantly noticed the freshness of this beer. Right off the bat, I could smell lemon grass notes with a sweet smell of bread/yeast. I also noticed light hints of caramel aromas. The beer poured with a very think head in my stein, which faded out to a thin off white colour. The head left little lacing on the glass as I drank the beer.
At first taste, I experienced fresh lemon grass and citrus notes. There was not a lot of bitterness to Dial “Z”, but had more sweet bread and yeast notes. The beer was a medium body, with a light creaminess to it. The beers carbonation really brought out the freshness of the beer, and helped bring out all the flavours. Dial had a dry finish to it but the dryness did not take away from how fresh this beer really was.
My overall impression of this beer was amazing. It was something I really enjoyed and never experienced before. The freshness of the beer really blew me away. It was easy drinking and definitely a beer I wish I could get my hands on year round. So, if you can find the Oktoberfest Mix Pack at your local LCBO or your lucky enough to get to the brewery, be sure to go and pick up a couple to try for yourself.
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