ZipferNovember 1, 2009 Salzburg, Austria
Brauerei Zipf (Brau Union)
Imported by: Stawski Imports
Chicago , IL
Available: AZ, CA, FL, IL, KY, MD, MI, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA
Brauerei Zipf was founded in 1858, shortly after Austrian Anton Dreher is credited with brewing the first modern lager beer in Vienna.
Original gravity: n/a
This 5.4 percent lager beer is the palest I’ve ever seen. It has a rich corn and peppery hops aroma with biscuity malt and tart hop bitterness in the mouth and a lilting note of lemon/citrus fruit. The finish is bittersweet with a pronounced lemon fruit note, bitter hops and juicy malt. It needs to be well chilled or it tastes a tad one dimensional. In the Bavarian/Bohemian tradition, it would be an ideal companion for white fish or white sausage.
- Roger Protz
Ah, the memories. When I was in college, we drank “Zipfer Urtyp Hell” when we had any money (which was rarely). The color is pale gold and the beer raises a thin white head. The aroma is distinctly “lager-ish”―a whiff of sulfur, a suggestion of creamed corn. The bitterness is slight, followed by the clean sweetness of malt. Some bready flavors linger. I’d prefer something slightly snappier, but this is a well-brewed crowd-pleaser, perfect for a lobster roll.
- Garrett Oliver
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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