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Beer – #302 – Zipfer – Pils

Zipfer – “Ein Glas heller Freude (“A glass of delightful joy”, play on words – “helle Freude” means “delightful joy”, but “Helles” is also a type of beer)

Brewed by Zipfer (Brau Union) in the style of a  Pilsener and of course they’re in Zipf, Austria

500ml bottle of a 5.2% ABV beer, and this is 156 calories, making it all about 2.05 standard dink units.

This was a gift from my very good friend Mike, and I’ve just got around to drinking it. It is a sunny Sunday and it seemed a good idea. Rugby League is playing on the goggle box and there is cricket on too, although the latter isn’t going so well for New Zealand.

Zipfer - Heller - PilsZipfer Original – A glass of bright enjoyment

A beer of the highest quality with a refreshing, finely hopped flavour. The foundation of the Zipfer brewing recipe is formed by carefully selected hops from the finest garden regions, in combination with outstanding malt. The experienced touch of the master brewer and a slow maturation process then gently turn this beer into the slimline, lightly hopped Zipfer Original

2014-02-16 16.34.18I don’t have a lot of hope for this, Mike handed it to me with a smirk on his face, and I accepted in the same good grace. But I can’t avoid drinking it any longer. So Cheers Mike!

Light earthy aroma on opening, pours a really golden pale colour with a decent and persistent head, looks lively in the glass. Aroma is mostly the dull hops.

mm.  This is pretty tasteless to be honest. You’d probably expect some more bite from a beer, a tang, something, anything. This is almost flavoured water.

Not a totally unpleasant drink, this has a pleasant soft and foolish mouthfeel to it, and it is easy drinking, the latter mostly because it’s cold and outside the sun is making it warm.

I’ve managed to quaff this in quick smart time, which is a good and a bad thing.

I laughed out loud, MrsPdubyah asked why, I had to explain that I have many beers that are so much worse than this. This is passable, drinkable and not un-enjoyable. It’s not something I’d like a lot of though. The random pdubyah-o-meter says 6 for this. Really it’s pretty in-offensive, but you’d be hard pressed to explain what it is about it you actually liked.


While the definition of “pilsner” is open to much debate in the beer community, it generally refers to pale, hoppy lagers, ranging from 28IBUs and up.

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One comment on “Beer – #302 – Zipfer – Pils

  1. Pingback: Beer – #303 – Gösser – Gösser Beer (Export) | A life just as ordinary

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This entry was posted on February 16, 2014 by in Beer, Beer of Austria, Craft Beer, Critic, Justsaying, Pilsener, Zipfer and tagged , , , , , .

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