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      21.05.2009 12:23
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      Not the best Austrian beer

      As I haven't been travelling recently, I'm relying on a nearby supermarket with a focus on food and drink products from abroad for my stock of cheddar cheese and foreign beer tasting session. My budget for beer purchases was roughly what could be made back through reviews, so if this meant opting for some smaller bottles to achieve my budget, so be it.

      Zipfer also called Zipfer Urtyp in Austria is a beer from Zipf in Austria, it's part of the Brau Union brewery and one of Austria's most popular beverage exports. Zipfer came in a 0.33l bottle (as well as a bigger version) with a twisting cap. As the beer had been sitting innocently in the fridge for some time, it wasn't "all shook up" an not even the tiniest bit of froth came out of its bottle when the cap was twisted off.

      It poured a nice golden colour but had a notably small head, the beer was well-carbonated, the body was watery and considering the small nature of the bottle, it wasn't long before it was gone. Tastewise it was slightly bitter but I didn't notice any stand out flavours, so it was a bit bland.

      A bitter aftertaste doesn't leave a great desire for this beer but the fizzyness and cool refreshing manner of the beer was pleasant. The Abv of 5.4% is just how I like them.

      Not a patch on a Gosser but far better than horrible gnat's pee like Carlsberg, Fosters & Budweiser etc. Whilst I'm glad to have tried it to add to my list of dooyoo beer reviews, there's far better beers and I probably wouldn't choose it generally.

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      10.03.2004 15:47
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      Zipfer

      Yes indeed, what IS a Zipfer?

      You don't know? Well.... it's for fastening two sections of material together. You know, two rows of metal or plastic teeth on strips of tape and a sliding piece that closes an opening by drawing the teeth together....

      It's also the name of an Austrian beer.



      The town of Zipf, in the north of Austria, is home to the imaginatively named, ZIPFER LAGER. Being in the north of the country and relatively close to Bavaria, you'd expect it to be a pretty good beer.
      Let's read on, and find out, shall we?

      If you want to know about the brewery, here's the link:
      http://www.zipfer.at


      -------------------------INTERLUDE-------- ------------------

      Two drunks had just gotten thrown out of a bar and are walking down the street when they come across a dog, sitting on the grass, licking his gonads. They stand there watching and after a while one of them says, "I sure wish I could do that!"

      The other one looks at him and says, "Well, you never know, he might just let you."

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      THEY SAY:
      "Zipfer is a beer of the highest quality with a refreshing, finely hopped flavour."


      Zipfer pours a crystal-clear, yellowish-golden colour with a huge, foamy head which doesn't retain well and consequently leaves little lace.
      The aroma is of fresh, floral hops but it's very subtle and only really comes to the fore with some gentle swirling. I couldn't detect much else in the nose.

      It has a fluffy, bubbly mouthfeel due to the ridiculous level of carbonation, and the taste is sharp, slightly bit
      ter and has a faint, citrus tang. The finish is dry and slightly bitter leading to a watery, almost non-existent, aftertaste.

      ? The Verdict ?

      At 5.4% ABV, this beer wasn't bad....but it wasn't good either. It was bland and unexciting without being offensive - although it was excessively gassy. Certainly a decent enough thirst-quencher if served cold but I really can't think of any other good reason to drink it.

      Here's the kicker though, I've actually drank this on tap in Austria and it was quite pleasant so I thought it would be a safe bet to buy it back home. It just goes to show what thought will do - planted a feather and thought it'd grow a chicken.

      If I've tempted you, a 660ml bottle will set you back around £1.75 at most supermarkets.
      If I haven't, it's still the same price.



      Would I drink it again? - Not on this side of The Alps.






      Thanks for reading,
      Sláinte


      ©proxam2004

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        25.11.2003 22:25
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        er the name Zipfer Urtyp. In 1993, Österreichische Brau AG became a subsidiary of Brau Union and with effect from January 1, 1998, the Brau AG became the Brau Union Österreich. Zipfer is only available on international markets as "Zipfer Original", a beer of the highest quality with a refreshing, finely hopped flavour. The basis for the Zipfer brewing recipe is provided 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 slim-line, lightly hopped "Zipfer Original". (Information condensed from the Zipfer brewery web site: http://www.zipfer.at/index.php?Seite_ID=55? THE BOTTLE My specimen pair came in a shapely tapering brown bottle closed with a white 'twist off' crown cap. There is a single wrap-around label which announces "Original Zipfer" imported from Austria. (There are beers of the same name on the international market which are brewed under licence in other countries). This bottle contains 660ml and is brewed to 5.4% ABV. THE DRINK. I kept the bottles in the refrigerator until needed and prepared to drink them cold. Yes - the cap did come off without ripping a piece out of my fingers! (As you can guess I usually hate this type of closure and take the coward's route with the opener). The contents were certainly lively and a spume of foam issued from the bottle before I could get the glass under the neck. It pours with a vigourous froth and created a deep but transient head. It is a pale golden almost lemon yellow colour - crystal clear with no sediment. It also has little nose. The first taste is bland - no, rephrase that - insipid. There is a mild degree of bitterness, certainly, but there is - well, just nothing else. There is nothing of the subtle flavours of other brews, there is no sweetness, no
        citrus, no ---. I tried another sip, another mouthful - I swilled, I slushed - but no, there was nothing else to extract from this lager. I swallowed - gone. After a few moments, the last vestige of flavour on the palate was gone. Looking back at the description of Austrian beer given in my opening remarks, I wondered where I had gone wrong. This brew was not amber, malty or sweet! CONCLUSIONS I have tried a number of beers from around the world in my time - and recently I have written about them here on this web site. I have enjoyed many of them. I have taken a great dislike to the flavour of a few. I rarely come across such a bland, untasteful, undistinguished, disappointing brew as this one. It ranks along side the low grade tasteless pap that is pumped out in wagon loads and sold off in mass produced stacked high cheap multi-packs in supermarkets. I drank one bottle by itself. I drank the other alongside a plate of steak and chips. Neither was memorable - neither enhanced the event! Would I drink it again? What do you think? I did go to Vienna this Summer. As expected, Austria brews a number of beers. The common ones - all pale lagers these - are Schremser, Otterkring, Gösser, Kaiser and Zipfer. The last is the only one that I have found freely available in the UK and is immediately forgettable. Perhaps because of the experience I am recounting here I steered well away from it. I did ask on several occasions for a Schwarz Bier and was only served it once. Produced by Hofbräu Kaltenhausen, it is a dark cloudy, almost muddy, wheat beer with a very strong hint of bananas which tasted far better than it looked. For what its worth: Zipfer original. 660ml. Single bottles £1.75. Tesco offer them at 2 for £3. [POSTSCRIPT: If you are still puzzling over my title it is definition of the Zipf's law, named after the Harvard linguistic professor George Kingsley Zipf (1902-1950). Defined as the observa
        tion that frequency of occurrence of some event (P), as a function of the rank (i) when the rank is determined by the above frequency of occurrence, is a power-law function Pi ~ 1/ia with the exponent (a) close to unity. There's always a difficulty getting titles to accept the more obscure mathematical characters!! Mind you it probably also determines the natural likelihood of ending up with a properly formatting review here on doo.yoo after you press the "Submit" button!!!]

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          28.05.2003 20:08
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          The way i see it the Chili Peppers should have called the Zephry Song, the Zipfer song. As its great flying away on a Zipfer or 8. This as another lager which I encountered in Asda's lovely 4 big bottles for £5 range, ot most of the bottles worked out roughly £1.60 ish for one 660ml bottle. Its Austrian, its lovely to drink and by god its a strong one, 5.4% of lovelyness. Small Story: Right heres a little story all about how i bought a Zipfer and quite frankly fell in love. I was in Asda enjoying all the fabulous deals they have to offer, including 3*4 packs for £10, 4 big bottles for £5 and many more. I was undecided, but the best value is the 4 big bottles for £5. So i scouted through them all, Tiger my first choice, so i hade to get 2 of those, then i found Zipfer, seen the shape of the bottles, shaped like a beutiful women so i couldn't refuse plus the extra strength was a bonus too, plus i got some Nastro Azzuro. Upon consuming these beers, Tiger speaks for its self see my Tiger review. Nastro Azzuro well it smelt like shall i say 'WEED (SKUNK)' upon opening the bottles so i thought i was in for a treat, oh how wrong was I. Then last but not least i bought some Zipfer and what a treat i was in for this time around!! I got my bottle, had a look and a little read of the label, noticed that the cap was a very easy screw off cap, how convinient, no bottle opener needed, they twist off with ease and they are ideal when you can't be bothered for effort. SO this made first impressions for a lazy git like me GREAT. Then upon taste, mmmmmmmmmmmmm, crisp, refreshing, strong but easy to drink. Its was an amazing sense off wow this beers lovely. To put it simpley because thats all i can do, its not a lager that has a distinctive characteristic that you can pick up on, like a fruityness, or a perticular taste. Its just lager at its best and at its strongest, as usually a strong lager along the lines of 5% vol or more,
          usually can tend to be h orrible after a few, or just nasty. Oh no this is different, i couldn't get sick of this if it replaced water as the natural hydration source for the whole world! My ideal world: Hot and cold taps and aren't hot and cold, they are beer pumps that are both ice cold, one produces Tiger Beer, and the other produces Zipfer. In my world i would have lushious salty beer snacks growing from trees, a certainly perticular plant ;) would grow every where like nettles and thorn bushes. Then there would be a take away on every street corner offering any thing you wanted, from a diverse range of curries to the finest pizza and parmo's in all the land! And thats sums up my world :D. Strange little person i am! Anwyays thats Zipfer, an inspirational beverage that come in very close to being the greatest bevvy in the world, its infact to be honest for me tagging along with tiger with not a fart between either of them, its thats close in the beer race of life for me. This beer like many other lagers has its strenghts but i can't seem to find a weakness like most other bevvies, apart from the fact thats its not as common as say, Fosters, Stella, Carling, Heineken and so on. Its exceptionally easy to drink, its lovely to drink, its great value, its a refreshing change to the likes of Carling, Fosters etc as they seem to be the only things i can get hold of if i don't want to go looking to hard to find a new and exciting lager or beer to drink. Its basically another sort of Stella, Grolsch and ya know the type a european premium improted lager which is probably one of the best European lagers i have ever had, Praise be to Austria!!!! Its not as sickly after a few like some of the other Euro lagers, ands its not as bitter as those malty hopsy lagers that really aren't very nice warm, or even cold to be honest (not mentioning names *CARLING*)! If your a fan of new bevvies and you are in general a
          lover of most beers check this out, even if you stick to the likes of Fosters, Stella ... then check this out its an amazing lager thats good value considering its uncommon status! So get to asda, and fly away on my Zipfer, were gonna live for ever!

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          Vollbier, 5,4%vol percent Alcohol. Brewed in Austria since 1858