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Série Signature Kellerbier - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 114
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 8.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 08-01-2009

Unfiltered golden lager inspired by the Kellerbiers, or "cellar beers", found in the northern Bavarian region of Franconia. This Kellerbier marries a rich malt flavor with an herbal hop character.
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Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep orange amber, almost brown but with an opaque unfiltered appearance. Some cola sticking carbonation but also some fine sized bubbles that rise quickly through the body. The head is creamy but small, forming only about two fingers but manages some soapy pill lacing, and has a very vanilla crème to banana yellow color and foamy puck.

Heavinly fruity esters going on, with large spicy malt like base. Creamy sensing vanilla and spiced clove with a big fig like note that dominates the nose. Very fruit forward with a raisin like sweetness that comes over. Dense. Rich. Smells very inviting, almost hinting at Belgian character but definitely lighter and of course not with any sucrose naturally. Big Keller indeed, and then some real creamy banana to match.

Palate comes with a large malty base. Hints of bock like big quality and caramel malt, with light phenolic character. Crisp finish and real big spicy sensations. Large banana finish with spiced nutmeg and allspice hot dry air aftertaste. The mouthfeel at such low abv is very impressive, thick, rushing and big malt coating everywhere. A bit of a fussel warmth and booming alcohol like sensation surprisingly coming off as a bigger brew. Chewy palate with an almost nutty flavor too match.

It's very impressive, a little large and unexpected, but really delicious for a Keller. (1,418 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Les Trois Mousquetaires "Série Signature Kellerbier"
$6.26 Canadian for 20 oz. on tap @ BierMarkt, Montreal

Appearance: Hazy golden body beneath a creamy head of white. Excellent retention and lacing, leaving solid walls of lace behind.

Aroma: Floral hops, basic grainy malt, yeast.

Flavor: Pilsner malt threaded through with noble hops, spicy and grassy. Solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Median to moderate carbonation. Gently crisp, delicately bristling the tongue, and then smooth with malt and yeast.

Overall: Pretty impressive. It stands right up there with some of the best Kellerbiers I've tried in Germany. It's components are all distinct, yet it pulls together as one. Very balanced and rounded. Remarkably drinkable in that it's easy to drink, but also offers enough character to keep it interesting. (831 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours a cloudy sunshine yellow with a big airy tan head that gassily settles from three fingers to a healthy ring around the glass.
Okay retention; not much lacing.

S:
Dry, musty grass. Old books, fresh cut grass, earth, herbs, soap.

T:
Earthy, doughy, green. Wheat, soapy yeast flavors, earth, herbal bitterness.

M:
Dry, refreshing, ridiculously carbonated. Medium bodied with a lingering tingle and a dry finish. Easy drinking.

O:
Tasty beer.
This drinks like a hybrid between a pils and a weiss. It looks and has the smell of a weissbier, but the bubbly, fresh, crispness of it is not. Pours nice, interesting nose. Tastes kind of muted (it is a fairly oldish bottle) but is nice and 'flat' tasting (mark of a good German beer IMO).
Would probably have again; worth trying if for nothing else than it is not an oft-done style. (836 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date as far as I can see.

A: Pours a hazy pale gold with the biggest, frothiest white head I've seen. There is 1/2" of liquid and the entire rest of the Duvel tulip is foam. Head takes forever to settle down, top-tier retention. Huge doily-like lacework everywhere. Big island of foam.

S: Lightly citrusy and grassy. Light dried-out hay really, not so much a fresh-cut grass. Mild crackery malt. Hint of some spiciness like black pepper.

T: Again, lightest hint of citrus and hay up front but a surprisingly spicy black pepper and herbal quality. Some sweet grains in the middle but the herbal hops blasts in again before long. Long lingering grainy black pepper aftertaste.

M: Light/medium body, very smooth and spicy.

O: A spicy, peppery Kellerweiss is there ever was one. Great smooth mouthfeel, a proper lager for sure. Super drinkability but borderline due to all the herbal and peppery flavors. Gives it a real kick. Very flavorful for 5.5% as a result. Sorta reminds me of a really peppery saison at points. (1,032 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clouded, darkish golden-orange body with a tall, sustained, meringue-like, white head. Thick lacing.

Smell: Toasted grains with an ultra thin edge of sugar, fresh, yeasty dough, a clean, spicy, bitter herb hop aroma, with an underlying growing fruitiness.

Taste: Subtly toasty, lightly doughy maltiness with a light touch of honey sweetness. Spicy, lightly herbal (a tad grassy) hops with a thin bit of lemony citrus. Medium-light bitterness. A bit of sour yeast character. Drying, herbal-laden finish with touches of yeast and minerality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. High, tingly carbonation.

Overall: A very pronounced level of carbonation, but, still, it's a rather refreshing brew. (708 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer poured out very cloudy as the all of the yeast was poured out from the bottom of the bottle.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose along with hints of bready malts.
T: The taste has complex flavors of yeast along with notes of grassy and herbal hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This Kellerbeer seems to be happier compared to other beers I've had but still has nice complex flavors of yeast. (706 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, it was hazy yellow gold color with champagne-like bubbles racing up the brew and as expected had a massive 4-5 finger snow white foamy head that looked like soap overflowing from a washing machine; the head was full of bubbles of all shapes and sizes and dissipated very slowly leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down. The head never went away and was very impressive, it looked like a well-hopped DIPA and each pour from the bomber kicked up more cloudy sediment.

Smells of sweet malt, wheat bread, wet cardboard, yeast, light caramel and floral hops or herbs. Slightly skunky yeast odor then trails off fruity and hoppy with a touch of spices; not quite a lager and not quite a Belgian nose, a mix of the two that was alright.

Tastes like a rich malty lager, with wheat bread, funky yeast or a penny/metallic flavor, tea leaf, biscuit, lightly roasted grains, caramel, floral hops, fruit like apple skin, lemon, dry grass or hay, and light hoppy spices; the flavor is on the sweet side, but it has that German beerhall flavor that dares you to pound it as it is easy to drink with a fine balance of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost smooth, with very mild carbonation, a medium to almost chewy body, and a slightly bitter sweet malty finish that has some lemon zest and hop bite to it.

The Kellerbier/Zwickelbier style is not one I get my hands on often, but this was quite good and sessionable, one I recommend trying as it was tasty with a low ABV. Would love to pound about 10 of these on a sunny Saturday afternoon and see what kind of chaos would follow, in the spirit of German brewing, of course... (1,669 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Weizen glass. - sweet malt & honey aromas fly at the moment cap is removed. Golden color, crystal clear appearance. White froth, foamy & lasting thin layer on top, spots are left on sides. Slightly woody, grainy & malty aromas. Crispy upfront, light citric flavor & arising bitterness rounded by green wood & light piney hues. Light body. Soft carbonation. Dense palate & spicy touch, gentle effervescence but no watery sensation. Low herbal, honey notes & clean bitterness –allowing caramel be shown- resolve in a dry bitter/sweet finish. Refreshing & nice drinkability !! (589 characters)

Photo of bschinelli
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy, yellow gold into a Pilsner flute. Lots of very white foam that continues to coat the surface of the beer all the way down the glass. Lots of thick lacing along the glass.

S - Interesting aroma, lots of spice suggesting Noble hops, with some cereal grain at the end.

T - Lots of initial spicy hop bitterness on the tongue at first, then following with some toasted bread notes.

M - Very soft and light on the palate.

O - An excellent, drinkable beer. I'd prefer it in the summer, but didn't want to wait. (528 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice semi-hazy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of oranges, mango, grassy hops, some sweet caramel and bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has an orangy/mango fruitiness, a grassy hop bitterness, a slight earthiness, faint honey/caramel and some bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (577 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle from Peluso in Montreal. Bottled about 3 months ago. From notes.

A - Poured a nice hazy golden orange colour. Strong carbonation and a two finger fluffy white head. Great wall of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Orange, yeast, grass.

T - Orangey yeast, crackers, maybe wheat? Sweet fruits.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a sweet grassy finish.

O/D - A little underwhelming, but decent for the style I suppose. Enjoyed the 375mL format b/c I probably wouldn't finish a 750 of this. (515 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare five on appearance. Giant egg shell head fills the flute of the tulip glass. Settles slowly, sea foam consistency. Thick lacings right to the finish. Peach colour. Appropriately cloudy. Just wonderful.

Fresh grass seed with some generous noble bitterness. Subtle honey sweetness underneath.

Wet hay and honey sweetness blends seemlessly with fresh grass which morphs into a nice resinous bitterness, pine.

Spot-on keller. Can easily imagine drinking this at a German country brew house. (499 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden copper colour, finger of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Leafy green hops, grassy notes, vegetal greens and a wheat malt finish.

T - Much like the nose with heavy grassy hops dominating, sour citrus hop notes come through alongside a bready malt profile and some wheat grass on the finish. The citrus bitterness is surprisingly strong on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A great example of the style, loads of flavour and easily sessioned. I could pound this stuff for days! (553 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes
A - ully hazy golden orange, tall white head retained forever and left lots of random lacing
S - Oranges, pepper and spices, mild leafy and herb hop notes, light grain
T - very similar to the nose, also a mineral and honey qualities
M - edium body with bright carbonation, peppery tingle with mild hop dry finish
O - an interesting and enticing mix of flavours, super easy drinking, a unique brew and style (417 characters)

Photo of kylesobrien
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice marmalade-like orange yellow. Sizable, rocky head which dissipates somewhat after pouring. Nice lacing around the fringe of the glass. Unfiltered and opaque, but not cloudy. Aromas of noble hops and a slight whiff of sulfur. Smells like a European pilsner, although with a little less hop character up front than many examples of that style.

Flavor is pleasantly hoppy, and vaguely tart. Not as dry as I would have expected, as there is a slightly malty aftertaste. Carbonation level is refreshing, as it is not excessive. The hoppyness appears to intensify as I finish my glass; although this is an unfiltered pilsner, the IBUs are up there with some of the hoppier pales I've tried.

Overall, I'm enjoying the Kellerbier. I could do without the slight maltiness, but that's more my preference (for Bohemian instead of Bavarian lagers) and not a knock on the beer itself. I think it would go really well with summer fare, as it definitely seems like a fine food beer to me. I always like trying unfiltered pilsners (especially those on lees), and this is one of the better examples of that style. I'd pick this up again. (1,135 characters)

Photo of mactrail
1.99/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am trying to find the slightest evidence to call this a Kellerbier. It's so strongly and peculiarly flavored, and so oddly bitter. The beer pours nicely, leaves a proper head, and seems to be normally carbonated. The smell, however, is just wrong. Something like last year's apple forgotten in the potato bin.

I am struggling to place that overwhelming and unpleasant flavor. It tastes just like some cheap and elderly sweet lager from the wrong side of the Danube, only amplified. Is it oxidized, somehow? Corked? There's no bacterial taste, just the rusty, dirty, bad fruit flavor. It's somewhat buttery, so maybe it's the diacetyl flavor gone wild. The excessive bitterness doesn't taste like hops, so maybe there are some other organisms playing in the sandbox.

Too revolting to drink more than a few amazed sips. This is the newer label that's been around for at least a couple of years. $11 for the big bottle, I'm sorry to say. (938 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up directly at the brewery.

Appearance: A thick fluffy head with a patchwork of lacing that becomes a sheet of foam covering the glass as it empties. Body is a hazy light gold. Simply marvelous.

Smell: Earthy minerals, grainy, citrusy and zesty.

Taste: Minerals, caramel malt, good bite, some fruit plushness. Never too strong yet flavor is fulfilling.

Mouthfeel: Real good carbonation, smooth yet firm and a great balance. Full bodied yet manages to feel light.

Overall: A real winner. Refreshing and elegant. This can be a good gateway beer yet still satisfy the discerning craft beer drinker. (607 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. No apparent freshness date.

Pours a cloudy orange/gold. A huge white head on top. Great retention.

Smell is nice and light. Honey, sweet bready malt and a very slightly funky scent.

Beer starts with some honey, bready malt, a slight sour flavour. The finish is very light, slightly bitter and a bit empty. Nice start but a weak finish.

Light bodied, moderate carbontation. Refreshing but a bit thin. I suppose that is the point.

Overall, I find this hard to rate because I am not much of a lager fan. Trying to rate this to style, it seems pretty good. Some nice and interesting flavours- the slight sour/funk is very good. However, the lightness and "clean" flavour does not work for me. Since I suppose those are part of the package for a Keller Bier, I would say this is a good example of the style. (823 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A three-inch, foamy white cloud is long lasting over the hazy, light-honey gold beer with random carbonation emanating from within. Big patches of lace are left on the thick walls of a Ruppert’s mug.

Fresh hay is accented by sweet caramel with sour dough and subtle hop aromas.

The flavor is bready with honey, grains, a light touch of lemon and amazingly well balanced. There are even hints of sourness before an endlessly long, bitter finish. Warmth brings out hop flavors including some mint.

This one has a full-to-medium body with cotton texture and no perceptible alcohol. The carbonation is fizzy.

This is my first Keller Bier and I found it to be highly satisfying and nourishing. I imagine this would be perfect with lunch, after physical work in the summer. However, I easily finished the entire bomber while reading in February. (845 characters)

Photo of cpolking
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours orange and dark golden in color with a half-inch head of thick, yet fizzy, and almost creamy foam that is off-white in color.

The aroma is grainy, very earthy, slightly funky, with a fruity tartness.

The taste is of rich golden grain, grassy, a bit earthy and woody, with a tart citrusy note, and a very bitter and dry finish.

This is as complex of a lager as you are going to find. It is tasty and worth repeating. (436 characters)

Photo of gkunkle
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 into my Hofbrau Maskrug (liter mug). Body of the beer is a hazy orange amber color with visible carbonation. A few solids can be seen floating around. The head stands two fingers after the pour. Retention is impressive, its been sitting for at least 5 minutes and it has barely fallen. Smell is of light sweet malts, strawberries, slightly wild, truly delicious smelling. Taste is smooth and clean. I detect herbal hops, Some biscuit, some citrus. Mouthfeel is average, with a tickle of carbonation. This is a great beer, really tasty, generally enjoyable with a nice low ABV. (611 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, ChrisPro! Bottle poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a light amber color, clear, white frothy head, thin collar, thin cap, slight spotty lace.

S - Spicy, grassy, malty, slightly bready. Very nice and enjoyable nose, with lots going on in such a light beer.

T - Similar to the nose, but heavier on the sweetness and bready notes. The spices and malts are spot-on and the grassy notes round things out nicely.

M - Light, good carbonation, refreshing, clean finish.

O - An enjoyable beer that very easy to drink and offers a nice amount of complexity for only being 5.5%. Would definitely drink again, if offered. (627 characters)

Photo of Caudalie
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle with cork in a riedel magnum red wine glass

A: pretty intense deep gold color, troubled with a good white head.

S: Pretty malty, with hay aromas, dried herbs, and corn. This is ok

T: Pretty intense for a pilsner, but balanced. good.

O: a nice beer, but not a rebuy for me. (303 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light amber lager with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt is totally dominating with no discernable hops. Taste is also a malt bomb with loads of malt that is easily quaffable and with some light horse grain notes also discernable. Full body with great carbonation and no noticeable alcohol. Good stuff! (377 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.86/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Les Trois Mousquetaires Kellerbier has a slightly hazy body that is bright gold in color. The head is big and white, with good retention and lacing. Lacing sticks in thick rings to the glass.

Strangely fruity aroma, with a hint of mustiness. Good malt character, with lightly sweet bread notes to it. Floral hops make an appearance as well.

I'm not a fan of this one. The hops come through at first and are quite pleasant, with floral and grassy notes being most powerful, and a light earthy tone coming through as well. Light to moderate bitterness. The malt is light and just a hint sweet, with good notes of both grain and bread. The flavors that come next are the ones that I am not a fan of. First, a buttery flavor hijacks this whole thing, making the initial pleasant flavors hard to enjoy or even notice after a while. It's possible that this is a diacetyl problem, but I am by no means positive of this. There is also a lot of fruity esthers floating around in there. My guess is that these are intentional, but I don't really want them anywhere near my pilsner.

The body on this one is good, with a nice heft from the unfiltered body.

I was pumped to see that a few beers from Les Trois Mousquetaires landed in my market, but the fact that this one was underwhelming at best will definitely make it difficult for me to pick up another one of these. (1,362 characters)

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Série Signature Kellerbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.