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Série Signature Kellerbier - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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88
very good

104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: MeisterBurger on 08-01-2009)
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bschinelli

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

03-01-2014 19:34:45 | More by bschinelli
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oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Its always good to find a new Keller beer of good quality, and this from a Quebec brewer fits that bill.Poured into a .5 liter stein a hazed rich golden with deep burnt orange tint,a large fluffy white head that flowed over my stein atop,it settles nicely into a frothy mass.Toasty,grainy malt aromas with a little iron and leafy hop,a nice mix of the malt and German hops.Toasty and quite dry on the palate,a tinge of mineral/iron and spicy hop, with crisp finish makes for a real drinker on a crazy hot day like today down here in NC it fits the bill.A very nice keller beer crisp with good flavor,Iam gonna try the dopplebock next from these guys.

05-02-2010 20:32:10 | More by oberon
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

08-25-2013 19:01:50 | More by cam477
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

First of my LTM 750ml bottle-haul from Drummondville.

Since my only true beer "mug" is a massive Paulaner stein, I instead poured this into a curved Steam Whistle pilsner glass. A deep tawny golden brew, opaque with sediment - looks a great deal like fresh-squeezed white grapefruit juice. A brilliant two-inch high head that has receded into a solid half-inch layer of foam. Scads of patchy lacing. Great retention. Kellers don't need a boat load of lacing, but this looks bloody brilliant, so I upped the markage here.

Nose is quite pleasant: apple, peanut, floral aromatic hops, grain, malt.

Finally: a Canadian zwickel with some chesthair (not literally - that would be gross). Big blast of nutty, grainy goodness with a sharp floral hop tang. Citrus (grapefruit), apple and a nice moderate malty backing. Took a few sips to get my tastebuds in tune, but I'm liking what I've encountered so far. About as flavorful as a 'non-filtered pilsner' as you're going to get.

Thicker-bodied for a lager, which is all kinds of good. Slightly creamy, lovely mild carbonation. Reminds me of a real home brew mouthfeel, which I dig greatly.

After receiving but a taste of what LTM had to offer last summer with their standard mixpack, I couldn't wait to sample more of their brews. I can safely say that their Kellerbier was more than worth the wait. A markedly bitterer and huskier kellerbier than I've experienced before, but this robust flavor was certainly welcome. Terrific work from LTM!

12-07-2010 04:53:30 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-10-2014 16:41:52 | More by Janeinma
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a bright hazy copper color with a lasting white head. Aroma of bready malt, lemon, and an earthy mustiness. The taste is lemon, honey, peppery spices, yeast, and floral/grassy hops. Medium bodied, really good creamy mouthfeel. This is my first beer of the style so I had no idea what to expect. A 750mL bottle is a bit difficult to finish off but this is a well-done, interesting beer.

07-19-2010 02:26:15 | More by chickenm
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djcreepshow

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -30%

10-25-2012 05:13:01 | More by djcreepshow
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +9.7%

750ml, caged and corked bottle, enjoyed in a smallish central hotel room in Montreal, with some tasty boulangerie/deli/SAQ takeout.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium-dark golden yellow hue, with a copious amount of bulbous, thin, puffy off-white head, which leaves some nice, sparsely-strewn fuzzy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of fresh cut hay, dandelion salad, a twinge of clover honey, and sharply biscuity, grainy pale malt. The taste is more of that pleasant aroma, writ large - crisp, crackery, biscuity malt, wet hay, acerbic grass, a bit of sour generic citrus rind, soft earthy honey, and a touch of resinous pine needle.

The carbonation is fairly understated, yet somehow barely restrained seeming, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, a certain edge from the hop and grain providing a minor burr, one easily washed over. It finishes on the dry side, still steadfast in its all-around crispness.

One in a select group of German-style lagers that just begs to be consumed, from that first moment of introduction. LTM has nailed that concept, so glad that I have more of it with which to wile a bit of warm afternoon away, as this is one equitable example of the originators of the style - hoppy, biscuity, dry, and simple in the best sort of way. Not much more to say here, I suppose, other than some big-ups to those Quebecois fellas who thought this might be a good idea to pursue in the first place.

08-03-2009 04:26:21 | More by biboergosum
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow sunset, and the head is a super-foamy, craggy half-inch of froth, pretty firm and leaving a sticky, thick lace as it dwindles.

Typical bready/biscuit-like pilsner nose, although a little bit more white wine in there, and having a slightly wilder disposition, yeast-wise. Clean and present hops.

Taste leans on the tart side, like sucking on a dandelion stem, and with its white grape, peppery spiciness, and slightly funky edge, I'm reminded of white wine. Dry cracker/biscuit malt; a bit of lemon; hops very much green/young tasting. Definitely has that wild or natural feel of any unfiltered beer. Crisp, sharp and dry in the mouth, well carbonated but smooth drinking nevertheless, with a lingering grassy hops vibe sticking around in the finish forever. Surprisingly similar to a Belgian saison in a few ways...

Only my second-ever Keller/Zwickel, the other being New Glarus's excellent Yokel. The Yokel felt more like what a traditional version might be like, while this feels adulterated or more experimental. And that's fine with me. Still haven't had one from the fatherland, so I suppose I've yet to try the real deal, but I know I like the style based on these two examples.

04-12-2011 23:01:36 | More by Metalmonk
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Very drinkable, sessionable even for a weekend lunch. Purs a light colour with a generoud creamy head. Malty aroma. Nicely balanced Saaz hop, a mild taste. Coincidentially, Creemore releases a kellerbeer at the same time, which was more creamy, more tasty.Very Above average mouthfeel.

09-21-2009 02:08:31 | More by Sammy
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

02-19-2013 01:32:42 | More by CanuckRover
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

750ml bottle from K&L Redwood City, enjoyed with a dinner of käsespätzle cooked by an actual German person (hell yeah!).

A - Poured into Bruery tulip - clear golden-straw with a large, frothy white head.

S - Aroma is pale malt, grain, floral and grassy hops, yeast, and a little pepper.

T - Flavor is floral, grassy, herbal, peppery, and yeasty with bready pale malt and some grain. This beer comes off as really unfiltered and rough, in a good way. I like it.

M - Palate is crisp with medium-light body and some prickly carbonation.

D - Drinkability is high. Overall this beer is very nice for the style.

10-30-2009 18:45:16 | More by nickd717
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juliendesrochers

Quebec (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

03-19-2013 13:10:46 | More by juliendesrochers
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Bought at an IGA in Ahuntsic. 750ml poured into big pilsner glass. Had breakfast 9 hours ago and now starving so this will sustain me until supper.
A- Cloudy gold topped with a big pile of delicious looking sticky foam. Thick honeycomb lacing. Great retention.

S- Great citrus in the hop profile. A bit like smelling a very ripe white grapefruit. Grain is hard to pickup underneath all the hops but I'm getting some musty but fresh(?!) barley.

T- Still some citrus in the hops but a lot more wood and boiled green which I hadn't found in the smell. The dirty hops work with the beer but I find they get kind of nauseating.

M- Very smooth. Low carbonation offers but a tiny tingle. Can't say this is dry.

D- Good. A pretty heavy tasting lager. So basically very tasty but a bit harsh to drink a whole bunch.

Good beer. I'd drink it again. Fun when you hesitate between a clean euro lager and something busier.

08-28-2010 00:46:39 | More by Yoonisaykul
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

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

08-03-2012 23:45:30 | More by joemcgrath27
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -16%

Straw-yellow in colour, clear with an airy white head. Some lacing but not much retention.

Subtle astringent smell with floral hops, grain and yeast most prominently featured.

Well-balanced with floral, grassy hops and grainy malt up front. A touch of caramel way off in the background. A bit astringent tasting but not so much as to be a bad thing; it's actually the most unique part of this beer. Pretty light tasting aside from the astringency and a mild, bitter, dry finish.

Light body with a medium carbonation. Nice enough feel.

While this isn't a bad tasting beer, I can't say it's all that drinkable. I've never really had a beer tasting like this one (maybe because I've never tried a kellerbeer) and enjoyed the first glass for it's uniqueness but finishing this whole 750ml is going to be a little hard. It's a bit too astringent and bitter to have more than one. Worth checking out, just don't plan on sessioning this one.

08-16-2009 02:14:50 | More by eat
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

Deep golden colour, and fairly clear considering it is unfiltered. Big fluffy off-white head is generated, and leaves many patches of lacing behind as it falls.

Flowery aroma, with a base of biscuity malt. A real freshness to the smell, some newly cut grass in there.

Taste is fairly sweet up front, quite malty. The hops quickly start to kick in, there is a sharp grapefruit rind flavour over a good dose of peppery spiciness. Lingering pink grapefruit. Quite unique, at least amongst beers I've had.

Fuller bodied than most lagers, and a medium level of carbonation. Works with the fuller flavour.

This is a great beer with a full flavour that is far from the norm. Certainly worth checking out, and makes me want to find more in this style.

02-11-2010 04:05:21 | More by elricorico
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kylesobrien

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

07-30-2012 01:01:03 | More by kylesobrien
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

750 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a lightly clouded orange color with a finger of creamy, thick white head that holds and laces very well.

S: Ripe, mushed bananas, wet grains, caramel, and berries.

T: More ripe and mushed bananas, strangely sour grainy notes, sweet berries, and cloves.

M: The body is medium-light with average carbonation and a smooth finish.

O: This is good but a little heavy on the banana. Is this just a feature of the unfiltered Kellerbier style?

04-11-2011 06:02:59 | More by bucklemyshoe
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

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!

01-11-2012 19:20:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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Kroehny_Loves_Hops

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-12-2014 00:59:40 | More by Kroehny_Loves_Hops
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metter98

New York

3.91/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

04-27-2014 22:37:43 | More by metter98
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%

The Kellerbier is only recently coming back into fashion, but was once a very famous variety of beer in Germany. Kellerbier is pretty much an unfiltered and unpasteurized lager brewed with pale malts - it dates all the way back to the middle ages. They show a creamier and less crisp mouthfeel than a pilsner, but also offer up more warm malt sweetness.

Les Trois Mousquetaires is becoming one of my favorite Quebec breweries; their Baltic Porter is among the best porters I've ever had! This Keller is on the other end of the spectrum from the Baltic Porter - it is 5.5% abv, comes in a corked 750ml bottle, and provides creamy smooth lagered goodness. This is not usually the first beer style I will pull out of the fridge, but on the right day and occasion it fits just perfectly. Think about a hot day, but you've been inside the whole time. You want something smooth and refreshing, but don't need the absolute crispness of a pilsner or pale ale. Kellerbier to the rescue!

I opened the Keller up cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a stemmed Pilsner glass. The beer was dangerously pretty glowing a soft, slightly hazy golden orange in the center, which shined outwards to a rich transparent copper yellow with hints of brown and sun. The head was a magnificent pure white foam 2 inches on top of the beer and was filled with big airy bubbles and dense carbonation. The contrast here was sublime. It was like a silver head glimmering on top a gold plated beer - very awesome.

The nose was very delicate with soft floral aromas of lavender, fresh herbs, cut grass, and whole hops. Malts are not totally devoid here though; gentle biscuit and pale malts shine in through the back and bring a very light caramel and slightly warm toffee along with. There is a touch of citrus here also, but overall the nose is elegant and reminiscent of fresh flowers and blooming whole hops.

This is a smooth and juicy beer - if you are looking for gentle, clean, but creamy and flavorful, this is a delicious treat. All that floral aroma which is so soft on the nose comes in here right away and just washes over your tongue in a balancing act of pale and light caramel malt, and the distinct flavor of fresh bakes bread and biscuits.

While the malt is here, really a round hop bitterness greats you first showing herbal notes of hay field, light citrus zest, and a touch of spice. The bitter is wide and smooth and just powerful enough to clean your palate with ease. Malts to come back though and bring some sweetness that I didn't initially expect. There is honey, banana, peaches and plums all lightly touching my cheeks and finishing with a hint of toast and again biscuit.

The mouthfeel is very silky with medium carbonation, but fine and precise bubbles. This beer melts across your mouth and brings much more flavor than 5.5% suggests. That being said, it is generous, not powerful. This is a Keller, and by definition is soft and juicy, not large and aggressive. The hop freshness at the front and back of the beer makes it very refreshing, and the mellow balance of malts helps it remain purely delicious.

I would keep this beer away from more intense foods like Indian, Mexican or Chinese food - it will just be overwhelmed. But it will work wonders with grilled meats, soft cheeses or fish. I feel like the winter will wash it away, so enjoy it in the sun, and it will treat you right.

08-20-2010 02:43:17 | More by StephenRich
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.93/5  rDev 0%

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 !!

04-18-2014 09:28:13 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +13.2%

750ml corked and caged, brought back from Montreal by a good friend - thanks Bobsy!

Pours a lightly hazed deep gold with a big fluffy two finger off-white head which leaves chunks of lace down the glass.

Floral and grassy hops in the nose, hints of citrus fruits, biscuit and caramel malt, juicy bitterness.

Oh man, this is a tasty beer. Big juicy floral and grassy hop profile with a bracing bitterness - not entirely unlike Victory's Prima Pils but feels fresher (due to it being unfiltered?), lightly spiced, hints of peaches, biscuit and honey, light caramel, citrus zestl. Sharp but not over the top carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Feels much bigger than the stated 5.5%. Perhaps a bit thin in the malt section but anything bigger would hurt the drinkability.

Oh how I wish I was closer to a regular supply of this beer. It could be a regular drinker, easily quaffable, plenty of kick. These guys do a MEAN lager. Compared to Creemore Keller this is 10 times meaner. Damn tasty, big flavor for a session beer.

06-29-2010 00:30:30 | More by ritzkiss
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Série Signature Kellerbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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