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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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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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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -28%

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.

01-10-2012 14:45:40 | More by Hojaminbag
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Pamola

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-24-2011 15:12:51 | More by Pamola
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

The body is a slightly hazed deep golden hue. I expected a bit more haze with it being unfiltered. 3 fingers of dense, big bubbled, soapy head looks almost like it was whipped. Small and large patches of "sudsy" lace cling to the glass.

Black pepper and a mellow earthiness are the base of the nose. It's even a bit salty, almost like Manzanilla olive juice; something I got out of their Porter Baltique as well. Unlike other Kellerbiers I've had, this one has a soft and sweet fruitiness to it composed of clementine peels, dried apricots, and overly ripe peaches. A very well rounded and pronounced smelling lager.

This is soft and almost delicate throughout. The earthy aspect is mellow but rich and just a touch bitter as it nears the finish. It's laced with both salt and pepper but the latter is more pronounced. Dried apricots and fresh peaches aren't as concentrated in the taste as they are in the nose but still manage to impart a pleasurable sweetness and good balance. Toasted and peppered rye bread are the beer's final impression with a twist of lemon peel to cut its density.

This is more smooth than crisp; another thing that differentiates this from other Kellerbiers I've had. It's straightforward and it's very, very well balanced.

Overall, this is the most enjoyable Kellerbier I've had to date. I really liked its fruity aspect as well as its delicate, soft, and smooth feel.

12-23-2011 22:52:44 | More by ludachris
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bigred89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

12-04-2011 02:38:31 | More by bigred89
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%

Beer poured from bottle into stemless Tulip shaped wine glass

A - Orange body; sticky lacing formed on the sides of the glass; white head; appears viscous; body has a cloudy appearance with some visible carbonation

S - Extremely malty; sweet notes, like fruits and yeast; some sour notes, almost a sour apple; sugary and berry notes are in there as well

T - Caramel and biscuit malt flavors; fruits like berry; sweet twists; slightly bitter aftertaste; apple-pear backdrop

M - Frothy and slightly thick; effervescent bubbly with a soapy rinse

D - Good beer and would match well with a variety of foods; unique

05-09-2011 16:48:06 | More by ferrari29
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rtepiak

Poland

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

a big thank you flipper2gv

i'm a kellerbier fan and this is fantastic and frightfully authentic... or well wouldn't be discernible from a german.

pour is a monster of a head that seems to scream i'm well made and oily. 3 fingers of head that seemed to crystallize into large bubbles with lace. nose of first and foremost... basement. hint of grape and apple and honey suckle. palate is floral grassy like that of an edible flower. interesting ester that are one part pollen, one part basement mildew and a hop dry finish of lingering oils. fantastic. my perfect session.

04-27-2011 00:08:14 | More by rtepiak
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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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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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steveh

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -14%

A recommendation by Tom Bergman of Binny's Highland Park for this beer. Found it hiding in my cellar after a couple months -- forgot I had it!

Not labeled as the Série Signature, but this appears to be the same brew at 5.5%. Large, 24.4 oz, corked bottle. Label reports that this Keller is a Pilsner at base, so I'll review toward that style.

A -- Poured into a HB Willi Becker; hazy, deep gold -- near apricot color, with a very dense and thick, eggshell white head.

S -- Nose is rather musty, even cork-like, with mild hints at bready malt back.

T -- Flavor is sweet, bready malt up front with that vague mustiness in the middle and lightly citric and spicy malts in the finish. Aftertaste is spicy, bitter hops, but not overpowering at all.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth and finishes dry with a light to light medium body.

O -- There is no bottling or best-by date on this beer, so I'm not sure if the mustiness is due to stale beer, or that's just the character of the brewery's yeast. Nevertheless, it gives this beer an odd character that might be overlooked in another style, but in a Pils it's rather damning -- even an unfiltered Pils. The sweet, fresh malt character saves this beer for me and allows me to finish the bottle, but I don't know if I'm tempted to pick up another.

04-07-2011 20:55:30 | More by steveh
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vancurly

Australia

3.58/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours a hazy apricot/orange. Slightly offwhite rocky head, with some strong bubbling.

Fleshy, yeasty aromas, floral hop, pale malt & husk. Maybe a hint of sweet corn.

Initially tastes nutty & spicy, with a rich, phenolic character that reminds me of farmhouse ales. But a firm hop backbone and bitterness sets it apart.

More body than the traditional pilsner, yet medium with a light creamy texture.

Not a common style in my country; it sits somewhere between pilsner and farmhouse ale. It's richness might be a challenge for some, but to me it oozes goodness.

02-12-2011 02:56:41 | More by vancurly
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%

Appearance: pours a orange color with some yellow highlights. A short 1/2" head breaks apart quickly.

Smell: grass, lemon zest, and some fresh baked bread aroma creates an enjoyable aroma.

Taste: grainy bread, grass, lemon zest, green apples, pears, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a light dryness late.

Drinkability: this is a very easy drinking beer. This beer is nicely refreshing and makes the tastebuds happy.

01-09-2011 19:51:35 | More by Gavage
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dgilks

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Mostly clear with only a slight haze from the lack of filtration. Golden colour with a nice, creamy off-white head. Good head retention.

Herbal, spicy hop character with just a touch of sweetness and fruit.

Lots of bitterness with a touch of malt character. A bit herbal.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A nice and interesting beer on the whole. A little less bitterness would help but it is still good.

12-27-2010 07:04:19 | More by dgilks
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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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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Kellerbier: unfiltred pilsner, as written on the sticker, poured into my favorite pint.

Result a nice looking beer, golden/blond, a little bit cloudy, a nice foamy white head with active carbonation, laces on the glass.

smell very natural to me, cereals, hop, floral/herbal tones..

Taste is good too. Hop is present all the way, but its a very smooth hop taste. Its malty as well, similar to a good english pale ale..

mouthfeel is interesting, its not watery, good texture, it is smooth, with bitterness as after-taste. carbonation is medium and active.

Drinkability is excellent. Flavors are well presented and balanced, however i dont know this style of beer, an old german recipe..so in dont know if its authentic or whatever...

but its very good!

12-02-2010 22:39:17 | More by Otterburn
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

Very funky and complex with none of the usual cleaned up lager profile found in craft pils. The beer pours slightly cloudy with a hoppy funky nose. Takes a few sips to get used to the slightly fruity/yeasty notes that come from being unfiltered. Very unique beer

11-30-2010 18:10:58 | More by canucklehead
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Raw, earthy, rich, and unadulturated. Somehow I think this is how real lagers were intended to be.

The pour delivers a murky orangeish/copper color with significant haze. A creamy thin head forms, laces well, and provides great staying power. Very un-lager like in appearance- more like an IPA in appearance.

Aromas are bready and tart. Malty breads/bread crust scent blends with sweet grains and modest caramel. Green apples/crabapples, lemons, and tart berries give an estery glimpse into the less clean aspects of lager beers.

Flavors are dominated by hoppy and estery notes but with the lager smoothness that is expected. Apples, lemons, and under rippened berries provide the estery zest on the light bready-caramel base. Very hoppy with lemongrass, fresh cut grasses, fresh herbs (basil, parsley, and spearment) giving a nearly tea-like flavor. Very complex, this beer shows that lagers can be hoppy- and succeed as such.

Medium weighted (maybe full compared to most lagers), but the beer's bready viscocity and malty weight is lightened by subtle carbonation, tart/lightly astringent hop bitterness, and minty alcohols.

A very delicious lager beer with more pronounced lemony/lemon grass earthiness and unadulturated heaft than usual. It's like drinking beer without training wheels.

11-07-2010 07:27:18 | More by BEERchitect
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Parrotshake

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours into a pilsner glass a very slightly hazy light orange with 2 fingers of slow-receding and sticky head. Absolutely gorgeous-looking lager.

Smell is less impressive, a subdued German pilsner-malt breadiness, with floral hops and a subtle and very interesting note of exotic citrus or tropical fruit.

Taste-wise the malt takes a back seat to the hops, providing a subtle backdrop of hay and sweet dough to the fresh-cut grass, lemon zest and pepper characteristics the hops impart. Opens and closes bitter, with an almost funky fruity flavor in the finish. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel, dry and refreshing.

Gentle and easy to drink but quite complex, and always interesting. I am about to polish off the 750 (an ideal partner for my lunch of fresh crab and and mayo, btw) and wish I had a lot more. Might be one of the best session beers I can think of.

10-11-2010 05:21:38 | More by Parrotshake
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottle courtesy of ZorPrime, 750ml bomber shared with the girlfriend and poured into a tulip and pint glass. Thanks Eric!

Pours a hazy, golden orange with spots of clarity around the edges. About three fingers of sudsy, and dish-soaplike (not in a bad way!) head. Settles nicely, with a shit-ton of webbed lace. Nose is a bouquet of fresh floral hops, fresh cut grass and a nice organic, earthy malt; crisp biscuitiness. Taste dominated by typical german pilsner hops and again, the fresh cut 'grassiness' of this beer shines brightly. Some more lemon zest and a hint of some mint here. Fairly long, dry finish with moderately-high bitterness. Drinkability is nice, I could do this 750 solo. Again, some nice stuff from LTM.

09-12-2010 22:18:20 | More by liamt07
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%

750ml bottle poured partially into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber colour with a huge frothy and fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There is also some great lacing and the head lasted for a while.

Smell - The beer has a very fresh and clean smell. Lots of hops, grains, floral and citrus notes.

Taste & Mouth - The beer actually has a good mouth feel, lots of carbonation that suits the beer wonderfully. First and foremost I can taste the hops, it also a refreshing mint like flavour to it that leaves a cooling feeling in your throat. I can also taste a honey sweetness and a peppery spice mix. The beer finishes with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - A great beer that I am happy I tried. I would recommend this beer to others who like a light but hoppy beer - perfect for warm days.

09-11-2010 00:17:23 | More by spinrsx
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danadeny

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

golden straw body color with a bit of haze. little head that fizzled out quickly, no carbonation in the body, but the bottle had plenty of pressure. smells similar to a belgian triple or a belgian amber yeast. hint of alcohol. good malty front end, a bit more than i expected. no traces of alcohol in the front but a little musty yeast flavor, smoth middle, and a hoppy bitter finish. overall a good balance. Mouthfeel is oily and thick.

09-08-2010 03:33:27 | More by danadeny
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trbergman

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%

Poured from a 750mL corked-and-caged bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a translucent yellow-orange with one finger of sticky white foam that leaves an intricate pattern of lace on the side of the glass.

S - Solid, bready malt character with lemon zest and grassy hop aroma.

T - Great bready malt flavor with a lemony tang and the grassy, floral taste of noble hops. Hop bitterness is moderate and spot on. Really well done.

M - Light body, perky carbonation, yet creamy due to its unfiltered nature.

D - Easy to drink, but with tons of flavor. One of the best lagers I've had in some time. Definitely a beer to seek out.

09-05-2010 05:15:55 | More by trbergman
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ADZA

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

This brew pours a cloudy off golden hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger head and nice lacing everywhere,the smell is quite sweet with aromas of honey,fresh pollen,toffee malt and also some musty vinegar,the mouthfeel really suits the style which nice and full feeling with flavours of jarrah honey,floral hops,fresh barley,a touch of mustiness and finishes with a nice bitter kick,overall a nice drop that has some tasty flavours due to the unfiltration.

09-02-2010 10:15:09 | More by ADZA
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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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Gilmango

California

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured from a corked 750 to a Duvel chalice. Bottle has a different label (tan not green, no signature series indication, but same beer, 5.5 abv, only kellerbier they make), this difference may just be cause Shelton Bros. is now importing it to the states. Picked up at Bottle Barn in Sta. Rosa, great price $7.99 for an imported corked 25 oz. beer, a kellerbier at that (hard to find at all, often pricey).

OK, I'm no beer reviewer but feeling inspired tonight, on with it. Looks good poured into my glass, beautiful rocky head that lingered and laced. Only slight issue on first pour was that the "unfiltered" nature of the beer was not readily apparent. But no worries, I homebrew and never filter and like when my own yeast stays out of the picture until such time as I may choose to bring it forth to my glass. Future pours reveal more of that kellerbier faint cloudiness, not a hefeweizen at all but a welcome light haze.

Smell, nice lager smell with very faint notes of yeast, bit of hops, bit of lager yeast sulfur in a good way I swear. But generally a muted smell. And yes, I searched in vain for a freshness date, hate when I cannot readily find one.

Taste, here's where the yeast and hops really shine, no it is not a super hoppy beer but the hops are much more apparent on the tasting than smelling, mostly bittering hops giving a great dry and lingering finish. More yeast than malt in their with the bittering hops, in a good way, probably why I love kellerbiers above most other lagers. Still a bit of a mystery to me is the age of this beer, I'm really enjoying it but could see this being a few months old, and really that's a testament to the beer I suppose.

Mouthfeel, well carbonated, very well attenuated (no cloying sweetness to speak of) while still balanced between malt and hops and the yeasty goodness.

Drinkability, yes, give me more, a pretty faithful re-creation of a great german/austrian style brewed here in north america, only 5.5% abv which is actually on the strong end for the style.

My first mousquetaires bottling and I'm impressed.

08-27-2010 04:55:38 | More by Gilmango
Série Signature Kellerbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.