Southampton Keller Pils - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Keller PilsSouthampton Keller Pils

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Gmann on 05-09-2010

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becker a lightly hazed oranged tinged medium golden with a fluffy bone white head that settled pretty slowly into a bubbly mass.Aromas were lightly toasted with some bready maltiness,faint herbal,leafy hops as well.More hop presence on the palate with green herbal notes along with a firm pretty dry crisp malt base.A sturdy well made unfiltered pilsner,not like a kellerbeer with it's bigger dose of hops,not bad.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an extremely good beer that doesn't bonk you over the head with the fist sip. Like a true pils, the Keller shows its depth and finesse as the pint draws down and maintains great balance throughout. This was a nice stumble-on at the Brass Rail, Cambelltown, PA.

Out of the bottle on 23 Nov. Not too much aroma. Very nice balance throughout. Still the SBC stubbie, I believe.

Photo of Billolick
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, purchased at Superstar Bev in Huntingon, NY.

pours clouded light and dull golden, the head is moderate, sparse, loose and off white. Goes to a collar, tiny bubble film and typical light spotty lacing.

Light, perfume spice and ample grassy notes in the nose.

More grassy notes, cinnamon like spice, noble hops drying things out. Worthy sessioner, decent with a lot if different types of food. Not a huge fan of the style, but this one is worth a try at least.

Photo of Soonami
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid Pilsener, but nothing super exciting. It is a beer that is well made to style with a nice pale color, good noble hop aroma and flavor and a solid biscuity malt background. This is a very sessionable beer, and one that I would order again, if I were at the bar watching a baseball or football game and didn't want anything too challenging. Thirst-quenching and well-rounded

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer in Moon at the Beer Store and I snagged the last remaining sixer just based off of the buzz I've heard. Great looking pils really rushes the palate and senses with fresh hops, this is a varietal I heard this years was Hallertau. Bright brilliant white foam cap leaves even lacing down the sides of my conical Victory prima pils glass. The golden straw has a sight haze over it like hop resins floating in the delicious summer seasonal. The nose comes and climbs in my nares with a nice full on sharp citrus peel tone lemons/limes more than anything else. Cereal biscuit malts sit beneath that strong citric hop bouquet. Flavor is aggressive with a biting hop edge of citrus fruit amongst a great bready light biscuit pale malt additions. Smooth lagering shows off what most lagers attempt to do. While drinking this I can't stop remembering old Tupper's Hop Pocket Pils. Hop burps pile on after half the glass is completed, mouthfeel is sturdy tight bubbled carbonation with a light bodied slightly oily feeling brew. Nice bone dry finish te way a German pils is supposed to check in with. Overall this is excellent stuff, it's something else to see heads and shoulders above the other 12 ounce offerings in bottle. A go to summer offering that may have to track down a whole case of, I only grabbed six at my local because that's all that was left in the cooler.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of musty light malt flavors with hints of lemon peel. As it warms the lemon peel aromas gain a mild tartness.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although a bit more one-dimensional. Light pilsner malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by earthy hop flavors. Midway through the sip hints of lemon peel flavors work their way into things before fading out in a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall the malt flavors weren't quite crisp enough to knock the flavor profile into the next level but even as it is I found this to be a refreshing beer. Worth a shot.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A--Bright golden yellow body. An aggressive pour yield two fingers of white fizz that dies without lacing. Proves it's unfiltered as there's a slight haze when held up to light. Picture perfect beer.

S--Impressive for a lager. Definite earthy and herbal notes from the hops, but especially a lemon-straw combo that's super inviting. A little bit of honeyed malt in the back.

T--Oh wow! This is a fantastic pils. Pretty much a Platonic pils for me. Bright, popping European hops all over the place, with a dry crackery malt center. The finish is long but clean, with plenty more woody earthiness compounded with buoyant lemon and straw. This almost /tastes/ like a freshly mowed lawn. Didn't pick much from the yeast being there, except maybe to jack up the mouthfeel and make it a little fuller.

M&D--Both are excellent. The mouthfeel is not watery and the carbonation is not overwhelming. The drinkability is insane. I'd be hard pressed between this and a top-notch IPA on a hot day. Almost makes you want to sweat so you have a good excuse to drink one--pairs well with food, too, which is a nice bonus. Most pilsners just kind of get out of the way, but the hop gives this sucker enough characteristic flavor to be a good match for shellfish or poultry.

Next time you wanna drink pinot grigio, give this a try. Better than most white wines I've had.

***PS--I had an older bottle of this (>2 months) and it wasn't as good--skunky. Definitely a seasonal to be consumed AFAP.

Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright yellow and sunny shiny in color with a nice head piled on top. Already a vertical inch of lace has formed and I haven't had a sip yet.

S: Lightly sweet and grainy with bright lemon, zesty hops and spice. Very nice and refreshing.

T: Good malt presence and plentiful German pils hop. Well balanced and full of tingly carbonation. Lemon and spice, flowery, and a little bready. Nice.

M: Smooth and slick broken up by brisk carbonation. Just where it should be.

O: Not a lot to say other than I like it and would welcome several more into my belly though that would probably be a few too many. I think they did a great job on this one.

Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pour in an English pint glass at Fat Heads

A - the beer is a very light gold/straw color, solid amount of tight white foam on top that leaves a good solid wall of lacing behind.

S - very crisp, fruity hops...lemon peel, grassy hops

T - solid amount of fruity lemon peel, lemon juice in the crackery malt bed, finishes with bittering piney/grassy hops

M - light bodied, carbonation is tight and lively. leaves lingering piney bitterness behind.

D - solid all-around, great example of a great (and under appreciated style). could drink this all night. nicely done.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with a mushroom cloud of white foam that quickly dissipitated. A biere de garde keller element with the pils, nice is you appreciate the keller. Above average mouthfeel, good drinkability. A little lemon, a little pils malt.Good fall refreshment.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton never fails to hit the mark, and their Keller Pils is no exception. The malt is grainy and sweet, and the hops are floral and spicy - both in the aroma and the flavor. The small amount of yeast adds a subtle touch of character as well. It's solidly bitter, but not overdone, leaving it perfectly balanced. The malt appears up front, followed immediately by the hop flavors, and then a rising bitterness as you enter the long, dry finish. It's not a complex beer, nor is it intended to be, but it is full of flavor. if there's any flaw here it's that the head retention could be better. Quite nice. Well worth trying.

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, new to the seattle market

appearance: served in a hilliards can-pint, clear straw-golden body, average carbonation - fluffy white head, but no lace

smell: grain, biscuit malt, noble hop

taste: a nice pilsner - strong balance between dry crackery malts and light euro hops, a touch floral in the finish. I could see buying a sixer of this, given the lack of good craft pilsners in the NW

mouthfeel: light, dry, light carbonation

overall: good stuff

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. I'm always happy to see an unfiltered keller pils, though I would have liked a little more of the earthy character that sets these apart from a regular German pilsner. The Hallertauer Tradition hops dominate with a herbal mix of citrus, spice, and floral notes. The malts are pretty mellow but marked by fresh bread notes. No matter how you look at it, this is a very tasty pils.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug- pours a pretty clear golden yellow color with a two finger head after a vigorous pour with very slight retention and no lacing.

Smell is pleasant and crisp- grainy pilsner malt, crisp European hop notes. Lovely.

Taste is much like the smell- hop bitterness up front and it diminishes slightly, with a good pilsener malt background for the hops.

Mouthfeel is very good- I like a bitter pils and this ones pretty bitter with a light body (but full enough to stand up to the hops!) and clean refreshing feel. I would recommend it highly for those looking for a good bitter pilsner.

Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No discernible freshness dating

Pours an effervescent honey color with a thumb of pearl colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Faint breadyness, floral notes & yeastyness & pears

T: Floral & leafy hops, a touch of sweet doughyness, plus mineral dryness up front. Pears & white grape as this warms, along with floral & herbal hops, plus a bit of breadyness. Finishes fruity, bready & dry

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy. Tried one of these a little above lager temp & it did nothing for me. Surprised at how a few degrees makes a difference. Nice take on the style

Photo of Kegatron
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Southampton Publick House (Southampton, NY) on 8/28/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a (surprisingly) clear straw color, with a thin head of bright-white foam. This stays creamy around the edges, with a nice looking flareup that leaves back a heavy cascade of foamy lacing. The aroma is freshly floral and fruity in the nose, with a mix of bitter citrus and some flat smelling grainy malts behind it. The zesty fruitiness here really drives this home.

The taste has a sprightly feeling bitterness to it that seems to dance on the tongue with an assertive blend of earthy fruit, peel, and spicy bitterness that lingers fairly long. The Pils malts add a grainy balancing sweetness to this and also contributes dryness to the finish, which also sees a good bit of hops hanging back as well. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with some crispness that helps pop the bitterness but then also stays very smooth and easy drinking as well. Good overall feel here.

Despite the decidedly filtered look here, this had everything that you would want in a Keller Bier. Refreshing citrus flavor, well balanced bitterness, and I liked the crisp snap that the Pils malts brought to this. Tasty and refreshing, I'm glad to see that they now have this one out in bottles.

Photo of Gmann
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a soapy pure white head that settled into a sparse cap tih some spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is of a dry pale malt with a very light citrus and grassy hop scent. The taste is of a pale cracker like malt, light sweetness, enough of a hop presence to know that this is a pils. The malt seems to be a bit bready at times and the hop profile may contain some American hops. Not sure, the hop profile is quite muted. The taste could use some more grassy/spicy hop flavor. The feel is light and lightly fizzy, finishes quite neutral and balanced. The brew is very drinkable and unassuming. There is nothing that is going to get in your way of drinking a bunch of these. That said the flavor needs a shot of nobel hops and a slightly drier malt profile. It is noticably a pils but needs some work.

* Note: There is a SH Pre-Prohibition Pils listed on the site that is labeled as a Keller Bier. However, I do not feel that this is the same beer as this beer does even come close to having the body of a Keller Bier and this is a new bottled seasonal which clearly identifies this beer as a Pils.

Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Grassy hops, some mineralness, spicy hops, touch of breadiness, raw wheat.

L: Hazy straw yellow, nice bubbly head, 1/4 inch retention, decent lacing.

T: Pilsner cracker malt with herbal hop backbone. Nice crisp bitterness. Neutral finish, slightly dry with some leafy bitterness.

M: Crisp medium body with enough prickly carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

A solid unfiltered pils. Different than filtered pils, has a rawness to it that i found very enjoyable. I could drink a lot of this.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/07/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: This pours a bright golden color with a half-finger of fizzy white head that dissapates quickly.

S: The nose shows aromas of sweet and bready pilsner malts, citrus rind, and some grassy undertones.

T: The taste is of citrus flavors, mild biscuit, sweet caramel, and the resonating grassy notes.

M: It is a bit frothy and bubbly with a medium-light body.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer discovered through my search for a Keller/Zwickel.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a small head. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, a bit of malts and grains, just a touch of hops at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Muted tangerine oragne with a dense clarity and a milky cream colored head that just wouldn't hold even with an agressive pour. Patchy covering atop, no lacing and no distinguishable effervesce.

S: Candied creamy oranges for aroma, wheat, and a small dash of orchard hopping. Not much strength but grows on you the longer you endure.

T: Flavor of spicy herbaceous tangerines, orchard and shrubbery notes, wheat and some tart citrus-oranges. The floral-herbaceous hops really kick in at the end. Some alcohol warmth on the swallow.

M: Fairly lax carbonation wise on the mouthful. Some creamy nature to it with a fairly good resistance.

O: Overall a keller pils that has a distinct fresh and floral-herbaceous hopping that really stands out here. Creamy body, decent drinkability.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Brass Rail on 3-Jun-10.

A: The pils is a pale straw gold color, translucent and clear. It's sickly color accentuates the stream of bubbles emerging from the bottom of the glass. The steady stream, however, didn't do much, leaving the ale with no head to speak of. And so we shan't speak of it anymore.

S: The nose is a pleasant combination of grassy hops and biscuity malts. Bready with an admirable hop bite.

T: The pils is very chewy, full of biscuity sweet pale malts. That chewiness is most evident up front, just prior to the hops taking over. As they make their mark, the grassy (lemongrass?) bitterness is soapy clean at times while still retaining its bite. The breadiness returns and is quite strong in the finish, pairing up against the hops.

M: The back-and-forth between malts and hops is nice, keeping my palate on its toes. The hoppiness is fresh and grassy, a stark contrast to the Kryptonite that followed.

D: Very drinkable. And only 5%? I was fooled by that, although in retrospect it did go down very easily.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently made with a different hop varietal every year. This one smells like a noble hop, subdued and grassy.

Served in a 0,2l Gaffel stange glass.

Pale pastel yellow, with a creamy fluff of foam that rises in a convex shape above the rim. Slow trails of carbonation are visible. Second pour gives it the slightest bit of haze from the unfiltered yeast. Webby lace is left on the sides of the glass as the beer is drank.

Minerally aroma, some fresh cut barley, and hay round out the aroma. As it warms a light bread dough yeastiness is present.

Snappy and crisp, some dry bitterness in the aftertaste suggest hops, but not in an overt way. Mild pilsner malt sweetness, not overpowering, it blends 50/50 with the noble hop bitterness. Let it warm up a bit and it has a little more depth to it. Solidly crafted, a Pils for hot weather in whatever quantity you choose.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 5% ABV, 082610 printed on the neck.

Thanks to emerge077 for this delicious extra!

A - A moderate-to-timid pour yielded a four-finger white head with superb retention and some massively patchy, chunky lace. The beer is a hazed pale yellow straw color.

S - Zesty and bright lemon-lime citrus shines from the aroma of this beer. Mineral notes and pilsner malts follow up with a light German noble hop variety. Light and refreshing with just a teeny touch of yeast on the finish.

T - Now that's a great, if not flawless, hop addition to a pilsner beer. Light spritzy citrus and floral components really stick out beautifully but balance well with a light mineral finish and pils malt backing.

M - Gentle but persistent carbonation adds a nice light texture while giving it a crisp and clean finish with a small bite. Very refreshing.

D - Jam! This beer rocks. It could be one of my favorite pilsners. Great drinkability and flavor with a near perfect mouthfeel, Keller Pils is a terrific start to my brew day! Nice and refreshing.

Photo of bugaboo416
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and golden yellow, though with little head.

I couldn't smell a thing

Clean and citrusy hoppy

light, crisp, clean

This is a good example of a pilsner. Nothing unique to it except for a slightly higher than average bitterness. Its a summer drinking pils that you can drink a few of with some burgers.

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Southampton Keller Pils from Southampton Publick House
86 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.