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Southampton Keller Pils - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Keller PilsSouthampton Keller Pils

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BA SCORE
86
very good

239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gmann on 05-09-2010)
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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades out into a gentle head and hearty collar of foam. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of honeydew, dandelion, sunflower, honey, grass, and doughy yeast notes.
Taste is of the aromas with grassy notes, bitter herbs, yeast, and citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, and filling with lemon zest lingering.
Chalk one up to the Latrobe brew dudes! Good work on the contract brew, fellas.

weeare138, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 1" head that falls quickly.

Smell: grass, lemon zest, floral hops, and a bit of bread tones are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: biscuit, lemon zest, grass, moderate bitterness, and a bit of green apples are most notable.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Crisp from start to finish. A bit of dryness arrives very late.

Drinkability: nicely quaffable beer. Somewhat refreshing and nicely hopped pilsner. This beer goes down quickly and has a nice flavor profile.

Gavage, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of washburnkid
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Golden with a small froth of white head that retains as a ring through the session. Aroma is faint, but I get fresh hay. Flavors are undeniably German pils. Clean and crisp, dry grassiness. A little sweetness kicks in from the malt, almost honey like. Easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

washburnkid, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

bucklemyshoe, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a footed pilsner glass.

Hazy with a bright golden hue and a one-fingered topping of white foam that displays a rather lackluster retentive capacity, fading away to a thin crown that leaves behind only thin trailings of lace along the walls of the glass.

Aroma is nicely hop-forward, with just a slight hint of grain lying underneath and what seems to be, perhaps, just the faintest whiff of DMS, likely from Pils malt, which isn't necessarily a bad thing in a beer like this. The hops shine through, grassy and a touch herbal. Pleasant, overall.

Body seems surprisingly full, though truly it's somewhere in the mid-range, with a nice, moderate level of carbonation giving it a bit of a prickly mouthfeel. The palate is full of hop flavor, nearly masking the pale malt base underneath, which itself provides just a touch of graininess and a slight sweetness; the hop character seems to blossom from start to finish, providing a nearly consistent impression across the palate of fresh cut grass, sage, and an ever-so-faint hint of citrus. Things become very dry in the middle, finishing long and dry with lingering lemony citrus.

Extremely drinkable and quite possibly one of the best pilsners I've had the pleasure of drinking in quite a while. Much more characterful than many examples out there, and most definitely sessionable by American standards. I could drink this all night long.

superdedooperboy, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The is a nice banana peel haze beneath a soft white head of two fingers. The head recedes to a nice thick foam that lasts throughout all twelve ounces. This beer looks like a wheat beer, buts it not!

Youe get some dry fruity aromas, with a crisp pop of grass from the hops that you only get from a good pilsner.

Dry bananas that get popped in the middle by a dry fist of pilsner malts and German, earthy, grassy hops. The finish is a bit bitter, not good hoppy bitter, but still leaves you thirsty for more. The dry palate with a little sweetness helps too.

scruffwhor, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up last week at the Whole Foods on Houston St. in New York City. Never tried a Keller before and it was mild enough outside that I thought that this would fit well with the season. Although this is a Summer beer, I thought that this had a lot more body to it than other brews that I've enjoyed in the warmer months.

Nice pour to this - an opaque golden hue with a decent head but not as much lacing as I would have been led to believe. The taste was not as "crisp" as a Pils but there were floral notes to go with the wheat and banana with a very Belgian-type of sour bitterness in the back. The mouthfeel to this neither too heavy or light and it was nice to have something light that was worth savoring sip by sip!

Session beer? This one fits the bill pretty well and I could easily have had more than one in a sitting. It's too bad this style isn't more popular, since it combines the drinkability of a Pils with the body and hue of a Wheat beer. I know it's Fall but it's seasonals like this that make me wish that Summer was still here!

JerzDevl2000, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

i must say that i have been looking for a six month old bottle for some time... Wanted to see the stored character come out. Had a summer's batch in october. The pour look completely clear til the last little bit then some cloudiness descended over the yellow golden .body. The head was sticky white and i was expecting a pilsner in taste. The nose a brisk lemon bed straw of munich. The palate was brighter than expected and not hoppy but citrus hop sudated with a very delicate quality. The body was still on the side of something bright and creamy but not as broad and pollen infused. Lemongrass zest, honey, and floral notes with any hint of a malt elixer. Absolute great. I could easily drink a six if a bit aged.

although upon having it again it was rather heavy handed and banana lager tang. i hope you get a good one. but i think this may be a one time brewing making it great or not so great in a given year. so far... 2010... great... 2011... a bit above average and ferment funky.

rtepiak, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, very light malts a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with an acidic burst of hops bitterness. The hops flavor fades but the acidity lingers. There are mild citrus flavors that follow along with some lager yeast and a thin malt character to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is mildly bitter.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer overall but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of chefhatt
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a nice golden yellow color to it, with a 1" head that dissaptes quickly with just a little lace around the edge of the glass. The smell is nice and hoppy. This pils has a nice hop taste to it and i smooth, not very carbonated. Great mouth feel and is very drinkable.

chefhatt, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Sammy, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, capped. Brewed in Latrobe, PA. Pours out a bright but cloudy yellow, almost maze like with a very small head that doesn't last. Smell is bold and bigger than most Pils. Lots of grains and grass. Sharp almost acidic edge to it. Maybe a bit metalic.

Taste is much bigger than I expected as well. The first thing you notice is the zesty, grassy hops that carry all the way through to the aftertaste. It has a fuller body than most Pils but that doesn't take away from its drinkability. I am really digging this hoppyness that lasts for so long and makes it mutli-dimensional.

I hate to say it but this would be a great "cross over" beer. I just don't like that term but it would work well for that purpose. It's really well done and I will be buying more of this.

CharlesRiver, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ontap. A hazed dirty blonde colored beer. Head is small and leaves little lace. Smell is hoppy, with some German pilsner malt backing. Flavor is more of the same, sour euro hops and pilsner/2-row barley malt. A bit of tobacco leafyness but otherwise a well balanced beer. Light bodied and easy drinking.

Stinkypuss, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Kegatron, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely unfiltered, and with a completely different profile than a normal pilsner. I'd say this nicely fits the bill for a keller beer. Pours a cloudy light yellow with a relatively thin head. Somewhat light in the nose, but it is yeasty, lightly hoppy, and with some light citrus as well. The taste is much more robust. Nice yeasty flavors with a touch of citrus and nicely herbal hops. Somewhere between a pilsner and a with in flavor, without the orange and coriander. Very nice. Crisp and refreshing, slightly prickly in the mouth, but a wonderful quencher.

Georgiabeer, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.38/5  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.

TheycallmeTim, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown -poured cool into a mug. The label indicates that a single varietal hop is used that changes each year, however the specific hop variety wasn't listed.

A- A very light golden with radiant glow, fast rising carbonation leads up to a pillowy fluffy eggshell colored cap which makes a light lace. The bead is fine and only a minimal amount of yeast in the bottom was able to cloud the excellent clarity when dropped in after halfway into the bottle

S - The smell is nice - a gentle lemon rind aroma that gives a fresh citrus note. The smell is full of noble hop herbal character and only a light sniff of malt sweetness

M - A crisp feel with moderate carbonation and mild resinous texture from the hops a bit of astringency, but very light along with mellow sweetness from the malt and only mild fruitiness from the yeast a semi-dry finish that refreshes

T - Very tasty flavor from the hops, both lemon zest and slight lemon flesh giving a very light and clean flavor, nice herbal notes leave a lasting hop vibrancy lingering on the taste buds. The flavor is bolstered slightly by the malt, but this is a hop dominant lager and the hops are very tasty and fresh - a nice take on the style.

D - I like the way the Keller pils gives you what you are craving, it has yeast so it is a true unfiltered lager and the resins soften the carbonation that is there for a light refreshing beer, great for a late August day. I am really a fan of this probably more than my rating implies

Slatetank, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. If I'm reading the codes correctly, this is best by Aug 30, 2010 and was bottled May 3, 2010.

Pours lightly hazy pale straw gold with a small white head. Holds a small wispy cap and leaves just a few spots of lacing.

Aroma has some citrus/lemon, also grassy, floral, and herbal with some grain. Good strength.

Flavor is some citrus, mostly lemon, herbal and floral hops, some grainy malt, light bitterness with some fair sweetness, finishes relatively dry.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation.

Very easy drinking, crisp and refreshing, particularly considering it is 1 day from the best by date. Will definitely nab a fresh sixer next spring!

elgiacomo, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw yellow with some haze in it and a pretty respectable head.

S: Lemon and Orange grinds, German / Czech hops, bitter aroma

T: Taste just like aroma, very hoppy and nice and bitter. No citrus flavors, just a nice bitter puckering orange rind with Saaz hop presence.

M: Strong carbonation, and very good mouthfeel for the style. Perhaps a little thicker than I expected but enjoyable and very drinkable.

alpinebryant, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Biltmore in Newton. Served in a standard pint glass. Pale yellow color. Nice contrasting white head. Good amount of carbonation. Smell had a bit of hay and fresh cut grass. Taste was great for a pilsener. Snappy bite of malt, with just enough hops to coat the palate at the finish. Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing. It was also smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol abv was low enough to make this a great afternoon beer, or a good session beer later in the day. A nice accompaniment to lunch. This is a quality pils that I could have easy drank from a much larger stein in much bigger quantities. Very true to it's German heritage.

morebeergood, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is terrific! It has a crisp, clean pilsner malt scent along with a wonderful, bitter hop aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a damn fine pilsner malt flavor that smooth and easy drinking. The hops offer a great, bitter flavor; a really well balanced taste. It goes down quick with a clean, dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very good pilsner. It's bold in taste and aroma; a good drinker.

WesWes, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

glid02, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright yellow gold color with little or no sign of hazing and a 1/8" white head that recedes to a ring around the glass and large irregular shape patch of foam covering most of the surface. Sipping leaves some fine and scattered delicate lacing for at least a good portion of the beer but eventually the foam and lacing are gone before the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, clean, soft, and lightly grassy with a faint bready character.

Taste: The flavor is much as expected from the nose with some light bready sweetness and a slightly bittered earthy/grassy character. There is a nice balance here between malt and hop, but at the end of the day I do tend to prefer my pils with a bit more sharp crispness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied and smooth with moderate persistent fine carbonation The finish is medium to long length and begins with some well balanced faint sweetness controlling the bitterns and then transforms to softly bitter and then into dryness as it fades away

Drinkability: One operative word for this beer is "balanced." The malt and hop character complement each other and balance each other very nicely. In addition they blend smoothly into each other. Each sip followed the last quite naturally and I enjoyed this one enough that it was also my choice for a second glass. Very drinkable.

drtth, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Publick House - 4oz taster pour.

This one arrived at my table with a small, bone-white head. The body is a hazy, pale yellow that grows to a golden color toward the center. The foam receded quickly, but clung to the glass decently.

The nose crisp hops, pale malts and yeasts sitting on a grassy-grain backbone.

The taste follows the nose...the hops start and finish the drink while the graininess takes over the center. Well balanced.

Light mouth feel, clean and crisp with moderate carbonation.

This is pretty darn drinkable. Refreshing and crisp...well worth a shot!

mgbickel, Aug 09, 2010
Southampton Keller Pils from Southampton Publick House
86 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.