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Southampton Keller Pils - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Keller PilsSouthampton Keller Pils

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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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 m1ked


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a crystal clear light yellow with a crisp tigh 1/2" head that fades to a wispy cap. Plenty of streamers in there. Really I kind of looks like a lite beer.

S- fresh cut grass, slight metallic note, some grains.

T- fresh cut grass, bright spicy green herbal notes. Almost lemony.

M- light, bright, crisp. Refreshing.

D- Wow, this is a super drinkable refreshing summer beer. This is a refreshing (literally) departure from the high ABV non-sessionable beers out there. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 21:46:41 | More by m1ked
Photo of Stigs


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 taste...sharp 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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 23:34:24 | More by Stigs
Photo of confer


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours pale gold, fairly clear for and unfiltered beer. Large soapy bubbles in the head.
S- Fruity(lemons), hoppy and very clean.
T- Not very crisp but very tasaty almost like a kolsch.
MD- This is simply a very easy drinking beer. Nothing fancy. I would certainly consider buying this beer again.
Another good offerinng from Southampton.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 18:20:34 | More by confer
Photo of Hautacam


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pilsners are not my favorite style, but there are some that I love, like Victory Prima Pils and New England Elm City; so now I've got to add Southampton Keller Pils to the list.
Looks bright gold, with a foamy white head that stays up pretty well. Smell is grassy, noble hoppy. Taste follows the smell. Nice balance of slightly sweet malt with the crisp hops. There's a bit of grass, lemon zest and earthiness.The aftertaste from the hops ( Saaz , maybe ?) is awesome and the palate wants more.
Incredibly drinkable. Nice going , Southampton.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 11:55:12 | More by Hautacam
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a half inch of creamy, bright white, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of grassy hops, lemon and a bit of malt.

T: Basically, it smells like it tastes. Has a bit of lemon, grassy hops, and malt. Nicely balanced.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 13:13:20 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a pilsner glass. Gooey, mushroom cloud head. Little bit of sticky lacing. Pale canary yellow. Unfiltered, similar in appearance to a hefeweizen.

Fresh-cut grassy hop aroma that bites and tingles in the flavor, which is otherwise nearly textbook. Grainy and an animal cracker biscuity up front. Soft lemony tartness and slightly sharp bitter at the back.

Medium-light and crisp. Easy drinking. Interesting twist on the style. Great evening-on-the-porch beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 02:59:25 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of ffejherb


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 6/3/10.

A - Certainly not the most attractive pils I've come across. I was expecting more of a cloudy, unfiltered appearance. Instead, the shaker pint displayed a clear pale yellow body with large bubbles of carbonation and a flimsy white head that reduced to a patchy veil.

S - Biscuity malt with citrus hop notes, a hint of grassy attributes and plenty of toasted grains. Typical German pils aroma.

T - Pretty spot-on pilsner flavor with a biscuity, bready malt character, a hint of toasted grains and dominant grassy hop presence with a slight citrus zing. A slight buttery diacetly character emerges in the finish, but doesn't really detract from the overall flavor.

M - Light bodied with lively carbonation and a hint of oiliness. Fairly crisp and slightly dry finish with moderate hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Easy drinking pilsner with a nice crisp flavor that's pretty solid all around, although I could have done without the hint of butter and average appearance.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 17:05:01 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Body is light yellow, slight cloudiness to it, with streaming bubbles rising throughout. Small white head disappears quickly, leaving no lace.

S: Thought I detected a soapy-ness at first, but that seems to have faded. Grassy hops over a faint bready malt. Not terribly strong in the nose.

T: Grainy malt up front, finishes with grassy bitterness. Lingering lemony bitterness coats the roof of the mouth like a German Pilsner should.

M: A bit too "sharp" in the bite. Light in heft, but could benefit from being a bit more smooth and creamy.

D: Solid. This would go down in about 5 minutes on a hot day after mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 01:34:18 | More by Kendo
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Hoegaarden tumbler.

A: Hazy straw color. Could unknowingly be confused with a wit if it weren't for the distinct aroma. Nice sized head leaves a thin layer that clings to the glass.

S: Grassy saaz aroma. Slight sulfur/skunk scent that I find desirable in this style. Fresh, springtime rainshower aroma. Slightly floral. Faint pale malt.

T: Very crisp. Nice hoppy bite distinguishes this from the beer in the BMC drinker's glass next to you. Grassy and herbal. A little bit of malt sweetness creeps in and is quickly dashed away by the hoppy, dry finish. Nothing unexpected here. Quite enjoyable.

M: A little spritzy. Creamy feel mid-palate.

D: Perfect beer for hot summer days with the grill fired up. Very drinkable.

This one hit the spot nicely. When it comes to Pils, however, my $$ usually goes to Victory Prima. Glad I grabbed this one and I'll probably go back to it a few more times this summer season now that Noble Pils is gone.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 00:39:09 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a spicy herbal and earthy hop and a doughy malt.

The taste consisted of a full blown noble hop mustiness with a soft graininess. Nice bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a superior example of the style. Fresh fresh fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 13:54:37 | More by plaid75
Photo of akorsak


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2010 13:22:10 | More by akorsak
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 01:22:39 | More by Billolick
Photo of smcolw


2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foamy white head that leaves some ring lace. The beer is hazy straw yellow color.

Slightly skunky, smells like a soured micro-brew.

Too similar to the macros for me, although to their credit there is a good hop finish to this beer. Thin body with a high level of carbonation, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 21:17:41 | More by smcolw
Photo of silentjay


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear, pale straw color with a soapy white head that retains for a while and laces ok.

smells of some noble hops, but mostly doughy, bready malts, with a bit of lemon zest and pepper.

taste is lemony, with a little less bread than the aroma, and a bit more grassy, earthy hops. spiciness adds a bit of complexity, but it remains a crisp pilsner.

light-medium bodied with a bit of prickly carbonation which is good for the style.

goes down pretty well. a bit more bitter and spicy than some other american pilsners I have had, which kinda works in this instance. not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 04:05:13 | More by silentjay
Photo of albern


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent summer lager with enough interesting and distinguishing characteristics to make it a worthy destination. The beer pours a slighly hazy pale yellow and straw color. Right out of the bottle you have that slighly creamy, slightly foamy pure white head. It dissipates quickly and you have just a slick white residue floating on the top of the glass. There is a touch of lace too. The nose is basically lager all over it. There is a definite grassy and slightly lemony aroma to the beer. Nothing too assertive.

The taste is quite tart through and through. A number of reviewers pegged this with Hallertau hops and that could very well be. There is nothing estery or fruity about the hops, just the dryish leafy bittering quality that you find in this type. There is a lemony acidic quality to the beer that complements the dry hop quite well. There is some grainy and grassy qualities, a noticeable lagery mouthfeel and pricklishness, a slight carbonation, a touch of soury herbalness and you have this beer in a nutshell. It is refreshing, light bodied, a good summer lager all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 20:01:32 | More by albern
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a clear, yellow body with a finger-high cap of white suds and the standard laceworks on the way down.

Smell: Pils malt with a delicate graininess to it and hop scents of sliced lemon, unidentified spices, and distant cut grasses.

Taste: Minimal sweetness from the pilsner malts. Slightly chalky, grainy dough character. Light lemon rind fruitiness. Grassy, spicy noble Hallertau hops with a good degree of complimentary bitterness. Lil' squeak of acidity. Dry, grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A good, quality pils and a refreshing way to beat the heat here in miserable, muggy ole Georgia.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2010 17:16:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Jayli


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Deep Ellum on 5/22

A: This beer pours a light, clear straw yellow with a two finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes at a moderate paceleaving sticky spiderweb lacing.

S: Nose is of pale malts, grain, and cereal.

T: Taste starts with a touch of grain and cereal flavoring. Pale malts and potentially a hint of wheat come through in the middle. Finish has a nice earthy, grassy hop bite.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean body.

D: Goes down very easy, not filling, not much of a kick but a fantastic beer to have on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2010 15:57:13 | More by Jayli
Photo of jlindros


3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Damn its a stupid hot humid day, and I'm sweating like a pig. Hopefully a nice pils will cool me off.

A: Pours a large 3 finger head in my pilsner glass that just reaches the top and fades quickly at first then slows down halfway. A slight hazy comes through the golden yellow straw color.

N: Lots of sweet malts, little toasty, some wheat as well, little Bavarian malts, some grassy noble hop aromas with that. Some lager aromas as well.

T: A little spicy, fresh grassy hops, noble hops, some bitter bite, lots of wheat, Bavarian malts, toasty lager flavors, a little thicker and more bite than I expected from a pils like this. Some light banana wheat flavors. Strong grassy hops and bitterness overpower the nice subtleties of the pils.

M: Med body with good carbonation.

F: Long bitterness, some astringent hops as well, grassy and spicy hops with quite a bit of bitterness. A little light malty flavors and sweetness linger, but mostly just hops. This is more like an American pale wheat lager or something rather than German Pils, kinda tasty but heavier and much less drinkable than I would have liked.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 23:03:03 | More by jlindros
Photo of bceagles39


2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle at home on May 25, 2010.

Pours a slightly cloudy staw color. A thin white soapy head. Lotsa fizz.

Smells like... Budweiser. Some very light grains.

Everything is mild in the taste, a slight bitterness. A moderate balance of sweet in the middle which morphs into an odd metallic flavor for me. Dull finish.

Very light mouthfeel.

Lawnmower beer.

I have tried to be fair to this beer and I admit that I do not have a lot of experience with this style. I am a huge fan of the Southampton Double White!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 22:35:17 | More by bceagles39
Photo of levifunk


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got as an extra from a kind BA

a - very clear. almost like water. frothy head, very airy. white.

s - crisp malts, hops, yeast. wheat?

t - very light. would have been great to drink on a hot day at a bbq. light flavor, but clean some hop bitterness that is refreshing.

m - very light and crisp. good carbonation. would have liked a little more body.

o - if this was available locally, and inexpensive, it would be a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 03:53:23 | More by levifunk
Photo of tempest


4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 15:28:31 | More by tempest
Photo of metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured pale yellow in color (with a slight cloudiness due to the unfiltered yeast) with a thin white head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are gentle aromas of grassy hops in the nose.
T: The hop flavors are much more pronounced in the overall taste, which is mostly bitter, but the bitterness is not overpowering. The underlying malts provide a good balance with the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied and very crisp on the palate.
D: This is a perfect beer for the summer: it's very crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 23:10:20 | More by metter98
Photo of capra12

New York

3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed solo, served out of a pint glass.

Appearance: I fear the worst, fizzy yellow with 1 finger of white head.

Smell: I get light malts with a hint of pilsner yeast.

Taste: Opens with a distinct hop profile that is later joined by an almost stale yeasty grain profile that I get with pilsners. There is that classic pilsner aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with moderate carbonation and clean other than the pilsner aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would have this again on a warm summer day, I recommend this to those seeking a mildly hoppy and distinct open with a classic pilsner finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 02:47:18 | More by capra12
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I have a bit of a weakness for the style. That being said this is an excellent example of the style, especially considering that this beer just came out so it's good and fresh.
Um, I already finished one bottle over the course of a few minutes so drinkability is not a problem.
Bottle two!
Appearance is slightly hazy but for the most part clear golden in body. Not much in the way of head, with some lacing. Scent is early spring growing grass with an edge of lemon zest. The flavor is even more so with crackery dryness . Think along the lines of properly made pizza crust. For the sake of comparison, this is to, oh, Miller lite, as good pizzeria crust pizza is to store brand frozen pizza.
I'd be happy to have cases of this lying around for the summer months. For some occasions, I might recommend drinking this from the bottle as opposed to pouring it into a glass depending on your mood. From the bottle the flavors are a bit more focused or concentrated; the bitterness enhanced. Into the glass everything is lightened and perhaps a bit smoother. Either way, it's good drinkin'.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 00:39:54 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of bonbright7


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pale yellow Pils has a distinctive aroma to it that I found to be indicative of the hops used in the process of brewing. My first impression was that of a typical American interpretation of the style with a wanton sharpness to it, but that disappeared, and the Pils became very enjoyable.

The Southampton Keller Pils had a light body in terms of its supporting malts, but each taste seemed enhanced and a step forward for the ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 02:35:08 | More by bonbright7
Southampton Keller Pils from Southampton Publick House
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