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Southampton Keller Pils - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Keller PilsSouthampton Keller Pils

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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 drtth
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of mgbickel
3.8/5  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!

Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Soonami
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
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 OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, saaz hops and small sweet fruitiness. In the taste, just like the aroma, a nice hop bite and a small fruitiness. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a clean maltiness in the aftertaste. A clean pils, nice small fruit hint.

Photo of jeffthecheff
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color with a good amount of haze. The head is a thin fluff of white that quickly dies to just a lace.

The aroma is fresh and clean with moderate strength. Some grassy and slightly fruity hops come through, as well as a touch of mint.

The flavor follows as clean and light as the nose, with a good level of leafy hops. Malt comes through as a slightly crackery bread flavor. Bitterness is solid, but lighter than the average pilsner. Everything seems more mellow than an average pilsner.

The mouthfeel is dry and light bodied, with a smooth feeling all the way through. Easily drinkable, while still being interesting. Great seasonal.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass ~ thanks go to Pabs311 for sending. Paired with some terrific flank steak fajitas my wife created...mmm.

A: Pale golden pour with a peach-fuzzy unfiltered fog. Clean white foam crests at about a finger, average retention. Fair carbonation but not terribly vigorous. Lacing is a scattered daubing of foam flecks.

S: Grassy hops and biscuit/pie crust aroma. Just a hint of earthiness/mineral sting in the nose. Plenty strong enough for the style. Pleasant, inviting.

T: Dry and cracker-like, a firm breadiness with notes of lemon zest and fairly pronounced musty/earthy quality. Hallertauer hops do their best to render a Germanic authenticity, sharply spiced and ever so slightly floral. Terrific balance.

M: Crisp, light-medium body, very clean finish. Quite smooth, lagering at its best.

D: Quite refreshing and a nearly perfect complement for the dinner it was united with. Good flavors and aromas, an all-around solid pilsner. Absolutely would have this again; another good job by Southampton.

Photo of CHickman
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours slight hazy yellow with a 3 finger foamy snow white head that lasted a good while and faded slowly; very light lacing that slides down the glass.

Smells like a typical pilsner, with malt, yeast, light hops, grass, lemon, graham cracker and some faint caramel. Pretty average (boring) nose, but that's true to the style.

Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, floral hops, grass, lemon, caramel, biscuit or a cracker like a Saltine, and has the general pilsner taste, which is light, crisp and enjoyable. For the style it's tasty, but the style just brings you basic beer flavors, so the rating may be low here since I'm going by taste as an individual beer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with very light and bubbly carbonation, a light body and a crisp overall feel that's almost clean and refreshing in it's finish. A great daytime beer.

Highly drinkable and enjoyable, it is very good and easy to drink, but just doesn't have the punch of some other complex beer styles, but (BIG BUT) this is a good representation of a pilsner and well above average overall.

Photo of Deuane
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Al's of Hampden dispensed via the nitro mix.

A-Slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that held on strong and left spotty lace.

S-Lightly sweet biscuit malt with a nice zing of a fresh cut lemon wedge and a hint of fresh cut hay.

T-Light biscuit malt sweetness combine nicely with light lemon rind, grassy, spicy noble hop character. Nice drying finish.

M-Medium-light body, fairly sharp and crisp with nice lingering spicy hop bite.

D-I am a sucker for kellerbiers and this one is no exception. A crisp, clean and refreshing brew that is perfect for summertime drinking.

Photo of biggred1
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, lemon yellow with a snow white head that leaves some decent looking lace on the glass. Untoasted grain and pungent noble hops with a touch of lemon sugar cookie in the aroma. This is an excellent pils that really tastes like what I would imagine a really fresh example of a German or Czech pils might taste like. Soft lemon and fresh bread dough with a nice snap of noble hop bitterness. Finishes dry and clean. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. A great lawnmower/session beer.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Greenlabel
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 6-pack at Julio's in Westboro, MA a few weeks ago and it was one of my better purchases in recent months.

Pours a golden color with plenty of white head. Nothing unique about the smell. Medium body. Well carbonated. Overall, a crisp and smooth Pils with a somewhat bitter malty flavor. Definitely the best new (to me) Pils that I've tried this year.

My only complaint is that it's apparently a seasonal and will probably soon be disappearing from the shelves. I've been back to Julio's and purchased several additional 6-packs but would love to be able to do so throughout the year.

Photo of erosier
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice golden yellow with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, hints of citrus-y aromas, then finished with a really nice earthy, citrus-y hop aroma.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, nice lemony flavors, then followed with some earthy and citrus-y hops that have a slight grassy feel to them.
M: Very crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light bodied.
D: Very drinkable, it has a reasonable abv, it has a good feel to it, and nice flavors that are not overwhelming making it a great summer beer to drink.

Photo of JMD
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a vibrant cloudy yellow with tones of orange and peach. Big frothy white head that fades slowly.

S: Light aroma of grains and citrusy hops. Hints of herbal tea as well.

T: Clean and crisp flavor. Grains, bisquity malt and lemongrass. Fresh brewed tea and some light spice. A nice lingering hop bite that gives this beer a nice finish.

M: Light bodied and lightly carbonated.

D: This is very drinkable pilsner, and another solid offering from Southampton. This is good interpretation of the style but there are some different flavors working here that make this one stand out. I picked this one up as a single, and wish I bought a 6pk.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 m1ked
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of confer
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of Hautacam
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of ffejherb
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Kendo
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Southampton Keller Pils from Southampton Publick House
86 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.