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St. Georgenbräu Keller Bier - St. Georgenbräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-28-2001)
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +23.7%

A: Pour yields a nice fluffy, white head that displays solid retention and a small bit of lacing along the sides of the seidel. The beer is a clear, darker shade of amber that resembles a marzen.

S: The clean aroma of a lager combined with a musty, earthy smell that is unlike any bouquet I've sniffed. Has a malty and rather nutty aroma that smells quite delicious, and I'm spurred on to taste it.

T: The taste is more complex than expected, with many different notes all coming together on the same staff. There is a malt flavor up front that is quickly overtaken by a smattering of hops, just enough to add a slight bitterness, but still keep things in balance. This rolls gently into an immaculately smooth finish, that ends up being rather dry, but brings out that subtle hop presence once more in the aftertaste. Almost an aged, grassy taste throughout, but this is difficult to describe, however it mostly follows the aromatic notes.

M: Balance seems to be at the forefront here as well, with enough carbonation and flavor presence to add body, but still be incredibly smooth.

D: Being my first kellerbier, I had already seen its style information before, and was always interested, but had yet to get my hands on one. After trying it, I'm quite amazed, and can really taste the craftsmanship that goes into a cellared lager. Not only is the flavor mellow and complex, the body and taste is balanced rather deftly. As for drinkability, this is amazing quaffable, as I'm already trying to figure out ways to acquire more of this stuff. Due to its rarity in the surrounding area, I'm not sure I'll be able to find many others of its kind, but I was definitely impressed by this offering, and hope to find more.

11-09-2007 23:18:43 | More by CharlieMopps
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oberon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

This sure was something I hadnt seen much of if ever,an unfiltered pilsner.I thought the pour was nice dark gold/copper color and fairly cloudy,nice well retained blooming head.Aroma of a good pilsner malty and somewhat minerally and fresh.Well balanced pilsner the hops are very present,first time trying this style and I enjoyed it.

03-15-2003 11:56:44 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16%

Appearance – This Keller Bier poured a thick, cloudy orange in color. It had a nice brownish hue with a modest head.

Smell – The wonderful lagered grain came out thick and serious at the nose. There is some good, strong, German hopping in here as well, but it’s the huge, caramelly malts that define this bouquet.

Taste – This is German lager at its finest . . . and biggest. The grain here is huge at the taste, which for most American lagers means that it’s horrible but for this German dandy means that it’s terrific. The hops are big in a European kind of way (think big Pils instead of PacNW dry-hopped double IPA).

Mouthfeel – This big boy is medium-bodied and has some drying bitterness at the end. The carbonation is very mild due to the unbunged maturation process.

Drinkability – Das ist ein gutten bier! This is big, grainy, tasty, and a pleasure to drink, becoming my new “lager staple”. The flowing together of all these big flavors into one solid offering is what makes this bier a real stand out.

Comments –St. Georgen claims that this bier is brewed in EXACTLY the same manner as it was in 1624 when the bräuhaus first opened. They brew the beer with lots of hops over an open fire, move the wort into open wooden fermentation vessels and add the bottom-fermenting yeast, then mature the beer in the cold caves of Buttenheim to release most of the carbonation. Boy, you can’t make a beer like this in the US.

09-08-2005 01:19:44 | More by RoyalT
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kaimcm

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

A: hazy body, bubbly head that doesnt last or stick long enough. agitation doesnt bring enough back either.

S: nutty grain, grapefruit, orange, hop floral.

T: one of the fruitiest lagers in memory. cirturs, ripe fruit, husky grain, a little woody, soft floral hops with a nice bite and well balanced. a little watery on the finish. overall not a complex brew but enjoyable.

M: good weight, nice carbo level. very refreshing and crisp.

D: easy drinking, flavorful and enjoyable.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Paired with a grilled ham and cheese and quenched and refreshed well. I wouldnt go out of my way to get it but would like to revisit.

11-26-2005 04:38:57 | More by kaimcm
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Todd

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Presentation: 500ml European style brown bottle. No freshness date, but the label has this cool picture of a knight on a horse who's sticking the end of a flag banner pole in a dragons mouth. He's kicking that dragon's ass actually.

Appearance: Pours a rich amber to light brown, naturally cloudy liquid with an ample amount of thick, creamy off-white head that sticks and slides on the glass.

Smell: Extremely aromatic melding of toasted malts and hops. Touch of fruity cherry-like aroams.

Taste: A rich brew of complex dry malt qualities. Toasted flavours, earth, caramel, raw grain, faint hay and wood. Extremely light touch of butter (diacetyl) and there's an underlying malt crispness to the brew with an even more sublte tartness that is nearly undetectable (oxidation from aging). Sweetness is light, a watery caramel-like flavour. Smack of fruitiness that segues to a pronounced and distinct hoppy character which is bold, but not overly bitter and perfectly balances and complements the dry malt profile with a strong tea-like herbal spice consistency. Alcohol notes pull thru as the beer warms. The overall beer is actually light on the palate, low in carbonation with smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with earth flavours.

Notes: Unfiltered, unpasteurized, unkraeusened and unbunged. Keller Bier is an age-old recipe, allowed to settle ungespundet (unbunged) in solid oak barrels before being tapped.

One of the most unique and flavourful beers I have yet to try. Certainly at the top of my list for lagers. A god brew. All bow and pay homage.

03-28-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

500 ml bottle. Thick foamy off white lace that is held together from a big bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Hazy amber colour from it being unfiltered. Grassy honey sweet aroma with earthy undertones. Raw palate of fresh milled grain, bitter leaf hop and earthy yeast. Bit too raw for me, I know is it an old style that does not want to change but it is not a beer I would sit down with that often given the choice.

05-29-2002 19:12:12 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

A very unusual and ancient German style here. Pours a dirty rust colored body with a small offwhite head that quickly falls to a collar. Patch lacing is abundant.

Aroma seems to be Saaz and Hallertau hops with a pleasing background of what smells like a blend of Munich and Pils malts.

Big juicy hops are biting on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Taste has the odd blend of Pils and Munich maltiness that plays backup to the assertive hops profile. Hops are bitter and spicy for the most part but have a hint of fruity grapefruit.

The interesting malt profile marries well with the aggressive hopping to produce an outstanding drinkability for a lager style. Definitely, the wildest German lager I've tried to date. Very interesting, and certainly worth a try.

09-14-2005 19:23:46 | More by merlin48
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jakester

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

This was a gift from a very special friend. (Thanks, Tom!) I drank it in a goblet. The whole beer fit in one pour! No date appears on the bottle or label.

Pours a hazy orange/amber with a 1/2" head of off-white foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with nice lacing. Carbonation appears moderate.

Aroma is lightly caramely and nutty, with a very faint hop aroma detected. Not much in the way of aroma.

Flavor has the same profile as the aroma...caramely and nutty, fairly sweet at first. Hop bitterness is fairly low, as is hop flavor. Not a bad tasting beer at all, just not alot going on. Aftertaste is slightly chalky and pretty darn dry.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, with a fairly soft carbonation presence. This beer feels full at first, but sure finishes on the dry side. Nice mouthfeel.

This, I believe, is my first kellerbier. I'm not sure what to make of it. It's certainly well made. There's no place to hide a defect in a beer like this. There is a caramel/nut aroma and flavor that is fairly pronounced in this beer, with not much else going for it. I'm glad I tried it, and will try other kellerbiers in the future.

03-21-2006 01:12:11 | More by jakester
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ohmybock

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

I had this on tap at a pub in Bamberg several years ago. I ranked the appearance as "average" because I couldn't really see the beer due to it being served in a ceramic stein. However, this beer tasted great! I've had the bottled version and liked it, but the draft version was truly excellent. This was easily one of the best beers I had while traveling throughout Germany.

05-28-2007 23:58:31 | More by ohmybock
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.78/5  rDev -28.4%

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012. Picked up cheap from Beeritz in Leeds.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy orange-amber colour with good carbonation and plentiful floating sediment. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of yeasty malt with faint hoppy notes and a background hint of cardboard. Could be better.

Tastes of caramel malt with a distinctive bitter twang. Notes of yeast and faint aromatic hops. A subtle, spicy bitterness. A background hint of wet cardboard and tart apples. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly, with mild astringency. Coats the palate slightly. Aftertaste of harsh bitter hops and a stale note.

An OK beer, but I strongly suspect that it's too old and the flavour has deteriorated. The malt is quite good, with depth provided by the yeast and a hoppy bitterness, but the stale notes take away from the pleasure of drinking it. I'll have to re-review when I have a fresher bottle.

01-26-2012 23:00:38 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%

Cloudy amber lager with ample head. Not sure if this is a pilsener, in fact I think keller should be its own category, although I suppose it could also be considered an unfiltered pilsner. This bottled sample is slightly damaged, either from age or travel; otherwise it would get 5's on taste from me. This is a terrific beer, full and malty in the mouth with just the right amount of hop prickliness. Roasty apple and whole grain (oatmeal?) bread flavor, simple clean finish; a great all around beer. Would kill to try other keller type beers; to me it's more satisfying and versatile than a pilsner.

05-10-2002 12:00:16 | More by Thrasher
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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from bottle medium bronze, with a decent lively head. Aroma heavy with the malts, though not sweet, and a slight 'grassy' freshness. Initial taste is of the roast malts, but dry, and - for a German beer - a quite pronounced hop bitterness in the finish - though mixed with a roasted malt flavours. Very tasty.

Light easy drinking texture, best served slightly chilled, a very enjoyable beer.

Have also had this on tap from a wooden barrel when in Bamberg Germany, and also enjoyed it very much there too. I would be hard pressed to say which one was better - though I think the on tap from barrel was less carbonated and thus slightly softer in texture.

JohnW
B'ham UK Oct 2010

10-13-2010 20:19:27 | More by JohnW
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a warm deep copper body with a faint hazy and a creamy white head. There is a good carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of toasted malt and honey malt with some notes of Munich malt have a slightly sweet note. The finish has a very faint soft noble floral hop finish.

T- This beer has a dry biscuit malt with toasted malt flavors that finish with a nice bitter hop flavor. The malt flavor has a fresh grain taste to it with a slight sweetness after the dry biscuit notes. The hops have a slight sour hint that compliments the bitterness. The hop bitterness hangs in the back of the throat after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel that might be due to the fizz texture.

D- This is a nicely complex beer that has good flavor and a bit of freshness about it. I feel that a cask or fresher sample would have an amazing taste.

12-06-2005 00:13:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.3/5  rDev -40.7%

Pours a virtually opaque toasted honey. Compacted, bleached yellow head is creamy and everlasting.
Raw grain-dominated nose with an herbal, spicy hop counterpart.
Intially very husky and raw-seeming in the mouth. Bready too. Strange olive-oil flavors and greasiness. Dried leaf hops come in at the end, but add mostly astringency. This one is really all about the husky grains. Each additional sip seems to get worse.
Trickling, tiny carbonation with a feel that registers around medium.
Way too coarse, flavorwise. It didn't seem infected, and I am pretty certain that it is not old. Just bad. Not one I'd ever get again. In fact, the rest of this might be heading for the sink.
While I wish more zwickel biers were available around here, this one is just not up to snuff.

10-25-2003 06:24:10 | More by cokes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

Pint bottle. More hoppy than expected from a German beer. A bit overcarbonated, initially tasted like a biere de garde and then some creamy malty finish. Spices-corriander and something else vegetable. Medium bodied. More interesting with lunch.Nice one.

05-28-2006 03:33:48 | More by Sammy
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Bottled 26th December 2010, nice and fresh.

Pours a darkish amber with loads of carbonation. A nice light head, a bit too slippery for lacings.

Not a particularly pleasant nose. Bit of wet grain up front with fleeting caramel notes.

Sort of a slow starter. Muddy malt up front gives way to just a touch of caramel and a hint of roasted malt. This is pushed out of the way by some pretty serious continental hopping with a nice bitter edge. Drawn out finish brings to mind bread pudding, nice sweetness but some real heft too.

A nice smooth moutfeel, easier on the carbonation than the appearance lets on.

Give me a beer garden and a sunny day and I would happily drink this all day. Nice to have a good bottles Keller.

01-14-2011 19:05:11 | More by CanuckRover
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

A - Clear burnished-bronze / brown brew with a slightly purple cast and topped by a thick and fluffy four finger ice cream head. Lots of tiny bubbles rise to the top, and an abundance of lace is left on the sides of the glass.

S - Wheat and saltine crackers make up a solid malt base over which crisp pilsener saaz notes play. I smell some toasty aromas along with sea salt and roasted meats. Smells like a maltier, smokier pils.

T - Oh my God. That's GOOD! Deeply malty with wheat cracker and saltine flavors along with a more forceful biscuity taste. Citrus hop notes are there....especially in the orangey and chocolatey finish. This is one complex brew! I taste fresh oranges, bicuity scones, salty whole-wheat crackers, sea weed, and I swear to God I taste fresh salmon sashimi.

M - Full bodied and exquisitely carbonated with a tangy, slightly bitter and off-dry finish. Lush in the mouth, and it resounds with a lingering of-dry aftertaste that lasts for a full ten minutes. This is one of those beers that, after swallowing, you suck your teeth and cluck your tongue to try to get all of the flavor!

D - I went into this beer (my first keller bier) expecting some sort variation on a basic German pilsener, but this is so much more complex and odd! I could drink this all night!

07-13-2007 04:38:42 | More by pmcadamis
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-01-2013 23:01:05 | More by Ciocanelu
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

Ah a kellerbier, gotta love an unfiltered lager. The appearance is mixed because there's great retention and lacing, but it's only slightly hazy. After the aroma of shipping and handling dissipate, you're left with a very bready malt. That malt continues into the flavor, but with a grassy hops flavor that properly over-balances the malt and lingers into the aftertaste with a slight mineral tinge. This beer is really just missing the odd cellar flavors you expect in a kellerbier. Maybe it's because of the travel, I don't know. It's still a tasty brew nevertheless.

02-08-2008 01:25:26 | More by tempest
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

12-28-2012 01:30:59 | More by cliff1066
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.7%

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort. Nice to finally encounter one of the more elusive commerical styles out there. A nice little noseful of hops for what appears to be your standard lager. Low carbonation as advertised, but still enough to give this a light zing.

04-01-2005 20:10:24 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

04-05-2012 21:26:16 | More by aztraz
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

dumps out a murky brown with little head. the nose is a bit metallic and earthy. some honey for good measure. nice and malty with a good hop balance. light tea flavor. i see this as previously being described as having a "raw" taste. id have to agree. a pretty simple beer. filling and smooth in the mouth, i def. enjoyed it.

06-04-2007 23:15:14 | More by DESTRO
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

Had this in a gausthaus right off the main drag in Nurnberg in december, this bier rocked. Tons of malt and slight yeast hops hit you up front and the nose with yeasty & malt tones sneak in. Had to pour into water glass to evaluate appearance since was served in a stein krug. Alcohol taste present, but barely so, in line with the ABV. Decent head retention. Wish I could have one right now, but I will settle for remembering the 1st time I had it, during a visit to weinnachts markt. Great memory, great bier!

08-12-2005 05:16:09 | More by russpowell
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shbobdb

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

I'd been wanting to try this beer for a looong time, so I was quite excited to get my gubby hands on it.
When I first poured it, it resembled Newcastle Brown ale, a light, scummy head with large bubbles and a deep ruddy colour. Then there is the smell -- Noble hop heaven. Layer upon layer of delicious hops.
The taste is similar to the smell: a lot of hops. My mouth even got somewhat cottonball-y, something I normally associate with ueber-hoped IPAs.
The mouthfeel, however, was very thin. Indeed, it had the consistency of water, really spot-on.

Yeah, I could definatelty knock back of few of these bad-boys. Too bad the mouthfeel is so incredibly thin, but, eh, no beer is perfect.

03-28-2006 03:10:45 | More by shbobdb
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St. Georgenbräu Keller Bier from St. Georgenbräu
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