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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
Brewed by:
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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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jpkoch1962

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kellerbier is a wonderful bier that sticks out like a sore thumb in Lagerland. The Franks still attempt to brew something that is not predictably bland or boring. Kellerbier is a lager that is fermented in much the same way an English Real Ale is. Once fermentation is complete, it is racked into oaks casks, and fully vented in order to allow CO2 to escape during carbonation.

This beer pours a somewhat cloudy deep amber/ reddish copper. The head disappears quickly. The aroma is a rather strong funky smell that is quite assertive. The strong malt aroma profile is reminiscent a bit of a Bock, but one can also pick up some floral notes. The taste is complex. The malts are pretty assertive like a Barvarian Helles, but once the beer settles a bit, a definite hop bitterness with a touch of diacetyl takes over in the middle. Earthiness can also be detected as if the beer came from a corked bottle. The finish is dry, but a lingering bitterness remains. The body is quite firm as can be expected from a lager with a moderatly heavy malt bill.

This beer may not be for everyone as it has none of the "clean" lager taste one would expect out of German Lager. The diacetyl is apparent, which many find to be a minus. But this beer is wonderfully complex, in a way many Belgium Ales are. This style will probably go the way Boyan and Gose went. Only beer aficianados and loyal Franks seem to enjoy this ancient beer style.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 00:57:46 | More by jpkoch1962
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On-tap. Pokal glass. @Homo Sibaris (Barcelona). Bright amber color. Veiled appearance. White froth, close crown. Lasting thin layer on top turns wider as the glass is swirled. Herbal & yeast lager aromas. Smooth sweet malty upfront followed by well balanced hoppy tendency. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean bitterness lingers into a dry finish.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre measure in a Krug at Kachelofen in Bamberg

A - Hard to denote colour but looked to have excellent clarity. Average head retention and lacing.

S - Biscuit malt, faint pepper, vanilla,lemon zest and floral hop all noted.

T - Malty biscuit note throughout. Slight hop bite comes through in the classic keller semi dry finish.

M - Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel

T - Tasty and refreshing. Was excellent with my schweinhaxe, cut through the fatiness of the meat superbly.

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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +3.1%

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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle, dark amber colour, clear, medium tanned head. Very nice hoppy aroma, detected what smelled a bit like Styrian, Golding or Fuggles. Tasted hoppy and spicy, had a nice balance, really reminded me of an IPA. Not much carbonation, smooth mouthfull, slightly thick body. Even if its not an IPA, it seems to have the characteristics of one. Top beer.

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07-10-2012 13:54:00 | More by jonb5
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Peoria, IL
No bottled on date (likely to be old, bottle was dusty)
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

St. Georgeenbrau's keller bier was my first foray into the zwickel/keller style, and the first time I enjoyed it, it was very fresh (at least from the distributor). It's since largely disappeared from the shelves in the Chicagoland shops I typically visit, until I found a huge cache of them in Peoria, though they looked quite old. The beer was a bit as I remembered it, but a bit muted due to age. There's a great yeast, bread, malt, and hop interplay here, at least from the German perspective. If you are open to that, and find a non-old looking bottle of this, I suggest you try it right away.

Pours a 2cm head of fairly clean white color, made up of large and medium-sized bubbles, which has fairly poor retention, dissipating in just a minute or so to a thin cap atop the glass. Leaves little lacing, mostly just scattered spots around the perimeter of the glass. Body is a cloudy copper orange color, with minute levels of carbonation rising from the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of pale and lightly toasted malts contributing a sweet and bread-like scent. Inhaling more deeply brings in some fruit-like esters and a bit of herbal hop character to the beer. Pleasant, but underwhelming (again, maybe due to age, but without a bottled on date I have no idea).

Opens on the tongue with a yeast-meets-minerals-meets-bread concoction that is surprisingly satisfying. Front of palate continues the initial flavors, but ups the bread and sweetness a bit. Mid-palate is full of bread-like maltiness, with hints of caramel and slightly spicy hops. Back of palate brings on subtle bitterness to temper residual sweetness and bread-like flavors. Leaves a lingering bitterness with slightly iron-rich malts in closing.

Beer is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation, yielding a mouthfeel that is very smooth and flowing, making this quite an easy sipping beer. Closes dry with a slight bit of stickiness from residual sugars.

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06-20-2012 20:24:16 | More by falloutsnow
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Sweden

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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear warm copper with a rather large off-white kind of airy head that sets into pretty nice lacings.

S: Dark rich malt with a bready backbone. Rather modest grassyness. Hoppy, but mild.

T: Zesty, with quite nice balanced hops, mainly bitter. Malt is obvious, sweet and bready. Very nice.

M: Kind of metallic feel, not bad though. Bitter long aftertaste. Body is a bit fuller than usually. Carbonation medium.

O: A nice well balanced Zwickel.

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Sweden

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clouded amber beer with a warm off-white head leaving good lacing, some curtains.

A fruity, apples and pears smell, some bread.

Tasting of sweet grains, some fruit nuances, ripe apples, a slight bitter lemon peel finish.

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A very drinkable yummy kellerbier.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep amber-gold (35 EBC), the liquid cloudy. The two finger head is airy, uneven and warm beige. It sinks slowly leaving lots of beautiful lacing. The beer is (of course) bottle conditioned.

The smell is smooth and quite strong. Fresh flowery-grassy hops, smoked hints, dry malty bread-like notes. It is overall unpolished and unclean in a good way. Hints of delicatessen, metal and ripe apricots.

The taste is fresh and refreshing. Some quite clean earthy-yeasty notes give an interesting complexity and depth to the flavours. Fresh medium bitter flavours with hints of hay and dried flowers. The aftertaste got a growing dry bitterness and tart hints of tree sap and fresh flowers (Dandelions?). Some lightly roasted malt and a touch of rye bread. The finish is dry, complex and medium bitter.

The carbonation is medium to light, the few medium sized bubbles very fresh. The liquid is dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 19:48:12 | More by bark
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