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St. Georgenbräu Keller Bier | St. Georgenbräu

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St. Georgenbräu
Germany | website

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 03-28-2001

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Photo of aleigator
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, amber-bronze color with a small head, collapsing to a small sheet of lacing.

Offers a mix of coppery malts, walnut shell and lighter earth. A tart whiff completes the aromas, focussing entirely on its whole grain maltiness in an enjoyable complex way.

Has a medium carbonation, while drinking very smooth, due to a softening coalition between profound malts and a silk aqueous quality, complimenting the malts truly well.

Tastes of earth coated, old orange peel among rich, bright malts, signified by nutshells, young, scented earth and wild honey, opening the palate to a subtle fruitiness. A coppery note accentuates this foundation surprisingly well, without shifting the focus on itself, instead a blend of more earth and slightly sweetened toffee adds an additional layer to the taste. Finishes with a nice dryness among toffee and a gentle minerality.

Great beer, convinces by its perfectly put together complexity, while remaining easy drinkable.

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Photo of drmeto
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy amber with a medium, frothy, white head
-low carbonation visible
-bready,spicy,candied orange,caramel,toffee,peach
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium Body
Good Kellerbier

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pilsner mug. Lover the flip-top.

A) Hazy copper colour, white head quickly fades. Yeast sediment in the bottle.

S) Nothing huge, light biscuit malts.

T) Dry, good quality malts are evident, hop bitterness is muted but definitely there on the aftertaste.

M) Lightly carbonated, goes down very easily inviting the next drink straightaway like every good German lager does. Bonus points here.

O) Yet another excellent German lager. The style is different enough from pilsener, helles, etc., to seek out. In my experience this is one of the best of the style.

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3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of seanyfo
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of jonb5
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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Photo of falloutsnow
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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Photo of stevoj
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Some roast grain comes through, and some metallic aftertaste. Aroma is almost non-existant. Color is muddy cola/ice tea. Flavor is good at first taste, then goes downhill from there.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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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Photo of rarbring
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Little carbonation, smooth and refreshing, a nice smooth dry finish.

A very drinkable yummy kellerbier.

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Photo of bark
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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

500ml bottle poured in a mug.

A: Pours an reddish amber color. Bit cloudy. Head is white, small and bubbled when poured. Retention is not bad with some nice lacings left

S: Dominated by caramel malts and bread. Yeasts and grassy/earthy hops

T: Follows the nose. Caramel malts, bread, yeasts and hops. Reminds an English bitter or even an APA. Dry on taste with a nice flowery hoppy bitterness

M: Extremely light body. Medium fizzy carbonation. Moderate bitter aftertaste

O: The first Keller I've ever had and it was quite a surprise. I was not expecting such a light bodied and, at the same time, quite hoppy beer from Germany. Recommended

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Photo of crnipeter
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours somewhat hazed (not nearly as cloudy as expected, indicating filtration to at least some degree) light-amber body, topped by dense, medium sized beige head that last and finally forms thick, firm cloth.The head sticks to the walls and
each swirl weaves very stable lacing on the sides. Aroma is nut-like maltiness and Munich malt sweetness with accompanying melanoidin qualities. The expected German aromatic hops are virtually non-existent.
Low, fine carbonation typical of the style results from maturation in unbunged casks. The rather non-sweet, nut-like malt flavor gets balanced towards the surprisingly clean, dry finish (a result of cask maturation) with a pronounced bitterness and mild hop-spiciness. The suspended yeast adds earthy touch to the flavor. Aftertaste is bitter with slight nutty astringency. Medium bodied with a soft motuhfeel. (500 ml, BB date reads 02. September 2011, into the mug.)

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Photo of crossovert
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is the most rated Keller Bier yet yesterday was the first time I had ever seen it on the shelf.

It pours a hazy reddish/brownish/amber with a dirty off-white head.

The smell is of dark bread, honey, and dark fruits, there is some raisins and prunes and some purple wine grapes. There is a slight bit of earth form the hops.

The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated. It is thick and malty with some dark fruits and bread. It has a subtle hop bitterness in the finish which is nice.

This really is a nice one, I don't know why it isn't widely distributed in my area.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Zimbo
2.18/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Regret doing this because I've had good bottles of this in the past but this was just tired. Slightly cloudy faded amber to look at with some loose fluffy head this both smelt and tasted tinny and slightly cabbagy. Don't think this was a storage problem as this was a very recent purchase apparently from a new shipment but...

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

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.

B'ham UK Oct 2010

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Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quite bitter amber beer.

Nice creamy head and pleasant carbonation. No yeast in the bottle. In the glass it's a clear coppery amber. Metallic odor and a hint of sulphur. Reminds me of an English bitter from the Midlands with the distinctive sulphury hints. Doesn't do this beer any good since it is so bitter. Sourish hints with little evidence of malt. Date is 7.11.10 so it must be in proper condition. I've become a big fan of Kellerbiers, but I don't think this is a particularly good example.

Label has been updated since the photo was taken: now it's a nice Medieval brewery scene with a very small Saint George logo.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light brown with a red hue. Large off-white, foamy, sticky head. Good retention and good amount of lace left.

S - Light toasted grain and some bread smell. Also a good amount of floral and tea like hops.

T - Good lightly toasted grain and bread malt makes a base. A little caramel but light grain taste is dominant, with a slight sweetness. A little fruitiness, mostly apple and a little lemon. Good amount of floral/tea-like hops along with some earthy hops too. Overall an earthy/floral bread flavor dominates.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Somewhat smooth and slightly drying. Creamy feel.

D - Good drinkability. Creamy and easy to drink. Good balance between the sweet malt and a variety of hops.

Notes: Good bready and hoppy beer. Easy to drink. Enjoyable beer that I would like when I'm just wanting an easy to drink German beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown flip-top bottle, 0.5 litre, best before 26th May 2010, drank Feb 2010. Poured robustly into my huge 'Judas' glass.

Fine dark amber colour, looks good with its off-white foaming head. The body was clear and clean looking.

Malted biscuits smell, with a hint of earthiness, peat maybe?

The malt feel carries on into the taste, a hop bitterness comes into play as the initial maltiness fades somewhat in the mouth.

Well carbonated, almost fizzy to be honest, pleasant enough though.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a partly cloudy amber color with a fairly thin and rapidly diminishing off-white head. Leaves a nice collar and a little bit of lacing. This 500mL bottle does not have a freshness date on it.

Nose is dark, almost burnt caramel malty sweetness...almost to the point of being bock-like. Some dark fruits come out as well as a touch of oxidation, I am wondering how old this bottle really is.

Taste is indeed fairly similar to a traditional German bock beer, but not quite as sweet and full-bodied. It does have a bit of a grassy hop bitterness to it. Goes down pretty smooth and the balance on the beer is nice. Carbonation is very fine and lends a bit of creaminess to it. Not too shabby, an interesting brew that I would like to try fresh from the brewery.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Seidel at 53 degrees. 18 05 0 indicated on the back label. Poured a murky brownish-amber with a half-inch, fizzy, off-white head that quickly dispersed into a broken, bubbly froth before settling into a tight band around the perimeter - zero lacing on this one. Nose reveals sugary caramel/toffee, biscuity and citrusy notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, more muted with some dark fruit in the mix (prunes?) and a bit of skunkiness a la Heinekin, that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light/medium, a little oily on the tongue, with a level background carbonation that evens out the body. My first Keller Bier. Pretty enjoyable except for the aftertaste. Quite flavorful and sessionable, given the abv.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honeyed color with a thin white head. No lacing

Some light malt and grassy notes.

Soft brew, with light bitterness, some toasted maltiness, and a tea like-edge. Flavors are soft (subdued) and clean.

medium to medium light body, with light carbonation.

Overall, very easy drinking. Interesting style, but not jaw dropping or so unique that I'd seek this again. Won't pass one up either, but nothing earth-shattering to note.

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Photo of bobsy
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered St. Georgenbrau when it appeared that finding a keller would be difficult, and prove to be an obstacle in my quest to drink every style. Fortunately this turned out not to be the case after a local brewery released a very competent version, so two months later I finally get to the Georgenbrau and discover its just another beer, and not that great an example of the style.

Unfiltered light amber pour with a large and rocky white head. Decent retention and lace. Aroma of honey malt and biscuit with a hint of grass. The flavour is very malt forward, with underwhelming hopping and bitterness. Lots of honey and biscuit dominating the palate, with a slight hint of floral grassiness only at the very end. A bit one-dimensional. Nice, light, quenching body with high (yet soft) carbonation. While this is an easy drinking beer, its far from spectacular, and not one I would search for again.

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