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St. Georgenbräu Keller Bier - St. Georgenbräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
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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Photo of BeerManDan
1.5/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

When I poured this beer, it was of a copper yellow with a creamy foam. The smell was of a citrus sort with a hint of hops. But, when I tasted it, I flinched at the sour taste that followed. It was so bad, that it was one of the few times that I poured it down the drain without taking a second sip. This has to be one of my all time low beers that I've tasted in a long time!

BeerManDan, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of Kahlerbock
2/5  rDev -48.5%

Kahlerbock, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Zimbo
2.17/5  rDev -44.1%
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...

Zimbo, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of cokes
2.3/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

cokes, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of AlexJ
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, toffee amber with a tight tan head that retains well and leaves tiny blobs of lace. I was expecting a cloudy, non-filtered appearance like other Keller Biers. No traces of yeast or sediment in the bottle either.

Aroma is mild and malty, with a fresh pretzle bread note and hints of caramel and honey. There's an unpleasant metallic note in there as well.

Flavor is similar, pretzles and light caramel overshadowed by faint Noble and earthy hops. Not much else to write of.

Body is medium, with a creamy mouthfeel and soft texture accentuated by fine, trickling, pinpoint carbonation. Easy to drink, but one is enough.

AlexJ, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

DrunkMcDermott, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of mactrail
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

mactrail, May 12, 2010
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cripes, I gotta immediately follow cokes!

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber colored liquid topped by a thin and bubbly cream colored head. What little head there was quickly dissipated to a small ring of foam at the edge of the glass. The occasional spot of lace was left on the glass - enough to note, but not enough to truly call lace, or thread for that matter.

Smell: Yeasty, slightly clovey smell. Faint caramel malt and fruity presence as well. A subtle sniffer.

Taste: Wow, this is different. Slightly sour and grassy. Imagine a lightly sweet pale ale that's gone flat and you're in the ballpark. I was reminded of a few pale ales I've had on cask, but sweeter.

Mouthfeel: Watery due to precious little carbonation. Quite thin bodied. I doubt I had a bad bottle given the brewing process.

Drinkability: Hrrm.. this is not bad at all, that much I'll admit. My first and only kellerbier, so I can't say whether I dislike the style or whether this isn't a great example of one. An experience I don't regret, though.

ManekiNeko, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of daliandragon
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting to see St. George (patron saint of Blighty) adorniing a very German style beer. Picked up yesterday at Grapes and Hops in Fayetteville after coaching wrestling practice at the high school where I work.

Clear dark golden coolor bordering on amber with a minute cap of head and impressive early lacing. Nose is raw, unprocessed malt with a thin bitterness.

Heavy malt kick that is tempered by hops early in the sip but is oversweet at the finish. This beer is somehat harsh but honest and refreshing. Carbonation is a bit overdone, which affects the texture and inhibits flavor as well.

I have no doubt that this is a good example of the style but it's still not a brew that goes down real easy. I'll be open to trying this again but won't be rushing out to buy more anytime real soon.

daliandragon, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of bort11
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a heavy over-sized goblet. This head that recedes quickly. Color is a murky brown with lots of sediment.

Smell has a spicy and peppery yeast aroma. Thin caramel malts are present. Taste is very spicy, like a smoked chipotle pepper. A caramel malt tries to balance out the spice with some sweetness, but is unable to completely match the yeast.

Mouthfeel is more on the lighter side. This is an interesting style, but one I'm probably not going to go back to.

bort11, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Suds
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a dark, murky reddish-brown color with a dense cream colored head. The head doesn’t last particularly long, and leaves only little lace. The aroma is sweet, floral, herbal, and slightly yeasty. It’s grainy, grassy, and rustic. The taste is full of sweet, toasted malt and citrusy hops. Low carbonation, medium body, and satisfactory balanced. Finish is only slightly sweet, and very soft. The taste seems rough-hewn….it’s good but not clean. Overall, though, this is a very satisfying beer. I think that this may be the first time I’ve had this style.

Suds, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strangely blurry brown with a skinny orange glow, flat pour, nearly no head progressed from a rapid pour and doesn't lace in any fashion I'd call appealing, very drippy and loose with no sticking.

Aroma is fairly weak and creates a semblance to stale burnt popcorn.

Quick taster evident of a toasty dry husked grain, slight off flavors of alkaline, brief finish that stores up a cardboard-like hoppy sense with a bit of herbal grass. Fades off nicely though with a simple dry husk grainyness and slight burnt popcorn.

Feel is right where the drying husk stuff is at. Middle dryness, glimpsing carbonation, slight herbal, more so, slight burnt, even more so, slight toasted. Its a bit weird at first, but kinda grows on ya, and does seem decent enough once it sits. OK, but not quite good enough no seek out again.

tavernjef, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of RoBotGod
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not what I expected from looking at the bottle. Much darker then expected, not that its a bad thing. Some what clowdy and smells like a red ale. The yeast sticks out at you on the first drink and the warmer it got the more noticeable it was. Very smooth with almost a honey like after taste. Alot of lace hanging around the glass but not a whole lot of head. Only down side I found was it could have been a little more bitter and a little less sweet. It stays true to the german style, and was recomended to me from some one that used to live there.

RoBotGod, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml swing-top brown bottle, BB 02/03/09, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a translucent reddish amber hue, coming with a thin off-white creamy head and moderate and constant flows of tiny bubbles.
S: the aroma is quite different from the cask version tasted three years ago and also from many other Keller Bier tasted recently - a semi-rich chestnutty maltiness and date+prune-ish sour-sweet yet also sticky fruitiness come hand in hand, consistently underlined by a light herbal and floral hint of hops and a predominant sweetness as of new oak barrels. Quite different, with a touch of sweetness too much at the expense of a richer yeasty element that usually earmarks a Keller Bier.
T: interestingly, the foretaste rings a bell of Harvey's Best Bitter! Led by amber malts, the taste is semi-yeasty with an unique sour edge and a good depth of tea-leafy bitterness of hops, added with tea-smoked prunes, licorice-candy, and a faint touch of caramel... then it turns more bitter (in a ground dried-herb way) in the aftertaste, laced by the German pilsner's floral-hoppy yet "plastic" touch in the end.
M&D: somehow this beer is pretty attractive due to the level of bitterness from hops, while the overall balance is way different from all other Kellerbier (including the cask-conditioned version of this very same bier!) I've tried. I suspect the bottling or storage process has probably gone wrong for this batch/bottle, hence a slightly stronger sour element and a less lively texture to the overall balance.

wl0307, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange, amber beer with a creamy head.

Smell is malty and a little husky. The use if higher kilned malts is clear in the depth of the malt flavor.

Taste is malty, which is just a tad sweet, full-bodied and rich in dextrines. More like a lot of munich malt has been used. There is very little bitterness. Drinkability is good and this beer is better than any other Kellerbier I had. The others were all more like sweet pilsners without the hops. This beer is decent.

Absumaster, May 28, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger light tan head that fades soon to a thin layer leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Slight malty nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweetish with slight hoppy finish. $2.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber brown with a sizeable light tan head. Nose is pretty muted. Hops are all that seem to peek out. Flavor is mildly sweet with what seems like a grain-like influence. Feel is okay. Not much really happening there. Drinkable, sure. But for the price? Hell no.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

OtherShoe2, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of deBeers
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a frothy golden-amber, clear with carbonation being persistent throughout the center of this bier.

Head is creamy, almost velvety. Poured with a four finger head and hazy at first. Head recedes hardly leaving a trace on this pilsner glass. One of my favorite things about this is the creamy goodness in the head of this beer.

Tastes bitter with an orange rind sort of aftertaste that lingers afterwords. The more it warms up the more palatable this brew becomes. At first I thought possibly a note of caramel but now I'm not so sure. Almost a bit too carbonated for my personal tastes. Still a unique beer.

Mouthfeel is odd. The creamy head gives way to something astringent, yet oddly quaffable. Strangely, I am enjoying this beer and it's warmth its bringing me.

The caramel came out as the bier came to room temps. I really started to finally enjoy this beer in entirety. No head left and much sweeter, almost syrupy. I like it much more warm. Thanks for brewing...

Cheers.

deBeers, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a murky, hazy coppe color head that fades quickly to nothing leaving minimal lace.
Aroma of caramel, citrus, grain and yeast.
Flavors of caramel, toffee, earthy yeast were noted that then transitioned to a bitter finish. Seems very highly hopped.
Lack of carbonation detracted from enjoyment in the mouth. Somewhat astringent note leaves a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste, detracting from drinkability.

CRJMellor, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium bronze / orange color with notes of yellowy gold. Fair sized head of white foam, with nice lacing in the glass. Medium levels of carbonation.

S: Definite buttery malt note, blended with dough, sweet grain and a touch of yeast. Nice. Very inviting.

T: Caramel malts bloom into a buttery malty basket of joy. Mild hoppiness accentuates the raw starch grain flavor. Light earthy tea and leafy notes toward the finish. Nice.

M: Slightly boring, but a mild note of carbonation makes this one move across the palate at a pace just north of an old man with a walker.

D: Not bad. Doesn't hold my interest too well, but it's still a fair beer that's worthy of a try.

Frozensoul327, May 19, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear copper in color. Pours with a marble cream colored head that leaves little lace.

Man I love that nose. Big rich malty aroamas. Toffee and hints of earthy woodsy notes.

Very decieveing smell leaves the taste a bit dissapointing. Very watery thin mouthfeel. A malty finish but nothing over the top. The same woodsy, earthy notes as teh nose. Easy to sit around and sip.

mcallister, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initial pour was almost a clear amber, small buy lacey ivory head. Mix up the yeasties and, or course, she clouds and bodies up.

Lite and spicy bread notes permeate throughout the brew. They carry over nicely into the dry and crisp quaff. Just a tad on the harsh side, surprisingly.

Still, the 500ml mini-bomber drinks refreshingly well on a hot day, even though the rawness could be a factor by the second bottle.

Vancer, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cloudy dark amber, tan head.

earthy and hoppy. sweet caramel, a little raisons. a clump of sediment fell in my beer that i am sure is affecting all of this

taste: quite bitter. left my mouth dry. smokey taste. small amount lemony tartness at the end. it is bitter, but the malts keep it in line and balanced. roasty malts. taste is earthy as well.

mouthfeel is medium. light carbonation. slightly slick on the tongue.

Overall this one is quite interesting. not exactly a gem that i found, imho, but a nice curve ball while sampling beers.

acrawf6, Dec 08, 2005
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St. Georgenbräu Keller Bier from St. Georgenbräu
87 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.