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St. Georgenbräu Keller Bier - St. Georgenbräu

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-28-2001

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Ratings: 175 | Reviews: 154
Photo of John
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed burnt orange body. Atop it sits a pristine pillow of foam, I pour about three quarters of the half liter bottle, wait, admire, sip…pour the rest. Maltiness and toasted grains and a healthy waft of spicy peppery hops greet the nose. Earthy notes are underlying. A “got beer?” foam mustache lingers after the first sip. The taste is hearty German rye bread and raw grain. Malt sweetness lends balance to the grassy, dry flavors. Hops are again peppery, earthy, leafy with some faint lemon notes. There are a few flocculent yeast particles. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, medium bodied. This brew begs to be drunk but I try to savour it. Keller biers are an under rated style IMHO. I’m enjoying them more and more lately as a changeup from the usual. This will be one I will pick up again and again.

Photo of Crosling
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Kellerbier. Cheers, (glass is raised) to many more.

Hazy apricot.

The nose consists of herbal, spicy and fruity hops with a little bit of bready malt in there as well. Hidden is a medicinal cherry sweetness. It smells nice.

I read a lot about the style before sampling this beer. Kellerbiers are unfiltered lagers, hoppy, have low carbonation and are similar to a bigger version of a helles lager. This beer definately fits into the description.

Raw and earthy. Pretty delicious. Low carbonation. The malt is grainy and has some caramel notes. The hops are fresh, versatile and alive and provide fruity and herbal notes. Hints of woodiness. Low bitterness.

Good beer.

Photo of mschofield
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy ark orange-gold with a two finger creamy white head, leaves rings of lacing.
Flowery aroma, almond, malty, lemon and spicy notes.
Nutty taste, very floral, lightly toasted malt, grapefruit and caramel.
Medium bodied, great drinkability - could drink it all day.
A fruity bitterness and a light acidity in the back.

Photo of Suds
3.37/5  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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely dark brown brew with a small head of foam. Aromas are of juicy, fruity hops and nice, lightly bready backing malts. The taste is quite hoppy and very reminiscent of youngs bitter or something similar. The mouthfeel is very cask-like in its smooth, rolling carbonation and the drinkability is excellent as well. An interesting style, that I like very much!

Photo of CRJMellor
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of Ueberales
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I brought this one back from Germany. It comes in a 0.5 l amber bottle with a flip-top opening that cost all of € 0.89. (What a great country!)

The pour is exceptionally flat, although my serving temperature was a little on the cool side. This is expected, as this beer is aged in oak casks "ungespundet" - unbunged. Even upon warming, this is a fairly low carbonated beer. Color is a brilliant hazy copper-amber, and it commands attention in a tall pils glass.

Smell is outstanding with a heavy whiff of maltiness, akin to a certain wheat doppelbock of some notariety. No floral armoa here - this one is all malt. The aroma of this beer is certainly in my opinion one of its strongest assets.

The taste is rather citrusy, and here you discover the presence of ample bittering hops. The hops linger for quite a while, but as I am writing this, the beer is warming somewhat, and a very pleasant malt aftertaste is exerting itself.

Mouthfeel is average, not too thin, and I think appropriate for this beer. All in all, a very refreshing and different beer.

Photo of nomad
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a toasted amber color with no head and almost some lace - otherwise flat but appropriate in my hefe-weizen glass. Smelled of a yummy toasted malt covered in raspberry and honey-tones, but, unfortunately, these fade away. Plenty of lemon-scented hops to go around, though. Tasted of a thin, juicy amber malt that seems lightly toasted. Crisp hops flavor, floral and flavorful, but with some lemon notes as well. The sizable finish combines all the flavors in a bundle: toasty, lemony, crisp and full malt body, but with a touch of hefe yeast and a light earthiness.

Very easy to drink, with a thin mouthfeel and no carbonation. My first keller/zwickel bier, I think its quite interesting and tasty. I wanna drink more.

Photo of inebrius
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impulse buy based on Putnam points, better than an end cap at Target.

Boggy amber, the floating sediment is well-distributed and interesting to observe. Nose of parsley pretzels dripping in clover honey arranged beautifully across a freshly kilned terra cotta platter. Ohhh, so smooth and balanced and bursting with a lingering natural hop flavor to finish, like licking on a limestone lollipop. I reckon I could put a few of these away.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.27/5  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.

Photo of cokes
2.34/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Photo of marburg
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impeccible drinkability. A winner through and through.

Bready, dough aromas with hints of musty earth and dirt. Malty grape-skin flavor leads to just the most mild tartness. Just slightly astringent in a pleasant way. Astringency leads to a bit of an aftertaste. Light hopping provides balance. Well-crafted, very balanced, and supremely easy to drink.

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out an extremely hazy amberish/copper color, a creamy white head that sticks and leaves minimal lace on the glass. extremely aromatic, big nose of toasty malts and floral hops, with hints of musty fruitiness. quite complex and rich in taste... very earthy; bready and toasted caramel malts, and hints of woodiness. buttery, a bit tart, with hints of sourness too. medium bodied and very smooth; the flavors all melt together quite nicely with a light touch of crispness in the finish, i suspect from the hopping. a warming alcohol presence sort of sneaks up in the end too. balanced with a spicy undertone that lingers in the aftertaste. this is a very odd but quite nice brew. strange belgian qualities for a german pilsener, but apparently "keller bier" is a style unto itself. i really liked it but could see where some might be put off by it, expecting a more traditional german pils.

Photo of ElGuapo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it has a copper color, a little cloudy with a small head that dies to a lace of large bubbles in a few minutes. it will leave lace all over the glass. smells very fruity of citrus and hops.

it has a lot of citrus in the flavor. you are first hit with orange peels and some lemon, then a nice spicy blend of hops comes into the mix. this is very intersting for a german pils because it is not dominated by malts, and it has that very interesting citrus flavor. it is very crisp and clean with mild but sufficient carbonation. it is very complex with a pretty light body, and it is a very good drinker.

Photo of BeerManDan
1.6/5  rDev -58.7%
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!

Photo of mjohn27603
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold to copper in color. Head seems to go away fairly quickly. I notice some caramel taste and a bit of sweetness. I get a little taste of hops. This beer actually reminded me a little of the Pennsylvania Brewing Oktoberfest that I picked up. I thought it was OK but this is not one of my preferred styles of beer. I think you could do a lot worse in this style of beer.

Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy bronze. Great head retention. A smell that is both earthy and fruity, with notes of sedimentary rock, autumn leaves, fresh rye bread (sans caraway), and dried fruit. Round, supple, velvety, and completely dry. It is the absolute definition of "seamless." The integration of flavor is like no other beer. While it may be possible to unpack all of the ingredients, roasted malt, hops etc, they are stitched together in such a beautiful and natural whole, why would you want to? This is a great beer. The result of great ingredients and insane patience.

Photo of marc77
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wouldn't consider this a pilsner-- it's falls way beyond the style guidelines all around. Taste it as a beer in itself. The copper hued brew is effervescently bubbly and has a bit of an ale - like haze. The aroma is comprised of candy -like sweetness w/ notes of honey-- lightly fruity yeast esters are perceptible as well and certainly are odd for a "pilsner." Caramel malt sweetness is there as well in aroma, thus making the overall aroma odd, yet enjoyable. Any hop nose is overpowered by the sweet malt notes. Flavorwise, this brew has more caramel malt sweetness than any other lager I've tasted, and initally is quite sweet, but hop bitterness asserts itself towards the end of the sip and lingers sufficiently to provide for a pleasantly bittersweet finish. This Keller Beer is an odd brew... although flavorful and certainly unique, there's an overall lack of balance. My palette is left confused. It's defintely worth a taste, however.

Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had had this a couple of times at the Nurnberg Altstadtfest in Germany.... rated here from the bottle. Taste is the same as I remembered it there, though. Appealing medium copper in color, a touch cloudy. Very thin head, with minimal lace. Nose was hoppy, flowery....yet mild. Kind of thin-to-medium body, yet fairly smooth on the tongue due to it's low carbonation. Quite the fruity flavor....hoppy, somewhat astringent. Slightest hint of maltiness there. Not bad. Just like Nurnberg.

overall: 3.6
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly foggy amber or bronze color. I believe this is my first Keller Bier… if that is actually a style with in itself. Slightly malted on the nose as well as some fruit aromas. The taste is just excellent, just the right amount of hop bite, with a nice malt backdrop, and nice fruit flavors / green apples I think stood out? All that and more can be tasted on the palate...balanced very well…. I agree with Thrasher “I would kill to try other Keller type beers”…Overall an excellent brew!

Photo of Thrasher
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of sprinkle
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer does not taste like your typical German.Bright golden in color.Nice nose of hops,and suprising hops in the taste.Definatly liked this beer and would drink it again.

Photo of Todd
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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