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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 william5586
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Hazy, cloudy, dark orange. An aggressive pour into a pint glass yielded very little head that did not last more than 30 seconds. Honestly, it reminds me of a glass of Turkey hill iced tea. It did have a decent amount of lace however.

S- Sweet caramel malty smell. Very pleasant.

T- Sweet malts with just enough hops to add some balance and a little bitterness to the finish. Slightly dry finish.

M- There was no carbonation at all which made the mouthfeel creamy and smooth. However, it also felt a little watery and on the light side.

D- Very, very easy to drink. Almost to easy. I'm just not sure if I'im a big fan of the style.

At first I could not decide if the mouthfeel was good or bad.I had never had or heard of a Keller Bier so I deiced to check the description of the style. I found out that the lack of carbonation and smoothness was due to the beer being
exposed and matured in deep vaults. Based on this, I reviewed the mouthfeel based on the style which I would say this beer captures very well. The only thing I held against it was that it felt a little watery.

Overall this was a very interesting beer. If you are unfamiliar with the style, I suggest seeking this beer out. It really made me think about what I was tasting while I was drinking and reviewing it.

I will be on the lookout for more beers in this style.

Photo of BarrelO
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hmmm. Rather coppery, similar to SNPA. Not too appealing for a lager. I think this beer is traditionally served in steins for a reason. Surprisingly high amount of lacing.

S: Caramel malts are immediately apparent. Again, more like an English pale ale than a German lager. Noble hops provide for a nice contrast.

T: Starts with a big bocklike maltiness. Hops kick in to balance things out. It all comes together to leave a pleasant aftertaste reminiscent of rye bread.

M: Not nearly as thick as the smell would indicate. Pretty easy to pound back.

D: Not quite a diamond in the rough, but a very solid lager nonetheless. I could see myself pairing this with some German sausage or knocking a couple back on a hot summer day.

Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours a hazy orange rust colour with a thin layer of foam. I like the way it looks in my New Belgium goblet.

The smell has a fruity nose with some lemon hoppiness and some malt sweetnes. It smells yummy.

The taste brings a lot of grain and sweet malt to my tastebuds on first sip...quickly followed by a lemony zest tartness/bitternes that is subtle at first but grows after each sip and compliments the other flavours really well. Nice.

The mouthfeel is lightish and has a buttery slickness to it, the carbonation is at a lowish level and it finishes bitter with that lemon zest thing going on.

Drinkability is very good due to the low abv and more importantly, it's just a darn good taster. Kellers....Me likes the style.

Photo of germanbeer1
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keller Bier is a tradition of the Franconian region of Bavaria and St. Georgenbraeu leads the way. I enjoyed this beverage several times while in Bamberg, but most noticeably at the Sandkerwa street festival. It pours a yellow/brownish color and has a very frothy thick head. The taste is mostly smooth with a little bit of bitterness towards the end. This beer should be enjoyed either in a tall seidel or in the traditional St. Georgenbrau ceramic krug. It goes great with white meats, schnitzel and pommes.

Photo of hwwty4
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my oversized Triple Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a pond water brown with a big 2 inch frothy head that leaves ample lacing as the beer resides. The aroma is best described as raw. Heavy oak, raw grains, fresh malt, hay, and a bit of earthiness to it. The taste is just as complex with raw grains dominating the flavor, with earth, hay, and what reminds me of just a bit of cream and the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and leaves a nice oily coating holding the flavors in. As one of the more rare styles of beer I would love to see a revival of it. I find it really tasty. God love those Germans.

Photo of TKempe
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color somewhere inbetween brown and amber. A moderate white head leaves some lace.

Aroma is very malty and grainy and sweet/fruity, but has a pretty strong and lemony accent on hops as well. Yeast is apparant also. Quite a penetrating smell.

The taste again is pretty hoppy, giving a rather strong bitter twist to the after-taste. Hops merge well with the doughy malt and fruity notes. Somehow, the hoppiness doesn't quite please me, but I have to say it is a good, nicely crafted taste altogether.

Mouthfeel is full and a bit slick. Not too much carbonation and rather dry to the mouth.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish auburn brown with a one-finger head that receeds slowly. Citric, floral, even soapy hops mixed with some malts like caramel and maybe some roasted, plus hints of dark fruits. Medium to full-bodied and smooth and creamy with a good chunk of cocoa and roasted malts along with some citric hopiness. Contains hints of huskiness and veginess, and finishes great with a dry backbite. Some dark fruits like cherries and/or apples and maybe some figs are in the body also. Never had Keller Bier before but if they are all like this I will have to look for more.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Slightly cloudy amber color. Nice creamy light tan head
S Malty with fruity sweetness
T Malty up front little hop bitterness following with a subtle malty fruity aftertaste. Very delicious!
M/F Rich, finely carbonated. It is a very smooth beer.
D - This is a great drinking brew. I am so happy that I came across it. Will definitely seek out again.

Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light brown color with amber edges. a large off white head forms on the pour and lingers with good retention leaving a bit of lace behind.

The aroma is ok, but nothing outstanding. Kind of grainy, cereal and bread. A little buttery.

The taste is very mild. Certainly some lager features with a malt dominant profile. A bit of grain and bread, almost iced tea like at times. Just a very mild and sessionable brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's not amazing, but it's certainly decent and quite sessionable.

Photo of ccrida
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a my large Gulden Draak tulip, St. Georgenbräu's Keller Bier is a chill hazed dark copper with a small white head, quick to dissipate to a scattered head but leaves decent lace.

Smell is nice, bright maltiness, lots of melanoidin and munich, a nice little earthy sourness that's a touch oaky. If I was making a blind guess I'd assume märzen. In fact, this is probably much closer to what they actually served at the original o-fest then the fizzy yellow beer they poured today.

Taste is pleasant, not as full as it looks, but still a very satisfying larger. A little sugar and spice, kiss of leafy hops, but very clean, subtle but loads of depth, a great beer. I've always liked amber lagers the most, but wow, this knocks something like Yuengling on it's ass! If this wasn't my first keller, I might give it a 5...

Mouthfeel has pretty nice carbonation, smooth and lighter body, with a drier, tannic finish.

Drinkability is high, wow, a great beer I never heard of and randomly grabbed - in fact, it's the first time I've ever even had the style, but one I will surely revisit.

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

This was new at my beerstop, gave it a try.

Poured a mostly clear brown. Little to no head at all, even when I tried to get it to make one. Lacing was nonexistant.

Smells of malt, mild yeast, fresh water.

Taste is very refreshing, starting with roasted malts and nut, hop is hardly present, smooth malt finish.

Mouthfeel is clean, light to medium body, carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability is pretty good. This beer was easy to drink and finish and I find myself wanting another. It's nothing fantastic and amazing but its pretty good, and I find myself thinking that this could probably go pretty well with a wide vareity of food.

Photo of botham
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a caramel amber color with a single finger of loose light tan head. moderate lacings.

aroma is malty, with a lightly buttery base and caramel and munich notes. a lightly grainy feel is present as well. a touch of a nutty character becomes present as the brew warms a bit.

taste is malty up front, with caramel and a touch of roasted malt, along with a nutty base and light grassy hops in the aftertaste. thin in character after finishing, but similar to a nut brown in profile, only lighter and less flavorful.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a watery texture and a light bite from CO2, along with a thin, semi-dry finish of residual caramel and grain.

drinkability is decent. this is a lighter brew without much character, and a somewhat flabby overall profile. resembles a weak nut brown ale.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly clear for an unfiltered beer. Amber color beer is filled with very active tiny bubbles of carbonation. The carbonation serves to create a full head of about two inches in depth.

Fairly liberal use of hops for a German lager and is balanced by a bready and slight caramel sweetness. Some interesting yeasty scent on the back end with a suggestion of fruit.

Taste is similar to the smell, but more balanced as the hops don't come through as strong as in the nose. More pronounced biscuit and doughy bread flavor. Strangely reminiscent of a cask ale, but I'm sure that wasn't the goal.

Feel is fairly full for a lager and comes off as being somewhat sticky and lingers. Fairly drinkable and somewhat quirky. I wonder how close this is to the original Keller Biers. I'd like to try one fresh in Germany.

Photo of bort11
3.37/5  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.

Photo of jpkoch1962
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First of this style for me.

Pours out a clear copper with a nice big head. I see the yeasties in the bottle so I'll get some in here as well, but there's not a lot of em and most have settled in the bottle pretty solidly. Head is pretty stiff and laces nicely. First impression is big perfumy floral hops and an earthy/chalky undertone. Fairly dry, with a moderate mouthfeel and a splash of fruitiness. I'm tasting some dry nuttiness, coarse graininess and a moderate bitter finish. 2nd impression is some honey sweetness in this nose, but not in flavour, but there's a bit of citrus in the taste now. Fairly hoppy actually, and a bit of an astringent mouthfeel. Too bad I have no other keller bier to compare this to, but my impressions of this on its own is a very easy to drink, sessionable brew with a well balanced flavour.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a slightly hazy dull copper color with medium off-white head that sticks around thru mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is muted, but what is there is malty biscuit with just a whiff of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is full and the flavor is a combination of the malty dough and slight hoppy fruit.

Finish was well rounded, and of medium duration. Not a bad beer.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of sstackho
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased for $3.50 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold. Aroma is lagery, but decent. The flavour tastes pretty much like a straightforward lager, but with a slightly stronger aftertaste than average. I sought out this beer after enjoying the Harpoon kellerbier, but I preferred the Harpoon more.

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

Appearance - Poured a hazy golden color with an off white head an inch thick.

Smell - A strong wheat smell with hint of malts and citrus.

Taste - Taste of malts and wheat. Citrus taste as well.

Mouthfeel - Full body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - This beer was great. Never had this style before and was very happy.

Photo of malcontent
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear amber body with a gorgeous, billowy head. Looks delightful. Lacing sticks around enough to impress.

Earthy, sawdust-like hints followed by a stronger toasty aroma. Yeast scent comes through on subsequent sniffs.

Full, buttery taste with a clean finish. Understated malt sweetness carries on throughout and elegant hops conclude the flavor nicely.

This couldn't be a whole lot simpler and yet it is so utterly drinkable from the cut-and-dry, clean taste to the full-but-not-heavy mouthfeel that it's hard not to admire. A winner.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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