Berthold Keller Premium Lager - Brouwerij Martens NV

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Berthold Keller Premium LagerBerthold Keller Premium Lager

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66
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 2.65
pDev: 21.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Martens NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Viggo on 10-21-2009)
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2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
1.6/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Another new addition at the LCBO, thought I'd give it a try.

Appearance is typical for a pale lager - not sure what the 'Keller' is supposed to denote. Golden, with a white head that quickly disappears. Not much lacing.

Smell is sweet, with grain and corn. A bit of hops. Nothing offensive here.

The taste is very forgettable. A thin lager taste, not appealing whatsoever. Tinny finish, incredibly thin. Hard to get down. Carbonation is very weak, only provides occasional bursts of flavour, which having been said, is unpleasant.

Avoid!

Photo of Swedes21
2.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a pint glass...

Appearance -beer pours with next to head that disappears quickly, lacing is ever present. carbonation on pour was extreme then died off to almost none. Overall, golden hazy looking beer.

Smell - very good smelling beer, slight sweetness and some grains, overall very good.

Taste - nice tasting beer, almost no aftertaste and goes down smooth. almost a hint of sweetness with some min grains/hops.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is activated in the mouthfeel, adds a little punch to the taste and a little bitterness on the last sip.

Drinkability - i found this to be a nice beer, overall good tasting and light on the mouth!

Photo of eat
2.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Keller pours with a respectable cover of white head, leaving decent lacing. The body is totally clear, looking somewhat like apple juice. Retention could be improved, with the head fading to a sparse cover.

This smells almost exactly as I expected it would: yeast, grain and astringency with a touch of sweet malt and noble hops. Your standard Euro lager.

More expectations are fulfilled in the mouth. Grain, sweet adjunct-tasting malt and the kind of hop bitterness that tastes like it's from the addition of some sort of artificial hop flavouring. Weird minerally taste as it warms, like the smell of your hands after swinging on an iron bar. There's something chemical-y tasting in there too. It's not too off-balance, just watery and boring. There's nothing going on here.

Over-carbonated for my taste, not foamy but extremely fizzy. Light, watery body and slightly drying finish.

Yeah, I guess this would go down easy enough on a hot day. What would make someone choose this lager over any other, though, I'm not sure. This fits right in amongst the wall of light "premium" lagers at the LCBO; all of which are pretty much interchangeable, aside from their packaging. Do you want the blue can or the green bottle?

Photo of Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a sudsy two finger white head upon a deep gold body, decent retention, sticky lace coats the glass, clear, nice.

Smell is sweet malt, grassy hops, lemon.

Taste follows the nose with some corn and stale biscuit.

Mouth is light, soft feel, slightly bitter, not overly carbonated.

A decent euro lager that I will not seek out but will not be turned away either.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a golden color lager with a medium bubbly head with actually good retention and some lacing. Aroma of adjunct and light cereal is pretty average. Taste is a mix between some adjunct and limited hops presence with a somewhat nice cereal presence. Body is about average with good carbonation. Below par overall and I have to wonder why somebody at the LCBO thought it would be a good idea to import this.

Photo of ThinkAgain
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of WillAndSarah
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of serz
3/5  rDev +13.2%

Much better European beers for the price. LCBO Ontario

Photo of spinrsx
2.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an above average size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a pretty decent amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, corn, hops, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and it comes across as a little bit thin. I can taste lots of breads/grains mixed with corn and a little bit of hops. I could also detect some metallic notes and a grassiness. The beer finishes with a bready slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Another one of the interchangeable euro beers lining the shelves at the LCBO. At least this one has a fairly decent appearance once poured. Would hit the spot on a warm summer days but it is not something that I would seek out again.

Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of liamt07
2.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO, this one's been sitting here for a while so I thought I'd clear up some space. Into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden yellow, with a couple of fingers of fluffy and soapy white head. Sticky lace and moderate retention. Not bad by any means. Nose holds a ton of adjuncts, and a sharp alcoholic bite stings my nose (at only 5%??). Taste is metallic and watery, lots of adjunct (corn and rice?) and generally reminiscent yet somehow slightly superior to some BMC drivel. Feel is thin and watery, water is relatively hard in this one (or maybe it's from the can?). Lingering metallic and bitter feel, and it's difficult to tell whether this bitterness is from some mild form of hopping or my general frustration towards another mediocre LCBO import. Decided to pound this one, so the drinkability gets bumped up a bit.

Photo of mrmanning
1.73/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can from my local 'BO- A very pale straw pour with a bleached white cap. Nose of corn, pale malts, vegetables, grains. Tastes sweet, and of grains. A bit of biscuit and bread comes to the front, but it is really quite vegetal. Prickly carbonation, weak finish. I wonder which asshole approved this for sale?

Photo of thehyperduck
2.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, clear golden yellow colour, similar to a glass of apple juice, topped with a half-finger of creamy, moderately resilient head that dies down to an even cap across the top. Decent collar and lacing around the edges. Smells crisp, fresh and about what I'd expect from the style - grainy malts, a whiff of grass, and a twinge of yeast.

Taste is of barley malt, bready and grainy, a little sweet, but this is rounded out with some grassy, slightly floral hops. The first sip of this brew came with a VERY weird metallic aftertaste that I did not like at all, but allowing it to breathe for a few minutes seemed to help this metallicity slink into the background. Some slight dryness lingers in the aftertaste. Thin-bodied and pretty watery, with moderate carbonation, this stuff goes down quickly and cleanly.

A decent EPL, with nothing to really distinguish it from the many shelves of similar brews surrounding it. I will probably not get this again, but it's enjoyable enough on a late summer's night.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright golden apperance with a small amount of head that quickly disapears but leaves decent lacing. Smell is sweet with a hint of corn, grass and grain.

Taste is very sweet and grassy with a hint of bread and grain. Picked up some hops and fruit but kind of sour. Light-medium bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is dry and grassy.

Mediocre pale ale, some good qualities but hops could be better. It is easy to drink though. Worth a try if you wan to drink it for that reason.

Photo of headstash
2.4/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of Nickademus
3.1/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A New Beer Sunday review.

Poured from a tallboy can, with the dulcimer tones of Classic rock on a Sunday afternoon.

Here we go

In regards to its appearance, it has virutally no fault under my eye. Had a big crunchy, bubbly head that lasted a bit, *traditional pour, slow and tilted halfway and then more aggresively with the glass upright.

Extrememly pale, totally clean. Light whispy head remains now and leaves some nice lacing.
It looks good, that's for sure.

under the nose it does have a heavy hop profile for its style - some tasty german bittering hops in this one.

Taste is not much to write home about - incredibly dry aftertaste. Crisp hop mild hop bite and fairly malty. It definitly should score well being marked within its style. They've done their homework. Everything is working here...

minus...

The strong dry aftertaste, but perhaps that could be cured or lightened with a proper food pairing.

If this is your type of brew - your in luck! This stuff nails the style.
I guess i'm being particular and not giving it booming drinkability marks because its not really a style for me. I'll revisit it though with a food pairing, and i do reccomend this stuff.

Photo of TheBeeraholic
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of funkengruven
3.88/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never tried this one before and thought I'd grab a can and give it a shot, it poured a deep yellow typical of a lager with a slight fizzy head. Smell was mild, a little hoppy and grassy. Taste was pretty good, some hops in there with a smooth clean finish. Aftertaste does not linger around long which actually makes this one stand out from others of it's style.

Overall a nice solid Euro Lager.

Photo of Derek
3.8/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden-yellow with a white head, good retention & great lacing.

S: Floral, grassy & pepper spice, bready malt, hints of toffee.

T: Floral, grassy, peppery and slightly earthy hops, bready continental malt, light toffee sweetness is balanced by a good bitterness. Hint of sulfur from the lager yeast (nice, not too clean).

M: Smooth body is on the light side of moderate and has an off-dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Keller by 'name' only... it's a pretty good Euro lager.

Photo of RyanBelle
1.55/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I honestly didn't care for this one. It tasted like a blond but was supposed to be a EPL. It had very weak and floury (like powdery) characteristic to it that turned me right off. I don't know exactly what tasted weird about this beer except for that I highly do not recommend bothering with it. It's less than mediocre in the taste dept. and less than remarkable in every other aspect too.

Photo of DenisKolkin
2.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

500 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2 CDN, poured into a pint glass. Served cold.

Appearance - Clear, pale golden color with 1 finger of head that receded quickly. Effervescent. Beer left a nice ring of lacing around the glass.

Smell - Light grassy notes and low hoppy scents. A little bit bready and biscuity smelling, and also an underlying dank earthiness characteristic. All scents though are fairly subdued.

Taste - Very earthy and a bit minerally. Minimal hop presence and slightly grassy. However way too much earthiness / dirt taste for my liking. Don't think my can was off either. What little there is in terms of aftertaste, is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Lower than normal carbonation. Mild finish, Doesn't really clean my palate nor scrub it.

Overall - Everything except for the taste, isn't bad, but I can't get over ho much I didn't enjoy this beer much at all.

Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Viggo
1.35/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

500ml can from the LCBO, evidently not good enough to be on this site yet.

Pours a clear amber, some golden highlights, thick and big bubbled loose head forms, bone white, kind of strange looking, slowly settles down to a thin layer, some lace sticks on the glass.

Smell is weird, malty, a lot of fruit like apricots and such, grassy, some light floral, a bit of toast, not so sure about this.

Taste is worse, almost no flavour, honey, sour fruit, oranges, grass, a bit of hay and toast, very watery, no finish, this is awful.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very thin, high and spritzy carbonation. This is a can full of shite. Thanks LCBO for another winner.

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Berthold Keller Premium Lager from Brouwerij Martens NV
66 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.