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Berthold Keller Premium Lager - Brouwerij Martens NV

Berthold Keller Premium LagerBerthold Keller Premium Lager

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BA SCORE
67
poor

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 22.73%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Martens NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 10-21-2009)
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber-gold with excellent head and great lacing.

S- Yeast, sweet malts, a tad of hops, and some citrus.

T- Tasted a little fruity from the get go. I'd say apple. A bit of caramel. Very background hops, but you know they're there. That's all there was to it for me. It does that quite well mind you, but it's by no means intricate or has much depth. The first sip was a bit much but I started enjoying it pretty quick. Definitely more sweet than bitter. Didn't seem oversweet though.

M- Exceptionally smooth feeling. Considerably creamy.

D- A good drink. On the fruitier side and a bit light. Don't know whether I'll pick it up again. It was simple but good.

I find it strange that I'm giving it the highest rating. I felt this beers only flaw was that it was somewhat plain.

Serving type: can

08-25-2010 00:12:30 | More by BBP
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +47%
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.

Serving type: can

11-01-2011 00:56:48 | More by funkengruven
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +43.9%
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.

Serving type: can

06-17-2010 23:14:19 | More by Derek
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Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: can

05-16-2012 18:23:13 | More by Stocean1
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Nickademus

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: can

01-24-2010 19:19:58 | More by Nickademus
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-02-2011 01:25:40 | More by CrazyMike
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a pours a very clear golden yellow colour with decent head. Nice lacing.

s some bready notes....with very slight earthiness due to hops.

t-bready notes are present...the earthiness is muted....nothing controversial

m-good for 5%....solid mouthfeel.

d-very drinkable...mass appeal

Serving type: can

02-11-2011 03:32:23 | More by Mit
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-26-2011 22:21:19 | More by thehyperduck
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a fairly solid head of white foam. Nose is grassy hops, a touch of lemon and honey. Leans towards the acidic, with a bit of green apple. Hops are not terribly assertive. Honey and some very mild bitterness round out the flavour profile. A bit disappointing, but easy drinking. Light in body and flavour.

Serving type: can

02-28-2010 21:09:26 | More by allergictomacros
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can:

Pours a crystal clear pale gold lager in the stein. Puffy 2 finger white cap, good retention and lacing, small bubbles.

Aroma is relatively fresh and unpretentious; pungent breadyness, wet hay and a light sulfurous mustiness from lager yeast.

Nicely hopped but malts are weak and mouth feel is thin. Fast watery finish with the unmistakable dextrin sting from malt extracts. A cheap partial extract brew sold at import prices from a commercial Belgian high gravity contract brewer.

Not bad, not good either. Too pricey for this cheap brew, buy a Wernesgruner for the same price.

Serving type: can

06-15-2010 00:48:09 | More by pootz
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
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?

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 02:07:52 | More by eat
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My boss offered me one of these at poker one night. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a dark gold colour. Two finger fluffy white head. Nice lacing with good rings and ok retention. Lot's carbonation.

S - Grassy hop, lemon, biscuits.

T - Very mild. Corny, grassy, sweet and lagery.

M - Lot's carbonation and a light body. Very smooth and clean. Slight sweet finish.

O/D - OK. Inoffensive but not exactly good. Nothing to seek out and glad I tried it for free.

Serving type: can

05-31-2011 14:27:47 | More by tbeckett
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear gold colour with a dense, bright white cap. Thick sheets of lace, good head retention. Grainy, slightly fruity aroma, grassy and spicy hops, sulfury. Grassy bitterness, slight sourness, grainy malt character. Notes of floral and spicy hops in the finish, a little sulfur towards the end. I'm not sold on the flavour. Fruity sweetness throughout. Light bodied with high carbonation, not overly dry so less crisp than I expected. I'd drink this again, but it didn't come together for me.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 22:33:46 | More by DrJay
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Serving type: can

10-05-2010 00:08:02 | More by Swedes21
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light orange colour with thick head that dissipates to a steady thin ring. Thin lacing around the glass. Smells very faint of some grains and sweet grassy hops. Not much flavour, but also nothing bad about it. Light carbonation. Easy to drink, but I don't plan to buy again.

Serving type: can

10-21-2010 01:34:32 | More by kwjd
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-11-2011 15:24:09 | More by spinrsx
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mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was a bit skeptical about this one. My first instinct was to question the name, Berthold Keller - it seemed too good to be true and probably a cute little joke made up by the advertising folks.

I found this lager to be better than most of the reviewers found it to be. I am not saying I will buy it again but as a one-off purchase it wasn't a total disaster.

Basically, it is the equivalent of a North American macro. I gave it a fairly high score for its appearance. The head was of a good duration and there was plenty of lacing.

The taste is pretty bland. Very light with the occassional hint of tin.

Serving type: can

12-06-2009 16:55:17 | More by mwrseeley
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-11-2011 01:07:49 | More by liamt07
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thought I'd try something new from the LCBO. It has an attractive metallic blue container. Looks like a typical lager, but smells literally like dirty dishwater and soap!? The taste is a strange combination of wood, tin and blech. I'm not sure I can finish this. Never again.

Serving type: can

11-25-2009 23:59:33 | More by shamus
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-25-2009 03:29:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This European "premium" lager is even paler than I had expected; into the light it is a pallid straw colour, its edges are blanched and the complexion, on the whole, is a bleached and cadaverous tone. Its head, which is considerably ample, is blotchy and appears kneaded in. It manages to (very thoroughly) press against the sides of the glass as well.

By supposedly "fusing" styles Berthold Keller has done nothing as far as aromatics are concerned. This beer smells no different than most commercial, mass-produced European lagers. There is a hint of grassy straw clouded behind a bottomless tray of corn. Thus far this smells neither Belgian nor British, despite whatever the can claims.

Nor can the taste be placed to anywhere specifically, except maybe to an industrial factory. This beer, like the majority of European pale lagers, has a largely indistinguishable taste that boasts nothing overtly malty nor hoppy. Nothing but a faint (but increasingly cloying) flavour of corn syrup. This is definitely no Belgian Blonde nor German Kellerbier...

And I was expecting at least one (or better yet, some combination) of the two given what was touted on the can. This is false advertising! It says this Bavarian-born, Belgian-raised brewmaster fused styles, but which ones? I taste bready crusts, salty crackers but nothing caramely or hoppy, nothing floral or fruity - this is simply a macro lager.

The company claims their brewer was "born to create a fine lager"; Berthold Keller may be destined to one day do that but this beer shows no indication of it. The only thing this offering stands testament to is that where you're born (or raised) doesn't ensure you'll be inherently good at something. Despite the proud and rich brewing traditions of Germany and Belgium, it's clear that this guy hasn't gained anything from either nature nor nurture.

Serving type: can

11-23-2009 03:41:19 | More by biegaman
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seand

California

2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thick white head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

S: Very very light sweetness.

T: Doesn't taste like too much - again a very light sweetness - but it has something weird going on in the aftertaste that's not altogether pleasant. Kind of metallic, plus something else I can't quite identify. Whatever it is, it doesn't work for me.

M: Medium to light body and carbonation.

D: If you drank it fast enough I suppose it'd be drinkable, but that aftertaste doesn't invite another sip.

Serving type: can

03-25-2010 02:18:33 | More by seand
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-29-2013 03:29:12 | More by DenisKolkin
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pristine gold color with a smallish head that leaves a decent
amount of lace. The aroma is sweetish with a strong corn element.
The taste is as sweet as the nose with a cidery edge and a lot of of
Cooked veggies/corn. Hops are lost in the mix, providing only an
unrounded bitterness. The mouthfeel is light but mildly cloying.
The finish is watery, forgettable.

Serving type: can

01-14-2010 01:51:31 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

1.73/5  rDev -34.5%
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?

Serving type: can

10-28-2009 11:25:35 | More by mrmanning
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Berthold Keller Premium Lager from Brouwerij Martens NV
67 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.