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Berthold Keller Premium Lager - Brouwerij Martens NV

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Berthold Keller Premium LagerBerthold Keller Premium Lager

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BA SCORE
66
poor

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:
No notes at this time.

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

Photo of TerryW
1.45/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oof. This is just nasty.

Came out of the can looking okay, clear golden colour with a moderate white head. The head settles to a thin film and gives up some spotty lace.

Pretty much downhill from there. Neutral or non-existent nose. Tastes like a can of old mushrooms. Feh. Musty and metallic in a grievously unpleasant way. Harsh on the palate with a nasty mouthfeel.

Every once in a while you come across a beer that makes you go, "Jeesh! What the hell were they thinking?!". This is one of those. Drain pour.

Avoid.

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 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 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 oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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 seand
2.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of headstash
2.4/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of biegaman
2.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of djcreepshow
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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 TheBeeraholic
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mjacquard
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Molson2000
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of shamus
2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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 mwrseeley
2.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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 kwjd
2.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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 DrJay
2.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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?

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