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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
67
poor

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 22.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

1.45/5  rDev -45.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-17-2009 23:25:00 | More by TerryW
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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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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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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

1.6/5  rDev -39.4%
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!

Serving type: can

10-31-2009 23:57:39 | More by JohnnyBarman
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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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

1.35/5  rDev -48.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-21-2009 01:08:31 | More by Viggo
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Berthold Keller Premium Lager from Brouwerij Martens NV
67 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.