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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils (Keller Pils) - Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

196 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 26
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 08-12-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by maybrick:
Photo of maybrick
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the 2004 served from a 12 ounce bottle. What a nice brew. Very complex in smell, taste, and mouthfeel. Carbonation is very good isasmuch it gives a very nice bright white head, leaves much lace, and "explodes" in your mouth and then mellows on the way down.

Very balanced yet complex hop profile. Great nose on this especially when just below room temperature. Takes on even greater complexity when warmer.

Malt is detectable and has a very crisp and dry hop finish.

I like it very much.

maybrick, Jun 18, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a nice fizzy head that clings nicely to the glass,great aromas of lemon,toasted malt and light grass this to me smells like summertime in the bottle!Taste is crisp and zippy with a big lemony flavor with a little iron in the finish more malt tilted but u can pick up some herbal hop notes and a late dryness after a few sips.Wow what a great summertime beer,honestly I could drink this all day will have more of these tonight for sure.

oberon, May 28, 2004
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Abundant white foamy head. Color is a mildly hazy, golden yellow. Long retention and very good lacing.

S: Definitely some light malts present in the nose, along with an intriguing aroma that is somewhat of a yeasty bread smell. There is also a light but sharp hop aroma.

T: Fuller body than I expected; could taste the grains but more so an astringent yeasty flavor - not unpleasant but different. Aftertaste was a little bit clingy with a nice hop bitterness.

M&D: What would appear to be light of body actually has a heavier mouthfeel than you might expect. The abundant carbonation stays with this all the way through. Enjoyable, but I think I would have to be in the mood to drink more than one.

I have never had a "pilsner" that tasted like this one. There is a unique flavor to this that made me question if I had a fresh bottle or not. While not unpleasant, the aroma and taste is unique to anything I have tried thus far so it had me reaching for ways to describe it. I was very impressed with the appearance, especially the staying power of that abundant head and the continuing carbonation. Overall, pretty good.

SIRIUS2, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on date on the side. Unfiltered and bottle-conditioned.

Appearance: Pale, straw yellow with a touch of cloudiness. Head is a whispy white foam lace that sticks to the sides of the glass with fine bubbles.

Smell: Wonderful spicy, herbal aroma with some raw grain in the back. You can really pick out the dry-hopped Saaz & Mt. Hood.

Taste: Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth & creamy due to the fine carbonation that literally foams up on the palate. Initially the senses are hit with an incredibly complex medly of hoppy flavours and bitterness (Saaz, Mittelfruh, Spalt and Mt. Hood). It's very unique, spicy, rind-like, salty and floral. The brew then peaks with a puckering dry crispness that leads to grain tannin flavours that go a little biscuity in flavour. Malt sweetness doesn't really come to play, but is lingering very lightly in the background to provide a subtle balance. Beer finishes with an oily feel on the palate, residual herbal spice and a touch of sweetness (especially as the beer warms).

Notes: 5.0%abv. Wow! What a wonderful beer to drink! An extremely complex beer hop wise.

Todd, Aug 12, 2001
Photo of BeerIsland
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can remember being bowled over by this beer. Casey had it on the hand pump at Max's one evening and it was all I drank. Just Amazing. I often compared it to the Prima in style and quality. Sadly, a very recent visit to OD in Ashburne VA found this item diminished and offkey. The usually wonderful malt/hops tension was lacking and there was no sparkle. Granted, it was still a decent tasting brew but I left scratching my head. I did not inquire if there were any changes to the brew but don't think it was an age or dispensing issue. Maybe it was just me.

BeerIsland, May 12, 2007
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with born on date of 3/13/03. Listed as a traditional unfiltered "keller pils".

Appearance: Poured a thin-looking yellow with a voluminous head that nearly overflowed the glass on the aggressive pour. Creamy lines of lace on the glass all the way down.

Smell: All sorts of spicy and zesty lemons in the nose, with a dash of pine added for good measure.

Taste: Bitter up front, in the middle, and at the end. Good malt backbone lends support. Excellent flavor. Flavor is a lovely combination of bittering and dryness.

Mouthfeel and Drinkaibility: Wow. It felt like the beer was boiling up again when I drank it. Very smooth and creamy, little bit of pine oil on the lips.

Yet another winner from "Ol' Dom".

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer is impressive in all truth this is what a true pilsener should be on the label it states that it's a keller pils. I am now on an official mission to gather other examples of this style or to pick up a case of this from somewhere. Appears with a hazy golden sunshine tone and one massive mountainous white creamy textured pillowy head. Lace is evenly rung and wonderfully scattered around my conical shaped glass. Aroma bombards me with Hallertau and peppery Saaz hops just amazing underneath this wonderful hop aroma is a sugary malt presence, enticing just by the smell how much better can this beer taste is my only question. Citrusy, peppery bite mixes with one awesome wave of malt that seems to flow so well together that this beer has to be a classic pils in my mind. Texture is perfect when it it's your mouth and the carbonation blended with the texture of the medium body and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Drinkability is devine a got to staple of any beer enthusiasts diet, this is why I rank this beer as my favorite pils to date.

WVbeergeek, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of rastaman
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly soft and lightly buttery malts, with some lightly spicy, quite floral hops, Faintly sharp finish with the hops, mild bitterness, a pretty good pilsener, with an added sharpness in the bitterness, pretty spot on for a pils, without the softness of a nice Czeck one. Nobbad.

rastaman, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Trashcat, Wednesday at 07:37 PM
Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foggy golden orange tan kind of color glowing under a giant half glass white fluffy head. So as I'm waiting for the head to part I notice it actually smells rather nice for a head. The beer itself smells packed tight with saaz. Aromas are full and floral, citrus kissed, with bicuity soft and sweet malts. Quite nice now but initially once the head relaxed I was getting metallic, almost like hard water smells. I was disappointed because under the hard metal were lots of other yummy smells.
Now that I'm a little further into the beer the metallic smell has vanished. I'll have to try it again sometime and see what happens. So anyways...taste is grapefruity and floral with bready biscuit malt and an extensive drying bitter finish. Occasionally the feel of the dryness reminds me of when I take a shower where there's hard water. Mouthfeel is nicely susbtantial and a little implosive with the dryness. Drinkability is great for me.

I need to get this again because I'm pretty sure I really like this pils.

tastybeer, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of ITK4ever
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Tuppers. I had a revelation with Prima Pils, so I wanted to try one from a different brewer. Guys like Tuppers, Victory, Stoudts, Troegs, Clipper City...all make me appreciate living on the Right Coast. This is one fine pilsner offering from Tuppers.

Light golden pour with a thin white head. Light on the nose as well, with a hoppy kick. Light on the palate, good balance of hops and malt and a light mouthfeel, too. HEY!!! IS THIS A LIGHT BEER?

Very drinkable, sessionable, and a good choice for summer.

ITK4ever, May 15, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The label suggests to "pour with a generous head". I did that and got a big 2-and-a-half inch head, rocky and foamy, with a stiffness like meringue. Crackles and pops down to a thin head, leaving no lace in its wake. Held up to natural light, the color is a lighter yellow with a very slight haze.

Aroma is lemon and orange with some sweet malt backup, and a little sourdough if really using the imagination.

Yum. The maltiness hits you right away, like sucking on a rich, soft, dark candy of some sort...and then a rind-like citrus bitterness comes crashing in. Excellent balance, a nice intersection of sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel isn't as prickly as expected, very smooth, airy, even creamy.

Really good stuff here. Highly drinkable, highly enjoyable.

Metalmonk, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice head and quality aroma for a pils. Taste good but metallic. Dry hoppy character. Them saaz hops. Light-medium mouthfeel. Dry bitter hop leaf finish. An interesting pils though we had better over the course of the evening. Thanks for sharing, Radek.

Sammy, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, Bruery tulip.

The head is an enormous job that is going almost nowhere; pure white and rocky, sticking to the glass in globules. It looks almost like a Hefeweizen in its exceedingly hazed dark golden body.

The nose is unsurprisingly yeasty and doughy, complimented by lots of florals and a bit of fruitiness. Unfamiliar floral elements like I experienced in the sister beer Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale.

Slight citric hop mixing with those same florals. The bitterness is sturdy, on IPA levels. Some dough and cracker but the hops are the star here.

Bitterness lends some matte roughness but this isn't very dry.

I'm digging this. It's very unique and doesn't seem all that much like a lager. But, then again, this isn't your average lager.

brewerburgundy, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, 6 pack from Peace Street Market in Raleigh, Fuck Blackie

appearance: pale golden in colour, fluffly white head with decent lacing left behind, clear body

smell: nice floral hops in the nose, light citrus, lightly peppery malt, hay

taste: a very good pilsner indeed...quite well balanced but the pleasantly floral hop presence defines the beer, good citrus/lemon zest flavours, peppery, grainy malt...very good

mouthfeel: medium body, average carbonation, refreshing

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I really wish I could like this brew better than I do, especially based on the Bros' write-up. This is now brewed by St. George Brewing in Hampton VA so that may account for the difference in reviews. We picked these up at the brewery.

The appearance is fine and the scent is very low-key, improving slightly as it warms. The initial taste is somewhat harsh but mellows a bit as it warms (which I find strange for a pilsner). Both the wife and I get an odd aftertaste as well. I am a fan of keller beers but I'm not picking up much of the style characteristics here.

We will crack open another bottle and edit the review if needed.

MarvinTheMarzen, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +0.3%

cliff1066, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of ebby82
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey golden color into a pilsner glass with a nice head.

A- flowery hops, a bit of the yeast from the bottle conditioning.

T- Again, flowery, nice hops, light and delicate.

Overall, a good example of the style. Only Victory Prima Pils was better. I could easily drink several of these at one sitting, and its a wonderful warm weather beer.

ebby82, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Southernbrew
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold with a good sized head.

Aroma is full of spicy saaz hops as well as some sweetness. A light lemon peel is there too, I believe.

Medium body, plenty of carbonation. Plenty of hops here, Saaz are quite noticable. Some grain flavors come through as do some earthy flavors. A mild sweetness shows up as well.

Not an especially exciting beer, but it's very well crafted, refreshing and a very fine pilsner.

Southernbrew, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of silver0rlead
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a stange with a 2 inch, thick white head and a cloudy, pale golden/yellow body. The aroma is very light, a spicy saaz hops smell with a light bready background. The taste is dominated by hops, starts with a biscuit-like malt flavor and segues into resiny, spicy hops taste that coats the mouth, you can really taste the saaz hops in this one. Im sure this isnt as fresh as could be and thats why the taste isnt really all the way there (this bottle is dated from may 2003) and if it was fresher it would be much better i think. But even so, a 2 year old bottle isnt half bad.

silver0rlead, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours golden with a 1/2" white head, some lacing & head retention

S: Straw & floral hops

T: Slight grassyness & grainyness up front (works for me). Finishes crisp & hoppy with hints of lemon

MF: Medium body & spritzy. Perfect balance

Drinks very easy. Stands shoulder to sholder with most german pils I've had. Try this!

russpowell, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of jackndan
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Pocket Pils: thanks to the BIF, I am sampling this well known beer. Initial pour spewed up a fairly large head that dissipated very quickly. The color of the head was a pure white. The beer itself is golden, with a slight haze. The aroma is very typical of a pils, with a slight fruity hint of the hops. The taste is very pleasant with a deep and long lasting hops taste. The hops are flowery in taste, which provides a sweet aftertaste. The hops are somewhat oily in the end. Very nice, and would match well with your spicy foods. Thanks to Murph for the sample.

jackndan, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Voluminous, slightly off-white head that left plenty of lace. Hazed, straw colored beer. Unfiltered.
Aroma of grainy malt with a lager earthiness. Touch of lemon and orange.

Taste shows a smooth, toasty, biscuity malt backbone. Good hop crispness, although still a little malty sweet. Touch of lemon and orange. Finishes clean.

Good mouthfeel.
Very drinkable. This is a beer I'd enjoy knocking back a 6 pack of.
Overall a good pilsener and one of the best I've had. Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the sample!

PhantomVodoo, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.52 for a single. Slightly cloudy yellow with just a bit of brown color. Taste is standard american pale ale to the letter - sharp american hop flavor. This must be a Pilsener by ingredients only, because the taste is not there. Well, maybe in the malts now that I think about it.

This is an interesting take on the style, I would recommend everyone try it.

benmiliron, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to drabmuh for sending me this one in a past trade as an extra! Served from bottle into a Grolsch pilsner. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, wheat, spice, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't too bad. For the style it was actually pretty nice. I could see this being a really nice pool-side brew during a hot summer day. The fruit character in this one was a nice addition for sure and made it quite enjoyable. Really glad I got the chance to try this one from this style.

thagr81us, Aug 26, 2011
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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils (Keller Pils) from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.