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Gold Standard Export Kellerbier - Brooklyn Brewery

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Gold Standard Export Kellerbier
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BA SCORE
86
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012)
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Photo of palma
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Mmmm...Bready.

On tap at the brewery.

Hazy straw color body. Nice fluffy head.

Nose is mildly floral, noble hops, grass, toasted grain.

Taste is wonderful. Very good malt flavor throughout. Cereal, whole grain bread, clean, crisp and a spicy hop finish. Just excellent. I have always loved the zesty hops of a good pilsner but always wished the malt backbone was stronger. This beer finally does that.

Mild and light enough mouthfeel to be easy drinking yet flavor is all there. Fuller than your typical pilsner. Excellent beer. This is one of my favorites from Brooklyn.

palma, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

nh2032, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of PorterBoy14
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

PorterBoy14, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

PEIhop, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Busy Bee

A - hazy gold with a thin lacing of white head

S - lager yeast, cereal grains

T - malty, a bit sweet, husky, herbal, strong bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really nice clean, crisp, refreshing beer. It has great drinkability and great flavor. It's a bit on the bitter side but I love that about this beer. I would definitely have this again.

tdm168, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of elgiacomo
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler from Beverage World. Served at around 40F.

Pours clear gold with a good white head that leaves nice webs of lacing and holds a light cap. Was hoping for more haze in an unfiltered lager.

Aroma is lemon citrus, floral hops, noble hops, light biscuit/cracker malt, a little grainy and herbal. Very good strength. Nice aroma for the style, good hop presence.

Flavor is more lemon citrus, crisp noble hops, grassy, herbal, some grain, light bready/cracker malt, moderate sweetness in the middle, good bitterness for the style on the finish. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, a bit oily, good carbonation.

Super-tasty lager. 100 degrees today and this is hitting the spot! Great aroma, tons of flavor and a hint more of a kick than standard in this style. Will definitely be getting another fill of this one while it’s around.

elgiacomo, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 750ml swingtop growler to a small Ommegang flute. Purchased earlier today—thanks Syracuse Real Food Co-op!

Appearance (3.0): Tell you what, this pours like the perfect AAL: crystal-clear, pale, pale gold body (like dandelion-yellow) with a great-looking chunky white head that dies slowly with fat bubbles, leaving just a few splotches of lace. Not bad, but I’m not sure where all the cloudiness is for the style.

Smell (4.5): Very bright, just very very bright: lemons and fresh-cut grass, extremely aromatic but floral and delicate, too. May sound weird, but it smells like the grass after a good rain. There’s a very light, pale grain scent in there too, mixing with a warm, starchy yeast scent on the back-end. This smells great, really really great.

Taste (4.5): Follows the nose, but more complex in the malt / yeast combination. The hops really pop in this beer, seriouosly shining—lemony and mildly fruity, along the lines of melon and pear, but turning into a bright, extremely grassy, slightly herbal bitterness. That grassiness hangs on through and extremely long finish that never quite goes away. Meanwhile, the malt body is pale and light, just like liquid Stoned Wheat Thins. But, it blends well with an extremely earthy yeast character and helps a light, tart wheat note come through. Goddamn, this is balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Extremely dry in the finish, light on the palate and effervescent without any coarseness. Brooklyn really nails the mouthfeel with a lot of these limited beers, the big bottles and Brewermaster’s Reserve beers, and this is no exception. Just wish there was more head left. Still, unbelievably, dangerously drinkable.

Overall (4.0): This is an exceptional beer, really excellent. What really strikes me is just how delicate the malt body feels, and how pronounced and bright the hop profile is, without overpowering anything. It maintains a crackery, earthy body while shining in every other way. This is a great beer, and just absurdly dialed-in with a lot of nuance and finesse.

fmccormi, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head on a bright golden hazy body. Aroma is a nice combination of mustiness and sweetness with earthy hops, lemon custard sweetness and pale malts. Nice gingerbread note i
On the nose. Flavor is bready, very clean with a slight lemon tartness to the finish. Earthy hops round this one out. Light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Highly drinkable with a nice full feel to the body despite it being sort of light overall.

kylehay2004, Jun 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

pathman, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mvanaskie13, May 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

bluntedboywonder, Aug 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

lknox511, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ZethOfTheNorth, Jun 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

whartontallboy, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opening drink at a dinner at Black Market in Indianapolis with Garrett Oliver himself.

A really nice example of the kellerbier style, in my opinion. Fresh, clean, crisp pilsner malt. Floor malted, I believe he said. Both smell and taste were just balanced light maltiness and a noble hop finish. The taste especially had a pretty strong hop finish. Light mouthfeel. Overall a fantastic lager.

AaronHomoya, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

WDJersey, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of herrburgess
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

herrburgess, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a hazy, gold body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - a clean aroma of bready malt, spicy hops, and a hint of honey.

T - grainy malt and honey up front. Some spicy hops and bread in the middle. Finishes with herbal hops, light bitterness and clean malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - nicely made, not complex, but extremely drinkable.

nickfl, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tylers in Durham.Poured into a standard pint a clear light to medium golden with a 1/2 finger white head.It did not look like any Keller beer I have ever saw before.Aromas were quite fruity with alot of good yeastiness.Flavors were to hopped up for the style but hey I really liked them,alot of citric sharpness with some graininess as well.Well it might not be true to style but man it does taste really damn good.

oberon, May 28, 2012
Photo of scootny
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick and frothy head that stays. Some nice clumps of lacing and a faintly cloudy straw gold color. Gentle carbonation rising in the glass. Smell is full of bready malt and spicy Saaz hoppiness. A bit of citrus and a light honeyed sweetness. Very clean and German. Love the flavor. It has all that you would want from a good Keller with a full malt body with bread and biscuit notes. Lemony hops give way to a firm and deliciously complex bitterness with touches of pepper and and hop oil. A spicy mintiness, and clean drying finish give an exceptionally quenching mouthfeel. I have to agree that this reminds me of a slight less hoppy Prima Pils a bit and that is a very, very good thing. Hops are Full but crisp in the mouth and on the tongue it is highly drinkable and an exceptional session ale in spite of the slightly elevated abv. Just go slow and savor the flavor. As it warms the malt develops into a broader drinking companion and the hops stretch out as well, showing off their good parenting. Yum Yum! Another winner from Garret and the Brooklyn crew.

scootny, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at a beer store in Williamsburg, a brand new one at Meecker and Union. (I can't remember the name, but everyone should check it out - they have cheap growler fills, and the lady who was working there when I went was really sweet.)

I'm always looking for new and interesting American lagers and this one is great. It's got a good, light, baguette-and-yeast background with a nice, sharp, bitter and dry hop overtone. My main problem with a lot of American lagers is that the fruitiness of American hops overpowers the light malt flavors, but this is a nice, light, piny hoppiness that matches the background lightly but very well. It reminds me of a slightly less hoppy version of Victory's Prima Pils, which should be taken as high praise because the Prima Pils is one of my favorite American beers. It's a real shame this is a limited release because if this was available more widely I would drink it a lot. Probably too much.

A great summer drink, which is good because it is hot as balls today. A higher ABV than you would expect though, which limits its drinkability a little bit.

porntipsguzzardo, May 29, 2012
Photo of gorbos
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at a local bar (George Keeley) on a rainy, cool Summer's day. I've seen it on tap lists at Whole Foods and Duane Reade's growler bars.

Dull, uninspiring pale color, slightly cloudy. Smells like a grassy Pilsner, but it's a pretty cold pour, so I'm having trouble telling much else.

Not a simple Pilsner by any standard, gold or otherwise. It starts with a glimpse, a shadow really, of a rich, sweet lager, almost like a Maibock (including that Hofbrau muskiness), with good lacing and perfect carbonation. But I meant "glimpse," because I immediately taste big grassy hops dancing/competing with a biscuit flavor. These latter flavors dominate most of the experience. The hops win out, leading to a dry finish.

The flavors become more pronounced and (even) more complex after I let the beer warm up for ten minutes -- they're joined by a bit of yeasty sourness.

I am not familiar with the Kellerbier style, but I'd say this drinks like an "extra" Pilsner, even though it only leaves me a little buzzed after the pint. I bet this would taste great with most food, especially grilled fish, mac n' cheese, potato salad, chicken with lemon and leeks, etc. I am so impressed that I have to write my first BA review on this guy. I'm very sad this is just one of Brooklyn's one-off beers, because it's better than any of their usual non-imperial offerings.

gorbos, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 10oz pour at d.b.a. Brooklyn on hot and sweaty day. Served cold, it's dry and refreshing, it's hard to imagine a more perfect beer for the moment.

While the beer is distinctly a lager, I couldn't help be reminded up of a clean Belgian saison as I drank up. The similar hops and spice, with a light and dry finish, no doubt, are what make we want to try this head to head with Saison Dupont. The hops have a little citrus juice, but the gentle, peppery lemon spice dominates over the crisp bready malt. Very drinkable, but also a beer worth sipping. Find it if you can.

tempest, May 26, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano. The beer pours a golden color with a large white head. The aroma has a ton of malt in it, with a hint of grass and a touch of honey. The flavor is more of the same. There is a good bit of grass and earth from the hops, as well as a low amount of bitterness and a lot of nice grain and biscuit malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very easy to drink, refreshing beer. Very well done.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +3.6%

standardcherry, Jun 02, 2012
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Gold Standard Export Kellerbier from Brooklyn Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.