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Kubelbier - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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85
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Hautacam on 06-09-2009)
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a pretty clear orangey yellow color with a straight white head that retains pretty well, but doesn't build as easily as expected.

Nose is of typical german lager with a little bit larger hop presence.

A nice german lager with a pronounced hop presence and rather prevalent bitterness. A slight bit of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is typical german lager, slightly high carbonation, thin viscosity.

Drinkability is ok, but for those who aren't used to the slightly higher bitterness of this particular lager niche might be slightly bothered by it, and the alcohol is more noticeable than it oughta be.

Overall, a nice session beer. A lager with a little bit more oomph. Would probably drink it again if it were less expensive.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 24, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

A good keller beer-zwickel beer is hard to find but I think this Austrian one is pretty solid.Poured a slight hazed light golden with a nice two finger crown atop that never completely settled.Aromas are of honey,toasted grain,and a metallic/iron note, a rather hefty mouthfeel but not overly so,just full and lush.Flavors are alot like the nose,lightly sweet honey with a bit of dough,toasty and crisp in the finish.A solid lager beer with some heft.

oberon, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

I served this in a mug. The beer was an orange color with a small white head. It had a sweet honey aroma. Taste was honey, fruity, with a tiny bit of hops. Crisp in the mouth. A refreshing beer, one that I would like to drink again. Nice beer for the summer. Try it.

lordofthewiens, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a big thick rocky beige head that takes up most of the glass and the bottle is a slow gusher. There is a dark woody orange body that is hazy with a gentle carbonation that finally boils down.

S- The soft grainy notes have some yeast notes and a minty phenolic note in the finish.

T- The slightly tart flavor leads to a soft pale malt and mineral almost tin taste. There is a touch of malt sweetness that leads to a soft green bitterness that lingers and grows pithy as the beer opens. There is also a bit of that minty phenolic quality in the hop taste.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The green bitterness is the dominate flavor with the rest of it being very soft and a bit of a metallic quality is off putting.

rhoadsrage, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5%

330ml bottle, day 14 in the 2012 Craft Beer Advent calendar. 5.3% ABV in this incarnation. Kubelbier? Vollbier? These are new things for my Google Translate-fu indeed.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of creamy, foamy white head, which settles at an even pace, leaving a low wall of pockmarked lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, sweet cereal malt, lightly honey-toasted (I know, it's in my vernacular), with a mild leafy fruitiness, a pinch of earthy yeast, and some soft lemon pie notes. The taste is bready, in the cereal sense, slightly yeasty, with a lessened honey sweetness, some mild hard water minerality, a touch of fruity lemon, and tame musty noble hops.

The carbonation is quite subtle, no semblance of bite at all, the body a decent medium weight, and quite smooth overall. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt still well in play, the yeast holding tight, and the hops just doing their under the radar best.

A pretty tasty German-style lager. I'm liking these less commonly available styles from that country (and its immediate neighbours, obviously) more and more as of late. Could see sessioning this one in a bierhall-type establishment some day.

biboergosum, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Cookeeman
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%

This is Beer 14 from the Rieder advent calendar. Pale yellow, hazy, no head and very little lacing. The aroma is very grassy, and I swear I smell cotton candy. The flavour is really quite sweet, with a cloying wheat finish. Whatever, it's an average wheat-based lager, not bad not great. Too sweet to session.

Cookeeman, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

Decent bier, nothing exceptional, found at Premier. Pours light body although very decent creamy off-white head. Neutral aroma. Mouthfeel is average, taste is OK, drinkable but not very drinkable to the extent of 500 ml.Being unfiltered led to something but not all that much.

Sammy, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 22oz bottle (with slightly different label art than pictured above) into my Moonlight pint glass.

Amber with chrome yellow highlights in the glass - unfiltered with tiny flecks of yeast swirling around. A bright magnolia head recedes to a half finger of soapy foam, with a high collar of dense lacing.

Pale malt, grain, and very faint hops in the nose. Good but fairly typical lager notes.

Not quite toasted malt, hints of pilsner (?), and a grassy flavor mid-palate. Moderate bitterness from hops, and a grainy sourness into the finish. Vague hints of white grapes, unripe apples, and a somewhat dry pale malty aftertaste.

Effervescent, medium-light bodied, and refreshing.

A decent lager - though I expect an imported bottle isn't as true to form as a fresh cask...

augustgarage, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +15%

A: Unfiltered deep golden body - appears amber in the full pint. Creamy off-white head holds well and leaves some nice sheets of tiny bubbled and streaky lacing.
S: Malty and yeasty with just some floral and grassy notes in the background.
T: The taste echos the aroma, as usual, but it takes a turn - a few sips into it, the taste buds adjust to the sweetness of the malt and the hops become more prominent. They're more spicy than the nose suggests, and along with a solid bitterness, they round it out nicely. It starts with rich malt that's gently caramelish and toasty, and then the hops kick in with a spicy dryness and lots of floral notes. Rather than finishing sweet, it actually ends up being fairly dry and refreshingly bitter.

NeroFiddled, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of marcobrau
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

A hazy lager, which is okay in zwickel/kellerbier. Light orange hue. Not that pretty; not much head retention at all (dirty glass?), but a good earthy minty, hoppy smell. Somewhat minty and peppery hops mix well with earthiness which I'm guessing is contributed by the yeast. A very quaffable, spicy lager with some earthy notes and a bit of a yeast bite. This had more hop character than I expected.

marcobrau, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

- Chg no 31902091.

A: Poured a medium, murky orange with a 3 finger dull Styrofoam white head that was smooth and firm, and well lasting. Turbidity was heavy with a dominant display of suspended yeast floaties, both micro and macro in size while an initial explosion of carbonation rushes upwards. A speckled and spotted lacing, slightly soapy in nature sticks sparingly to the glass.

S: The nose was strong and evident upon first uncapping at arms length. In the glass it however appeared much tamer with a light musky lemony scent. Moist, damp hay rounds things out here. Meh, could be better, could be worse.

T: The flavor was wet lemon grains and musky hay with a slight tart and juicy citrus kiss. There was suggestions of orange juice, that was slightly turned, while the finish finds a nice touch of semi-dry tart tangerines.

M: The initial carbonation fury didn't last long by the time I got to sample the mouthful. A decent medium fullness with a light oily texture and slickness was off set by a flabby and lazy carbonation. I was expecting more of a bright and crisp nature here but got a lazy mouthful.

D: Drinkability was fairly enjoyable by the pound but wouldn't venture much after that. Middle of the road overall.

beerthulhu, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5%

Sampled @ The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Menu said it was 20 oz. for $6.50, but I got a little round Optimator-style mug that was more like 12 oz. Needless to say, the beer was gone in minutes.

Hazy gold pour, true to style for a Zwickel or Kellerbier (listed as an Austrian Zwickel on the menu). Creamy froth and rings of sticky lace. Nose had a dry bready, papery sweetness. A building hop bitterness was a welcome surprise, as the malt flavor was light, and the body was similarly light and easy drinking. The hop character was a little bit grassy and earthy, not a dominant flavor, just lent a good amount of bitterness. It was a refreshing beer, and I would have had another despite the small pour.

emerge077, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%

Picked this up tonight at the COOP after work... It spent probably 3-4 hours in the fridge and was not jostled from the store shelves to my fridge shelf. I capped it, placed the bottle on the counter, went and peed.. came back and there was probably a quarter cup of beer on the counter and a very steady rush of foam coming out of the bottle... the gushing also completely stirred up the sediment at the bottom into hundreds of pretty sizable globules that look like backwashed chewed up bread.

The brew is pretty clear deep golden but contains thousands of tiny bits of yeast... head dies back to nothing very quickly... no real cap.

Nose is pretty traditional German lite lager... clean doughy malts... no real hops... standard... maybe a bit stale.... but not too distracting.

Yep... stale and metallic.. pale grains with a couple of shiny pennies and maybe a nickel.

Carbonation seems about right despite the gushing... body is in line.

I want to like it... but there are just too many issues.

2.5/3.5/2.5/4/3

JohnGalt1, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

I split a large bottle (750 ml?) with a friend at The Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A- It's opaque and gold. It has a big head that leaves a good amount of lace.
S- Intense vegetable scent.
T- That is a wonderful malt taste. Vegetable/grain tasting it has a nice hop kick once in and a crisp clean aftertaste. This was a small slice of heaven.

Amalak, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A: The beer is hazy yellow-orange in color and poured with a two finger high head that slowly died down. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible by the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is very malty and slightly sweet; this is balanced by a mild amount of bitterness from the hops. Flavors of bready and grainy malts really stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and extremely smooth. The beer has a moderate level of carbonation.
D: The unfiltered nature of this beer makes it rather tasty. I would definitely want to try this beer again.

metter98, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Drewrd1988
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Drewrd1988, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Bryn
4/5  rDev +5%

Bryn, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

safaricook, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

500ml brown bottle.

It pours an interesting orange color with a thick off-white head that lasts a good while.

The smell is pretty grainy, liek fresh bread, there is also a kiss of grassy and lemony hops.

The taste is definitely interesting, it is very citrusy with a nice hop bite, not very bitter, though not sweet. It has a bit of yeast twang to it.

The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, but it helps it be a bit more drinkable.

It is a good beer, the best Kellerbier i have had as of yet.

crossovert, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

Pours a five finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Slightly hazy amber color. Some malt, some hops nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is woody and hoppy. Lingering bitter after taste. $4.75 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5%

On tap at Max's during their German beer festival.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a nice intermix of sweet malt and hoppy bitterness. The malt aroma dominates of course, but I'm definitely getting a bit more hoppy bitterness then what I normally encounter in a good German lager. On the palate there is a considerable amount of yummy malty sweetness, in this case giving the beer something of a baked apple and cherry flavor, which is then countered nicely by some noticeable bitterness on the finish. The beer has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel, and as seems to be almost always the case with good German lagers, drinkability is just exceptional.

This is lovely stuff.

John_M, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Dotcubed
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Seemingly familliar looking bottle. I may have overlooked this one in a market some where. Detroit? Maybe Toledo?

Looks like a snow globe when I look though the bottle. Pours little foam. Dull orange color.

Smells like a special pilsner, something different. Hint of mint, spice. Probably Saaz and something else.

Metallic. Malty. Dry, crisp & refreshing. Some fresh cut grass quality, a nice light bitterness.

Good light body lager. I like the style. and could have a good time drinking more of this.

Dotcubed, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of JonDeutsch
4/5  rDev +5%

My first zwickel.. and I like. It has a nice hop/malt balance that I was not expecting from Austria (thinking it'd be like German beers).

Very drinkable; a bit heavy in the summer, but that's to be expected. The consistency is a bit thick, but not so much that it is overbearing. It has a smooth consistency; not too carbonated.

Simply a good beer, well executed.

JonDeutsch, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +5%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of jgasparine
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%

A- Poured with a thin foamy white head, which slowly gave way to some nice edge lacing. The body was a hazy honey color with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells like a handful of fresh barley malt. No other words to describe it. Just lovely.

T- Tasted of honey drizzled, freshly baked, multi-grain bread. No hop character detected. Simple yet elegant.

M- Big and grainy mouthfeel with lots of unattenuated sugar and velvet soft carbonation... the way I WISHED all low ABV beers felt!

D- Wow... this may be my new favorite session beer (I know I'm stretching the term "session" here). Im my mind, the experience drinking this brew is comparable to what Michael Jackson describes as a "restorative". Refereshing, satisfying, big chewy mouthfeel, and totally sessionable. I could drink this all night for days on end!!!

jgasparine, Oct 28, 2009
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Kubelbier from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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