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Kubelbier - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

KubelbierKubelbier

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BA SCORE
86
very good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.21%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hautacam on 06-09-2009)
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Reviews by WoogityBoogity:
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WoogityBoogity

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazey, light-amber straw color. White head quickly dissipates.

S - Malt character is present but steeped grain character overpowers it. Hop aroma is present. No esters.

T - Medium malt sweetness followed by strong bitter finish of hops. The skewed balance towards hop bitterness is likely accredited to the exposure of the beer to outside air as it is being lagered. Mild minerally taste of the yeast/water.

M - Medium-light body with average carbonation. Alcohol presence is slightly noticeable.

O - An rather odd style, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 05:30:27 | More by WoogityBoogity
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-09-2014 13:56:27 | More by DrunkinYogi
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safaricook

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-21-2013 17:30:24 | More by safaricook
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-26-2013 16:21:05 | More by Kmat10
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bigred89

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

05-19-2013 14:26:33 | More by bigred89
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

05-18-2013 22:32:34 | More by RedneckBeerz
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: slightly hazy, golden colored beer. Maybe a 1/2 finger's worth of head with long retention.

S: Honey, a slight spicy yeast aroma, some lemon zest. A light, but really good, smelling brew.

T: Sweet cereal grains up front, a bit of yeast, and a rich mineral taste. This is followed by what I can only really describe as a bitter yeast flavor. Almost like lemon pith. while that may sound unpleasant, it actually isn't, and goes nicely in the beer to offset the initial sweetness. The end is both spicy, bitter and sweet.

M: The feel of this beer is moderate body and carbonation, and slightly creamy and chewy

O: This is definitely a solid beer. The pithy/mineral/metallic nature of this beer makes it tough to think about drinking more than one, but for one bottle I find it to be really pleasant and different.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 22:17:28 | More by DaveBlack
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-31-2013 07:05:24 | More by schopenhauerale
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Cookeeman

British Columbia (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 02:44:34 | More by Cookeeman
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 07:09:33 | More by biboergosum
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Bryn

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-12-2012 23:47:31 | More by Bryn
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 26/9/12

A hazed golden orange with lots of bubbles pushing around the tiny bits of sediment, looks busy. A thin thumbs width of foam falls quickly leaving just a few patches of lace

S honey and cream hit my nose first followed by some fruity cereals, smells like something I'd want to pour on my cereal actually but I'll stick to milk

T some lemon and more dry cereals, fruity and pretty tasty, slightly musty and a nice version of the style

M very fine grit left behind after a nice medium body and creamy from the bubbles, bready finish with a little lemon butter, pretty solid in these parts

O this one didn't last long I'll tell ya that much, solid in all areas and I have little to complain about

I could smash a few of these with no problems at all, well rounded beer that I'd drink often if available in something other then my 100$ Advent Calendar

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 17:57:40 | More by wordemupg
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-01-2012 03:32:41 | More by t0rin0
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Domingo

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Glad to see Hofstetten in Colorado as they're doing some pretty cool things over in Austria.
This is apparently "bucket beer" named after an old tradition of serving kellerbiers from a bucket.
Pours a light burnt orange color. It's clearly unfiltered, but like most kellerbiers, it's not as hazy as say, a weissbier or massive DIPA. Foam is subdued more than I expected, but it's far from flat. The texture is pretty similar to what it would be on tap, but I don't know if that's intentional or just a byproduct of the trip over.
Staying with the tradition of most other kellerbiers, there's nothing complicated going on. Straight ahead super-bready malts with just a kiss of caramel and slight toastiness. A bit of clover honey from the yeast and a hint of bitterness from the hops. Unlike some of the Franconian versions, the hops are more bittering (similar to the ones in further south), which was likely originally for preservation. A little oxidation, too...but that's more or less just a sign of age for a beer like this that's designed to go from cellar to mug.
Easy drinking and tasty stuff. It's not going to blow your mind or change your world view, but it's almost too easy to toss this back.
While the bottled versions always show a few signs of age (that can't be helped), I will still pick this up again if I see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 14:32:20 | More by Domingo
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Drewrd1988


4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-19-2012 22:02:29 | More by Drewrd1988
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smf90

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-25-2012 21:20:43 | More by smf90
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with little retention and decent lacing on a clear golden body. Light malt aroma. Not getting much on the nose. Flavor is sour citrus with wheat and malt. This is my first of the genre. I like this one but can't really judge it on its quality amongst others in the genre. Light body and moderate to high carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 02:22:02 | More by kylehay2004
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No obvious bottled on date.
Poured into an Ayinger half-liter glass.

Pours a fairly large head composed of smallish, off-white bubbles, leading to a very dense, styrofoam-like appearance. This descends in a minute or two, leaving enormous amounts of lacing and various streaks. Body is a heavily burnt dark orange leaning towards brown, becoming a fall orange color when held to the light. Very murky, with plenty of sediment, no visible carbonation. Really just a top-notch looking German beer.

Aroma is very bready, yeasty, continental hops enjoyably present, slightly of burnt dust (from when the heater kicks on the first time after long disuse). Slight grain or cereal scents and caramelized sugar as well. A very expressive German beer.

Sweetness develops quickly on the tip of the tongue, leading to complex blends of malt character sweetness and graininess. Other flavors of honey, bread, caramel, and slight mineral character. Pleasant spicy and slightly astringent hop character, especially in the latter half of the sip. Slightly tangy on close. Aftertaste of malt, grain, and mineral.

Medium-bodied throughout, generally satisfying. Carbonation is fairly low, so this feels creamy and smooth across the palate, with light spark from the carbonation.

Overall an interesting and pleasing beer. While the style does not seem to be produced or available much, I enjoyed this, and would happily accept another.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 19:09:56 | More by falloutsnow
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-20-2011 04:53:38 | More by JAHMUR
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangish amber with large head that dies quick and some lace. Has a dry pils-like grainy malt aroma along with burts of citric hops. REeal light and dry as the pils malt makes it pleasant and balances w/ a touch of yeast so the beer remains smooth w/ a touch of sweetness. There is a touch of minor floral hoppiness in the body as well and it finishes nicely with a crisp backbite. Overall a simple but real good beer to relax with.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 16:51:42 | More by clayrock81
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 21:33:54 | More by rhoadsrage
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy orange/straw body that is hazy and glowing. This beer exploded when opened, and although it was a minor waste of beer on the carpet, the smell was welcomed and enjoyed for hours. Needless to say, it had a huge immovable head that could be eaten with a spoon.

S - Smells of pure, sweet, delicious honey. So inviting! Sweet corn flakes and frosted flakes in the nose, as well as ruby red grapefruits covered in brown sugar.

T - Sweet and mild wet honey. Hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Bready and chewy. Very mineralistic and nurturing.

M - Light bodied, and silky. This brew was maybe a little too wet on the palate but very drinkable.

O - A beautiful golden brew, unfiltered, hazy, thirst quenching and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 21:04:06 | More by BeerForMuscle
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of floaties. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good aroma of malt, hops, and a grainy quality.

T: Tasted of hops (though not a whole of them), some malt, a breadiness, and grain. On the whole, this is a well-rounded flavor. Stays nicely within the boundaries of the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 13:16:03 | More by avalon07
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered Austrian lager. The label looks like it came from Call of Duty. On to the beer:

Looking hazy and brownish orange is the color. There's no shortage of foam on top, as it reaches the magical two finger's thickness without trouble and holds. The nose is very raw with lots of grassy and grain flavor.

Liquid bread is the theme for this beer; there's a lot of white bread flavor. Spilling on the sides are unmalted barley sweetness which makes the beer a little coarse at times. The aftertaste lingers of a French baguette. The body of the beer seems bigger than the 5.6% ABV, and with low-medium carbonation.

I have respect for the style (and this beer), but not one I'd want to do very often. I perfer my lagers to be cleaner.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 05:33:05 | More by DoubleJ
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rtepiak

Poland

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was a six month old bottle as stated by the teller at the shop. after some sitting in the bottle the beer didn't develop a character but also lost all that zest of a keller. this had the feel of a husky alt beer with a distinct pilz malt bitter. the mild sour nose of a something citrus is replace by the aged dingy bitterness. can't say that i like his more than the tap... but i can see some mild version of a tap, or in between could be quite fruitful.

prepare for expensive session beer. fantastic in its own sense... but one dimensional when too old.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:48:50 | More by rtepiak
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Kubelbier from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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