Kubelbier - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Hautacam on 06-09-2009

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a cloudy golden color and produces a nice thick head that stays around. This is a surprisingly smooth beer with good body and nice malt flavors. The hops provide some balance but the malt dominates. It is not highly carbonated but is refreshing.

Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a slight haze. a true amber. Scant head of white foam that fell fast. Effervescent. Nose is malty with a surprisingly deep malt. Has a biscuity richness on the nose. peppery and herbal hops. Doughy. taste follows the nose except for a light hop bitter that creep upon you like a small vine. It doesn't linger long but recedes to show you that biscuit once more and a gentle but very prominent herbal. Mouthfeel is light. The malt is so soft and creamy but has a lightness to it. It's not a cream ale. The hops sport a lovely herbal that touches the idea of fruitiness but stays green. It is terribly hoppy but not loud or overpowering. When you taste it you will see what I mean. It's like looking at the landscape. The herbal is green and everywhere! Just like the landscape, this beer has a floral that permeates the palate after a few sips and then you are delighted by this subtle sweetness. Creamy soft malt at the finish and after the bitter fades a light sweetness seems to have taken it's place.

I could really love this style.

Photo of jtvanden
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a thin white head with an hazy amber appearance.

S: At first I detected pronounced coppery metallic notes, but as the temperature rose, light wisps of honey and lemon took over.

T: Sweet and malty with a hoppy finish. The beer warms like a crispy apple tart in the fall.

M: The beer is quite light, especially on the finish. It would be refreshing in the shorter days of late summer or early fall.

O: Enjoyable beer overall that I would return to at a more appropriate time of year.

Photo of Svingjo
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice hazy straw colour with a thin head. The nose presents a sweet honey, with cereal and lemon. Teh taste is similar to the nose with the same attributes coming forward. the mouthfeel is that of hard mineral water. I think it's fairly well balanced. A pretty tasty beverage

Photo of WoogityBoogity
3.97/5  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.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.94/5  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.

Photo of Cookeeman
2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Photo of Domingo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of rtepiak
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of corby112
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

WARNING: This beer is a gusher that practically exploded upon opening.

Pours a dark, cloudy golden orange with golden ripe banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a five inch frothy, pillowy white head. t looks like the suited Japanese man frm the perfect pour thread filled this glass. The glass s left coated wth chunks of soapy lacing.

Slightly earthy, hoppy aroma with zesty spice, bread, yeast and citrus fruit. Hints of pepper, coriander and clove as well as banana and orange peel.

Fuller bodied than expected and very earthy up front with floral, pine hop bitterness and a prominent zesty spice character. Hints of peppery, coriander and clove followed by bread yeast that adds to the mouthfeel as well as banana and citrus peel. A bit too spice heavy, overpowering the other flavors and an astringent metallic aftertaste hurts drinkabilty. I preferred this much more on draft.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange rind with snow showers of fine yeasties and abundant bubbles that have created and are sustaining a two finger lid of yellowed ivory foam. Melty chunklets of lace appear on the glass... temporarily at least.

The nose is nothing special. It's grainy and musty and slightly herbal, but nothing really stands out and demands to be noticed. My keller bier and zwickel bier experience is far from extensive, but this doesn't seem like a bang-up version so far.

Kubelbier is no better on the palate, despite the fact that it's on the hoppy side. Then again, looking at the BA style descriptions, hops are often a defining feature in these German lagers (Austrian in this particular case).

The malts are very slightly toasted-earthy, probably from a small percentage of Munich malt. The hops are spicy-herbal and slightly grassy, although it's doubtful that Saaz is in the house. The firm smack of bitterness is proof that the beer isn't over the hill. Having said that, it doesn't taste especially vibrant either.

The body/mouthfeel is acceptable with respect to size and carbonation. Even though the bubbles are a little tongue tingly, the overriding impression is of smoothness... which is why the score ekes out an above-average perch.

Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer Kubelbier isn't exactly lackluster, but it's close. Once the hops fade, this stuff will go downhill like a fat kid on greased sled runners. Wolnzacher Hell Naturtrub and St. Georgenbrau Keller Bier are still the best (European) versions of the style to have entered my glass.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really feeling the kellerbiers lately. Beer is yellow with moderate haze and a HUGE HUGE ripoff of a head that probably took 2 whole ounces away from my pour. Head falls away slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated.

Aroma is mildly pilsen sweet but overall weak. Smells fine.

The beer is clean and crisp but finishes a little dry. Its interesting and odd. THere is almost a tartness to it in the back of my mouth, no real bitterness to speak of. Highly drinkable, a pretty good keller.

Photo of JonDeutsch
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, awesome label, my first Zwickel,

A: Pours a hazy (darker than translucent but not opaque) medium amber with a rocky two finger head. Small amount of floaties. Some lace. Good head retention.

S: Classic German malty bready nose. Somewhat marzen like (Munich malts), caramel, with a bit of honey and sulphur.

T: Has much more of a minerality on the palate than the nose; it jumps out on the first sip. Malt forward early on, but gets to be fairly hoppy by the end, a mix of bone-dry grass, hint of mint, and iron.

M: Medium-bodied, again quite dry. Crisp with lively carbonation on the palate. A stronger lager, but it could be quite the thirst quencher, a real refreshing beer with the dryness and mineral character.

D: Definitely an interesting beer. Very true to the style (kellers at least, I've never had a zwickel), and a beer that has a lot of complexity. Always a fun style for me, a great old fashioned Germanic lagerbier.

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Kubelbier from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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