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Kubelbier - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 01:00:26 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 12:26:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:46:25 | More by metter98
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kylehay2004

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 23:40:09 | More by oberon
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emerge077

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 13:30:01 | More by emerge077
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

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

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 22:15:04 | More by NeroFiddled
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drabmuh

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2010 18:03:06 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Downeast Beverage in Portland ME - shared Tim during community brew day of Sunny Sun's cousin. Poured chilled into a pils glass.

A - A lightly hazed golden w/ thick pale cream and rocky capped generous lacing clings

S - A sweet pils type nose w/ slightly woody and subtle light toasted notes w/ mild sweet hints of floral scented hops

M - The feel has a light nutty sweetness, more like semi-sweet w/ dry toast and gentle bitterness. The carbonation is mild and the finish has a light spiciness

T - The taste is mildly grainy/nutty w/ a slight toasted character akin to pilsner w/ a dry bread taste. The herbal hop flavors are present and balance well with the taste of the male with a mild woodiness. The hops are herbal similar to tea w/ a subtle grassy note -the beer finishes w/ a slightly sweet malty finish

D - A tasty unfiltered brew - I would like to try more beers of the style to get a handle on wether it lives up to my assessment- I have a had a handful and this seems like a pretty good example of the style - a highly drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 18:46:54 | More by Slatetank
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 23:41:23 | More by Halcyondays
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-03-2014 00:38:28 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:17:53 | More by corby112
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

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

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 23:46:11 | More by jdhilt
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DoubleJ

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2009 16:51:37 | More by John_M
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 23:31:49 | More by beerthulhu
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 06:11:34 | More by JohnGalt1
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden-bronze with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Saaz! Steelie grass, earthy mineral (slight hint of sulfur), citrus rind, hints of toffee & bready malt.

T: Steelie grass, lemon rind, metallic mineral, light toffee, hints of earth & bread, good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish with a light hop acidity.

D: A good drinker.

An all-around good beer. I'd love to try it fresh, vom fas.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 21:30:58 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 17:57:40 | More by wordemupg
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

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