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Kubelbier - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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BA SCORE
86
very good

60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.97%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Hautacam on 06-09-2009)
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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
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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
2.48/5  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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
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

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
4/5  rDev +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
4.28/5  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.

Photo of crossovert
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of froghop
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy orange with a small egg-shell head, plenty of sediment, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, some citrus, and a touch of caramel.

taste is creamy, malt, some toffee, and hops hiding in the back, ends slightly oily, and nicely bitter.

overall a nice keller.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from The Wine & Cheese Place.

500ML bottle, it pours a hazy deep gold colour with many fingers of foam! Wow, but it doesn't take long for the foam to calm down and it leaves a bit of lacing. I see some sediment in the glass so this is bottle conditioned and or unfiltered.

The smell has an almost honey like sweetness tempered by a touch of some hop bitterness.

The taste is malty to start things off..sweetness again very honey like, some strong notes of bread, and some orange citrus that throws in an adequate amount of bitterness. A pretty tasty brew that I seem to enjoy the more I sip.

It is medium bodied with close to medium carbonation and has a good mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability? This is a good beer to sit down with and have a bottle or 2 for sure cuz it *is* an easy drinker. Cool.

Photo of Slatetank
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

Photo of jdhilt
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

Photo of 12puebloyankee
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a beautiful and inviting honey gold with only a slight head. Though the head was slight, the carbonation seemed good throughout.

Smell - The aroma is bread, floral hops and sweet malt, maybe a slight hint of citrus.

Taste - I'm not a frequent lager drinker but I could drink this one every day. First, the balance is superb between the sweet maltiness and hops. At first comes the sweet malt, followed by citrusy grapefruit and hops. The hops clung to my tongue and turned what could have been a slightly syrupy end into a really nice, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel - The beer feels light, but still full of flavor character with just-right carbonation.

Drinkability - This is an easy drinker. The ABV was not listed but it did not seem high. The carbonation was just right, nice balance, the beer finished clean, and I didn't feel full afterward. I'd definitely have another (if it were not't so expensive)!

Photo of Derek
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.

Photo of Sammy
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.

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

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.

Kubelbier from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.