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Kubelbier - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 67
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 3
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

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Beer added by: Hautacam on 06-09-2009

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Photo of crossovert
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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... (789 characters)

Photo of Amalak
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 (1,078 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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. (1,239 characters)

Photo of 12puebloyankee
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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)! (936 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-gold with a good frothy white head initially, eventually leading to just a light bubbly skim. No lacing. Tons of bubbles in the glass when held to the light. An opaque, cider-like appearance.

Some tart aromas and some bitter herbal notes. Not much here.

Great clean flavors here. Hop presence, but not in a distinctive manner (meaning, just bitter-forward flavors). The very definition of clean and crisp. Lingering bitter in the finish. Husk and brown gain here as well, but not a hint of sweetness.

Medium to medium-full bodied. As you set the pint down, the rising bubbles actually shift in the liquid as the glass is disturbed. This stuff has more body than one would think. The carbonation keeps clearing the palate as well. Terrific mouthfeel and structure here.

Overall, this was a great impulse purchase. The big bottle is just the right size, and this is a surprising sipper. Nothing you'd chug, but it seems like you should be able to (!). A grown up beer for sure, and not a campfire swiller by any means. Absolutely worth seeking out. (1,065 characters)

Photo of jgasparine
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!! (818 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (736 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (266 characters)

Photo of kegger22
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Partly cloudy golden with a one finger head that quickly went down to a collar. I did not get much of an aroma. Nor flavor either for that matter. Kind of a sweetish lager. Feel was medium/light bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability was good. A beer that 10 years ago I would have downed six without blinking an eye and been very satisfied. My how the tastes have changed. While still a good beer, there are too many better. Kubelbier just doesn't stand out. (465 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of Dotcubed
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (509 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (400 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a half liter bottle first tasted at a B.United tasting at My Place in Newtown,CT.
This is new to the U.S. Currently sampling a bottle purchased a few days ago...pretty sure this beer has just arrived.
Hazy , deep gold with a dense white head that laces a bit in the pilsner glass. The smell is a strong Saaz-type smell, very fresh..grassy and earthy.
The taste is pretty sweet and very malty, with a near perfect medium body and a quick surprizing little smack from the hops. The hops linger along with the slightly cloying malt. There is just a hint of steely grain that disappears when it warms. As it does rise in temp, there are a few more layers of flavor...sweet white wine, grainy dough, hints of honey and lemon. The hops never give it up...don't think I have had a pilsner like this..it's malts and body make it taste almost like a maibock, but the more assertive hops keep it closer to a pils..or even a Munich lager..?
Whatever...it's very good, and at 5.6%....I think I have found my summer session beer ! (1,023 characters)

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Kubelbier from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
86 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.