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Kubelbier - Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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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:
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(Beer added by: Hautacam on 06-09-2009)
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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of jgasparine
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
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!!!

Photo of John_M
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of kegger22
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of oberon
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.

Photo of Dotcubed
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of emerge077
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.

Photo of marcobrau
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Hautacam
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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 !

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Kubelbier from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
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