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St. Michaelsberg Kellerbier - Maisel Bräu Bamberg GmbH

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St. Michaelsberg KellerbierSt. Michaelsberg Kellerbier

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Maisel Bräu Bamberg GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sleazo on 11-08-2007)
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Reviews by beerking1:
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4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright orange-amber color, with significant haze and almost no head. Haze is appropriate for a keller bier. Aroma is bready, slightly yeasty, with some significant hops character backing it all up. Yeasty/breadiness is spot-on for kellerbier style. Am I in Franconia?
Flavor is more spot-on for a kellerbier too, with some significant malty sweetness (munich malt?), breadiness and a touch of of yeasty character. Hops are apparent throughout, and even dominate in some areas, but never take over.
Body is on the low side of medium, but definitely medium.
Finish is sweet malt with a good balance of hops as well.
This is a great session beer, in the Franconian style. It is not an ale, and not a British bitter (as suggested earlier), but has some of the yeasty characters expected from a unfiltered kellerbeir lager like you will find in any village in Franconia, Germany. This is even a bottle conditioned beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 23:57:44 | More by beerking1
More User Reviews:
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3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this odd beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was an odd oragnge color. It had absolutely no head and was an ugly cloudy hue. This is one ugly beer. The smell was sour and not pleasing either. I though this was going to be a rotten beer. However though it was flat tasting. the beer had a bit of a sweet taste and was not bad to be in the shape it was in. Now I do not usually give beers much of a break, but I just have to wonder how this would taste fresh, if there is such a thing over here inthe US. I will try once more.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 00:10:09 | More by Minkybut
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ML bottle poured into 500ML mug
A - Medium amber in color a bit hazy. Minimal course head that falls away to a ring.
S - Grainy malt, sweet with some hop aroma.
T - Earthy grains, malt sweetness with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
M/F - Light/Medium in body. Low carbonation and smooth.
D - I find keller biers to be very complex for session brews. This one is middle of the road but certainly decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:51:13 | More by ThirstyBird
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2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is floral and perfume like with grains and a touch of basement and dust. The appearance is orange gold with no head. The flavor is like the aroma and cardboard like. The palate is watery and almost non carbonated. Overall this is a bad beer maybe even a spoiled beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 08:13:21 | More by nick76
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4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- intriguing look, in a odd way. off white head is small, but dense and creamy. quickly turns to a thin foamy haze but leaves alot of little spots of lace. hazy burnt orange body turning to golden near the edges with some slowly rising bubbles.

S- soft nose of caramel and toffee with a hint of acidity and mushrooms and some mushy fruity aromas that remind me of an english pale ale. earthy and aromatic wood and just a touch of butterscotch.

T- taste is the same but with an extremely smooth grassy noble hop bitterness and there is definitely the taste of an old stone basement, or a cave, or a keller, or whatever. malt and yeast seem to be what are similar to english ales, a buttery caramel and some strawberry melon esters, but with a distinct lager crispness despite whatever oddities this beer might possess. nice freshy grainy flavor and straw come out near the finish with those smooth lightly bitter hops. clean finish with a mild back-of-the-throat bitterness.

MF- slightly powdery at first but leaves a crisp and dry feeling in the finish. low carbonation enhances that old cellar feel and this one seems to be snappy and refreshing without all the effervescence thanks to lingering clean bitterness. looks to be more viscous than it feels, there's some weight on the tongue but ultimately goes down like a lighter lager.

D- i feel like this is a rarity and needs to be cherished or something but in a strange way i can't put it down. definitely a unique beer (albeit a mild mannered one), but i'm a sucker for tradition. damn when i was a kid i never thought i could appreciate the 'taste' of an old stone basement..

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 22:12:06 | More by hustlesworth
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 16oz bottle into a standard Pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a light golden orange with a fine 2 finger head that quickly dies down to a slight murk across the top. Lacing looks to cling thickly on the sides and as far as we can tell at this point, this looks to be a great kellerbier.

Smell- Rich light German hops, and I'm getting some Czech Saaz as well in there. Malt seems light enough yet substantial of course with German malts but a hefty base malt as well. A bit of lemon and a rich yeasty ester in there as well.

Taste- Light and fruity with just enough hops for the beer to feel German in my mouth. I'm not so sure that makes sense, but there's a certain mouthfeel perception when you're drinking Germans and it must be from the water. A bit o honey flavor on the finish and once again those rich malts. Very flavorful, very nice.

Mouthfeel- There's a certain graininess in the finish with a bit high on the Hallertau hop that does detract from the beer, but outside of that, the beer is medium light bodied, lightly drying, somewhat bitter, and pretty smooth.

Drinkability- This is a great smooth drinking beer and something I would love to order on tap in Germany or even here in the states if I were so fortunate as to see it on tap around here.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 00:14:43 | More by blakesell
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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have very little experience with a keller beer, but the descriptor mentions a cloudiness, which the St. Michaelsberg did not have at all. The beer poured an orangy amber color. As with most other reviewers, my beer was very flat. Except for some bubbles along the glass, there is just no carbonation. There is no head to this beer either, or what little there is when forcibly dumping it in the glass, disappears pretty quickly. Freshness is probably an issue. That being said, the nose on the beer is a strong malted honey, sweetish caramel, similar to a bock beer.

The taste is very flat but not bad. I'm sure this beer lost its carbonation on the trip over. This beer has a strong honey presence, bready malts, a biting leafy hop taste right from the outset. It is fairly light bodied, with some bock like tastes, but too hopped up, too light, and not caramelized enough to fall into that category. This is a lager beer with substantial taste and lots more hops than is usual for the style. Not bad, I just wish that I had one with more freshness and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 21:22:09 | More by albern
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

This is my first experience with keller/zwickel bier, so feel free to take this review with a grain of salt.

A - Very still looking. No head, no foam, nothing aside from a few little air bubbles from the pour. Beautiful clear orange; perhaps the first beer I've seen with such a bright, pronounced orange color.

S - Honeyed biscuits strike immediately. An earthy spiciness lurks in the background. Overall very similar to a pilsner with a more pronounced malt profile.

T - A little on the bland side. A very neutral character seems to be in competition with the beer flavors. Sweet honey prevails at first with an undertone of a darker, heartier bread than the nose would imply. Late palate the sweetness quickly drops off and yields a quick earthy bitterness. A spicy hop character struggles to fight through but is washed away before ever truly materializing. Finish is mostly clean with a slightly mineral note in the aftertaste.

M - This aspect brings the beer down more than anything. This brew is nearly devoid of carbonation, with only a few bubbles passing over the tip of the tongue. The body is something like diluted sugar-syrup, it almost feels thick, but simultaneously disappears without a trace in the mouth. Very slick, and near the end extremely watery.

D - I can enjoy the flavor and aroma of this beer; it's very mild and simple, but the mouthfeel makes this a little tougher to drink than it should be. I think that a brew like this really needs at least some carbonation to back up the sweet, bready characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 04:44:02 | More by PatrickJR
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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the aged goodness of a Keller Bier. A hazy orange/tan in the glass with not much carbonation nor head to speak of. A bit on the thin side, with a rather caramel and fruity scent in the nose. Decent flavor profile, light caramel malt, decent hops presence, with a touch of "imported from Europe" staleness. Extremely drinkable. Very subtle taste with a nice, refreshing style. The 25 oz bottle went down quickly and easily. And with only 4.9% ABV, you could put down a few (if you could afford to do it). Keller Bier is a great, though rather rare style. This one is worth trying, thanks to the monks of Kloster Michaelsberg. (Google the place. It's beautiful!)

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 01:52:06 | More by tugdriver7
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bit flat, unfortunately, into my L'amere a boire glass. Maybe half a finger of head, no lacing after that. So why a 3.0? A beautiful, cloudy orange-y-gold hue. Aroma is a mild blend of bready malt, Munich maybe? A slightly sweet caramel backing. The taste backs up the aroma, with a mildly sweet, medium-full middle with a nice spicy bitter note on the back end to even things out. It's just a little rich in the mouth with the lack of carbonation. Even so, I'm having to work to prevent myself from scarfing this down. Better carbonation would make this a huge winner in my house. Just a fantastic base for a beer here, in a criminally under-represented style.

Thanks, Alex @ Red Carpet, for bringing this in, and pointing it out to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 01:40:39 | More by errantnight
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3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy dark gold/ light bronze color with a thin white head. Smells of fresh and clean barley - simple, pure, but nothing awe-inspiring - just wholesome and good. Slightly grainy malt flavor with a hint of haystack on the wooden floor of an old barn. No revelations here - I've had better kellerbiers. Soft mouth-feel. Mildly yeasty/ grainy finish. A good beer for a grilled cheese sandwich or a ham-n-cheese on rye. No big deal though.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 03:44:24 | More by dedrinker
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i found this beer to be quite enjoyable, although reading some of the other reviews scared me a bit. mine was not flat at all, and i think that freshness might be key here a bit. slightly hazy orangey amberish with a nice white head that left very good lace. a proper pilsner glass that held the entire 16.9 probably helped. bready and doughy nose with hints of fruit and a nice hop presence. taste was balanced well and had a long finish that started ever so slightly spicy and bitter, but was rounded out by malty goodness. i wish i had picked up a few because it went down way too easily. i'll do my best to ensure freshness on this one, but i for sure will be revisiting soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 00:29:37 | More by timtim
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying kellerbier and not sure if the style results in no carbonation.

Poured into a pint glass

A - With the exception of being totally flat the beer poured a nice copper color

S - Malt present in the aroma with some yeastiness

T - Nice bodied beer with malt and hopiness blend.

M - A little dry feeling but lasting finish excellent feeling.

D - original thought was more carbonation but no sure of the style so would definitely like to try again...

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 01:21:36 | More by wschumac
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3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a glowing orange in the light, darker in the center, lighter on the outside. On the first pour, the forced bubbles were large and not the result of natural carbonation. Second pour yielded some foam, that faded into a ring. After swirling and pouring the yeast, it clouded up and produced a quarter inch of foam. Spotty bits of tiny lace when swirled.

Musty nose, sweet malt, slight off dishwater smell. Here goes nothing...

Little to no carbonation, mild bready notes, dusty grain, mild tea note from the hops. Dry herbal finish. This seems pretty middle of the road. It could use more CO2, what it does have is lost quickly. Overall this is pretty boring and weak on flavor. It's almost like cask mild, but bottled.

Not worth the $4 I spent to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 01:26:26 | More by emerge077
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2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light copper color with no head or lacing. Aromas of lemon and carmelized malt. Carmelized malt is the dominant flavor with some lemon/tea hops. Very light carbonation, medium body, watery mouthfeel. Don't know if this was a bad bottle or just a bad beer but I'm not looking forward to trying it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 22:58:46 | More by scottg
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2.73/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ripe kumquat with one of the poorest quality heads that I've seen in a while. The off-white lid is more a loose collection of unsticky bubbles than foam. It deflates to a thin disk in less than a minute and is now almost gone. Needless to say, there's no lace. Definitely not a good start.

The nose is even more unimpressive. Kellers aren't known for their olfactory magnificence, but they need to bring more to the table than this. I'm reminded of a middle-of-the-road Euro pale lager... that veers dangerously close to the ditch. A whiff of musky, musty hops is about it.

Although Kellerbier makes makes something of a comback on the palate, it's still nothing to shout about. I wish the flavor was better because there's a great deal of it. A lack of ingredients is not this lager's problem. A lack of *quality* ingredients might be.

The flavor focus is on well-toasted bread with just a hint of caramel. There's also a significant amount of hop bitterness without much hop flavor. Well, good hop flavor anyway. I've now had 11 keller biers or zwickel biers and this is the worst of the lot by a fairly large margin.

The mouthfeel is no surprise given the lack of head formation on the pour. It's too thin (even for the ABV) and is inadequately bubbled. My first clue was the barely audible 'pffft' on crown cracking. Some beer is better with a low level of carbonation. This isn't one of them.

St. Michaelberg Kellerbier is an unqualified disappointment. I'm sure it's better in its native land (it would have to be or it would never sell), so maybe inproper handling before, during or after its trip across the Atlantic is to blame. If you're curious about the style, start somewhere else. Anywhere else.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 12:00:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color and forms only the slightest bit of a head, which disappears almost immediately. It gives off a doughy malt aroma. Notes of spice and the yeast are also present. The palate is hit instantly with the taste of roasted malts and fresh baked bread. The spice and hop notes bring up the rear as a prelude to the crisp finish. The medium body and light carbonation are spot on for a Kellerbier. All in all it is a fine beer to enjoy, particularly with meals.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 23:13:38 | More by reddomino
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy golden with no head or lacing. My understanding is that this is not all that unusual for the style. Just because there is no head doesn't mean there is no carbonation. It is relatively soft, but it is there and seems fine for the beer. Smells earth and a bit spicy, and crackery like a rye cracker. Very nice combo of graininess, complex bitterness that taste a bit like aged hops, and a dry crackery maltiness with some nice minerality throughout. Relly refreshing and quite interesting. This was my first Kellerbier. I look forward to exploring the style some more.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 19:57:16 | More by Georgiabeer
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 ounce bottle, poured into a seidel yields a hazy orange-amber body topped by a bubbly sheet that rapidly vanishes to a sparse ring of bubbles as I watch it.

Smells tangy and hoppy with a light malt backing.

Tastes malty and sweet at first; clean hop bitterness comes on confidently and balances the drink. Dry, nutty aftertaste.

Slick and some might say flat as all hell, but I suppose that's the style talking. Not necessarily my thing, but well-executed here.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 23:34:16 | More by cvstrickland
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3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Pale amber color, good clarity. Small white head with poor retention.

Aroma - a bit malty with a bit of apple cider character. Little/no hop aroma.

Flav - Starts malty, but quickly transitions to a nice noble hop bitterness. Some hop flavor early as well. Finishes quite clean, with a nice balance of malt and hop. A bit of a dirty/smokey character to the initial maltiness.

MF - Light/medium body and moderate carbonation.

D'ability - A fairly complex, yet light drinking lager. Can honestly say I've never had anything quite like it, but really enjoy the distinctive malt and hop character.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 21:03:18 | More by mpyle
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3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours orange into my Weltenburger Kloster barrel-shaped glass mug, a minimal head shows and disappears almost immediately.

Basically no lacing.

Tangy nose, quite tart.

Very low carbonation, as typical for this kind.
Taste is bitter, very hoppy.

Looks cloudy and thick, but feels actually a bit thin. Mouthfeel is tingly, dispite low carbonation. Not heavy, not thick, not smooth.

Aftertaste stays bitter.

There was a powdery solid residue left on the bottle's bottom, just like wheatbeer would typically have. But THIS is a KELLERBIER!!

After several attempts taste stayed simple, no surprises there. The bitter note is interesting, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 04:33:15 | More by Bierfreund
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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

17oz bottle picked up at the Coop a couple days ago for about $3.75.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Very short lasting head.. brew is cloudy.. but not "weizen" cloudy.. sorta orangey amber.

Aroma is a very clean bready lager.. toasty but only slightly and not alot else... emphasis on clean.

Flavor mirrors the aroma perfectly.. toasted white bread.. slightly sweet mid palate that glides into toasted malts.. there are some grassy hops present.. but they play the second fiddle.

A big negative is this brew is it's damn near flat (not sure if it is intended or not) but honestly it is not a huge minus .. the flavor is still very nice and the body is a firm lite medium. Quite a bit more carbonation would really help this brew.

This is my first Kellerbier (that I remember).. reminds me of a slightly less malty Octoberfest... Very clean lager.. just needs more carbonation. I probably won't buy it again unless it's asked for in a trade.. but it is a little bit expensive.. and I do want a little bit more bubble in my beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 07:17:17 | More by JohnGalt1
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a .5 liter stein a murky light brown tea color with some lemony tint absolutely no head to speak of even with a rather hard pour.Wet grain aromas mixed with some dark bread faintly toasty as well,lighter "wet" mouthfeel.Flavors are toasted with some very slight molasses-like sweetness hops are subdued not showing much character.A light beer in flavor and mouthfeel it goes down very easily and would be a great warm weather brew but not a mind blower or as good as many other of the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 22:43:16 | More by oberon
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3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Admittedly, I don't know much about Keller biers, and it may turn out that I'm just not a fan of the style that much. So I hate to think that my review here is low simply out of ignorance of the style, but that's entirely possible.

Had this on tap at Rustico yesterday when I stopped in for a late lunch. I'm about to leave the DC area and it pains me to think I won't have Rustico to visit any more.

Brought to me in a standard American pint glass, the St. Michaelsberg had a thin head and appeared a light bronze color. No lace, and really nothing special about this beer's appearance. The nose was faint, but slightly herbal. Taste was dense. Herbal and earthy with some light fruit flavor in the middle and in the aftertaste. Nice, but again nothing special. Mouthfeel was slightly fizzy with a dry finish.

Not a bad beer here, and to be honest I'm sure I'd enjoy this much more drinking it in a German beer garden in the city where it's brewed. But it's probably not something I'll return to much here in the States. That said, I'd like to try other Keller biers to understand the style a bit more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2008 01:43:02 | More by Atlas1
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden copper color with a sparse head, almost flat. I worried that it was an old sample but I believe it is the style. The smell is very bready, some caramel and honey notes as well. A light and refreshing taste; bready malt takes the forefront, slight caramel, and some light bitter hops in the end to balance. The feel is moderate, with soft to no carbonation, finishes with a small bitter twang. Not a big fan of extremely low carbonated brews so this was reflected in my appearance and feel score. However this brew is pretty tasty and is definitely an easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 00:12:11 | More by Gmann
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St. Michaelsberg Kellerbier from Maisel Bräu Bamberg GmbH
82 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.