Série Signature Kellerbier | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Série Signature KellerbierSérie Signature Kellerbier

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style: German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unfiltered golden lager inspired by the Kellerbiers, or "cellar beers", found in the northern Bavarian region of Franconia. This Kellerbier marries a rich malt flavor with an herbal hop character.

Added by MeisterBurger on 08-01-2009

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 79
Reviews by danadeny:
Photo of danadeny
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

golden straw body color with a bit of haze. little head that fizzled out quickly, no carbonation in the body, but the bottle had plenty of pressure. smells similar to a belgian triple or a belgian amber yeast. hint of alcohol. good malty front end, a bit more than i expected. no traces of alcohol in the front but a little musty yeast flavor, smoth middle, and a hoppy bitter finish. overall a good balance. Mouthfeel is oily and thick.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its always good to find a new Keller beer of good quality, and this from a Quebec brewer fits that bill.Poured into a .5 liter stein a hazed rich golden with deep burnt orange tint,a large fluffy white head that flowed over my stein atop,it settles nicely into a frothy mass.Toasty,grainy malt aromas with a little iron and leafy hop,a nice mix of the malt and German hops.Toasty and quite dry on the palate,a tinge of mineral/iron and spicy hop, with crisp finish makes for a real drinker on a crazy hot day like today down here in NC it fits the bill.A very nice keller beer crisp with good flavor,Iam gonna try the dopplebock next from these guys.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of my LTM 750ml bottle-haul from Drummondville.

Since my only true beer "mug" is a massive Paulaner stein, I instead poured this into a curved Steam Whistle pilsner glass. A deep tawny golden brew, opaque with sediment - looks a great deal like fresh-squeezed white grapefruit juice. A brilliant two-inch high head that has receded into a solid half-inch layer of foam. Scads of patchy lacing. Great retention. Kellers don't need a boat load of lacing, but this looks bloody brilliant, so I upped the markage here.

Nose is quite pleasant: apple, peanut, floral aromatic hops, grain, malt.

Finally: a Canadian zwickel with some chesthair (not literally - that would be gross). Big blast of nutty, grainy goodness with a sharp floral hop tang. Citrus (grapefruit), apple and a nice moderate malty backing. Took a few sips to get my tastebuds in tune, but I'm liking what I've encountered so far. About as flavorful as a 'non-filtered pilsner' as you're going to get.

Thicker-bodied for a lager, which is all kinds of good. Slightly creamy, lovely mild carbonation. Reminds me of a real home brew mouthfeel, which I dig greatly.

After receiving but a taste of what LTM had to offer last summer with their standard mixpack, I couldn't wait to sample more of their brews. I can safely say that their Kellerbier was more than worth the wait. A markedly bitterer and huskier kellerbier than I've experienced before, but this robust flavor was certainly welcome. Terrific work from LTM!

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Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright hazy copper color with a lasting white head. Aroma of bready malt, lemon, and an earthy mustiness. The taste is lemon, honey, peppery spices, yeast, and floral/grassy hops. Medium bodied, really good creamy mouthfeel. This is my first beer of the style so I had no idea what to expect. A 750mL bottle is a bit difficult to finish off but this is a well-done, interesting beer.

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Photo of djcreepshow
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle, enjoyed in a smallish central hotel room in Montreal, with some tasty boulangerie/deli/SAQ takeout.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with a copious amount of bulbous, thin, and puffy off-white head, which leaves some nice, sparsely-strewn fuzzy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of fresh cut hay, dandelion salad, a twinge of clover honey, and sharply biscuity and grainy pale malt. The taste is more of that pleasant aroma, writ large - crisp, crackery, and biscuity malt, wet hay, acerbic grass, a bit of sour generic citrus rind, soft earthy honey, and a touch of resinous pine needle.

The carbonation is fairly understated, yet somehow barely restrained in its bearing, the body on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and mostly smooth, a certain edge from the hop and grain providing a minor burr, though one easily washed over. It finishes on the dry side, still steadfast in its all-around crispness.

One in a select group of German-style lagers that just begs to be consumed, from that first moment of introduction. LTM has nailed that concept, so glad that I have more of it with which to wile a bit of a warm afternoon away, as this is one equitable example of the originators of the style - hoppy, biscuity, dry, and simple in the best sort of way. Not much more to say here, I suppose, other than some big-ups to those Quebecois fellas who thought this might be a good idea to pursue in the first place.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow sunset, and the head is a super-foamy, craggy half-inch of froth, pretty firm and leaving a sticky, thick lace as it dwindles.

Typical bready/biscuit-like pilsner nose, although a little bit more white wine in there, and having a slightly wilder disposition, yeast-wise. Clean and present hops.

Taste leans on the tart side, like sucking on a dandelion stem, and with its white grape, peppery spiciness, and slightly funky edge, I'm reminded of white wine. Dry cracker/biscuit malt; a bit of lemon; hops very much green/young tasting. Definitely has that wild or natural feel of any unfiltered beer. Crisp, sharp and dry in the mouth, well carbonated but smooth drinking nevertheless, with a lingering grassy hops vibe sticking around in the finish forever. Surprisingly similar to a Belgian saison in a few ways...

Only my second-ever Keller/Zwickel, the other being New Glarus's excellent Yokel. The Yokel felt more like what a traditional version might be like, while this feels adulterated or more experimental. And that's fine with me. Still haven't had one from the fatherland, so I suppose I've yet to try the real deal, but I know I like the style based on these two examples.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable, sessionable even for a weekend lunch. Purs a light colour with a generoud creamy head. Malty aroma. Nicely balanced Saaz hop, a mild taste. Coincidentially, Creemore releases a kellerbeer at the same time, which was more creamy, more tasty.Very Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare five on appearance. Giant egg shell head fills the flute of the tulip glass. Settles slowly, sea foam consistency. Thick lacings right to the finish. Peach colour. Appropriately cloudy. Just wonderful.

Fresh grass seed with some generous noble bitterness. Subtle honey sweetness underneath.

Wet hay and honey sweetness blends seemlessly with fresh grass which morphs into a nice resinous bitterness, pine.

Spot-on keller. Can easily imagine drinking this at a German country brew house.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Les Trois Mousquetaires "Série Signature Kellerbier"
$6.26 Canadian for 20 oz. on tap @ BierMarkt, Montreal

Appearance: Hazy golden body beneath a creamy head of white. Excellent retention and lacing, leaving solid walls of lace behind.

Aroma: Floral hops, basic grainy malt, yeast.

Flavor: Pilsner malt threaded through with noble hops, spicy and grassy. Solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Median to moderate carbonation. Gently crisp, delicately bristling the tongue, and then smooth with malt and yeast.

Overall: Pretty impressive. It stands right up there with some of the best Kellerbiers I've tried in Germany. It's components are all distinct, yet it pulls together as one. Very balanced and rounded. Remarkably drinkable in that it's easy to drink, but also offers enough character to keep it interesting.

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from K&L Redwood City, enjoyed with a dinner of käsespätzle cooked by an actual German person (hell yeah!).

A - Poured into Bruery tulip - clear golden-straw with a large, frothy white head.

S - Aroma is pale malt, grain, floral and grassy hops, yeast, and a little pepper.

T - Flavor is floral, grassy, herbal, peppery, and yeasty with bready pale malt and some grain. This beer comes off as really unfiltered and rough, in a good way. I like it.

M - Palate is crisp with medium-light body and some prickly carbonation.

D - Drinkability is high. Overall this beer is very nice for the style.

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Photo of juliendesrochers
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at an IGA in Ahuntsic. 750ml poured into big pilsner glass. Had breakfast 9 hours ago and now starving so this will sustain me until supper.
A- Cloudy gold topped with a big pile of delicious looking sticky foam. Thick honeycomb lacing. Great retention.

S- Great citrus in the hop profile. A bit like smelling a very ripe white grapefruit. Grain is hard to pickup underneath all the hops but I'm getting some musty but fresh(?!) barley.

T- Still some citrus in the hops but a lot more wood and boiled green which I hadn't found in the smell. The dirty hops work with the beer but I find they get kind of nauseating.

M- Very smooth. Low carbonation offers but a tiny tingle. Can't say this is dry.

D- Good. A pretty heavy tasting lager. So basically very tasty but a bit harsh to drink a whole bunch.

Good beer. I'd drink it again. Fun when you hesitate between a clean euro lager and something busier.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes
A - ully hazy golden orange, tall white head retained forever and left lots of random lacing
S - Oranges, pepper and spices, mild leafy and herb hop notes, light grain
T - very similar to the nose, also a mineral and honey qualities
M - edium body with bright carbonation, peppery tingle with mild hop dry finish
O - an interesting and enticing mix of flavours, super easy drinking, a unique brew and style

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Photo of eat
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straw-yellow in colour, clear with an airy white head. Some lacing but not much retention.

Subtle astringent smell with floral hops, grain and yeast most prominently featured.

Well-balanced with floral, grassy hops and grainy malt up front. A touch of caramel way off in the background. A bit astringent tasting but not so much as to be a bad thing; it's actually the most unique part of this beer. Pretty light tasting aside from the astringency and a mild, bitter, dry finish.

Light body with a medium carbonation. Nice enough feel.

While this isn't a bad tasting beer, I can't say it's all that drinkable. I've never really had a beer tasting like this one (maybe because I've never tried a kellerbeer) and enjoyed the first glass for it's uniqueness but finishing this whole 750ml is going to be a little hard. It's a bit too astringent and bitter to have more than one. Worth checking out, just don't plan on sessioning this one.

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Photo of elricorico
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden colour, and fairly clear considering it is unfiltered. Big fluffy off-white head is generated, and leaves many patches of lacing behind as it falls.

Flowery aroma, with a base of biscuity malt. A real freshness to the smell, some newly cut grass in there.

Taste is fairly sweet up front, quite malty. The hops quickly start to kick in, there is a sharp grapefruit rind flavour over a good dose of peppery spiciness. Lingering pink grapefruit. Quite unique, at least amongst beers I've had.

Fuller bodied than most lagers, and a medium level of carbonation. Works with the fuller flavour.

This is a great beer with a full flavour that is far from the norm. Certainly worth checking out, and makes me want to find more in this style.

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Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylesobrien
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice marmalade-like orange yellow. Sizable, rocky head which dissipates somewhat after pouring. Nice lacing around the fringe of the glass. Unfiltered and opaque, but not cloudy. Aromas of noble hops and a slight whiff of sulfur. Smells like a European pilsner, although with a little less hop character up front than many examples of that style.

Flavor is pleasantly hoppy, and vaguely tart. Not as dry as I would have expected, as there is a slightly malty aftertaste. Carbonation level is refreshing, as it is not excessive. The hoppyness appears to intensify as I finish my glass; although this is an unfiltered pilsner, the IBUs are up there with some of the hoppier pales I've tried.

Overall, I'm enjoying the Kellerbier. I could do without the slight maltiness, but that's more my preference (for Bohemian instead of Bavarian lagers) and not a knock on the beer itself. I think it would go really well with summer fare, as it definitely seems like a fine food beer to me. I always like trying unfiltered pilsners (especially those on lees), and this is one of the better examples of that style. I'd pick this up again.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a lightly clouded orange color with a finger of creamy, thick white head that holds and laces very well.

S: Ripe, mushed bananas, wet grains, caramel, and berries.

T: More ripe and mushed bananas, strangely sour grainy notes, sweet berries, and cloves.

M: The body is medium-light with average carbonation and a smooth finish.

O: This is good but a little heavy on the banana. Is this just a feature of the unfiltered Kellerbier style?

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light amber lager with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt is totally dominating with no discernable hops. Taste is also a malt bomb with loads of malt that is easily quaffable and with some light horse grain notes also discernable. Full body with great carbonation and no noticeable alcohol. Good stuff!

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep orange amber, almost brown but with an opaque unfiltered appearance. Some cola sticking carbonation but also some fine sized bubbles that rise quickly through the body. The head is creamy but small, forming only about two fingers but manages some soapy pill lacing, and has a very vanilla crème to banana yellow color and foamy puck.

Heavinly fruity esters going on, with large spicy malt like base. Creamy sensing vanilla and spiced clove with a big fig like note that dominates the nose. Very fruit forward with a raisin like sweetness that comes over. Dense. Rich. Smells very inviting, almost hinting at Belgian character but definitely lighter and of course not with any sucrose naturally. Big Keller indeed, and then some real creamy banana to match.

Palate comes with a large malty base. Hints of bock like big quality and caramel malt, with light phenolic character. Crisp finish and real big spicy sensations. Large banana finish with spiced nutmeg and allspice hot dry air aftertaste. The mouthfeel at such low abv is very impressive, thick, rushing and big malt coating everywhere. A bit of a fussel warmth and booming alcohol like sensation surprisingly coming off as a bigger brew. Chewy palate with an almost nutty flavor too match.

It's very impressive, a little large and unexpected, but really delicious for a Keller.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Série Signature Kellerbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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