Série Signature Kellerbier | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Série Signature KellerbierSérie Signature Kellerbier

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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style: 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.

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Photo of mactrail
1.99/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am trying to find the slightest evidence to call this a Kellerbier. It's so strongly and peculiarly flavored, and so oddly bitter. The beer pours nicely, leaves a proper head, and seems to be normally carbonated. The smell, however, is just wrong. Something like last year's apple forgotten in the potato bin.

I am struggling to place that overwhelming and unpleasant flavor. It tastes just like some cheap and elderly sweet lager from the wrong side of the Danube, only amplified. Is it oxidized, somehow? Corked? There's no bacterial taste, just the rusty, dirty, bad fruit flavor. It's somewhat buttery, so maybe it's the diacetyl flavor gone wild. The excessive bitterness doesn't taste like hops, so maybe there are some other organisms playing in the sandbox.

Too revolting to drink more than a few amazed sips. This is the newer label that's been around for at least a couple of years. $11 for the big bottle, I'm sorry to say.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Les Trois Mousquetaires Kellerbier has a slightly hazy body that is bright gold in color. The head is big and white, with good retention and lacing. Lacing sticks in thick rings to the glass.

Strangely fruity aroma, with a hint of mustiness. Good malt character, with lightly sweet bread notes to it. Floral hops make an appearance as well.

I'm not a fan of this one. The hops come through at first and are quite pleasant, with floral and grassy notes being most powerful, and a light earthy tone coming through as well. Light to moderate bitterness. The malt is light and just a hint sweet, with good notes of both grain and bread. The flavors that come next are the ones that I am not a fan of. First, a buttery flavor hijacks this whole thing, making the initial pleasant flavors hard to enjoy or even notice after a while. It's possible that this is a diacetyl problem, but I am by no means positive of this. There is also a lot of fruity esthers floating around in there. My guess is that these are intentional, but I don't really want them anywhere near my pilsner.

The body on this one is good, with a nice heft from the unfiltered body.

I was pumped to see that a few beers from Les Trois Mousquetaires landed in my market, but the fact that this one was underwhelming at best will definitely make it difficult for me to pick up another one of these.

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Photo of meeekyh
2.92/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am only 99% sure this is actually the beer I am reviewing. I am sure of the brewery, style, ABV and so I am betting this is indeed the beer so here goes.

I chose this beer mainly for the style as I have found I like it quite a lot, also the bottle was new at the LQ and new beers tend to draw my attention.

My bottle is the 750ml type with cork and cage. The label is brown and yellow and has four guys with raised swords on it.

I opted to use my Fin Du Monde tulip for this tasting. As I pour the beer I note the orangeness, and the huge head. Golden orange, cloudy beer with a generous and fluffy near-tan head that leaves popcorn lacing. Very nice looking beer here.

I read as I poured that the brewer considers this a pilsner... I guess we'll see what that means. Smell is strongly yeasty with notes of orange and cut grasses. Not very pleasant or inviting. It actually reminds me of the old beer smell of frat houses and house parties on the day after. There is some complexity and spice back there but that up front yeastiness is hard to get around.

Taste is strong by comparison to most of this style I have had, bitter and tart but not as refreshing as I would like. There is a taste that makes me think of much higher ABV beers. Some earthy tastes make their way into the palate and remind me that not all things are as good when stronger. I am a bit disappointed at the flavor of this beer. I really liked the subtlety of the style and this one is quite brash.

Mouthfeel is big and the finish is very dry but aftertastes linger unpleasantly.

I was ready to award this very high marks, and maybe someone who knows the style better would, but I am not pleased. Not a drain pour but not the elixir I was hoping for.

Slainte and better luck next time.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Kellerbier is only recently coming back into fashion, but was once a very famous variety of beer in Germany. Kellerbier is pretty much an unfiltered and unpasteurized lager brewed with pale malts - it dates all the way back to the middle ages. They show a creamier and less crisp mouthfeel than a pilsner, but also offer up more warm malt sweetness.

Les Trois Mousquetaires is becoming one of my favorite Quebec breweries; their Baltic Porter is among the best porters I've ever had! This Keller is on the other end of the spectrum from the Baltic Porter - it is 5.5% abv, comes in a corked 750ml bottle, and provides creamy smooth lagered goodness. This is not usually the first beer style I will pull out of the fridge, but on the right day and occasion it fits just perfectly. Think about a hot day, but you've been inside the whole time. You want something smooth and refreshing, but don't need the absolute crispness of a pilsner or pale ale. Kellerbier to the rescue!

I opened the Keller up cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a stemmed Pilsner glass. The beer was dangerously pretty glowing a soft, slightly hazy golden orange in the center, which shined outwards to a rich transparent copper yellow with hints of brown and sun. The head was a magnificent pure white foam 2 inches on top of the beer and was filled with big airy bubbles and dense carbonation. The contrast here was sublime. It was like a silver head glimmering on top a gold plated beer - very awesome.

The nose was very delicate with soft floral aromas of lavender, fresh herbs, cut grass, and whole hops. Malts are not totally devoid here though; gentle biscuit and pale malts shine in through the back and bring a very light caramel and slightly warm toffee along with. There is a touch of citrus here also, but overall the nose is elegant and reminiscent of fresh flowers and blooming whole hops.

This is a smooth and juicy beer - if you are looking for gentle, clean, but creamy and flavorful, this is a delicious treat. All that floral aroma which is so soft on the nose comes in here right away and just washes over your tongue in a balancing act of pale and light caramel malt, and the distinct flavor of fresh bakes bread and biscuits.

While the malt is here, really a round hop bitterness greats you first showing herbal notes of hay field, light citrus zest, and a touch of spice. The bitter is wide and smooth and just powerful enough to clean your palate with ease. Malts to come back though and bring some sweetness that I didn't initially expect. There is honey, banana, peaches and plums all lightly touching my cheeks and finishing with a hint of toast and again biscuit.

The mouthfeel is very silky with medium carbonation, but fine and precise bubbles. This beer melts across your mouth and brings much more flavor than 5.5% suggests. That being said, it is generous, not powerful. This is a Keller, and by definition is soft and juicy, not large and aggressive. The hop freshness at the front and back of the beer makes it very refreshing, and the mellow balance of malts helps it remain purely delicious.

I would keep this beer away from more intense foods like Indian, Mexican or Chinese food - it will just be overwhelmed. But it will work wonders with grilled meats, soft cheeses or fish. I feel like the winter will wash it away, so enjoy it in the sun, and it will treat you right.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/20/2009. Bottle. Pours a hazy light orange with a small, thick white head. Aroma of skunk and sweet lager malt. Flavor of sweet lager malt, some stale malt, with some spices (peppery) and some lavender. Not a great kellerbier, but perhaps it would be better a little fresher? Still drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Caudalie
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle with cork in a riedel magnum red wine glass

A: pretty intense deep gold color, troubled with a good white head.

S: Pretty malty, with hay aromas, dried herbs, and corn. This is ok

T: Pretty intense for a pilsner, but balanced. good.

O: a nice beer, but not a rebuy for me.

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Photo of eat
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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 wisrarebeer
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's really nice to see a brewery that specializes in lager beers!

A: very light brown-orange color - great creamy head
S: clean, crisp and nice malt backbone
T: nice malt with pretty bitter hop finish - good beer but too much bitter hops for a keller beer, a bit of a metallic sharp finish also
M: the bitter metallic finish really distracted from an overall decent beer
D: decent but the finish really bothers me

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Photo of steveh
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A recommendation by Tom Bergman of Binny's Highland Park for this beer. Found it hiding in my cellar after a couple months -- forgot I had it!

Not labeled as the Série Signature, but this appears to be the same brew at 5.5%. Large, 24.4 oz, corked bottle. Label reports that this Keller is a Pilsner at base, so I'll review toward that style.

A -- Poured into a HB Willi Becker; hazy, deep gold -- near apricot color, with a very dense and thick, eggshell white head.

S -- Nose is rather musty, even cork-like, with mild hints at bready malt back.

T -- Flavor is sweet, bready malt up front with that vague mustiness in the middle and lightly citric and spicy malts in the finish. Aftertaste is spicy, bitter hops, but not overpowering at all.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth and finishes dry with a light to light medium body.

O -- There is no bottling or best-by date on this beer, so I'm not sure if the mustiness is due to stale beer, or that's just the character of the brewery's yeast. Nevertheless, it gives this beer an odd character that might be overlooked in another style, but in a Pils it's rather damning -- even an unfiltered Pils. The sweet, fresh malt character saves this beer for me and allows me to finish the bottle, but I don't know if I'm tempted to pick up another.

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Photo of vancurly
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apricot/orange. Slightly offwhite rocky head, with some strong bubbling.

Fleshy, yeasty aromas, floral hop, pale malt & husk. Maybe a hint of sweet corn.

Initially tastes nutty & spicy, with a rich, phenolic character that reminds me of farmhouse ales. But a firm hop backbone and bitterness sets it apart.

More body than the traditional pilsner, yet medium with a light creamy texture.

Not a common style in my country; it sits somewhere between pilsner and farmhouse ale. It's richness might be a challenge for some, but to me it oozes goodness.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light amber, dark gold color. Decent head taht leaves a nice clumping of spotty lace.

A bit earthy nose. Reminiscent of beef stew.

Highly carbonated and hopped. Relatively dry malt start. The finish is an extension of the initial flavors--dry and bitter. Light in body which with the carbonation makes this beer seem very thin. Still, this is very drinkable with enough complexity to keep it interesting.

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Photo of danadeny
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
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 bylerteck
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small bottle from Peluso in Montreal. Bottled about 3 months ago. From notes.

A - Poured a nice hazy golden orange colour. Strong carbonation and a two finger fluffy white head. Great wall of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Orange, yeast, grass.

T - Orangey yeast, crackers, maybe wheat? Sweet fruits.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a sweet grassy finish.

O/D - A little underwhelming, but decent for the style I suppose. Enjoyed the 375mL format b/c I probably wouldn't finish a 750 of this.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, ChrisPro! Bottle poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a light amber color, clear, white frothy head, thin collar, thin cap, slight spotty lace.

S - Spicy, grassy, malty, slightly bready. Very nice and enjoyable nose, with lots going on in such a light beer.

T - Similar to the nose, but heavier on the sweetness and bready notes. The spices and malts are spot-on and the grassy notes round things out nicely.

M - Light, good carbonation, refreshing, clean finish.

O - An enjoyable beer that very easy to drink and offers a nice amount of complexity for only being 5.5%. Would definitely drink again, if offered.

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Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 CHickman
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, it was hazy yellow gold color with champagne-like bubbles racing up the brew and as expected had a massive 4-5 finger snow white foamy head that looked like soap overflowing from a washing machine; the head was full of bubbles of all shapes and sizes and dissipated very slowly leaving great foamy lacing and rings as it went down. The head never went away and was very impressive, it looked like a well-hopped DIPA and each pour from the bomber kicked up more cloudy sediment.

Smells of sweet malt, wheat bread, wet cardboard, yeast, light caramel and floral hops or herbs. Slightly skunky yeast odor then trails off fruity and hoppy with a touch of spices; not quite a lager and not quite a Belgian nose, a mix of the two that was alright.

Tastes like a rich malty lager, with wheat bread, funky yeast or a penny/metallic flavor, tea leaf, biscuit, lightly roasted grains, caramel, floral hops, fruit like apple skin, lemon, dry grass or hay, and light hoppy spices; the flavor is on the sweet side, but it has that German beerhall flavor that dares you to pound it as it is easy to drink with a fine balance of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and almost smooth, with very mild carbonation, a medium to almost chewy body, and a slightly bitter sweet malty finish that has some lemon zest and hop bite to it.

The Kellerbier/Zwickelbier style is not one I get my hands on often, but this was quite good and sessionable, one I recommend trying as it was tasty with a low ABV. Would love to pound about 10 of these on a sunny Saturday afternoon and see what kind of chaos would follow, in the spirit of German brewing, of course...

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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 dgilks
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear with only a slight haze from the lack of filtration. Golden colour with a nice, creamy off-white head. Good head retention.

Herbal, spicy hop character with just a touch of sweetness and fruit.

Lots of bitterness with a touch of malt character. A bit herbal.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

A nice and interesting beer on the whole. A little less bitterness would help but it is still good.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raw, earthy, rich, and unadulturated. Somehow I think this is how real lagers were intended to be.

The pour delivers a murky orangeish/copper color with significant haze. A creamy thin head forms, laces well, and provides great staying power. Very un-lager like in appearance- more like an IPA in appearance.

Aromas are bready and tart. Malty breads/bread crust scent blends with sweet grains and modest caramel. Green apples/crabapples, lemons, and tart berries give an estery glimpse into the less clean aspects of lager beers.

Flavors are dominated by hoppy and estery notes but with the lager smoothness that is expected. Apples, lemons, and under rippened berries provide the estery zest on the light bready-caramel base. Very hoppy with lemongrass, fresh cut grasses, fresh herbs (basil, parsley, and spearment) giving a nearly tea-like flavor. Very complex, this beer shows that lagers can be hoppy- and succeed as such.

Medium weighted (maybe full compared to most lagers), but the beer's bready viscocity and malty weight is lightened by subtle carbonation, tart/lightly astringent hop bitterness, and minty alcohols.

A very delicious lager beer with more pronounced lemony/lemon grass earthiness and unadulturated heaft than usual. It's like drinking beer without training wheels.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 into my Hofbrau Maskrug (liter mug). Body of the beer is a hazy orange amber color with visible carbonation. A few solids can be seen floating around. The head stands two fingers after the pour. Retention is impressive, its been sitting for at least 5 minutes and it has barely fallen. Smell is of light sweet malts, strawberries, slightly wild, truly delicious smelling. Taste is smooth and clean. I detect herbal hops, Some biscuit, some citrus. Mouthfeel is average, with a tickle of carbonation. This is a great beer, really tasty, generally enjoyable with a nice low ABV.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass. The beer poured out very cloudy as the all of the yeast was poured out from the bottom of the bottle.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose along with hints of bready malts.
T: The taste has complex flavors of yeast along with notes of grassy and herbal hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This Kellerbeer seems to be happier compared to other beers I've had but still has nice complex flavors of yeast.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy sunshine yellow with a big airy tan head that gassily settles from three fingers to a healthy ring around the glass.
Okay retention; not much lacing.

Dry, musty grass. Old books, fresh cut grass, earth, herbs, soap.

Earthy, doughy, green. Wheat, soapy yeast flavors, earth, herbal bitterness.

Dry, refreshing, ridiculously carbonated. Medium bodied with a lingering tingle and a dry finish. Easy drinking.

Tasty beer.
This drinks like a hybrid between a pils and a weiss. It looks and has the smell of a weissbier, but the bubbly, fresh, crispness of it is not. Pours nice, interesting nose. Tastes kind of muted (it is a fairly oldish bottle) but is nice and 'flat' tasting (mark of a good German beer IMO).
Would probably have again; worth trying if for nothing else than it is not an oft-done style.

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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Weizen glass. - sweet malt & honey aromas fly at the moment cap is removed. Golden color, crystal clear appearance. White froth, foamy & lasting thin layer on top, spots are left on sides. Slightly woody, grainy & malty aromas. Crispy upfront, light citric flavor & arising bitterness rounded by green wood & light piney hues. Light body. Soft carbonation. Dense palate & spicy touch, gentle effervescence but no watery sensation. Low herbal, honey notes & clean bitterness –allowing caramel be shown- resolve in a dry bitter/sweet finish. Refreshing & nice drinkability !!

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Série Signature Kellerbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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