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Série Signature KellerbierSérie Signature Kellerbier

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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada | website

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.

Added by MeisterBurger on 08-01-2009

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to try on tap at the Local Taphouse Moose & Mountie Spectapular.

Pours a pale gold with slight orange tinge, head is white and thin but retains with nice webs of lace around the glass. slight haze with a slow, light bead showing through. Pretty good.

Smell is very fruity at first; lots of apricot, pineapple, citric hops. Very sweet with cakey caramel malt underlying but just loads of fresh tang, a hint of bitterness with a slight funky edge. Really very nice.

Lots of malt on the front palate - cakey and sweet, descends into a fruity mid-palate with hints of mango and orange zest. Bitterness starts early with lemon rind and flax kind of flavour, giving quite a phenolic flavour with a slight barnyard funk. Hops are noticeable, fresh and a bit astringent, but they clean up the palate nicely and don't leave a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thin but a good viscosity as it goes down, leaves with a decent dryness.

Really clean drinking, but lots of complexity to it as well. A great beer to start off a tasting session, but I could sink quite a few of these as well.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.

Lovely cloudy golden colour, with a frothy meringue-like head of white foam. Lacing is superb. Some languid bubbling makes it look extra-refined. Awesome.

Quite a fruity nose with hints of spice, a little German banana ester, and perhaps just a twinge of cellar mustiness. Almost Belgian hints to it as well, but with a lager sharpness. It's nice; not as classic as it could be, but very tasty.

But oh yes they have it on the palate. Fresh start, with some light fruit, before a light bitterness enters, mingled beautifully with those classic musty keller phenols. Oh yeah. Clean and crisp and amazingly drinkable.

This is a really great keller and a great beer all up. On the palate, it's spot-on stylistically. It's so fresh and clear - just how a really awesome lager should be, but it has masses of character as well to make it an interesting and enjoyable experience. Amazingly refreshing, and refreshingly tasty. Top drop.

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

750 ml corked bottle purchased in Montreal.

Pours a lightly hazy golden, quite bright, very thick white head forms and settles down to a thick ring and layer around the glass, drops a lot of lace going down.

Smell is nice, very clean and malty, lots of floral hoppiness, biscuit, caramel, lightly yeasty, some apricot fruitiness, some malty sweetness, real neat.

Taste is similar, big and malty up front for the ABV, caramel, lots of biscuit, a touch of fruitiness, big floral hoppiness, quite perfumey, apricots, biscuit, nice minerally bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. A nice kellerbier, very balanced and drinkable.

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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 HappyHourHero
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicate sweet aroma of concord grapes and honey is quite inviting. Dense off-white head sits atop the hazy golden beer. Delicate flavor is a mix of concord grape and with faint floral/grassy and lemon accents all wrapped up in a mildly bitter finish. Moderately light body with mild carbonation and light flavors make for a very drinkable beer.

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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 MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Viggo for breaking this out at our Canada Day tasting. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pours with a few fingers of soapy foam that dissipates to a chunky ring and some light haze. Splotchy lace is left on the sides of the class. The body is a hazed golden color that is more orange than yellow.

S - The smell is of lightly toasted grains, zesty, spicy, noble hops, honey, and an otherwise clean lager nose.

T - The taste is more bitter and zesty without as much balancing sweetness - definitely true to style. It's more of a 3.75, but I'll round up to be supportive of both a relatively rare style and of Canadian beers in general.

M - Medium body that is bigger than you expect for a 5.5% brew. Soft carbonation, pretty smooth, and pleasant on the palate.

D - Pretty nice and easy drinking beer. This would make an excellent session brew if you could find it on-tap - stupid Ontario keg laws. At least we're getting Trois Mousquetaires bottles in Chicago now.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged, brought back from Montreal by a good friend - thanks Bobsy!

Pours a lightly hazed deep gold with a big fluffy two finger off-white head which leaves chunks of lace down the glass.

Floral and grassy hops in the nose, hints of citrus fruits, biscuit and caramel malt, juicy bitterness.

Oh man, this is a tasty beer. Big juicy floral and grassy hop profile with a bracing bitterness - not entirely unlike Victory's Prima Pils but feels fresher (due to it being unfiltered?), lightly spiced, hints of peaches, biscuit and honey, light caramel, citrus zestl. Sharp but not over the top carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Feels much bigger than the stated 5.5%. Perhaps a bit thin in the malt section but anything bigger would hurt the drinkability.

Oh how I wish I was closer to a regular supply of this beer. It could be a regular drinker, easily quaffable, plenty of kick. These guys do a MEAN lager. Compared to Creemore Keller this is 10 times meaner. Damn tasty, big flavor for a session beer.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It's a nice yellowish gold color, a bit hazy, very big bubbles but not very big itself with bad retention. Not much lacing though.

S: Very big flowery nose. A nice level of citrus zest. Good caramel malts with good biscuit. Lager yeast along with wheat bread are more in the back. Good smelling beer.

T: More hops than I thought. This might be the beer that has the biggest level of flowery hops I've ever had. Also good level of citrus zest. Very good level of biscuit malts and caramel malts. Wheat bread is there but more hidden than in the smell. Very different and interesting brew.

M: Medium light body with medium high level of carbonation. Fits real well with the feel of the brew.

D: It's easy to drink, it's balanced.

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

750ml corked and caged bottle purchased on a recent trip to montreal. sampled june 14/2010.

pours lightly hazy deep gold wiht a big fluffy off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves chunky lace as it falls.

aroma is good. light alcohol. big herbal, floral, and lightly spicy hop character. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. honey and a bit of caramel. light lager yeast character.

taste is good. big hoppy presence. herbal and lightly spicy with a floral background. just over medium bitterness level. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of biscuit. honey and caramel. light alcohol. slightly powdery hops. nice lager character.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium body with a fairly dry finish. just over medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. liked the big hop presence. good stuff.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Stanley Cup BIF from SliverX, and I gotta say, this is a really nice beer

Pours a nice medium golden color. Foamy white head, and some lacing.
Nose is straw. a little earthy, and maybe sweet. Nothing super potent here
Taste, is surprisingly refreshing. Like a lot of pils, there is a clean crisp hop upfront, followed by a dose of sweet malt, and then clean finish. There is a lot of spicy yeast character to this as well, but it does not over power anything
Pretty even mouth feel. not light, not heavy.
Really drinkable, interesting session beer. after a really humid day this was a pretty refreshing deer.
Really interesting enjoyable beer. Not my favorite style, but I enjoyed the hell out of this

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Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Poured with a nice off white foamy frothy head and good lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is a wonderful spice yeast malt . Flavor's like aroma and richer. Body is great and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short length. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of pootz
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged-corked cellaring bottle:

Pours a lush hazy unfiltered amber-gold lager into the stein with a 3 finger sticky white cap. Fantastic lacing on the glass. Soft carbonation

Aroma is pungent bready sweet malts with some fresh green apple and musty woody tones from noble hopping.

Rich silken mouth feel with an incredible amber Munich malt spine in perfect balance with both bittering and aromatic noble hopping.

Flavour profile starts with a big chew of thick bready malt in the front which is quickly balanced by Hallertauer and Hersbrucker bittering, mid palate some sweetness and light apple tones get a musty woody undertone from the Spalter and Tettnanger hopping, then a clean dry finish with a biscuity after taste.

...bloody awesome lager

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thick, frothy head into my tulip. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full of hops and sweet, bready malt. Seems about right here.

Taste is sweet, chewy and full of buttery malt. Interesting flavors for the style. Lots of emphasis on chewy.

Coats the back of the throat with more of the flavors listed below. Carbonation is just right.

Very nice for a regional example. I'm just looking for something that I can drink with some pizza and they seem to work well.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into chalice may9 2010

A a golden orange glow with a big fluffy head that had pretty good retention but only left a few small patches of lace

S a fair bit of dry cereal with some hay and hops

T what I smell but with a little citrus and some earthy woodiness to go along with a little spice, massive flavor for a lager this is no ordinary pilsner

M not overly thick but hey this is not a big ass stout after all, crisp with just a little bite and good carbonation. flavor lingers for a while too no complaints here

D big flavor for a session beer and would go down easy all day long with no issues

I can see no reason why you shouldn't try this beer, yet another winner from a great brewery.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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 bludtek
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This, my first Keller, was poured from a 750 mL bottle. It was a slightly hazy deep gold. With a puffy white, long lasting head.

I smelled grassy hops, some spice, and dough.

I was taken back at first by the taste as it was more pronounced from what I was expecting. It was a sweet bready malt, followed by nice hoppy bitterness, yeast and grapefruit. Not your usual pilsner! A, slight fruitiness was more apparent in the smell after my first taste.

Modertatly bodied, dry finish.

This was flavourful and refreshing. I Will definitely have this one again.

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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 elricorico
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 Derek
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-bronze with a fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Bready malt with hints of toffee; Floral & grassy spicing.

T: Yeasty/doughy bread with plenty of grassy hop spicing. Hints of toffee with a nicely balanced bitterness. Great stuff.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has an off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of bobsy
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here's a Quebec brewery that do German styles very well indeed. If you get the opportunity, check out their rauchbiers. This cork and caged beauty was shared at the dinner table with a few friends.

Poured a rich golden colour with a large fluffy white head, that was easily maintained by a steady stream of bubbles. Some decent lacing was left as the drinking progressed. The aroma places this as a malt-forward lager - there's lots of soft tones... mild grain, pale malt, honey, light caramel and a spicy, saaz grassiness. All the promise of the aroma is realised by the flavour, which shows the true potential for flavour that a lager can hold. There's a really strong pale malt/biscuit base that's prominent, yet soft at the same time. The real star of the show, though, is the noble hopping. There's a clean grassiness throughout, which climaxes in a spicy finish. The balance between sweetness and bitterness is about as well-handled as you could possibly hope for. The carbonation is very active, but its by no means prickly and its softness makes for a creamy mouthfeel.

The world needs more kellerbiers!

Huge thanks to zorprime for sending me this bottle.

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 Shadman
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow..interesting type of beer..Quebec Barley...I know some Alberta Malt Barley growers that would say I'm being sacrilegious by drinking this....

Great looking beer. Has a Hefe look with the aprocot color, hazy from the lack of filtration. Head formation borders on massive even though the beer is quite cold. Head is almost merangue-like and retention is superior to 99% of the beers i've sampled. Huge gobs of lacing as well.

Tart apple smell, sort of like Duvel, floral hoppiness, and some sweet maltiness.

Some funky stuff goin' on here. Earthy flavour very similar to mushroom in the front end. Bite from the hop and carbonation follows soon after. Touch of phenoyl and then the hop bitterness wins the day. Yes the bitterness comes across slightly astringent.

Quite creamy and definitely medium bodied mouthfeel.

Interesting style of beer and certainly worth trying. Might not be everyone's 'cuppa', but hop heads might find it like a Helles lager and an IPA.

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Série Signature Kellerbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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