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Série Signature Kellerbier | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Brewed by:
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.

Added by MeisterBurger on 08-01-2009

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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of djcreepshow
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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 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 mactrail
1.99/5  rDev -49.2%
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 papat444
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up directly at the brewery.

Appearance: A thick fluffy head with a patchwork of lacing that becomes a sheet of foam covering the glass as it empties. Body is a hazy light gold. Simply marvelous.

Smell: Earthy minerals, grainy, citrusy and zesty.

Taste: Minerals, caramel malt, good bite, some fruit plushness. Never too strong yet flavor is fulfilling.

Mouthfeel: Real good carbonation, smooth yet firm and a great balance. Full bodied yet manages to feel light.

Overall: A real winner. Refreshing and elegant. This can be a good gateway beer yet still satisfy the discerning craft beer drinker.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. No apparent freshness date.

Pours a cloudy orange/gold. A huge white head on top. Great retention.

Smell is nice and light. Honey, sweet bready malt and a very slightly funky scent.

Beer starts with some honey, bready malt, a slight sour flavour. The finish is very light, slightly bitter and a bit empty. Nice start but a weak finish.

Light bodied, moderate carbontation. Refreshing but a bit thin. I suppose that is the point.

Overall, I find this hard to rate because I am not much of a lager fan. Trying to rate this to style, it seems pretty good. Some nice and interesting flavours- the slight sour/funk is very good. However, the lightness and "clean" flavour does not work for me. Since I suppose those are part of the package for a Keller Bier, I would say this is a good example of the style.

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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A three-inch, foamy white cloud is long lasting over the hazy, light-honey gold beer with random carbonation emanating from within. Big patches of lace are left on the thick walls of a Ruppert’s mug.

Fresh hay is accented by sweet caramel with sour dough and subtle hop aromas.

The flavor is bready with honey, grains, a light touch of lemon and amazingly well balanced. There are even hints of sourness before an endlessly long, bitter finish. Warmth brings out hop flavors including some mint.

This one has a full-to-medium body with cotton texture and no perceptible alcohol. The carbonation is fizzy.

This is my first Keller Bier and I found it to be highly satisfying and nourishing. I imagine this would be perfect with lunch, after physical work in the summer. However, I easily finished the entire bomber while reading in February.

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Photo of cpolking
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours orange and dark golden in color with a half-inch head of thick, yet fizzy, and almost creamy foam that is off-white in color.

The aroma is grainy, very earthy, slightly funky, with a fruity tartness.

The taste is of rich golden grain, grassy, a bit earthy and woody, with a tart citrusy note, and a very bitter and dry finish.

This is as complex of a lager as you are going to find. It is tasty and worth repeating.

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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Caudalie
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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 Hojaminbag
2.86/5  rDev -27%
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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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ludachris
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a slightly hazed deep golden hue. I expected a bit more haze with it being unfiltered. 3 fingers of dense, big bubbled, soapy head looks almost like it was whipped. Small and large patches of "sudsy" lace cling to the glass.

Black pepper and a mellow earthiness are the base of the nose. It's even a bit salty, almost like Manzanilla olive juice; something I got out of their Porter Baltique as well. Unlike other Kellerbiers I've had, this one has a soft and sweet fruitiness to it composed of clementine peels, dried apricots, and overly ripe peaches. A very well rounded and pronounced smelling lager.

This is soft and almost delicate throughout. The earthy aspect is mellow but rich and just a touch bitter as it nears the finish. It's laced with both salt and pepper but the latter is more pronounced. Dried apricots and fresh peaches aren't as concentrated in the taste as they are in the nose but still manage to impart a pleasurable sweetness and good balance. Toasted and peppered rye bread are the beer's final impression with a twist of lemon peel to cut its density.

This is more smooth than crisp; another thing that differentiates this from other Kellerbiers I've had. It's straightforward and it's very, very well balanced.

Overall, this is the most enjoyable Kellerbier I've had to date. I really liked its fruity aspect as well as its delicate, soft, and smooth feel.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of ferrari29
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into stemless Tulip shaped wine glass

A - Orange body; sticky lacing formed on the sides of the glass; white head; appears viscous; body has a cloudy appearance with some visible carbonation

S - Extremely malty; sweet notes, like fruits and yeast; some sour notes, almost a sour apple; sugary and berry notes are in there as well

T - Caramel and biscuit malt flavors; fruits like berry; sweet twists; slightly bitter aftertaste; apple-pear backdrop

M - Frothy and slightly thick; effervescent bubbly with a soapy rinse

D - Good beer and would match well with a variety of foods; unique

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Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a big thank you flipper2gv

i'm a kellerbier fan and this is fantastic and frightfully authentic... or well wouldn't be discernible from a german.

pour is a monster of a head that seems to scream i'm well made and oily. 3 fingers of head that seemed to crystallize into large bubbles with lace. nose of first and foremost... basement. hint of grape and apple and honey suckle. palate is floral grassy like that of an edible flower. interesting ester that are one part pollen, one part basement mildew and a hop dry finish of lingering oils. fantastic. my perfect session.

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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 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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Série Signature Kellerbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 120 ratings
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