Southampton Keller Pils | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Keller PilsSouthampton Keller Pils

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 268
Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark yellow in color with a heavy, unfiltered haze. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with very good retention. Aroma of clean pilsner malt with hints of earthy hops. Medium light bodied with medium high, soft, expanding carbonation. Pilsner malt flavors with earthy, spicy hops. Medium, slightly acidic, spicy hop bitterness through the middle. Pilsner malt and spicy noble hop flavors on the back end. Finished with bready pilsner malt flavors and a very light herbal hop bitterness. The BA profile has this lister as a German Pils, but is a Kellerbier. Good balance and very tasty.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy golden, glowing yellow, with a one inch head, and a good amount of lacing. It definitely looks unfiltered. As such, it looks beautiful.

This one smells pretty bready, with some lemony citrus, and spicy grassy hops.

This is up there with the best pilsners I've ever had. So clean and refreshing, with a nice and present hop flavor, grassy and spicy hop flavors, and a great crackery and bready malt backbone. It's essentially everything you want a pilsner to be. At least, it's everything I want a pilsner to be.

This is medium bodied, light but still full, great mouthfeel, slightly creamy, and super crisp. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Just super awesome and one of the best pilsners I've ever had.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle procured locally enjoyed from a tall Southampton pils glass.

a - brew pours a transparent straw yellow with tons of floaties that give it a murky lurk. thin foamy white head that never fully went away and left some streaky lace on the glass.

s - nose is a crisp corn and grain. very inviting rich earthy make.

t/m/o - I have really become a big fan of a good oils and I am living this one. rich bold flavors classic pils graininess with a fairly full body and a nice sweetness lb the finish. very refreshing, another beer that I well prob be drinking quite a bit of this summer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Strong, malty aroma has a decided yeasty overtone. Pours a bubbly clear yellow with a fairly thick ivory head. Crisp, refreshing fruity has good malty, fruity and yeasty notes, a grassy hop bitter undertone, maybe nothing special but definitely enjoyable. Smooth texture lacks firmness, and fizz leaves something to be desired. Still a decent pilsner.

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Photo of malvrich
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. brown bottle into a foothills glass

A: Dull hazy amber orange color. Like apple cider. No clarity. Minimal off whit foamy head. Not much carbonation visible. A bit of lace as drunk.

S: Sourdough bread and fruity hop scent. Nice.

T: Snappy bitterness from the hop giving way to a very good balance with the malty sweetness toward the end. Finishes bitter but clean. Malt more evident as the brew warms. Quite good and highly drinkable.

M: Light but not watery. More carb tingle than is visible which I like. Kind of cardboardy with a stiffness and the most minimal stickiness. I like this a lot.

O: Keller Pils is a pleasant surprise. Especially since, unless I misread the stamp, this beer appears to be pretty damned old but my fault for not seeing that in store. This is good enough IMO to buy regularly but at $10/6, I likely will only revist it if on special. It is very good though.

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Photo of beerdedking
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a lovely hazy golden straw. It's a touch thinner this time around, but the nose is still lemony barnyard with a hint of hoppy goodness.
Has a nice full mouthfeel for its weight, and tastes on par for the Americanized style. Typical German Pilsner, but the drying hop finish sets it ahead. If your a Prima Pils fan give it a whirl.
Crushable. This sixer doesn't stand a chance...

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Photo of utopiajane
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy and yellow with a scant head that fell fast and did not leave much lace. Nose is grass, sweet malt and lemon grass. Taste is dry, a touch buttery and a bit of lemon. Finishes with a slight bitter, some peach flesh and lemony notes. Coarse texture and a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. The head is a finger high, eggshell in shade, and quite fluffy. The retention is about average for the style, too. Some streaks of lacing are left behind - nothing significant, though.

S: Hrm, quite promising. The noble hops are there (subtle, but they're definitely there), along with some malty sweetness, white wine notes, and a bit of buttery diacetyl. Seems to be a well-rounded beer: not only are the notes balanced within one another, but both the hops and malts are equally perceptible.

T: The initial hop burst is equally grassy/bitter and peachy at the same time. Malts enter the picture near the back end, along with some peppery and lemony notes. It's reasonably deep/layered for a pilsner: it goes from fruity on one sip, to peppery, to malty, and all the way back to fruity. No doubt, this is better than the average pils.

M: Have I ever said how much I love the crisp bite of a good unfiltered beer? I don't like the coarse finishing texture that much, though. A beer like this should be very drinkable...and it absolutely is, so no real complaints otherwise. Good carbonation.

O: I could genuinely session this. This has enough flavor to make me want to take my time with it, but is still immensely drinkable. Would be great in the summertime, natch.

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Photo of mactrail
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear yellow golden color if poured carefully, but lots of sediment in the bottle. I don't know why this isn't categorized as a Kellerbier, but it does taste like a big Pilsner. Plenty of foam in the big chalice, and a satisfying frothy carbonation in the mouth.

Seriously perfumey in flavor with the sweet and malty taste. Tangy hop flavors with a lot of spice. Quite yeasty, bright, and sharp. There is a distinctly bitter finish, though I got wrapped up in all the aromatics and the bitterness doesn't dominate the taste.

Overall, this is a very drinkable but rather intensely flavored light beer. The small bottle makes a great taster, I think a big quaff would wear out its welcome. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of DIM
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah crap, is this really a summer seasonal? Shame on me for buying a bottle with no freshness date. But also, shame on Southampton for not providing one and shame on the Fridge in Lancaster PA for selling this so far out of season.

a: Mostly clear pale golden, pours with a short lived fizzy head.

s: Sweet dough, minerals, plus a fair amont of fruitiness; pears mostly.

t: If this is old it held up ok, sort of. A bit too sweet, almost sugary, vague flavor. Nice breadiness and hint of minerals.

m: Sweetness makes this feel heavier than it should.

o: Probably pretty good fresh, oh well.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No discernible freshness dating

Pours an effervescent honey color with a thumb of pearl colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Faint breadyness, floral notes & yeastyness & pears

T: Floral & leafy hops, a touch of sweet doughyness, plus mineral dryness up front. Pears & white grape as this warms, along with floral & herbal hops, plus a bit of breadyness. Finishes fruity, bready & dry

MF: Light bodied, delicate carbonation, nice balance

Drinks easy. Tried one of these a little above lager temp & it did nothing for me. Surprised at how a few degrees makes a difference. Nice take on the style

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Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly good tasting local Pils. Lemony and good looking.

Appearance: Pours a hazed pale golden with a foamy white head that retains and laces well. Retains an inviting film. Great unfiltered craft.

Smell: Too subtle and simple for high marks, but pleasing. Lemony, grainy, white bread, grass, hay, clean hops. A bit of farmland.

Taste: Much greater than the smell, starts with citrus and stays lemon / bread all the way with a clean earthy long finish. Great food beer. Again a tiny bit of root vegetables and spring cellar.

Mouthfeel: Light with good body, not thin, plenty of carbonation. Excellent summer or fall feel. Great food beer.

Drinkability: Very hoppy for a pils. A must try. Original. Refreshing. Sessionable beer, perfect for summer and fall, oysters and fish.

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

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that linger. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, light pepper, cracker, bread, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, grape, floral, grass, biscuit, light honey, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, floral, grass, biscuit, light honey, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with nice flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice unfiltered pilsner style! All around nice balance of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becker a lightly hazed oranged tinged medium golden with a fluffy bone white head that settled pretty slowly into a bubbly mass.Aromas were lightly toasted with some bready maltiness,faint herbal,leafy hops as well.More hop presence on the palate with green herbal notes along with a firm pretty dry crisp malt base.A sturdy well made unfiltered pilsner,not like a kellerbeer with it's bigger dose of hops,not bad.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Belmont Station.

Pouring a hazy orange with a thin but dense off white head with good retention and little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is great! A very doughy, bready malt base is present, along with a floral hop nose. In addition, there's a blend of mint and ripe lemons. The malt character is truly delicate. Honey, dough, cracked grain, toasted sugar are all present. Quite excellent, this is not as aggressive and assertive as some of the other pilsners I've tried recently.

The palate opens with a soft and delicate balance between hop and malt. Dough, honey, cotton candy up front with a blend of lemons, a little mint and a soft, herbal bitterness, this beer is impressive. There's a softness and complexity to the palate that only kellerbiers have, with the blend of aforementioned flavors and a gorgeous creamy carbonation, this beer has a long finish with hop flavor a mild bitterness and a soft sweetness. Excellent.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright yellow and sunny shiny in color with a nice head piled on top. Already a vertical inch of lace has formed and I haven't had a sip yet.

S: Lightly sweet and grainy with bright lemon, zesty hops and spice. Very nice and refreshing.

T: Good malt presence and plentiful German pils hop. Well balanced and full of tingly carbonation. Lemon and spice, flowery, and a little bready. Nice.

M: Smooth and slick broken up by brisk carbonation. Just where it should be.

O: Not a lot to say other than I like it and would welcome several more into my belly though that would probably be a few too many. I think they did a great job on this one.

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Photo of wedge
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a nice, lumpy white head. Fresh spicy hop aroma...peppery, grassy, lemony, floral. Subtle clean cereal malt as well. A bit more malty sweetness in the flavor, but it in no way throws off the balance. Lots of delicious noble hops and a little dough. Light and crisp, finishing a little dry. Just a great Kellerbier all around. I only grabbed a single, but I would be very happy seeing a six pack in my fridge.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: "13E13 / 1041334B11605" stamped on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Southampton's Keller Pils is a pleasant, slightly heavy, bready German pilsner with a strong hop component. This was satisfying for the style, hit the spot, and something I would seek out again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of clean, white foam, which lasts for a two minute period in a gradual decline to a thin cap of foam atop the body of the beer. Lacing is exceptional, a dense honeycomb-like structure clings to the insides of the glass. Beer is a golden yellow color, somewhat hazy (20% opaque) with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the body, moderate in activity and number.

Aroma of honeyed, bread-like malts (not just pilsner malts here) with a woodsy and herbal German hop component with slight grape-like esters, very much like fresh wort that's been cooled down and being moved to the primary fermenter. In its usage of more than just pilsner malt, this is somewhat unique, heavier and more bready.

Overall flavor is of rich, bread-like malts with substantial herbal, woodsy, and bitter hops that are further accentuated by light elements of honey and flowers. Front of palate finds sweet, bready malts with light honey and flowery hops that have an herbal edge. Mid-palate of deep, bread-like malts with hints of pilsner light sweetness, slight cracker, strong herbal and woodsy German hops with a notable bitterness. Back of palate picks up strong hop bitterness, herbal and woodsy characters, lesser, but still prominent bread-like malts. Aftertaste remarkably to freshly boiled wort with a strong German hop presence, yielding a substantial bready bitterness until the next sip.

Beer is medium in body weight, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a lightly effervescent, yet foamy and full mouthfeel. Closes dry, with medium levels of stickiness on the lips and tongue.

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Photo of fx20736
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a case from Southtown Beverages for $ 17.99 on 8/3/13.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall Pilsener glass, served cold.

appearance: hazy lemon yellow with a thick soft white head. The lacing is splendid.

aroma: modest hop aroma, bready malt. faint citric twang.

mouthfeel: medium full, slight selter quality.

taste: a softer, gentler Pils with nice balance. malty, slight lemon tartness. a touch of herbal bitterness at the end.

notes: a cute, easy to drink, Summer sessioner. Good stuff.

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Photo of dar482
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a slightly hazy golden color.

The flavor has a pop of lemon, breadiness, grass, and flora.

The flavor follows with lemongrass and a green grass bitterness on the end. It also has a Kolsch characteristic with its gentler malting and lighter fragrant characteristics.

A crisp well made pilsner. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

For an unfiltered beer, this has a good amount of clarity. Slightly opaque with a nice lemon body and good amount of pinhead rising slow carbonation. Head is 2 fingers tall and aggressive off the pour and settles slowly to a nice soapy collar, with lots of retention. Quite nice looking.

A solid nose, with dense malts and grassy hop angles. Fairly fresh and clean but also rather simple, no wow factor here, just solid and good.

First sip brings a noticeable depth and malt body. Good density for a German pilsner with some simple malts. Very slow growing hop grassy quality that slowly builds on the aftertaste. Dry and very resiny almost, but not crisp so much. Slightly chewy. Bakery bread action is slight but with a good hop warmth to go with the palate.

Overall, nothing incredibly impressive, but a very enjoyable pilsner that is highly drinkable.

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Photo of boddhitree
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Decent bitterness up front with Noble hops.

Nice amount of Pils malt flavor with a nice sweet malt aftertaste. Very süffig! I think…wait…yes.. it's the best Pils on my return trip to the USA... for this trip.

Not as good as the best Pils I ever had from Kneitinger's Pils, but it can stand as an equal to Rothaus Tannenzäpfle Pils easily.

To call it a Keller, implies it's both unfiltered and maybe still contains live yeast. Unfortunately, there was no evidence of cloudiness or live yeast wither in aroma,flavor or in the pint glass. Nonetheless, I really shouldn't hold them up to "German" standards when it comes to nomenclature, should I? Still… WOW!

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a semi-hazy bright golden color with soapy white head, tons of streaming carbonation that left no lace

S- Big fresh aroma. Lots of breadiness, pilsner malt, lemon, fragrant floral notes, grassy hops, and mineral notes

T- Just like the aroma. Lots of breadiness, pilsner malt, lemon, fragrant floral notes, mineral notes, and quite a bit of honey sweetness

M- Semi-dry, fairly smooth, medium to light bodied

O- A really nice fresh tasting pilsner with lots of character. Lacking a little in the mouthfeel, and not as refreshing as it should be.

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Photo of bump8628
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Keller pils? This thing looks pretty damn filtered to me. Regardless, my complaining stops there. Clear deep golden with a white head that sticks here and there. Nice hop spice with a balanced bitterness - pepper, grass, and lemon peel. Mild bready maltiness. Neutral dry finish. A really nice pils here. Definitely worth a buy, but for a better price I think I'll go for Sierra Nevada Summerfest more often. I do love the idea of doing a single hop variety and rotating it each year. I just wish they would let us know what that variety is for palate education purposes.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug- pours a pretty clear golden yellow color with a two finger head after a vigorous pour with very slight retention and no lacing.

Smell is pleasant and crisp- grainy pilsner malt, crisp European hop notes. Lovely.

Taste is much like the smell- hop bitterness up front and it diminishes slightly, with a good pilsener malt background for the hops.

Mouthfeel is very good- I like a bitter pils and this ones pretty bitter with a light body (but full enough to stand up to the hops!) and clean refreshing feel. I would recommend it highly for those looking for a good bitter pilsner.

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