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Southampton Keller PilsSouthampton Keller Pils

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Photo of bceagles39
2.73/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle at home on May 25, 2010.

Pours a slightly cloudy staw color. A thin white soapy head. Lotsa fizz.

Smells like... Budweiser. Some very light grains.

Everything is mild in the taste, a slight bitterness. A moderate balance of sweet in the middle which morphs into an odd metallic flavor for me. Dull finish.

Very light mouthfeel.

Lawnmower beer.

I have tried to be fair to this beer and I admit that I do not have a lot of experience with this style. I am a huge fan of the Southampton Double White!

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Photo of smcolw
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Foamy white head that leaves some ring lace. The beer is hazy straw yellow color.

Slightly skunky, smells like a soured micro-brew.

Too similar to the macros for me, although to their credit there is a good hop finish to this beer. Thin body with a high level of carbonation, even for the style.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bright yellow with a thin head and minimal lacing. It's aroma is mainly lemons with cake and a hint of vanilla. The flabor leads off with lemons followed on the palate by birthday cake and a bubbly champagne-like snap. The finish reveals a note of hop bitterness but is balanced. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Southhampton Keller Pils is a good brew, recommended.

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Photo of DIM
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
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 capra12
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed solo, served out of a pint glass.

Appearance: I fear the worst, fizzy yellow with 1 finger of white head.

Smell: I get light malts with a hint of pilsner yeast.

Taste: Opens with a distinct hop profile that is later joined by an almost stale yeasty grain profile that I get with pilsners. There is that classic pilsner aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, with moderate carbonation and clean other than the pilsner aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would have this again on a warm summer day, I recommend this to those seeking a mildly hoppy and distinct open with a classic pilsner finish.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
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 jale
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to for this extra.

A: Pours lighter straw color with a quarter of white head.

S: Very light malt aroma.

T: Light malt and minimal hops until the finish when they turn a little grassy.

M: Light body with average carbonation.

O: First beer from them.

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Photo of rawfish
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from a trade with lookrider. Thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a hazy straw yellow into the glass with a one finger white head. Decent retention with clinging lacing that reaches up the glass but doesn't ant to hold there.

Slight banana, clove, orange peel with raw grains, grass, straw and a bit of bread on the tail end, a tad dank.

Pale malt, cookie dough, and wheat rather smooth out of the gates with lots of banana and clove character. A bit overwhelming for a pils, but not uncharacteristic for a hefe. Not much bitterness beyond that, perhaps a bit grassy. Flavor is well balanced and integrated.

Medium bodied overly so for a pilsner weighed down by the yeast, average carbonation but doesn't impact the beer. Doesn't finish with any crispness or drying. Wet and dank.

Good flavor and very drinkable but not much of a crisp or clean finish I like in a pilsner. I can appreciate the craft that has gone into producing this beer but overall it just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Muted tangerine oragne with a dense clarity and a milky cream colored head that just wouldn't hold even with an agressive pour. Patchy covering atop, no lacing and no distinguishable effervesce.

S: Candied creamy oranges for aroma, wheat, and a small dash of orchard hopping. Not much strength but grows on you the longer you endure.

T: Flavor of spicy herbaceous tangerines, orchard and shrubbery notes, wheat and some tart citrus-oranges. The floral-herbaceous hops really kick in at the end. Some alcohol warmth on the swallow.

M: Fairly lax carbonation wise on the mouthful. Some creamy nature to it with a fairly good resistance.

O: Overall a keller pils that has a distinct fresh and floral-herbaceous hopping that really stands out here. Creamy body, decent drinkability.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, very light malts a good amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with an acidic burst of hops bitterness. The hops flavor fades but the acidity lingers. There are mild citrus flavors that follow along with some lager yeast and a thin malt character to provide a decent balance. The after-taste is mildly bitter.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer overall but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a small head. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is crisp, slightly sweet, a bit of malts and grains, just a touch of hops at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

White foamy head that seems to be fading away quickly. Hazy golden color that looks very carbonated. Doesn't seem to be leaving any lacing on the glass.

I get a grainy aroma with a presense of yeast; also some bready malt comes through. Not a bad smell at all.

I get a grainy taste, some bread, bannana, slight orange peel and a bitterness at the end. Interesting taste and refreshing.

Light body, light to medium carbonation, very easy drinking; I am already going onto my second beer.

Overall, slightly above average Pilsner. This is meant for the summer for sure because it goes down like water. The taste is decent but I've had better Pilsner's.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -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 jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Damn its a stupid hot humid day, and I'm sweating like a pig. Hopefully a nice pils will cool me off.

A: Pours a large 3 finger head in my pilsner glass that just reaches the top and fades quickly at first then slows down halfway. A slight hazy comes through the golden yellow straw color.

N: Lots of sweet malts, little toasty, some wheat as well, little Bavarian malts, some grassy noble hop aromas with that. Some lager aromas as well.

T: A little spicy, fresh grassy hops, noble hops, some bitter bite, lots of wheat, Bavarian malts, toasty lager flavors, a little thicker and more bite than I expected from a pils like this. Some light banana wheat flavors. Strong grassy hops and bitterness overpower the nice subtleties of the pils.

M: Med body with good carbonation.

F: Long bitterness, some astringent hops as well, grassy and spicy hops with quite a bit of bitterness. A little light malty flavors and sweetness linger, but mostly just hops. This is more like an American pale wheat lager or something rather than German Pils, kinda tasty but heavier and much less drinkable than I would have liked.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into SAVOR tulip. 03 08 and what i believe is an IIII printed on the side of the bottle.

A: definitely hazy, straw blond. deep straw. bright white head is fluffy. retention nor the lacing are very good.

S: a pretty clean, lager aroma that smells smooth. minor hop character is pushed out of the way by bready malts.

T: a little vegetal. finish is a little malty sweet finish. not much hop character here for a german style keller, however the malt and residual lager yeast flavors are quite tasty.

M: moderate/average carbonation on a medium

D: pretty tasty stuff. besides some minor DMS, pretty solid keller pils.

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Photo of fx20736
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
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 chefelf
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me preface this by saying I'm not a huge fan of pilsners. I did, however, appreciate this as a representative of the style.

The beer pours a deep yellow color. There is a lot of flavor and some bitterness from the hops. More bitterness than I generally like but pretty standard for a pilsner.

The bottle claims "unfiltered varietal hop."

Overall it should be very enjoyable to lovers of pilsner. I found it had a nice citrus edge that paired nicely with some grilled scallops and shrimp.

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Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent summer lager with enough interesting and distinguishing characteristics to make it a worthy destination. The beer pours a slighly hazy pale yellow and straw color. Right out of the bottle you have that slighly creamy, slightly foamy pure white head. It dissipates quickly and you have just a slick white residue floating on the top of the glass. There is a touch of lace too. The nose is basically lager all over it. There is a definite grassy and slightly lemony aroma to the beer. Nothing too assertive.

The taste is quite tart through and through. A number of reviewers pegged this with Hallertau hops and that could very well be. There is nothing estery or fruity about the hops, just the dryish leafy bittering quality that you find in this type. There is a lemony acidic quality to the beer that complements the dry hop quite well. There is some grainy and grassy qualities, a noticeable lagery mouthfeel and pricklishness, a slight carbonation, a touch of soury herbalness and you have this beer in a nutshell. It is refreshing, light bodied, a good summer lager all the way around.

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Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Straub pils glass, Southampton Keller Pils is a lightly clouded pale yellow with a small white head leaving almost no lace.

Smell is sweet cereals and notably citrus hops, lime.

Taste is pretty clean, not as sweet as the nose from the grains or the citrus hops. Bitter and balanced.

Mouthfeel is dry, light bodied, crisp.

Drinkability is pretty good, this is a solid pils. I like the rustic, aggressively hoppy vibe, just off-center enough to add notable character without detracting from the drinkability of the style.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this brew at my local deli/take-out beer store. Pretty stoked to have my first Pils of the summer. Here we go.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow, hazy that actually resonates quite nice. Little head and lacing once beer has settled.

Smell: Upfront scent of barley hops, actually a slight spin of lemon-citrus thats not at first noticeable. Hidden within in a nice aroma thats actually quite nicely balanced.

Taste: This beer is packing a mixed bag of bitter and sweetness that is very well put together. Nice peppery flavors and a lemon grass aftertaste almost mixed with a slight hint of honey. Actually quite refreshing, and something that can be sipped on.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Finishes quite dry, but overall not too shabby.

Overall: For a Pils, this beer does go over well. I really did enjoy this brew and will continue to again when given the chance. Not sure if its a beer I would order on a full time basis, but something I would totally recommend to friends and fellow beer drinkers.

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Photo of Jayli
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at Deep Ellum on 5/22

A: This beer pours a light, clear straw yellow with a two finger of white sudsy head. Head recedes at a moderate paceleaving sticky spiderweb lacing.

S: Nose is of pale malts, grain, and cereal.

T: Taste starts with a touch of grain and cereal flavoring. Pale malts and potentially a hint of wheat come through in the middle. Finish has a nice earthy, grassy hop bite.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp, clean body.

D: Goes down very easy, not filling, not much of a kick but a fantastic beer to have on a hot summer day.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Golden with a small froth of white head that retains as a ring through the session. Aroma is faint, but I get fresh hay. Flavors are undeniably German pils. Clean and crisp, dry grassiness. A little sweetness kicks in from the malt, almost honey like. Easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of malvrich
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with a mushroom cloud of white foam that quickly dissipitated. A biere de garde keller element with the pils, nice is you appreciate the keller. Above average mouthfeel, good drinkability. A little lemon, a little pils malt.Good fall refreshment.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Cloudy yellow straw color with a slowly settling fluffy white head and some decent lacing. Looks just about right for the style. Nose is fairly subtle, with hints of lemon and grassy hops on a bready malt base.

Flavor follows the nose, although the bready malt is the dominant taste; grassy hops are next in line, and there’s just a trace of lemony citrus in the finish. Lightly grainy and bitter at the same time. Body is medium-light with crisp carbonation. Clean and refreshing but a bit unremarkable.

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