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Southampton Keller Pils | Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Keller PilsSouthampton Keller Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House
New York, United States
publick.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gmann on 05-09-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
264
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
15.68%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 264
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Southampton never fails to hit the mark, and their Keller Pils is no exception. The malt is grainy and sweet, and the hops are floral and spicy - both in the aroma and the flavor. The small amount of yeast adds a subtle touch of character as well. It's solidly bitter, but not overdone, leaving it perfectly balanced. The malt appears up front, followed immediately by the hop flavors, and then a rising bitterness as you enter the long, dry finish. It's not a complex beer, nor is it intended to be, but it is full of flavor. if there's any flaw here it's that the head retention could be better. Quite nice. Well worth trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden hay color with loads of carbonation and a fizzy white head that capped out at three inches and then settled down to nothing, not thrilled with that. aroma is very light and clean. bready and cereal grains, light touches of grassy and floral notes and a touch of light hay. very light and clean

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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 mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice off white thick, frothy head; color is straw, with that unfiltered haze.

Smell is grainy, biscuits, hints at lemon.

Taste is very biscuity/wheaty malt, with nice crisp bitterness, light grassy and lemon notes.

Mouthfeel is strong on the tongue, good crispness and sweet balance.

Overall, a nicely done keller pils maybe a touch heavy on the wheat/biscuit type malts but still very tasty.

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Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a light mostly clear gold with a small fluffy white head. Nose is fresh cracked grain, pilsner hops, some grass. Mouth is a vibrant expression of fresh grain, a pleasant hop quality that kind of swells in the mid palate, a touch of grass and maybe some light citrus rind. A little bit of an eggy quality that creeps in, as with some of the hoppier German pilsners. Not super snappy but pretty nice, definitely more in the German style than in the Czech style.

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Photo of crossovert
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had some fantastic Keller Pilseners in Franconia but I still want to give American Brewers a chance because I ove the style and want to find a comparable brew in the US to the Franconian lagers.

This one pours a bit hazier of a color than most keller plseners. Even though they all are unfiltered the German ones seem to prefer a pale brightness that I don't get with this beer. It is a monotonous almost whiteish gold.

The smell is more on par with a true kellerbier. It is grassy with some lime and a nice mineral water/malt body.

The flavor is pretty nice as well, doesn't hold up to the Franconian beers but as a US beer we have a winner. Nice and bitter with an herbal, grassy bite, but a balance of pilsener malt and a nice water character.

Hats of to these guys for producing a quality lager unlike a majority of craft brewers.

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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 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 rfgetz
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed yellow gold color with average cap of white froth, decent retention. Scent is quite pleasant - pilsner malt forward with equal parts doughy bread, cut grass, lemongrass and a faint splash of earthy spice. Taste follows scent, good lightly sweet pilsner malt with some graininess to it, doughy bread and the hops bring cut grass, lemon zest and herbal spice. Medium bodied, dry finish. Overall a pleasant surprise, good flavor all around with some grainy heft to it.

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Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance-A nice 1.5 cm head formed and remained for minutes, the body is a hazy golden hue, Looks good to me.

Smell- Some faint hops followed by what I would describe as a traditional pilsner smell.

Taste-The taste is of pilsner malts and the hops creating a super crisp finish. The more sips I take the more I appreciate how Southampton does the pilsner style.

The mouth feel is light with a crisp finish.

Overall not the hoppiest pills(not that they are supposed to be) but one of the more enjoyable I have had the chance to drink. It is perfect for drinking in hot and humid weather.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got tipped off from a guy at my local craft beer store, while looking for a new summer brew.

12 oz bottle, last of the six pack I bought, into a shaker pint (no pils glasses working right now, had a few shatter within the past year or so)

A - Darker than a regular pils, and a touch cloudy. The brew is unfiltered, and advertised as such, so the haze can be expected. Thin off white head.

S - Low key smell, the pils malt comes through, along with a touch of hop aroma.

T - A very nice taste. Grainy pils malts, some nice hoppy flavor, even leaning toward citrusy, with mainly a floral hop taste.

M - On the light bodied side, with nice carbonation, excellent for this flavor profile.

O - A very nice summer brew by any accounts, and a unique, easy drinking pilsner.

Tough to score this one to style for appearance, as it's listed as a German Pils. For what it is, the cloudiness and color would be expected. Realy smooth, and easy drinking, hoppy pils for the summer.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear bright golden color with a tightly pack white foam on top. decent retention.

S - very aromatic for a pilsner. sweet doughy malts with bright grassy hops with a touch of citrus.

T - drier than i expected with just a touch of sweet malts in the front followed by a pleasant grassy hop bitterness with a touch of citrus and lemon.

M - medium bodied with a creamy feel and bubbly carbonation.

O - a refreshing and very flavorful lager perfect for a hot evening.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mustachioed pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a color almost exactly like honey (including the level of transparency) with a thin one-finger white head and pretty minimal retention.

S: Pretty faint generally, but I sense some hops, banana esters, caramel and a little bit of yeast.

T: Mild hoppy bitterness all the way through and hanging on for quite some time. Maybe slightly too bitter for a pilsner...

M: Medium-bodied and very dry. Refreshing as a summer drink.

D: Goes down easy as you'd expect for a beer often served in 1L steins.

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Photo of bugaboo416
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A
Clear and golden yellow, though with little head.

S
I couldn't smell a thing

T
Clean and citrusy hoppy

M
light, crisp, clean

O
This is a good example of a pilsner. Nothing unique to it except for a slightly higher than average bitterness. Its a summer drinking pils that you can drink a few of with some burgers.

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Photo of sebrkln
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased at the Foodery bottle shop in Philadelphia, PA. Drank this a few hours ago, so I don't remember much. What I do remember clearly is that the sweetness of the German malts really balance out the bitterness of those noble hops. An unfiltered offering from a fine brew house. A---

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a straw gold color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The nose is prototypical pils, showing honey, cookie dough and white pepper. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this crisp, refreshing, nicely bitter pils. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a moderately long, clean, bitter finish. Drinkability is exceptional... this is very easy to drink on a summer day (with or without a lawnmower).

Very nice beer...

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Photo of 9InchNails
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 BeerIsland
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an extremely good beer that doesn't bonk you over the head with the fist sip. Like a true pils, the Keller shows its depth and finesse as the pint draws down and maintains great balance throughout. This was a nice stumble-on at the Brass Rail, Cambelltown, PA.

Out of the bottle on 23 Nov. Not too much aroma. Very nice balance throughout. Still the SBC stubbie, I believe.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, fresh from the brewery. Served in a pint glass.

Look: straw color, slightly hazy for a pils, thin white head, and leaves layers of lacing. Looks good.

Smell: pilsner malt, citrusy hops, and a bit of spice. Pretty simple and straightforward pilsner aromas.

Taste: a little pilsner malt but fairly dry, a bit of chalkiness, lemony citrus hops, a bit of grassiness and a dry, pleasant, slightly bitter finish.

Feel: light bodied with crisp carbonation, easy drinking and enjoyable on a hot day, makes for a good session beer.

Overall: a pretty good pils, which admittedly isn't my favorite style in the world. Certainly worth a try if you're looking for something thirst quenching on a hot day. Cheers!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light like straw perhaps a bit darker.
A loose tall frothy foam cap that leaves a nice foamy collar about the glass and fine lacing.
A clear well carbo'd beer. I was looking for a somewhat hazy or cloudy beer since, according to the label, it is unfiltered.

Aroma is that of your typical pils: pilsner malts, grassy and some bready yeast. There is a very sutle hint of floral hops. Smells excellent althought sutle and refrained.

This beer is an excellent example of the pilsner style lager. It is light and tart maybe even spicy and nicely dry.
There are sutle hints of spicy hops and bready malts. Balanced beautifully in my opinion.
Thin mouthfeel and tends to wash out towards the end as it warms.
Crisp and clean with no aftertaste. A flavorful brew thats not over aggressive.

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Photo of gskitt
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, light gold, decent head, a bit of lacing. Smells of wheat, and white bread crusts, some floral notes, not much hops. Taste is yeasty, lemony and refreshing. Very little hops, carbonation is perfect. This is an easy drinker and a solid pilsner.

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Photo of weeare138
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades out into a gentle head and hearty collar of foam. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of honeydew, dandelion, sunflower, honey, grass, and doughy yeast notes.
Taste is of the aromas with grassy notes, bitter herbs, yeast, and citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, and filling with lemon zest lingering.
Chalk one up to the Latrobe brew dudes! Good work on the contract brew, fellas.

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Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a 1" head that falls quickly.

Smell: grass, lemon zest, floral hops, and a bit of bread tones are easily detectable by the nose.

Taste: biscuit, lemon zest, grass, moderate bitterness, and a bit of green apples are most notable.

Mouthfeel: medium in body. Crisp from start to finish. A bit of dryness arrives very late.

Drinkability: nicely quaffable beer. Somewhat refreshing and nicely hopped pilsner. This beer goes down quickly and has a nice flavor profile.

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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 bucklemyshoe
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/07/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: This pours a bright golden color with a half-finger of fizzy white head that dissapates quickly.

S: The nose shows aromas of sweet and bready pilsner malts, citrus rind, and some grassy undertones.

T: The taste is of citrus flavors, mild biscuit, sweet caramel, and the resonating grassy notes.

M: It is a bit frothy and bubbly with a medium-light body.

D: This is an exceptionally drinkable beer discovered through my search for a Keller/Zwickel.

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Southampton Keller Pils from Southampton Publick House
3.89 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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