Bamberger Herren Pils | Brauerei Keesmann

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Bamberger Herren PilsBamberger Herren Pils

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Brauerei Keesmann

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 10-06-2003

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of alalvarez75
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Domingo
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A geek friendly pils with a fairly polished advertising campaign in a town all about classical influences? In short, yes.
Had this at the brewery in June of 2011. While at the ordering window I was pretty much told to get this by everyone in the place, which is always a welcome sign.
Arrives a bright gold with a fluffy white head. With few exceptions you're not going to get a bad looking beer here, but this one's nice even by normally high standards.
The flavor profile is a perfect blend of ultra-bready malts and big floral hops. Unlike some of the helles beers around, the hops come through in a big way in both the finish and the middle of the palate, but that breadiness up-front is as bold as any helles I've had, too. Without implying any fruit flavors (there aren't any), the first word that comes to mind is "juicy."
There's about as much flavor and drinkability smashed into this brew as you could really want for the style. They even do growler fills of it, something you don't see every day.
Don't expect the ultra-dry northern German version of a pils or the mild southern takes, but I think this might be the best of them all.
Easily my biggest surprise in the area, especially after seeing their almost Beck's-like ads around town.
This is a monster in a glass.

EDIT: I don't mess with scores very often, but after multiple subsequent trips and quite a few more of these, I'm convinced it's borderline flawless. Hop character without piercing bitterness evenly working with soft bready malts. The texture is almost like nitro or cask...yet it isn't and it doesn't have the downsides of either. I feel this is about as good as beers get and I'm willing to say it's probably my favorite beer on the planet. Keep in mind - pils usually isn't even one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of PennBrewer
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly fresh, clean, malty and hoppy served from the brewery tap. I've been drinking this beer for over 20 years and have yet to find a better pils.

The Keesmann pub also has the best food in Bamberg. Try any of the steaks, trust me, you'll forget Ruth's Chris.

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

50cl serving in a willibecher at Keesmanns, Bamberg

A - Golden body with excellent clarity. Fluffy white creamy head with very good lacing/retention

S- Notes of lemons ,earthy hop and pepper

T - Earthy hops dominant with a hint of lemon and biscuit sweetness coming in. Toasted malt in semi dry finish.

M - Medium carbonation/body

D - Flavours seem back to front with more hoppiness up front but the hop/malt balance was excellent with the lemon note making it very refreshing. Not as hoppy as a northern german pils but nevertheless an excellent pils.

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Photo of clarknova
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of foles
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know your in Bamberg when every beer you have is the best lager you've ever had....until the next. This was simply supurb. Sublimely hoppy (high end for german beers, but standard for Franconia) on the nose and palate, clean, fresh, lightly malty, and easy to smash several whille sitting in the beer garden with good mates.

This is some beer...

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of boddhitree
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: very little aroma to speak of, barely perceptible malts but a whiff or two of Noble hops.

Keesmann Bräu's Herren Pils is great. It tastes more like a traditional Pils, closer to beer you get from the conglomerates, and I don't mean this in a bad way. What I mean is it has more of a grassy Noble hops flavor and less malty than many Bavarian Pils. The front has bitterness galore, again grassy, reminds me a little of Saaz hops but I doubt they use them. It has a complexer bitterness up front but still leaning towards grassy. The middle echoes the same bitterness but the sides becomes more bready, toasty but still bitterness prevails. The end has Pils maltiness/sweetness but it's mixed in with a decent amount of bitterness, too. The aftertaste is exactly the same. It's Pils malty but not bready and toasty. This is a more hop-foward Pils, strongly relying on the hops to punch its weight, almost to the detriment of the Pils malt flavors. Luckily the back and aftertaste allow one to wallow in malty sweetness, but this beer never lets down its hop-guard. Great in a different way.

The Herren Pils is the most hop-sloppy Pils I've had south of a Jever, but still giving you lots of Pils-Franken flavors.

Mouthfeel: wonderful, the thickness you expect from a beer from Franken, cozy, thick and enveloping... simply süffig.

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Photo of ttu94
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this great beer at the brewery in Bamberg.
Nice clear pale yellow with a small head that lasts and leaves a ton of lace. Super spicy aroma. Very spicy hop taste. Slight sour hit but the beer goes dry fast. Leaves a nice malt aftertaste. Different from most pils that I had in Germany, much more hop kick. Wish I could have more here in Texas.

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Photo of jcance
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, crispy, and enjoyable. A bit light for my taste, but quite good and always a fun beer for the afternoon or with lunch.

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

This southern German pils pours a crystal-clear, straw gold body beneath a full head of creamy white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. The nose is floral and slightly herbal with hops over a mild maltiness. The body is medium; and it's very fine-bubbled carbonation lends a mild caress to the tongues before it slides gently away. More floral hops appear in the flavor upfront before a delicate combination of grainy malt and herbal hop flavors appear backed by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry and quite refreshing, with a firm but unobtrusive bitterness and some lingering hoppiness. Really nice! It's not a bold pils, but it is impeccably balanced and amazingly drinkable! Exceptionally well done!

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Photo of Offa
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good German pilsner, hoppy and herbal bith with fairly well-rounded character.

Gold and very faintly hazy, it has a big white head slowly shrinking to a ring and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is apple, honey, grain and a lot of herbs.

The taste is bread, herbs, a honey-bread sweetness underneath a minty, tingly herbal bitterness. The hops just dominate the finish and the herbal bitterness lingers on the toungue. In flavours it is a bit like Jever, yet stronger in flavour and more characterful, less bitter and more malty.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Suitcase beer from Germany – price unknown because I received no itemized receipt. Purchased at Bierotek (sp?) in Bamberg.
Bottle dated 11.08.17. Stored at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – grainy.
Head – large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive pour), white, low density froth, average retention, diminishing to an irregular two to four mm ring and a heaped partial layer.
Lacing – very good. Complete medium width rings showing stalagmites and stalactites as well as an occasional connecting column. Predominantly tiny bubbles.
Body – straw yellow, clear – no chill haze.
Flavor – Begins with some medium hop bitterness and flavor, with a hint of dimethylsulfide sneaking in. Malt flavor is not evident other than a little graininess. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – almost medium, watery, soft carbonation.

Overall, a very good German pilsner. I have had this vom Fass at the Keesmann biergarten and I have to say the fresh draft is much better, but isn’t that usually the case?

Appearance 5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-draft at Cafe Abseits on 4/8/2013. Served in a willibecker. Pours a translucent yellow with a quarter inch, bright white head that settles into a consistent skim. Nothing really asserts itself in the nose. Taste is light and floral with some citrus notes and some grains - very bright. Mouthfeel is light in body with a crisp carbonation and a clean finish - not much else to say. Overall - just a delicious, easy-drinking pils. Wonderful and well worth your time if you appreciate the style.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: We all know what Pilsner looks like.
S: Strong grain.
T: Slightly hoppier than your average Pilsner. Has a nice savoury bite with a lovely citrusy finish. No spice or dankness. Quite a crisp mouthfeel.
O: It's simply a really good ordinary Pilsner. Very refreshing.

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Photo of drmeto
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
For a great,authentic German Pilsener, except no substitutes

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Photo of paterlodie
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 16-12-05. White head and a pale golden beer that's opalising. Good nose of fine hops in a light barleymalt. Fine nose without too much yeastinfluence and overal good. As is taste that's nice and dry, good maltyness and a very fine hopcaracter that's well dosed makes this brew very refreshing. As mouthfeel is; no off-tastes and just fermented palemalt and hops. Maybe not to appealing but very clean example that I love to drink.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This is a thick and cloudy dingy yellow with hints of orange and a nice white head that left good lacing.

Smell - The hops pop from the glass. They are sharp and spicy with strong herbal notes making this a heavy-duty sample of the style. The malt is light and in the background and has a nice German grain aroma.

Taste - This is very herbal in flavor with a grain backbone that is just as nice to taste as it was to smell.

Mouthfeel - This is a big Pils, definitely medium-bodied, with some mild carbonation and a surprisingly bitter bite throughout.

Drinkability - Most of the people I saw ordering Pils at a gasthaus in Germany were women looking for a lighter drink, and in this regard the Herren is not the right Pils for that. If you want a meaty thirst-quenching brew that glorifies the mix of a full grain flavor and a sharp herbal hop then this is perfect.

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Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is imported by Shelton Brothers who put their sticker on the back of this bottle. Under the sticker, lower right, it states "alc. 4,6% vol.".

Pours a hazy wheat color with a big white head that dissipated and has moderate action.

Common Pilsner hops aroma with bready malts in the background.

Smooth Pilsner hopped flavor with a grainy barley taste.

Light bodied, resinous feel, with lively soft almost flat carbonation.

Very drinkable, so smooth, gives the impression of flat carbonation.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best Pils in Bamberg. Pours as one would expect: golden with a nice head. Nose is pleasantly hoppy. Taste is a bit but not overly bitter. Recommended to enjoy at the brewery!

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Photo of MrDarcy
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright golden color with a smaller, spongy head.

Has well pronounced aromas of straw, crackers a subtle herbal hop note and bready caramel.

Has a nice mouthfeel, which is defined by a refreshing, higher carbonation, which at no point turns out too be too vivid or metallic. Instead the beer finishes with a great smoothness and a prevailing effervescence.

Tastes hoppy from the first sip, introducing fresh cut herbs, white bread dough and wet straw to the palate. Turns only slighter sweeter then, with some caramel malts cutting through the hops, which turn drier and more present at the same time. Finishes utmost dry, together with a spicy, peppery note, adding unforeseen depth to the subtle, bready, well working malts.

Very nice, classic pils with a great mouthfeel and a pungent, well balanced hop dryness.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewery in Bamberg.

This pils poured a clear, gold yellow color with creamy white foam that persisted and clung to the glass, leaving lace. The smell was "clean" with grain and malt and a hint of vegetable. The taste was floral hops with bread and grain with some malt. Tangy and not sweet. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and moderate carbonation. The finish was hoppy and the hoppy flavor lingered. This was a very nice pils.

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Bamberger Herren Pils from Brauerei Keesmann
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