Beersel Lager
Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen

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Style:
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #46
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,692
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
127
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87
Very Good
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.24/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L- Very pale straw and pours with a tiny hint of haze and a 5mm white head.
S- Just a mild sense of hoppy dryness.
T- Notably hoppy-dry... in fact so hoppy and bitter it just made me sneeze! The bitterness is pronounced, for example it is materially stronger than that you'd expect to find in an English Bitter beer.
F- I can enjoy a bitter aspect to a beer, but this one lacks an opposing side (richness and/or depth of flavour) to give balance.
O- Notably dry and bitter, and that dominates my attention from anything else that might be going on. I see the brewery produce several Geueze style beers, which to me are often waaay too prominent with ultra-dry hopping, and I'm wondering if a similar level of hopping has crossed over into this recipe for what I was expecting to be a more straight-forward quality 'lager'. It's one of the hoppier lagers I think I had, makes the likes of the notably dry Pilsener Urquell [Czech] seem subtle in comparison. I really get no sense of body or even ABV%. Not one I'd buy again. I suspect this is brewed for a quite seriously niche/local taste+palate.
From BelgiumInABox (Antwerp/BE) for delivery to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle BB: 05/12/2021.

Apr 23, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly clouded golden color. Thin off-white head dissipates steadily but not completely. A thin layer of white foam is left on the outside of the beer.

Aroma has some notes of grains, sweet honey, and a touch of earthy hops. It also has a bit of a tangy funk on the nose.

Taste follows the nose with some sweet grainy notes. Light earthy hops come through on the back end. Lingering bitterness is noted. The malts are there but aren't quite strong enough an come across somewhat watery on the palate.

Feel is light to medium bodied. Pretty smooth. Surprisingly light carbonation on the palate given it was quite fizzy when poured. Comes across undercarbed.

Overall this was fine, but rather disappointing.

Feb 21, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Lambic o Droom.

Crisp, clean, easy drinking. Has a kellerbeir flavor and feel. Lager yeast. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Very basic.

Apr 19, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft. Served in a wine glass. Pour is clear golden yellow body, one finger white head, short retention, no lacing. Smell is spice, bread, slight banana, a bit of cracker. Flavour is banana-dominant, slight crackery body, a bit of mineral and spice. Honestly, a weird beer and I thought this was a hefeweizen at first taste. It's good, though. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, reasonably coherent in body with good carbonation. Again, that weird banana flavour on the finish. Still, realizing after a bit of research on this beer that this is meant to be a kellerbier, things fall into place- the "lager" label definitely throws a man off.

Apr 04, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisited at The Answer on draft 6/6/19

At The Sovereign on Draft.

Pours a clear yellow color with a slight head and lacing. Aroma has herbal hints, the taste follows the nose with a pleasant herbal flavor. A good beer.

Jan 28, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden color with a huge head with great retention. It gets hazy in the last pour.
Predominant herbal grassy aroma with hints of bread and lager yeast.
Flavor with predominant notes of noble hops, sugar, grainy and bready malt, a bit of green apples and lemon drops. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a long finish.
Light towards medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very good spicy and bitter unfiltered Bohemian Pilsner with a decent amount of noble hops. The refermentation in the bottle may have helped to keep it fresh.

Dec 22, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada

3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml squat bottle, the twin to the Blonde that recently arrived here in Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some layered sudsy lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of bready and crackery pale malt, some apple and lemony citrus fruitiness, subtle earthy yeast, and a spicy, leafy, and grassy hop bitterness. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a separate biscuity/crackery thing, kind of soured apples, muddled citrus, a testy yeastiness, and more leafy, floral and dead grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its oft palate-pricking frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as the yeast and the hops seem a tad clumsy in their traipsing about here. It finishes trending dry, the malt bottoming out a bit, while the hoppy, fruity, and yeasty esters linger on like the bosses they wanna be.

Overall, this is a well-made Euro-lager, the robust flavours attesting to that, and the minor (thankfully) yeastiness doing the same for its particular Belgian origins. Sassy, and a bit of a challenge to put back, but I mean that in the best of ways. Good stuff.

Feb 21, 2017
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a hazy, medium golden amber with a half finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of grainy, lightly bready malt, grassy and spicy hops, light apple juice and lemon; has a Pilsner profile. Flavor is biscuit malt, grain, lemon citrus, apple juice, grassy hops with a husky, grainy and dry grassy finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. The flavor, like the aroma leans towards a Pilsner profile, but more grainy grassy. The finish has an almost rustic graininess that is so flavorful that won me over despite being a bit unusual. There is a subtle, lightly sweet grain flavor in the finish that leaves a good linger taste. I'm a bit jaded about lagers these days, but I liked this.

Jul 25, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a decent, froth head, with a pale golden, slightly cloudy color.

Nose is defined by a moldy funkiness with typical lager qualities, wooden, toasty malts with bitter hops and hints of straw.

Has an enjoyable, gentle bitterness to it, which goes well along with straw, white bread malts and a funky, brett defined leather note. Hops interact in an interesting fashion with the earthy malts, on which the funkiness settles. Unfortunately those different flavors don’t seem to come together too well until the very finish, in which rich, earthy malts become the most recognizable flavor. Ends a little watery, with a very late hops impact, which tastes a bit ankward because of the added acidity.

Jun 17, 2016
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orangey copper color with some sticky white dots of foam. Peaches, dates and brown sugar and bread on the nose. Breast hearty notes with straw hang on the nose. Taste is light with wheat notes up front but turns tangy with a mild cedar bitterying. Finishes with a mild vinegar and pinot gris flavor and graphite. Again a hearty funk builds in the back of the throat. Not sure if my bottle had a problem because it feels flat. Texture feels thin and weak but finishes nice with a lot of pronounced tangy flavors. This beer is most unique. The flavoring of a quad on the finish and a light mellow body of a light beer. The big booziness of the quad is missing though. It needs a bit more body up front to balance out the excellent finish.

Oct 31, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Ebenezer’s. Served in a cervoise. Hazy pale orange. Fluffy white head. Smells bready and kinda yeasty. Light fruitiness. Tastes very bready. Light grassy hop bite. Clean finish with a nice bitterness. Medium body. Creamy and smooth carbonation. Well made.

Aug 15, 2015
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

11.2 floz stubby bottle sealed with green pressure cap. No bottle date to indicate freshness or bottling date.

poured into a white etched New Glarus Staghorn Glass Stein.

Appearance: Translucent yellow bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head. Good head retention and thick lacing on the side of the stein.

Smell: Lots of pears and fruity yeast. Does not smell like it is very hoppy. Sweet grainy/cracker/bready malt profile.

Taste: Pilsner malts, pears, white pepper, fruity yeast, light lingering bitterness; hops are grassy and floral. The hops taste stale, but are still have discernable flavors.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation level. This is a really smooth lager. Nice mouthfeel with delicate and soft carbonation.

Overall: This beer was getting clearanced for 1.99 a bottle at the store i picked it up at. I have wanted to tick this 3F beer for a while now. It is solid, but it might be stale. Among the other Zwickel's that I have tried, I prefer New Glarus Yokel and Urban Chestnut Zwickel over this 3F beer. That may change when I have a bottle that I can verify as a fresh bottle.

May 31, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, straw, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, cracker, biscuit, light honey, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Czech pilsner style. All around good robustness and balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Apr 05, 2014
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stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bordering on a APA, nice hops bitterness, soft on the aroma and a little sharper in the taste. Hazy pale gold with small silky head, citrus notes (mostly grapefruit) take front stage. Dry, but light lingering palate. This is awesome. Not sure if its a pils, but its excellent.

Mar 01, 2014
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gory4d from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

It's sort of a kellerbier/BPA hybrid, with a cloudy yellow hue and a tall egg white head; the smell is grains and sugar, with some herbal notes. The taste is heavy on the Belgian sugar and Belgian yeast, with some graham cracker malt and lots of sharp bitter hops. This beer excels in its mouthfeel, full and clean and sharp all at once. Not sure this is a kellerbier, but it's a good one anyway.

Apr 13, 2013
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beergoot from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber body, cloudy with a few flecks of yeast sediment dancing around with the carbonation. One-finger thick creamy off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing down the glass. Smell is very malty with lots of caramel tones; earthy; butterscotch. Toffee and rich, roasted malt flavors dominate with a slight bitter tang at the finish. Medium bodied, rich and buttery in texture.

Although the style listed on BA is Czech Pilsner, I'm more inclined to think this fits the Kellerbier category: unfiltered and unpasteurized lager. Otherwise, this is too rich and heavy of a lager to fit most Czech pils that I've had. Looked at as a kellerbier, this is quite sumptuous - big in body, flavors, and aroma. Very little (if any) hop aroma is present, and the hop bitterness takes a backseat to the strong malt characteristics.

Late note: looks like BA admins changed the style to keller bier / zwickel bier the next day (9/13/12) after I submitted an info change request. Cool, and thanks BA!

Sep 13, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Trappiste Pub & Cafe in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and drinkable. Interesting to see such a beer from a brewery known for gueuze and lambic.

Aug 14, 2012
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womencantsail from California

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a lightly hazed golden straw color with a dense white head. Nice sweet nose on this with bread, biscuit, and honey malt aromas. Some floral notes, a pleasant fruitiness, somewhat earthy as well. The beer has a nice biscuit and bread flavor to it and a good overall sweetness. A hint of bitterness, floral and earthy hop notes, a light citrus peel flavor, and a little bit dry on the finish.

Aug 07, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Pours really slow with a huge head that fades fairly slowly with lots of lacing, quite hazy straw golden colored.

Nose has a nice pilsner aroma, grainy malt, toasty straw, earthy fermented straw, juicy crisp lager underneath with layers of complexion, light grassy floral hops in the background.

Taste starts slightly sweet, and either they just changed the keg or its served at perfect temp like out came from a cask. Light sweet malts with hint of toasted straw, light creamy malt, juicy lager fruit and a soft layered pilsner malt. Then hops kick in, quite grassy and light earthy herbal hops with a fair bitterness. Finish gets quite bitter actually, hops even turn slightly spicy with dry crisp lager finish but doesn't linger too long.

Mouth is soft and fairly complex but lighter overall, good carb.

Overall nice, not quite up to most german pilsners but getting there, nice over hopped americanized pilsner.

Jun 23, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap dated 02/09/11! Served from bottle into a Drie Fonteinen ‘3’ long stemmed flute. Poured a slightly hazy yellow-orange with a one finger white head that remained throughout. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, lemon zest, lemon rine, lemon meringue, citrus, and sugar. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, lemon zest, citrus, lemon rine, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The aroma on this one was definitely the highlight of this brew as the lemon meringue aspect was really quite pleasant and inviting. The flavor was fairly light, but still quite complex. Definitely a well done Czech Pilsener if I’m honest. Glad I got to try this one and it was even half-off! I suggest you do the same.

May 05, 2012
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woosterbill from Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle into a Beersel goblet; ordered by a friend of mine as a break from the funk during a day at the brewery. She was kind enough to let me get a quick review.

A: Clear, rich gold body under 2" of frothy white foam. Great, rocky retention and lots of lace. Gorgeous pils.

S: Dry, husky pilsner malt backed by some yeasty minerality and a solid dose of herbal, almost piney hops. Very nice.

T: Bready, husky malt; bitter hops; light minerality; clean, yeasty finish. Very drinkable and crisp, but definitely on the bitter side for the style.

M: Spritzy at first, becoming creamy. Fairly light-bodied. Good.

O: Very nice Pilsner. I enjoyed the intensity of the hops bitterness, but someone looking for an easily quaffable lager might be better off looking elsewhere.

Cheers!

Apr 03, 2012
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from John's Grocery in Iowa City, IA
No bottled on date
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

My bottle was likely more than a bit old, but I still found this somewhat enjoyable, particularly the slight apple juice, caramel-leaning malt, and reserved bitterness. Right now, I'd say this would be an above average export lager that's sat around too long. Would be quite interested trying this on tap (along with just about everything else at Drie Fonteinen) or just very fresh.

Pours a tall, 2cm, off-white head made up of medium-sized bubbles. Head looks cloud-like, fluffy. As it descends, it leaves some spots and blotches of lacing. Persistent cap atop the body throughout drinking. Body is a dirty light brown out of the light, a pale light brown with orange-yellow highlights when held to a bulb. Hazy/opaque due to its unfiltered nature, I can make out some carbonation along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is somewhat yeasty, somewhat like apple juice, a bit of malt sweetness that leans toward the caramel side. No floral or citrus hop presence, indicating that this bottle has a bit of age.

Taste opens with pale and modest caramel malts, eventually mixing up with apple juice flavor and a bit of tartness. Apple juice flavor and bitterness increase at mid-palate and continue to rise slowly through the finish. Tartness continues to be very subdued, but there. Closes out with more pale and even more modest caramel malt. Lingering aftertaste is slightly grainy with residual bitterness.

Medium-bodied with pleasant, modest carbonation makes this very easy on the palate, just slightly foaming and tingling. Could take fairly quick swigs of this, if desired. Finish is rather dry.

Mar 19, 2012
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A real creamy head that I was not expecting with various sized bubbles in it. Body is a real nice unfiltered and hued orange to yellow with some good amount of pinhead sized bubbles sticking to the glass.

This nose just doesn't sit with me. It smells like boxed apple juice primarily. Not cider, apple juice, slightly sweet. Faint malt in the background. I am not sure if this is a fault, but it's not what I want in a "lager" that's for sure, sense of fruity sweetness.

Taste brings more of that fruit apple forward matching the nose, luckily some more malt density comes out hinting more on the palate. Some more banana richness comes out in the aftertaste almost like a hefe. Some faint dryness on the finish.

Overall, it's a real odd one, but the primarily apple bent on this just doesn't jive with me, so I'll never have this again. By no means is this a bad beer though.

Jan 29, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This bottle was reviewed blind.

Appearance: Beer pours an opaque reddish amber with a half finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. 4

Smell: Sweet and malty. There is some grape in the smell along with a slight sourness. The malt has some caramel in there too. There may be a slight tomato in the smell too. 3

Taste: This beer is malt forward but not very sweet. There is a strong presence from grape and some bready notes. Some dark fruit notes and a bitterness in the finish. I'm having trouble figuring this beer out. 3

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a finish that has a very slight dryness to it. 3.5

Overall: This is kind of a weird beer. I'm thinking Belgian pale maybe? I'm not really sure what else to say about it. 3

Jan 13, 2012
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one must have a little age on it as the aroma holds no apparent hop quality. Malt is doughy and a little fruity with hints of yeast.
Nice white head that's a little small, but stable. Quite cloudy holding a brownish amber color in middle surrounded by a littler gold.
Kind of a meaty lager with hops mostly in the lingering bitterness (which is nice and pretty clean). Hop flavors are tasteful, but certainly aging some. Solid pils malt backing.
I'd like to have this fresher, as it's not too bad now, just not the clean crisp drink it probably was.

Thanks Todd.

Jan 08, 2012
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 127 ratings