Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #10
Ranked #7,607
4.07 | pDev: 8.11%
Jun 17, 2022
Feb 15, 2016
Weihenstephaner 1516 KellerbierWeihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier
Notes: At 5.6% strength, its gets compelling character not from leftover yeast—in fact the beer is centrifuged to a precise degree, leaving only faint haze in its orange-amber color—but from an unusual combination of hops. Joining lemony-herbal Hallertauer Mittelfrüh is a rare heirloom hop called Hallertauer Record. Schäfer said that the variety has nearly disappeared—only one hectare grew last year—but he wanted its spicy character. It’s not a flashy beer meant for sipping and sampling; just a tasty one that will reward repeat drinking.
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4.11 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Jun 17, 2022
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

1.5 x 0.33 L bottles
Bottle Date: 5109 => 08 March, 2019
Glass: 0.5L Fest Mug

Cloudy/murky/opaque dark gold. When I hold the glass to a light, I can see the shadow of my hand thru the beer but no individual fingers. Otherwise, nothing can be seen thru the beer. 2-finger white head dissipates to a very thin but complete cover. The lacing along the glass is OK.

Crackers, biscuits, bread dough, and grains. Light grassy hops. Vague hint of lemon.

Follows the nose, but with the grassy hops a bit more prevalent (though nowhere near dominant). The lemon/citrus note is also more pronounced than the in nose. The beer dries very slightly at the end to go with a low-key tart note that makes one want another sip.

Smooth and creamy. Body is medium-full (due to the suspended yeast, no doubt)

A superb Kellerbier that has excellent drinkability. My favorite of the style. I was quite happy when Weihenstephan decided to make this special brew (made to pay homage to the 500th anniversary of the Rheinheitsgebot in 2016) a regular offering.

The bottles that I am having right now are over 3 years old, so the hops have died down quite a bit but the beer still holds a great balance. When fresh (especially vom Fass) the hops are very noticeable and add a spiciness to the beer, as other reviews attest.

One thing to note - being a Kellerbier, the beer is unfiltered, and if you want the yeast to be in suspension you should pour the beer similar to a Hefeweizen, and swirl the very last inch or so of liquid before pouring it.

Jun 14, 2022
4.02 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on May 23, 2022
4.18 by sjones5045 from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2022
4.07 by mjsullivan86 from Pennsylvania on May 03, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear (>90% clarity), medium orange to golden color with a moderate and pleasant white head. SRM of 9-10. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong and bready aromas upfront. A wave of bread before it turns into a honey and grain sweetness. Some light yeast that gives hints of lemon and honey.

Flavor; Moderate flavors of smooth bread malts that evolve into a honey flavor before some drying yeast and grains. Yet ultimately it finishes slightly sweet and smooth with a light lemon and honey on the finish.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate, but lower carbonation for the style. A honey sweetness lingers on the palate.

Compared to Summit Keller Pils 4/17/22: Pours a darker color. Stronger aromas. More bread malt, sweet lemon, and honey. Less flower and dry grains. Larger and sweeter.

Compared to Paulaner Helles 6/6/22: Pours a darker color, milder aromas. More bready malts and yeast. Less earthy honey and smooth. A more full and bready mouthfeel.

Compared to Boulevard Bob '47 Lager 6/6/22: Pours a lighter color, milder head. Milder aromas. More pale malt and bread. Less amber and toasty malts. Much cleaner, and less rich malts.

Overall: A pretty good German lager here. Pours clearer and drinks heavier and sweeter than I expected for the style. Nice bread malts and honey flavors. Smooth and rich. A great beer, but not quite to style. (Rating: 3.98)
*Would compare to a malty German helles*

Apr 17, 2022
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jimmah120 from Minnesota


Pours out hazed out and chunked up. Smell is honey sweetness, a little grass, a little stank. A very beer-y tasting beer, along with some of the absolute best tasting malt I've ever had in a lager. Biscuits, grass, goodness. Light and crisp and creamy

Apr 03, 2022
4.23 by arini10 from Oregon on Mar 30, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by SLeffler27 from New York

Opens with a big, fluffy white head that slowly recedes from two inches, leaving a crochet of lace on a double walled pint glass. The color is light honey-amber with a honey haze. Occasional bubbles of carbonation race upward. (SRM 6-8).

White bread wafts upwards with light floral yeast. Faint, sweet honey follows. After modest warmth, light graham crackers are revealed.

It is more bitter than I had initially expected, however, as a Kellerbier, this should have been understood from the label. Water crackers are very pronounced, with faint pepper and faint toasted grains throughout. The finish is long and mild.

A medium body with a coarse, cotton texture. A hint of alcohol is about as expected, while the carbonation is light and fine.

This is an easy drinking beer which I enjoyed on a mid-Autumn, mild, sunny afternoon. It would likely be excellent if consumed in a Biergarten under shady chestnut trees with friends and a platter of Charcuterie.

Mar 26, 2022
3.88 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Mar 17, 2022
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4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a slightly hazy golden range with soft, but firm head.

Smell is bready and a bit floral with some yesty hints. Notes of citrus, wheat dough and knäckebröd.

Taste is impeccable. Bready, rich and creamy with notes of rye, citrus, wheat dough and knäckebröd with floral, herbal and yesty hints. Some light sweetness and a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall, a superb kellerbier, the best I've had.

Mar 12, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

330ml bottle into a pint glass. Freshness dating very confusing, but only showed up at my usual bottle shop this very morning.

Almost clear pale golden yellow body. Small white head fizzes away quite quickly, no lacing.

Kind of a floral hop aroma with significant sweet malty goodness.

On tasting, clean, malty, grassy, some hop notes of the back end.

Mouth above medium, finish lightly dry, good sweet maltiness.

Overall, clean well put together beer, and incredibly drinkable. Went down a treat. Would have again, any place, anytime.

Feb 26, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Foam from Pennsylvania

Here in Pennsylvania, I can only find this stuff once in awhile and when I do, I buy as much as I can afford, at the moment.
I, today found 2 six packs at a Giant Eagle grocery store in their beer section, of all the places...

Lemony/herbal with a thick / broad palate which is right up my alley for a Germanic lager...

The fact that is un-filtered is I think, what really makes it pop with that added complexity in the finish and mid-palate.

Weihenstephaner is the absolute highest-quality brewery in all of Germany, that i'm aware of...
I do not claim to be an expert on all of the different breweries but I have tried several...

Buy it if you see it because it is a unicorn/rare...


Feb 06, 2022
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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by RaulMondesi from California

Just another solid offering from Weihenstephaner. I wouldn’t put this one on their Mount Rushmore of beers, but it’s like a walk in a park that you go to from time to time. It delivers and shows up to the party without embarrassing itself. 1516? You are invited back to the next banger.

I’d you can, live and love, my minions.

Jan 06, 2022
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by secondtooth from Indiana

APPEARANCE: Clean amber, with an average head of off-white suds and nice webs of lace.

NOSE: Clove, yeast, classic German weizen.

TASTE: Bread, clove spiciness, caramel. Smooth and very drinkable. Another classic brew worth finding from the impeccable Weihenstephaner.

Jan 04, 2022
4.48 by igl from Russian Federation on Dec 30, 2021
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4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a carmal aroma mixed with some bready smells and a little bit of harvest fruit. Along with these aromas comes a touch of graininess and a little bit of earth as well.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet caramel and light bready taste mixed with flavors of light harvest fruit. These tastes create a base flavor for the brew, lasting throughout the flavor profile. As the taste advances from the initial flavors detected on the tongue, some grain and wheat tastes join into the flavor profile as well, and with a touch of earthiness one is left with a very pleasant bready, and lightly sweet but enjoyable taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style the feel is great and makes for a nice easy drinker.
Overall – A rather nice lager with a good flavor and great drinkability.

Nov 01, 2021
4.28 by Hazey92 from New York on Oct 14, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 12/8/20

It’s always nice to try a beer from Weihenstephan. As far as classic German styles go they are absolutely my go-to. Kellerbier is pretty obscure these days so I’m always happy to try the ones that I can find, which has only been 5 so far including this one. Let’s crack this open

Pours a murky orange with a finger of creamy white head that fades to a quickly thin cap and leaves decent lacing

This is wonderfully balanced in the nose, the crisp malt mixing with yeasty notes. I’m picking up aromas of bready malt, pear, white pepper, orange zest, grassy hops, honey, and toasted grain

While it was evenly balanced in aroma, the taste brings out more fruitiness, but it works in this beer. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting doughy malt, golden raisin, pear, white pepper, toasted grain, and a touch of caramel. The swallow brings notes of rich honey, golden raisin, lemon rind, toasted grain, doughy malt, herbal hops, and pear

A light medium body pairs with airy carbonation, resulting in a beer somewhere between crisp and creamy. Finishes slightly sticky with a light bitterness for balance

This is one hell of a Keller. I could throw back many without much thought. I’d love to find it a bit fresher next time but oh well

Oct 06, 2021
3.75 by BeerDreadz from Florida on Sep 26, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by scootny from New York

I love this style and this is one of the best I've had. Maybe the best. Lightly cloudy gold, lots of lace. Malty nose has a complex blend of noble hops. Smooth malty front. Lovely grain and bread notes. Light sweetness. Gentle hops bring a clean finish that is dry and quenching. It invites you to keep drinking more. I think I will. Feels smooth and crisp so your mouth is rewarded with each sip.
This is a great beer, period

Sep 22, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JacintoCupboard from Australia

Cloudy amber coloured pour. Nice tight white head that leaves ample lacing. Some yeast notes on the nose and palate, along with some nice green apple and lemon aromas, I assume from the Hallertauer Record hops. Surprisingly, is not particularly malty. Not particularly bitter. The website says 25 IBU.

A beer to be enjoyed as a food in its own right rather than an accessory to a meal. Good stuff.

Sep 19, 2021
4.43 by fflopps from Iowa on Sep 11, 2021
4.1 by arzt from Germany on Aug 28, 2021
3.6 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by backblast from Alaska

Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head and moderate lacing.

Tastes of sweet malt, nice breadiness with light hay and mild bitterness with mild spiciness mixed in. A wonderful, refreshing offering.

Jul 31, 2021
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DrBeergood from Ohio

L: Pretty sure if I type in "Kellerbier" it'll pop right up *clack clack* you better believe it. This isn't amateur hour. I gave it a rather mean pour and it reacted well--Which is to be expected, sometimes the brewer will let off carbonation to make it smoother and less filling. It's not a dull color, more hazy, it's a nice take but not final.

S: Has a familiar German resonance about it. I'm not surprised the label says Weihenstephaner. It's a buttery biscuit absolutely. It's creamy and smooth, I'm not concerned about what's about to happen next, the nose has me at ease.

T: This is a paved path. It's meant to be around. There is a remarkable absence of impurity. The flavor is subtle. There is no particular thing jumping out at me, but there is a nice blend of things occurring. It has a smooth, buttery, woodiness to it. This is München specialty. Meaning, in Bavaria, the ingredients are limited--So do the most with what you have--A lovely floral, a grainy bouquet opens up on the nose, roasted to perfection, balanced all the way through.

F: It's light on the palate, the hop bitterness is appreciated on side palate, and the back of the palate finishes dry thank you. It's interesting, lovely

O: There's no hills or valleys, it's a straight line of lovely. Simple, straightforward, keep ahold of this if you need a brew.. Balanced all the way through. Quite simply, nose, palate, finish, lovely all the way through, straight across, you won't be left wanting. Well, I want another one, but... My only criticism is that it could contain a greater amount of traditional hops. Keep dark and cool.

Jul 10, 2021
4.24 by Jakepitbull from New York on Jul 03, 2021
3.55 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey on Jun 12, 2021
3.85 by Rhetion from Florida on Jun 03, 2021
4.02 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on May 30, 2021
3.99 by jera1350 from Minnesota on May 28, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottle. Lightly cloudy golden orange color. White head that fades.

Toasted and bready malts. Biscuity. Earthy and grassy hops. Smooth and easy drinking. Light bodied. Nice carbonation level. Solid all around.

May 05, 2021
4 by BeerWasp from Germany on Apr 18, 2021
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

Pours a turbid cloudy orange with medium head and good lacing. Smells grassy, musty, funky. Tastes grassy, a little biscuit malt, yeast, faint hops. It’s light and goes down easy and would be a good gateway beer for the uninitiated before moving on. Disappointed a little the first beer but I liked it more after the second. I prefer the pils more but would drink again, cheers!

Apr 15, 2021
4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Apr 06, 2021
4 by plaid75 from New York on Jan 17, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by hopsputin from New Jersey

a: slightly murky caramel color with a hint of copper. 1 finger frothy solid off-white head

s: loaded with sweet grain upfront on the nose. lemongrass, pepper, sweet grass. a touch of berries, and a Noble hop earthy bitterness. caramel, bread, and dry crackers in the backbone. a touch of sweet lemon as well

t: sweet grains, grass, and hay upfront. lemon grass and a mild earthy bitterness behind that. huge huge bready malty taste in here that makes up the majority of the flavor. a nice spicy herbal note with a hint of pepper

m: solid medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation. you can definitely tell this is unfiltered

o: awesome brew, which is no surprise given the brewery. grainy and unfiltered, with a nice sweetness. you could drink a lot of these, and fast

Dec 31, 2020
3.98 by SpaethJam from New York on Dec 11, 2020
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4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

1516 Kellerbier has a thick, ivory head, a hazy orange appearance, with bubbles and light lacing. The aroma is of dense bread crust and barley malt. The flavor is of the same richness, with balancing bitterness and a touch of fruit. 1516 Kellerbier has a high-medium body and a mostly-dry finish.


Dec 03, 2020
Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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