Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #10
Ranked #7,633
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Nov 11, 2023
Feb 15, 2016
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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Rated: 3.75 by BrisLoganite from Australia

Nov 11, 2023
Rated: 3.8 by Kgharv from Sweden

Nov 10, 2023
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
11.2 oz bottle into an 11.2 oz mug.
L: Pours true caramel candy color being a little bit cloudy with a thin eggshell white skin for a head, lots of fine steady carbo bubbles, tiny spots of lacing.
S: Malts, semi-sweet grains. Very light and distant.
T: Lightly sweet malts, gently toasted grains, a hint of orange, a touch of honey, a suggestion of soft plum, very lightly sweet with a trace of fruity bitterness. Has very little aftertaste.
F: Brisk medium to medium-heavy bodied with a medium length clean finish that is gently drying. Fairly smooth overall. Remains quite brisk to the final sip.
O: A very simple tasting beer that is beautifully balanced and is very pleasant drinking. Quite malty but not bready. Happy that it is unfiltered. Has gentle & soft fruit notes. It is outstanding and even world-class in its style.
Nov 05, 2023
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed at the Weihenstephsner Braustuberl in Freising in October 2023

L: Hazy. More orange than yellow with a thin white head. Slow-moving carbonation can be seen in the glass.

S: Wet, mown grass. Light malt.

T: Sweet bready malt with a spritzy, citrus zing to it. Minimal, fruity bitterness.

M: Low carb but quite prickly in the mouth and swallow.

O: This refreshing, zesty beer is perfect for a hot day.

Oct 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
11.2 Oz bottle into lager glass. Only the second Kellerbier I've had, and from what I can gather this is less of a style and more of a trait that any German lager can be given; it's just an unfiltered beer. This one seems to be a medium bodied, light-copper lager, it's reminding me a bit of a Marzen but not as dark.

Look is a hazy light-copper with some orange and even a bit of red/pink mixed in. Head is small and off-white, but carbonation is visible even through the haze. Minimal lacing and a ring of foam is present around the outside of the glass.

Smell is very traditional for a german lager. Lots of munich going on, rich bread, malty sweetness, and some hoppy herbal notes. Taste is in line, starts off a bit bright and floral, becomes rather sweet and bready, and then ends on herbs. Almost getting a mint or basil note here which is pretty interesting, but not bad. A slight amount of boozy sweetness too which is surprising for a medium-bodied beer like this.

Feel is probably the unique aspect. Rather than being bubbly, this beer has only moderate carbonation presence on the palate, and is softer than other German beers. It's also fairly sticky like most malty german beers tend to be, not the most pleasant feeling. I wouldn't say it has a better mouthfeel than other Germans, but it's a little different which is always nice.

This is a good lager, and it's nice to represent such a niche style. But I wouldn't call it outstanding, just solid.
Sep 18, 2023
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Reviewed by ianp5a from Germany

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Kellerbier has often a little more flavour than a Munich Helles. And Weihenstefan 1516 Kellerbier is no exception. This has become my home favourite, just beating Mönchshof Kellerbeer that has a stronger flavour still. It tastes subtly hoppy. But not too much.
It's brewed locally, so it's generally easy to find everywhere. I'm buying it by the crate. But I'll drink it from the bottle (sin!) to save washing up. So I don't know what colour it is.
Aug 26, 2023
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Reviewed by SPO70

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Definitely a beer meant to be enjoyed outside in a beer garden during the spring through early fall. Color is wild honey and nose is of malt and balanced hop spice. Really nice mouthfeel and flavors are in harmony with good malt backbone and assertive, but held in check, hop presence. Really good old world beer!
Aug 19, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by cabsandking from Ohio

Aug 07, 2023
Rated: 3.99 by MrJones07 from Spain

Jul 27, 2023
Rated: 3.2 by tottel from Netherlands

Jul 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Brooklynguy6 from New York

4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This might be my new fav warm/hot weather beer, at least for now.

Gold/Amber color/a bit cloudy
Mild flavor, medium body, smooth and a good balance overall.
Very refreshing on a hot day.
May 24, 2023
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottled 2/14/22; drank 4/23/23 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small off-white head; minimal lace.

Sweet corn, caramel & honeyed cereal grain notes in the nose...awful sweet.

Medium thick, syrup-y mouthfeel.

Carmel, sweet corn & honeyed cereal grain flavors.

I was excited to try this, but man...syrup-y is the word that keeps coming into my head. Hopefully I find a fresh(er) one sometime to update.
Apr 24, 2023
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Darn near perfection in a glass.
Great balance of malt & hops.
Made well and very enjoyable.
Apr 09, 2023
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
3/18/23 Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased from Washington Beer Store.

Color is deep amber/light copper slight haze, slight lacing, no head.

Aroma is earthy lager smell. Subtle orange spice.

Taste is full for a lager style. Spicy/earthy. Has a mouth drawing finish. Very noticeable effervescence.

We don't favor lagers, but this is good!
Mar 18, 2023
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Full pour at the brewery. Glassware so irresistible I had to take one home. Looks almost hazy amber (not like helles, e.g.). Very enjoyable.
Mar 11, 2023
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Reviewed by AZgman from Arizona

3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Very smooth and light. Carbonation is a tad high and the head disappears quickly. I could definitely drink more than one of these! 5.4 % ABV
Others have called this hazy and amber/dark gold. Mine is golden (light) and clear. Did they change the recipe?
Jan 24, 2023
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
11.2oz bottle purchased from the fridge as part of a six-pack for $12.99. There is some kind of a date code on the label, but I don't know how to decipher it.

Look: It has an orange-amber appearance that is moderately hazy, along with a thin, small-bubbled white head. It looks nice.

Smell: It has an interesting combination of citrusy, spicy, and medicinal notes predominantly on the nose. There's also some earthy character and a biscuity malt. It smells inviting.

Taste: Quite tasty. It is crisp, clean, and easy to drink. Up front, it has bright lemony and orange notes along with a bit of rind and pith. The beer has a nice effervescence and it is relatively light on the palate. The finish is spicy/peppery and earthy and lingers relatively long.

Feel: It's light to medium bodied. Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Overall: It's an interesting Kellerbier. I haven't had many other Kellerbiers but compared to the few other ones in this style that I have had, I didn't like this one as much. I would say that it's still a solid offering that is a good example of the style.
Dec 23, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by mpenske from California

Dec 03, 2022
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Reviewed by RoyalT from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Appearance This lager is appropriately cloudy, yellowish-orange in color, with lots of little floaties which again is exactly called for by the style.

Smell – This is a very smooth light grain/grass aroma with a touch of dough. It’s simple but very satisfying and again in accordance with the style standard.

Taste – The smell comes over beautifully in the taste. The grain is top notch and there is a small scent of lemon. This is a simple but incredibly satisfying flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This is in between light and medium-bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability – It doesn’t get any better than this. One of the smoothest beer styles expertly done from one of the greatest breweries in existence.
Nov 29, 2022
Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 560 ratings