1516 Kellerbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #7
Ranked #5,015
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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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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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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
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bristol2120 from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice, hazy, orangish yellow with a decent amount of retention on the head. I can smell bread and yeast notes at the forefront with traces of floral character in the background. There is a definite yeasty character to the taste here, but also a lot more bitterness than I would have expected, though it isn't unpleasant. A nice amount of carbonation makes for a really nice mouthfeel. This is a nice refreshing beer overall.

Oct 25, 2020
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Sappinicci from Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bready. Spicy herbal notes. A touch of bitterness, but with something sharp in the middle that cuts through the soft bitterness left behind in the end. Soft and smooth. Easy to drink. Not too heavy, not too light, this is my type of Lager. Goes great with a burger, burrito, or anything heavy or saucy.

Oct 16, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium top off white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is of bread, malts, yeast, grains, citrus and herbal and floral hops.
The taste is bready and malty with dry notes. Spicy and herbal notes allong with some slight lemon notes. It then finishes of slightly bitter with floral and earthy hops notes. The flavour is very nicely ballanced. Aftertaste has a nice lenght. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium carbonation and a medium body. Really loved this one. Have to be the one of the best examples of a kellerbier i had.

Oct 02, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark yellow/light orange from the bottle, nearly opaque, one-inch head with moderate retention. Aroma is noble hops, very earthy. Taste is very mild - yeast forward with a slight bready backbone, slight malt sweetness, dry finish. Feel is smooth, moderate mouthfeel, a shade heavier than crisp. Enjoyable, but would love to have this one closer to site with a little less age on it.

Sep 19, 2020
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this but not as much as some American versions I've had. Of course age could be making a difference on this light and delicate of a beer. Looks as it should. Cloudy and gold. Very white head settles down in time.
Smooth and clean lager quality yet a little ale fullness too. Yeast in the taste with the pale malt character. Flavorful. Subtle herbal hops are nice.
This is nice. I'd like to try a fresh one.

Sep 19, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head. In the nose, it is a bit malty with a touch of yeast. In the mouth, it is pleasantly but lightly bitter and then malty with a nice touch of yeast.

Aug 29, 2020
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marcbosch from Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Amber, slightly hazy, low head. As expected. Classical label.
Smell: Bready, malty, ever so slightly acidic, yeast, phenolic.
Taste: Following the nose. Solid malty taste with some phenols. Yeast. Moderately dry finish.
Feel: Medium body, medium carbonation as expected. Dry finish. Could be quaffed if needed but why would you do so?
Overall: Beautiful Keller.

Aug 10, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

L: Hazy golden/amber, one finger off-white foam with poor retention, visible rising bubbles.
S: Mild nose, bread/toast, yeast, spicy hops, corn/grain.
T: Malty and medium sweet, corn/grain, caramel, spicy hops, restrained bitterness rising at finish.
F: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, mostly smooth and soft with a crisp bite in the middle, short finish.
O: Surprisingly good for a one year old bottle. Very drinkable.

Jul 27, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear and somewhat active amber body with a finger of white foam. Grains, biscuit malts, german yeast, lemon and a kick of grass in the nose. Taste is springy with the swirling grains and grains, zesty with lemon, and malts are reminiscent of the inside of a loaf of bread. Bright, medium bodied, zesty, and crisp feeling, crushable. Pairs great with lobster roll. The wife liked it

Jul 20, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft in .5L willi becher type glass

fairly clear, golden in color, thick foamy head. aroma of bready malt and a touch of floral/spicey hops. similar flavor, clea, crisp, easy drinking, refreshing on this hot afternoon. thin to medium bodied, a bit fuller bodied than most pale lagers.

Jul 20, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle - clear gold/amber honey color with quickly dissipating white head leaving a ring of bubbles and scant lacing. Nose is grainy and mildly herbal/spicy. Taste follows more or less. This is a quite pleasant quaffer. Reminds me of bratwurst and train stations in Germany a long time ago.

Jul 02, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy, gold. Mousse-like head with typical excellent German beer head retention.

Aroma: Spicy/herbal aroma from noble hops. Some graininess.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Spicy & herbal & grainy flavors. Restrained bitterness. Semi-dry.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied, semi-dry, medium length finish. No lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Wonderful drinking beer. Typical high quality from a German brewery. No flaws in my sample, held up well in shipment for bottle beer. Not one thing to complain about.

Jul 01, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear, golden amber coloration with a large, frothy head. Smells of bready, grainy malt and grassy, herbal hops, with just a hint of citrus and spicy accents. Taste is a great balance of bready, grainy malt and grassy, quite herbal and mildly spicy hops, with some citrus accents and notes of black pepper and lemon rind. Finishes with a light bitterness and some bready malt, herbal hops and spicy, citrus accents lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is quite a nice Kellerbier that has a surprising depth of character and complexity to it with its bready, grainy malt and somewhat unique mix of grassy, herbal, spicy and citrus hops for the style. The citrus and black peppercorn accents lend a somewhat refreshing character to this, although it doesn't feel too hoppy, with the distinct bready, grainy malt keeping everything in check nicely.

Jun 23, 2020
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dull orange, opaque with a good, white, billowing head. Head lingers well and leaves good lacing.
Aroma: Lightly toasted bread, crackery malt, light herbal hop notes with some citrus, and yeast.
Taste: Follows nose - bready with an emphasis on the slightly toasted bread, rich yeasty goodness, and grassy, sweet orange flower hop notes on the finish. Super clean with a lingering yeast flavor in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and medium carbonation.
Overall: Awesome stuff - just what I am after in this style and one of my sleeper favorite styles overall. Delicious!

May 25, 2020
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jeneric84 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Such a drinkable beer. I couldn’t slow myself down to savor it finishing a glass in a few minutes. Refreshing, a bit grassy, with some cracker and biscuity malts with just the right amount of tingly carbonation and hop bitterness to break up any kind of monotony or heaviness from the malt bill. This is a classic from a classic. Never change.

May 15, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy golden-amber body. Good head production; OK retention and lacing. Lively and sparkly.

Intense nose! Spicy and herbal. Grass, whole peppercorn, honey, crushed green leaves, lemon, bark, bread. It's hard to remember the last time I found a lager with an aroma this intense. Minor skunkiness detracts somewhat.

Flavor is similarly herbal, with a juniper-like punch blending with bark, honey, pepper, and bread. It's a most unusual profile.

Very crisp yet slick; lively, lots of bite, but fuller bodied than a typical lager.

Mar 22, 2020
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hoyagus from California

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Luscious hoppy spicy and extremely crushable. Murky appearance conceals a refined and unique german brew. Very well balanced with a danky dry finish. IPA ish.

Feb 29, 2020
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer! This one was the first of its style that I've had. Cloudy and tangerine in color with a thin cap of foam. Nice lemony and grainy aromas are emitted from the pour. Taste is a nice peppery kick upfront followed by a lemon creme flavor of hops and malt together. Wish this style was more prevalent, this one was delicious.

Jan 06, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy and a darker shade of yellow. It poured with a short bright white head that left a collar around the edge and lots of lacing covering the rest of the surface.
S: Moderate aromas yeast are present in the nose along with strong notes of grainy malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and is both rather yeasty with hints of grainy malts. The hops contribute faint bits of lemony flavors.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied and somewhat chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The taste of this beer is definitely very yeasty but it is still easy to drink because it isn't that heavy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 03, 2020
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Eapressocycle from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep golden, slightly hazy, with a creamy head that dissipates but never quite vanishes. Biscuit malt perfectly offset with a complicated hops bouquet. I've never had a kellerbier before but like everything Weihenstephaner does, this is perfect. Almost too perfect.

Dec 08, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orange color albeit see-through. Thin but tight velvety white head dissipates slowly but never completely. Beer is quite effervescent.

Aroma has notes of fresh baked bread, white toasted bread. Grassy, herbal hops.

Taste follows the nose with notes of bready malts, lightly toasted, hints of grains and some slight lemony notes. Grassy herbal hops are present on the back end with just a hint of bitterness.

Feel is light to medium bodied. Crisp with vibrant carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall this is somewhat pilsner-y in that the hops are really pronounced. It’s a bit lighter and not as full bodied as some other Kellerbiers but this one really works well. Lovely beer that I hope they release with some regularity moving forward.

Nov 29, 2019
1516 Kellerbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 501 ratings