1516 Kellerbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #6
Ranked #4,433
4.07 | pDev: 8.11%
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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Photo of Tripel_Threat
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.

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Photo of metter98
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

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Photo of Eapressocycle
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.

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Photo of FBarber
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Old Chicago.

Pours a cloudy yellow orange, good head of foam and lacing.

Smells earthy, malty as in earthy, light grain, very mild in the hop department.

Wonderful taste. So darn earthy, enjoyable grain, light sweetness and hoppiness, thoroughly tasty.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I will drink a lot of this while it is available.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wow, new beer from Weihenstephaner, at least new for me

Pours a very large foamy semi dense white head when medium retention, nice soapy lacing, typical keller style hazy medium orange color

Nose starts ought but then opens up, lots of doughy wheat and suspended proteins and yeast, touch of DMS corn, faint fruity esters, some grassy notes, little citrus and vanilla, and possibly hint of diacetyl

Taste creamy soft with plenty of doughy wheat, some citrus and fruity esters, light coriander like spice phenol notes, little vanilla and hint of buttery diacetyl, light bitterness with mild grassy hop, drier finish, touch more bitterness and vanilla orange cream doughy wheat lingering

Mouth is med bod, creamy wheat with medium high creamy carb

Overall pretty solid kellerbier, had all the nice creamy wheat and suspended proteins, slight diacetyl is ok and this was super light, fruity esters and mild phenols were good, so enjoyable

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Photo of john-d
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle to a tall pilsner glass, an opaque yellow-orange color with 1 finger of white head. Clingy head receded fairly quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. Not too much aroma but possibly some sweetness, possibly some banana. Taste was fruity/funky with some lemon/orange peel. Slightly bitter/hoppy lingering finish. Smooth feel with light carbonation; dry, almost astringent finish. Overall more complex than I expected, pleasant to drink.

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Photo of lastmango
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy orange-yellow color with a one finger white fizzy head that dissipated quickly to a quarter finger and lingered. Little lacing. Aroma is a faint baked lemon glazed roll. Flavor of sweet malt, light clove with a slightly dry citrus hop finish that lingers. This is clean and crisp with a moderate-light body and medium carbonation. The feel is great! After finishing the bottle, I definitely wanted another. Alas, I only had the one bottle from a recent bottle shop purchase. :(

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Photo of jkblr
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle coded 4179 (bottled 4/24/19 - 4 months ago) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 5.6% ABV. The beer pours barely hazy in a light amber color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is honey, bread and slight floral hops. The taste is bready with a nice lemony hop flavor leading into a barely tart, earthy finish. Mild bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. Lovely beer. I wish someone would make a beer like this locally. If fresh and affordable, I'm not sure what else you would want in an everyday beer.

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Photo of Amendm
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An average even pour from a 11.2-oz. bottle yields a finger of egg shell white creamy froth with above average retention and a few spots of lace. Lightly hazy light golden-orange color.
Sweet banana and spicy clove meld as they greet the nose with rising bread dough, toasted grains, faint floral hops and a hint of citrus. The taste is neutral and mildly bitter, the citrus hop flavor is now clearly orange and lemon, the malt is almost semi-sweet with a more pronounced toasted flavor. Stone fruits and melon blend in at the fast and drier finish. A
spicy, slowly waning aftertaste lingers on. Medium-light body, soft abundant carbonation.
Smooth and session-able yet big on flavor with faint peppery alcohol. This is my favorite from Weihenstephaner so far.

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Photo of joeagain
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had many keller beers, perhaps one of favorite styles. This offering was a bit off the mark, mostly because it was lighter in body and flavor than this style usually exhibits, and more astringent than expected.
For the price, there are better examples of this style out there. A somewhat disappointing brew from a wonderful brewery.

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Photo of DavetotheB
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ratings from July 2019, review from Dec 2019 on the same six pack. From a 12oz bottle dated early 2019 (as near I can tell) into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy translucent copperish golden color with about two fingers of fluffy white head. Moderate retention, decent lacing. Smell is a grainy/bready one with maybe some very faint lemon. Taste is grainy but much fuller than a typical lager. Mouthfeel is full with a slightly dry crisp finish, moderate carbonation. Overall a good lager. Perhaps due to age, something seemed s bit "off" about this beer. Would love to review again with a freesher batch.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan "Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier"
330 ml brown glass bottle, coded "5109 21:38:21"
$2.79 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Very hazy orange body with golden highlights beneath a short head of bright white. It's not as cloudy as a standard hefeweizen, nor does it seem as carbonated.

Smell: Distinctly wheat, bready, and more malty than yeast influenced.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with some clove-like character. A stiff bitterness balances it and it finishes dry, herbal, and a little spicy followed by some mild lingering malt and more spicy hops.

Feel: Medium bodied and dextrinous with a gently bristling carbonation that softens to become smoother as it warms in the mouth.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened by a Berlin Ampfelmann bottle opener and poured into Wurzburger Hofbrauhaus stein

Hazy orange liquid, micro carbonation, one finger creamy off white foam cap, great retention

Aroma of lemon zest, orange, yeasty

Taste is spicy hops, malty,

Smooth, low sudsing mouthfeel, quaffable

Good beer repeatable

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

This is classic.
I haven’t had a beer from this brewery in a while.
Deep malt German lager aroma.
Amber color with a 3F head in. A Brooklyn Oktoberfest mug.
Deep fruity taste. Dry, mild bitter finish.
Definitely will buy again.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle. Date code stamped on back label is '6139',
Slightly cloudy, pale gold colored body. One finger of white head, which reduces to a smooth, bubbly cap. Leaves a few scattered spot of lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt and spicy citrus hops.
Taste follows with sweet malts and hops that express spiciness.
Rather thin body, with very good carbonation.
Very easy to drink, with a touch of bitterness. The hops are good at bringing spiciness to the brew. Dry at the end.

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Photo of aleigator
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing orange-golden color with a huge, spongy head.

Smells of potato skin, wet grass, crushed corn and a huge impact of soft straw.

Has a perfectly balanced, refreshing, yet smooth mouthfeel with a finely nuanced level of carbonation.

Tastes of an immediate uprising herbal hop dryness, accompanied and balanced by a prominent base layer of straw and white bread dough. Develops a gentle toffee maltiness, which joins in very well, toned down by a soft effervescence, allowing a blend of different grains to cut through. Finishes with a prevailing dryness, light toffee and a grain defined silkness.

Incredibly, how every little nuance in this comes together in perfect fashion, creating a rustic, lightly bitter, bright and complex tasting brew.

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Photo of slammo
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery and enjoyed next day. Not sure it is a available near my home but hoping it is. The brewery is next to a university. Not sure how any study is accomplished.

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Photo of MKV
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth, pleasant mouthfeel, with balanced carbonation, though it's a tad on the watery side. The taste is not too bold and is well layered. There is some malt in the body, and then a very nice taste of citrusy hops at the back of the mouth before a smooth, slightly bitter, finish.

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Photo of FreeMoney14
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very interesting brew. I really enjoyed this at Christmas while my brother and I enjoyed a new Stein I got for him. If you have chance to grab this beer, give it a shot and enjoy it.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel.

Appearance: No head to speak of, just a thin white ring. A cloudy amber-yellow.

Smell: Mostly sweet, malt and citrus.

Taste: Heavy on malt, with some cracker and biscuit

Medium: Smooth, wet.

Originally brewed in 2016 to celebrate 500 years of the German purity law. Tastes not unlike an Oktoberfest. A good, but not overly complex, beer.

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

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange/dark yellow color. Milky colored foaminess coats the sides of the glass in a nice fashion. The smell takes on sweet bready/biscuit dryness rolling into a crisp sweet fruitiness (almost apricot-like). The taste copies the smell, pretty much spot on. Grassy sweet/biscuit/bready aftertaste. Crisp wet sweet malty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a spectacular sessionability about it. Carbonation rides low. Some sticky malts hit, but don’t cling, seems like they just slide nicely. Overall, as a kellerbier, I’d say it works. Definitely again.

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Photo of matcris
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy amber with a half finger of head that leaves some mild lacing. The aroma is like advertised, I get the lemon, and peppery note, for sure. Bread crust and sun flower seeds, as well. Tastes very rich for the abv. Bready malt, what I perceive as shelled sun flower seeds, a slight peppery note, and a little lemon drop on the end of it. Feel is, medium body, dry, and average carbonation. If it wasn't as dry as it is, I'd say, it reminds me a bit of Spotted Cow. At least in flavor, and without the corny vibe. Very nice brew, I'll be back for more.

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Photo of MikeMcCl
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks slightly hazy, but not overly. Looks like bit a yeast stuck to bottom. Aroma pretty light, seemed a bit like skunked, but maybe more like a wild beer. Taste is a bit different. No too good at identifying, but definite but light soury flavor to it. Doesn't seem to carbonated, light hops taste. A bit fruity but not overly. But smooth. I had to open a second bottle because he first was gone before I finished writing this. First one didn't drink to the bottom, second one did was good to the last. Nice beer.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall a very good beer. Smell actually was a little skunky for me, but was plesantly surprised when the taste was a very mellow taste overall. The taste started very mild, then slowly built to a spicy type of hops. Not over carbonated at all, not dry or sticky either, just a good well balanced feel overall. This is one good tasting beer. Definitely give this beer a try.

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1516 Kellerbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 451 ratings