Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #6
Ranked #4,445
4.06 | pDev: 8.37%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 418
Photo of Amendm
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -4.9%
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 NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +5.7%
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 +4.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.9%
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 +11.8%
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 +2.5%
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 +6.9%
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 +2.5%
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 -1.5%
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 +12.6%
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 +2.5%
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 +3.7%
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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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The head and beautiful orange haze, the herbal fruited aroma, and an excellent drinkable taste are all key. This is a beer to enjoy heartily when the getting is good.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy, amber color with ochre highlights with a less than half finger, wheat colored head, ring retention, and limited, sudsy lacing.
S: Aromas of pepper, honey, caramel, and citrus (lemon).
T: Semidry. Flavors follow the nose. Balanced bitterness, though on the peppery side.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth.
O: A solid, drinkable Kellerbier.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L- Pours a clear, golden orange color. Has a thin, creamy, white head.
S- A bready smell with some lemon.
T- A wondeeful bready yeast taste followed up by a snappy hop taste. Lemon grass and grain taste powers throigh.
F- Man is this stuff smooth! Wonderful Zwickel!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I will start by saying, there are simply not enough traditional style Kellerbiers available!

A slight haze to the unfiltered golden orange color. A substantial all-white cap sticks around a while, leaves plenty of lace in its wake.

A very funky earthy/herbal hop and yeast aroma, thickly spicy and hearty nose. The malt has a very classic, crispy baked bread smell.
The flavor has a very earthy, hearty "from the farm" flavor profile. I think its derived from the rare and vrry unique hop. It's very earthy, herbal and spicy. A wonderful effect that plays with the yeast very well. I'm very into the more traditional European hop flavor's, herbal, spicy and funky compared the big alpha, bitter strains from the U.S. I find these endlessly enjoyable and very unique. The malt has that very classic, "bread 'n butter" taste but crisp and pretty light feeling.

The "crushability" or drinkability is off the hook! Complex, unique and amazingly interesting.

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Photo of Hudi2
4.97/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer. 1st of this type for me. Very drinkable. Smell of an delicious bouquet of citrusy scent with some bread and clove for good measure. Mouthfeel warm and tasty with a finish that leaves you curious for more.
Will look for this again.

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Photo of Raime
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really don't know if I've ever had a beer of this specific style...maybe a Sam Adams variant six or seven years ago around the time I initially started getting into the craft game? Fukkit. Bought this to round out my first large beer purchase in about a year.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. Comes out a murky copper with a large enough head that demands you stop and then continue the pour once it reaches a certain threshold. After that, the head in the end mounts to a thick one and a half finger of head. Clarity isn't completely blocking the light but isn't see through. Carbonation appears to be about moderate.

Smell - It pretty much grabs everything that makes a German beer what it is. Touches of mustard seeds and hay, alongside a smidgen of whatever gives off that slight skunk. Grainy with touches of corn and a bit of clove all making an appearance

Taste - The taste follows the nose almost to a tee though the grain is turned up. There is an obvois hop level for balance and even a touch of the banana comes on through. It kind of tastes half way between a traditional Oktoberfest and a tripel if that makes any sense, maybe with a touch of hefeweizen.

Feel - The body is super thick and surprisingly so. The head retained quite well and adds and extra pillowy effect as it sits atop. A bit of spice as it sits in the mouth. Swallows full and easy.

Overall - If an Ofest, a Hefe, and a Tripel had a three sum this would be the end result. It had characteristics of all three without a doubt. While I don't think this beer was so interesting I'll run out and buy it again, it made for an easy drinking and unique experience. Try it and see what you think.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great stuff, this pours a slightly hazy golden with lasting, clingy skim of white foam. Aroma has a mix of grass, lemon, lots of bread and grain. Flavor is similar, but with the grains and breadiness taking even greater control. Finish is semisweet, with the slightest lingering bitterness to the aftertaste. Absolutely delicious, too drinkable. Another great brew from a top notch brewery.

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Photo of BB1313
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a small fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Lots of bread and crackers along with some caramel and toffee. Hints of orange and citrus as well. The flavors follow the nose. Lots of bread and grains. Lots of fresh grass. More caramel and toffee. Solid malt backbone with a decent bitterness. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is light, creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. Refreshing stuff.

This is a great brew. The craftsmanship is on point. I've always felt Kellerbier is an underrated style. There's never been a ton of examples on the shelves, but hopefully the style can catch fire and become a trend.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a slightly hazy orange color, with a one inch foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells kinda like sourdough bread- this is super bready on the nose, with a bit of grassy hops, floral hops, and very fruity lager yeast.

This isn't super fresh, but was kept cold the entire time in the store, and in my fridge, so it's probably a fairly good representation of what it was supposed to be. Some reviewers have pointed to an astringent bitterness- I don't get that, at all. I get a huge malt backbone on this- it's super doughy and bready, with some sweet stone fruit-y yeast esters, and a light but pleasant grassy and floral bitterness. There's a bit of lemon, too, but it's very mild.

This is light bodied, very crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

This is pretty delightful. Weihenstephaner doesn't make a bad beer.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Looks very hazy in the glass, sort of an orange/amber/light brown color going on, not much head. Smells very grainy, almost like you had a glass of straight wheat and barley and what not. Tastes similar to the smell, reminds me of multigrain bread but in liquid form. Malty and a little bit of hops, but not too much. Feels medium bodied, if a little watery. Overall it's a different style and interesting to try out.

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Weihenstephaner 1516 Kellerbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 418 ratings