Buttenheimer Keller Bier
St. Georgenbräu

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Style:
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #35
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
87
Ranked #14,362
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 12.02%
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
221
From:
St. Georgenbräu
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  14
Gots
  4
SCORE
87
Very Good
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elNopalero from California

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered, slightly hazy, in appearance with a honeyed hop aroma.
Slightly malty appearance.
Incredibly Creamy head, with impressive foam retention. crisp finish. Smooth and clean

May 27, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can from B United.

This one pours a clear yellow-ish orange color, with a small head, and a lot of lacing.

This smells like fruity yeast, minerals, sweet doughy malt, and tea.

There's not a lot of hop character here, it's mostly just some fruity yeasty esters and a kind of sweet doughy malt character. The hop character is basically kind of floral and tea-like. I generally like a spicier hop bite with these sorts of things, but this still works for me.

This is light bodied, and clean, and super drinkable, with a nice smoothness on the back end.

This is one of the more interesting and tasty kellerbiers that I've had.

May 24, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No can date
Pours a large foamy fizzy head with fair retention but fades fairly quickly, light lacing, slight hazy sediment, iced tea tan color

Nose raw doughy malt, slight diacetyl (OK for style), light fruity esters, straw, grainy hay wheat like malt, hint of caramel sweetness

Taste brings mild sweet malt, a little doughy, wheat-y, hay, touch of sweet caramel like, light herbal tea hop bitterness, touch metallic note and stale cardboard oxidation, mild fruity esters and a touch of diacetyl I think, dry finish with fair bitterness lingering and some herbal tea flavors

Mouth is med bod, tiny bit of slickness, med to a bit higher carb

Overall not bad, Kellerbier is known for being young and not finishing, so the esters, slight diacetyl are OK, metallic that flashed and disappeared maybe less so, and oxidation is not great, I'm not even sure how they get oxidation in there, being canned and a young beer, hops get a bit aggressive but OK

Jan 25, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange tinged color. Only slightly cloudy and largely still clear enough to see through it. Thin off-white head dissipates pretty quickly leaving, ultimately, no residual head is left behind. Head retention is not very lasting.

Aroma has notes of rich bready malts, a light black tea like aroma and some light notes of earthy nutty malts with a touch of sweetness. The aroma is nice, but I wish it was more pronounced. Its a tad bit weak overall.

Flavor follows the nose with rich malty notes of dark bread, rye bread, hints of caramel and a slight spice all mingled with a grassy earthy hoppy bitterness that builds on the palate crescendoing into a moderately bitter finish that is both grassy and dry. Really nice profile here with a lovely bitterness from the hops. I do get that black tea like character from the flavor as well.

Feel is medium bodied, drinkable, with some moderate carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

Overall its a lovely kellerbier - hits all the notes I want from this style. I really hope I can find this one again.

Jan 01, 2020
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yuriyt from New York

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass from can. Pours a fairly dark amber for the style. Aroma is sweet with caramel notes. Faint note of continental hops. Flavor includes some dried fruit character to match the darker color. Medium body and clean finish. Enjoyable, hope to see it pop up around town.

Nov 21, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had toyed with hieing out to Bistro on Bridge in Phoenixville for their 10th Anniversary Party today, but then it dawned on me that such excursions are how I built up my backlog in the first place. I'm staying put, watching TV, reading books & drinking beer. That's a good day!

From the CAN: "Unfiltered, unbunged, naturally cloudy"; "Hand crafted according to the Bavarian Purity Law"; "The recipe & methods have not changed since 1624, only the use of wooden barrels."; "Around 1624, brewmasters boiled the original wort with an especially large amount of hops over an open fire. After cooling down, the wort flowed into the wooden fermentation vessels where bottom-fermenting yeast was added. After primary fermentation, Keller Bier was then taken to cellars carved deeply into the Bavarian rocks outside the village of Buttenheim using their natural coldness to mature Keller Bier."; "It then lagered in solid oak barrels, 'ungespundet' (unbunged) to let the carbon dioxide that develops during this maturation process escape."; "The brewing process, the lagering cellars carved into the rocks near the village of Buttenheim and the beer garden on top of the lagering cellars are still the same as they were in 1624."

Wild! & now, I am able to procure it in a pint CAN! I beCAN by Crack!ing open the vent, upturning it towards the awaiting glass & allowing it to flow freely. I was rewarded with/by the formation of two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a tea-like quality, very soft & mellow. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a pronounced maltiness, very bready with a lightly hoppy bitterness. I kid you not, it was very mellow & very pleasant. It was about as close to liquid/liquefied bread as I have had in a while! Finish was surprisingly semi-dry, not really sweet in any way. What a find this was!

Sep 29, 2019
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Almost a lemony or minty aroma with yeast and bread.

Amber cloudy, hazy appearance. Vigorous bubbles rising to a 1/2 inch off-white thick, creamy head, receding moderately in the middle, leaving a ridge of head up the sides of the pilsner glass.

Good presence of the carbonation on the palate, moderate body.

Mild flavor of yeasty bread with a bit more than a touch of mint. Some bitterness in the middle, continuing on through the finish and into the aftertaste. Clean dry finish.

May 20, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is really darn good. i think its lame how little german beer is available in colorado. when i travel to other states and find myself in german beer spots, the selection is always so much better, i wonder why that is. in any event, i had never seen this one before and jumped all over it. so glad i did, it is genre defining for me now, what a perfect example of what this style is supposed to be! they pour it into a beer specific clay looking mug, very old world and sort of fancy to me, the foam rising well above the rim from the tap. the malt is awesome in here, its cerealy and full without being sweet or rich or heavy in any way, classically german, a pils quality about it, but more robust and much fresher than these grains usually are in my experience. light bread, minerals, and classic german lager yeast come together beautifully, this is crisp, patiently lagered, and very dry at the end, with more character through it than a lot of german lagers do it it not being filtered. it warms up really well, and i could drink a ton of these half liters if i didnt have a car i had to drive. what a fantastic beer this is, looking forward to my next one already!

Mar 02, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No canning date

Pours a cloudy golden copper with over a finger of semi-thick white cap; excellent retention, with foam a consistent presence on the surface throughout.

Aromas of deep grain, raw wheat and rye, gritty earthy tones, dark bread, and a subtle sweetness rising quietly for a soft finish; earthy, balanced, defined, and confident bouquet.

Taste brings a gritty grain profile upfront, with various grains, straw, and light grass, which eventually gives way to a subtle earthy sweetness toward the finish; smooth, straightforward, and drinkable profile.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a fluffy medium-high level of carbonation; approachable, with a good mid-palate crispness, and a slight bit of hefty carbonation to carry this one through.

Solid Kellerbier that is easy to enjoy and simple to digest; good profile and well-structured; solid option for the style.

Oct 05, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can at Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale, Boston, MA

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color. It poured with a finger high frothy white head. The beer got hazier as it poured out from the bottom of the can.
S: Moderate aromas of yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very yeasty and has hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and very chewy on the palate with a moderate amount fo carbonation.
O: This kellerbier is packed with aromas and flavors of yeast—much more than compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

Sep 16, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 16 oz. can brewed in Germany and canned in Connecticut!
Moderate pour yields a one inch eggshell head over an rusty amber body with some nice lacing. Nose of biscuit/bread with a bit of lager yeast. Taste follows aromas with a nice touch of sweetness. So nice with a bit of spice on the nose as well as the palate. Very good feel and overall a real nice offering from all those involved on both sides of the Atlantic. Cheers!!!

Sep 15, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pokal style glass.

Deep rich orange and chestnut brown body with excellent hued edges of color. Looks like a bock, but with a lighter more orange color. Rich lathery faint tan head, very creamy top easily making controlled three fingers of dolloped suds, and touch of crown like lacing and a thick soft puck. Beautiful looking brew.

Aroma is a wonderful bakers dream. Touches of earth and mostly woody caramel, with a hint of almost smoke. Slight sweetness sort of somewhere between rauch and sandlewood. Real nice touches of bakery dark bread, and even hits a little spicy.

Real excellent palate. Light bodied but full of flavor. Rich tasting light notes of caramel and soft bakery like yeast. Touches a spicy bread character, not quite rye but with splintery almost oaky like qualities. Real excellent bitterness and a particular unique dryness that is very much like altbier but without the fruity quality. Exceptionally clean to match.

A real winner of a keller, I could drink a ton of this stuff. Lacks a little bit of body, but is far too unique in flavor to say anything critical if at all.

Aug 24, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy, medium to dark coppery amber with a two finger white head with great retention and lacing; looks great. Aroma of grainy biscuit malt, brown bread, hints of caramel; inviting. Flavor is bready biscuit malt, mild molasses, brown bread, hints of caramel, spicy and earthy. Finishes with light grassy hops and lots of lingering biscuit malt. Medium bodied with slight creaminess and sharp carbonation. I've had a few domestic keller biers that I enjoyed and this, appropriately is one of the better ones I've tasted. The malt is rich and moderately complex and leaves a quite full aftertaste for its ABV. For a low to medium powered lager, it has a lot of flavor. I liked this a lot. I'd like to try another style from this brewery.

Aug 22, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really solid kellerbier. It pours a dark straw color with a nice off-white head. Bready/biscuity flavor with just a touch of spiciness from the hops. Full mouthfeel, slightly creamy.

Aug 10, 2018
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Pours a beautiful clear amber with a resilient creamy white head. 4.0

S - Nutty and caramel. 4.25

T - Caramel, brown nutty bread, that taste you get from the Keller bier boil. 4.0

MF - Medium body, smooth semi bitter dry finish. 4.0

May 31, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Georgenbräu "Keller Bier"
,5l brown glass bottle, "Mindestens haltbar bis: 23.03.18" and sampled on 16.09.17
,79€ @ City Markt, Bamberg, DE

Look: Slightly hazy amber with golden highlights beneath a short head of white. Average head retention and lacing.
Smell: Yeasty with sweetish, bready and very lightly caramelish malt and some grassy hops.
Taste: Sweetish, grainy, bready, toasty and caramelish malt with floral, grassy, herbal, and spicy hops. A median bitterness balances it and it finishes dry and lingering with spicy and herbal hops.
Feel: Medium bodied with a smooth caress from a moderate carbonation.
Overall: Quite accessible and very drinkable.

Dec 23, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the slightly out of date bottle, it pours a hazy coppery amber with a modest head that sticks around a while until diminishing to a thin layer. Lacing. Primarily malt in my stuffy nose. The mouth enjoys the creamy feeling of the beer and malty taste with some bitterness. Yum!

Mar 05, 2017
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josanguapo from Spain

2.32/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

From Labirratorium. In Bavaria glass. After dinner. 1 month before bbf. Rancid aroma and taste and a bit watery but with a good dose of herbal hops to keep it interesting.

Dec 05, 2016
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OlaB from Norway

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: gives cloudy deep copper color.small white head that disolves rapidly like it should with this beerstyle.

S: herbs,caramel, malts, citrus fruits, candied sugar and floral notes.

T&F: start of with a creamy mouthfeel. The flavours follows much off the nose. Fruity and dry up front with light malts on the background. I sense both citrus fruits and something that reminds me of peaches in the flavour. In the middle I get more of that grassy feeling before it finishes of with a hoppy bitterness that stays long Inn the aftertaste. A little to hoppy in the finish for my taste

O: An interesting beerstyle to sample. It is a good and enjoyable kellerbier, but I think is better examples of the style out there.

Sep 08, 2016
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aleigator from Germany

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, amber-bronze color with a small head, collapsing to a small sheet of lacing.

Offers a mix of coppery malts, walnut shell and lighter earth. A tart whiff completes the aromas, focussing entirely on its whole grain maltiness in an enjoyable complex way.

Has a medium carbonation, while drinking very smooth, due to a softening coalition between profound malts and a silk aqueous quality, complimenting the malts truly well.

Tastes of earth coated, old orange peel among rich, bright malts, signified by nutshells, young, scented earth and wild honey, opening the palate to a subtle fruitiness. A coppery note accentuates this foundation surprisingly well, without shifting the focus on itself, instead a blend of more earth and slightly sweetened toffee adds an additional layer to the taste. Finishes with a nice dryness among toffee and a gentle minerality.

Great beer, convinces by its perfectly put together complexity, while remaining easy drinkable.

Dec 31, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L:
-pours a hazy amber with a medium, frothy, white head
-low carbonation visible
S:
-bready,spicy,caramel,toffee,peach
T:
-bready,spicy,candied orange,caramel,toffee,peach
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium Body
O:
Good Kellerbier

Oct 03, 2015
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Malt_Man from England

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Served cool from 500ml bottle into pilsner mug. Lover the flip-top.

A) Hazy copper colour, white head quickly fades. Yeast sediment in the bottle.

S) Nothing huge, light biscuit malts.

T) Dry, good quality malts are evident, hop bitterness is muted but definitely there on the aftertaste.

M) Lightly carbonated, goes down very easily inviting the next drink straightaway like every good German lager does. Bonus points here.

O) Yet another excellent German lager. The style is different enough from pilsener, helles, etc., to seek out. In my experience this is one of the best of the style.

Aug 29, 2014
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GONZALOYANNA from Spain

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Pokal glass. @Homo Sibaris (Barcelona). Bright amber color. Veiled appearance. White froth, close crown. Lasting thin layer on top turns wider as the glass is swirled. Herbal & yeast lager aromas. Smooth sweet malty upfront followed by well balanced hoppy tendency. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Clean bitterness lingers into a dry finish.

Feb 02, 2014
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seanyfo from Scotland

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre measure in a Krug at Kachelofen in Bamberg

A - Hard to denote colour but looked to have excellent clarity. Average head retention and lacing.

S - Biscuit malt, faint pepper, vanilla,lemon zest and floral hop all noted.

T - Malty biscuit note throughout. Slight hop bite comes through in the classic keller semi dry finish.

M - Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel

T - Tasty and refreshing. Was excellent with my schweinhaxe, cut through the fatiness of the meat superbly.

Oct 14, 2012
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jonb5 from England

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle, dark amber colour, clear, medium tanned head. Very nice hoppy aroma, detected what smelled a bit like Styrian, Golding or Fuggles. Tasted hoppy and spicy, had a nice balance, really reminded me of an IPA. Not much carbonation, smooth mouthfull, slightly thick body. Even if its not an IPA, it seems to have the characteristics of one. Top beer.

Jul 10, 2012
Buttenheimer Keller Bier from St. Georgenbräu
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 221 ratings