Buttenheimer Keller Bier
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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #36
Ranked #14,977
3.91 | pDev: 12.02%
St. Georgenbräu
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Buttenheimer Keller BierButtenheimer Keller Bier
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jpkoch1962 from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kellerbier is a wonderful bier that sticks out like a sore thumb in Lagerland. The Franks still attempt to brew something that is not predictably bland or boring. Kellerbier is a lager that is fermented in much the same way an English Real Ale is. Once fermentation is complete, it is racked into oaks casks, and fully vented in order to allow CO2 to escape during carbonation.

This beer pours a somewhat cloudy deep amber/ reddish copper. The head disappears quickly. The aroma is a rather strong funky smell that is quite assertive. The strong malt aroma profile is reminiscent a bit of a Bock, but one can also pick up some floral notes. The taste is complex. The malts are pretty assertive like a Barvarian Helles, but once the beer settles a bit, a definite hop bitterness with a touch of diacetyl takes over in the middle. Earthiness can also be detected as if the beer came from a corked bottle. The finish is dry, but a lingering bitterness remains. The body is quite firm as can be expected from a lager with a moderatly heavy malt bill.

This beer may not be for everyone as it has none of the "clean" lager taste one would expect out of German Lager. The diacetyl is apparent, which many find to be a minus. But this beer is wonderfully complex, in a way many Belgium Ales are. This style will probably go the way Boyan and Gose went. Only beer aficianados and loyal Franks seem to enjoy this ancient beer style.

Mar 25, 2008
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Phatz from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up today at the Zeno's six pack shop around the corner from the pub. I had never heard of it or even a Keller Bier for that matter. I decided to try something new. It came in a 500 ml bottle that I poured into my extra large beer mug (in German fashion=)

Appearance: Pours a thick hazy amber color with a two finger off white head.

Smell: Lightly malty toasty grain and bread in the nose.

Taste: I am new to this style of beer but the flavors were very wild. It seemed a bit uncontrolled and reckless in the flavor but enjoyable for sure. It starts off malty and sweet. I get some fruit lots of caramel malts and pale malt lots of bready and yeast some sour a splash of floral hop and a very solid woody aftertaste. The aftertaste leave a bitterness hanging on the tongue with pieces of hop flavor and residual wood flavors.

Mouthfeel: This beer seems to be in constant turmoil in my mouth. The medium body is malty and solid holding it all together but as the sweet fades into bitterness the carbonation fills in to add some prickliness but that fades into a sour and the malt leads it smoothly down your throat.

Drinkability: Although this is my first Keller/Zwickel bier I have a new interest in learning more. I never got a true handle on whether I actually liked this beer or not but I did determine I want another and I wish I had it now. That says something =) This is certainly a sessionable beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Aug 21, 2006
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mcallister from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep clear copper in color. Pours with a marble cream colored head that leaves little lace.

Man I love that nose. Big rich malty aroamas. Toffee and hints of earthy woodsy notes.

Very decieveing smell leaves the taste a bit dissapointing. Very watery thin mouthfeel. A malty finish but nothing over the top. The same woodsy, earthy notes as teh nose. Easy to sit around and sip.

Aug 05, 2006
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jhu1995 from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish-orange color with a fluffy white head. Smell is rather earthy, with some fruitiness. Taste had a stronger than expected maltiness, but not overpowering. Hints of caramel, banana, and spices with a touch of pleasing bitterness. Thought it to be fairly smooth and overall, a pretty good beer.

Dec 16, 2006
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tempest from New York

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah a kellerbier, gotta love an unfiltered lager. The appearance is mixed because there's great retention and lacing, but it's only slightly hazy. After the aroma of shipping and handling dissipate, you're left with a very bready malt. That malt continues into the flavor, but with a grassy hops flavor that properly over-balances the malt and lingers into the aftertaste with a slight mineral tinge. This beer is really just missing the odd cellar flavors you expect in a kellerbier. Maybe it's because of the travel, I don't know. It's still a tasty brew nevertheless.

Feb 08, 2008
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kaimcm from California

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy body, bubbly head that doesnt last or stick long enough. agitation doesnt bring enough back either.

S: nutty grain, grapefruit, orange, hop floral.

T: one of the fruitiest lagers in memory. cirturs, ripe fruit, husky grain, a little woody, soft floral hops with a nice bite and well balanced. a little watery on the finish. overall not a complex brew but enjoyable.

M: good weight, nice carbo level. very refreshing and crisp.

D: easy drinking, flavorful and enjoyable.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Paired with a grilled ham and cheese and quenched and refreshed well. I wouldnt go out of my way to get it but would like to revisit.

Nov 26, 2005
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange, amber beer with a creamy head.

Smell is malty and a little husky. The use if higher kilned malts is clear in the depth of the malt flavor.

Taste is malty, which is just a tad sweet, full-bodied and rich in dextrines. More like a lot of munich malt has been used. There is very little bitterness. Drinkability is good and this beer is better than any other Kellerbier I had. The others were all more like sweet pilsners without the hops. This beer is decent.

May 28, 2007
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jaluria from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a semi-cloudy, orange-rust color with a frothy, white colored head. Lots of lacing left behind in my glass. Subtle aromas of alcohol, wax, toasted sugar, and figs. The taste was sweet with lingering fruit-derived bitterness. Pronounced roasted characteristics like that of toasted bread throughout. Slighly chewy with an underlying smoke residue in my mouth. Very smooth and flavorful.

Jun 15, 2006
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shbobdb from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I'd been wanting to try this beer for a looong time, so I was quite excited to get my gubby hands on it.
When I first poured it, it resembled Newcastle Brown ale, a light, scummy head with large bubbles and a deep ruddy colour. Then there is the smell -- Noble hop heaven. Layer upon layer of delicious hops.
The taste is similar to the smell: a lot of hops. My mouth even got somewhat cottonball-y, something I normally associate with ueber-hoped IPAs.
The mouthfeel, however, was very thin. Indeed, it had the consistency of water, really spot-on.

Yeah, I could definatelty knock back of few of these bad-boys. Too bad the mouthfeel is so incredibly thin, but, eh, no beer is perfect.

Mar 28, 2006
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting to see St. George (patron saint of Blighty) adorniing a very German style beer. Picked up yesterday at Grapes and Hops in Fayetteville after coaching wrestling practice at the high school where I work.

Clear dark golden coolor bordering on amber with a minute cap of head and impressive early lacing. Nose is raw, unprocessed malt with a thin bitterness.

Heavy malt kick that is tempered by hops early in the sip but is oversweet at the finish. This beer is somehat harsh but honest and refreshing. Carbonation is a bit overdone, which affects the texture and inhibits flavor as well.

I have no doubt that this is a good example of the style but it's still not a brew that goes down real easy. I'll be open to trying this again but won't be rushing out to buy more anytime real soon.

Nov 05, 2006
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts off sweet with flavors of caramel, honey and citrus. Then there's a hearty lager yeast and malt breadiness that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice seesionable beer with some substance to it that makes it worth drinking for a long time.

Aug 23, 2009
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +27.9%

Dec 08, 2011
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ohmybock from Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at a pub in Bamberg several years ago. I ranked the appearance as "average" because I couldn't really see the beer due to it being served in a ceramic stein. However, this beer tasted great! I've had the bottled version and liked it, but the draft version was truly excellent. This was easily one of the best beers I had while traveling throughout Germany.

May 29, 2007
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Peoria, IL
No bottled on date (likely to be old, bottle was dusty)
Poured into an Ayinger willi glass

St. Georgeenbrau's keller bier was my first foray into the zwickel/keller style, and the first time I enjoyed it, it was very fresh (at least from the distributor). It's since largely disappeared from the shelves in the Chicagoland shops I typically visit, until I found a huge cache of them in Peoria, though they looked quite old. The beer was a bit as I remembered it, but a bit muted due to age. There's a great yeast, bread, malt, and hop interplay here, at least from the German perspective. If you are open to that, and find a non-old looking bottle of this, I suggest you try it right away.

Pours a 2cm head of fairly clean white color, made up of large and medium-sized bubbles, which has fairly poor retention, dissipating in just a minute or so to a thin cap atop the glass. Leaves little lacing, mostly just scattered spots around the perimeter of the glass. Body is a cloudy copper orange color, with minute levels of carbonation rising from the sides of the glass.

Aroma is of pale and lightly toasted malts contributing a sweet and bread-like scent. Inhaling more deeply brings in some fruit-like esters and a bit of herbal hop character to the beer. Pleasant, but underwhelming (again, maybe due to age, but without a bottled on date I have no idea).

Opens on the tongue with a yeast-meets-minerals-meets-bread concoction that is surprisingly satisfying. Front of palate continues the initial flavors, but ups the bread and sweetness a bit. Mid-palate is full of bread-like maltiness, with hints of caramel and slightly spicy hops. Back of palate brings on subtle bitterness to temper residual sweetness and bread-like flavors. Leaves a lingering bitterness with slightly iron-rich malts in closing.

Beer is medium bodied with fairly low carbonation, yielding a mouthfeel that is very smooth and flowing, making this quite an easy sipping beer. Closes dry with a slight bit of stickiness from residual sugars.

Jun 20, 2012
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BillRoth from Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Dec 05, 2013
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Latarnik from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

May 25, 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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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a partly cloudy amber color with a fairly thin and rapidly diminishing off-white head. Leaves a nice collar and a little bit of lacing. This 500mL bottle does not have a freshness date on it.

Nose is dark, almost burnt caramel malty sweetness...almost to the point of being bock-like. Some dark fruits come out as well as a touch of oxidation, I am wondering how old this bottle really is.

Taste is indeed fairly similar to a traditional German bock beer, but not quite as sweet and full-bodied. It does have a bit of a grassy hop bitterness to it. Goes down pretty smooth and the balance on the beer is nice. Carbonation is very fine and lends a bit of creaminess to it. Not too shabby, an interesting brew that I would like to try fresh from the brewery.

Nov 07, 2009
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kimcgolf from Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a slightly hazy dull copper color with medium off-white head that sticks around thru mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is muted, but what is there is malty biscuit with just a whiff of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is full and the flavor is a combination of the malty dough and slight hoppy fruit.

Finish was well rounded, and of medium duration. Not a bad beer.

Dec 21, 2007
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Drew966 from Florida

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

St. Georgen Brau Keller Bier pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown half liter bottle. Toasted malt dominates the aroma. Starts with a nice toasted malt flavor that fades into a hoppy flavor, finishing with more toasted malt. I think this is only the second keller bier I've had, but this one is good enough to make me wish there were more available. I'll be drinking this one again. Recommended.

Apr 16, 2007
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flexabull from California

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at a discount store for a buck a bottle. Hoping it's not spoiled... if so, I am only out $1.

Pours a bright amber color with a faint white head.

Aromas are herbal, grassy, with some tea like maltiness.

Taste is dry, with brewed tea like malts, some biscuits, and earthy nuttiness. There is a little sweetness and a nice nice crisp finish that has an earthy hop touch. Nice brew.

Mouthfeel is nice, light, but not watery at all. Feel clean and smooth in the mouth.

Drinkability is very good. A bit of surprise here, I think I am going to go back to the store and grab some more of these. Nice flavorful and sessionable beer.

Apr 25, 2009
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AaronHomoya from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice, copper color and a pretty good-sized head. Aroma is malty, a little of alcohol and perhaps some clean yeast notes. Taste is a delicious malty, refreshing brew with some alcohol flavor and a subtle, hop finish. Smooth, with average carbonation. A very drinkable beer that is solid all around and suitable for mass-consumption and refreshment.

Dec 02, 2006
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MuenchenerKindl from Germany

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a generously large bottle to my Big glass mug. The liquid is a semi cloudy light amber, sufficient carbonation and a nice tan head with small bubbles. Fades it a nice lace.

The smell is of what I would say in a very standard fair of Beer. Nothing that stands out. Kind of malty with an above average hoppiness.

The taste is medium malty, extra hops (nice touch), some what like a Maibock yet not as bold. Kind of dry and a note of fruit.

The mouthfeel was a disappointment, Kind of thin and watery, I may have served this too warm.

The drinkability is not bad, but not something you can't put down. MK

Jun 24, 2006
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ccrida from Oregon

4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a my large Gulden Draak tulip, St. Georgenbräu's Keller Bier is a chill hazed dark copper with a small white head, quick to dissipate to a scattered head but leaves decent lace.

Smell is nice, bright maltiness, lots of melanoidin and munich, a nice little earthy sourness that's a touch oaky. If I was making a blind guess I'd assume märzen. In fact, this is probably much closer to what they actually served at the original o-fest then the fizzy yellow beer they poured today.

Taste is pleasant, not as full as it looks, but still a very satisfying larger. A little sugar and spice, kiss of leafy hops, but very clean, subtle but loads of depth, a great beer. I've always liked amber lagers the most, but wow, this knocks something like Yuengling on it's ass! If this wasn't my first keller, I might give it a 5...

Mouthfeel has pretty nice carbonation, smooth and lighter body, with a drier, tannic finish.

Drinkability is high, wow, a great beer I never heard of and randomly grabbed - in fact, it's the first time I've ever even had the style, but one I will surely revisit.

Oct 21, 2008
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Nipitato from Massachusetts

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

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Darkish amber copper hue. Thin white head, patchy. Just slightly cloudy - maybe some chill haze.

S: Grainy/cornish malt aroma. Hop aroma also pretty strong. Some traces of sulfur yet despite this still pretty clean smelling.

T: Rich toasted/grainy malt flavor with a muted yet definitely there hop highlights. Some light sulfur and fruity yeast tastes. A clean and dry finish with subtle bittering.

MF: Medium light body. Nice filling taste due to the sweet malt character perhaps? Lightly carbonated. Creamy.

D: Interesting well balanced beer that like most German offerings are easy drinking and entirely sessionable.

Jun 26, 2007
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