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St. Georgenbräu

Style: German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 03-28-2001

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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 167
Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Clear burnished-bronze / brown brew with a slightly purple cast and topped by a thick and fluffy four finger ice cream head. Lots of tiny bubbles rise to the top, and an abundance of lace is left on the sides of the glass.

S - Wheat and saltine crackers make up a solid malt base over which crisp pilsener saaz notes play. I smell some toasty aromas along with sea salt and roasted meats. Smells like a maltier, smokier pils.

T - Oh my God. That's GOOD! Deeply malty with wheat cracker and saltine flavors along with a more forceful biscuity taste. Citrus hop notes are there....especially in the orangey and chocolatey finish. This is one complex brew! I taste fresh oranges, bicuity scones, salty whole-wheat crackers, sea weed, and I swear to God I taste fresh salmon sashimi.

M - Full bodied and exquisitely carbonated with a tangy, slightly bitter and off-dry finish. Lush in the mouth, and it resounds with a lingering of-dry aftertaste that lasts for a full ten minutes. This is one of those beers that, after swallowing, you suck your teeth and cluck your tongue to try to get all of the flavor!

D - I went into this beer (my first keller bier) expecting some sort variation on a basic German pilsener, but this is so much more complex and odd! I could drink this all night!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This sure was something I hadnt seen much of if ever,an unfiltered pilsner.I thought the pour was nice dark gold/copper color and fairly cloudy,nice well retained blooming head.Aroma of a good pilsner malty and somewhat minerally and fresh.Well balanced pilsner the hops are very present,first time trying this style and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This Keller Bier poured a thick, cloudy orange in color. It had a nice brownish hue with a modest head.

Smell – The wonderful lagered grain came out thick and serious at the nose. There is some good, strong, German hopping in here as well, but it’s the huge, caramelly malts that define this bouquet.

Taste – This is German lager at its finest . . . and biggest. The grain here is huge at the taste, which for most American lagers means that it’s horrible but for this German dandy means that it’s terrific. The hops are big in a European kind of way (think big Pils instead of PacNW dry-hopped double IPA).

Mouthfeel – This big boy is medium-bodied and has some drying bitterness at the end. The carbonation is very mild due to the unbunged maturation process.

Drinkability – Das ist ein gutten bier! This is big, grainy, tasty, and a pleasure to drink, becoming my new “lager staple”. The flowing together of all these big flavors into one solid offering is what makes this bier a real stand out.

Comments –St. Georgen claims that this bier is brewed in EXACTLY the same manner as it was in 1624 when the bräuhaus first opened. They brew the beer with lots of hops over an open fire, move the wort into open wooden fermentation vessels and add the bottom-fermenting yeast, then mature the beer in the cold caves of Buttenheim to release most of the carbonation. Boy, you can’t make a beer like this in the US.

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Photo of kaimcm
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Todd
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml European style brown bottle. No freshness date, but the label has this cool picture of a knight on a horse who's sticking the end of a flag banner pole in a dragons mouth. He's kicking that dragon's ass actually.

Appearance: Pours a rich amber to light brown, naturally cloudy liquid with an ample amount of thick, creamy off-white head that sticks and slides on the glass.

Smell: Extremely aromatic melding of toasted malts and hops. Touch of fruity cherry-like aroams.

Taste: A rich brew of complex dry malt qualities. Toasted flavours, earth, caramel, raw grain, faint hay and wood. Extremely light touch of butter (diacetyl) and there's an underlying malt crispness to the brew with an even more sublte tartness that is nearly undetectable (oxidation from aging). Sweetness is light, a watery caramel-like flavour. Smack of fruitiness that segues to a pronounced and distinct hoppy character which is bold, but not overly bitter and perfectly balances and complements the dry malt profile with a strong tea-like herbal spice consistency. Alcohol notes pull thru as the beer warms. The overall beer is actually light on the palate, low in carbonation with smooth mouthfeel. Finishes with earth flavours.

Notes: Unfiltered, unpasteurized, unkraeusened and unbunged. Keller Bier is an age-old recipe, allowed to settle ungespundet (unbunged) in solid oak barrels before being tapped.

One of the most unique and flavourful beers I have yet to try. Certainly at the top of my list for lagers. A god brew. All bow and pay homage.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle. Thick foamy off white lace that is held together from a big bubbles rising to the top of the glass. Hazy amber colour from it being unfiltered. Grassy honey sweet aroma with earthy undertones. Raw palate of fresh milled grain, bitter leaf hop and earthy yeast. Bit too raw for me, I know is it an old style that does not want to change but it is not a beer I would sit down with that often given the choice.

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Photo of merlin48
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very unusual and ancient German style here. Pours a dirty rust colored body with a small offwhite head that quickly falls to a collar. Patch lacing is abundant.

Aroma seems to be Saaz and Hallertau hops with a pleasing background of what smells like a blend of Munich and Pils malts.

Big juicy hops are biting on the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Taste has the odd blend of Pils and Munich maltiness that plays backup to the assertive hops profile. Hops are bitter and spicy for the most part but have a hint of fruity grapefruit.

The interesting malt profile marries well with the aggressive hopping to produce an outstanding drinkability for a lager style. Definitely, the wildest German lager I've tried to date. Very interesting, and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of jakester
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a gift from a very special friend. (Thanks, Tom!) I drank it in a goblet. The whole beer fit in one pour! No date appears on the bottle or label.

Pours a hazy orange/amber with a 1/2" head of off-white foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with nice lacing. Carbonation appears moderate.

Aroma is lightly caramely and nutty, with a very faint hop aroma detected. Not much in the way of aroma.

Flavor has the same profile as the aroma...caramely and nutty, fairly sweet at first. Hop bitterness is fairly low, as is hop flavor. Not a bad tasting beer at all, just not alot going on. Aftertaste is slightly chalky and pretty darn dry.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, with a fairly soft carbonation presence. This beer feels full at first, but sure finishes on the dry side. Nice mouthfeel.

This, I believe, is my first kellerbier. I'm not sure what to make of it. It's certainly well made. There's no place to hide a defect in a beer like this. There is a caramel/nut aroma and flavor that is fairly pronounced in this beer, with not much else going for it. I'm glad I tried it, and will try other kellerbiers in the future.

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Photo of ohmybock
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2012. Picked up cheap from Beeritz in Leeds.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A hazy orange-amber colour with good carbonation and plentiful floating sediment. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a minute or so before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of yeasty malt with faint hoppy notes and a background hint of cardboard. Could be better.

Tastes of caramel malt with a distinctive bitter twang. Notes of yeast and faint aromatic hops. A subtle, spicy bitterness. A background hint of wet cardboard and tart apples. Mouthfeel is smooth and prickly, with mild astringency. Coats the palate slightly. Aftertaste of harsh bitter hops and a stale note.

An OK beer, but I strongly suspect that it's too old and the flavour has deteriorated. The malt is quite good, with depth provided by the yeast and a hoppy bitterness, but the stale notes take away from the pleasure of drinking it. I'll have to re-review when I have a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber lager with ample head. Not sure if this is a pilsener, in fact I think keller should be its own category, although I suppose it could also be considered an unfiltered pilsner. This bottled sample is slightly damaged, either from age or travel; otherwise it would get 5's on taste from me. This is a terrific beer, full and malty in the mouth with just the right amount of hop prickliness. Roasty apple and whole grain (oatmeal?) bread flavor, simple clean finish; a great all around beer. Would kill to try other keller type beers; to me it's more satisfying and versatile than a pilsner.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnW
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle medium bronze, with a decent lively head. Aroma heavy with the malts, though not sweet, and a slight 'grassy' freshness. Initial taste is of the roast malts, but dry, and - for a German beer - a quite pronounced hop bitterness in the finish - though mixed with a roasted malt flavours. Very tasty.

Light easy drinking texture, best served slightly chilled, a very enjoyable beer.

Have also had this on tap from a wooden barrel when in Bamberg Germany, and also enjoyed it very much there too. I would be hard pressed to say which one was better - though I think the on tap from barrel was less carbonated and thus slightly softer in texture.

B'ham UK Oct 2010

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a warm deep copper body with a faint hazy and a creamy white head. There is a good carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of toasted malt and honey malt with some notes of Munich malt have a slightly sweet note. The finish has a very faint soft noble floral hop finish.

T- This beer has a dry biscuit malt with toasted malt flavors that finish with a nice bitter hop flavor. The malt flavor has a fresh grain taste to it with a slight sweetness after the dry biscuit notes. The hops have a slight sour hint that compliments the bitterness. The hop bitterness hangs in the back of the throat after the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel that might be due to the fizz texture.

D- This is a nicely complex beer that has good flavor and a bit of freshness about it. I feel that a cask or fresher sample would have an amazing taste.

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Photo of cokes
2.34/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a virtually opaque toasted honey. Compacted, bleached yellow head is creamy and everlasting.
Raw grain-dominated nose with an herbal, spicy hop counterpart.
Intially very husky and raw-seeming in the mouth. Bready too. Strange olive-oil flavors and greasiness. Dried leaf hops come in at the end, but add mostly astringency. This one is really all about the husky grains. Each additional sip seems to get worse.
Trickling, tiny carbonation with a feel that registers around medium.
Way too coarse, flavorwise. It didn't seem infected, and I am pretty certain that it is not old. Just bad. Not one I'd ever get again. In fact, the rest of this might be heading for the sink.
While I wish more zwickel biers were available around here, this one is just not up to snuff.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint bottle. More hoppy than expected from a German beer. A bit overcarbonated, initially tasted like a biere de garde and then some creamy malty finish. Spices-corriander and something else vegetable. Medium bodied. More interesting with lunch.Nice one.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 26th December 2010, nice and fresh.

Pours a darkish amber with loads of carbonation. A nice light head, a bit too slippery for lacings.

Not a particularly pleasant nose. Bit of wet grain up front with fleeting caramel notes.

Sort of a slow starter. Muddy malt up front gives way to just a touch of caramel and a hint of roasted malt. This is pushed out of the way by some pretty serious continental hopping with a nice bitter edge. Drawn out finish brings to mind bread pudding, nice sweetness but some real heft too.

A nice smooth moutfeel, easier on the carbonation than the appearance lets on.

Give me a beer garden and a sunny day and I would happily drink this all day. Nice to have a good bottles Keller.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort. Nice to finally encounter one of the more elusive commerical styles out there. A nice little noseful of hops for what appears to be your standard lager. Low carbonation as advertised, but still enough to give this a light zing.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DESTRO
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dumps out a murky brown with little head. the nose is a bit metallic and earthy. some honey for good measure. nice and malty with a good hop balance. light tea flavor. i see this as previously being described as having a "raw" taste. id have to agree. a pretty simple beer. filling and smooth in the mouth, i def. enjoyed it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a gausthaus right off the main drag in Nurnberg in december, this bier rocked. Tons of malt and slight yeast hops hit you up front and the nose with yeasty & malt tones sneak in. Had to pour into water glass to evaluate appearance since was served in a stein krug. Alcohol taste present, but barely so, in line with the ABV. Decent head retention. Wish I could have one right now, but I will settle for remembering the 1st time I had it, during a visit to weinnachts markt. Great memory, great bier!

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