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St. Georgenbräu  Keller BierSt. Georgenbräu  Keller Bier
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Brewed by:
St. Georgenbräu
Germany | website

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 03-28-2001

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156
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180
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3.88
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
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Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy bronze. Great head retention. A smell that is both earthy and fruity, with notes of sedimentary rock, autumn leaves, fresh rye bread (sans caraway), and dried fruit. Round, supple, velvety, and completely dry. It is the absolute definition of "seamless." The integration of flavor is like no other beer. While it may be possible to unpack all of the ingredients, roasted malt, hops etc, they are stitched together in such a beautiful and natural whole, why would you want to? This is a great beer. The result of great ingredients and insane patience.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pour yields a nice fluffy, white head that displays solid retention and a small bit of lacing along the sides of the seidel. The beer is a clear, darker shade of amber that resembles a marzen.

S: The clean aroma of a lager combined with a musty, earthy smell that is unlike any bouquet I've sniffed. Has a malty and rather nutty aroma that smells quite delicious, and I'm spurred on to taste it.

T: The taste is more complex than expected, with many different notes all coming together on the same staff. There is a malt flavor up front that is quickly overtaken by a smattering of hops, just enough to add a slight bitterness, but still keep things in balance. This rolls gently into an immaculately smooth finish, that ends up being rather dry, but brings out that subtle hop presence once more in the aftertaste. Almost an aged, grassy taste throughout, but this is difficult to describe, however it mostly follows the aromatic notes.

M: Balance seems to be at the forefront here as well, with enough carbonation and flavor presence to add body, but still be incredibly smooth.

D: Being my first kellerbier, I had already seen its style information before, and was always interested, but had yet to get my hands on one. After trying it, I'm quite amazed, and can really taste the craftsmanship that goes into a cellared lager. Not only is the flavor mellow and complex, the body and taste is balanced rather deftly. As for drinkability, this is amazing quaffable, as I'm already trying to figure out ways to acquire more of this stuff. Due to its rarity in the surrounding area, I'm not sure I'll be able to find many others of its kind, but I was definitely impressed by this offering, and hope to find more.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
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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Photo of tugdriver7
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's aged in oak barrels in caves, for heavens' sake. What more could you ask of a German lager?! Unfiltered (but no sediment present), cloudy amber with nice head that disappated fairly quickly. Rich malt and fairly complex hops in the nose. Crisp carbonation that softened as the beer warmed, decent mouthfeel. But the taste... What a fantastic example of the style. Rich biscuity malt with both a bitterness and a slightly spicy hops flavor, balanced with just enough sweetness to make it hit the tongue and go down smoothly. Kellers (German for "cellar") are fantastic, old-style brews that are worth tasting. Yes, the price prohibits frequent purchase; but a real treat for any beer lover!

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Photo of Derek
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Labelled 4.9%, this bottle is best before 01.08.06.

A: Copper/caramel colour; Off-white head, some retention, great lace.

S: Caramel & toffee, with a huge wack of floral & citrus hops. Great stuff.

T: Toffee, but nicely balanced with a smooth, crisp bitterness. Wonderful hop flavour is slightly citrusy (like east kent goldings), with a little earthyness. I love the hop flavours here.

M: Light to moderate body, slight acidity; Light to moderate carbonation.

D: I love this brew, could certainly session it.

The abundant hop flavour may not be as approachable to some people... but I think is how the style should be done! Mainly because it's ungespundet (unbunged), and allowed to breath in solid oak barrels, before being tapped.

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Photo of ohmybock
4.54/5  rDev +17%
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 RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 CAMRAhardliner
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a translucent bronze color. The rocky white head has great retention and leaves copious sheets of lace behind. The aroma is yeasty with a strong grain character and earthy hops. The taste is very fruity, grainy and herbal. Yeast chalkiness and fruit esters are prominent. There’s more hops than I expected, very noble tasting. The mouthfeel is thick yet soft with a very subtle carbonation. The finish is bitter and yeasty with lots of floral hops.

I really enjoyed this, very balanced and unique. It has a lot of yeast flavor, and a lot of other good flavors. Try it.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick and reddish amber, quite cloudy, with minimal head. Smells of tons of malt and some slightly sweet cherries, but overall the smell is pretty mild. The taste starts with cherry-sweet malts that linger for a bit before morphing into malt bitterness on the mid-palate. Throughout, the mouthfeel is well-rounded and sultry on the tongue. What a smooth and drinkable beer. I could put away several pints of this stuff, and would be enraptured in the process. Bravo.

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Photo of inebrius
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Impulse buy based on Putnam points, better than an end cap at Target.

Boggy amber, the floating sediment is well-distributed and interesting to observe. Nose of parsley pretzels dripping in clover honey arranged beautifully across a freshly kilned terra cotta platter. Ohhh, so smooth and balanced and bursting with a lingering natural hop flavor to finish, like licking on a limestone lollipop. I reckon I could put a few of these away.

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Photo of blackie
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Produces a thin white head. Color is a reddish amber with slight clouding. Could have used a little more head.

Smells wheaty with slight, clean hops. Hints of overripe banana, toasted banana bread, slight dark malt, yeast, slight herbal scents, slight diacetyl. Pleasing.

Well carbonated and thin in body.

Tastes of clean light malt well balanced by a considerable hop bitterness. Some astringency. Alot like a pilsner but with more fruitiness, and a little more graininess. Finish is lingering hop bitterness.

A good beer and obscure and interesting style with a curious historty and origin. Try it out.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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 russpowell
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of PatandDavid
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap this weekend at Redbones, and had two, as it was really good. A pint was a cloudy, burnished bronze/tangerine color. Rather fruity aroma, more of the apple/pear vein than anything else. Awesome carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. I thought while imbibing that the taste was also a bit fruity, but I picked up some lavender notes which were also inteesting. It's a bit hard to describe, but it was very mild, intruiging, but not in your face flavor, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a brown colored drink, with a small bubbly white head on top. Suspended particles are visible throughout the body. Fruity hop scent, some sweet malt as well. The taste of this brew has a nice bitter hop backbone, breaded malts, and some sweet sugar. I love the full creamy mouthfeel. No flavors throw the beer off, well-blended.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Slightly cloudy amber color. Nice creamy light tan head
S Malty with fruity sweetness
T Malty up front little hop bitterness following with a subtle malty fruity aftertaste. Very delicious!
M/F Rich, finely carbonated. It is a very smooth beer.
D - This is a great drinking brew. I am so happy that I came across it. Will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of ccrida
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown flip-top bottle, 0.5 litre, best before 26th May 2010, drank Feb 2010. Poured robustly into my huge 'Judas' glass.

Fine dark amber colour, looks good with its off-white foaming head. The body was clear and clean looking.

Malted biscuits smell, with a hint of earthiness, peat maybe?

The malt feel carries on into the taste, a hop bitterness comes into play as the initial maltiness fades somewhat in the mouth.

Well carbonated, almost fizzy to be honest, pleasant enough though.

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Photo of mschofield
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy ark orange-gold with a two finger creamy white head, leaves rings of lacing.
Flowery aroma, almond, malty, lemon and spicy notes.
Nutty taste, very floral, lightly toasted malt, grapefruit and caramel.
Medium bodied, great drinkability - could drink it all day.
A fruity bitterness and a light acidity in the back.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap in Bamberg at Gästatte Kachelofen. Listed as "Buttenheimer Kellerbier".

This kellerbier poured a hazy, light brown (caramel) color (difficult to judge in a ceramic krug) with creamy, tan foam that settled. The smell was a great malty and hoppy aroma. The taste was malty with good hoppiness to balance and a touch of something "grassy" or perhaps "wort-like". Good flavor overall. The mouthfeel was crisp with medium body and good carbonation, and with a dry, hoppy finish. This was very enjoyable. What a difference freshness makes with this beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lovely dark brown brew with a small head of foam. Aromas are of juicy, fruity hops and nice, lightly bready backing malts. The taste is quite hoppy and very reminiscent of youngs bitter or something similar. The mouthfeel is very cask-like in its smooth, rolling carbonation and the drinkability is excellent as well. An interesting style, that I like very much!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a cloudy brown color. The head is small and white, but recedes quickly. The aroma is very interesting. Malt, rye, and some smoked aromas too. The taste is very balanced and smooth. The dominant flavor is mint. The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a great brew. It is not huge and overpowering, but it is satisfiying and enjoyable.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into my oversized Triple Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a pond water brown with a big 2 inch frothy head that leaves ample lacing as the beer resides. The aroma is best described as raw. Heavy oak, raw grains, fresh malt, hay, and a bit of earthiness to it. The taste is just as complex with raw grains dominating the flavor, with earth, hay, and what reminds me of just a bit of cream and the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and leaves a nice oily coating holding the flavors in. As one of the more rare styles of beer I would love to see a revival of it. I find it really tasty. God love those Germans.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours clear warm copper with a rather large off-white kind of airy head that sets into pretty nice lacings.

S: Dark rich malt with a bready backbone. Rather modest grassyness. Hoppy, but mild.

T: Zesty, with quite nice balanced hops, mainly bitter. Malt is obvious, sweet and bready. Very nice.

M: Kind of metallic feel, not bad though. Bitter long aftertaste. Body is a bit fuller than usually. Carbonation medium.

O: A nice well balanced Zwickel.

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Photo of srrn
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is as a lager should be. Pours a dark amber with two finger head and good lacing. Smell is hops and maybe a medicinal quality. Taste is malts, slightly funky and clean with a nice bitter aftertaste that lingers. It has it's own complexity, not on the level of a Belgian ale, but it is a great lager, and very quaffable. This beer feels like it was meant to be served in a liter mug on a hot day and enjoyed with friends. The mug needs to be refilled...

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