St. Georgenbräu Keller Bier | St. Georgenbräu

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St. Georgenbräu  Keller BierSt. Georgenbräu  Keller Bier

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St. Georgenbräu

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 184
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 brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber body with a decent creamy head that sticks around for a while leaving nice lacing

Smell: Relatively sweet honey malt with a touch of diacetyl and a slight hoppy note in the rear

Taste: Starts out sweet; after the swallow an initial hops blast arrives, but the caramel malts make their stand in this rather sweet tasting brew; eventually, the bitter hops return with a vengeance and complement the sweetness in a long finish which is, ultimately, very dry

Mouthfeel: Perhaps this beer's strongest attribute, the creamy, full bodied mouthfeel makes it taste like a cask beer, with a modest degree of carbonation

Drinkability: A new style to me, and one that I enjoyed to a point; I liked the sweet and bitter complements along with the creamy mouthfeel but ultimately the sweetness limited my desire to consume more of this brew

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quite bitter amber beer.

Nice creamy head and pleasant carbonation. No yeast in the bottle. In the glass it's a clear coppery amber. Metallic odor and a hint of sulphur. Reminds me of an English bitter from the Midlands with the distinctive sulphury hints. Doesn't do this beer any good since it is so bitter. Sourish hints with little evidence of malt. Date is 7.11.10 so it must be in proper condition. I've become a big fan of Kellerbiers, but I don't think this is a particularly good example.

Label has been updated since the photo was taken: now it's a nice Medieval brewery scene with a very small Saint George logo.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finely hazed rustic orange with butternut highlights. The good-sized cap is the color of yellowed parchment and is firm, pitting and sticky. It's also an impressive lacer. Shredded sheets can be seen initially and increasingly wide rings march down the glass eventually.

The nose, while decent, doesn't overly impress. The beer smells of lightly sweet, lightly toasted grain with an overlay of herbal hops. My knowledge of and experience with keller biers is limited at best, but this one seems to fit nicely into the style as I know it; a boldly flavored, more highly hopped lager. Especially enjoyable is the toasted malt flavor that is the centerpiece of this particular brew.

The impressive amount of maltiness is more than offset by a firm, hoppy, almost woody, presence that provides bittering and even more flavor. Keller Bier falls into the bitter-dry camp as opposed to the sweet one. The finish is relatively clean, but possesses a hoppy linger that provides the impetus for the next delicious sip.

Keller/Zwickel Biers are a subset of the lager style that I previously knew nothing about, but which have impressed me so far. Granted, I've only had two, but each one was a balanced, incredibly quaffable beer that I'd be happy to drink again and again. If you're curious about the style, St. Georgenbrau's version is as good a place to start as any.

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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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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 Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is hazy amber is color with a moderate-sized, light brown head. Aroma is of raw, bready malt. Nice, but perhaps not strong enough. The sip starts with a little bite of hops, which is followed by a raw, dark malt flavor. The malts are bready. The finish has a notable herbal taste mixed in with the malts. This is an enjoyable brew which begins to grow on you after the first couple of sips. This is a very rare style around here (I think this is the only keller available); For comparison's sake this seems like a rawer munich dunkle.
I wish I could find more kellers for a more adequate picture of the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark amber brown with a sizeable light tan head. Nose is pretty muted. Hops are all that seem to peek out. Flavor is mildly sweet with what seems like a grain-like influence. Feel is okay. Not much really happening there. Drinkable, sure. But for the price? Hell no.

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Photo of stevoj
2.79/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Some roast grain comes through, and some metallic aftertaste. Aroma is almost non-existant. Color is muddy cola/ice tea. Flavor is good at first taste, then goes downhill from there.

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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 John_M
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap the other night at Max's.

The beer pours your typical German lager gold color, with decent head retention and adequate lacing. I get very little on the nose, maybe just a trace of hop bitterness. On the palate the beer is pretty simple and one dimensional, but with a noticeable hop bite in the finish. The beer has a soft, pleasant mouthfeel, with an adequate finish. Abv. is listed at 4.9%, and the beer does seem pretty drinkable.

A nice beer for quaffing in the Summer time, but certainly nothing special.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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 Derek
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
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 Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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 clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish auburn brown with a one-finger head that receeds slowly. Citric, floral, even soapy hops mixed with some malts like caramel and maybe some roasted, plus hints of dark fruits. Medium to full-bodied and smooth and creamy with a good chunk of cocoa and roasted malts along with some citric hopiness. Contains hints of huskiness and veginess, and finishes great with a dry backbite. Some dark fruits like cherries and/or apples and maybe some figs are in the body also. Never had Keller Bier before but if they are all like this I will have to look for more.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger light tan head that fades soon to a thin layer leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Slight malty nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweetish with slight hoppy finish. $2.50 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours a hazy orange rust colour with a thin layer of foam. I like the way it looks in my New Belgium goblet.

The smell has a fruity nose with some lemon hoppiness and some malt sweetnes. It smells yummy.

The taste brings a lot of grain and sweet malt to my tastebuds on first sip...quickly followed by a lemony zest tartness/bitternes that is subtle at first but grows after each sip and compliments the other flavours really well. Nice.

The mouthfeel is lightish and has a buttery slickness to it, the carbonation is at a lowish level and it finishes bitter with that lemon zest thing going on.

Drinkability is very good due to the low abv and more importantly, it's just a darn good taster. Kellers....Me likes the style.

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Photo of wl0307
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 500ml swing-top brown bottle, BB 02/03/09, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a translucent reddish amber hue, coming with a thin off-white creamy head and moderate and constant flows of tiny bubbles.
S: the aroma is quite different from the cask version tasted three years ago and also from many other Keller Bier tasted recently - a semi-rich chestnutty maltiness and date+prune-ish sour-sweet yet also sticky fruitiness come hand in hand, consistently underlined by a light herbal and floral hint of hops and a predominant sweetness as of new oak barrels. Quite different, with a touch of sweetness too much at the expense of a richer yeasty element that usually earmarks a Keller Bier.
T: interestingly, the foretaste rings a bell of Harvey's Best Bitter! Led by amber malts, the taste is semi-yeasty with an unique sour edge and a good depth of tea-leafy bitterness of hops, added with tea-smoked prunes, licorice-candy, and a faint touch of caramel... then it turns more bitter (in a ground dried-herb way) in the aftertaste, laced by the German pilsner's floral-hoppy yet "plastic" touch in the end.
M&D: somehow this beer is pretty attractive due to the level of bitterness from hops, while the overall balance is way different from all other Kellerbier (including the cask-conditioned version of this very same bier!) I've tried. I suspect the bottling or storage process has probably gone wrong for this batch/bottle, hence a slightly stronger sour element and a less lively texture to the overall balance.

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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 akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 650 mL bottle poured into a chilled earthenware mug at the Old Stein Inn in Edgewater, MD. The ale (and mug) are cold (too cold).

Appearance: The lager is an amber colored bier, similar in color to an amber/red ale. There is a slight haze to the beer, as a result of it not being filtered. The beer is carbonated, but did not leave any hint of lace in the mug.

Smell: The beer has a malty aroma, resembling biscuits. There is also a hop presence that is not overbearing.

Taste: The lager has a strong malt character, almost to the point of being a a bock or doppelbock. The hop character is evident, but not enough to overload the malt presence. Although the beer claims to be aged in oak, I don't notice any buttery-sweet flavor that I've found in other oak-aged beers.

Mouthfeel: The malts and restrained hops play nicely together.

Drinkability: Drinkability is alright, the lager-style flavors are softer and the alcohol is not overpowering. An interesting offshoot for fans of German lagers.

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Photo of bark
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep amber-gold (35 EBC), the liquid cloudy. The two finger head is airy, uneven and warm beige. It sinks slowly leaving lots of beautiful lacing. The beer is (of course) bottle conditioned.

The smell is smooth and quite strong. Fresh flowery-grassy hops, smoked hints, dry malty bread-like notes. It is overall unpolished and unclean in a good way. Hints of delicatessen, metal and ripe apricots.

The taste is fresh and refreshing. Some quite clean earthy-yeasty notes give an interesting complexity and depth to the flavours. Fresh medium bitter flavours with hints of hay and dried flowers. The aftertaste got a growing dry bitterness and tart hints of tree sap and fresh flowers (Dandelions?). Some lightly roasted malt and a touch of rye bread. The finish is dry, complex and medium bitter.

The carbonation is medium to light, the few medium sized bubbles very fresh. The liquid is dry.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery gold colour with a light beige head. Thick lacing to start, from fine foam that fell initially. Decent head retention though. Toasted malt sweetness and herbal/spicy hops in the nose. A bit of earthiness and fruity esters too. Moderate bitterness balances the toasty malt and hint of caramel. Hop flavour is fairly pronounced, especially towards the end, and a nice combination of malt and hops lingers. Soft palate, moderate carbonation, and light bodied. I've been on a bit of a lager kick lately and this one really fit in with that theme - delicate, interesting, refreshing beers.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper. Thin bone white head. Minimal lace. Nice aroma. Good dose of earthy hops blend with some cracker like maltiness. Interesting taste. For not having many Keller Biers, I've just got a feeling anyway that this is how they're supposed to taste. Rugged maltiness. Kind of grundgy. Hops add their say with some herbal traits and even a little pine. Nice little bitterness. Really enjoyable brew. This is definitely sessionable.

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