St. Georgenbräu Keller Bier | St. Georgenbräu

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86
very good
185 Ratings
St. Georgenbräu  Keller BierSt. Georgenbräu  Keller Bier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
St. Georgenbräu
Germany
kellerbier.de

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 03-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
185
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 185 |  Reviews: 159
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 dcmchew
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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 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 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 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 Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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 BillRoth
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 Latarnik
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 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 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 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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