St. Georgenbräu Keller Bier | St. Georgenbräu

St. Georgenbräu  Keller BierSt. Georgenbräu  Keller Bier
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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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Added by UncleJimbo on 03-28-2001

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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of paterlodie
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No on the bottle. Poors in fine with nice and thick creamy head. Beercolor is amberbrown with big particles foatin in the beer. Nose is fine hops and sweethoney& fruity for a german beer.
Taste is amber malty, but could have a litle more body for the beercolor that suggests full maltflavour. Aftertaste is bitter and far most out of hops but thought I tasted a litle roast also. Good beer I could easily drink a couple of.

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Photo of walleye
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle. poured a cloudy orange, copper with a small off white head that didn't last very long. aroma a nice sweet orange, tangerine, yeast, sugar, hoppy. flavor, malty, fruity, honey, hopps, a little sourness, and a bit on the dry side. not to bad.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy braonze/orange/red color, with a fluffy head that fades into a aolid 1/8" layer. Smells of cinnamon and earthy woody flavors, alomst proclaiming this style as an anachronism in the corny lager beer world of today. Taste is full and malty, but the hop presence sets this beer apart from the usual lager style. Mouthfeel is fairly thin, with very low carbonation levels, but this beer is unique in so many ways that that is easily overlooked.

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Photo of deBeers
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a frothy golden-amber, clear with carbonation being persistent throughout the center of this bier.

Head is creamy, almost velvety. Poured with a four finger head and hazy at first. Head recedes hardly leaving a trace on this pilsner glass. One of my favorite things about this is the creamy goodness in the head of this beer.

Tastes bitter with an orange rind sort of aftertaste that lingers afterwords. The more it warms up the more palatable this brew becomes. At first I thought possibly a note of caramel but now I'm not so sure. Almost a bit too carbonated for my personal tastes. Still a unique beer.

Mouthfeel is odd. The creamy head gives way to something astringent, yet oddly quaffable. Strangely, I am enjoying this beer and it's warmth its bringing me.

The caramel came out as the bier came to room temps. I really started to finally enjoy this beer in entirety. No head left and much sweeter, almost syrupy. I like it much more warm. Thanks for brewing...


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Photo of aracauna
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprise. Truthfully, I was expecting a boring german ale with just a tad of hop bitterness and a little caramel malt. Instead you get something much like a British bitter or even an American amber ale. I don’t know if this is typical for the style, but if it is, it’s a shame that it’s such a rare beer style. The body poured a hazy copper with a good, white head. The aroma is hops first, Oranges and juicy ones at that, and flowers. The flavor is very malty, almost worty, but it isn’t very sweet. The flavors are all bright and fresh. Very quaffable. Excellent session beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Rastacouere
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Caramel colored hazy body, immediately fading off-white head despite generous carbonation. Rather sweet aroma of toasted bread, caramel. Very hoppy (orangey, herbal). Fairly low carbonated medium body. A bit grainy on the palate. Very long finish, dry and mineral. Bitterness has quite a sharp acid bite, very refreshing. A bit disappointing initially, but it manages to grow on you and was a real bargain at 2$ a 0.5L. Glad to have tried this style at once.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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 SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half-a-liter bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy deep apricot color with two fingers of head that dies down quickly. There is just a little lacing left on the glass. The smell is sweet and fruity. Some red grape and cherry, a hint of oak. It fills the nose fairly well. The taste is also on the sweet and malty side. More cherry and wood in there. Very earthy in taste. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is really good. A unique style of beer that should be brewed by more people.

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Photo of John
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed burnt orange body. Atop it sits a pristine pillow of foam, I pour about three quarters of the half liter bottle, wait, admire, sip…pour the rest. Maltiness and toasted grains and a healthy waft of spicy peppery hops greet the nose. Earthy notes are underlying. A “got beer?” foam mustache lingers after the first sip. The taste is hearty German rye bread and raw grain. Malt sweetness lends balance to the grassy, dry flavors. Hops are again peppery, earthy, leafy with some faint lemon notes. There are a few flocculent yeast particles. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, medium bodied. This brew begs to be drunk but I try to savour it. Keller biers are an under rated style IMHO. I’m enjoying them more and more lately as a changeup from the usual. This will be one I will pick up again and again.

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Photo of Crosling
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Kellerbier. Cheers, (glass is raised) to many more.

Hazy apricot.

The nose consists of herbal, spicy and fruity hops with a little bit of bready malt in there as well. Hidden is a medicinal cherry sweetness. It smells nice.

I read a lot about the style before sampling this beer. Kellerbiers are unfiltered lagers, hoppy, have low carbonation and are similar to a bigger version of a helles lager. This beer definately fits into the description.

Raw and earthy. Pretty delicious. Low carbonation. The malt is grainy and has some caramel notes. The hops are fresh, versatile and alive and provide fruity and herbal notes. Hints of woodiness. Low bitterness.

Good beer.

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Photo of mschofield
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 Suds
3.37/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a dark, murky reddish-brown color with a dense cream colored head. The head doesn’t last particularly long, and leaves only little lace. The aroma is sweet, floral, herbal, and slightly yeasty. It’s grainy, grassy, and rustic. The taste is full of sweet, toasted malt and citrusy hops. Low carbonation, medium body, and satisfactory balanced. Finish is only slightly sweet, and very soft. The taste seems rough-hewn….it’s good but not clean. Overall, though, this is a very satisfying beer. I think that this may be the first time I’ve had this style.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 CRJMellor
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a murky, hazy coppe color head that fades quickly to nothing leaving minimal lace.
Aroma of caramel, citrus, grain and yeast.
Flavors of caramel, toffee, earthy yeast were noted that then transitioned to a bitter finish. Seems very highly hopped.
Lack of carbonation detracted from enjoyment in the mouth. Somewhat astringent note leaves a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste, detracting from drinkability.

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Photo of Ueberales
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I brought this one back from Germany. It comes in a 0.5 l amber bottle with a flip-top opening that cost all of € 0.89. (What a great country!)

The pour is exceptionally flat, although my serving temperature was a little on the cool side. This is expected, as this beer is aged in oak casks "ungespundet" - unbunged. Even upon warming, this is a fairly low carbonated beer. Color is a brilliant hazy copper-amber, and it commands attention in a tall pils glass.

Smell is outstanding with a heavy whiff of maltiness, akin to a certain wheat doppelbock of some notariety. No floral armoa here - this one is all malt. The aroma of this beer is certainly in my opinion one of its strongest assets.

The taste is rather citrusy, and here you discover the presence of ample bittering hops. The hops linger for quite a while, but as I am writing this, the beer is warming somewhat, and a very pleasant malt aftertaste is exerting itself.

Mouthfeel is average, not too thin, and I think appropriate for this beer. All in all, a very refreshing and different beer.

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Photo of nomad
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a toasted amber color with no head and almost some lace - otherwise flat but appropriate in my hefe-weizen glass. Smelled of a yummy toasted malt covered in raspberry and honey-tones, but, unfortunately, these fade away. Plenty of lemon-scented hops to go around, though. Tasted of a thin, juicy amber malt that seems lightly toasted. Crisp hops flavor, floral and flavorful, but with some lemon notes as well. The sizable finish combines all the flavors in a bundle: toasty, lemony, crisp and full malt body, but with a touch of hefe yeast and a light earthiness.

Very easy to drink, with a thin mouthfeel and no carbonation. My first keller/zwickel bier, I think its quite interesting and tasty. I wanna drink more.

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Photo of inebrius
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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 ManekiNeko
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cripes, I gotta immediately follow cokes!

1 pt. 9 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber colored liquid topped by a thin and bubbly cream colored head. What little head there was quickly dissipated to a small ring of foam at the edge of the glass. The occasional spot of lace was left on the glass - enough to note, but not enough to truly call lace, or thread for that matter.

Smell: Yeasty, slightly clovey smell. Faint caramel malt and fruity presence as well. A subtle sniffer.

Taste: Wow, this is different. Slightly sour and grassy. Imagine a lightly sweet pale ale that's gone flat and you're in the ballpark. I was reminded of a few pale ales I've had on cask, but sweeter.

Mouthfeel: Watery due to precious little carbonation. Quite thin bodied. I doubt I had a bad bottle given the brewing process.

Drinkability: Hrrm.. this is not bad at all, that much I'll admit. My first and only kellerbier, so I can't say whether I dislike the style or whether this isn't a great example of one. An experience I don't regret, though.

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Photo of cokes
2.34/5  rDev -39.4%
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 marburg
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impeccible drinkability. A winner through and through.

Bready, dough aromas with hints of musty earth and dirt. Malty grape-skin flavor leads to just the most mild tartness. Just slightly astringent in a pleasant way. Astringency leads to a bit of an aftertaste. Light hopping provides balance. Well-crafted, very balanced, and supremely easy to drink.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 budgood1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out an extremely hazy amberish/copper color, a creamy white head that sticks and leaves minimal lace on the glass. extremely aromatic, big nose of toasty malts and floral hops, with hints of musty fruitiness. quite complex and rich in taste... very earthy; bready and toasted caramel malts, and hints of woodiness. buttery, a bit tart, with hints of sourness too. medium bodied and very smooth; the flavors all melt together quite nicely with a light touch of crispness in the finish, i suspect from the hopping. a warming alcohol presence sort of sneaks up in the end too. balanced with a spicy undertone that lingers in the aftertaste. this is a very odd but quite nice brew. strange belgian qualities for a german pilsener, but apparently "keller bier" is a style unto itself. i really liked it but could see where some might be put off by it, expecting a more traditional german pils.

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St. Georgenbräu Keller Bier from St. Georgenbräu
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 186 ratings
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