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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: 182
Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First of this style for me.

Pours out a clear copper with a nice big head. I see the yeasties in the bottle so I'll get some in here as well, but there's not a lot of em and most have settled in the bottle pretty solidly. Head is pretty stiff and laces nicely. First impression is big perfumy floral hops and an earthy/chalky undertone. Fairly dry, with a moderate mouthfeel and a splash of fruitiness. I'm tasting some dry nuttiness, coarse graininess and a moderate bitter finish. 2nd impression is some honey sweetness in this nose, but not in flavour, but there's a bit of citrus in the taste now. Fairly hoppy actually, and a bit of an astringent mouthfeel. Too bad I have no other keller bier to compare this to, but my impressions of this on its own is a very easy to drink, sessionable brew with a well balanced flavour.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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 kimcgolf
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a slightly hazy dull copper color with medium off-white head that sticks around thru mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is muted, but what is there is malty biscuit with just a whiff of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is full and the flavor is a combination of the malty dough and slight hoppy fruit.

Finish was well rounded, and of medium duration. Not a bad beer.

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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 sstackho
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased for $3.50 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a slightly cloudy light gold. Aroma is lagery, but decent. The flavour tastes pretty much like a straightforward lager, but with a slightly stronger aftertaste than average. I sought out this beer after enjoying the Harpoon kellerbier, but I preferred the Harpoon more.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a hazy golden color with an off white head an inch thick.

Smell - A strong wheat smell with hint of malts and citrus.

Taste - Taste of malts and wheat. Citrus taste as well.

Mouthfeel - Full body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - This beer was great. Never had this style before and was very happy.

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Photo of malcontent
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, clear amber body with a gorgeous, billowy head. Looks delightful. Lacing sticks around enough to impress.

Earthy, sawdust-like hints followed by a stronger toasty aroma. Yeast scent comes through on subsequent sniffs.

Full, buttery taste with a clean finish. Understated malt sweetness carries on throughout and elegant hops conclude the flavor nicely.

This couldn't be a whole lot simpler and yet it is so utterly drinkable from the cut-and-dry, clean taste to the full-but-not-heavy mouthfeel that it's hard not to admire. A winner.

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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 Vancer
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initial pour was almost a clear amber, small buy lacey ivory head. Mix up the yeasties and, or course, she clouds and bodies up.

Lite and spicy bread notes permeate throughout the brew. They carry over nicely into the dry and crisp quaff. Just a tad on the harsh side, surprisingly.

Still, the 500ml mini-bomber drinks refreshingly well on a hot day, even though the rawness could be a factor by the second bottle.

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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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Photo of ski271
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, medium amber with a small, creamy, off-white, slowly-diminishing head with very good lacing.
S- Mild biscuity malt, with wheat and some medicinal and cider-like aromas.
T- Maltier than expected from the nose. Toasty and light sweet. Some light hops that mostly show up on the finish, a little smoke, and a touch of yeast.
M- Medium body, dry texture, moderate carbonation.
D- Intriguing and good. Worth a try.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Darkish amber copper hue. Thin white head, patchy. Just slightly cloudy - maybe some chill haze.

S: Grainy/cornish malt aroma. Hop aroma also pretty strong. Some traces of sulfur yet despite this still pretty clean smelling.

T: Rich toasted/grainy malt flavor with a muted yet definitely there hop highlights. Some light sulfur and fruity yeast tastes. A clean and dry finish with subtle bittering.

MF: Medium light body. Nice filling taste due to the sweet malt character perhaps? Lightly carbonated. Creamy.

D: Interesting well balanced beer that like most German offerings are easy drinking and entirely sessionable.

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Photo of John_M
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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 jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
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 DESTRO
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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 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 Absumaster
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An orange, amber beer with a creamy head.

Smell is malty and a little husky. The use if higher kilned malts is clear in the depth of the malt flavor.

Taste is malty, which is just a tad sweet, full-bodied and rich in dextrines. More like a lot of munich malt has been used. There is very little bitterness. Drinkability is good and this beer is better than any other Kellerbier I had. The others were all more like sweet pilsners without the hops. This beer is decent.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium bronze / orange color with notes of yellowy gold. Fair sized head of white foam, with nice lacing in the glass. Medium levels of carbonation.

S: Definite buttery malt note, blended with dough, sweet grain and a touch of yeast. Nice. Very inviting.

T: Caramel malts bloom into a buttery malty basket of joy. Mild hoppiness accentuates the raw starch grain flavor. Light earthy tea and leafy notes toward the finish. Nice.

M: Slightly boring, but a mild note of carbonation makes this one move across the palate at a pace just north of an old man with a walker.

D: Not bad. Doesn't hold my interest too well, but it's still a fair beer that's worthy of a try.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Georgen Brau Keller Bier pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown half liter bottle. Toasted malt dominates the aroma. Starts with a nice toasted malt flavor that fades into a hoppy flavor, finishing with more toasted malt. I think this is only the second keller bier I've had, but this one is good enough to make me wish there were more available. I'll be drinking this one again. Recommended.

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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 kohoutek
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful reddish sunset - Marzen coloring. Fluffy white head that traps aromas. Persistent lace and permafoam. Continuous streaming bubbles.

Aromas of malty tannic biscuits, iron, and leather. Herbaceous hops - tinted with green, yet aging to yellow. Dried fall leaves, raked on a sunny day. Subtle hints of roast and caramel. There is a tinge of earthy cellar. Many Keller biers are left exposed during aging. This beer has a tad of Belgianesque otherworldliness.

Flavors range from complex, bready melanoidin malt . . . to bitter grain tannins and mildly resinous herbaceous hops. A touch of graham cracker rounds the middle. Finishes quite dry.

The mouth feel is thinner than expected. The carbonation is crisp and the bitterness refreshing. Some tannic malt adds to complexity. Little residual sweetness.

This beer drinks well. Refreshing and dry enough to avoid being cloying. It lacks some "brightness" to get me to return again and again however.

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Photo of jhu1995
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish-orange color with a fluffy white head. Smell is rather earthy, with some fruitiness. Taste had a stronger than expected maltiness, but not overpowering. Hints of caramel, banana, and spices with a touch of pleasing bitterness. Thought it to be fairly smooth and overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice, copper color and a pretty good-sized head. Aroma is malty, a little of alcohol and perhaps some clean yeast notes. Taste is a delicious malty, refreshing brew with some alcohol flavor and a subtle, hop finish. Smooth, with average carbonation. A very drinkable beer that is solid all around and suitable for mass-consumption and refreshment.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml capped brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.9%. "Ungespundet - hefetrüb". Deep golden to amber colour, large and creamy lingering head. Lovely aroma of hops, caramel and bakery. Moderate carbonation, soft mouthfeel. Mellow flavour with a delicate balance between malts and hops, notes of rye bread, hints of butterscotch. I’d like a tad more bittering hops for the aftertaste, though. Definitely a recommendable beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting to see St. George (patron saint of Blighty) adorniing a very German style beer. Picked up yesterday at Grapes and Hops in Fayetteville after coaching wrestling practice at the high school where I work.

Clear dark golden coolor bordering on amber with a minute cap of head and impressive early lacing. Nose is raw, unprocessed malt with a thin bitterness.

Heavy malt kick that is tempered by hops early in the sip but is oversweet at the finish. This beer is somehat harsh but honest and refreshing. Carbonation is a bit overdone, which affects the texture and inhibits flavor as well.

I have no doubt that this is a good example of the style but it's still not a brew that goes down real easy. I'll be open to trying this again but won't be rushing out to buy more anytime real soon.

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