Keller Instinct | Wayward Brewing

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Keller InstinctKeller Instinct

Brewed by:
Wayward Brewing

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MrKennedy on 03-31-2013

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
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3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle purchased from Camperdown Cellars Kingston Rd. It's apparently a Keller "ale" made with malted rye and hopped with Hallertau. Ignoring the advice on the label, I swirled the bottle to release the sediment, resulting in a naturtrüb appearance.

The result is a hazed dirty golden colour, with a fine, slick and silky head of mild white. Lacing is streaking, persistent and decent. There's a little weight to the body, and the carbonation is moderated nicely. The colour is slightly dirty and lackadaisical, but otherwise, it looks good.

Nose is very estery and phenolic, with pronounced banana characters like a weizenbier, with green pear and apple notes coming through as well. There's a slight spiciness, perhaps from the rye: although I've not had rye give that direct a spiciness on the nose. Otherwise, there's a dusty character which is dry but relatively pleasant. Decent enough.

Taste is mild, rounded and much like a hefeweizen: which just confuses me more. Slight peppery characters around the edges of a palate which is mostly built on those mild banana phenols and the smooth, light malt. Finish is clean and crisp, with a lingering banana, and a touch of bread yeast. Actually, on the palate, I'm not getting a lot of the rye. I'd attribute the pepperiness more to the hops, which seem to be more noticeable here than on the nose.

Overall, this is a pretty nice beer. But goddamn it if it isn't a confusing one. A keller would traditionally be a lager: most likely something akin to an unfiltered German pils. This says it's an ale, which implies a kellerweizen, but it's got no wheat, only rye, which doesn't really make its presence felt. Plus, it has loads of characters that scream weizen yeast, but they don't mention this on the label.

So I'm confused indeed, and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. I think I would have preferred a nice clean, sharp but rounded traditional Keller, but this is tasty enough and drinkable enough in its own way. Just don't take it as an epitome of the style.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gracient
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrKennedy
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Camperdown Cellars, into a Mikkeller wine glass.

Pours orange with a touch of amber, hazy look about it. Nice white foam on top with some lacing. Good head retention.

Smells of cereal, bread, toast and a little chalk. Sweet, it does remind me a little of opening a breakfast cereal packet, oddly enough.

Tastes sweet, nice bready malt flavour with a little chalkiness in the middle. Not as hoppy as i was expecting for the style, relatively speaking. Only a little hop spiciness comes through.

Low carbonation which suits the style. Longish finish as the maltiness lingers.

Good second beer from the new brewing company that hopes to find its own premises shortly. Nicely drinkable and enjoy the lower carbonation of this. Helps keep it pretty true to style.

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Photo of spicelab
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brass orange, moderately clouded with a porous white head that falls over a minute or two a collar. Healthy looking bead.

Nice cereal grainy notes, with plenty of honey sweetness and grassy hop aromas rounding it out. Appetising.

Flavours follow, with the lightly spicy rye increasingly evident. Very approachable and tasty

Plenty of texture from the rye, with spritzy carbonation ensuring it remains drinkable and refreshing.

Very inexperienced with the style, but I thought it was very solidly constructed and a joy to drink. Type of beer I'd definitely be happy to drink a bunch of in a session.

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Photo of ADZA
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another thank you to MrKennedy for this and pours a cloudy honey hue with a fluffy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is alcohol,honey,lavender and noble spicy hops,the mouthfeel issdi bodied with minimal carbonation and tastes of barley,honey on toast,lemon cake and finished with a herbal oakiness and overall I like it and would drink again cheers.

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Keller Instinct from Wayward Brewing
3.52 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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