Summer Teeth
Columbus Brewing Company

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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #58
Ranked #22,164
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Columbus Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Notes: Crisp, golden lager

Beer is meant to be shared and nothing says summer like sharing a crisp, golden lager with friends. This traditional German style lager is brewed with a blend of European malts and hops to create a refreshing, easy-drinking beer.

Bronze Medal, Kellerbier or Zwickelbier, Great American Beer Festival® 2010
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yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not impressed by this beer whatsoever. Golden color with bland taste expected more from this beer doesn’t even go down smooth enough for a good taste at all

Jun 29, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours straw yellow. Minimal head and a ring of lacing. Mostly cloudy.

S: Tangy and fruity, I think from the yeast. The next aroma I'm picking up a is a medium maltiness.

T: Full bodied lager flavor. It has sort of a woody flavor about it. The tangy sweetness shines through. Bready notes beyond that. One of the more agreeable brews I've had.

F: Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied, easy to drink.

O: It's a good brew. There's nothing wrong with it. I know people who like, even prefer it. But it's a lager and there's only so much it can do.

O: Personally, if I'm going for a German lager, I'm looking for authenticity and consistency. That said, I'll pick an import first--Not neccesarily for the flavor, but for the principle behind it. Easy choice when it only costs a dollar more to get actual Weihenstephaner.

Jun 26, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour appears a light, straw hued color; the head appears thick and creamy. The smell has a bold cracker malt backbone with some earthy hop notes. Exquisite light cereal malt taste; biscuit; nice minerally quality; hop bitterness starts out barely noticeable yet builds to a strong yet balanced presence at the finish. Medium body; almost creamy; smooth; excellent mouthfeel balance, not sweet, not dry, just right.

I had to judge some of my ratings (mainly 'Look') because I only had a paper cup in my hotel room to pour the beer into. All the same, the beer certainly smells and tastes fine for a German-styled lager. It is pretty clean on the palate with some crispness in the feel with the hops while the carbonation and lasting head also add some smoothness and creaminess to the overall mouthfeel. A fine seasonal release from CBC...

Jun 08, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer Teeth brewed by Columbus Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.00% This German Kellerbier/Zwickelbier pours out a slight hazy golden amber color with a small white head. Nice amount of thin lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Rich with sweetness, with malts and grains. Really faint on the hop bitterness. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold an Rich with flavors. You first pick up on a smooth an I mean smooth mild sweetness mixed with mild grains and malts. This is a real enjoyable drinking brew. There is nothing overpowering about Summer Teeth, it has a super nice balance to it. The body of this brew is a solid medium. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. This brew would go nice on a hot summer day or with lunch. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Sweet, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Summer Teeth a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Columbus Brewing Company hit the nail on the head with this German style brew.

Nov 10, 2018
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kimlhurst from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold color with a medium to barely covering white collar with lots of carbonation. Clean beer taste with just a little bitter after taste. Sessionable.

Aug 06, 2018
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udfan07 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a glass at the Columbus Clippers game. A nice and refreshing beer for summer and easy to drink. Had a lemony taste with floral aroma. Really enjoyed this and would have it again.

Jul 10, 2017
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy light to medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that's about an inch thick when first poured what settles eventually to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with bits of small cluster swirls of foam in the beer's surface and a bit of lacing too. Aromas of wheat and somewhat bready malts mild hops and not really much else. The taste is pretty much the same, with some wheat and bready malts with mild sweetness. Slight earthy, floral hop bitterness to round this out. Has a mainly crisp, yet smooth and fairly frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.


Jun 17, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tradiional optics, perhaps could have used more head / carbonation. Classic German aromas, crisp malt, lemongrass, rye spice, dry grain. Clean, simple and precise profile...great german yeast flavor, spelt grain, cracker, etc. nice floral hop addition. Body is a tad heavy & oily, but nonetheless great american adaptation of the style.

May 11, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried the Summer Teeth at the Clippers Huntington Park. It poured a hazy yellow with thin white head left some lace. The scent had hints of citrus. The taste was evenly balanced between bread like malt and lemon. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer and worth a try.

Aug 19, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: bright gold, not much of a head
S: light spicy, herbal hops
T: crisp, clean,slightly malty taste, with some earthy hops
F: pretty light bodied
O: great beer, too bad I can't get it in SC

Jun 01, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Columbus has a solid product here, and something a little unique and worth a try.

It opens pretty yellow and slightly cloudy. The foam is continuous.. There is a nice yeasty hoppy aroma that is not too overbearing but still present.

The taste is far superior to macro brewed lagers. It has just a hint of yeastiness and a nice malty and hoppy balance. It leaves a nice beer aftertaste.

This is what you want to show your uninitiated lager drinkers to get them being more discriminating. Great stuff.

May 28, 2016

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm generally not a huge fan of lagers, but this was a nice crisp refreshing beer. Super refreshing and easy drinking. Goes down great on a hot day. And at the low abv, you can have a few.

Oct 04, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy, unfiltered golden yellow.

Decent amount of citrus on the nose in the form of lemongrass. Also yeast and biscuits and cereal.

Drinks about right in line with the smell. Doughy and cracker/cereal like malts and a slight bit of floral/grassy hops and peppery bite. Grainy finish.

Very crisp yeast bite with a bit of a mineral water feel. Easy drinking and very flavorful.

Aug 07, 2015
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superspak from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, bottled on 3/19/2015. Pours lightly hazy golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of light lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of light lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness after the finish. Incredibly clean on lager flavors with zero estery yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a damn nice kellerbier style. All around great robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 18, 2015
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6-6-15 I originally rated this beer straight fours with no review.

5-11-20 I'm updating it to

L - (5) literally the clearest, cleanest beer I've ever poured. It's like looking through transluscent gold.

S - (4.5) not terribly strong but oh so grainy. It reminds me of fresh great German lagers - weihenstephaner and ayinger. It smells light, sweet, and crush able. Light floral hops. Just so dead on for lager.

T - (4.75) grainy, sweet, floral, crisp, light and easy. It's so approachable its nuts. It drinks so light like you're drinking miller light but floods you with an array or flavors.

F - (4.5) it's what it should be. It drinks like a 5% lager.

O - (4.75) this beer went from being completely unmemorable 5 years ago to arguably being a top 10 all time favorite of mine. Columbus has really stepped up past couple years, I've gone from borderline hating the brewery to really respecting them. Definitely give this beer a try if you're on the fence about it.

Jun 07, 2015
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(Re-reviewed 6-19-15. Pilsener glass. Bottled 15104.)

Had on tap at Market 65. Served in an Imperial/Nonic pint glass. (Pilsener glass).

Appearance: Pours a hazy gold with 2" of white head. Dispersed quickly to 1/4" head that lingered. Little effervescence visible. (Continuous streaming bubbles in 2015).

Aroma: Light, airy, salty and bready. (Clean, sweet, bready pilsener malt in 2015).

Mouthfeel: Soft; not as slick as the last time I had it (bottled). More effervescence on tap than bottled, but low by any measure.

Taste: Clean, slightly tart arrival. Malty with a hint of citrus across mid-palate. Really firm bitterness on the finish. The strength of the finish was really surprising given how light the beer comes across otherwise. Balanced. (Very classic German malt character).

Overall: A really clean and quaffable summer brew. A little lacking in depth to make it a regular, but much better than the last time I had it bottled. I could see this being my go-to beer for neighborhood barbecues. (Willing to make it a regular buy; very nice refreshing maltiness).

Jul 03, 2014
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Swettenham_Shire from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I was excited to try this spring/summer offering from Columbus Brewing Company. After all, CBC puts out some amazing brews.

Maybe it's just the style, but this this one doesn't stick out to me. The first sip reminded me of Yuengling lager, which isn't necessarily bad, but not something I would regularly buy... I'm not going to turn it down during the warm summer months. Glad I only bought one bottle though.

Apr 14, 2014
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Kellerbier (I think?). On tap at Columbus Brewing Company and Restaurant in Columbus, OH.

Pours a clear orange, with a half inch head, and little dots of lacing down the glass.

Smells include lightly sweet malt, citrus, and some yeast.

The taste is pretty similar. Sweeter than I expected, with some sweetness between the citrus and sweet malt flavor. Very drinkable, quite crushable.

Light bodied, very drinkable, very sessionable. Crisp, low carbonation.

A great summer beer, and another great one from this brewery.

Apr 14, 2014
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LiquidCucumber from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle, 2013 Release
This beer pours with about a finger of foamy white head. Despite the unfiltered nature of the brew, there is little cloudiness (I will swirl the next one, I know I can get those tasty yeasts to comply!). In the aroma you get lots of grain and bread; almost cracker-like. The flavor comes off as largely the same as the aroma, very bready, almost like taking a fist full of pale (pilsner?) malt in your mouth (this Keller bier is definitely infinitely tastier I am certain). Although the complexity is nothing like something with various adjuncts and a major ABV, this beer is very refreshing and really fits the bill when you want to have a few beers without feeling too bloated or drunk.

Apr 09, 2013
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headbucket from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very cloudy, a sexy unfiltered-ness to it. With somewhat thick white foam ontop of a nice grainy tint.

S: sweet grains and corn husk, slightly bready. Hops and citrus hints come forward as it warms.

T:sweetness hits at first, leading into grain flavors, light corn and husk, followed up by a nice sharp bitterness which is a bit grassy and hangs on in the aftertaste.

M: thick and lush.fills the mouth without being heavy.

O: damn tasty. Only picked up a single and really wish i had more. Light in alcohol and refreshing, this is a great summer beer, or for anytime you want a nice flavorful beer that isnt going to wreck your taste buds or sobriety. This is only my second keller/zwickel, and i will definitely seek out more. I think this edges out fat head's example by being slightly more complex. Will buy again for sure and hope i can score some more before it's gone for the year.

Aug 23, 2012
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metter98 from New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Columbus Brewing Company, Columbus, OH

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with wispy lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of bready malts and yeast in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of bready malts along with yeast. Although the beer is clear in appearance, you can definitely taste the unfiltered nature.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied, quite smooth and a bit thick on the paalte with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very nice beer for the summer—it’s somewhat malty but still easy to drink.

Aug 16, 2012
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VncentLIFE from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Woodlands Tavern in Columbus. Pour was a super cloudy light straw with a tight white head. The smell is loaded with a sweet light graininess and no bitterness whatsoever. The taste is super drinkable, with the taste dominated by corn and grain. I love this German beer from what Ive learned is on of the better small breweries in OH.

Jul 27, 2012
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Summer Teeth
Columbus Brewing Company
Style: Keller Bier / Zwickel Bier
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Pours a clear golden color with a soapy froth reminiscent of frog eggs on a pond. Leaves an excellent display of lace. Appears attractive.

SMELL: Clean bready malts, a touch of wheat, grassy hop, a bit grainy, faint lemon.

TASTE: Fresh tasting, with more pale malt flavor lending notes of rye bread and biscuit, but not without a good dosage of noble, grassy hops that do impart a saaz-like spice note. Cracker like yeast/malt notes. Hop flavor chimes in faint citrus and finishes with a small bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied, crisp, Uber-Refreshing. Really does hit the spot.

OVERALL: A summer beer with plenty of flavor and character. Tasty, well made, actually almost like a high quality import lager. A beer like this is always welcome in the beer fridge.

Jul 15, 2012
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TheHoppiest from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass. Pours a straw yellow color, with a slight haze, capped by a fluffy white 1/2" lid.

Has a nice grassy aroma, with hints of lemon, mild malt, and cracker.

Smooth tasting, with a malty start. Grass, clover, lemon zest, and dandelion combine for a refreshing taste. Finishes with a mild bit of hop.

Light to medium bodied, this is a refreshing, but not a crisp, beer, that lightly dries the tongue at the finish. The feel is too soft for me to call this a crisp brew.

A nice summer lager, I could see hitting this a few times on a hot summer day. This beer is not hurt at all by serving it ice cold, still retaining all the taste and feel it has as it warms. Another quality beer from Columbus Brewing Company!

Jun 09, 2012
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Hoptometrist from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a semi-hazy bright golden color with a three finger fluffy head that left lots of chunky lace. Lots of tiny streaming carbonation bubbles

S- Very bready, some lager fruitiness, lemon,

T- Really nice pilsner malt character, very bready doughy and lots of graininess. Some light lemon notes and lager fruitiness. There is a nice fruity sharpness that cuts through the bready/grainy backbone and soft mouthfeel. There is a really nice brightness and snap in the flavor of this beer.

M- Very soft mouthfeel, creamy, prickly carbonation, mostly dry finish, very refreshing

O- This is a wonderful session lager for the summer. So drinkable, amazing mouthfeel, and some really nice flavor.

Jun 01, 2012
Summer Teeth from Columbus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 173 ratings