Samuel Adams Kellerbier
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Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #122
Ranked #38,104
3.69 | pDev: 9.21%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
Samuel Adams KellerbierSamuel Adams Kellerbier
Notes: Kellerbiers originated in German cellars when brewers couldn’t wait to taste the fruits of their labors, so they tapped young beers straight from barrels. Our version ages on oak chips for a refreshing juxtaposition of light unfiltered malts with an intriguing woodsy note.
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Raime from Greenland

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had very few from the kellerbier style throughout my time doing this. Two...or maybe three prior with one of them coming from sam adams off of memory. From the mixed twelve. Here goes.

Look - First amber beer I've seen all night. Finger of off white head with a pretty good level of carbonation.

Smell - Super bready with some touches of cherry and a yeasty aspect.

Taste - Don't really need to go into much detail here considering the taste follows the nose almost to an exact T though the aspects do turn up a bit.

Feel - Moderate bodied with an illusionary fullness due to the bready aspect. High carbonation and it swallows sweet.

Overall - Different than the other Kellerbiers I've had. Probably my least favorite of the pack so far due to the malt forward nature though again this is a good mixed pack with a variety which is exactly what they wanted to achieve. A solid brew nontheless.

Jan 27, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is the occasion of New Southern Samuel Springhouse Shipyard, But NO Super Bowl, Sunday (Week 676) and this is my opening salvo. I had read of the release of this one, apparently in a variety pack, but since I usually stick to single-o's, I figured that I would miss out. I was at the Beer & Beverage Shoppe on Friday on my way home from substitute teaching in a new school district when I spotted one last one on the singles shelf. Mine, all mine!

From the bottle: "Hazy with Herbal Hoppiness"; "Proud to be Independent, American, Craft." As to the former, try saying that five times fast! The shift from a hard to a silent "h" & back again is tough.

I Pop!ped the cap & being that even the label mentions "hazy" in addition to the Style Description doing the same, it was time for an aggro pour! Yippee. It foamed up nicely on its own, forming a dense cap of two fingers of foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention. Keller, I mean, color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) & I hate to dun a bier for not being hazy enough, but I was disappointed. Nose reminded me a bit of a German Pils in that it was super bready in terms of its yeastiness, but with a very pleasant grassiness, like Saaz hops had been employed. Mmm. I do not see enough of this style to really have a basis for comparison, but this smells great. Mouthfeel was a little thin, not watery, but not terribly beyond it, either. The taste was really good, with caramel sweetness accompanying the breadiness, but held in check by the light grassiness of the hops. Oh my. I could see this as a very good CANdidate for my cooler. It finished surprisingly dry since it had evinced some sweetness throughout, up until the point of the swallow. I read some reviews where people did not like the caramel/burnt caramel/toffee aspect, but I was not bothered by it. I simply wish that it had been hazier since the yeast might have increased the mouthfeel.

Feb 04, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Samuel Adams Kellerbier brewed by Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), with an ABV of 5.00% This Kellerbier pours out a nice light brown copper color with a small white head. Really digging the color of this brew. There is also a nice amount of spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with sweetness, roasted grains and malts. You also pick up on some nice mild hop bitterness in the smell as well. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold but smooth with flavors. You first pick up on mild roasted hops, malts, and grains. There is a lot going on in this brew. The body of Samuel Adams Kellerbier is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice with lunch or dinner. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. The mouth feel is Bold, Crisp, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Samuel Adams Kellerbier a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), did a real nice job with this brew.

Mar 08, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best before 6/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with amazing retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big cracker, bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big cracker, bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, no fruity/yeasty notes. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an excellent amber kellerbier! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very clean and rich Pale/Munich malt flavors, with solid earthy hop presence. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Would not mind this going to 6 packs.

Mar 10, 2018
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Jjmj51 from Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 24, 2017
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newcastlemike from Connecticut

3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Mar 04, 2018
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jan 15, 2018
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Profundobaso from New York

3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

Look - golden and hazy, decent carbonation but not much head/lacing.
Smell - light and faint in smell. a hint of hops, some lemon, and malts.
Taste - a slight bite of hoppy bitterness with fairly strong malt flavor. Slight sweet and fruity finish. Balanced and smooth.
Feel - medium-bodied, medium carbonation, low ABV.
Overall - have not had a kellerbier before, so I don't have any comparisons. However, despite the light smell, I like the taste of the style and find this to be a pretty enjoyable beer.

Feb 11, 2018
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DaveCash from New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 23, 2018
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SynthetikReality95 from Arkansas

4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 11, 2018
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rmarquardt17 from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 23, 2018
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KennyDerenbecker from Louisiana

3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 21, 2018
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dave_ackbar from Hawaii

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange with a finger width head that stays around my for a few minutes.
Smell is very lager like, with a little bit of smoke.
Taste is fine, definitely get the lager smell now,
Feel is good, nothing overly substantial, but ok.
Overall not the worst of the beers from the variety came in.

Jan 19, 2018
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Mdorn from South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 20, 2018
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ScottyB515 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 15, 2018
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 29, 2017
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Lampro from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice, slightly spiced, malty brew. Pleasant drinking!

May 03, 2018
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Kwright from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 24, 2019
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BenHoppy from Michigan

2.69/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This beer is a no good. Supposed to be hazy? Not hazy, murky brown with some soapy foam. Smell is malty, not hoppy. Malt bomb that is very bland.

Feb 20, 2018
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Velivolus from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 16, 2018
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BAHartman from Kansas

3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Feb 18, 2018
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Dalkri from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 17, 2018
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BlueTomorrow from Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

May 09, 2018
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TNPhillips from Tennessee

3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 22, 2018
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Maddcheff from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jan 27, 2018
Samuel Adams Kellerbier from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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