Berthold Keller Premium Lager | Brouwerij Martens NV

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Berthold Keller Premium LagerBerthold Keller Premium Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Martens NV
Belgium
martens.be

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Viggo on 10-21-2009

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Ratings:
52
Reviews:
30
Avg:
2.68
pDev:
22.01%
 
 
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of BBP
4.01/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Clear amber-gold with excellent head and great lacing.

S- Yeast, sweet malts, a tad of hops, and some citrus.

T- Tasted a little fruity from the get go. I'd say apple. A bit of caramel. Very background hops, but you know they're there. That's all there was to it for me. It does that quite well mind you, but it's by no means intricate or has much depth. The first sip was a bit much but I started enjoying it pretty quick. Definitely more sweet than bitter. Didn't seem oversweet though.

M- Exceptionally smooth feeling. Considerably creamy.

D- A good drink. On the fruitier side and a bit light. Don't know whether I'll pick it up again. It was simple but good.

I find it strange that I'm giving it the highest rating. I felt this beers only flaw was that it was somewhat plain.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.85/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never tried this one before and thought I'd grab a can and give it a shot, it poured a deep yellow typical of a lager with a slight fizzy head. Smell was mild, a little hoppy and grassy. Taste was pretty good, some hops in there with a smooth clean finish. Aftertaste does not linger around long which actually makes this one stand out from others of it's style.

Overall a nice solid Euro Lager.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden-yellow with a white head, good retention & great lacing.

S: Floral, grassy & pepper spice, bready malt, hints of toffee.

T: Floral, grassy, peppery and slightly earthy hops, bready continental malt, light toffee sweetness is balanced by a good bitterness. Hint of sulfur from the lager yeast (nice, not too clean).

M: Smooth body is on the light side of moderate and has an off-dry finish.

D: A good drinker.

Keller by 'name' only... it's a pretty good Euro lager.

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Photo of fortyfield
3.8/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squeezyq
3.65/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boo-urns
3.57/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vyronian
3.5/5  rDev +30.6%

Photo of Stocean1
3.28/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a sudsy two finger white head upon a deep gold body, decent retention, sticky lace coats the glass, clear, nice.

Smell is sweet malt, grassy hops, lemon.

Taste follows the nose with some corn and stale biscuit.

Mouth is light, soft feel, slightly bitter, not overly carbonated.

A decent euro lager that I will not seek out but will not be turned away either.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.25/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $2.00 for a 500ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a high white head that is gone in 30secs. Medium to dark gold colored. Clear

S- Good hops for a lager.

T- Nice beer flavor. Almost like a heavy North American lager. Surprisingly refreshing. Has that light bitterness that comes at the end. Tiniest of metallic taste to this beer

M- Crisp and refreshing

O- Pretty good beer. Glad I gave it a whirl. Would buy again.

Food Pairing

This pretty good little lager went well with..... BBQ'd pizza. Tried it, liked it. Go for olive oil, feta cheese, sun dried tomatoes and sliced black olives.

Enjoy

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Photo of Nickademus
3.15/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A New Beer Sunday review.

Poured from a tallboy can, with the dulcimer tones of Classic rock on a Sunday afternoon.

Here we go

In regards to its appearance, it has virutally no fault under my eye. Had a big crunchy, bubbly head that lasted a bit, *traditional pour, slow and tilted halfway and then more aggresively with the glass upright.

Extrememly pale, totally clean. Light whispy head remains now and leaves some nice lacing.
It looks good, that's for sure.

under the nose it does have a heavy hop profile for its style - some tasty german bittering hops in this one.

Taste is not much to write home about - incredibly dry aftertaste. Crisp hop mild hop bite and fairly malty. It definitly should score well being marked within its style. They've done their homework. Everything is working here...

minus...

The strong dry aftertaste, but perhaps that could be cured or lightened with a proper food pairing.

If this is your type of brew - your in luck! This stuff nails the style.
I guess i'm being particular and not giving it booming drinkability marks because its not really a style for me. I'll revisit it though with a food pairing, and i do reccomend this stuff.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright golden apperance with a small amount of head that quickly disapears but leaves decent lacing. Smell is sweet with a hint of corn, grass and grain.

Taste is very sweet and grassy with a hint of bread and grain. Picked up some hops and fruit but kind of sour. Light-medium bodied with low carbonation. Aftertaste is dry and grassy.

Mediocre pale ale, some good qualities but hops could be better. It is easy to drink though. Worth a try if you wan to drink it for that reason.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.11/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, clear golden yellow colour, similar to a glass of apple juice, topped with a half-finger of creamy, moderately resilient head that dies down to an even cap across the top. Decent collar and lacing around the edges. Smells crisp, fresh and about what I'd expect from the style - grainy malts, a whiff of grass, and a twinge of yeast.

Taste is of barley malt, bready and grainy, a little sweet, but this is rounded out with some grassy, slightly floral hops. The first sip of this brew came with a VERY weird metallic aftertaste that I did not like at all, but allowing it to breathe for a few minutes seemed to help this metallicity slink into the background. Some slight dryness lingers in the aftertaste. Thin-bodied and pretty watery, with moderate carbonation, this stuff goes down quickly and cleanly.

[Updated Aug 29 2016]

Another 500 mL can. Berthold Keller Premium is a decent Euro lager - though like most Euro lagers, there's nothing here to really distinguish this can from the many shelves of similar brews surrounding it. One thing I will add is that I feel I was a little harsh on this one the first time around - for something that costs like 2 bucks a pint, it's really not so bad. No metallicity this time 'round, either, and fairly clean-tasting. Now that I'm thinking about it, this is actually better than any of the domestic lagers you'll find in the 1.90-2.20 range (though most of the similarly-priced imports are at least marginally better than this one). A mundane beer that I've already spent far too much time analysing - if you like pale lagers, this is passable.

Final Grade: 3.11, C+.

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Photo of Electros
3.04/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of serz
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Much better European beers for the price. LCBO Ontario

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of epicd3
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Bf_89
3/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Mit
2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a pours a very clear golden yellow colour with decent head. Nice lacing.

s some bready notes....with very slight earthiness due to hops.

t-bready notes are present...the earthiness is muted....nothing controversial

m-good for 5%....solid mouthfeel.

d-very drinkable...mass appeal

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold with a fairly solid head of white foam. Nose is grassy hops, a touch of lemon and honey. Leans towards the acidic, with a bit of green apple. Hops are not terribly assertive. Honey and some very mild bitterness round out the flavour profile. A bit disappointing, but easy drinking. Light in body and flavour.

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Photo of pootz
2.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can:

Pours a crystal clear pale gold lager in the stein. Puffy 2 finger white cap, good retention and lacing, small bubbles.

Aroma is relatively fresh and unpretentious; pungent breadyness, wet hay and a light sulfurous mustiness from lager yeast.

Nicely hopped but malts are weak and mouth feel is thin. Fast watery finish with the unmistakable dextrin sting from malt extracts. A cheap partial extract brew sold at import prices from a commercial Belgian high gravity contract brewer.

Not bad, not good either. Too pricey for this cheap brew, buy a Wernesgruner for the same price.

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Photo of DrJay
2.78/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear gold colour with a dense, bright white cap. Thick sheets of lace, good head retention. Grainy, slightly fruity aroma, grassy and spicy hops, sulfury. Grassy bitterness, slight sourness, grainy malt character. Notes of floral and spicy hops in the finish, a little sulfur towards the end. I'm not sold on the flavour. Fruity sweetness throughout. Light bodied with high carbonation, not overly dry so less crisp than I expected. I'd drink this again, but it didn't come together for me.

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Photo of eat
2.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Keller pours with a respectable cover of white head, leaving decent lacing. The body is totally clear, looking somewhat like apple juice. Retention could be improved, with the head fading to a sparse cover.

This smells almost exactly as I expected it would: yeast, grain and astringency with a touch of sweet malt and noble hops. Your standard Euro lager.

More expectations are fulfilled in the mouth. Grain, sweet adjunct-tasting malt and the kind of hop bitterness that tastes like it's from the addition of some sort of artificial hop flavouring. Weird minerally taste as it warms, like the smell of your hands after swinging on an iron bar. There's something chemical-y tasting in there too. It's not too off-balance, just watery and boring. There's nothing going on here.

Over-carbonated for my taste, not foamy but extremely fizzy. Light, watery body and slightly drying finish.

Yeah, I guess this would go down easy enough on a hot day. What would make someone choose this lager over any other, though, I'm not sure. This fits right in amongst the wall of light "premium" lagers at the LCBO; all of which are pretty much interchangeable, aside from their packaging. Do you want the blue can or the green bottle?

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2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.68 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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