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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Viggo on 10-21-2009

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30
Ratings:
51
Avg:
2.68
pDev:
27.99%
 
 
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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a golden color lager with a medium bubbly head with actually good retention and some lacing. Aroma of adjunct and light cereal is pretty average. Taste is a mix between some adjunct and limited hops presence with a somewhat nice cereal presence. Body is about average with good carbonation. Below par overall and I have to wonder why somebody at the LCBO thought it would be a good idea to import this.

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Photo of liamt07
2.54/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO, this one's been sitting here for a while so I thought I'd clear up some space. Into a pint glass.

Pours a light golden yellow, with a couple of fingers of fluffy and soapy white head. Sticky lace and moderate retention. Not bad by any means. Nose holds a ton of adjuncts, and a sharp alcoholic bite stings my nose (at only 5%??). Taste is metallic and watery, lots of adjunct (corn and rice?) and generally reminiscent yet somehow slightly superior to some BMC drivel. Feel is thin and watery, water is relatively hard in this one (or maybe it's from the can?). Lingering metallic and bitter feel, and it's difficult to tell whether this bitterness is from some mild form of hopping or my general frustration towards another mediocre LCBO import. Decided to pound this one, so the drinkability gets bumped up a bit.

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Photo of biegaman
2.41/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This European "premium" lager is even paler than I had expected; into the light it is a pallid straw colour, its edges are blanched and the complexion, on the whole, is a bleached and cadaverous tone. Its head, which is considerably ample, is blotchy and appears kneaded in. It manages to (very thoroughly) press against the sides of the glass as well.

By supposedly "fusing" styles Berthold Keller has done nothing as far as aromatics are concerned. This beer smells no different than most commercial, mass-produced European lagers. There is a hint of grassy straw clouded behind a bottomless tray of corn. Thus far this smells neither Belgian nor British, despite whatever the can claims.

Nor can the taste be placed to anywhere specifically, except maybe to an industrial factory. This beer, like the majority of European pale lagers, has a largely indistinguishable taste that boasts nothing overtly malty nor hoppy. Nothing but a faint (but increasingly cloying) flavour of corn syrup. This is definitely no Belgian Blonde nor German Kellerbier...

And I was expecting at least one (or better yet, some combination) of the two given what was touted on the can. This is false advertising! It says this Bavarian-born, Belgian-raised brewmaster fused styles, but which ones? I taste bready crusts, salty crackers but nothing caramely or hoppy, nothing floral or fruity - this is simply a macro lager.

The company claims their brewer was "born to create a fine lager"; Berthold Keller may be destined to one day do that but this beer shows no indication of it. The only thing this offering stands testament to is that where you're born (or raised) doesn't ensure you'll be inherently good at something. Despite the proud and rich brewing traditions of Germany and Belgium, it's clear that this guy hasn't gained anything from either nature nor nurture.

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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 spinrsx
2.66/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml Can

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an above average size frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is a pretty decent amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, corn, hops, a grassiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and it comes across as a little bit thin. I can taste lots of breads/grains mixed with corn and a little bit of hops. I could also detect some metallic notes and a grassiness. The beer finishes with a bready slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - Another one of the interchangeable euro beers lining the shelves at the LCBO. At least this one has a fairly decent appearance once poured. Would hit the spot on a warm summer days but it is not something that I would seek out again.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My boss offered me one of these at poker one night. From notes.

A - Poured bright with a dark gold colour. Two finger fluffy white head. Nice lacing with good rings and ok retention. Lot's carbonation.

S - Grassy hop, lemon, biscuits.

T - Very mild. Corny, grassy, sweet and lagery.

M - Lot's carbonation and a light body. Very smooth and clean. Slight sweet finish.

O/D - OK. Inoffensive but not exactly good. Nothing to seek out and glad I tried it for free.

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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 Viggo
1.34/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

500ml can from the LCBO, evidently not good enough to be on this site yet.

Pours a clear amber, some golden highlights, thick and big bubbled loose head forms, bone white, kind of strange looking, slowly settles down to a thin layer, some lace sticks on the glass.

Smell is weird, malty, a lot of fruit like apricots and such, grassy, some light floral, a bit of toast, not so sure about this.

Taste is worse, almost no flavour, honey, sour fruit, oranges, grass, a bit of hay and toast, very watery, no finish, this is awful.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very thin, high and spritzy carbonation. This is a can full of shite. Thanks LCBO for another winner.

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Photo of kwjd
2.66/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light orange colour with thick head that dissipates to a steady thin ring. Thin lacing around the glass. Smells very faint of some grains and sweet grassy hops. Not much flavour, but also nothing bad about it. Light carbonation. Easy to drink, but I don't plan to buy again.

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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 TerryW
1.54/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Oof. This is just nasty.

Came out of the can looking okay, clear golden colour with a moderate white head. The head settles to a thin film and gives up some spotty lace.

Pretty much downhill from there. Neutral or non-existent nose. Tastes like a can of old mushrooms. Feh. Musty and metallic in a grievously unpleasant way. Harsh on the palate with a nasty mouthfeel.

Every once in a while you come across a beer that makes you go, "Jeesh! What the hell were they thinking?!". This is one of those. Drain pour.

Avoid.

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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 DenisKolkin
2.37/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

500 ml can purchased from LCBO for $2 CDN, poured into a pint glass. Served cold.

Appearance - Clear, pale golden color with 1 finger of head that receded quickly. Effervescent. Beer left a nice ring of lacing around the glass.

Smell - Light grassy notes and low hoppy scents. A little bit bready and biscuity smelling, and also an underlying dank earthiness characteristic. All scents though are fairly subdued.

Taste - Very earthy and a bit minerally. Minimal hop presence and slightly grassy. However way too much earthiness / dirt taste for my liking. Don't think my can was off either. What little there is in terms of aftertaste, is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Lower than normal carbonation. Mild finish, Doesn't really clean my palate nor scrub it.

Overall - Everything except for the taste, isn't bad, but I can't get over ho much I didn't enjoy this beer much at all.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pristine gold color with a smallish head that leaves a decent
amount of lace. The aroma is sweetish with a strong corn element.
The taste is as sweet as the nose with a cidery edge and a lot of of
Cooked veggies/corn. Hops are lost in the mix, providing only an
unrounded bitterness. The mouthfeel is light but mildly cloying.
The finish is watery, forgettable.

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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 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 JohnnyBarman
1.63/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Another new addition at the LCBO, thought I'd give it a try.

Appearance is typical for a pale lager - not sure what the 'Keller' is supposed to denote. Golden, with a white head that quickly disappears. Not much lacing.

Smell is sweet, with grain and corn. A bit of hops. Nothing offensive here.

The taste is very forgettable. A thin lager taste, not appealing whatsoever. Tinny finish, incredibly thin. Hard to get down. Carbonation is very weak, only provides occasional bursts of flavour, which having been said, is unpleasant.

Avoid!

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Photo of mrmanning
1.74/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can from my local 'BO- A very pale straw pour with a bleached white cap. Nose of corn, pale malts, vegetables, grains. Tastes sweet, and of grains. A bit of biscuit and bread comes to the front, but it is really quite vegetal. Prickly carbonation, weak finish. I wonder which asshole approved this for sale?

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Photo of seand
2.34/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a fairly thick white head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

S: Very very light sweetness.

T: Doesn't taste like too much - again a very light sweetness - but it has something weird going on in the aftertaste that's not altogether pleasant. Kind of metallic, plus something else I can't quite identify. Whatever it is, it doesn't work for me.

M: Medium to light body and carbonation.

D: If you drank it fast enough I suppose it'd be drinkable, but that aftertaste doesn't invite another sip.

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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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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 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 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 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 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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