Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils (Keller Pils)
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company

Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils (Keller Pils)Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils (Keller Pils)
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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
4.02 | pDev: 11.19%
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils (Keller Pils)Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils (Keller Pils)
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Photo of tlazaroff
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice fresh hops coming through on the aroma, it's not pure grain like I get out of most pilsners. Grassy, and somewhat floral as well.

Poured out with a lot of junk, I didn't know this was bottle carbonated. The beer is hazy and dark straw in color. The head was an off-white fluffy thing which had tremendous staying power. Lacing was really nice too, however, there were bits of floating junk in the beer too. It looked unappetizing overall.

Super carbonated was the first thing I noticed. It has a light fruit character, like berries without the sweetness, grain, cereal, and it has this earthy kind of twist to it. Not too bad, at least it's interesting.

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Photo of alesme2
1.12/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I used to love this Pils, but it now tastes like a homebrew that's gone off. It was very foamy with large bubbles and I poured it down the sink. I hope this was a bad bottle but at $9 for four I took it back. I will try it in the future and hope for better luck.

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Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I really wish I could like this brew better than I do, especially based on the Bros' write-up. This is now brewed by St. George Brewing in Hampton VA so that may account for the difference in reviews. We picked these up at the brewery.

The appearance is fine and the scent is very low-key, improving slightly as it warms. The initial taste is somewhat harsh but mellows a bit as it warms (which I find strange for a pilsner). Both the wife and I get an odd aftertaste as well. I am a fan of keller beers but I'm not picking up much of the style characteristics here.

We will crack open another bottle and edit the review if needed.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for sending this along in a trade.

Fluffy white head forms and fades fairly quickly. The beer is a slightly hazy dull gold color. A touch of lace.

Aroma is a little doughy, very grassy with a good sense of hops at the finish.

Grassy, doughy notes continue. Some green flavors and then a pretty assertive hop bitterness. Doughy again. A touch of spice here as well.

Body itself is fairly light, but the assertive finish makes it appear a bit bigger.

Interesting and I kept going back and forth on whether I liked it. The doughy nature turned me off a little. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle split and poured into a pilsner glass.
5% ABV, code on bottom, no date.

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for this one!

A - Hazy golden yellow looks a bit dirty but is still bright nonetheless. The pillowy off-white head has superb retention and thick, patchy lace that clings to the glass.

S - Awesome aroma of spicy, citrusy lemongrass and fresh noble hops. Pils malt backing is a great balance to the spicy hop aroma. Fresh and clean!

T - Pils malt still provides a good backing to the bold spicy noble hops. Delicious noble lemongrass spice flavor. Well-balanced and quite delicious.

M - Crisp, refreshing, and superbly balanced, this pils is light-bodied, spicy, and finishes cleanly.

O - Fantastic across the board, this beer is quite a summer treat that's refreshing and delicious!

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good lasting head. Lots of lace with good rings. Deep amber color and very clear.

Fresh floral hop aroma. It smells thin.

Nope, the body is fine--even bordering on the rich side. Good carbonation. Very bitter--too bitter for the style, not that I'm complaining. Little malt. I'd describe this as a layered IPA.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this beer as a Keller style since the label wants it treated as such. Hopefully BA updates this. I could use Keller as a style to complete each style.

I poured the Keller into a pint glass. There was minimal head... yet, somehow this beer created pretty good amount of lacing. This beer is straw colored with an orange tint. It was very hazy.

The body waw light in texture, and the carbonation was also very light.

The bitterness was present, but it was not over-whelming. I also tasted some metallic. In general this was a very good tasting beer.

I enjoyed this beer. I hope BA corrects the style.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to drabmuh for sending me this one in a past trade as an extra! Served from bottle into a Grolsch pilsner. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, wheat, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, wheat, spice, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't too bad. For the style it was actually pretty nice. I could see this being a really nice pool-side brew during a hot summer day. The fruit character in this one was a nice addition for sure and made it quite enjoyable. Really glad I got the chance to try this one from this style.

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Photo of Marty30
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to smokeypeat for another brew. Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint at fridge temp.

A. Deep yellow body with a orange tint.2 finger rocky head.Excellent head retention. Lacing is stuck all over the glass.

S. Big floral notes.Very crisp smelling,I get a hint of mint and a slight hint of citrus.

T. As this warms up, the malts really come out and shine a hint of caramel and slight bit of sweet fruit maybe apricot. Good hop bite in the end.

M. Feel is crisp and refreshing,Light on the palate. Perfect carbonation for the style.

Overall one damn refreshing beer,very drinkable I wish I had access to this beer,in the warmer months I would buy this all the time.

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Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy golden with a very nice stark white foam head with great retention.

S - Slightly malty (biscuity type o' malt smell) with some bit of spice. Too cold to get much out of it? Perhaps. I let it warm up a bit more and found a little more grassiness than before but no tmuch else.

T - A slight hint of citrus at the start, followed up with a slightly biscuity taste. Well balanced with a special amount of bitterness that I haven't really found in many other pils. I dig this taste a helluva lot.

M - Smooth, crisp, light bodied, medium carbonation, and a wonderfully clean crisp finish with little aftertaste.

O - It's light, crisp, tasty and has a low ABV. That, and it's "quasi-local" for me. It's a winner on all accounts!

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Photo of harrymel
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes at bier baron in dc.

A: straw ale with brilliant clarity. White and sud like foam leave sheets of lacing.

S: sweet, lite and with lots of floral notes. I keep sniffing this one.

T: again with sweet notes, converge into the ever-present grains and finishes with a good bitter jab at the end. I get jasmine on the finish. Excellent.

M: med to lo body (little heavy for the style but I like) and low carb. Slick finish.

O: might be my new favorite domestic pils. Really nice beer.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Good white cap of froth and good retention.

(S)- Has a nice light woody citrus spice to it; clean.

(T)- Same as the smell. A nice woody citrus spice. Straightforward but very well done.

(M)- A good carbonation level and a really nice balance and feel. Clean finish yet lightly spicy.

(D)- Nice and refreshing. Clean yet lightly spicy. Would be great to have a few of these on a hot summers day. Very drinkable.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A golden tan to yellow color, mostly clear, with a decent head and nice lacing.

Smells nice, good lemon, wheat, hops, herbs and grains blend together for a great aroma.

Taste is most wonderful! If all pilsners were as good as this one, the style would be far more popular. It's such a great beer!! Hoppy and floral, spicy, dry and bitter, nicely pungent malts to back it up, this beer has a complex flavor that's out of this world good.

Feel is also quite fabulous, with great smoothness, creamy carbonation, and a light, yet satisfyingly full body.

Overall this beer is the bomb. Highly recommended!

ETA: Upon re-review, I'm not changing any ratings, but would reiterate my whole-hearted endorsement of this particular suds creation. It's damn excellent. My only complaint is that I can't get it in cans in the Medina lake, TX area for my fishin' trips with my brother. It's really a fishin' beer and you guys should sell it in cans :-)

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Photo of neorunner
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy hay colored yellow with a lovely cream head that lingers like an unwanted guest. Aroma is light herbal spice, thyme and rosemary, mixed with a fresh cut grass scent. Flavor is clean with a tiny tiny hop kick that disappears before you even notice its there. The poundability of this beer is pretty high, and its great for a nice warm sunny late spring day.

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Photo of colts9016
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A two finger head that has really good retention and the color of the head is white. The head is foamy and frothy. The color of the is a straw color with nice light copper orange color. The clarity of the beer is hazy. The haziness is from yeast. The head left lacing on the glass.

Nose: A very light grainy aroma that is clean with a touch grass. There is a note of light sulfur.

Taste: A grain, grass, lemon, and a touch of yeast. There is touch of sulfur, and floral esters in the background.

The mouth feel is crisp, clean, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish medium light. This beer is very good quality beer lots of flavor but really light.

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Photo of bum732
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Grassy soft breadiness with an herbal component, lager cleaness.

L: Slightly hazy straw yellow, fluffy white head with great retention and lacing.

T: Soft bready malt with a herbal hoppy undertone. Medium spicy bitterness. Clean finish with just a touch of spiciness.

M: Medium bodied, medium high carbonation, slightly prickly carbonation.

Very solid pils, great nose and solid taste. Hoppier than most pils, not that i'm complaining.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winner of numerous prizes at various beer festivals, lauded by the late Michael Jackson as one of the best in its style in the US, and currently #5 in its style class on BA. Lots of kudos all around for sure. Let's see...

A: Very cloudy, mandarin orange color, with about a 1/2 finger or so solid white head that style frothy throughout the session.

S: Very fresh filtered water scent, with a good bit of fruity hoppiness in the mix. Yeast and then some.

T: A good amount of hop bitterness on the back end a large amount of aspriny yeast. This is one of the fruitiest Pilseners I've sampled in ages.

M: A bit of refreshing, graininess the more I sipped it, and the carbonation level was spot on. The yeast washed over the sweet elements nicely.

O: It's good to have a local poolside beer that tastes this good...

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Photo of ebby82
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honey golden color into a pilsner glass with a nice head.

A- flowery hops, a bit of the yeast from the bottle conditioning.

T- Again, flowery, nice hops, light and delicate.

Overall, a good example of the style. Only Victory Prima Pils was better. I could easily drink several of these at one sitting, and its a wonderful warm weather beer.

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Photo of JerseyPaul
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy, light orange/golden straw color with plenty of carbonation; thick white head dissolves away semi quickly, leaving good lacing

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malt; light herbal hops with some fruit scents; possible pepper notes

Taste: Semi sweet biscuit laced with some spicy cracker notes; mild hop finish with light alcohol aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; good carbonation; crisp

Drinkability: Goes down easy; would recommend this to others

Overall, Keller Pils is a very nice American interpretation of a German pilsener. I would take this over some of the German imports (Beck's, Warsteiner) of the same style. Great aroma with an almost equally good taste leaves very little to be desired.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into appropriate glassware. Thanks for the great extra dave097!
Large 3+ finger head that leaves a beautiful foam on the top of the beer as it settles. There is some lacing with minimal retention. Deep golden yellow color, cloudy with a small amount of sediment. Reminds me of a good homebrew.
The smell is mild and I find it hard to pick up the scent, maybe my nose needs more training, but I would have to say that it smells like a good pils with mild smoky hop scents and possible medicinal phenol smell.
Taste is phenomenal. I typically don't like beers with Saaz hops but here they are perfectly balanced with the other hops and grains. They impart an excellent smokiness to the beer that doesn't become cloying. The hop taste lingers on the tongue, dry and biscuity.
Dry mouthfeel highly carbonated but goes down incredibly smooth making the drinkability very high. Don't know if I'll ever get to taste this beer again but if I could I would have about 4 or 5.
Overall an excellent brew. A wonderful interpretation of a German Pilsener with clear American craft influence

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer BIF Round 4, Beer #9, courtesy of Thorpe429.

A-Hazy golden with a hint of straw, huge frothy white head leaves equally huge sticky lacing.

S-I had pegged this as likely to be a hefeweizen based on color and clarity, but the nose is totally different. So what do we got? Peppery hoppiness and some biscuit malt.

T-Still confused here. Lemony hops and some white pepper. Maybe a touch of oxidation?

M-Medium bodied, hop bitterness lingers.

D-This is pretty nice, whatever it is. Bitterness is welcome, lemony citrus notes are good as well.


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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, somewhat hazy straw in color. Decent grassy and slight citrus aromas. Very dominant hop bite-blend of bitterness and floral qualities. Nice mouthfeel-dry in the finish. A damn good beer, very drinkable for the size of the "bite". I was expecting more hops in here but this is still well done. Nice to see this back again as well.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Matt for another beer.

A: This one pours a fairly clear straw color with a finger of white head and some sticky lacing.

S: Quite an impressive nose. Lots of hops, surprisingly citrusy, but there's nice spiciness and floral quality to them as well. Sweet bread and toffee make up the malt component of the beer.

T: The flavor is good, but not quite as nice as the nose. Sweet fruits followed by grassy and bitter hops. Quite herbal with minimal earthy qualities to it. A little bit of citrus, particularly of the peel variety.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The nose was quite nice, but the flavor wasn't half bad either.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Extra received from Dyan, thanks! On a day like this...

A: Poured into a snifter, appears transparent yellow gold with an impressive frothy white head. Retention is very good, and as I type this the head as been two fingers tall for four minutes now. Lacing is a thick white sheet on the glass. Great looking beer.

S: The aroma is very expressive. Hops impart a prominent floral character with a decided spiciness. The hops smell great. The nose is pretty clean, and I detect no fruity esters. There's a light sulfur note and a hint of background DMS. Malt is grainy and restrained.

T: Grainy pils malt accompanies spicy, herbal, and grassy hop notes and a high level of bitterness. This is a very bitter German Pilsner. Slightly sulfurous. The malt is timid and overwhelmed by the hops. The finish is crisp, clean, and very bitter.

M: Medium light in body with high carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry and crisp.

Overall: A really nice American brewed German Pilsner.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark lemon hazy yellow 14k gold. nice big white retention 4 finger head of white good ice cream cone like retention. Small carbonation from the bottom and decent lacing and sticky-ness.

Smell is muted but good. Faint yeast and hop with some small bread action. Not much going on but pleasant. After some time there is a nice distinct lemongrass sensation, wow dig that smell.

A wet sharp yeast at first that finish with an astringent citrus lime bitter. Hoppy but lots of astringent bitterness left on the palate. Quite a good crisp refreshing drink, even though it has some wet feel it has that booming afterfinish of more chew body in the mouth making it just a little bigger. For some reason I get the sensation and taste feel of scrambled eggs with buttered toast.

Drinkability is pretty good. A good summer refresher for sure.

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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils (Keller Pils) from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 198 ratings