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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Lager - 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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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

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

Bottle info: 10/28/05 bottle date:

Poured with a bright golden light amber loaded with tasty lookin' teeny suspended particles topped with a strudy ivory head cap that finally settles in time enjoy the aroma.

Such bold leafy spiced pilsner aromas. Reminds me of an imperial or Uber pils.

First swigs: Agressive hop sizzle nearly of a big pale ale. Fresh hoppy zest with a touch of lemony Pez candy. Almost a chalky feel with a constant zesty sizzle.

Last swigs: Quite bright and fresh grassy leafy. Extremely drinkable and refreshing. Reminds me a lot of Vic'ry Prima Pils which doesn't surprise me since they share some history.

Beer is good. Happy leafy pils beering.

Nov 30, 2005
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budsboy from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes: I enjoyed Tuppers' IPA, so I really wanted to give this a go.

Poured slightly cloudy (surprise) straw color with a tiny head that disapated quickly.

Nice spicy, malty nose. Has a clovish smell, although a bit muted. Interesting.

Taste is malty up front (more than expected) with a bitter finish that has a dash of pepper and a crisp biting finish.

Light, refreshing mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated.

A likable pils, probably the best I've tried lately. Easy to drink and I'll buy again. Very refreshing.

Jul 16, 2004
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Rastacouere from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle, unfiltered, room temperature in a lager glass: Appearance is a golden liquid, shining and appealing, beautiful. Big sticky mountainous frothy head is diminishing, but leaves a good 2cm for a long time. Excellent balanced aroma of fresh harvested hops, I'd have thought a mix of Saaz and Cascade, but description tells me not. Malt profile is closing to honey in nose, but quite restrained in mouth, maybe a sweet peat moss aspect. Pretty dry all the way, very herbal with a nice creamy/powdery texture. Surprisingly a mild alcohol note toward the finish.. Good, but I expected more following Jackson's praise. Thanks Mike!

Feb 11, 2004
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Finn from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is marked 3/03/07, I guess it could be a bit fresher (11/20/07 right now) but we'll see how this one holds up. Bought it at Vidalia's in Lansdale, PA. Pretty nice singles selection there, but obviously some stock rotates quicker than others.

Appearance: A hard pour into a pint glass (where'd my pils glass go?) reveals a thick head which quickly dies down to nothing. No lacing on side of glass either. Slightly hazy lemony yellow color. Nice, in my opinion.

Aroma: Slight hints of hops, but a mild biscuity and grainy smell dominates.

Taste: Starts with a bitter bite of classic pilsner hops, opening into a biscuit and bready flavor. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation level, right in the middle, not too much, but enough to bring out the flavors perfectly. A nice medium-bodied mouthfeel, more body than a lot of pilsners I've tried. Very good.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. Easily a session beer for me. Not too heavy a beer, not too sweet, but with a great refreshing flavor that gives you some flavor to chew on. This is the first time I've tried this one, and it's enjoyability is right up there with Prima Pils (maybe a hair higher?). I'd love to get this fresh sometime, though I hear this beer has been discontinued. What a shame, it's the best pilsner I've had in a long time.
Try it if you can find it!

Nov 21, 2007
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two parts amber to one part orange. The label told me to 'pour with a generous head' so I did exactly that. The result is a three finger beige monster that has an attractive texture and looks to be more than competent in the lace deposition department. Some rockiness as it melts is another plus.

The nose is classic German pils in that it's dominated by noble hops. Grassy and musky lead the way. Some amount of citrusiness would be nice, but isn't present... and isn't essential. Since I like what I smell, I'm pretty sure I'm going to like what I taste.

Hop Pocket Pils is pretty good beer with an impressive amount of hop bitterness. If you're going to include the word 'Hop' in the name of your beer, you'd better make sure that it isn't malt-dominant. Unfortunately, the amount and quality of the hop flavor isn't what it could be.

An acceptable amount of pils malt stays out of the way with respect to flavor transfer, while providing decent enough support. A 'minor buzzsaw' amount of bitterness tells me that more than a few handfuls of noble hops (Saaz most likely) were added to the brew kettles. Grassy is still in the lead, followed by a minor grating of lemon zest.

There's nothing really wrong with the mouthfeel, even if it isn't a standout. It's appropriately light-medium with a tongue tingling amount of carbonation that matches the zesty nature of the hops.

I wasn't blown away by Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale and I'm not blown away Hop Pocket Pils. They're both solid, but far from spectacular. If the rumors of this beer's demise are true, I'm sure that Mid-Atlantic BAs will be able to find a German Pilsener to take THPP's place. Prima Pils anyone?

Aug 14, 2007
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Sammy from Canada

3.22/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice head and quality aroma for a pils. Taste good but metallic. Dry hoppy character. Them saaz hops. Light-medium mouthfeel. Dry bitter hop leaf finish. An interesting pils though we had better over the course of the evening. Thanks for sharing, Radek.

Jan 10, 2005
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benmiliron from Ohio

3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.52 for a single. Slightly cloudy yellow with just a bit of brown color. Taste is standard american pale ale to the letter - sharp american hop flavor. This must be a Pilsener by ingredients only, because the taste is not there. Well, maybe in the malts now that I think about it.

This is an interesting take on the style, I would recommend everyone try it.

Jul 28, 2005
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Luigi from North Carolina

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

Cloudy pale yellow color. Nice and big white head that sicks around until the end. Smells malty with a big scipy hop. I detect a fair amount of yeast. Meduim-light body with tight carbonation. The taste is clean. Sweet malts up front with a big hop background. Finishes semi-dry and hoppy. A very tasty pilsner! Not used to the unfiltered pilsner but I enjoy it! worth the money!

Apr 30, 2005
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tastybeer from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foggy golden orange tan kind of color glowing under a giant half glass white fluffy head. So as I'm waiting for the head to part I notice it actually smells rather nice for a head. The beer itself smells packed tight with saaz. Aromas are full and floral, citrus kissed, with bicuity soft and sweet malts. Quite nice now but initially once the head relaxed I was getting metallic, almost like hard water smells. I was disappointed because under the hard metal were lots of other yummy smells.
Now that I'm a little further into the beer the metallic smell has vanished. I'll have to try it again sometime and see what happens. So anyways...taste is grapefruity and floral with bready biscuit malt and an extensive drying bitter finish. Occasionally the feel of the dryness reminds me of when I take a shower where there's hard water. Mouthfeel is nicely susbtantial and a little implosive with the dryness. Drinkability is great for me.

I need to get this again because I'm pretty sure I really like this pils.

Sep 23, 2006
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Zorro from California

4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled through SS 05 BIF and Meathookjones effort.

Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow Pilsner with a decent white head.

Smell is sweet malt and very spicy hops. The malts have some bready odors and the hops are herbal and lemony. Flowers heather and honey are lesser scents here.

Taste is a little sweet and roasted and aggressively hopped in the first sip. Mild sweetness and heavy herbal bitterness here. Malts are very much a minor player here but they do create a good bready base flavor for the hops. Spicy hops on the tongue add to the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good and very good.

A very nice and not a dumbed down Pilsner here. Strong spicy golden elixir that is very good. However this may put some off, as it is a very aggressive Pilsener, I frankly love it!

Dec 23, 2005
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hustlemuscle from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just about the perfect beer for a warm summer day. Pours a very pale yellow, with steady carbonation, but the head receeds to a thin film. It has a sort of tangy smell, a spicy maltiness. But man, does it go down smooth, very light, with a pleasant crispness too it. A sort of spicy maltiness, slightly drying. Enough flavor to keep it tasty, but light bodied and refreshing.

Jul 17, 2004
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wedge from North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly clouded straw colored beer with a rush of big-bubbled carbonation that produces a huge airy, fluffed head of pure white foam. Grassy, spicy noble hop aroma over some grain. The taste is deceptively complex. Bitter, crisp hoppy flavor. For the amount of hops present, there seems to be just as much grain behind it and a hint of sweetness. A little citrus-like astringency in the finish. Medium bodied and a little oily, but ultimately it leaves the tongue dry.

An interesting and tasty pils. According to the bottle and website, this is actually supposed to be a take on the keller bier style - a style I'm not really familiar with.

Nov 27, 2006
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12ozer from a 6-pack purchased at Wegmans-Dulles, Sterling, VA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head above a straw-hued brew. Resilient head with good lacing. Aroma lightly of piney, citrusy hops, but could be more pronounced for something with "hop" in its name. Taste is lightly of pale malts, but is dominated by the crisp, somewhat lemony hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability both good. Nice summer brew, or just anytime, really.

Aug 23, 2004
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smcolw from Massachusetts

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.

Oct 19, 2011
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silenius from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw yellow with a soap-sudsy white head that lasts a decent amount of time. Suspended yeast gives it a haze.

Smell is nice malt background punctuated with some sharp citrus and floral smelling hops.

Taste is quite crisp with the hops giving it a nice crackle.

Mouthfeel is quite balanced and delightful!

Very high drinkability in my book

Nov 02, 2004
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SwillBilly from Virginia

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

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden hue with a huge, white, rocky head into the pils glass. Streams of carbonation make their way to the top of the glass. Wisps of sticky lacing line the glass.

Smell: Spicy hops and grassy tones are the initial impressions with a slight lemony aroma also making an appearance.

Taste: Starts with a spicy hoppiness that is followed by a mild, ever so slight maltiness. Finishes with those nice spicy hops. Leaves the mouth dry and begging for another sip. A hoppy bitterness linger long on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and lively with carbonation and a medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Tuppers Hop Pocket Pils is very drinkable. A nice Keller Pils that is crisp and dry to the mouth. Plenty of saaz/noble hops and a mild maltiness to balance it out. Very thirst quenching. A session beer through and through, in fact I think I'll grab another one out of the fridge. Seek this one out and you will not be disappointed. Another fine beer from the folks at Old Dominion.

Jul 22, 2006
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drabmuh from Maryland

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

Excited to get this beer on draft at a local beer bar. Support local brewers especially people like the Tuppers who have been forced to have this particular batch of beer contract brewed in VA.

Beer is yellow with a slight haze. Lots and lots of head but only minimal to moderate carbonation and lacing. Looks OK.

Aroma is a bit odd here. There is some sulfur in there which is fine for the style and a slight bready sweetness. Perhaps a little honeyish or fruitiness. Not sure. Smells OK.

Beer is pretty thin and finishes cleanly with a mild aftertaste, again a little bit of sulfur. Its not as sweet as you'd expect from the aroma. Its quite sessionable and possible to drink quickly and often. A good lawnmower beer. There is a slight bitterness at the back of the palate. Overall, its decent.

Jun 04, 2010
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Southernbrew from Georgia

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

Gold with a good sized head.

Aroma is full of spicy saaz hops as well as some sweetness. A light lemon peel is there too, I believe.

Medium body, plenty of carbonation. Plenty of hops here, Saaz are quite noticable. Some grain flavors come through as do some earthy flavors. A mild sweetness shows up as well.

Not an especially exciting beer, but it's very well crafted, refreshing and a very fine pilsner.

Sep 20, 2004
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arguemaniac from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Assertive caramel malt backbone and bready sweetness with an aggressive flowery, citrusy hop spice. Very sharp carbonation tang with a moderately full, but smooth body.

I love American Double Pilsners and will try any that I come across; I find that they some of the more impressive and unique examples of American lager brewing. This is one of the better*; not the sharpest hop spice (though still pretty hoppy) but with a caramel character that is smoother and tastier than most of the style. Fairly rich, but still very drinkable.


*I know that Beer Advocate classifies this as German Pilsner, but frankly I think the malt character is too rich and hop flavor too spicy for that be accurate.

Apr 28, 2007
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

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

poured a light amber, slightly cloudy amber color woth moderate white head. The smell is of hops with a citrusy crispness. The taste matches the smell and adds an additional dryness that is enjoyable. A certain bitterness reasmins in the mouth. A verty refreshing pilsener.

Apr 23, 2005
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beerking1 from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is not really a "pilsner," it is a "Franconian Kellerpils." That is a wonderful style served in the brewpubs of the region of Germany just east of Bamberg. Aroma is pure spicy/floral Saaz hops, crisp and clean. straw color with a dense white head. Slight haze. Flavor is clean hops with a firm malt backbone, tail is all Saaz!

Dec 06, 2007
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden body with a fluffy white head that leaves splotches of lacing around the glass

Smell: Floral and grassy with a nice noble hops aroma

Taste: Starts out with a raw grainy aspect that, after the swallow, blossoms into a wave of noble hop bitterness along with a floral, almost perfumey sweetness; the finish is long and crisp

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing quaffer

Apr 26, 2006
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meathookjones from Virginia

4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellow with a good sized foamy white head. Pretty hoppy nose up front with plenty of floral notes. Nice biscuit malt and grain scents are there as well. The taste is nice and hoppy with a herbal earthiness being dominant. Nicely bitter with plenty of doughy malt that was slightly toasty and sweet. Nice overall full flavor with a great hoppy edge. Crisp, clean and quite refreshing I don’t know why I don’t buy this more often. Very drinkable stuff that I could easily go through a six of and not notice until I reach for another and I’m out.

Oct 28, 2005
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sweethome from Illinois

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

Pour is yellow with a slight haze, bright white head flows up the glass.

Very grassy nose. fresh cut grass and a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel is very solid for a pils - flows out to the side of palate and hits with intense bittering. The backing of malts is nice. A sweet maltiness stays in the middle of the palate despite the big hop load.

Long, very bitter finish. The grass comes home to roost. Love the hoppy flavors and bittering. For an american pils, this is outstanding. A true pils, flavorful, bitter, refreshing.

Sep 12, 2007
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Ricochet from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered on the label, cloudy in the glass, but deep yellow light orange with no particulate. Very nice.

Smelled vaguely like a macro beer, but that is where it stopped. The richness of this beer held itself up, with the hops and orange rhind scents showcased.

Mouth was better then average, the bitterness was the main component, but seemed a little thin, but good foaming in the mouth.

Taste, as advertised, the smell said what this would taste like and there was no disappointment here. It was very hoppy, but in a way that added to the overall flavor rather than the hop content, who am I kidding, it was like an IPA Pils. Very good.

I'm no fan of pilsners, but this one has made me a fan. It is stonger, but still reserved to be a sunny day, porch sitting drinker. Maybe this is what the macros were before they started using adjuncts.

Jan 29, 2006
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils (Keller Pils) from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 198 ratings