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

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

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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.95/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this beer is impressive in all truth this is what a true pilsener should be on the label it states that it's a keller pils. I am now on an official mission to gather other examples of this style or to pick up a case of this from somewhere. Appears with a hazy golden sunshine tone and one massive mountainous white creamy textured pillowy head. Lace is evenly rung and wonderfully scattered around my conical shaped glass. Aroma bombards me with Hallertau and peppery Saaz hops just amazing underneath this wonderful hop aroma is a sugary malt presence, enticing just by the smell how much better can this beer taste is my only question. Citrusy, peppery bite mixes with one awesome wave of malt that seems to flow so well together that this beer has to be a classic pils in my mind. Texture is perfect when it it's your mouth and the carbonation blended with the texture of the medium body and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Drinkability is devine a got to staple of any beer enthusiasts diet, this is why I rank this beer as my favorite pils to date.

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Photo of frederichar
4.94/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i love this beer. on first tasting, it took me back 50 years to the great old fashioned pils of the upper midwest--grain belt, glueks, schells, schmitts, fitgers, cold spring--aromatic with a lingering, full taste, medium carbonated, medium hopped, without the overhopped micro brews of today, or the light tasting overcarbonated brews like olympia, leinekugel, hamms, coors that put grain belt and the others out of business. this is a fantastic beer--the best i have had in europe or north america/mexico in...50 years

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz brown bottle, bottled on 060706.

Burnished gold. Thick, bright white head consisting of small bubbles that settles slowly leaving dense bands of lacing. Steady, voluminous carbonation streams move quickly upwards. Wonderful spicy noble hop nose with some nice fresh malt tones. The smell is grassy, spicy, and bright. Well hoped up front with plenty of grassy, earthy, spicy flavors coating the mouth. The finish is lush, crisp, and clean with a lingering bite that is simply perfect. The malt provides just enough body, but this one is designed to let the hops shine in their own light. Medium bodied with a lightly effervescent mouthfeel, light and crisp, but firm if that is possible. A simply delectable, defined, and distinctive pilsener. Fantastic and probably the best pilsener in the country.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a sample cup at the Lupulin Slam.

Appearance: Hazy straw yellow topped by a lazy white head, which receded to a slight film and a bubbly ring. Little was left in the way of lacing.

Smell: Exquisite aromas of Saaz hops with some nice light malty goodness.

Taste: Light pale malt sweetness followed by crisp herbalicious hoppiness. Exquisite pils.

Mouthfeel: Nice, light bodied beer. Very crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: This sucker screams session beer. Very nummy. Not quite as hoppy as Prima Pils, but still darn hoppy for the style.

Other: This was actually called Tupper's Cask Conditioned Keller Pils for the evening, but it's essentially a cask conditioned version of this beer, so I didn't enter it as a new beer. This won Gold at GABF for the pils category. Uses all Saaz hops.

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Photo of nomad
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Soft gold with a clean and even soft haze, this beer has an amazing display. Plenty of fine pilsener carbonation creates a pocked version of a whipped meringue head. Slowly it leaves thick and clumpy stain off of thick and slow lace. A beautiful example of a Keller Pils.

Smells of a soft pale malt scent wrapped in soft-edged but fully floral notes. Lightly grassy and herbal, this beer opens to a strong smell of lemon zest, high and nose pricking.

Like the name, it is indeed a hop pocket of a pils, exploding with the flavors of noble hops. As such, tons of floral hop flavor, like eating hop leaves, dried flowers, and bitter salad greens, followed by a big lemon zing of razor-sharp acidic bitterness. Truly chewable flavor of verdant hops, throwing out oily and nascently salty senses. Doing a courageous job of balancing is the thin pale malt and the unfiltered yeast. The finish, oh what a finish, is long and elegant, full of tongue smacking hop flavor, yet not that drying or distasteful as some hop monsters. Mouthfeel is moderate and with just enough carbonation tingle.

Wow, sucking on Saaz juice. What a pilsener, and an unfiltered (Keller) one at that. If you don't believe a great pilsener exists, you must try this beer. It will quickly show why this style, when done right, can be an elegant, complex, and refined brew. Even if you don't like pilseners and you like hops, this is a must. I like the Tuppers' Ale, but this is outstanding, possibly the best pilsener made outside the Bohemian/Czech homeland. Plus, half of all proceeds from this beer goes to charity, can't beat that...

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Photo of meathookjones
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Riggo
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brewed in Ashburn, VA by Old Dominion for Tupper's this is one of the very best Pilseners in America. A "keller" style of pils, according to the bottom of my six-pack carton, which refers to a time when German brewers aged their beers in "kellers" (cellars) which were often caves dug into sides of hills. The bouquet of this beer is appropriately musty and minerally, reminiscent of caves.

The label recommends pouring with a generous head and I concur. You will be rewarded with a gorgeous creamy brilliant white head with a luscious sea-foam texture and a yellow-gold clear color. The nose is musty (wet hay) with elements of fresh sea-air, stone, cedar, and mint. On palate, a subtle yet complex blend including buttery, mint, lemon, minerally, grapefruit, oakey(chardonnay?), cookie, and cracker with a dry hop edge. A great mouthfeel and a mellow maltiness as the beer warms. A clean, dry finish.

A very quaffable, refreshing beer but with a great deal of character and just beautiful craftmanship evident in the brewing. This is the kind of craftmanship that deserves a place at the top on this site with the big Belgians, stouts, and in-your-face hops/west coast beers. Definitely seek this pils out on a warm spring day.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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 FenwaySquid
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, bottling date of 080906 printed on the side (no this wasn't a cellared beer, I bought it recently at the local beer & wine store. I'm thinking it's just been sitting on the shelf for a while), poured into a cone shaped pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear (at first) pale golden yellow color. Once you get near the end the beer clouds up some (the beer is unfiltered). The head formed a pillowy 2-3 fingers thick and faded into a fairly thick layer, almost a finger thick along the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Spicy and citrus hop aromas come into play, fairly complex and very enjoyable.

Taste: A nice combination of pilsner malt and citrus hops to start off, then the hops really take over in the middle. In the finish the hops fade a little, and a grainy, grassy flavor comes through. The finish is dry, leaving behind a desire for more.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light to medium bodied, and very creamy. The carbonation was very lively, and fit the style very well.

Overall: A top notch German style pils, get it while you have the chance. Rumor is it might be going away, which would be a shame. Highly recommended to pilsner fans and anyone else looking for a good beer.

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Photo of Todd
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. Bottled on date on the side. Unfiltered and bottle-conditioned.

Appearance: Pale, straw yellow with a touch of cloudiness. Head is a whispy white foam lace that sticks to the sides of the glass with fine bubbles.

Smell: Wonderful spicy, herbal aroma with some raw grain in the back. You can really pick out the dry-hopped Saaz & Mt. Hood.

Taste: Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth & creamy due to the fine carbonation that literally foams up on the palate. Initially the senses are hit with an incredibly complex medly of hoppy flavours and bitterness (Saaz, Mittelfruh, Spalt and Mt. Hood). It's very unique, spicy, rind-like, salty and floral. The brew then peaks with a puckering dry crispness that leads to grain tannin flavours that go a little biscuity in flavour. Malt sweetness doesn't really come to play, but is lingering very lightly in the background to provide a subtle balance. Beer finishes with an oily feel on the palate, residual herbal spice and a touch of sweetness (especially as the beer warms).

Notes: 5.0%abv. Wow! What a wonderful beer to drink! An extremely complex beer hop wise.

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Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours golden with a 1/2" white head, some lacing & head retention

S: Straw & floral hops

T: Slight grassyness & grainyness up front (works for me). Finishes crisp & hoppy with hints of lemon

MF: Medium body & spritzy. Perfect balance

Drinks very easy. Stands shoulder to sholder with most german pils I've had. Try this!

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Photo of Murph
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, clear, golden color with a beautiful creamy white head. Great spicy hoppy zing in the nose of this with some interesting lemony aromas as well. Nice spicy hoppy base to this beer that is quickly balanced out nicely by a great smooth and toasty malty base to it. Supremely crisp and excellently refreshing, this is one awesome drinkable beer. I can't wait to get to the brewpub and try some of this stuff at the source.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz., bottled on 10/28/05, and labelled as a keller style pils. It pours into the pilsner glass an unfiltered gold with high carbonation leading up to a 1 finger white head that sticks pretty well. The aroma is lemony and skunky (in a good way) with spicy/grapefruit hops and an almost phenolic tartness. There is a substantial bitterness from the lemon/grapefruit hops and there are light toasted malts in the background with a phenolic medicinal kick, though not sure if there are phenols in the beer. It has a light to medium body that is very easy drinking and leaves a medium finish. Quite nice and worth seeking out.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - insanely bubbly pour into a pils glass. The whole neck is full of foam, save for about two to three fingers of beer at the bottom. A hazy yellow straw color, the foam sits like meringue on top, dropping very slowly and leaving thick strands of lace. Filling the glass up with beer as I can, the foam cap easily elevates above the top of the glass without falling over the side. It almost resembles styrofoam packing peanuts. Nice bead action too.

Aroma - grainy, lemony nose, fresh smelling but conservative.

Taste - robust grain has a light lemon edge to it just before a stiff wave of hops takes over. Fresh, robust, just slightly citrusy, intense pils flavor here. Prickly carbonation turns up the volume on the flavors. Ends with classic drying bitterness and holds at good length. One if the better pilsners I've had, very good stuff.

Mouthfeel - extremely lively and crisp. The body is appropriately thinned but the hops add some body back.

Drinkability - such an intense beer for a pils. Fantastic, though not what I'd call a session pick, it's almost too good for that. A top pilsner to enjoy one or two of anytime.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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 aaronh
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think this is a kellerbier, so I was expecteing a hazy glass of beer. What I got was one fabulous looking pilsner, with a pillowy white head and a sparkling golden body. Excellent head retention, too. Hoppy aroma is also very nice, I can sense the Hallertau, and some peppery Saaz. The server said there's also Mt. Hood (and I think he said something else too, but the beer was distracting me). The taste is very sharp and hoppy, but then a strong malt backbone joins in. This is a great beer! Hoppy, malty, clean, and good looking. The mouthfeel is good, with a strong effervescence. The drinkability is also very good. I could drink a lot of these. Old Dominion has me thinking highly of the state of Virginia (reagardless of the outcome of Big East football games this year. Go Pitt!)

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nebulous orange color on the pour with an exorbitant head and the texture frothy, the lace left behind beige in color and covers the glass with fine sheets. The pleasant floral aroma hits the senses immediately, malt and also citrus crisp and fresh, just plain “Yummy”. Malt dominates the start, the top middling and the finish scrumptiously hopped, exquisitely acidic, dry semi bitter after taste that lingers longingly on the palate. A great Pilsner and one I wish were more readily available here in the West.

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Photo of marc77
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw hue w/ a very slight haze. Moderate head leaves loose lace. Spicy & lemony hop nose w/ hints of pine. Sharp, quick snap of hop bitterness hits the palette at first and bready grain and mild drying tannins ensue. Lemony Tettanger hop flavor accompanied by citrusy notes. Finishes dry, w/ cracker - like malt flavors quickly fading. The assertive hop bitterness and clean malt profile lends Hop Pocket Pils a quenching nature & excellent drinkability. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow gold body topped by a firm white head. Aroma of floral hops, grass, hay. Taste is of spicy hops, a nice malt backbone, and a twist of lemon. A very clean taste. Excellent refresher. Not as hoppy as big brother Hop Pocket Ale or Victory's Prima Pils, but in a class with both. Even my father-in-law, the Bud Drinker, liked it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of grover37
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance (4): Pours a mostly clear gold into a pilsner glass with two and a half fingers of head. Settles to a thick layer across the top and some sticky lacing.

Smell (4): Bready and spicy.

Taste (4.5): A very nicely balanced mix of bready malts and spicy hops. A bit of pine and crystal malt up front (almost like a Pale Ale), with spice in the middle; the delicate malt aroma from the nose is missing here though. The finish is a tad resinous with a nice cross between the spicy noble hops and the resinous, piney American hops. A great lingering flavor which leaves you craving more.

Mouthfeel (4): Medium body surprisingly and medium to high carbonation. Very full for what I expected and a bit of a resinous aftertaste. Much more robust than I expected with full lingering flavors.

Drinkability (5): This is smooth and tasty. I could drink a ton of this beer.

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Photo of beerking1
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

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Photo of mschofield
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparkling orange tinged gold, topped with a huge four finger pillowy white head, constant streams of carbonation bubbles, leaves thick puffy webs of lacing.
Grain, grassy and spicy hop in the aroma, well hopped for a pilsener.
Again the taste is very hop forward, peppery, citrus-lemon, grass, lightly toasted grain, lemongrass.
Light-medium body, a bit oily, great bitterness for a pils especially in the aftertaste. Would make a great hot weather beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up at Chevy Chase today. According to Larry, it was delivered yesterday. Super fresh pilsner in 90 degree weather? What more could I want?

Pouring an almost crystal clear golden yellow with a dense, billowing, white head with exceptional retention and nice lacing, this is perfect for the style. The nose is beautiful too. The hop character is deliberately modest, allowing for the full bouquet of the hops to really shine. Lightly earthy, lightly mineraly, lightly lemon-like, lightly dust-like, this is truly a kellerbier. Doughy malts and floral honey are present as well. The palate opens with a modest bitterness, quite noble hop in character with a delicate blend of grassy, herbal and lemony character. Light malt character is present as well, there's some bready, doughy character, quite raw and complex. Drying on the finish with an exceptionally delicate and nuanced bitterness, I'm floored by the balance between the earthy and herbal characteristics. Beautiful stuff. Thoroughly drinkable, despite the $11/4pack price tag, I'm going to drink a lot of this over the summer.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Dominion is back again in Georgia, and their lineup has been expanded to include the previously unavailable Hop Pocket Pils. A beer I had been looking forward to trying for a long time based on the mouthwatering name.

The 12 oz. brown bottle, bearing a bottling date of May 16, 2005, yielded a pale yellow, slightly hazy beer with an half inch thick foamy head and an active, but not overpowering carbonation. In other words, bearing the classic Pilsner look marred only by the multitude of less faithful macro imitations. Although unfiltered, I did not see much yeast sediment in the glass or the bottle. Must have fallen out before bottling I guess.

The smell was not as hoppy as I had anticipated. Floral hops, faint hay, clean pale malt, and a little lemon peel is what I could detect in the mostly subtle aroma.

While the smell was delicate, the taste was robustly hoppy, with a bitter, peppery, and spicy hop flavor from the start. The malt was honey like, and slightly toasty, but could not stand up to the hops too much. The aftertaste was very dry.

Light, creamy mouthfeel finished out a very refreshing package. A smooth beer of summer, this is definitely worth seeking out again and again.

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Photo of oberon
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a nice fizzy head that clings nicely to the glass,great aromas of lemon,toasted malt and light grass this to me smells like summertime in the bottle!Taste is crisp and zippy with a big lemony flavor with a little iron in the finish more malt tilted but u can pick up some herbal hop notes and a late dryness after a few sips.Wow what a great summertime beer,honestly I could drink this all day will have more of these tonight for sure.

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