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)

Brewed by:
Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 168 | Ratings: 198
Photo of alesme2
1.12/5  rDev -71.9%
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 mjc410
2.59/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Old Dominion brewpub.

Had a slight off-white glass ring for a head, over a hazy golden-yellow body. There was negligible lace, and not enough carbonation visible. The nose had a mild herbal character, and some sweet cereal notes. The taste was crisp and metallic, with herbal hops. It was a bit sour, and had an off vegetable flavor. The mouth was a bit thick for my taste, with medium-high carbonation. It was still a refreshing drink, but a bit off in a number of areas.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.67/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Packaged in a 12 oz amber bottle
Served at about 40F
Aroma at the bottleneck was grassy hops
Poured with moderate head, settling nicely and making good lace
Appearance in the glass was light golden, very hazy like a wit or IPA.
Aroma in the glass was more grassy hops, slight maltiness, attractive toastiness, but also a sour aroma.
Taste: Good bitterness, with a harsh grassy flavor and sour, soapy finish.
As it warms, gets a little more palatable, but is never notably good.
Drinkability: Eagerly bought a few bottles when I saw the pils next the the Hop Pocket ale which I enjoy. After they're gone, won't bother to buy it again. Changing the hop variety(ies) could make a big improvement, I think. Mediocre beer that doesn't really fit the style, nor does it stand on its own.

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Photo of Naugros
2.94/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orangey-yellow with some haze. Very little head on it so staying power is not relevant.

Sweet bread malts and citrus hops.

Another beer that tastes no where near as good as it smells. A metallic and phenolic tastes are the first things that hit masking anything good beneath. Hops bitterness is not clear...it's there, but finding it is not easy due to the off-flavors. If the smell hadn't been fine and if I didn't know that my favorite watering hole didn't rotate stock regularly, I would have guessed this beer was skunked.

The off-flavors messing around with your tongue drops the rating here even though it still remains pretty crisp. The body is medium.

Too much awfulness to even finish it. I rarely leave a beer unfinished but I wanted to quickly move on to something that I liked.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this to be very average. Pours a light amber, very little head. Aroma is pretty lifeless, a tiny bit of hops and malt. Bitter, metallic, slightly grassy notes, bitty hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel is average at best. There's really no discerning characteristics about this beer.... its just "a beer" for lack of a better explanation. It doesn't have any of the horrid tastes/smells of a macro, but it doesn't have anything great to make it stand out either. Kinda like a nondescript contract brewed house beer that so many places have.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up on a trip out east. Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow. Not much aroma to speak of. Taste is harshly hoppy, no gentleness to it. I would guess straight up cluster hops. Almost a slight metallic taste to it. Mouthfeel is thin. Where is the malt? This is almost like drinking a hop tea with a slight beer taste to it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.22/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this extra. My bottle says it is contract-brewed at St. George Brewing Co. in Hampton, VA. No obvious best before date. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of soapy white foam that lingers for quite a while and settle to a thick cap. Body is a hazy, golden straw color. Tons of bubbles race upwards, and some splotchy lace is left on the sides of the glass.

S - Honey, bread, and caramel malt character, with some light floral and citrus hop character. Pretty nice and refreshing aroma.

T - Yikes! Things went downhill pretty quickly, with slight metallic notes and harsh bitterness. Not sure if this is how it's supposed to taste, but it's not very pleasant. Still drinkable, but not something I'd really want to have again. It gets a little better when it warms up, and the bitterness is more palatable in the aftertaste.

M - Texture is pretty decent. Zesty carbonation tingle, soft medium-light body with some light residual stickiness.

D - Other than the unpleasant taste this is pretty good - not sure why there is such a huge disconnect between taste and aroma. There's potential here, but something has gone wrong in the execution. Perhaps the contract brewing has screwed things up.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
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 MarvinTheMarzen
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
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 silver0rlead
3.31/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a stange with a 2 inch, thick white head and a cloudy, pale golden/yellow body. The aroma is very light, a spicy saaz hops smell with a light bready background. The taste is dominated by hops, starts with a biscuit-like malt flavor and segues into resiny, spicy hops taste that coats the mouth, you can really taste the saaz hops in this one. Im sure this isnt as fresh as could be and thats why the taste isnt really all the way there (this bottle is dated from may 2003) and if it was fresher it would be much better i think. But even so, a 2 year old bottle isnt half bad.

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Photo of jaluria
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pilsener, but not very aromatic nor refeshing. Had this on-tap at the Old Dominion Brewpub.

Appeared very light and airy with a soft golden glow and high level of carbonation and a gentle head that left quickly. Subtle aromas of pine and citrus. The taste was balanced between fruity sweetness and hop bitterness with a slight leaning towards bitterness. Not very much flavor in this beer with a texture that was close to watery and somewhat astringent. I sampled this twice, but opted not to get a pint of it so that illustrates my lack of enthusiasm over this particular beer. Not as dry in the finish or refreshing in it's inherent characteristics as would be expected for this style.

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Photo of Durge
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazey golden brew with a thin white head and good lacing. The aroma includes wheat and tart citrus. The flavor brings a light citrus hops with some, oat, biscuit and light malt. It is nicely carbonated for a refreshing and light drink and finishes pretty dry. Drinkability is OK but it is more on the dry side than I would like for multiple knock-backs. Give it a try, depending on your tastes, this may appeal to you as a relatively tastey summer brew option.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on Aug. 14, 2003.

This hazy golden orange brew exhibits a nice line of carbonation going up the middle of the glass at a steady pace. A big and frothy white head graces the surface. Retention is solid. It has a great hop boquet mixed in with nice pilnser malt aromas. Decent mellow maltiness mixes with light notes of hay and hops. But it seems "dulled" a little. A little bit of a hop bitterness, but it's pretty rounded. Mouthfeel is a little spritzy and the body is about medium full.

Thanks for the sample Murph.

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Photo of rastaman
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly soft and lightly buttery malts, with some lightly spicy, quite floral hops, Faintly sharp finish with the hops, mild bitterness, a pretty good pilsener, with an added sharpness in the bitterness, pretty spot on for a pils, without the softness of a nice Czeck one. Nobbad.

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Photo of pio
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pretty golden with some haze because i stired it up an army of bubbles floating up to support a half-inch head that is white and laces quite nicely the glass. plesant malt and wheat scents like grass. tuppers hop profile detected in nose, very signature. should be good. green and grassy taste with predominant hops plowing through the malts. citrus fruit and some vegetable tastes. the hop profile is a bit too active for my understanding of the pils style, maybe i'll have to broaden my pils horizons...no problem! also it seemed to mellow out after it sat around for a month or so, interesting indeed. maybe if i thought it was a summer brew or some sort of special lager i wouldn't have this trouble and i could dig it that way. the mouthfeel is great and bubbley but i'd say a bit watery. a light maltiness hides behind all of this hop activity and as usual goes well with the tuppers hop treatment, i'm sorry i lashed out like that earlier. this beer is nice and very drinkable and golly is it crisp.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.47/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of ITK4ever
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my first Tuppers. I had a revelation with Prima Pils, so I wanted to try one from a different brewer. Guys like Tuppers, Victory, Stoudts, Troegs, Clipper City...all make me appreciate living on the Right Coast. This is one fine pilsner offering from Tuppers.

Light golden pour with a thin white head. Light on the nose as well, with a hoppy kick. Light on the palate, good balance of hops and malt and a light mouthfeel, too. HEY!!! IS THIS A LIGHT BEER?

Very drinkable, sessionable, and a good choice for summer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color pils with super huge fluffy white head with good retention. Aroma of well balances floral hops. Taste is quite refreshing with a good malt backbone and nice crisp hops. Body is above your average pils. Very good for the style.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have you meet Bob and Ellie Tupper? Or been to the Breckskeller? Well I for one, well have not, but the Tupper’s are very popular in DC area by introducing different European beers to States. They are so trendy that the folks at Old Dominion named a few beers after them. Hence Tupper’s Hop Pocket Pils.

Hop Pocket Pils is a lighter shade of what I consider most pilsner I have seen. It has a slighty hazy apperance but still relatively clear. The color is a lemony yellow color with limited head retention and no lace. Decent carbonation for a pils.

The smell is mostly malty with a floral smell of hops. Not overpowering but hints of more Americanized pilsner.

The taste also falls in to line with a good full bodied flavor and a nice hop kick at the end. Definite Saaz hops are used (Im starting to really recognize that flavor). Most German pils has a skunk aftertaste which this does not. Really there should be an American Pils category that this should fall in. Much sweeter with a strong hop influence and no skunk yeast. Hop Pocket has a nice blend of taste and full body for a good mouthful flavor. I would like to see a stronger malt characteristic as after all it is still a pilsner, but enjoyable.

Thanks to the Tuppers. You’re an inspiration to all the beer lover out there.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I can remember being bowled over by this beer. Casey had it on the hand pump at Max's one evening and it was all I drank. Just Amazing. I often compared it to the Prima in style and quality. Sadly, a very recent visit to OD in Ashburne VA found this item diminished and offkey. The usually wonderful malt/hops tension was lacking and there was no sparkle. Granted, it was still a decent tasting brew but I left scratching my head. I did not inquire if there were any changes to the brew but don't think it was an age or dispensing issue. Maybe it was just me.

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Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale malt scent along with a citrus hop aroma. It is dry with a little skunkiness to it. The taste is decent. It has a dry, light pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes highly bitter. It has a skunky/metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a low bodied beer with a bit too much carbonation. This is a decent beer, but nothing special. I like the aroma, but the carbonation makes drinking it a bit difficult.

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Photo of JerseyPaul
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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 SIRIUS2
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Abundant white foamy head. Color is a mildly hazy, golden yellow. Long retention and very good lacing.

S: Definitely some light malts present in the nose, along with an intriguing aroma that is somewhat of a yeasty bread smell. There is also a light but sharp hop aroma.

T: Fuller body than I expected; could taste the grains but more so an astringent yeasty flavor - not unpleasant but different. Aftertaste was a little bit clingy with a nice hop bitterness.

M&D: What would appear to be light of body actually has a heavier mouthfeel than you might expect. The abundant carbonation stays with this all the way through. Enjoyable, but I think I would have to be in the mood to drink more than one.

I have never had a "pilsner" that tasted like this one. There is a unique flavor to this that made me question if I had a fresh bottle or not. While not unpleasant, the aroma and taste is unique to anything I have tried thus far so it had me reaching for ways to describe it. I was very impressed with the appearance, especially the staying power of that abundant head and the continuing carbonation. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Cresant
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12 oz. into a pint glass. Bottled on 11/4/04 (thanks for the ancient beer Total Wine Greensboro!).

I guess this Pils should be classified as a Keller Bier due to the unfiltered nature. It poured a cloudy pale yellow with an off-white head.

Smelled of grain- clean, sweet, strong but pleasant.

Mildly peppery taste. It was clean and refreshing. A pleasant surprise considering the age (thank you bottle conditioning).

Good body and moderate carbonation. I'd have another.

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