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:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Dyan. Thanks! The beer is a hazy golden color with a nice frothy inch tall head that's fed by ample carbonation. Big hop aroma, spicy and zesty, light herbal notes and a clean malt profile. Hop dominated palate, noble in character with big signature herbal and grassy notes. I suppose this is what a German pils would taste like if it were dry hopped. Some of the malt flavor is lost in the mix, amounting to little more than a thin bready foundation for the hop flavors. Quite good though, this is one of the nicer American brewed pilsners I've had in a while.

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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 Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with a nice white head. Plenty of lacing and good head retention.

S: Nice grassy notes alongside a bit of pale grain. Somewhat of a fruity edge in there as well.

T: In addition to the grassy malt and slight fruit presence, a bit of a floral hop taste comes in with accompanying bitterness.

M: Light-bodied and somewhat creamy. Good carbonation.

D: Highly drinkable. This will certainly become part of my regular summer rotation.

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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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a half-pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast, a decent amount of hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a mild lemony citrus and caramel sweetness that is quickly followed by a mild but complementary hops bitterness. The malt character is thin but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 2.99 4-pack from Bullocks' Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dim-looking, orange-gold body with a hearty, churning, barely off-white head. Wispy lace on the descent.

Smell: Biscuit-toned, yeasty nose, a touch of dried nectarine and with an aromatic dry hop scent of German hops giving a big whiff of spicy grassiness.

Taste: Malts tasting of fresh-made biscuit dough with a very thin trickle of honey sweetness cut with still mineral water. Pronounced spicy, peppery Continental hops with a staunch grassiness like unexpectedly taking in a mouthful of sun-dried hay and a mite bit of dehydrated citrus peel. Medium-plus bitterness. Particularly long, particularly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's been a loooonng time, Tuppers. How's the family? How's the wife? Paired fairly well with a bowl of lentil soup with andouille sausage.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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?

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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 billab914
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a slightly hazy, pale golden color. It had a bright white thin head that left some very nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice earthy, spicy, noble hop presence to it. A little citrus comes through, along with a sweet grainy flavor. Very nice mix of flavors in the aroma. It smells very balanced and each flavor is appealing on it's own and together.

The taste has a pretty big and bold noble hop, earthy, spicy, bitterness to it. The sweet grainy and citrusy flavors found in the nose seem to take more of a backseat in the flavor. They are there, just a bit more subtle. The finish ends with a pretty strong dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and carbonation is on the higher side. Drinkability is pretty decent, it's a pretty nice example of the style. Definitely one of the more bitter and hoppy versions of the style that I've had at least. A pretty good pilsner, with some nice hop flavors though. One of the better versions of the style that I've had.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hot ass day yesterday I needed a little something to cool me off, and quickly. This seemed to do the trick, cold bottle poure into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/25/2010.

Nice light pour, golden straw in color with a tight fizzy head of white foam that quickly gained ground and rose up through the glass. Nice an light aroma, clean, light spice and yeast notes, hints of light citrus, wheat, light cloves, really well done. As I take the first sips, clean, crisp flavor, tight citrus, rich light grains, spakrling carbonation. Really it just worked. Light bready finish left a light touch of flavor on the palate but mostly clean after the last sip.

Overalll a really solid and nice, tight little ale. Would have no issue with try this one again.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
Decanted cold into a nonic.
A - A clear golden w/ shades of amber and a 2 finger white head from a vigorous pour. The head makes a scattered lace pattern on the glass.

S - The scent of Saaz creates a herbal, hop dominant nose. Big, dynamic and slightly floral, but very fragrant w/ a honey-like malt aroma.

M - A light, grainy feel w/ a big sweet pils texture that ends dry w/ gentle hop bitterness.

T - This is a classic pils in the German style. The flavor is reminiscent of many I encountered while I tasting in Germany. The flavor is subtle and smooth with pleasant German malt in the flavor. A noble hop aroma helps support the flavor w/ a somewhat spiced taste.

D - This pilsner has great drinkability, balanced and refreshing. A classic pilsner, I recommend this for anyone who appreciates a German style pils. It goes down easy and is great for year-round drinking. It is a shame this brand will not be around much longer since it was sold.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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 mdfb79
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 6/5/10 notes. Had on tap at RFD in DC.

a - Pours an orange-yellow color with an inch of off white head.

s - Smells of bready malts, floral hops, and
light citrus hops.

t - Tastes of bready malts, and light citru hops again.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

d - a decent pils but nothing crazy. Would have liked a little more hops in the smell and taste. Very easy to drink a few of, I would give it another shot.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

This guy came highly recommended. Trust me, it did. Now to see if it lives up to the expectations thrust upon it. Pours a minorly hazed golden straw with about a finger or so of white sudsy head. It could just be my overused glass, but a slow but steady stream of bubblies makes its way from the base to the surface (gravity be damned!). A lovely bit o' millstone lacing is eventually constructed on the edges of the glass. The usual bitter florals come off of the surface and into the 'strils, joined by an undistinguishable fruitiness. This fruitiness is sadly lost on the tongue, which finds itself quickly awash with hoppy bitterness, which is itself tempered by strong florality. This slight dichotomy makes up nearly the entirety of the taste, proof of the style's elegeant simplicity. The body is quite light and summery, with moderate carbonation and a very liquid feel. A fine example of a generally tasty pilsener, something that hasn't crossed my path all that often.

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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 smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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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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 drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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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 Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of HopHead84
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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 weeare138
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Streams of CO2 quickly rise to the top of the glass. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of earthy, herbs, mineral water, lemon zest, orange peel, and floral notes.
Taste is of the aromas with a solid, zesty bite of sugary malt showing against the crisp hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, easy drinking, spritzy along the palate, and an excellent companion to many meals that would jump out. I'd like to get my hands on a mixed case of this and the Hop Pocket for the Summer. Solid, easy drinking pils that still stands out, even in my neck of the woods where great pilsners are a notch above.

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