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

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 08-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 198 |  Reviews: 168
Photo of beerguy101
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color. Medium head. Aroma is floral hops and citrusy. A medium bodied pilsner. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral. This is a hoppy beer for a pilsner; it definitely has some flavor and some bite to it. There is a touch of tartness/sourness that while unexpected, is still rather pleasant. A nice, easy drinking, refreshing pilsner. It looks like a fizzy yellow beer, but its not. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle with born on date of 3/13/03. Listed as a traditional unfiltered "keller pils".

Appearance: Poured a thin-looking yellow with a voluminous head that nearly overflowed the glass on the aggressive pour. Creamy lines of lace on the glass all the way down.

Smell: All sorts of spicy and zesty lemons in the nose, with a dash of pine added for good measure.

Taste: Bitter up front, in the middle, and at the end. Good malt backbone lends support. Excellent flavor. Flavor is a lovely combination of bittering and dryness.

Mouthfeel and Drinkaibility: Wow. It felt like the beer was boiling up again when I drank it. Very smooth and creamy, little bit of pine oil on the lips.

Yet another winner from "Ol' Dom".

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Photo of stirgy
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy and pale yellow color with a huge bubbly white head. Sweet lemony grass and a musty citrus hop dominate the aroma of this beer. There is a nice spiciness underlying somewhere in there. Almost like a nutmeg or maybe coriander. Not your everyday pilsner, but one that’s a bit more flavorful. Very good.

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Photo of BierReise
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great bottle conditioned Pils. Cloudy deep gold with a fluffy almost snow-white head. Fantastic hop aroma with yeast and malt giving it a nice rounded aroma. Highly carbonated and a crisp mouthfeel. Flavor is a good balancing act of malt and hops with citrus notes giving it an overall pleasing flavor.

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Photo of beerinator
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden, with a slight touch of reddish gold. Off white head, with a bit of haze.

Aroma: Sweet. A little hop aroma is present.

Taste: Dry bitter in the beginning and the end. Very clean, carbonation on the high end. Slight metallic twinge. Very dry with a lingering bitterness.

Notes: Actually a very clean, dry beer. Quaffable- leaves you wanting more. Would be a good session beer.

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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 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 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 jackndan
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Pocket Pils: thanks to the BIF, I am sampling this well known beer. Initial pour spewed up a fairly large head that dissipated very quickly. The color of the head was a pure white. The beer itself is golden, with a slight haze. The aroma is very typical of a pils, with a slight fruity hint of the hops. The taste is very pleasant with a deep and long lasting hops taste. The hops are flowery in taste, which provides a sweet aftertaste. The hops are somewhat oily in the end. Very nice, and would match well with your spicy foods. Thanks to Murph for the sample.

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Photo of Scooter77
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw yellow color. A huge fluffy white head presents itself upon initial pouring, and then fades away very slowly, leaving a sticky lace on the glass. A high level of carbonation keeps a nice 1/4-inch foamy cap atop the beer for the entire duration. There are so many aromas that come out of the glass with the most dominating one being a floral hop aroma. There is a beautiful medley of many other scents to include lemon zests, grapefruit, honey, and yeast bread. The taste is just as complex as the aroma, the hops are definitely the powerhouse here. There is a slight sour apple flavor that tends to push its way through citrus fruit and an ever so subtle pepperiness. The finish is light and dry. This is a very refreshing pilsner, I will definitely try it again.

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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 CharlesRiver
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I have to say that I would not be having this beer if not for Murph. Thanks! Pours cloudy straw colored with a small white head that doesn't last. The smell is sweet hops. The taste is very smooth with the hops coming through more in the end. There are also hints of citrus and vanilla. The ending almost leaves your mouth tingling as it is very effervesent. I am normally not a huge Pilsener fan but this brew is very good. My first Old Dominion beer and I am very impressed.

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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 StevieW
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw yellow head. Huge pillowy soft white head. Broke into sticky clumps and laced the glass. 1/4 head stayed with beer to the bottom. I haven't seen a pilsener do this in a while, maybe ever. Slight sweet buttery smell, then super hoppy bitterness kicks in. Taste is slighltly buttery to start, some subtle lemon grass, could be saaz hops there. Tartness stays through the taste. Finish is a super bitter kick in the taste buds. Lingers and puckers your mouth, wow. I can see where this beer would scare people off. But it is a very full flavored, refreshing, crisp beer.

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Photo of aracauna
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who would have thought that I'd have had to drink a pilsener to make up for a bad experience with a stout? (see my Lawson Creek Vanilla Cream Stout review) Pours beautifully. Large fluffy white head floats over the pale gold body. There seems like there may have been a little yeast in the bottle, but liquid in the glass remains clear. Everything is bright and shiny. Head lingers. There's some lemon on the nose, and a slight soapiness. Peppery (white, mostly) hops dominate the flavor, which is crisp and clean. It's quite hoppy and bitter, and a slight pine resin-like flavor makes me believe that they used more than just noble hops. Along with the Glacier BrewHouse's pilsener, this helps prove to me that not all beers of the style suck.

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

Clear straw color with thick white head that leaves a slight lace. Spicy, floral hop aroma that hits you upon the first taste as well. Follows up a bit grainy, bready. Slight lemon undertones. Clean and easy to drink.

How come every street corner brewery produces a Pale Ale when only a handful a good Pils are available? They're better positioned to compete with the German exports, more approachable to the newbie, and so drinkable that you can go through a six pack in one sitting.

Thanks Murph for sending it to me beacause I can't get a good Pils around here!

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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 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 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 frank4sail
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight flower nose with hints of malt sweetness. Very pale hazy look with lots of fluffy head. Light hoppy taste. Body is very light. I am a "hops fan" so this is a pils I can really live with.

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Photo of budgood1
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very cloudy deep golden hue. head is huge and foamy, and in the glass it looks like some idyllic beer commercial pour. smell is a of potpouri of hops, just as the taste is. starting spicy and ending minty. a decent body holds this hop party together. must be poured in a glass to let the carbonation work itself out and release the aromatic hop explosion. this pils has some life to it and will excite the senses.

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