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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 sholland119
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Beer BIF Round 4, Beer #9, courtesy of Thorpe429.

A-Hazy golden with a hint of straw, huge frothy white head leaves equally huge sticky lacing.

S-I had pegged this as likely to be a hefeweizen based on color and clarity, but the nose is totally different. So what do we got? Peppery hoppiness and some biscuit malt.

T-Still confused here. Lemony hops and some white pepper. Maybe a touch of oxidation?

M-Medium bodied, hop bitterness lingers.

D-This is pretty nice, whatever it is. Bitterness is welcome, lemony citrus notes are good as well.


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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, somewhat hazy straw in color. Decent grassy and slight citrus aromas. Very dominant hop bite-blend of bitterness and floral qualities. Nice mouthfeel-dry in the finish. A damn good beer, very drinkable for the size of the "bite". I was expecting more hops in here but this is still well done. Nice to see this back again as well.

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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 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 imbibehour
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 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 brewerburgundy
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, Bruery tulip.

The head is an enormous job that is going almost nowhere; pure white and rocky, sticking to the glass in globules. It looks almost like a Hefeweizen in its exceedingly hazed dark golden body.

The nose is unsurprisingly yeasty and doughy, complimented by lots of florals and a bit of fruitiness. Unfamiliar floral elements like I experienced in the sister beer Tuppers' Hop Pocket Ale.

Slight citric hop mixing with those same florals. The bitterness is sturdy, on IPA levels. Some dough and cracker but the hops are the star here.

Bitterness lends some matte roughness but this isn't very dry.

I'm digging this. It's very unique and doesn't seem all that much like a lager. But, then again, this isn't your average lager.

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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 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 ElGeordie
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack at the St George Brewery when I was getiing a couple of Kegs.
Served at about 38 Deg F into a Sam Adzms glass.
Cloudy yellow gold colour (Can I say Piss coloured?) The head, such as it was was thin and white but disappeared within about a minute.
I was expecting a little more carbonation.
Tastewise: vey hoppy and dry. I supped this with some sushi and it was a good pairing.

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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 steveh
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm -- loves a good Kellerbier.

A -- Hazy yellow-gold color with a fast-settling, white head, but very dense at the start and holds a good cap. Giving back oints on the haze because of the Keller designation (should be drinking this in a clay Krug).

S -- Very spicy hops with some vague citrus and pine back -- pretty big nose for a Pils.

T -- Spicy hops up front and prominent with bready malts in the middle and just settling out the finish with that spicy, bitter hop in the aftertaste.

M -- Body is light to medium light with a soft to dry mouthfeel.

D -- Goes down very nice with that crisp dryness and spicy hop bitterness leaves you wanting more.

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

To be fair to this beer on appearance, it is a Keller Pils, meaning it is unfiltered. So as with my and many homebrewers beers this has yeast that will settle to the bottom of the bottle. Depending on if you want to drink the yeast or not, you can pour most or all (with a swirl to redisperse the yeast) of the bottle in a glass. As clearer beers tend to score higher, this may be something you may note when pouring this beer. Yeast minimally effects the taste in this beer. That bit being said, moving on to my comments.

The beer pours an expected straw yellow. The beer tends to be a little hazy, unless special care it taken to pour it. I'm not afraid of a few B vitamins from yeast. =) There is some lacey heady goodness.

The aroma is slightly floral, spicy, earthy and very sweet. The hoppy spiciness comes out as the predominant taste. Bitter lemon sweetness? Very good.

Light bodied but not watery. Very carbonated which meshes well with the hop spiciness.

Representative of German Keller Pils. Will and have purchased again... Some facts found on the bottle, this is contract brewed by St. George Brewing Company in Hampton, VA and half of their profits go to support charitable institutions.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a hazy, pale, golden body with a one finger, white head with pretty nice retention and nice lacing along the glass to the finish.

S: A pretty sweet, honey like smell with some earthy undertones.

T: A pretty sweet, honey taste with a nice, leafy, earthy backbone. Earthiness from the hops becomes a bit more evident in the aftertaste with the honey-like characteristics starting to recede in the background of the initial taste as the beer warms up.

M: A pretty smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel that was actually quite crisp and refreshing.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination made this beer very drinkable. It's smooth, crisp mouthfeel made the beer quite refreshing and a nice session beer to have on a summer beer.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy dull bronze color. Weird at first, but after I read that it is bottle conditioned then not so much. Nice thick fluffy white head with amazing staying power and solid lacing.

Nice spicy hop aroma that balances well with some earthy malt sweetness. the hop spice comes through more in the taste, with a citrus-spice flavor that contributes to an overall complexity that is unrivaled in this style. Some yeasty esters and thickness to this beer. A nice beer to drink for sure, but a touch filling.

Nice body for a relatively low ABV. Almost effervescent with carbonation. Interesting beer that I am very glad to have tried.

mis-categorized here? Even by the description on the label it appear to be considered a keller bier, and from what I am seeing and tasting it matched the description on this site closely. Rating it as such :-)

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

A: A brassy pour with slight tints of orange come about in the glass with a head that was ivory white, frothy, and stood a finger high. Visible carbonation was medium, loosely packed micro-bubbles that rose steadily at a moderate pace. The lacing sticks fairly well while the head was mostly lasting throughout the course of the drink providing a thin, frothy covering.

S: Grainy essence was dominant with a soft fragrance of flowery lemons. Dry overall, moderate in strength per style, there were some dried barley stalks and dried grains that really highlighted the aroma. Give this some extra time to appreciate the grainy feed nature that needs no hop assistance to fulfill its aromatic experience.

T: The flavor opens up dry and grainy with some dried barley that brings out the fine craftmens-ship of the brewing process. Some straw, and dry lemon flowers contribute bringing an extra umpph of hops to the palate of moderate proportions. It was perhaps the grainy feed nature of the malting that I truly found interesting. Think dry animal grain feed, with some dried corn, dried whole grains, hay, with some mealy thrown in. While not as hoppy as say a Prima Pils, though the grainy palate is perhaps more true to style by german standards and does possess its fair share oh hoppiness that was more then enough to exceed expectations.

M: The mouthful was fairly crisp, with a bubbly feel, light bodied with a fluid and smooth feel to it. A good dry and grainy presence is left behind after the swallow.

D: Very grainy with a dry lemony flowery bite that will surprise making this a crisp summer time treat. A definite six pack recommendation and dry and grainy by style while still being balanced with enough hops of pale ale proportions that should keep the tongue parched for more. Easy to down and finely crafted.

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

12oz bottle, unknown date, my magic beer decoder ring was unable to solve the mystery code printed on the case, but this delivery was from Tupper's July debut in Georgia.

Pours very hazy with a yellow/gold/orange color progression. Starts with a fluffy and foamy two finger white head that leaves some clumpy rings of lacing that hang around forever, and holds a light but foamy cap and ring. A very nice looking beer.

Aroma is citrus, oranges, lemons, earthy, floral, spicy hops, yeast, and a little musty. Moderate strength.

Flavor is very hoppy, very nice spicy hops, earthy, floral, and some citrus, with good bitterness, some lightly sweet bready malt is there as well, wonderful hoppy, bitter, scrubbing finish. Huge flavor overall for the style, I can see why this costs a little more than other craft pils, this stuff is loaded.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, good carbonation.

Incredibly drinkable beer, delicious, and is the best of the 3 new pilsners I've tried today, even beating out the impressive Southampton Keller Pils.

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

Pours a clear gold with a nice white head. Aromas of tasty honey and a pile of mixed citrus skins. Flavors are big on a lemon freshness with a distinctly honeyish malt sweetness and a distant grassiness. Finishes with strong notes of lemon zest. Well-balanced and very refreshing. Quite a nice pilsener; one that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a golden color with an abundant eggshell head floating on top, a little bit of lacing.

Smell: smell of some bitter hops, yeast, floral smell overall.

Taste: good taste, a little more of that bitter/floral hoppy taste than one would expect, and it really improves this beer a lot.

Mouthfeel: light bodied.

Drinkability: very drinkable,

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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 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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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 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 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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Tuppers' Hop Pocket Pils (Keller Pils) from Tuppers' Hop Pocket Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 198 ratings