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 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 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 cvstrickland
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-ounce bottle with bottled on date of ten months ago clearly stamped on the label, poured into a 22-ounce weizen glass yields a light golden body stacked with rivulets of active carbonation, crowned by a monster head of four fingers that threatens to leave the glass, but one that calms enough to retain at a fat hockey puck that leaves big-bubbled lacing.

Smell is light-malty with a fat dose of grassy, herbal hops.

Taste is rich and malty with a big blast of dry,grapefruit-bitter "C" hops and a tinge of pumpkin pie spice.

Clean and refreshing with a medium body. Excellent drinkability. The persistent rumors of the demise of the Hop Pocket beers seem to be true, for now. Glad to try this one while it's still available. As good a pils as there is.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in bottle form at Eulogy Bar in Philadelphia...
Medium-amber, light copper colored hue with a decent-sized head that exhibited impressive staying power before slowly receding...
For a Pilsener, there seemed to be a hoppy, citrus aroma present along with effervescent floral notes...
A piney, citrus-laden flavor was what I imparted from this beer, which seemed peculiar given the style... Definitely different and a very unique representation of the style, for sure...
Good mouthfeel coupled with an equally good level of drinkability make for an easily drinkable, satisfying brew...

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Photo of beavers
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled: 09|07|07
Poured in a DFH tulip pint glass
A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with an enormous white pillowy head. Spotty lacing and phenomenal retention.
S: Grassy with a mild fruity aroma of orange peel and banana with big pale malt backbone.
T: A solid dose of floral and then citrusy hops that is balanced by the pale malt.
M: Light bodied and fully carbonated, leaves a mildly bitter and mouth-watering finish.
D: Wildly drinkable. A great summer beverage that is perfect for a hot summer day. I would also give this flavorful pilsner to a regular BMC to show them what a drinkable lager should taste like.

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Photo of burnstar
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold with a massive head. Lots of visible carbonation. Light aroma of herbal hops. Some yeasty earthy aroma as well. Taste is light malt sweetness and bunches of herbal and citrusy hops- lemons. Not much bitterness. Very full flavored pils. Medium bodied. A bit heavier than most pils I've had. Very well carbonated. Very nice American pils.

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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 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 Finn
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is marked 3/03/07, I guess it could be a bit fresher (11/20/07 right now) but we'll see how this one holds up. Bought it at Vidalia's in Lansdale, PA. Pretty nice singles selection there, but obviously some stock rotates quicker than others.

Appearance: A hard pour into a pint glass (where'd my pils glass go?) reveals a thick head which quickly dies down to nothing. No lacing on side of glass either. Slightly hazy lemony yellow color. Nice, in my opinion.

Aroma: Slight hints of hops, but a mild biscuity and grainy smell dominates.

Taste: Starts with a bitter bite of classic pilsner hops, opening into a biscuit and bready flavor. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation level, right in the middle, not too much, but enough to bring out the flavors perfectly. A nice medium-bodied mouthfeel, more body than a lot of pilsners I've tried. Very good.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. Easily a session beer for me. Not too heavy a beer, not too sweet, but with a great refreshing flavor that gives you some flavor to chew on. This is the first time I've tried this one, and it's enjoyability is right up there with Prima Pils (maybe a hair higher?). I'd love to get this fresh sometime, though I hear this beer has been discontinued. What a shame, it's the best pilsner I've had in a long time.
Try it if you can find it!

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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 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 crookedhalo
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I haven't had this in about 7 years, so I'm a little excited to reminesce. Thanks go out to OWSLEY069 for picking this up for me on his vacation.

Bottled on 4/13/07. Pours a nice straw golden color with a bubbly, foamy stark white head. Some stickage and lacing. Lightly grassy and herbal with a good pale malt backbone with hints of toastiness and clover honey. A nice astringency rounds out each sip that starts with some malt sweetness. Spicy/herbal mid and a light, oily hop finish. Very well balanced, rather malty and rather hoppy, but neither overpower each other. Mouthfeel is good, with a healthy carbonation matching a moderately bodied pils. Refreshing and drinkable. I wish it was available in my area.

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

Pour is yellow with a slight haze, bright white head flows up the glass.

Very grassy nose. fresh cut grass and a hint of lemon. Mouthfeel is very solid for a pils - flows out to the side of palate and hits with intense bittering. The backing of malts is nice. A sweet maltiness stays in the middle of the palate despite the big hop load.

Long, very bitter finish. The grass comes home to roost. Love the hoppy flavors and bittering. For an american pils, this is outstanding. A true pils, flavorful, bitter, refreshing.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Aromas of a nice German sweet malt and hop presence. In the taste, malty and somewhat dry, a small bitter, but not much. A clean and refreshing mouthfeel, with a dry aftertaste. Not as bitter/ hoppy as expected for a pilsner, but very smooth and nice.

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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 Atlas1
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are rumors that Old Dominion has dumped the Tuppers' line of beers, which would be too bad in my opinion, because their both nice additions to the OD lineup.

Poured from the bottle into a DFH tulip pint, the Hop Pocket Pils is a golden straw color with a fat frothy white head that casually recedes over time leaving behind some weak lace. Lots of carbonation. The aroma is fresh and clean, with some faint malt and even fainter fruit notes. Overall, however, this is a very pedestrian nose. But things pick up in the taste department, where we really get to see where the name "Hop Pocket" comes from. Clean and crisp, with a strong, dry bitter hop finish. Nothing flashy, just a good solid, hoppy pilsener. It acheives what it's going for, for sure. Crisp, dry mouthfeel.

A highly drinkable beer, in my opinion. I personally like the ale a bit more, but the HP Pils is a worthy second choice. I hope another brewery is able to pick up the slack and take on this recipe, because it's mighty fine, not to mention a local favorite.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The label suggests to "pour with a generous head". I did that and got a big 2-and-a-half inch head, rocky and foamy, with a stiffness like meringue. Crackles and pops down to a thin head, leaving no lace in its wake. Held up to natural light, the color is a lighter yellow with a very slight haze.

Aroma is lemon and orange with some sweet malt backup, and a little sourdough if really using the imagination.

Yum. The maltiness hits you right away, like sucking on a rich, soft, dark candy of some sort...and then a rind-like citrus bitterness comes crashing in. Excellent balance, a nice intersection of sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel isn't as prickly as expected, very smooth, airy, even creamy.

Really good stuff here. Highly drinkable, highly enjoyable.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear yellow with a thin creamy white head that leaves a ring of lace behind.

S - Floral hops with some lemon, pepper and hay. Definitely on the hoppy side.

T - Floral, spicy hops with some lemon, pepper and a malty graininess.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and dry in the finish. Not as crisp as other pilsners.

D - Great. I keep finding good Pils I can't get in this area. If I could this one would be an everyday summer refresher.

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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 Imstillthegman
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Pils pours a slightly cloudy, yellow-gold color. There was about a two finger white head on top of this one before it faded to a ring. Only a couple specks of lacing.

I really the aroma of this one. Spicy, flowery hops, caramel and biscuit malts, and just a hint of citrus. Very crisp and clean smelling.

The flavor is pretty damn good, as well. Spicy hop profile blends very nicely with the biscuity, caramel malts. Sweet and spicy. Never had a "German Pilsener" that tasted like this one.

Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot -on. Touch of bitterness in the aftertaste and just a hint of dryness has me longing for another sip. Very easy drinker.

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

Assertive caramel malt backbone and bready sweetness with an aggressive flowery, citrusy hop spice. Very sharp carbonation tang with a moderately full, but smooth body.

I love American Double Pilsners and will try any that I come across; I find that they some of the more impressive and unique examples of American lager brewing. This is one of the better*; not the sharpest hop spice (though still pretty hoppy) but with a caramel character that is smoother and tastier than most of the style. Fairly rich, but still very drinkable.


*I know that Beer Advocate classifies this as German Pilsner, but frankly I think the malt character is too rich and hop flavor too spicy for that be accurate.

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Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Bottled date clearly marked.

Appearance: Pours bright yellow and just a bit of haze, nice thick head with good retention. A layer of yeast on the bottom of the bottle - clearly unfiltered.

Smell: Flowery hops, biscuity malt. Just a slight metallic twang that fades as it warms a bit.

Taste: Tons of hop flavor, nicely mixed in with a solid malt background. Medium bodied mouthfeel with lots of bready and biscuity flavors.

Overall impression: Very nice balance of malt and hops with plenty of different flavors.

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

Hazy straw color, smells of light malts and citrus. Tasted very fresh, light toasty malt, and a crisp lemony hop bite on the front end, with a fairly clean and crisp finish that balances hops and malts nicely. Very drinkable, and enjoyable - went great with my fried fish sandwich. An excellent choice for a daily libation.

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