Ms. Frank
Suarez Family Brewery

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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #4
Ranked #5,578
4.17 | pDev: 5.28%
Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 50 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Roguer from Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good head production; excellent retention. Shockingly dark color, dark amber, obviously with some caramel in the overall malt blend. Spotty but nice lacing.

Wonderful aroma: earthy, spicy hops, caramel and pale malts, rye and pale bread, cracker, pepper, prune. Reviewing this can at 4 months of age (1 month past the brewer's recommended "best by" date), but it doesn't seem to have negatively impacted the aroma one bit.

Sweet and spicy on the palate, almost a mix between a Helles and a Bock, with glorious tones of toffee, caramel, and prune, blended with grassy, herbal hops. Remarkably drinkable, crisp yet slightly oily.

May 03, 2020
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can from Sean, drank at home March 2020. Really good. Aroma doesn't jump out of the glass, but the flavor is great. Malty, biscuity, slightly hoppy. Nice medium-full feel with medium carb that fits the beer nicely.

Mar 12, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. can. Deep orange golden. Smells of brown bread, spicy hops, and some perfumy notes. Tastes of brown bread and a touch of sweetness. Becomes sharper in the back end. Brighter flavors along with a bit of spicy yeast. Medium body, soft and almost creamy in texture. Not a Kellerbier expert, so wasn't sure what to expect, but it's very nice.

Mar 07, 2020
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 3/4/20

Pale copper, crystal clear, medium sized head that fades to a few wisps
Pale, caramel, and amber grain, bread, toast, biscuits, some lightly grassy hops, low bitterness, fairly dry but some light sweetness
On the light side of medium, crispy, low-medium carbonation

Ms. Frank is on the light side for this style; it's not as yeasty or grainy as some I have had. But it is insanely drinkable, as is the trend with Suarez lagers.

Mar 05, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Jimmy for this one.

Pint can - dated 01.09.20 - poured into an Allagash Coolship glass at 42°F.

Pours a deep brassy golden/light amber hue, topped with two fingers of creme-coloured head, which slowly recedes, leaving some webby lacing behind. Moderate visible effervescence.

Nose: Slightly sweet, gently toasty pilsner malt - grainy and soft, with the faintest whiff of lightly toasted crackers. Some very restrained hopping, lending these wonderful Central European floral and spicy notes. A note of bread, a touch of grass, a whiff of earthy spice, a kiss of lemon zest, and just the right amount of lager yeast. A wonderfully balanced traditional lager aroma.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with some grainy sweetness, giving off quite a lot of round, malty barley, a touch of toast, and some grainy cereal notes. Gentle hop notes come in, and at first, it's not enough to nudge the restrained grainy sweetness. Some clean floral, grassy, and citrus notes really deepen the flavour, and provide a wonderful brightness that really lifts the flavour profile. The citrus fades first, then the floral notes, and then the grassy notes, leaving a mostly spicy finish, with traces of grassy florals. The least amount of bitterness one could possibly imagine while still being able to detect some bitterness - resinous in nature. This kiss of resinous hops dries out the beer, and ultimately leads to a fairly dry, clean, crisp finish, leaving just a wisp of hops and yeast in its wake.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is moderately light-bodied, snappy, crisp, clean, and fluid, but has just enough malt body and balance to keep it from feeling too light or watery in any way. Effervescence is lively, but not as lively as it could be. It's perfectly great, but I wouldn't mind a few more bubbles. No initial stickiness or sticky sweetness, and just the perfect amount of bite from the hops. Minimal drying, no ABV detected.

Overall: This is a great traditional Keller lager. It's clean, crisp, light, snappy, and has the perfect amount of malt, and i appreciate the hoppy subtlety. This is not a hoppy lager, but the hops help to truly elevate this beer. It isn't perfect, but it's hard to encounter anything significantly better. Just a great, easy beer with enough nuance to keep it interesting, should you want to pick it apart.

Mar 05, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hops Hill, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is rather hazy light amber in color. It poured with a short white head that left a very thin collar around the edge of the glass and a small patch of bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuity malts and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of biscuity malts along with notes of yeast.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and a little dry with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be maltier compared to others in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

Nov 05, 2019
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

poured from growler filled yesterday.

its a beautiful beer, golden tinged straw color that is hazy for a lager, dense and creamy bright white head with sudsy bubbles atop - good retention and lacing. on nose is a slightly sharp and almost spicy floral quality, honey and grainy malts reminiscent of a lightly sweetened cereal, as well as mellow grassy and lemony hops, and a hint of yeast. on palate is that honey crisp cereal flavor ... but never approaching a level of sweetness too strong. there is lemon, slightly floral and grassy hops, mellow spice. as it warms there is a some fruity character hinting at citrus. overall very clean and delicate, but some definite complexity and depth in the flavors.

lagers be hard to rate because even the very best may lack the 'wow/ factor for some. but this one is just percetion, the appearance could not be more beautiful, smells are enticing and bright and the palate offers this beautiful complexity. mouthfeel is light and crisp but somehow manages to have a slightly creamy coating quality. WOW!

Feb 10, 2019
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npolachek from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium gold color. Smells of bread, earthiness and lemon

Crisp mouthfeel with a good dose of malt. Very clean taste with solid aftertaste. Well brewed.

Jan 22, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Growler from Brewery. Drank that night.

Clear medium golden, foamy white head. grainy aroma, mild grassy earthy hop. Taste is on the sweeter side, I'd like a touch more bitterness to balance. Thin to medium body.

Jul 10, 2017
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Suarez Family Brewery in Livingston, NY.

Suarez's Franconian keller lager is deep gold in color, almost light amber, and clear. Large, creamy white head with great retention.

Rich, toasted malt aroma. Much like the Palatine Pils I had right before this, the freshness of the malt in the aroma is just amazing. Fresh, rich malt flavor carries over to the flavor and does an excellent job of staying light on its feet and not ever coming close to being cloying or sweet. In fact, it's just the opposite, as it finishes very dry.

This beer was very reminiscent of a Märzen to me. I was told it has the same malt and hop varieties as the Palatine Pils with the addition of Munich malt. Another winner from this great brewery.

May 20, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light yellow-ish color, with a good level of lacing, and a small head.

Smells like sweet grain, grassy hops, lemon, honey, and biscuity malt.

This is another absolutely wonderful beer from Suarez Family. They are just putting out these wonderful crisp and thirst-quenching lagers. This is midly hoppy, with a slightly spicy and grassy hop character, and a nice doughy and biscuity malt flavor. There's also a tiny bit of honey sweetness, with slight orange and lemon hop flavors.

This is light bodied, super crisp and light on the palate, with a good level of carbonation.

I'm basically at the point where I have to try every new Suarez beer. They're just all so good.

Feb 27, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery.
Hazy brass with puffy white that fades to film that sheets. 4
Earthy yeast with some tartness and lemon peel. 4.25
Triscuit malts, lemon zest, sourdough tartness, more earthy yeast, then cut hay and coriander hops. 4.25
Round, crisp, light+. 4.25

Tart, farmy notes anchor this in the style. And still with that creamy water mouthfeel. Not the yeastiest keller I’ve ever had, but quality. 4

Feb 02, 2017
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Masterfully poured deep gold, light haze. Dense, ivory head. Good retention. Brilliant lacing.

Moderate diacetyl notes. Green apple, pear. Grainy sweetness, graham cracker, spicier hop notes, honey and citrus.

Well attenuated, creamy feel but a dry, crisp finish.

Kinda okay with a very mellow toasted and flavorful body. Soft nuttiness, minerality of water really shines and reflects the purity of ingredients. Clean tasting spicy/herbal hop finish.

Jan 28, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden hue with very nice white head. Some graham cracker and soapy hop aroma. Touch of bitterness on the finish, but some nice crackery biscuity malt character with some white wine undertones. Very clean and crisp. Not abrasive, not heavy handed. Everything I love in a lager.

Jan 02, 2017
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dar482 from New York

4.71/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a lightly hazy medium gold color with a fluffy lingering large bubbled head.

The aroma offers fresh bread, grainy sweetness, grass, spice, hints of lemon and floral. Just inviting of depth of malt for a sip.

The flavor follows with crackers, sweet grainy malt, Melba toast with a kiss of lemony honey, with a chewy depth of that pale malt, a lingering medium minus grassy bitterness balanced by more touches of malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium minus while being both crisp, but also offering supple weight on the malt.

Jan 02, 2017
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour from a growler purchased yesterday, New Year's Eve, 2016.

A- Golden, copper with a light foamy, white head. Slight hazed look and spirited carbonation. 5

S- Grain sweetness, floral honey, lemony (?), grassy, slightly spicy hops. 4.25

T- Starts with sweet grain and floral honey. I continue to get a gentle citrus note, maybe lemon or tangerine. So clean tasting and yet rich and delectable. 4.25

M- Moderate carbonation that brushes the tongue and accentuates sweetness and graininess. Bitterness enters lightly on the finish along with a semi-dry and semi-sweet finish. So clean and easy-drinking and delicate. I love it. 4.75

Outstanding beer. Seriously.

Jan 01, 2017
Ms. Frank from Suarez Family Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 50 ratings