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Suarez Family Brewery
New York, United States
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #7
Ranked #5,799
4.15 | pDev: 6.51%
Jul 24, 2023
Apr 07, 2019
New York State Ingredient Zwickel Pils. This batch brewed with 6-row barley grown up the road & New York-grown Crystal, NY-grown Tettnanger, and NY-grown Hallertau hops. Do not expect German/continental character in this bold and hoppy NY style lager...this is all NY.
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Ratings by The_Kriek_Freak:
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Rated by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

May 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Look- slightly cloudy, golden color, large lathery white head retains well.

Aroma- notes of sourdough bread, lemon, honey, slightly earthy.

Taste- crisp and clean and well balanced. Notes of doughy malt, lemon, earthy spices, and a gentle bitterness in the finish.

Feel- light to medium bodied, moderate to gently carbonated, finish is clean.

Tasty and easy to drink. Delicately crafted with a great balance, As usual, a great offering from Suarez.
Jul 24, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Jul 03, 2023
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16oz. Can into a Fuzzy pint.

Pours crystal clear with a collapsing 1 finger foamy white head. Stringy lace. Nose is lemon zest, white rice, and unripened white peach. Sweeter than I expected. Beer opens fresh and crisp. Notes of lemon lime, fresh grass, and a firm malt body. I get a fresh clementine sweetness in the middle with a foamy, biting rind at the finish. Body is light with ample carbonation. Crisp and clean on the palate and goes down aggressive and sparkling.

A real nice drinker even though I wish there was a bit more hop bitterness to balance out the sweet fruity flavors here.
Jun 19, 2023
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Look - Great golden clear with a nice white head and rimming
Smell and Taste - grassy floral bread
Feel - clearn crisp light body with a medium carb
OVerall - pretty nice easy going pils
Jun 04, 2023
Rated: 4.27 by siege06nd from Virginia

Jun 04, 2023
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16 oz can, poured into plastic cup at a picnic

pours a clear yellow golden color, white head. aroma of grassy floral hops and bready malt. similar flavor, fairly dry and slightly bitter finish. thin to medium bodied.
May 29, 2023
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Brewer Notes: New York State Ingredient Zwickel Pils. This batch brewed with 6-row barley grown up the road & New York-grown Crystal, NY-grown Tettnanger, and NY-grown Hallertau hops. Do not expect German/continental character in this bold and hoppy NY style lager...this is all NY.

Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
A rather old, rare, and unique German beer style, Kellerbiers are unfiltered and unpasteurized lagers that date back to at least the Middle Ages. The beer is matured, unbunged (beer is exposed), in deep vaults. The final product is a smooth, naturally cloudy beer that's rich in vitamins from the yeast. Hop bitterness can be high and alcohol will vary. Zwickelbier is similar to a Keller, but not as pronounced.

Ranked #9 for the style on BA

Can received in a trade with my dentist. I believe that he worked with Dan Suarez at Hill Farmstead. Highly recommends the brews from Suarez . I have since ourchased beers from Suarez and agree wit( his recommendations

16 oz chilled can poured into a pretentious beer glass poolside at Schloss WunderLlama. Translucent golden yellow liquid with volcanic streams of carbonation results in a three finger white foam cap. Reduces to a thick layer and occasional spotty lacings

Aroma is grains, malts, grassy

Taste is grains, malt, grassy and finished with a gentle hop kiss

Mouthfeel is a clean, crisp, gentle hop nibble at the end

Good beer
May 21, 2023
Rated: 3.55 by BeerWasp from Germany

May 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Clear and sparkling yet dull gold with a soft but short white foam head.

Exhibiting sharper and brighter flavors than your classic German, yet not quite as dry and biting as a Czech, this contains light elements of pine and tropical fruit within its floral bitterness, while tangy yet just shy of astringent. The backing malt is like toasted corn, but faint.

The medium body is softly zippy and finishes semi-dry.
Oct 31, 2022
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned 07/06

A clear yellow with a dense white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a nice blend of grain and hop. Unlike the non kellerpils they brew, this has a completely different hop profile, spicy, minty and fruity. The malt character is raw, doughy but not particularly straw like. The palate is raw, rustic, doughy, creamy, a rough sweetness that's unique. The hop character is unique. Rich, minty, earthy, lightly fruity. Drying, rustic finish. Raw and rough, but in a nice way.
Aug 07, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Oct 30, 2021
Rated: 4.16 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
16 oz can.

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger effervescent white head. Good head retention. Leaves some splotchy lacing around the glass.

Very grassy and grainy aroma up front. Lots of lemon zest, damp hay, and spicy hops.

The flavor has a surprisingly strong lemon character, both zesty and fruity. There's plenty of grassiness, sweet doughy malts, and a sharp spicy hop finish.

The feel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing, yet pillowy soft and smooth. Absurdly drinkable.

Overall, this is a great German lager. It's so nicely balanced between the lemon, and the earthy characters as well as the hops. Everything comes together so well.
Oct 02, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Sep 30, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by crobinso from Colorado

Jul 28, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a cloudy bright yellow color. Thin one to two finger sudsy white head forms on the beer, settles in, then slowly dissipates until just a think layer of foam remains on the beer. Lots of sticky white lacing covers the glass as the head recedes and as the beer is consumed. Aroma has notes of straw, doughy bread, light lemon, lemon grass, and dried straw.

Taste follows the nose with notes of straw, lemon grass, lemon, doughy bready malts, and some light spiciness. The lemon actually has a slight twanginess to it thats really nice. Spicy, peppery notes come through on the back end into the finish. The yeast they use in this is interesting - its definitely some farmhouse character to it and that comes through in the profile. Feel is medium bodied, doughy, chewy. And yet, bright carbonation keeps it lively and drinkable.

Overall this is a delicious beer. I will say, that yeast is interesting and I think sets it apart from what you'd expect from a German kellerbier. That being said, its really well crafted and well worth drinking if you get the chance.
Apr 04, 2021