Gold Standard Export Kellerbier | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 04-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of palma
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


On tap at the brewery.

Hazy straw color body. Nice fluffy head.

Nose is mildly floral, noble hops, grass, toasted grain.

Taste is wonderful. Very good malt flavor throughout. Cereal, whole grain bread, clean, crisp and a spicy hop finish. Just excellent. I have always loved the zesty hops of a good pilsner but always wished the malt backbone was stronger. This beer finally does that.

Mild and light enough mouthfeel to be easy drinking yet flavor is all there. Fuller than your typical pilsner. Excellent beer. This is one of my favorites from Brooklyn.

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Busy Bee

A - hazy gold with a thin lacing of white head

S - lager yeast, cereal grains

T - malty, a bit sweet, husky, herbal, strong bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really nice clean, crisp, refreshing beer. It has great drinkability and great flavor. It's a bit on the bitter side but I love that about this beer. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler from Beverage World. Served at around 40F.

Pours clear gold with a good white head that leaves nice webs of lacing and holds a light cap. Was hoping for more haze in an unfiltered lager.

Aroma is lemon citrus, floral hops, noble hops, light biscuit/cracker malt, a little grainy and herbal. Very good strength. Nice aroma for the style, good hop presence.

Flavor is more lemon citrus, crisp noble hops, grassy, herbal, some grain, light bready/cracker malt, moderate sweetness in the middle, good bitterness for the style on the finish. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, a bit oily, good carbonation.

Super-tasty lager. 100 degrees today and this is hitting the spot! Great aroma, tons of flavor and a hint more of a kick than standard in this style. Will definitely be getting another fill of this one while it’s around.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 750ml swingtop growler to a small Ommegang flute. Purchased earlier today—thanks Syracuse Real Food Co-op!

Appearance (3.0): Tell you what, this pours like the perfect AAL: crystal-clear, pale, pale gold body (like dandelion-yellow) with a great-looking chunky white head that dies slowly with fat bubbles, leaving just a few splotches of lace. Not bad, but I’m not sure where all the cloudiness is for the style.

Smell (4.5): Very bright, just very very bright: lemons and fresh-cut grass, extremely aromatic but floral and delicate, too. May sound weird, but it smells like the grass after a good rain. There’s a very light, pale grain scent in there too, mixing with a warm, starchy yeast scent on the back-end. This smells great, really really great.

Taste (4.5): Follows the nose, but more complex in the malt / yeast combination. The hops really pop in this beer, seriouosly shining—lemony and mildly fruity, along the lines of melon and pear, but turning into a bright, extremely grassy, slightly herbal bitterness. That grassiness hangs on through and extremely long finish that never quite goes away. Meanwhile, the malt body is pale and light, just like liquid Stoned Wheat Thins. But, it blends well with an extremely earthy yeast character and helps a light, tart wheat note come through. Goddamn, this is balanced.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Extremely dry in the finish, light on the palate and effervescent without any coarseness. Brooklyn really nails the mouthfeel with a lot of these limited beers, the big bottles and Brewermaster’s Reserve beers, and this is no exception. Just wish there was more head left. Still, unbelievably, dangerously drinkable.

Overall (4.0): This is an exceptional beer, really excellent. What really strikes me is just how delicate the malt body feels, and how pronounced and bright the hop profile is, without overpowering anything. It maintains a crackery, earthy body while shining in every other way. This is a great beer, and just absurdly dialed-in with a lot of nuance and finesse.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1.5 finger head on a bright golden hazy body. Aroma is a nice combination of mustiness and sweetness with earthy hops, lemon custard sweetness and pale malts. Nice gingerbread note i
On the nose. Flavor is bready, very clean with a slight lemon tartness to the finish. Earthy hops round this one out. Light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Highly drinkable with a nice full feel to the body despite it being sort of light overall.

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a hazy, gold body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - a clean aroma of bready malt, spicy hops, and a hint of honey.

T - grainy malt and honey up front. Some spicy hops and bread in the middle. Finishes with herbal hops, light bitterness and clean malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - nicely made, not complex, but extremely drinkable.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opening drink at a dinner at Black Market in Indianapolis with Garrett Oliver himself.

A really nice example of the kellerbier style, in my opinion. Fresh, clean, crisp pilsner malt. Floor malted, I believe he said. Both smell and taste were just balanced light maltiness and a noble hop finish. The taste especially had a pretty strong hop finish. Light mouthfeel. Overall a fantastic lager.

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Photo of scootny
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A thick and frothy head that stays. Some nice clumps of lacing and a faintly cloudy straw gold color. Gentle carbonation rising in the glass. Smell is full of bready malt and spicy Saaz hoppiness. A bit of citrus and a light honeyed sweetness. Very clean and German. Love the flavor. It has all that you would want from a good Keller with a full malt body with bread and biscuit notes. Lemony hops give way to a firm and deliciously complex bitterness with touches of pepper and and hop oil. A spicy mintiness, and clean drying finish give an exceptionally quenching mouthfeel. I have to agree that this reminds me of a slight less hoppy Prima Pils a bit and that is a very, very good thing. Hops are Full but crisp in the mouth and on the tongue it is highly drinkable and an exceptional session ale in spite of the slightly elevated abv. Just go slow and savor the flavor. As it warms the malt develops into a broader drinking companion and the hops stretch out as well, showing off their good parenting. Yum Yum! Another winner from Garret and the Brooklyn crew.

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at a beer store in Williamsburg, a brand new one at Meecker and Union. (I can't remember the name, but everyone should check it out - they have cheap growler fills, and the lady who was working there when I went was really sweet.)

I'm always looking for new and interesting American lagers and this one is great. It's got a good, light, baguette-and-yeast background with a nice, sharp, bitter and dry hop overtone. My main problem with a lot of American lagers is that the fruitiness of American hops overpowers the light malt flavors, but this is a nice, light, piny hoppiness that matches the background lightly but very well. It reminds me of a slightly less hoppy version of Victory's Prima Pils, which should be taken as high praise because the Prima Pils is one of my favorite American beers. It's a real shame this is a limited release because if this was available more widely I would drink it a lot. Probably too much.

A great summer drink, which is good because it is hot as balls today. A higher ABV than you would expect though, which limits its drinkability a little bit.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tylers in Durham.Poured into a standard pint a clear light to medium golden with a 1/2 finger white head.It did not look like any Keller beer I have ever saw before.Aromas were quite fruity with alot of good yeastiness.Flavors were to hopped up for the style but hey I really liked them,alot of citric sharpness with some graininess as well.Well it might not be true to style but man it does taste really damn good.

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a 10oz pour at d.b.a. Brooklyn on hot and sweaty day. Served cold, it's dry and refreshing, it's hard to imagine a more perfect beer for the moment.

While the beer is distinctly a lager, I couldn't help be reminded up of a clean Belgian saison as I drank up. The similar hops and spice, with a light and dry finish, no doubt, are what make we want to try this head to head with Saison Dupont. The hops have a little citrus juice, but the gentle, peppery lemon spice dominates over the crisp bready malt. Very drinkable, but also a beer worth sipping. Find it if you can.

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Photo of gorbos
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at a local bar (George Keeley) on a rainy, cool Summer's day. I've seen it on tap lists at Whole Foods and Duane Reade's growler bars.

Dull, uninspiring pale color, slightly cloudy. Smells like a grassy Pilsner, but it's a pretty cold pour, so I'm having trouble telling much else.

Not a simple Pilsner by any standard, gold or otherwise. It starts with a glimpse, a shadow really, of a rich, sweet lager, almost like a Maibock (including that Hofbrau muskiness), with good lacing and perfect carbonation. But I meant "glimpse," because I immediately taste big grassy hops dancing/competing with a biscuit flavor. These latter flavors dominate most of the experience. The hops win out, leading to a dry finish.

The flavors become more pronounced and (even) more complex after I let the beer warm up for ten minutes -- they're joined by a bit of yeasty sourness.

I am not familiar with the Kellerbier style, but I'd say this drinks like an "extra" Pilsner, even though it only leaves me a little buzzed after the pint. I bet this would taste great with most food, especially grilled fish, mac n' cheese, potato salad, chicken with lemon and leeks, etc. I am so impressed that I have to write my first BA review on this guy. I'm very sad this is just one of Brooklyn's one-off beers, because it's better than any of their usual non-imperial offerings.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Holy Grail Pub in Plano. The beer pours a golden color with a large white head. The aroma has a ton of malt in it, with a hint of grass and a touch of honey. The flavor is more of the same. There is a good bit of grass and earth from the hops, as well as a low amount of bitterness and a lot of nice grain and biscuit malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very easy to drink, refreshing beer. Very well done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy light to medium golden yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass rather quickly. LIght to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts with earthy and grassy hops. There is also a very slight hint of light fruit (perhaps pear) and light amounts of sweetness.

T: The taste of the beer is similar to the smell, there is a solid body of biscuit malts with some light amounts of sweetness. There is an earthiness that is then take over by the grassy hops - there is a light amount of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Very refreshing and easy to drink, a nice example of the style. Great during this heat spell on the East Coast. The flavor gets a little more complex as it warms.

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Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- gold standard pours a hazy yellow body with a thin head of revising foam. Very thin lacing does cling to the edges of the glass. Very pilsner-Esque in the appearance department

S- very floral and bready almost simultaneously with a slight pepper scent. While trying to compare this to a surly hell, gold standard comes off a tad more spiced. Good scent

T- flavor of grassy notes coate the tongue with the same bready and bitter taste I like. Prickly flavors that are very tasty as they transition into a slight fruity taste

M- very carbonated and flavorful

O- a very drinkable brew that I'm impressed with from the light, crisp, and flavorful standpoint. Refreshing summertime brew from Brooklyn

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Photo of ABOWMan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light-straw color with moderate amount of head. Some lacing was apparent on the glass and the head was relatively short lived.
The aroma was reminiscent of grass and bread.
The mouth-feel was thin, but sufficient for this style of beer. Extremely drinkable. Perfect beer after having cut the lawn.
The flavor is rather full for such a light colored beer (or bier). Lots of bread notes and sweet alcohol, with a biscuit backbone. I'm an IPA lover and although this isn't my favorite style of beer, I find it quite satisfying. The only evidence of the abv. being 6.5% is the sweet biscuit notes. Despite that fact, this is definitely a great session beer. Garrett, great job reviving an old fashioned style of beer.

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Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ The Federal

Arrived in a tall pilsner glass, a clear, well-carbonated, golden-yellow colored body under a lasting white head that leaves some nice sheets of lace behind. Floral, grassy, spicy hop aromas over some light pils malt. Mild fruit and honey. Smooth, fresh noble hops and subtly sweet pils malt. Very refreshing...drinks more like 4.5% ABV. Crisp, medium-light body. I like this a lot more this time than the first time I had it. Not sure what is making this a Kellerbier, as it's clear, effervescent nature seems more in line with a good German pils. I could drink quite a bit of this if my wallet allowed such things...

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tap to shaker pint on 6/1/12 at World of Beer Coconut Creek
*From notes

A: Clean sunny yellow. A white half finger head and decent laccing and a white collar follows.

S: Biscuity toast rules the bouquet. A touch of grassy hops hits as it warms.

T: A good bit of earthy malt up front. The mid features plenty of bittering hops that really florals out on the finish. Well done for a pale beer.

F: Creamy and medium bodied. Lots of soft, approachable carbonation and the texture is solid.

O: Man...I could kill pints of these like a glass of ice cold water on a hot day. Such an easy going beer, yet there's plenty of flavor and complexity to keep one interested. Big recommendation from me.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold in color with an off-white crest of soapy foam. Cascading bubbles. 4.0

Dry pilsner-like aroma with some grassy German hops and a pale malt extending. 3.5

Very pilsner-like in the malts, but with a tangy lemony and soapy element to it. A little lime and honeydew rind in the flavor. Mild bitterness with a clean finish. 4.0

Well-carbonated with an easy body. Rockin' drinkability. 4.5

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 ounce growler pour from Bay Shore, LI Beverage

Pour is near clear lighter straw. Off white head, minor in size and interest. Leaves just a thin film and some fine lacing.

Minimal wheat malty nose with faint hops in the rear.

Tasty brew with clean malt up from and crisping hops in the rear. Crisp, flavorful and well balanced, with a nice zesty and dry finish. Fine beer to accompany a summers lunch of BBQ chicken, salads and cheese. Well done here by Bklyn brewing

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 16oz fill of this a few hours ago, enjoyed from my Brooklyn snifter.

a - Brew had a honey straw yellow look with a thin fizzy head that was gone quick. Fairly transparent and not all that attractive. Not as murky as the style description would lead you to believe.

s - Pretty pilsner but a soft edge of pear. Earthy and malty and rather grain heavy.

t - similar to a pilsner but more earthy. Finish is rather grassy. Malt heavy but not a one trick pony. Lots of grain. A sweet balance comes out as it warms and it gets tastier as it goes.

m - an easy drinker and a beer that I could drink all day in the summer sun. Leaves a bit of a prickly tingle.

o - not my favorite style, perhaps a good cross over beer for a BMC drinker? At first didn't really get it, but as I drank it and it opened up I found the favors becoming more balanced and less grainy and harsh.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 07/13/12 notes. Had on tap at The Gate in Brooklyn, NY. Served in a 16 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy golden yellow color with one finger of fluffy bright white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of bread, wheat, grains, and some earthy notes. Nice but not a ton going on in the nose.

t - Tastes of bready malts, wheat, floral hops, frains, spice, pepper, earthy notes, light lemongrass, and citrus. A step up from the nose; more going on and very pleasant.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink; could definitely have a few of them. Great body.

o - Overall a pretty good kellerbier. The nose is a tiny bit bland but the taste is very nice, and it is very easy to drink. Another nice beer from Brooklyn, and a good summer beer I'd have again.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color with a dense one inch white head that lingers and eventually leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is grain, a hint of skunk, and lemongrass. There's a bit of pilsner, cracker-like malt.

Flavor is interesting. Lemon dominates the underlying flavors, with a bitter note creeping in mid palate and lingering into the aftertaste. It's the in-between flavors that staff intrigue. Grassy, herbal hop notes, with a hint of mint emerge. Bready malt forms a solid base, with a slightly peppery finish.

Body is slightly light, with fairly high carbonation, and a nice, crisp finish.

Overall, more interesting than I anticipated for the style. Would definitely give this deceptively drinkable brew another try.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at St. Augustines in Vancouver.

A: Slight white head over straw colored liquid with excellent clarity

S: Very muted, only the faint smell of yeast.

T: Floral, earthy, grassy and leafy hop flavors with biscuity and breast malt.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation

O: I honestly have no ideas if this is the gold standard because the German beers that make it to Canada are almost always well past their best before date

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Photo of mltobin
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at the Ginger Main in SoNo.

Appearance is medium yellow with two fingers of white head. It has a nose with biscuit, hops, grass and yeast. Sipping on this and I taste lemon, malt, bread, some more of the hops. Mouthfeel is light-medium, a crisp finish. This is a tasty beer, and works well to drink on a warm summer day. Another solid beer out of the crew from Brooklyn Brewery.

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