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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brooklyn Gold Standard Export Kellerbier is here to channel those days when the land was green with beer gardens, and no one had yet uttered the P-word*. The title “Export” connotes a beer more robust than pilsner, while the word “Kellerbier” tells us that it’s unfiltered. Our malt is 100% floor-malted Bohemian barley, giving the beer a rich bready backbone. And Brooklyn Gold Standard is going to need a solid backbone to hold up all those snappy German Hallertau Perle, Hallertau Mittelfrueh and Czech Saaz hops that are leaping out of the glass. A long, cold lager fermentation makes it rich, but smooth. The big floral hop aroma is followed by refreshingly bold bitterness and beautiful rounded malt flavors.

Added by Jason on 04-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 david18
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of sixteen ounce drafts of this at my local beer bar in Manhattan.

Color was gold to light straw with a hazy character. Carbonation was good, about two fingers worth.

Aroma was mostly of light bread. Not much in the way of aroma, pretty standard.

Taste was refreshing but a little bit on the tangy side. Not like it was bad, just a little belgiany or something.

Not a bad beer overall. Not my favorite from this brewery however.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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 cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full flavored and richly textured, the absolute taste of lightly kilned grain, sulfury fruit, and yeast delivers the taste of lagers in their most unadulterated form. Much like cask ales, this is the way that lagers are meant to be enjoyed.

Cloudy gold in color, the beer has a slight murky appearance due to it's unfiltered quality. The dense elixir builds a fluffy white head that retains and laces beautifully. Aside from the color of the beer, a pale ale demeanor is portrayed.

Rich bready malt smells distinctly of light bread, equipped with enriched yeast character, dough, and grain. The slight ester of apple with a whiff of sulfur seems quite crisp and inviting despite it's fuller aromatic profile.

Consistently delivered from the nose, the taste also starts with a hearty bread flavor of soft barley, yeast, and dough. Rich pilsner sweetness is balance by both mineral crispness, sulfur apple snap, and herbal hop lemongrass taste which develops into spicy earthy bitterness to close the simplistic yet rich taste.

Fuller than the average pilsner, the bready taste manifests in texture with a bready-rich mouthfeel that washes away with the zesty carbonation and allows the minerals, sulfur, hop dryness, and alcohol warmth to close the session from several angles, all light but all combine for a highly satisfying finish and aftertaste.

Where filtration helps to create a highly crisp, clean, and refreshing taste, a well made kellerbier can do all those things as well and without sacrificing the soul of the beer. Thanks Brooklyn Brewery, the world needs more kellerbiers.

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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Gold Standard Export Kellerbier from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 84 ratings