Citra-Pils Keller Bier
Switchback Brewing Company

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Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Lager - Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #59
Ranked #18,277
3.85 | pDev: 8.57%
Oct 20, 2021
Apr 21, 2015
Very Good
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4.05 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 20, 2021
4 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Aug 09, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by 1009 from Massachusetts

I really enjoy the regular Switchback Ale so decided to take a chance on this and oh boy was that a smart decision. This IPA-Pilsner love child is the best of both worlds. You get the flavor and citrus taste of an IPA with the drinkability of a Pilsner. A wonderful summer style beer that is refreshing and flavorful. Definitely will be buying again!

May 10, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Mugman8 from New York

I like this brewery and bought a variety pack with this one in it. Slightly cloudy, color of straw with nice head and lacing. Crisp, fruity taste with smooth finish. Has a slightly fruity aroma and ample carbonation. Another very good brew from Switchback!

Jan 19, 2020
3.92 by teamgalt from Massachusetts on Nov 21, 2019
3.69 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Oct 24, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by WoodBrew from Ohio

I tried this beer at the brewery. It poured a clear golden with white head that left some lace. The scent had hints of citrus. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with bitter citrus peel presence. the mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Oct 01, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

i love the idea of a slightly hoppy pils type, especially with fruity new school varietals, and i think this objectively very good beer, but i also think they went a little too heavy handed with it, at least in terms of bitterness. i like it, but its approaching the india pale lager level, and as much as i liked it, it was a little bit too much for my dad, who likes lagers, like a crisp pils type, and can handle some hops from time to time, but this was just past the level where someone on the fence with this sort of thing would be comfortable. the cool thing through is that its obviously citra, a nice expression of the hop in nose and taste. i also like how light and dry it is, minimal body and a snappy, well conditioned sort of finish, the lager yeast not contributing a ton of flavor, but its work here is evident. there is a light crackery doughy aspect to the malt, and the unfiltered aspect of this leaves that well intact, but the beer stays real simple and refreshing, if you dont mind the finishing bitterness, which is i suppose somewhat high for citra, maybe there is some saaz or something in here too. excellent carbonation, and a good morning beer for me. i think if they scaled back the bitterness, they would increase their reach with this one, but its a unique and nicely made beer, a perfect way to get the day started, and very summery!

Aug 12, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Billolick from New York

12 ounce stubbie bottle

Pours near clear, straw, off white cap and leaving some fine lacing

Light grapefruit and grass on the nose

On the palate I get some grapefruit, pineapple and lemons,,,bright, fresh and refreshing...bold and tasty brew thats just right for a warm summer day/night

Aug 08, 2019
4 by njbusa from New Jersey on Jul 20, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Navanation from Pennsylvania

Not your typical pills. Hop forward, but not unpleasant. Citrus is not fruit specific, as some are very grapefruit, this is not. Straw in color. Lace head down the glass. Clean feel. The more I drink, the more I like this beer. Great summer addition.

Jul 02, 2019
4.1 by Casterbridge from Connecticut on Jun 16, 2019
4.04 by smb71481 from Vermont on May 28, 2019
3.77 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Feb 08, 2019
4.1 by TheBeerMaster1 from New York on Feb 08, 2019
2.68 by caffeinelogic from New York on Jan 01, 2019
4 by ScottK22 from New York on Jan 01, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle, it pours a hazy golden color with a nice thick head. In the head, come citrus is evident. in the mouth, it has a nice pilsner hop bite, feels good in the mouth and has a pleasant aftertaste.

Jan 01, 2019
3.82 by swierczt from Connecticut on Dec 22, 2018
3.93 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2018
3.75 by BEERMILER12 from Maine on Oct 11, 2018
3.88 by garthbrennan from Canada (AB) on Aug 19, 2018
3.53 by Mwt from New Hampshire on Aug 12, 2018
3.94 by DudMan from New Jersey on May 12, 2018
3.6 by Ronl12 from Massachusetts on May 10, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brureview from Massachusetts

Nice blend of Pilsener malt and citra hops.

In a Brooklyn Octoberfest Glass: semi-clear honey color with a 4F head. Good retention.

Nice combo of citrus, lemon and Pilsener malt in the aroma.

Taste is not as strong as the aroma- light fruit and malt.

Light MF, moderate bitternfinish.

I really enjoyed this beer on a day during early evening. Well-done combo of citra and Pilsener malt.

May 04, 2018
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3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: grassy lemon lime;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; very mild bitterness at the end;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking; refreshing;

Apr 28, 2018
3.5 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania on Apr 21, 2018
3.8 by plaid75 from New York on Mar 31, 2018
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3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DBosco from Massachusetts

Bottled two months ago. Very clear lemon yellow with an inch of fluffy head. I guess they filter this variety, no noticeable yeast has settled in this bottle - but that doesn't line up with the description of Keller Bier style - not sure what happened with this bottle. Smell is slightly lemony. Taste is lemony with substantial bitterness in the pilsener taste. Feel is well balanced, refreshing with moderate carbonation - bitter aftertaste is a little puckering. Overall, this is pretty good although more bitter than I would like and somewhat lacking in other pilsener tastes.

Mar 29, 2018
3.83 by BubbleBobble from New York on Feb 18, 2018
4 by Beernoobie from California on Feb 04, 2018
4 by Velivolus from Vermont on Dec 24, 2017
3.31 by benirvine2 from Vermont on Dec 11, 2017
3.58 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Nov 30, 2017
3.75 by paulish from New York on Nov 27, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by nhdjinn from New Hampshire

look: cloudy light color nice head
Smell: grassy citrus
taste: like a ipa citrus hit very nice finish well balanced
Feel: good mouth feel: feels bigger than abv
Overall: like a good american ipa/ pale ale but clean finish
will buy again

Nov 26, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by smcolw from Massachusetts

Hazy, light gold color. Modest head which leaves nearly no lace (a couple of small spots).

Berry like sweetness. No notable hop nose.

Much better hop presence on the tongue. The sweetness is muted as a flavor and the pilsner malt is solid and soft. Nicely done for the style except the hop flavor is stronger and more biting. Good body with a slightly higher than average carbonation. Good bitter finish and aftertaste.

Nov 23, 2017
3.75 by Fitzy01 from Maine on Nov 09, 2017
3.25 by Noelito76 from New York on Oct 14, 2017
Citra-Pils Keller Bier from Switchback Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 134 ratings