Citra-Pils Keller Bier
Switchback Brewing Company

Citra-Pils Keller BierCitra-Pils Keller Bier
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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #48
Ranked #18,721
3.86 | pDev: 8.81%
Switchback Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 128
Photo of WoodBrew
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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!

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Navanation
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brureview
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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;

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Photo of DBosco
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nhdjinn
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a nonic. Pours a hazy straw gold with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head that slowly dissipates into a soapy slick. Nose expresses citrus kinda hint of skunk. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of an earthy hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation. All and all, decent but nothing overly impressive here.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks nice in the glass, a white head but short lived.
Beer has a nice citrus-orange hit on the start, has a light plis undercurrent and a linear tail off to finish.
This is a very nice beer-- for a warm summer day. It's light but the flavor coupled with the citrus makes for an interesting flavor profile.

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Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown stubby bottle, sample from the brewery.

Mildly hazed golden hued brew, tight bubbled white lacing on top. Clean and lager-like, smooth with a mild crispness in the moderate sized body. Herbal and citrus hop character throughout, ample bitterness for the size of the beer. Maltiness is a bit rustic, some yeast perhaps deep within. Citra hops are no too aggressive, this certainly stays within its style. I could easily knock back a bunch of mugs of this brew. Well balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at a small restaurant in Salem, MA. The beer had a clear, lightly murky yellow appearance with a decent sized white head. Aromas included a light malt mixed with some metallic grass and citrus. Taste had a light bitter flavoring with some floral wheat. Generally refreshing and light. Overall, not too bad; good appearance and light-bodied.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tall English pub glass with a fast pour to assist in trying to bring out a good pilsener effect. Here’s the rest. The appearance was a nice looking hazy golden yellow color with a one to two finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute leaving a messy lacing roaming around the glass. The smell started off with a grassy to light citrus hoppiness roaming over a light pilsner malt. The taste stays sweet and crisp rolling into a crisp clean grassy aftertaste leading into a refined crisp finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a fairly good sessionability and has a nice carbonation about it. It pounds appropriately for the style and for me. Overall, pretty nice kellerbier that I would have again.

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Photo of Holderness
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 4 weeks ago.

Hazy straw yellow body with a nice, fluffy white head that retains and laces well. Earthy/grassy hops on the nose. Hints of lemon and pilsner malts. Taste is also surprisingly grassy, given the use of citra hops, and has a nice refreshing mouthfeel that steers clear of feeling watery. Overall, one of my favorite Switchback brews, along with their standard ale (of course).


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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a golden yellow. Hazy, but not overly so. Less than a finger of white head which recedes to a ring on top of the beer.

S: Citus, floral notes.

T: Citrus, grapefruit, some orange. Slightly bitter. A rather dry finish.

F: Medium body, high carbonation.

O: A very well done hoppy lager that mosty drink like a lager.

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Photo of Kinger22
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, haxy gold with a frothy, white head. The smell isn't overpowering, but there's good hints of citrus and hops in it. The taste is much stronger, with a powerful citrus lead and sturdy hop undertones. This is a great beer for slow-sipping on a nice, warm day.

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Photo of illpass78
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubbie poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Very bright, slightly cloudy gold/straw/yellow with a thick white head. Lots of froth and lacing. Head retains for a bit.

Aroma: Lots of citrus, grass, and hops. Very fresh. Lively.

Taste: Follows nose. The citra is very noticeable - right up front with a nice hop punch. Some leafiness and grassiness is there, with a solid malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Very sessionable. Easy. Flavorful.

Overall: Well executed beer. I'm not super familiar with the style, but now I'd like to be. Fun springtime change of pace.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've heard good things about this and I like the idea of using a Citra/Saaz combination in a traditional Kellerbier-style lager. Since Switchback is well known for their dedication to and continued providing of unfiltered ales and lagers, I trust them to deliver a good product with this beer. So, I got a whole six pack because if this is good (which I definitely envision it being), it should be a nice everyday drinker, and supporting the recent (and random) keller revival is never a bad thing.

Pours a fairly-hazy golden color with a thin but retentive ring of white foam that laces in thin sheets as it slowly fades away. Not as intensely hazed as I figured it would be from the amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but it looks nice this way regardless. I love that Switchback makes sure to let you know on the back of each individual bottle that they encourage you to mix the yeast back into this beer. Unfiltered beer has been a big thing for them since the advent of the original Switchback Ale, and it's good to see them sticking to their guns.

As a quick aside... too often I get told by labels that I should leave the conditioning yeast out or "decant carefully so as not to blah blah" and I can't help but want to defy them. Maybe I'm just that much of a rebel, but regardless, I'm happy Switchback encourages yeast integration. Makes perfect sense for a keller, anyway.

Nose is very catty, dank and lightly citric with some tropical, grassy and oniony notes as well. Very Citra-heavy, in other words. Some doughy yeast, pilsner malt and bright lemon peel. A bit of pungent spice from the Saaz as well. Very nice nose that hits a lot of the characterful notes of a kellerbier with a nice dose of American hoppiness. You have to like the funkier and dank/cattier side of Citra though. I feel like they may have been used a little earlier on in the boil (a technique which helps with bittering but also can bring out those elements with certain hops, Citra being one of the most prominent examples).

Flavor is raw and chewy with a lot of oily hops and delicate pilsner maltiness working in concert. Grassy as hell with some tropical fruit elements here and there. I get some passionfruit and guava alongside the husky and grainy malt aspects, giving off a nice dichotomy of old-and-new that makes sense given what they were going for here. Mildly heavy bitterness towards the finish.

Feel is rather full bodied for a 5% beer; must be due to the yeast. Adequate carbonation and very drinkable. Complex flavors and nice integration of new American hop elements without drowning out or making obsolete the keller base beer. This is a very nice beer that I am glad I paid $10 for a sixer of. Will enjoy the rest, most definitely!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 2/18/2017 at Flynn’s in Mansfield, MA, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, lager yeast, light caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a good burst of floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer too drink for a while.

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Photo of BRiddoch
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. stubby. Poured light gold with a solid 1" head that stuck around. Hoppy, floral, and citrus odors. Clean, crisp and refreshing with a slightly bitter back end. Bubbles throughout. Good beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the Lazy dog
Slightly hazy deep yellow with a firmly bubbled white head that persists. Somewhat odd meaty note up front dissipated quickly. The nose has bits of earthy spicy floral citrus and some faint bready pilsner underneath. The flavor is about what the aroma promised but add a light skunk. Not horrible but certainly not as clean as the German beer they are trying to emulate.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, slightly cloudy straw colored.

Aroma: slightly spicy, familiar pilsner-esque aroma i always smell, saaz hops??

Taste: spicy, crisp and clean, faint citrus at the end.

Feel: thin, lightly carbonated.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. "Stubbie"....Summer 2016 and revised on 5/16/17.

Pours out a bright yellow/white gold color.Very active with a frothy, solid white cap. Slight haze from the unfiltered approach! Yay. Good lacing!

Citra hops and a nice, funky green leafy, citrus and dank earthy aroma upfront. The pilsner yeast is funky and sweet, like cream o corn and freshly baked bread. A zippy blend of herbs and spices, slightly sour bready notes from the yeasts and more citrus blend at the end.

The mouthfeel is wildly fresh, lively and full. Finishes with a wonderful dry, leafy effect. Snappy, zippy, very refreshing and wicked clean.

I just love the Saaz and Citra hop blend, its the best of both worlds, earthy, deep and then citrus and tangy. Serious depth! Then throw in a very nice, funky pilsner yeast effect and this one goes places, far-off places!. A light but serious malt, slightly sweet, bready with a subtle, dry wheat edge and very effective. Really nice complexity, the process lends itself to become a very deep brew.
UNFILTRED. That's a word I like too see on my beer labels.
This brew is refreshing, deep, interesting and clean!
One of my recent favorites throughout the summer of 2016. Reprised for spring 2017.

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Citra-Pils Keller Bier from Switchback Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 128 ratings