Riegele Kellerbier
Brauhaus Riegele

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Style:
German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #114
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #35,094
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 10.57%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
51
From:
Brauhaus Riegele
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  6
SCORE
83
Good
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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had from a bottle.

L: hazy gold under a 3" white cap with good retention.

S: grainy malt with a little yeast character, mild spicy hops and hints of fruit.

T: rich malt character with some light biscuit

F: very creamy, medium minus body medium minus carbonation.

O: A very good drinkable beer that is a little light on the keller bier character.

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Photo of aleigator
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clouded amber with a bigger, froth head.

Smells of wet leaves, subtle hay, crackers and a whiff of sweeter wheat.

Has a smooth, soft mouthfeel, with a late effervescence, adding in perfectly, lending a well fitting refreshment to the beer.

Tastes of a well developed yeast backbone, which manages to develop a recognizable, well integrated spiciness, with a light, peppery peak to it. Offers a mellow bread dough quality, gently wrapped up into dried herbs, producing an intriguing rustic impression, which remains easy enjoyable at the same time. Finishes light with a soft, yet well pronounced carbonation, revealing a slightly sweeter straw quality among maintaing herbs.

Excellent Kellerbier, which stays on the lighter side of things, while developing a great flavor profile.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at City Beer, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear dark red in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a wide collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose along with notes of yeast.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of yeast along with strong notes of dark fruits such as plums.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This kellerbier seems much fruitier compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of REVZEB
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. A fine kellerbier. Has plenty of spring floral, lemon and grassy notes with a cider like finish. Smell has fermented fruit in it as well. Feel is off however, to the point that it is distracting. Nice enough for a try though

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Cafe Katja in New York, NY.

0.5 L pour into a tall, skinny Riegele glass. Hazy and cloudy with a deep orange-amber color. Creamy white head. Bready malt aroma with a distinct fruitiness to it. Fruit really comes out in the flavor but is difficult to describe. It's got some lemon citrus aspects to it with some apple possibly as well? Creamy and smooth in the finish.

I was expecting a pale kellerbier, but this was a nice surprise. Definitely contains some flavors that you don't traditionally find in a German lager. Made a great accompaniment to bratwurst with sauerkraut for lunch.

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Photo of seedyone
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not sure where this is aimed. A bit spicy to be a real refresher & too light to get the 'chew' one expects w/the big boys. Aroma is a bit cider like, not that that's a bad thing. It's complicated, in a inexplicable way. In a word: muddled (IMO)

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Photo of moose1980
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New label design, New recipe? This one clocks in at 5%.

Naturtrüb & infiltriert, so it is very hazy and looks like a Hefeweizen, except a darker orange. Smell is...'fresh.' Notes of green apples, but not unappealing, though the malts do seem to take a backseat to the yeast. A little spicy. Taste is sweet upfront and middle, finishing with only some slight bitterness. Medium carbonation and body. A well enough, quaffable German lager that would pair well with sunshine, which the northeast part of Germany so often lacks this time of year.

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Photo of DispyDnb
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle in Berlin. Good. beer but i find it a bit off style.
Look is great, a deep unpenetrable amber color with a big white head, no floating yeast at all.
Very good and rich smell, the peach is definitely there at any temperature, great.
Taste too sweat and malty but still very drinkable, lacks of morr bitternes imo. Medium Carbonation.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Half Liter pour at Rosamunde's in Williamsburg.

This hit the spot after crossing the bridge in intense heat and humidity. Light, refreshing and clean but with a sweet, caramelly, dark bread flavor. The unfiltered quality is obvious in the appearance, but also lends a real full quality to each sip without affecting the drinkability.

I loved it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I Like this a lot! Aroma and taste border on a Belgian ale, the unfiltered character pours a hazy copper with silky, creamy head, lots of lacework left on the glass.Taste is fruity and malty with hops also evident, and nice medium weight body. I could make this one of my regulars! Rated in 2012 & 2016.

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Photo of drmeto
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a cloudy amber-orange with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-peach,grainy,soapy,caramel,bready,orange
-nose is very subdued
T:
-peach,grainy,cereal,caramel,mango,orange
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-low to medium carbonation
-medium body
O:
If not for the clean lager-y finish i wouldve mistaken this as an amber ale.
Good overall.Nose is weak

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle is identical to the one pictured, except it says 5.2% abv. Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very cloudy, dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some tartness. Taste is malts, floral hops, some fruits, light bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer, although I am not all that familiar with this style.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - murky golden color with white head

Smell - bread, grain, wheat

Taste - bread, grain, wheat, inoffensive

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, beer tastes like liquified bread less the sweetness, crisp and clean

Overall - inoffensive, yet nondescript offering

Price Point - $3.99/16.9 oz bottle

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new beer style for me - the malts are a little breadier in this cloudy ale than in other lagers I've had; fruitier, too; muted hops and an overall softness to it. Not too bad, but I see my self preferring a crisp clear pale lager or some form of ale.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso Dupont into a slightly curved wheat ale glass. Unpasteurized and unfiltered.

Bright and crystal clear yellow, with just a tinge of green to it. Bone white creamy and three finger head presented with meringue like retention. Decent staying power as the head cascades slowly to a one finger puck, and laces in lines all through the glass with a soapy sheen.

Aroma seems almost Kolsch like with bigger malt density. Slightly floral with some earthy and spicy hops. Faint clove sticks out a bit with a solid dense malt and chewy pils like sensing backbone.

Palate brings some real interesting surprises. Mid palate has a lemon and wine Riesling like quality, with a mild malt density. Chewy and controlled finish with a real balanced sweetness. Classic dough and bakery malt, and keller density but with a much lighter body. Palate is real creamy with some dense pils chewy character to match with it.

This is like a Helles Keller or something, with and almost Kolsch character and full on classic Keller malt punch. Real wonderful brew, delicious stuff!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Riegele Kellerbier
$6.50 for a pint at The Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Unlike the other reviewers here, I actually love the kellerbier style. I find that it softens the beer a bit, and think of it almost as German cask bier. However, I can say that if the beer is not fresh there will most likely be problems. I did not find that here. I felt it was fresh within reason, and found no flaws at all.

Appearance: Hazy golden-orange amber. Frothy white head. Fine-bubbled, steady carbonation. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell: Most likely lacking due to age, but still OK. Herbal/grassy hops. Golden malt base.

Taste: Well-balanced. Wide malt character resembles Pilsner malts but also some Munich malt - which makes sense as Augsburg is not far to the north west of Munich. Herbal,floral, and grassy hop flavors are threaded through. Median bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Delicately bristling median carbonation. Medium-light in body.

Overall: Pleasant and refreshing with enough character to keep it interesting. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of dar482
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy golden color.

The beer has a wonderful light crisp malt body, possibly with wheat. A beautiful touch of sweetness with notes of fruity honey. An extremely drinkable brew with a wonderful balance of sweetness and crisp German brewing.

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Photo of Intrinsic
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The head on this beer is amazing. Retention and lacing are very good. It's got a bit of chill haze, which seems to accentuate the dark orange colour. The smell is characteristic of a Kellerbier, but even so it's never been one of my favourite things about this type of beer. It smells quite musty, with a little grass and sour cherry. The taste is actually quite neutral - refreshing, light, grainy, but not too much emphasis on either the malts or the hops. Mouthfeel is very dry, with a medium body. It's hard to score a Kellerbier high, but this one's one of the better examples in Bavaria.

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Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is a dark orange, quite hazy. Decent head, no more. Keller.
The smell is light, a little anonimous. A light maltiness, a bit of bread crust. Not exceptional, but not too bad. Maybe just a little light.
The taste is not bad, quite malty, light notes of mou and vanilla, but still rather light. Orange note, almost orange marmelade.
Vanilla in the aftertaste, yeast, a bit of light fruitiness. Malt.
Overall, not bad.

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Photo of bark
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

According to the bartender/importer, this beer is over fermented.

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid is very hazy. The two finger head leaves some lacing.

The smell is very fruity and a bit unclean (in a good way). Some bitterness and quite a lot of malts.

The taste is fruity: Green apples, celery, peanuts, and plums. Among the flavours, I noticed vinegar, salt, boracic acid, BBQ spice mix, dry malt… The aftertaste is quite dry with some sour vinegar, honey, sweet almonds and a rather mild bitterness.

The carbonation is fresh and medium strong; the bubbles are large. The liquid is a little on the thin side.

I really like this style. But I would like to have even more of those complex unclean flavours!

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Riegele Kellerbier from Brauhaus Riegele
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 51 ratings