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Moosbacher Kellerbier | Private Landbrauerei Scheuerer

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Moosbacher KellerbierMoosbacher Kellerbier

Brewed by:
Private Landbrauerei Scheuerer

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by HardTarget on 08-14-2005

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes

A - poured a clear amber brown with a 3/4" head that disappeared to leave nice lacing.

S - Barley malts, hops, and a touch of citrus and molasses.

T - Malty and hoppy balance with a bit more on the hoppy side

M - Medium carbonation for a medium bodied beer, washes over the palate gently with a hoppy, bitter finish

D - drinkable! A fully balanced darker German beer that has a good flavor

Overall - A decent beer that is a must try for any German fan and has a cool bottle too!

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Photo of Deus1138
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Keller, so not quite sure what I am in for.

Pours a nice, dark amber color. Very little head to speak of. Smell is bread like. Taste is a little light. You'll notice bready and caramel malts and just a little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light. Drinkability is pretty good.

This is a good beer. It's nothing to write home about and you won't catch me seeking it out. But it's worth a try. It's also something you might use to ween someone off of macro lagers. It has good flavor, but it's not overly flavorful.

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Photo of kinger
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing top bottle poured a fairly clear rich amber/light brown color with a puffy off white head. Thick lacing slowly slides down the glass, there is a lazy carbonation. Initial stinging malt scent, comes off sweet and grassy, a bit musty and strong. A little sticky to the palate but medium bodied and pleasant. Bready with a good heaping of sweet malts are the dominant flavors, yeasty with a solid earthiness. Very pleasant and interesting, nothing I'd make a habit out of though.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle picked up today at Market Limone in Nampa for about $5.00... poured into my shaped SA glass... bottle says best by 12/08.

Aggressive pour managed to produce a 2 inch head that died back leaving no lacing but a firm cap... brew is darker for a kellerbier.. sorta golden amber... but leaning firmly to amber.

Sweet doughy aroma... some caramel.. clean maltiness with a little bit of spicy hops.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with more of a hop profile toward the finish... quite a bit of caramel and a little bit of nuttiness as it warms.

Lite/medium body and smooth carbonation.

very drinkable.. the maltiness may get a bit to me after a while though.


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Photo of engisch
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5.2% by volume alcohol is what helped me identify this from the other their other 5.4% Alt Keller.

Pours much like their lager. Little head that settles quickly. The color is a very standard amber. There is no yeast cake in the bottle like their wheat beer varieties. Smells malty. The flavor is a tastey sweetness. Good drinkability. Comparing the lager and keller I'm not sure which I like better, as they are very similar in tastes. Good beer, but like all the Moosbacher's they are a bit pricey considering there is nothing too special about them.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Got this on sale for $2.99 at WineSource in Baltimore.

2.5 A: New motor oil in color. Pathetic head, even with aggressive pour, no retention, and no lacing. Suprisingly clear for the style.

3.0 S: Really sweet smelling. Grain and caramel. There is also a funky ass smell to the tune of old warehouse.

3.0 T: Lackluster on all fronts. Some caramel and orange peel, but not much anything else as the malts are barely present. Hop character is a tiny bit more present, though weak as well. Grassy, herbal.

2.0 M: Unlike their dark wheat beer, this beer had no carbonation at all. Strange and pathetic.

4.0 D: Easy, smooth drink. Would be fine to get drunk off of (if you could find it ultra cheap), but not the type of beer you want to enjoy a homecooked supper.

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Photo of jophish17
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L swing-top bottle that looks almost identical to the other Moobacher Kellerbier listed here, but the bottle indicates a 5.2% abv so I'm reviewing this one

Aroma: grassy hops and some grapefruit, but not necessarily a good smell. Almost a bit funky/musty. Past its date? Maybe, no date to be found.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber body with a thick finger of head that dissipates rather quickly.

Taste: Moderate bitterness with a decent malt presence. Much more bitter than sweet though, and this beer really dries out on the palate. Not exactly the most dynamic beer but it has some ok flavor.

Feel: Pretty weak carbonation, a bit grainy, and again very dry

Drinkability: moderately drinkable, its just a pretty ordinary lager without a whole lot of character. Alcohol content is not a problem at 5.2%

Try the beer if you can - its worth a shot at $3 a bottle, but don't expect to be amazed

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Photo of cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz flip top bottle. Best before 07/08 notched on the bottle. The aroma is a lot of sweet malt, caramel and toffee. The taste like the aroma leans heavily on the malty side with a mild hop finish. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin size with a low amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty decent Kellerbier that I think would be much much better if it was fresher. Too bad we have such a problem finding fresh beers on the shelves over here from Germany.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed on 03-01-2007, but was accidentally put under the wrong kellerbier from this brewery. The one I had was a 5.2 abv (not the "alt" version at 5.6). (Good thing I collect labels.) Thanks for the correction northyorksammy!

Swing-top bottle:

Pours amber with a thin head that soon becomes a vanishing patch.

The smell is very mild - just a hint of sweet caramelish grain.

The taste is also mild - sweet grain, a touch of caramel. Light hopping gives some balance. Dryish finish.

Feel is thin, but not watery. Carbonation is okay.

Not bad, but nothing special. It's rather blandish all-around. Wouldn't bother getting it again.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. brown bottle with swing top cap. Best before 7-08 notched on label. Poured into Sam Adams "pint" glass.

Appearance: copper orange body with creamy small bubbled off-white head. Streams of carbonation bubbles to the top of this very clear beer. Lacing never really gets a hold on my glass sides.

Smell: bready malts, dry crackers, slight sweetness like honey and caramel along with floral hops.

Taste: flavors follow suit to the scents with malty and biscuity flavors and slightly sweet caramel met head on by a bitter hop presence.
Alcohol is well hidden within a woody bourbon flavor.

Mouthfeel: dry on the tongue with fairly aggressive carbonation which is crisp, but slightly distracting. Fairly well balanced in a body that is on the shy side of medium.

Drinkability: low alcohol and fairly straightforward flavors make for an easy drinking brew. I will try again, but will seek others out within this style.

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Photo of Godot
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice swingtop bottle poured into a pint. It gave off about an inch of off-white head that dropped down fairly quickly to a ring around the edge. The color is a nice, rich, clear, golden brown. The smell was faint at best, but what of it there was was malty sweet. The taste is malty up front, with an earthy flavour that lingered. Very little hop presence in this one, but it does have a slight bitter crispness in the finish. I like it, though I wouldn't say it is anything to actively seek out. However, for the 2 dollars I paid for the bottle, I certainly got more than 2 dollars worth of enjoyment. It is very drinkable.

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Photo of sbe1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent drinkable beer for the style.

Appearance: A clear brownish copper with a nice thick head -- about 3 fingers -- dissipating into a lace clinging on the glass.

Smell: acidic and musky, sharp hop notes.

Taste: crisp and acidic with a good hop bite, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and refreshing, decent carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, could work well as a session beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent dark amber color with a thin offwhite head that fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a clean lager yeast aroma. The taste is good. It has a very clean pilsner and light crystal malt flavor that goes down real easy and finishes dry with little hop character. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I'm lacking knowledge of the style, but from the Bros description this really doesn't fit well. It's not cloudy. The hop bitterness is low. It doesn't appear to be unfiltered. All in all, a pretty good brew.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle as pictured, no mention of "alt"...moving on...

Pours to a shadowy orange-brown tea-like color, moderated hazed, and sporting a short, large-pocked eggshell rise.
Toasted grain aroma, with backing steely herbs, and plenty of wet dough...and wet rocks There's also a seedy sense of red grapes and a distant carob notion.
Doughy sweet upfront in the mouth, as it gradually positions itself toward toasted grain and toffee. It sidles past smoked prunes, sun-dried tomatoes, Cab grapes, and maybe even a little barreled apple brandy. After it sits awhile, talc-covered pears arise, hearkening back to their Lager. It dries in the middle and diverts to a forward stoniness, with black tea flourishes. There are still lingering sweet tendrils, but the hop cut them short with earthy, herbals. It's pretty neutrally balanced once it's swallowed, but the finish is long with a sanded-down version of even that precedes it.
Medium-light bodied. Actually, the body itself is fairly thin, but the small amount of trickling CO2 and the suspended yeast give this a bit of heft that it needs. It's still rapidly drinkable.
I like this a lot. It seems stunningly fresh (and just recently arrived in town), so that's probably the key.

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Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Delicate clear orange in color with a thin layer of foam.

Aroma is strong noble hops, almost perfume-like in nature. There's a slightly sour funk too, something like wild apples that have been sitting on the ground for a while.

Taste is soft, lightly sour, very organic. The hops are what you'd expect of a typical euro lager, but the mouthfeel is totally different. Instead of the crisp, almost metallic brightness of a green-bottle specimen, this is closer to an oktoberfest in malt makeup, yet it's nothing like that either, lacking the chewy dextrinous sweetness. I'm having trouble putting the underlying flavor and mouthfeel into words...it doesn't taste like yogurt, but somehow that's what comes to mind. A culture. Alive. Faintly sour, perhaps even a hint of sweet vinegar, but tasty.

Strange and wonderful; I'd definitely like to try more examples of the style.

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Photo of kkosmoski
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL swingtop poured into a Kaltenberg gold-rimmed glass. A very clear, reddish-tinged, light amber in the glass with a white head that falls down to barely a covering within a minute. Aroma is of grain husk, and has a very pronounced European malt aroma. Flavors include very slight caramel, pilsner malt, and a bit of toast with some bitterness coming into play midway rather than at the end. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a crisp carbonation. This beer goes down very well. It has a smooth flavor and mouthfeel, and it leans pretty heavy on the malt side. I was surprised that this tasted rather fresh, and I enjoyed this example of this hard to find style.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First note: as I looked through the other reviews of this beer, I wonder if the reviews are covering the style moreso than this particular beer. To me this was a fairly good example of a Kellerbier and my subsequent rating reflects how this beer measures to the style, not my preference of this style versus others.

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass.

A: pours amber/brown, creamy off-white head that dissapates in a few minutes, lacing. Slightly hazy in clarity, not clear like a typical lager and not as cloudy as a weissbier (the clarity seems appropriate to the Keller style, maybe a little less hazy than expected).

S: Sweet malt/baked bread aroma

T: Has a deep malty sweetness, reminiscent of German decoction-mashed lagers. Some baked/toasted bread flavors. Ends with a sweet aftertaste. In between there are hints of tartness, which are to be expected with the Kellerbier, and these balance the sweetness moreso than hop bitterness, which is difficult to detect. A few times I noted a slight metallic taste.

M: Light to medium feel, slightly sticky, average carbonation but appropriate to the style.

D: A good example of the Keller style, although a little darker than I expected. At a moderate alcohol level, this beer is an easy drinker. Paired well with Indian dinner I had, as sweetness of the beer balanced and cut through the spicy food (this may not have been the best match but it seemed to work).

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Photo of Shaw
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light brown in color with an off-white head that reduces to a fine layer in my glass. If this beer is supposed to be cloudy, it's not, even after swirling in the bottle.

If has a nice, sweet malty aroma that has hints of fruit and caramel.

The taste is clean, as I would expect from a German brew. It's light with a nice flavor of toasted grain and bread. There's a bit of sour twang to this beer, too, though it's subdued.

Overall a good, thirst-quenching beer.

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
2.46/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wanted the fliptop bottle for homebrewing, got this instead of Grolsch... and was disappointed. Was nice to try something new, but wasn't all that.
Looks nice, smell was amazingly malty sweet. Goes down average, finishes with a really unnatural aftertaste. I couldn't quite put my finger on the aftertaste, but it was almost metallic or medicinal. I suspect it wasn't a bad batch, that it was intended as so, but I could be wrong.

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Photo of HomeBrewJunkie
2/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Moosbacher established 1887 “Brewing beer is not our job, it’s our passion!”

A - Dark golden hue. Very transparent. A white head that disappears quickly. Moderate to little lacing.

S - Hints of apples. (apple juice) Spicy hop aroma. Sweet malt character. Very weak in the aroma department. Very bland and not very complex. Much like a traditional commercial lager, noting much going on here.

T - Trying to be optimistic here, but taste is very simple as well. Again the spicy hops are very weak. Slightly sweet toasted malt flavor, which finishes dry. Not a very complex flavor, very ordinary and plain.

M - Medium body at best. Feels watery. Not a very impressive moutfeel either.

D - As far as drinkability, it just wasn’t for me. It’s not that it is necessarily a bad beer, just not great, or what I expected. I can easily finish the bottle but would not make an effort to try again. However I always encourage everyone to try a brew regardless of others reviews, as everyone has their own preferences. Who knows YOU might like it.

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Photo of Sammy
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

yellow, with a moderate quickly dissipitating head. Some spiciness but a bit metallic-macro-like lager. Sweetish finish, Really nothing special. Not very drinkable, maybe as it was not very fresh. Light, a touch of toastiness, all didn't work too well for me.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Bruisin Ales in Ashville, consumed late July

Poured copper with 1 finger of eggshell colored head. Great clarity for a keller, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Bready with some caramel notes

T: Big-time caramel & breadyness up front. Some herbal hops & crackery notes as this warms. Finishes dry with hints of pecan

MF: Low carbonation. medium body & great balance

Drank very easy, was as good as as any keller I had out of the bottle in Germany

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Photo of cabsandking
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy amber color with an off white head that’s stiff, resembles airy Styrofoam packing, and good retention. Sweet light malt, honey, toffee, and tea in the nose. Soft flavors with lightly roasted malt, honey, and molasses. Slight organic, mossy, tea like notes mixed with floral, mildly bitter hop characters. Light body, a semi-smooth mouthfeel and a enjoyable fizzy carbonation. The finish is dry, bitter, a tad spicy at first but ends with a charred caramel flavor. Good beer, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Attractive, rich honey color. Nice sized head, with mediocre retention. No lacing. My first kellerbier - surprisingly clear, for an unfiltered beer.

Smell: very light aroma, reminiscent almost of wheat germ, with just a bit of hop presence.

Taste: Fairly light flavor, grainy, with a bit of overripe fruit in the finish. Finishes dry. A bit light for me, mom was a fan, however.

Mouthfeel: thin, carbonation seems a little light.

Drinkability: Okay, paired well with a light grilled fish sandwich.

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Photo of mortarit
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear with very minimal bubbles rising to the top, amber in looks.
Toasty, malty smell with that bread hint, it is very mild not overwhelming to the mouth.
Smooth, soft, and full
Quite pleasant and very drinkable example, though it really does not stand out.
The swing top gives it a nice touch.
Not worth the price at $10.99 per bottle though.
The date on the bottle is out of date but i wanted to try it anyway.

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Moosbacher Kellerbier from Private Landbrauerei Scheuerer
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 163 ratings
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