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Kubelbier | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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3.79/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
Austria
hofstetten.at

Style: German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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49
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74
pDev:
9.76%
 
 
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Ratings: 74 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy orange/straw body that is hazy and glowing. This beer exploded when opened, and although it was a minor waste of beer on the carpet, the smell was welcomed and enjoyed for hours. Needless to say, it had a huge immovable head that could be eaten with a spoon.

S - Smells of pure, sweet, delicious honey. So inviting! Sweet corn flakes and frosted flakes in the nose, as well as ruby red grapefruits covered in brown sugar.

T - Sweet and mild wet honey. Hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Bready and chewy. Very mineralistic and nurturing.

M - Light bodied, and silky. This brew was maybe a little too wet on the palate but very drinkable.

O - A beautiful golden brew, unfiltered, hazy, thirst quenching and sweet.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a five finger off-white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving a good lace. Slightly hazy amber color. Some malt, some hops nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is woody and hoppy. Lingering bitter after taste. $4.75 for a 500ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good keller beer-zwickel beer is hard to find but I think this Austrian one is pretty solid.Poured a slight hazed light golden with a nice two finger crown atop that never completely settled.Aromas are of honey,toasted grain,and a metallic/iron note, a rather hefty mouthfeel but not overly so,just full and lush.Flavors are alot like the nose,lightly sweet honey with a bit of dough,toasty and crisp in the finish.A solid lager beer with some heft.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A hazy lager, which is okay in zwickel/kellerbier. Light orange hue. Not that pretty; not much head retention at all (dirty glass?), but a good earthy minty, hoppy smell. Somewhat minty and peppery hops mix well with earthiness which I'm guessing is contributed by the yeast. A very quaffable, spicy lager with some earthy notes and a bit of a yeast bite. This had more hop character than I expected.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Unfiltered deep golden body - appears amber in the full pint. Creamy off-white head holds well and leaves some nice sheets of tiny bubbled and streaky lacing.
S: Malty and yeasty with just some floral and grassy notes in the background.
T: The taste echos the aroma, as usual, but it takes a turn - a few sips into it, the taste buds adjust to the sweetness of the malt and the hops become more prominent. They're more spicy than the nose suggests, and along with a solid bitterness, they round it out nicely. It starts with rich malt that's gently caramelish and toasty, and then the hops kick in with a spicy dryness and lots of floral notes. Rather than finishing sweet, it actually ends up being fairly dry and refreshingly bitter.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from The Wine & Cheese Place.

500ML bottle, it pours a hazy deep gold colour with many fingers of foam! Wow, but it doesn't take long for the foam to calm down and it leaves a bit of lacing. I see some sediment in the glass so this is bottle conditioned and or unfiltered.

The smell has an almost honey like sweetness tempered by a touch of some hop bitterness.

The taste is malty to start things off..sweetness again very honey like, some strong notes of bread, and some orange citrus that throws in an adequate amount of bitterness. A pretty tasty brew that I seem to enjoy the more I sip.

It is medium bodied with close to medium carbonation and has a good mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability? This is a good beer to sit down with and have a bottle or 2 for sure cuz it *is* an easy drinker. Cool.

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Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's during their German beer festival.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a nice intermix of sweet malt and hoppy bitterness. The malt aroma dominates of course, but I'm definitely getting a bit more hoppy bitterness then what I normally encounter in a good German lager. On the palate there is a considerable amount of yummy malty sweetness, in this case giving the beer something of a baked apple and cherry flavor, which is then countered nicely by some noticeable bitterness on the finish. The beer has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel, and as seems to be almost always the case with good German lagers, drinkability is just exceptional.

This is lovely stuff.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange rind with snow showers of fine yeasties and abundant bubbles that have created and are sustaining a two finger lid of yellowed ivory foam. Melty chunklets of lace appear on the glass... temporarily at least.

The nose is nothing special. It's grainy and musty and slightly herbal, but nothing really stands out and demands to be noticed. My keller bier and zwickel bier experience is far from extensive, but this doesn't seem like a bang-up version so far.

Kubelbier is no better on the palate, despite the fact that it's on the hoppy side. Then again, looking at the BA style descriptions, hops are often a defining feature in these German lagers (Austrian in this particular case).

The malts are very slightly toasted-earthy, probably from a small percentage of Munich malt. The hops are spicy-herbal and slightly grassy, although it's doubtful that Saaz is in the house. The firm smack of bitterness is proof that the beer isn't over the hill. Having said that, it doesn't taste especially vibrant either.

The body/mouthfeel is acceptable with respect to size and carbonation. Even though the bubbles are a little tongue tingly, the overriding impression is of smoothness... which is why the score ekes out an above-average perch.

Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer Kubelbier isn't exactly lackluster, but it's close. Once the hops fade, this stuff will go downhill like a fat kid on greased sled runners. Wolnzacher Hell Naturtrub and St. Georgenbrau Keller Bier are still the best (European) versions of the style to have entered my glass.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent bier, nothing exceptional, found at Premier. Pours light body although very decent creamy off-white head. Neutral aroma. Mouthfeel is average, taste is OK, drinkable but not very drinkable to the extent of 500 ml.Being unfiltered led to something but not all that much.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really feeling the kellerbiers lately. Beer is yellow with moderate haze and a HUGE HUGE ripoff of a head that probably took 2 whole ounces away from my pour. Head falls away slowly leaving lacing on the glass. Beer is moderately carbonated.

Aroma is mildly pilsen sweet but overall weak. Smells fine.

The beer is clean and crisp but finishes a little dry. Its interesting and odd. THere is almost a tartness to it in the back of my mouth, no real bitterness to speak of. Highly drinkable, a pretty good keller.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a big thick rocky beige head that takes up most of the glass and the bottle is a slow gusher. There is a dark woody orange body that is hazy with a gentle carbonation that finally boils down.

S- The soft grainy notes have some yeast notes and a minty phenolic note in the finish.

T- The slightly tart flavor leads to a soft pale malt and mineral almost tin taste. There is a touch of malt sweetness that leads to a soft green bitterness that lingers and grows pithy as the beer opens. There is also a bit of that minty phenolic quality in the hop taste.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The green bitterness is the dominate flavor with the rest of it being very soft and a bit of a metallic quality is off putting.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Dotcubed
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Seemingly familliar looking bottle. I may have overlooked this one in a market some where. Detroit? Maybe Toledo?

Looks like a snow globe when I look though the bottle. Pours little foam. Dull orange color.

Smells like a special pilsner, something different. Hint of mint, spice. Probably Saaz and something else.

Metallic. Malty. Dry, crisp & refreshing. Some fresh cut grass quality, a nice light bitterness.

Good light body lager. I like the style. and could have a good time drinking more of this.

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Photo of Derek
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, golden-bronze with an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Saaz! Steelie grass, earthy mineral (slight hint of sulfur), citrus rind, hints of toffee & bready malt.

T: Steelie grass, lemon rind, metallic mineral, light toffee, hints of earth & bread, good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a crisp, dry finish with a light hop acidity.

D: A good drinker.

An all-around good beer. I'd love to try it fresh, vom fas.

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled @ The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. Menu said it was 20 oz. for $6.50, but I got a little round Optimator-style mug that was more like 12 oz. Needless to say, the beer was gone in minutes.

Hazy gold pour, true to style for a Zwickel or Kellerbier (listed as an Austrian Zwickel on the menu). Creamy froth and rings of sticky lace. Nose had a dry bready, papery sweetness. A building hop bitterness was a welcome surprise, as the malt flavor was light, and the body was similarly light and easy drinking. The hop character was a little bit grassy and earthy, not a dominant flavor, just lent a good amount of bitterness. It was a refreshing beer, and I would have had another despite the small pour.

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Photo of Domingo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Glad to see Hofstetten in Colorado as they're doing some pretty cool things over in Austria.
This is apparently "bucket beer" named after an old tradition of serving kellerbiers from a bucket.
Pours a light burnt orange color. It's clearly unfiltered, but like most kellerbiers, it's not as hazy as say, a weissbier or massive DIPA. Foam is subdued more than I expected, but it's far from flat. The texture is pretty similar to what it would be on tap, but I don't know if that's intentional or just a byproduct of the trip over.
Staying with the tradition of most other kellerbiers, there's nothing complicated going on. Straight ahead super-bready malts with just a kiss of caramel and slight toastiness. A bit of clover honey from the yeast and a hint of bitterness from the hops. Unlike some of the Franconian versions, the hops are more bittering (similar to the ones in further south), which was likely originally for preservation. A little oxidation, too...but that's more or less just a sign of age for a beer like this that's designed to go from cellar to mug.
Easy drinking and tasty stuff. It's not going to blow your mind or change your world view, but it's almost too easy to toss this back.
While the bottled versions always show a few signs of age (that can't be helped), I will still pick this up again if I see it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up tonight at the COOP after work... It spent probably 3-4 hours in the fridge and was not jostled from the store shelves to my fridge shelf. I capped it, placed the bottle on the counter, went and peed.. came back and there was probably a quarter cup of beer on the counter and a very steady rush of foam coming out of the bottle... the gushing also completely stirred up the sediment at the bottom into hundreds of pretty sizable globules that look like backwashed chewed up bread.

The brew is pretty clear deep golden but contains thousands of tiny bits of yeast... head dies back to nothing very quickly... no real cap.

Nose is pretty traditional German lite lager... clean doughy malts... no real hops... standard... maybe a bit stale.... but not too distracting.

Yep... stale and metallic.. pale grains with a couple of shiny pennies and maybe a nickel.

Carbonation seems about right despite the gushing... body is in line.

I want to like it... but there are just too many issues.

2.5/3.5/2.5/4/3

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I served this in a mug. The beer was an orange color with a small white head. It had a sweet honey aroma. Taste was honey, fruity, with a tiny bit of hops. Crisp in the mouth. A refreshing beer, one that I would like to drink again. Nice beer for the summer. Try it.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer purchased from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.
No obvious bottled on date.
Poured into an Ayinger half-liter glass.

Pours a fairly large head composed of smallish, off-white bubbles, leading to a very dense, styrofoam-like appearance. This descends in a minute or two, leaving enormous amounts of lacing and various streaks. Body is a heavily burnt dark orange leaning towards brown, becoming a fall orange color when held to the light. Very murky, with plenty of sediment, no visible carbonation. Really just a top-notch looking German beer.

Aroma is very bready, yeasty, continental hops enjoyably present, slightly of burnt dust (from when the heater kicks on the first time after long disuse). Slight grain or cereal scents and caramelized sugar as well. A very expressive German beer.

Sweetness develops quickly on the tip of the tongue, leading to complex blends of malt character sweetness and graininess. Other flavors of honey, bread, caramel, and slight mineral character. Pleasant spicy and slightly astringent hop character, especially in the latter half of the sip. Slightly tangy on close. Aftertaste of malt, grain, and mineral.

Medium-bodied throughout, generally satisfying. Carbonation is fairly low, so this feels creamy and smooth across the palate, with light spark from the carbonation.

Overall an interesting and pleasing beer. While the style does not seem to be produced or available much, I enjoyed this, and would happily accept another.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a half liter bottle first tasted at a B.United tasting at My Place in Newtown,CT.
This is new to the U.S. Currently sampling a bottle purchased a few days ago...pretty sure this beer has just arrived.
Hazy , deep gold with a dense white head that laces a bit in the pilsner glass. The smell is a strong Saaz-type smell, very fresh..grassy and earthy.
The taste is pretty sweet and very malty, with a near perfect medium body and a quick surprizing little smack from the hops. The hops linger along with the slightly cloying malt. There is just a hint of steely grain that disappears when it warms. As it does rise in temp, there are a few more layers of flavor...sweet white wine, grainy dough, hints of honey and lemon. The hops never give it up...don't think I have had a pilsner like this..it's malts and body make it taste almost like a maibock, but the more assertive hops keep it closer to a pils..or even a Munich lager..?
Whatever...it's very good, and at 5.6%....I think I have found my summer session beer !

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow-orange in color and poured with a two finger high head that slowly died down. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible by the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is very malty and slightly sweet; this is balanced by a mild amount of bitterness from the hops. Flavors of bready and grainy malts really stand out in particular.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and extremely smooth. The beer has a moderate level of carbonation.
D: The unfiltered nature of this beer makes it rather tasty. I would definitely want to try this beer again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up at Downeast Beverage in Portland ME - shared Tim during community brew day of Sunny Sun's cousin. Poured chilled into a pils glass.

A - A lightly hazed golden w/ thick pale cream and rocky capped generous lacing clings

S - A sweet pils type nose w/ slightly woody and subtle light toasted notes w/ mild sweet hints of floral scented hops

M - The feel has a light nutty sweetness, more like semi-sweet w/ dry toast and gentle bitterness. The carbonation is mild and the finish has a light spiciness

T - The taste is mildly grainy/nutty w/ a slight toasted character akin to pilsner w/ a dry bread taste. The herbal hop flavors are present and balance well with the taste of the male with a mild woodiness. The hops are herbal similar to tea w/ a subtle grassy note -the beer finishes w/ a slightly sweet malty finish

D - A tasty unfiltered brew - I would like to try more beers of the style to get a handle on wether it lives up to my assessment- I have a had a handful and this seems like a pretty good example of the style - a highly drinkable beer

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle (with slightly different label art than pictured above) into my Moonlight pint glass.

Amber with chrome yellow highlights in the glass - unfiltered with tiny flecks of yeast swirling around. A bright magnolia head recedes to a half finger of soapy foam, with a high collar of dense lacing.

Pale malt, grain, and very faint hops in the nose. Good but fairly typical lager notes.

Not quite toasted malt, hints of pilsner (?), and a grassy flavor mid-palate. Moderate bitterness from hops, and a grainy sourness into the finish. Vague hints of white grapes, unripe apples, and a somewhat dry pale malty aftertaste.

Effervescent, medium-light bodied, and refreshing.

A decent lager - though I expect an imported bottle isn't as true to form as a fresh cask...

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Kubelbier from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 74 ratings