Kubelbier | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

very good
48 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Hautacam on 06-09-2009

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 71
Photo of Amalak
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a large bottle (750 ml?) with a friend at The Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
A- It's opaque and gold. It has a big head that leaves a good amount of lace.
S- Intense vegetable scent.
T- That is a wonderful malt taste. Vegetable/grain tasting it has a nice hop kick once in and a crisp clean aftertaste. This was a small slice of heaven.

 347 characters

Photo of jgasparine
4.57/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured with a thin foamy white head, which slowly gave way to some nice edge lacing. The body was a hazy honey color with no visible carbonation.

S- Smells like a handful of fresh barley malt. No other words to describe it. Just lovely.

T- Tasted of honey drizzled, freshly baked, multi-grain bread. No hop character detected. Simple yet elegant.

M- Big and grainy mouthfeel with lots of unattenuated sugar and velvet soft carbonation... the way I WISHED all low ABV beers felt!

D- Wow... this may be my new favorite session beer (I know I'm stretching the term "session" here). Im my mind, the experience drinking this brew is comparable to what Michael Jackson describes as a "restorative". Refereshing, satisfying, big chewy mouthfeel, and totally sessionable. I could drink this all night for days on end!!!

 818 characters

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.

 738 characters

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 !

 1,023 characters

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a cloudy golden color and produces a nice thick head that stays around. This is a surprisingly smooth beer with good body and nice malt flavors. The hops provide some balance but the malt dominates. It is not highly carbonated but is refreshing.

 254 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, awesome label, my first Zwickel,

A: Pours a hazy (darker than translucent but not opaque) medium amber with a rocky two finger head. Small amount of floaties. Some lace. Good head retention.

S: Classic German malty bready nose. Somewhat marzen like (Munich malts), caramel, with a bit of honey and sulphur.

T: Has much more of a minerality on the palate than the nose; it jumps out on the first sip. Malt forward early on, but gets to be fairly hoppy by the end, a mix of bone-dry grass, hint of mint, and iron.

M: Medium-bodied, again quite dry. Crisp with lively carbonation on the palate. A stronger lager, but it could be quite the thirst quencher, a real refreshing beer with the dryness and mineral character.

D: Definitely an interesting beer. Very true to the style (kellers at least, I've never had a zwickel), and a beer that has a lot of complexity. Always a fun style for me, a great old fashioned Germanic lagerbier.

 949 characters

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.

 736 characters

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.

 1,466 characters

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.

 811 characters

Photo of utopiajane
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a slight haze. a true amber. Scant head of white foam that fell fast. Effervescent. Nose is malty with a surprisingly deep malt. Has a biscuity richness on the nose. peppery and herbal hops. Doughy. taste follows the nose except for a light hop bitter that creep upon you like a small vine. It doesn't linger long but recedes to show you that biscuit once more and a gentle but very prominent herbal. Mouthfeel is light. The malt is so soft and creamy but has a lightness to it. It's not a cream ale. The hops sport a lovely herbal that touches the idea of fruitiness but stays green. It is terribly hoppy but not loud or overpowering. When you taste it you will see what I mean. It's like looking at the landscape. The herbal is green and everywhere! Just like the landscape, this beer has a floral that permeates the palate after a few sips and then you are delighted by this subtle sweetness. Creamy soft malt at the finish and after the bitter fades a light sweetness seems to have taken it's place.

I could really love this style.

 1,065 characters

Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 26/9/12

A hazed golden orange with lots of bubbles pushing around the tiny bits of sediment, looks busy. A thin thumbs width of foam falls quickly leaving just a few patches of lace

S honey and cream hit my nose first followed by some fruity cereals, smells like something I'd want to pour on my cereal actually but I'll stick to milk

T some lemon and more dry cereals, fruity and pretty tasty, slightly musty and a nice version of the style

M very fine grit left behind after a nice medium body and creamy from the bubbles, bready finish with a little lemon butter, pretty solid in these parts

O this one didn't last long I'll tell ya that much, solid in all areas and I have little to complain about

I could smash a few of these with no problems at all, well rounded beer that I'd drink often if available in something other then my 100$ Advent Calendar

 898 characters

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.

 450 characters

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.

 400 characters

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, day 14 in the 2012 Craft Beer Advent calendar. 5.3% ABV in this incarnation. Kubelbier? Vollbier? These are new things for my Google Translate-fu indeed.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of creamy, foamy white head, which settles at an even pace, leaving a low wall of pockmarked lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, sweet cereal malt, lightly honey-toasted (I know, it's in my vernacular), with a mild leafy fruitiness, a pinch of earthy yeast, and some soft lemon pie notes. The taste is bready, in the cereal sense, slightly yeasty, with a lessened honey sweetness, some mild hard water minerality, a touch of fruity lemon, and tame musty noble hops.

The carbonation is quite subtle, no semblance of bite at all, the body a decent medium weight, and quite smooth overall. It finishes off-dry, the cereal malt still well in play, the yeast holding tight, and the hops just doing their under the radar best.

A pretty tasty German-style lager. I'm liking these less commonly available styles from that country (and its immediate neighbours, obviously) more and more as of late. Could see sessioning this one in a bierhall-type establishment some day.

 1,210 characters

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of floaties. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A good aroma of malt, hops, and a grainy quality.

T: Tasted of hops (though not a whole of them), some malt, a breadiness, and grain. On the whole, this is a well-rounded flavor. Stays nicely within the boundaries of the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solid, drinkable beer.

 502 characters

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.

 707 characters

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.

 736 characters

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

My first zwickel.. and I like. It has a nice hop/malt balance that I was not expecting from Austria (thinking it'd be like German beers).

Very drinkable; a bit heavy in the summer, but that's to be expected. The consistency is a bit thick, but not so much that it is overbearing. It has a smooth consistency; not too carbonated.

Simply a good beer, well executed.

 367 characters

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.

 266 characters

Photo of WoogityBoogity
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazey, light-amber straw color. White head quickly dissipates.

S - Malt character is present but steeped grain character overpowers it. Hop aroma is present. No esters.

T - Medium malt sweetness followed by strong bitter finish of hops. The skewed balance towards hop bitterness is likely accredited to the exposure of the beer to outside air as it is being lagered. Mild minerally taste of the yeast/water.

M - Medium-light body with average carbonation. Alcohol presence is slightly noticeable.

O - An rather odd style, but very enjoyable.

 560 characters

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

 1,078 characters

Photo of 12puebloyankee
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a beautiful and inviting honey gold with only a slight head. Though the head was slight, the carbonation seemed good throughout.

Smell - The aroma is bread, floral hops and sweet malt, maybe a slight hint of citrus.

Taste - I'm not a frequent lager drinker but I could drink this one every day. First, the balance is superb between the sweet maltiness and hops. At first comes the sweet malt, followed by citrusy grapefruit and hops. The hops clung to my tongue and turned what could have been a slightly syrupy end into a really nice, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel - The beer feels light, but still full of flavor character with just-right carbonation.

Drinkability - This is an easy drinker. The ABV was not listed but it did not seem high. The carbonation was just right, nice balance, the beer finished clean, and I didn't feel full afterward. I'd definitely have another (if it were not't so expensive)!

 936 characters

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

A: slightly hazy, golden colored beer. Maybe a 1/2 finger's worth of head with long retention.

S: Honey, a slight spicy yeast aroma, some lemon zest. A light, but really good, smelling brew.

T: Sweet cereal grains up front, a bit of yeast, and a rich mineral taste. This is followed by what I can only really describe as a bitter yeast flavor. Almost like lemon pith. while that may sound unpleasant, it actually isn't, and goes nicely in the beer to offset the initial sweetness. The end is both spicy, bitter and sweet.

M: The feel of this beer is moderate body and carbonation, and slightly creamy and chewy

O: This is definitely a solid beer. The pithy/mineral/metallic nature of this beer makes it tough to think about drinking more than one, but for one bottle I find it to be really pleasant and different.

 817 characters

Photo of jtvanden
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a thin white head with an hazy amber appearance.

S: At first I detected pronounced coppery metallic notes, but as the temperature rose, light wisps of honey and lemon took over.

T: Sweet and malty with a hoppy finish. The beer warms like a crispy apple tart in the fall.

M: The beer is quite light, especially on the finish. It would be refreshing in the shorter days of late summer or early fall.

O: Enjoyable beer overall that I would return to at a more appropriate time of year.

 498 characters

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.

 451 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Kubelbier from Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG
3.79 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.