Kubelbier | Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

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Brauerei Hofstetten Krammer GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 71
Photo of corby112
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

WARNING: This beer is a gusher that practically exploded upon opening.

Pours a dark, cloudy golden orange with golden ripe banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a five inch frothy, pillowy white head. t looks like the suited Japanese man frm the perfect pour thread filled this glass. The glass s left coated wth chunks of soapy lacing.

Slightly earthy, hoppy aroma with zesty spice, bread, yeast and citrus fruit. Hints of pepper, coriander and clove as well as banana and orange peel.

Fuller bodied than expected and very earthy up front with floral, pine hop bitterness and a prominent zesty spice character. Hints of peppery, coriander and clove followed by bread yeast that adds to the mouthfeel as well as banana and citrus peel. A bit too spice heavy, overpowering the other flavors and an astringent metallic aftertaste hurts drinkabilty. I preferred this much more on draft.

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Photo of Cookeeman
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is Beer 14 from the Rieder advent calendar. Pale yellow, hazy, no head and very little lacing. The aroma is very grassy, and I swear I smell cotton candy. The flavour is really quite sweet, with a cloying wheat finish. Whatever, it's an average wheat-based lager, not bad not great. Too sweet to session.

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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.


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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 kegger22
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Partly cloudy golden with a one finger head that quickly went down to a collar. I did not get much of an aroma. Nor flavor either for that matter. Kind of a sweetish lager. Feel was medium/light bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability was good. A beer that 10 years ago I would have downed six without blinking an eye and been very satisfied. My how the tastes have changed. While still a good beer, there are too many better. Kubelbier just doesn't stand out.

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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 beerthulhu
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- Chg no 31902091.

A: Poured a medium, murky orange with a 3 finger dull Styrofoam white head that was smooth and firm, and well lasting. Turbidity was heavy with a dominant display of suspended yeast floaties, both micro and macro in size while an initial explosion of carbonation rushes upwards. A speckled and spotted lacing, slightly soapy in nature sticks sparingly to the glass.

S: The nose was strong and evident upon first uncapping at arms length. In the glass it however appeared much tamer with a light musky lemony scent. Moist, damp hay rounds things out here. Meh, could be better, could be worse.

T: The flavor was wet lemon grains and musky hay with a slight tart and juicy citrus kiss. There was suggestions of orange juice, that was slightly turned, while the finish finds a nice touch of semi-dry tart tangerines.

M: The initial carbonation fury didn't last long by the time I got to sample the mouthful. A decent medium fullness with a light oily texture and slickness was off set by a flabby and lazy carbonation. I was expecting more of a bright and crisp nature here but got a lazy mouthful.

D: Drinkability was fairly enjoyable by the pound but wouldn't venture much after that. Middle of the road overall.

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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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with little retention and decent lacing on a clear golden body. Light malt aroma. Not getting much on the nose. Flavor is sour citrus with wheat and malt. This is my first of the genre. I like this one but can't really judge it on its quality amongst others in the genre. Light body and moderate to high carbonation.

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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 DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered Austrian lager. The label looks like it came from Call of Duty. On to the beer:

Looking hazy and brownish orange is the color. There's no shortage of foam on top, as it reaches the magical two finger's thickness without trouble and holds. The nose is very raw with lots of grassy and grain flavor.

Liquid bread is the theme for this beer; there's a lot of white bread flavor. Spilling on the sides are unmalted barley sweetness which makes the beer a little coarse at times. The aftertaste lingers of a French baguette. The body of the beer seems bigger than the 5.6% ABV, and with low-medium carbonation.

I have respect for the style (and this beer), but not one I'd want to do very often. I perfer my lagers to be cleaner.

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Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy orange with a small egg-shell head, plenty of sediment, and good lacing.

smell is of malt, some citrus, and a touch of caramel.

taste is creamy, malt, some toffee, and hops hiding in the back, ends slightly oily, and nicely bitter.

overall a nice keller.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was a six month old bottle as stated by the teller at the shop. after some sitting in the bottle the beer didn't develop a character but also lost all that zest of a keller. this had the feel of a husky alt beer with a distinct pilz malt bitter. the mild sour nose of a something citrus is replace by the aged dingy bitterness. can't say that i like his more than the tap... but i can see some mild version of a tap, or in between could be quite fruitful.

prepare for expensive session beer. fantastic in its own sense... but one dimensional when too old.

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Photo of crossovert
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle.

It pours an interesting orange color with a thick off-white head that lasts a good while.

The smell is pretty grainy, liek fresh bread, there is also a kiss of grassy and lemony hops.

The taste is definitely interesting, it is very citrusy with a nice hop bite, not very bitter, though not sweet. It has a bit of yeast twang to it.

The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, but it helps it be a bit more drinkable.

It is a good beer, the best Kellerbier i have had as of yet.

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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 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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Photo of Svingjo
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice hazy straw colour with a thin head. The nose presents a sweet honey, with cereal and lemon. Teh taste is similar to the nose with the same attributes coming forward. the mouthfeel is that of hard mineral water. I think it's fairly well balanced. A pretty tasty beverage

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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 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 clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orangish amber with large head that dies quick and some lace. Has a dry pils-like grainy malt aroma along with burts of citric hops. REeal light and dry as the pils malt makes it pleasant and balances w/ a touch of yeast so the beer remains smooth w/ a touch of sweetness. There is a touch of minor floral hoppiness in the body as well and it finishes nicely with a crisp backbite. Overall a simple but real good beer to relax with.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey-gold with a good frothy white head initially, eventually leading to just a light bubbly skim. No lacing. Tons of bubbles in the glass when held to the light. An opaque, cider-like appearance.

Some tart aromas and some bitter herbal notes. Not much here.

Great clean flavors here. Hop presence, but not in a distinctive manner (meaning, just bitter-forward flavors). The very definition of clean and crisp. Lingering bitter in the finish. Husk and brown gain here as well, but not a hint of sweetness.

Medium to medium-full bodied. As you set the pint down, the rising bubbles actually shift in the liquid as the glass is disturbed. This stuff has more body than one would think. The carbonation keeps clearing the palate as well. Terrific mouthfeel and structure here.

Overall, this was a great impulse purchase. The big bottle is just the right size, and this is a surprising sipper. Nothing you'd chug, but it seems like you should be able to (!). A grown up beer for sure, and not a campfire swiller by any means. Absolutely worth seeking out.

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

Pours a pretty clear orangey yellow color with a straight white head that retains pretty well, but doesn't build as easily as expected.

Nose is of typical german lager with a little bit larger hop presence.

A nice german lager with a pronounced hop presence and rather prevalent bitterness. A slight bit of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is typical german lager, slightly high carbonation, thin viscosity.

Drinkability is ok, but for those who aren't used to the slightly higher bitterness of this particular lager niche might be slightly bothered by it, and the alcohol is more noticeable than it oughta be.

Overall, a nice session beer. A lager with a little bit more oomph. Would probably drink it again if it were less expensive.

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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 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 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.

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