Kelso Nut Brown Lager
Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

Kelso Nut Brown LagerKelso Nut Brown Lager
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Lager - European Dark
Ranked #41
Ranked #36,401
3.73 | pDev: 10.72%
Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
New York, United States
Kelso Nut Brown LagerKelso Nut Brown Lager
Notes: This was our original recipe back in 2006. We wanted to create a nice dark lager, nutty from roasted malts (no nuts!) that is clean and easy drinking. To this day, it's one of our favorites. A mix of German Munich malts and good ol' American Williamette hops. Simply good. That's KelSo beer.
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VoxRationis from New York

4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint; canned 1/27/20.
A: Pours a nearly clear, dark copper to deep brown color with orange highlights, a more than one finger, wheat color head, ring retention, but limited lacing.
S: Pleasantly acidic. Aromas of cherrywood, molasses > caramel, dark roast coffee, and brown sugar, at first. Grainier as it warms.
T: Semidry. Flavor pallet similar to the nose. Very smooth. Light bitterness provides solid balance.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Call it what you will, "nut brown" or "European dark" lager, this is a really enjoyable. Light, but complex and fun.

Jul 08, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Blind Tiger in New York, NY.

Fresh keg just tapped, as the bartender wrote it on the board right before I ordered it. A nice, clear, ruby brown color with a small off-white head. Nutty, chocolatey, breads malts balanced by light herbal/earthy hops. The initial impression implies sweetness, but it finishes with a soft dryness. Medium bodied, clean and smooth, this beer is basically a Munich dunkel. And a good one, at that.

Feb 24, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour a medium brown with a one inch off-white head that left some lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted malts, a mild nuttiness, caramel and a hint of cocoa powder that gives it a bitter finish. Light bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and refreshing.

May 06, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kelso Beer Co. "Nut Brown Lager"
12 fl. oz. can
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Interesting beer. First off it's a lager and not an ale. Secondly, it's really more of a dark copper than a nut brown in color, although I'll concede they're close. It's lightly chocolatey/cocoaish with a bit of caramel sweetness (I initially thought of a Tootsie Roll) and nuttiness, but also slightly roasty like mild black coffee. Some floral and spicy hops appear towards the finish, and it finishes mostly dry with just some residual nuttiness and cocoa. Really nicely balanced with some malt and sweetness to it, but not at all "sweet". This could be an entry-level beer for someone who hasn't really tried dark beers yet, but it's also got enough character to keep even the most jaded connoisseur happy. Nicely done!

Apr 19, 2016
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Even tho Brooklyn is my 2nd home, my first time tasting this brewer.

a - Pours a deep brown body with 1 inch of white head and moderate carbonation.

s -Aromas amply of fruity, caramel, roasted and toasted malts.

t - Fruit and malts all the way.

m - Good feel, and medium body with low carbonation, smooth and easy to drink.

o - Fruity, full brown, rounded ale.

Mar 03, 2016
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Skywave from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a 1 inch head that recedes to a thin film and laces moderately. Clean light brown. Aroma is malty and nutty with a hint of toasted pecans and chocolate. Flavor is clean and crisp but on the sweet side with roasted nuts, brown sugar and pale malts. Low bitterness and not much in the way of distinct hops. A tasty brown ale/lager.

Jan 29, 2016
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Kendo from New York

3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a v-shaped modified pilsner-type glass. Body is clear chestnut brown with a half-finger off-white head. Good amount of sheeting of lace. Good presentation.

S: Nice nose - toasted malt, some caramel malt and a touch of nuttiness. Hint of vanilla as well.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, with some roasted chestnuts, caramel malt sweetness and toasted bread. Vanilla noted as it warms. Touch of dark fruits as well.

M: Relatively light in heft. Carbonation is on the lighter side.

O: This is good stuff. An easy, yet flavorful, drinker that's perfect for a modestly cool Fall night. It's almost like a Brown Ale, but a little "cleaner" in flavor and thus an easier quaffer. I suspect this would pair well with spicier fare, like the turkey chili I'll be having later tonight.

Dec 31, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy, light brown, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is malty--toasted malts, light chocolate, and faint nut on the finish. Wish this had more of a nut taste but it is very clean and drinkable. Solid lager, but I prefer others in the style.

Dec 04, 2015
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Gajo74 from New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really solid easy drinking dark lager. Roasted malt aroma and taste, mostly sweet. Also, nutty taste and even a hint of dark fruit. Hops are very light. Smooth and relatively light . I really enjoyed it.

Aug 08, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

on draft. brown in color, khaki colored head that fades. slightly sweet malt flavor, no hop flavor at all. decent, easy drinking dark lager. medium mouthfeel

Jun 28, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very clear; medium brown; 1 finger creamy khaki head that receded slowly to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: toasted, almost burnt grain; nuts, a little caramel;

T; follows the nose; restrained; almost no bitterness; get a little nut in the finish; no discernible hops;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: not very complex, but what's there is enjoyable;

Jul 07, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From Empire State Cellars in Tanger (Riverhead); notes are from 5/29

Surprisingly clear, this beer is more a shade of red than brown. The head sits heavily atop it, a thick finger and a half of foam. Lace is chunky and patchy.
The aroma is light, but a nice one offering toasted malt, nut, and a little toffee and caramel.
The flavor is stronger and more developed. It gives up nut, a bit of wood, and some bread; it leans toward toasty, though not as much as the aroma. The yeast brings out fuller fruity esters.
The medium body focuses on crispness, and leans pretty light. Toasty dryness builds gently.

Jun 02, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yes, the legendary woodychandler comes through again with another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, a bit of hops. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a bit of nuts, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Apr 23, 2014
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a CANQuest (TM) score during my most recent foray to New York and Brooklyn, making it ever easier to entice me to come up and visit! Have CANS? Will Travel! That's my motto.

From the CAN: "Brooklyn Crafted Since 2006"; "Full malt flavor, spicy hop background, clean, crisp finish"; "CANS: Infinitely recyclable Beer helps"; "Created by the husband and wife team of Kelly Taylor & Sonya Giacobbe, these 100% hand-made craft ales and lagers have been brewed fresh in the bountiful borough of Brooklyn since 2006. Mounds of malt, bales of hops and countless hours of dedication and passion. That's KelSo Beer."

A nice, loud Crack! revealed a brimful CAN, so in salute to the brewers, I utilized an inverted Glug. The pseudo-cascade was brilliant, finally settling into two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan with limited retention, although it was already beginning to evince some great lacing. Color was more coppery than brown (SRM = ~ 22), but with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a really malty sweetness and I would have sworn that I was drinking an ale! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full and the taste was kind of chocolaty, sort of nutty and VERY reminiscent of Newcastle Brown Ale. Did I just type that? Well, I kid you not and if this is a lager, then I am deeply impressed! The hops were not what the verbiage had led me to expect as they were pretty much not discernible but the finish had the same sweet malt flavors that I usually get in an ale. This would be worth seeking out as a novelty, but if you are into Brown Ales (I am not), then you should definitely see how this stacks up against some of your faves.

Apr 15, 2014
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Huffs from New York

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a great, off white head, with great creaminess and excellent retention and lacing. Appearance was a clear, dark copper color. Aroma was of malt and caramel with some fruit notes. Tasted very malty with strong notes of chocolate, caramel and toffee. Nice creamy mouth feel with a sweet to dry aftertaste, slight bite at the end.

Dec 21, 2013
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dar482 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a clear amber color with a bit of carbonation in the head.

The aroma has some nuttiness.

The flavor reminded me of a lager version of Sam Smith’s Brown Ale. It has good malt balance, a wonderful hop bitterness. It’s a wonderful beer to drink and I would argue possibly better than Brooklyn Lager.

Apr 08, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/22/12 notes. Had this on tap at d.b.a. on the LES in NYC. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep, amber brown color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, roasted malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, and almost lightly sour. Not bad but a little fruiter and different than I was expecting.

t - Taste of fruity malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, toffee, caramel, bready malts, and roasted malts. Lots of fruit and malts here again.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, the body is pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice brown ale. Lots of malts and easy to drink, definitely on the fruitier side of brown ales. Worth checking out.

Aug 26, 2012
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kenito799 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint poured at Talde, Brooklyn.

Medium brown, moderately hazy brew, ery thin tan head, no lacing.

Aroma is a bit malty, not much there, but smells fresh.

On the palate there is a very pleasant bready nuttiness but a snap that keeps it from being heavy. Very mild bitterness. Smooth and drinkable, shows excellent balance. Well made, I am hoping to try more from this local brewery.

Feb 05, 2012
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FickleBeast from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Artichoke in NYC.

Arrives a cloudy brown color with no foam apparent. Aroma is sweet, nutty, toasted, but very nice.

First sip is nicely malty, with a faint hint of fruity flavor from the yeast. Malt dominates, and the beer finishes clean with no harsh flavors. Overall a vey nice beer, I would certainly get this again.

Oct 21, 2011
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vfgccp from New York

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Thick, creamy, white head. Nice retention and lace. Deep maple amber body.

S – Delicious caramel and vanilla dominate the nose, but there’s a trace amount of sour potato that keeps this it from being exceptional.

T – Soft caramel and raw vanilla, straight from the nose. A twang of herbal hops reaches out to balance the profile in the middle of the profile. There’s a solid malt backbone throughout the profile and it shines on the backend, rolling into a bready sweet finish with a touch of flint.

M – Soft and silky. Medium/full body. Pleasant carbonation.

O – Delicious when fresh. Note: I’ve had this a second time where the keg was past-prime, and unfortunately the beer doesn’t hold up to age at all.

Sep 04, 2011
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CHickman from New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Bierkraft; pours clear light chestnut brown in color with a foamy/creamy 1 finger head that faded very slowly that left a very creamy layer on top and great foamy lacing clinging to the glass; looks like a very light stout and is a good looking beer.

Smells of roasted malt, nuts, maple syrup, toasted grains, brown sugar, cinnamon and perhaps some molasses; really sweet, malty and nutty, this has a nice aroma.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted malt, brown sugar, nuts, maple syrup, toasted grains, cinnamon, molasses, burnt wood or peat moss, earthy tones like grass, hay, wheat and some floral hops that trails off sweet and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and almost slick, with almost no carbonation, a medium and flow that's smooth and watery. A really nice brown lager that's highly drinkable and easy to put down; light enough and tasty enough to be a session beer if this taste suits you.

Jul 25, 2011
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BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap somewhere in NYC.

Kelso Nut Brown Lager looks darker than your usual lager, it fills the pint glass with a glossy shoe polish brown color with not much of a cap up top, no stickage. Smell is rather fruity with some nutty appeal and a apparent roast going on. Taste is pleasant enough for the style, I do get some dark fruit and I don't know why. Feel is medium and a bit watery, the lack of carb detrs me from drinking alot of it.

Apr 27, 2011
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metter98 from New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that gradually died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of dark and chocolate malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather malty; there is a bit of sweetness in the initial taste and this is followed by flavors of dark and chocolate malts. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very easily and I wouldn't have a problem drinking this all night long. In this respect, it's very sessionable.

Mar 08, 2011
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Billolick from New York

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brickyard Gastro pub, NYC.

Pours slightly murky/hazed auburn amber. Lite tan head, tiny bubble film and extensive fine sheeting and scattered lacing. Malted up nose, toffee and minor vanilla. Easy drinking sessioner. Nicely malted up, with more toffee, def. nutty, mild hops late adding the balance. Smooth and enjoyable.

Dec 30, 2010
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tempest from New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint at Sweet Afton for $6. I tried this once before and I feel about the same - this is a great sessionable lager. The flavor is a touch light, but there are sharp toffee notes, a smoother nutty taste and then a mild caramel background. I'd be happy to have a few pints of this lager any time. Check it out next time you're in the city.

Dec 07, 2010
Kelso Nut Brown Lager from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 156 ratings