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Kelso Nut Brown Lager | Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
New York, United States | website

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by plaid75 on 10-22-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
141
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 141
Photo of vfgccp
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of wcintula
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On tap at Commonwealth, Brooklyn.

Poured nicely into a shaker pint, with a frothy cascading head that dissipated to a thin lingering film on top of a brown hazy, unfiltered looking body. Smells very doughy, yeasty, malty. Taste is great with a very strong malt profile a good yeast taste and a very slight hop-bitterness in the back. Velvety texture, medium-full body and light carbonation make this a great pleasure to drink. My first beer from Kelso, and certainly not my last.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So this is my fourth growler since whole foods on the bowery started offering this great service. only 7.99 for the growler....I got to say that it is a pretty sweet deal. Also I like Kelso...they are one of the few breweries that do mostly lagers, and I don't really have to much to complain about with this beer. It is an easy drinker, that is full bodied, and I think that it is a good cross over beer for people who might want to try something than their typical macro.

A- Pours a opaque brown color, with a minimal white/tan head...with very little lacing.
S-Nutty chocolaty malts....slightly sweet, with a bit of hop muskiness.
T/M/D- Almost a medium body with light chocolate, and nuttiness. Smooth and full bodied....does not appear to be a complex beer, but has nice subtle flavors. Hazelnut, pecan, and some walnut. A bit of planty hops, and a slight bitterness that does not overwhelm in the finish.

It's pretty nice to be able to take this one home.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a bunch of times in Brooklyn, and was surprised to see that there haven't been more reviewers for what I consider our finest brown (surprisingly, I think this well-hopped lager's got more bite than Brooklyn's Brown Ale or Six Point's Brownstoner).

Pours a coppery brown with very little head and thin droopy lace. I'll admit, it doesn't smell like much cold -- some subtle malts, some nuttyness, but once it warms up a bit, the citrusy hops come out. As I said, I think it tastes great. They must use a blend of citrus and bitter hops to give this beer its complex character. Sour fruit, roasted malts, and a hazelnut / walnut thing going on (not a surprise with the name and all...).

Medium body, but a crisp finish for the lager style (it's something they do with the hops), it's very drinkable. One of my standard choices at local bars.

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Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of dherling
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes of a Brazen Head cask festival.

Poured out a dark copper brown color, with a big uneven off white head, nice lacing. The nose offered a good malty spine surrounded by mild spice, and a hint of wood. The taste countered with some hop action, but balanced nicely by the sweet malt. Mild spicing adds good character to the beer. Crisp mouthfeel and a clean finish, this beer has sessioning written all over it.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an American pint glass.

A--Rich bready two finger head that won't quit. Sizable active bubbles and plenty of lacing. Body is pretty textbook copper with red overtones.

S--Not much. Faint whiff of lager yeast, maybe some almond on it.

T--I've never had a lager this full-bodied before, and it intrigues me. Lots and lots of yeast on this, with nice hop character that freshens it up. Cold this isn't much of a beer--faintly metallic, and really just clean. Once it warms up, however, you get plenty of hops blossoming out and the nuttiness, which is somewhere between chestnut and almond (less deep than Sammy Smith's Nut Brown), comes through. Deep barley, almost roasted tasting, shines out with some warmth, too.

M--Even after all that head there's a heap of carbo that isn't really necessary for such a rounded-out brew. Other than that it's your typical, mellow medium-bodied lager feel.

D--Very high, especially given the ABV. Packed with flavor for a session beer. An interesting, good, if not great, beer. I'd call it a hang-your-hat-on kind of beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Puck Fair, NYC.

Pours a clear russet with no head but sheets of lace. Roasted + chocolate malts on the nose. Prickly nutmeg up front, some astringent twig and branch, with a brown sugar end. Dry sustain, light to medium body.

Good balance between hops and sweet. Verging on a brown ale, though; there are better examples of the style.

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Photo of CHickman
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong up front toasted grain. Smattering of spicy hop as well.

The taste also featured a nice roasted dark malt with a good hop spiciness. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was full, yet clean.

Overall a nice drinkable lager. Certainly a solid session beer.

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

(From notes)

A - Half-finger of light tan head; foggy dark brown color

S - Sweetish malts; light hint of grain and a bit of chocolate

T - Malty sweetness; grainy-metallic flavors

M - Thin with muted carbonation

D - Decent; and I could see this being a decent session brew if the metallic flavor wasn't there. Otherwise has good potential

Overall, nice to try this out, but not the greatest example of the style. Not sure how this is a Euro Dark Lager IMO; anyway, decent brew.

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Photo of Amalak
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a pint at Mothers in Williamsburg Brooklyn on Graham Ave. It has a good blend of smokey and nut, crisp and refreshing to drink.

Pours a clear brown/red with a slight foamy head, semi-bubbly. It has a somewhat soapy smell, but in a good way?

Slight bitterness, great, robust flavor, carbonated with malt in the back of the throat.

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Photo of Huffs
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Kelso Nut Brown Lager from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
85 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.
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