Kelso Kellerfest | Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn

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Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
New York, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by TheycallmeTim on 10-02-2010

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
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3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip pint.

A--Deep caramel/bronze body. Not really cloudy so much as nontransparent. Maybe translucent's the word I want here. Whatever. Head is puny, maybe a finger of off-white foam that dies to a rim pretty fast.

S--Oddly sweet. Kind of vaguely floral mixing with caramel malt notes. Like a rose dipped in honey. But there is also characteristic O-fest breadiness in there, so I'm intrigued.

T--Also odd, but in a less good way. This is almost fruity--I dunno if it's the yeast strain or what, but this almost tastes like an ale at point. Maybe it's just a young lager? But that would make it sulfuric or "rough" tasting, I thought. Anyway, there's that sweetish taste coming back in and then there's almost a nutty brown ale or vague porter taste going on. Is there chocolate malt in this? If so it doesn't belong. The grain bill tastes all screwed up. It may be an experiment, but I'm not into it.

M&D--Mouthfeel wasn't too bad, maybe a little watery, but I'm not going to get any more of this beer. I like their Nut Brown Lager, and the Pilsner is solid, but a lot of the one-offs and seasonals just don't work for me (the Carrollgaarden Wit, for example, tastes like Movie theatre popcorn to me).

I don't mind innovating, but this might not be the right style to veer too far afield.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32 ounce growler filled up at Green Growler Grocery in Croton-on Hudson, NY

Pours murky/cloudy, medium dullish orange hued amber. Looser medium tan head, leaves a nice looking fine bubble film,collar and better then decent splattered lacing.

Nose is straight up whole wheat bread/malt.

Moderatly sweet and again bready brew. Malt up front, in the mid section and only sharing the finish with enough hops to gently dry things out. Smooth and easy drinking.

Low complexity, low interest quotient for me and over all not something I would seek out any time soon.

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Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at MexiQ in Astoria. Interesting, so this is an unfiltered Oktoberfest. Is it supposed served in May?

Anyways, there's an oddly strong bitter herbal character, but otherwise it's a fine amber lager with an earthy, slightly yeasty edge. There's a soft toasty malt and a bigger than usual hop bite, but overall it's a drinkable lager.

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Photo of KTien
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at MexiBBQ, Astoria, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy copper in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin dense light beige head that gradually completely faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of toasted malts and earthy yeast in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is malty and has a light amount of bitterness with flavors of bready and toasted malts. There are lots of earthy flavors in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer seems quite earthy compared to others in the Oktoberfest style.

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Photo of pknyc
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Rockin' Fish, Northport, NY.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured clean cereal malts and an herbal cleansing hop.

The taste was well balanced with a slightly chewy malt cleaned up by the herbal noble hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty unfiltered lager.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at MexiBBQ in Queens, NY

A: Pours a clear to slightly hazy dark copper to amber in color. The beer has a very thin beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted malts along with some earthy hops and something else that I cannot quite place my finger on (though it reminds me of one of the ingredients of a bloody mary - maybe worchestshire sauce).

T: Like the smell, there are moderate flavors of toasted malts with an underlying earthiness from the hops. There is a light amount of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is enjoyable but I had higher hopes for it... Not one of the strongest examples of the style but you can certainly drink more than one of these.

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Photo of sd123
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/06/12 notes.

a - Pours a deep copper color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, bready malts, wheat, light fruity malts, and light earthy notes. Super malty and the fruit is nice; pretty good nose.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, toasted malts, bready malts, wheat, dough, and caramel malts. Sweeter here and more fruit, a step up from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice Oktoberfest. Nose is nice and malty, and the taste has some more sweet fruit and caramel to it. Easy to drink, would definitely have it again this fall.

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Photo of Spreetaper
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gshackles
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

unfiltered caramel rye lager with a amber copper tone and a great german lager yeast head. Health looking pour. Nose is a touch toasty and grassy pine beer straw. Some apple and caramel in the nose. Excellent balance of carbonation caramel malt, and very well place grassy dry. Beautifully oxidized noble quality with a balanced munich grain, and sweetness. Easy drink with summer food.

Have this the fresher the better. Had it with fish tacos.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice reddish copper color. It has a small finger of off-white head on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind some scattered lace.

S - It smells of caramel malts and honey up front. It is pretty sweet and there are some nice floral notes and a bit of fruitiness as well. Not getting much hop presence.

T - Taste starts off with some sweet caramel malt. There is also some earthy grassiness, and some graininess. I am getting some toasted nut flavor, honey, and a bit of fruitiness as well. There is a nice mild hop presence. The finish leaves some lingering hop presence and some toasty sweetness.

M - This has a medium-heavy body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth and creamy feel to it. There is a bit of sweetness here, as well as some hop and earthy bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability. I could easily drink a few glasses of this in an evening. I think this is a nice Oktoberfest. It goes down easy and has a nice flavor. The only thing I would change, is I would tone down the sweetness just a little bit. Overall, I think it's a good beer and worth checking out.

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Kelso Kellerfest from Greenpoint Beerworks / Kelso of Brooklyn
3.6 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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