100 Barrel Series #13 - Kellerbier | Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall

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100 Barrel Series #13 - Kellerbier100 Barrel Series #13 - Kellerbier
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100 Barrel Series #13 - Kellerbier100 Barrel Series #13 - Kellerbier

Brewed by:
Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Kellerbier is made in the German style that is traditionally matured in un-bunged wooden barrels in caves. The lower alcohol and low carbonation accent the balance between the generous amounts of German malts and hops used to make this beer. Surprisingly thirst quenching, this beer goes wonderfully with many different food styles—or by itself. Prosit!

45 IBU

Added by Todd on 02-05-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Poured hazy copper color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate bready malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium balanced flavor with a smooth malty finish of moderate duration.

Solid drinkable beer that is good ovarall and very good to style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this one a while back, and had honestly just not gotten around to trying it and because of that it literally has been sitting in thee fridge for a couple of months, but no matter as I knew it should still be good, and that I would eventually get around to trying it. Last night when looking for something different I grabbed this one out and proceeded to pour it into a footed pilsner glass right out of the fridge.

Appearance - The pour was very nice with a rich caramel and honey colored amber being presented in front of me. Very nicely clouded and hazy, this was definitely looking the part. There was a very nice three inch high head of white lace which rose up over the top and stayed around for what honestly seemed like forever before finally settling down into a rocky and crater filled layer of foam. Deep side glass lacing and lots of carbonation only served to enhance the overall look of this one.

Smell - The aroma as well was absolutely wonderful. A rich sweet smelling lager. There were loads of caramel and rye hints spread though out, as well as some light floral hop notes that were really very well done. I was initially shocked by the hop tones, but later very nicely surprised by their overall presence and it really help deepen the profile a good bit.

Taste - The flavor was really well done. Started off with a bit of caramel infused malts, which rolled across the tongue and settled with a wonderful smooth presence. Some very nice earthy notes then followed and continued with the very grainy profile. Some light touches of floral hops then proceeded to start coming through on top of this. Hints of grass, and some light lemon even playing around in the back. Notes of banana and peach could be found. The finish was nice and clean, but left the lingering flavor of caramel and rye in its wake. Very interesting indeed.

Mouthfeel - A super smooth, and very clean light bodied lager. It had that nice presence that really let the flavor sit and stir for a while, but at the same time had a really nice sense of cleanness and crispness. Great carbonation only enhanced this fact.

Drinkability - This was an outstanding session ale. I would have loved to have drunk this one all night long. It was smooth, clean, low ABV and a great profile. Not much else needs to be said, as this was top notch all around.

Overall I though this was an excellent beer. I am not overly familiar with the style, but I really liked this one. If this flavor is any indication of the style, I am going to be one happy man for sure. I would recommend to anyone to try and find this one. One of the better beers I have had from Harpoon.

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

An encore brewing of 100 Barrel Series #13, and a well-justified one I must say. 12 oz., unfiltered brew, with 45 IBUs. The beer is a translucent copper/gold, with medium carbonation and three fingers of tan head that leaves a few patches of foam. Spicy and grassy, almost lemony hops in the nose. On the palate, it's the same delicious (noble?) hops, backed by toasted malts and a firm bitterness. Crisp, medium body, with ample carbonation and a bitter hop finish. Overall a good, sessionable lager that drinks like an IPA.

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Photo of GJ40
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden color but minimal head.

S - Mild aroma with a clean lager yeast and slight hop presence.

T - Crisp, clean flavor with a bitterness toward the end.

M - Good carbonation level with good body for a lighter beer.

D - Went down easily and left me wanting more.

I enjoyed this beer. Nothing overwhelming but good. I'll try it again.

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Photo of AltBock
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle with a label that looks like it was ripped off a barrel. This label lists the brewer's name, ABV%, IBU of 45, an OG of 14, and it has a printed red stamp stating this is a limited edition beer. To the right of the label is where the US Government warning, barcode, and refund values are kept. I should also mention that the cap is covered up with gold foil.

Appearance: When poured into a Euro style Brooklyn Brewery pint glass, this Harpoon is a hazy tangerine orange that has some burgendy blended into it. It had a 1 inch head of fizzy white foam that didn't completely fizzle away in a matter of a second. Instead it fizzled down into a small white film that left streak after streak of white lace.

Smell: The main aroma of this beer would have to be black pepper. It's very peppery with only the slightest bit of juicy fruits, roasted malts, caramel, tea leaves, and peppery hops in the background. Even the hops in this beer were peppered! What can I say? It loved the pepper!

Taste: The taste started off soft with dry roasted bitter hops, toasted malts, and a smidge of caramel. After the initial soft taste, the second part of the taste gathered up what strength it had and went into dried citrus fruits and dried citrus hops. I still wish to this day that I can explain what happened here in the taste. It just went from taste A all the way to taste Z in 2 seconds.

Mouthfeel: For a beer that's suppose to clock in at a 5.2% ABV, it was actually a medium bodied beer that had a mild aftertaste of grapefruit and dried citrus hops. This aftertaste will linger on for a few minutes.

Drinkability: To me it was an unusual beer. The taste was the place where a set of flavors went warp speed to the next set flavors. While this was going on, every other aspect of this beer stayed the same. Not bad for my first try in the Harpoon world. It's too bad that this isn't part of their regular line.

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Photo of erosier
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Amber color with an off-white head that is slightly tan, but mostly white. It has a malty, yeasty, hoppy smell that is pretty good. It has a good taste, especially for an ale. The smell kind of threw me off, but I like the taste better than the aroma. It has a roasted malty base with a really nice hoppy finish. It has a good mouthfeel with the right amonunt of carbonation and it is a pretty drinkable beer, if it wasn't retired I'd get some more of this.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazey, glowing amber pour topped with a 2 finger white head. A bit soapy at first, but it builds fairly well into a thicker foam.
Caramel and malt dominate the nose, but the aroma isn't really all that strong. Hints of spice and hops.
Taste: caramel and malt present the most strength and are accompanied by earthy hops, some almond, and spice. Overall, it's more sweet than complex, but not an overbearing sweetness. A bomber is enough, probably too much for me. I can see pairing this with a braut while watching the football games, which is what I did. It has that "ignore" feel to it; that is, it didn't grab my attention away from the game while drinking it. which isn't at all bad.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 9-6-2007. Pours a slightly fogged orange amber with a creme head that falls but leaves a good lacing on the way down. Nose is roasted malts with a caramel tone to it. Flavor is slightly bitter and then after about 5 seconds, I get a really good roasted character that hits me. Feel has a good level of carbonation to it and the liquid is good too. Overall very good. This is my first of the 100 Barrel Series and I have to say that it is very good. Very much worth trying.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 pack of the encore series.
Pours an amber color with a slight haze to it. Started off with a fluffy head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is nutty, grainy, with some sweet caramel in there. Taste is grainy, bready with a hop touch in there. Medium carbonation and a dry finish that lingers of hops. Descent beer not my favorite, but highly quaffable.

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

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Amber hue. Great clarity for an unfiltered lager. No cloudiness. A thin white head tops.

S: A toasty, grainy, malty aroma. A touch skunky. Sweet with some caramel notes.

T: Can a beer taste like a pretzel without salt? This one does. Good hop bitterness. A pronounced bready malty taste with some toasty notes.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Well carbonated with a dry finish.

D, notes: Another win from the Harpoon 100 Barrel series. I'm glad they brought this one back.

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Photo of albern
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Retired? Not quite, Harpoon apparently has an encore series in which they revisit popular 100 barrel series. Kellerbier is one of their encores, and I'm glad because I didn't get the chance the first go round. The lager pours a tawny, slightly hazy color, not much head, lacing, or retention. The smell is tilted more to the hop than the malt, but it isn't that pronounced in any case. I'm getting some bready, biscuity smells, some caramel and sweet almonds or fig smells. The taste is a slightly burnt caramel and a tartness that is a bit too pronounced. The taste is slightly more hoppy than malty, moderately carbonated, light bodied, maybe some breadiness in there too. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy and the after taste lingers longer than it should. Not a bad beer, certainly worth seeking out. L'Chaim

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clean copper colour with a big frothy white head that's even a bit creamy. Head retention time is very nice and there is a fair amount of residue that's left in the glass. Apparently a kellerbier is supposed to be a bit cloudy. As this is the first I've sampled, I'm not sure, but this one was definitely very crisp and clear. Maybe not in line with the style, but it still looked nice nonetheless.

The aroma is faintly caramel malt at first but then a nice bit of subtle floral hops comes in to play. There's a bit of toasted grain here as well, along with possibly some nut notes.

The flavour is similar to the aroma, with an overall sweetness coming through the most and the hops flavours coming into play primarily at the finish of each sip. Toasted notes are kept to a minimum in the flavour. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a bit of a tinny feel to it. Average at best.

This one was alright overall. Again, it's my first time trying the style and while I can't say I hated it, I wasn't that crazy about it either.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy orange/brown color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice, yeast and a good amount of pale hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with flavors of pale hops, caramel, lager yeast and some smokiness. The malt character is hearty even though there’s not a lot of sweetness. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, it’s the first beer that I’ve had of its style, but it’s quite intriguing. I could drink a few of these in an evening, but I might go for something a little stronger after a while.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled the 100 BBL Encore Series. Poured with a pale copper color and a generous head. Nicely carbonated with a clear scent of hops and floral undertones. Lacing clung throughout the tasting. Pleasant mouthfeel with a slight tingle on the front of the tongue. Very smooth and drinkable, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very light and refreshing. I've never had a kellerbier before, but based on this sample, it seems to be a very versatile brew.

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Photo of KevinB
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour revealed a misty ,golden coccineous body topped with a frothy one finger whey head. After the head slowly retreated lots of sticky lacing was revealed, very nice looking beer.
Smell is of sweet toasty malts, hops,light notes of caramel, and a pleasant scent of earthiness.
Taste is of sweet toasty malts, some snappy hops, and other floral notes. Slight biter taste kicks in midstream and finishes sharp and dry.
Mouthfeel is pleasant, it's a medium bodied brew with a nice level of carbonation, has a clean sharp feel and dry finish. It has a very interesting mix of flavors and feels that play off eachother.
Overall this is a really good beer, it has a unique rustic earthy quality to it, it's very flavorful and easy drinking. If you can find it , it's definitely worth a try.

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100 Barrel Series #13 - Kellerbier from Harpoon Brewery & Beer Hall
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 90 ratings