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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
"Since the middle ages the folks in rural Germany have enjoyed a fresh locally brewed beer, straight from the brewer’s cellars known as "Kellerbier". Kellerbiers are unfiltered so the beer is naturally cloudy, distinctly flavourful and refreshing. We brew our kellerbier in small batches using our direct fired kettle. Special German whole-leaf hops are added late in the brewing process, producing a beer that is wonderfully aromatic with a hint of citrus and spice on the palate."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (14668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
Can. Hazy orangey-amber with a head that starts thick and then goes down to mountains sticking out of a lake, which is a classic kellerbier head formation. Gently fruity hop character. Fruity hops, subtle pale bready malts. Decent balance. As non-Franconian kellerbier goes, this is one of the better ones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12241) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2009
A golden orange beer with a thon lacing white head. In aroma, an intense mix of German hops, herbal and pungeant, orange pulp, pledge lemon, fruity esters, quite nice. In mouth, a good sweety nutty malt, grainy mash, and good German hops, a bit light in mouth. Can from LCBO, shared with probstk, Sept. 12 2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2009
473ml can acquired in trade with Sammy (thanks!). Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, floral hops, and citrus. Tastes of floral hops, lighter earthiness, some citrus, and graininess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2009
Creemore Springs release party at Victory Cafe. Had this on tap, will be released in cans...just as now-unfiltered. Peachy cloudy appearance with long lasting white generous head, leaving lace traces. Yeasty and spicey and malty aroma. Medium mouthfeel, the yeast cushions but above average carbonation offsets this and prevents a full two pints from being consumed, still very drinkable. Significant hops, including dry hopping, I like the unfiltered taste. Drying finsh. Bang on style, it hits the ontario market between the eyes, and just as Creemore brought craft back in Ontario about 20 years back, this will be a paradigm shifter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (10509) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2014
Draft - Orange and some grainy notes. Copper with a white head. Lots of grains and some very light citrus. Refreshing and better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 22, 2012
Lata, gracias al señor Plovmand. Hazy ambewr colour, medium white head, ok lacing. Pleasant sweet hoppy malty fruiti bit yeasty like aroma. Good mouthfeel. Flavour has caramel and malt with fruit and yeast, some citrus. Quite pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2009
2009-07-31. Golden body with a foamy white head. Lightly yeasty aroma, bit floral, light zesty citrus. Flavour has a light bitternes, zippy floral hops, muted pale malt base. (6+) Average palate. Solid example of the style, quaffable, but not really my cup of tea. Can from LCBO

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (9169) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
Pale amber-gold pour. Nose is a bit sulphurous. A touch of light breadiness as well. Softly earthy and a little bit sweet. A bit of DMS towards the finish. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Can at BCTC. Pours a light hazy apricot with a thin white head. Citrus and caramel on the nose with some light malt. Light malt on the body. Finishes with a nice balancing bitterness. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Burnt caramel notes and green leafy hops harbor fruity edges in this prickly and quenching Kellerbier.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-Fluffy sheets of foam disappear into the misty golden amber.
-Prickly bubbles and slender residual sugars make for good drinkable.
-Hop character is authentic throughout; leafy, citrusy and spicy too, especially upon warming.
-Toasted cereal flavors are engaging. The burnt sugars though (direct fire) can get a tad too present for my liking.
-While I’m not a fan of the grain bill in this one, I have to say this is the closest any Canadian brewery has gotten to a real Franconian Kellerbier. Bravo! Their Pilsner is even more compelling imho.
-Mineral notes peek through here and there. Water? Can?


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