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HopMonk Kellerbier
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
While normaly pilsners are filtered, this beer is not, and therefore it is, strictly speaking, a KELLERBIER (taken from the cellar while still hazy). Easy to drink and pairs with most food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (15029) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2014
Keg at Hopmonk, Sonoma, 28/04/14. Clear light golden with a moderate off white covering, carbonation well evident. Nose is malt forward, bready pangs, light citrus, grain, straw, fresh clean aromas. Taste comprises pale malts, grass, lemon rind, light bread dough. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent crisp clean kellerbier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (14590) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 6, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2014 On tap @ Hopmonk Sebastopol. Slightly hazed light orange pour with a white head. Bready malt, some grass, and floral hops. Light esters, mostly apple, and a hint of citrus peel. Flavor is fairly bitter. Mild sweetness and some bread flavor. Grass and floral hops with hints of citrus. Not exactly what I was expecting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFunGuy (871) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
This is a very well done pilsner. It has a cloudy golden color due to it being unfiltered. It is very refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (1549) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
A good beer for a pilsner. Pours a boring clear yellow. Smells sweet and wheaty. Taste is refreshing, light with a slight bite. Had on tap at the Brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sammy (10337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
On tap at the Sabastol location. Hits the style with a slightly coriander spicy taste. Nothing special though drinkable. A sour edge finish takes away from taste. Served too cold. Medium bodied and a mild hoppyness, with above average sweetness. Clear coloured, and slightly cheesy aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (4920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Big pour at hopmonk. Frothy white head. Golden. Good wheat and heff taste. Above average ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13233) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Pours gold. Not much haze, if any. Pours gold. Aroma is mildly bready with a nice grassiness. Tastes pretty much like that. It’s a very good lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This crisp and herbal Kellerbier focuses on its slender pils malts and spicy noble hops to offer a quenching pint.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the cloudy blond.
-This may not be as bright as what the Franconians tend to do, but it is a very quenching and cohesive example of this family of beers.
-This is as effervescent as some bottled examples. The Franconians would have it a tad mellower, mostly due to not using other gases than the beer’s own.
-A touch of sulphur slowly disappears from the aroma.
-The hops are also grassy at times.

On tap at Hopmonk Tavern.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
944play (389) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Draft at the Tavern. Pale gold, slight turbidity, with tall white head, some lacing. Bergamot and bready notes mostly mask a twinge of funk. Dry,forward bitterness and a pithy middle. Finish is a little tart. This beer favors warmer seasons, but a nice utility beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (11951) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2009
A blonde beer with a thick white head. In aroma, a very wild weed, citrusy and nice. In mouth, nice resinous lager, with very nice pungeant Saaz hops, mineral notes, intense and pleasing. My favorite. On tap at brewpub, August 16 2009.

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