Brewed by Le Trou du Diable
Style: Zwickel/Keller/Landbier
Shawinigan, Canada


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Keller Pils

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hamfisted (74) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
Wow. From the first sniff, this one is a winner. Herbs and a bit of spice on the nose, smooth and clean finish. This is a really great, drinkable beer. Thanks to the good folks from Artisan Ales for brining this to Alberta!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
Tap at Wvrst. Pale straw colour - light haze and a thick white head. Just a beautiful spicy aroma. Fresh Saaz and a touch of herbal/lemony spiciness on the finish. Very clean pale malt with a touch of breadiness. Clean soft bitterness. The description doesn’t really convey just how balanced and quaffable this beer is. Just a lovely, lovely brew. Excellent balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2015 My Bottom Line:
Pure, cushy cereals join herbal hops in this most generous of unfiltered Pilseners.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam settles atop the misty straw blond, lacing beautifully.
-The hops also contribute citrusy tips.
-Some batches have a few banana esters showing up, but they fit in perfectly.
-The aroma is more evocative at a warmer temperature, which is not often the case with this style.
-This doesn’t taste like an emulation of German Pilseners, nor does it taste like a Svetly Lezak. But it is a mighty fine lager nonetheless.

Bottles and on tap at Vices et Versa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hidden_Pooch (410) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Le Trou has never let me down yet. Poured a hazy straw with a small sudsy head that disappeared fast. Aroma was of wheat, honey, citrus, and a little vinous. Tasted of cereal, wheat, and light orange flavour. Had a medium body with a smooth mouth feel and low carbonation. It had a weak white wine bite near the end, which was refreshing. Not big on Pilseners, but Trou always does a nice twist on things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewGoblin (549) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
Easily the best ’Sner I have ’snerred in a ’sner’s age! T du D just bangs beers out of the park, especially styles I am not a huge go-to fan of. It’s a hazy light straw with a thin white head that smells of wheat, corn, must basement, cereal and white wine. Taste is bittersweet, light caramel and white bread. I’d pound this Pils on the reezy son...uhhh!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4231) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Clear blond-gold pour with white foamy head. Aroma is cereal upfront, gentle grassy hops and honey. Taste is along the same lines. Slight bitterness and low sweetness allows cereals to shine. Very refreshing. Palate is suitable for the style, light bodied and medium carbonation.The best bottled pils to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2013
Very pale golden pils, bright white lasting head and unfiltered to the point where it may very well contain more than a few grains of wheat. Bright floral, spicy, lemony hops share the stage with fresh bready malts. The adequately balanced sulphury egg-white component adds a touch of complexity to that aroma. In mouth, we’re facing a rather full body for the genre, the carbonation being perhaps just a notch below the average bottled pils and then again perhaps a few notches above keller lagers - still the end result is that it’s fairly malty in its mouth presence and does not showcase a crispiness or dryness. The hop flavour also heads more toward the backseat in mouth - letting more room to malts, whereas it was possibly the dominating ingredient in terms of aroma. As it closes though, a fair dose of bitterness chimes in and readjusts the balance. Honestly, this is a beer I frequently visit and was immensely looking forward to as a strong advocate of pale lagers, but as of this rating, I’ve had varied experiences. All were good to excellent and knowing the head brewer’s partiality toward blondies, I expect this can only improve as they grow more comfortable around their new brewing equipment so that we end up with more excellence than goodness. The score is an average of the couple of samples I’ve had since a first visit at La Cuvée in February 2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkska101 (1220) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
bottle from metro collin a: herbacy, citrusy, pleasant cereal/bread app: hazy blond white head, good lacing . t/p: med body medium long bitter finish. crisp o: great especially like the maltiness. highly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2940) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
375ml brown bottle. Pale gold pour, a bit unclear. Large soapy looking white cap with soapy lacing. Nose has grains, grass and some mineral notes. Taste has grassy hops, grain and bready malts. Light bitterness and a grassy hoppy aftertaste. Overall, a very enjoyable and hugely drinkable pils, quite crisp and clean, enough hops to keep it interesting, strong carbonation. I had no idea I was buying a pils when I got this, I wish I would have grabbed the 600ml bottle instead.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Weird that they have 3 beers called Pitoune. Highly carbonated yellow beer that remains tame but with a lasting thick white cream head. Light aroma but bold flavour. Strong spice you can feel throughout your body but does not beat up the palate. Soft almost Saison spiciness on a clean body.

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