strafefire (8) - - MAR 14, 2013
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
So, for being a self professed beer buff, it has been noted that outside ofnthr usual offerings like Warsteiner and Veltins pilsners (superb in both regards BTW....), my experience of German beer styles was practically zero.
It is time to fix this.
After quite frankly stunning successes with Helles (Augustiner), kolsh (Fuhr) and Salt (Gosslinger), it was time to hunt down other styles, tout sweet.
After a fortuitous (and some would say career jeopardising) visit to a Liverpool beer boutique on a lunch hour on a field trip, I find myself the proud owner of four new Teutonic brews, one being this bottle of Shwanenbrau Kellerbier.
Kellerbier has intrigued me since reading about the style on various websites, a pale ale which is unfiltered and cellared? Sounds like a winner already.
On cracking the swing top masterpiece that is the bottle, Shwannenbrau Keller pours a hazy golden straw, much like a southern pale ale. The head originally manifests as a rocky white cap of moderate thickness, quickly disappearing to a very thin lace cap. Whether this is typical of the style I am unsure, it could be a case that the tankard is a tad dirty. No matter, the stuff is disappearing down the gullet anyway, and the hazy summer glow from the body more than whettes the appetitie on its own.
The aroma? A subtle hint of hay and malt sweetness, Shwannen is quite subdued in its nasal charms, which gives a hint to the soft, but delightful taste profile of this wonderful ale.
On the taste buds, Shwannen Keller starts with a sweet malt, almost biscuity suggestion, flowing to a hay like middle and a slow, mild transitioning to a subtle hoppy bitterness, incredibly satisfying and dangerously easy drinking....
In terms of mouth feel, this ale is very lightly carbonated and light, however there is a substance which reassuringly reminds you that you are drinking a quality ale, with body, but by no means cloying.
Overall? I may not be completely au fait with the drinking culture of the Germanic state, however I imagine Kellerbier to occupy a similar niche to that not pale ales here in the UK, a soft, eminently refreshing session quaffer to enjoy while reminiscing with good company in a country bierhaus. In this image, Shwannen Keller fits the bill beautifully. It offers a refreshing thirst quencher which does not have the dry bite of a pilsner or the creamy clove and bannana of a wheat beer, a fantastic initiation ale or session drink which I will be buying again!
jfb (4345) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 26, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) murky golden colour with a frothy off-white head and lots of tiny floaties. aroma of cardboard and peaches, slightly alcoholic, with a hint of vanilla and cashew nuts. flavour is mostly starchy pale malts with more alcohol, dried apricots, some cherries, nettles and yeast in the dry finish. full-bodied with soft carbonation.
bartlebier (2355) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl fliptop bb01/2015, catered by Daniel, merci. Dry, cereal honeyed malts lay low in aroma before becoming full-fledged Kellogg’s smacks in taste: grains of the best quality, brought to the what-you-see-is-what-you-get-surface by a subservient yeast. Straight forward franconian goodness.
Moravius (703) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Flasche von REWE Weich, Bamberg. - Orangegelb, trüb, reichlich Schaum. - Nase mild fruchtig (Apfelschale), schwach hefig, so gut wie kein Hopfen. - Antrunk leicht fruchtig (Apfelsaft), etwas grob getreidig-malzsüß, leicht hefig. Mild rezent. Abgang eher mäßig krautig-hopfenherb, ohne feinere Hopfenaromen. Nachtrunk von mittlerer, etwas dumpfer Bittere. - Trinkbar, auch erfrischend, aber nicht herausragend; für ein Kellerbier zu matt gehopft.
mR_fr0g (4515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bamberg jolly day 3 26/01/2014. Bottle shared on the train. Golden yellow with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet grain, caramel and grassy hop. Flavour is sweet, caramel and worty grains, sugars. Light medium palate. Too sweet for me. A little metal in the finish.
Theydon_Bois (11079) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Day 3 of the post Xmas Bamberg Jolly, bottle from the Rewe Bamberg shared on the train from Bamberg to Nuremberg, 26/01/14.
Golden with a moderate off white head.
Nose is caramel, bread dough, fruits, cereal notes.
Taste largely follows comprising in addition caramel notes.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi drying conclusion.
So so, not much depth.
madmitch76 (16807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
26th January 2014
Bamberg Bash Day 3. Train swig. Lightly hazy gold beer, very pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and airy with modest carbonation. Sweetish pale malt, light floral sweetness. Light peel fruits and a little bitterness in the soft finish. Not bad.
AndySnow (4396) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where: On a train during the Bamberg Jolly 2014.
Appearance: Pale golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Malt, fruit, citrus, grain.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, citrus, yeast.
rlgk (12025) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle on a train during Jolly to Bamberg 2014. Clear pale golden beer with a small white head. Malty fruity aroma, bready, grapes, citrus, cereal, hay notes. Malty creamy flavor, biscuits, bready, vanilla notes. Really nice.
MoritzF (8677) - Bochum, GERMANY - OCT 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught at the brewpub and swing top bottle at home) Hazy, deep golden colour with a mid-sized and slightly off-white foamy head. Bready and delicately fruity (cara-)malty aroma with mildly floral and delicately spicy hops. Moderately sweet and slightly bitter flavour, medium to light bodied with a smooth carbonation. Bready cara-malt with grainy spots, hints of draff and a balanced spicy hoppy counterpart; sweet-bitter bready and spicy hoppy finish. A well-crafted brew. 26. & 27.X.13
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Schwanenkeller in Burgebrach. Hazy amber body with a creamy, frothy white head. Laundry detergent yeast off-notes throughout with lemon oil hops and touches of chalk / silt / minerals and stale saltine cracker malt flavor. Creamy carbonation and some nice fruit nectar German hop flavors. Medium bitterness, medium-low sweetness, medium acid. Dirty and soapy.