Brooklyner Keller Helles

Serve in Lager glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Pilsner may be better known, but the everyday beer of Bavaria is pilsner’s cousin, Hellesbier. The German word "hell" seems to evoke perdition, but simply means "pale". The Helles style is a golden all-malt lager that emphasizes malt character over hop bitterness and aroma. Brooklyner Keller Helles is truly old-school; the word "keller" means "cellar" and denotes a beer that is unfiltered and super-fresh. Our brewmaster has spent many fine afternoons drinking Hellesbier in Munich’s beer gardens and decided to bring you an authentic flavor that’s rarely seen in the United States. Fermented and then lagered for weeks at very cold temperatures, Keller Helles has a pale gold color, a haze of German lager yeast, a fresh malty/yeasty aroma, a lilt of floral hops and a dry clean finish. It tastes like a summer day, and a very nice one at that. It’s great with fresh goat cheeses, seafood, and just about anything that tastes good at a barbecue.

Malt: 100% Bavarian two-row Pilsner malt
Hops: 100% Hallertauer Perle (Germany)
O.G.: 12°
ABV: 5.0%

Available draught-only at select beer bars and restaurants.

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paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2010

A: snifter. pours a wonderful clear, straw yellow color with a nice frothy white head on top. Outstanding lacing and head retention.

S: some sweet aromas from the malts. It has a fresh cut hay hint and also some corn aromas.

T: nice smooth taste, mostly corn malt flavors. some light bittering hops. a great sweetness that is subtle takes over the finish.

M: very clean and crisp, medium to high carbonation. low to medium body.

D: this is a great anytime beer. not a huge fan of the style but this one is spot on. Very good. This will be my "go to" beer for as long as it is available. Very refreshing.

Nickls (2608) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap)
Really nice light golden color, thin but nice head. Not much to report on for aroma, a bit fruity or citrusy at times. Light citrus notes, small hops, and an OK malt presence. Didn’t knock me out. Refreshing over the palate, spritzy carbonation was actually nice. could definitely do more than one of these b/c it’s a pretty balanced beer, even though it’s a bit middle-of-the road. Much respect to Brooklyn Brewery for taking on this style that is not something that I run across to often in the U.S., but nothing that really knocked me out.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2009
On tap in the summer of 2008: Pours a transparent bright golden with a thin, spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of fresh grassy noble hops and lightly sweet pale malt. Body has good carbonation and light malty sweetness with a nice German hop balance. Very authentic, drinkable and enjoyable.

rocbyter (2164) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2008
On tap at Delaney’s in New Haven. Manella grain aroma. Hazy yellow color with a medium white head. Grainy and malt taste.

otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2008
A draft only offering from the Brewmasters Reserve from Brooklyn Brewery in New York, the Keller Helles does not disappoint. An amazingly rich, complex and yet at its heart light and easily quaffable beer style, the Keller Helles when brewed properly truly shines. A perfect summer refresher, though I could enjoy it anytime of the year.

I had mine on draft at Coasters Pub and it was definitely a treat. After ogling the beer taps and beer bottle menu, my Keller Helles arrived bright and practically bubbling over as if to catch my attention and focus on her, not the menu. I was none too happy to oblige, and setting down the menu set to work taking in all her curves, colors, aromas, and her inviting body. The body was a straw yellow and lightly cloudy. Her thick head which was the first to catch my eye faded slowly into a fairly permanent pillow on top. Hints of lemon and citric esters in the nose with a prevalent aroma of chewy fresh sour yeast and soft bananas. Already my mouth is watering and I have yet to even take a quaff. In enviable anticipation, I partake of her liquid depths and am not disappointed. A slightly bready, yeasty chewy body gives way to fresh sourdough and banana bread, brown spices, and a touch of lemon in the finish. Bright and cleansing is her palate, a soft lingering mouthfeel of dough lightly coats the inside of my mouth. From start to finish, there is a steady stream of bubbles rushing from the bottom of my glass to the top and bursting in joy. As I quaff the last of my Keller Helles from Brooklyn Brewery, I am left with visions of fresh banana bread, warm brown spices (brown sugar), and a hint of lemon zest.

An excellent American interpretation of the German beer style, Keller Helles. rightfully so, as I quaff my Keller Helles, though she be American, I am embraced with visions of Germany in all her natural splendor, my elbows resting on an old wooden bar, as a cute fraulein brings me a fresh mug of Brooklyn Keller Helles. Well done.

GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2008
It looks, tastes and drinks like a skunky bottle of Euro-pilsner on steroids.
Pours a clear yellow with a nice head.
Taste is a little skunky. Honestly, I don’t really like it.
10 minutes later, it’s leaving a sour taste in my mouth.

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 28, 2008
On draught at Delaneys. Pours gold with a thin white head. Smells earthy with some nice caramel hints and a touch of pepper. Tastes dry with some touches of sage and a sweet malty finish.

blankboy (7833) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Draught at Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Pours a clear pale gold with an average size lasting creamy white head. Mild aroma of fruit, Saaz hops, grain and some sweetness. Flavour’s the same: Light Saaz hops, some fruit, grainy malt and a light bitter finish. Average bodied. Nothing special, to me, but it’s a well made easy-drinking beer that you could easily quaff several pints of.

HogTownHarry (7071) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - SEP 21, 2008
on draught at Cole’s in Buffalo NY. Slightly cloudy gold pour with a solid foamy-creamy white head. There’s a hint of earthiness in the aroma, mostly to my nose grassy fresh light hopping and clover. The taste followed right on - an initial quick sting of grassy/floral hops, then mild caramel malt, which quickly faded. It had an average body, crisp and lively mouthfeel, no aftertaste at all - a solid patio beer, I could drink several pints of it.

rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2008
Tap @ Cole’s. Great graininess/cereals, nice hoppiness in the nose. Flavor is perfect caramel that goes and goes and goes, tempered by a nice grassy hoppiness. Its just awesome. Not quite as good as the few I had in Germany but damn.. they need to make this regularly.

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