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


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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Keller Pils

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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!

JoeMcPhee (9426) - 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.

Bierdimpfe (640) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
Slightly hazy straw color with strong activity. Foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with some good legs. Fresh floral aroma with sweet grainy malt. Flavors of grains, corn, lemon, honey, herbal and floral spices. Nice grassy and quality malty biscuity feel with a little roasted smoky corn. Highly crispy with a pleasant dose of sugar. Slick light body with champagne like carbonation. Balanced medium strength clean finish, ending with a faint citrusy and slightly dry tongue numbing noble spices. Overall an excellent craft having delicious balanced flavors and great freshness. Well spiced and accessible. I’m in love with Kölsch now!

MartinT (9880) - 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.

Hidden_Pooch (518) - 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.

BrewGoblin (632) - 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!

Arcanor (421) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2016
600ml bottle. Pour yellow hay and foggy. Pure pils aroma, medium body and lively. Long finish. Not a fan of Pils, but it’s definitively well done.

JulienHuxley (5807) - Sherbrooke, 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.

Rastacouere (6177) - 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.

punkska101 (2033) - 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.

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