80 / 100
Pours a pale orange colour with a nice cloudy appearance. Massive white head, sinks unevenly but leaves some tasty-looking lace around the glass. Refreshing, organic, looks damn tasty.
Nose is sour and organic, fair amount of funk hit, actually quite saison-esque. Fresh fruit and wood back, quite hoppy as well with German spicy hop characters, pretty decent.
Taste is also quite funky, a fair amount of sour, organic flavour, hints of citrus and currant, with a bitter finish. Has a funky hint of soil character on the back. Bit of fruit skin like orange or apple peel, funky but bitter and clean. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is perfectly full, it's got everything it needs - slick but textured, foamy and nice.
Very clean, tasty lager. God I love Kellers and this is a bloody good example.
76 / 100
Nice swing top bottle which uncaps with a satisfying thunking pop.
Pours a really, really lovely mahogany hued red-amber, with an initially vivacious and frothy head of taupe foam. Slight haze in the body is perfect. Retention is a little weak, which is a shame, but otherwise this is an absolutely stunning looking beer. Really top notch.
Very sweet and malty on the nose. Lots of honey, even treacle and molasses, and something a little floral too. Smells like a garden on a hot summer's day. Very rich and sweet.
More of the same on the palate, although there is a pleasant clean bitterness on the back and a phenolic alcohol vector which cuts through much of the syrup. Mouthfeel is round, chewy and full, which somewhat emphasises the incredibly thick and sweet nature of the palate. It pulls no punches, this beer; it's going for huge malt, thickness and body.
Hard to fault it for effort - this is a huge rich malty bomb. While I may have found myself craving more sharpness, a slightly lighter body, or a palate cleansing burst of finishing hops, that's not what this beer is designed to do. Try it when you're after a bucketload of malt and you won't be disappointed.
81 / 100
Absolutely lovely dark golden colour, extremely cloudy with a solid, if not billowy head of white foam. Lacing very good. Looks very, very good.
Light but pleasant grain notes on the nose. Good bouts of german yeast give a pleasant organic character. Some light pepper, quite nice.
Oh yeah, the palate it where it hits you. Absolutely classic zwickel palate - sharp phenols and true musty cellar characters. Lovely notes of pepper and spice, fresh herbs and a very clean dry finish. Fantastic. Absolutley delicious, and bang on stylistically. Mouthfeel is clear and crisp.
This is a really top notch keller. Absolutely top notch for the style. This is what I what I want in a keller. Very clean, crisp but with the delicious organic, rustic characters. Love it.
Pours a purplish-red colour, scarlet really, with a thick beige head, about a finger's worth, that sticks around nicely. Steady but slow carbonation in the glass, while lacing is sticky and good. A bit lighter than I had expected, but still very good indeed.
Nose is rich and complex with pleasant tart fruit aromas; brandied cherry and plum blended with a sweet toffee character and a caramelly malt underlying. Slight peppery notes as well, just a very pleasant strong bock aroma, a bit timid but a joy to behold.
Taste is predominantly sweet and sticky, with a lot of rich toffee characters and a thick, treacle-esque malt base. A little bit of tartness on the mid, very subtle and clean though, just adds to the profile without strangling the palate. A pleasant brandy character is produced towards the back, the sweetness and richness of the malt with a delightful alcohol kick as it goes down. Alcohol is not really prominent though, at 8.1% it's incredible smooth drinking, very well masked.
Overall though I'd have to call this a little too sweet. It's very pleasant but just a touch more bitterness or tartness here or there would hugely enrich what is already a pleasant drop. It just seems slightl simple, it doesn't have the challenging complexity of the Celebrator, although I think this is also due to the mouthfeel, which is a bit flat, although nicely thick from the malt.
It all feels just a bit lacking. Very enjoyable, meshes together well, it just doesn't make you take a step back to admire the beer and reflect "I have just tasted God's essence." Not that I expect to find God's essence in a swingtop bottle, it would definitely need a cork. If I haven't said it already, very pleasant though, good drinking.
72 / 100
Pours a burnished golden hue with enormous off-white head. A lot of cloudy haze in the glass, a few floaties even. Head retains excellently, lacing is very good as well. A premier example of weizen characters.
Nose is also quite weizeny with a fair amount of banana, hints of spice and a distinct hoppiness as well. Slightly herbal phenols on the back, and hints of cinnamon and clove. Nicely complex but a bit weak. Otherwise very good.
Big banana on the front of the palate, hint of vanilla as well. Very mild spice coming through as well, flavours of clove and coriander. Spice is very big on the finish, just the way I like it. Mouthfeel also has a nice spicy burning from good weizen yeast, but is a bit thin. Overall doesn't have enormous complexity, spice is good but leaves it slightly off-balance. Otherwise all the right flavours are there. Quite drinkable anyway and a pretty decent weizen.