Friday, 9 July 2010

Beer of the Week - Berthold Keller Premium Lager

I'm not to sure what to say about this beer. Finding information on the brewer was tough, info on the beer even tougher.

When I first Googled the beer, I found a link for Bethold Keller which only was a one page ad saying "When you name is Berthold "beer" Keller, it seems inevitable that you become a master brewer." Then I went to a free translation site an entered Bethold Keller, which I found translates to "beer cellar".

Oh, come on now.

Already I'm not too impressed. Does Berthold Keller really exist or does he hang out with "The worlds most interesting man"?

This beer is brewed by Brouwerij Martens, in Bocholt, Belgium. It was the Belgium part which drew me to this beer. Belgium a beer person's Nirvana. The company is in its 8th generation of private ownership since it started brewing in 1758. It is the 3rd largest brewer in the country.

Much of this I found on engineering websites, as the brewery have come up with a new style of low cost production. Perhaps that is why I could get a 500ml beer for only $2.

Now to the beer.

It pours a golden colour, forms a good foamy head with a hop note to the aroma. The head did dissipate fairly quickly. With the slight hoppiness in the aroma, I was expecting a slight bitterness when I sipped. Instead I was surprised by the slight sweetness. There is not much to the finish. No lacings could be found on the glass.

Just like you can't judge a book by it's cover, I have found you can't judge a beer by the country it is made in. Even beer Nirvana has it's so so beers and this is one of them., a mainstream lager with not much to it but would appeal to those who enjoy mainstream style beers. The price is sure right though!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This beer is without any discernable flavour, watery, thin and generally one of the orst beers I have ever tried.

Anonymous said...

nice taste..not bitter,light and energizing...one of the best beers have tasted

Anonymous said...

nice blog abt the product. well i had the black colored tin with 9% alcohol in malaysia and i tell you its awesome the moment i took the 1st sip i was impressed with it...very nice smooth and light beer. i say better then other expensive branded beers.

Anonymous said...

8 cans of 5%abv for £5.50, in the real world you are NOT going to get a master product for this money, you ARE in cheapskate territory..you pays your money and takes your chances.
First impressions - a bit thin on taste and slightly metallic, however clean and crisp, and when cold you could probably knock more back than intended due to it's lightness which hides the strength.
For the money... well worth it!

Anonymous said...

4 cans for £3.49. I've had it before today but don't remember it being as sweet as this. It must taste terrible at room temperature, but I'm not drinking it slowly enough to find out.

Anonymous said...

for £7.50 FOR 8 500 ML CANS YOU PAY YOUR MONEY AND TAKE YOUR CHANCE AND TO BE HONEST THIS IS NOT BAD AS SOME OF THE CHEAP BREWS AND NO CHEMICAL FEELING HANGOVER IN THE MORNING THAT A LOT OF LARGER CAN GIVE SO FOR ME ITS A SOLID 8 OUT OF 10

Anonymous said...

4 cans for £2.99 for 8 for £5, you can't complain. 1st sip I could tell it was a cheap beer, but different from others. It has a sweet taste and quite refreshing. When on a budget, this is the one.

the time-traveller and his dog said...

My local beer shop owner drew my attention to this lager this afternoon. '£1 a can, 6 for a fiver.' I bought two cans. am just finishing the first one and not impressed - I'd rather spend the extra 45p on a bottle of Staropramen.

Anonymous said...

Never heard of it but the can caught my eye and 95p each.Poured in a glass it looks clean appealing. Goes down easy and doesn't leave a strong aftertaste.Tastes crisp and clean with a slight metallic undertone.Cheap and cheerful- could do a lot worse.

Anonymous said...

I have bought this beer many times. I too have had a hard time finding info on the brewery etc. Even though I like to research, the most important part is the beer itself. Don't really care even if it was a dude in his parents basement making this beer - the taste is excellent. As a lager, the aftertaste is subtle and not strong - a very smooth beer good for any season.

Although I find this a good fall beer.

Sipping one right now...

ummmmmmmm...


Delish!

Unknown said...

I usual process is to go to the liquor store and buy 1 of each can of beer to stock in the fridge giving me great variety. I now only buy Keller. I love this stuff, it's become my favorite beer. The wheaty finish bring me back to it every time. I just wish there was more information on the ingredients and brew process.