Kellerbier

Includes styles: Cellar Beer

Recipes:
855
BJCP 2021:
27A
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇩🇪 Germany
Fermentation:
Bottom
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

Kellerbier, also known as "cellar beer," is a traditional German style that offers a fresh and unfiltered take on classic lager styles. This type of beer harks back to an era before sophisticated filtration techniques, reflecting how beer might have tasted directly from the aging cellar. Historically, these brews were often the byproduct of gradually maturing lagers in cool environments such as caves or cellars, hence their namesake. Their presentation without the removal of yeast or other particulates contributed to their distinctive character.

The appearance of Kellerbier can vary depending on whether it is a pale or amber variant, with the paler versions resembling Helles or Pilsner-type beers and the darker ones looking akin to Märzen in coloration. These beers generally exhibit a cloudiness due to their unfiltered nature and display a persistent yet not overly abundant head. As for their aroma and flavor profile, Kellerbiers are known for their malt-forward character accompanied by elegant hop nuances. They typically showcase bready, toasty notes with possible hints of caramel, while hops provide a balance without overwhelming bitterness; floral, herbal or spicy notes should complement but not overpower. Overall, Kellerbiers present themselves with a smooth mouthfeel offset by natural carbonation from bottle conditioning or serving from traditional casks at cellar temperatures.

While they may share some characteristics with more familiar filtered lagers like those mentioned above (Helles, Pilsner, Märzen), Kellerbiers differentiate themselves through an emphasis on freshness and a rounded sensory experience that includes subtle yeast-derived complexities far less pronounced in their polished counterparts.

Specifications

Alcohol

In Database
2.2 < 5.2 < 7.4 %

Bitterness

In Database
11 < 27 < 57 IBU

Color

In Database
5 < 13 < 42 EBC
3 < 6 < 21 SRM

Original Extract

In Database
8.6 < 12.4 < 16.3 °P
1.034 < 1.050 < 1.067 OG

Final Gravity

In Database
0.9 < 2.6 < 5.3 °P
1.004 < 1.010 < 1.021 FG

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Brewing Recipes