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Switchback Citra-Pils Keller Bier

October, 2017
Judges Rating: 
20 / 24
6 / 6
35 / 40
9 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Switchback’s Citra-Pils Kellerbier is being judged as a Pale Kellerbier (2015 BJCP Category 7C) despite its use of Citra hops in a German lager. 

A bright peppery, floral hop character with a hint of lemon verbena will first greet you followed by moderate crackery malt.  It’s clean from fermentation except for a bit of sulfur which isn’t off putting in the least.

This Kellerbier was poured into a perfectly clean Pilsner glass to showcase the brilliantly clear beer with a burnished gold color.  A bone white, frothy head remains for several minutes.  

The moderate crackery malt is balanced by a similar level of hop bitterness that’s ever so slightly rough around the edges due to a bit too much sulfate in the water.  The hop flavor consisting of generic floral, white pepper, and lemon supplants the malt and lingers in the aftertaste after a dry finish.

Switchback’s Kellerbier is quite the unique beer that straddles the line between a pale kellerbier and a German Pils.  None the less, the beer is a solid offering and thirst quenching even in the middle of the summer.