The paler German Kellerbiers are young and fresh with prominent hop character. The darker versions are spicier with greater attenuation.
Typically can be somewhat hazy or cloudy with a color that ranges from pale gold to a light amber. A creamy white head shows good persistence but when it’s served on cask, the head’s size and retention is lower.
Typically has additional yeast character, with byproducts not frequently found in well-lagered German beers (such as diacetyl, sulfur, and acetaldehyde).
Typically has additional yeast character, with some byproducts not frequently found in well-lagered German beers (such as diacetyl, sulfur, and acetaldehyde), although not at objectionable levels.
Has a bit more body and creamy texture due to yeast in suspension, and may have a slight slickness if diacetyl is present. May have a lower carbonation than the base style.