Fürst Carl Kellerbier

Review Date 12/11/2020  By John Staradumsky


For Christmas of 2015, my wife bought me a really cool present: BeerAdvent Calendar 2015 from Kalea. In truth, my wife got me a lot of nice presents (she’s the best wife ever), but the nice thing about the Beer Advent Calendar is you get it early. You have to, since it’s comprised of 24 different imported German beers in a box with little doors that you open, one per day from December 1st through December 24th. All of the beers are listed on the side of the carton, however, so be careful not to look and spoil the daily surprises!

I love German beer more than beer from any other country on Earth, so this was definitely right up my alley. I have managed to get my hands on one of these calendars each year since, and have never been disappointed. Overall, this is an amazing way to sample 24 German beers over 24 days, and I look forward to it every year. For the first three years, I've found these at Costco in Georgia and paid $59.95 for the box. In 2018, though, we were in Spring Hill Tennessee and I saw these on a pallet at the local Costco in mid-October. I grabbed one there to make sure I didn't miss out. They were up $5 to $64.95 (and indeed, when I did see them at the new Costco in Woodstock, Georgia a month later they were the same price). For 2019, I found them earlier than ever (September 26th) and bought one at Costco here in Georgia for $63.95, though curiously they were down to $59.95 on my next visit.

As with many things, 2020 proved to be a challenge for other reasons. Covid ravaged America, and one had to wonder if the 2020 Beer Advent Calendar would make it to America at all. Kalea said it would, so starting in early September, I made a weekly trek to Costco (masked, and practicing social distancing). On September 25th, there they were! I got one for myself, and one for my daughter's boyfriend, which she got him as a Christmas gift. I paid $62.99 and I am glad I did, because within a few weeks they were gone. Grab them when you see them friends!

That might sound steep, but when you distribute that price over 24 different half liter cans, it only works out to $2.62 per can. Not a bad deal at all looked at that way. It certainly does not stop these from selling, as I mentioned, they always go quickly.

For 2020, there are eight new beers in the mix and 16 returning favorites. I do like this, because there are a lot of the beers that I really enjoy, and want to enjoy again. It's like 16 old friends and 8 new ones in the same box. What's better than that?

When I opened the Day 2 door on December 2nd, my eyes were greeted with a can of Fürst Carl Kellerbier. One of my criticisms of the yearly advent calendar (constructive criticism, friends) is that it tends to be top heavy on the Helles style. A Kellerbier, then, is a welcome addition indeed. Then too, Fürst Karl Kellerbier comes from the Schlossbrauerei Ellingen-a castle brewery. What's better than beer brewed in a castle? Why, drinking beer brewed in a castle, of course!

Ellingen says about their brewery:

The fine beer specialities have been in existence since 1690 in our castle brewery. You could experience a piece of brewing history by trying / tasting our beer. What makes our beers so unique? The FÜRST CARL beers are still brewed today following the traditional method, in the copper kettle in our historical brew-house. Our ingredients are natural and come from Ellingen and the surrounding region: water from our own spring, hops and malt from Ellingen and our region, Franconia. With the craft of our brewers and the love of beer we create our very best Franconian beer specialties. Our beers are truly excellent and beer lovers around the world are passionate about them!

And about Fürst Carl Kellerbier:

This is how the brewers like to drink their beer: directly from the storage tank. The beer is cloudy, stronger in smell and taste and full-bodied due to the natural components of the ingredients, which this beer contains.

Malts are not listed but they do mention the hops:

HOPS: from Ellingen: Mittelfrüh, Gold

My can from the Beer Advent Calendar is listed as 5.1% by volume and is stamped EXP 2022/05. The can does say the beer was brewed by Ellingen and is not a contract brew to Egerer as many have been in years past.

Fürst Carl Kellerbier pours to a hazy yellow color with a medium sized head of foam and a spicy yeasty nose. Taking a sip, the beer is firm malty and bready with a spicy hop character that hints at citrus and herbal earthiness. It is "meatier" than average thanks to the lack of filtration, and finishes balanced with hop bitterness. A lovely beer I would love to see in future calendars.

I’m greatly enjoying my Beer Advent Calendar 2020 with the day 2 beer. Here’s looking forward to the remaining 22, and another assortment of 24 in 2021. We’ll be on the lookout next year at Costco once again! Follow them on their Facebook page.

The beers of the 2020 Beer Advent Calendar:

Day 1 Flötzinger Hell

Day 2 Furst Carl Kellerbier

Day 3 Käuzle German Pilsner Style

Day 4 Zwönitzer Steinbier

Day 5 Graminger Kirta Dunkles Weissbier

Day 6 Propeller Bier Turbo Prop Pilsner

Day 7 Egerer Jubiläumsbier 333

Day 8 Hohenthanner Tannen Hell

Day 9  Perlernzauber German Pale Ale

Day 10 Herrnbrau Tradition Bayerisches Festbier

Day 11 Ankerbrau Nordlingen Grandl Helles Lagerbier

Day 12 Loncium Vienna Style Lager

Day 13 Schwarze Tinte Collab Stout

Day 14 Herrngiersdorf Hallertauer Hop Cuvee

Day 15 Burgerliches Brauhaus Altbairisch Hell

Day 16 Landgang Pils

Day 17 Alpinebrauerei Burgerbrau Alpen Stoff

Day 18 Herrnbrau Jubilaums Sud

Day 19 Erlkonig Hell

Day 20 Hosl Marzenbier

Day 21 Perlernzauber IPA

Day 22 Kurpfalz Bräu Kellerbier

Day 23 Egerer Bären Weisse

Day 24 Ladenburger Weizenbock Hell

Glad I tried it?  T

Would I rebuy it??


*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.

(B)=Bottled, Canned