Keller Instinct is a classic core range Wayward beer, an unfiltered Bavarian style lager.
The body is light with a subtle haziness and a beautiful straw gold colour. A pure white head gradually fizzles away to leave some soft lacing around the glass.
There’s rounded sulphur notes as you’d expect from a lager like this but the predominant aroma is that mild noble hop spice that lovers of good unfiltered lagers will recognise. And it is unfiltered, which is important.
The finish is incredibly clean with zero yeast notes. It’s crisp and refreshing and the carbonation serves to excite the palate, enhancing the noble hop flavours.
There’s a touch of wheat in the grain bill as well as Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts. Together these deliver a touch of sweetness but mostly wholesome biscuity flavours.
A Sydney Classic Finally Packaged
Keller Instinct has been around in one form or another for quite a while but the execution and consistency of the beer has come on leaps and bounds since Wayward moved into their Camperdown home.
In September 2016 they started bottling it and this is definitely the type of beer that’s worth having a four pack of in the fridge. It’s a dependable, refreshing lager that’s perfect for craft beer geeks and one to slowly convert macro lager drinkers.
Now that it’s packaged I can see it becoming a popular go-to beer for the Sydney market. Other beers packaged at the same time include Wayward’s Camperdown 1 pale ale and Charmer India red ale.
Growth Of Craft Lagers
There are more and more lagers being brewed in Sydney but if you like this one, you should also try Young Henrys Natural Lager.
Both that and Keller Instinct are in the German tradition of keller or zwickel beers, which are unfiltered and stored cold which is what creates the balance between the complexity of flavour and the crisp finish.
This is a beer you could drink by the pint at Wayward’s venue or in a sunny beer garden. If you were to pair it with food, grilled fish and chips would be excellent.
Unfiltered, crisp lagers like this can also be enjoyed with complex nutty cheeses such as Comte. They’re a wonderful match and the biscuity malt notes would complement some wheat crackers very well.
Carbonation in a beer like this also serves to lift grease and oil from the palate so it’s a good cleansing choice if you’re eating fatty food.
From: Camperdown, NSW
Beer style: Kellerbier
Pair with: Wheat crackers and Comte, or grilled fish and chips
If you love craft lager, Wayward Keller Instinct is a beer for you. Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.