HopfenWeisse (855) - - SEP 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden yellow color with lasting medium head. Aroma is grassy hops. Flavor is fruity, hoppy, bitter finish. Great!
Plovmand (6123) - Helsinge, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear yellow with a medium white head. The aroma is hay, exotic fruit like lime and mango and straw. The flavor has a clean malty feel with light exotic fruity notes. Light pineapple and mango. I drink lots of this!!
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fdomig (313) - München, GERMANY - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml. Aroma is citrus, lots of hops. Great. Appearance is pale golden with a white head. Taste is bitter and sweet. Overall a very good Kölsch. Better than any other I had so far. Nice dryness.
Cuso (3638) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from McTapps, many thanks sabine. Golden color with medium white head. malty aroma with citrus hops. taste, malty citrus and grassy hops, citrus zest. Nice hoppy bitter finish. Tasty IPA-like, unusual Kölsch.
ansjelaah (1042) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gedronken met dutchdrebus en benzai, gele heldere kleur, ruikt een beetje hoppig en gras, smaakt een beetje ijzer, grassig en waterig
Benzai (6237) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Dutchdrebus. Clear yellow golden color, small white head. Smell lightly malts, lightly hops, lightly a touch of lemongrass-ish something. Tastes about the same: lightly malts, lightly lemongrass-ish, lightly bitter. Average body, average carbonation.
DutchDrebus (3344) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Clear yellow with a small white head. Smells hops, lemongrass, fresh. Tastes iron, lemongrass, a bit watery. Thin body, soft carbo.
BMan1113VR (7769) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
FWIBF. Really solid Kolsch thats not from Cologne. Aromas are herbal, hoppy, grassy, noble and floral. Flavors are grassy, bready, hoppy, clean and crisp with moderate fruit that I think is more from the hops than from the yeast. Crisp and refreshing with a low body, and sharp carbonation. Really nice to drink.
bierkoning (9738) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Blonde. Soft grassy aroma and flavor. Hint of citrus. Thinnish. Worthy to be named a Kölsch. Drinkablility before flavor and aroma.
bartlebier (1078) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JUL 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml fancypants US-size bottle, Maruhn cooler. Jul2013. Label with extensive brewing info and condescending preemptive tasting notes ("Obergäriges Bitterbier", "Kaltgehopft mit Saphirhopfen", "Aromen von....Ananas und Zitrusfrüchten"). Braufactum/Oetker is expanding into the unsaturated and unnecessary German LuxusEdelGenießer-niche with overpriced Belgian/US imports and their own large-scale test tube interpretations of worldwide popular craft beer styles, thus plowing the field for a young market of upscale beers. By the looks of the near-empty cooler, they are making more headway with this teutonically crass strategy every 6months I visit.
This version interpretation of a Kölsch that dare/can not speak its true name is one of the more fascinating results: upfront delicate Saphir hops, pillowy yeast overlap with their "Palor" pale ale, characteristic lean lemonade caramalts of the style subtly coming in late, resulting in a very crisp, dry-hopped, postmodern "inverted" Kölsch, like a nouvelle cuisine version of bluecollar Halver Hahn. Has a strange clinical precision to it and a matching laboratory price tag (€2,49), as if to say that this could be sessioned, but that would be just plain pedestrian of you, you luxury-averse Aldi swiller. 75cl bottles of this range (Progusta etc.) cost considerably more than double than the small ones, as beers in Champagnerflaschen are automatically even more exquisite and "not for everyone".
Fazit: one of Oetker/Braufactum’s typical, yet fascinating bittersweet consumer experiences to be made on an ostentaciously diversifying niche market im Reich der Biermitte.