bierkoning (9757) - 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 (1098) - 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.
Zita (4232) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
light sour soft aroma,pale, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, soft carbonation, creamy, nice light finish.
Hansen (6155) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well-balanced and harmonic. Golden coloured and clear. Has a white head, lasting. Hoppy aroma, citrus, manderin. Flavor starts sweet, more fruits, finish moderate bitter. Creamy texture.
TorbenH (776) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
golden, clear, white foam, bread, hay, cereal, medium body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Tulle (357) - DENMARK - JUL 21, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
pale, clear, minimal head, citrus, leaves, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, average carbonation,
MoritzF (8247) - Bochum, GERMANY - JUN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle, 35.5cl, 5.5% abv) Clear, pale golden colour with a blond mid-sized foamy head. Citric and flowery hoppy aroma with mildly spicy herbal accents and a delicately buttery malty touch. Slightly bitter flavour, light to medium bodied, crispy on the tongue. Initially pale malty with a dusty touch and a rising hops character from the middle part, including citric, floral and mildly herbal notes; dry and moderately bitter finish with an aromatic hoppy tail. 29.VI.13
Gutifa (135) - Bad Wurzach, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ligth and clean with a finger of white head.
Fruits in nose. Kinda citrus.
In mouth is kind of watery with a medium bitternes.
Refreshing but boring. All the beers of the brauerei lose a lot after 5 minutes open...
tla (34) - - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A fresh and a bit "milky" bitter with strong foam and a nice smell.
I've drunken it after a long hot summer day and it was great and refreshing.
stevoj (1632) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dry, bitter kolsch. Clear golden with initial creamy head, fades to skin with good lacing.Aroma is light hops, pine. Taste is very hoppy, finish is long and dry...bone dry. As it’s not brewed in Koln, technically it’s not a kolsch....