Brewed by Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle
Style: Kölsch
Cologne-Ehrenfeld, Germany


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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Also known as Freigeist Ottekolong

Rich, hoppy, and complex, Ottekolong ("Eau de Cologne") Kölsch is a traditional, unfiltered version of the city’s local specialty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - FEB 5, 2014
Half-litre bottle as Freigeist Ottekolong. Pours yellow, white head. Nose is straw, huge orange, grass, no sulphur. Flavour is really crackery, that German crackery malt blends nicely with the grassy hops. Pils-like. Lovely!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (13523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
500mL bottle, pours a cloudy orange with a fairly large white head. Aroma is very grainy, with cereal malts and light grassy hops - very restrained on the nose. Flavour brings out lots of full cereal grains, some wheat, and dry grassy hops. One of the fullest and most pleasant flavoured kolschs I’ve had. Highly drinkable, thirst-quenching, and dry on the finish from the hops. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gerbeer (3028) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
500 ml bottle labelled as Freigeist Ottekolong. Pours a clear light gold with moderate head. Light aromas of limes and bread. Flavors of grains/cereal, citrus, and cardboard. Very unoffensive and easy to drink but the style tends towards the industrial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Lasting white frothy head atop a lightly carbonated gold body. Light grainy aroma. Good cereal flavour and light body. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7124) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Jacksonville, Fl - Grassroots Market - 500 ml bottle - labeled as Freitgeist Ottekolong. Pours a murky medium orange, light off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma has a hint of cake mix, some yeasty notes - a touch of corn. Flavor is fringing on the edge of bland with a hint of faint honey, some yeasty notes, some buttery accents - some honey shines through in the finish to redeem it a tad. Passable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2375) - SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a cloudy medium straw, with a white head. Malty, quite spicy aroma, citrus, bread, minerally yeast notes, not very complex but nice nevertheless, maybe a tiny hint of sulphur? Dry, medium bodied, mid bitterness, creamy CO2. Malty, spicy, yeasty taste, caramel, citrus, bread, earth. Straightforward, much more interesting than the mainstream Kölsch offerings. Quaffable. (2014-01-06)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Buongiorgio00 (934) - - JAN 5, 2014
Un interpretazione di una kolsch che eccede leggermente con la luppolatura, ma quando mai è un male? Decisamente maltosa, erbacea, morbida e secca nel finale. Alla prima sorsata viene da declamare con Brecht: O Deutschland, bleiche mutter!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (7440) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 200 ml draft @ Braustelle. It is hazy! & clearly unfiltered, looking absolutely nothing like the other Kölsch’s I tried in Cologne. It also sports a smaller creamy white head. Nose is full of hops, raw onion & barnyard hops, slightly zesty, lots of fresh hops, freshly made it seems, lovely. It is almost IPA-like. Taste is pretty hoppy (& extremely so compared with everything else I tried within the style), bitter grass, onion, barnyard, tad milky, raw herbs, lighter sweet malt underneath, fruity, it is not brutal or anything, very easy to drink. Distinctly nothing else like all the other Kölsch’s, a completely unique take & break from tradition just like everything else at Braustelle. Body is creamy & way fuller than other examples of the style. Great stuff, interesting take on style, seems like a mix of modern influences and what Kölsch probably was 100+ years ago before they started changing it to compete with pils / lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Erzengel (7420) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2013
Rating from 2008: Sehr CO²-Arm. Antrunk süßlich-süffig, leicht hefig. Der Hauptteil ist deutlich süß-würzig und irgendwie interessant. Zum Nachgeschmack hin wird das Bier süßlich-leicht herb. Auf der Zunge verbleibt eine süßlich-herbe Note.Irgendwie komisch. Die milde Hefigkeit zieht sich durchs ganze Bier. --> 8+12+8+9 = 9,60

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Usko (171) - Bavaria, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2013
On tap at Braustelle. Hazy golden color, long lasting, creamy white head. Fruity aroma, not expected hop notes (herbal/grassy). Taste is mostly malt, decent fruit notes, dry character. And Wow, what a bitterness! You really could think you’re drinking a pilsner, not a kölsch. That’s why I have to rate a bit lower.

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