77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Erzengel (7271) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
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
Usko (171) - Bavaria, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ineedbeer (1607) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Trappist. Listed as Ottekolong and 6% ABV.
Flavor is rather fruity with a lot of bright pear, light citrus and faint banana. Light honey character. Not much grain or hop aroma.
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a moderately thick white head with nice retention and moderately high lacing. No legs.
Flavor has a nice sweet graininess with a light bitterness. Lighter fruitiness than in the aroma. Slightly mineral water character.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with very soft, moderate carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a pretty tasty kolsch with a nice soft carbonation and good mineral character.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at torst, clean refreshing, very good for the style. Well balanced, crisp
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite a tasty, easy drinking kolsch, some honey and solid grain body, pretty nice.....
riversideAK (6040) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Soft sweet grassy nose with a little mustiness. Golden pour slight haze thin head. Flavors of grass a little dough little basement must. Pleasant soft bitterness. Pleasant kolsch.
Slipstream (2381) - USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Called Freigeist Ottekolong (for the American market?) Kolsch is not my favorite style, but this is a very nice brew. A big, ragged head on a dull gold pour. Neutral aroma. The flavor is light wheat with a good dash of pith-like bitterness and some orange blossom.
kappldav123 (5816) - GERMANY - SEP 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle looks simple but good. Beer in the glass zippy, nice creamy head. Starts mild but not washy, fine fresh-fruity, malty-yeasty. Sweet background without being too mich. Notes of apricot. Well balanced finish, quite drinkable. Nice!
cheap (5111) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a big bottle. Says Freigeist Ottekolong, go figger. $3 at vintage. Smell is just mildly beery yeast. Not filtered fer sure, unfiltered kolsch. Head is big, white and goes rocky, at least 4 inches. First taste is off the head, slightly bitter. Finally I get a taste off the liquid. The bitterness, which is moderate for a kolsch, seem to fade as the session continues. Lots of co2 makes this a fun beer on the palate. Yes, that sizzle makes this quite interesting as we slug. Sediment on the bottom of the bottle almost makes this look like a hefe. Mild like a hefe but it has no spices. Yes, gets better n a little more intriguing as we sit it out. That slight bitterness never really goes away, it hangs even for a few dull moments after the bottle’s gone. Yep, kinda fun overall.