MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
My Bottom Line:
This pseudo-Kölsch’s beany nose and lax carbonation mar the leafy hops and dim biscuity cereals for a relatively unsatisfying quencher.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the hazy dark orange golden.
-Oxidation and staleness are not synonyms of freshness. And good Kölsches are supposed to exude freshness, right?
-The leafy hop bitterness is slightly more intense than the flavor profile itself.
-This is still drinkable, don’t get me wrong, but this bottle had lots of loose ends.
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s almost as if some of the best parts of a traditional Octoberfest beer were used to make a crisp, slightly hoppy, multi-layered summer brew.....oh wait! THEY WERE!
Great hay, pasture, honey, and spice on the nose. The color is a medium gold that leads one to long for an October afternoon with its slightly slanted sunbeams. The flavors hit your mouth in rapid fire succession. As mentioned before, Munich and Vienna malts are very up front, but it is almost as if there is a bit of rye in there as well. I wouldn’t know for sure, but that is what I associate that slight dry tang with. The hops were added early in the boil, and used greatly for bittering and not so much the nose, but they are just right, in my opinion. You don’t want something to be to sweet and syrupy on a hot day. They help keep the finish crisp and clean. The fruity notes of the German ale yeasts help temper the hearty bitterness, but don’t get in the way.
nearbeer (3584) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. Clear, deep golden with a lasting half-inch of meringue topping. Light bouquet of crisp apple, caramel, toast and hay. Flavor is similar with more grain and caramel, then a crisp spiced-grass and citrus finish. Medium body is smoothly carbonated, hop-tingly and dry.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a vibrant, almost sunburst, amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is somewhere between Vienna and Munich malt to start out but transition into a little more complexity, some pear, toasty biscuit, subtle hints of coffee and even slighter vanilla, a crisp and floral but light hop finish. The flavor was predominantly malty, again Munich or Vienna, but toasty as well, almost a chocolate or coffee emphasis though modest. Unfortunately the bitterness of the hops is uncomplimentary and finishes the beer of with a slight cloying bitterness. The palate is light, quite preferential to the heat today, and bubbly without being overwhelmingly effervescent. Quite enjoyable for a light beer.
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I really enjoyed this one. One of the best looking beers I’ve ever had. It’s not the best, but for a Kolsch it was delicious.
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden color...fluffy head, with nice lacing. Mild malt aroma. Slightly sweet malt flavor up front...unusually smooth mouthfeel for the style, with good body. Hop profile kicks in throughout the back. Finish has a subtle hop bite. This brew is refreshing, yet quite flavorful...great on a hot summer day.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer came in my beer club. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a vibrant golden color with a large yellow-white head. The aroma was crisp floral and fruity hops with a faint grassy, tangy and sour undertone. The flavor was tangy, sour and biscuity with light crisp floral and fruity hops. The finish was medium length tangy malts and floral hops. Decent.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark hazy orange- WAY too dark for a kolsch and a thin white head. Aroma is slight citrus with an old orange oil hint- toasted and caramel malts- cuz those are supposed to be in a kolsh... Flavor is more orange and citrus, with crackery malts, slight oxidation, toasted malts, and light munich. Finish is a bit stale and one-dimensional. Really- a Kolsch?
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Disappointing half-finger head that leaves no lace. The liquid itself is cloudy and dark golden color.
Slightly sweet, almost cherry-like, smell. Faint hop in the background.
Much stronger hop in the flavor profile, like a hoppy pale ale. Weaker pal malt flavors,. Proper body for the style, which is to say thinner than most pale ales. This is a very easy beer to drink.
kevd193213 (849) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Dark gold pour with a medium fizzy white head. Aroma of floral hops. Taste of bread and malt with a nice slightly bitter hop finish. Reminds me more of a mild American pale ale.