hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange in color with a lasting off white head. Would be a nice appearance if this was a pale ale or IPA, but I would have expected a kolsch to be more straw in color and a bit more clear. Aroma has some floral hops, light fruits, some weird earthy quality, and some lightly toasty malts. Taste: more like a weird pale ale to me than a kolsch- tea, mild floral hops, and some toasted malts. MIld grassy bitterness in the finish, heavy for the style.
chrissy (122) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Dry with a hint of citrus. Not what I was expecting from an ale. This was ok, but not impressive.
beastiefan2k (3312) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I feel it is a bit deceiving for a brewer whose flagship beer is a lager to make an "ale" that is actually a Kölsch. Pours a bit flat looking actually, with just a small head, and a dark, dull golden, completely clear color. Just does not look all that interesting. Aroma is syrupy straw, slightly spoiled fruitiness and a bit gaseous (can I describe a spell as being gaseous). Taste is a bit like cold Lipton tea with sugar and crackers. Its got that cheek drying mouthfeel that cold tea can sometimes give you. Yeah, its not as bad as this score indicates but I wont be paying for this again. 12oz bottle, Melbourne Bros glass.
blipp (7895) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle (exploded). Hazy gold with a white head. Light grainy malt aroma. The flavor is stale crackers and light hops. Not that good.
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from the brewery, shared by a friend (Thanks Carolina! "Hi!") Pours a slightly hazy orange with a dense white head that fades to a ring. The aroma has some fresh British malts- biscuit-like qualities, orange subtleties from American hop varieties, grassy hints and some nondescript fruity esters. Nice palate- mildly carbonated and velvety. Has a real British feel to it; does not seem at all like a Kolsh. The flavor has some biscuity malts, softly bready with a crackery dryness throughout. There’s just the slightest touch of citrus (orange peel), which is followed by a flowery hop character (again, British-like) Not really true to style. If this were supposed to be an English Pale Ale it’d get a couple more points. Overall, it’s a pretty nice spring-time Ale
thornecb (5361) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into a Kolsch. Fluffy white head with good retention leaves spots as it recedes. Hoppy aromas. Crisp with upfront fruity caramel and a lasting peppery hop finish.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: 07,28/08 12 oz. bottle
Aroma - Faintly fruity aroma, some hay and grass
Appearance - C;ear yellow gold, small white head and sparse lace
Flavor - Delicate fruity sweetness, and more of a hop profile with some floral thanthe usual Kolshc, with floral and spice flavors that accompany a soft bitterness
Palate - Light body, medium carbonation, clean, lightly dry finish
Overall - Not bad, hoppier than I expected, and somewhat bolder flavors than I would expect for a Kolsch
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz brown bottle from Tiger Town in Gardiner. Pours a hazy dark golden color with a thin film of foam. Smells like caramel, toffee, grass, and a bit of pepper... Tastes biscuity and caramelly, with a tinge of fruit and pepper toward the finish. Light both in body and in carbonation. Less drinkable than expected... An okay beer overall, but a Kolsh it is not...
eaglefan538 (3016) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour was typical for the style, pale golden yellow, ok carbonation and head. The aroma was grainy malty, slight off-notes typical of a green bottle import. The flavor was too heavy on the malts, overly hopped as well. Depth in both of an altbier, but just didn’t work within this lighter style. Flavors were only ok and it lacked anything like a crisp, clean finish.
kurtkosher (144) - USA - APR 30, 2008
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
i wasnt very impressed a bit too bitter for my taste. too much malt overall ive definitely had things i like better