Chuckanut Kolsch German Ale
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In the city of Köln, Germany (pronounced Cologne) they drink and brew Kolsch Beer and the brewers’ guild has protected it since 1254. Kolsch is a top-fermented ale, a throwback to the days before lagers took over the Germanic world. Cologne, far closer to Brussels than to Munich, has always had close links to the Low Countries, and these links extended to the local beer culture. The Kolsch offers the simple pleasures of a well crafted beer. It is very pale in color, and the aromatics are a light mélange of hops, malt, and fruit. The Kolsch Beer maintains a bitterness that is quite restrained, although the palate is light-bodied and bone-dry, with a soft malt flavor in the center giving way to a drying, slightly acidic finish. Smoothness is conferred by one to two months of cold conditioning.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
kathouse (1182) - Nevada, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Soft floral hop aroma from this clear yellow ale. Hay and some fruit but more like dried pear. Bitter finish but not strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2048) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2014 Tap at the brewery. Very light straw, beautiful light grassy German hop aroma. Cracker flavors with plenty of lemon and dry hop bite. Not light on the flavor at all; this is a goregous Kolsch that I could drink the shit out of on a hot summer’s day.

Growler from Bob’s. I don’t know if I’d go 4.2, but I’d go close to 4.0 and dang is a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4185) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Growler at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured golden straw-yellow with a white head. Insanely crisp and light, perfect for hot weather. Just right for the style, with an accent on the biscuity malts, corn, and a low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15714) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
Draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver
Hazy blond color, creamy box. Mild citrusy and honey aroma. Fresh, mild flavor of citrus fruits, honey and jasmine; dry mouthfeel. Correct bitterness. Refreshing and pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3481) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Draft at brewery: Has a light, easy-drinking texture; gentle, earthy malt flavors of fresh bread dough; a subtle hop bitterness (herbal); and a dry, slightly fruity finish. Lingering grassy bitterness. Clean, crisp, refreshing and tasty kolsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Chuckanut Brewery--Bellingham, WA--Kolsch 6.00% ABV. 25 IBU’s. Thin foamy mild lace head. Clear thin bright light yellow body. Mild noble hop Pils ale fruit hint front. Crisp dry fully fermented slightly tangy German pale malt body. Dry clean crisp citrus hint end. Classic true to style Rich crisp Kolsch. (4.0 / 5.0) Sampled 5 oz. Taster @ Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/25/2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3377) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 16, 2010
Shaker pint draft at the brewpub in Bellingham, Washington. Pour is perfectly clear golden yellow with a one inch pure white head. There are a bunch of effervescent bubbles rising to the surface throughout the beer. Aroma is mildly sweet maltiness, with grass and mineral earthiness. Taste is a perfect combination of the mild sweetness, grassy hay and mineral. Soft, super and fresh, perfectly clean, delicious. Palate is medium to thin bodied, active carbonation - clean and dry in the finish. Crazy drinkable, really nice stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Draft, Beveridge Place. Clear golden pour with a white head, very bubbly. Smells of hay and bready malt. Tastes of toast, biscuit, bread, hay, grass. A solid beer, nothing exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6468) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2010
draft at the brewery. pours a crystal clear bright gold with a nice cottony platinum blond head and tons of rising carb. light, refreshing grassy nose. crisp light body with very lively carb. hay, grass, and a light crackery note on the mid palate. mild, slightly bready finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009

Date: September 05, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: clear pale yellow, fine white head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet corn and cereal aroma, light floral hops
Flavor: cereal malt flavor, light sweetness is well balanced by lots of floral hops, nice spicyness, plenty of bitterness leaves a long bitter finish
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

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