Chuckanut Kolsch German Ale
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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AndySnow (6816) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
Tap at Faucets, Tokyo. Yellow colour with a white head. Sweet hops, malt, citrus aroma. Flavour is sweet, malt, hops, some spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2013
Draft at uber. Pale, clear light golden pour into a pint glass, white head that leaves irregular lacing. Light aroma of fruit, citrus, and grain. Taste predominately toasted cereal. Crisp, refreshing beverage I could drink all night, with a nice dry finish. A nice treat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3859) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 29, 2012
As part of a sampler tray during my visit to Bellingham Extremely light golden crystal clear with a nice full bright white head. Sheets of sticky persistent lacing. Faint light grain aroma and classic laid back lager palate. Refreshing and clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11654) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Sample at GABF 10/13/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. The beer is a clear straw color with a medium white head and spotty lacing. Aroma of malt and grassy hops. Light-bodied with flavors of bready malt, mild hops and fruit. The finish is mildly bitter with an herbal hops aftertaste. Above average Kölsch overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Sampled on 10/11/12 at GABF. This Kolsch pours a light yellow gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet with a touch of grain. A medium bodied Kolsch. The malts are grainy, fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Good carbonation. Nice balance. Soft mouthfeel. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
On tap at Uber. Pours clear yellow with a finger head. Smell is sweet lager yeast. Taste is banana and light pepper. Very good, well done beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14690) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
Sampled on tap at Chuckanut Brewpub, pours a clear golden yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is quite grainy and bready - very pleasant. Flavour is very dry, very grainy, very refreshing and smooth. No harsh edges - very smooth. Great kolsch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
kathouse (1642) - 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 (2413) - 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 (4200) - 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.

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