rumproasts (4023) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. light brown with small head. very dark for a kolsch with substantial malt and not as much hop crispness in the finish.
Guerde (1213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle with a smiling Mel Brooks on the label) Pours a rusty brown color with an off-white head. Aroma of musty lager yeast, light raspberry, and crackers. Taste is quite sweet with plenty of iced tea character, prune, and a crackery finish. A little bit of a mineral quality slides in and provides some dryness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is fairly sprightly. Overall this is somewhat of a strange beer, but it’s oddly drinkable.
JK (4921) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, opaque brown, with some chunks of sediment in the bottle. Lager yeast aroma. Bitter hop and grain flavor, with a palate that is a little heavy for the style, a thick kolsch. It is not a bad beer, even if different to style, and what is a Polish style kolsch anyway?
superspak (3334) - Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of apples, pear, caramel, toast, bread, herbal, floral, grass, and light earth. Ok aromas but they were fairly weak and unbalanced; possible fermentation issues due to apple in aromas. Taste of pear, caramel, toast, biscuit, grass, floral, apple, and light herbal spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, caramel, toast, biscuit, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Fairly dry on the finish. Pretty good flavor balance and complexity; no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Very easy to drink as expected. Overall this is an ok brew. Definitely not a kolsch, but has some decent flavor and balance. Pretty enjoyable.
BVery (7896) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2012
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. This is terrible. Murky reddish brown pour with almost no head. All I get out of this is cold vegetable soup. Maybe a bit of spice in the nose. Drain pour.
emacgee (4367) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Milltown. Turbulent and lightly hazy amber pour with two fingers of sticky sandstone tan head. Much darker than a standard kolsch. Malt dominant nose and flavor, spicy hop character and a definitive toasted malt character and malt sweetness. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and light bitterness.
deyholla (8034) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from the tap at the 15th annual MBGSF. Pours a clear deep gold with a slight amber hue and an off-white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a lot of sweet grains with a bit of earthy grass with a cookie note as well. Flavor is easy to drink with some light sweet grains and grass with some popcorn and cookie in the finish.
b3shine (6520) - Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to pint. Looks fine; dark for a Kolsch though. Brown and hazy with off-white head and lots of carbonation. Smells yeasty. Tastes decent; more like a brown ale though. Average on the palate. Decent, but not a Kolsch.
MrBunn (2561) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is the darkest example of the style I have seen. A deep coppery amber with a dense beige head. Aromas are spicy with a distinctly peppery edge. Flavor is sticky and sweet with a caramel and bread dough sugariness that gives way to a lovely spicy finish. Almost like pepper and cinammon or something. This is a nice beer, but I think I like the lighter varieties I have tried better as summer beers.
queenholly (3374) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Caramel malt and light spice aroma. Cloudy brown amber with a small off-white head. Caramel, burnt toast, and herbal bitter hops flavor. Medium body, light carbonation. Nothing about this beer is like a kolsch. If I were rating to style it would be a 0.5. Honestly, it reminds me more of a less than stellar amber.