Brewed by Brouwerij de Prael
Style: Kölsch
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 196   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Formerly known as Johnny

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bullit (4105) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 8, 2011
Tap @ In de Wildeman. Hazy pale yellow colour, white head. Aroma is grainy, little fruits. Flavour is grassy hops. Fairly bitter and well bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle consumed at a recent tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Pours a moderately-hazy straw color with a good white head and some mild ringy lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of light grain and has a bit of light hoppiness--mildly herbal and earthy. Classic blonde characteristics with some yeasty spice there as well. The flavor has a bitterness underlying it and then hit on top of that with some light grain and moderate yeast character. Belgian spice. Mouthfeel is light with a dry bitterness in the finish. Quite good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-28-2011

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mile (3314) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2011
Bottle. Golden, hazy, small and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, fruitiness with some citrus hoppyness and yest. Body is medium, malty and lightly sweetish flavor, fruitiness with some grassy - citrus hoppyness, faint caramel and yeast. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, grassy hoppyness and some fruitiness, faint toffee. Nice hoppyness in the flavor/finish. In the aroma there is more fruitiness than hoppyness - aroma and flavor are not in balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcot (770) - Campomorone, ITALY - OCT 10, 2011
Bevuta in birrificio ad Amsterdam; presentata come una Kolsch, mi è piaciuta molto.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
greenclansman (886) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle. Golden haze color. Aromas of sweet malts. Taste malty with a light hoppiness at the end. Carbonated enough...light to medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10597) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2012
Draught @ de Prael. Golden coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma: Fruits, citrus, yeast. Flavour. Fruits, yeast, grape. Medium bodied. Ends quite citric and yeasty.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5427) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle at "15" Amsterdam. Poured a slightly cloudy dark amber with a big frothy white head. The aroma is weak but malty leading to a medium bitter hoppy malty flavour with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. I've drunk this beer before, but the one I'm rating now is by far the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (3913) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 26, 2013
On tap at In de Wildeman. Really hazy gold pour, creamy white head. Light aroma, fruity, yeasty notes, light clove, grain husks, fresh bread. Taste is grainy, spicy, light fruity alcohol notes. Palate is light-medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit rough around the edges for what should be an easy drinker, but not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grzesiek79 (3392) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Dosc dobre jak na kolscha. Bardzo zblizone do niemieckich orginalnych piw. Piana tworzy sie szybko i jest naprawde trwala. Kolor moze ciut ciemniejszy niz tradycyjne kolsche z Kolonii

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2928) - BELGIUM - APR 3, 2015
UPDATED: APR 6, 2015 Apparently named after Amsterdam’s ’folk singer’ Johnny Jordaan, this beer has meanwhile been renamed to ’Bitterblond’ (no idea why but this is the name under which I taste it) and pretends to be a Kölsch, a name which cannot be used in the Netherlands, so the brewery toned it down to ’traditional beer’. Curious to find out to which extent it corresponds with the ’true’ German Kölsch beers. Cloudy deep ochre blonde robe with separate ’columns’ of sparkling, creamy and dense, irregular, egg-white head. Aroma of crabapple, redcurrant, soap, lime zest, stale sweat, nettles, freshly ploughed earth in spring, sourdough, yoghurt, skunky touch of wet hay fortunately (just) not descending into that horrible ’cat pee’ smell, hint of plastic, relatively low (but notably leafy and grassy) hops presence contrary to what the name may suggest. Restrainedly fruity onset, mineral water with hints of green apple, gooseberry and grapefruit, medium carbonation, not as refined as expected from the style; smooth and supple middle phase, slightly bready pale malt sweetishness, spicy yeasty and hoppy notes increasing into a leafy, herbal bitterness in the end, surprisingly more hoppy than expected based on the aroma, bit phenolic, very long and drying, with an earthy, resinous bitterness sticking to the throat. Pleasantly bitter, in an earthy, leafy way and in that sense a good example of what can be called ’Belgian bitter blonde’, but not a Kölsch to me (quote Ratebeer’s own definition: "many beers that consider themselves to be Kölschbeers, are not"). It completely lacks the refinement, restraint and delicate balance which typifies the style! So in terms of ’truth to its style’, a near failure - if anything, this is even closer to an English bitter than to a Kölsch; but as a bitter blonde, quenching beer in general, certainly decent, if not much more.

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