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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 2.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Just in time for Spring, Fordham brings you a delicate and refreshing top-fermenting Kölsch ale that is sure to please the palate. With a straw golden hue, medium hop bitterness and a dry finish, our craft interpretation of this German style ale would have been hailed by Queen Anne herself. 5.0% Alcohol by volume. Brewed with select European & American malts & hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (5473) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Whole Foods Market, DC sixer ($5... cheap): This was an impulse buy, but at five for a sixer I couldn’t say no and this will come in handy for session beer later. In any case, it is a golden color with a very quickly dissipating white head and zero lacing. Aroma is them dirty German hops, additive, and vague fruitiness. Taste is rather uninteresting. There are hops, but they don’t really do anything (not bitter or anything), but are just there. This beer is also on the watery side of things. Frankly, it is a weak example of a beer, but still drinkable enough and with more flavour than most macros (although to call this a micro is 49% misnomer).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
355mL. Pours a clear straw with massive forced carbonation. A medium, suddy white head emerges and settles down quickly leaving suddy of weak, speckled lace. Nose is full of off-characters like heavy metal and iron/blood, licorice, candies, lemon scented laundry detergent. Taste is mild diacetyl, soap, detergent. Nothing offensive but diacetyl should not be in kolsch. Mild noble hops in the body is this beer’s saving grace giving lemon, squash, old melon and "sickliness" that comes to mind from German or English noble hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scottw86 (1167) - Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Poured a pale color with a thin white head. Aroma has lots of spruce. Taste is sweet, hoppy, and spicey with some hay. It is a pretty good kolsch with a decent amount of flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chronoflash (76) - New York, USA - APR 30, 2011
Partly cloudy, yellow, with a tame white head. The aroma of green apple, pilsner malt, and subtle spicy hops. Lively carbonation lifts the welterweight mouthfeel, padding the hoppy finish with dense foam. Cereal grains are fairly prominent at the start, with the hops and fizz fizzling out that end. A very refreshing kolsch--bit stronger on the apple aroma than I’d like, and not as light as the best, but good. Despite the carbonation--the flavor falls flat.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nickls (2389) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2011
Tap. Light clear gold color, with a minimal white head. Not much in the way of aroma at all, some faint lagery aromas and a touch of earch. Grainy slightly, touch of light fruit. Very basic stuff, and doesn’t really remind much of a kolsch. Lighter, more watery body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2011
Pours a light gold color. Very thin white head. Pale strawey hops and spice. Taste is a bit bitter. Don’t know much about kolschs nor do I drink them much so I don’t really have anything to compare it to.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1963) - Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Appearance: sunny gold, a little hazy, short white head leaves a bit of lace. Aroma: light, sweet crackery cereal grains, with a bit of citrus (lemon) and grass. Taste: citrus, dough and grains, a little sweet; simple. Finish: sweet grains give way to a hint of tartly bitter orange juice, a short finish. Notes: I like a lager, and to me a kolsch is just a really good lager. Quite sessionable, true to the style. Simple and enjoyable. Palate was light, just right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 20, 2010
THOUGHTS: Kölsch beers aren’t rally my thing, but this was fairly refreshing. All of the flavor was up front and then it all dries out. One of the better Fordham beers I’ve tried. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light yellow with a large, ever so slightly off-white head that slowly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had, light to moderate malt, light hops, moderate doughy yeast, dough, light fruits and citrus. The initial flavor was sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, slightly bitter and slightly acidic with an average duration. There was malt, citrus, light grassy hops, doughy yeast, light yeast and grassy hops. The light to medium body was a bit water, then rather dry, but also syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
On tap at the World Beer Festival - Richmond Brewers Party on 06/11/2010. Clear pale golden body with a small white head. Sweet pils malt and light hop aroma. Sweet pils malt flavor with light grain and noble hop flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robgibbens (431) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Very tall and pure white head when poured from a 12oz bottle. The color is a bright yellow and the brew looks very "clean". The aroma is full of yeast and doughy goodness. This kolsch is clean on the palate with a medium body and has a slight sweet flavor that is pretty refreshing. For my tastes, this beer is still too sweet for session drinking, but it’s a good solid brew.

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