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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
While known for their lagers, German brewers also produce terrific ales. French Broad’s Kölsch is faithful to the great German ales found in Köln. Golden in color, with a refreshing crispness, pleasantly sweet malt finish, and distinctive German hopping.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Very light yellow appearance. Thin white head. Apricot aroma at first sniff with apples later. Nice aroma. Slight bitterness to the aftertaste. White grapes and apricot flavor. Palate is subtle and doesn’t linger. A very light brew and a good example of a Kolsch if you like this style. Too light for my taste buds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sebletitje (9268) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2009
pours clear golden, white head with floating elements Aroma funky with some spices and light malts. Flavor, bitter palate yeasty and reminiscent of a saison. Light spicy finish with hints of citrus and apple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Courtesy of sebletitje. Pours clear gold with straw hues and white head. The aroma is sweet with fruity esters and floral hops as well as rose pedals and grains. The taste is a bit on the bright side with spice and acidity followed by a shallow hollow graininess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy of sebletitje. Pours a clear yellow with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of fresh flowers, hay, yeast, grain, light earthiness. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of yeast, grain, fresh fruit, light honey and spice. Generally light body with a crisp finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
markwise (5187) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Thanks sebletitje for the share. Pours light yellow with a white head. Nose is pear, apple, light malt, and some floral hops. Flavor is similar: apple, pear, a bit dry with a tartness and a saison quality. Light body and not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Bomber from Cindirene’s. Pours hazy canary with big 3-finger, clingy white head. Nose is pale malt, lemongrassy hopcitrus, yeasty spice. The pale malt predominates the taste, with mid-palate hops, citrus, dry floral notes, and that same late slightly tart yeasty spicy flavor that I’ve gotten in all FB beers. A good kick off beer for a ramp up session of styles.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Nose is lemony, some sulpher, toast. Flavor is lemons, sweaty, spicy. Not a Kolsch in my book.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2009
On draught at the High Country Beer Fest, it pours a clear light-golden with a non-retentive head. There is a small grain nose. The mouthfeel is hollow, with predominant sourgrains followed by a spiced-bitter finish. It just feels a bit devoid of substance in the mid-palate, which throws it off kilter for me a tad. Just an ok Kölsch here, that’s about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Pale whitish yellow. Aroma is watery, light corn. Taste is again mild corn, yeasty, lightly spicy. Decent kolsch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Serving: Draft. Appearance: Hazy gold with a very small, effervescent, white head. Aroma: Light nose with notes of corn and grain. Taste: Similar to the nose only amplified. Lots of grain and corn, but lacking a decent hop bitterness. Very mediocre. Palate: Medium carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel and a medium-short finish. Overall: I would say this one is closer to an American macro than it is a Kolsch. Rebuy: No thanks.

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