TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gilden Kolsch pours a beautiful, bright, light golden color with a bright white head and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is pleasing with herbal/flowery aromas of hop. This leads into a very light, pale malt palate, with a touch of estery fruit. Gilden Kolsch finishes with more gentle pale malt flavors then ends with just a touch of herbal hop bitterness.
A very refreshing, very drinkable kolsch bier that you could pound with impunity. This beer is milder in character and flavor than Sion, and Fruh, and seeing its Dom location, it is very popular with the tourists who come to Cologne. A beer I am sure is very popular during the Carnival season, when revelers drink this beer with a glass in each hand. And do they ever. My friend attended Carnival in Cologne in 2003, and told me he drank 14 glasses of kolsch in a 1/2 hour! I enjoyed Gilden for a few quick pops before it was off to bed, but I found the Sion much more to my liking. That being said, if you are in Cologne, it is well worth a try, as odds are you will find your way into Alt Im Dom, and you just can’t miss the clock tower of the building, and it sits directly across from the Dom.
pivo (2547) - GERMANY - DEC 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light fruity nose, pale gold color, foamy head. Creamy malt front, citrus in the middle, grapefruit bitter end though light. Thin, refreshing. Good, but overall an average Kölsch. You can drink this all night long...
imdownthepub (10022) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled at La Strada, Cologne, 500ml, Filtered. Pale gold beer with lasting head. Particularly low flavoured malty kolsch, though this may be because this was a bottled version. Harsh sharp malt a little too cerealy for me.
YogiBeera (2450) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium frothy head, long lasting. Fizzy carbonation. Golden color. Graind and hops nose and taste. Weak - well plain - well like a Kölsch ;-)
JonMoore (1848) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark golden colour with a loose, slim white head. Sweet malty and hoppy aroma. Quite a nice sweet and malty taste initially, followed by a light hoppy bitter finish. Medium bodied. A reasonable Kölsch.
MoritzF (8402) - Bochum, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) Clear and pale golden colour with a small bubbling white head, quickly diminishing. Slightly sweet malty nose with a hoppy background. Sharp carbonated, sweetmalty taste with grapefruits, dry and light hoppy finish. A rather malts accentuated Kölsch.
shrubber85 (7387) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 5, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Sweet light apple aroma. Bright yellow with disappating head. Initially sweet malt flavor that fades fast - moderate carbonation and high acidity for the style. Not unpleasant but rather bland.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Smooth with little carbonation and small head. The fruitiness comes through. Lightly bitter finish. One of the best Kölsch’es.
jokazi (8) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
True Kölsch in deed ! Lightly Hopy, no bitterness , balanced, refreshing, ligth, tasty. Very good original Kölsch from Cologne. One of the best.
dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Golden colour. Lacey, frothy head. Hoppy aroma. Very refreshing beer, with a nice underlying hopbitterness, a good moutfeel and a slightly creamy texture.