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RATINGS: 883   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Kolsch, the clean and refreshing beer style of Cologne, Germany, quenches summertime thirst. This pale golden ale with a lightly fruity aroma is cold-conditioned or lagered after its primary fermentation. More simply, our Summertime uses only the finest malts and German hops to create the perfect beer for hot Summer days and warm Summer nights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1987) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Hazy golden with soft effervescence and a fast, white head that retained only as a thin layer. Citrus aroma with clove, grasses and light yeast. Carbonation enhances a spicy hop bite, contributes to a dry finish and causes a slightly gaseous aftermath. Citrus flavor lingers. Picked this up on the way to a barbecue and it was a fine choice.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (10412) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. Cloudy light gold color with a dense white head and minimal lacing. Hops and fruit in the nose. Light-bodied with a crisp character. The flavor mirrors the aroma pretty closely. Straightforward with hops, fruit and light malt. The finish is clean and refreshing. A pretty good representation of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Hazy gold with a moderate fluffy head, a little harsh on the palate for a thirst quencher. The citrus oil notes and forward hop bitterness, while crisp and inviting, adds more weight than I expect from a kolsch. Not that it’s like an IPA but it doesn’t have the delicate character of a German kolsch. Nevertheless, on a hot spring afternoon like today this comes across to me as a subtly bracing, Americanized-but-recognizable version of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darkover (1532) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Yellow color with a big foamy white head. Slight hop and citrus aroma. Flavor is a little sweet, with some citrus and hop bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Yellow color with a fizzy fast fading head. Some slightly sour malt and grassy hops in the nose with a little bit of spice. Carbonation was a bit fizzy on the palate. Mild flavors that are a touch grassy and bitter. No real finish. Decent for session drinkin’ or party beer for the summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2005
(bottle) very pale gold wiht nice white head. Aroma of lemony hops. Nice hops flavor, fairly light as one would expect in a summertime beer. A great beer to have cold on a hot day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12740) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Bottle. Clear amber with an average rocky white head. Average hoppy aroma with citrus tone. Light body with bitter finish. Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 Straw color with a light frothy head. Aroma is very hoppy and lemon citrus. Flavor is citrus and great for a hot summer day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
On tap at Clybourn: Soft yellow, thin head. Light, lemony, crisp. Kind of dry. Would be very refreshing if served a bit colder. Thanks to Ma Beth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2005
Light straw color with a citrus and hop nose. Just not enough there for me. Flavor is not pronounced and had an acrid aftertaste. I’ll try again when it’s 90 degrees.

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