eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yellow color with a big foamy white head. Slight hop and citrus aroma. Flavor is a little sweet, with some citrus and hop bitterness.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.
Tmoney99 (12045) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear amber with an average rocky white head. Average hoppy aroma with citrus tone. Light body with bitter finish. Good brew.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2007 Classic Kolsch appearance ... bright golden, nice white head. Clean citric aroma. Crisp wheaty, lightly corriander-ed, bready beer. Definitely authentic to style. Very well done.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I would not have said "kolsch"...I think this is very drinkable and refreshing but seems too mildly hopped. I like a little more bite in my summer ales. But I definitely would have another one.