lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2007 Some lacing on a light yellow pour. Very easy to drink and light bodied and flavored. Low carbonated and almost seemed a bit flat, at the Gordon Biersch Brewery. Nothing special really, and perhaps my least favorite Kolsch I’ve had. I liked Saint Arnold Lawnmower better, and also also Pyramid’s Curveball kolsches better.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Judging by the other raters’ comments, this is known as Sommerfest everywhere but on this page. It has a bright yellow body with some lazy bubbling and a creamy white head. Nice lacing. It has a sweet fresh bread aroma coupled with a mild grassy bitterness. This continues into the flavor, although the hoppy bitterness grows a little. crisp finish. A decent warm weather beer.
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badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at G. B. Clear light yellow with a creamy white head. Faint fruity malty aroma. Sweet bready taste with a crisp, clean, dry finish.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Broomfield, Colorado...this is a poor representation of a Kolsch. Way to much malt character in this one. The clarity was way off and the carbonation was weak. I like my home brewed (extract even) Kolsch better than this one. It figures that GB screws up an ale since they mostly do lagers. This is a way underappreciated style that I’m hoping brewers start to fill up their fermenters with. I appluad GB for having this in their seasonal rotation and hope to see it on the menu again...they’ll figure it out.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on draft at Columbus Ohio location. Gold in color with large white foamy head. Smelled very lightly of malts and oranges. Taste was citrus, malts with a slight hop finish. Definitely a lighter summer beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft @ Gordon Biersch downtown DC next to the Spy Museum
Called the Sommerfest beer...Golden, light head and good lacing. Nose of light malt, some caramelly notes and a touch of hops. Moderate bitterness. The flavor is ho-hum, definately a summer beer. It’s dang hot and I’m drenched, and I still want a beer with more flavor than this.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at beautiful DC location. Called the seasonal Sommerfest, sneaking suspicion it’s this beer (it was described as a Kolsch, and even served ina proper Kolsch glass!). Good golden body, bright bouncy notes. Still a tad heavy on the palate. Great nonetheless.
TheBeerGod (4913) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the DC location during the RBSG DC Pub Crawl. Called the Sommerfest Kolsch on the menu, if I recall correctly. Gold bodied. Nose is faint grass, buttery biscuits and light lemon. Taste is buttery and grassy with light lemony notes and a touch of honey amongst the sweet malts. Body is light and crisp. Fine carbonation feel. Finishes with sweet malts, light honey lemon notes and grains. Some grassiness as well.
Tmoney99 (9646) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in Columbus, OH. Clear pale color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing in proper glass. Moderate floral sour citrus aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Medium balanced flavor with the same balanced dry finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.
luvcasks (178) - USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Straw yellow with some haziness, large fluffy white head which dissipates quickly
Aroma: Low floral, noble hop aroma, distinct ale like fruit notes some malt... slight sulfury notes as the beer warms up
Flavor: Nice roundness with of malt sweetness with restrained slightly spicy hop bitterness. Some fruity flavors apparent as well. Nice dry in the finish
Palate: Medium light... strong carbonation for the style... opens light but the dry finish lasts a long time
Overall: The summerfest for 2006, is a very nice representation of a Kolsch... definitely drinkable but for a seasonal and a special beer... did not distinguish itself and came across as a heavy on the grassy notes..