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Great South Bay Tasting Room Exclusive #08: Kölsch

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RATINGS: 1   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.8/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
April 26, 2012: Traditionally brewed in Cologne, Germany, this style of beer has taken on many different names over the years. Most Americans have had a beer or two that they never even knew was a Kölsch style ale. Craft Brewers have been brewing styles such as Summer Ale or Golden Ale using this style as their guide for years. This brew starts with an all German Pilsner Malt base with the addition of Hallertau Mittelfruh hops. We then ferment this beer at ale temperature and then condition it at lagering temperature to bring through a clean crisp taste that is reminiscent of lighter lagers, but with elements you’d expect to find in an ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2012
500 ml stubby bottle purchased at the Brewery in Bay Shore, New York, consumer later that evening at the hotel. The pour is clear golden with a noisy white head that falls quickly. The aroma is straw sweet along with a ligh yeast phenol. The taste is grass, malt sweetness, the yeast character from the nose, and light diacetyl in the finish which muddles the taste a bit. The palate is light bodied, sparkly carbonation with big bubbles, and a slightly buttery finish.

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