hayduke (2926) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My beer trading buddy Strykzone and I shared this one on Facebook, each of us having our own 22-oz bottle as we are 1,500 miles apart . Before we started we discussed that this was a Kolsch, a style neither of us were wild about so we had low expectations. It poured a clear gold with a robust white head and nice lacing rings. the nose was Noble hops but there was citrus as well. Medium in body the mouthfeel was very smooth. The flavor was more complex than I expected with floral and citrus hops, and good malts. The flavor was simply tasty. The finish tended toward sweet, but not overly so. A really good Kolsch it far exceeded my expectations. Very nice session beer.
Strykzone (3810) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. Neither of us looked forward to this one because, well, it is a Kolsch. The pour was golden with light haze. A large white head faded quickly. The final pour was much more hazy so there must have been yeast sediment in the bottle. This beer offered some nice surpises. It was actually fun to try. Flavors included pepper, fruit, flowers, yeast, sourness, and honey. It tended to change flavor randomly which was fun. For a 4.5% ABV Kolsch this was impressive. It had some Americanization evident with what I took to be West Coast hop notes along with Noble Hops. I love pleasant surprises.
lightandrhythm (63) - - JUN 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear yellow with little head and no residue. Aroma is a soft malt with a hint of straw. Balanced malty taste with a grassy finish.
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BVery (4247) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Iron Springs. Light gold pour with bubbles. Grain and light fruit in this - nice example of the style!
Ibrew2or3 (5745) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Iron Springs brewpub during SF Beer Week, what a week! It pours clear thin watery gold with thin almost white head. The aroma is pretty big with all floral hops backed up by sweet maltiness. The taste is pretty bitter with floral hops and a bit punchy with carbonation. It then runs into some sugary sweet malts and a sense of grainy maltiness. Overall this is too sweet too bright too carbonated and too floral for the style. There’s nothing offensive going on here but it turns out I just had copious amounts of this style in Cologne and this rendition is pretty far off the mark.
deyholla (4782) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Joe. Pours a clear copper with a white head that dissipates to the edges and has visible carbonation. Aroma is quite crisp with some grassy hops and a nice combination of light grassy and flowery hops. Flavor is much more one note with bread and grain and only a bit of a light hop presence. A bit over carbonated.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 6, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer SHoppe. The aroma is doughy and toasty. A little heavy on the toastiness. I don’t detect much in the way of lemony or grassy hops, which is what I would expect from this style. Transparent golden body with a smallish white head that is quickly dissipating. Start is light with some sweet malts coming through initially. Some cereal and biscuit are the primary flavors present here. Finishes with a smidgeon of metallic lemony bitterness, but not enough to make this seem authentic to the style. For a 4% beer, this is almost cloying.
kmweaver (3142) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber, purchased at Whole Foods Coddingtown. ABV listed at 4.5%. Pours a bright, medium-gold color with brilliant clarity; fine-bubbled white head with modest retention and nice lacing; head falls pretty quickly. Soft notes of Pils malt, a light fruitiness, and just a touch of appropriate sulfur here. Everything seems pretty textbook so far (if it doesn’t necessarily set my pants aflame). Medium-light body; medium-high CO2; perfect, crisp mouthfeel; I could drink buckets of this. Toasty Pils malt that’s well-attenuated, giving a nicely crisp presence; hugely drinkable; some light, authentic-ish sulfury notes that play out very nicely here: rounded mouthfeel, soft, a light noble-y hop character; a flawless ferment; really pleased to find another kickass lager nearby. At 4.5%, I’m probably going to be drinking this all summer. Modest, toasty finish, with some soft Pils malt, a touch of noble bitterness, and nicely dry.
jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a thin white head and straw/pale yellow color. Aroma is faint grain, fruit. Taste is grain, spice hops.
mrmartin (558) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Its a kolsch. Golden slightly hazy. No head. Super light. Slightly sweet. Crisp finish. Easy drinking but only ok.