Strykzone (5534) - 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.
Bule (1212) - California, USA - APR 13, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle pours a pale golden color with a bit of head. Crisp maltiness. Not much else.
kespecial (135) - - JAN 8, 2015
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An OK Kolsch, but not really doing it for me. Has a sulfury, hay note that just seems off. Pours a clear yellow orange, almost no head. Not much on the nose; tastes OK, usual bready flavor but with the off notes mentioned. Reasonable amount of hops for the style at least. Normally like this brewery but this isn’t my favorite.
Zymurgeist2 (1280) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp, hay and spice aroma with faint wild flower. Moderately hazy golden with a solid white head that lingers as a frayed collar of moderately large bubbles. Collared head looks a little soapy. Taste is spicy with wheat malt consistency. Moderate low lemon. Crispness is there. The traditional kolsch yeast attributes are present. Overall, this is one of the better beers I have tasted from this brewer. An enjoyable kolsch.
BeerFunGuy (841) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This light gold beer has a mild wheaty aroma and flavor. It has a slightly spicy note as it finishes.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
gyllenbock (5796) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at City Beer, February 2014.
Golden orange with medium white head. Soft and easy to drink with hops, bread and some hay. Fairly light mouthfeel and with medium carbonation. An ok one.
deekyn (1366) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - pours amazingly clear straw with low head. S - simplistic light hop and bready malts. Lager ish. M - super light session beer. Like a more flavorful macro. Lingering bitter notes and malts. T - lightly grainy front with bready and biscuity malts. Like a lager. O - simple drinkable and quite flavorful. 2.9
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours medium gold with little head. Toasted honey/honeycomb aroma, pudding, pale malt. Flavor isn’t so sweet, with vanilla and honey notes but a dry malty finish.
chacobella (52) - Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice rendition of an underappreciated style. Enjoyed from a bomber in Forest Knolls, a few miles from the source. Would have preferred it on a hot dry day post ride as opposed to actually drinking it in a thick norcal mist...
hayduke (3767) - 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.