altonbrownd (5770) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[24/12/15] Bottle from Clackamas Town Center: Hazy golden body with slight head. Nose is malty, spices, and some hop notes. Taste malts, floral, fruits, caramel. Bitter in the finish.
DeanF (2348) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 5, 2015
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very soft perfume wit bier notes and a foggy gold body with little head. Lemon zest flavour and grain hints, a little watery. Not amazing but hey I’ll drink it.
J_man (934) - Tustin, California, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light toasted bread and corn aromas from a hazy, pale yellow body with a persistently foamy white head. There’s an unusual sourness that starts off the taste that seems to turn to a nice hop bitterness, but it takes away from the overall taste. Cereal grain and corn flavors follow this and are nice and to style. Finishes up lightly sweet with a lasting bitterness on the tongue. Overall, a decent beer, somewhat like a Kolsch and definitely refreshing.
mcberko (14664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the Alibi Room, pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Aroma brings out sweet cereal grains and dry biscuity notes further underneath. Flavour is fairly soapy, with a sort of chemical quality, along with dry biscuity malt. Something seems a bit off here. Not a clean kolsch.
zoucrew102 (1421) - - SEP 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Grainy aroma with notes of straw and a bit of grassy hops. Pours cloudy golden colored with a thin, but retentive white head with good lacing. Starts with grainy malt and some straw flavors. Finishes smooth with light grassy hops at the very end to make it s dry finish. Good refreshing kolsh.
Ernest (7351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), with a hint of soap. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Well look at that, Ninkasi made a darn solid brewski! Hope this is the start of a new trend for them! Bright noble hops and good quaffing balance, no discernible flaws to me. Good stuff.
joeneugs (5822) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. It pours a very clear, bright yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is pretty subdued, but pleasant with some fresh baked bread, earthy, herbal and floral hops. The flavor is simple, but also well balanced with medium to strong earthy, lemongrass, spicy hops and dry bread and bread crust. The finish is strongly bitter for the style with spicy and lightly piney hops. Nice mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer.
hockey9930 (259) - - SEP 10, 2015
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear pale yellow with no head. Smells like a typical light American lager; hay and hops. Hop flavor is fairly strong. Very fizzy but watery.
Blairgus (4172) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5 Sept 2015, bottle. light yellow and faintly cloudy. nose is sweet, straw lager with hints of grassy hops. thin/med body and mildly fizzy. straw malt, lemon, light yeastiness. nice.
3fourths (9147) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2015 12oz bottle best by September 2015 (if that’s what "BY192015" means). Sparkling gold with a lasting white head. Nose is malty in the way of toasted cereals and rice crackers, and hoppy in the way of lemon, herbs, grass, with quieter apricot / banana esters. Medium body is richer and fuller than you find in traditional Kolsch, certainly feels like an ale rather than a lager, but the malt has enjoyable savoriness, and the moderate sweetness is braced well by a strong grip of hop bitterness, too bitter by international standards but it fits well with American tastes. Finally, it’s cleanly fermented, expressive with a mineral-forward yeast and water character that seems Bavarian. Pretty solid beer from Ninkasi, and their first that I would buy repeatedly.