MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2008
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler from the brewery courtesy of Maniac. Clear light straw with fine white persistent head. Aroma of grainy light malts with a touch of floral hops. Grainy malt flavor with a bit of fruity yeast character and a dry almost lager like finish with some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.
Butters (3941) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a translucent light straw color with almost no white head. Smells very grainy and grassy. Tastes earthy with a cloying finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler from the brewery. Very slightly hazy golden body with a large foamy white head. Sweet lightly malty aroma with floral hops. Slightly grainy, light cereral flavor with a nice floral and grassy bitter hop ending. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.
freekyp (1564) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2007
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Maybe my palate was just off the day I visited Outer Banks brewing station, but this foray into the delicate German style missed the mark for me. The light golden yellow color was there, with a soft carbonation. The head dissipated much too quickly. The aroma had a nice lightly grassy smell, but the body was overly watery and missing the light cereal malt character indicative of a Kolsch. Finishes slightly dry.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light yellow color - bubbly with a medium well-laced head. Aroma is crisp - notes of pils malt, greenish hops, and earthy yeast. Flavor is fairly clean and crisp, thin & slightly gritty body - slightly spicy and somewhat green.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another one I tried in a sampler. Straw colored with a small white head. Light aroma with a touch of sweetness. Very smooth all the way through. Some malt and fruit with just a touch of hops. Very easy to drink and quite tasty.
keepersj12 (2847) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very light all around. Perfect for a hot day. Nice dry finish. You can drink these all night with little effect.
bubbleflubber (1919) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very refreshing brew! Pours hazy straw, with a little head, no lace of which to speak. There is a light wheat and lemon nose. Light pale malt with a Saaz hop bitter back and finish. It has a very light and crisp mouthfeel, but with a supporting body. Very quaffable and refreshing.... excellent session brew!
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one on draught in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Delicious. Pale yellow and cloudy pour, cidery with notes of passionfruit and white grape, crisp and light, pretty dry for a kolsch but great nonetheless.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is based on a classic German beer style called kölsch, which is a delicate, light, fruity ale brewed in the city of Köln, or Cologne, Germany. It is a very drinkable, very refreshing beer style, and when done right is a beer you just can not get enough of. Many brewpubs offer this style, but far too many of them do not get it right. Outer Banks Brewing Station does. Brewed with pale malt, Saaz, Spalt, and Perle hops, and coming in at a moderate 4.8% abv. Ölsch is the kind of beer to have, "when you are having more than one."
I was fortunate to spend some time in Köln early this year, and enjoyed kölsch at its source in Germany. I will never forget how enjoyable this style was and is, and how you literally inhale the stuff. While Ölsch has a little ways to go before it is up to snuff with the Germans, this beer is without question, one of the best domestic examples of the style I have tasted. It has that wonderfully soft pale malt palate ,with subtle hints of fruit and some nice, gentle hop character. It was the perfect summer refresher, and I enjoyed copious amounts at OBBS.
Ölsch pours to a slightly hazy, golden color with a thick, bright, white head, and a moderate to soft amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very pleasing with light aromas of pale malt, and aromatic herbal hop aroma. The beer is soft on the palate with good pale malt flavor paired with subtle estery fruit flavor. Ölsch finishes with more soft malt and fruit flavors up front, then ends with a zesty but restrained herbal hop bitterness.
This is an excellent domestic version of kölsch, and while it isn’t the real thing, it is as close as you are going to get here in the US. This beer is a great beer to enjoy as an aperitif at OBBS, and would work very well with a number of the local sea food dishes on the menu. I enjoyed this one, as I did in Köln, Germany. A wonderful beer to sit back and relax with. Ölsch is a perfect summer refresher, and this beer style is just a natural on the OBX.