DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(16.9 oz bottle, $2.79) Self-proclaimed on the label as "The Classic Kölsch," this beer is mildly sweet and bready, lightly bitter, but still fairly flavorful. The nose is an accurate foreteller of the flavor -- sweet and bready with only a slight bit of citrus and hops in the background. Medium bodied with a somewhat sweet, lingering palate that isn’t what I’d describe as clean or crisp. Dark yellow in color, not quite dark enough to be in the golden range, crystal clear, with a fair amount of tiny carbonation bubbles rising slowly through the beer. The whitish head pours to an inch thick, but maintains only a thin layer, leaving small dots of lacing here and there.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5ooml bottle no BBD, but no dust on the bottle! Very pale blond color, slight white head. Nice malt aroma with a sprinkling of noble hop spice. Its almost perfumey in its aroma. Light bodied but not thin. Hops are well done, adding a pleasant spice to the mellow malt. Finishes fairly crisp, w/ some bitterness. This is really well-done. Yeast adds just the right touch of subtle fruitiness. Light and refined, but flavorful.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of apple, pear, straight grains and ginger.
Bready malt and light grain in the back around fruit notes of apple and pear. The finish displays a lovely hop bite and a hint of starwberries.
Very good for the style. I have a feeling this bottle has been sitting on the shelf for quite some time. I’d like to eventually review a fresher sample.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Pale gold colour. Some malt in the aroma, with a touch of sulphur and hints of sweaty socks. The flavour is slightly lemony but, overall, I found it fresh, but a bit dull and lacking in interest. I guess I’m not really a Kolsch fan. Draught at GBBF 2004. [5/4/6/3/11]
RE-RATE. On draught at GBBF, August 2005. Much more sprightly and zippy than last year. Guess the condition was better.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Purs a straw color with a big white head. Aroma is light and fruity sweet with some grassy notes. Flavor again is light and sweet. A little lemony. Light and crisp.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
To appreciate a Kolsch is to revel in the delicate, to appreciate subtlety. With the proliferation of I2PA’s and the like, it’s important to take a step back once in a while and attempt to appreciate a more, shall we say, subdued beer. Light yellow in color, with a nice fresh hoppy aroma. Fluffy off-white head, light creamy carbonation, this beer crosses the palate with a low-medium body and a sunny fruitiness throughout the middle, ending with a tinge of hop flavors on the tongue. If this beer were a woman, it would be that petite little bespeckled blonde down the block, not model-gorgeous or top-heavy bombshell, but the wholesome cutie pie you’d always kept your eye on and could see yourself marrying someday. A very nice beer.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very carbonated. Overly so, perhaps. Even after accidentally freezing this twice, it kept carbonated. Light lahger color. Not a fan.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear straw colour with a big frothy head. Aromas of grassy hops and pears. Light taste of malt and citrus with a nice hop finish. Very drinkable.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very fizzy with a light lager color. Dry, lagerish taste with some sweetness and not much hops. A letdown.
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Floral aroma of hops. Usual appearance golden with a decent foamy head. Fairly nutty taste with flora and citruss in the finish. A bit petroly though. Not my favourite Kolsch.