muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Very, very light golden, huge foamy light head, very clear; somewhat different visually from American examples of the style (this is I think my first "authentic" German sample). Malty/grassy nose is reasonably fresh but rather weak. Light-bodied, fresh and sweet, low-to-medium hoppiness, exceptionally smooth and easy-drinking. Very good, but I definitely want some other examples of the "authentic" Kolsch; right now McNeills of Vermont has my vote.
aracauna (3145) - Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear gold with a moderate white head. The aroma is herbal noble hops, and a little dry malt. The flavor is dry straw malt with hop bitterness finishing it out. Not bad, easy drinking, although I'd probably have trouble telling it apart from a decent German pilsner in a blind taste test.
jimhilt (2431) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a one-finger white head, fades quickly but leaves some lace. Clear, golden amber color with a faint hoppy nose. Medium carbonation, starts with a balance of hops and malt and makes a hoppy finish. Clean and light bodied. $2.50 for a 500ml bottle.
joet (2228) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
crisp body, semi-dry, straw colored, light tangy hops, residual herbal bitterness. Thanks pivo and yogi!
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Quite pale gold, almost a pink hue. Bubbly white head. Lots of carbonation. Smells a little bit spicy, a little skunked. Tastes a little salty, metallic, sweet. OK.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 16, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light and crisp. Nutty flavor in the malt along with a little spice. Skunky hops. I dug this, but I like Rocky River Brewing Co.'s Kolsch better. Overall a refreshing beer though.
shaeffbser (70) - Vail, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
light color with fast receding head. slightly toasty nose. Flavor is toasty, malty, and spicy. palate is light and crisp. More a suttle beer that overall is not too impressive but rather refreshing on a hot day.
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ah, the classics. Clear maize and thin headed, this is the prototype Kolsch. Elegantly malty, crisp and clean, this is the best in style I've found in the US. Makes me yearn for those "hot" summer days in Germany.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don't really understand the Kolsch style. This simply tastes like a slightly better than average lager or pilsener. It's a fairly average brew overall, nothing to turn down but nothing to seek out either.
hershiser2 (1232) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Paid $2.49 for a 500ml bottle.
Very average golden with a small white head.
Smells slightly grassy and nutty-- smells more like the stereotypical "dark" beer than a light one.
Very average taste... A bit grassy, has hints of nuttiness, but nothing special.
Well, there's another beer under my belt, so I guess it was worth it... but it wasn't anything to tell others about.