flatmatt (1248) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours clear pale golden with a white head. Slightly sweet pale malts with apple and banana hints. Very clean, nice flavors: base is pilsener malt flavor with lemony citrus, a little red apple and banana again, herbal finish. Quite pleasant, really.
blutt59 (6231) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled, clear thin yellow, thin foam, bare slight fruity aroma and flavor, falls short
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. From the bottle. Clean straw-like nose from that half-inch bottle whole. Appearance ill just assume looks decent for the style...uh oh, sue me. Flavors are nicely clean and relaxing...straw and a bit of lemon dominate..crisp pilsnery hop finish with the the added body of something potentially ale like...isn’t that the whole point with a kolsch? Well then, I think the point has been fully accomplished here..I keep thinking that sam adams should be cheaper than other craft beers because of the gigantic profit percentage they probably have over 100% of other craft breweries, but of course, they don’t...and from a business perspective they don’t have to...but from a me perspective, they should...id buy more if it was cheaper, but I’m a rare breed. This is a good beer in a style that most don’t seem to do well with, including ballast point...id drink this before my local yellow tail any fucking day...but luckily ballast beats them on pretty much every other front. Good, clean drinking kolsch fun here. I enjoy.
Dchobbs (33) - Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Little Woodrow’s in Midtown Houston. The thing I enjoyed the most was the jasmine aroma and citrus taste, presumably from the hops used. I will admit with some other raters though...as a kolsch, there’s a predisposition towards a light and slick texture to the beer in your mouth, but this was surprisingly wet and almost slimy feeling. Not the best texture for a beer...however, most kolsch type beers tend to provide an noticably bitter finish and buttery taste in the mouth, making them poor choices for sessions unless it’s 100 degrees outside. This had a unique note to the hops and aroma that made it extremely enjoyable.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Honey malts on the nose with hints of spicy hops. Pours golden blonde with a dense white head. Nice and spicy with floral notes with bready malts and a nice citrus flavor as well. Great session beer!
CanIHave4Beers (3556) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very pale golden color with a small head. The aroma is bready and floral with a little bit of bright maltiness. The flavor is very clean and floral with some sweet orange and a mild bitterness. Not something I would drink a lot of, but I wouldn’t turn it down I suppose.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear pale golden with a small white, fizzy head. Aroma is weak with hints of grain and spices. Flavor is also rather weak with hints of grain and spices; atypical Kolsch flavors. Thin body and plenty of carbonation. Poor for a Kolsch.
strap (566) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
one of the weaker Sam Adams brews in this year’s summer pack. pours yellow with a small white head. slightly citrus, with a malt liquor bite. mouthfeel wasn’t that great.
swillguzzler99 (146) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Two bottles of this in a "Summer Flavors" 12-pack Pours a just a wee bit more golden than the typical straw color of a macro. Minimal head that rapidly dissipates. Flowery nose. Tastes is bitterness that overpowers any other flavors. The bitterness lingers. Beer is supposed to be bitter, but not like this. If my screen name wasn’t meant to be ironic, I would drink this abomination all the time.
DYCSoccer17 (3479) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 16, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle out of a mixed summer 12 pack purchased at Woodland, CA Nugget. The aroma is sweet and sugary, and not really reminiscent of a kolsch. Lacks any sort of grassiness or mineral or lemon character. Transparent yellow body present with a small to medium white head. Starts a little spicy, before this becomes a bit sweet, and overly cloying. Mouthfeel is too thick for the style. Light herbal hop hints and a touch of grass. Lightly astringent. Lacks hops. This is more of a pale lager than a kolsch.