vtafro (6395) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ cloverleaf. Golden pour with white head. Sweet light fruit and light floral aromas. Light wheat, fruit, and spice flavor tones. Beer has a crisp flavor and is light, nice summer brew.
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden with a small white head. Grainy and spicy aroma. Delicious grass,spice and citrus taste. A bit sweet. Medium body. Good Kolsch.
BucannonXC5 (1390) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2011 Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was light gold, comparable to someone’s dehydrated urine. Had about ½-¾-inch of head. Some lacing on the top and some film around the glass. The film stayed on different parts of the pint glass throughout the beer. Refreshing look.
Smelled grains and wheat, but also some citrus in there. Some malts and flowers in there, too. Ended with some skunkiness, but that is common for me in Kolsch’s.
Initial taste was flowers. I guess that’s what floral hops means. That followed with a combination of flowers and citrus. Really a good taste.
Moderate on the carbonation. Smooth, crisp, clean and refreshing. Nice taste throughout.
This beer really grew on me. I just loved the clean taste to it. Perfect for the summer.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour with a very high head, somewhat lumpy. A fresh mowed hay aroma, mellow but nice. Taste is crisp, dry….maybe mildly sweet but only in the residual. There is a wilted bitter green taste that is pleasant. Hop presence is mild and grassy. All told an interesting and drinkable kolsch. Not as good as GI Summertime but close. Sam Adams is really starting to nail these lagers down.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Always happy to try a new Kolsch!!! Pours clear honey-fold, thin white head, really nice lacing. Nose is clean grain, some light sourness, no hint of the promised flowers, and no hint of the "gunsmoke" character I associate with good Kolsch... Nevermind, the smoke just showed up, the beer just needed to warm up a bit. Flavours are cramy, chalky, and round, with nice light smoke, rich mineral, and a surprisingly creamy body. Nice stuff, although the nose could use a bit of work.
anderson01 (317) - Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper in color. Thin white head with constallation lacing. Citrusy aroma. There is some vanilla hiding in the aroma along with some peach. Creamy texture that is very smooth and refreshing. Light-bodied beer with good carbonation. This could be my new summer drinking beer. It is that smooth.
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.
heemer77 (5286) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich gold colored body with a bright white head. The nose is sweet and floral with some pancakes. There is some caramel. The taste is doughy with hints of citrus rind. There is also some black pepper spice. A nice summer beer.
johnnnniee (3651) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Part of the summer mixed twelve pack.
Pours a deep golden straw color with a thinnish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells grainy, herbal with hints of lemon and maybe apricot, a bit of floral notes as well. Taste is bready grassy citrusy herbal. Creamy watery mouthfeel, medium to light body and level of carbonation. This is a light refreshing brew that seemed to go down rather quickly on this hot day. If this was in a six pack it might make it into the summer rotation.
ChainGangGuy (4750) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles multi-pack - $13.79 at the nearby Publix in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a sizable, white head that eventually levels out leaving thin sheets of lace on the descent.
Smell: Restrained sniffs of a Trebbiano white, lightly malted grains, and round floral hops accented by the added jasmine.
Taste: White bread-bready malts with a light touch of graininess. Maybe a smidge of wheat in there. Softly sweet, hinting a bit at honey. Half a drop of lemon juice, along with some spicy, floral hops. Small splash of white grape juice. Jasmine character remains light throughout. Mild tastes of the various flavors as you reach the just-less-than crisp finish.
Mouthfeel: Just under medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: EW suits the Summer Styles sampler box. A respectful nod was given to the fiercely traditional Kölsch style, while going for some good ole experimentation by dry-petaling the brew with jasmine flowers.