vtafro (6731) - 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 (1436) - 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.
johnnnniee (3816) - 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 (4809) - 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.
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased from tjhe Western Hills Glenway Avenue "Krogers" as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Style 12 pack - Alright, I don’t know why some raters are confused about this being a light-bodied beer... come on, folks, this is of the Kolsch (Cold Cologne Artesian Well) style! I found it very tastey and refreshing myself!
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear gold with lots of sediment hanging around in it. Aroma is malty caramel and floral hops. Citrus, sugary sweetness, and some floral hops, bubblegum?. I don’t know if I have had a Kolsch before but its definitely different. Having trouble trying to pick out the weird taste. Its got alot of flavor for its light body though. Nice and refreshing, Pretty good summer brew.
Darkmagus82 (2271) - - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-7-12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a slightly orange hint. Upon pouring it has a medium white head which fades at a moderate pace to give a small amount of lacing.
Smell – Citrus notes mixed with a somewhat biscuit aroma are the base. With these aromas are some floral and sweet caramel aromas as well.
Taste – A drier biscuit malt flavor is the first to meet the tongue. A little bit of citrus taste works its way into the taste early on. Hints of lemon are the most prevalent, but there are slighter orange flavors as well. More towards the middle and the end, the citrus subsides and a more flowery/greenish taste mixed with some caramel sweetness come to the tongue. A rather unique and interesting flavor combo.
Mouthfeel – Light in body with a slightly higher than average level of carbonation. The light body and carbonation make it quite refreshing and make for an easy drinking brew.
Overall – Some interesting taste combinations make this a brew to try. It is easy to drink and refreshing.