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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5.01%
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Our version of the traditional German Kolsch style is fragrant and complex. The Alsation hop we chose imparts a subtle citrus note. Jasmine Sambac, a night blooming Southeast Asian flower, adds a delicate floral aroma and flavor to this layered and refreshing brew. Cheers!


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Golden. Light foamy head. Aroma: Fruits (bannana?), light malt. Flavor: Sweet and bitter blend of fruit, noble hops and spices. Clean, crisp finish. I would like to have a couple of these after mowing the yard on a hot summer day. I know that is true for many beers but this one is a real thirst quencher.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (444) - - JUN 14, 2014
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScottWallace82 (62) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Golden color with a hint of orange, this white head. Floral and citrus aroma. Thin mouthfeel. Rather light flavor with some hints of citrus and jasmine and a dry finish. Not a decent, not great kölsch, and I don’t think the addition of the citrus/jasmine flavors improves it or the style.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
On tap at tarrants on 06/11/2011. Clear golden body with a small creamy white head. Sweet fruit and light floral aroma. Sweet bready malt aroma with some light fruit. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwalking05 (3619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
(Backlog) 12 oz Bottle. Golden orange in color, mucho suspended sediment, thin white head. The smell is grainy, some citrus, floral, and jasmine. The taste is flowers, sort of bland, a little grain, but weak.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beergeek23322 (2127) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
7/6/2011. From a 12 oz. bottle. Poured straw yellow with a small white head. The aromas have a lot of light fruit with malt notes. Flavors are grassy and floral with malt, light hops and spices throwing through. Overall a nice beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - OCT 23, 2013
FROM NOTES: June 29, ’12 Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. A: I get notes of cracker/biscuit malts with some light notes of earthy and citrus hops. There is a light amount of sweetness present as well. A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation and a half-finger white head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing. T: Follows the nose then develops a taste with an almost honey-like sweetness and earthiness. There is a light lingering bitterness in the finish. M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish. O: Easily sessionable. I enjoyed the flavors of this beer but it is not a classic example of the style.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ausomeawestin (151) - Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
pours blonde with white head. aroma of grass, citrus, biscuit, yeastiness. tastes yeasty, sweet corn, some floral and grass tones. sweet fruits emerge on occasion. palate is thin, standard sam adams.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LowBrau (74) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Hazy light yellow, with a minimal white head. Nicely balanced sweet & bitter tastes with some tanginess too. Strong orange and floral aromas along with malt/grain and notes of vermouth and spice. Average to lively carbonation, has a somewhat creamy/slick texture. Reminds me of a lot of wheat beers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (2973) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

7/04/2011: Samuel Adams East-West Kolsch (A Kolsch style beer aged with Southeast Asian Jasmine Sambac flowers; also utilizes Alsation hops)... Aroma: Yep, smells a lot like the traditional Kolsch - Biscuity malt; slightly yeasty, slightly floral (Jasmine is evident, but subtle), slightly grassy, slightly citrusy; smells a bit more sugary or syrupy than typical for the style. Appearance: Appealing yellow color with just a slight chill haze; not much visible carbonation; light, foamy off-white crown. Flavor: Malty and floral; sweet bread, almond, and some crusty-notes; floral throughout with some citrusy undertones; dusty note in the middle; soft finish that kind of just falls off; floral perfume/Jasmine taste lingers on the palate. Palate: Medium-bodied; average carbonation; soft mouthfeel. Overall: This is a decent beer, but really lacks most Kolsch characteristics in the flavor; it deserves a second try (good thing there’s two bottles in the mixed "Summer Styles" 12-pack!).

12 fl. oz. bottle (Enjoy before OCT 2011) from Kroger in Harrison, Ohio. Rating #355 for this beer.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2567) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours bright golden with a fizzy white head. Aroma of pale malts, grass, citrus and floral hops. Flavor was lightly sweet with mild citrus, grass, floral hops,grains and had herbal notes with a clean and bitter finish.


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