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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.59/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This golden sparkling blond ale was brewed to pay homage to a 1000-year tradition rooted in Cologne, Germany. Clear, crisp and easy to drink, the Kolsch of today is lighter than the "House" beer that was served in Cologne 200 years ago - the city that made Kolsch famous. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darkmagus82 (2266) - - SEP 21, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-25-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with tons of little carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. Upon pouring there is a very small white head on the top of the brew that fades almost instantly to leave no lace and a tiny amount of foam on the top of the brew. Smell – The smell is largely grainy and caramely with some lighter notes of wheat as well as a very light grassy smell. Taste – The taste begins with a malty flavor of a grainy and cracker nature with just a hint of caramel sweetness and some lemon citrus tastes. The sweetness fades fast leaving a rather dry cracker taste to the brew. At the end a light earthy and grassy bitterness comes to the tongue leaving a rather dry and crackery flavor to be left on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light in its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The two in combination are appropriate for the style making for a refreshing brew overall. Overall – Nothing too special here. Nothing wrong with it, but nothing special either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chinchill (4269) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2014
12 oz bottle (fresh: date stamp BB 31 Oct. 2014 and from refrigerated storage) poured dark golden with loads of visible carbonation and excellent clarity. Durable creamy, off-white head. Great looking but all downhill from here, from the grassy but seemingly musty aroma to the disparate mix of hop flavors. Mouthfeel is light, as expected, and OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
berkshirejohn (5988) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
12oz bottle from Wegman’s, West Seneca, NY. Pale amber with a billowing white head; yeasty aroma; soft yeasty taste with some sweet grains, but rather lacking in flavour, or finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jallison333 (1) - - AUG 15, 2014 does not count
A bit too heavy and sweet for a Kölsch. Not a bad beer, but off the mark for a Kölsch. Would have 1 or 2 max. Could not see myself doing a session with this beer, regardless of it's 5.0% ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KyotoLefty (9305) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2014
Bottled. From old notes. Pale gold color. Very light malts, hops almost imperceptible. Light bitterness. Not much going on here.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
solidfunk (7614) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Another case of a company calling some random concoction a kolsch. Pours gold. OK head. Light sour weird finish. Bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
BeerdedDave (1351) - Beckley, USA - JUL 16, 2014
light gold color; musty, malty aroma; a very light, slightly sweet beer; not as crisp as I like a kolsch to be

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gooseunc (15) - Prince William County, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2014
12 oz bottle. Feint sweet/hoppy aroma on the nose. Pours clear, light yellow. Taste is light and effervescent, some bittering hops...more reminiscent of a light lager than an ale. Very nicely attenuated...clean finish/light mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Saranac’s Kolsch has a beautiful golden color and a thick white head. It has a lovely light aroma with some fruity esters that reminds me of pineapple. The flavor is well rounded with some light grains, mellow doughy yeast and fruity hops that add just a little bitterness. On the palate there is a nice carbonation with a light body and clean dry finish. I liked this refreshing offering from the summertime sampler and I could see myself looking for it by itself in a six pack over so.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidobutai (629) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Ever so slight hint of cloudiness in a light yellow beer. No head or lacing, skunky aroma and taste which I associate with blond ales (which is why I’m not a fan).

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