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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.58   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Pours a clear pale yellow with a nice amount of froathy white head. Aroma is sweet hay, slight hops, and sweet malts. Flavor is very light and crisp, sweet malts, with grassy notes and a crisp, but not overpoweringly hoppy dry finish. Overall, the beer was a little watery, as many Matt’s beers are, but I found it to be very enjoyable, especially for a hot summer night. Definitely underrated.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
shrubber85 (9021) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Bottle. Mild maple syrup aroma. Light amber color with little head. Sweet syrup and corn flavor. Little body - not much of a resemblance to it’s German namesake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Poured an effervescent pale gold with a fizzy white head. Aroma of corn and hops. Taste is thin and lifeless... touch of corn with a smidgen of hops and the usual dry toffee finish. Not pleasant.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borrrris (110) - LINDENHURST, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle. Summer Beers 2005 sampler pack. A second or third place winner by default in a disappoining assortment of Saranacs. At least it wasn’t one of the three "flavored" beer-beverages. Kinda forgettable, but at least an honest try at a popular priced rendition of a non-mainstream beer style. Slightly creamy mouthfeel helps give the impression that it has a darker and heavier body than it actually does. BUY AGAIN? Probably not individually, but fine as part of a sampler.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 8, 2005
Clear brass body with a small bone-white head. Smell is heavy, perfumy, peach, yeast. Taste is roasted barley, caramel, corn. Rater disturbing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Poured a medium gold color with a one finger head, fairly lively carbonation and a light bready aroma. Light to medium bodied with a malty flavor, a little caramely with a noticeable bitterness into the finish. Not really my idea of a Kolsch but pleasant enough anyway.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Pours dark gold with frothy head that thins but lasts. Smells of hops and wheat, has a light hoppy flavor that goes down smooth. A nice drinkable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Not much goin on here, just a simple beer for when your thirsty. But it serves that purpose much better than the usual BMC.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 1, 2005
In a summer variety pack. Out of the two I had I really loved the first one and was not impressed much by the second. Does that happen to me only? I’ll love a beer in a variety pack, let the second beer sit in my fridge for a week, taste it again, and be non-plussed. Nice textured beer, nice pour, hopped light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2005
THis one is rated really low even for Saranac standards. I kinda liked this one. Pours a light gold, but perhaps a touch deeper than most kolsch’s. Has a pretty decent pure white head. Aroma is a bit grainy with some DMS, and doesnt really have any of the slight fruitiness of a kolsch. Flavor is also grainy with a bit of sweetnes sas it warms. This is kind of like a bland lager, but finishes pretty good and is refreshing. Good summer beer.

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