ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a mildly hazy straw color. The head is a three finger white shade. Fluffy in texture, it lasts a decent duration and leaves behind streaks of lacing on the glass.
S: About what I expected: grassy hops are at the forefront. I could use some more fruity esters on the nose. However, this one’s all about showcasing the noble hops, and that’s not exactly a bad thing.
T: The fruity qualities I was looking for on the aroma are thankfully more prevalent here. Some light notes of cherry, apple, and lemon lead to a nicely crisp, grassy finish. Nothing here rewrites the book, it’s just enjoyable and very easy to drink.
M: Appropriately light and crisp. It’s not entirely bone dry, however; but the light fizziness to the carbonation makes it one that could conceivably be chugged.
O: I like this one as simple refreshment on a hot day. It even has a modicum of substance to it - allowing it to escape the pratfall of mindlessness many brews of its ilk fall prey to.
ARH (330) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed Belgian tulip glass. The aromas, although not offensive, are not overly interesting. It’s primarily bread and grain. It pours a crystal clear yellow with a soapy, coarse white head which retains well and leaves above average lacing. The taste is a medium sweet with a light bitter. There’s lots of soft carbonation and an oily texture with a light body, so it goes down rather easily. The finish is kinda like a lemon scone, but more bready and grainy than sugary. There’s also some butter in there with some dry grass. The aftertaste lingers for a moderate amount of time and mostly consists of grains and cereal.
DBob5150 (192) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Although, not distinguishable in appearance, this is a refreshing brew. Crisp taste with a clean finish. Not bad.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BeerandBlues2 (9454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear gold with a medium, fizzy and tight-bubbled white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is sweet Pils malt, DMS corn notes, faint spicy Noble hops and a subtle fruity stone fruit ester component. Flavor is clean and crisp Pils malt, light spicy Noble hops, light-medium hop bitterness, malt focused with light stone fruit esters, faint DMS notes and a lightly sweet finish with a pleasant faint lingering lemon/citrus tartness. Light body, moderate carbonation.
TylerGreenDC (271) - - JUL 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft. Hazy golden color. Some happy fizziness. Some grassy hop flavor. Nothing particularly distinct thereafter. Thin, even by the standards of a fairly thin style.
keanex (1395) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Mild to moderately hazy golden body with a dense but short lived white head.
Aroma: Oddly I’m getting Swedish Fish on the nose and once I’ve smelled that it’s all that I can smell.
Taste: Tastes like a clean ale with a mild Swedish Fish flavor throughout. Slightly spicy finish.
Palate: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: What odd flavors to taste in a kolsch, what is going on here? It’s not unpleasant though.
CanIHave4Beers (3190) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared by me... in my dining room... just now.
Pours lightly hazy & perfectly golden with a big semi-loose head.
The aroma is nice, minerally with a decent herbal hop character. Clean & inviting.
The flavor is clean, a touch sweet up front with a dry finish. The bitterness is mild but enjoyable & somewhat balancing. It’s got a light herbal hop character, some honey, and some doughiness.
A nice version of the style I think.
brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Schlafly. Clear golden pour with a white head. Bready malt, some sweet apple, and a light grassiness. A little bit watery. Lots of bready malt on the palate. Tons of apple and floral hops. A bit low on the carbonation and somewhat watery. Easy to drink, I suppose.
Homer321 (1808) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is neutral with only a slight light breadiness to it. Fairly clear light yellow. Some mineralness after smelling again. Taste is slightly peppery and grainy with not much else going on. Very neutral but also seems to lack any subtle esters that I like in kolsch beer.
hockeybeerguy (1630) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reviewed from notes.
Most of the time I’ve had this, it was poured into a pint glass, but a couple of times I had it in a stange. Honestly, I didn’t see much difference.
The appearance was a nice looking golden color with a fast rising carbonation to be seen. The head was about a finger’s worth of white foaminess that dies practically immediately. There was some super light lacing left gracing the sides of the glass.
The smell embodied a full grainy assortment of corns, barley and wheat, all combined evenly sweet.
The taste was basically the same with a nice sweet corn aftertaste.
On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a good sessionable aspect allowing this one to perhaps be consumed in large quantities if they wanted to. The carbonation seems to be just a tad under as it just seemed like this was just too drinkable.
Overall, for the most part, I say this was a nice take by an American brewer for the style, different but still nice.
fiercepanda (513) - Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A hazy golden beer with minimal head. The aroma is sweet toasty grain and floral hops. The flavor is light malt, herbal hops, and watery funk.