BlackHaddock (4924) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml Bottle: best before Feb 2012. Poured into a UK pint sleeve @ home on 6th Nov 2012.
Kölsch has never been, nor will be a favourate style of mine and bottled versions are not as fresh or clean as draught ones in the city: this bottle hasn’t changed my mind. Kölsch is just to delicate for my palate, I struggle to find the ’niceties’ others claim to pick up. Anyway here’s my thoughts.
Pours a true golden colour: bright and clear. the full snow white head soon became a thin collar and a ’will o the wisp’ thought.
Grassy, grainy nose and feel to the taste, add mild hints of hop and you’ve got the smell. Taste wise it is fairly bland, maltier than the aroma suggests, the grains and grassiness on level terms with the buscuity malts, it does have a semi-bitter finish as the hops kick in, but there is no real depth to anything.
Well carbonated and fairly refreshing: not a winters day beer, but I bet it tastes a lot better in the brewpub when really fresh. Scores come out as average, this doesn’t stand out as a great example of the style, nor does it let the style down.
Russo (1871) - Hemhofen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale yellow color, nice whitehead that keeps a lacing. Aroma is bready. Flavor is the same as the aroma. As a good kölsch very refreshing with a light body. Good one...
SirRepsol (158) - Cologne, GERMANY - JUL 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
from bottle. wonderful clear golden colour and a rocky white head. quite thin, but nicely balanced hops and malts aroma. some citric notes, some cereals. light sweetness and light bitterness in the taste. some citric and apple flavours, solid malty background. really refreshing with its light body and soft carbonation. however, the beer got skunky really fast. so the skunkiness kind of reduced the initial drinking pleasure. might have to try it from barrel to get a second and hopefully better impression - which i actually expected due to the quite good ratings.
adnielsen (10070) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ brewery. Golden appearance with a white head. Pretty yeasty, herbal, grassy, light lemon aroma. Light carbonation. Delicious, lemon, light yeasty, malty flavor.
kevnic2008 (9710) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - JUN 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sparkling golden colour. The aroma is freshly cut grains. The flavor is dry and grainy. Light malty flavours.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 8, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Tap @ the brewpub. The head is ok for a Kölsch. It tastes malty-sweet, flowery-hoppy and a little bit watery. In the aftertaste a bit bitter-grassy. 10/9/9/8/-/8
Dedollewaitor (14647) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Schreckenhammer, Cologne. Pours clear golden with a egg white head. Grain and corn in the nose. Dry and grassy/bitter flavor with a fruity touch. One of the better . .
Marsiblursi (3054) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours yellow. The aroma is of bread, straw, grass and herbs. The flavour is nice bread-ish malty with grassy and herbal hops. Quite “full” mouthfeel. Medium bodied.
bierkoning (11111) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Blonde. Notes of grass and citrus in the arima and flavor. Dry. Almost medium bodied. Well made, well balanced kölsch.
Ibrew2or3 (7467) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured up on tap at the Schreckenskammer pub. Pours clear gold with white head and leaving spotty lacing behind in a straight sided 0.2l glass. The modest aroma is up front grainy malts and then giving way to soft spicy and floral hops. I get a faint sweet citrus like note too. The taste is similar with a modest level of spicy and floral hops. To midway I get earthy hops and grainy malts joining in.