BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, - 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.
Erzengel (2327) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
The beer starts smooth, hints of sharpness, slightly sourish. The mainpart continues a bit unround, smooth but sharp. The aftertaste is a bit mouldy, typical "Erzquell-taste" (I think it is the yeast).
Not my favourite, but fits in the Erzquell-range very well. 7/10/8/7
ThirstyBird (1454) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - APR 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a bright pale yellow with a fluffy white head. The smell is grain, light fruit, grass. The taste is Grain, light sweet malt, some fruit notes ending with a touch of dryness. The body is a bit heavier than most kölschbiers, a little oily with very nice, fine carbonation structure.
Beerhunter111 (6773) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 1, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Klares goldgelbes Bier mit geringer Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig, grasig, herb. Geschmack malzig, getreidig, minimal herb.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dull gold. Herbal, slightly fruity hop nose w slightly doughy hops. Thick head. Has more bitterness and a mote robust malty character than most.
Usko (160) - Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Schreckensnakammer. Golden color, white head. Nose is malt, cereal, straw, fruity notes. Taste is quite the same, medium body, low/medium bitterness, dry finish.
Theis (13225) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Schreckenskammer, Cologne. Clear golden - white head. Grainy. Freshness. Light to medium hoppy. Grassy. Breadish. Ok bitterness. Light zesty. Nice - Light body.
harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at Schreckenskammer pub in Ursula, Koln. Quite a cereal aroma, more on the Paffgen route. Fullish in mouth. OK cereally finish.
Theydon_Bois (7895) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Schreckensnakammer (how many points for tha bugger on a triple word score in Scrabble - game over I imagine!!!), Koln, 27/04/13.
Clear pale golden with a decent sized off white head.
Nose is pale malts, straw, citrus, grain, clean and fresh smelling.
Taste comprises pale malts, light citrus, grass.
Medium bodied, light spritzy carbonation, crisp and dry finish.
Decent enough kolsch.
Itzjerm (1124) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice head with some lacing. Sweet but balanced with bitter very nice. Very good probably best in city. Sweet fruit with bitter end. Good carbonation. At brewery straight from keg a very nice brew. A good way to end koln
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Beerbarella (343) - - MAR 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. Pours clear golden with a medium white head. Spicy aroma. Bitter spicy taste. Slightly bitter palate.