krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
this beer holds the same tantalizing mysteries that many artifacts from ancient anasazi culture do: that is, we simply cannot discern what it is, or what it is for. "kolsch" domestically is too often just a synonym for a weenie beer that arrives at the doorstep of an american standard lager just by taking a different route. i bought this during some of the hotter days of late summer; days when, out working, i thought that even my internal organs would overcook like cafeteria corn-on-the-cob in the unrelenting scorch. yet, when i placed this beer against a thirst born of extended exertion, coupled with heat unrelieved with shade, still it brooded heavily upon my palate and could no more erase the pangs of thirst in a pleasing way than had i availed myself of a luke warm bird bath. i offered the beer up before a daring palate-- one admittedly not well accustomed to the world of fresh kolsch-- but enamored of the notion of a german ale, fruity and yet clean, and again this beer sat like a goldfish confronted with astrophysics, recognizing no kinship with my preconception. the beer is mild grain soup of wheat, grass and corn, a pottage that could perhaps nourish a field mouse, but by comparison leaves us higher vertebrates pining for more. deserving of high marks for appearance, the bright wash of yellow could have been lifted from a school bus, the foam borrowed from the lather of a waterfall. alas, the aroma was weak with sliced apple, frosted flakes and the woody note that attends the chewing of a pencil. "balanced" in it’s unchallenging mild body, it has a slight malt liquor like sweetness, dwarfish malts, and a modest lime peel bitterness. it taints rather than tantalizes the thirsty palette. like the smudged and cryptic runes on a pre-historic temple, this is a recipe that will forever baffle beer archeologists.
Frank (2727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am not 100% sure I would call this a koelsch but at least it is not just some crappy blond ale. It kind of strikes me as something along the lines of an American cream ale but not as corny tasting. It’s clear orange w/ a very small foamy head. It has a mild nose that lightly grainy w/ a bit of grassy hops. It’s dry and crisp w/ a touch of malt character, crisp carbonation and a lingering bit of bitterness in the finish. I can get behind this stuff. It is not blowing my mind or anything but does well on a nice summer day.
johnnnniee (2144) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a crystal clear deep straw color with a decent sized white head that quickly recedes. Aromas of bready pilsner with hints of sugary and fruity sweetness and a very faint floral hop scent. The flavor is mildly sweet with a honey sugary fruitiness that mixes fairly well with the doughy bready malts. Crisp spicy hop bitterness and a touch of carbonic bite balance this fairly well. Light to medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. Nice summer brew.
snoworsummer (1858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
From a bottle. Pours very clear pale gold with a very thin head. Tastes like musky malt, light corn, very light flavor overall. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like light musky malty grains.
sonnycheeba (3295) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours yellow/gold with white head. Aroma is cereal and biscuit malts, grassy notes, and light fruit esters. Flavor is dry malty base with light toast, some grassiness, and faint citrus esters. Light body and medium carbonation.
rgf001 (108) - München, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Faint noble hop aroma to style. Pours clear golden with white head that disappears too quickly. Pilsner and Munich malt tastes. Dry finish. Not bad. Needs more carbonation and better head retention but it is a good kölsch.
kidobutai (290) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light golden, clear color. Short lasting frothy head, a small bit of lacing. grassy aroma, refreshing taste going down. Good on a hot day.
mintzmeet (183) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hay. Light. Refreshing. Crisp and light. Grain notes. Pretty raw. Medium body.........
MarkSachon (551) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from the six type summer sampler case. My info reads as follows: Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew No. 5 barcode 08857392 Hope I have this on the correct entry. I added the barcode to the list.
Refreshing and clean, much like a Kolsch should be. Surprised this wasn’t so bad. Good antidote for the summer heat.
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not bad, as Kolsches go. Crystal clear with a pure white head. Crisp and light with some grassy grain notes.
ryecatcher (717) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2014
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bottle. Pours a pale straw color, smallish white head no retention or lacing to speak of. Nose is grainy, smells mainly like beer-piss. Mouth is watery and grainy, no finish. This is to a Kölsch what a steak from Sizzler is to a dry aged rib-eye. I’ve had NA beers with more character.