The Civil Life Royale Kölsch
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This sounds like a beer I want to drink! When The Royale of South City fame contacted us about brewing up a batch of beer for them it was an easy decision. They even had a style in mind - Kolsch. Kolsch proper is a blond-colored Ale brewed in the city of Koln. It is then stored (lagered) for some time to mellow the brew and in many aspects it resembles its lager brothers and sisters. Mike and I worked with Jon on the recipe keeping the Kolsch philosophy- sprinkled a few more hops in- and I think the end result is pretty darn good. Bier Royale checks in at 5%, was built from Pale Ale, Pils, Vienna, and Wheat malts, and spiced with Hops from Tettnang which give it that 35 IBU bedonkedonk. Cheers! Prost! Excelsior!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5518) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 1, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Comes light copper with a nice white head. Aroma of malt, grain, fruit, and spice. Taste is malt, grain, spice, citrus, and grass. Enjoyed this very much!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
seymour (1897) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Tasted on tap at the brewpub, then brought home a growler. This special-release beer was believed to be long gone, but a last unaccounted-for keg was discovered in the brewery store-room! I was told it originally had a bit more fruity malt-sweetness, but I’d say the additional cold-aging certainly didn’t hurt. It poured a clear, light golden amber colour with thick, long-lasting white foam and lots of lace. It possessed all the tasty true-to-style Kölsch aromas and flavors, and was a perfect example of BALANCE: husky grains, crackers, biscuits, freshly baked French bread, dried apricots, very faint caramel, hint of peppery and earthy hops. Tangy, crisp, with a lingering bittersweetness which eventually finished dry. Extremely enjoyable, I hope they brew it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jandd1983 (3862) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2012
It poured a golden straw color with a small white head. The aroma and the taste were pretty true to the style (which is actually pretty rare for the style). It was fairly fruity and sweet, with moderate bitterness and smooth malt flavor. It was a little thick on the tongue and not effervescent enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5886) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Pours light copper / amber, crystal clear and with a white head. The aroma has toasty malt, cereal, spicy hops, smooth lagerness and an odd nutty aspect that works fine. Medium slick body that’s offset by a good amount of prickly carbonation. The taste has a bit richer malt and toastiness than I’m used to having for the style. It also has spicy hops, light fruitiness, crackers and some minerals. The finish is spicy and dries out along with a hint of citrus peel. Really nice interpretation of a kolsch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Draft at The Royale, served in a pint glass. Pours a clear gold color with a small white head; looks like a kolsch, just a tiny bit darker. The aroma is pretty light, with notes of crackers, grass, straw, and pale and bready malts. The flavor has the same pale, crackery, and bready malts, grassy hops, and straw, but shows some peppery spice, too. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a crisp, malty mouthfeel. Maybe a bit more malty than the style typically is, but really nice.

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