Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
650 ml bottle
This is definitely just what it claims to be - a light summer beer for drinking on hot afternoons after working all day in the yard. It lives up to my minimal expectations but ultimately like more kolsches is just a bit meh.
Aroma / Appearance - The golden carbonated base suffocates the head that collapses like snow hitting warm pavement. All that remains is a thin trace of cream. Lemons, grains, and light hops are held together well yet do not catch my interest for long.
Flavor / Palate - The light mouthfeel takes a while to get a handle on. When it finally occurs the experience is lemons, low key hops (for a FFF release), and mild bitterness on the back of the palate. It has a few strengths. Even so after the first pint I was not really excited about finishing up the bomber.
Patrickctenchi (6040) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazed gold with a short, white head.
Aroma is slightly swet, grainy, barley malt.
Light fruit and hops.
Taste is light malt, slight hop bitter.
Not exactly kolsch-y....more like a very good lager...
Great flavour....crisp and refreshing.
ryecatcher (1348) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, straw color with thin white head and decent lacing. Nose is ’Kolschy’ (basically like a Pilsner, about what you’d expect from the style, only a better nose than larger commercial equivalents). Mouth is basic, some noble hops and slight yeast spiciness. Seriously, I’d say this tastes like a better version of Budweiser if I didn’t have any other way to explain it. I’ve had this one before although I never bothered rating it. I do like it, but this is by far one of the least remarkable 3Fs beers out there, and like someone else has already said, it’s a bit overpriced for what it is (which is main bone of contention with Jinx Proof).
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours golden. Head is white and rapidly fades. Nose is light blend of fruity esters, sweet pils like malts, floral and spicy hops. Flavor is crisp and fruity with slightly tart and crisp carbonation. Floral hops come through again. Light body, and easy drinking. Not bad at all but not worth 7.50. Dont waste your money.
FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Nose is sweet and tempting, but the taste doesnt live up. A bit boring Not bad just Not up to my FFF expectations especially considering they bottled it. Chicago’s own Metropolitan does ths stye better imo. Havent really tried too many from the Germans by comparison. Still much preferred to bud or miller as a lighter beer. Cool label at least.
ccex (1192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle pours a clear golden color with small white head and practically no lacing. Aroma is grainy and buttery with some light spices and grass. Thin to medium body and slick mouthfeel with active carbonation. Taste is neither bitter nor sweet, but perhaps a little salty, with the yeast coming out in the aftertaste. If it weren’t for the label, I never would have guessed that this conservative Kolsch came from my favorite and highest-rated brewery. Dare I say that this one is NOT "not normal"? There’s nothing wrong with it, but I expect more than just a hipster lawnmower beer from Three Floyds.
Scipio (831) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear yellow with a thin, short lasting white head. Faint aroma of bread, grass, and some light spices. Taste picks up a little bit. Initial flavor is buttery, peppery spice, still grassy, but not as bready. I get some sweet tastes as well. Light in body, crisp, and somewhat refreshing. Not a whole lot more to discuss about this one. It just isn’t very exciting. My rating might actually be a bit generous the more I think about it.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s Lakeview. Pours a crystal clear, straw yellow colored body with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is grainy and clean with a light sweetness, some light lemon-grass hops, and Kölsch yeast. Flavor is similar. Clean and grainy up front with a light malt sweetness. Some Kölsch yeast and lemon-grass before this finishes dry and crisp with a light bitterness while leaving a medium length aftertaste. Light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, nothing crazy, but a well done example of the style. Crisp and clean with an easy drinking, light bitterness balanced with a grainy, light sweetness. Not bad.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Straw gold pour, small white head, little lace/some retention. Aroma of biscuit, grass, light metallic. Taste is bread, grassy hops, biscuit, lemon. Palate is soft, thin, slick, lightly hoppy finish. Refreshing.
drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from Shenanigans. Light. Buttery. Slight slick to it. Not completely crisp, but decent. Drinkable, for sure and a bit of surprise for 3F in terms of style.