Dawghouse Brewers99 (91) - Exeter, California, USA - OCT 29, 2001
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice refreshing summertime beer fits the Kolsch style quite well. nice golden color. a slight hint of hop flavor dry taste leaves you wanting more. Great job here Widmer Bros.
pdx77 (1457) - Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the 30 Beers for 30 Years bottle. Light golden with plenty of head. Aroma is grass and biscuit. Taste is lightly bitter hops, lemon, biscuit, and a touch of sweetness. Refreshing and smooth.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, Ltd.--Sommerbrau Golden Kolsch Beer.
1999--12 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV. (2.0 / 5.0) Kolsch Lager. Clear bright straw golden color. Light hop front. Lightly sweet character to body distinguishes brew from Pilsner. Otherwise, brew is pretty bland. Easy finish. Sampled 5/30/1999.
2000--12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Kolsch--Clear bright golden color. Light pleasing floral front. Smooth exceptionally crisp light fruit ale body with flavorful blend of fruit hops and malt. Light spice at crisp clean end. Good golden ale. Sampled 5/29/2000.
2001--12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (3.25 / 5.0) Kolsch--Clear light golden color. Light tangy hop front. Clean crisp smooth ale body with mild sweet fruit pale malt flavor. Clean mild hop end with hint of spiciness. Crisp, refreshing, but bland. Sampled 6/20/2001.
2002--12 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Kolsch--Slightly hazy light banana golden color. Delicate unique flowery malt Saaz? hop aroma. Crisp smooth light pale malt body. Light sweet citrus banana butterscotch notes. Crisp mild hop end with malt spice. Sampled 8/22/2002.
2003--12 oz. Bottle. 4.50% ABV--26 IBU’s. (3.75 / 5.0) Kolsch--Clear thin straw golden color. Light head & lace. Tangy mild floral hop front. Fresh mild crisp tangy light Pils dry sweet butter fruit ale body. Easy mild citrus hop end. Tasty but dull & light. Sampled 9/11/2003.
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
7/19/08 On draught at the Brewpub. Aroma is light, bready and grainy. Appearance is clear yellow with a well maintained white head. Flavor is sweet malt forward, grainy, slightly sour with low noble bittering. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a strong spritzy carb texture. Overall, not bad, but low on character.
RSRIZZO (1871) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this beer on 8/11/1999. Color is a light gold with a little bit of haze in it. Carbonation is light with a light head. Aroma is a light sour malt scent. Taste crisp and bitter. It starts with a light crisp body that goes down with a sharp feel. The finish is bitter but clean. Overall its one of the better Kolschs I’ve had, yet it seems to be lacking something.
Skyview (5273) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draught at the Widmer brewpub in downtown Portland. Sampled during ABA Beer Tour 07. Pours a clear golden pale brew with a thick white head with good retention. Aroma of light malt, citrus peel, some green vegetables and a touch of garlic? This is a first time I’ve encountered garlic in a Kölsch. Taste is highly carbonated, light bodied, with flavors of light malt and citrus. Finish is clean, crisp with a vegetable aftertaste. A little dry compared to most other Kölsch’s I’ve tried.
Peanut8117 (11) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is another great beer for a hot summer day.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a golden yellow/amber. Aromas of lemon, grains, celery. Flavor is crisp, dry, sweet malt, and a mild hop.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I don’t know why I get my hopes up anymore for Widmer stuff. They’ve disappointed me a lot. This one smells fairly hoppy, but the aroma fades quickly. Pours a very light yellow, with a quickly diminishing head. Flavor is thin, hoppy, with touches of malt. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Not great, but I’ve had worse.
Reid (1973) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well this looks different from the Kolsch beers I have had before..but then I have only had two others..so maybe this is true type..well it pours a light golden colour , with a livellt head that does not last long soon dissapears altogether,,no lacing
Theres a pretty strong smell of zesty type hops ..and some malt''almost like some European lagers.
Taste..is livelly nice sweet malt a short "zing" of hops and its gone does not hang around.
Pretty average on the tongue..not dry wee bit watery.
Its an average brew but that makes it a good drinker in hot weather.
Kingfish (5) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma has a light hop note, faint whim of malt, and an indescribable freshness to it.
The Appearance is a hazy pale straw, with firm carbonation, clear, but the head is rather thin and lacking the lace quality of the style.
The Flavor is tilted towards hops, mildly bitter, but backed with an expected maltiness with a hint of sweetness, while the finish crisp and quenching.
Mouthfeel is medium-light with a hint of hop-astringency/vegetable.
Overall very good and really tasty served cold on this very warm afternoon. Definitely worth investigating over and over again! Be sure to grab the six-pack from the rear of the shelf; I suspect it bruises easily (read: skunk potential)