BlackHaddock (3479) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
International Green Week, Berlin 2012: Hall 12, the hall dedicated to German breweries and food to go with beer. We find a table and seats by the Andechs bar, leave the womenfolk to keep the area safe and we blokes start to forage for beers. Loads of breweries and beers to choose from and I eventually stumble across a Kolsch brewery bar: OK I’m not the biggest Kolsch fan in the world, but I decided to give this one a try.
0.25 Litre glass, tall as you’d expect: bright straw yellow body, full white head of bubbles, looks clean and refreshing, bubble trails rising to join the head throughout the tasting.
No real aroma to talk about, some hints of hops and grains but otherwise nothing: typical Kolsch really.
The mouthfeel is crisp and invigorating (I’d just had a very bland Landbier), light yet with some oomph. Tart, sharp and thirst quenching; without complexity or any true depth. The beer isn’t flavoursome or exciting but it does the business if you’re thirsty. Hop base with very little malt presence for balance, however it seemed right at the time.
Now back home I can check my Kolsch reviews: this is my 6th within this style and my average score is 3.29, this is well above average in my eyes. This beer review has also reminded me of when I used to visit Koln to stay with friends: we hit almost all the brewpubs over the years: well before beer sites came on the scene. Friends now moved, but I must go back one day.
unclemattie (4116) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
0,5L bottle. Clear golden color, tall fizzy white head. Aroma of fish tank water & wet dog. Flavor of skunky hops, loads of straw. Finishes with a steamed veg and heavy straw flavor. Sharp hop. It’s Ok, definitely not Gaffel. (3284)
PorterPounder (5339) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Savannah, Ga - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 500 ml bottle Pours a sparkling light-medium with an initial bubbly white head that settles and fades. Aroma has some grassy notes, a hint of spiciness. Flavor is crisp and clean with some light saffron-like spice, some underlying buttery notes and a hint of yeast. Mouthfeel has just the rigth amount of spritziness. Not great any in one particular area, but overall an excellent Kölsch
jfb (3679) - GERMANY - FEB 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) pours a clear yellow colour with a frothy white head. aroma of strawberries, biscuity pale malts, herbal hops and fudge. flavour is mostly the same, herbal hops over biscuity base with a cardboardy and slightly minerally light bitter finish. light to medium-bodied with average carbonation.
Russo (1650) - Campinas, BRAZIL - NOV 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Lightly sweet nose with a pale malt. Clear golden with an off-white head. Taste is lightly sweet and hoppy. Malt hints. Medium body, Dry at end. Refreshing one, Very pleasant one!
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 11, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is a pretty plain beer truthfully. Light but little flavor, a indistinct finish. Very boring.
AlbertC (276) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is hay, lagerish and fresh. Taste is clean crisp, some sweetness, some bitterness and not fizzy at all.
laiti (5407) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
50 cl bottle, rated on 20.10.2010
Bright yellow, thick and disappearing head. Aroma has butter-like malt. Sweetish flavour has some butter. Rather typical and boring.
Hermod (3001) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle from Bierzwerg. BBE 11112011. Poured clear golden with a white head.Grainy malty, somewhat fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet malty and grainy. Quite dry finish. Refreshing, typical kölsch.
EithCubes (4700) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Bottle. Lightly fruity nose under the citrus and pale malt. Clear golden body with an off-white head. Taste is lightly sweet and medially grassy with a mineral element and an almost candyish-fruitiness just under the surface. Touch of grain in a mature malt profile. Medium body, body is ultra soft and refined (lagering does a lot for me these days). Clean and dries out a lot by the end. Pleasant and refreshing, despite the mild, mild hint at metal in the aftertaste. Delicate and joyous!
Had this again on tap at Berliner Republik, the candyish sweetness really stood out again, and the above rating holds -- very quaffable.