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Brewer to brewer, Kolsch is indistinguishable

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DerWeg
beers 1564 º places 45 º 12:52 Sat 5/11/2013

In Köln 2006 I was un-wowed by the Kölsch, enchanted by the Cathedral, and pleasantly neebed on fresh pints of Salvator at the patio of ’Paulaner Im Roten Ochsen’. Lesson: if a beer style doesn’t fascinate you, leave it!

I say this, too because people think Hefeweizen are also ’generic’ and I passionately disagree - I think Weissbier can be infinitely subtle if they are a really good ome. Maybe Kölsch-heads feel the same way?

 
kdm1984
beers 814 º places 7 º 16:25 Sun 5/12/2013

They are distinguishable, from the mere three I have had. I am speaking about taste. But I will say, THEY ALL SMELL LIKE WHEAT AND DIRTY SOCKS. No exception so far. I will keep trying them to see if one ever does NOT smell like wheat and dirty socks. I have a project. I shall see how it goes.

 
Erlangernick
beers 1 º places 2 º 02:51 Mon 5/13/2013

Compared bottles of the Hellers (4.5%) and Gaffel (4.8%) yesterday. Hellers was way more flavourful, despite being weaker. Neither was great though.

Gonna have to get me some Malzmühle.

 
JK
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beers 5045 º places 323 º 07:48 Mon 5/13/2013

Originally posted by Erlangernick
Compared bottles of the Hellers (4.5%) and Gaffel (4.8%) yesterday. Hellers was way more flavourful, despite being weaker. Neither was great though.

Gonna have to get me some Malzmühle.

I found more difference bottle to bottle, compared to fresh.

 
Erlangernick
beers 1 º places 2 º 08:05 Mon 5/13/2013

Originally posted by JK
Originally posted by Erlangernick
Compared bottles of the Hellers (4.5%) and Gaffel (4.8%) yesterday. Hellers was way more flavourful, despite being weaker. Neither was great though.

Gonna have to get me some Malzmühle.

I found more difference bottle to bottle, compared to fresh.


But, you weren’t able to horizontal them vom Fass, were you? Someone should open a pub where all the Kölsch(es) and Altbier(s) are served properly, side by side, so people can compare them. Okay, it would have to be two pubs, one in Köln for Kölsch, and one in Düsseldorf for Alt. It’d do in a pinch.

 
ThirstyBird
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beers 2224 º places 35 º 08:35 Mon 5/13/2013

Originally posted by Erlangernick
Originally posted by JK
Originally posted by Erlangernick
Compared bottles of the Hellers (4.5%) and Gaffel (4.8%) yesterday. Hellers was way more flavourful, despite being weaker. Neither was great though.

Gonna have to get me some Malzmühle.

I found more difference bottle to bottle, compared to fresh.


But, you weren’t able to horizontal them vom Fass, were you? Someone should open a pub where all the Kölsch(es) and Altbier(s) are served properly, side by side, so people can compare them. Okay, it would have to be two pubs, one in Köln for Kölsch, and one in Düsseldorf for Alt. It’d do in a pinch.


There is a pub/restaurant in Düsseldorf (Gaststätte Schalander) that has 3 of the 4 altbiers vom fass. They don’t have Schlussel. They have 13 taps which is obviously pretty good for Germany including one Kölsch (Früh). It is south of the city center about 15 minutes by Ubahn - for future reference. Good food as well.