puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Pale, clear gold color, perhaps not as effervescent as its Köln brethren. Crunchy euro hops aroma, fresh lettuce, light honey. Goes down easy, smooth, with warm malts. Very well crafted. This is going to end up as one of my highest kolsches, which is fine, but truth to be told I’d take one of those over this any day. Sammy (12587) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2007
Wheaty nose, whitish colour with foamy head. Perfect carbonation, as they get spot on throughout the lineup. Medium and soft mouthfeel. Some sweet fruit in there. Drying. Listed as 6% on the menu. Not what I expected for a kolsch, but a very good summer beer.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
Light golden in colour, long lasting thin white coloured head, great lacing. The aroma is floral, very herbal, fruity, lots of pale malts, soft and slightly sweet. The flavour is quite floral, herbal, perfumy, light caramel, bready, some soft caramel. Creamy mouthfeel, medium/light body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes with a fairly good length, some leftover floral hops co-mingle with some herbs. Still new to the Kölsch, but I am really liking the softness of this.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Draught at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? target=blank>Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds in Chambly, Quebec on December 28, 2006.
Robe blonde claire surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse en dentelle qui s’estompe. Arômes de céréales. Saveurs de céréales, de houblon aromatique, de levures et de fruits. ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2007
Draught pint at the brewpub on 1/28/07
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2006
A fluffy, large, white head tops a well-conditioned, unfiltered, light goldenrod colored body with light carbonation and a high clarity. Head is well-retained and laces moderately.
Authentic Kolsch yeast is immediately recognizable in the nose, with flowery, soft hops sitting behind it. Pale malts further soften things and add mounds of honey. It still manages enough crispness on the end, however, due to a bite from the yeast and moderate hop bitterness. Definitely fresh-smelling, unpasteurized and all, and importantly, very clean. No flaws of any type, not a touch of diacetyl. Warming produces light doughiness and some sweeter, and perhaps slightly more soggy pale malt apparency. Medium to medium-high strength of aroma, with no alcohol noted.
Upon first sip, the texture is immediatley perceived as very generous. Low carbonation, but very engaging/tight, provides a near creamy mouthfeel. Plentiful maltiness; white bread, honey, light dough, all set in on the palate, giving way, somewhat to a fantastic kolsch yeastiness on the finish, dotted with peppery/herbal hop bitterness and light mineral-like sourness. After a few sips, it’s definitely apparent that while the beer is highly flavorful and carefully brewed/lagered, the attenuation level is noticeably too low. It gets a little too chewy-sweet, especially towards the finish, where you would expect more crispness to emerge. Warming just exacerbates the problem.
In my mind, though it certainly goes against the goal of a kolsch (drinkability), it’s not a mortal flaw and one that is easily correctable in subsequent batches. What is impressive is the quality of hop, yeast and malt flavor alongside a flawless presentation. Not a hint of corn/vanilla/apple/butter.
Draught. Clear golden-straw body with a small white covering. The aroma is great - doughy malt along with floral citrus hops. Lots of toasted bread flavour and caramel malts, grass, hay, minerals and nice sweet attributes. I could drink a few of these in a session. muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2006
12 oz draught at the brewpub in the company of Goldorak and MDS. Wow, the perfect beer to start off with after a 2-hour drive....pours clear gold with a smallish lasting white head....fairly standard but well-done fresh grassy, perfumy aroma, a bit weak at first but it develops a bit after five minutes....nicely crisp, a touch honeyish, subtle malts and just enough grassy bitterness to keep it from stickiness....bit metallic at the finish but not problematically so....easy drinking and simple with a balance expertly tilted to the malt without sacrificing light tingly bitterness, just what I want in the style. Quevillon (3155) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
Bu sur place en fut (5 oz). Blonde claire, bon collet avec beaucoup de dentel. Arome de malte d’herbe un peu sucré. Goût de malte et d’herbe bien mélangé. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2006
The pour reveals a cloudy yellow color with a thin white head. Good aroma of hay with a mild citric side. The flavor has a strong hay dominance, it is also citric. The body is light with a dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. This is a pretty good, refreshing and overall well made kölsch. Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
Light blonde with a thick white head. Light herbal German hops in aroma, with light notes of minerals and ash. In mouth, a light malt with loads of hops, mineral notes, oily mouthfeel, and medium bodied. Not a wimpy kolsch! On tap at BP August 12, 2006.