riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008 ClarkVV (6711) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught pint at Redbones on 11/23/07
Great presentation, with an almost completely clear, straw yellow body with just a slightly darker maize tint. White, foamy head is medium and shows moderate retention, strong lacing.
Fruitiness in the nose stems both from esters and liberal aromatic hopping, and comes off clear, crisp and fairly strong. Rich, but yet well attenuated pale malts soften the hop livliness, but add their own crispness in turn, towards the finish, where they are met by a clean and, if somewhat underwhelming in strength, authentic kolsch yeast. No flaws or alcohol noted.
When cold, as it was served, the beer definitely comes off (at the start) as more of a hoppy golden ale and it leaves you wondering where the kolsch went. Perhaps the liberal hopping (though it isnt high alpha hopped) pushes the kolsch-notes aside and you are left with plenty of lush, moderately bitter hops and a seemingly very clean, crisp finish full of clean grains. But with warming, the kolsch-yeast notes definitely emerge. Strong minerals and the tell tale esters never dominate, or get close to it, but they’re certainly there, enough to satisfy me. Definitely more highly hopped than something in Germany and maybe slightly sweeter (though definitely not too sweet), but still a wonderful, drinkable, clean beer with a lightly effervescent carbonation and strong, malty texture to give depth.
Golden pour. Fruity malty profile in the aroma. Light fruity sweetness in the flavor with a light finish. Light with soft carbonation. BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2008
<b>Taster - Washington Beer Commission Oktoberfest - Seattle, WA 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2008
Aroma – Light malt aroma with a lingering hops backing.
Appearance – Golden in color, hazy with a light head.
Flavor – Nice malt flavor with some grassy and hoppy flavors in the background. Very earthy.
Palate – Good Mouthfeel, nice texture with a dry thin finish.
Overall – Nice beer for a hot day but this beer was missing the key Kolsch flavors and was very thin.
Very pale and thin looking drink - borderline cider appearance. Lots of earth german hops in this drink with some stale malt and tart fruit notes. Alkaline finish and really somewhat dry. Suprisngly medium bodied and really a refreshing drink. CapFlu (5127) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at the brewpub in Seattle on October 20, 2007. Light white head with a highly carbonated, clear golden body. Nose of grain, 7-Up and tonic water. Flavour of cardboard and mildly metallic. Pretty average.
Oakes (17699) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
Golden and bright. Thin head. Slightly grassy aroma with a hint of lemon. The lemon carries through with a slightly husky/grainy breadcrusty pale malt character that sticks into the finish (ie far too long). The bitterness is dull, lacking the snap of a fresh Sion or Fruh. All in all, I find the finishing hops too soft and the yeast too clean. OK as a golden ale but no Kolsch. Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Light fruity hoppy aroma. Hay colored. Highly carbonated. Nice subtle malty flavor. Very drinkable. A great session beer. Having lived in Cologne for a time and having consumed every possible form of Kölsch in the Cologne city limits, this beer is spot on and a very loyal interpretation of an often misrepresented great German ale. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Light orange with a white head. Nice malty kolsch, fruity in the finish with a balanced bitter finsih. Smooth and refreshing, but light and subtle. I just think this style lacks unless its really fresh then the flavors can shine more, its just hard to get a really fresh sample. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
(Draft: Big Time Brewery and Alehouse in Seattle, WA) Sweeter than the style dictates, it’s pretty close their Sunbreak Blonde, though certainly a bit more crisp and hoppy. Still, the sweetness is a bit much, and tends to hang on the palate, becoming a bit tiring. Sweet nose just reinforces things. Identical straw color as the Sunbreak Blonde. White head settles to a thick rim, leaving plenty of drooping lace on the glass. Nah, not doing it for me.