Brewed by Gasthaus-Brauerei Braustelle
Style: Kölsch
Cologne-Ehrenfeld, Germany


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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Also known as Freigeist Ottekolong

Rich, hoppy, and complex, Ottekolong ("Eau de Cologne") Kölsch is a traditional, unfiltered version of the city’s local specialty.

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mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
500mL bottle, pours a cloudy orange with a fairly large white head. Aroma is very grainy, with cereal malts and light grassy hops - very restrained on the nose. Flavour brings out lots of full cereal grains, some wheat, and dry grassy hops. One of the fullest and most pleasant flavoured kolschs I’ve had. Highly drinkable, thirst-quenching, and dry on the finish from the hops. Great stuff.

Gerbeer (3894) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2014
500 ml bottle labelled as Freigeist Ottekolong. Pours a clear light gold with moderate head. Light aromas of limes and bread. Flavors of grains/cereal, citrus, and cardboard. Very unoffensive and easy to drink but the style tends towards the industrial.

CapFlu (5129) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2014
Lasting white frothy head atop a lightly carbonated gold body. Light grainy aroma. Good cereal flavour and light body. Very enjoyable.

PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Jacksonville, Fl - Grassroots Market - 500 ml bottle - labeled as Freitgeist Ottekolong. Pours a murky medium orange, light off-white head, decent lacing. Aroma has a hint of cake mix, some yeasty notes - a touch of corn. Flavor is fringing on the edge of bland with a hint of faint honey, some yeasty notes, some buttery accents - some honey shines through in the finish to redeem it a tad. Passable.

TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2014
330ml bottle. Pours a cloudy medium straw, with a white head. Malty, quite spicy aroma, citrus, bread, minerally yeast notes, not very complex but nice nevertheless, maybe a tiny hint of sulphur? Dry, medium bodied, mid bitterness, creamy CO2. Malty, spicy, yeasty taste, caramel, citrus, bread, earth. Straightforward, much more interesting than the mainstream Kölsch offerings. Quaffable. (2014-01-06)

Buongiorgio00 (934) - - JAN 5, 2014
Un interpretazione di una kolsch che eccede leggermente con la luppolatura, ma quando mai è un male? Decisamente maltosa, erbacea, morbida e secca nel finale. Alla prima sorsata viene da declamare con Brecht: O Deutschland, bleiche mutter!!

77ships (10770) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 200 ml draft @ Braustelle. It is hazy! & clearly unfiltered, looking absolutely nothing like the other Kölsch’s I tried in Cologne. It also sports a smaller creamy white head. Nose is full of hops, raw onion & barnyard hops, slightly zesty, lots of fresh hops, freshly made it seems, lovely. It is almost IPA-like. Taste is pretty hoppy (& extremely so compared with everything else I tried within the style), bitter grass, onion, barnyard, tad milky, raw herbs, lighter sweet malt underneath, fruity, it is not brutal or anything, very easy to drink. Distinctly nothing else like all the other Kölsch’s, a completely unique take & break from tradition just like everything else at Braustelle. Body is creamy & way fuller than other examples of the style. Great stuff, interesting take on style, seems like a mix of modern influences and what Kölsch probably was 100+ years ago before they started changing it to compete with pils / lager.

Erzengel (9335) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2013
Rating from 2008: Sehr CO²-Arm. Antrunk süßlich-süffig, leicht hefig. Der Hauptteil ist deutlich süß-würzig und irgendwie interessant. Zum Nachgeschmack hin wird das Bier süßlich-leicht herb. Auf der Zunge verbleibt eine süßlich-herbe Note.Irgendwie komisch. Die milde Hefigkeit zieht sich durchs ganze Bier. --> 8+12+8+9 = 9,60

Usko (171) - Bavaria, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2013
On tap at Braustelle. Hazy golden color, long lasting, creamy white head. Fruity aroma, not expected hop notes (herbal/grassy). Taste is mostly malt, decent fruit notes, dry character. And Wow, what a bitterness! You really could think you’re drinking a pilsner, not a kölsch. That’s why I have to rate a bit lower.

ineedbeer (2230) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
On tap at Trappist. Listed as Ottekolong and 6% ABV. Flavor is rather fruity with a lot of bright pear, light citrus and faint banana. Light honey character. Not much grain or hop aroma. Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a moderately thick white head with nice retention and moderately high lacing. No legs. Flavor has a nice sweet graininess with a light bitterness. Lighter fruitiness than in the aroma. Slightly mineral water character. Mouthfeel is light bodied with very soft, moderate carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall a pretty tasty kolsch with a nice soft carbonation and good mineral character.

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