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


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RATINGS: 168   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJestersBeer (2422) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
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!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (8663) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Erzengel (8231) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (2034) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Draft at torst, clean refreshing, very good for the style. Well balanced, crisp

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2013
Quite a tasty, easy drinking kolsch, some honey and solid grain body, pretty nice.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6252) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Soft sweet grassy nose with a little mustiness. Golden pour slight haze thin head. Flavors of grass a little dough little basement must. Pleasant soft bitterness. Pleasant kolsch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2543) - USA - SEP 26, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2013 Called Freigeist Ottekolong (for the American market?) Kolsch is not my favorite style, but this is a very nice brew. A big, ragged head on a dull gold pour. Neutral aroma. The flavor is light wheat with a good dash of pith-like bitterness and some orange blossom.

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