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


on tap

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RATINGS: 169   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2593) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (6088) - GERMANY - SEP 21, 2013
Bottle looks simple but good. Beer in the glass zippy, nice creamy head. Starts mild but not washy, fine fresh-fruity, malty-yeasty. Sweet background without being too mich. Notes of apricot. Well balanced finish, quite drinkable. Nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
cheap (5733) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2013
From a big bottle. Says Freigeist Ottekolong, go figger. $3 at vintage. Smell is just mildly beery yeast. Not filtered fer sure, unfiltered kolsch. Head is big, white and goes rocky, at least 4 inches. First taste is off the head, slightly bitter. Finally I get a taste off the liquid. The bitterness, which is moderate for a kolsch, seem to fade as the session continues. Lots of co2 makes this a fun beer on the palate. Yes, that sizzle makes this quite interesting as we slug. Sediment on the bottom of the bottle almost makes this look like a hefe. Mild like a hefe but it has no spices. Yes, gets better n a little more intriguing as we sit it out. That slight bitterness never really goes away, it hangs even for a few dull moments after the bottle’s gone. Yep, kinda fun overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MichaelAwesome (6514) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2013
Ein Kölsch ist es nicht so ganz. Ein IPA auch irgendwie nicht. Eher wie ein Versuch, beides zu mischen. Trocken, leicht hopfig,, minimal blumig. Trinkbar, recht süffig, ganz nett.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
McTapps (6829) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2013
Actually I didn’t know what to expect, but probably not a unaromatic, dull-nosing beer. It begins with a small disappointment, but gets better when you get used to it and with temperature and air. Pours out in a light unclear golden colour with low head and medium body. Nose is very -like mentioned before- boring and unnice: Old hops, basement, barley. Taste gets better: (Still) dull hops, but also light citrus, flowers, grass, nuts, pine and melon. Easy to drink, but just not that quaffable, that nice or that refreshing / delicious. Wanted to like it but I just can’t.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (6509) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bottle: (as Freigeist Ottekolong) Slightly hazy, pale yellow gold, moderate white head. Lemon and hay aroma. Slightly tart lemon, pear taste. Light, mild....slight hop/bread bitter. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (10079) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 7, 2013
Tap at the brewpub. Cloudy, glowing gold with a fine head. Very hoppy nose, citrus, light, dusty funk. Lightly sour flavor, hoppy, creamy, with a quite bitter finish. A very characterful kolsch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2013
50cl bottle, aliased from Freigeist Ottekolong. Medium white head atop lightly hazed straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, pear, hay, melon. Taste is medium sweet, hay, melon, some straw, light pear. Soft light-medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2013
on tap @ redlight redlight. Bready malt aromas, with hints of grass. Pours golden with a slight haze and thick white head. Crisp with an earthy bitterness upfront, grassy hop notes and bread malts, finishes crisp and dry. Very nice and drinkable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle split with Jay on 8/10/2013 at the River House.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow.
Aroma: Aroma of light hop, light doughy yeast.
Taste: Light bitter, light sweet, light dough.
Palate:Light body.

Summary: Bottle listed as Freigeist Ottekolong. I like the unfiltered Kolsch beers better, so I did enjoy this. Not my favorite style, but at 4.8% nice amount of flavor.

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