obguthr (6654) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 26, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2007 Shockoe festival Richmond VA-Draft: Cabbage and carrot aroma. Yellow color, crystal clear, thin head. Little initial taste leaving veggie and grain on the palate. Not great but was refreshing in the Richmond heat. Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 23, 2007
sampled at brewpub. pours a clear pale gold with bubbly carbonation. light none existent slight aroma. smooth front with almost meaty/nutty aftertaste. semi crisp yet sticky aftertaste. light front with strong middle to finish. Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2007
i wasn’t the biggest fan of this. kinda pale yellow looking, had kinda a grian bitter taste to it, and seemed a bit metalic to me. body on it was good, but i didn’t like the taste. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Pale Yellow Color with White Head. Sweet Grains....Overall Bitter and Dry..Hay Barn Characteristics..Little Heavy on Grains, but a Nice Kolsch. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2007
5/11/07: On Tap in DC.
pivo (2688) - GERMANY - MAR 17, 2007
Lemon body with a thin white head. Small grass nose. Flavor of hay and slight hops. Finish is bitter.
Creamy head, yellow color. Grainy taste with a tight dull bitter. Some diacetyl and buttery note. Lively carbonation. Off tastes and not a Kölsch at all--just a really pale American ale. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Sampled on tap on 7/15/06 at the downtown location: Pours a bery pale lightly effervescent golden with nicely-lacing white head. Aroma has mild grainy and noble hoppiness. Real dull, nearly flavorless, bland, grainy and bitter. Not very true to style and needs a more authentic yeast strain, and more body. shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2007
Growler poured same day. Sour milk and malt aroma. Light yellow color with nice big head. Creamy malt flavor with a moderate hops finish. A very nice Koelsch - would stand up to most of its German brethern. Honaker (2) - USA - FEB 2, 2007 does not count
I like light american beer. I like Capitol Kolsch. Make it three Capitol Kolsches. I didn’t taste any orange -blossom honey. Tasted like good beer to me. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Draught pint, downtown location on 1/20/07
Small but well-retained white head tops a very clear, well-conditioned body with the color of orange-blossom honey. Little to no lacing left behind, light carbonation in the liquid.
Right away the nose smells lightly estery and perfectly distinct of authentic kolsch yeast. Not just some lame attempt to glorify your crappy brewpub light beer. Soft pears and light apples give way to lightly grainy, biscuity two-row and a hint of dough. Some minerals and just a pinch of acidity lay on the finish. The aroma strength is quite high for a draught beer served in a convex pint glass. Absolutely no flaws, I dont even find traces of corn or vanilla. Light, fluffy honey malt notes arise with warming, and the fruitiness intensifies somewhat, as well, but the beer never loses its crisp, clean, lightly bitter bite on the end. Hops are very subtle, just soft flowers and herbs that add light aromatics and mild bitterness at most.
Quenching and very crisp on the end, with a cleanliness throughout and moderate bitterness. Soft hop flavors of moss, fresh grass and light herbs provide an undercurrent of complexity without disturbing the nectarine and pear fruitiness that seems to shine the brightest. Malt ranges from lightly nutty to mildly sweet/honey-like. Very authentic offering and again, no flaws in flavor. Medium carbonation is reserved instead of lively or biting. Smooth, lightly watery texture is appropriate for the style.