GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2009
GTMW 2009. Poured a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. Smelled of light citrus and pale malt. Light bodied with delicate sugars. Tasted of pale malts, subdued caramel, and light citrusy hops. Nice on a hot Madison afternoon. DrnkMcDermott (3097) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Draft pint at FS. This rating temporarily puts me back on top of the "Most Rated By" list for FSRB. But only temporarily. And I’ll give this beer it’s threshold 10th rating:tmoreau (4301) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Half-inch head sits tight upon a golden beer with just a bit of haze and few bubbles. Smell tends more to ale fruitiness than most packaged kölsches. Taste starts off with some brief lemongrass. A fresh noble hop bill collects potted flowers with a bit of white pepper. Good malty backbone. Lager character in a clean finish, except for some hoppy aftertaste. Carbonation is just right for prickly hops and ale esters.
On tap at the brewpub and pint served. Poured a clear golden tone with a rocky foam head that slowly diminished to a bubbly layer, and left some good, clingy curtains of lacing. The nose was some pils and noble aroma, a bit of grassiness, and a touch of light fruit. The flavor added an initial dose of hefty hop bitterness which seemed a little over the top for me, smoothed by some soft malt. The body was better than medium and the finish was crisp and somewhat dry. Decent Bryan brew. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
on tap. pours hazy gold yellow with white head. nose of pils malt, hay, grassy and peppery. flavors clean pils malt, hay, spicy hop notes. very tasty. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
On tap at FS. Pours a clear yellow with a white head. Yeasy and fruit in the nose with a touch of grain but clean and inviiting. Fruity light sweetness with a touch of grapefruit. Slight herbal hops that are lightly bitter. Light, balanced, and tasty with a smooth body. Really drinkable and enjoyable. Well done.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2009
100th Illinois Rating: On tap at Flossmoor, served in a pint glass. Golden orange pour with a thin head of light beige foam. Light lacing. The aroma had light fruity notes, some spice, and some toast. The flavor was mildly sweet and toasty. A little pepper and heat in the finish. Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Not quite as refreshing as your typical kölsch. Okay. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2009
hazy yellow, slight white head, mildly lacy. airy nose... airy. flavor is belgian yeasty, not much else to my taste. medium bodied, clean finish. pretty bland, not sure the flavor is worth the 6.5% abv penalty you pay to drink it. light summertime fare, indeed! on tap @ brewpub mug club tapping. BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2009
On tap at Flossmoor. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is of malt, hops citrus, spice, and yeast. Has a lot of lemon in the aroma. Taste is of light floral hops, grain, citrus, and yeasy. Has a bready malt backbone that evens it out. Has a lot of lemon zest to it as well. Decent amount of spice to this one. Lingering citrus and spice taste. Has a slight alcohol burn on the finish. Doesn’t taste like much of a kolsch, but it is easy to drink and doesn’t taste half bad. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Had a few of these at the mug club tapping. An Imperial Kölsch, perhaps? It had a hazy straw body with a frothy white head and provided loads of lace. The aroma had a yeasty fruitiness covering a grainy sweetness and a splash of alcohol. Lively mouthfeel. It tasted of smooth pale malt, citrus and soft fruit with a peppery, grassy bitterness ringing in at the end. Another tasty brew from "new" brewmaster Bryan Shimkos. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Poured on tap at the brewpub in my mugclub mug (Flossmoor, IL). Missed the tapping yesterday, got it on during my errands today. Pours a nicely hazed slightly muted gold, a bit of straw, big white cakey head that sits atop, laces well, no real dissipation. Very cool. Aromas are slightly fruity, dry and crisp, with sweet malt presence, a bit grainy, a touch of florals. Very good for the style. Initial is light on the palate, fruity esters and refreshing, pushing some banana and pear, cereal maltiness, a touch of creaminess. A very smooth beer with a fairly strong bitterness in the finish for the style. Bitterness and fruit stick to the palate, lemon zest comes in fuller. This beer goes down easy, but the flavors speak for themselves for the style. Hoppier, flavorful, and stronger in ABV than a typical Kolsch. A very nice go at a Kolsch-Style ale for Bryan with a more American spin. Cheers!