RATINGS: 909   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
Kolsch, the clean and refreshing beer style of Cologne, Germany, quenches summertime thirst. This pale golden ale with a lightly fruity aroma is cold-conditioned or lagered after its primary fermentation. More simply, our Summertime uses only the finest malts and German hops to create the perfect beer for hot Summer days and warm Summer nights.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 21, 2003
Light golden color with a rocky white head that left plenty of lace on the glass. The aroma and flavor just didn't do it for me...some fruitiness, some sweetness. I guess it kept reminding me of a cheap macro lager. Maybe I just don't like this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7717) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Kolsch is a difficult style for me to get a grasp on and I'm sure it is the same way for brewers. Litle to no head on the pour, pleasant light golden appearance. Hard to place aroma - but do detect a trace of hoppiness. Flavor is smooth and consistent - not as buttery and distracting as some other Kolschs I have come across. A lingering taste of spice comes through on this. Overall - a tasty brew - would make a good session ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2003
A thouroughly enjoyable summer beer. Although defining a Kolsch "standard" seems very elusive, I like to think that this is it. Teh beer is light yet flavorful with a crisp and quenching quality to it. The aroma and flavor is somewhat floral and herbal. Teh flavors ebocme more pronounced as the beer warms and more malt is noticable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5199) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2003
(Bottled) Nice light toasted malt aroma with sharper hints at citrus and floral herbs (lavender?) A little hazy, but invitingly summer gold. Gotta love the goose. Ding for the twistoff. I usually don't care much for Kolsch, but this was very good, and really gets the job done as a summer brew. Finishes initially lightly citrus, followed by a lasting, peppery hop kick. Clings tart, just a tad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - MAY 5, 2003
clean light maltiness, hints of hops thoughtout and finnishes dry and refreshing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2007 Slightly cloudy gold with a medium white head. Light, crisp, and hoppy at the start but turns dry and bitter about halfway into the glass. 7,3,6,2,14. Rerate: The more I try this one the more I come back to it when available. A great balance, crisp, thirst quenching, with a great finish. One of my favorite summer beers, it sticks out to me, and I look forward to its release.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Well, maybe it works on a hot day but it was surprisingly uninteresting in Chicago on a cold snowy April afternoon, either by itself or with a great cheese. Hard to think of much to say about it, either good or bad. Great golden color with a good white head. No real nose. No real taste, malt or bitter hop ... in fact, tasted like drinking slightly off mineral water. Almost no taste at all, other than a slight floral taste. Nasty metalic aftertaste and long lingering bitterness, which would have been refreshing after a malty hoppy beer but seemed silly ... why have a bitter finish on mineral water. Really disappointing. One is enough. Save some money and have some Budweiser. // Slightly more interesting at the brew pub, fresher, more intense, better mouth feel. But I’m going to leave my numbers unchanged, since the bottle reflects the experience most of us will have when drinking this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Panzuriel (2098) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2003
Hazy golden beer with a small head and a citrusy aroma with some fruit presence from hops. Nice thin fluid with good texture. Good on a hot day.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2003
A nice summer offering from Goose Island, though a better option would be the Bells Oberon from Kalamazoo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 21, 2003
Slightly hazy golden color, lemon/citrus aroma with hops, exactly the same in the flavor. Aftertaste is citrusy with some hop dryness. Good, but perhaps I should have tried this during the summer, not on a -5 degree (farenheit) day.

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