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RATINGS: 517   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
We decided to brew this beer after Rich and Dan visited Cologne, Germany, the birthplace of the Kölsch style. They loved the subtlety of the flavor and appreciated the craftsmanship required to make a beer like this consistent and good. We were on the lookout for a new summer seasonal at the time and the Kölsch, with its refreshing flavor and crisp finish, seemed like a perfect fit.

Our version of the traditional German Kölsch-style ale. This beer, which is light and refreshing, appears to resemble a lager rather than an ale. The Kölsch style is a testimony to the broad spectrum of characteristics an ale can produce, as well as the brewer’s art. The body is soft and delicate with a dry, crisp finish. Available April thru September.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (6222) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2012
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/19/2012. Pours a lightly cloudy golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with nice retention, that reduces to a good cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of pear, bread, lemon, cracker, herbal, grass, floral, light pepper, and earthy spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance, but they are quite muted. Taste of lemon zest, pear, bread, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and earthy spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, lemon, bread, herbal, grass, and pepper on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors, with a good malt/hop balance; a touch watered down; zero cloying flavors after the finish as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice kolsch. Nice flavor balance and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

AirForceHops (8037) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2017
Bottle, clear gold color, mild lace. Aroma is grain, corn, mild hop. Flavor is lightly crisp, weak hop, indescribable hop bitterness. Light bodied.

Quick3Beers (1513) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2017
Pours a golden straw from a bottle, grassy malty aroma is a little skunky, similar flavor but overly sweet and oily. Not good.

thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2016
From notes (8/19/15). This is a pretty good interpretation of a Kolsh -- it’s got some toasted grain flavor, a fairly crisp, light finish, and a bit of hop bite to firm everything up.

joshvong (7) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2015 does not count
Taste is a lil skunky but has a really really good after taste. Color is good. This is definitely one I’ll be drinking again.

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crossovert (14135) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2015
355ml bottle form the discount rack. Mildly hazed gold pour, very mildly. Good aroma on this one, crisp noble hops. FLavor leaves a bit to be desired, not as dry as the nose would lead you to believe, watery as well adn hte malt is obtrusive, koelsch malt shoudl be clean and almost indecipherable.

mcox90 (2160) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 27, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours a pale yellow with a one finger bubbly white head. Light grains and lemon zest on the aroma. Light lemon and lighter citrus hop on the flavor. Medium to light body. Simple summer beer.

mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2015
Pours a clear golden with a small white head that leaves nice lacing that coats the glass quite intensively. Nose is of grains, slight "corn" (I seem to be the only one picking this up so uh... maybe I meant straw/hay?) and grassy hops. Taste is of grains and slightly fruity, moderately bitter. Fairly dry. Body is low and carbonation high to the point of being aggressive. Overall an OK ice cold summer drink but not much more. It needs a bit more body and a toned down carbonation for it to be considered good in my book.

Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2015
Bottle 355ml. Pours blond with medium white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of grain, some fruits. Taste is of grain, bitterness, some fruits. Palate: Light-medium body. High carbonation. Overall: Nice, clean. Straight-forward.

sinfull (1847) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Pale golden color ; big , white head. Aroma of malt , hay , bread and fruits . Clean , malty , grainy taste with light bitterness. Crisp , thirst-quenching beer. Good example of the style. It looks like many people expect more , but not every beer has to have tons of hops or high ABV.

17Beer (451) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Nice to see a summer without a lot of silly fruit experiments going on. This classic Kölsch has all the refreshing lager aspects with an authentic German bite to it. Great celebratory hot weather victory beer.

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