foxo82 (866) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Willow Court Wines, Lichfield, then forgotten about and I’m drinking it over a year past its best before date. Smells fine though - floral ginger grassy freshness. If my clothes smelt of this I’d be a happy man. Taste is lacking depth - scrub that; it’s just lacking full stop. Slight grassy taste then gone. Disappointing but not surprising - it’s Kölsch after all.
JK (5971) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At Hellers, May 2013. Clear gold and lacing head. Malt. Not bad actually, and these kolschs are so similar, I didn’t pick up anything wrong with this to the point I would say it is inferior to the others. solid palate again.
Theydon_Bois (18198) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Hellers, Koln, 26/04/13.
Clear pale yellow with a decent sized white head.
Nose is pale malts, light citrus, grass.
Taste comprises pale malts, light biscuit, touch of orange, grain, grass, citrus.
Medium bodied, light spritzy carbonation, crisp and dry in the execution.
Ok stuff but lower down the pecking order than the first 3 Kolsch’s on our tour of Koln.
bartlebier (3726) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015 50cl bottle, surprisingly @local 79102 Reformhaus (random visit). - Aroma is a very odd sweet, Radler-like artificial lemonade fruitiness. Taste is more interesting, if all over the place: sweet, quality dry malts, fresh&indeed "young" hops with a pleasant bitter finish, quality-popcorn graininess, dry palate. Light, refreshing, pure, confused adolescent Kölsch. (pedolupulo mode off).
Any beer that markets itself as "eco/green" and using only natural ingredients puts itself on a pedestal and up for extra scrutiny and forces its competitors to come forth with a certificate of suppliers, but in the claustrophobically narrow world view of Kölsch, I could imagine this is not necessarily an unwelcome trend. // Rerate 01/15, draught: mild, fruity, on crisp malts, gently blossoms as it warms. Good.
Shaney (2423) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hellers Bio Kölsch? Nie gehört! Aber da würde einem echt was entgehen, denn dieses Kölsch kommt zwar in Bügelflasche, aber sonst ganz unaufgeregt daher - Understatement pur, keine Selbstbeweihräucherung, angenehm...und das Ergebnis kann sich sehen bzw. trinken lassen, denn dieses Kölsch hat einen vollmundigen Geschmack. Gutes Kölsch mit Bio-Touch und süffigem Charakter!
Test vom 19.4.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,10,12,10,10,10 - 10,50
BlackHaddock (6777) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half-litre flip-top: best before May 2013, poured into a ’Gaffel Kolsch’ glass three times @ home on 16 Nov 2012.
Typical Kolsch look: clean, clear and golden, large white head which tries to stay around on each pour (not your typical Kolsch really then, because the head usually buggers off before I’ve even seen it!).
The nose and taste are semi-sweet biscuity malty with hints of cereal and hops. No great flavours here, but when do you get those in a Kolsch? I don’t dislike the style: there is nothing to dislike, I just wish the delicate flavours would grow some balls one day and surprise me!
This is just above your average Koln brew in my eyes, more for it’s head than flavours to be honest.
hawanna (3202) - Freising, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
0,5 l bottle. Best before 04/13
golden, clear, white foam, minimal head.
bread, hay, cereal, grass, herbs, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium body, slick feel, lively,
darkseduction (730) - Zweibrücken, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Swing-top bottle 50cl. Odd label promises an organic Kölsch. Surpisingly low carbonated, pale clear filtered brew. Slightly malty and hoppy taste, a bit watery but quaffable.
Russo (2012) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - SEP 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale yellow color with a nice white head. Malty aroma as well as the flavor. The finish is refreshing with almost no bitterness, light body easy drinkability.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reasonably generic Kolsch, not the best imaginable, but certainly not the worst. Pours quite golden, a slight haze. Wheaty, sweet aroma. Quite a dry afterrtaste.