Brewed by Hellers Brauhaus
Style: Kölsch
Cologne, Germany


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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
HELLERS Kölsch ist ein „obergäriges, helles, blankes, hochvergorenes, hopfenbetontes Vollbier“. Seit der Brauereibetrieb 1991 aufgenommen wurde, brauen wir zudem das weltweit einzige Kölsch, dessen Rohstoffe aus kontrolliert ökologischem Anbau stammen. Hellers Kölsch: ökologisch gebraut, jung, frisch – oder einfach nur: „jot jemaat“ 4,5% vol. alc.; 11,7% Stammwürze.

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Idiosynkrasie (8050) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 7, 2014
500ml bottle. Clear golden colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, white head. Cautious grainy, strawy, pale malty aroma, grassy and minimally floral hoppy overtones with a touch of lime. Taste is strawy, earthy bitter hoppy with a floral touch of hints of green apple. Not really balanced nor really tasty, but also not as thin and watery one-dimensional and boring as many Cologne’s Kölschs.

Erzengel (9616) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2013
Für ein Kölsch ziemlich herb, dabei aber irgendwie wässrig. Der Nachgesckmack ist komisch-herb-penetrant. Es hat was von "ranzigem Pappkarton", dabei aber irgendwie wieder blumig. Total komischer Aromenmix - auf der Zunge bleibt ein langer, ranziger Abgang
--> überhaupt nicht mein Ding!

Test vom 10.3.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 12,3,10,1,13,4 - 5,55

foxo82 (928) - Bromsgrove (via Leicester), Worcestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
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 (6330) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2013
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 (20900) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2013
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 (4159) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2013
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
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 (7746) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2012
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 (3375) - Freising, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2012
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 (764) - Zweibrücken, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2012
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.

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