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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Originating from Cologne (Köln), Germany, the Kölsch style is historically only brewed along the Rhine (Rhein) River. The style is so regional that Germans in other parts of the country may not even be able to get it. We brought the style here and added our own little bit of personality by making the traditionally 4.5% alcohol beer closer to 7%. This full flavored dreamy Kölsch will stand out from the rest with its strong pineapple-like aroma and complex fruity flavor. Malts Hops ABV Pilsner, Pale, Vienna Lublin 7.0%

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2.5
scarletfire65 (1546) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2017
Bottle in the Poconos with Caressa, Apollo, and the wife. Aroma of sweet corn, soap, and chemicals. Grainy, citrus, lagery. Doesn't taste much like a Kolsch. Harsh turpentine notes.

2.6
JDBaker11058 (2436) - Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2016
appearance: clear gold, short fizzy bright white head. aroma: skunky, with some pepper, honey, and a hint of creamed corn. taste: white bread, honey, fresh flowers, hint of pepper. finish: slick, slightly sweet, a bit corny. notes: Not a typical take on the style. Missed the delicate, slightly dry edge in the finish, and the front end was a little skunky like a pils.

3.1
mansquito (7259) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2016
New Beer Distributors, NYC bottle: pours golden with small white head. Aroma is light fruitiness, sort of a Euro macro smell, bread. Taste is kind of lie a Euro macro... does this make it more truly adherent to the style. Kind of grainy bitterness. Bready. Not bad. Easy to drink, but not crazy about this.

2.7
PanMarek (465) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Golden yellow pour with moderate foam. Saline (rather than tart) nose and initial taste. Sweet, almost sticky mouth feel with active carbonation. Surprisingly sweet / fruity for a Kölsch. Disappointing in the end.

3.3
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Pours straw yellow with a half finger white head which fades to just a little lacing. Aroma is of sweet bready malts, pils malts, grass, light fruits,and some grassy hops. Taste is a bit more robust then the aroma with some more fruits and sweet malts. Has a medium-light body with a semi watery mouthfeel and a slightly dry, mostly sweet, medium-short finish. Overall, a somewhat tasty, but drinkable kolch that is good with food, but overall a tad too sweet for my tastes.

3.3
altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Arlington VA. Nice golden body with creamy head. Nose is hoppy, sweet, toasty. Taste is sweet, of bread, malts and spices. Not very complicated.

2.6
NikkTwist (3457) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2016
Draft at Moriartys. Slightly hazy gold pour with fizzy white foam. Feels more like a Strong Ale or a Tripel rather than a Kolsch. Sweet blonde malts. Puckering finish. Notes of bagels, yellow plums, pineapple and spring onions. Warms badly. Not a fan.

2.8
joejames (510) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle to shaker glass, pours hazy straw yellow. One inch quick white head with spotty lacing and some retention. Aroma of ripe mango. Taste is moderately sweet, just a tad tart. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, mouth feel is a little sticky. Finishes sweet with ethanol noted. Tasting notes of grass, ripe tropical fruits, herbs, bread and coriander. This beer is not terrible, but reminds me more of a farmhouse ale than a kolsch.

2.6
nimbleprop (9022) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 26, 2016
16oz pour at CTH is a hazy gold with some cloudy white head. Nose is not that great, rotting tropical fruit, perfume, straw, some cheap malt. Flavor is overly sweet, estery, this is more Tripel than Kolsch, honey, tropical fruit. Full bodied, sticky finish. A big miss from Ithaca.

3.7
ganache (6105) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Bottle. Nose sweet and fruity with pleasant golden pils underneath, touch grainy but not much, some vanilla, but that fruitiness is standout candy. Pours very bright golden, a little hazy (probably from my pour), with a medium and frothy white head. Taste much drier than expected, candy still there and strong but the grainy-malty character kicks up a notch, and the yeast/ester profile decidedly much more English (save for the pineapple). Just a touch of wood/caramel, a medium body which seems more like full most of the time, crisp and clean, gentle but high-quality floral/noble hop character with a little more biting bitterness in the lasting finish. Very fresh, somewhat too sweet overall, but there’s joy in the simplicity. Also too fruity for my definition of Kölsch (though not by much) but that wouldn’t stop me from wolfing down a sixer, and I would drink this over most bottled Bitters.

Shocked to see the alcohol, I would have put it at a clean five. [2015.11.12: 3.7]


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