zootfinster (220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2010 YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2008
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Well, it would certainly have been nice to go out in style with a great one for beer number 1800 and, likely, my last rating, but this was the only beer on hand that I hadn’t rated, so here goes. This poured a clear pale yellow with a frothy white head. Sweet malty nose with lemon overtones. The sweetness and lemon are there in the flavor, too. A forgettable beer. It is fitting and also ironic that the label has the ancient Chinese symbol of the Taijitu.
I’ve been looking for a kolsch for a while. This is my first so I can’t compare it with others but I find it to be a very smooth, very well balanced beer. Nice hops flavor without a lot of bitterness. I found it last week and am going back tonight to get more beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle. Cloudy gold beer with a thin white head. Sweet malt scent with a hint of straw. Taste is sweet bread. caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Pours murky blonde with virtually no head. Nose is extremely sweet with an almost sugary quality. Taste is fairly underwhelming; the sweetness is strong at first but fades extremely fast, with a little bit of floral hops and alcohol on the backside. Finish is almost nonexistant. Boring beer, frankly. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
A- Pours a nearly transparent light golden yellow color with a 2 finger white foamy head. Head slowly fades to a nice, thick collar and leaves behind some lacing in the glass.
S- Strong musty pale malt smell with hints of refreshing hops.
T- Lots of sweet pale malt upfront. Finish is more complex than the initial taste with refreshing hop flavor making its presence with hints of citrus and a good pale malt backing. What lingers on the palate is lots of bready sweet pale malt and hints of refreshing hop bitterness. Taste is crisp and light all around.
M- Medium carbonation and light body.
D- Decent beer overall and one I will probably revisit. Kolsch is a great, refreshing summer style of beer and this one is available year round.
Serving type: bottle
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 14, 2010
12oz bottle. clear pale gold under a large, creamy white head. sweet, buttery, corn syrup aroma. a bit sweet with hints of buttery caramel. moderate carbonation. medium body. kolsch? i don’t think so. tasty? sure.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2009
12 oz bottle from the Binnys singles rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a muted golden yellow, very little haze, decent bubbly white head that dissipates to a film quickly, laces minimally. Aromas are grainy, a touch of cereal maltiness, faint honey sweetness, light citrusy lemon touch. Promising. Initial takes on similar, crisp cereal and grain malt body, light bodied, lighter flavors, touch of lemon on the backend and finish with light bitterness. Ok, not very Kolsch-like and a bit stale. A nice beer to throw at the macro crowd, as it is smooth, crisp, and actual has some flavor. But overall, a little underflavored compared to other Kolsch style brews jakentbc (15) - New York, USA - JUL 16, 2009
If you want to know what a Kolsch is supposed to be like, then by all means try this beer. It is exactly what a Kolsch is meant to be. I read a lot of the comments others below me wrote and I bet a lot of money that they will give more credit to a crappy Russian Imperial Stout than they do to this beer. You can trust me, I actually am a BEER JUDGE (which means I know that there is more styles of beer besides Imperial Stouts and I have not had a Kolsch so fine before coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle courtesy MrBunn. Pour is a rich dark yellow, with a minimal head. First aroma I get is coffee.....not sure on that one. Like a perculator. Light notes of corn.....but man it smells like coffee. Taste is oddly the same to me. I can taste grain in there as well, a bit of pepperiness too. Real watery in the throat, with very little carbonation. huh. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a perfectly clear nice straw gold- fluffy white head fades a bit- not much lace. Aroma is bit corn and gritty, ligth ehrbal hops- ok pils malt, lacking fruity hints of full doughy notes. Flavor is a bit crackeyr and grainy - corn grits, pils malt, and light herbal hops slight metallic twang but seems to be relatively fresh. Ok. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2008
Ephemeral white head covers the clear, dullish golden hue. I like the initial aroma which emphasizes pale and very soft malts. Grainy and inviting cerealic focus with the slightest grassy hops that surprise in mouth with their almost earthy side. Once you swallow, the grainy breadiness leaves the floor to a fair, reliable bitterness. Had I drank it very quickly, I would have been quite satisfied, but I have let it accompany me for at least half an hour which gave it the time to warm up perhaps a bit too much. Warming up, it became more inclined to unveil its vegetal nature. Not in your face, but veering towards chick peas, corn and sesam seeds. I would not mind so much if it were a bit yeastier, but it’s highly filtered and certainly aimed at being crystal clean which is not quite the case. Its sweetness also becomes more obvious as it warms which diminishes the drinkability (imperative to me in golden ales) even further.