TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This beer is based on a classic German beer style called kölsch, which is a delicate, light, fruity ale brewed in the city of Köln, or Cologne, Germany. It is a very drinkable, very refreshing beer style, and when done right is a beer you just can not get enough of. Many brewpubs offer this style, but far too many of them do not get it right. Outer Banks Brewing Station does. Brewed with pale malt, Saaz, Spalt, and Perle hops, and coming in at a moderate 4.8% abv. Ölsch is the kind of beer to have, "when you are having more than one."
I was fortunate to spend some time in Köln early this year, and enjoyed kölsch at its source in Germany. I will never forget how enjoyable this style was and is, and how you literally inhale the stuff. While Ölsch has a little ways to go before it is up to snuff with the Germans, this beer is without question, one of the best domestic examples of the style I have tasted. It has that wonderfully soft pale malt palate ,with subtle hints of fruit and some nice, gentle hop character. It was the perfect summer refresher, and I enjoyed copious amounts at OBBS.
Ölsch pours to a slightly hazy, golden color with a thick, bright, white head, and a moderate to soft amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very pleasing with light aromas of pale malt, and aromatic herbal hop aroma. The beer is soft on the palate with good pale malt flavor paired with subtle estery fruit flavor. Ölsch finishes with more soft malt and fruit flavors up front, then ends with a zesty but restrained herbal hop bitterness.
This is an excellent domestic version of kölsch, and while it isn’t the real thing, it is as close as you are going to get here in the US. This beer is a great beer to enjoy as an aperitif at OBBS, and would work very well with a number of the local sea food dishes on the menu. I enjoyed this one, as I did in Köln, Germany. A wonderful beer to sit back and relax with. Ölsch is a perfect summer refresher, and this beer style is just a natural on the OBX. Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 9/14/09. The first of 4 beers I had at this place the other night. Came out a slightly hazy light gold with a thin white head on top. No lacing sticking to the glass. Smells of grass, cheap grains, and a slightly sour fruitiness that I like. Not too bad. The mouth is crisp and clean. The grassy hops come out right away, but this finishes mildly bitter and tame. This is very refreshing and one of the better Kolsch beers I’ve had. I could drink these all summer. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Draught at the brewpub. Golden color with thin head. A hint of hops in the nose. Nice flavor with hops, cereal, and citrus well balanced. Aftertaste is pleasant, like cereal almost. I was suprised by this beer figuring it would be the typical "light beer" brew pub offering. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Had this one on draught in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Delicious. Pale yellow and cloudy pour, cidery with notes of passionfruit and white grape, crisp and light, pretty dry for a kolsch but great nonetheless. bubbleflubber (2227) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2006
This is a very refreshing brew! Pours hazy straw, with a little head, no lace of which to speak. There is a light wheat and lemon nose. Light pale malt with a Saaz hop bitter back and finish. It has a very light and crisp mouthfeel, but with a supporting body. Very quaffable and refreshing.... excellent session brew!
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2003
Pale yellow, diminishing head. Decent malt flavor, but then disappeared into a pretty floral hoppy finish. Not spectacular, but very enjoyable. Subtle. jsquire (4490) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Straw color pale yellow with a frothy white head like stiff egg whites. Faint citrus nose. This is a light beer with flavors of biscuit breadiness and lemon. Very nice beer after a hot day at the beach. hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Another one I tried in a sampler. Straw colored with a small white head. Light aroma with a touch of sweetness. Very smooth all the way through. Some malt and fruit with just a touch of hops. Very easy to drink and quite tasty. Westchesterco (2043) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2013
roasty, citrus, earthy, golden, clear, minimal head, lightly bitter, medium body, long finish, jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2013
growler-thanks to fellow rugger BC-white-yellow/gold. A-spice/floral, lt malt. T-herbal/floral, crisp lt malt-bready.