Tmoney99 (14494) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bomber bottle. Clear amber with a huge creamy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Heavy grass citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Well balanced flavor with a medium bitter finish of average duration. Refreshing brew. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Medium golden, spongy white. Very disappointing aromas of a dead, dry lager. Late nuttiness. Mild bitter hops with some balance, but ending sour and grassy. Very few saving graces. I wish I could find a date on my bottle...
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2005
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Pours very pale yellow with a slight haze. Small, coarsely bubbled white head quickly dissapates. Herbal and grassy aroma along with cereal/biscuity malts. Herabl/grassy hops continue into the flavor, making for a light flavor and a nice, clean finish. Light bodied and effervescent. Not bad, though I need to explore the style more to make a completely fair assesment. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Very clear light straw gold. Thin white cap of loosely placed foam sits on top. Keeps a thin collar and very light skim. Lacing is lightly placed in a spotty pattern.
Nice aroma. Pleasingly clean, crisp, and malty with a favorable grassy herbal quality as well as a good bready notion. Kinda sweet underneath with a bit of gummi/chewy dough and melonness.
Taste is about right for a kolsch. Crisp, clean, semi malty, semi sweet, mildly present with those aspects at first then picks up a good nudge into the finish where more of the herbal grassy hops and mixed grain maltyness takes a welcome turn adding to the overall palate as it goes. Finish really pulled it through for me. Quite a nice bunch of flavors there.
Feel is super clean, intially crisp, malts grasp within the main part of its character. Body is light but malt laden and plainly adequate in carbonation. Even though the malts make for nice flavors and character, they don’t seem to help add that extra edge of body you think it should and just comes a bit short for me. Although it does tend to carry a light creamyness to its middle and finish. Finish also has the nice touches of herbal grasses and grains as the malts still hold there place.
Overall a pretty solid kolsch. I’d have another no prob and is quite an easy drinker and very sessionable if need be. Better for those warmer days, but works any Ol’ time too. imdownthepub (14556) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2005
Draught at Gasthaus Bruno, Cologne, 300ml, Filtered. Pale yellow gold with lasting head. Sweeter, malty, perfumed Kolsch, quite thin and flavourless. Proably not as fresh as those being served in the big brewhouses.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2005
I have yet to experience what my gf will agree is a ’real’ koelsch. What ARE they supposed to taste like? The ones I’ve liked she’s said are not authentic, and the ones neither of us like she says are just plain bad. So what DOES a quality, authentic koelsch taste like? I may just have to hoof it to Koeln to find out. This was light-bodied, spritzy, bitter ended, and slighty citric. The malt was unremarkable and it was an incredibly pale, clear yellow. bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2005
Poured from the bottle into a highball - my makeshift kölsch glass - as clear pale yellow liquid with a medium to large head. Plenty of sour lemon sherbert on the nose, with a bready malt background. Delicious in the mouth, with the sourness coming through and being balanced by some sweetness and also bitters. A medium body with a doughy malt aftertaste finishing it well. Very pleasant beer this one - I look forward to having it again. dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Well, this is probably the best kolsch I’ve had. Smooth and fresh, it just comes a little too close to a lager in the finish to be amazing. winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2005
Bottled: Rather disappointing aroma some cardboard mixed in with the expected malts etc. Possibly oxidised? maybe I need a fresh version- anyway,a reasonable malty well crafted beer except for the above. Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2005
My second try at attempting to appreciate the style. Another valiant, but unrewarding, attempt. I just don’t find myself digging Kölsch beers. No offense to the fine people of Köln. They tend to be a little thin and too perfumy in aroma (the beer, not the people). The taste is somewhat floral with a drying bitterness on the sides of the tongue. They are, however, easy-drinking and refreshing beers (now I feel better for saying something positive).