Sail & Anchor Cat's Shank Kölsch

Sail & Anchor Brewery
Formerly brewed at Gage Roads Brewing Company

Style: Kölsch
Fremantle, Australia


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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.13/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
You needed more than nine lives to hoist beer crates of the drayman’s cart at Fremanlte port. In fact loading ships was lethal but the wild lifts were tamed with a Cat’s Shank knot. Unlike the original our Cat’s Shank slips down all too easily. But here is the twist. Thanks to the quality Pilsner and Vienna style malts we use our Köln inspired ale tastes light and refreshing like a lager. So it’s the ideal drink to get your claws around on a sunny day!

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madquacker (1170) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2013
Flat head with no bubbles at all. Water and hints of dolpy malts. Bland and dull. A poor attempt at a Kolsch. Drain pour for this one.

Cantabrian (1161) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2013
I don’t think I’ve ever tried a proper Koelsch. This one, I agree with the rater below, does taste like a poorly-hopped pale ale. - poorly as in the choice of hops, as it is very herbal and not too bitter, sweet for a long time, until a nasty metalic bitterness expands through the palate. Far from pleasant.

Stew41 (2093) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 3, 2013
Another disappointing beer from S&A. Lacks the necessary chalk and minerals that are so integral to a good kolsch. Really this just looks like a pale lager. Woolies have to try harder!

KeefOz (1923) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
Poured a clear pale golden colour with a two-finger white foamy head that diminished quickly. No lacing. Moderate carbonation. Aroma not strong and of malt and trace of grain. Taste initially sweet malt followed by very mild bitterness. Light body (tending towards watery).

gam (4097) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2013
Block head medium carbonation clear gold pour aromas grain hay corn like citrus yeast flavours are salty bitter sourness grainy tends to watery flat tasting the finish dull kolsch sour watery flat finish a flop

vinhol (346) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2012
345 mil bottle pale straw colour not much aroma refreshing taste not bad ok

mkel07 (6437) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2012
330ml botte from Dan Murphy’s. pours a very clear pale amber colour with a very white head that levels out. Grassy straw malt aroma with a very "beery" flavour.

Davros (3309) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2012
Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Faint aroma, some vegetal notes, soft malt, cardboard and grainy notes.
Nice sweet malt as a flavour, but it doesn’t last long and the extremely low bitterness makes for a very weak finish.
Needs more carbonation. Feels watery.

floydian1 (1500) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 7, 2012
345ml brown bottle. Now available Australia-wide via Dan Murphy’s liquor outlets. It pours clear bright yellow with a large albeit short-lived white head. Nose and taste of light grainy malts and subtle pears, peaches and apples. Palate is light but somewhat cloying with a malty sweetness and light bitterness (probably too sweet for the style). Overall a satisfactory lawnmower beer, lacking the delicate sophistication of an authentic German Kolsch.

foles (45) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2012
Pretty dismal attempt at a kolsch. Has a macro twang and a strange passionfruity hoppiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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