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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5.01%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our version of the traditional German Kolsch style is fragrant and complex. The Alsation hop we chose imparts a subtle citrus note. Jasmine Sambac, a night blooming Southeast Asian flower, adds a delicate floral aroma and flavor to this layered and refreshing brew. Cheers!

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3.8
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pour with a very high head, somewhat lumpy. A fresh mowed hay aroma, mellow but nice. Taste is crisp, dry….maybe mildly sweet but only in the residual. There is a wilted bitter green taste that is pleasant. Hop presence is mild and grassy. All told an interesting and drinkable kolsch. Not as good as GI Summertime but close. Sam Adams is really starting to nail these lagers down.

3.8
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle at home. Always happy to try a new Kolsch!!! Pours clear honey-fold, thin white head, really nice lacing. Nose is clean grain, some light sourness, no hint of the promised flowers, and no hint of the "gunsmoke" character I associate with good Kolsch... Nevermind, the smoke just showed up, the beer just needed to warm up a bit. Flavours are cramy, chalky, and round, with nice light smoke, rich mineral, and a surprisingly creamy body. Nice stuff, although the nose could use a bit of work.

3.7
anderson01 (357) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Copper in color. Thin white head with constallation lacing. Citrusy aroma. There is some vanilla hiding in the aroma along with some peach. Creamy texture that is very smooth and refreshing. Light-bodied beer with good carbonation. This could be my new summer drinking beer. It is that smooth.

3.7
DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Bottle. From the bottle. Clean straw-like nose from that half-inch bottle whole. Appearance ill just assume looks decent for the style...uh oh, sue me. Flavors are nicely clean and relaxing...straw and a bit of lemon dominate..crisp pilsnery hop finish with the the added body of something potentially ale like...isn’t that the whole point with a kolsch? Well then, I think the point has been fully accomplished here..I keep thinking that sam adams should be cheaper than other craft beers because of the gigantic profit percentage they probably have over 100% of other craft breweries, but of course, they don’t...and from a business perspective they don’t have to...but from a me perspective, they should...id buy more if it was cheaper, but I’m a rare breed. This is a good beer in a style that most don’t seem to do well with, including ballast point...id drink this before my local yellow tail any fucking day...but luckily ballast beats them on pretty much every other front. Good, clean drinking kolsch fun here. I enjoy.

3.7
heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Rich gold colored body with a bright white head. The nose is sweet and floral with some pancakes. There is some caramel. The taste is doughy with hints of citrus rind. There is also some black pepper spice. A nice summer beer.

3.7
johnnnniee (4434) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Part of the summer mixed twelve pack.
Pours a deep golden straw color with a thinnish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Smells grainy, herbal with hints of lemon and maybe apricot, a bit of floral notes as well. Taste is bready grassy citrusy herbal. Creamy watery mouthfeel, medium to light body and level of carbonation. This is a light refreshing brew that seemed to go down rather quickly on this hot day. If this was in a six pack it might make it into the summer rotation.

3.7
ChainGangGuy (4932) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Part of the Samuel Adams Summer Styles multi-pack - $13.79 at the nearby Publix in Canton, Georgia.



Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a sizable, white head that eventually levels out leaving thin sheets of lace on the descent.



Smell: Restrained sniffs of a Trebbiano white, lightly malted grains, and round floral hops accented by the added jasmine.



Taste: White bread-bready malts with a light touch of graininess. Maybe a smidge of wheat in there. Softly sweet, hinting a bit at honey. Half a drop of lemon juice, along with some spicy, floral hops. Small splash of white grape juice. Jasmine character remains light throughout. Mild tastes of the various flavors as you reach the just-less-than crisp finish.



Mouthfeel: Just under medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.



Overall: EW suits the Summer Styles sampler box. A respectful nod was given to the fiercely traditional Kölsch style, while going for some good ole experimentation by dry-petaling the brew with jasmine flowers.

3.7
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Purchased from tjhe Western Hills Glenway Avenue "Krogers" as part of the Samuel Adams Summer Style 12 pack - Alright, I don’t know why some raters are confused about this being a light-bodied beer... come on, folks, this is of the Kolsch (Cold Cologne Artesian Well) style! I found it very tastey and refreshing myself!

3.7
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Pours clear gold with lots of sediment hanging around in it. Aroma is malty caramel and floral hops. Citrus, sugary sweetness, and some floral hops, bubblegum?. I don’t know if I have had a Kolsch before but its definitely different. Having trouble trying to pick out the weird taste. Its got alot of flavor for its light body though. Nice and refreshing, Pretty good summer brew.

3.7
Darkmagus82 (2303) - - JUN 14, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-7-12 -
Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a medium golden color with a slightly orange hint. Upon pouring it has a medium white head which fades at a moderate pace to give a small amount of lacing.

Smell – Citrus notes mixed with a somewhat biscuit aroma are the base. With these aromas are some floral and sweet caramel aromas as well.

Taste – A drier biscuit malt flavor is the first to meet the tongue. A little bit of citrus taste works its way into the taste early on. Hints of lemon are the most prevalent, but there are slighter orange flavors as well. More towards the middle and the end, the citrus subsides and a more flowery/greenish taste mixed with some caramel sweetness come to the tongue. A rather unique and interesting flavor combo.

Mouthfeel – Light in body with a slightly higher than average level of carbonation. The light body and carbonation make it quite refreshing and make for an easy drinking brew.

Overall – Some interesting taste combinations make this a brew to try. It is easy to drink and refreshing.


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