RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Introduced on Memorial Weekend, 1998, and only available in the summer, Zommerfest is brewed in a 'Kölsch' style, which originates from Cologne, Germany. Its characteristics are fairly light—in color and in flavor. It is a pale gold color, low in hop flavor and aroma, with a light body and a somewhat dry finish. This is a pleasant, light-flavored beverage that goes well with any summer activity.

It is brewed with 90 percent barley malt and 10 percent wheat malt and now brewed with real Minnesota honey from Madelia, MN.

Beer Style: Kölsch Style Honey Ale

Alcohol by Volume: 5%

Characteristics: Light golden color with a frothy white head. Slight malt flavor and sweet hop aroma.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
junkeee (22) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2012
UPDATED: APR 18, 2013 Why this beer isn’t rated higher is beyond me. Actually I know the answer though. Beer rating sites, and Rate Beer in particular are biased against lighter styled beer. Like it’s less legitimate or something. This is one of my favorite offerings from a fantastic brewery. A splendid summer beer. It is in the Kolsch style, as advertised. An immediate light but definite banana, lemon zest, which quickly gives way to an underneath bitter finish. Totally refreshing on hot summer nights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MNAle (146) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Rating: 89.3 The Current Kölsch, which is NOT the same beer (even though this site says it is). Same means same. Different means different. 5.0% ABV is different from 4.8% ABV. Anyway... Sweet, slightly hoppy aroma. Clear golden color with a white head that takes awhile to dissipate. Carbonation is evident. Taste is as expected from the aroma, nicely balanced. Initial bitterness that hangs around for the aftertaste. This is a very nice beer. Not as light as I expected, but probably more true to style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bacterial (2931) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Pour from a tall boy can. Clear yellow pour with a white head that goes away pretty quickly. This is refreshing, slightly bitter, a little corn. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (2679) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose mainly; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vikingguy (1087) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Straw color with tall but quick diminishing white head. Corn and lemon on the nose. Taste much like the aroma with the addition of some grassy hops. Decent Kolsch but not a beer I will seek out. Hot summer day on the lake beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ads135 (4343) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 23, 2013
This is a pretty disappointing kolsch. Not too light, just uninteresting. Unbalanced. Weird sweetness. Tried at the brewery with Vaughn and Amanda.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle into glass..clear gold pour with white head..funky metalic arona..taste is malty ..meh..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DW78715816 (119) - Kansas, USA - JUL 2, 2013
12 oz bottle form a sampler pack. Very nice summer beer. I'm not a huge fan of this style but of the different summer brews I've had this is by far the best. Way better than the Sam Adams, Breckenridge, and Bridgeport versions. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mnmike (1085) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2013
On tap at Target Field... $9 for 24 ounces. I won’t get this again. Bad aftertaste and smell

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheHOFF43 (2047) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Sample at beerfest. Pours golden with white head. Flavor and aroma are lacking, boring beer especially have trying so many others.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
rumproasts (5300) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2012
bottle. golden with small head. i’ve never actually tasted sweaty socks, but i’d imagine they taste a lot like the central flavor of this beer. there’s a bit of refreshing citrus as well, but it’s hard to appreciate.

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