RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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joergen (29393) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2007
Draught at the brewpub.
Clear yellow coloured with a white head.
Fruity aroma of malts, grass and hops.
Flavour of fruits, grass, malts, liquorice and hops.
Hoppy finish.
Well balanced and good.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2007
Slow-witted carbonation manages to feed a generous white cover atop the clear golden pour. Fruity, herbal, rather hoppy nose with excellently extracted grains, not assaulting and taking all the room, but feeling fresh and grainy. A hint of acidity manages to increase drinkability pretty much beyond belief. A different example, quite drier than most others and frankly more charming, these hops fit and it drinks every bit as easily. Superb interpretation from a place that looked different even from the outside.

ALLOVATE (3075) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2007
Vom fass @ Brauhaus Schreckenskammer, Köln, Germany.
A windy, rain-drenched night mid-Summer, a short walk from our hotel and an unexpected dark haunt from the outside, lively, bustling and raucous inside - our visit here was the best of all the brewhouses I had since visited in Germany. Sat with some Luftwaffe technicians who provided us with many laughs and endless chin-wagging, and consumed my fair share of the oak barrel’s load behind the bar. This appears still, a little flicker of bubbles release here and there. The body a honeyish pale gold. Head held out; nice, dense, messy pad of white that laced well down the Stange. Grainy, haystack, fresh cut pears, a little honey and some ripe, fresh hops on the nose, lightly bitter, clean and welcoming. Pleasingly spicy and sweet in the mouth, balanced to perfection and generous in flavour. Palest malts, evident woodiness, ripe fruits (guava, pear, honeydew, etc.), a little apple plays in as does some cracked pepper and grassy, floral hops. Finish is bitter/sweet, smooth like the palate and oh so refreshing. It lingers long, all juicy and ripe, quenching from start to finish. Each Stange emptied with a new one prompt to replace. This was easily the best Kölsch in Köln, which should make it the best on Earth. A lovely brewpub, a lovely drop. Prost!!!

diabel (1723) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2006
Bottle, thanks to DerDoppelbock (Sebastian) for trading.
Sparkling, clear body. White, creamy head. Fully diminishing head. Aroma: little bit soapy but overall quite complex with some fruitiness. Moderately bitter flavour with a tinny little bit saltiness. Quite ok.

MoritzF (10142) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - OCT 29, 2006
(bottle, thanks to DerDoppelbock for the personal delivery) Slightly hazy, pale golden colour with a short foamy white head. Slightly sweet, grainy and fruity nose with a whiff of herbal hops. Light-sweet grainy taste with a dense lemon-fruity background, slim bodied, dry and quite short, light-bitter finish with herbal hoppy notes. Decent Kölsch.

gnoff (11065) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 First rating
(Draught 20 cl from a wooden keg, at Zur Schreckenskammer, Köln)
Clear light golden color, white head. Fresh scent with a bit of hops. Fresh taste with a bite to it. Malty, hoppy and bitter in a good mix. Very nice bitterness. Full body. Excellent Kölsch! The best one I’ve had in Köln so far (though I did try a few more after this, one of which is compeating for the best)

(50 cl bottle thanks to larsniclas!)
On October 18, 2008
Clear pale golden color, white head. Malty sweet scent, honey as well. Malty sweet and honey taste. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Totally lacks the fresh hoppy character I remember.

I’ll leave the higher rating from the fresh stuff on site.

jonas (8161) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2006
[email protected] (love that name). Light fruity grainy aroma. Pale golden, low head. Grainy flavor at start and finish, a hint tropical fruit in the middle. Light chewy body. Light dusty bread aftertaste.

3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2010 draft, koln. firm white head. nose of light yeast, cream, toasted grains. creamy mid, strongly crisp finish. toasted pils malt, light cooked grains, light yeast dust. my favorite kolsch from koln.

JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2004
draught Very pale gold, well carbonated initially to differentiated off-white head. Malty, a bit herbal, faint lemon peel nose from the hops. Very grainy-malty, for a moment lively then falling flat. Like an English ale served from a swanneck-sparkler pump. Very light bodied, nearly watery, no carbonation in the end. This beer would clearly benefit from a little more carbonation; the C0² acid would balance it out many times better. It’s just too soft.

rauchbier (3940) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2004
From a wooden barrel at the brewery tap in Köln. Gold, thin white but sustained white head and gentle condition. Low malt and gentle hop aromas, pleasant sweet grainy malt and good bitter hoppiness in the mouth although more like a pilsner than a Kölsch. Chalky hop bitter finish with some slight spiciness lingering. Sampled alongside an excellent meal of blut- and leberwurst with sauerkraut.

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