Ernest (7414) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 27, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Holy Grale. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is lightly hazy medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (light bread, toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Kinda light and watery, but certainly not unpleasant. Nice honeysuckle hops. Mild bitterness, just enough to be quaffable. More like a basic Helles (a lager version of their Koelsch?) than a Kellerbier, but clean. Purty good.
ClarkVV (6066) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Deep Ellum, 8/4/16.
Very minimally hazy, blonde-golden body with a shade of darker maize. White head atop is small and shows moderate retention.
The nose offers up a strong hoppiness, tons of fresh cut grass, light, fresh herbs and bits of pepper. Very bright, aromatic and with no flaw whatsoever. The malt is light, delicate and adds soft honey and very light, warm, baked white bread. It combines to provide a balanced (though tending hoppy), crisp, hoppy golden ale of sorts with no alcohol noted. Not terribly full of house character, perhaps just a touch of mineral, but that’s ok, it’s no doubt been lagered properly and the hops probably mask a lot of the ester profile.
In the mouth the hops assert themselves, but aren’t overdone (it’s tough to overdo noble hops). Fresh grass, herbs and lush greenery signify some version of hallertauer, most likely. The body shows proper (high) attenuation, mostly tight carbonation and a malty, yet cracker-like, at times texture. Not quite as malty soft as I’d like, though a kolsch is going to be very crisp, dry and sparse on the malt, so it seems pretty appropriate here. Maybe a touch waxy on the finish, but in phenomenal condition for an imported zwickel, with no doughy yeast notes or off flavors. Pepper and grass linger pleasantly and crisply on the finish, with light honey-like sweetness, as well.
stevoj (4132) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Post! - Boise. A Keller version of their traditional Kolsch? No, a straight up a zwickel. Hazy golden pour capped with a short creamy head. Gentle aroma and taste favor the bready, grainy malt bill, nary a hop to be found. Smooth, velvety texture, really delicious, perfect on this warm summer day. This type of beer makes me miss Germany more and more.
crossovert (11600) - Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. "Kellerbier" unfiltered koelsch. Gold color. Bready malt noble hops. Simple and crushable
Koelschtrinker (17959) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Im September 2009 während der Jungbierwochen angeboten, das unfiltrierte Kölsch in jungem Stadium, explizit als Zwickel verkauft. Getreidiger, sehr frischer Antrunk. Schnell wird das Bier milder, die Getreidigkeit steigt aber noch an und steht im Mittelteil fast alleine im Raum. Wenig würzig, sehr erfrischend, süffig. Wenig süß, hier merkt man, dass das Bier noch nicht ganz ausgereift ist. Zum Ende schlaffer, weniger würzig und leicht herb, etwas bitter. 9/9/8/9//9
yespr (41285) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at the brewery kellerbar. Pours hazy yellow with a huge white head. Aroma is crisp yeasty and light grassy hoppy. Sweet malty flavoured with a light grassy bitterness coming through. Bitter and dry flavoured finish with a mild yeasty touch.