Freigeist Ottekolong - Braustelle
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4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
(on tap at Tria Taproom - served in a British-shaped 16 oz pint)
A: apparent chill haze on the pour, clears up a bit... yellow-golden liquid... starts with a fluffy pad of fuzzy foam that takes awhile to drop, never coming close to disappearing, leaving connecting bands of lace in the glass... very nice
S: doughy yeast on the nose, not unlike a Bavarian hefe... subtle floral hops - more a classic "hoppy" hop scent - green, pasture-al
T: uncommonly assertive noble-hoppy for the style - satisyingly herbal-bitter all the way through... delicate flare of honey and caramel in the finish... vaguely sweetish cereal-like malt flavor at its base... white fruity esters are there, just woven into the background
M: lightly frothy and smooth, moderately dry in the finish... it being unfiltered lends more body to an otherwise light, crisp ale
O: what a lovely brew!... undeniably a Kolsch in its overall constitution, however, it very nearly has a British real ale bitter character
05-28-2014 04:14:11 | More by Bouleboubier
4.01/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours a slightly hazy dark gold with big fluffy white head, much of which stays for the duration, with rings of wispy lace halfway down. Smell: semi sweet pale, lightly grainy and grassy. Taste: fairly substantial herbal hopping, with snappy grain, lemon, mildly doughy, a bit fruity with grapeskin towards the finish. Very enjoyable.
05-25-2014 23:45:47 | More by babaracas
3.5/5 rDev -10.5%
A lightly malty aroma with a bit of herbal hops. Herbal hops and some musty malt character up front, finishes with more of the same character and a touch of yeasty character. Seems like it may be a bit past its prime and the point of an unfiltered kolsch may have been lost in this case.
10-12-2013 00:30:05 | More by nickfl
3.79/5 rDev -3.1%
Thick and full white head with excellent lacing on a slightly hazy golden with hint of a copper hue body. Aroma is fairly musty and earthy with notes of sweet lemon custard, pale malts, wheat and candy sugar. Flavor follows from the German hops are mostly herbal and semi sweet, pale malt base, additional notes of sweet breads. Light to medium body and light to moderate carbonation. About as good as a Kolsch gets for me.
10-12-2013 00:28:22 | More by kylehay2004
4.19/5 rDev +7.2%
Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a wine glass as part of the Freigeist Bierkultur tasting flight at Trappist Provisions.
Golden in color, with a slight haze, and yet still making this the cloudiest kölsch I've seen to date from out of Germany. Contains decent head retention, but like all beers in the style, it's charmingly fragile and struggles to keep it up with a mere white ring atop the glass. Leaves behind playful shrapnel-like lacing across the glass after each sip. Definitely eye candy for what it is.
The aroma is quite varied and complex, especially for a kölsch. Bananas, white grapes, dried raisins, green apple, as well as notes of light toffee, wet straw, and grass. There's a sharp sweetness from the malts, as well as a light funk from the yeast at hand. Very fruity, and quite refreshing to whiff on in between sips.
The flavor indicates that this is quite an experimental kölsch - other than strong notes of bananas and white grapes, there's a lingering pear and apple flavor that soon follows, as well as a notable and present herbal and slightly funky flavor that accentuates the fruit and spices. Quite grassy, and bittered in the same vein of dried citrus peel. Leaves behind a dried sensation on the palate, which, combined with the higher-than-average bitterness, creates a crisp and zesty sensation that's pleasing alongside the fruity sweetness from the grains. The texture is a little thin at the finish, but the crispness makes this irresistible. Not a chore to finish at all - I daresay my sample was gone in about 5 minutes.
Without a doubt one of the most memorable kölsches I've ever had - I should have tried this on tap as well, but I was pretty satisfied with this overall. This contains everything I want in a kölsch and more: crispness, fruity, sweet flavors, rustic grassiness, and then a bit of funk and spices that keep things interesting. It's interesting how these guys are based in Cologne, of all places. They're pushing the envelope for sure, even in this case.
10-10-2013 05:04:24 | More by magictacosinus
Freigeist Ottekolong from Braustelle
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.