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Freigeist Ottekolong - Braustelle

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BA SCORE
88
very good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rifugium on 07-25-2012)
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Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of alphagnome
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Poured into a stange glass reveals a beautiful hay colored Kolsch, topped by a fluffy white head that billow out of the glass. The body is hazy in appearance, which is to be expected (it is unfiltered afterall). The head slowly recedes, leaving a nice amount of lacing behind.

Aroma:
Very typical Kolsch aroma - light yeast and grain presence with a hint of hop character. A nice, crisp honey flavor rounds out the aroma. Simple, but it works.

Taste:
A very nice, bready malt base lays way to a sublte citrusy hop presence. Its semi-sweet up front and finishes with light bitterness from a slightly grassy hop. Refreshing - exactly as this style should be.

Mouthfeel:
Creamy, smooth, and crisp! Fantastic carbonation and light-bodied. Again, exactly as this style should be.

Overall:
I love the Kolsch style - I brew it often. When it comes to commercial representation of the style, this is the one to get! It's light enough to enjoy multiple on a hot day and it's refreshing as can be. Find it. Buy it. Love it.

Photo of JasonFromLA
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of BethanyB
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy and dark yellow, with a white foamy dollop as a head. The haze and slightly darker color were to be expected as this beer was unfiltered, but the head was disappointing.

Smell: A pleasant combo of pale and toasted malt, with a spritz of citrus. Balanced and beckoning.

Taste: Polished, yet complex, with a slight minerally quality that brought balance to a multifarious malt profile. Bitterness was moderate, and a barely-there fruit taste put the perfect finishing touch on an already well-rounded recipe.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light, with medium-high carbonation and a crisp, clean finish.

Overall: An excellent kolsch--sessionable, yet flavorful, and extremely well-balanced. The best I've had of the overall style.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a one litre bottle into a mug- pours a hazy golden color with one finger of head, modest retention and streaks of lacing.

Nose is mild but defined- pale malt base with some accentuating hop notes.

Taste's great! Certainly more bitterness than other examples of the style. Bitterness hits up front followed by some citrus and pepper notes, pale malt graininess, finishes with about even malt and hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is very nice- light body, moderately carbonated. I really like this beer- super easy to drink, doesn't have that low alcohol content lack of flavor, nice hop flavors. Almost tastes like a pils. Would definitely get again.

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color in the Cristal Alken nonic with a very nice white head. Nicely spritzy, which is what you want in the style that depends so much on being crisp and bubbly. But attractive too, an inviting glassful.

This has that classic Kölsch perfumey taste with a nice hoppy burr. Nothing rude or overly bitter. More resiny than some Kölsch, I would say. Warm and a little malty with some biscuity notes. For the last pour I swirled up the sediment which adds a nice yeasty zing. I hadn't tried an unfiltered one before, but this one is certainly one of the better examples. This is a deceptively simple style that is not usually so well done by our eclectic local brewers. From the 500 ml bottle bought at Bine and Vine in San Diego.

Photo of clemson14
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: The Andersons, Columbus, OH
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Ottekolong is a very good and expressive Kolsch, about as much so as the style can get without starting to become a hybrid with something else (hoppy kolsch, imperial kolsch, etc). The flavors focus on a light sweetness and graininess from the malts, along with a modest German hop character that is pleasantly herbal, woodsy, and bitter. I would get this again, if the price tag weren't $4 for a bottle of a fairly low alcohol, mild flavor beer.

Beer pours a 1cm tall head of fairly clean, white foam that has average retention of about one minute. The head fades to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and some small islands of wispy foam lingering atop the body. Lacing is present, though modest, a sparse mix of dots and lines clinging to the walls of the glass. The body is colored a hazy (60-70% opacity) yellow, with light bringing out a more brilliant, but pale, yellow-orange hue.

Aroma is of biscuit-like and grainy-sweet malts with moderate German hops, which lend an herbal, woodsy, and lightly spicy bite. Somewhat simple, but surprisingly pleasant and light, good for this warm, humid evening.

Front of palate is of grainy and sweet pale malts with a touch of biscuit, yeast, and slightly flowery and herbal German hops. Mid-palate is of grainy pale malt with hints of biscuit, slightly grape-like, and notable, though mild, German hops that contribute a light herbal and woodsy character. Back of palate is of smooth pale malts, moderate grape esters, and moderate German hop bitterness. Aftertaste is of pleasing, moderate hop bitterness with a lightly grainy and slightly grape-like palt malt base.

Beer is medium-light in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a smooth mouthfeel that is slightly foamy, perhaps a bit stagnant and watery. Closes dry, with light stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

Photo of adkrogue
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of celeriac
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MRsojourner
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of herrburgess
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of seand
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy light amber with half an inch of bubbly white head. This dissipates to a thin film fairly quickly, but the larger ring around the side of the glass is enough to leave a few strands of lacing.

S: High fruit notes over a yeasty, grainy, bready base.

T: Yeast and bread notes, and mildly sweet. Nice balance and flavors, especially at the ABV.

M: On the light side of medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, a quite good lower ABV beer, and I like what's added (or, rather, not taken away) by the unfiltered aspect.

Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of NardiByNature
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy (unfiltered...) gold with a small white head that settles into a resilient collar. Aroma's faint, but unusual: big sweet honey notes and very musty. The lemon/grassiness expected was in the background. Hops, like this beer, are subtle but satisfying. Honey is prominent in the taste and comfortably proportioned to grassy, spicy hops. Drinkable, so I'm glad there's more in this oversized bottle.

Photo of AdamPaul
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brotherloco
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of smcolw
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large, white head. Settles with a dome and leaves lots of webby lace. The liquid is very cloudy, Whitish yellow color.

Sour and mildly earthy. Some pale malt nose. No hop.

Soft, fruity upfront flavor. The sourness is more muted than the smell indicates. Fairly bubbly, but the body is rich. The aftertaste is short and dry.

Freigeist Ottekolong from Braustelle
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.