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Golden Arm - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jackndan on 11-09-2002)
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Reviews by Northsider:
Photo of Northsider
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Piece Brewery in Chicago.

Got this for my wife as she wanted something light and crisp on the hot day. This beer was definitely light and bordered on flavored water. However, it was surprisingly good and refreshing. No much smell to it, but it didn't have that gross smell of American Macros. Very smooth, slightly carbonated. Overall I'd get this one again if I didn't want anything heavy.

Northsider, Jul 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Stonebreaker
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Sent to me with no head, I mean this is a brewpub right?Wtf. Very light gold, sparklingly clear.

Smell: Faint aroma of the hops.

Taste: The taste was good for me, hoppy, crisp refreshing, I could see chugging this at a barbeque. My first conscious example of a Kolsch, so admittedly I don't really know what to expect.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy.

Drinkability: My least favorite beer of the night but still a good beer. Very drinkable.

Stonebreaker, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)

A- This beer pours a golden yellow clear body with a thin white ring of foam. It had good carbonation of tiny bubbles that stemmed from the bottom of the glass.

S- The smell of light pale malt with noble hops was very smooth and to style. As it warmed there was a bit more of a corn aroma to it.

T- The green noble hops and pale malt had a light fresh taste with that distinct Kolsch flavor (not the typical skunky flavor but the fresh flavor). That sulfury almost sweet flavor that is nice in small quantities. The flavor was quickly wiped off the palate by the strong taste of carbonic acid in the fizzy finish. As it warmed the pale malt flavor started to taste more like corn, which was a bit of a turn-off.

M- The light mouthfeel had a strong fizz texture that took over soon after each sip.

D- This beer had to much "Kolsch flavor" and it was a bit overpowering with the sulfur and corn notes but the fizz was the most cumbersome feature of this beer. If the qualities were softer it could be a good session beer for those American Adjunct Lager fans.

rhoadsrage, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of DerekQXQX
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hey, do you like smarties? This tastes like the banana one! I for one, don't so I very much did not like this beer. There something about throwing that taste upon hops that just doesn't work. I know that it comes from part of the grain but it needs to be complimented and not challenged

DerekQXQX, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

WoodBrew, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a beer-judging sized sampler. Very spritzy and lemony. Has a thin head with some lacing over a straw colored, slightly cloudy body. Grassy hops, just a little sour, and a nice clean finish. Yeah, that pizza is pretty good (thin-crust on a cracker-style crust is Chicago’s “other” pizza, and they do it pretty well here).

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of jackndan
2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden Arm: A German style Kolsch, on tap at Piece brewpub. Straw colored, very tall white head, not too much retention, and no lace. The taste was a fairly big disappointment. It had a sulfur undertone, and was lacking any semblance of balance. Crisp finish that disappeared right off the palate. Not too good.

jackndan, Nov 09, 2002
Photo of falconxman
3/5  rDev -12.8%

falconxman, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of ItsGotaBeUrBull
3.75/5  rDev +9%

ItsGotaBeUrBull, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of oso
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of veris
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

veris, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Basoos1
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

emerge077, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of gtermi
3/5  rDev -12.8%

gtermi, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of megahurts4
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Piece Brewery Golden Arm served on tap

Kolsch style, clear amber in color. Medium head. Warm malts and lots of carbonation. It has a fair bitterness to the finish with some hops flavor. It was very light, which is typical of a Kolsch, but I expected more fruit flavorings.

This is an ok pale ale. It didn't feel like a true Kolsch with the lightness.

megahurts4, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of sdonegan
3.75/5  rDev +9%

sdonegan, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of ystazi
3/5  rDev -12.8%

ystazi, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Drucifer
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Drucifer, May 31, 2013
Photo of neonbrown82
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent Kolsch. This was the first beer I tried at Piece, after having drank Dark Lord all day. I really needed something lighter at that point, and this satisfied my craving.

The beer pours to a very clear yellow with a thin white head. Retention and lacing are poor, but it has a nice carbonation.

The smell is good. Some pilsener malt with a good amount of noble hops. A slight fruity ester profile, though it is very clean and nondescript. The flavor is very similar. The beer is quite bitter for the style, which I don't find to be a bad thing. Spicy, herbal hops. Light berry esters.

The mouthfeel is odd. Has a bit of a chalky mouthfeel that I noticed in all of Piece's beers, as if there is a thin layer of dust particles that are washed down after the swallow. Almost fuzzy like a wine with LOTS of tannins, yet it lacks the astringency. The carbonation is sharp. Pretty big in body for the style. Easy to drink, but nothing too interesting, and still plenty of other beers to try.

neonbrown82, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours very light and clear with a bit of yellow coloring. White head and minor lace. Nose is straw and some very delicate fruit. Taste is mostly just straw and grain. Light and crisp. Lawnmower beer without much flavor and does not have any defining characteristics.

Thorpe429, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Straw golden with moderate white head and good lacing throughout. Smell is a touch grassy but more biscuity than anything else. It's really quite weak though the place isn't the best for smell. Taste is better than weak aroma lets on. Good solid grain husk flavor. Grassy flavors are in place and show themselves but aren't overdone like they easily can be. Slight fruit esters in there. A touch sweet toward the back. Finish has a slight off flavor that can be ignored for only so long. A really good beer until the end.

granger10, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of dadykhoff
3/5  rDev -12.8%

dadykhoff, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of Joel12
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Joel12, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the brewpub.

Figured if I was in the area, I'd give ol' Piece a visit and see what's what. Started with this guy, who pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises lemon zest, light orange zest, light wheat, and a tiny touch of light toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more orange zest and a hint of biscuit. The body is fairly light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a sorta watery-ish feel. Overall, a decent little kolsch, nothing too spectacular, but pretty drinkable on such a warm day.

TMoney2591, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +16.3%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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Golden Arm from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
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