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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:
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(Beer added by: jackndan on 11-09-2002)
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4.5/5  rDev +30.8%

roadhouse, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at the pub recently, had forgotten they were making a Kölsch and was happy I took the time to read the descriptions.

Quite a nice Summer quaffer with the slightest of DMS from the Pils malt.

Very clean, flavorful and refreshing brew, if a little flat on head retention.

steveh, Aug 28, 2006
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

t0rin0, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

NewGlarusFan, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of spointon
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Piece brewpub on 2/21/2009.

A= This Kolsh poured a crystal clear gold color with a 1/2" snow white head and lots of carbonation release.

S= Light malt sweetness with a bready character and a blessedly faint sulphur smell.

T= Taste was bready and mildly sweet. No hops to speak of, but the sweetness stayed in check and lead to a dry finish.

MF= Thin side of medium bodied with a big crisp effervescence.

D= This was a really good kolsh that was totally refreshing and went very well with Piece pizza.

spointon, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of NeutroMan
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden straw color with good clarity. A hard pour yielded a solid white head that quickly vanished.

Aroma consists of grainy malts, wet hay, and cooked veggies. Maybe just a hint of smokiness, too. Flavors of bready malt, very crisp, with a slight sour twang at the end. A little thin on the palate, but overall this is a good attempt by Piece at a notoriously difficult style.

NeutroMan, Oct 06, 2011
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

ItsGotaBeUrBull, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

sdonegan, Jul 27, 2013
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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
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

birchstick, Dec 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

jschott75, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

RustyBoltz, Aug 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

kylehay2004, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

Arsenal0328, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear, golden-yellow color with a small, short-lived white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled of grains and sweet caramel with a touch of floral notes.

T - Good grain flavor with sweet caramel as a backbone. It had just a touch of spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light to medium bodied brew with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty nice Kolsch-style ale. It would be nice and refreshing on a hot Chicago day.

zeff80, Jul 06, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a growler with their Sunday Special. Split the pizza and growler with the GF. Served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow with a lively and bubbly body. A one finger pure white head forms on the pours and recedes to thin collar. Pretty standard.

S: Standard kolsch yeast with a light grassy hop flavor profile, pale malts and little hay.

T: The kolsch yeast hits you in the mouth right away and smooths out to nice light grassy hope profile on a pale malt backbone. The finish is light and hay-like.

M: Very light bodied with a nice carbonation with a clean and crisp mouthfeel. Refreshing to say the least with a high drinkability.

O: Easily drinkable with a balanced flavor profile. On a hot summer day this is a great beer.

Treebs, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of JDV
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this brew on tap at Piece. Pours very golden with a whitish light head. Smell is bready, lagery maltiness and slighty sweet. Taste is on the sweet malty side and is very crisp, refreshing and bubbly. Very easy drinking and a pretty damn good kolsch, I thought. Solid beer.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

WoodBrew, Nov 23, 2013
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Golden Arm from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
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