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Golden Arm - Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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80
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.17%
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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4/5  rDev +15.9%

t0rin0, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

kylehay2004, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

emerge077, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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 zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

drewone, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

KAF, Oct 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

HuskyinPDX, Sep 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

WoodBrew, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a tasting glass at the brewery...One word describes this beer LIGHT. A light straw light in color super clear, light in aroma and taste, and the feel is lighter than water if that's possible. Now it is smooth to drink with a crisp finish. However, the taste is almost dead, light hops, but skunk is there.

nothing special here, can't even endorse as a session at this point.

jrallen34, Jun 26, 2010
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3/5  rDev -13%

mhaugo, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13%

gtermi, Sep 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

birchstick, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of JDV
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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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4/5  rDev +15.9%

RavenForBeer, Nov 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13%

ystazi, Mar 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

ajzy, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +8.7%

jschott75, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of spointon
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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
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Golden Arm from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.