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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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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

oso, Nov 23, 2012
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
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

RustyBoltz, Aug 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

BHep, Jul 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

olafphysics, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Treebs
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
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

veris, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

mhaugo, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
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
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
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
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 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
Golden Arm from Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
79 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.