Wünderbier Kölsch-Style Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Wünderbier Kölsch-Style AleWünderbier Kölsch-Style Ale

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18 Reviews
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Reviews: 18
Hads: 87
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 05-20-2014

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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 87
Reviews by DerAtomsmasher:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Sester stange. Pours a light straw amber with a big three finger white head that dissipates slowly go a thick cap, leaving lots of lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt, wheat, light caramel and grassy hops, what I expect from a Kolsch. Flavor is more bready malt with some biscuit, light citrus, a hint of wheat and a mild sweet / tart element to the malt and a bit of grassy hops in the finish. Light bodied. A light, malty, good domestic take on this style, with a slight sweetness that is atypical, but mild enough to work out fine. A refreshing light session beer. Nice to see this style being offered in the states; we rarely can sample it fresh. (658 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : stange

Clear, golden yellow with a thick, billowy white head.

Grassy, lightly sweet grains in both the aroma and taste.

Medium body, fizzy, active carbonation and a lightly crisp finish.

A very well done Kolsch, pleasant flavor, easy drinking. (254 characters)

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chossboss
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - wow, it seems to be the summer of the Kolsch, of late around here.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, chunky, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some craggy sea cliff lace around the glass as things evenly bleed away.

It smells of grainy, crackery pale malt, underripe apples and pears, a touch of hard water flintiness, and heady leafy, earthy, and grassy noble hops. The taste is more bready, doughy pale malt, a sort of biscuity graininess, still understated pome fruit notes, subtle field honey, and more prominent leafy, grassy hop bitterness.

The bubbles are nice and peppy in their equally fizzy and frothy nature, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, the hops agreeing to a gentleman's version of detente. It finishes trending dry, the grainy maltiness affording more extra time here than the attendant hops.

A lower ABV, easy-drinking, and mostly balanced summertime tipple, is what we have, folks. Nothing too complex or complicated, which is par for the course, and a nice segue into suggestions of where one might enjoy this offering right now. Oh, look at that - already done and done. (1,187 characters)

Photo of Nick29
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of breadwinner
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ninkasi knows their German styles -- huge fan of their helles lager, Lux. This one isn't bad, but I'm not sure it caputres the delicate fruitiness of a kolsch. I get, instead, a hefty helping of pils malt. It tastes pretty decent, perhaps a touch grainy, but it wants that hint of ale yeast fruitiness. (302 characters)

Photo of CasbahRock
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of TreeBear
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rfreed
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of LakerLeith
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Hazy straw color with one finger of white head. Medium head retention and some lace left on the side of the glass. Smell is slightly skunked, bready and some herbal hops. Taste is similar to the smell with the skunk less pronounced. Some lemon zest comes on in the middle and lasts into the dry lightly bitter finish. Light to medium mouthfeel and adequete carbonation. Overall with no date on the bottle and sitting in a well lit non refrigerated space I must assume conditions and age may have hurt the smell and flavor. (522 characters)

Photo of Booner818
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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12oz bottle picked up tonight at the 16th st. Albertsons... Poured into my little goblet... a polished golden... spotty white head is about par for the course.

Nose shows a lite fruitiness that moves quickly into plenty of Pils malt... More of a PNW interpretation with a grassy/herbaceous hoppiness.. too much hoppiness for its Continental brothers but right at home in Boise.

Flavor shows a nice soft pale maltiness.. Again the PNW shows in the bitter-backbone.. finishes with a slight minerally note and just dry enough... Very drinkable... crisp with smooth maltiness on the finish that begs for another sip...

Not really getting too much of the expected lite fruitiness to really make this a home-run... but this is certainly near perfect for an American take... and I actually like the PNW version better than any Kolsch I have had in recent memory.

4/4/4/4/4.25 (877 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of tzieser
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on a typical hot Tucson afternoon (only 100 outside today!) Served from a 22oz bottle into a standard 16oz pint. Bottling date is May 13 2015.

Look: Bright golden in color, crystal clear with millions of little bubbles feeding a white fluffy head that settles into a thin lacing. True to style.

Smell: Honey malt sweetness with a bit of dry grass (hops) in the back. Sweet yet fresh.

Taste: Sweet, honey-like barley malts up front with a bit of cracker/stale bread. Nice hoppy bite to balance with light flavors of grassy hops. Finishes dry and impeccable (no off flavors).

Mouthfeel: Slightly effervescent and carbonated. Great thirst quencher.

This is as good as any of the authentic Kolsch beers from Cologne. I even liked this better than Gaffel. Takes the crown from Four Peaks Sunbru as the best U.S. brewed Kolsch. A must try for kolsch lovers or German beer aficionados. Well done. (904 characters)

Photo of IAmSam
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BarloonBrown
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bizweasel
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally a Kolsch style from a NW brewer that is worthy of the association. So many others have tried and left me disappointed ...

Excellent as a food beer or just kicking back. The outstanding feature of this beer was the nose I got just when first opening the bottle. Mmmm, beer! (281 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

On draft at The Ginger Man, NYC.

Poured a clean straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light pilsner malt.

The taste offered a cracker malt with a touch of noble hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and very quaffable ale. (328 characters)

Photo of DrMindbender
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extremely pallid, sparklingly bubbly, solid-headed stab at a kölsch, whose taste nonetheless just doesn't quite measure up to these well-boding first blushes.

The nose has a nice barn-floor graininess, soft though it is, and the first flavor impression is dry, malty bite. However, the long, lingering finish has a sort of corn-creaminess that this beer's skeletal structure can't quite prop up; and it likewise imparts a slick but weighty slack on the tongue, which deadens its refreshment somewhat, despite the ale's ample effervescence. A handful of hop-bittering along the way keeps the creamy texture from entirely curdling Wünderbier's kölsch style, but can only strike so much towards a better balance.

It's certainly not bad, but on the other hand it's certainly not a dynamite kölsch—as its name would seem to ballyhoo—nor is it one of Ninkasi's stronger offerings. (886 characters)

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Wünderbier Kölsch-Style Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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