Wünderbier Kölsch-Style Ale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Wünderbier Kölsch-Style AleWünderbier Kölsch-Style Ale

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 16
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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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.


Photo of tzieser
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Photo of bizweasel
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

Photo of Reidrover
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bought from Winco supermarket in S,Salem. $3.71 pours a bright joyful yellow ,slightly hazed, with a gorgeous plump and fluffy large white head. Malty,biscuity aroma with a touch of lemon zest andearth..nice stuff. Taste is much the same as the aroma but a bit of hop bitterness right at the end. Very nice mouth feel actually..thicker than expected and very smooth. Excellent summer beer.

Photo of flagmantho
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a little bit of haze and a pretty strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam. Pretty good!

Smell: sweet malt with a light, yeasty breadiness and a bit of a floral character. This rubs me the right way.

Taste: lightly sweet with more yeasty character; this is quite floral and there's a nice bitterness which is maybe a little on the strong side for a Kölsch, but is quite nice nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: light body but a huge carbonation yielding a giant, awesome creaminess. Shazam!

Overall: a perfectly cromulent Kölsch. Quaffable, interesting and tasty -- what more do you need?

Photo of Moose90
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served into 16oz pint, no date on bottle.

A — Very clear bodied beer, color is light pale yellow. There is a nice and rocky white colored head atop of it, lacing is spotty and fair.

S — Smells of light malts and is quite earthy, light grass and hay notes, light malt and yeast presence.

T — Tastes clean and refreshing, nice malt profile, a little earthiness to it.

M — Light bodied, easy to consume.

O — Better than I expected, not the best Kölsch ever, but it doesn't do the style any injustice either.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is refreshing, tasty, and easy to drink.

Photo of mobrado
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not offensive, but anyone who compares this favorably with real Kölsch must have had a different beer than I did.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
1/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

THE worst beer I've ever drank. Literally tastes like a watered down Bud Light.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a golden yellow color with a thick two finger head of pure white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a lightly bready malt smell with a good bit of caramel and a moderate graininess. Some faint hop aromas being mostly of a floral and herbal nature as well as a lightly lemon smell.

Taste – The taste starts with a quite crisp and bready flavor with a moderately sweet flavor of some orange, corn sugar, and a citrus nature. As the taste advances the sweeter flavors all grow slightly stronger while the bready flavors fade a bit. All while this occurs, so too comes some flavors of a light grassy and herbal nature which bring about a slightly crisper flavor to the beer. In the end with a light lemon flavor also joining the taste, one is left with a sweet, but crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the quite thin side with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are fantastic to the sweet and crisp characteristics of the beer and make for a great summer sipping brew.

Overall – A crisp and lower abv. brew with lots of nice flavors. Quite refreshing and one fantastic brew for the summer months.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

It pours a clear straw gold, heft amount of foam, has some decent lacing.

The smell is very much like you'd get from a light struck bottle of beer. That aside, there's oodles of grassy hops and some lemon. Malt wise, I don't seem to get any.

Big time grass in the taste with some grain and a real dank bitterness that isn't sharp but it sure does detract from the other flavours.

Good mothfeel but I fear this isn't a very drinkable brew for me.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Okay, I had this several times in a pint glass but low and behold I see that this is labeled a kolsch by style. So curiosity got the best of me and I had to further research this. Ah, yes and now I know that I am supposed to have this in a vessel called a stange. Okay, after calling upon a friend I was able to borrow one.
Here are the rest of my findings.
The appearance was a slightly cloudy yellow but decent transparency about it to allow a light carbonation to be seen rising. A one and a half finger-ed worth of white foamy head appeared and lasted less than thirty seconds. The lacing was light and sliding.
The smell was sweet corn with a delicate crisp citrus in a mellow way.
The taste was mainly the same.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp but still a worthy resounding smooth - refreshing.
Overall, so this is a kolsch. And now I want to pester Alaskan Brewing Company about why they don't sell these "stanges." Sorry Ninkasi if you're reading this. As for this beer, well I would definitely have it again.

Wünderbier Kölsch-Style Ale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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