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Angry Angel Kolsch - Big Boss Brewing

Angry Angel KolschAngry Angel Kolsch

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.1%

Brewed by:
Big Boss Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cvstrickland on 06-13-2008)
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Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, straw coloring with a frothy, foamy, tall, white head. Aromas of toasted grain and very subtle bitterness. Light nose. Flavors are toasted forward, with a bitter and slightly resinous hops character. Light, slightly effervesced body with a crisp, clean finish. The aftertaste is toasted, slightly buttered, and hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 02:05:29 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of PrinceofPastures

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I moved to North Carolina, I must admit that I was disappointed by the first few local beers I tried. So I owe Big Boss Brewing a big boss thanks for restoring my faith in NC brews, and it's largely because of this beer. I thought their Bad Penny was average for a brown ale (not particularly fond of the style though, to be fair), but this Kolsch just hits the spot on a warm summer evening, or perhaps simply paired with a gourmet sandwich at lunch.

The beer itself was light and welcoming, like any cold-fermented and processed brew should be, and was the color of a cloudless horizon just 15 minutes after sunset - a feather-light orange, but with lots of life. Big Boss claimed "bisquit malt flavors" and "floral hop notes", citing an intentionally dry finish, and I'd say they met their assertions with vigor. The Angry Angel is indeed angry, as she'll twist your palate a hair more than your average Kolsch (though we both know there's no such thing as an average Kolsch), but you'll love her for it.

Big Boss created a new favorite summer beer of mine, and they'll certainly be receiving my regular business. On that note, the race begins to try all of their seasonals!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 00:43:19 | More by PrinceofPastures
Photo of jrstamp


2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Golden, clear, light carbonation.

S: Very estery, fruity banana, kinda over the top. Good hop / malt balance. Get some English hop character.

T: Tastes more like an English Bitter, but a little too estery for that. Really feel like this is fermented with an English ale yeast.

M: Low to medium moulthfeel. Fairly dry

O: Would not give this high marks as a Kolsh. Malt and hops would be good for a bitter, but even still would be a little estery.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 00:53:01 | More by jrstamp
Photo of tone77


3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some breadiness. Taste is crisp, hops, floral notes, some malts, bitter at the finish, refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 06:17:42 | More by tone77
Photo of RWLawman

North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Goldenrod, with almost non-existent head.

S- Smells of white grape, citrus, and grain.

T - Grape, apple, citrus, bitter fruit. Light grain profile. Dry aftertaste.

M - Moderate, to maybe a little watery.

O - Not my favorite beer by any stretch. Not repulsive, but definitely not even close to something I'd look for again in the future. Maybe it's the style, being more of a fan of malty, dark beers. However, I do enjoy a good pale ale from time to time. This Kolsch was a no-go for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 02:19:01 | More by RWLawman
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with brighter yellow highlights and some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a small thin patch of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering about three quarters of the surface, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a slight hint of graininess and light fruits (white grape and apple).

T: Upfront there is a moderate amount of biscuit malts with a light amount of sweetness with a faint hint of honey. Light amounts of grassy hops that contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades rather quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink and refreshing, a nice flavorful kolsch though perhaps a little lacking in hop presence. I could definitely have a couple of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 22:42:37 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a crystal clear pale straw color. A fingers worth of pearly white foam quickly dissipates to a ring around the rim. Leaves a bit of spotty lacing along the glass.

S - bright and concentrated aroma. White grapes at the forefront. Some floral notes and hints of stalky plants. Whisps of white flour crackers.

T - dry on the tip of the tongue. Lots of white grape flavor and some green apples with a hint of acidity which sways between grapey and lemony. Herbal character in the center giving an extra but of depth. Quick and crisp finish.

M - light bodied with a slightly watery texture. Medium carbonation keeps it surprisingly crisp.

O - i love a good kolsch. thought it is on the cooler side this it still hits the spot. Just awesome overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 02:02:14 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of JayQue


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a "make your own six-pack" at the Bayou Smokehouse store in Banner Eagle NC. Not bad for a Kolsch. Poured into a pint glass...a hazy dull gold color. Small white head with average retention and some lacing.

Smell is mild...grassy hops and a little bready malt.

Taste is pretty good. Aside from the basic lager flavors - mild maltiness and hops, there is a little lemon zest and funkiness going on....kind of like a Saison-very-Lite" that adds a bit of complexity to the beer. Goes beyond "at least it is better than Bud" as far as flavors go.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Just right for a summer refreshment, session beer/lawnmower beer. The amount of bitterness is just right for the style and the extra flavors give it a nice boost.

Overall one of the better Kolsch beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 17:21:05 | More by JayQue
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, rather wan straw yellow with a typical and not persistent white head. Malty aroma is more hopeful, though, with hints of apple, butterscotch and hops. Flavor is malty with subtle fruity and hoppy notes, nothing special. Texture has below average body and average fizz. Guess this isn’t Big Boss’ best, or maybe my bottle came from a bum batch.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:23:08 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated July 2011 (production date).

pours a hazy yellow straw color with a small, fragile white head. Some sediment was left on the bottom of the bottle; a portion of this was added mid-tasting.

The aroma is faint but pleasant, featuring pale malt with a hint of floral hops. ... yes, there is more than a trace of hops here, leaving a reported IBU of 20. The flavor largely follows the aroma. However, this is very mildly bitter although it smells a bit sweet. Also, a lightly baked biscuit flavor and a hint of citrus come out in the taste.

M - light bodied; semi-dry finish

O - as expected for style, this is not very flavorful or aromatic. This Kolsch is well-balanced and easily recommended if you like this style. It is refreshing and thirst quenching.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 22:38:01 | More by chinchill
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a great two finger head. Head retention stays until the last drop.

The aroma is full spicy hop yet still has a hint of sweet malt. Great balance!

The flavor is clean yet you get a taste of spicy hops, a little pine like in the finish. The hops are balanced out with a clean grain like and sweet malt bread flavor. Now, these flavors are not over done, they are just great for the style.

Light in body with a mild carbonation. Very easy to drink!

Over all the brewery did justice to this style of German ale and during the hotter months I feel this ale will be a regular in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 06:56:52 | More by Luigi
Photo of ccrida


3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark gold with a big bubbled, small white head that quickly dissipates, leaving very light lace.

Smell is light, sweet, a hint of herbal hops.

Taste has a light, fruity ester, some hop bitterness on the finish, a hint of tobacco leaf. A little generic though.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp.

Drinkability is pretty high, a light session ale, on the sweet side, just nothing interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:15:57 | More by ccrida
Photo of womencantsail


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a white head.

S: Citrus and floral hops to begin with. Some bready malts and a hint of grass follows. Light lemon peel notes and a little bit of straw. Just a little bit yeasty and fairly crisp.

T: Starts off somewhat sweet and malty with some nice bread flavor. Despite their prominence on the aroma, there is only a light citrus hop note. A touch of straw, mild grass, and a soft bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Usually random kolsches are not beers I expect to be any good, but this was pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 07:47:46 | More by womencantsail
Photo of smakawhat


2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass as a slender makeshift stange.

A pale lemon yellow body clear as all get out with constant rising carbonation. Very good retention foamy cap of white and even some sticky clumps on the glass.

Smell is predominantly baked bread, as buttered on with sweetness from a bakery, maybe even like a white cocoa. Interesting.

Taste is really weird, but with a big toasted bread sense on the finish. Palate is just dry DRY and grain, extremely medicine bitter, with grassy sense and not tasting hop bitter. Light bodied almost wet but dry palate scorching extremely dry in feel.

Kind of a strange one, seems like it would have been alright but this is pretty strange tasting Kolsch. I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:00:55 | More by smakawhat
Photo of mactrail


3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pleasant pale spritzy beer.

Big foam up but retains a lot of head. Quite carbonated on the tongue. Almost not beer colored. Chill haze. Hoppy initial taste, extremely light bodied. Bitterness fades but leaves a faint dishwatery taste. Rather tart.

When there is not a lot of flavor to deal with, it ought to be more pleasing. I would not want a big schooner of this. I wish it had an interesting aftertaste, at least.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 01:18:54 | More by mactrail
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle to a pils glass. Pours a very light amber with a light foamy head that sticks around. Solid malt backbone with a little fruitiness. Light and crisp mouthfeel - missing the creaminess I would expect. Finishes slightly bitter after a slight blast of hops. This is a very easy drinking ale, but I question its pedigree as a kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 05:13:08 | More by raszputini
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Kolsch glass]

The pour was a hazy medium amber, almost gold in color with a very small white fizzy head that disappeared in a matter of seconds and had some really poor lacing.

The aroma was very mild of a light bread malts, a light floral hop and had a slight scent of an earthy yeast with a hint of citrus (lemon).

The taste at first was slightly bitter and mildly acidic with a nice malt characteristic, it then became a bit bitterer and had a nice dose of wheat and just a very light touch of citrus at the end with the flavor lasting only a short time on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was creamy and a little dry in texture with a light to medium body and a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a mild/flavorful tasting brew that is very easy to drink...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 21:05:07 | More by KajII
Photo of Deadheadbill


4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bottle to a Pils glass.

A - Nice golden color with about an inch of fine white head which left medium lacing on the glass as it dissipated.

S - yeasty with a slight fruitiness to it.

T - Like the smell, Malty and slightly fruity mid palate followed nicely by medium hoppy bitterness.

M - Towards the upper spectrum of light-bodied, crisp mouthfeel, but with more of a lushness than most Kolsch's.

D - Nice, crisp beer with appropriate hoppyness and more flavor than your typical Kolsch. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 19:39:06 | More by Deadheadbill
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A few bottles picked up at Carrboro Beverage Co. by the little lady... poured into a stange...

A: Pours a slightly hazy, pale gold; snowy white, 1-inch head leaves some specks of lace and manages some thin foamy retention.

S: Very doughy... almost too much; wet bread; some light grains and a touch buttery.

T: Bready malts; nice, surprisingly crisp bitterness on the finish that follows up the malty sweetness.

M: Close to medium-bodied; medium level of carbonation; crispy and smooth.

D: A very drinkable brew. Good for long days of grilling, watching football, etc.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 20:32:22 | More by jpro
Photo of Soonami


4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big Boss Angry Angel is a beer I received as part of a mix of local beers from a friend for Christmas. I only just now got to reviewing it because I've been on a diet, but tonight I decided I deserved a beer and I figured this would be light and not too bad of a cheat.

The beer is yellowish amber, not as pale as I am used to for a Kolsch, but not bad. It was a bit hazy and there were little bits floating in it, which should not be in a light lager like this. There was also very little head, which is disappointing and it kept the aromas from really being expressed. The zesty noble hops are apparent as is a sweet yeasty bread in the nose. The beer is slightly sweet with a pear or grape-like fruitiness with a crisp bitterness that does a good job of balance. The beer is definitely on the light end, but very refreshing. The aftertaste is dry with a little bit of toasted grain that persists and there is a nice bit of acidity and bit from the carbonation.

This is a very excellent, easy drinking beer that readily quenches my thirst. Definitely not the most complex beer, but for the style, this is a very good example and one I would definitely welcome more of.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 06:09:18 | More by Soonami
Photo of tchenery


3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice golden color, has a lot of haze though. There is really no head to speak of.

It has a distinct light bread malt smell with a bit of fruit sneaking in there too. It's not unpleasant.

The beer has a very dry mouthfeel and tastes highly carbonated. It has a pretty smooth taste, but I can't really put my finger on what it tastes like. It's kind of like white raisins or almost an English pale ale flavor. There is a nice bitter kick at the end that works well with the dryness of it.

Beer is not as clean as I'd like, but it's good.

It's no wonder breweries choose this style frequently for their summer brew, pretty delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 21:59:00 | More by tchenery
Photo of Walkersan

North Carolina

1.65/5  rDev -53%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

If you gave me this beer and didn't tell me what the style was, Kolsch would be the LAST thing I would ever guess. It's cloudy and has heavy biscuit flavor. I don't mind those two things so much, but they have no place in a kolsch.

In addition, the beer is very inconsistent. I've had it on several occasions now, and it has been very notably different every time. Last night I had two in a row, at the same restaurant, as an experiment. They tasted the same, but looked like totally different beers.

In all fairness, the beer itself isn't TERRIBLE (which is why I gave it an above average drinkability rating), but as a representative of the Kolsch style of beer, it is a complete and utter failure. My ratings for smell, appearance and taste are based on how far off the Kolsch target this thing was.

Bud Light is more like a Kolsch than Angry Angel is.

SUMMARY: the beer is decent if you stand it alone. it' fails hard when you try and call it a kolsch.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 15:13:32 | More by Walkersan
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, lemony yellow with a thin layer of foam that spreads out to a ring and a film of white. There's a sickening green tinge to the beer that is unsettling. The general impression is of urine with a bit of froth on top, you know in the bottom of the urinal after you've broken up the cigarette butts.

The smell and the taste are identical so I see no reason to write about them separately. The flavor is very familiar, but I'm having trouble putting my finger on it. The hops and the malts play together to bring this flavor about and the closest I can come to figuring it out is to liken it to butterscotch. That's not right, so I'll just speak to the different elements. The hops are floral as good Noble Hops are, and leave some bitterness. The malts bring a buttery sweetness with a bit of biscuit. There's a slight spice tone, perhaps cardamom.

The mouthfeel is not that of a kolsch. If I were reviewing this as another style of light ale then I would have been more favorable, but a kolsch is characterized by a nice clean, crisp mouthfeel. This has a bitter wash that lingers a bit.

Senator, I knew kolsch and you sir are no kolsch. Okay, well maybe it is a kolsch, but not a particularly well-executed one. It missed on the one key element of a kolsch and that was the mouthfeel. This is not a beer I am likely to try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 03:05:49 | More by Naugros
Photo of Cylinsier


3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light yellowy gold, not quite crystal clear, with a fine white head. Dissipates to a film.

Smells grainy and mildly sweet.

Tastes grainy, with some barley bitterness, and a bit of sweet malt.

Feels moderate with mild carbonation.

Good, easy to drink and sessionable. Refreshing after a warm day. Another winner from Big Boss.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 01:23:40 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Kegatron


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a stange.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with a finger of frothy bright-white head. Thin yet still rich retention yields a strong cascade of creamy lacing. The aroma is fresh and pleasant in the nose, with a floral perfume-like character and notes of lemon zest and sweet grains.

The taste is sweet with lightly toasted biscuit character which mixes in with some gentle fruity flavors. Dry spicy hops prickle the tongue, lingering into the finish and parching the palate a little. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied but still has a decent amount of presence in the mouth, with a firm crispness to the carbonation which keeps this refreshing.

This was a quality take on the Kölsch-Style, that while not being most flavorful I've had, still brought enough to the table to stay interesting and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 16:33:26 | More by Kegatron
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Angry Angel Kolsch from Big Boss Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.