4 Pines Kolsch - 4 Pines Brewing Company

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4 Pines Kolsch4 Pines Kolsch

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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4 Pines Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: vancurly on 08-23-2008

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by BeardedBoffin:
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer exits the bottle a dark yellow color with thin white foam. It looks about right. The aroma is surprisingly strong with heavy notes of bread dough. Grass speckles the background. As time goes on, the aroma subsides some, but continues to be very strong for this style, although certainly not offensive. The palate presents a heavy dose of bread as well along with some nice grainy pale malt. A slight kiss of bitterness sends it on its way. Nothing wrong with this beer, pretty average for the style. A nice drinker on a warm summer afternoon.

More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden amber with a large fading head.
Nose shows sweet bready malt, floral hops and hints of citrus. Quite soft, almost plain.
Similar flavours, hints of lemon, off-putting bready/grainy malt and a metallic bitterness.
Carbonation is too high.

Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a bright golden straw color with 1cm or so of white, chunky head that laces all the way down. The smell is of floral noble hops. The taste is very clean, but with some munich malts and slight hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and slightly tingly. Overall, it's very drinkable, and despite being very light, it tastes very much like beer. I'll be looking for it next time.

Photo of spicelab
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden honey, clear and bright, with a finger of airy white head that falls away completely in under a minute.

Tangerine, sweet pineapple and moderately sharp grassy notes underlaid by a dull metallic, grainy character.

Oh dear. The hops have taken their bat and ball and gone home. What remains has very little to differentiate it from a common Australian Lager. Reminds me of a couple of weekends back at the footy drinking Carlton Draught. There's just an ever so slight generic fruit presence that salvages it a bit.

Mouthfeel is again more reminiscent of an Aussie Lager, with busy soft drink style carbonation. It seems to work with the rest of the package however, and it's nice and crisp.

Meh. It's most redeeming characteristic is that it's clean and refreshing, otherwise it's dull and boring.

Photo of foles
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden yellow, with a white head. Slight citrus & lemon on the nose. Possibly pale malt, but not detecting pils malt. Some bitter lemony hops on a pleasant pale malt base. As a purist I can't see how its called a kolsch without german hops or pils malt. However, a nice drinkable beer for a warm day.

Photo of joecast
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear, very light golden color. Thin white head leaves a bit of lacing. Medium carbonation.

Great aroma here. Light citrus and honey malt. Very appealing.

Light honey malt in the taste sets a nice base for the beer. Restrained bitterness cuts through the sweetness giving it a lot more character than expected.

Still waiting to have a bad beer from these guys. They know hops. I like hops. Sounds like a good match o me. Oh, and kudos for their etched bottle dating.

Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason, 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Filtered golden orange, with a white head. Leaves a ring of retention and light lacing. Nose is fruity, some sweet grape notes, oranges, sweet breadiness and grains. Taste has more grainy bread character, mild fruitiness and some sweet malt in the finish. Mild bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation. A nice fruitier lager.

Photo of Macca
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear bright golden colour with a minimal white head.

Getting some pleasant grassy notes on the nose. Fresh and clean. A bit of bready malt.

Very similar on the palate. A bit of citrus too. Bitterness is there but not assertive.

Light bodied.

Decent enough. Sessionable.

Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much spot on as a kolsch.

Golden straw in colour with a small tight head. Yeasty aromas and a hint of strawberry.

Smooth, mild bitterness and fine carbonation. While it feels like there isn't much to say about this beer, there isn't much to critique either.

It's good. That's that.

Photo of argon
3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was sent a bottle direct from the brewery for sampling.

Very bright pale straw colour, well carbonated with an initially large white head that lightly laced the glass. Good looking beer that would appeal to the everyday drinker recognizable as a familiar beer.

Not much in the way of malt, nor hop aroma. Did get some very slight sulfur that persisted as it warmed up. Not a very exciting beer to smell. Again, nothing offensive, just reasonably unexciting. No light fruitiness at all.

The flavour, same as the aroma is nothing too exciting. It is very clean and crisp with a very light (hardly perceptible) slight mineral and sulfur character. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness balanced to the point of neither being present.

Well attenuated and dry to medium body, crisp with bitterness that is well balanced, leaving a very sessionable beer.

Overall i think it's a very well made beer. I would like the beer a little more if, using this base, a little more fruity fermentation character was present and maybe a touch more malt presence.

I can understand that this beer (and Kolsch in general) can be seen as a gateway beer to craft beer. However, there is a dilemma that the brewer faces, in that the average beer drinker won't go for it, cause it tastes very similar to the commercial stuff they drink all the time. Whereas the beer aficionado will be looking for something with a bit more character as a special one off, or even as a go to beer.

For mine, the beer right now, is too similar (although very well made and much more drinkable) to 90% of the stuff that is both cheaper and more widely available.

Photo of mulder1010
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML poured into a globe glass

A-- Poured a clear, straw gold color. Good amount of bubbles from the pour. Very short lived bright white head that went to spotty film. Good head on swirling. Got a two finger head when swirled and that quickly died down.

S-- Got some spicy hops at first and once it warmed I started getting metal, soap, vegetables and a little bit of sweetness with this. Smells more like a better version of VB really.

T-- Very clean taste. No bitterness even with some spicy hops. Metal and stewed vegetables.

M-- Light, bubbly and crisp. A bit of a bread taste mixed with vegetables. Finishes with a sweet bread taste.

O-- Does not wow me, or impress me. First impression is a better version of Toohey's or VB. Am sticking with that. Makes me think this was branded a Kolsch to sound hip and trendy while they brewed a better version of an adjunct.

Photo of soju6
2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: Fairly mild aroma of citrus, malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of some malt sweetness with a bit of fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, smooth with just a bit of crispness and somewhat refreshing although a bit bland.

O: A drinkable non-offensive offering for the style.

Photo of vancurly
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a bit worried about the approach Aussie brewers have towards Kolsch. For some it's a license to brew Sauvignon Blanc; for others, a chance to brew standard fare, but give it a funny name.

For the life of me, I could barely distinguish this ale from certain Australian premium lagers. But this isn't to detract from the beer itself, it's just that Aussie Kolschs perplex me.

a) Clear, yellow straw, quick-sinking white head.
s) Metallic, sulfur. I'm thinking something between Crown & Cascade. Combo of pale malts and what I guess is PoR. It warms into fruity notes, fresh grain, grassy herbs.
f) Not far from the nose. Firmly bitter.
m) Quite dry, refreshing.
d) Good session beer. But at $6.50 a schmiddy, is very expensive for standard fare.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw colour, mild haze and light bead. Head is webbed out, pretty uneventful though; thin trail of lace. Pretty dull, really.

Smells fairly fresh and pleasant. Mild citric notes and some floral characters - grass and chamomile with notable cereal grain notes hiding behind as well. Not amazing but fairly fresh and enjoyable.

Taste is grainy for the most part, with plenty of cereal notes, oats and barley and a growing bitterness that starts midway and gets slightly more astringent towards the back. Fairly citric with lemon and grapfruit, developing a more phenolic, spicy bite on the finish. Hint of pepper to the very back. Decent, and intriguing, if not overly delicious.

Fairly light body lets the carbonation show through, not too severely though so it's OK.

Decent, interesting beer. Which is more than I can say for most Kölsches.

Photo of camlaw16
4.36/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Kolsch was like no other German-style beer I've had before. It had the citrus flavor of a Blue Moon or Sam Adam's Summer Ale, but a hoppy flavor that comes in on the finish that features a nice balance of the sweet lemon flavor.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.89/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The tail-end of Sydney's summer is wagging, so after a hot walk home this seemed like a sensible option. I've had it on tap here, there, and everywhere around the place but have never reviewed it, and I'm not sure I've ever had it from the bottle before either. This is a 330ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Looks good, like it should: perfectly clear pale golden colour, with a firm, slightly frothy but fine head of pure white. Minimal streaking lace, fine carbonation which is actually rather languid in the glass. Body looks pleasantly light, except for those bubbles which seem swamped in a much thicker, heavier beer. I started with "looks good", and I've seen nothing to change my mind.

Nose is fine. Crisp, light grainy malt characters, with a light cereal greenness. Hops are muted, but noticeable: they're enough to provide a little balance at least. Some faint floral overtones, and a suggestion of metal. It's crisp, light and calm. Perfectly acceptable.

Taste is also perfectly acceptable: clean light malt jangles with faint grain characters, crisp firm hop tones provide a direct but tamed vector down the centre of the palate. Crisp finish with some husky flavours rounding it out: it's pleasant. Feel is really quite smooth throughout, carbonation is reigned in nicely but provides a subtle lift to the flavours, and aids the crispness on the finish.

In terms of clean, drinkable beers, it's pretty hard to fault this. Some might pejoratively say this is a "lager-drinkers ale" (perhaps spitting on the ground as they do), but I like to think that it's an ale aspiring to the true greatness that only a lager can provide. It's a good alternative in any case, and I'm happy this is getting a wider distribution.

Photo of dansmcd
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Furiously effervescent with aggressive waves of bubbles surging upwards to the surface. Pale golden colour with a thick, soapy white head and sticky chunks of lacing all around. Really nice looking.

S - Quite sweet with some grassy hops, spice and faint yeast.

T - Low profile grain, corn and grass.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Refreshing and crisp.

O - Not a bad kolsch at all, which is far from one of my favourite styles. Holds up well from start to finish.

Photo of ADZA
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a nice looking pale see through golden straw hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a soapy,sudsy two finger head and leaves behind some sporadic lacing,the is fruit toast,cinamon and herbal spicy hops,it has a light bodied well carbonated mouthfeel and has gentle tastes of lemon zest,cinamon,pale malts and finished with a grassy,herbal,hoppy dryness and overall its alright and have had worse examples of this style.

Photo of diablo14
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, kolsch isn't really the most exciting style of beer going around. You could probably define it as a sophisticated lager of sorts. Others have suggested that some breweries have called their premium lagers 'kolsch' to make it sound more exotic and trendy, and as far as this brew goes, they are probably right.

It's certainly not a terrible beer. It pours a solid golden color, with plenty of bubble and a generous head that has staying power. The nose is slightly disappointing, there's some fruit aromas screaming to come to the forefront, but they are buried by a metallic scent, and instead of being malty, ends up smelling more like rice or corn.

However, the taste gives substantially more than the nose. There is a blast of hops front and back, with citrus and passionfruit tones in between, and the grain backbone doesn't taste as cheap as it smells. The beer is crisp, yet has body, and sits well even after two or three.

All in all, this effort is a premium lager, not a kolsch, but still pleasant enough, and goes down easy enough that I could neck a six pack without thinking too much. Except if my wallet was hurting ;)

Photo of heygeebee
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From notes @ Harts Pub

Pours a light straw colour, good bubbles with a half finger head. Head recedes. No real lacing.

Aromas of lemons, grapefruit - light delicate restrained

Taste is also light and restrained, malt driven, with a bitterness at finish. All of the above does NOT shout macro tho....

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, refreshing.

Overall, great cold beer, but also a very very good sessionable one. A real find on tap.

Photo of SmashPants
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Format: standard 330mL dark brown bottle, reasonable craft label.

Appearance: pours a clear light gold with a decent and strong half-finger of off-white head. Decent lacing also.

Aroma: some clean cereal grain aromas and a touch of fruit and floral. Quite light, but nice all the same.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose - very clean and quality cereal grains with that touch of floral and fruit again. Quality.

Aftertaste: the flavours hang about for a time - very easy drinking.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate carbonation that brings the flavours through quite smoothly.

Overall: a decent version of the Kölsch - clean in feel and with a good flavour profile. Pretty damn good for AU$60 a case.

Photo of mcselecta
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great sessional Kolsch. Not exactly true to style, but is a nice Australian interpretation. Great citrus/passionfruit hops, and with it being filtered, presents extremely beautifully. Carbonation is medium-high, an almost spritzy level. Superior on tap

Photo of jarmby1711
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale and a moderately cloudy it retained a fine white head
Smells very faintly of citrus leaves and malt
The citrous tones are evident , perhaps more lime and there is a resinous mid palate overlaying a unsweetened malt.
Thickish in the mouth and resonably tart to finish .
Not a sessionable ale for me , more of a quick cleanser on a hot Sydney evening

Photo of shambeano
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass!

A- Pours a clear golden yellow with about a cm of really bubbly head that quickly subsides to next to nothing.

S- a touch of malt straight up, a little bit of sweetness, some herbally grassy hop in there as well.

T- again, some sweetish malts to begin with, with the same hop flavours finishing it off but maybe with a touch of lemon as well, slight bitterness rounds everything out. nothing too special, but nothing unpleasant. above average.

M- lighter bodied, some tingly carbonation. drys the mouth only a little.

O- not too strong on flavours, but everything is pleasant. easy drinking, and on a hot day i could have and enjoy several.

Photo of Steppenwolf
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Seems to have a complexity to it, jumping from gold (just shy of old gold) to a bronzed chroma and back again. Sophisticated, glossy and tranquil. Perfect fleece. This would make the most dedicated tea-totaler surrender. Immediately offers potential.

Smell: Not marked, yet if you quaff with the dedication of a scholar there is a note of fresh barley hidden there.

Taste: Confirmed. Barley and hay parrying with each other, a lingering (yet very delicate and polite) sweetness on the front. Mineral suggestions. Exceedingly well balanced. Nothing stands forth and heralds you, but the overall mood is one of relaxed agreeability. Behind this shyness lies a sincere and principled session-beer.

** I gratefully treat myself to another.

Mouthfeel: A medium-body which goes down effortlessly, softens the throat. Beyond just the mouth my whole upper GI-tract acquiesces. Wow.

Overall: I can now reverently understand why the kölsch waiters in Cologne will keep refilling you unprompted, and this beer seems to be a distinguished example of such commitment to unassuming quality.

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