4 Pines Kolsch - 4 Pines Brewing Company
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.89/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
03-06-2013 06:28:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
More User Reviews:
2.73/5 rDev -22%
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.
06-24-2011 10:55:25 | More by CrazyDavros
4/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
08-12-2011 13:00:21 | More by Kulrak
2.93/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
07-10-2011 05:08:15 | More by spicelab
3.21/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
08-22-2013 12:15:17 | More by foles
4.08/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
01-26-2012 07:53:13 | More by joecast
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
11-23-2012 19:20:49 | More by liamt07
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
Decent enough. Sessionable.
10-09-2011 06:25:18 | More by Macca
4/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
08-04-2011 08:58:10 | More by juju7
3.13/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
01-10-2012 00:54:55 | More by argon
3.03/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
05-30-2011 09:05:10 | More by mulder1010
3/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
05-29-2013 10:47:13 | More by soju6
3.28/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-23-2008 06:13:10 | More by vancurly
3.43/5 rDev -2%
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.
10-09-2011 00:46:56 | More by laituegonflable
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