4 Pines Kolsch - 4 Pines Brewing Company
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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
4.15/5 rDev +18.6%
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
04-02-2011 07:13:31 | More by mcselecta
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
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
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
4/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
01-05-2012 05:28:24 | More by heygeebee
3.98/5 rDev +13.7%
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
04-19-2012 07:20:32 | More by jarmby1711
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
3.89/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
05-11-2013 09:29:19 | More by Steppenwolf
3.88/5 rDev +10.9%
Very light malt aroma with slightly spicy hops.
Clear, straw colour with a nice white head. Great lace.
Light, crisp malt flavour. No graininess. Slightly too hoppy.
Light body with crisp carbonation. Slightly astringent.
Good, easy to drink and refreshing. Tasty.
10-29-2010 11:07:08 | More by dgilks
3.73/5 rDev +6.6%
Appearance: Bright yellow with a thick pure-white head. Head only lasts for an average amount of time, but leaves persistant lacing down the glass.
Aroma: Strong, but not overpowering. Melon, citrus, a bit of malt, and some fresh almost noble type hoppiness.
Taste: Light and refreshing, citrusy and a little sharp. A good amount of bitterness (claimed 22 IBU) to balance the malt. Nothing stands out as a fault, but not inspiring either.
Mouthfeel: Quite light, reasonable carbonation, and a touch dry. Very well balanced.
Overall: A well balanced, light, citrusy, sessionable, and morish ale. It doesn't set out to break any boundaries, except maybe the boundary between macro and micro. Drinkers from both sides of the fence should be able to enjoy this drop. It is mild enough that the former won't get an unexpected taste suprise, and interesting enough that the latter wont get too bored.
My first 4-Pines brew, and I'm definitely going back to try their other offerings.
04-24-2012 08:23:50 | More by machalel
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
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 ;)
06-17-2011 19:24:26 | More by diablo14
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
3.6/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
12-13-2011 02:29:43 | More by dansmcd
4 Pines Kolsch from 4 Pines Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.