4 Pines Kolsch - 4 Pines Brewing Company
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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
3.6/5 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
3.88/5 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
3.43/5 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
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
3.35/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
05-23-2011 09:55:04 | More by ADZA
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
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
3.6/5 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
3.2/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
01-05-2014 00:14:36 | More by BeardedBoffin
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
3.03/5 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
3.28/5 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
3.98/5 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
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
4 Pines Kolsch from 4 Pines Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.