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4 Pines Kolsch - 4 Pines Brewing Company

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4 Pines Kolsch4 Pines Kolsch

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BA SCORE
80
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
4 Pines Brewing Company visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: vancurly on 08-23-2008)
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Photo of liamt07
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

liamt07, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of jraldous
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

jraldous, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of kazoo
3/5  rDev -14.3%

kazoo, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

pin, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of mungus
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

mungus, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

tbeckett, May 07, 2012
Photo of machalel
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

machalel, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of jarmby1711
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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

jarmby1711, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of hopnerd
3.5/5  rDev 0%

hopnerd, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of shambeano
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

shambeano, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of joecast
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

joecast, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of argon
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

argon, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale straw yellow colour with medium white head. Extremely clear

Subdued is a good word here. I get a little bit of dough yeast, some floral notes and a strange cardboard smell. Perhaps I'm used to drinking more pungent aromatic beers.

Really clean, crisp taste. Lemon, yeast, some floral notes perhaps chamomile. It's definitely refreshing.

Mouthfeel is delicately carbonated, thin body, perfect for this style.

Overall this beer is nice in palate, it goes down easy like lemonade.

, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of heygeebee
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

heygeebee, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

dansmcd, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -14.3%

danieelol, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of nanobrew
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Macca
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Macca, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.43/5  rDev -2%
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.

laituegonflable, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Kulrak
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Kulrak, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of juju7
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

juju7, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of spicelab
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

spicelab, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.73/5  rDev -22%
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.

CrazyDavros, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of diablo14
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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 ;)

diablo14, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

mulder1010, May 30, 2011
4 Pines Kolsch from 4 Pines Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.