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4 Pines Kolsch - 4 Pines Brewing Company

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4 Pines Kolsch4 Pines Kolsch

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80
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31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 68
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 21.84%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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4 Pines Brewing Company
Australia | website

Style | ABV
Kölsch | 4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: vancurly on 08-23-2008

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Photo of diablo14
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
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 ;)

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Photo of mulder1010
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of mcselecta
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
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

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Photo of dgilks
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of vancurly
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4 Pines Kolsch from 4 Pines Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.