Endless River - Mother Earth Brewing

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BA SCORE
88
very good

296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 39
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: atsprings on 11-08-2009

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at The Scullery in Greenville, NC

A: Pours a clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some brassy highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy white head that reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall the aroma is light with light to moderate notes of cracker malts with just a hint of light fruit (white grape). There are light amounts of floral hops as well. Slightly sweet smelling.

T: Upfront there is a lightly sweet cracker malt flavor that also includes some notes of white grape sweetness. There are light flavors of floral and grassy hops that impart a light to moderate bitterness which lasts through the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Another enjoyable brew from Mother Earth - these guys make some really enjoyable and easy drinking beers. Super easy to drink and refreshing on a warm day - matched well with the BLT and black bean burgers at lunch.

Photo of smakawhat
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a small stange glass.

A real nice golden and supper brassy body. Lots of sticking cola carbonation and crystal clear, with some small rising as well. Eventually the cola bubbles disappear leaving a mix of small and fast rising bubbles . Head is bleach white and very soapy, but has real good staying power even after a good period of time and rest. A real nice looking brew.

Nose is a bit of sticky yeast. There's a bit of earth quality to this with a mild earthy soily dirt and hop front. Hints of toasty white bread and baked oven quality. Fairly solid.

Palate hits the right notes. Light bodied with a wine like dry white simple table but without the sourness. Crisp malt and a fruity grape like finish, but gives a great toasted white bread taste. Extremely clean, but has a real solid malt backbone. Malt aspect creeps up slowly, not much of a big rush though, but subtle and pleasant.

Overall a real solid Kölsch, and probably one of the few that I've had that reminds me of ones that are German. Always in search of the ultimate Kölsch, the Kwest continues in earnest.

Photo of jacket_fan
2.87/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured aggressively from a growler into a pint glass

A
More amber than yellow. Little lace after pouring.

S
Earthy and straw like. Not appealing to me and not what I recall from the growler store.

T
This is my first Kolsch. Not what I was expecting and now not a favorite. If this is a lager I am missing something. While not bitter, there is an interesting, center of the tongue bite that is unusual.

O
A new style of beer for me and not one that hit the spot. Obviously others liked this beer, but it did not suit my taste. Perhaps it sat in the growler too long. I went skiing in Montana.and left it in the fridge opened. Will have to revisit Kolschs in the future to make a final decision.

Photo of Mojo
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours up a pale straw with not much head and almost no lacing. It is clear enough to read a newspaper through. Smell is malt, biscuit, grasses, and floral. Taste is pretty sweet upfront followed by a nice, but mildly tangy finish. Not a whole lot of hops to it, but still nice. Not every beer has to be some massive hop bomb to be good. Mouthfeel is fairly full without a whole lot of carbonation. Not too shabby, especially if you are looking for something that is very sessionable.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.16/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Hannen Alt glass on 9/30/12

The color of pineapple juice, but not as cloudy. One thumb cap of white foam.

Buttered bread and grains are at the fore of the aroma, backed up with earthy hops. Hints of metallic hops and steamed veggies. The taste is mostly comprised of qualities mentioned in the former of the two prior sentences. Very grainy, and somewhat buttery. Hops are appropriately low. The metal and vegetal notions are absent here. The feel is a plush medium-light, with a rolling graininess and soft, billowy carbonation.

Overall: Though not the best take on a Kolsch in the region (COAST handily has that distinction), this is easily drinkable and better than I was expecting based on the aroma.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-Thanks to my buddy Trask for this brew!

A- some what clear yellow green in color. Anice fluffy head that is about a finger with nice sticky lacing on the pint.

S- doughy floral hops. This is very nice, love the aroma. light on the malt as well.

T- A very nice floral and biscuity flavor. This is very smooth and very good. A perfect complement i dare say.

M- light and creamy. It is very smooth yet slightly chewy.

O- Honestly one of the best Kolsch's i have ever had....phenomenal!

Photo of fastrodney
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a pick-yer-6 @ Whole Foods. Poured into my trusty Sam glass.

A: Dark straw. Thick, light-colored head.

S: Straw with a hint of grain.

T: Sweet. Grain. Wheat and possibly corn?

M: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

O: A sweet beer with strong wheat and corn flavor. Only a hint of hops lurking somewhere. A very drinkable summer brew to be sure, but not a standout in its style. I was intrigued by the grain-like taste that I cannot describe better than "straw-like" but not in any sort of negative sense. Interesting.

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to crunkchiggin2002 for this interesting beer.

Pours a light fizzy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace with spotty lacing, over brilliantly clear golden straw yellow color.

NOse starts with light grainy malts, little straw and toasted hay, a pislner like nose to start, a hint of a fruitiness, slight wet hay like, just a touch of grassy hops I think. It almost seems like a pilsner like lager, not Kolsch.

Taste start with light grassy noble like hops interestingly, little fruitiness that builds and gives a weird but interesting tangy almost overripened borderline soured fruit flavor. Some light malts, little straw and toasted grain, hint of wet hay, all very light. A light clean and crisp demeanor, and juicy soft malt profile. Finish is is dry and crisp, a decent bitterness in the background with light grassy flavor, and a bit of that fruity slightly soured like flavor.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, soft and creamy, layered almost decoction like, decent carb.

Overall fairly impressed. Most places try to go overboard with a Kolsch, or way under and it has no flavor. For an ale this is loaded with lager like flavors which is great for a Kolsch. Nice malts, soft almost decoction layered feel, and interesting fruit flavor that gives and interesting and weird slight tangy like flavor.

Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros to giving me a bottle of this as he had extras. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a light one finger head that quickly faded to leave a thin white blanket and minimal side lacing.

S - Nice malty bread/biscuit notes, slightly floral earthy hops.

T - Taste isnt bad, above average. More of the lgiht, bready malts and sweetness, along with floral earthy hops. Not bad. Not stellar, but not bad.

M - Mouthfeel isnt all that bad either. Quite nice and drinkable.

O - Overall this was a nice Kolsch. Not my favorite representation of the style, but its still pretty good.

Photo of daliandragon
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw color with off white head. Visible carbonation slows after the initial rush. Lace is wet but persistent. Nose is crystal malt and spicy hops with a grapeskin vibe.

Full bodied flavor with biscuit notes that matures into a noble hop finish and a clean aftertaste. Carbonation is a little high in my eyes but I realize that is being true to the style. A lot to like here, overall. Not a thin yellow lager, this has complexity and drinkability, and certainly qualifies as refreshing as well. i'm not sure i'd drink it mowing the lawn but certainly after.

Photo of Luigi
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy straw color with a two finger white head that retains and sticks around the glass for the life of the ale.

The aroma is light with doughy slightly sweet malt, honey like. That malt is matched with a bright clean citrus hop.

The taste is light a clean, with out compromising any flavor. Biscuit malt and soft grassy grain. Lemon zest, probably from the perfect use of citrus hops.

Light in body, crisp and clean on the palate, with a small amount of citrus lingering of the tongue.

I held for a long time to try this new brewery out and was not disappointed. Glad to get fresh batches being only an hour away.

Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice clear light yellow/straw color with a thin white head.

S: Smells like a bit of sweet grainy malts with some of fruit (apple, grape) and earthy hop.

T: A smooth grainy malt flavor that transitions into a slight hop and grape seed flavor. The finish is like what you get when you bite into a grape seed. A little bit of grape, a little bit of earthy nutshell and a little bit bitter. It is actually quite good and grows on you.

M: Light and refreshing. A semi-dry finish.

O: A very distinct style of beer. I really enjoyed this. Usually beers this light do not have strong flavors, but this beer in particular is full flavored and very tasty.

Photo of julian89
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass after work.

Appearance: Pours a mild opaque golden yellow body with an inch white head, minimal lacing.

Smell: A nice blend of flowers and citrus, slightly overpowered by sweet pils and light malt.

Taste: Light pale malt throughout with crisp grain and flowery tones. Strong citrus notes with a subtle bitter yet smooth finish. A honey backing as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and carbonation.

Drinkability: A pretty good Kölsch. Great way to end the work day at the beer store.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fills a Harpoon stange with a clear, pale straw until the last few drops deposit a haze of yeast under a four-inch, pale yellow sea foam head that seemingly is endless, never fully dissipating but leaving lots of patchy lace. These folks also have classy label art.
Fresh, with a light, sweet background of hay. There is some honey and lemon as well as white pepper.

Grainy with honey and lemon following the nose and well-balanced. This is simple and well done with a long finish that brings out a refreshing bitterness.

Light body and crisp with no alcohol. The carbonation is light and it is ultimately dry.

Endless River is a great session beer, best cold, but still enjoyable after warmth.

Photo of SlowWideTurns
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale, clear yellow. Some light carbonation. 2 finger white head with decent retention and some lacing.

S: Bready malt and fruits, but pretty faint.

T: Tingly and sweet to start, then somewhat dry and hoppy to finish. Malty aftertaste.

M: Light and crisp, with some pleasant carbonation.

O: I'm not overly familiar with the kolsch style, but this seems in line with the style description. Being in NC, I'd be happy to have a few more of these this summer.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, malty aroma has caramel and earthy notes and a hint of molasses. It pours a clear solar yellow with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, white head that leaves minimal lacing. Flavor fills the mouth with malt that has caramel, earthy, and edgy bitter hoppy underpinnings. Lively texture has a little more than average body, and leaves a subtle tingle.

Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure gold with half an inch of loose, soap-like, bubbly head that has decent retention. The nose is faint and musty with some grassy aromas. The tasty is musty with a great deal of grassy hop character. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

Kolsch is not my favorite style, but this is a damn fine beer. The hop character is great, and it drinks well.

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head to speak of, clear yellow amber and minimal lace. Straw scent, not pronounced. Delicately understated fresh light barley flavor, with a pleasant almost metallic aftertaste. Not flat, but not zippy either. Overall a fairly good beer that is worth trying, most likely in warmer weather. Not as soft as a real Kolch, most likely due to water.

Photo of KajII
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Kölsch glass]

The pour was a hazy medium yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fluffy head that lasted a little while and had some nice lacing.

The aroma was super light of a grain malt, grassy and floral hops and a soapy yeast with a hint of lemon.

The taste was lightly sweet and mildly acidic with touch of lemon at first and slightly bitter with a large does of yeast and a hint of citrus at the end. The flavor lasted an average time with a yeasty-citrus taste lingering on for a little while.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with the carbonation being rather soft.

Overall this was a nice light refreshing Kölsch. Although nothing special really stuck out it was quite solid for the style.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bright golden yellow with a nice two finger head of white foam that quickly dissipated into a batch of nothing, a broken crown lining the sides was all that I would get out of this one. Nice carbonation and a bit of residual side lacing helped to push it over the top and made a really nice addition to the overall presence of it.

The aroma was rather bright and summer like, with a light grain and herb like fruit note in the nose. A touch of clove and banana highlighted this one and really did a nice job at bringing the whole thing together. The flavor was much of the same. Surprisingly sweet, with a touch of maybe honey or light caramel, hints of apple and light fresh hay. The banana coming though nicely on the finish with a quick, clean, and very crisp cutoff in the overall taste.

Photo of Tschnab
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- bright golden color with a fluffy white head and light lace.

S- lots of lemon juice and zest, very light earthiness, grain, grass.

T- very light hop, good malt presence, and the those aforementioned citrusy grassy notes come in.

O- this beer shows that you can have great flavor with low alcohol. I wish I had this in the summer.

Photo of chinchill
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 18 April 2011 and served in a pint glass.

A: Light yellow gold, clear but with a slight haze. White short head dissipated quickly leaving a thin partial coat, ring and little lacing. Visible fine carbonation. Tiny bit of sediment added mid-taste.

S: Grassy and floral grains with a hints of lemon, biscuits and hay.

T: Lightly flavored but typical for style; really a 'light' beer but with a notable bit light malts and some lasting hop presence and mild bitterness on the back end.
M: Light and crisp. Moderate carbonation. Clean, slightly dry finish.

O: Very good for style but ... As is typical for style, not enough flavor here to really enjoy in quantity on its own. I.e., doesn't make a good sipper. Best used to quench a thirst or accompany a mild flavored meal.

{revised with Nov. 2014 sample on tap).

Photo of ghowehattrick
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this as one of a few lighter beers to close out the summer. Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A: Bright yellow, clear throughout. Barely a 1/2" white fizzy head, dissipated quickly. Looks gulp-able and refreshing.

S: Grassy, bittersweet floral smell.

T: Slightly delayed sweet, almost sourdough bread flavor. The yeast presence steps forward as it lingers in the mouth and dominates the overall impression. Slight shadow of hops on the back end. Strikes me as a good beer to introduce a BMC-er to the microbrew world. Still can pass as a "light" beer, but with more tastiness. Little to no alcohol taste.

M: Very light, goes down easy. Carbonation is light to moderate.

O: Good one for drinking on the back porch in the afternoon. Not incredibly overwhelmed by it, but I would have it again. Haven't really had many of this style before, but if this is a good example of the style(as seems to be the case judging from the consenus of the reviews), it struck me as a laid-back, tasty summer beer.

Photo of dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color with a thin white head.

Aromas of dry grassy hay, hops and some sulfur.

I taste some good authentic kolsch action going on with the above aromas as flavors, but there is a tip-of-my-tongue malt sweetness and body that step in to dampen the enjoyment of pure kolsch pleasure, for those of you who have appreciated a fresh quality German kolsch.

That malt body, sweetness and slight minty hop character come up on the finish to keep this one from attaining kolsch greatness, even though one can sense the skill and experience of the brewer in making this as good as it is. Even still, the delicate nature of German kolsch is missing here beneath the added malt body, sweetness and (relative to kolsch) hop bitterness.

It is only because I have drank plenty of kolsch in Cologne that I maintain a snobby line here. otherwise this is the second best kolsch I have so far found brewed in America.

Photo of nukem5
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mother Earth Brewing, Endless River, Kolsch

3.5 A: Great clean golden straw coloration with nice thin cap of white foam, slight lacing but not much and nice constant rise of bubbles to feed it.

3.0 S: The aroma is grainy and slightly grassy with a light lemon scent in there.

3.0 T: Taste is light and crisp with a refreshing lightly hopped and slight fruity taste in there.

3.0 M: Light body and crispy clean flavors make this a great summer beach beer, great in the heat of the day.

3.5 O: Overall, would definitely have this again, very refreshing.

Endless River from Mother Earth Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.