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Endless River - Mother Earth Brewing

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very good

93 Reviews

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Reviews: 93
Hads: 315
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 21.91%
Wants: 41
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 315
Photo of CBlack85
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my OMB stange

This beer pours a crystal clear pale yellow/straw color with a tall wispy white head that recedes rather quickly and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is of bready grains and floral earthy hops. There is also a slight hint of sweet fruit and maybe a bit of honey. The nose is fairly light but quite inviting.

The taste is very much like the nose; bready and toasty grains and floral hops. Like the nose there is also a slightly sweet flavor, more honey than fruit. Light/medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of devilben02
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe because of a few bad examples of the style I've had before, I had convinced myself that Kölsch is just not a style I enjoy. This beer makes me consider rethinking my stance.

Pours a crystal golden color that is quite similar to a glass of apple juice with a substantial, cream-colored head that leaves a sticky trail along the wall of the glass long after it has evaporated. The aroma is crisp and inviting, with a hint of hops that is earthy (and approaching musty) and a sweetness that I would again compare to apple juice or maybe a semi-sweet white wine.

The flavor is definitely beer, though. The dry sweetness from the aroma isn't as apparent, as I am more aware of the soft, earthy hop character and a bit of biscuit from the malt and yeast. The texture is quite smooth, but at the same time pleasantly tingly with its soft carbonation. Overall, this one is mild without being watery, making it a light and enjoyable selection.

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Photo of tchenery
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice bright yellow color. Very clear. Little to no head except a tight lace around the rim.

There's really little to no aroma coming off for me.

The beer has a very crisp taste, very bubbly, dry, light malt flavor with a sharp bitterness on the end.

Very refreshing. Very drinkable as well.

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Photo of SlowWideTurns
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of drewba
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for jbrew for sending me a mixed 6 of ME beers!

A - vibrant, translucent yellow. Pours with a tiny ring of head, then almost immediately dissipates.

S - Muted lemon and grassy hops.

T - This tastes exactly as it smells - spent lemon and grassy earthiness coming from the hops. I'm getting a slight bitterness similar to and orange or lemon peel and a touch of banana. I was actually hoping for a little more ester-y character, but it didn't show up. Extremely light and pale malt character.

M - thin and heavily carbonated despite the lack of head and bubbles. Very satisfying crisp bite.

D - Several of my non-craft drinking friends loved this beer, said it reminded them of GI Urban Wheat (uhhh, not sure about that), but this appears to be a great crossover beer. I wouldn't mind another one of these, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK, preface....Kolsch's are not my favorite style.

With that said, this was OK. Gto this while in Emerald Isle, NC.

I thought it smelled rather cheap. Almost like smelling a low end party beer.

Some citrus, lots of hops, a bit too grainy maybe.

Not too much body at all, like I said maybe this is the way it is supposed to be.

I rated the Drinkability higher as it does go down smooth and I could see drinking these all night.

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Photo of ghowehattrick
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a light golden blonde like a morning sunrise pushing through the hazy morning dew. An inviting aroma of toasted wheat bread gently reminds me I picked the perfect beer. Light in taste with a slight sweet hop spice perfectly placed at the end each sip. Inoffensive in every way possible. Kinder than a Michelob Ultra but made to be enjoyed rather than profited from.

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Photo of deg
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Bros call this beer world class. I'm not sure about that. It is an excellent Koelsch though. I poured it from the bottle into a koelsch glass. Looks like a koelsch should. It's got a good bitterness to it, with some herbal and floral flavors.

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Photo of fastrodney
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of julian89
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of carolinared
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from bottle, thin head, a little hazy, mild carbination. Nice aroma, light fruit, nothing over the top but set off this beer from others. Enjoyed the taste, light, crisp, but also some complimentary notes of hops, malt and yeast. Overally, a very drinkable, refreshing beer that also has some depth and interest vs others, seems to be a very good representation of the Kolsch style. I would buy again.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Gilly1980
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is local to me and I have been wanting to sample their wares for a while now. Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head that is impressive at first but doesn't stick around. Smells of butter and biscuits with a hint of grass. The flavor is bright and pungent. Lots of malt up front and. Aftertaste is floral and herbal with a great hop tingle. Mouthfeel is robust and slightly filmy. Drinkability is great with a low alcohol content and great, well-balanced taste. However, at $9.99 a six pack I'll save this one for special occassions.

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Photo of callisbeers
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will start by saying that this is generally not my style of beer but I bought a mixer of all their beers. Also, this should probably be reviewed during the summer months after a long, hot day outside. I found this beer to be very refreshing and light. Beautiful gold color with a nice head on top. Everything tasted just right. I may have this as my go to summer beer when they put it on tap for home kegs.

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Photo of seydou
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a glass. Head dissipated extremely quickly, though the appearance stays nice. A definite gradient of gold thinning out toward the bottom of the glass with lots of noticeable carbonation. Like watching a fish tank!

Smells weak but slightly sweet, Belgian-y.

Taste is complex, immediately great. Hits of almost champagney-like grapes (though the carbonation may be fooling with me), mild alcohol notes, tastes extremely clean all the way through the first taste to the aftertaste. Extremely refreshing. Really like this one, especially with waning summer months.

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Photo of ExMachina1
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! This is a fantastic Kolsch. Very surprising, as this is a new brewery and the Kolsch style is not too forgiving when it comes to flaws and shortcomings.

The beer pours a nice, clear golden straw color with plenty of carbonation and a nice head that settles into a continuous layer of light foam during the drink. Lacing is moderate.

Aroma is fruity and floral with a vague hint of yeast. It's malty and mildly sweet on the palate. A perfect, crisp finish.

Low ABV makes it a real champ on a lazy afternoon--I went through bottles and was none the worse for wear. This is what a Kolsch is all about!

Impressive beer from an impressive new brewery. Looking forward to watching Mother Earth Brewing grow.

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Photo of malvrich
4.15/5  rDev +7%

12 oz. brown bottle into a Foothills glass.
Bottled on 08/13/14
4.9% ABV
A: Hazy almost greenish gold color. Almost no head from a fairly gentle pour. Minimal visible carbonation. No lacing except around glass edge. Laces in thin sheets as drunk.

S: Musty funky stuff. Grapey. Dirty clothes?

T: Still grapey with a slight floral (?) hop bite. Wet cardboard maltiness. Distinctive and good.

M: Fantastic fine-beaded carbonation blankets the tongue. Slightly soapy going down but very good. Luxurious stuff!

O: Not much experience with the Kolsch style, but this will persuade me to try a few others. This is off the chain good and I will be buying more. M.E. hit this out of the park!

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Photo of jacket_fan
2.87/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured aggressively from a growler into a pint glass

More amber than yellow. Little lace after pouring.

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

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.

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.

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Photo of TheTippler
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is light, clean, crisp, and easy drinking. It poured a golden color with a thin white head. Flavors of pale malts. This beer has a light body and is a pleasure to drink. This is a very approachable beer and is a great session beer for a hot day.

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Photo of serotoninronin
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a regular ole pint glass.

A: Pours crystal clear out of the bottle, shifting to a bright yellow, almost some neon green hue shooting through. Really a beautiful color. Just the tiniest bit dusty in the glass. Very short and thin head, but with some lily pads of foam left floating. Almost no lacing.

S: Tons of lemon-limey tang going on here, with a shade of sea water. Definitely a lot of light graininess as well. Like saltine crackers. Floral hops with a sweet coating lazing around in the background. I'd hang this from my rear-view mirror for sure.

T: For me the salinity and minerality really show up front here, briny oysters with a squeeze of lemon. The hops wake up with a spike of bitterness at the back of the throat, and some attendant crisp, dry, prairie grass.. Very low sweetness, that mostly manifests itself in a starchy depth, like a lightly glazed croissant. Elegant and clean.

M: Playful, with carbonation that fluctuates around the palate. A really nice fluid shape that doesn't force itself anywhere or stick around for too long. Has its fun and moves on, for the most part. Almost too ephemeral.

O: This is an outstanding brew, and an exercise in care and subtlety, and it had to be given the transparency of the style and the ease with which it can be flubbed. If you don't like this, then you just don't like Kolschs.

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Photo of AtomicHippo
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A wonderfully refreshing beer. Aromas of grass and straw. Just enough hoppy bitterness to give it character and mouthfeel. Finishes with a pleasant white grape like taste. This one is a keeper.

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Photo of xipike2000
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles of beers and Mother Earth makes a great one! It helps that they are just down the road from me. Like a good hef, the yeast leaves behind a fruity, tangy taste, although a kolsch isn't near as yeasty. The sweetness is balanced by a nice hop bitterness. Hardly a hoppy beer, but just enough to bite the side of your tounge. I highly recommend this beer! In fact, I'm gonna have one now!

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Endless River from Mother Earth Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.