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Endless River - Mother Earth Brewing

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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 Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear gold, with 2 fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a rigid ¾ finger cap, which lathers the sides of the glass with some thick swathes of frothy lacing. The aroma is grassy and lightly spicy, with a crisp twang of lemon rind and wheat. Not a ton of force to this or anything but it does keep the flavors airy feeling in the nose.

The taste has a gentle tang to it of lemon zest and toasted bread. A gritty citrus peel like bitterness runs through, lingering along with some leftover fruitiness. This finish is moderately spicy and dry. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied, with an easygoing smooth crispness that gives a refreshing quality to this.

Totally acceptable Kölsch here, that while maybe not the most full flavored version of the style that I've had, still stayed mostly tasty and quaffable. I wouldn't turn down a glass of this on a hot day.

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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 tempest
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle while at the Outer Banks. Bottled in 5/10.

This is surprisingly hoppy for a kolsch. It's full of dull grapefruit and herbal spice. The typical, subtle fruit flavors are gone for a dark bread crust malt flavor. The beer doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't taste like a kolsch at all. It's good, but don't expect anything traditional. Worth a try.

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Photo of Amalak
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 bounce bottle.
a- gold and hazy with no real head and lace. Some bubbles.
s- malty scent with some cara,el hints.
t- carbonates with a touch of tart lager. Some maltyness and a hint of sweetness, caramel. Kind of lacking in flavor. Not bad not great

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Photo of atsprings
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh on Nov. 30 served in a standard pint glass and reviewed from notes. Served a crisp straw yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is sweet malts and Earthy hops, taste is more of the same, holding pretty true to the style. The beer is quite light, crisp, smooth and refreshing. This one was quite enjoyable, one I'd love to enjoy more of, especially in the warmer months.

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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 dedrinker
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good, clean orangish body that is well-carb'd w/ sticking head on top of a strong, peppery almost sour fruit like aroma as well as minor sweet malts. Light-bodied and slightly smooth and creamy w/ some minor fruit sweetness like grape can candy apple as well as sour notes. Mixed w/ a touch of sweet malt for balance and hop bitterness and carbonation lead to a sharp spicey backbite. A fairly good and sessionable kolsch that is decent rep of this style.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (courtesy of a trade with atsprings) into a Michelob pilsner glass--currently the closest thing I own to a strange.

"Endless Rivers" of carbonation rise up through a clear, straw-golden body. Small yeast particles are stratified throughout, while the eggshell-white head starts small and retreats to an asymmetrical patch of large bubbles. Scant lacing. Sharp, crisp aromas of pilsner malt and herbal, grassy hops with a mineral-rich backing. Hints of white grape juice and orange peel thrown in the mix as well.

Somewhat bland flavor, even for a kölsch, and even as Endless River warms. Saltine crackers and pilsner malt lay down a light, bready foundation upon which a sharp, grassy hop bitterness is built (soapy-tasting on the way back up). Carbonation is big and bubbly, contrasting nicely against the light body, and adds a snappy, zesty, almost drying bite to the finish. An easy-drinking kölsch, for sure, but I expected a bit more out of Mother Earth considering the steep price tag and the precedent set by their Sisters of the Moon IPA.

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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 riversider76
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a hazy light golden with a thin white head. Not much retention, and just a little lace. Aroma is of bready grains with hints or fruit. Body is light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is fruiter than is typical for this style. Some hints of grain and a nice sweet finish. Really good!

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Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Days like today here in Carolina are days to drink a good kolsch,warm and lazy.Poured into a standard pint glass,a light pale yellow with a thinner but well defined white head,quite spritzy looking.Toasted grain aromas with a hint of vanilla tinge,flavors are again lightly toasty with a cereal grain-like note,a light quenching tartness in the finish.A nice kolsch here,not just something to throw back by any means,nice flavor.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Bucketboy. 12oz. bottle served in a stange. Bottled on 08 10 indicated on the label. Pours a translucent yellow-gold with a loose, one inch, bright white head composed of tiny, compressed bubbles. Head eventually dissipates into a frothy skim, with delicate swaths and spots of lacing revealed during the session. Nose expresses light grains with perhaps a trace of citrus - an extremely clean presentation. Taste follows nose with a light, lingering skunky quality - not bad and somewhat characteristic of the style from my limited experience. Mouthfeel is light-medium, consistency is perhaps a little heavier than I've come to associate with the style, with a lively effervescence. All and all, a very nice and drinkable domestic kolsch. Perhaps not as delicate as some of it's German cousins, but very approachable and sessionable.

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Photo of mothman
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jahuneyc for this extra

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades to a thin layer. Very light lace left. Color is a hazy pale straw yellow.

Aroma: Crisp, pale malts, a light fruit aroma flavors. Some herbal earthy hop flavors.

Taste: Pale malts, crisp fresh fruit flavors. Maybe a hint of apples and grapefruit. Herbal spiced hops. Refreshing for a nice summer day. Also get some lemon flavors

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a touch of bitterness. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very nice feel to it. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, a very easy drinking Kolsch. Lots of nice flavors with an easy drinking body. Very refreshing. This is one for the lakes! Thanks Jason for this new beer!

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant lemony straw with a billowing white head that lingers.

Aroma is lightly floral and perfumey, with hints of lemon adding character to the crackery pilsner malt.

Flavor is light and refreshing, with underpinnings of lemon contrasting crackery malt. There's a floral tone that surfaces in the finish. Light dms was initially noted, but it fades quickly.

Body is light with carbonation on the high side. Very easy to drink.

Nice example of the style. Very refreshing.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice extra from kflack. thanks kevin!

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into an SA perfect pint glass.

pours out a fairly clear pale yellow, straw yellow color with one finger of soapy white head that faded to a ring and some patchy foam minutes later, fairly retentive. some light lace, decent amount of carb bubbles.

in the aroma, some light corny, bready grains, some nice yeasty notes, and a bit of mineral/ sulfer aromas.

grainy, bready malts balanced nicely by some floral, herbal hops. nice bitterness in the finish. bits of mineral and sulfer.

clean crisp feel, very light body. carbonation feels average, quite refreshing.

drinks quite well, i could see sixers of this going down very easily on a hot summer day. too bad its not available in my area. a nice clean, simple kolsch, with a nice little hop bite. well done!

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost clear golden color with a one finger white head. Moderate retention, reducing to a thin layer on top. Nice white lacing down the sides. Small bubbles released from the bottom.

S: Nice grassy aroma combined with some pilsner and doughy malts.

T: Very crisp flavor profile. Light grains, some lemon/grassy, and light citrus hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation. Leaves a slight bubble feeling on my tongue. Slightly dry.

O: A very sessionable kolsch. Great flavor, nice and light.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Jason...thanks bud

Hazed gold into my Magic Chouffe tulip reveals a short lived quarter inch head and a rapid moving army of tiny bubbles along the edges

Pale malts, cracker, touch of urine, and a light yeasty fruitiness

Graininess, mild apple tartness through the middle, faint bitter, with a doughy finish kissed by yeast

Supple bodied and mildly hefty despite it's lightness. Oxymoronic? You bet yer touckas

Honestly, I enjoyed this more than anticipated. Thanks again for the opportunity Jason.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the First St. Draught House in town. Came out a crystal clear gold with a thin white head on top. No sticky lace left behind. Scents of corn, butter, lemon zest, and sharp hops.

The body is crisp and bubbly. Refreshing feel. Great lemony flavor right away. Silky buttery feel. Some bready biscuit aftertaste. Definite noble hops present as well. I really like this beer. This style is quickly becoming one of my go-to's, and this one is a great example.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Texture-wise, the bubbles are fairly small, even if it isn't superbly creamy. Retention is okay. Little lacing is left behind, though. (3.25)

Smell: It has many of the characteristics I look for in a good kolsch: a nice amount of cereal grains, some lemon, grassy hops, and even a fruity tone. As it slowly warms up, its grape character grows bolder. Nothing about the nose bowls me over, but given the no-nonsense leanings of the style, it kind of does. (4)

Taste: It starts off with a touch of malty sweetness, and MAYBE some cereal grain. Then it becomes grassy - almost ridiculously grassy. Hell, perhaps even a touch minty. A slight fruity note (think white grape) finishes it off. It's hard to explain how this pops, but honestly it does. Put it like this: I'd rather just drink this brew instead of picking it apart. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and light, this one goes down with absolutely no effort whatsoever. Some of the lingering sweetness could be cleansed off about 10% better, otherwise the general feel is excellent. It's not spoiled by excess carbonation, either. (3.75)

Overall: This tastes like a GOOD German-made kolsch. Enough said. (4)

3.94/5: Excellent example of an underrated style

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale golden color, clear, little to no head, slight lace retention.

S - Bread and grains, simple as that.

T - More of the same, with a slight "twang" on the finish. Sensing a touch of grape.

M- Light, crisp, carbonation is spot on.

O - Good beer. Looking to revisit some of the lighter styles in 2015.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear yellow with a bright white fizzy head.

S-The nose reminds me of a pilsner, it smells like saaz hops and some malt. Nothing over powering at all.

T-Similar to the nose with the pilsner like flavor, but it is somewhat faint and then in the finish is a Belgian yeast flavor. I really liked the flavor of this beer, it is very refreshing.

M-Nice mouthfeel its not too watery/carbonated and not to syrupy.

D-Highly sessionable given its low abv. and flavor.

Overall, this was my first experience drinking a Mother Earth brew and I will be drinking more in the future. I actually picked up a six pack of their India Pale Ale this afternoon and can't wait to try it. Endless River seems like a great beer for Spring/Summer, especially for those such as myself who don't really care for wheat beers. I hope BA's in NC will support this brewery.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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