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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 AleWatcher
1.95/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served in a tulip.

Very clear, pale gold. White head of 1 finger settles quickly, leaves some spots of lace behind.
Smells of grainy malts, not really sweet, just grainy. Some yeasty esters hit too, but result in non-descript fruity notes.
The taste is really dry. A slight sour mash malt comes across with the graininess, but it isn't enough to help in my opinion.
The fruity esters don't develop into the fruit notes that I really hoped for, and the beer finishes very dry.

This is ok, but not really great. The body is light and airy. Tons of bubbles.

I got another bottle of this one and decided to edit my review with new info:

Pours a really light clear golden color. One finger of white head, almost no lacing left as the head dissolves back into the body in a big hurry.

The nose is light malts, mainly bready, with a touch of sweetness... Then a chalky tart note on the nose and the flavor. The finish is really dry with a slight bitterness that I associate with skunked German Lagers out of green bottles.

Feel is thin and undercarbonated.

Overall-- this just doesn't do it for me. I love a good Kolsch, and this is one I wanted to love-- sadly, it just isn't very good.

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Photo of PDXHops
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Slightly hazy gold with a modestly sized white head that sticks around for a while. Lazy streaks of lacing.

Floral hop notes among a mix of malty aromas both crisp and lightly sweet- dough, sugar cookies, toasted flatbread. Shockingly flavorful; this is pretty delicious stuff. Floral hops take a backseat to stronger grassy and herbal flavors. Nice yeasty tang. Husky at times. Plenty bitter thru midswallow, but the finish is dry and features lingering grass and grains.

Overall impression: A great brew. I gotta get some more of this pronto.

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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 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 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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Photo of jsprain1
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty much clear golden, slightly lighter than honey. Head is thin one finger that lasts not quite long enough.
S- Aroma is reminiscent of apple peel, a touch floral (actually not altogether different than Easter lillies I smelt today), and a bit of crackery malt.
T- Initially I'm picking up some doughy and crackery malt, with just a touch of sweetness in it. There is a bit of slightly tart apple flavor in there. Just a touch grassy.
M- Light, but you expect that from the style, pretty even-keeled carbonation, perhaps a touch prickly. Clean finish.
O- Right near the top of the list of kolschs. Definite recomendation for a sessionable beer high on flavor.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured golden yellow with a one finger pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, wheat, slight grain, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew, but that is being nice. This one was pretty weak in just about all aspects if I'm honest. Could definitely be A LOT more robust. It would make a good summer brew or gateway beer, but that is about it.

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Photo of mactrail
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Breezy crisp light ale.

Great aroma of alfalfa and that pollen smell of early fruit tree blossoms. Honey in the malt. Very light body. Really reminds me of Kolsch we tried in Germany; more authentic to me than some other American versions. Rather hoppy with a lingering bitterness. Tangy with nice hint of malt in the nose.

Tasted on tap at Louella's BBQ place in Asheville, NC. Worth a visit if you're hungry and want to try a decent selection of beers on tap.

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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 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 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 BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Extreme pale yellow color with a light haze; crackling white head has good retention. Aromas of shortbread, biscuit dough and a delicate floral hop. Quick on the crispness. A lot of malt flavor crammed into this brew; doughy with fresh-baked crackers and a hint of grassiness. The hops sting the tongue gently with bitterness, and the subtle flavor goes from floral to wild herb. Ghostlike sulfur in the middle. Dry grassy grain and herbal hop finish.

It's impossible to hide potential flaws in lighter beer styles. Thankfully, Mother Earth did not have to worry about this--no flaws. A great example of the style.

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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 ncvbc
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good looking. Clear golden. Medium head. Moderate lacing. Smell is clean with earthy, bready, grainy undertones. Some hop character and vinous. Excellent taste. All aspects of nose displayed in balance. Mouthfeel is also quite nice. Light tingle, good dryness in the finish. Could easily drink this one as a session brew. A style that I consider a favorite when done right. This one has that covered.

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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 ThirstyBird
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jwale73 for this bottle!

Appears pale yellow with a one inch white head that falls to a lumpy layer on top. The aroma is grassy, lightly malty and a little citrus sharpness. It is a hoppy Kolsch in taste. It starts with spicy hops up front some malt sweetness and fruitiness in the middle then it finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Light/medium body with crisp carbonation. A bit heavier than most kolsches. Overall it's decent - much more overt flavor than a typical kolsch which may be a positive or a negative depending what you expect from your kolsch.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed golden color with a white head and small lacing. Smells of floral hops, citrus, and grain. Taste quite bitter with a little orange peel thrown in there for kicks. Mouthfeel is decent but quite thin. Drinkability is average. Not a terrible beer, just not up to Mother Earths norm.

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

12 ounce bottle from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, North Carolina. Bottled on: 08/10

Appearance: Pours a faintly hazed, golden body with a large, sudsy, near white head.

Smell: Sweetish, grainy blend of pale and pils malts with notes of hillside flowers and citrusy lemons.

Taste: Pale malts with some light sugary flourishes and hints of crisp grains. Soft florals tones and a taste of lemon verbena. Light bitterness, then a pop of acidity. Medium minerality throughout. Touch of honeysuckle precludes the dry, crisp, yet still smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation provides a modest bit of tingle on the tongue.

Drinkability: A fairly likable Kölsch. Good for the dog days of Summer, but suits me just fine during a coolish mid-afternoon in Autumn. Paired well enough with a grilled shrimp po' boy.

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

Sparkling pale yellow with a fluffy, lumpy pure-white head on top. Light, fresh pale malt aroma with soft grassy hops and a subtle apple and lemon frutiness. Lightly sweet cereal grain flavor finishing with a crisp bitterness. The hops are subtle and have an earthy, leafiness to them. Light, crisp, extremely drinkable...perfect for hot NC days. It's very simple, but well made. I like what these guys are doing...

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Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a style that doesn't get too exciting but the Mother Earth version is not bad either. Pours a clear gold with a decent size white head (on a hard pour). Lacing is pretty good. The aroma is mild maltiness, fairly subdued.

The taste is malty with a little grassy hops in the finish. Pleasant and refreshing. Mouthfeel is crisp, the little bitterness at the end is good. Drinkability is fine. Would be a decent enough session beer.

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